Weekend Wisdom

Weekend Wisdom To Live By For Summer 2020


Here is a wonderful quote by one of my favorite men – Ralph Waldo Emerson. To all you father’s out there, BE the example of this quote for your kids.

Rommie did not like “wild air” as that meant thunder boomers. She was not very scared of them, but she was not comfortable either.

Now go LIVE this quote! If ever there was a summer where we need to be bravely and fully living Ralph’s words, it is this summer.

Why are you still reading this blog post –


Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills while managing call center teams, co-facilitating a grief support group, and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of history, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com

52 Bible Verses, Faith, Joy, Uncategorized

52 Bible Verses for a Joy Filled Year – Week 20

It dawned on me during daily devotions that this blog post published without me finishing it. Duh!

The drafts for this series are done, but I add my thoughts and maybe some pictures the day before the post is published. Oh well, my mind has been preoccupied lately with getting things in order for my new job.

Now on to this weeks verse.

Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.

Isaiah 55:3 


I was not sure what to write in regards to this verse and then it dawned on me that I need to share a new resource with you. (Disclaimer: This is NOT an affiliate link, therefore I will not receive any compensation when you click on the links.)

I’ve been receiving an email a day from Biblegateway entitled 10 Minutes with Jesus. It started with Mark 1 and it is the Breathe Bible (Tyndale House, 2017). It is a wonderful audio version with actor’s Kevin Sorbo and John Rhys-Davies among many others.

They started this on April 1st, but I did not sign up until late April and received the recording of Mark 1 on 4/29. Hopefully this will be a permanent fixture on their site.

We all have 10 minutes we can spend to listen to God’s word. You will get to know Jesus better. What a wonderful investment in your life.

Listening so you may live a joy filled, fruitful life here and then live eternally with God in heaven later.

Mother’s Day

It just also dawned on me that this week’s verse is appropriate for Mother’s Day. Listen to your Mom so that you may live, because if you don’t listen well…you are going to be in big trouble. At least that is they way it was when I was growing up. Not sure it is still that way today.

So besides listening to the Bible today, listen to your mother. Doing both will definitely allow you to live.

Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms.


God bless you for doing the hardest job on earth. 




The Sewer Rat Series Part 2 – Sister Sludge

We left off yesterday with the discovery of a fountain bubbling “black gold” underneath the sink in my laundry room.

Even though water comes up the whole and spreads the entire length of the basement, it does not get deep because of the waterproofing Joe and I had done in 2001. As part of the work, they poured pourous concrete around the perimeter of the basement.  So when water comes up it spreads and goes back down once it hits the concrete.  It only accumulates in the basement’s center where it is regular concrete. There is no chance for water to get deep. (My neighbors got 12 inches in their basement.)

What Goes Around Comes Around

The official word from the sewer company is 5 inches of rain fell that Monday night. No storm sewer system can hold that much at one time. People got flooded that have never gotten flooded before. City Hall even got it. As one neighbor said

“Hopefully it was sewage so they get a taste of their own medicine.”

Sister Sludge

The fountain stopped by the morning of 5/13 and most of the water drained away, leaving behind sludge and lots of it.

I see a gray broken heart and a gray mushroom among the sludge.
I see a gray broken heart and a gray mushroom among the sludge.

I called off work and started hauling things out to the curb but there was not much as most items are in plastic tubs.

When it came to the mopping and sludge clean up, I called filed an insurance claim Wednesday morning as I just could not do it.   It seemed no matter whether I used the squeegee or mop or broom, I got nowhere.

Once the claim was filed, I called the company recommended to me by my insurance company and they put me on a waiting list 3 – 4 days long just to make an appointment to have the cleaning done. Then the company called me and said they were bringing in a Pennsylvania company to help with the backlog.

On Friday 5/16 the company showed up and started mopping, spraying a disinfectant and mold inhibitor, and left 3 dehumidifiers and 6 fans.  As I write this post it is late Sunday afternoon and the equipment is still running. The company will be back Monday morning (5/19) to pick up the equipment as the humidity level in the basement and the dampness of the concrete to be in normal range by then.

The equipment left makes a lot of noise so sleeping has been an adventure.  Last night I was able to sleep through most of the night. Rommie seems to have no problem sleeping at all.

“Wanna Go Bye-Byes?”

With all this equipment running, I take Rommie with me everywhere as I do not want her home alone should the fans and dehumidifiers crap out and start a fire.  The company checked the house’s electrical circuit before hooking them up but you never know.

Rommie loves it every time I ask her if she is ready to go bye-byes. We tootled around town running errands, including me getting a free bottle of O.P.I nail polish at Ulta.  I was all over that coupon when it hit my email Saturday morning. I got “Live, Love Carnival” a orangish, peachy, citrus color from their “Brazil” collection, a perfect antidote to the brownish sludge in my life.

Then as a treat for Rommie we went to Petco for a bag of her favorite liver-snaps.  While there we saw her golden “cousins” as Golden Retrievers In Need (G.R.I.N.) was there. She had fun sniffing everyone and being petted by all the volunteers.

So despite all the sludge in our house, we managed to have some fun time this past weekend.

Coming tomorrow – Sewer Rats Part 3 – Back to Normal