Hey, everyone! I know I don't post very often and honestly, it's mostly because I don't have much to post about. I want my posts to have meaning and purpose. Today is National Dog Day and is kind of hard because I no longer have my Puddles here with me. No happy tail wags to greet me when I come home for the weekend and no cuddles on the couch. It's very rare that I cry over death. I think the last time I cried over someone passing was my grandpa when I was nine. This was different. I grew up with my dog Puddles, having him to be put down was like I lost a part of my childhood just died. I was an emotional wreck for two weeks, trying hard not to think about it because I knew I would start crying. Well, about five months later, I feel like having a discussion about death.

Mom, Dad, and I talked, we agreed that Puddles was hurting and something needed to happen but we didn't really talk about it. Now keep in mind, we thought Puddles was going to die five years before because of how he was acting and snapped out of it so at the time I just thought it was just chit-chat. My dad called me on a Tuesday and said that he had to take Puddles in. That definitely wasn't an easy decision for my parents and I knew that I couldn't make that decision, which leads into a bit of a segway of sorts.

Death is an interesting topic because people talk about it but we don't talk, talk about it. Mostly because it leads to religious debate and to be honest, it's stupid to fight over this. Whatever you believe in we are all afraid of death. Yes, I said it, we fear death. It's a natural thing to do. I believe it is a bit of pride with a major splash of FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out. We all want to make a mark on this world in some way or another. I have come to relevation to welcoming death instead of fearing it. Someday I will pass away just like any one else and all I can stay is to embrace life anyway I can. Maybe I'll read more books or travel more but I no longer fear death like I did before.

Now onto a happier topic!

I saw Suicide Squad and honestly, it was good but disappointing. For a person that actually reads comics and watch the animated series I can say that Jared Leto's Joker was interesting but nothing showed the true Joker. Harley Quinn is supposed to be basically physically and emotionally abused by Joker, and Suicide Squad is where she starts to realize that she doesn't need Joker that she always has before. 

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

Erika ;)

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I've been doing a lot of thinking the past couple of weeks, mostly since the college semester ended and I've come to a conclusion. I don't like who I am. Now, I know it sounds weird, those who know me know that I'm generally a happy person. But here's the thing, I can't stand the person who I've become since I left home. 

I am a Christian born and raised, ever since my life started praying was what needed to happen every meal time and when I went to bed. My parents and extended family made sure that I had a healthy relationship with God and I have had one until recently. As I started to go to college, I didn't go home as often so during the weekends I didn't go to church with my parents or in the town I've been going to college to. I've become accustomed to this rut of not going that I feel horrible anytime I stop and think about it. It doesn't help matters that I contemplate if God is real, mostly because of all the horrible things that happen in this world. Why would He allow wars and disasters to happen if He wanted to protect His children? 

This is where the most amazing thing happened to me. Thy Will by Hillary Scott and the Scott Family came on the radio about two days ago and it was as if my heart burst open that I felt like I was going to cry. It explains what I feel right now. It was as if God was telling me to be patient that He knows that I have to figure out my know way to Him, and no one else can tell me how to get there. 

So, what have I decided from this? Well, for starters I'm going to make time by praying and reading daily scriptures. And of course, I'm going to go to church more regularly. Now, don't get me wrong, I've grown as a person in certain things that I'm proud of and will always be of. 

I'm sorry/not sorry if this offends you. I have no problem with any religions but I am not going to apologize for what I believe in, not now and not ever whether it is religion or anything else. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Erika ;)



Hello Lovelies! I am so sorry for not posting in a long while. I have been super busy with real life lately from finals to switching to full time at the daycare I work at. Hopefully, I can squeeze in some needed blog time in and discuss things.

First thing I would like to discuss, is a heartbreak situation that happened about three weeks ago. My puppy, Puddles, passed away at sixteen-years young, and I knew that it was going to happen sometime but when it did my heart just crumbled into a million pieces. I wrote a sort of Microfiction about him. I cried the day I wrote, I cried the night I had to read it in front of my writing class for workshop, and I cried in general about the whole thing. I've returned home about every weekend since then and when I do it's like there is this void lingering about the place.

There is no happy face with a tongue lolling out of a mouth to greet with a wagging tail when I enter my house, and there is no food and water dish where there once were. I still check to see if there is dog kibble tossed onto the floor from when he would dig his nose in.

Here is the Microfiction piece if you choose to read it. If not, that's fine, I'll have a happier post up soon!


You were adopted by the family and filled the void in our little home that we never knew we had. You and I would smile and laugh and play; we made memories that can never change. The meals we would share were mostly me sneaking you something I did not like, but I know you did. We took long walks on hot summer days with Mom by our sides and chased fireflies by the moonlight. When it would rain, we would splash in the puddles for hours. I still laugh at the time you dared yourself to drink the turkey grease Dad had out one night; you had slick shits for weeks. Then there was that time when you ate all those Hershey Kisses on Christmas Eve.

Even though we hardly said anything, we knew we loved each other, just a sister and a brother watching cartoons for hours. However, as time went on, I was becoming more active and involved with things, you were becoming sick and weak, but you stayed silent for days upon days. You did not know it, but I could see pain through your smiles and how you tried so hard to keep me happy when it should have been me helping you all those years.

Then the day came to a call that shattered my world. Dad said that the doctor could not do anything for the blindness in your warm, brown eyes, or the deafness that was shutting your ears from sounds. The doctor said that the accidents you were having were the lack of connection between your brain and bladder, causing Mom, Dad, and I to be frustrated like no other. Now you do not have to be in suffer anymore because where you are there is no pain. Heaven welcomed you into the gates with open arms.

However, I'm still here, wandering about the earth with a torn heart and a heavy soul, wondering how I will ever accept being told that things will get better because I know damn well they won't. The memories have haunted me like nightmares, and it has only been three days. I cannot accept the fact that you will not be there when I go home, that I will not ever see you smile, or watch cartoons with you, or sneak you my food. You were my brother, my companion, my soul partner...not just my dog.

By Erika Neumann

​RIP Puddles Buddy Neumann



Hello, everyone! I am so sorry that I haven't posted within a week, life has been pretty crazy for me. So, about a week ago on April 2nd, I went for a walk along Skyview Lake. The weather was gorgeous as was the view of the sunset, and the best part of it all there was barely any wind. As I was walking around the path I noticed many things, and not good things either. The reeds for the cattails around the lake are still dormant from the winter time and they showed the ugly part of human footprints. There was trash everywhere and if I could've gotten to the trash I would've thrown it away. I just can't believe the ignorance of some people, like what possesses a person to throw their trash into a lake? Would they be okay if someone just came in a threw pop bottles, newspaper bags, etc. in their home? No, they wouldn't. I picked up as much trash as I could and threw it away in the nearest trash bin, and that is my exact point. The park is filled with trash bins there so that the park can stay beautiful and the lake can stay a healthy environment for the many species of creatures that call it a home. If we want to keep things like Skyview Lake, then we have to help take care of it to make sure that it stays preserved so our kids and grandkids can go to places like Skyview.

Other than that I got some pretty cool pictures from my walk, I even did the little outdoor training stations they have all around the park. I enjoy doing some of them, it helps switch up my routine a little bit!

It was Wednesday night so the 6th of April when I was hungry for pancakes, however, I am trying to adopt a healthy lifestyle of becoming gluten-free. I've been doing pretty good for the most part and so I don't go insane I allow myself one cheat day out of the week where I can eat regular breads and what not. So I made mini banana pancakes and they were delicious! Here is the recipe:

  • 1½ large bananas, ripe or overripe, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 splash of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (regular oats ground into powder, pretty easy actually)

Combine all ingredients. If the batter your batter is runny add some more oat flour until you get the pancake batter consistency. Use a tablespoon to pour batter onto your skillet or frying pan at 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time.

I topped my pancakes with natural peanut butter and lite maple syrup!

​Thank you for stopping by and I'll see ya next time! 



Hello, everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic day today! Within the past two days that I've posted my first blog post, I have played Tom Clancy's The Division. I don't want to give too much away but I'm addicted and it's bad, I went from a level 1 to a level 7 within an hour! My boyfriend bought it and I thought it was just a game like Call of Duty. Boy, was I wrong, the storyline of it all just sucks you in and the idea of it is so realistic and scary that you question your life choices afterwards. I will say that the game right now is pretty laggy at times, and usually lags on me during a mission...in the middle of combat...when a sniper can shoot me through a steel wall. Now, I'm not claiming to be the best shooter gamer out there but I'm pretty decent and when you duck into cover and get injured because of a delayed bullet a girl like me tends to rage quit. Haha! I encourage you to check it out though, it is super fun!

P.S. I got the picture from here http://store.steampowered.com/agecheck/app/365590/.

I love nature, as my mother once described me as being a tree-hugger back in my junior high days, never the less, I still care about the environment. My first post featured my daffodil with its little moth (I think?) friend. I grew that flower from an 89 cent glass vase from Walmart, and the bulbs themselves were on sale because they were out of growing season. I learned several things while growing the daffodils and the tulips that have yet to mature into the blossoming stage, I learned a different kind of patience. Working with toddlers is the type of patience where you can leave them in a corner to throw a fit because you took that piece a paper from their mouth and they're screaming at the top of their lungs. Growing something, like a plant, is completely different. For the entire month of November, I was starting to become convinced that my daffodils and tulips were duds, but then something amazing happened during Holiday Break, they popped out of their bulbs! I was so happy! Now that it is springtime, I'm currently planning my herbs/vegetable garden. So excited!

I have done what most people do and relapse back into unhealthy ways, and not only has it taken a toll on my body but also my wallet. For a few weeks, I binged on McDonalds, Burger King, and just junk stuff that wasn't good for me at all! What I did Tuesday is that I made a Hobo Meal. Usually to cook a Hobo Meal (and there are many different Hobo Meal recipes), you put it on the grill but since Mother Nature is being temperamental in great ol' Nebraska, it was too cold. So I cooked the Hobo Meal in the oven.

Here's my Hobo Meal recipe:

1 turkey kielbasa, cut into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces

4 sweet corn, can be cut in 1/2 or 1/4 for more variety

1 bag of frozen green beans, or fresh whatever you prefer

1 pound of baby potatoes

2 Tbsp of Saffron Oil or Olive Oil

Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Cut up all of your veggies and the turkey kielbasa. Take some aluminum foil and create a little boat for your yummies! Before you put your ingredients in, make sure to light drizzle the aluminum foil BUT don't use it all. Pile in your ingredients and then lightly brush or drizzle them. After that is done, you can sprinkle on the Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle spice as much as you want for that kick. Cover the meals with another piece of aluminum foil and put on a baking sheet. Then put the yum-yums in the oven for 20-30 minutes, or when the potatoes are fully cooked. Let the steam vent out for about a minute after removing the top foil and plate

​Thank you for dropping by! :)



I am so excited to be a budding blogger, never in my life have I ever done anything like this besides Facebook statuses! Like my description says, I am 20-years-old and I am from the United States of America. I live in a tiny town in Nebraska, if you don't know where that is that's okay, so does most of the US in general! ;) Yes, we have electricity, no, we no longer have horse and buggies (unless you're Amish), and Kool-Aid was created here, so, yeah! My life is pretty simple and busy, I work at a clothing store and a daycare in the town that I go college at. I plan on making all kinds of recipes and crafts for all ages! I'm definitely a nature girl, I love being outdoors and trying to find the best way to recycle everything and anything. I also have a pretty good green thumb so you'll definitely see my garden this year hopefully! I've already grown daffodils and tulips in jars! I am also a major nerd, especially anything with comics, superheroes, etc. I saw Batman v Superman and loved it! Let's just say Catwoman is my spirit animal. ;) Due to my nerdiness, I enjoy videogames, lots and lots of videogames. I've played everything from Lego: Batman to Elder Scrolls. I would like to do reviews of future games and past ones to the best of my ability (and my wallet size ;P ). You get an imaginary sticker for taking time to read this if you made it this far, leave a comment below of suggestions of what you would like to see here!

Ta ta for now! I'll leave you with my daffodil and its winged friend!