Monthly Archives: October 2007

Telling Our Story


gov-manchin.jpgMy business partner, Ms. L. and I were asked to speak at the Advantage Valley Annual Banquet last night.  We spoke on behalf of our participation in the ELS Program and gave a brief report about  how the ELS Program has benefited us.

How exciting to have Gov. Joe Manchin seated on the same stage when we spoke.  I have always admired Gov. Manchin for his down to earth and from the heart speeches.  I truly believe he is interested in WV and the small businesses that dot the map. 

This was an evening to remember.


Hitting a Brick Wall


The WallIt would be nice to wake up each morning and feel like skipping down the “yellow brick road” with the sunshine beaming, the flowers in perfect bloom and not a care in the world.  Believe me, this is not life.  Sometimes you get up and that big brick wall seems to stop you in every direction.

Some of the walls are death of loved ones, changes in business, too much on the agenda, sickness, misunderstandings and the list could go on and on.  I personally can not handle the brick walls and the frustration that comes in the same package.  I have found that meditation and intercessory prayer can tear the walls down, brick by brick.

My business partner came to my office yesterday with an idea that will help tear down a whole section of “our brick wall”.  I could tell she was really thinking “outside the box”  and had an idea that may be an answer to a troublesome business situation.  You see, I had been praying for an answer, wisdom to see an answer and it came in a way I had not anticipated.  Thanks Ms. L.

The whole wall doesn’t have to fall.  We just need a hole to go through. 

Smith’s Stone Lodge Motel


pa230183.jpgMy mom and dad usually made a trip to Blackwater Falls about every three or four years.  This was fifty years ago and the trip was on a long winding road and there were no interstates.  Yes, I got car sick everytime!  Daddy would call and get reservations at Smith’s Stone Lodge Motel.  Actually, this was just about the only place to stay.

I wanted to keep the memories alive and Mr. B and I stayed at the same motel with our kids when they were very small.  They still talk about their trip to the mountains and the fun they had at Blackwater Falls.

We visited in this area a few days ago and three of the old motel units are still standing, but are used as private housing.  Seeing the old motel brought back memories of our family having fun and driving over to Deep Creek Lake.  I just wish I could smell my mom’s cooking in the little motel and hear my dad giving out a gut laugh.  All I have are the memories we took time to make years ago and they are precious.

Wild, Wonderful WV


canaan-loop-rd-2.jpgMr. B and I decided we needed a few days in INHALE AND EXHALE and there is no better place than Canaan Valley. This is the perfect time of the year to see the leaves at their peak and see the beauty of the fall season.

We stayed in the Canaan Valley Lodge and woke up each morning to see the fog over the valley and the sun peaking through the clouds. The deer would graze in the yard and they would eat apples from your hand.

The vastness of the wilderness is beautiful and also dangerous. An 18 year old boy was lost in the Dolly Sods area while we were visiting that area. He was found alive today after spending four days lost in the wilderness. This boy was autistic and is unable to talk and tell anyone of his terrible experience. Many prayers were answered when he was found.

Eight Things to Remember


Bird House1.  Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage.  The goals and dreams you’re seeking require courage and Risk-taking.  Learn from the turtle–it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.

2. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.

3.  Laugh every day…it’s like inner jogging.

4. The most important things in your home are the people.

5.  A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

6. We do not remember days, but moments.  Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.

7.  Do the math.  Count your blessings.

8.  God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

We Have a Soup Kitchen


pa230186.JPGThe chill of fall is in the air, the leaves are falling faster than we can rake and the vegetable soup is on the stove!  You can’t have homemade beef vegetable soup without hot cornbread and homemade apple butter. 

What a wonderful time to open the “soup kitchen” and invite in some friends to share this simple supper.  Mr. B and I were joined by my business partner and her two little munchkins for a delightful evening.  We didn’t have to bring out the real china and silver to share time with friends. 

We need to not “sweat the small stuff” and just enjoy what we have with those we love.  Try it and see if you don’t get a blessing!

Dinner With the “Undertakers”!


October is the month of spooks, bump in the night and pumpkins glowing in the dark.  It was also time to meet with the “undertakers” on a social basis.  Actually, it was a blast meeting at O’Charleys and having a fun dinner and having guts laughs.  It had been too long since we stopped to “INHALE” all the good vibs from friends we have known for twenty-five years.

 Have you neglected getting together with those friends that always make you feel better?  We will be talking for days about all we shared and planning on our next get-to-gather. 

Pumpkin Party


PumpkinMy grandkids came to the office this afternoon.  Their mom had to attend a Parent / Teacher Conference and all three were excited to be at the office.  We had about an hour to paint a face on a pumpkin, make him some ears and decorate him with dots. 

It is the small things like staplers, hole punches, permanent markers and inked stampers that became the hit of the afternoon.  These kids had a blast just playing with things.

When we stop to think about it, it is usually the small things that bring us the most joy.  What joy when a friends just drops in, a love note from hubby is found on the counter top, a neighbor brings over hot rolls and a totally unplanned lunch becomes a time of laughter.

It is the small stuff that brings memories for years to come.

A New Day


Not a Care In the WorldI feel like I have come to an uncomfortable block in being able to function with energy each day. Is this a medical problem, I know I am getting older and maybe I am internalizing too much data.

Well, it is time to try something new and today is the day. I want to release all my negative energy and suck in a good breath of fresh air. Out with the old and in with the new.

I know God directs our paths in many ways and He never leaves us or forsakes us. I have no doubt about this. However, I forsake myself sometimes and put aside many of the things that make me joyful and peaceful.

I love going to the park and just sitting with a book. Why don’t I take time to do this at least two times after work? I appreciate a good movie, but I never seem to have time to sit down with my husband for two hours. I don’t need anymore flower arrangements, but I love to design and get a rush of satisfaction when the design is complete. What about making an arrangement for the church, a shut-in or a person you appreciate?

I am feeling a little more sense of direction after beginning this blog. It is sounding like we need to take time for life’s little simple pleasures. Time to write a card to a friend, time to walk through your garden and look at the flowers and just 30 minutes to do nothing but stop and breath out the old and breath in the new.

A New Day–A New Week


Today is the beginning of a new day, a new week and an opportunity to make something better.  This is a private blog and only four dear friends have been invited to participate.  I actually feel excited just learning to do somethings new (blog).  I hope you will use this blog to share, exhale, inhale and seek out a friend.