Bible Verse Of The Day

Friday, October 31, 2014

Photo Of The Week: Late Coneflower

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Food Journey: Trick or Treat

With Halloween on Friday, many kids will be going Trick or Treating. My sister, Mary, have been talking about where to take my niece and nephews for Trick or Treat. It is nice to know that many of the things we did when I was young are still doing thing for kids today on Halloween.

When I was young, I did not go Trick or Treating around my neighborhood excepted my elderly neighbor across the road from us. That was to check on her and give her company for a little. My grandparents and my mom would take me and my siblings to the mall and to the stores on Mains Street in town. We would go from store to store and the stores and restaurant owners and staff would stand outside passing out candy and other treats. The church with I am now a member has had candy and games for the kids since I was a kid. My adults that run the games for the event at the church went to it as a kid and have good memories. It still is a big hit with the kids. To round out our Trick or Treat, we would stop at a local clothing store that would hand out a dollar with some candy. It was a big hit. They stopped handing out the dollar now but that still hand out candy.

It is good to see some of the things I did for Halloween still going on today. It was a lot of fun collection all that candy. I would eat it for a couple days after and then my grandfather would finish it. I have never been a big candy eater even when I was a kid.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Good End To An Interesting Week

Last weekend, I was without my car since it was sitting in the service department. I am happy to say I got my car back on Monday. The whole experience with the dealership with this event makes me not want to do business with the dealership's service department again. I was lied to and left feeling if they knew what they were doing I would have had my car back on Friday and would not have been without my car over the weekend. The computer is my car went and and my mechanic had my car towed to the dealership when he could not get the new computer or my old computer to initialize. The dealership was suppose to put the new computer back in and flash it to get it to work. The new computer was a used computer from the junkyard. The dealership left the old computer in and flashed it. Which I praised God that it works for now. The part that gets me upset little is that my mechanic left the fuse out to cut the power off to the computer. The mechanic at the dealership did not even check the fuse when he worked on my car Thursday. Any one who works on computers there are somethings you want to cut the power off to the computer. First you do not check the fuse to see it is out and then you tell me I had a bad fuse. How can it be a bad fuse when there was no fuse? How about telling me the truth when you are working on my car. If the dealership told me the truth about my car I would not be pissed off at them. If I was told the truth, I would not be mad about not have my car over the weekend because I would have said people over look things. Since the dealership's service department lied to me, I am not only mad about being lied to and being without my car for I longer time then I should have been and I lost my trust to do business with the dealerships service department.

When I am doing business with someone I am truthful in my business transaction. I do not except a mechanic to tell me everything that they do with my car but I except them not to tell me they did something when they did not do it. If I did not trust you in business, I will not do business with you. If I trust you in business, I will do business with you.

The rest of my week went good. Work went smoothly. I went to a training meeting at work for a team I volunteer for to help improve things at work. After the meeting, I felt I lot better about being part of the team and the reason the team is being formed. Not only do I believe the team will help improve thing at work but I get overtime pay when I go to the meeting. I like working for the company I work for. I am happy to see them take action to improve the good job they already do. There is always room to improve and you cannot make everyone happy.

I planned to get some more books listed on Saturday but that did not happen. I did get some work on my online store done. I got my listing program updated and updated my current listings to prepare for the coming Christmas shopping season. I will try to get the listings done sometime this week.

Today, Sunday, was a very good day. I decided to go to the 9:45 service at church so I could try a new Bible Fellowship Class out at 11:10. The new class is lead by one of my old Sunday School teacher who just returned from two years in London, England. He was in London doing work for his job. Today, was also the first day Pastor Steve was back as Senior Pastor. I enjoyed both of their teachings and they both have the same style of teaching. I am sure God will bless me with both of their teaching.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, ~ Ephesians 1:3

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Food Journey: My Favorite Fast Food Restaurants

I do not eat a lot of fast food. I thought for this weeks Food Journey, I would share my favorite fast food restaurants.

Burger King

What can I say? I love to have a whopper once in a while. I used to worked at a local Burger King several years ago. While working there I did not lose my taste for the charbroiled taste of Burger King's hamburgers. I did manage to lose almost 100 pounds while working at Burger King. I did eat the food just watched how much I eat. I have always liked Burger King's fries over the other fast food restaurant that you do not see on my list today that I lot of people claim have better fries. I disagree with that. I just wish Burger King would settle on want fries they service. I like trying the different versions of the Whooper when they do different promotions.


When I was young the only Chick-fil-a in the area was at the mall in Asheville, North Carolina. It was a treat to get some waffle fries when we went to the mall. Now there is a Chick-fil-a in town. I like to stop in once in a while for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Out of all the fast food restaurants, Chick-fil-a has the cleanest restaurants and the most professional employees. My favorite meal to order is the Spicy Chicken Sandwich meal.


When I am in the mood for roast beef, Arby's is the place I go. The beef and cheddar or the roast beef classic are a good standard but they have some specialty sandwich that are really good too. I do not care much for the curly fries. A lot of times I will just get a sandwich and a drink when I go there.


My first food in the Philippines was a hamburger and fries from Jollibee. Nothing like good memories to make a place special for you. That is not the only reason I like Jollibee. Jo Anne and I eat at Jolibees a couple times while I was in the Philippines and I enjoyed all the food I tried.

Taco Bell

Ah, Americanized Mexican food of Taco Bell. My best memories of Taco Bell is stopping there for dinner before church on Sunday night in high school with my friend Kevin and I treated Jo Anne to Taco Bell when I visited her in the Philippines. I do eat different things on the menu but the main thing I get is the Grilled Stuff Burrito.


Hardees is my official fast food breakfast restaurant. Out if all the fast food restaurants, I have eating breakfast at Hardee's has the best. I am glad to see their lunch menu getting better too. They have some great hamburgers now but it is their breakfast I enjoy the most here.

Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box is one of the few restaurants or stores that Hendersonville got before Asheville. If I remember correctly, Jack in the Box had some bad press right before their store opened in Hendersonville. I think they recovered very well from the bad press.

I really like their Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger. Nothing like just meat and cheese, and more meat and cheese. I would get fat and sick if I eat their too much. I cannot imagine to fat and calories their meals have but they taste good.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

A Few Days Without My Car

Since getting in my new house, I have spent more time and money dealing with my car then my house. On Wednesday, I took my car to the garage for the third time since getting my house. This time my check engine light came on and the code reader was flashing the code for the sensor my mechanic replaced two weeks ago. After checking over the car, the mechanic and I agreed that the ECU was bad. I made an appointment to bring the car back on Thursday, while my mechanic got the parts. On Thursday, I took the car in and the work begun on my car. After a couple hours of waiting my I was told the ECU from the junk yard would not initialize. I would have to they the car to the dealership and have them flash the computer and download the programing for the ECU. My mechanic and his crew put my old ECU back in and it would not work too. My mechanic said he would have my car towed to the dealership and get me a rental for the night.

One of the guys from the garage drove me over to the car rental place. I got a Chevy Sonic. The mechanic paid for the rental so I could get to work for the night. He also paid for the tow over to the dealership.

On Friday morning, I checked with the dealership and they told me they flashed the computer and the car was still not working and that there was something else going on with my car. The service manager told me that it would be Monday before they could check out my car and get it working. I told them to check it out and get it working because it did not make since to get the car towed back to my mechanic's garage. After finishing up with the service manager, I called and talked with my mechanic. He told me that want most likely is happening is the guy who know the most about computer in the cars at the dealership is not there today or is busy with other cars. We will see if they get my car working on Monday.

I trusted my mechanic because he has been honest with me since I have been going to him and he has not tried to get me to do things on my car that I did not need done. I am not a trained mechanic but I know somethings about car and know people who our trained mechanics I can ask about things I do not know. I have always been mistrusting of the service department at the dealership. In defense of the dealership, I have gotten good deals on the cars I have gotten from them including my current car.

Since I have been at my house all day today, I managed to get a couple things done that I have been meaning to do but have been putting off. I replaced the door knob on the front door and finished setting up my bedroom. My bed room looks more like a bedroom now I got my bed put together.

I hope after I get my car back from the dealership, I will not have any more problems for awhile with it. I want to focus on my house. I have a lot of things to do around the house to finish making it a home. I still have the curtains the seller had up in the living room up. I have been looking at curtains and trying to decide on a nice set. I also needed to paint the living room, dining room and hallway. I have plans to replace all the outlets in the house. I am even thinking of putting one outlet in the kitchen and one in my bedroom that has USB ports for charging of cell phones. As I said before, there is a lot to do around the house and the list seems to be growing faster then I get the thing done.

I hope to get my car back on Monday. I hate having to rely on others to get to the places I need to go. At least, I have been able to get somethings done around the house this weekend.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Where Did The Week Go?

I had plans to do other post this week. I am not sure where the time went. I was busy at work and did manage to get some of the things I plan to do around the house done but not all. Since, I gotten the house I have had my car in the garage twice and it looks like I am going to have to take it in again this week. The first time was new tires and alignment. The second was to replace a fuel filter and a sensor. The weeks trip to the garage looks like it will be to replace the sensor the mechanic left in with the hope it was reading bad because the other sensor was bad. Cars are a pain but I am glad I have one. God has provided the money for all the repairs but I rather be spending the money on the house instead.

I got all my listed books for my online store on the bookshelves. I still need to finish setting up my office and my bedroom. I still have boxes of stuff sitting in my office I need to put in the guest / storage room in the house. For my bedroom, I need to get the bed frame put together. I was going to that this afternoon but I fell asleep after I got home from church. I didn't feel that tired. I guess it was from dealing with the traffic in town this afternoon. Mom needed somethings from the store.

I need to get curtains for the living room. I keep putting them off because of the car going to the garage. Then I keep thinking if I should paint the walls in the living room first or wait to save more money up. I see the curtains as the more important part of the project. I can live with the yellow walls for now. I do not like the curtains hanging up now left by the seller and they do not cover the whole window. I got some paint color sample cards from Lowe's, Saturday when I went there to get some supplies for a electrical outlet removal on the patio. I think I decided on a light blue color to paint the walls but I am sure I will change my mind several times. I cannot make my mind up on the curtains. I will be happy when I get the car settled down and get the focus on the house.

I have been looking at getting some new furniture to replace the old worn out pieces of furniture my mom and I have now. Now that I have my only house, I am looking at things like furniture as an investment and not just a place to sit or put something. I am sure as time goes on Jo Anne and I will have a lovely place we call home. Yes, I am waiting I little for Jo Anne to get here. I am taking care of the important things for now.

I hope that I will be able to get more things done around the house this week. I am making process on things.