Weekend Wisdom

Tour de Parks: Patches of Light

Yippee!!! After a 3-week rain delay, the Tour de Parks happened again this past Sunday. The park I walked  is not one of the two places I wanted to walk, but it was where I needed to walk.

The park where this prestigious event was held was Plum Creek North in Brunswick, OH and is also part of the Medina County Parks System. Even though part of the path was paved, there were plenty of hills and flat surfaces. I need to find time to walk this one more often because walking it will whip me into shape in no time.

So without further adieu…let’s start our journey through Plum Creek North.



We will be walking the yellow trail.

Here is the entrance.



Our first glimpse of the North Pond


The North Pond in all her glory.


Before we head on down the path, anyone hungry?



Uh Oh! Look what’s ahead…



Well at least they apologized for the mess! Life does not apologize for the mess it leaves.

So put it in reverse, back up and let’s head up the stairs.


Here we are, at the top of the stairs and going to turn left.


This is where I got the idea for today’s post. It is dark along this path and it will get darker, but along the way you will see patches of light. Just like in life, when you walk the paths covered in darkness there are patches of light along the way. It is God working through the people in your life. They may only be there for a minute, day or the entire season of darkness but they are there, shining just as bright as the stars at night.

Here is where I leave you. As you walk this path to the South Pond and back, watch for the patches of light. And watch for the patches of light in your own life today and the rest of this week. I bet you will be surprised at how many you find.

The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1


Tour de Parks: An Encounter With A Bumble

My walk in a local park last weekend did not happen. It was not postponed because of weather or a cold but because of a bumble bee. The bumble bee that I stepped on when I opened the door to let Rommie in through the garage.

Bumble bees do not have barbs on their stingers so unlike honey bees, they can sting you over and over again. I only got stung once, but it was a doozy. Benedryl prevented the site from swelling and itching but since it makes me sleep all day, I could not take it Sunday night otherwise I would fall asleep at work on Monday.

It is Wednesday night and my foot is much better. Cortaid has taken care of the itching and I can make it through the day at work without wondering if there is a hack saw in the warehouse.

Tour de Parks will pick up this weekend – weather permitting.

Blog Colors

The color scheme for JoyReturns is now the same as the Cleveland Cavaliers who are in the NBA Finals starting tonight, 6/4 at 9:10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time. They are playing the Golden State Warriors in California so they are 3 hours behind Cleveland, which means I will probably be watching the inside of my eyelids when the game starts.

Once the Cavaliers are basketball champions this site will return to normal – whatever that is.       😉



Tour de Parks: The Other Side of Brunswick Lake

Last week I went into the woods at the Susan Hambly Nature Center on the west side of Brunswick Lake.

This week I decided to walk the east side. Well, that did not go so well. I guess it was because I mowed the yard on Saturday that walking the east side was too much.

I pulled into the parking lot only to find that it was full. So I parked at the next logical place – the bar. It is in a strip mall across the street from the nature center. It added a few more steps to my walk.

The starting point for this walk was the ending point for the last one – the boardwalk.


Come on along as we journey across the boardwalk and see the sights on the other side of Brunswick Lake – at least the part I could walk.

I encourage you to get out and walk parks that are in your area. You never know what sights and sounds you will see and hear. Plus, it makes exercise fun.       😀