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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Been Busy, Hope To Start Doing Some Of My Plans

I feel so bad lately that I have not posted as much as I would like to be posting here of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. Here of late it feels like all I have been doing is work and sleep. I guess I need to start setting time aside each day to write things for the Blog. Since this coming weekend is a holiday weekend I will have some events to post about. A long with the Fourth of July on Monday, it is my oldest brother's birthday on Friday. Mom and I, will be taking him and his girlfriend out to eat on Saturday.

We have been working I lot of overtime lately at work. I feel okay about planning things to do for this Saturday since the they their best to give us the full three days on a three day weekend. I hope to use this weekend to get some work done on a project for the Blog that Jo Anne and I have been talking about for awhile. I guess we will get it done at some point.

In July, I guess I will get up with my friend, Seth, and good swimming in the swim hole on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I am sure Rayna will enjoy going swimming if the water is not as cold as it was the last time I took her. Maybe I need to find a different swim hole where the water will be a little warmer. I could go to the falls at Du Pont State Forest.

I guess I need to just be more free with what I write here. I do not want to get over political here. I only do in a few cases. Besides, I lot of the followers of this Blog live outside the United States. I also do not want the mean and unthinking junk the comes along with sharing political views. I will share a little as the time of things is right but only to get a respectful sharing of views going.

Okay, I guess I need to stop planning out things and start doing things. I have always over planned things and a lot of times I plan so much I end up not doing the things I planned on doing. I have been getting a better on coming up with a plan and just going with it instead of over planning. Does anyone have the same problem?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Well Needed Surprised!

It has been a slow week at work this week so it was a surprise when my lead came to me yesterday and said we be working Saturday and it was monitory. No one was expecting having to work since we had a light workload this week and were not to far behind and first was already schedule to work Saturday. After a little checking, I find out that 6000 orders dropped into our computer system on Friday. With the end of the month and the Fourth of July holiday coming that means overtime.

I have been working a lot of overtime here of late. I was looking forward to having a Saturday to relax a little and work on some projects for my Blogs. I am glad that I have to work tonight because it means extra money for the Visa process that Jo Anne and I are going through. For my new follows, Jo Anne lived in the Philippines and I live in North Carolina in the United States. We are working on getting a Visa for Jo Anne so me can get married. I have been savings as much money as I can to pay the processing fees, lawyer, and plane tickets. With so many people out of work now, I feel blessed to have a job and one that pays good for the area and has overtime. I would be living pretty good if it was not for the Visa process but, it is worth every bit to be with the woman at I love. As you can see working tonight was a well needed surprise!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How To Stay Young And Fruitful All Your Life

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." Psalm 92:12-15

The Lord desires that we serve Him for as long as we live. Even in old age, believers have the privilege of obeying God and ministering to other people. As Christians, in order for us to keep productive and young at heart we need to consider some attitudes and actions.

First: Keep Learning
Acquiring new skills or knowledge stimulates our minds.As believers, most important thing we can do is to continue learning more about God through reading and studying His Word. We will not be fruitful or gain anything if we stop learning. Our mind is like a machine, once you are not using it there is a possibility to stock up.

Second: Keep Loving
We are to love the Lord and other people, especially believers. Individuals who are in caring relationships whether with a spouse, friends, or family are more likely to stay young at heart.

Third: Keep Laughing
Laughter relaxes your body and helps release tension. A healthy sense of humor gives us a sense of vitality. There is a quote says "Laughter is a good medicine". It helps to release stress that can cause health problems.

Fourth: Keep Leaving
Once you confess a sin or give a burden to the Lord, leave it with Him. Painful events from the past may come to mind, but don't dwell on them. Those who want to be youthful can't carry around the weight of emotional baggage. We should not live in the past, learn how to forgive and forget.
"Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

Fifth: Keep Longing
Christians should want to reach their potential. So never stop dreaming about what the Lord may want to do through you. Allow yourself to use your imagination while prayerfully determining biblical goals for your life. God knows the desire of your heart and every dream you have in life. Just entrust everything unto Him, pray without ceasing, don't doubt and keep believing that God will able to give what you are praying for.

Sixth: Keep Looking
Watch to see how God is working in you and in the lives of those around you. Read His Word and expect Him to reveal spiritual truth. Pay attention to the voice of the Holy Spirit as He guides you moment by moment.

Seventh: Keep Laboring
The pattern God set for the Hebrews was six days of labor and one day of rest. Our maker designed us to be active. Exercising our bodies through manual labor and other physical activity keeps them healthy. God wants us to take care of our body and we should know how to take care of it.

Eight: Keep Leaning on your Heavenly Father
Turn every burden and worry over to God. Learn to depend more and more on Him. The Christian life is impossible to be apart from the strength of the Holy Spirit working through us. We can't stand on our own, if we are relying on our own strength we easily fall down and becomes weak. We need God and we should be totally dependent on Him. Without God we are nothing.

Ninth: Keep Your Language Positive
What your mouth speaks, your ear hears, your brain registers, and your body responds. People with a positive, godly attitude and a desire to obey the Lord tend to avoid much of the stress that burdens so many today.

Tenth: Keep Listening to the Lord
When you pray, don't do all the talking. Ask the Father to guide your life each day. He knows your hidden abilities and wants to help you reach your potential. Ignore ungodly counsel and choose to follow His wisdom instead.

God desires for us to have a fruitful life. We can choose to grow old early or remain youthful all our days. The secret on how to stay young and fruitful is to listen to God's voice and obey Him in every situation.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Do You Give All In Your Worship?

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, "Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?" He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, "Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me." ~ John 12:1-8 (ESV)

In this passage, we see different levels worship and serve to Jesus. Mary's act of worship is easy to see here. We also look at the acts of worship of Martha and Judas Iscariot.

Lets take look at Mary now. We see that Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were well to do since Mary used a pound of ointment made of Nard. This fragrance according to the source I used one of which was The Bible Knowledge Commentary by John F. Walvoord and Roy B Zuck, had to be imported from what is now, Afghanistan and Northern India. It was worth about a year's wages for a man. She is giving a lot when she used the fragrance to anoint Jesus. She gives even more when she lets her hair down and uses her hair to dry Jesus' feet. In the Jewish culture of Jesus' time it unseemly for a woman to let her hair down. On top that Jesus wore sandals and feet would be dirty with dirt and other stuff on the road. If you were not walking you would use horse, donkey, camel, or like animal. While you know what animals do and they have no problem doing it right in the road.

Martha gets a bad wrap sometimes for we she her worshiping in own way. Her form of worship is service to others. At this dinner, there would have been servants to take care of the cooking and serving of the guest. We see Martha enjoyed serving other in this way. I can tell you preparing a good meal for family and friends can take a lot out of you, especially working in a hot kitchen.

Judas Iscariot covers his betrayal by what may look like a act of worship. Jesus see through his deceit and dismisses him. In Jesus response to Judas, he is not saying not to take care of the poor but pointing that your worship and service should be on God and not on what looks good in man's eyes. Judas' interest was not the caring for the poor, his was after his own selfish interest,.

What are your motive behind your worship? Our you worshiping because you are thankful for the great thing God has done for you? Or are you just going it to good in front of others or just to get something in return? In our worship, we should be willing to give all because all we have is from God in the first place.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Oh No, I Forgot The Pictures

For my post about the shortest man and the heaviest twins world record holders, I forgot to upload the pictures for it. I have gone back and added the pictures to the post. If you have already read the post I hope you will go back and see the pictures.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shortest Man In The Philippines, Biggest Twins Was Here

I like to check the news in the Philippines when I come online. I have been readin some of the news articles about the newest holder of the World's Shortest Man. He is Junrey Balawing in Sindangan, Philippines and stands at 23 and a half inches or 60 centimeters. Guinness World Records certified him as the shortest man in the world. I hope you read more about him in this Washington Post article.

In reading about the newest shortest man record holder it reminds me that here in Hendersonville, North Carolina, we had our own World Record holders. Benny Loyd and Billy Leon McCrary, who were the world's heaviest twins were born and live in Hendersonville. I did not know them personally but people who I talked to who knew them said they were very friendly guys. They traveled the world often riding motorcycles. Billy died on July 14, 1979. Benny came off the road after his brother died settled down in Hendersonville. He was running a pawn shop in Hendersonville when he passed away on March 26, 2001. They are buried next to their parents at the Crab Creek Baptist Church Cemetery some 8 miles outside of Hendersonville.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Food Journey: Wine Tasting

I enjoy learn more about and experiencing different aspects of great food and eating. I am not a big alcohol drinker. I have a beer every once in a while. I have been try different beers out lately. Unlike beer, wine is something I have little experience with. The wine I have had up to today has not tasted that great to me. I have wanted to learn more about wine.

I have watched television shows that have talked about using different wines with different foods. I have been told and heard many times that I good wine complements the food you eat. I have talked to different people and read different things on wine. Today, I went to a wine tasting at the Wine Emporium at 422 Airport Road in Arden, North Carolina and one at the World Market store in the Target shopping center just down the road.

I found the wine tasting at the Wine Emporium very informative. I would encourage you to go to your local wine store instead of the department or grocery stores for a wine tasting. The staff at the wine store will be more able to answer your questions and able to help direct you to the best wine for you. The wines served at todays wine tasting at the Wine Emporium came from the Rombauer Vineyard in California. I enjoyed the four wines they were tasting today. I like the smooth buttery taste of the Chardonnay. I believe it in Merlot wines are the ones that I do not care much for the taste normally but I even liked the Merlot from Rombauer Vineyard.

In my research on wine today, I learned some answers to some of the questions I had. The vintage refers to the year in which the grapes were picked not the year the wine was bottled. Some of us have seen where people smell and swirl the wine in a glass before tasting it. That is called the five S's, which stands for see, swirl, smell, sip, and spit or swallow. Each step has a purpose besides looking crazy and snobbish. See is to check the color. The swirl gets the aroma of the wine stirred up to make the sniff better. Sniff is for of course for checking the smell of the aroma of the wine. The taste of something is mostly made up of the smell of what we are tasting. Sip is for slowly tasting the wine. You want to take small amounts of wine into your mouth and take time to savor the taste and evaluate it. The last, spit or swallow is your choice. Professionals do spit and it is suppose to help you remember the taste. I just see it as a waste.

As I said before the staff at the Wine Emporium answered some of my questions. I also got and started reading The Pocket Idiot's Guide To Wine by Tara Q. Thomas. Remember as Mrs. Thomas says in The Pocket Idiot's Guide To Wine, the best way is to found a wine is to taste it. I would encourage you to go to a wine tasting at a store or vineyard near you. I plan to take a tour at a winery around here to learn more about how wine is made. Of course, I will post about the trip here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday, June 09, 2011

US Highway 64 East Trip Report

I enjoy my trip on US Highway 64 East from Hendersonville to Mocksville, North Carolina. I have for the longest time wanted to take Highway 64, all the way to the coast of North Carolina. This trip was the first that I have taking it past Rutherfordton, North Carolina.

Starting the trip out on Hendersonville, I traveled through the Hickory Nut Gouge and the towns of Bat Cave, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure. These three towns are tourist traps but great to explore. Bat Cave is named after a cave but access is limited for the protection on the bats. Chimney Rock gets its name from a rock outcrop on the cliff that the town is nestles at the bottom of that looks like a chimney. You can enter Chimney Rock State Park here. Lake Lure sits around the lake of Lake Lure. I couple movies have been shot in this resort towns in the mountains. Two of these movies were Dirty Dancing and The Last of the Mohicans.

From Lake Lure to Morganton, I enjoyed my ride through the countryside stopping to take picture of some of the church on the way. I did not stop in Rutherfordton since I figured I could make a quick day trip sometime to explore it more on later date. Just outside Morganton, I stopped at the little convenient store to use the restrooms but no public restrooms to be seen. I did buy a drink and in my change was a georged bill. So I got to hit a bill while I was releasing more marked bills.

I stopped at a McDonald's in Morganton for lunch and to use the wi-fi to do a quick trip update for those who were following my trip. I had to ask the manager at the McDonald's for directions to make sure I took the right way. US Highway 64 East has a Truck and a Business Routes in Marganton. Since the Truck Route was the one I need to get to Lenoir, I head out on it. I passed by Tuttle Educational State Forest near Gamewell. Gamewell is a very nice community along the highway. Driving through Lenoir brought back good childhood memeries. My grandparents, used to take me camping at a RV park near Lenoir when I was young.

The next section, between Lenoir and Statesville, has a lot of corn and hay fields. It made for a very relaxing drive. I stopped in the town of Taylorsville to have a look around. There is not much but the Courthouse has some nice memorials for the wars the the citizens of Alexander County served in on the front lawn. One of the memorials had the bell that was on top the old courthouse that burned down in the 1960s. I have used to announce special events like weddings and the end of World War I and World War II. Heading to Statesville, I pasted by a museum in Hiddenite because I had a pickup truck riding my butt. Like getting right behind me like make the 18 wheeler in front of me go any faster. I sure I would have enjoyed a quick visit but I could do it some other time.

I really enjoyed my time in Statesville. I will be doing a day trip to explore this city again. I looked at the old First National Bank on South Center Street. First National Bank was one of the banks that closed during the Great Depression. The old courthouse is right next to it. I also looked at the old Merchants and Farmers Bank building on Board Street. The Merchants and Farmers Bank merged with want would become the Bank of America. One of many banks to do so right!

After Statesville, I headed over to Mocksville. I was surprised by a car show on Main Street. I spent a little while looking around at the cars and the memorials. I talked to a police officer, to get directions to my last stop before heading back home, and found out they have the car shows on the first and third Mondays of the summer months through October. I headed just out of town on US Highway 601 to see the grave site for Daniel Boone's parents and one of his brothers. They are buried in Joppa Cemetery which is located almost across the road from a Scottish Inn. The graves are in the old part of the cemetery. Just go around the gate that blocks car from going into the old section. The graves are hard to miss.

For my reader who are not from the United States and may do not know who Daniel Boone was. He was a pioneer, hunter, soldier and many other things who explored and help settled what is today the state of Kentucky. The towns of Boone, North Carolina, Boonesboro and Boone's Station, Kentucky are named after him.

After looks around the cemetery a little, I started heading towards home. I did not look for a place to get online since I wanted to get up Old Fort Mountain on Interstate 40 before it got too dark. I stopped in Hickory, North Carolina for dinner. That is another town I would like to do more exploring of. I have only past through on the Interstate. With my trip over and taking a little over 300 miles round trip I have taking time to think about want I saw, I will like to do it again some time. I would like to head back to spend more time looking around in Statesville and Mocksville.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

God is Faithful

Thought for the Day:

"You know with all your heart, that no one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed." Joshua 23:14

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23

Having someone you can trust, no matter what, is like finding a safe house in a hostile world. Even committed spouse or a well - intentioned friend may make promises they can't keep. They cannot guarantee they'll always be there or even always understand.
But God can! He's the only one who has kept every promise He's ever made. That makes Him not only faithful but trustworthy. When life is at its most stressful, relying on God's promises is a secure and relaxing respite from the storm. God has promised to be with you always, hear your prayers, forgive you, and love you unconditionally. Those are promises you can depend on.


God loves you so much that he makes these promises freely and unconditionally. And because He is faithful, God can be trusted to keep his promises. In this way God invites his people to live by his promises; that is, to live in faith, confident in the future and open to God's renewing guidance in the present.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Back Home!

While everyone, I made it back home. Sorry I did not post something sooner. I spend a good bit of time is Statesville and Mocksville. It was getting late and I wanted to get up Old Fort Mountain before it got to dark. I will do a full report about my trip on Wednesday or Thursday of this week with some pictures. I will be going back to Statesville and Mocksville sometime in the future if I can. They were the best part of my trip. There was a car show in Mocksville. I will have more information on the car show and some pictures. So please check back on Wednesday or Thursday for my report.

Gamewll, Lenoir and Taylorsville

I just finish the section of US Highway 64 East between Morganton and Statesville, North Carolina. It was a enjoyable trip through the countryside. I took more pictures of some churches. Gamewell had some really nice looking churches. I did not stop in Lenoir since Highway 64 goes on the outer part of the town. I stopped in the main part of Taylorsville. The main part of the town is a little off Highway 64 but, made for a nice little rest from driving.I enjoyed looking at the war memorials the front lawn of the Alexander County Courthouse. The Civil War Memorial was the most impressive. I read about how the bell on one on the memorials was saved when the courthouse burned in the 1960s. The courthouse they built to replace it is not very impressive like some courthouses I have seen in North Carolina. I saw one museum that I would have stopped at be I had a truck right on my tail. Maybe if I do this section again I will stop at it.

Stopping For Lunch

Wow, I have had a great trip some far. I have stopped for lunch at McDonald's in Morganton, North Carolina. I have stopped and taking pictures of some churches which I will be posting later on Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments. I also stopped at a little gas station just outside Morganton because I need to used the restroom. My luck they had no public restroom but, it was not I complete waste of a stop. I brought a drink and in the change was a georged bill. Here is the report. I was surprised to see it traveled a 120 miles in two days. Not unheard of but, a nice surprise. So far this has been a good trip. Now to figure where US Highway 64 goes from here. I see a truck/ By-pass and a business route. I want the regular Highway 64.

Starting On My US Highway 64 East Trip

While, I just topped off my gas tank and heading out of Hendersonville on US Highway 64 East. I will be taking Highway 64 to Mocksville, North Carolina today. I will be stopping at different attractions along the way and doing a post on here whenever I can. I plan to eat lunch around Morganton or Lenoir, North Carolina. I hope to make it to Mocksville in time to see a couple places of interest there I have see on the internet. I will start heading back home after exploring Mocksville.

Friday, June 03, 2011

Plans For My Upcoming Trip

I planned to have posted this on Tuesday but, I have been very busy this week. While with the votes in for you choice of which trip I should take, the US Highway 64 East trip wins. I will be take the trip this coming Monday, June 6, 2011. I will take US Highway 64 East out of Hendersonville and drive to Mocksville, North Carolina. I have always wanted to take this highway to the coast, mostly to see the things on it on the way. I decide to end my trip in Mocksville this time and take the rest of US Highway 64 when Jo Anne gets here.

On Monday, I will head out around 11 in the morning. Whenever I can, I will hope on a wi-fi and do a post about how the trip is going and what I have done. I guess I will be busy on my trip but, I will be having a lot of fun. I will stop at different stores, restaurants and other interesting places along the way. I will stop at historical places and churches on the way. This weekend, I will try to do some research to see what I may want to see and do on my trip. I will be taking pictures for my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments blog. I will also be spending some marked bills for Where's George? I hope to get some good hits off the bills I spend on this trip.

I am looking forward to my trip. Looking forward to sharing it here with you. Any suggestions on places to see while on my trip are welcomed.

Photo Of The Week: March Of The Flowers

Looks like these flowers are marching.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Schedule A Regular Check- Up

Thought for the Day:

Not all physical ailments send up a red signal. Some show up with a quiet whisper. Exhaustion, trouble sleeping, headaches, indigestion, difficulty concentrating, depression. Though all of these may be a symptom of stress, they may also be a signs of more serious medical problems.
An annual medical checkup, resulting in an informed diagnosis is extra insurance in your fight against stress. It helps you make sure that stress is actually what you're fighting. Your doctor can also give you some up to date tips on dealing with stress and relieve you of any worries you may be holding on to about ongoing aches and pains.

"Dear friends, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you." 3 John 2

Sometimes we are afraid to consult the doctor because we do not want to hear that something is going wrong with our physical body. But we must remember what God has told us in the Bible that we should take good care of our bodies. By having a regular checkup we will able to maintain our good health and able to do what God wants us to do. In our spiritual life, we can do also a regular check-up through reading the Bible, having devotions and prayer time. Without consulting the Bible or having a prayer time, there will be a possibility that we may fall down and become weak in our spiritual life. Let us all remember PREVENTION is better than CURE. So we need to do some actions on how to prevent sickness in our physical body same thing with our spiritual life we need to seek the Bible everyday to feed our souls and boost our resistance to fight the works of our enemies.