Tuesday, November 30, 2010
We could literally spend a day in the farmers market in Bird-In-Hand and it has just about anything a person could want from fresh veggies to fine crafted items.
We could never leave the area without stopping at Deaners Cafe for a turkey burger or the Intercourse Canning Co. for a case of their fine canned veggies and other tasty selections.
Wishing I was there right now instead of here where all thoughts are of acquiring "things" to give to folks that really didn't need them in the first place. I guess I just needed to vent a little as it is very hard for this old guy to get and keep the Christmas spirit amid so much stress and commercialization.
I have a friend, Kari, who just returned from ministering in Siberia to an orphanage. She arrived in NY and was hit with the feeling of disgust seeing everyone buying too much, eating too much while at the same time her children she left behind in Russia want for the basic necessities. I feel her pain. Hopefully she and I will make it through this season one more time. Pray for us.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Barb's husband died but before he departed he wrote her this wonderful piece sharing how much he loves her. Read it slowly and feel the love.
Mel and her husband just completed one of many moves because of her husband's work and she received this letter from him and also needs to be read slowly and feel his undying love towards Mel.
I know they will touch you as they did me. Enjoy.
Fun to see and share with your friends.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
I thought it would be good to revisit that time so to find out what Odie thinks are simple pleasures go here. Oh, & thanks Debra for teaching me how to do the link magic. Hope you enjoy that post as it really said what is important to me.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today the world is filled with many emotions. Some are happy and some are sad as in the loss of lives in New Zealand. Lets rejoice in Thanksgiving for all the Lord has blessed us with but at the same time offer up prayers for the precious families that have lost loved ones this week. It's so easy to forget them while enjoying the food and family of the season.
I am so thankful today for my God, my family, my friends all over this wonderful world. May God bless you all today.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Lilly's usual spot to find her on our back porch.
Two of the 5 or 6 bales of cotten just combined in the last few days behind our property.
A field of soy beans that is beside the cotton field that was just harvested. Soy beans seem to always be the last crop to be harvested.
Rocky & I had a nice walk getting to the farm area behind our property separated by a narrow row of growth. Deer had made us a nice path through the brush.
Don't know how many of you are familiar with the Hickory tree. It is a very hard wood and produces the hickory nut. As you can see it has a thick outer covering and after falling from the tree it dries and opens up revealing the nut inside. The nut is also "very" hard. Many times I have used a hammer something hard like a cement block and would break them open trying to get to the nut meat inside. I like the taste but there is so little inside the effort really does not pay off in the end.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
One is http://www.incourage.me/ and the other is http://lysaterkeurst.com/ & I guarantee if you go there you will get a blessing, I know I did.
Today I am worrying them again with a beef stew mixture that is already smelling great and it is only 7:25. Sure beats having to run out and deal with fast food places at lunch time.
Friday, there is just something special about that day. Hope yours will be a great one.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
She is the sweetest, kindest and lovingest lady I know and it really hurts that anyone would take anything from her. The agency that had been sending the help over has been notified not to send any more afternoon help since when they do come mostly they are just a bother and sleep. Can't get good help these days.
My sweet cousin from NV is here and has the bull by the horns so to speak and I am so glad of that. She is a blessing and takes such good care of our aunt. We'll make sure that this doesn't happen again.
Otherwise the day is good, my meds are working and God is good, all the time.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
So this morning Linda and I headed for Durham and VA hospital to be seen by their ER doctor. He is relatively sure that it is a pinched nerve coming from my lower back and spine and had X rays done and is preparing to do an MRI soon.
The doctor gave me a prescription of capsules that is supposed to act on nerve problems so hopefully it will get better by tomorrow. Time will tell.
Hope all of you are doing great and feeling fine.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The letter was not very long for the first one. He did share with me his two favorite memory verses from the bible. Psalm 4, verse 1 "Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me when I was in distress; have mercy on me, and hear my prayer." The other verse is Psalm 5 verses 1-2 "Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God , for to You I will pray."
Jackson is convinced that if you depend on God in your life, you will see Him. I am so glad that he seems to have a very strong spiritual value for his life that is guiding and comforting him .
Along with his letter there was a drawing attached of a mountain with a village and trees at the base. It was great to have something personal from him.
You too can experience this same closeness with someone from across the world that needs your love and concern. If you go to www.compassion.com and ask to be a letter writer they will provide you with a name and a picture of a needy child waiting for you. I am glad I did.
Friday, November 12, 2010
On one of my many journeys into the wilderness of the woods behind our home I was trailblazing with my hickory stick helping me clear a path through the growth and ahead I saw the figure of the bus. No telling how long it had been there. I cleared away any vegetation from the opening and went inside to find it really free of trash or anything. What a find. Now I had a place I could go to sit and think about whatever went through my young mind.
I had a white, 5 gal. bucket that I turned upside down and used as a seat and made many trips to my secret place. On rainy days I especially loved being in there out of the rain listening to the drops hitting on the roof and feeling such peace.
Today with all the nice things we have I think back to a time when a discarded old school bus body made a young guy feel so very good. I miss that bus.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
I sit here this morning realizing that there are so many people out there in the world today that literally have no one. No one to share their joys, faith, fears or love with. Not even God.
So today I am truly thankful for my God who has always been faithful to me. There is a song sung by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir called "He' been faithful" and it talks about a God who even when we are down and cannot pray, He is faithful. He is always waiting with open arms ready to welcome us back into His loving presence.
I don't know how to put the song in the middle of this post but I guarantee if you go to youtube and key in He's been faithful and look you will find it and be blessed by it.
Right now God I thank you that you saved me, I thank you for the family you have blessed me with, for the extended family in my blog world. I pray that today you will be so very close to everyone in my family touching their lives with your awesome love and grace. Amen
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Rustic porch roof covered in moss that made the experience that much more enjoyable.
Rocky loving to explore along with his new friend Jack.
Friday, November 5, 2010
In my little home town where I grew up and spent most of my life, Nashville, NC you have the Graphic http://www.nashvillegraphic.com.index.php It only comes out once a week.
Then there is the bigger newpaper that is in Rocky Mount, NC where I work and spend most of my time these days and it is a daily paper. Rocky Mount has I guess about 60,000. http://www.rockymounttelegram.com/
Where I live now in Halifax, NC which is a 30 minute drive up the interstate you have the Daily Herald. It is in Roanoke Rapids about 10 minutes away from my house. http://www.rrdailyherald.com/
I usually check the Nashville Graphic and the Rocky Mount Telegram daily to see if anyone I know has passed on for the most part. Happy surfing and have an awesome friday.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Regarding talents, some of my friends are great at creating jewelry, clothes, cooking, ministry, photography and singing.
Talking about singing, I was at a friends blog this morning and discovered that she can sing beautifully along with her other talents of photography and being a mom. I also discovered that she is in Finland, which I could have known earlier if I had gone to the complete profile, but didn't know. I invite you to go to her blog and listen to a lullaby that she wrote and recorded. She has a beautiful voice and is being sung for her little girl Mila. You can find her at this address.
I am still new to the blog scene and find it amazing that I am approaching my 100th blog in the near future. You are all very special to me and I appreciate so much you allowing me to share in your lives.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
First I found a link on one of my blog friends post that has truly touched my heart forever. It is a site where you get to meet children that are suffering from various illnesses and we have the unique opportunity to communicate with them and bring joy into their lives. Go to http://www.postpals.co.uk and all you have to do is click on one of their pictures and it gives you numerous ways you can bless them. I am already hooked.
Second I have a blog friend in Siberia that works with an orphanage and these are precious children that need to know someone cares. Go to her site and let her know that you are willing to do something. I plan to send her a package with small items and cards to give out around Thanksgiving. Go to her site please at:
http://creatingmyownlittlenirvana.blogspot.com After seeing their faces I know you will share my enthusiasm.
Finally there is a family in the NC mountains that gives the worlds best tours of the most interesting places I have ever heard of and the pictures are awesome. I shared this morning that I am jealous that they live so close to so many wonderful things to see and do. Please take time to visit their page if you haven't already.
I hope you all get blessed by these sites like I was and will continue to be. Happy Tuesday everyone.