Monday, February 7, 2011

What a Difference a Day Makes

Today was a cloudless, blue sky day, with highs in the 50s. We started our day attending church.  We really enjoy the church we attend when we are here.  The pastor is  a great teacher of the gospel and the choir is phenomenal.  

Today's message was based on Luke 5, emphasizing we are all fishermen and if we are to be obedient, we must be willing to cast our nets.  
"For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners.  Then Jesus said to Simon, Don't be afraid, from now on, you will catch men."  Luke 5:9-10
The pastor often preaches from a book of the Bible over several weeks, chapter by chapter, verse by verse.

Following church, we joined our son-in-law's (Matt) parents at a local restaurant for lunch.  

Alissa is ready to dive into her pork chops.

I had Greek-style chicken.  Those little round things that look like onion rings are hush puppies -- different than the hush puppies we are accustomed to.

Alan had FRIED catfish...YIKES.  Originally coming from Arkansas, we know about catfish, but this catfish was HUGE!
Matt's parents both had fried cod

Having grown up in Arkansas and spent most of our life there, we thought it was the South.  However, we now know it is nothing compared to the "real south" of North Carolina with their fried food and sweet tea.

After lunch, we took a walk -- grandson, Dalton (12), leads the way, followed by grandson, 14-year-old Jordan, Matt and Alan -- aka Papa -- brings up the rear.  Actually, I bring up the rear with the camera.
 As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the things we find very interesting in this area is the fact there are numerous gravesites in people's yards.  Just down the road from the kids' house is this cemetery.  It's actually one of the largest ones we've seen.  

One of the grave sites is that of a Civil War Confederate Soldier.
We also met a couple of horseback riders -- Henry on the right and Rose on the left.

Back from our walk, we prepared our Super Bowl food, which consisted of cheese dip, chicken wings, redneck salsa -- my daughter's specialty -- not sure what makes it redneck unless it's the blackeyed peas and corn.  It was a good game -- didn't think the commercials were all that great.  Congrats to the Green Bay Packers who were able to hang in there and pull out the win.

Alan has been "training" me at Wii bowling.  One day last week I had nine -- 9 -- straight strikes.
And I beat him 264 to 223
And with that, I say good night and may God continue to bless our voyage, as well as our family and friends everywhere.


  1. What a great day you had! I'm not from the south but I love fried catfish...that looks super good. Have a great week and God bless.

  2. This was a very enjoyable post to read. Looks like your Sunday was just about perfect with God, family, friends, and nice wx.


  3. I enjoyed reading your blog today. Sounds like you had a fabulous Sunday!

  4. Very enjoyable post to read, looks like a great day was had by all...........