Summer Adventures

I have been busy enjoying life to its fullest this summer! Whether you have money or not there are many ways you can do this. To me it begins with you inside your soul knowing who you are. Learn to love yourself. Work on what you do not like, if it truly needs fixing, see a therapist if some help is needed and/or speak with your primary physician if need be. Why not live life as it is short and you never know what can happen tomorrow.

Here is what has been blessed upon me and mine. I have had the chance to go back to college and in the nursing field. I start August 22nd for nursing school. I am so happy to finally be able to finish this dream in my life! I had to take care of some mental health issues along with physical health issues. I am stable on both ends. I follow up with my physicians and worked hard to get where I am. I even began to work again, part time in assisted living. It is just right for me. I even was blessed with a car from my pastor. What are the chances?

I prayed God you put it in front of me. You help me with my anxiety, depression, Bipolar, and PTSD. He did. I prayed help me with my Stage 4 Chronic Kidney Disease and I am stable with 20% kidney usuage. Scary at that amount but great compared to where I started nearly two years when diagnosed. I may not be in “perfect” health but what is the picture of health today? I feel that I am doing fabulous!

Don’t get me wrong that I still get fatigued, I am w working two nights a week and one evening shift. I do have a chronic illness with no cure and it takes a toll on me but I am managing it and found a way too.

So I decided to live life by doing what I like, get back to working in the health care field. It is where I was at my best. It is what I know and I enjoy the people.

I also decided to live life by getting outside by walking downtown in Galena. Attending church frequently, hard on the night shifts I work the night before. But I’m managing as I can listen to the service online.

David and I have been going to the lake this summer enjoying the boat, the pool, swimming and relaxing.

Look for ways to enjoy your blessings in life. Find ways to do things without the cost so high. This can be year-round. The pictures below are from where we go in Apple River, Illinois called Apple Canyon Lake.

Travel Tuesday

Well how you doing out there today? Well, I am exhausted after a long day here in Galena, Illinois. We are to get a wonderful amount of snow oh yippy! Yep I said it, snow! I live in the northwest part of Illinois near the Iowa border not too far from the Quad cities and close to Dubuque. We are not too far from Wisconsin as well. It was rather brutal this morning but it has been worse and could be extremely horrible outside. I live in a beautiful historic town that I would like to share with you today. In fact every Tuesday on my blog I will share about places I have been and want to be. Please feel free to share about the places I am sharing and give me and my readers travel advice. 

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(picture taken by me via my iPhone behind the Ramada Inn in Galena off Route 20)

I moved here in July 2018. I wanted to share this town with you as it has a wonderful history with our 18th President of the United States of America. Ulysses S Grant had his campaign headquarters here. Here in Galena we have trolley tours. There is one (which I went on last year in July) that drives around town and shares the history with you. You are able to take pictures from inside the trolley. There is another trolley tour in which you can tour in and out of some historic buildings. The trolleys are a wonderful way to learn about the history of Galena. Check out Galena Trolley Depot for further information when booking a trip out here. 

Shopping in downtown Galena is a treasure, along with our restaurants there. There are no chain restaurants in the downtown area. During the winter holidays it is like a scene in a movie about a small town couple falling in love. 


(this picture was taken by myself, it is the view of winter 2019 outside my back window here in Galena, Illinois from my iPhone)

I will add there are hills and curves in our roads but they are so beautiful in the summer and spring with all those colors of growth, the fall with the changing colors of leaves, and the winter with freshly falling snow. Traveling our roads are a tour in itself. Siting from your kitchen window or on the couch and looking outside you could not ask for more. I feel like I am in a snow globe when it snows. Imagine sitting in your home on your couch with the fireplace going, a nice dinner with a glass of wine. Canon in D playing in background from your Alexa. You then ask her to turn your lights dim, warm the dryer up so when you go to bed that blanket is warm. 

You can find a way to enjoy yourself at a non-year round state with warm weather and many beaches! I know I know anyone can Google anything at anytime. Yes, I get that and it is great but I love to hear from you out there. If you have or plan to come visit Galena, Illinois for any season throughout of the year so please pass it along here. I want to hear from you!

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Here is some info to look into if your interest is to come to Galena:, These sites will get you a start to locate what you might be looking for.


End of a Season

Here we go saying goodbye to another season on this planet we call earth. Seasons come and seasons go. I really can never say which one I love the best. I feel as though I have been blessed by all one way or another. This summer end is different for me. As I go into my second semester at Waubonsee Community College as an older adult and do I mean older I am reminded of the love of my dear Grandma. My beautiful Grandma passed away suddenly this summer. It was just before the fall session started. One minute she was on facebook commenting and posting like she could and the next she was bed ridden and unable to speak. She had end stage renal failure. She passed at hime in her bed in her sleep basically. I think she did not want to fight. She had to bury my mom nearly 5 years next month. And she could not get herself to bury her son, my uncle about 3 years ago. I know God has plans for us on this earth but the enemy wants to destroy us with famine, disease, cancer, murder, bombings, etc. Parents tend to want their children to live. I will never understand what my dear Grandma went through all those years ago with my mom and uncle. I never buried a child and I pray I do not. But it seems as seasons change, school starts, ends, year changing, babies being born, a person passes this earth. A season changing.

Please feel free to read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. It sums up my seasons in a way. Life in general. May God Bless your weekend!!