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A Few Things To Do in North Carolina This Weekend, Oct 18-22, 2017

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

*Oct 20-22 is the International Festival of Raleigh in Raleigh NC
*Oct 19-21 is the DeweyFest a Family Style Bluegrass Celebration in Burlington NC
*Oct 20-22 there is the Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville NC. *Oct 21 is the Yadkin Valley Grape Festival in Yadkinville NC.  I wish I could go to that one:-) *Oct 21-22 is the 40th Annual Wooly Worm Festival in Banner Elk NC *The NC State Fair is still going on in Raleigh NC.  The last day is Oct 22.
Let's not forget the fun daily holidays... Oct 18-National Chocolate Cupcake Day Oct 19-Evaluate Your Life Day Oct 20-Mammography Day Oct 21-Reptile Awareness Day Oct 22-Smart is Cool Day Oct 23-IPOD Day Oct 24-National Bologna 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 time. Kathi…

Morning Motivation....Even the Damaged Produce Good Fruit.

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"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God". 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Have you ever really looked at an apple tree?  I guess some apple trees stand straight and tall.  But I am drawn to the apple trees that are crooked and bent, the ones that appear broken.  It is surprising to me that a tree that looks so damaged can produce such beautiful fruit thus making the tree itself complete.  I can't help but compare these crooked trees to our lives.  We get beat up in so many ways in life.  The causes of pain and confusion are endless.  As we deal with difficulty, it may appear at times that we don't have the strength to go on.   Luckily we have God who walks beside us in our times of most profound need.  Through God's compassion and comfort, we will regain our strength.  No, we may …

Ways to Relieve Stress...Read a Book.

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Here is a quote in regard to reading and stress relief that I found online.....

"Reading worked best, outshining other stress-reduction techniques like listening to music, taking a walk or having a cup of tea. Stress levels declined by 68 percent after participants read for just six minutes, leading Lewis to say, "Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation." When you read, your mind is distracted from everyday worries and anxiety, while your muscles tend to relax. In addition, research shows reading leads to improvements in brain function, including significant increases in connectivity that persist for several days after the reading takes place." Dr. Mercola For me, reading is a distraction.  It takes me to a new place and different time. Reading distracts me from the things that cause anxiety in my life.  Because of this diversion, I can relax and step away from the fear and uncertainty of my life if only for a  moment.

Before my husband left me, I loved …

A Few Things to do in NC this Weekend Oct 11-15, 2017

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Let's get ready for the weekend.  Here are just a few ideas for you.
*Saturday Oct 14 is the Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival at Lafayette Village in Raleigh NC
*The North Carolina State Fair runs from Oct 12-22 in Raleigh NC
*Oct 14-25 in New Bern NC is the Mum Fest. *Oct 14-15 is the John Blue Festival in Laurinburg NC *Saturday Oct 14 you can attend the Mountain Glory Festival in Marion NC *Oct 13-15 is join in the fun at the Autumn Leaves Festival in Mt. Airy NC
Daily Holidays... Oct 11-Emergency Nurses Day...I used to be an ER nurse. Oct 12-Drink Local Wine Day Oct 13- Silly Sayings Day Oct 14- Universal Music Day Oct 15-I love Lucy Day Oct 16-Department Store Day Oct 17-National Pasta 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 time. KathieyV:-)

Quote of the Week by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Always Remember God's Promise, "I will never leave you or forsake you." Thank You God! KathieyV

A Visit to Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville NC

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It was my final day of my mini-vacation.  I had climbed the stairs to the top of Chimney Rock, I had pontooned beautiful Lake Lure, and I had stayed at the lovely Esmeralda Inn.  Anytime I take a trip I do my best to visit a local winery, and I had been remiss in my tradition on this trip.   I could just go home, but that would be crazy if there were a local winery to explore. Well as luck would have it not far off my journey there was a winery. I consulted Google and plotted my course to Burntshirt Vineyards in Hendersonville NC. 
First I wanted to know where the name came from.  Here is a quote from their website...
"Mountain lore has it that back in the day farmers would burn their fields to clear the land on Burntshirt Mountain for planting. They tossed their shirts in the fire for good luck and the fields yielded a bountiful crop!"
I did not have a lot of time to tour or visit due to my pending long drive back home, but I did manage the wine tasting and also enjoyed a gl…

Morning Motivation "Running with Perseverance"

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Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus,the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Never forget God's Promise "I will never leave you or forsake you" Thanks you God:-)