There are Two Days to Go on our Raffle Items……

and I just checked on the number of participants we have. Guess how many there are? Bet you can’t! There is a great total of ………


Don’t get me wrong! We love you to pieces and to show you that love, if you remain the only bidder we are going to send you both items.

This is our way of saying “Thank you and we appreciate your effort to stand by us!” You know how you are and you will be receiving some terrific items for one price.

But we still have two more days, let’s wait and see what happens between now and then. Good Luck !

Merry Meet & A Very Blessed Tuesday To You & Yours!

Earth Mother

Giver of life

Strengthen me during my life-long strife.

Teach me your ways of perfect love,

peace, and wisdom true.

Spawn from my purest heart

These words to you

May this prayer help me to better

myself in word and deed,

To a higher plane I shall succeed.

Beautiful light of goodness fair

Lore of old we both do share

A Witch’s brew, I drink to you

My love for you, by day, by night

In thought and in sight

Will my soul learn the meaning of this life



Bright Blessings

by Gina T. Ranney

Listeria fears expand N.C. cantaloupe recall; feds find ‘unsanitary conditions’

Listeria fears expand N.C. cantaloupe recall; feds find ‘unsanitary conditions’

By JoNel Aleccia, NBC News

Federal health inspectors have found unsanitary conditions at a North Carolina cantaloupe packing shed, leading to an expanded recall of melons that may be potentially contaminated with listeria.

Burch Equipment LLC of Faison, N.C., is pulling 188,902 melons from store shelves in 10 states because of possible contamination that can cause illness and death, particularly in the very young, the very old, pregnant women and those with health problems.

The company’s voluntary recall comes nearly a year after one of the deadliest foodborne illness outbreaks in U.S. history, in which contaminated Colorado cantaloupes sickened 146 people, including at least 30 who died and one woman who had a miscarriage.

The new recall of 13,888 cases of whole Athena variety cantaloupes follows a recall last week of 580 cases of the summer fruit.

Federal Food and Drug Administration officials and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture are conducting an ongoing inspection at Burch Farms. The FDA warned this week that consumers should not eat the summer melons, which carry a red Burch Farms label and the code PLU #4319.

The melons were shipped between July 15 and July 17 and distributed to retail stores in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.

Consumers should discard the melons, the FDA said.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the Burch Farms melons, according to a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Listeria monocytogenes infections can cause symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

But the possibility of another bout of contaminated cantaloupe has stunned at least one family affected by the listeria outbreak caused by Jensen Farms of Holly, Colo.

“It’s so frustrating. It’s unbelievable,” said Michelle Wakley-Paciorek, mother of Kendall Paciorek, now 10 months, who suffered a life-threatening listeria infection at birth because of the tainted cantaloupe. “I can’t even tell you. It’s making my eyes tear up, after what everybody’s been through.”

Dirty equipment, faulty sanitation and bad storage practices at Jensen Farms led to the deadly infections, federal officials concluded. The firm has filed for bankruptcy.

That outbreak led to industry-wide changes in and attention to cantaloupe safety protocols, said Kathy Means, vice president of public affairs for the Produce Marketing Association. Members of the Rocky Ford Growers Association in Colorado invested between $800,000 and $1 million in safety upgrades, said spokeswoman Diane Mulligan.

Means said she couldn’t speak to conditions at the Burch Farms site, but she said that produce growers take the problem “very seriously.”

“We’re always disappointed when anything leads to consumer concerns,” she said.

However, she noted that the contamination was detected, the affected melons were recalled and that no illnesses have been reported to date.

“We wouldn’t want to see anyone stop eating cantaloupe,” she said. “I am confident that the system is working.”

But Wakley-Paciorek said that she no longer buys any melon. To learn that unsanitary conditions were found at another cantaloupe packing shed less than a year after listeria nearly killed her newborn is dismaying beyond words, she said.

Kendall is developmentally delayed and requires the aid of three physical therapists to help repair the deficits caused by the listeria infection.

“It’s shocking that this could happen again,” she said.

Daily Motivator for June 7th – Disappointments of the past

What has already happened before is not what will happen next. Because right  now, you have the opportunity to change direction.

If you’re moving in a positive and fruitful direction, you can choose to keep  going that way, and even to accelerate your progress. Or, if you’ve experienced  difficulty and disappointment in the past, this is your time to make a  change.

When you focus on what’s already happened, it can be easy to feel permanently  stuck in a bad place. So focus instead on the fact that you can, right now,  choose a more positive direction.

Today is a new day, and it is your day to live in the best way you can  imagine. It is your day to move in precisely the direction you choose.

Though rising above a difficult past will require great effort and commitment  on your part, you certainly can do it. And there’s no better way to spend your  time than making your way forward and permanently locking your disappointments  in the past.

The disappointments of the past will begin to fade away as soon as you let go  of them. Let go, look forward, and know that you can make this next day the best  one yet.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator 

Dog-gone Doggie of the Day for March 14th

Orion, the Dog of the Day
Name: Orion
Age: Two years old
Gender: Male Breed: Lab, Hound mix
Home: Cary, North Carolina, USA
Orion came to me last March, after the loss of my Aussie Jake (Pet of the Day Jan. 4 1999). He has been in the shelter system for some time and had a near brush with the gas chamber last year. A non-profit Camp Rescue brought him back from near death and cared for him until I meet him earlier this year. He is a rambunctious two-year-old that has two speeds (on full, and sleep).

He shares this house with little sister Sadie a Corgi mix. They get along well enough, occasionally playing when Sadie is in “the mood”. He is such a lover bug, always wants a pat or hug. He loves to stand on his hind legs wrap his paws around your waist, a real hug.

Orion is a funny guy. He is very people oriented and loves attention. He is still learning sit and down. Stay is not possible, he is too active. ” the wild hair” comes at least once a day. He does a greyhound impersonation and tears around the backyard. Sadie tries to herd him, but he is just a little faster.

Orion loves to have his neck scratched. He will sit and stretch his nose way up toward the ceiling. This is the only time he will sit still… it feels so good. So hats off to a very handsome Dude, Orion.

Dog-gone Doggies of the Day for Feb. 13

Holly, the Dog of the Day
Name: Holly
Age: Three year old
Gender: Female Breed: Shetland Sheep Dog
Home: South Florida, USA
I‘m Holly Brown, a three year old Shetland Sheep Dog. In the second picture, I am way up in the mountains at our home in North Carolina, but most of the time I live in South Florida. I am the alpha dog with two other lovely Shelties and we have a wonderful time with our family. They have never had more than one dog at a time and we really keep them going. What fun!

In the pictures below you see me (Blue Merle) with Rosie (Tri-color), who is my age, and Bambi (Sable) who is only one. We have a great time exploring, running, and barking (a lot). Shelties do not like to swim, however our family is teaching us in case one of us might accidentally fall in our pool.

In November, while staying in the mountains, Bambi and I took off exploring the 180 acres adjoining our property. We got lost and everyone on the mountain helped search for us in the rain as night fell. What luck when we were found standing drenched and bewildered. After we had a warm bath, Rosie gave us a lecture on going off on our own. I don’t think we will do that again!

My days are very busy as I am a very friendly dog. My sisters and I go to my dad’s law office and greet the clients. They love all three of us and are disappointed when we are not there. We have a nice pen behind the office with a tree where we love to take a break and Dad sits in a chair and relaxes with us. Then back inside to nap until our next visitor.

My coat is very thick and Mom enjoys brushing me. I am very well behaved and sit still as she carefully grooms me. I especially like to lick people. Oh, and yes, I like to chase the cats that are in our neighborhood. They tease me from the other side of the fence and I run up and down, but never seem to catch one. They are very tricky.

Taking a walk with us is very challenging. My sisters and I like to get tangled up and Mom has to step over our leashes. I wish I had a movie as it would make you laugh. I also like to bark at the vacuum cleaner and the hair dryer when someone is drying their hair.

I have a wonderful life! I am very gentle and little children love to pet and hug me. I like that, too!

We want to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Celebrations Around The World Today, Jan. 3rd

Lichtenstein Day of Rest
Tennis Day
Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1st US-born Saint)
Burma Independence Day
Humiliation Day
Festival of Fufluns (Etruscan God of Wine)
St.Titus’ Day
Martyr’s Day (Zaire)
Flower Basket Day
St. Angela of Foligno’s Day
Myanmar Independence Day
Frost Fair on the Thames (London)
Braille Day
Day to Honor Freyja (Norse)
Get Out Your Boxer Shorts Day
St. Pharaildis’ Day (patron against childhood illness)
Old Christmas Frights (North Carolina)
National Spaghetti Day

Celebrations Around the World, January 2nd

Hags Day
Berchtoldstag (Nut Festival; Switzerland)
Run It Up the Flagpole and See If Anybody Salutes It Day
Festival of Fetishes
Ancestry Day (Haiti)
David Letterman Day (North Carolina)
Kakizome (First Writing; Japan)
Festival of Four Winds and All Sky
St. Adelard’s Day (patron of gardeners)
Good Luck Day (Macedonia)
Shigoto Hajime (Beginning of Work Day; Japan)
Advent of Isis
Granada Day (Spain)
Port Arthur Day
St. Macarius’ Day (patron of pastry cooks)
National Science Fiction Day
Feast of the Martyrs for the Holy Scripture
St. Gregory of Nazianzus’ Day
Revolution Day (Cuba)
St. Bercholt’s Day (patron of Switzerland)
Nativity of Our Lady Inanna (Sumerian Goddess)
St. Basil’s Day (Western; patron of hospital administrators, Russia)
Miniature Golf Day
Good Luck Day (Macedonia)
St. Seraphim of of Sarov’s Day
National Cream Puff Day
St. Macarius of Alexandria’s Day (patron of pastry cooks)

Daily Feng Shui Tip for Saturday, December 17th

This day is dedicated to the intrepid Wright Brothers, a pair of courageous inventors who blew the socks off anyone lucky enough to watch them launch their giant glider off Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903. But I often wonder if the brothers Wright ever dreamt of manning those flying machines. Dream interpreters say that dreams of flying are almost as common as those of falling. They also say that dreams of flying indicate that something in your life might feel out of control. Conversely, dreams of piloting a plane suggest that a stimulating new project is heading your way. If in these dreams you’re captaining a fighter plane, then your confidence is getting ready to soar! And dreaming of being near a rocket launch is a serious sign of impending success that also fuels symbolism associated with family fortunes. Why not bring your dreams to life by activating engines with eyes wide open? Place any image, picture or photo of a rocket launching somewhere inside the Fame area of your main floor or office space (this image is a bit too ‘yang’ or aggressive for the bedroom). Not only will this bring a big boost to all career considerations but it will also trigger an elevated sense of confidence and esteem. What’s all the buzz? Maybe it’s about your professional status now heading to infinity and beyond!

By Ellen Whitehurst for

Astronomy Picture of the Day for October 16th

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos!Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

2011 October 16
See Explanation.  Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

A Picturesque Venus Transit
Image Credit & Copyright: David Cortner 

Explanation: The rare transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in 2004 was one of the better-photographed events in sky history. Both scientific and artistic images flooded in from the areas that could see the transit: Europe and much of Asia, Africa, and North America. Scientifically, solar photographers confirmed that the black drop effect is really better related to the viewing clarity of the camera or telescope than the atmosphere of Venus. Artistically, images might be divided into several categories. One type captures the transit in front of a highly detailed Sun. Another category captures a double coincidence such as both Venus and an airplane simultaneously silhouetted, or Venus and the International Space Station in low Earth orbit. A third image type involves a fortuitous arrangement of interesting looking clouds, as shown by example in the above image taken from North Carolina, USA. The next transit of Venus across the Sun will be in 2012 June.

Sweet, Adorable Kitty of the Day for Sept. 20th

Zephyrus, the Cat of the Day
Name: Zephyrus
Age: Five years old
Gender: Male
Kind: Cat
Home: Waynesville, North Carolina, USA
Zephyrus lives at his very own bed and breakfast inn in the mountains of North Carolina, Iris Meadows Bed and Breakfast in Waynesville, which he adopted four and a half years ago. He is in charge of the gardens, mostly, where he plays and dozes and poses for guest photos. He often romps with his sister dog in the meadows. He spends his relaxing moments in the private innkeepers’ quarters as he is not allowed in guest areas because guests may have allergies or prefer not to have pets. That is also where he sleeps. Zephyrus was a very thin and hungry cat when he arrived. We first saw him nibbling on the leftover muffins and waffles that we toss into a far meadow for the birds. Gradually, he decided to stay.He also answers to “Zephy” and to “Mr. Z.” Yes, he has become quite a fixture here. He is very friendly with everyone now and playfully entertains everyone with his antics. He and our dog are great friends. He loves to ride so we advise guests to check for him in their car before departing. He keeps me company when I work in the gardens… he acts as if it is his job to scare off all the spiders and crawly critters for me. There is a particular guest he really likes, and he once brought her a live mouse… he kept placing his paw on its tail and releasing it in front of her so she would notice her “gift.”

This picture of him “Watching for Butterflies” won first place in our local animal rescue organization’s annual photo contest several years ago. His heart shaped tag reads “I have humans at the Inn at Iris Meadows”

Happy, Happy Saturday Day!

Good Morning dear readers,

I hope you are having the best Saturday ever.  The weather here is dreary right now. The good news is that we have just had a tiny amount of rain here. I believe it was so fine they didn’t record it. I have my little path that I use to get to town. The other day, I stopped at a local gas station. They were telling me all the roads that were closed. Come to find out the road I was on was the only road not under water. Also something I had forgotten about was the tornado that touched down, They haven’t even had a chance to clean up and here come the water. We have a local station (The Co-Op’s), they send a person around to take pics of the area and I was watching that this morning. There was I don’t know how many places I recognized on that channel. It is so heartbreaking, to see their houses almost underwater, to watch your neighbors coming and going in boats and big diesel trucks. Then you see pics of the High School students filling sand bags along with convicts, neighbor helping neighbor anyway possible.

It might be heartbreaking, but when you see people taking action and doing what has to be done, it makes you feel good about the human race. You automatically know that there is not all bad in the world, there is still good. It would be wonderful that after all these tragedies, the feeling of brotherhood could still prevail. Perhaps it will.


I must apologize for yesterday’s postings. I got interrupted right in the middle of them. Come to find out they are doing a standard blackout during the weekdays. They are trying to fix the telephone line the tornado tore up.  It is lovely living in the country.

Green acres is where I want to be……….