Vision Statement

Yesterday was very busy.  I had a doctor appointment, then Gary and I had run around doing errands.  The time got away from us so we stopped to grab something to eat.  I was sitting across the table from Gary when I noticed this sign above his head.

If you can’t read it, it says, “We will serve each other and out guests with enthusiasm.”  Serve – Enthusiastically meet the needs of others before your own needs are met.

I was very impressed by this and indeed our server was very pleasant and enthusiastic.  I realized that this vision statement comes from the words of Jesus. Love thy neighbor as thy self.   It doesn’t matter in what situation you find yourself we are called to love and serve each other joyfully.  Even if that service is picking up the mail for your neighbor, working as a waitress in a restaurant, or working in a community outreach program.  It’s realizing that our neighbor doesn’t mean the neighbor that looks and acts like us, but also the ones who look different, or travel in different social circles.  Just think how nice our world would be if we would all adopt this Vision Statement.

Vision Statement

Yesterday was very busy.  I had a doctor appointment, then Gary and I had run around doing errands.  The time got away from us so we stopped to grab something to eat.  I was sitting across the table from Gary when I noticed this sign above his head.

If you can’t read it, it says, “We will serve each other and out guests with enthusiasm.”  Serve – Enthusiastically meet the needs of others before your own needs are met.

I was very impressed by this and indeed our server was very pleasant and enthusiastic.  I realized that this vision statement comes from the words of Jesus. Love thy neighbor as thy self.   It doesn’t matter in what situation you find yourself we are called to love and serve each other joyfully.  Even if that service is picking up the mail for your neighbor, working as a waitress in a restaurant, or working in a community outreach program.  It’s realizing that our neighbor doesn’t mean the neighbor that looks and acts like us, but also the ones who look different, or travel in different social circles.  Just think how nice our world would be if we would all adopt this Vision Statement.

Gullah Geechee

I spent today at Brookgreen Gardens in Muerlles Inlet, South Carolina attending traveling exhibit from the Geechee Kunda Center, Riceboro, GA.  The exhibit showcases the Gullah Geechee Rice Culture with storyboards, photographs, artifacts, tools, relics, and implements.

The Gullah Geechee Corridor runs from Wilmington, North Carolina to St. Augustine, Florida.

Ron Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice-President for Creative Education, author, and historian and learn about the people, language, and culture of the Gullah Geechee people whose ancestors were enslaved from West Africa and brought here to work on plantations. Isolated on coastal barriers island their unique culture endures today. Through songs, stories, and audience participation Daise brings the Gullah culture to life and you will leave with a new appreciation and understanding of “Wha E Mean fa Be Gullah!”.

Ron Daise, Brookgreen’s Vice-President for Creative Education, author, and historian and learn about the people, language, and culture of the Gullah Geechee people whose ancestors were enslaved from West Africa and brought here to work on plantations. Isolated on coastal barriers island their unique culture endures today. Through songs, stories, and audience participation Daise brings the Gullah culture to life and you will leave with a new appreciation and understanding of “Wha E Mean fa Be Gullah!”.

Ron told us about his two trips to West Africa and how DNA confirmed his mother was from Siara Leone and his father from Gana in West Africa.  Ron was raised by Gullah parents and grew up in a Gullah community in South Carolina.  He accompanied a 10 year old slave girls decendants to West Africa.  She was captured in Siara Leone and sold to an English slave traitor ship in the 1800’s.  The reason slaves were taken from this area was that they knew rice farming and could bring more money than slaves taken from other parts of Africa.

Enjoy the shots I took today at the program.   I forgot my camera this morning so had to use my cell.

Traditional Gullah Baskets

 

 

 

Gullah blanket and tools

 

Typical Gullah quilt

 

Broom in the back

 

Gullah chamber pot and basin

 

Gullah Geechee Iron Pot

 

Corn Shucker

 

Gullah dough tray

 

Gullah in typical dress

 

Gullah People

 

Geechee/Seminole Spirit Catcher

 

Picture of Gullah Rice Farmers

 

West African fishing net and basket

 

Original artwork of Vivian Mitchell of Riceboro, GA
depicts acts that represent the continuity of South African
Culture in America by the Gullah Geechee People.
Vivian Mitchell is a resident artist at Kunda Geechee
Museum in Riceboro, GA
I know this page was a little heavy to load but I wanted to share some of my photos.  It was a lovely day,  Then only thing that could have been better – the weather, it rained cats and dogs all day.

A Long Day

The race finally restarted around 8:30 last night.  Poor Kasey wound up having a terrible night and finished 31st.  Like my dad used to say, “Some days you eat the bear, and some days the bear eats you.”  But on a happier note, Dale Earnhardt, Jr won.  It’s his second Daytona 500 win.  He looks happy doesn’t he?

Kasey and the No. 5 Team will be back next week in Phoenix looking for his first win of the season.  
Tomorrow is my guilds, Brunswick Quilters, first outreach workshop of the year.  Gary and I have put kits together for baby quilts and walker bags that members can take home and make.  It’s so nice out today, I think we will load the car, except for my sewing machine, just in case it’s raining in the morning.  We will be working on quilts for fire houses in the county.  We started this project last year after it was announced that every district throughout the county will have a house manned 24 hours.  I love the outreach workshops. The woman who chairs the committee, always makes homemade manicotti for everyone at our first workshop of the year.   And it is so good.  
I am still working on the list of my UFO’s.  I had forgotten about some of them.  I am told by much more dedicated quilters who have been quilting much longer than myself, that UFO’s are a part of the whole quilting experience.  

St. Louis de Montford’s Total Consecration to Jeaus Through Mary

On the 20th of this month I began my journey to Total Consecration.  I will make that Consecration on the 25th of March, the feast of the Annunciation.  Along with renewal of my Baptismal vows, this devotion consists in giving ourselves entirely to Our Lady, in order to belong entirely to Jesus through her. We must give her (1) our body, with all its senses and its members; (2) our soul, with all its powers (3) our exterior goods of fortune, whether present or to come; (4) our interior and spiritual goods, which are our merits and our virtues, and our good works, past, present, and future.

If you would like information on Total Consecration To Jesus Through Mary go to myconsecration.org,

It’s Back

I am happy to see my blog is back.  I know my being absent from the world of blogger wasn’t earth shattering, but since I recommitted myself to blogging I was a little disappointed..  Such is life!  If we never had disappointments we would not realize how much we have to be thankful for.

I had a lovely day with my friend Jane.  It had been so long since we had done anything together.  Even the weather cooperated.  Every time it down poured rain we were not on the road.  We went to the Horry County’s Quilt Gala in Myrtle Beach and had lunch out.  I am always amazed at the talent displayed at quilt shows.  Of course shopping at the Vendors area is fun too.  But I behaved myself and only purchased a Quilt Of Valor pin to put on my guild name badge.  I love the quilting pins and after all you just have to buy something from a quilt show.  I got to see some of my quilting friends that I have missed since they no longer commute to attend the guild where I belong.  It is always great to catch up on with old friends.  I came home very inspired and have decided that I will make a list of my UFO’s (unfinished quilt projects) and complete them before I start anything new.  Sounds good right?  Maybe if I make my list public it will boost my success.

Apparently while I was gone today it got very windy with the rain.  I had to pull over on the side of the road so I could move tree limbs from our road.  One was so heavy I couldn’t lift it.  Good thing it was more on the side of the road than in the road.

OK, got the blogging bug out of my system for now, I’m off to work on that list.

Where Oh Where Is My Blog?

Bandit soaking up the sun.



What beautiful weather we are having now.  I took this picture this afternoon from the office window.  Isn’t he a cutie?  I spent yesterday working in the garage with the hubby.  Hated the work but loved being out int he nice air.  We stacked all the Christmas stuff in one place.  Of course we found more Christmas bins to go through.   I have a much smaller house so I can’t use everything.  I am offering it to the kids if they want any of it.  The rest is gone!   We have been living in NC since September 2003 and we still have things we haven’t unpacked.  Guess we don’t need it huh?  So that is our big spring job.  Cleaning out the Stuff!

When I tried to post to last evening, I couldn’t see the blog so I just said I’ll do it tomorrow.  Low and behold, today I still can’t see my blog.  I was playing with it yesterday trying out all the gadgets Blogger has available to put on your site.  I guess I broke it!  So instead I have spent a good bit of today reading other blogs.  You know the ones that aren’t broken.   I love reading the quilty blogs, the crafty blogs, the needlework blogs…..and on and on.  I don’t know how these people get anything done.  But they do and I love to see what they have done.  🙂  That’s how my Blogger woes started.  I visited a blog that I follow last evening and I saw this very cute kitty that looked like one we had.  So of course I had to put it on my blog.  Get the picture?

So now I guess since I have wasted a good bit of time today on the computer, I should get up from my desk and do something in the house.  Or, I could go in my quilting room and see what trouble I can stir up.  Actually, my quilting room is a mess.  I should really start there don’t you think?  Good idea!  I haven’t sewed since before Christmas and I am itching to get started.