Welcome Back Sunshine!

I am really loving this sunshining Monday! 

ahhh sunshine!

 Last week was one rainy week here in Ohio!


A vase left on the table outside.. all from last week!

I almost fell walking out to take this picture because the deck was covered in slime (??)  from all the rain since we are too lazy haven’t gotten around to staining it yet!

One positive of all this rain is that my flowers are absolutely thriving!

Our mums are starting to bloom, a sure sign that fall is in the air.

These  mums were a gift from J’s mom. We just simply planted them in the ground a few falls ago and they have come back bigger every year! 🙂 We thought they would die in the winter and be gone forever, but to our surprise (and delight!) we are able to enjoy them every year without having to pay for new plants.

The rain has also helped this little monster to grow:

This thing is taller than me now! It’s supposed to just be a cute little bush at the end of the driveway, but I think I see a new location in the future. Somewhere were it can grow freely and we don’t have to trim it ever few weeks! Word of advice-when planning your flower beds read how big things get and plan accordingly. Oh well, you live and learn and then buy plants that don’t need constant maintainance!

 I’m off to give Mr. Monster Bush a haircut!

Hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy this beautiful day!



Some of my favorite things about summer are sunshine and soft summer breezes. We turned off the air conditioning today and opened our windows.

Hello Beautiful Day!

As I worked, I could hear the breeze whisper along with all the other romantic sounds of summer. It really made me feel at peace.

I love nature. I always have. I am definitely an earthy person. I think there is something magical  about the way the sun sparkles across grass, water and treetops. I think it’s adorable when my cats roll around and fall fast sleep in sunny spots.



Something as simple as sunshine makes their day spectacular. It makes me feel like I can do anything. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get and how dark and stormy life becomes, sunlight always finds a way to persevere and shine.

The Fighter

Today we had to make a trip to the vet because Rusty decided to get in a fight and come home with no fur on his back foot, a scrape on his chin and bruises under his eyes. Yep, I said bruises. My cat has two black eyes. Poor baby.

"You should have seen the other guy."

This adds on to a recent string of fighting related injuries. Just a few weeks ago he came back home with his ear bleeding and now he is missing a chunk of it. It doesn’t seem to bother him. We told him it adds character.

My little once-a-runt-and-we-didn’t- even-know-if-he-would-make-it kitty has turned into somewhat of a badass.

"You talkin' to me??"

Today the vet asked, “He’s 9, right?” 

I stopped for a split second to think. He is nine years old. Oh my goodness, I thought to myself, my little kitty is nine!!! Time goes by so fast. 

I started to miss Reggie, the first pet Jason and I adopted together. He has been gone about a month now. They were the best of friends. Seriously, you couldn’t find one without the other.

"Nice to meet you, brother!"

Best buds

It made me realize that time goes by so fast, that we have to learn to love and live in every moment. Someday the little things I stress about won’t really matter, but the moments I loved will always make me smile.

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the flowers

Rusty is going to be just fine, he has some antibiotics to take, and a few hugs and cuddles to look forward to.

Question for today: Do you have cats? Do they ever bring you “gifts”?

Rusty loves bringing us “gifts”. Some times they are dead, and other times they are alive.. :-/