Alphabet Challenge – B

Beauty

It has often been said “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. I say beauty is much deeper than that.

It may be that as a photographer and artist I interpret things and people differently. While as a more “spiritual” person I try to see the best in people but sometimes the “ugly” is just too overwhelming.

That being said, let’s concentrate on the inner beauty. The reality is you can be the most physically beautiful person on the planet but if your personality is not equally pleasing I probably would not waste my time on you.

This week I was reminded of that when visiting a friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer. She had lost her hair and wore a cute cap and her face was slightly swollen but it was the conversation we had that reminded me of the beautiful person she was inside.

The moral of this story… look past the packaging to find the real gift.

Remembering and praying for all cancer patients.

The Eyes of Life

Beauty is more than skin deep. Show someone your beauty.

Have a blessed day.

The Alphabet Challenge – A

To get me in the writing mood I decided to challenge myself by writing about a letter from the Alphabet. The logic behind that you ask, well as much as I would like to blog often I am easily distracted.

A as in apple.

This is the apple bread I made for Christmas. I have a nice bread maker but I prefer to make it the old-fashion way….by hand. Fortunately this recipe is not a yeast bread so you don’t have to spend a lot of time kneading the dough.

The recipe for this is not mine but you can download the “Kitchen Book” to get it. I rarely promote apps but I have to say I have really enjoyed this one. It is not just a collection of recipes but it sorts them into favorites and specialty diets like keto.

It’s no secret the apple bread is one of my favorites. I have always been fond of the Amish apple bread and this recipe is very close to that.

Come back soon to see what my next letter is about. God bless you and stay safe.

Making A Budget Friendly Meal

At a time when retailers are making it a marketing game against the general consumer you can still win.

My husband loves to eat out and I don’t like to cook but even with the skyrocketing prices it is cheaper and healthier to eat at home. Here is one meal you can fix at home for about ten bucks and still feed about four people.

Crock Pot Easy Fix

You can’t go wrong with this boneless Applewood Spiral Ham ($8.49 at Food Lion). Add red potatoes, apple slices and broccoli. I added just enough water to cook the veggies.

You can also still save at the checkout by using coupons. While coupons are limited most larger grocery chains have their own savings programs.

Stock up on staples that can be put in plastic containers for long term storage like flour, sugar, oatmeal, dried beans when they are on sale.

Make the most of reward programs…they do make a difference in the long run. Stay healthy and throw your savings into a jar for that special event or purchase.

Have a great day!

Happy New Year

Home Renovations
Learned a new craft.
Played a lot with my wee best friend.

These pics represents how I spent most of my year. I refuse to let the negativity of this world influence my life. Each day is spent in prayer and in the search of new things, travels and friends.

I want you to know I value all of my followers, readers and fellow bloggers. Without you this blog would not continue.

For this new year I hope you renew your faith, fulfill all of your goals and just live an awesome life.

For me I plan to pray more, craft more, spend more time photographing this crazy world and spending time with family.

Whatever your plans are for this new year don’t hold back……live life to the fullest because you don’t get a redo! Don’t wait for things to happen…make them happen. The most important thing you can do is to LOVE. Love your family, your friends, your work family, a stranger. How you treat the next person you meet can influence their life and yours.

Have a wonderful day and an awesome year.

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Christmas, More Than A Day!

Wikipedia defines Christmas as “an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ”. I can tell you it is so much more than that!

Yes, there probably are festivals in some places. A lot of people do get caught up in the traditional things like music, parades, pagents, lights and gifts but that is not the “why” we celebrate.

We don’t even really know when Jesus was born. We just know he was. Wikipedia says December 25 but if you really read the Bible it suggest that may not be when he was born. Ultimately the date is unimportant. The traditions and celebrations we enjoy are unimportant compared to the event itself.

You may or may not know that Mary also was a virgin birth. Her birth in no way has the significance of the birth of Christ but may be a link as to why she was chosen to carry God’s son. Even though her place in society may have been insignificant at the time in God’s eyes she was very important. She held a place of honor among all women. Still, she was just a women.

It was a normal birth but not a normal event! God so loved the world that he gave a part of himself to humanity. He survived on earth as a man but taught us so much about life and spirituality. He gave us the tools of salvation and suffered for us. He was no ordinary man! His birth forever changed the universe. Whether you are a believer or not the reason we celebrate Christmas is not that he was just born but that his entry into our world was to save humanity.

This Christmas while you are enjoying the traditions of Christmas make sure you include Christ in the reason you celebrate. Have a wonderful Christmas.

God bless you all.

Christmas Shennigans

We did something different this year. We decided to go to view a local floatilla. While there were no bands or floats this was the best kind of parade. We were able to sit in a great location and watch the boats glide along in front of us. While unfortunately I wasn’t able to get any pictures I can tell you it was very colorful.

I am trying to find different things to do this year to make the most of the season. While I am not a shopper I have done my share recently. Normally I might would buy online but with the frequent shipping delays you just have to ask yourself if it is worth it!

Trying to be budget friendly I watch for sales and try to buy things that are practical not whimsical! Don’t rule out those auction finds either. It is a great way to find odd things or antiques for that certain someone in your family that just goes wild over vintage glass.

This season don’t forget to either donate money or better yet your time to a local charity. And don’t forget about our veterans.

In the new year I hope to post more, do more photography and be more motivated to create and share my adventures in camping with you. Until then, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. God bless you.

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Feeling Thankful

As we approach Thanksgiving, I have no particular plans. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants so to speak and try to enjoy life as it comes. I used to enjoy the holidays but over the years a lot of my family members have passed away and it is just not the same. And yet, I find comfort in each passing day.

That being said I look at life not more seriously but appreciate even the smallest things. Even the quiet days have meaning. I appreciate that I am reasonably healthy but I won’t be running any marathons any time soon. I am quite satisfied to sit with a crochet hook in my hand or inspirational words from my Bible.

I no longer watch the news since it is full of garbage anyway but prefer cleaner shows like reruns of the Waltons that at least show the close ties of families that in some families no longer exists. I don’t dwell on the past but tend to accept what is. I always said I have no patience but God has certainly made sure I learned a few lessons in that.

Things may be getting worse in the world but staying calm and keeping sane is what is important. I put my faith above all things. The future will be according to God’s plan not my own.

All things considered I am grateful for the life I have. I have family I adore and friends I value. Overall I am blessed and thankful.

Have a wonderful holiday and be safe and healthy. God bless each and every one of you.

To Vote Or Not To Vote

Today in many areas the decision to vote is not just a process. Because of the events of the last few years it is time to take voting more serious.

Even though there is still a big question as to whether or not our votes will even count, its about taking part in the decision. Regardless of your party affiliation, it’s about choosing the right person for the job. Don’t choose people just because you know them, honestly choose people of high moral and ethical values. Choose people because they represent your opinions and views.

Over the last few years we have been tested and while most of us have not only survived we have become stronger. It is time to continue what our forefathers started, we have to set a positive example for our children and grandchildren. WE ARE THE PEOPLE and this is OUR country. Politicians work for us….we are not slaves to them! We have to return this country back to a peaceful place where ALL people have the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.

So today when you stand in that long line to vote think about why you are there and what your vote can really mean for this nation. It is your choice and more importantly YOUR RIGHT!

May God richly bless you and guide you this day.

Cotton Picking Times

Cotton has been grown in NC since before the American Revolution. As a society of blue jeans and quilts where would we be without cotton. Before the age of nylon and other man-made fabrics, cotton and wool were the soul sources for clothes except for fur. Even against some more popular fabrics trends, cotton as managed to survive. Here’s a brief look at cotton.

I’m sure you have seen cotton fields much like this one over the years but did you give any thought to where it went from here?

While these bales may not look like those your grandfather was used to, you will see planty of them sitting in the fields right now.

Rectangular bales sitting on the lot of the cotton gin.

After leaving the gin we stumbled onto a neighboring farm that had cows. How can you resist these cute faces.

The donkey protects the cows from coyote and other preditors.

Thank you for following me. So the next time you put on that new pair of jeans, remember their humble beginnings.

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.