In Case You Missed It … 2018

2018 is almost done and 2019 is approaching fast.

So, while we are still here in 2018 let’s recap. “In case you missed” any of these…

2018 with fireworks

Feng Shui

Want a Lucky 2018?



What’s More Romantic Than a Wedding?

8 Romance Sub-genres To Find Your Next Love

6 Romantic Getaways Right Here In The Good Old USA

6 Nontraditional Places To Have A Romantic Wedding



What Can Spring Teach Us About Life?

Heroes of Hurricane Florence



Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile


Friday Fun

4 Funny Jokes To Start Your Weekend



It’s Blogiversary Time! 5 Years!


I thank all my followers and visitors for your support and friendship through 2018.

I hope meet and connect with even more of you in 2019!

Heroes of Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is over but the recovery and repair go on. Luckily, up in our neck of the woods (north of Durham) we only sustained wind and torrential rains causing temporary flooding. South of Raleigh and the coastline is a totally different ball game.

Tragically, there were several deaths related to Florence and millions in property and harvest damage. However, as with any emergency, the heroes come out in force.

Hurricane Florence first responders

First responders praying after finding mother & infant dead from tree falling on their house.

Below is only a sampling of such heroes but I wanted all of them to know how much they mean to us.

  • Rescuers saving 6 dogs abandoned in locked cages while flood waters rise (Leland, NC)
  • Amber Hersel who drove all the way from Indiana to help with Florence’s rescues.
Hurricane Florence heroes

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • Chef Jose’ Andres’ led a hot food drive in Wilmington with a kitchen full of volunteers delivering meals to shelters.
  • Tony Alsop of Tennessee rescued 53 dogs and 11 cats, transporting them to shelters in his old school bus “Noah’s Ark.” Same as he did in Texas in 2017.


Hurricane Florence heroes

(Courtesy of Washington Post)

  • The Louisiana Cajun Navy rescued people and pets with their fleet of boats. (To learn more of this volunteer rescue squad and their deeds, check out their website: Cajun Navy Relief )
  • All the people who helped at the shelters with food, blankets, compassion and prayers. Hurricane Florence shelter

Seeing people opening their hearts and homes to those in need really restores your faith in humanity and Christians. Thank you and remember to help others, because you never know when you will need help.

If you know of other heroes, please add them to the comments so we can all enjoy them.




Love Dance

For poetry with passion and romance, try Hector…

Of Love and Passion


Love Dance


In a dance of colors a feathery display

in this a game of attraction,

words seeking a favorable reaction

to a glimpse of possibilities-

And what I seek but a loving woman

to fill my nights with passion,

 if not love then a warm body,

to carelessly fall

 into my heated arms

for a thousand and one nights

of seductive schemes-

I want to get lost in the charms

of a beautiful woman,

for this dance I will play

all my favorite games

with the brightest colors of all,

hoping love would somehow

find its way to my dreams-


I wondered what happened when you offered yourself to someone, and they opened you, only to discover you were not the gift they expected and they had to smile and nod and say thank you all the same.”

― Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper

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Photo Challenge: What Makes Me Smile

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is smile. Boy, that’s an easy one because so many things can put a smile on my face.  Some that top the list would be nature, my family, gurgling babies and cats. There’s a very good reason why there are so many funny and adorable cat photos and videos online. It’s to make people like me laugh and smile, boosting our mood and lowering our stress level.

So here are a few photos of my two, adorable smile-makers. I hope they give you a big smile, too.

cat in a box


cats at the door




cats in bathroom sink


cats in laundry tote

Have a great day and share a smile with someone else today. A smile is universally understood. 🙂  🙂  🙂

Top Ten Tuesday! Ten Reasons Cats Are Better Than Dogs

I agree with all of these plus some. What can you add to the list?

The Phil Factor

Last week I gave dogs and the dog people their due in the worlds oldest debate.  This week it’s the cats turn. Don’t worry, I have no plans to continue comparing animals.


10. Cattitude: You’ve got to respect their aloofness. They’re not all needy like dogs. If you’re gone 5 minutes, a dog acts like you’ve returned from the Bataan Death March while your cat just checks his watch and goes back to sleep.

9. Pooping indoors: When it’s cold and snowy and my dog has got to go at 6 a.m. I have to take her out. My cat on the other hand is even more stealthy about his bowel movements than I am. Cats are the ultimate Poop at Home People.  Some cats can even poop on a toilet.

8.  Cats are never sick: My cat has been to the vet two times in three years. My…

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Two Warm Hearts For Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day my husband and I gave each other two warm hearts – nestled inside two soft, furry bodies with twitchy ears and little noses. That’s right, we gave each other the wonderful gift of adopting two sweet kittens.

This is Quinn…she’s a bundle of energy with a loving purr and the most beautiful soft, gray and white coat.

light gray kitten

light gray kitten

This is Harley…she is the less brave of the two, with white feet and a more tortoiseshell coat. You have to wait for her to come to you but once she does she will shower you with love.

tabby kitten

tabby kitten

Their names are separated parts of the word Harlequin. Harley and Quinn. Cute, huh?

Have you rescued/adopted any pets?

Wishing everyone a love-filled Valentine’s Day!

Relax At The Zoo To Help Conquer Stress

Do you have stress? What a stupid question, right? Everyone has stress in their lives, but sometimes that stress begins to get out of control. Job loss, health scares and death of a loved one can all boost your stress level sky-high. Unfortunately, these stress triggers are a part of life and we need to deal with them in a healthy way.

This blog post shows one of the many healthy ways I deal with my stress. It’s not going to resolve whatever issues you may be going through, but taking a few hours to enjoy life will lower not only your stress levels but also blood pressure levels.

Let’s go to the zoo!


North Carolina Zoo – Asheboro

We are enjoying the sunshine down here in our new home state of North Carolina so we headed to Asheboro to get up close with our wild sides. My husband knows of my love of zoos so we bought a ‘companion’ zoo membership for only $79 (two adult day tickets run $30). Which means we can go to most any zoo/aquarium nationwide and get in for free or at least a discount. I plan to get my money’s worth before November 2017 🙂

This zoo covers 500 acres with plants, art and spacious natural habitat exhibits, so you will walk about 5 miles covering the whole zoo. Whew! what a workout. There is a tram system that will take you between major sections of the zoo but it runs on the service road so you won’t see any animals while on the tram. They also rent strollers, wheelchairs and those electric mobility chairs.

bear art

First time I’ve ever been this close to a bear 🙂

We followed the zoo’s tip to best see the whole zoo in one day and after entering the gate, we rode the tram to the center of the zoo and started our walk in the Africa region. This area houses gorillas, lemurs, lions, ostriches, elephants and so many more animals.



Here’s a helicopter that would be used on safari to monitor animals. It was mainly for the kids to climb on but I couldn’t resist climbing in myself.


There is also a Zoofari which will take you around the 40 acre safari area to see gazelles, antelopes, rhinoceroses and more for an extra charge of $12 (if I remember correctly). We didn’t ride because the sign said it runs in the morning only (not sure if that was because it was November).

Since we went in November, many of the roadside food carts were closed for the season. One we really wished was open was a pizza oven on the back of an old truck. Jim was more interested in the truck, being the car guy he is 🙂


At the center of the zoo is the Air Hike Ropes Course, an elevated course to test your balance and climbing skills. This was closed on the Wednesday we went to the zoo. Not sure if open only weekends during non-peak dates. This is also an additional fee but looked really fun!

climbing fun

climbing fun

climbing fun

Back at the center we headed to the North America region which houses ocelots, wolves, grizzly bears, alligators, cougars and more.

More art

More art


I love owls!

About halfway through the North American region we checked the time and discovered we only had an hour to tour the rest of the exhibits before they would either lock us in with the animals or kick us out. So, we had to move quicker to see everything and still have time to purchase my t-shirt. I wear a lot of t-shirt advertising places we’ve visited.


When we got back to the truck it felt good to sit down after all that walking but I couldn’t believe how quickly the day went by. What a great way to relax and de-stress. After recharging your battery, you’ll be better able to handle your stress period.

To find out more about this zoo or to donate, check out their website: North Carolina Zoo

To view more of our de-stressing trips, check out Whirlwind Weekend in Philly and Getting Wet at Niagara Falls

Where do you like to go to de-stress and recharge? It can be near or far.