Stream of Consciousness #SOCSaturday #blogging #writing

Typically, I get up really early and ease into my Saturday with some quiet time, a cup of coffee and a little SOC writing. But this is Christmas break, so I slept in until a whopping 7:05 when the littlest boy woke me up. Today, I am writing this post with children running around, dogs […]

Christmas Blessings and Shenanigans

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How was your Christmas? I hope it was full of blessings and shenanigans like ours. One minute I was crying at a sentimental moment and the next I was laughing hysterically at some random or hilarious act or comment. We had a fun three days out of town celebrating Christmas with Todd’s side of the […]

Merry Christmas!

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Ode to Christmas We count down the days all through the year Happily anticipating holiday cheer Then it comes all too fast with a rush at the end To ensure cookies are baked and presents are sent We plan and prepare so that all is right We trim the tree with ornaments and lights Gifts […]

BUY HAYWOOD #ShopSmall Contest

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I backpacked in Europe as a college student, and a number of people, places and things left a lasting impact on me. I really loved how the locals bought their bread at one store, cheese at another, fish at another, wine at another, and so on. There was no Walmart or Publix or Target where […]

Stream of Consciousness #SOC #blogging #writing

It’s crunch time, folks. Christmas is in four days. Four! Are you ready? I always get so pumped about the holidays, but as they begin winding down, I get excited about that as well. I welcome the New Year with open arms. By the time January 1 rolls around, I am ready for some normalcy. […]

Date Day #SmallBusinessSaturday

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I’m not sure how we got so far behind this year with Christmas shopping. We accomplished nothing the week of the wreck so that set us back significantly. Thursday, I felt like I’d been smacked in the face when I realized we had 7 days until Christmas. Eeek! My parents took the boys to McAdenville […]

Family Day at Biltmore #Christmas

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A couple of weeks ago, my family spent the day at Biltmore, and when I say ‘spent the day’, we arrived around 10:00 am and left at 8:00 pm. It was one of those rare warm days in December. The boys were in great moods and the temperature was 60 degrees. Why not stay and […]


to the world quote

I had plans for a completely different post this morning, but when I turned on my computer, these were the words I saw on my homepage, “According to Khattak, the 84 killed in the Tuesday attack were all children.” As I read further, I learned that the Taliban stormed a school in Pakistan and shot […]

Stream of Consciousness #writing #SOC #blogging

I’m so tired. This entire week was such a crazy blur, and I think it’s finally catching up with me. I took a two-hour nap yesterday, then fell into bed last night and slept like a rock. I’m feeling much better this morning. It’s wild how healing sleep can be for the mind and body. […]