Monday, February 12, 2018
Sunday, February 11, 2018
I get 3 weeks of Vacation this year with my work. I have plans to go to Pennsylvania in June to visit my cousin. I am looking forward for that trip. I have been looking at visiting Gettysburg and Hershey, Pennsylvania while on my trip up there. I want to see Gettysburg since my Great Grandfathers may have been there during the battle. Their units did not fight in the battle but they where in reserve. I believe it would be nice to see something my ancestors seen and possible stand where they stood. Even before knowing about my Great Grandfathers, I have wanted to see Gettysburg. Last year, I visited to battlefields from the American Revolutionary War near my home and enjoy myself with the history. At Gettysburg, I would have a possible connection with the history there. My mom wanted to visit Hershey to see the chocolate factory. I have seen some shows on the factory and the town of Hershey and I would love to go to both. Maybe on my trip to visit my cousin I can see a little of the Amish country. My cousin wants to take us to a rattlesnake roundup that the fire department he volunteers with put on each year. That should been interesting. I know I will have a fun time on the trip.
Today, I heard about a trip to Washington, DC that my church is putting together. I am thinking about going with my mother. The trip will include seeing the Museum of the Bible, the Smithsonian Museums, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and of course the monuments and memorials. I was last in Washington, DC in the summer after a graduated from high school. If I decide to go on the Washington, DC trip, I will not have to worry about driving or organizing the trip. My biggest decision will be switch one of the Smithsonian Museums to go to and want to eat for lunch and dinner each day.
Both trips should be fun and I am sure I will enjoy both if I go on both. I am still thinking trying decide about the Washington, DC trip. I need to start planning out the Pennsylvania trip sine it will be time to go before I know it. I am hoping to get a new camera soon to be able to share some great pictures and videos of my adventures this year.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
I celebrated my 40th birthday tonight. My mom and my nephew, Victor, had dinner at O'Charley's. Victor's birthday is coming up soon so we decided to being him along to celebrate his birthday. I had a wonderful steak cook just the way i like a steak. Victor and I had the caramel pie for dessert.
My sister and her kids got me a new coffee mug. I got several birthday greetings from family and friends. I am glad that I have people the love and care for me. Their love makes me hope for the next 40 years to be full of great things and blessings.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Sunday, January 14, 2018
I take my lunch to work and use a cooler to keep my drinks and food cool. I got a couple of cooler a while back at a deal at Big Lots. I got each of the two coolers I have for around $17 if I remember correctly. They retail for around $30 a piece and that is on the internet as while. I really love the coolers because my drinks stay cold through the shift at work. The only problem if the coolers is the spring and button for the top pops out and gets lost if you lips too far. I lost the spring on both coolers. I have been using duct tape to keep the cooler closed while at work the last three weeks. I was happy to find replacement button and spring online. I ordered three replacement button and springs to fix my two coolers and to have an extra in case I lose the button and spring again. Now I have two coolers to use for work and trips. The extra I will keep in a safe place so I will not have to wait the next time I need I need button or spring.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Mom and I heading over to Gatlinburg tonight to see the holiday light in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville, Tennessee. We left home shortly after mom got home from work. We got to Gatlinburg around 4 PM, so we walked the main strip looking around in some of the stores before having dinner at Blaine's Grill and Bar. After we eat we walked the strip some more to enjoy the lights before we headed home enjoying the holiday lights in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville too. It was cold walking on the strip but mom wanted to see the lights. I have been so busy with work that this was the first chance we had to make the trip over.
We enjoyed this short visit to Gatlinburg. We had a good travel there and back with very little traffic. The better lights where in Pigeon forge. We are planning to do a trip to Gatlinburg with my sister Mary and her kids later this year when it warms up.
Monday, January 01, 2018
I set goal for myself all the time. I try to set some goals at the beginning of the year because it a new per set amount of time. I try to set defined and achievable goals.
I have two financial goals for 2018. I want to pay my one credit card and cancel it. My other goal is to pay off my student loan. These goals will help me get closer to my deft free goal.
My goals for for my blogs and online store are to get me motivated to get active with them again. My goal for this blog Mountain Highs and Valley Lows is to do at least one post a week. I plan on getting a new camera this year since my camera now is starting to act up some times. I have been looking at several reviews of cameras have reduced I choices down to two cameras models. I set a goal of when I get the new camera of restarting my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments blog. I also set up a goal of starting a new photography blog. These goals I set in order to give myself to get out and do stuff other then work and sleep. I have a few adventures already planned for this year. One is a trip to Pennsylvania to visit family. Another adventure is that Seth and I have talked about touring the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Seth wants to take some pictures for the photo contest he enters in for the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September. Seth and I are also going to try to find a new swim hole then the ones we go to. The one we go to now, have gotten a little to popular and not as enjoyable and relaxing. For my online store, I set the goal of having at least two new listings a week.
I big goal for my house is to get my garage organized. Since I got my car paid off I should be able to use some of the money I save from not having a car payment to get shelves to setup in my garage. If a manage to achieve my goal of listing books for my online store, I will have less things to worry able organizing in the garage. I will have to wait for warmer weather to start on the biggest part of this goal. I am sure the garage will end up looking a lot better.
These goals should help improve on my life and make my life easier. I hope you guys enjoy the blog post as I work on these goals.
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Here we are at the end of 2017. This year has had its ups and downs as all years. I said good bye to my aunt who passed away this year. My mom and I had two trips that we enjoyed. I had periods of depression. I also achieved my goal of paying off my car.
In May, my Aunt Sandy passed away. Aunt Sandy loved her family and did her best to care for us. I will always have the happy memories of the happy times with my aunt. She is now with her beloved husband and I know one day I will see her again. She will be missed.
Mom wanted to go down to Charleston, South Carolina this year for our vacation. I love going to Charleston and been several times. This was my mom's first time. We enjoyed our visit and seeing the different historical sites. Mom said she would like to go back and I would have to said I would too. Our second trip was to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We have been to Gatlinburg many times before but this was our first time we stayed at a hotel. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in the main part of Gatlinburg. It is a beautiful hotel. We was nice to walk to things in town. It was good to see the area is recovering from the wild fires that burned the area in November of 2016. We wanted to go to support the people of an area we love and see as neighbors since they are only 2 hours drive away.
I have been working through a couple issues in my life and in the process of working on them, I slipped in to depression a couple times this year. I am happy to say I am doing better now.
Each year, I set goals for myself to reach. One of my goals this year was to get my car paid off. I paid extra on my car when I got my tax refund and I also used some of my money from the overtime I have been working to get the it paid down. The December payment paid the car off. I received the title free and clear a couple days later. I am hoping to have the car for a couple more years and hope to save money to buy my next car without a loan.
I am glad 2017 is coming to an end and I am looking forward to the upcoming blessings to come in 2018. I am hoping for good news to come in 2018 from the work I have been doing this year.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
While Christmas has come and gone. Today, I spend cleaning the house, taking the Christmas decorations down and arranging the living room back the way I like it. This Christmas did not go as originally planned. My cousin and his family could not make it because he still is without a car. I could not go down and get him since my car has been acting fun lately. My one nephew may have had the whooping cough which is going through the local schools here. We decided it be best not to have my cousin and his kids so they would not get sick and spread the junk going around here. My oldest brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Velma, could make it because Velma was not feeling well. So mom and I shared Christmas dinner with my sister, my nephew who was feeling better and a friend of my sister. We had a good time.
Today, I spent taking the Christmas tree down and and rest of the Christmas decorations down. I got some new storage bins and bubble wrap envelops for the Christmas tree ornaments. I got the round storage bin at Hobby Lobby. The got the bubble wrap envelops from the recycling bin at work. One of the the benefits of working in the warehouse is being able to take home, boxes and bubble wrap, as long as it is not want we use to ship product for customers. I love their holiday decorations for all holidays especially the Christmas decorations. I took the light down outside and the bows off the steps in the front of the house. I marked the bad sets of lights, so I can replace them next year when I by new lights and other decorations.
I enjoy decorating for the different holidays and seasons. I hope as time goes on a able to get more decorations for them. I try to get decorations I can reuse each year and add to my collection. I hope they in would add to the joy of the holidays for all who visit my house.
Friday, December 22, 2017
I Was happy to get tonight off from work. I have been busy with orders mostly from the back orders because of the Hurricane Maria that hit Puerto Rico in September. Our factory in Puerto Rico is managing to get back up and producing the products for the orders. My last day off was Sunday the week before this week.
I sent my day getting my car taking care of with a oil change and a wash. I cleaned the engine off to try to figure out where I have a leak from the engine. It was nice to get the dirt and grim from the salt and sand from the snow storm storm. The engine looks good. I think I will try to get the engine a little cleaning later.
After mom got home from work, we went out to do our Christmas shopping. Our first stop was to get gifts for my sister's kids. The younger kids wanted some art supplies. We got Jason a coat. Mom got a few gifts for her coworkers. I hope they like thier gifts. I got three of my coworkers gift cards for Chili's earlier this week and past them out on Wednesday night. They seemed to like them.
The second set of stores, we looked around for a new lunch box for me to take to work. My lunch box broke this week. I checked for a replacement part for the lunch box but it was sold out. I will keep checking the website to see if the part comes back in stock. When it does I will order several parts of it. I have a second lunch that the part broke on it too. I looked around at other things in the stores and found a throw blanket for Rayna my dog. So she gets a Christmas gift this year too.
After we finished our shopping, mom and I went to the Ingles and has thier Friday steak night dinner. They had prime rib tonight. They did a great job as usual. After we eat dinner we did some grocery shopping. We got the ham for Christmas dinner. Mom wanted one with a bone in it so we could gave it to Rayna. I used the gift card that my job gave me to pay for part of the groceries.
Tomorrow, we will get the other things we need for Christmas dinner. I am sure everyone coming to our house will enjoy thier Christmas.