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Monday…. Can I pay you to just, go away? Pleeease?!


This Mornings Coffee
This mornings coffee was a local one! Trve Kvlt Coffee!  I added my usual 1/2 scoop of raw sugar cane sugar and called it a morning! I love getting to support small businesses! Especially when its something like coffee!

Thoughts About the Upcoming Week
There are NOT enough hours in the day this week. I have 3 days to get Yule stuff finished before tiny demon is out of school for break. I also have to prepare to leave for a week at work in Louisville, KY (home sweet home!!) I need extra days or something! MOAR COFFEE!

This Weeks Goal
– Finish all the Yule Shtuff
– Get travel and lodging for work figured out
– Get the Garage and everything else spotless so when I come home from traveling I’m ready to start the new year on a good note!

I would love to hear about your upcoming week and goals for this week- even just your coffee choice! Pingback to my Coffee & Chaos page, or this post so I can see it!


Local – The UnSalted Life

There is something so utterly soothing about sitting on the front porch in the morning, listening to the lake and enjoying the breeze. Sometimes- it’s surreal. This is where I call Lakefront Livinghome now. I am lakefront living and I love it!

Making this move was a hard decision. It’s quite a ways away from family (yet I’m still reachable- It’s only an hour away) which sort of defeated the purpose of me moving back to this horrible state. I wanted to be closer so I could have help with mini Demon while I finished school and worked. I have been doing it on my own for the last 6 years, so It was time to have help.

In my mind and soul I knew that I needed to be closer to the water. It’s where I belong. I also knew I missed the beach and the south, and want to end up back on the beach in NC again one day.  What better way to compromise that moving lakeside? It’s been an amazing as I has hoped living the freshwater life could be, and while I miss the salt life, this will do for now.

This post is in response to the The Daily Post’s One Word Prompt Challenge “Local”

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My Mindful Journey 11 Stories In The Air

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“This week, head to the top to take your best shot.”

The Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio is one of the prettiest parks to spend your spring and summer mornings. The glorious sights, sounds and smells of nature work me right into a mindful self aware state of mind. You can get lost in your meditation while appreciating the ever changing glory that is the forest. Sounds so cliche, I know.

Life is once again at a massive turning point of decision making. There are so many paths I want to run down and explore in life, but I do need to sink my roots. Being in the USMC since 2007, I have lived out of foot lockers, sea bags, and these horrible metal dresser type stands that are just waiting to fall on you. It’s been a constant moving, changing, and adapting. I’m over it. Mini Demon is over it. So much comes tied to putting down roots though- a job, a place to live, new friends, new schools… it’s all so much. I feel like I am drowning in the feeling of “I have to make a decision right this very second” when in fact, I do not. I am in such a hurry to set down roots, that I am nearly jumping the gun on opportunities and options that are right under my nose- all while fearing setting down roots, because temporary is all I’ve ever known.

As someone who battles anxiety on a scale that goes from functional anxiety to holy-crap-I’m-going-to-sleep-all-day-and-ignore-the-world anxiety in the flick of a switch, this “rooting” process has me wound as tight as the cables holding up the canopy walkways. I find my days getting less and less productive, and my “need” for sleep getting more and more.

When I head into nature, especially someplace as gorgeous as the Holden Arboretum, it reminds me to pay attention to my mindfulness. To BREATHE. To take a second and just- be. Each level that I got closer to the top of the Emergent Tower , I felt lighter. I was more and more aware of what was around me and how I felt. (I mean, I was nearly dying trying to climb 11 stories straight vertical! Not to mention the stairways twist so I am trying not to get dizzy!) It’s so easy to get lost in your mind and all of the what-if’s, but I am here to tell you; there is nothing but awe and absolute in-the-moment glory when your 100+ feet in the air overlooking everything that is doing exactly what you need to be- just being.

It was in that moment, overlooking the top of my surroundings with nothing but sun and wind on my face, nothing but my heartbeat and the breeze in my ears- that I came to understand that it’s hard work to get anywhere you’re going. There are so many what-if’s, (like, what is this thing blows over..since its so tall it sways in the breeze) so much exertion and even times when you want to just stop (that was around story 8!) It’s true what they say though- nothing worth having comes easy. At the end of that insane climb I was rewarded with an expirence and view unlike any other, and the trip back down was now easy, and certain, and confident.

This Gallery was prompted by The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge “Atop


4 Winter Storm Preparation Tips

I opened the weather app to see which end of the clothing spectrum I needed to dress Mini Demon in today, since Mother Nature is obviously bipolar. As the app loads, I see it…the red banner of doom. Warnings and advisories chirping away with words like “crippling” and warning of the possibility of a foot or more of snow and low temperatures. As my social media time lines begin to fill with storm talk, I wanted to help you all out with some storm survival tips.

Milk and Egg Sandwiches
Get to the store to purchase all of the milk, bread and eggs you need to
sustain yourself in case of a possible snow-in. Ignore the isles of things like canned foods, powdered milk, and peanut butter, because nothing says sustainable and nourishing img_0480incase of a power-outage or in the inability to cook quite like milk and egg sandwiches.

Travel Right as the Storm Hits
Don’t get the things you need days before the storm is supposed to hit, things could spoil or batteries could go missing. The best time to shop is right as the storm rolls in. If the shelves are barren, make sure you take a picture, and than settle for whatever bread or bagels you can get your hands on. Milk and egg sandwiches are just as tasty on whole-grain-off-brand-bottom-shelf-buns as they are on your favorite loaf of wonder bread! Realize you don’t have shovels, salt, candles, extra blankets or batteries? Standing in line at the local Wally World for 45 minutes is worth it. Make sure you complain about the wait with those around you, it will help you bond with those sharing in the hardship. Ensure you ask for the manager who should absolutely be held accountable for your long wait and lack of available storm-surviving needs. They knew a storm was coming 17270148_425066854506021_1592143462_nafter all, they should have been prepared!

Post Hourly Updates to Social Media
Nothing will help all of your local and nation-wide followers throughout the storm quite like posting to every single social media outlet every hour on the hour. Started snowing? POST IT! Heard the snow is going to continue through the night? POST IT! It’s also helpful to share every weather related thing your other friends post as well. Snowfall records, iced over houses, and every single post the local weather station makes. All of it needs to be passed on! Don’t forget your “storm selfies”. Make sure you snap yourself as you batten down the hatches or drive into the warp-speed like snowfall. Nothing lets everyone know you’re okay through the cold fluffy doom quite like consistent selfie taking.

Remember this is different!
Remember, this snow is different from all of the 7cac6cdbeae72d342e7098d0652c7bcbother snow you have seen your entire life. Make sure when you’re out in the heart of the storm for absolutely nothing important or pressing regardless of the state of emergency issued, you are driving at least 10 miles under the speed limit. Turning on your four-ways is helpful too. Traffic signs such as stop signs, yields and lane endings don’t apply when there is a winter storm. Make sure you honk and flash your lights at those who are following the rules to remind them that you need to last-minute fishtail merge or because you are coming through the 4-way-stop intersection without so much as a pause at the stop sign because they don’t apply. Don’t forget your storm driving selfie!

I hope these storm preparation tips help you survive Storm Stella and her possible 180+ inches of snow. Stay safe, warm and enjoy your milk and egg sandwiches

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The Road Taken- There’s snow place like home

Imagine walking out your back door, your toes met by the warm Carolina sand; the sound of the ocean waves breaking on the shoreline. The warm salty air like a hug around your sunkissed skin…

*insert dramatic record scratch here*

That was my life for nearly a decade. Living in North Carolina on Atlantic Beach. Alas, my fantasy life ended, and I moved back to my roots- Ohio.

I’ve been here for a little over a year, tolerating Ohio’s seasons. Where I choose to drop my roots for now was just outside of the “snow belt” and winter has seemed to avoid my neck of the woods consistently. This week we have had a wide variety of temperatures- from 75 and sunny to this morning- a blizzard. I woke up to get little demon ready for school and the snow was steadily coming down, and not a single plow had touched the road. School wasn’t cancelled or delay, but buses were nearly 30 minutes late picking the kids up.

To say I was surprised by the winter wonderland this morning would be an understatement. I felt like a giant kid! Once The Little Demon was on the bus- I wanted to put on boots and go sledding and throw snowballs and make snow angels! I has a full body happiness I can’t describe. I loathe the cold. I am home sick for the beach. Today, today was a delightful surprise for a change!


This post is in response to the The Weekly Photo Challenge “The Road Taken

Show us something that surprised or delighted you on “the road taken.”

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Shadows on the Lake


I took these pictures of Lake Erie from the E 9th Street Pier as the sun was setting. The night is always my favorite, and sunset is like an alarm clock for my senses. The shadows from the clouds danced on the lake that slowly rolled with the wind were breathtaking. I was so mindful in this very moment.

This post was in response to The Daily Prompt’s Weekly Photo Challenge “Shadow”