Bible Verse Of The Day

Friday, June 23, 2017

Photo Of The Week: Rain Drops In The Garden

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Musings: Darkness Comes

This is dedicated to a friend who struggles when the darkness comes.

Darkness Comes by Dan the Mountain Man

The darkness comes.
I can’t escape what comes.
I am scared, lonely.
Does anyone know?
Torture in my mind.
Does anyone listen?
Voices in my mind.
I’m scared, lonely.
Need a kind friend.
Not unwanted guest in my mind.
Struggle not to believe the voices in my mind.
Anyone believe me about the noise?
The darkness comes.
I can’t escape my mind.
Say it is only my mind.
It is more then my mind.
Can’t see your hand.
Only if I could.
Pull me to freedom.
I can’t escape.
The darkness comes.
The voices come.
I’m scared, lonely.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some Times I Hate Shopping

I have a couple things on my shopping list that I go With is it being summer now and me joining the gym, I have found myself in the market for some shorts for both work and working out in. When I am in a sporting goods store check on a couple other things. The part I hate about shopping and I ran into it this weekend. Is not finding what I want in the stores or if they have it it is not the right color or size. I did find a pair of shorts that was close enough to what I want in workout shorts. The color was okay being blue but I would have been completely sold if it was purple. It was the right size I think. I just did not like the price. I do have a coupon I can print out to lessen the cost. I did find a swimsuit in the color I have been looking for but not in the size I need. I hate that the only colors I find in stores are black and navy. I can normally find different colors online. I still like shopping in brick-and-mortar store because you can feel and try on the clothes you buy. I am checking out some places online now. I may check a couple thrift stores too. When I have time I will check the outlet stores out and see want find there. I hope I find want I what soon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meeting With Personal Trainer

Today, I had a meeting with the personal trainer at the gym. He went over my goals for workout and started developing a workout program to meet my goals. I will meet with him tomorrow afternoon to go over the workout program him designs for me. I am planning to start out with working out at least three times a week and doing more as I get into it. Losing a little weight is one goal but not my main goal. I want to get more energy and be healthier more importantly. Getting down to 200 pounds with be nice but getting rid of the belly is my goal. I am excited about getting back into a workout program. I eat a balanced diet already but will be making a few changes.

I also plan to try to get out and go places when I have Saturday off from work. Get out and get some walking in and work on different things for my blogs. Generally, try to have fun doing things I enjoy. I have been playing with my new computer and believe I will have fun creating post for the blogs and doing listings for my online store. I have already made a few minor changes to how I do the post to the blogs.

I am hoping that the working out will give me the energy I need to do the things I plan to do. I have just been crashing on my time off from work and not getting things done around the house, blogs and online store. Focus on managing my time better too. I am sure it will make my life better.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some New Beginnings

This was a week of new beginnings for me. I am looking for to some of the changes that are coming. I was a little upset about one of the things that caused one of the changes to happen this week. I was planning to make the change later this year. The two big changes I made this week was joining a gym and the second was getting a new laptop computer.

I joined a Gold's Gym not far from my work. I have been looking at joining a gym for a while and checked out a a few others before I decided on going with Gold's Gym. Some of the gyms, worked better on the location for me. Gold's Gym is out of my way a little bit since I have to go away from house after work when I plan to mostly go after work. The main reason, I decided on the Gold's Gym was that they have a pool, hot tub and sauna available 24-hours a day. Some of the other gyms had a pool, hot tub, or sauna available but they were not open 24-hours a day. Wednesday night,

I was planning to get a new laptop later this year since my laptop was falling apart and getting slow. I got the blue screen of death on Thursday. I got a new laptop on Friday. The new laptop has some features that I hope will help me with the blogs and the other projects I continue to work on and plan on starting.

On Saturday, Seth and I went for a hike at the Pink Beds in Pisgah National Forest and a little ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Seth wanted to get some pictures for the photo contest his is going to enter at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September. I wanted to take pictures too and enjoy the walk out in nature. I took Seth to the Pinks Beds because with Seth breaking his leg earlier this year, he cannot walk a long distract and steep trails. It was a very nice day to enjoy the outdoors.

After Set and I got some go pictures on out hike in the Pink Beds, we drove on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopper at a couple of the overlooks and enjoyed the views.

Seth at the Cold Mountain Overlook

Cold Mountain

I feel good about the changes I have made this week and it is good to be getting back into getting back to doing things other then sleep on my time off. I am hoping it will lead to more interest and better post here too.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Cowpens And King's Mountain Battlefields, Part 2

My second stop on my Memorial Day trip was King's Mountain Battlefield. I had been to King's Mountain once before on a school trip. It was nice to return and enjoy the site on my own and at my own pace.

At King's Mountain, the Patriots had around 900 men and the British had around 1,100 men. Included in the 900 men in the Patriots ranks was John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett. Along with the battle at Cowpens, King's Mountain is know as a turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

I started my visit at the visitor's center for the Kings Mountain National Military Park. The state of South Carolina has a state park right next door to the national park which I did not go to on this visit but maybe on my next visit I will do both. At the visitor's center you can tour the museum and watch a video the goes over the battle of King's Mountain. I walked through the museum before walking around the battlefield. After I walked the trail through the battlefield I watched the video. I was lucky enough to caught up with one of the rangers of the park doing a walking tour on the battlefield. That made the walk more interesting.






The trail around the battlefield is paved but does go up and down the mountain. Some on the monuments along the trail have a short none paved trail to them. The trail makes a nice walk. Part of the trail goes through an area where President Herbert Hoover gave a speech in front of 75,000 people. I could hardly imagine 75,000 people in the area as a stood by the rock that marks the location where President Hoover stood during the speech.






After I walked the trail around the trail I watch the video in the visitor's center. I think I may make another trip the King's Mountain again and visit both the National Military Park and the state park next to it. I did enjoy my day visiting both the Cowpens and King's Mountain Battlefields.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Cowpens And King's Mountain Battlefields, Part 1

It has been a long time since I took a little trip by myself and get my mind off of the everyday things. I have been looking forward to a day off where I do not have any thing else to do. Since, I got Memorial Day off from work, I decided to take a little trip. I enjoy history and this trip would gave me a change to get more pictures for my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments Blog. I have decided go over my trip in a two part post.

Although, the Battle of King's Mountain happen first on October 7, 1780, I went to Cowpens Battlefield first which happen on January 17, 1781. Both parks are open from 9 AM to 5 PM. I had had to get up early in the morning for me since I work second shift and normally get up around 11 or noon, so I could make it to both battlefields in one day and have time to enjoy my visit. I got up at 7:30 in the morning to get on the road to make sure I had time to visit both battlefields.

The Battle of Cowpens is know as a turning point of the war. The Patriots' forces were lead by Nathanael Greene. Several counties, cities, schools and streets are names after Nathanael Greene including Greenville, South Carolina which I love go to a lot. The Americans won the short battle, about a hour, which became know as a turning point in the war.

I started my visit at Cowpens at the Visitor's Center. They are a video, museum and a map room presentation that goes over want lead up to the battle, happened at the battle and the aftermath. I do not watch the video but I found the map presentation and museum very informative. I recommend stopping the visitor center first since it gives you a good overview before walking that battlefield.





The walk around the Cowpens Battlefield is 1.2 mile trail with signs telling about the battle and showing where things happened. It is a enjoyable walk for those who enjoy history like me or people just wanting exercise.







I spend a little over two hours at Cowpens National Battlefield. I enjoyed learning in more detail about the American Revolutionary War. After my visit to Cowpens, I head over to King's Mountain Battlefield which is about a 20 minute drive.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

An Afternoon Of Yard Work

Today's projects were taking care of different yard issues. The biggest being mowing the yard. In the summer, I try to mow the grass once a week. I think it was three weeks ago when I moved the grass last. In the past three weeks, when I had the time to get out an mow, it was raining. When it it was not raining, I had other things to do, mostly taking try of the family.

I managed to get the weeds pulled out from around the brushes in front of the house. The brushes looks really good this year with the blooming. I also put down some grass seed in a couple patches where I had no grass or dead grass. I am not sure if I put enough grass down but I figure I can put more grass seed down if I need too.

I also made a trip to Lowe's and got a filter and oil for my lawnmower, a garden rake, and a weed eater. I already changed the filter and I will add some oil to the lawnmower the next time I use it. The garden rake will make it easier to clean the dead grass and spread the dirt when I put new soil from the compost pile down. I raked a little around the brushes after I pulled the weeds today. I heard it help things grown better if you loosen the soil and remove the dead grass around the yard. The weed eater will make it easier to cut the grass around the tress and brushes and the walkways.

The other project was cleaning out the car and checking the fluids in the car to get the car read for my trip tomorrow. Added a little bit of oil and some coolant. I hope the car is good to go now. I am looking forward to going to Cowpens and King's Mountain battlefields. I hope it does not rain much tomorrow or at least holds off until after five o'clock.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

2017 Garden Jubilee In Hendersonville

This afternoon, I walked around the Garden Jubilee on Main Street in Hendersonville, NC. I liked looking at the difference plants and other garden related items they had. I do not see anything I wanted to buy at this time but I got a few ideas for the yard when I can focus on it.

Japanese Maples from MrMaple.com

I would like to get a Japanese Maple and a Ginkgo tree for the yard. I saw a old friend who sells them at the Garden Jubilee. I sent a little time talking with him and his dad. I hope by next spring I will have some extra money to start working on things around the house and yard. Part of my plans for the house is to redo the landscaping in the yard.

Garden Jubilee is an annual event in Hendersonville. This year do not seem to be as good as​in years past but it still have some interesting stuff.

I have been thinking of doing a bigger fire pit for my back yard. This was a display at the Lowe's section that I thought is a nice idea.

This fire place is a little over kill for my backyard but it was nice to look at. Both projects look simple enough to do myself to do in a day if I chose to do one of them.