Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bowling Green, Ohio

Feb 04
Mostly Sunny
High 25°F
Low 16°F
Precip 10 %

Yep, we are actually flying to this place.  :(
Time to buy wool socks. Do they sell those here?

Monday, January 26, 2009

Grandma Ruth

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Written by Sentinel Staff   
Monday, 26 January 2009

A memorial service for Ruth (Ketzenbarger) Matheny will be held Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at First Christian Church, Bowling Green. Rev. Brent Pomeroy will officiate. 
Mrs. Matheny, 89, of Bowling Green, died Saturday (Jan. 24, 2009) at Wood County Hospital. She taught for 30 years and retired from Eastwood Junior High School.
Mrs. Matheny was a life member of Wood County Historical Society, Wood County Retired Teacher's Association and Ohio Teacher's Retirement Systems. Other memberships included American Legion Auxiliary No. 45, Union Grange No. 1475, First Families of Wood County and the church.

She was a graduate of both Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green State University.
Born March 4, 1919 in Wood County to Earl and Goldie (Carter) Ketzenbarger, she married Dale R. Matheny. He died in 1993.
Also preceding her in death were a son, Jerry Lee, a granddaughter, a brother and a sister.
Surviving are a son, James, of Las Vegas; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.  
Memorials may be made to the church or St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Condolences may be sent at

Thursday, January 22, 2009


Sometimes I wonder what I am really doing in life. I have all of these dreams and goals, but set them aside to work on "the important things" only to realize I forgot about my dreams and goals. And one day as I look at them all stacked up on the floor in the corner with dust on them, I get inspired to clean them off and pick them up again only to get distracted once again. It's a vicious cycle I have been stuck in lately. I'm tired of being stuck. Who is really stuck anyway? Stuck is just a comfortable place we like to go to when we are avoiding the actions we fear doing. Because its fear we are really hiding from anyway. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of judgement and so on. Fear, now that's something I could write about. Fear is one of those subjects we can all relate to in one way or another. Everyone has been afraid of something or someone at some point in their lives. Think about it. Who has never experienced fear? And how is it that fear can have such control over our lives anyway? Because we let it. We choose to feel it and embrace it sometimes depending on the situation. It keeps us in comfort and allows us to avoid the icky and unfamiliar. Fear. Such a simple little word with such huge impact. 

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lake Mead 2009

Took the girls to the lake today because they have never been. It was kind of fun, but kind of sad too. The water level is so low it's hard to look at. But the mountains and all are very beautiful. They are part of what I love most about living here. And the heat, I love the heat for some reason. Call me crazy I suppose. It wouldn't be the first time.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Storm is Brewing...

My life has been a little stormy as of late. For those of you who know, it's not over, but it's not over, you know?

Anyway, I took these pics on Christmas Day and I thought it was kind of funny that the sky represented what I was feeling for the moment. A little cold and stormy. Perhaps I will use them in my next picture book. 

On another note, after seeing the wonderful opportunity Joe came to receive in the way of a book deal, it prompted me to start working more on my own book with the hope that one day I too will become published. Perhaps I will share some of it at a later date. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Faces

This last one is my favorite!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Frog, Earthworm, Crayfish, Perch?

I'm like a kid at a candy store! We just got in our Biology supplies for dissections and I am so excited to get started. Dissecting is going to so much fun!

Okay, so can you hear the sarcasm there? Actually there isn't any. I really am excited to do the dissections with the class. But I am trying to practice hyping it up so I can get the students excited. It's not an easy assignment when you are a teen and everything is either cute and fuzzy or gross and slimy. I have faith we will get through it though.