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Rock of Ages Winery in Hurdle Mills NC

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Did you know that September is North Carolina Wine Month?  That's all the motivation I needed to take a drive to a winery I had heard about but never visited.  I set off for a little over an hour drive to Hurdle Mills NC to visit Rock of Ages Winery On my route, I saw beautiful old barns, rolling hills, and farmland.  I drove through one of my favorite towns Hillsborough NC.  There were a few slow-moving vehicles on the journey.  Instead of trying to pass them I took the time to relax and enjoy the sights of smells of the countryside. Before I knew it, I had arrived.  There it was the Rock of Ages Winery.  What a lovely building.
The building itself is beautiful. The stone and wood create a welcoming setting.  I met the owners, Kevin and Kim Moore.  They took the time to meet and greet everyone.   They know their wine and seem to enjoy sharing that knowledge.  Kevin has a degree from Surry Community College in Enology and Viticulture.   Rock of Ages Winery opened 2005 with Kevin …

A Few Things To Do In North Carolina Sept 27-Oct 1, 2017

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It's nearly the weekend and here are just a few things to do Sept 27-Oct 1, 2017.

*Tuesday Sept 26-Saturday Sept 30 is the Chowan County Regional Fair in Edenton NC.
*Sept 29-30 you can attend the Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival in Manteo NC. *Sept 29-30 is the North Carolina Muscadine Festival in Kenansville NC *Sept 30-Oct 1 is the Art On Main Street event in Hendersonville NC *Sept 30 - Oct 1 is the Renaissance Festival in Huntersville NC  (It is also being held on weekends through Nov 19. Don't forget the daily holidays... Sept 27- Crush a Can Day.(Why?  I don't know) Sept 28- National Drink Beer Day Sept 29- International Coffee Day (I celebrate this everyday:-) Sept 30- National Ghost Hunting Day Oct 1- National Walk Your Dog Day (I celebrate this everyday too:-) Oct 2- Name Your Car Day (I used to have a car named Earnie) Oct 3- Techies Day As usual guy you need to check all event websites to verify times and pricing.  I can't guarantee anything.  All pho…

Morning Motivation "Your Eyes Told Me"

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This is an update of an old post written in 2011. Several weeks ago I watched "The Sixth Sense."  I love that movie.  The twists and turns the surprise ending.  And that adorable little boy, what an amazing actor, and who doesn't like Bruce Willis:-)The little boy did not share much regarding his thoughts and feelings.  He kept them hidden.  He kept his pain hidden.   I loved the son's relationship with his mom. He loved her deeply and could read her emotions.  At one point he asked her why she was so sad, her reply "What makes you think I'm sad," Cole's reply "Your eyes told me."  I think many of us would love for someone to care so deeply about us that they could see through our facade and see our pain.  That they could look in our eyes and read what is behind our smile, our mask.  Well, there is someone, God.  He sees our pain, our loneliness,  our confusion,  our guilt,  our fear, and our utter devastation.  And guess what?  He loves us!…

A Few Things To Do In NC This Weekend Sept 20-24, 2017

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The weekend is upon us again.  Here are a few things to do in NC for the weekend of Sept 20-24, 2017.

*Sept 18-24 is Mayberry Days in Mount Airy NC

*Sept 21-24 is Mule Days in Benson NC
*Sept 23-24 is the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour.  I have been and it is so much fun.
*Sept 23 is the Ahoskie Heritage Festival in Ahoskie NC.

*Sept 23 is the Dragon Boat Festival held at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary NC

*Sept 23 you can attend BBQ Blues and Brews in Fuquay-Varina NC.

*Sept 24 is the Pepper Festival in Abundance NC
Let's not forget the daily holidays...
Sept 20-National String Cheese Day
Sept 21-International Day of Peace
Sept 22-Ice Cream Cone Day
Sept 23-National Museum Day
Sept 24-Bluebird of Happiness Day
Sept 25-Family Day
Sept 26-National Dumpling 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…

Afternoon Tea at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary NC

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Stephanie, Erica, and I wanted to go on an adventure.  We like tea so we decided to try Afternoon Tea at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.
Here are a couple of quotes from their website...
"Afternoon Tea is served in the lobby lounge, situated amongst the art adorned walls, enhanced by the hotel's Dale Chihuly glass sculpture. Afternoon Tea is a welcoming and elegant way to spend an afternoon socializing." "Afternoon Tea is served Wednesday - Sunday from 2:30-4:00pm."  "Live harpist accompaniment adds to the soothing environment."
 Click for a PDF of the menu along with the types of tea they serve.  I chose the Earl Grey Tea.  It was lovely.
 I think tea sandwiches are so much fun.  I don't know if I could pick a favorite they were all delicious.
After the tea sandwiches, we were served a variety of scones. Yummy.  And yes, if you were wondering, we ate all of those too:-) Now it was time for the final course, "Sweets". I absolutely loved …

Interesting Places to Visit in NC...The Pisgah Covered Bridge in Ashboro NC.

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My mom used to talk about the beautiful covered bridges in Pennsylvania.  I remember visiting at least one as a small child.  I was excited to find out that there is a covered bridge in Ashboro.  It is named the Pisgah Covered Bridge. I am going to put it on my bucket list of places to visit.  








The bridge was built in 1911 at a cost of $40.00.  It is a one lane bridge.  It was washed away by a flood in 2003 but quickly rebuilt.  I did read that there is now graffiti on the bridge but that it is still worth the visit.
The zoo in Ashboro is the main reason I have visited the area.  The bridge is about 20 minutes from the zoo.  If you have time you could visit both the zoo and the bridge.




You can go to the Trip Advisor site to read reviews from folks who have been there.  The address is, 6925 Pisgah Covered Bridge Rd Asheboro, NC 27205 Please check out the website for more details so that you can plan your visit. Take Care and Happy Adventures. KathieyV:-)

Interesting Places to Visit in North Carolina The Country Doctor Museum

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I am usually on the search to find interesting places in NC that I would like to visit.  The Country Doctor Museum is one of them.  Being an RN, it is interesting to learn about prior treatment techniques and options.  The Country Doctor Museum is a place that is on my must see places in NC.   Below you will find some photos and quotes from their website. "The Country Doctor Museum invites people of all ages to visit and learn about the history of rural health care in the United States. Docents lead tours through three buildings of exhibits and are available to answer questions. Exhibits contain artifacts relevant to the practice of medicine between the late 18th century and the first half of the 20th century." "..the Museum's collection grew to over 5,000 medical artifacts and many volumes of historic texts gathered from across the nation."
7089 Peele Road Bailey
Bailey, NC 27807
Please check the website to verify times and pricing for your visit. 
I can't wait…

The Joy. Finding Joy in Aug 2017

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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 Aug 2017
Afternoon Tea with my girls.
 Our trip to the mountains
 Hiking in the NC mountains
 Enjoying the solar eclipse, my Zumba buddies, good food, family out for a drive, sharing a bunk bed with Caleb.
 Maggie' first birthday party:-)
 Writing
Reading  And let's not forget the joy of God's promises. One of my favorites "I will never leave you or forsake you". Thank you God:-)