Yesterday in our church service we were encouraged to think of the first activity we remembered doing with our Moms. I have been thinking about it, and decided that I wanted to share these thoughts with you.
My sister and I helped by snapping and shelling beans and peas and by weeding the garden. I also remember shelling popcorn by rubbing the ears together to pop the kernels off and into the dishpan. When I was little I remember making mud pies in one corner that later became my own garden plot for 4H.
Mom processed a lot of what she grew. She canned tomatoes and beans and froze bags of sweet corn. She made dill pickles, which were always my favorite. It sure was good to have all of that food all year long, but I look back and now realize how much work that garden was for her. I especially appreciate learning this skill from my mom and inheriting hard work from her. As an adult I also gardened when we lived on the farm and while our business was small. My kids got to enjoy the fruits of our labor like I did. Now my oldest son and his wife have their own home, and they are looking to start a small garden, and my youngest misses eating fresh corn and green beans. Canned and frozen food from the grocery just cannot compare.
One funny thing I remember from this experience was after I got my bath in the evening, my mom would use the same bath water to wash her dirty feet from the garden! We didn't have a shower; just one bath tub. Today I jump in the shower after working in the yard, but I guess back she just felt the need to wash her feet. Funny how things change.
What memories do you have of your mom this Mother's Day season?
A couple of years ago I dealt with elevated stress issues at work while my son was struggling with bullying issues at school. Together this stress contributed to temporomandibular joint, or TMJ disorder in my jaw. My face and teeth hurt. Opening my mouth for a sandwich was painful. Chewing a steak was not even possible. Thanks to my dentist and online research, I found that by managing my stress and wearing a mouth guard each night, I was able to reduce the symptoms of TMJ to where eating is not much of a problem anymore. I still grind my teeth at night and have jaw pain when stress levels increase, but I am much more aware of my stress and how my body is reacting to it.
3. Essential Oils - I have a mini diffuser at work, a diffuser in my bedroom, and personal diffusers on me - necklaces, earrings and bracelets. I massage my jaw and outer ear area up to my temple with peppermint and rosemary, diluted with almond oil. Sometimes I just put oils in my hands and smell them. Aromatherapy sure helps me.
4. Prayer and meditation - I have a spare bedroom that is a quiet place for me. I will sometimes escape to this room for a few minutes for some quiet time with God. Writing in a prayer journal or a gratitude journal can help us focus on the positive things in our lives.
5. Truly escape - Book a weekend (or longer) away!
Lion’s Park is only a few blocks away with a walking path along the Mad River - take a blanket and a book and enjoy the bubbling sounds of the flowing water. God has a magnificent way of using nature to relieve the stress of the day!
What are some ways you relieve stress? I would love to hear some of the things that work for you.
Last month I hosted my first Christmas Open House at the bungalow, and it was a great hit! OK, so I only had about twenty people, but they loved it. We had great conversation and good cookies, coffee and hot chocolate.
Rev. Tami Wenger Women’s Inspirational Speaker
West Liberty, Ohio
You can check out Tami on her website at revtami.org. She is an incredible writer and loves the West Liberty community and the history behind it. You can read more on her blog at that site also.
Shop downtown on Friday and enjoy a free lunch from hometown bank The Peoples Savings & Loan Company. They'll be grilling out and offering free food and drinks to everyone from 11-4 in downtown West Liberty. Then, on Friday night, it's Adriel Family Fun Night and Senior Night at the West Liberty-Salem Tigers' home football finale vs. West Jefferson.
Saturday starts with Adriel's Annual Benefit Auction. In addition to all of the beautiful handmade quilts, crafts, and other unique items, there will also be a "West Liberty Getaway Giveaway." Some West Liberty businesses have put together a tote bag of gift certificates for a fun getaway in West Liberty to be auctioned off at the Adriel auction.
It includes a 1-night stay at Bobbi’s Bungalow guest house and gift cards to Liberty Gathering Place, Sweetie Pie’s, Hillside Greenhouse, Kara Lynn’s, and a pass to visit Ohio Caverns beautifully displayed in an Ohio tote bag from Dorcey’s Flowers.
After the auction, it's West Liberty's Annual Tour of Homes from 12-4pm on Saturday, and on Saturday evening, there is a wonderful benefit dinner for the Piron Family on Saturday evening at WL-S. The Piron's are a local family living in the Houston area who lost almost everything in Hurricane Harvey. Have a meal, enjoy some live, local music for a good cause!
Enjoy the weekend everyone!
Chicago and Wow! It is hard to believe that Bobbi’s Bungalow has been open for guests for a full year now. It has been an amazing year meeting new people from all over the country and creating new friends both from afar and locally. My very first guests were young men in town for a wedding – the dashing groom from Nebraska marrying a lovely Bellefontaine girl, along with a few of his handsome groomsmen. I have met artists and musicians from Chicago and California, an avid bicycler from Alaska, and a business man from Boston traveling through the area.
Because of Ohio Caverns and the Piatt Castles, I have hosted vacationing families from Michigan and Indiana. Mad River Mountain Ski Resort has brought me visitors from the Cincinnati and Columbus areas. The Champaign Aviation Museum allowed me to host their speaker, Doctor and astronaut Rhea Seddon and her husband and fellow astronaut Hoot Gibson. I have welcomed home Logan and Champaign County natives who haven’t been back in a very long time for funerals, weddings and reunions. And Green Hills Community residents are so very appreciative to have a place nearby that visiting family can stay since they have downsized and don’t have the extra space. This is just a short compilation of people I have met, and I wish I could mention everyone, as I appreciate each and every one who has stayed, but I will move on…
I also appreciate the West Liberty community and local Chambers of Commerce. I have enjoyed being part of the business community in a different way than before. I hadn’t been called “Bobbi” since I was a young kid, and it has been interesting how, even people that know me, are now calling me Bobbi because of this little bungalow’s name.
I look forward to the next year of visitors to my little 1920’s bungalow. Blessings to you all!
However, we had a great time, and I had no problem keeping up with a 12 year old. We had two young ladies as our guides to make sure we could get through the obstacles, and it was a blessing to have them. They gave us tips on how to complete the more challenging obstacles – like the one that spun you around when you stepped on it, or when we got stuck on a rope course with (in our minds) no way to move forward or turn around! We cheated a little by skipping a couple of higher and more challenging ones. I was feeling pretty brave trusting the harness would keep me from falling to my demise, but my son wasn’t as confident. If you aren’t too afraid of heights, and are looking for a fun family activity that isn’t just “looking at things,” as my son was trying to avoid, I would recommend this one. And the zoo becomes an added benefit. We wandered the zoo the next couple of hours and enjoyed our day.
While in Toledo, we stayed at a popular hotel chain. It had been fairly recently remodeled, and the room was nice and clean. We shared the pool, hot tub and continental breakfast with other guests. It was pretty typical for a hotel. Although the standard room was given to us as $117/night, the total for one night with taxes and fees came to just over $138.
At Bobbi’s Bungalow, you get an entire 2-bedroom house to yourself for about the same price as the cookie cutter hotel room we got for $117. No sharing with other guests here! And at the Bungalow, you get a peaceful stay at a “home away from home” with no worries.
Enjoy locally roasted coffee on the front porch at your leisure or stroll downtown for a home cooked breakfast at the local diner. You can even experience a zip line adventure like the one we did in Toledo just a few miles north of the Bungalow at Markin Farms Zipline Adventures. [See More Local Attractions]
Call me to book your next visit to the Bellefontaine/West Liberty/Urbana area. The front porch swing is ready, and I’d love to meet you!
As Dr. Seddon was getting ready for her speaking engagement, my son and I visited with Hoot and got to hear some of his space stories. It was a joy to talk with him and compare our similar family stories. Ok, I've never flown in space, but have taken flying lessons and have family members who are pilots. Both of our fathers are pilots, and our sons have ATC (air traffic control) background, so we had some fun things to talk about.
The following weekend I hosted a Southwest Airline pilot and his family. He has military background that includes being an Air Force One Advance Agent, taking care of the logistics of piloting very important people. I will admit that he is family😊, and although under sad circumstances of the loss of a loved one, it was a pleasure to have them stay at the bungalow.
Somehow I missed hosting a pilot during the B-25 Gathering at Grimes Airport the third weekend of April. I'll have to work on that for their next event!
You can check out the the B-25 "Champaign Gal" and the restoration of our B-17 "Champaign Lady," at the Champaign Aviation Museum and also visit the Grimes Flying Lab. Both the National Museum of the USAF and the Armstrong Air and Space Museum are less than an hour away. And I have a cute little place to stay the night. There is so much to do here. It is worth the visit!
Logan County's top winter attraction Mad River Mountain officially opens for business today! Bobbi's Bungalow would be a great cozy retreat after a day of skiing or tubing at Mad River Mountain. The bungalow and downtown West Liberty is less than 10 miles away from fun on the mountain!
Bobbi's Bungalow is beautifully decorated for the holidays! Call or Contact Us today to schedule your weekend getaway!