Monday, April 24, 2017

Doyle's Vineyard in Durham NC

I was in the mood to explore.  I called Erica and said "let's visit Doyle's Vineyard".  I did not have to ask her twice.
Doyle's Vineyard is located in Durham NC on NC Highway 751.  Doyle's is the RTP tasting location for RagApple Lassie Vineyards in the Yadkin Valley of NC.
Doyle's has a Facebook page where you find a list of upcoming events.  I love how they open their winery to the community.  In the past I have seen dog-friendly events, Easter Egg Hunts for both adults and children, they even had an owl release.  This all sounds fantastic to me, plus you can sip their wine while enjoying the fun:-)
They have a main lobby area and from there you can enter the tasting room through a narrow passageway.  Erica ventured in before me....
What a unique and interesting room.
I love the label.  Notice the arrowhead shaped pendent on the cow?  There is story behind the pendent and the cow.  You can read more at the RagApple Lassie website.

My favorite wine of the day was the Chardonnay and Kaleidoscope Red.  
Erica and I both enjoyed a glass of wine after the tasting.  We sipped our wine while relaxing on a wooden deck overlooking the water.  There were plenty of seats and small tables.


Interesting sculptures....



Lovely location...

We had a very nice time at Doyle's.  I do plan to visit again. 
Get out and explore.  I suggest you visit Doyle's Vineyard. 
KathieyV:-)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A Few Things To Do In NC April 20-23, 2017

The weekend is nearly upon us.  Let's start planning some fun things to do.  
There is a link with each event.  Please check for info on dates, times,
 and pricing before you venture out.
*April 22 The Great Grapes Wine and Food Festival in Cary NC
*April 22 is the 2017 Strawberry Festival in Garner NC.  
I know the sign says Cleveland but it is actually in Garner.
*April 22 is the Spring Art Bazaar held at Fair Game Beverage Company in Pittsboro NC.

I did a blog post on a visit to the Fair Game Beverage Company some time ago.  
Here is a link to that post...Visti to Fair Game Beverage Company

*April 21-23 is the Southern Women's Show in Raleigh NC at the State Fair Grounds.  
I am excited because I will be going to a preview event with the NC Bloggers Network.  What fun:-)
*April 22 and 23 is the Piedmont Farm Tour.  I have toured several farms on this tour. 
 It is informative and fun.
Here is one of my posts from the farm tour in 2016. Sunset Ridge Buffalo Farm.
*April 22 is the Pop Up Market in Apex NC  It is held at the Southern Peak Brewery.

*April 21 and 22 is the Edenton Pilgrimage of Historic Homes in Edenton NC.

*April 22 there is the Ninth Annual Hillsborough Arts and Crafts Show in Hillsborough NC.
I hope I have given you a few ideas you can use for your weekend.  
Get out and have a great time.
KathieyV:-)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Morning Motivation...God's Power Works in Our Weakness..2 Corinthians 12:9

"Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me."

2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT




"God wants His grace to be completed in your weakness. You never really experience the grace unless you see the need for it—and even that realization comes by grace. The power of Jesus' grace is not fully seen until weakness is fully acknowledged. The moment you are overwhelmed with your absolute helplessness is the moment you are ready to hear Jesus say, I’m all the grace you need."
Quote above by Walk in the Word with James MacDonald
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Weakness, that is what many of us feel when faced with an unwanted separation and pending divorce.  The weakness found in the hurt, the fear, and the confusion.  The weakness found in the unknown, the betrayal, the lies, the future.  I was, as James MacDonald puts it, "overwhelmed with absolute helplessness."  I prayed more than I have ever prayed.  I sought Gods comfort more than I ever had. I become more familiar with his word, and it became more personal than ever before.  
Would I say I am completely back to normal nearly four years away from the beginning of the trauma?  The answer would have to be "not yet but still improving."  For me, the "boosting in our weakness" translates into the fact that we can use our experience to help others on the same path.  To show others that God's grace will guide them through their toughest and weakest of times.  I believe if we hide our experience and fail to "boast" of God's help, we miss an opportunity and our pain will be wasted.  I don't want that.  I want to use my pain to encourage others.
Thank you for your love and grace, God.  
And for your promise "I will never leave you or forsake you.
"KathieyV

Monday, April 3, 2017

Another Broken Egg Cafe in NC

I was glad to hear they have opened a new restaurant in my area.  Another Broken Egg Cafe.  They serve breakfast and lunch.  It is opened 7am-2pm daily.  I have been 3 times since they opened.  I really enjoy both the decor the food and the service.  
(Their logo)

Here is what they say on their website....along with a couple of their photos...
"Another Broken Egg Cafe so unique. Since 1996, when our original Broken Egg CafĂ© opened in Old Mandeville, La., it’s been our passion to create exceptional dishes for breakfast, brunch, and lunch that are "craveably" delicious with an artisanal flair!"
(Photo from their site)
(Another photo from their site)

Another quote...
"Established in 1996, Another Broken Egg isn't your typical breakfast, brunch and lunch place. Our menu is second-to-none, loaded with fresh ingredients and creative recipes across a wide variety of breakfast classics, memorable brunch dishes and lunchtime favorites. And each location is designed to feel like a casual getaway with a generous side of family, friends and friendly service. Much of our success can be linked to our philosophy that "Nothing Short of Right is Right.” Each restaurant is managed by hands-on owners who believe that every detail is important to make the customer happy. So from the time you enter the front door to the time you leave the Cafe, you should feel like you're on a relaxing vacation and as comfortable as you would be in your own home."

Erica and I decided to visit when they had a special menu for the day.  "Tastes of the Deep South"
They even paired the meal with a nice drink.  I had the Strawberry Lemonade Sparkler.  Yummy!
Erica had the Pinot Grigio.

Black Berry Crisp and Brie Waffle 
Erica said it was great.
I had the Farmhouse Frittata.  Very good:-)

Another Broken Egg has six of their restaurants in NC.  Click on the link for locations..
I enjoy their breakfasts.  I will have to give their lunches a try.  
So if you are looking for a nice cafe to enjoy breakfast or lunch 
I suggest you try Another Broken Egg Cafe.  I think you will love it.
Happy Eating!
KathieyV:-)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Weekend Fun in NC March 30 April 2 A Few Things to Do.

The weekend is coming up so here are a few activities that I found that I would love to attend....

*March 30 - April 2 Art in Bloom at the North Carolina Musem of Art in Raleigh NC.  Please be aware this is not a free event.  Check the link above for events and pricing.


Here is what they said on their site....
"The Museum’s third annual festival of flowers returns Thursday, March 30, 2017. Art in Bloom features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. During the four-day festival, you may be inspired to take in a presentation, attend a workshop, or find just the right gift in the Museum Store. You’ll have a chance to explore the floral concoctions at Sip and Iris and to vote for your favorite design." 

*March 30 Stein Mart Grand Opening in Cary NC
Thursday 10 am - 9 pm. This will be held at 1060 Parkside Town Commons 

*Fri., Mar. 31 - Sat., Apr. 1   (Friday 5- 9 pm; Saturday 10 am - 7 pm)

Blue, Brew Que Festival

Here is a quote from the site...

"Join us for this inaugural festival featuring a BBQ cook-off, all types of vendors, food, beer, and let's not forget the awesome bluegrass bands that will be performing! Featuring music by Soggy Bottom Boys, VW Boys, Lonesome River Band, Third Tyme Out, and Trinity River Band.

Admission: Early Bird: $8- Friday; $20-Saturday; Day Of: $10-Friday; $25-Saturday; $5 for ages 6-20; Free for ages 5 and under
* Friday March 31....Wine and Walk at Waverly Place in Cary NC
*Friday March 31 - April 2 and then continues the next weekend 

*April 1 - April 2 Eggstravaganza at the NC Zoo in Asheboro NC


"Celebrate the new spring season with the wildest egg hunt around. Watch Zoo animals hunt for treats inside decorative paper mache and learn how this enriching activity is good for the animals and how you can support this program."


*Saturday April 1, 10am-3pm Multiflora Greenhouse’s 3rd Annual Spring Open House in Hillsborough NC


*April 1 the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine Open House.  9am-3pm Saturday in Raleigh NC

These are only a few of the things I found going on this weekend in NC.  Please check the links I have provided for times and pricing.
I am happy there is always a new adventure around every corner.  Get out and Explore and enjoy your weekend.
KathieyV:-)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hiking Linville Falls. The Lower Trail.

I honestly can't tell you the name of the trail that Erica and took on out hike.  You go to the Linville Falls Visitors Center,  turn left, and take the path down.  After doing a bit of research, I think it is the Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail.  It is a more challenging trail then the hike to the right of the visitor center, although that one is lovely.
I have done this hike a couple of times.  Always fun.  Just in case it is Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail here is some info on that hike found on Asheville Trails

Linville Falls Plunge Basin Trail
"The hike departs from the Linville Falls visitor center, located off the Blue Ridge Parkway at MP 316 (view maps and driving directions), hanging a left in front of the visitor center. The trail splits almost immediately at a signed junction: the Dugger Falls Trail veers left, and the Plunge Basin Overlook and Gorge Floor Trail turns right. The hike follows signs to the overlook, trailing eastbound through a forest filled with leathery-leafed rhododendron."

Erica be careful!
Below is some info from Hike Western NC.  Here is what they had to say....

Linville Falls - Plunge Basin Hike

"A short but rugged trail takes you to the base of this impressive falls; the roughness is mitigated somewhat since it's short. Stare up at the gorge walls and marvel at the water churning through a narrow chasm before plunging into the deep pool at the bottom. A side spur to a classic overlook is also included."

There was some challenging aspect to this trail.  It was steep, and there was little to grab hold of for support during the descent or the climb back up.  I would recommend a walking stick for this trail.

 The stairs were a nice touch....

We made it to the base of the falls...
 We brought along a picnic lunch from Subway...



Great day hiking in the NC mountains with Erica.  Can't wait to go again.
Get out and explore!
KathieyV:-)