Bible Verse Of The Day

Friday, June 30, 2017

Photo Of The Week: Three Cone Flowers

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Happenings And Just Plan Busy

This summer is turning in to another busy summer. I have been busy at work with working overtime, trips, and taking care of everyday life stuff. I am amazed at the extra energy I have had since joining the gym. It has helped a lot with getting myself going and doing things.

Normal summer at work with the orders increasing and the amount of product going out the warehouse increasing. I hope I can set some of the extra money from the overtime aside and get more of my debt paid off. I am on track to have my car paid off by the end of the year. I may even get my student loan paid off too. Sometimes, I wish I could just quit my job. I enjoy the job itself but it is some of the people I work with that drive me crazy. I keep going because I am there to work and I like all the thing that having the job make possible.

I enjoyed my trip a couple weeks ago to Cowpens and Kings Mountain Battleground. I have some of the pictures from the trip being posted on Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments. I have a couple trips planned coming up in the next couple weeks and months. The week after the Fourth of July, my mom and I are going down to Charleston, South Carolina for a few days. We have the hotel setup and have several activities planned. Then in August, I am planning to stay a couple days in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I love going to Gatlinburg. I am planning to go this time to check out how the area is recovering from the wildfires the burned the area in the past year.

I have been getting some stuff to sell on eBay from a friend. Now, I just need to get working on getting the stuff listed and sold. Once I get started on listing more books and other stuff I will get my sells back up. I have lose my Top Rated Seller rating since I have not been selling much. It should not take me long to get my sells up up in order to get the Top Rated Seller rating back.

Once I start selling stuff again on eBay it will be easier to get the house cleaned up. My office and garage are a mess with the things I need to get listed on eBay. The grass seed I planted a couple weeks ago is growing very nicely. It has helps that is has rained almost everyday since I put the grass seed down. I will have to buy some more to patch the other spots in the yard. It is nice to see the green instead of brown dead grass or dirt where I put the grass seed down. I have plans to get the garage organized too. I hope this fall to get to sets of shelves for the garage. I should be able to get a lot of stuff off the floor and on the shelves once I get them setup.

I am hoping the weather will be nice on the Fourth of July. We are planning to go see the fireworks in Tuxedo, North Carolina. Hope to have a little get together with the family as will.

The gym is going good. Even through, I have not been pushing myself to much in starting, my energy level in up. I have been working on my workout routine. I have even worked swimming laps in my workout schedule. It was nice to get in the pool and swim a lap and make use of one of many swimsuits I have. The prescription goggles have made swimming even better since I am not swimming blind now. Each day I have done my resistance training I have added a new weight machine or made the workout longer. For my cardio workout, I am working on learning how to use the setting on the treadmills and elliptical machines. I like the sitting elliptical that the Personal Trainer recommended that I use. It is just a matter of getting the right workout program set into the machine.

This summer have been a good one so far and looks like it will continue to be a good one. I look fore=ward to all the things, I was planned to do this year.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday Musings: Darkness Comes

This is dedicated to a friend who struggles when the darkness comes.

Darkness Comes by Dan the Mountain Man

The darkness comes.
I can’t escape what comes.
I am scared, lonely.
Does anyone know?
Torture in my mind.
Does anyone listen?
Voices in my mind.
I’m scared, lonely.
Need a kind friend.
Not unwanted guest in my mind.
Struggle not to believe the voices in my mind.
Anyone believe me about the noise?
The darkness comes.
I can’t escape my mind.
Say it is only my mind.
It is more then my mind.
Can’t see your hand.
Only if I could.
Pull me to freedom.
I can’t escape.
The darkness comes.
The voices come.
I’m scared, lonely.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Some Times I Hate Shopping

I have a couple things on my shopping list that I go With is it being summer now and me joining the gym, I have found myself in the market for some shorts for both work and working out in. When I am in a sporting goods store check on a couple other things. The part I hate about shopping and I ran into it this weekend. Is not finding what I want in the stores or if they have it it is not the right color or size. I did find a pair of shorts that was close enough to what I want in workout shorts. The color was okay being blue but I would have been completely sold if it was purple. It was the right size I think. I just did not like the price. I do have a coupon I can print out to lessen the cost. I did find a swimsuit in the color I have been looking for but not in the size I need. I hate that the only colors I find in stores are black and navy. I can normally find different colors online. I still like shopping in brick-and-mortar store because you can feel and try on the clothes you buy. I am checking out some places online now. I may check a couple thrift stores too. When I have time I will check the outlet stores out and see want find there. I hope I find want I what soon.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meeting With Personal Trainer

Today, I had a meeting with the personal trainer at the gym. He went over my goals for workout and started developing a workout program to meet my goals. I will meet with him tomorrow afternoon to go over the workout program him designs for me. I am planning to start out with working out at least three times a week and doing more as I get into it. Losing a little weight is one goal but not my main goal. I want to get more energy and be healthier more importantly. Getting down to 200 pounds with be nice but getting rid of the belly is my goal. I am excited about getting back into a workout program. I eat a balanced diet already but will be making a few changes.

I also plan to try to get out and go places when I have Saturday off from work. Get out and get some walking in and work on different things for my blogs. Generally, try to have fun doing things I enjoy. I have been playing with my new computer and believe I will have fun creating post for the blogs and doing listings for my online store. I have already made a few minor changes to how I do the post to the blogs.

I am hoping that the working out will give me the energy I need to do the things I plan to do. I have just been crashing on my time off from work and not getting things done around the house, blogs and online store. Focus on managing my time better too. I am sure it will make my life better.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Some New Beginnings

This was a week of new beginnings for me. I am looking for to some of the changes that are coming. I was a little upset about one of the things that caused one of the changes to happen this week. I was planning to make the change later this year. The two big changes I made this week was joining a gym and the second was getting a new laptop computer.

I joined a Gold's Gym not far from my work. I have been looking at joining a gym for a while and checked out a a few others before I decided on going with Gold's Gym. Some of the gyms, worked better on the location for me. Gold's Gym is out of my way a little bit since I have to go away from house after work when I plan to mostly go after work. The main reason, I decided on the Gold's Gym was that they have a pool, hot tub and sauna available 24-hours a day. Some of the other gyms had a pool, hot tub, or sauna available but they were not open 24-hours a day. Wednesday night,

I was planning to get a new laptop later this year since my laptop was falling apart and getting slow. I got the blue screen of death on Thursday. I got a new laptop on Friday. The new laptop has some features that I hope will help me with the blogs and the other projects I continue to work on and plan on starting.

On Saturday, Seth and I went for a hike at the Pink Beds in Pisgah National Forest and a little ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Seth wanted to get some pictures for the photo contest his is going to enter at the North Carolina Mountain State Fair in September. I wanted to take pictures too and enjoy the walk out in nature. I took Seth to the Pinks Beds because with Seth breaking his leg earlier this year, he cannot walk a long distract and steep trails. It was a very nice day to enjoy the outdoors.

After Set and I got some go pictures on out hike in the Pink Beds, we drove on up to the Blue Ridge Parkway. We stopper at a couple of the overlooks and enjoyed the views.

Seth at the Cold Mountain Overlook

Cold Mountain

I feel good about the changes I have made this week and it is good to be getting back into getting back to doing things other then sleep on my time off. I am hoping it will lead to more interest and better post here too.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Cowpens And King's Mountain Battlefields, Part 2

My second stop on my Memorial Day trip was King's Mountain Battlefield. I had been to King's Mountain once before on a school trip. It was nice to return and enjoy the site on my own and at my own pace.

At King's Mountain, the Patriots had around 900 men and the British had around 1,100 men. Included in the 900 men in the Patriots ranks was John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett. Along with the battle at Cowpens, King's Mountain is know as a turning point in the American Revolutionary War.

I started my visit at the visitor's center for the Kings Mountain National Military Park. The state of South Carolina has a state park right next door to the national park which I did not go to on this visit but maybe on my next visit I will do both. At the visitor's center you can tour the museum and watch a video the goes over the battle of King's Mountain. I walked through the museum before walking around the battlefield. After I walked the trail through the battlefield I watched the video. I was lucky enough to caught up with one of the rangers of the park doing a walking tour on the battlefield. That made the walk more interesting.






The trail around the battlefield is paved but does go up and down the mountain. Some on the monuments along the trail have a short none paved trail to them. The trail makes a nice walk. Part of the trail goes through an area where President Herbert Hoover gave a speech in front of 75,000 people. I could hardly imagine 75,000 people in the area as a stood by the rock that marks the location where President Hoover stood during the speech.






After I walked the trail around the trail I watch the video in the visitor's center. I think I may make another trip the King's Mountain again and visit both the National Military Park and the state park next to it. I did enjoy my day visiting both the Cowpens and King's Mountain Battlefields.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Cowpens And King's Mountain Battlefields, Part 1

It has been a long time since I took a little trip by myself and get my mind off of the everyday things. I have been looking forward to a day off where I do not have any thing else to do. Since, I got Memorial Day off from work, I decided to take a little trip. I enjoy history and this trip would gave me a change to get more pictures for my Spiritual Places, Spiritual Moments Blog. I have decided go over my trip in a two part post.

Although, the Battle of King's Mountain happen first on October 7, 1780, I went to Cowpens Battlefield first which happen on January 17, 1781. Both parks are open from 9 AM to 5 PM. I had had to get up early in the morning for me since I work second shift and normally get up around 11 or noon, so I could make it to both battlefields in one day and have time to enjoy my visit. I got up at 7:30 in the morning to get on the road to make sure I had time to visit both battlefields.

The Battle of Cowpens is know as a turning point of the war. The Patriots' forces were lead by Nathanael Greene. Several counties, cities, schools and streets are names after Nathanael Greene including Greenville, South Carolina which I love go to a lot. The Americans won the short battle, about a hour, which became know as a turning point in the war.

I started my visit at Cowpens at the Visitor's Center. They are a video, museum and a map room presentation that goes over want lead up to the battle, happened at the battle and the aftermath. I do not watch the video but I found the map presentation and museum very informative. I recommend stopping the visitor center first since it gives you a good overview before walking that battlefield.





The walk around the Cowpens Battlefield is 1.2 mile trail with signs telling about the battle and showing where things happened. It is a enjoyable walk for those who enjoy history like me or people just wanting exercise.







I spend a little over two hours at Cowpens National Battlefield. I enjoyed learning in more detail about the American Revolutionary War. After my visit to Cowpens, I head over to King's Mountain Battlefield which is about a 20 minute drive.