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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Count Your Blessings

The Lord has a way of reminding us to stop and count our blessings.  One good, old-time hymn says it this way, "Count your MANY blessings, name the ONE by ONE.  And it will surprise you what the Lord has done!"  Unfortunately, in living life, I am bad about remembering to take the time to do this!  I take my life for granted every day!  I'm sure I am not alone.

I got a sweet note on Facebook today from a friend, David Wolfe, who said, "Happy belated birthday, Vicki.  May God bless you in this wonderful new journey you have begun.  You always look so happy."  My response to him was, "Thank you, David!  I am happy in the journey, but there are still bittersweet times of sadness in the memories of the good times, if you know what I mean.  And God is good all the time!  I can thank Him that I am still able to have the memories!"

That was a "count your blessings" moment.  While the memories are there, I don't often enough thank the Lord for them.  Some of them make me sad while others make me happy.  Some cause the tears to flow while others make me smile; maybe even laugh!  Those individual events were all a part of this journey the Lord has for me.

And, why should it "surprise you" what the Lord has done?  I need to make it a habit of asking myself this question.  And maybe, just maybe one day I won't be surprised!  He loves me!  He only wants the best for me because of His great love for me!  And, in His loving kindness He not only sends rain on the just, but on the unjust!  "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me!"  I am so thankful for His watchful eye!

Thank You, Lord, for Your MANY, MANY blessings on me!  Blessings I don't give You credit for on a daily basis as I ought!  Thank You for the difficult, rough-road parts of the journey because they remind me that I must trust You.  Thank You for the smooth, happy parts of the journey because they remind me that You love me.  Thank You for sickness because it reminds me that my days are in Your hands.  Remind me to not take my life for granted!  Thank You most of all for sending Your Son to die for an unworthy sinner like me!

Count Your Blessings
by Johnson Oatman, Jr., 1897

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Since we are planning our first long trip on the bike this Ohio.....where the temperatures are going to be 10 degrees cooler than here.....with rain forecast as we head back on Sunday.....we took the new bike to the shop to get new tires and a 45 point check to be sure (Lord willing) nothing goes wrong on the trip.  We picked the bike up tonight.  Then we went to another bike shop to buy some more gear for myself.  Rain gear, riding boots, and "freeze out" gear (long johns for bikers, lol!).  We also got Mark some new gloves.  So, we should be all set for the trip!  I'm still trying to decide what dress for church I can take that I can ball up for the trip, LOL!

After going to the bike shop, we went to Ruby Tuesday for my birthday meal.  I got a coupon for a free salad bar entree or free burger up to $11.  Mark did the salad bar and I got the pork chop, of course!  My taste buds must be off, however, because I didn't enjoy it like I usually do.  I did switch it up a bit and got the baked sweet potato rather than the garlic mashed potatoes.  I ate the sweet potato and the green beans and a few bites of the pork chop.  Mark had filled up on the salad bar and an appetizer order of pretzels, so he ate a few bites of the pork chop and we brought half of it home.

After we got home, we took a spin on the bike to see how wet we would get, since it started raining on our way home.  But, it stopped raining after just a short while and the roads were not even wet a couple miles away.  But, the ride was nice, anyway!

Looking forward to our trip this weekend!

Mark said I've been slack on my selfies of late!  :D

Monday, October 8, 2018


It has been longer than I thought since I made a post.  So, let's catch up some.  I'll start from today and go backwards.  That way, if you get tired of reading, you can decide how far back you want to know my history! 

Today, Monday, October 8th
Today I turned 63 years "young."  I got that from a reliable source.....thanks, Brother Tom Ross!  :D
I'd like to say it was a good day, and it was, because the Lord allowed me to be alive, but I've had a headache for 2 days.  It was better than yesterday, however.  And I still spent quite a bit of time in the bathroom.

On the bright in the clouds this evening on the way to Mallard Ridge Assisted Living.

Mark had the devotion tonight from Psalm 51. He talked about the joy of salvation, losing it and getting it back.  He did a good job!

Yesterday, Sunday, October 7th
I missed church all day today.  I woke up with a TERRIBLE headache!  The kind that throbs when you breathe!  Plus, I was sick on my stomach about half of the day and spent lots of time in the bathroom.  I literally was in bed all day.  I sat on the couch, feeling some better, after Mark got back from church in the evening.  But, I was ready for bed when the time came.  And I had no trouble going to sleep!  Thank You, Lord!

Saturday, October 6th
One of the ladies from church and I went to Boonville (west about 45 min. from here) because they were having a community-wide yard sale.  We had a great time of fun, food and fellowship!  We bought very little, but still had a wonderful time.  We visited some of the shops while we were there.  One shop had a neat idea of using old ties to re-seat chairs.  And, after I took a picture of the chairs to help me remember how to do it, I actually found a chair that I am going to use for Tim's ties.  Stay tuned for the outcome.  Here's the ladderback chairs we saw that gave me the idea.  This reminds me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears' chairs for momma, pappa and baby bear.  I can't wait to see how my chair turns out!

Friday, October 5th
We took a trip to Reidsville (north of us) to take some items to Mark's aunts (his mom's sisters) that belonged to his mom.  Plus, I had made a batch of chili, so we took some to them.  We rode on our new-to-us Goldwing motorcycle (more about that later).  It looked more and more like we were going to get wet, but we were blessed to be missed by the rain!  It was a more enjoyable ride back because the work traffic had dissipated!
The chili started out as a small batch, but I ended up making an entire batch because I had enough meat in it for such.  It was really good!

Here's the chili recipe if you want to try it:
Wendy's Chili (
2 lb. ground beef
29 oz. tomato sauce
29 oz. kidney beans, with liquid
29 oz. pinto beans, with liquid
1 cup (medium onion) diced onion
1/2 cup green chili (2 diced chilies)**
1/4 cup (1 stalk) diced celery
3 medium tomatoes chopped**
2 tsp. cumin
3 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. salt
2 cups water

**(My variations:  I used two 14 oz. cans chopped tomatoes and one can of tomatoes with green chilies)

Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat; drain off grease.  Using a fork, crumble the cooked beef into pea-size pieces (I smashed up the beef in a large pan of water and boiled the beef, stirring it often enough to keep the beef fine.  Then I strained the water off in a big colander.)

In a large pot, combine the beef plus all of the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer over low heat.  Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 - 3 hours.

Note:  Try topping this with some freshly grated cheddar cheese and chopped onion.

Those clouds look unhappy!  Thank the Lord, the ones that had rain in them were away to our left!  We stayed dry!
Here's about the extent of my Fall decorating.  I have a couple of pots of mums hanging at the edge of the house and a few decorations in the house, but not a whole lot.

Thursday, October 4th
My brain has forgotten everything from this day (because I have no pictures to remind me!).

Wednesday, October 3rd
I moved stuff out of the spare room so I could begin cleaning the floor and baseboards so I could set up the bed that Mark and I brought into the house from one of the storage buildings out back.  I got frustrated when I realized the bed was too big for the room with it's scroll-type work at the head and foot, which takes up a lot of room!  The bed would fit, but you wouldn't be able to walk around it!
Picture showing the headboard leaning up against the wall and the side rail to see how it was going to fit in the room.

There's the footboard leaning up against the closet.  With the scroll work, there would be no room to walk around the bed.  Bummer!

We got gift cards from Bed, Bath and Beyond, so I went there in search of a light for hanging over the kitchen table, bathroom rugs and whatever else looked interesting.  I also saw these that I thought might be of use under the bathroom sink, but I didn't have any measurements to know whether I should buy them, so I took a picture so I would have the measurements to go by.  I still haven't measured under the sink.  I did find a rug and some kitchen items, but no light to hang above the table.  I did find one at Lowe's.  I also did some grocery shopping for the fellowship dinner at church tonight.

Tuesday, October 2nd
This afternoon, Mark and I went to his son's house to get my hair dyed.  He is going to cosmotology school like his mom.  He put the dye on my hair for me.  Then I rinsed it out, put on the conditioner and then washed that out and washed and dried and styled my hair while Mark was at the men's meeting at church.

Monday, October 1st
Mark and I picked up the bike we purchased from a man.  The man sold it because of his age and size compared to the bike and he really didn't ride it any more.  It is a 2007 Honda Goldwing and has just over 51,000 miles on it.  It is beautiful!
We took it out for a test ride.

The "couch" where I sit is so much more comfortable!
We are planning to take a trip to see Jessica and family this weekend.  It will be our first LONG trip, 6 hours without stops!  It will be interesting to see how I get church clothes packed up in this vehicle!  Not to mention clothes for 2 days and extra gear for all kinds of weather (rain and cooler temperatures are in the forecast!)

OK, that's as far back as I'm going to go, except that I'm going to post a picture of the dining room/kitchen floor for Kim.  Have a great week!
I added the leftover tile to the floor of the kitchen cabinets.

Dining room floor

Adding a sealer to the grout in the kitchen.  Already done in the dining room.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Born To Be Wild

I've always loved this song! Not sure these are the correct words. Certainly not the ones I used to sing along with, but you know how that goes!  I remember one song Tim told me he used to sing incorrectly..."why's everybody always pickin' on me?" He used to sing, "why's everybody always pickles and meat?" LOL! I'm sure you can identify! 

I think of this song every time I'm riding with Mark on the motorcycle.

Born To Be Wild
by Steppenwolf

Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space
I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racin' with the wind
And the feelin' that I'm under
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space
Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild
Born to be wild
Get your motor runnin'
Head out on the highway
Lookin' for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin' go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space
Like a true nature's child
We were born, born to be wild
We can climb so high
I never wanna die
Born to be wild
Born to be wild

 Headed to Ruby Tuesday for a salad. Sporting my new helmet and jacket.
Beautiful evening for a ride after being cloudy and dreary most of the day.

Yup! That's a salad!

Back on the road and heading home.

Curves ahead!

Today I moved some furniture back into the dining room from the hall and living room. Then I went to Mark's work to fax my marriage license to the credit card people so they would change my name. Mark and I went to lunch and then I came back home. I worked the rest of the afternoon cleaning the wheels of an office chair that would no longer roll because of being wound up with all manner of debris.

Then Mark came home, took his shower and we hit the road. I'm loving riding a motorcycle! Guess I was born to be wild!

Monday, September 24, 2018


My bestie is back in town!  So we were together today!  But, I totally forgot to get a picture of our get-together!  Shame on me!  Ilene's sister from WV came back with her, too!  I went with them to High Point to drop Ilene's van off for some body work.  The insurance company provided her with a rental.  We went thrifting while we were there.  I found several things that I will be able to use in my organizing of the craft building.  Mark is making some L brackets for me to use between the joists for shelving.  I can't wait to get started on putting the shelves together!  Most of the shelving will be used for storing a lot of the books I have collected.

We ate lunch at Zaxby's while we were out.  After I got home, I sent Mark a text to see what he wanted for supper.  He wanted salad and soup.  So, I made a trip to Walmart because I also wanted to get some mums.  I got Mark some fruit to eat at work, too.  I stopped at the parsonage on the way back to the house to get some hanging flower pots to put the mums in and then stopped at Mark's work to give him the fruit.  He was working on the L brackets for my building, which he stayed after work to do, using some of the scrap metal that was at the shop.

After supper tonight, we worked on putting the molding down in the dining room.  Tomorrow I will begin moving some furniture back into the dining room from the hall way and one big piece from the living room.  One step at a time we are getting there!

At one of the thrift shops, Ilene saw this sign displayed near a rack of black dresses and a couple of red dresses.  I had to take a picture and send it to Mark (it was a black dress I wore to church back at the first of the year that opened his eyes to me).  He asked me if I bought the sign.  I had to tell him that it wasn't on sale, but I did look at the dresses to see if there were any my size.  Unfortunately, there weren't any for me!  I will have to make my own sign for him to hang or sit somewhere so he can think of me all day!  ;-)

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Happy Early Birthday To Me!

My birthday is NOT until October 8th.  But, I got my present today!  You will see pictures below of the gift!

We wanted to take a road trip to the mountains.  Marrow Mountain State Park, to be exact.  So we left the house around 8:45 and stopped for breakfast at Kerley's in Welcome on Rt. 8.  Then we headed south to our destination.  It was about 65 miles from the house to where we parked the bike at the scenic overlook in the park.  We took advantage of the bathroom facilities, took some selfies and pictures of the scenery and then headed back home.

On the way home we stopped for gas.  Mark checked his phone (as he did every time we stopped) and had received a couple of messages from his daughter, the ones he was checking his phone for.  She had sent a text to me which did not come through until 2:36.  Stinking reception!  We were checking for messages from her because she was bitten by a cat at work yesterday and woke up with her hand hurting with infection and she was going to go to the ER to have it checked.  Depending on what they did for her, she was going to possibly need us to drive her home if they drugged her.  Which is what happened, so when we got home we headed to the hospital to get her.  She had both of her kids with her and we stopped at Wendy's to get everyone food.  They ate the food in the hospital and then we took them home, Mark driving her car with her while the kids rode with me.

When we finally got home we were trying to determine what we wanted to do.  We had been out all day and now did not feel like doing the work we had planned on doing at the house.  So, we went to the bike shop in Greensboro.  And that is where I got my birthday gift!

When we got back to the house, I donned my new bike-riding helmet, jacket (less the lining) and gloves and we took another ride!  Yes, I think I'll keep the gear!  I really enjoy riding a bike!  Not sure if I will ever want to be in the driver's seat, but I am enjoying being a passenger!

And our trip begins!

I love this picture!

Headed up the mountain to the scenic overlook in the park.

Of course, there HAD to be a selfie!

We believe that is Badin Lake in the center of those mountains in the distance.

One lonely puff of cloud.

A little green lizard.

I couldn't believe that 2 1/2 gallons of ethanol free gas cost $10.00!

Capturing the sun behind the clouds on the way back from Greensboro.  I love being able to see the sun's rays!

Voila!  Here I am decked out in my new helmet, jacket and gloves!

NO!  I did NOT drive!
Have a blessed Lord's Day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018


No plans for today after being out all day on Monday and Tuesday.  I got up, ate breakfast, worked on the computer, searched for ideas on converting the storage shed into a craft domain, made the bed, did a few things in the kitchen and then decided to go to the Goodwill in Thomasville, grab lunch at Arby's and go to Lowes.  However, there isn't a Lowes in Thomasville.  So I ended up in High Point, which is really only about 10 miles away, probably less, from our house going the back roads.  Lowes didn't have what I wanted.  So I came back home and went to Food Lion to get some needed ingredients for my tilapia recipe I was fixing for supper and some salad (citrus burst kit by Fresh Express).  I already had the sweet potatoes.

Here's the Baked Tilapia recipe I used from Taste of Home.  It was OK, but I wasn't crazy about it.  I will fix it again, however, because I bought capers especially for this recipe.  Do you know what capers are?  "Turns out, capers are the unopened flower buds of the prickly caper plant, Capparis spinosa, and they are native to the Mediterranean region.  Capers are normally pickled or salted.  Most of the jars you see at the grocery store are pickled capers."  You can read more about them HERE.  I found them by the olives.

Here's the fish, ready to go into the oven.  I baked it a little longer than 20 minutes because I had it in the fridge long enough for the butter to harden.

And, it was a lovely meal.  I REALLY enjoyed the Citrus Burst salad!  YUM!!

Sorry!  I had to add this picture.  Yes, that is one pop-eyed mouse that hitched a ride on the 4-wheeler when Mark ran Piper this afternoon!  He looks scared to death, LOL!  Mark can get a little crazy on the trails!  ;-)
Tomorrow I plan to finish my devotion for the Ladies' Meeting on Friday night and do some sketching and drawing some plans for the craft shed!  I'm itching to get back into my crafts!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

More Paperwork

Today was painful!  I didn't have to wait as long as some of them waited, but I waited 2 hours before being taken care of at the DMV.  Plus, I couldn't get everything done that I needed to get done.  They changed my name and address using the document I got from the SS office yesterday.  Then I had another picture taken and a new license made, but I received only a temporary copy.  The actual driver's license will be mailed to me.  Something else that got done that I was not even thinking about was my voters' registration.  I will receive my new voters' card in the mail, too!

What I couldn't get done was getting my name and address changed on my car title.  I was sent to another office.  At least I didn't have to wait in a long line there!  I walked in and was called to the counter.  Not only did I get my title changed, I was able to pay the personal taxes due on the car!  Ah!  Progress!

After I left there, I went to another Goodwill store on the way home.  I got home just a few minutes before Mark got home from work.  I unloaded the stuff that went into the house, but the stuff that needed to go to the building for storage has to stay in the car due to the yard being so wet after all of the rain we got from the hurricane.  The stuff that is remaining in the car is the stuff I picked up from Ilene's today on the way to the DMV.  I got my lawn chairs, shepherd hooks for the yard and my canisters and bowls.


Tonight Mark added the back rest, saddle bags and windshield to the large motorcycle.  Then we took it out for a spin!  I am really loving riding!

We have at least one little striped lizard with a blue tail, a skink.

Mark working on adding the saddle bags, etc to the bike.

We left the house around 7:30 and stayed out about an hour.  It was dark by the time we got back.

We had to get gas on the way home.
So, tomorrow my go NOWHERE!!!