Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Windy Cold Night!

It has been a very windy cold night. I was glad to be inside a nice warm warehouse at work. I almost froze going out to my car on my dinner break. It was right at freezing and the wind made it feel even colder. Before our first break at work, part of a tree along the walkway to the parking lot from the warehouse blew down.

Fortunately, no ones' car was hit when the tree fell, although it did come close to one of my coworkers' car. It looks like about half the tree fell when the wind snapped the tree. I hope this is the last bit of winter weather until next winter. It has been a long winter. We had a lot of snow. I am ready to go hiking and swimming when the weather gets warm enough. I am looking for the nice warm weekend they are calling for here in Western North Carolina this Easter Weekend.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Changing A Child's Life!

Since my high school days, I have sponsored children through Compassion International. I currently sponsor a boy in the Philippines named Rene Boy. I thank God that a have a way to change the life of a child in some many ways. Here is a video about how sponsoring a child change change a child's life in a big way.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

An Adventure In Looking For A House

I headed out this morning to look at a house that was added the MLS this week. The house is in a nice part of the county but on the opposite side of town that I want to live. I figured I look at the house since it had most of the features we are looking for in a house. The house is near a lake which is nice to walk around with Jo Anne when she gets here.

I was surprised to see a car in the driveway when I got to the house. The realtor and I thought the house would be empty. I drove around the neighborhood to check it out a little more while I waiting for the realtor to arrive. I saw they where doing some work around the lake. When the realtor arrive she went to the door and a woman came out and said she knew nothing of the showing and she had a contract on the house. The realtor came back to our cars and told me to follow her. We drove down the road a little to a closed business where she called the listing agent. After she talk with the listing realtor she told me want was going on with the house. The people in the house were renting the house while they were waiting for the loan to be approved to buy the house. They could not get a loan so they can't buy the house. The people who own the house inherited and want to sell the house. So they relisted the house when they found out the people now renting the house could not get a loan. The listing realtor did not tell the listing service the special instructions about scheduling a showing for the house.

With happening I am glad that the realtor who is helping me find a house had me get pre-approved. I know that I qualify for a loan up to a to a certain amount. I do not have to worry about get turned down for a loan after I find a house I love and want to try to get. If I was a seller I would not rent out the house to people making an offer on the house unless they were pre-approved for a loan. Even then I am not sure I would rent the house out until the closing.

With this happening with this house, I am not sure I want to move forward with this house. I am worried there maybe more problems with the renter that are there now. They could cause damage to the house or cause trouble after I get the house. I already have an offer no another house and I could wait for other houses in the location I want.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Little Bit Of A Scare Tonight!

My family had a little bit of a scare tonight. I was finishing up my dinner break when my younger sister called me telling me my older brother, Steven, was missing. Both my sister and brother are mentally handicap. I told her to call my mom and i would call mom on my next break. My sister makes things sound bigger then they are most of the time. I was little worried but I figured Steven would go back to the group home or my mom's house. My biggest worry was the weather tonight. The temperatures dropped and the wind is blowing with snow too.

On my last break, I called my mom and she told me, Steven was back at the group home. She told me the basics of what happen. Apparently, someone made Steven mad at the group home and he ran off. His social worker and some of the staff looked for him. Steven came back to the group home after a few hours. He went to the library in town which is a long walk from the group home. The distant is not much for Steven to walk. When he was young he would walk and ride his bike all over. In fact, mom and I were talking this past weekend about the time many year ago Steven got lost up on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

We are glad Steven is back home safe now. We thank God for that.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Shopping Trip With Mom

It was a nice day out and I needed to get a new pair of shoes for work. Since mom had the day off to she can along with me.

After having breakfast together at mom's house we headed out to go shopping in Asheville. Our first stop was the bread thrift store in Arden. They were closed by the time we got there. We just missed them by five minutes. I guess I will have to stop in on my way to work one day.

Next, we headed to Discount Shoes on Brevard Road to get my work shoes. I like going there to get my shoes. There is a truck that comes to the warehouse were I work, but the Discount Shoes has some of the same shoe for less. It is worth the drive for what I save on the shoes. I looked through the shoes they offered. The first pair, I tried on was a slip-on pair of steel toed shoes. They were very comfortable and I like slip-on shoes. It looked around and found the a pair of the shoes I'm replacing. I decided to go with the second pair since they were $20 cheaper and comfortable too. The last pair lasted me two years. I may get the other pair later some I have a backup pair of shoes for work. Now I just need to remember to take the receipt into work on Monday so the company I work for can reimburse me 60 percent of the shoes.

After the shoe store, we drove on the Blue Ridge Parkway to get to the other side of Asheville. We stopped at the Folk Art Center near the US Highway 70 exit on the parkway. I always enjoy looking at the art work there. One place I cannot wait to take Jo Anne too when she gets here.

Are next stop was the thrift store for the Rescue Mission. I did not see anything I needed there so we head on down to Foreign Affairs. Foreign Affairs is the best oriental stores in the Asheville. The lady who owns the store married a man from the Philippines. The staff, which is her family, are very helpful in finding want you need. If they do not have it they will order it for you. They are all so a good place to connect with the Asian community. I got some things to cook for dinner. Her son helped me pick out some vegetables to prepare a great stir fry. This is another place I cannot wait to bring Jo Anne. I am glad I have a great place to go so she can still have the foods from the Philippines.

Next we went to the Goodwill store near the Asheville Mall. I was disappointed today. Normally they have some great stuff in there. Today, they had more women's clothes in the men's section then men's clothes.

We finished our shopping trip off at the Asheville Mall. I always enjoyed going to the mall. Today was no different. We looked around in a couple of the department stores for stuff for the new house when we find one. The last store was the Barnes and Noble store. I hate that they took the chairs and places to sit throughout the store out. I always have a list of books I want to get at the store and sitting down and skimming through the book helped me decide on which book I want to get that day. All the books I had on my mind while in the book store were sold out. I am sure I could had found another book to buy if I had place to sit other then the noisy Starbucks down stairs. I even thought not a couple books I want on the way home too. I guess the less seating thing is not just a Barnes and Noble thing since mom and I had to search for a place to sit down in the hallway. We got a some pretzels to snack on and want to sit down to eat ant rest before moving on. Where are then men to sit while their wives are shopping? I guess you want them with with their wives telling no we do have the money or need it.

After a long day of shopping we heading back to mom's house for dinner. I fixed the meal the guy at Foreign Affairs suggested and it was good. It went great with the pork lumpia I got their too.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Top 10 Iconic Cartoon Characters of All Time

I enjoy having the videos by watchMojo.com on YouTube. I can remember watching all the top 10 in this video except one. Anyone want to witch one?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Relaxing Ride On Nice Saturday

Saturday, I decided to go for a trip down to Greenville County in South Carolina. I took my friend, Seth a long with Rayna with me. Rayna enjoyed spending the day with me instead of being left alone all day at the house. I feel so bad leaving her at home along when I go to work.

The propose of this trip was to take some more pictures for my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments blog. I managed to get some good pictures.

View from Lima Baptist Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.

It was good to travel the roads of Northern Greenville County again. I used to do a lot of photo request in the area when I lived near the state-line. Some of the pictures, I will have to return to retake and take some more pictures of church and cemeteries I miss today. Seth and I eat lunch in Travelers Rest and I got gas before heading back up the mountain. I got Rayna some chicken tenders for her lunch. She enjoyed them a lot. I got tired early because I did not sleep good Friday night, so I stopped looking for pictures to take and just enjoyed the drive back home.

On the way back home, I took a ride up through the Greenville Watershed and through the town of Tuxedo, North Carolina with a ride around Lake Summit. The road we took can out in on U.S. Highway 176 just below the Green River Bridge. The old bridge was closed off and made into a pedestrian walk when they built a new bridge over the river. I could not believe how narrow the old bridge looked. I do not remember it being so narrow all those year ago when I drove my car over it.

I am planning to go back down to South Carolina maybe in April to take more pictures. I glad with Day Light Savings and the long days, I will have more daylight to take more pictures.