Great Eats

My husband will tell you that I am a very finicky eater, which I am. As a photography I am always on the lookout for unique places and things when I spotted this sign: Rose’s Kitchen.

This place looks like an old store but clearly has its own personality

Ms. Mary took our order and made sure we had everything we needed. She and other staff members could not have been nicer.

Thanks Ms. Mary for a great dining experience.

As a Google rater I will have to give this establishment a 10 * rating. Here is what I had that earned that rating:

I selected a vegetarian plate of potatoes salad,cabbage and seven layer salad.

Want to know how to get there? Travel north on 903 from Maury NC toward Greenville and just watch for the sign. It will be worth the effort to get there

Have a great Sunday and don’t forget to visit my friends at Rose’s Kitchen.

Fighting The Good Fight

I remember well when my Dad was fighting his battle with cancer that he remarked on just that. He said when he read John Doe fought the battle of cancer they were not kidding because it was a daily battle.

As an observer of a friend who is now going through this same battle I am seeing another side of it. With my Dad I guess I was too close to the situation.

While my friend has had surgery he has chosen to not undergo further treatment. That being said, I have to tell you this is a man of amazing will. His wife has acknowledged some of the terrible days that he has had and yet…he amazes me physically and spiritually. A lot of people are praying for him daily and the results are amazing. The hair on his head has grown back in just a few short weeks to cover his large incision. He went from being unsteady on his feet to dancing with his wife in five days.

While his doctors may have given him a short time to live he is showing he is planning on LIVING with the time he has left.

Doctors don’t know all the answers and they don’t know the limitations of the human spirit and faith. While doctors may tell you your time is up…God says NOT YET!

It is so important to not just be physically healthy but to also be spiritually sound. I don’t mean to just show up in church on Sunday I mean you have to build a deep spiritual connection with God. That kind of connection is truly amazing!

God bless and have a great day.

Giving Back

My father was very artistic and loved to paint. He never sold any of his works because he put so much time and effort into them that they were an extension of himself. When he passed away members of the family were finally able to take a part of him with them. The remaining works stayed in the home until after my mother passed in 2019.

As crazy as it may sound, when my father passed that is when I started my path of giving back. Over the years I had given money to various charities like The Cancer Foundation and United Way…only to find out the money was selfishly pocketed instead of actually helping people. When my father died of cancer I wanted to actually do something that would benefit the patients. I remembered how cold he got during treatments and sat down and started crocheting hats and then shawls and have now added lap blankets. When I had collected enough to fill up a large tote, my husband and I took them to our local Cancer Center. The first trip I could not go in, it was just too painful and I wasn’t sure they would even take them. My husband new some of the staff there. He grabbed the tote and I watched as he disappeared behind the glass door. He was gone for what seemed like an eternity when he finally emerged with a big smile on his face. When he expressed how excited the staff were I was relieved. Every year since 2009 we have made that same trip. It was several years later before I actually walked in myself. When a cheerful staff member relayed to me the reactions of the patients I knew the time and effort was worth it.

I don’t  give so someone can pat me on the back for it. I give because it is the right thing to do. Sure I could probably make a nice living selling what I make but it is much more meaningful to give it where it is needed.

I am now also making baby blankets that I hope can be used by foster parents and moms that might otherwise not be able to afford them. In addition I also have made one-of-a-kind dolls and bears.

Again, I am not “tooting my own horn” but trying to tell you that your talents are being wasted if you don’t  use them for good. It’s not hard.. identify your talent and pair that with a need in your communities. This means you too guys. There is a group of men locally that builds ramps for the disabled and elderly so if you have those carpentry skills…get to sawing!

It is worth the time, expense and challenge to give back.

Have a blessed and beautiful day.

Honoring Our Fallen

While I have been busy with crafts and other things, I have also pondered what to write about. I don’t like to just throw things into a blog but to find things meaningful to write about. Maybe I don’t write every day, sometimes not even every week, but I hope my few posts have meaning for you in some small way.

As you have seen in previous blogs I am a history buff. Yesterday I went and took a few pictures of our Confederate monument which our evil government moved from its original location so that it would not offend anyone. It offended me and hundreds of other loyal patriots that love this country. They stuck it out among trees away from public view. They have greatly dishonored those that this monument represent. It doesn’t represent any particular race, it represents the hard cold battle that was fought on our soil to maintain control of their land and their inheritance. I don’t care whether you think the war was right or wrong, just respect those who died that we might live!



The next time you see a civil war monument, don’t just turn you nose up at it and walk away…..take a moment and take it in and then research it. You just might learn something of value!

Have a great and blessed day.

PS I have visited many monuments and stood at the graves of great heros.

Flower Pot Crafting Part 1

What do you do on a hot Sunday afternoon… you create. I really wanted to make some yard art so here is what I am working on.

Laying the foundation.

We are making a knome mushroom house. Keep in mind these are the first stages so they are rough.

I am using a 10 inch flower pot and a drain pan large enough to extend out past the pot. You can get these from Michael’s or any garden supply.

Paint the pot with your desired base coat using either spray acrylic or you can hand paint like I am doing with artist acrylics. For the dots you can use any circular object and dip into the color you desire and use a rocking motion to make sure it makes a complete ring. Fill in with your artist brush to complete circle.

Make sure you fill in dots a second time allowing for drying time in between.

I have added the door and a knome beside the door. Continue to layer on paint until you are satisfied.

Sorry that is all for today but keep checking back for the final product.

Journals…a path of explanation!

I know it has been days since I blogged, but I feel like it is not enough just to tap some keys. Finding something worthy to write about is always the delima. The days are so hot I have not even pulled my camera out. My RV is still sitting idle in my yard because getting out in the heat is so undesirable.

Still, I am so grateful for life! While the summer months are not my favorite time of the year I still try to make the most of them. The morning hours are my most productive. While my dog woke me up so that he could make his visit outside, my only desire at that moment was for a cup of java. Thankfully his visit was short and sweet and then he jumped up on the couch and went back to sleep.

My husband was still asleep so I tried to be as quiet as possible. With cup in hand I came here to my office to have some quiet time. I always try to start my day by taking a few minutes to talk to God. Just those few moments of meditation can make the difference in how my day continues.

Today’s topic is about journalling. While unfortunately I am not real consistent about journalling I do believe it serves several purposes. It is a good way just to get through difficult times in your life. If you journaled during the lockdown of covid then you can relate to what I mean. It is a way of putting down on paper/or digitally your thoughts and breaking down even your most intimate fears. For me it is a way of documenting brief thoughts or bits of information that I might be able to use at a later time. I do a lot of research and some days my head is just so full of information that journalling is some times the most logical way of sorting out those details.

The traumatic times that we are living in now are worthy of journalling. Never before has our faith been so tested and our lives threatened. Each day as a way to deal with this every changing world write down your feelings. You don’t have to be a great writer, it is just important as a coping tool that you get those feelings out. We have to stay united with family and friends. To do that in a positive way it is important to have a place for any negative feelings. Keep ties with your family and friends a place of love. If you are having a bad day…don’t spread that negativity…document it. You will find that when you write it down it is just like you have had the conversation without hurting anyone’s feelings.

There have been some great books that started out by journalling. While you might not be trying to write a novel, you will find it useful. A year from now if you wanted to look back at what the year 2021 looked like and what you did…you have it in writing.

As a genealogist I often journal as a way of sorting out details and connecting the dots. While Ancestry and other sites do a great job of collecting data the links are not always accurate. When I journal any questions or data it makes it easier for me to go back later and pinpoint any errors in linkage.

If you looked at my journal you would probably say “oh what a hot mess” but it does have its purpose. While the scribbled notes may have no meaning to others they are an ends to a means for me. They turn the illogical into logical.

Sort out your thoughts, feelings, events, all into one space.

Have a great day!

Waiting Out The Storm

I may have included this in a previous post but here it is again. During a storm I am often reminded of the song “Standing In The Storm” by The Sharps. The song reminds us to be not afraid because God will keep us safe and warm, He is our refuge in a storm.

In the book of Nahum 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power and will by no means clear the guilty. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet.

When we think about storms we usually think about the vast amount of wind, the endless hours of rain and the sometimes angry thunder and lightning. I say to you now there is a greater storm, this storm may not easily pass by. This storm is of good versus evil. As I was just typing our power went out.

As stated above God is slow to anger but there will come a time when he will say “enough is enough”. When it says “and by no means clear the guilty” it means those who deliberately violate God’s law and refuse to repent will be forever lost. On the other hand if you trust in Him in all things you will feel his presence in the storm. He will embrace you with the blanket of the Holy Spirit and you will be safe from harm.

Even as a child I never feared storms. I just saw them as God exercising His power. Storms are to be respected as something that must play out. My husband said as children his grandmother would tell them to just sit, be quiet and be respectful.

Respect the storm by being faithful.

Behold the storm and watch God’s power.

Oh Lost Babylon…Or Is She?

If you have been “asleep at the wheel” and have not acknowledged what is happening to this country and this world, maybe it is time you took a moment to slow down and take notice. Yes the sun still comes up and the birds still chirp in the morning and life does go on but what is your part in it?

This is supposed to be one of the greatest countries in the world and yet in reality daily it is sinking further into a cesspool of unimaginable sin. No I am not trying to just be negative, this was actually all predicted in the Bible.

We know that Babylon was destroyed because of its great sin. Some people believe the United States is the new Babylon and is also set for destruction as described in Revelation 18:1-24. Now whether you believe this or not is up to you but what is written in the text and what is actually happening in this world….the puzzle piece fits! For instance: Rev 18:2 And he shouted with a mighty voice, She is fallen! Mighty Babylon is fallen! She has become a resort and dwelling place for demons, a dungeon haunted by every loathsome spirit, an abode for every filthy and detestable bird.

It is obvious this world is fighting a great evil. It is a battle in every sense. This battle is good versus evil. While it may appear evil has the upper hand, even Revelation leads us to believe that if the faithful to God stand tall in this battle there is still an opportunity to create a new world. This is not a time to be weak nor a time to be fearful. This is a time to stand tall and be a soldier for God!

We have become a lawless nation and a lawless world but God’s law is the law that matters. In Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law”. Even in the worst of times we have to put God and God’s law first! We know that based on the book of Revelations we could all be destroyed but…and there is a but..if you read the last two chapters it clearly defines a new heaven and a new earth. Is that just in the physical sense? We know the Bible is written in parables so it could just as easily be interpreted that the unjust [those who have not repented and have turned away from God] have been destroyed and the children of God who do believe and are faithful will be left to enjoy a new world.

The final alter call is here and now. The old Babylon is lost but the new Babylon still has an opportunity to be saved. The choice is yours, don’t make the wrong one.

I choose God and that is not a mistake! Have a blessed day.

Senior Moments – Making That Car Purchase

While my car is aging, like everything else that I own, I find myself looking through endless auto ads trying to identify the style that I want. While my husband in the past has just driven onto the lot of a dealership and got sucked into the “less than perfect” purchase my plan is a little different.

My plan is to do lots of research before ever setting foot on a lot to make a purchase. While I may have made mistakes in other areas of my life, I am very money conscious. Maybe not frugal but I do collect coupons when I can find them. I do compare prices when possible and I don’t just settle for second best.

My grandfather always said “buy the best that you can with the money you have”. Instead of wading through mounds of paperwork for that auto loan, I plan to pay for this purchase in cash. The biggest benefit of that of course is no interest and no car payment. By liquidating some of the assets I already have before making that purchase it puts me in a better position to negotiate on price.

Currently I am researching not only style but the “best bang for the buck”, the best safety record, and best performing car. A little time now in doing the research I hope will save me a lot of headaches down the road.

I hope sometime in the next few months I will be cruising down the road in my new car and still be debt free. Wish me luck!