So, Alan has been appointed as the official hawk watchdog, hoping to scare it away before it claims another soul.
Scattered throughout rural Eastern North Carolina are many old tobacco drying barns such as these:
The introduction of tobacco into North Carolina has a long history. When settlers moved from Virginia to North Carolina in the 1600s, they struggled to grow any other crop besides tobacco because of the dry, sandy soil. At the time, the Europeans viewed tobacco as a luxury and bought it from Spain. The new settlers saw the opportunity in the overseas demand for tobacco and started growing tobacco in North Carolina as a way to gain entry into the European market.
Even today, tobacco continues to be an integral part of North Carolina's economy, ranking number one in the production of tobacco, with an approximate annual income of over $750 million dollars -- even with so much negative emphasis on tobacco use. I am thankful tobacco has never been a part of my life. However, Alan smoked for many years but finally gave it up a few years ago.
Not much else going on. I've been organizing the cabinets -- if we haven't used it in the past year, it's out of here! It was cold this morning, but the sun came out this afternoon and warmed things up a bit. Rain is predicted tomorrow and Friday.
I want to end our blog today with the following: We have had a picture in storage that was given to me by dear friends when I retired in 2008. It now hangs proudly next to our door in the Motorhome, and I wanted to share it with you.
At the bottom, it states, "It's Not Just the Destination God is Interested in, It's How You Make the Journey."
And the Bible verse, "Go ye therefore...Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:19-20
Lord, help us to remember that You, and only You, are in control of our journey and no matter where we go, You are with us. And may we, in some way, reflect You as we travel.
Until next time, may God continue to bless our voyage, as well as our family and friends near and far.