Family, Spiritual, Travel

How to Break in a Fairmont

In high school one of my girlfriends got a new car. We were intent on a spur of the moment road trip and thought it would be a good idea to drive to Gatlinburg and have donuts watching the sun rise.

Okay. First I had to sneak out for the night so we waited till after bedtime and got on the road. We piled into the brand spanking new silver Fairmont and embarked on the adventure. It was a four hour drive to the mountains in a regular V-6.

We got to the infamous four mile hill  near Monterey, Tennessee, and when the trucks were passing us we knew leaning forward was not gonna get it. Eventually we made it up the hill but it put a crunch in the timeline since one of us had to be back for work in the morning...

Pets, Spiritual, Travel

Asheville to Nashville

Very distracting to drive from Asheville to Nashville in the changing seasons. What an experience.

There are layers of color on mountains. The day we drove, there was snow melting and the trees were bursting out with orange, red and yellow. The road is very curved in places and tractor trailers struggled to make it up the hills and down the reclining elevations which make for all-eyes-on the road. That is a challenge because the scenery is just breathtakingly compelling.

When you hit mile marker 451 that means you are in Tennessee and 451 is the miles from one end to the other for  driving the entire state of Tennessee...

Family, Pony Lady, Travel

Just Do It per Grandma

Nike may think they originated the “just do it” phrase. Not so much.  My Grandma who would now be over one hundred, were she still on terra firma, when in conversation would respond to things we were discussing for choices, “just do it”.

Upon travelling to visit her to introduce her to my soon to be husband, we arrived and she had all the counters covered in her upcoming buffet. At least it would be her smorgasbord after moi cooked and prepared it for her. She had pulled most everything from her freezer including fried shrimp, chicken nuggets, chicken liver, (yep) french fries, various vegetables and the makings for cornbread and hot cakes.

While I was instructed to “just do it” in a most loving grandmotherly voice...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

How to Encourage Friends

Without words, finding ways to lift someone’s spirit and put new thoughts in their day is a huge paradigm shift. Recently as in during the holidays several people who come across my path frequently told me they were sad during this time of year.

There are memories of loved ones, habits and celebrations that change over the course of time, yet recalling their memories is painful. Our pastor is always eloquently speaking edgy phrases and one we like to quote often is “the ground is level at the foot of the cross”.

On a recent trip there were some rocks with sides, most of them were chunky and bright white...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

How to Be a Teamplayer

There was a skipper of a sailboat doing a solo sailing. This very unfortunate sailor got caught in a storm and washed up on an island. He met a man that had also been shipwrecked on the island. He asked the man observing there was more than one building he had made of island material, “what is the structure you have built over there”? The man replied “that is where I go to church”.

The sailor asked “what is the other building over on the other side? The man replied “that’s where I used to go to church”.

Where is the hope for living with rules, laws, government, other people if you cannot get along with yourself shipwrecked on an island.

The sailor probably fixed his sailboat extra quickly and would have even rowed to get himself clear...


Adult Family Travel

Packing, I had some good reading material and it took the first stop at the first airport gate to lose my book. Man, I was looking forward to reading that book and heck I had already started and about a third of the way through. Then Mom got cold feet and there go my elf socks you are supposed to wear before Christmas. Never saw them till after the vacation was over. Oh, yeah, “may I borrow some lipstick”. Reaching in the purse with all the travel paraphernalia, I pull out the Estee Lauder. Not the Estee Lauder, it’s my favorite. Here goes to mom, cannot have chapped lips changing latitudes and it was a very long trip. Next day comes “see if they have any buttermilk”. Huh? Turns out buttermilk is good for fever blisters. Now on the search in a foreign city for buttermilk in Spanish...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

Missing Lewis Grizzard

When there is a short trip, I love to resurrect a quick book by the author, Lewis Grizzard. He has been gone now for quite some time but the books he left will make you laugh out loud. It is not suppressible, his wit and perspective is uncanny and it comes uncanned in the lines of “Shoot Low Boys They are Riding Shetland Ponies” or if you are on a plane pick up “A Wing and A Prayer”. Its great entertainment and makes time fly.

Some takeaways are quotes and here a few standouts. “I don’t think I will get married again, I will just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house”.

“I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married”.

Grizzard was a writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitu...

Spiritual, Travel

Church Bucketlist

Over the last decade we have covered some miles traveling to other countries and continents, visiting other cultures and learned  a lot about history, past and present community lifestyles. We have culminated a list of worships we would like to attend in the United States. There are a few abroad as well.

Joel Osten in Houston. We learned a lot about his journey as a pastor’s son and his ministry and move into the stadium in Houston. Such optimism and gratitude. Reminds me of Proverbs 13:20. We made some encouragement stones and this was the passage I chose for a friend that is being surrounded by challenging obstacles at work.

Brooklyn Tabernacle and hear the choir and many songs written by the Pastors wife...

Family, Spiritual, Travel

Day One 2020

Liberty Bowl goes to Navy. Yooohoooo! Way to go kicker, even with a miss. So, predictions on Malcom Perry.???

Super fun to watch this guy.

Hmmm. New day, new year. So far Rose Bowl parade, Rose Bowl and lots of snacking, going on a movie binge….Resolutions broken, zero so far. just hours in to it. Invited people over, no show. All good. Movie marathon coming up. Napped, never do that. Felt good.

Favorite 2020 plans, a graduation, a trip to Thailand, perhaps NYC, its a maybe.Ireland and Portugul are on the radar.

Cover the chairs in multi fabric style. Keep the hair short, decide on highlights. perhaps Titans blue since I am from Nashville, TN

This year will vet the businesses we buy coffee, groceries, etc...

Recipes, Spiritual, Travel

2020 in a Few Hours

Sunday as in two going on three days ago I start looking for black eye peas. On the second store the shelf was empty but I found a bag mixed in with other beans. Since they are for good luck I figured we need to start right away and eat black eye peas till New Year’s Day.

Doing it. One more day. Also learned greens are to represent money so we have collard greens. Finally to represent gold we have yellow corn bread.

Luck, green money and gold. If we were in Spain we would be eating twelve white grapes. In Scotland we would welcome a tall dark man after midnight bearing gifts. So what is your plan, just know most resolutions are ended before the end of February.

Kinder and gentler interactions, less TV, better travel planning, more tim...