The Meaning Of Love

Don’t let the title fool you. This is not about romance or is it? When God created man I’m sure he had a lot of hopes and dreams for what man would accomplish. Imagine now the beautiful garden of eden and then there was man! God then realized man could not exist on his own so he yanked out a rib and created woman.

The woman was the opposite of man in areas that made them a perfect fit. This was no jigsaw puzzle but a creation of design. Then Eve screwed up and listened to the serpent who was also male. You got it, disaster struck! That was just the beginning of conflict between men and women.

Well man gets off scott free while woman is cursed with childbirth. While Eve became a devoted wife and mother she set the tone for the women that followed her in her faithfulness to God and her obedience to man. But you know the old saying “behind every good man is an even better woman” proved to to be true.

Despite the fact Eve made a terrible error in judgement, she proved to be a great example of love. That love was certainly tested when Able died. What was this thing called love that in a fleeting moment it could rip your heart to shreds. When her son Seth was born she again found that deep emotional love..

Through generations that followed women stayed in the background but were a driving force. Moses might not have ever gone to the mountain had his wife not encouraged him to draw closer to God…the Jews would still be in bondage without her. George Washington might not would have been the leader that he was had it not been for Martha. The deep emotion of love can be a beautiful foundation. Women have been the carriers of the torch of love but that doesn’t mean that men don’t feel love.

Some of the greatest musical scores were about love and were written by men. Women love long but men love hard.

These days that power and beauty of love is fading. The future of this country and our planet cannot continue to exist unless we go back to that one simple emotion and allow ourselves to love. The Bible puts it simply LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Make no mistake you are not always going to like the person next to you but you have to look past that and share a moment of love. It can be powerful!

Have a wonderful and blessed day.

A Look At The Washington, NC Waterfront

I used to love to come to Washington when it was still a friendly town. On our recent camping trip to Goose Creek, we strolled into Washington with our little Roco for a morning adventure.

When we tried to walk past the Estuary Center we were met with large signs that read NO DOGS. It appears that when the yankees came in and built the condos they took away something precious, a valuable part of the waterfront. These condos not only have taken away a large section of the waterfront, it appears their owners don’t value life particularly canine life.

This really set a negative tone for the day but I do what I always do, try to turn the negatives into positives. Here are some pics from the section of waterfront that is still accessible.

Fish Bench
Condos encroaching on wetlands.
Love the boats.
This building is now a distillery.
More boats….
and more…
and then there were these guys….!

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Have a blessed day.

Goose Creek Revisited

This week we got the opportunity to go back to Goose Creek State Park. We love this place. It is quiet with large sites and they have plenty of room between them.

If you like walking or biking the trails you will find plenty of them here.

Our site this trip was 22. It was the best site there the camp host told us. It was in a corner with only one campsite nearby and a cabin on the other side no.

Here are a few pics of our site.

Our little Roco loves camping.

Taking Time To Dance

As we all know the last few years have at best interrupted our lives. Thinking back before that though life was very hectic. People were racing to work, trying to squeeze in just one more activity and the end results being a catastrophic health event.

The mass confusion and insanity of Covid had its own casualties. One thing it did do was bring families together and for a moment in time the speedway of life slowed to a crawl.

Now that mandates have been lifted most people have gone back to work and some are working harder than ever because of the people who have chosen not to work.

What has changed? The way we look at lifestyle. Oh there will always be those who seem to enjoy a wreckless lifestyle but for most of us we have found greater value in living.

It’s important to do the things that must be done but it is also important to dance. I’m not necessarily talking about the physical dance. It’s about maintaining balance. If you are so stuck in a routine that there is no adventure in your life then you haven’t gotten it right yet.

What is the one thing you enjoy but have put on the back burner. What is that one place you always wanted to visit but you just couldn’t squeeze it into your schedule? Don’t use money as an excuse or the kids or the job….work it into your schedule now! It’s time to dance!

There is an old country song that says it best “I Hope You Dance”. Leeann Womack got it right when she sings this song as she explains why dancing is so important. I hope the rest of your life will be filled with adventure and not just the complexities of life.

I hope you take the time to 💃.

The Purge

Lately I have had the urge to purge unnecessary things from my life. While by no means am I a hoarder, without even thinking I tend to hold onto things longer than I should.

From old greeting cards to clothes that are older than I care to admit, its got to go. I am now choosing to keep only what I really need.

I have a thing about organization! It is not enough just to clean a room but it has to be organized or it just doesn’t make sense. If it is something I haven’t worn in the last year…it’s going out. I am an artist and crafter which also means I have a lot of supplies related to my hobbies. Even these may need to be purged to eliminate outdated or unusable items to make room for new ones.

Even my dog has a special area for his grooming supplies, toys, medical supplies and food. He has a toy box but like kids he just can’t seem to put his toys away!

With more renovations in my house that need to be done purging is not an option but a necessity. Every day it gets easier. After all, it’s just stuff!

If cleanliness is next to Godliness, I should be in line for sainthood soon. All kidding aside, it is not what you keep but what you get rid of that matters!

Have a great and productive day.

Getting Back To The Basics

Listening to someone new on my Amazon Music app, Iron And Wine, I couldn’t help but be transported back to a different time.

The song had a catchy title….something about being naked but don’t let that deter you from listening. Instrumentality it was mello and the lyrics made sense. The sound was soothing not unlike something I might would have listened to during the Woodstock era.

It made me appreciate once more the music of the past. You just don’t find artists or music like this anymore. This was refreshing. It took me back to my teenage years when unlike today there were moral boundaries. Life was simpler and people were actually happy. Yes, we loved to cruise around the hottest drive-ins and I even got caught coming home late on occasion but life had meaning.

It’s reflection on better times that will strengthen our desire to not just settle but to strive to get back some of the values we had back then.

Do I want to give up my new car or Wi Fi? Probably not but if it would mean we could live in a less violent world and a world that has a strong value system, then yes I would. Progress is not always in our best interest.

The last few years have more than ever shown that it’s not the wealth of this world that matters. We need to get back to the basics. It’s really simple, put God first. Next to God is family. God from the very beginning laid out a value system that works. LOVE

May God bless you abundantly.

Perfection Or Not So Perfect

In the last few months I have expanded my artistic journey to include jewelry making. Admittedly I have made some pieces that would not meet my level of perfection… but then I had to stop myself.

Imperfect Knot

I had been throwing out everything that was imperfect and this morning it hit me. If God judged me like that I would have been tossed out a long time ago. The Imperfect Knot might not be pretty but was created from bits and pieces of metals from completed projects. While a recycled project, it can still serve a purpose. Like this bit of imperfection none of us are perfect but we all have a purpose.

Twisted Adventure

While this ring may look more complete it too was a recycled project. One of my biggest frustrations in using soft metals is the unwanted scratches and dents. To make them a little less noticeable I added a few dents of my own.

Working with metal is definitely giving me a lesson in patience. Continue to follow me on my artistic journey.

Have a wonderful day.

A Weeble With Purpose

For those of you who were not raised in the 70’s you are probably asking “What the heck is a weeble”?

I remember fondly playing with these things as a child. They were almost hypnotizing as they rocked back and forth with the slightest nudge.

Sometime in previous years I acquired the 1974 Indian Weeble from the western collection. I have shuffled him around my house over the years because I just couldn’t seem to part with him. Currently he has a home in my office. Here he has a purpose. After paying bills or some other frustrating task I give him a nudge and he just makes me laugh. I watch him rock until he finally stops upright again.

It is funny how something so simple at least for a moment calms my world. The point is you can benefit from just taking a moment to be distracted from life’s stressor.

Here’s my Weeble:

Find the simple pleasures in life. Have a wonderful day.

Kitchen Crafting

While I know most people have dishwashers, I do not. Finding dishcloths that hold up is difficult so I started crocheting my own. Even if you do have a dishwasher these cloths are great for cleaning up spills quick.

Tools for making these is simple: Size G crochet hook, Scissors and 100% cotton yarn.

To start chain 27. Dc in second chain from hook and dc across. Ch 2 and repeat until you have a square (to determine square – take one corner and cross it over to opposite side. If flush it is square).

If you just want to give these as gifts you can make multiples and stack them and tie them up like a package using yarn,ribbon or jute.

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Have a blessed day.

Of Wings And Wire

Those that know me know I never stop looking for that next adventure in crafting. The past few weeks I have been tampering with metal in particular wire. While I have had experience beading I have not designed with wire itself.

While I love designing anything this is one art that has really tested my patience. I typically like things that I can complete pretty quickly with the exception of painting. I can do a painting in a few hours and sometimes it may take a week or longer.

I think some days there must be a little angel perched on my shoulder to keep me focused. Otherwise, I would surely wreak havoc with some of my projects.

Wire wrapping is not difficult but is time consuming. Here are some of my completed projects to date:

If you are interested in learning this craft there are great videos on both YouTube and Rumble.

Expand your horizon and learn a craft. May God richly bless you.