Monday, August 15, 2016

What is a friend?

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble any where?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you?
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
In his arms he’ll take and shield you;
You will find a solace there.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit;
Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

(Joseph Scriven)

Friday, August 5, 2016


Rough day.....had to buy a new car battery before leaving for home. Way too expensive! Trip home seemed to take forever with lots of rainstorms. Stopped to celebrate Ted's bday with some special "in-loves", got home, started laundry, tended animals, unpacked, and collapsed. 
Love being home, dreading returning to life and all its daily drama. 
Still wish I could be a hermit.

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Heading off to the dinner cruise, and found that we were being charged $51 for parking next to the hotel!! Yeh boy! Hotel only told us it would be $17 total!  Then as we pulled away from dock on the cruise liner, I started having some wild feelings. One of our sweet dinner companions also had it and had experienced it before. I have had a few issues recently usually at home, very mild and attributed it to fatigue or low blood sugar. Tonight, however, I was introduced to the wild phenomenon known as vertigo!  I was able to go up on deck for a few minutes after dinner. Things finally settled down as the cruise ended. Then we found my car battery was dying, thankful for the jump from another family.
Returned to our hotel, no parking spots! Finally found one, then vertigo in the elevator! This has been a most memorable evening LOL!! Ted however enjoyed his birthday, in spite of the adventures we always seem to embroil ourselves in.
Drinking some milk, getting a headache and wondering if this is the start of an ongoing issue.....
Dramamine it seems is to be my next new friend.

Observational Nuances

Walking through a city so steeped in history, you tend to analyze in layers. I just couldn't seem to get acclimated or even interested in a place that I thought surely would thrill me. Today was much better, went to Jestine's Kitchen for lunch, and the leisurely stroll there and back awakened my desire to return to this city for further exploration.
Many places we vacation in, scream loud, noisy tourist town. This city seems to blur the lines and stifle the normal, boisterous, redneck clientele we usually run into. I am a people watcher, and was looking for the seedy underbelly that usually prevails blatantly in most places these days. I only saw some possible signs of homelessness, even then they weren't panhandling, or looking like they lived there in that spot. I am not even entirely sure they weren't just hanging out.  As for the sexual revolution, no obvious signs of prostitution, and only 1 tranz so far. Although, I did not see an overwhelming display of the devil's playground as we usually are lambasted with, I did sense a very spiritual need in this city so full of long standing historical church buildings. Are they just monuments to a lost time in history, when people here worshipped and prayed as hard as they made a living? 
Curious about our dinner cruise tonight.....will I peel back more layers to a sweet onion?

Celebrating Southern Style

Today is my husband's birthday. He decided to celebrate it with a jaunt to Charleston, SC. We have talked of visiting this city for years, but always changed our minds.
 We have tired of Myrtle Veach, Gatlinburg, and even Knoxville. 
Last night, we are at Indaco....uhm, eclectic, upscale, and probably not a repeat destination.
This morning, we walked a mile to the carriage companies, and took a tour of the old city via horse and carriage. Then we walked one of the main market squares, and ate at Low Country Bistro for lunch. Again, wasn't overly impressed with the fare. The tourists and clientele are very upscale and yacht club status. We often feel conspicuous and out of place.
Tonight, we went to Joe Pasta for his birthday dinner. This place was more our style and taste. I would go back again. We found a gourmet, eclectic ice cream shop called Jeni's, and have enjoyed the myriad of blended flavored offered.
Tomorrow, we plan to go to the popular farmer's market before launching on a dinner cruise. 
Happy Birthday Darling, it's been wonderful to celebrate together in this auspicious location.