A Few Things to do in North Carolina Day Dec 13-16, 2017

Time to start planning your weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC this weekend....

*Dec 15-16 in Salisbury NC you can take The Scrooges Christmas Trolley Tour
*Dec 15-16 in Taylorsville NC they are hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas.
Dec 16-17 you can hear renowned story teller Donald Davis tell his stories at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro NC *Check out the Twelve Days of Christmas Event a the Carolina in in Chapel Hill NC.  There are many events between Dec 1- Jan 2nd *Dec 16th watch the Polar Express Movie on the Green at Lafayette Village in Raleigh NC *Weekends in Dec you can visit Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville NC for "Holiday Lights in the Garden" Don't forget the daily holidays... Dec 13-Violin Day Dec 14-Yoga Day Dec 15-National Cupcake Day Dec 16-National Chocolate Covered Anything Day Dec 17-A Christmas Carol, the story, Day Dec 18-Bake Cookies Day Dec 19-Look for an Evergreen Day
As usual guys you need to check all event websites to v…

2017 Holiday Open House at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh NC

It is the Christmas season.  There are many ways to enjoy the holidays in NC.  One that I have heard about but never experienced is the NC Executive Mansion Holiday open house.  Stephanie, Maggie and I decided to visit this year. Below you will find some photos and quotes from other sources...enjoy:-)
"Take a tour of the N.C. Executive Mansion this holiday season. Visitors are invited to tour the home, take in the decorations and enjoy seasonal musical entertainment by local performing groups. The first floor of the Mansion will be decorated with N.C.-grown Christmas trees, floral and mixed evergreen arrangements, a whimsical gingerbread house and ornate mantle displays. Reservations are not required." Visit Raleigh NC "At 35,000 square feet, it is the third-biggest Governor’s mansion in the country." Walter Magazine
"The Executive Mansion was completed in 1891 and remains one of the state's finest examples of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture.&quo…

Morning Motivation "You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important"...The Help

I have just recently finished the book "The Help"  When I found out there was a movie I could not wait to see it. There were many times in the movie I found myself angry at the injustice and other times touched by the tenderness. The love in the quote repeatedly spoken by Aibileen to the little girl in her care touched my heart.
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important"  Words we all need to hear when we are little and continue to hear as we age.  They are words of encouragement, support, and love.  In our humanness, we sometimes fail to encourage others with words they may desperately need to hear.  Sometimes we fail to give the hugs, the support, the time.  We get caught up in life and its problems, its busyness.  In the times when we feel alone, when we feel unimportant, or feel downright stupid, we need to remember that is not how God feels.  To God we are important.
"God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."   ~St. Augustine
To all m…

A Few Things to do this Weekend in North Carolina Dec 6-10, 2017

Time to start planning your weekend.  Here are just a few things to do in NC this weekend....

*Dec 8-10 is Wilson Winter Lights at the Wilson Botanical Gardens in Wilson NC
*Dec 8-9 is Edenton's Christmas Candlelight Tour in Historic Edenton NC.
*Dec 9 is the Candlelight Christmas Celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern NC
*Dec 9 & 10 is the 46th Annual Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour in Raleigh NC
*Dec 6-9 is the NC Executive Mansion Holiday Open House in Raleigh NC
*Dec 8-9 in Dillsboro NC you can attend Dillsboro Lights and Luminaries. 

Check out this week daily holidays....
Dec 6-St. Nicholas Day
Dec 7-National Cotton Candy Day
Dec 8-Natiional Brownie Day
Dec 9-National Pastry Day
Dec 10-Human Rights Day
Dec 11-International Mountain Day
Dec 12-Gingerbread House Day

As usual guys you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guarantee anything.  All photos are from the promotional event websites.  
Whatever you decide to do have a great tim…

Morning Motivation "Wait on the Lord"

I will be the first to admit that it is not always easy to wait on the Lord.  If we love God and trust Him, then wait we must for He "knows the plans he has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11.

For many of us going through a separation and divorce, our path has been drastically changed. All of our plans and dreams have been shifted.  We may not know which way to go and that is when we need to trust and wait on the Lord and his timing because His timing is best.

Timing is so important! If you are going to be successful in dance, you must be able to respond to rhythm and timing. It’s the same in the Spirit. People who don’t understand God’s timing can become spiritually spastic, trying to make the right things happen at the wrong time. They don’t get His rhythm – and everyone can tell they are out of step. They birth things prematurely, threatening the very lives of their God-given dreams. – T. D. Jakes
I don…

Let's say A Toast to North Carolina

I was browsing North Carolina on my computer and found a Toast written to my state.   There is no indication as to who wrote the toast which I found on  I find North Carolina to be a beautiful state.  There is such variety here.  You have the mountains in the west and ocean to our east and a ton of things in between. There is so much to enjoy and discover.  There are wineries, museums, and marvelous hiking trails just to mention a few.  With that in mind, I too will say a toast to my home state of NC.North Carolina Toast "Here's to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine. Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, Here's to "Down Home," the Old North State." Author Unknown

A Visit to the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge in North Carolina

One place I knew I had to visit while I was in the Lake Lure area was the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge
Here is a quote from their website....
"Officially dedicated Oct. 19, 2013, the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge blooms on the historic 1925 Rocky Broad River bridge in Lake Lure, NC. When the bridge was closed to traffic in 2011, the Friends of the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge came together to create gardens on the 155 feet of the bridge and along a pathway at both ends of the three-arch span itself. With an emphasis on native plants, the Friends mission is to create a “Gateway to Somewhere Beautiful” for the enjoyment of the public.
Lovely view from the bridge... Love the doors decorating the garden.. Attention to detail is seen in this family of owls... Just a few of the plants along the path... Many lovely things to see... Bricked paved garden walkway... An invitation I could not pass up.... I really enjoyed my leisurely stroll on the Lake Lure Flowering Bridge.  
If you find yourself in …