TODAY WE CELEBRATE! 2.16.2019

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Celebrate! Celebrate! Dance to the music… (Three Dog Night)

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Good morning,

Yesterday morning, when I took the dogs out for their morning walk… the sky, almost daylight bright from the light beaming from the moon and stars, looked as if someone had tossed hand fulls of cotton balls all about. It was an awesome sight! This morning, it’s dark and drizzling.

BUT there is “nothing” that can darken this day!

TODAY, I will be attending my youngest grand daughter’s birthday party. It will be the first time I will be able to appear in person, not via FACETIME!

Happy Dance!!  WOOT WOOT!!

 

Tomorrow, I will start the med change, for today I will revel in what I have been hoping to do for FIVE years!

TODAY, WE SHALL CELEBRATE LIFE WITH DANCING, SINGING, ENJOYING GRANDDAUGHTER HUGS AND EATING CAKE!!

#WINNING

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Kind Regards and wishing you the best day- K

 

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Wednesday Thoughts & Memories 2.13.19

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As of this morning, 

New England is covered

In fresh mounds of snow.

Yet, I cannot complain,

Because two months ago

I moved to North Carolina

And all we got is tons of rain!

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What my hill looked like in Charlestown, NH- New England after a snow fall!

Late 2018

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#winning ❤

 

Kind Regards and feeling grateful – K

After the Rooster Crows 2.6.2019

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Good morning.

Happy Wednesday!

According to Siri, my I-phone, Troutman, NC should have a temperature 

Around 70 degrees today! yahoo!

 

Do you have a morning routine?

I do.

Start the coffee, walk the dogs, feed the fur children, Marbre’, my cat, then my beloved canines, Chief and Abby.

Pour a cup of coffee.

Pop open the computer, a fresh word doc and type or grab a pen, my journal and write.

There is something about putting pen to paper, I find calming and soothing.

Early Morning Journaling

My scrawled words

Enrich the paper

Wtih sentiments, thoughts and wishes.

From dreams, to logging life’s events.

Whether fond memories, frustration or woes.

Releasing all upon a blank sheet,

Creates an inner harmony 

 No other early morning

 Activity can beat.

Writing or typing allows me 

An opportunity to

 Makes sense of some,

Chuckle at others,

Or allows me, to set free

Any negativity from yesterday. 

A clean slate, 

Enables my heart,

My soul, my mind

To open, be trusting, 

And accept 

All the possiblities,

And potential,

Of a fresh, new day!

 

 I am thinking of creating a journal with a large variety of life’s pictures, from a group of friends photos scattered throughout. The clicks can be used for writing exercises or for the viewing pleasure of the person who still journals. What do you think?

Kind Regards and #winning – K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.1.2019 The Friendliest neighborhood Diner in Troutman, NC

 

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Thursday, I picked up my Massachusetts BFF from the Charlotte Airport. Laughter and giggles flourished as we headed North on I-77 to exit 45 to Troutman, NC.

My daughter had suggested a place to eat. I typed the address in my GPS, and we headed. The place was known as Randy’s Bar B Q on 103 North Main St, Troutman, NC!

Time warp! The first thing you notice when you walk in, is the clean, friendly atmosphere. Comfortable booths, a long counter and what looked like a regular restaurant area on the other side. I was intrigued by all the Coca Cola collectables mixed with the 1950’s diner décor.  Immediately, the feeling of “home” washed over you. It was as though, you were revisiting a favorited, familiar place.

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The personable, attentive staff didn’t hover, yet noticed the smallest detail. You could tell they cared.

Example: I was fiddling with my I-phone, the charge was down to 20 percent. One of the gals, (not our waitress), walked to our booth and asked if I she could charge it behind the counter. Heck! YES!

Smiling customers that were obviously regulars, were called by their first names.

 

Sitting there we were surrounded by good natured and congenial banter.

I took a few clicks, the waitress laughed and said, “If you keep taking pictures, I may have to charge you.”

I ordered the BBQ pork, Hush puppies and coleslaw along with a Coke.  Each table had Coco cola salt and pepper shakers, a glass container filled with delectable tasting Bar-B-Q sauce. This way, YOU controlled how much was put onto your meal.

I took my first bite! My meal was DELICIOUS!! The generous servings will assure you will not walk away hungry! The variety of items available assure you can satisfy almost any craving. All at a reasonable price!

As my BFF and I sat there, giggled and chatted, jovial customers, stopped in. It was obvious some were just there for coffee or a quick bite and to interact. Some different than sitting at a regular restaurant where everyone has their nose buried in an electronic device.

Positivity oozed from every corner of the place.

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The owner walked by and said,” Thank you for coming.”  His delivery flowed with our conversation and was in no way an interruption.

I give Randy’s Bar B Q an A++ on food, service and friendliness.

My plan? I will DEFINITELY return AND soon!

As we were readying to leave, our waitress asked if we wanted a free refill on our drinks to go! Less than 2 minutes later I had a refilled coke with a lid.

If you are in the Troutman area, make sure this gem is scheduled into your dining itinerary!

 

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Kind Regards and starting a NEW book on Troutman – K

Broom Fell- Company’s Coming 1.30.19

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Excellent news!!  On January 31st, my best friend is coming from Massachusetts to visit! Woohoo!  It will be a welcome relief for her to get away from the extreme cold. For me? Fantastic to have a friend for exploration!

L, who is coming to visit,  prompted the dedication quote in my next book!

“True friends

are often discovered by

 unsolicited action and support.

 Once found, forever carried within the heart.” – Kallie Knight

 

 

“WEATHER” OR  NOT WE ARE HAVING FUN…. HAHAHA!

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In the northern part of the east coast,  in the last two weeks, they have experienced 12-14 plus inches of snow a few times, and quick thaws causing icy roads, walkways along with some flash flooding.  They are enduring an ongoing windchill factor that drops the temperature well below zero. New Hampshire and Vermont as well as other parts of the country are experiencing EXTREME Winter!

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When one thinks of North Carolina, generally, the mind envisions hot sunny, humid days. Surprise! They DO have winter!

This morning, as I walked the dogs, there was a crisp, crackle to the grass comparable to the sound of the crinkle-crunch of when my cat attempts to sneak into a freshly opened bag of potato chips.

Temperature?  Twenty-four degrees!

 

When I first arrived to North Carolina, it was barely 48 hours following an all time record breaking snowfall. As the last six-ish weeks have flown by, I have experienced, rain,  frozen water droplets hanging from the branches, while the ground remained wet but too warm to freeze.

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In the last 2 weeks there have been school delays due to icy roads. Sounds like Wintry weather to me!

The temperature ranges from 63-38 degrees during the day, then drops to the 20-30s at night. Mother Nature seems to enjoy the element of surprise as this transpires in no particular order and without warning.

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One day I will be a bit hot in my hoodie, the next I have my purple scarf wrapped about my neck as I add a winter coat to take the dogs outside into the brisk air! Three hours later I may be in a hoodie again, with blue skies, sunshine and what I deem to be the perfect not too hot, not too cold temperature.

I have felt blessed, weather-wise, to witness this time of year in Statesville and Troutman, NC!

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Well I am off to do more unpacking in hopes of having some sort of order when L arrives!! 

❤ 

Have a wicked awesome Wednesday!!

 

Kind Regards  and #winning- K

 

** Photography compliments and copyrighted by CShropshire, BGage and K of The Black Wall Blog- 2019  Title quote from K’s favorite movie- Practical Magic