Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Giving Back to Our Heroes

I am very proud of my daughter. She always manages to find ways to pay it forward. I am taking a cue from her and joined the Soldier's Angels group online. Following in my DD's footsteps I have adopted a soldier. I write to him weekly and send a care package monthly. I think that William is in Afghanistan. His address sort of indicates that.

I am also going to make pillowcases for wounded soldiers. I just received some wonderful patriotic fabric by UPS. The fabric is 100% cotton by Marcus Brothers from the American Valor quilt series. There is enough for 5 pillowcases which is the minimum to send each time. I especially love that the words "Thank you" are printed on both the case fabric and the cuff fabric. I'll include photos when they are made. Thinking of putting on a narrow, red contrasting band, too.

I also found some wonderful Hallmark cards in their "Hero" line that only cost $1.99 each. I don't know if they always have these or just because it is soon to be Independence Day. I bought 5 of them because sometimes I might not be able to think of something to write about. The soldiers are so busy that you rarely get a response. But, they do appreciate everything that is done for them. I feel fortunate that I don't personally know anyone in the services right now. But, I pray for the safety of all our military.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I'm Baa-accck! And things... they are a changing!

I have decided to revive my blog. It probably needs CPR at this point. LOL.  So, I decided I would just change everything on my blog except my previous posts. So, I have a new look, a new blog name, AND a new domain name.

So much has happened. I kept putting off blogging and before I knew it, months had passed. My sister Karen and I spent a lot of time getting my Mom's house cleared out and sold. It's a 3 hour drive for me. So, no easy task. But, now it's done and I can spend time with my mother at her assisted-living facility when I drive that far.

In the meantime, I attended my niece's wedding. My husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage. And, we just returned from our first vacation that did not include visiting relatives. We went to the Smokey Mountains, through Cherokee, NC, and to Asheville, NC. In Asheville we went to the Biltmore Estate.
Ever feel like your world is upside-down? We saw this at Pidgeon Forge, TN
I bought some stone ground corn meal at this Old Mill in Pidgeon Forge.

My DH is afraid of heights. But, he has proof that he was at 5046 feet above sea level. This was at New Found Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina state line. His daughter will be impressed!
We toured the Biltmore House and the Biltmore Winery (former dairy barn). We had a delicious lunch at the Deer Park restaurant on the estate. The table over looked a beautiful courtyard.