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A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend...Aug 30 - Sept 4, 2017

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*Sept 2 is the 30th annual Engelhard Seafood Festival in Engelhard NC
*Sept 1- 4 The town of Matthews NC is having Matthews Alive Labor Day Festival.

*Sept 2-3 you can fly a kite at the Mile High Kite Festival in Beech Mountain NC
*Sept 2 you can head to New Bern NC for Piggin’ and Grinnin’: Celebrating BBQ and Bluegrass

*Sept 1-4 is the NC Apple Festival in Hendersonville NC.

Unique and interesting holidays...
Aug 30 - Toasted Marshmallow Day
Aug 31 - National Eat Outside Day
Sept 1 - Be Kind Day
Sept 2 - Bacon Day
Sept 3 - Skyscraper Day
Sept 4 - Labor Day
Sept 5 - Cheese Pizza Day
What ever you choose to do or celebrate have a great time! KathieyV:-) (Please check all event links to verify times and pricing.  I know nothing about the events other then what I have shared.  All photos are taken from the event websites and are not my property)

Quote/Prayer by KathieyV

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Morning Motivation, "The Amazing Power of Forgiveness" by Rick Warren Part 2

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This is part 2 of my two part blog post from a sermon by Rick Warren.  "The Amazing Power of Forgiveness."  You can listen to his sermon hereThe Amazing Power of Forgiveness
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (These are my thoughts based on Rick's Sermon)
Pastor Rick asked two more questions in his sermon that I did not cover in my last post.

#4 You have not forgiven until you have forgotten the offense.  True or false?  That would be false. Rick tells us that forgiveness is not forgetting what happened.  God does not always want us to forget.  
Forgiving and then remembering the hurt and then seeing how God can work it for good is better than forgetting.  I would agree with Rick.  If I forget the pain and the hurt and how God helped me through how could I ever help others that I meet on the same path with the same pain?  
In the sermon, he mentions that war, can…

"Fun and Fabulous Murals"...The Monster's Wall in Raleigh NC

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I am finding on my travels that there are amazing murals to be found in nearly every town and city.  I am going to start a new series called "Fun and Fabulous Murals."

The first mural I am going to highlight is the "Monsters" wall in downtown Raleigh NC.  I had zero knowledge of this design until my daughter hired a photographer to take photos of her and the kiddos.  It was suggested we go to the monster wall for some great shots.  So off we went. The mural covers the entire side wall of a building.  The contrast of the black and white made it a stunning work of art. 


























Here is what the news and observer had to say about the mural...

"Graphic artist Kevin Lyons, in partnership with the Truth campaign and Vans shoes, put the finishing touches on a mural on the side of the Morgan West building, home to Trophy Brewing, on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Tobacco-free messages are worked into the painting. With about 100 of his signature monster faces, the 15’x40’ mural on …

Stress Relief....Peaches

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I have been reading a lot about stress relief. One way to ease stress suggested by several websites sounded intriguing to me so I thought I would give it a try.   Eating Peaches.
I went online to view the research and here is what I found.   Peaches have been called the fruit of calmness.  One site said eating peaches could relieve stress and fatigue.
"Peaches contain a natural sedative which can help to reduce stress and anxiety and which can also help you to relax before bed." Health Guidance.com As luck would have it the NC State Farmers Market was having a Peach Day.  Stephanie and I decided to go.  Peach Day Post... Readers Digest tell us that "Blueberries and peaches contain nutrients that relieve stress and have a calming effect."
You can head over to a site called 1800 Remedies where they share "The Health Benefits of Peaches".  Here is one thing they said on their site..."Peaches are known to be rich in anti-stress properties that help in provi…

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend Aug 23-27, 2017

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Let's get ready for the weekend.  Here are just a few options in NC.
*Aug 25-26 is the Personality Festival in Roxboro NC


*Aug 26 - RiverFest & Anything That Floats Parade in Asheville NC.  I would love to see this:-)
*Aug 26 you can attend the Home Grown Arts Festival in Kernersville NC *Aug 26 is Faith Fest in Wilkesboro NC.   *Aug 26 is the 19th Annual Charlotte Antique & Classic Boat Show in Mooresville NC. *Aug 26-27 is the Town on Cary Lazy Daze, Arts and Crafts Festival. Special Holidays Aug 23 - Ride the Wind Day.  Hopefully there will be a cool breeze I can enjoy:-)
Aug 24 - Vesuvius Day.  Vesuvius Daymarks the date in 79 A.D. that Mount Vesuvius exploded.
Aug 25 - Kiss and Make Up Day.
Aug 26 - National Hot Dog Day. 
Aug 27 - Just Because Day...Do something for no rhyme or reason?
Aug 28 - Chinese Valentine Day.
Aug 29 - More Herbs Less Salt Day.  I can add more herbs but I do love my salt.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! KathieyV:-) (Please check all websites provi…

Morning Motivation..Fear & Faith

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Sometime fear does get in our head and in our way.  The fear of failure, the fear of the unknown, the fear that we are incapable of success.  If we listen to that voice in our head I believe we will miss many opportunities.  What does God say...
Joshua 1:9 was one of my go to verses when my marriage of 37 years dissolved.  I was afraid, and I was anything but courageous. God has helped me and continues to help me daily,  and for that I am thankful.

Overcoming our fears may be easier said than done, and I believe it is a process.  I think in order to strengthen our faith we must practice our faith.   For me, this meant giving my fears to God over and over again as they would continue to rear their ugly head.  Yes, they may still exist, but if we continue to place them in God's hands, we can overcome them, at least to a degree.
Give your worries and concerns to God this week.   I know I will because I cannot carry them alone.   Hugs and Prayers. KathieyV:-)

The Quarter Horse Bar and Arcade in Durham NC

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The Quarter Horse Bar and Arcade in Downtown Durham. Cindy and I were exploring in Durham again and she mentioned The Quarter Horse Bar and Arcade.  She had been once before and said it was fun.  I had never heard of it so I said "lets go!"..... Quote from their site... "Quarter Horse Bar & Arcade is a private club with an amazing collection of classic arcade and pinball machines."When you arrive you are greeted by a staff member.  He or she will have you fill out a membership form.  You have to be over 21 to be a member.  That being said they do also have some kid friendly hours. A few hours on Saturday and Sunday.  The kiddos have to be accompanied by an adult.  Check their website for hours. When you walk in you will see a nice bar and dozens of pinball machines and games.  What fun.  I could have stayed for hours.  The games brought back memories of the arcades of my childhood.
Cindy and I both ordered wine.  They have these nifty little wine holders that you…

Finding Joy in July 2017 "The Joy"

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There is joy to be found even though life is in no way perfect.   Here are some moments of joy from July 2017
I enjoy posting about adventures and fun times with the family.....
Cupcakes at Small CakesPeach Day at the State Farmers Market
Summer menu tasting with fellow bloggers.Sunday Funday with the Family
So much joy to be found in the month of July.  We went to afternoon tea at a local hotel.
Boating adventures with family

Caleb's 6th Birthday. Reading a good book by the pool. I would love to know what brought you joy in the month of July.   Please comment or post a photo for me to share on my blog.   Feeling Thankful KathieyV:-)

A Few Things to do in NC Aug. 16-20, 2017

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Looks like the weekend is nearly upon us.  Let's look at a few things to do in NC this weekend.

*Aug - 19th you can ride the rails and enjoy a wine paring.  The Great Smokey Mountains RailRoad Reserve.  The train departs from the Bryson City Depot. I want to go.
*Aug - 19th is the Toast of Annapolis Beer and Wine Festival in KannapolisNC.
*Aug 18 - 19 you can attend the 8th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure NC.
*Aug 17-19th is the 43rd Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival in Marion NC.
*Aug 17 - 19 you can have fun at the Maggie Valley Summer Rally in Maggie Valley NC.

Aug 19 is the HoneyBee Festival in Kernersville NC.



So what exciting holidays are coming up? Aug 16 - Tell a Joke Day. Aug 17 - National Thrift Shop Day. Aug 18 - Bad Poetry Day. Aug 19 - Honeybee Awareness Day. Aug 20 - National Radio Day. Aug 21 - Senior Citizens Day. Aug 22 - National Tooth Fairy Day.
Have a great weekend! KathieyV:-)
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Bills, Bills, and More Bills...Trying to Stay Organized

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When you begin on your path through separation and divorce, everything seems overwhelming.  
Just getting up in the morning can be an ordeal.  Suddenly you may find yourself in deep despair, 
and along with that, it seems,  you have a million more responsibilities that you may or may not 
know how to tackle. I made many mistakes in the beginning.  One major one was allowing my soon to be ex to continue to pay the bills.  Oddly I still wanted to trust my X and thought he cared.  What was I thinking?  I wasn’t thinking at all, I was on auto pilot.  If you find yourself in this place in your life please put everything in your name that you possibly can and quickly as you can.  Don’t trust someone who is breaking your heart with anything in your life. I found in the beginning, when I did finally take over my finances,  I was extremely disorganized.  I was often late on payments not because I did not have the money to pay but because I was treading water in an unknown land. Just how bad can it b…

Morning Motivation Based on a Sermon by Rick Warren

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You can listen to his sermon hereThe Amazing Power of Forgiveness


"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (These are my thoughts based on Rick's Sermon) At the beginning of his sermon, Rick asked five questions.  I am going to look at three of the questions and follow up with the others on my next post.   #1 A person should not be forgiven until they ask for it.  True or False?  False.  Pastor Rick says that we need to grant forgiveness whether or not there has been a request.   He says real forgiveness is unconditional and should be given as soon as possible.  That is a tough one when you have been wronged.  Many times we need to go through the grieving process before this is possible.  If we continue to give the situation to God and trust Him I believe it can be done.  #2 Forgiveness includes minimizing the offense and the pain caused.  True or False?  False.  Forgiveness is mea…