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Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Christmas Song From A Local Band

The Steep Canyon Rangers are a local band that has a member from the band you may know. Here is a Christmas song from them. I hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Working Overtime Before Christmas

We have been working a lot of overtime at work lately. The reason for the overtime is most from people using their remaining vacation before the end of the year, people just laying out of work, sickness, weather and back orders being processed since the factory in Puerto Rico in starting to get back working. The company I work for changed the vacation policy which ended up with more vacation for the employees. Scheduling vacation is a little harder since their is only so many people that can take a day off of a day so production can continue to go out the door. Of course you have the people who seem to take days off any time the can. I do not play the take days off game because I seen too many people do it and lose their job for taking too many days off. Which brings up the sickness. The has been a cold going around work the past few weeks. I caught it and got it over with in a few days. the worst part of my cold was on my last vacation day and weekend. I do not just take days off unless I am sick because I want to make sure I have the days if I do get sick and need to take a day off. Last Friday, work was cancelled due to a snow storm. We worked schedule overtime Saturday but not full shifts because some people could not get into work because not all the road in the area where clear yet. The state scrapped the road I lived on Saturday morning so I was able to get into work. I worst part about the snow is the snow melting in the day time and freezing at night when the temperature drops. I do not mind driving in the snow but I cannot drive on ice. The snow put us more behind on our work with us starting to process back orders from the hurricane that hit Puerto Rico. As the factory, get slowly back online and shipping things out to us at the warehouse, we fill the orders. Many the the worker at the factory in Puerto Rico still do not have power at their home. The factory has power only because it is on the same line as the hospital. It is nice that the company has setup things up things for the workers to that shower and do laundry when that work their shift. I rather not be working so much during the holiday season but the paycheck comes in handy. With the overtime, I will be able to pay my car off by the end of the year and put a little more money in my savings. Maybe things will settle down after the new year and be able to rest a little.

Friday, December 08, 2017

First Snow Of The Season

Today, we got are first real first snow in my area of the Mountains of North Carolina. They were only forecasting only an inch (2.5 cm) of snow but I measured 8 (20 cm) to 9 (23 cm) inches of snow at 7 PM tonight in my yard. I knew we were going to get some snow but this was a lot more then I expected. I only drove in the snow to take and pickup my mother to and from her work. The warehouse where I work canceled work for tonight. I am enjoying my night resting and looking out at the snow that is still coming down.


The roads were not too bad while I was out but there was a lot of wreaks the emergency services where taking care of around the town. From the roads around my house it looks like most of my neighbors stay home today.

The snow looked beautiful as it was coming down today. I enjoyed watching it and looking at my yard full of snow. I will not be enjoying the snow when I got to work on cleaning it up and get out and start driving around.





Mom did not get to go out for her steak dinner at the Ingles Market, which she does every Friday. I planned ahead and stopped at the Wal-mart on the way home from work Thursday night and got some steaks for us. I cooked her steak dinner for her tonight. I am sure it was not as good as the one she gets at the store but I still did a good job. I prepared four cheese mashed potatoes and Asian style rice and vegetables I enjoy cooking for the people I love.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Starting To Decorate For Christmas

Since I was young, it has been a tradition for me to start decorating to Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving. Today, I started with putting the Welcome sign on the door and the welcome mat in front of the door. I put the outdoor lights on the bushes out front and put the Christmas tree put in the living room.


Today, while I was out taking care of a few things for the house, I brought a Christmas welcome sign for the front door. I have been trying to get a welcome sigh for the different holidays and season throughout the year. Now I have one for Christmas. I have one for Easter, Spring and Thanksgiving. I hope to continue my collection as the different holidays and seasons come and I have the money to get the them.


I enjoy Christmas lights on the outside of a house. I wish I could do more but for now the blue lights on the brush by the front window is all I can do. I need to get at least one set of the lights since one of the sets has dead spot but they still look nice.


I setup the Christmas tree today, too. Yes, I have an artificial Christmas tree. I grew up with an artificial Christmas tree and live trees make me uncomfortable because of the fire risk. The tree my grandparents had when I was young was from when my mom was young. I enjoyed putting the tree together each year. The tree, I have now is one my sister, Mary, gave me a couple years ago. I plan I getting a new one maybe next year or on clearance this year. I need to get some new bulbs. I have a few bulbs from my grandparents and since I got my house I have been buying a few new bulbs each year. Sometime this week, I plan on getting some candy canes. I need to get a new sting of lights for the tree too. One bulb on one of the stings I use on the tree is messed up and knocks out a third of that sting. I could spend a lot of money at the Hobby Lobby and their Christmas section. Maybe next weekend, I will make it up to their store to do a little shopping. I have been thinking a cloth to cover up the stand for the tree.

I am looking forward to this Christmas season and sharing the enjoys of the season with my family and friends. I hope to add more decorations to my collection, too.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Family Together For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day went a lot smoother then I was thinking it was going to go. This was the first Thanksgiving is several years that my aunt was not without us or at least talking to us on the phone. My sister, Mary, drove two hours to bring my cousin, Johnny, and his family up for Thanksgiving, Wednesday night. My youngest sister came on Monday, her boyfriend, Lucas, came on Wednesday night and stayed until today when Mom and I took them home. On Thanksgiving Day, I took a little break from cooking to go pickup my brother, Steven and his girlfriend, Velma from the group home. My brother, Tim and his wife, Candy, came over too. Mary cooked the turkey and a couple sides at her house before coming over with her kids and my cousin and his family. I cooked a ham and some other sides. We all had a good time talking and eating. We eat our Thanksgiving meal shortly after mom got home from work.

While Lisa was staying with us, I got her to help with some yard work. She raked most of the leaves up from the backyard and the side of the house. She did a great job and now I have a big pile of leaves on my compost pile. I am sure I will have a lot of good dirt for the gardening projects around the yard in the spring and summer. With continuing to add food scraps and more yard waste to the compost pile I should have a quality of dirt from the compost pile.

The pile of leaves Lisa raked up.


While my brother was at my house, him and my cousin, Johnny removed some branches from one of the tress in the backyard. A couple months ago, one of the branches broke and I could not get it down myself. The tree looks a lot better now. I will have a lot of firewood for fires in the fire pit in the backyard and for the wood stove in the house if I ever use it. I have not used the wood stove yet since I have not had it inspected. I still have a ton of stuff to do around the house but at least, I am get some of it done now. I am thankful for my family and my house where my family enjoys coming.

Tim up in the tree cutting branches.

The pile of branch from the tree that I need to cut now.

I had a good Thanksgiving this yard. I am thankful my family the most and glad I got to spend time with them. I cannot wait for Christmas to get here.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day Of Yardwork

I spent today doing yard work to get ready for the holidays and winter. I went and got my friend, Seth, and he helped me with the yard work. We pulled weeds cut the little trees that I do not want in the flower beds down threw them over the back fence. We also raked some leaves and put them on the compost pile. Seth picked up the wood that was next to the house and put it on the wood pile while I raked the leave out of the area. I need to clean up around the wood pile but I am waiting for my brother to come over and help me with the tree that broke earlier this year. The broken branch make it hard to get around the part of the yard where the wood pile is and clean. We did a lot before the rainy weather moved in. The yard already looks with what we got done. I still have a lot done. I left the one flower there since it already survived the cold nights that we already had.



In The flower beds by the house in the front I pulled the weeds and pruned the brushes. Next weekend, I will be putting some Christmas lights on these brushes.


The flower beds by the road, I and Seth pulled weeds, cut the dead flowers off and I cut the tree cut that I did not want there.


The flower bed in the middle of the driveway, I and Seth pulled up the wood that made a border around it, since the wood was all rotted. I do not have plans to put a new border around it right now. I have plans to pull the wood borders from the flower beds in front of the house. I cut the trees out I did not want growing their and pruned the rose brush. I had Seth raked the leaves on to it.

After my mom got home and Seth and I finished up with the yard work, we went and looked around the Hobby Lobby store. I treated Seth to dinner at Ruby Tuesday. I am glad they added some stuff back to their salad bar. I guess the next time I go their I will order water as my drink. I am trying to cut back on drinking soda and their sweet tea is not sweet at all. Good sweet tea is an art form. You need to add sugar enough to sweet the tea but still taste the tea. Ruby Tuesday needs to add more sugar to their tea. The food tasted good.

Using My Last Vacation Day

Today, I took off work to use up my last vacation day. I spent most of my day resting. When mom got home we got ready to head out for a little ride and mom's regular dinner at the grocery store. When we got back home my sister, Mary was there with her kids and we had a good visit.

This was an eventful week. Wednesday night on the way home I saw three guys standing in the road over another man who was hit by a truck. I stopped to check to see if things were okay and if 911 had been called. One of the guys said he already called 911 and the emergency services where on there way. I got back in my car and turned my car around so my headlights would provide more light to check on the guy in the road. I stay until the police came and said I was okay to go. The guy and his friends where crossing the road when he was hit. It looked like whoever hit him did not even slow down let alone stop. The guy and his friend where drunk and possibly high on something. I feel sorry for the guy who got hit and hope he is okay. The other thing that happen was a business next to where my brother works caught on fire. The tow employees in the building manage to get out alive. The cause of the fire is believed to be a space heater in a box truck. The fire destroyed the building. Mom and I drove out by the business to check the damage ourselves. I feel for the ones that lost their work. I hope they rebuild and the employee can get back to work.

After checking the fire damage, mom and I headed to the Ingles Market in Mills River, North Carolina. Mom goes out there on Fridays for Steak Night. She enjoys going and it is a highlight of her week. The staff take good care of her and even start setting up the table for her when they see her. I think mom really likes it when I am able to join her. I enjoyed watching mom talk with the staff asking them about their Thanksgiving plans and other stuff going on their lives. I am glad mom has something she enjoys doing each week.

We enjoyed our visit with my sister and her kids when we got back home. Mary and I talked about our plans for Thanksgiving Day. I am going to have a full house. My sister and her three kids are coming over. I am glad Mary is going to help with the cooking. My cousin and his family is coming up from Lenoir, North Carolina. Then my sister Lisa is coming with her close friend, Lucas. My brother Tim said he will come over as well.


Prime Rib dinner


Apple Dessert

I am happy to say that mom and I received our wall calendars for 2018. Mom got a calendar with angels. I got one of the lighthouses of the Great Lakes.



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Help A Friend With House Work

One thing I enjoy doing is helping people. Today, I spend some time helping my friend, Seth, do some cleaning around his help. Seth has some metal issues and lives alone and in September and October, about the only thing Seth does at house is sleep since he is working at the local Haunted Farm. It is the highlight of his year and he enjoys doing it. Seth's house was not a complete mess but it was a little much for one person to clean. It was good to spend some time with Seth too. As we worked on cleaning his house we talked about a few thing to do next year when we have time to hang out. After a couple hours of work, his house looked a whole lot better and Seth was happy.

We talked about walking around Asheville, North Carolina for him to take pictures for the North Carolina Mountain State Fair next year. He did good in the Photo Contest back in September. I guess I should see if Seth will let me share his photos here. We also talked about going up on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I hope to get a new camera for myself before next summer. I am trying to decide on which camera to get.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Chili At My Sister's House

Sunday night, my mom and I, went over to my sister's house for dinner. We had some of the chili that was leftover from the Fall Festival that my sister, Mary goes too. It was good to spend some time with my sister and her kids. The kids seemed to enjoy seeing me since they have not seen much of me this summer with both me and my sister working so much this summer. We had a beef chili and a chicken chili to choose from for dinner. I had the beef chili, it was more beans then beef but it still tasted good. The chicken chili looked a little more like soup then I like. I have been avoiding soup the pass year. I have a texture things going on with soup right now. I like to make my chili thicker then both the chilies were and a lot more spice then the beef one I had. I could have done with less beans in the chili. I need to plan a couple things for the family besides Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know the kids enjoy doing s'mors. I have been thinking about changing my fire pit to make it a little bigger and easier to start a fire in and clean it out.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Cleaning House And Holiday Prep

Today, I was busy working on cleaning the house and the yard. I made a dent in the clean but I did not get either the yard or the house cleaning done. I got the compost pile turned and added some stuff to it including the ashes from the fire pit.. I will add some more stuff to add to it tomorrow afternoon. It was rainy today, so I did not get as much as I wanted to do it the yard done. I wanted to mow the yard to cut the grass and take care of the leaves that has already falling.


I went shopping tonight for things to get the house ready for the Holidays. As I was doing the yard work today, I could not find my yard rake. I added a rake to my list of things to get for the house. I already planned on getting a surge protector and a welcome sign for Christmas for the front door. Mom went to a church event with my sister, Mary and her kids so I had the night to myself. I stopped in Hobby Lobby first to look around a little and see what they had for Christmas decorations. As I was looking through the seasonal department, I saw a welcome sign for Thanksgiving to put on the front door. I decided to get it and wait to get one for Christmas with my next paycheck.

After the hobby store, I eat dinner at the Culver's next to it. Culver's has some good hamburgers. I tried the their Wisconsin Cheese Curds tonight and enjoyed them. After eating, I stooped at he Dick's Sporting Goods Store down the the road to check on somethings for my workouts. I saw a pair of shorts that I may get later. I saw some ear plugs but I can get them online for half the price when I buy some new swim gear before the end of the year. Then it was off to Lowe's for the main items I went out for, the rake and surge protector. I got a surge protector for when I put the Christmas tree up it will be easier to turn the lights on and off and also have additional outlets for other things like my laptop. The one I got has six outlets and to USB ports for charging cell phones. I got a yard rank too. Now that I brought the new rake, I will find the old one tomorrow, but it will be good to have two rakes. Since I had a little more time before I wanted to get home, I stopped into best buy to look at cameras. I need to get a new camera since The camera I am using now has been acting strangely lately. I will be getting a new one some time after the new year if my camera holds out until then. I main plan on using the camera for eBay and the my blogs. I have been thinking about trying to do some videos on YouTube.

I am looking forward to having the family all at the house for the holidays. I need to get a lot of cleaning in the house and out in the yard done before Thanksgiving Day. I need to get working on it and maybe get my sister's kids help me with the yard work.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Night Out With Mom And Treats For Rayna

Mom and I had dinner out tonight. We enjoyed our even our at the Biltmore Town Square in Asheville, North Carolina. Mom has been talking about her shrimp pizza. Brixx Pizza is the only place we have been able to find that offers a shrimp pizza. I had the Italian Cheese Steak Pizza for my dinner. Both mom and I enjoy eating at Brixx Pizza.

We were planning on watching a movie but I changed my mind and we also heard that the movie I wanted to see was sold out. I wanted to see Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. I enjoyed the first Boo movie the love watching Tyler Perry movies.

I got some treat for my dog Rayna at the Woof Gang Bakery. We try to get her something when we are at the Biltmore Town Square. They have a lot of different treats for dogs. I like getting the cookie treats switch they change with the season.

The best things about the treats at Woof Gang Bakery is that Rayna seems to like then a great deal. She eats them right up when I give her them.

I also took a look around the Barnes and Noble book store. I could not find a book that interest me this time. I was looking for some ideas of things to do for the Blog. I want to get re-energized with posting on the blog. At some point, I will just jump into working on the posts I keep thinking about and be back into blog more regularly. I am working on sorting things out in my head.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Aspley Guise - Least Used Station in Bedfordshire

I watch a lot of videos on YouTube. One of the channels I follow is Geoff Marshall's channel. He does a lot of videos on trains. I really enjoyed this one so I thought I would share it with you.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fighting The Darkness

I wanted to take time to write a post to let you guys know why I have not posted anything in awhile. A lot has happened and is happening in my life right now. Unfortunately, one of the things happening this year is fighting off some depression. I have always dealt with depression in my life and normally I snap out of the depression quickly. This year, I have had two big long periods of depression. I seem to have gotten out of this last bout finally. I have been seeing a counselor and at my appoint this week we talked about taking medicine for a short time in order to help lift myself out of depression. Medication is a serious issue for me. Both the counselor and I, are people who try to minimize the use of medication in our lives. I will consider taking the medication if I continue to slip into the states of depression. I hope that I we manage to get back into Blogging regularly. I hope to have some good news to share by the end of the year on some thing I have been working on. I have several ideas for post for the blog too.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse In Gatlinburg, Tennessee

My mom and I are in Gatlinburg, Tennessee as a birthday trip for her. The eclipse was a special bonus. The total eclipse was very quick or just short of total here in Gatlinburg. It was fun to see the sky get dark in the day and see the street lights turn on in the middle of the day. I unfortunately, did not get any good pictures of the eclipse itself but I am sure there is a lot online any way.

About 15 minutes before total eclipse.

Just before the street lights came on.

Just before total eclipse.

Best shot I got of the sun.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Charleston Trip July 10 -12, 2017: Food

Mom and I eat at some great restaurants while on are vacation in Charleston. My goal was not to eat at chain restaurants, try to keep it to local restaurants. I wanted to eat something I could not get at restaurants back at home. We had a couple places that people recommended to us and we just stopped at others. We enjoyed the places we eat. We eat breakfast at the hotel switch saved us time and money.

On Monday for lunch, we ate at the Noisy Oyster. The Noisy Oyster is at 24 N Market St in Charleston, which is at the corner of East Bay and Market Streets. It is right across the road from the Custom House and the City Market. Mom and I had the Fried Seafood Platter. They sell if at market price. It cost $25 the day we eat it which is a little more then want we normally would pay for about the same dish at a seafood restaurant. While we were on vacation and I hope it was fresh being we where closer to the ocean. It did taste good and had some flavor for friend food.

I liked the decor in the restaurant. They have some boats hanging from the ceiling and there is a shark. Then you have the breeze from the open air when you have the garage door windows open. I read a review complaining about it being open air and the traffic. I believe the openness adds to the restaurant. Besides, you are in the city the traffic is not the bad. I have seen worst traffic in my little city where I live. I enjoyed watching the car and people going about their day as I enjoyed my lunch. It is a great place to eat and people watch.

The boats and the shark

The seating, you can see the garage door then use as windows.

The view from our seat looking at the city market.

For Monday nights dinner, we eat at Page’s Okra Grill at 302 Coleman Blvd in Mount Pleasant. We had three people recommend us to eat at Page's Okra Grill. I am glad I listened to their recommendation. Page's Okra Grill has also been featured on Food Paradise - Southern Comfort Food on the Travel Channel. The show will air July 26th 11 am EST and August 12th 3 pm EST according to the restaurant's website. They have the best Shrimp and Grits, I have every had. The quality of the food is worth the wait. They have indoor and outdoor seating. I recommend eating inside. If you cannot find a parking spot in the main parking lot, their is additional parking across Lucas Street is a dirt lot. Out of the restaurants, we eat at, Page’s Okra Grill, is the one I am looking forward to eating at the next time I am in the Charleston area.

Chair outside Page’s Okra Grill

On Tuesday we did not stop any wear for lunch. We eat some small snacks through out the day. We eat dinner at Bacco Italian Restaurant at 976 Houston Northcutt Blvd in Mount Pleasant. They are located in a little shopping center at the corner of Houston Northcutt Blvd and Coleman Blvd. The outside maybe not be the most impressive but has with all good food, it is wants inside the counts. The dining area is very cozy. The food is very good. I had their Eggplant Parmigiana. It was the best Eggplant Parmigiana, I have had. It was full of flavor. I wish there was an Italian restaurant was good as this one close to where I live.

On Wednesday, we eat lunch at Melvin's Barbecue at 925 Houston Northcutt Blvd in Mount Pleasant before heading home. We eat there because we wanted to eat some barbecue and it was along US Highway 17. They have been serving barbecue since 1939 and have been featured on The Travel Channel's show "Delicious Destinations Charleston" with Andrew Zimmern. They have some good barbecue. I ordered the pulled pork sandwich and I enjoyed it a lot. I liked their pickle and pepper bar, it was a nice touch to the restaurant. This was the closes we got to eating at a chain restaurant. I think they only have one other location near Folly Beach.

The sign above our table.

We enjoyed all the restaurant and would eat at all of them again when are in Charleston next time. I am looking forward to trying some of the other restaurants I saw but did not have time to try, too.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Charleston Trip July 10 -12, 2017: Boone Hall Plantation

Wednesday, was our final day of our Charleston Trip and we went to Boone Hall Plantation before we headed on home. Boone Hall Plantation is one of the oldest working plantations in North American. Mom and I went in the morning and stay to mid afternoon and still did not see everything the plantation has to offer to their guest. It is will worth the cost of admission to the plantation. They also offer a discount for Senior Citizens of 65+ and member of the Military and AAA.

They offer house tour of the main house which was built in 1936. It is a lovely house.

The gardens on both sides of the house are beautiful and the have signs telling you want some of the plants are.






This is the old smoke house. It is off to side of the garden by the house.


The Oak tree lined driveway is just wonderful to drive or walk down.


They still have nine of the original slave cabins. Each one has an different exhibit of Black History in American. At the last cabin you can see the performance of “Exploring The Gullah Culture,” which is full of tales I remember from when I was young.





You can see the building that housed the cotton gin. You will not be able to go inside because the building is unsafe but I bet it would be interest if you could.


They have some beautiful horses. The stables and field for the horses are for employees only but the horses do come up to people and let you pet them.



You can take a tour of the fields where they grow the crops. The tour guide we had made it very interesting and fun.





In behind the gift shop and cafe is a beautiful butterfly garden.



After our visit to Boone Hall Plantation, Mom and I made our way home. I would visit the plantation again and maybe check out some of the other attraction nearby it.