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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Aunt Sandy Has Gone Home

On Saturday afternoon of May 13, 2017, my aunt passed away. She was surrounded by family and friends. Please pray for my mother and my cousins.  Aunt Sandy has gone home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus and her loving husband, Jonathan Harris.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Visiting My Aunt In The Nursing Home

My mom and I, went down to visit my aunt my mom's sister. She just got out of the hospital last weekend and went home. Thursday they decided to have her go back into the nursing home that my cousin, Johnny works at. Johnny and his wife were not able to help take care of my Aunt Sandy's needs at house. Today, Aunt Sandy was not doing good. Johnny texted me on our way back home that the nursing home is having Aunt Sandy taking to the hospital. She looked bad when we got down to the nursing home but was looking better when we left. It is sad seeing my aunt go down hill and know she does not have long to live.

Mom and Aunt Sandy in the activity room at the nursing home a few weeks ago.

The nursing home where my cousin works looks really nice. They just added on to the nursing home and remodeled a little. I wish I was going there for happier things. Nursing homes and hospitals make my skin crawl. I always feel dirt after I visit one no matter how clean they are.

The activity room at the Nursing Home.

After left from visiting Aunt Sandy at the nursing home, we stopped at a restaurant called the White House in Rutherford College, North Carolina. The restaurant is in a old white house on the side of the road. They serve Italian food. I had the chicken parmigiana with a house salad. It was not the best I ever had but it was good. My mom and I got really good service from our waitress.

The outside of the White House.

Inside one of the dining rooms.

The chicken parmigiana that I had for dinner.

Outside of my aunt not doing good, mom and I had a good trip. I keep saying I need to go down around where my aunt and cousin live and just explore and take pictures. It is beautiful country down there.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Not Doing Too Good On Bloging

I planned to be posting on the Mountain Highs and Valley Lows more regularly this year. This past month has been really busy for me. I have been working more overtime then expected for this time of year at work. I also have been taking trips down to see my aunt who has been in and out of the hospital the past couple months. I have planned out time to work on the blog then I would have things come up or a would crash from all the things going on right now. I have have pictures and idea ready to do a post and get side tracked taking care of something else. I decided to do a quick post before work today since I had a little time since it is raining and I cannot mow the grass as I planned to do today. I really need to work on my time management.

I do have a have several things planned for the coming months. I am thinking of taking trips to Charleston, South Carolina, Cowpens, South Carolina, and Gatlinburg / Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Mom told me that she wanted to go to Charleston this year and I always enjoyed my trips to Charleston and want to tour it more. Cowpens is battlefield of a battle from the American Revolutionary War. I want to go to Gatlinburg to see how they are doing after the wildfires. I have been talking with Seth about going swimming and hiking. Seth will have to take it easy this year since he is recovering from breaking his leg. I am also planning on starting to post on my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments blog begin. If I can get myself moving early enough, I plan to go to different places on my way to work to take the pictures for the blog. Then working on getting the pictures posted on the blog. It is just a matter of getting started.

I am close to getting one of my debts paid off and one of my bills is going to drop by $30 soon. These to things will free up a little money to start working on a couple other projects I want to start this year. I should enjoy it once I get these things started. I am trying to decide on how to do some of the things but I figured that get the debt paid off and the bill lowered will give me enough money to get things started. I just hope I can disciple myself with my time and get things done.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Easter Door Decorating

Since I brought my house, I have been slowly working on getting decorations for different holidays and time of they year to put up around the house. My main focus has been Christmas. Today, while doing the grocery shopping I got a little welcome sigh for the door for Easter. If I have enough money later, I will try to get some things to decorate the house with for Easter.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

An Old Friend And Mice

Today, did not go anything like I planned. I planned to get up and talk with Jo Anne as I normally do on Saturday morning. After, that I planned to take a short nap before take care of some household chores and work on my books for my online store.

I got up to talk with Jo Anne. Jo Anne over slept her alarm she set so she could get a little rest after a full day of family activities. I watched my Saturday morning cooking show, New Scandinavian Cooking. I like it when, Andreas Viestad is the host. I love seeing the different locations in Norway. The food looks good too. After New Scandinavian Cooking, I was going to get my breakfast and coffee ready when my old friend, Teresa called me asking if I would like to meet her for breakfast. We decided to eat at Denny's in town. After enjoying our breakfast, Teresa came over to my house. it was the first time she has seen my house since I move into it. We sat and talked a little more and mom talked with he a little when she got home from work. Teresa left when she had to go get ready for work. It was go to visit with her since we do not get to hang out much now since we work a lot.

A couple weeks ago, I told you guys about the mouse in my house. My mom and I, clean and organized the cabinets and I put poison down, too. Things seemed to settle down awhile after the mouse eat the poison. In the past week I have seen more signs of mice activity and even seen a mouse run across the floor two times. I bought more poison and some old fashion mouse traps. I put new poison in places for the mice. I prepared and set four traps. I placed two in the cabinets near the sink and two in behind the refrigerator. So far tonight, I have gotten 5 mice with the mouse traps. I use peanut butter as the bait boy has it worked. I hope that That is all the mice in the house and I will not have anymore issues with the mice. I guess, mom and I will clean the cabinets out again.

Even with my day not going as I planned it turned out to be a good day. Tomorrow is going to be a busy day with church, shopping and visiting with friends. I hope I get some work on my online store too. We will see how tomorrow goes.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bang Bang Burger In Charotte

My mom and I traveled down to see my Aunt Sandy in the hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am glad to say my aunt is doing better now. She had a lot more color in her face and was more alert. They are working on getting her moved to a nursing center closer to her house on Lenoir, North Carolina. They were going to move her this past week but they had a couple issues to work out.

After visiting with my aunt, mom and I, eat dinner at Bang Bang Burger at 2001 East 7th Street Ste D, Charlotte, North Carolina. I choose to eat there because it was near the hospital and had good reviews. I am glad we eat there. I have to say it was one of the best burgers I have ever had.

I had the TNT Burger which comes with Ghost pepper cheese, crispy onion strings, shaved jalapeños, and Sriracha mayo on it with fresh hand-cut fries on the on the side. I ordered my burger medium and they cooked it just the way I liked it. They burger had good flavor and just the right heat. The fries had a great taste and did not need ketchup or anything else added to them.

TNT Burger

Bang Bang Burger was featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives on the Food Network. It is on the episode titled, 'Beef, Lamb and Pig' which aired in the 26th season. It was cool to eat some where featured i a show I enjoy watching even through I have not seemed the episode. I need to keep my eye out for the episode on TV. I know I would eat at Bang Bang Burger again if I am in the area.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A March Snow

I always tell people winter is not over here is the mountains of Western North Carolina until March is over. Last night we got a small snow. It has been so warm that the snow did not cover the roads much. I managed to get mom to work without any problems.

The house and yard covered with snow.

The tree in the front yard.

Since it had been so warm lately, most of the snow has already melted. It did look beautiful this morning.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Visiting My Aunt In The Hospital In Charlotte

Tuesday, I took a day off from work and heading down to Charlotte to see my aunt in the hospital. My mom and I, drove down to Lenoir, first to pickup my cousin, Johnny. Mom and I had a enjoyable ride down to Lenoir with a stop a a Waffle House in Asheville with a great view on the mountains. We got to Johnny's house a little after 1 and had a short wait for him to get home from work. After Johnny changed out of his work clothes we were off to Charlotte. We had a good trip down expect for a little congestion and a few idiot drivers. I did have a small problem seeing the road signs but that was mostly because it was my first time in the part of the City of Charlotte. We made it safely to the hospital. Charlotte has at least three hospital right next to one another.

We sent a couple hours visiting with my aunt. The nurse were friendly and took good care of my aunt. My aunt was looking good and had a some color in her face. She was awake and talking with us but was getting more sleepy by the end of our visit.

After our visit with my aunt my mom and I treated Johnny to dinner at Whiskey River in uptown Charlotte. Whiskey River is a bar owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. We enjoyed our food and time together there. The food and service was great. They do not just rely on the name of Dale Earnhardt, Jr to get people in there. My mom had the short ribs which was a special. They were tender and tasted good my mom said. Johnny had the chicken tenders which he said was very good. I got a hamburger that came with bacon wrapped jalapeños. It alone filled me up. Both Johnny and I had their onion rings. The onion ring were crisp and not greasy. Is was a great meal and experience overall and I plan to stop there again when I make it down to Charlotte.

Jalapeño Bacon Burger at Whiskey River

The rest of my week went good. I was busy at work. Johnny and I have texted back and froth a few times. Today, Johnny texted me and said they will be moving my aunt to a nursing center on Monday. Her liver is failing and the doctor says she has 3 to 6 months. The next few months are going to be hard. I ask for your prayers for my aunt and family.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Julie's Birthday Party

Tonight, Mom and I went to my sister Mary's house for my niece, Julie's birthday party. Mary cooked chicken and carrots and make a salad for dinner Julie enjoyed herself decorating her birthday cake before we ate it. We got her a Crayola Ice Cream Cake from the grocery store.

Julie decorating her birthday cake.

Julie having fun with her cake.

The cake when her and her brother, Victor, finished decorated it.

It was fun watching the kids decorate the cake and then enjoy eating it. We all had fun tonight. I am glad mom and I got the cake.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Aunt In The Hospital

This week has been a trying week for me. I was struggling with a couple things at work on Tuesday night when I got a text from my cousin that my aunt was taking to the hospital and it did not look good. I have been calling and texting my cousin, Johnny all week getting updates and planning to go down to see my aunt today after my mom, my aunt's sister, got off from work. Friday before I went to work, I talked to Johnny on the phone. My aunt was doing better but the problems were still happening. They decided to transfer her to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina so they could do the surgery she wanted. That changed our planned to head down to see her on Saturday. My cousin texted me Friday night at work letting me know Aunt Sandy made it to the hospital in Charlotte and she was in good spirits. The nurses and doctor got her settled in her room. They would let her eat since they were going to do the surgery Saturday morning. This afternoon, I talked with Johnny and made plans to head down to Lenoir, North Carolina to pick him up and head down to Charlotte to see his mom. Johnny's car needs some work and he does not think it could make the hour and a half drive to Charlotte. As plans are now, we will do the trip on Tuesday. Mom has Tuesday off, Johnny and I will use our vacation days to take the day off from work. I made arrangements with my supervisor at work so I can take the day or days off I need. Even if Johnny has to work Tuesday, he will get off early enough for us to make the trip.

Johnny told me this afternoon, that Aunt Sandy had her surgery this morning. She made it through okay. They had her sedated and on a ventilator. They may need to do a second surgery. We hope by Tuesday she will be awake enough to have visitors.

I wanted to go down to Charlotte but I would have preferred the visit to be under happier event. Depending on how things go at the hospital, we may drive around Charlotte a little. It is a beautiful city. We will at least get something to eat before heading bad to Lenoir to take Johnny home. We may stop at Whisky River which is the restaurant in downtown Charlotte that is owned by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It is no too far from the hospital. Johnny may enjoy it since he is a big NASCAR fan.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Taking My Sister Her Stuff

My sister Lisa just moved into a new group home in Leicester, North Carolina. Mom and I took Lisa, her stuff that she left at our house. She seems to be happy since she is closer a close friend of hers and her social worker. We have known two of the staff members for for years. One of the guys, Chris, who works there used to be best friends with my brother Tim when they were teenagers. Back in the day where you saw one you saw the other. His sister also works at the group home.

Mom and Lisa enjoying there visit.

The view from the group home.

Mom and I enjoyed our trip to there to see Lisa and her new place. We talked with Chris and his sister for a little. On the way back home mom and I enjoyed dinner at a Chinese buffet in West Asheville. Mom said she enjoyed her trip and dinner.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wacky Video Wednesday: Millennials in the Workplace Training Video

I found this video so funny. Thank God it not true of all Millennials. Unfortunately, it is true of a few of them.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trying To Get Back Into Doing Things

While it has been awhile since I regularly posted here. I am trying to get back into the swing of things with things outside of work. Getting started is the hardest part sometimes and I also have been dealing with a little depression the past few weeks. My depression is lifting. I have dealt with depression since my since teenage years. I have found ways to deal with it where I do not take medication. I am glad my depression has not been so bad I needed to take medication.

I plan on getting back to doing the Photo of the Week, this week. I also plan to get back into doing post for my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments blog. I need to get better at taking pictures of churches and cemeteries when I am out traveling around. I am doing some research to see it my new blog idea will be worth doing. It is involve one of my hobbies and I could also sell some of my props in my online store. I am only hoping the selling of the props will cover at least some of my expenses in buying the props. The most important thing is I believe I will enjoy doing the new blog once I get it going and keep it going.

I have a couple projects to do around the home. Most of them are organizing different things and rooms in the house and the garage. I also need to finish cleaning up the yard. I still have leaves in the backyard yard and along the one side of the house. Mom and I got started on cleaning and organizing the cabinets, thanks to a unwanted house guest. At least one field mouse has decided to make its winter home in our house. I am working on getting in out of the house. Mom cleaned out the cabinets under the counter and I worked on organizing the cans, boxes and jars. We will get some other things to finish organizing the cabinets.

Through owning a house can be trying at times, it is something the raises my spirits. It feels go to own your own house and not have to wait on someone else to call someone to fix an issue with the house.

I am looking forward for summer to get here so I can go hiking and swimming. I hope my friend, Seth, it heeled enough by then to go with me. He broke his leg a couple weeks ago. He is in a rehabilitation center now and should there for about 8 weeks. I am hoping to be in full swing of things by then and trying a couple new things too.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sanders Court And Cafe In Asheville

I had an appointment this week in Asheville, North Carolina, since it was close by I figured I go out and check out the old location of Sanders Court and Cafe. Now you ask want is the big deal about Sanders Court and Cafe. The Asheville location was the second location of a cafe and hotel for Harland Sanders, who was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). It took me a little research to find the location because it is not a cafe and hotel now. It has been converted into apartments.

I enjoyed finding this little history gem. Since it is where people live and there is no markers telling people that it is, I was not tell the exact location but you take US Highway 25 North out of Asheville. Even if you miss it you will have a beautiful drive.

I have a couple places in history on my list to visit and share about on the blog here.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

If I sat down and made a list of people in history I would like to sit down and talk with, Martin Luther King, Jr would be high on that list. I would be honored to have him come to my house and share a meal with me and talk about life. When he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, we lost a great treasure. Below is the speech he gave the night before he was shot.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Six Inches Of Snow

Friday night, the first snow of 2017 started coming down. It ended up being 6 inches of snow. It look beautiful as it covered everything. Since it was more of a powder it was easy to clear it from the driveway and cars.

Front Yard

Some of my neighbor made it out early. Not much going out and coming back in.

The Patio

The Swing

The rest of the backyard.

The Ice-cycles

Walkway between the house and Garage.

I enjoyed seeing the snow. This snow, I stayed inside most of the time since I had been sick the past week plus the fact that it got extremely cold and windy especially at night. It was good to take the extra rest and not have to worry about going anywhere.

I am sure, I will be busy at work this week to make up for the the warehouse closing early Friday night and on top of only have a few people working on my shift Friday night. I need to start working on some of my outside of work stuff that I have been putting off. I hope everyone is having a good and safe year so far.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Goals For 2017

The Year of 2016, was a year of many good things and bad things for me. I am happy to say it ended on a happy note, which I explain here in a little. On the work front, I got three pay raises and two promotions in 2016. With the new computer system at work I got a lot of overtime. The overtime was go for the extra money but I did not have time to focus on much of anything outside of work. I did manage to get somethings taking care of for the house and personal things. I am happy to say I got prefect attendance at work. I was one of a few people to do that at work this year.

Though for much of 2016, things with Jo Anne and I have unfortunately have been of the back-burner. We had a major development last week that I have been working on for the process of getting Jo Anne here. With this development, I will take care of the major issue the is holding up her coming. I should have the issue taking care of in the next few months. The next step will be planning a trip to see Jo Anne so we can apply for her Visa again.

Now to go over my goals for the Year 2017. I have goals in in the areas of personal fiance, my online store, and my Blogs. I hope to achieve all my goals for the coming year.

Two of my personal fiance goal are to build my emergency up to cover one months worth of expenses and pay off at least one of my debts. The pass few months was seen my emergency fund get used up with a couple different issues with the car and house. I hope to get my emergency fund build back up soon so I can focus I getting my debts paid off. Getting the debts paid off will help free up money to use on a trip to Jo Anne and work on her Visa. I have a goal of being debt free one day and I am making good process on it. I just need to decide if I want to pay off my car or my student loan. Both of these debt should be paid off by the end of 2018 if I just pay the minimum payments on them.

Even with not having my focus on my online store I did good in 2016. I just fell short of making a profit for 2016. I have a goal of returning to making a profit in 2017. I also fell short of my goal of reaching a feedback score of 700 on eBay. I ended 2016 with the feedback score of 685 which was 15 points short of my goal. My feedback goal for 2017, will be a little harder to reach. I only had to get 105 points in 2016 to get to my goal of 700. I need to get 115 points to get my goal in 2017.

I have some goal for my blogs too. I have been thinking of a couple ideas for my blogs and in 2017, I plan to start working on them. I plan to post regular post of Mountain Highs and Valley Lows. I want to get back into posting the weekly Photo of the Week and start posting more post of some of my travels which I plan to do this year. One of my new ideas, for this blog will involve my love of history. I have started reaching a couple things to share of local history and so of the place I go. I also plan to start to start posting on my Blog, Spiritual Places,Spiritual Moments. I also have plans to start a new blog but it will cost me some money to get it started. To off set the cost in which the new blog will cost me, I need to decide on the best ways to offset those cost. I hope you guys enjoy the post I will post each year.

I am looking forward to 2017. May it be full of good times and success for us all.