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Monday, May 28, 2012

My Memorial Day Trip

With today being Memorial Day, I spent my day with my mother. We took a trip down to Marion, North Carolina to see my aunt and uncle. After spending time in the morning with my Love, Jo Anne, talking online. I headed over to my mom's house and prepared breakfast for mom. Since this weekend maybe the last three day weekend I will have for awhile, I decided to spend it with my mom and make the day specail for her. She wanted to go down to see her sister. She also had a blanket she had make to give to her sister. Our trip down was uneventful and I was surprised we only one state trooper especially going down Old Fort Mountain. There seemed to be a lot of cars on the roads. We made it to my aunt and uncle's house safe. After relaxing for a little and letting my mother and aunt talk for a little while, I got the grill going and cooked some hamburgers and hot dogs. My aunt made a couple salads. My uncle was not feeling to good today since he hurt himself Friday while mowing the lawn. His lawn mover got stuck in a hole and he tried getting it out by himself. He went to the hospital and they took X-rays and did other test. He has appointment tomorrow to go over the results and do more test. I hope he feels better soon. We enjoyed our time together and spent a little time remembering the men and women who gave all in order to make the days like this possible. On the way back home mom and I enjoyed the beautiful views of the mountains we are so blessed to live in. I would like to share this video I found on YouTube. Memorial Day is the day we in the United States remember those who paid the price for the freedom we enjoy. Thank you to all who paid that price.

Family Bonding 2012!

Once again our family had a chance to spent time together after 8 months of being apart from my two niece Kristine and Trisha, with my sis in law Mary Ann. I took my vacation leave at work so I can stay with them. Though we are not complete because my brother Noel and my nephew Mark can't have their vacation leave at work, still we had fun and enjoyed our bonding moments. Trisha spent most of her time with us while Kristine stayed more on her grandmother's house located at Marikina. They are having a hard time with the heat here so we went to the mall most of the time. The places we visited are SM North Edsa, Trinoma, SM Mall of Asia, Starbucks Congressional, Technohub, Circle of Fun at Quezon City Memorial Circle, and lastly is Wilcon City Center. My sister in law treated us for lunch few days before they went back to Australia and we ate at The Aristocrat Restaurant on SM The Block. After our lunch together, we went home and went around my uncle and aunt's house for their visit. We went at Himlayang Pilipino also to visit the grave of my Mom and brought some flowers on her tomb. Sixteen days went too fast and we wish we could spend more time together but they need to go back in Australia. We're looking forward on more bonding moments and wishing we are complete by that time. Of course I do hope my Love Daniel will be included in our future Family bonding. Here our some photos we took during our Bonding Moments for this year. I hope everyone will like it.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday Musings: A Fast Food Story


 Here is a fun short story I wrote using the names of Fast Food Restaurants. If you like to try please leave link to the post on your blog in the comments of this post. I hope you enjoy the story.

The Burger King and Dairy Queen got married at Church's Chicken. McDonalds rung the Taco Bell in celebration. Arby's and Wendy's had a party with Kentucky Fried Chicken and Chick-fil-a. They had their honeymoon at the Pizza Hut but it was the Pizza Inn where they made their Little Caesars

Written by  Dan the Mountain Man

Friday, May 18, 2012

Photo Of The Week: Boar On Main Street

This boar is hanging out on Main Street in Greenville, South Carolina. I love how the water drips out of his mouth.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Trip To Greenville With Mom

I was going to do this post of Monday night after I got back from my trip. I sat down to start working on it and I got a call that my sister friend's did not have a ride home from the bus station in Asheville. So much for my evening of rest I was planning. While let me tell you about my mother's Mother's Day activities.

Mom had to work on Mother's Day, so I used one of my floating holidays to have Monday off to take my mom down to Greenville, South Carolina. I did take mom to Carrabba's Italian Grill near the Asheville Airport Sunday night for dinner. The service and food was great even with them being very busy. It was worth the 20 minute wait we had in order to get a sit. After dinner, we walked around in a couple of the stores nearby. Of course, some closed early being it was Sunday. Mom enjoyed her dinner and looking around the stores. I got a new coffee mug for my morning coffee.

Sunday night, I stayed at Mom's house mostly due to the rain. Monday morning, I got up and fixed breakfast for mom. After I took a quick trip to my house, we got ready to head down to Greenville, South Carolina. On the way down to Greenvile, we stopped at Roscoe's in Tuxedo, North Carolina. It was good to see their new building after the fire destroyed their old building. They are the heart of Tuxedo. I look forward to seeing the fireworks they have on the Fourth Of July.

Mom and I got down to Greenville and stopped at the Heritage Green to look around the museums their. Unfortunately, the museums are closed on Monday. I guess I should have check the hours on the internet. Mom and I proceeded to Main Street and enjoyed out walk looking at the art and looking around in some of the stores. I love to walking Greenville's Main street because of the trees and the historic buildings. I need to come down to Greenville sometime to try some of the restaurants of Main Street. There are more restaurants then shops on Main Street. I guess they stay busy with all the office workers that works on Main Street. Mom and I looked around a couple shops in the West End before going on to the Haywood Mall and the Shops at Greenridge.




I got The King Of Diamonds by Simon Tolkien at Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Greenridge on Woodruff Road. Simon Tolkien is the grandson of J. R. R. Tolkien, who wrote The Lord Of The Rings. The King Of Diamonds is Mr. Tolkien's third book release and the second one of his books I have gotten. I enjoyed reading his second release, The Inheritance.

I planned to take mom to Huntin' Camp Bar B Q and Grill in Travelers Rest, South Carolina but they are closed on Monday. That continued the theme for all the places I planned to take mom for her Mother's Day trip. We ended up going to another great restaurant in Greenville called Stax's Original for dinner.

 As I said at the beginning of this post I was going to post about this trip on Monday night when I got home. I sat down and started to prepare things for the post when I got a called from one of of my sister's friends who returned from a trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. He was at the bus station and could not find a ride home from the bus station. God was watching over him since I was off from work. I headed up to Asheville to get him and take him home. After taking him home, I took the back way home to avoid the road construction on the Interstate. I was a little over a mile from home when I came up to I couple Sheriff cars blocking the road. I could not turn around because of the cars lined up behind me. After I few minutes, two more Sheriff's deputies work up behind me telling me to turn around since they had the road blocked off. I made my way to the other side of the section of road they had blocked off and saw about ten police cars in the road. I do not not know the reason they had the road block off. Since I could only see the police cars I guess it was not an accident. I have see nothing in in the news about the road block. Tuesday, I had some books to ship out for  my online store. I finally got to do the post tonight because I got sick today. I feel a little better after a little rest.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Best Mom!

As we celebrate Mother's day today, I just want to share one story I have read on Spiritual Gleanings at church. Here's the story:

On Mother's Day 2001, British National Television ran an intriguing story. Peggy Bush's daughter had died, so Peggy absorbed the responsibility of caring for her daughter's three children while her son-in-law worked. Then, tragically, her son-in-law also died. With both parents gone, Peggy took her three grandchildren in and raised them as if they were her own.

In a world where wrong is glamorized and the lurid is presented as appealing, we seldom hear of the good things that happen. Yet this woman's love and sacrifice were recognized, acknowledged and honored as the nation took note of her as Britain's "Best Mom" for 2007.

Today is Mother's Day. Most of the efforts, sacrifices, and expressions of love our mothers have given us will not be the lead story on the news. Their recognition will be more personal. But what matters is not the scope of the appreciation but its genuineness.

On this special day, may we thank God for the mothers who have molded our hearts. As we honor them, we fulfill the truth of Proverbs 31:28, "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."

You are blessed if you still have your Mom beside you as you celebrate Mother's day. Show her how much you love her. It's really hard when you have lost your Mom. I thank God so much for the life of our Mom, she's the best mother for us. We missed her so much but we know she's happy with our Father in Heaven. As we remember her, I want to share this video presentation.

Nothing touches a child like a Mother's Love!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Photo Of The Week: Roses For Mom

Some roses near my mom's house. I love how they look right now. Hope everyone is ready for Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Fight In The Parking Lot At Work


Friday night, there was a fight in the parking lot at working during my dinner break. I am not sure of all the details of the reasons of the fight but the one guy involved seems to the kind of guy that it always looking for a fight. He was working as a temp but got let go because he threaten another person at work. Now his wife works at the warehouse still and that is why he was there. Now there is a time to fight but it should be the last resort when other options have not worked.

Now this guy is really jealous to and would look to fight another guy for just saying hi to his wife. In fact, he almost tried to start something with me because I said hi to his wife. Now she does not seem to be the type that would go after another guy and I am not looking for a woman to date. My heart already belongs to a beautiful woman. Look guys it you can not trust your woman to be loyal to you then you should not be with her. If she is loyal and you still do not trust her you do not need to be with any woman until you grow up and learn to trust people. Being jealous like this guys from my work is a sign of your insecurity. You have to give people a little trust in order for they to earn you trust. Give people a chance to earn you trust. Relationships require trust of the other person in the relationship. If you do not trust the other person you do not have a relationship. Forcing someone to be with you is not a relationship and it is not right. It is just pain wrong. Show the person you are in a relationship with you truly love them and trust them.

Jo Anne and I trust one another a lot. I guess we have too in order for our relation to work for so long and with so much distant between us. When either one of us on out with friends, we tell the other who we are going out with and this includes guys and girls. I have told Jo Anne about all the friends I hung out with or do things with. Jo Anne told me about her friends and I have met some of her guy friends. I trust her because I know when it comes down to it I have her heart. Jo Anne know she has my heart and trust me. We share all kinds of things with one another in order to keep and grow that trust.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Immigration Update: A Little Longer Wait

Jo Anne and I are sorry that we have not posted very much in the last two weeks. Every time I sat down to do a post for my Blogs, I have had sometime come up. In April, I worked a lot a overtime at work and worked on setting up my online store on Ebay. I hope you will check out Dan the Mountain Man's Emporium. I sell books and I will be adding new books regularly.

This past week, I got a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) saying it could be another six months before they make a decision on Jo Anne's Visa. After that it still goes to the State Department for their approval. Our lawyer said we are still in the time frame for the process normally takes for the issue involved in our case. Both Jo Anne and I are planning for and starting to prepare for the approval. I have mostly been trying to prepare my house for Jo Anne. I also started checking prices on flights to go get Jo Anne when the final approval comes. I am saving up money but not as much as I would like.

Jo Anne and I are hoping to be together by the end of this year. We do wish the process was a little faster but they are making sure Jo Anne and I are safe and the American people are safe. I do get a kick that it has been over a year and they are still doing things that a business takes only a couple weeks at most to do when you apply for a job. Granted, the background check is a little more detailed but over a year to do it. We are not terrorist or want to being harm to one another or other. Jo Anne and I talk everyday and often talk about our plans of starting a family and doing things to help others improve their lives. If I had the money I would take the time off to go visit Jo Anne because we miss being together. We decided to wait for her Visa to be approved for money reasons and emotional it be better not for me to leave her again. I cried almost all the way home from my visit to see her in the Philippines.

While we are sure the approval will come and before we know it we will be together and enjoying being in one another's arms again. Please continue to pray for us and thank you for your prayer and support you already given. Any news we will share here at Mountain Highs and Valley Lows.