Saturday, December 10, 2016



On Sat, Dec 10, 2016 at 1:09 PM, Dua Flou <> wrote:

Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Earnestly contend for the faith

  1. Faith in God through Christ Jesus 14:1) Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  1. Faithfulness to Christ And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

  1. Essential truths of the faith

    a) the truths of Jesus, virgin birth, death and resurrection, deity of Christ, Jesus only way to God. Salvation by grace through faith in Christ.

b) bible inspired word of God infallibility of scripture and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Fannin County Sunset

Beautiful sunset in Fannin County, Ga nearby Scenic Blue Ridge, Ga.

North Ga Sunset

Photo from my home near Blue Ridge, Ga

Toccoa River

 Photograph I took of the Toccoa river near the Sandy Bottoms canoe launch site. The river is kind of low but still very pretty. This is a view where the old cable car used to be. In years past there was a steel cable strung across the river that had a little car that you could cross over with. The car was human powered and riders had to be careful not to run over their hands with the pulleys that the cable ran through. Presently the cable has been taken down and all that remains is the big concrete pillars the cable was attached to. What is known as Sandy Bottoms Canoe Launch now was known as the Cable Cars when I was young. Then as now it was a place to camp, gather and put tubes into the river to float to Shallowford  Bridge or farther down to the rapids.

Waffle King Blue Ridge, Ga

Visit to Waffle King in Blue Ridge, Ga. Good food, good service, Yummy. Country Fried steak, eggs and hash browns

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fall Colors on Toccoa River

Directions to Tilley Bend Cemetery


      If you are in the Blue Ridge area and want to visit the historic Tilley Bend Church and Cemetaryit is not too hard to find. Take Hwy 76 to Aska road which is at the far end of town past Pizza Hut. Turn right on Aska road and keep going to Shallowford Bridge which crosses the Toccoa River. Go left across Shallowford Bridge and keep going until the road forks, go left and Tilley Bend Church eillbe on your left not far from where you turn. People look for different things at church, I will share what I have found; a beautiful, rustic little church and cemetery tucked away in the mountains surrounding my hometown,  Blue Ridge, Ga. If you like old graveyards, old churches and riding through the mountains you will enjoy taking a jaunt up Aska road to Tilley Bend. 

Tilley Bend Church

Tilley Bend Cemetery

Pictures from. Tilley Bend Cemetery

Tilley Bend Church Cemetary

Picture from recent day trip to Tilley Bend Church off Aska road near Blue Ridge, Ga. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oregon Battery Powered Chain Saw Review

Battery powered chain saw by Oregon

I was getting tired of gas powered saw, it was flooding out and was having a hard time cranking it, so I decided to go electric. Looked at some Stihl battery powered saws and ten checked out my favorite online retailer and saw this 40 volt battery powered chain saw made by Oregon. The reviews all looked good and I liked the features but I really did not know what to expect. Being frustrated by the gas saw I was using and being somewhat of a gadget online ordering hound, after looking at a few other battery saw online I decided to pull the trigger on the 40 volt Oregon chain saw. I ordered the saw and an extra battery to go with it so I could double my cutting time and charge one battery while using other provided I was close enough to an electrical outlet. I got the saw last week and today is the third time I have used it so here are a few thoughts on the saw.

I like it, it really eats through the wood, very smoothly I might add after it gets in to the wood. It does snap at small loose twigs but it does really well on bigger pieces of wood. I was using my dad's Stihl chain saw along with it today and I do believe the Oregon beat the Stihl on cutting speed and smooth cutting. So as far as cutting I give the saw a 9 out 10.

Other features that I like about the Oregon battery saw is the built in sharpener that allows you to sharpen chain while running the saw. You just have to pull back the lever and while saw is running and shazam you have a sharp blade. In addition to easy sharpening, it is also easy to adjust the chain tension without any tools. So far run time as been no problem, today I ran the saw for about 30 minutes and still had a half a charge on one battery, of course I was piling brush at the same time so I was not running it constantly.I like the weight of the Oregon as well, easy to use, I held it in my left hand while I slung brush with my right.

So in closing I am well pleased with my new Oregon battery powered chain saw thus far. As far as durability goes and whether it has glitches or not, well that remains to be seen. But for now I am happy with my purchase.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Is Donald Trump a Bigot?

Is Donald Trump a bigot? I do not know for sure but I think it is ridiculous to think  him a bigot because he wants to secure the borders or because of his comments about where Obama was born. Or because he wants to vet Syrian refugees coming into the United States. Personally I do not believe I have seen enough for me to label him a bigot. He is very outspoken and makes comments I would not feel comfortable making but nothing to make me think Donald Trump a bigot, I seems that some would have you to believe that racism and bigotry is as prevalent as ever but I think better of our country. Some even would have us to believe that there is an agenda among a good number of our law enforcement to kill black men, I do not believe that either. I do believe Donald Trump has some great ideas and genuinely wants to help our country.

Tips for Starting a Book Project

I am no expert on writing a book but I believe I have a few helpful tips for getting started, these tips may or may not work for you. First thing is to have a character you want to be the main character or a story you want to tell.

If you start with a character you want to build around, then you can begin to put yourself in his shoes and imagine whatever story you want him to live in. If you are thinking about writing a book I trust you have somewhat of an imagination, it is hard to write a story without one. As you think on a story that your character will be living in, be thinking about your character, what does they look like, how do they think, how do they act, what is their  background story. Become very familiar with your main character. You may want to even write a short bio on them that may not be in your book just to help you in writing. Once you get your character developed, now you can start thinking on your story.

Don't get bogged down in details, just think on what is going to take place with your main character or characters. Write down a brief summation of the story, just the main plot. At this point you may want to add characters to your story and think on their traits or you may just add them as you write the story. So now you got a main character or characters and a story, what's next. Make an outline. Outline your book.

Here is my version of an outline,   Start- intro to story
                                                        plot development
                                                        main story
                                                       a good plot twist
                                                       build towards climax, maybe a crisis moment or two
                                                       plot twist here might be inserted
                                                       the result or resolution or if writing a series. a possible resolution'
                                                       the end or the cliff hanger if a series
This is tips from an amateur writer but I think they might help someone make that start of a new bestseller.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Night Photo with IPhone 7

Here is a photo  I took in the dark with my iphone 7. Looking forward to taking more night pictures.

Sent from my iPhone
IPhone is a registered trademark of Apple

Solution for Riots over Police Shooting

Just had an Epiphany, watching the latest protest or rather riotous
public display of lawlessness in Charlotte, NC. Why not pass a law
that police can only use force after the bullet has left the gun of a
suspected criminal. In other words if a suspect has a gun and is told
to drop the gun by the police, the officers may only use deadly force
after the suspect pulls the trigger and when the bullet leaves the
barrel of the suspects gun. This should give any good officer plenty
of time to get out of the way of the bullet and then return fire only
if it is necessary for the safety of the public and of course the
safety of the suspect. The personal safety of the officer should never
be considered, they are just public servants, it's their job. However,
we need laws that will protect suspected criminals who happen to be
armed, who like to rob stores and wrestle police officers and charge
at them, and those who just do not want to comply or cannot understand
simple commands like drop your
weapon. Additionally, to make sure suspected criminals do not get
harmed, we could take away firearms from our police officers and give
them water pistols filled with vinegar to shoot in a suspects eye only
after the suspect has fired on them, no, on second thought no vinegar,
only water, vinegar in the eyes would be too cruel. A little water in
the eyes can hinder the vision enough until a police officer can rush
a suspect and grab the suspect in a soft warm embrace and tell them
things are going to be alright, now please be a good boy or girl and
let us have your weapon. These laws might stop some of these concerned
protests and make our nation great again.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Waiting Tables at Cracker Barrel

Another long day of waiting tables at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Mostly nice guests but there was a few that was not as friendly as others. One man seemed to be really not eager to talk to me, almost like he did not like me from the start. No smile and very little conversation with me. We served him in a fairly prompt and friendly manner and sent him and  his  companion on their way.

Server lesson for the day. Serve all guests alike, old or young, male or female, gay or straight, white or black, rich or poor, nice or friendly. It is your job and besides that it is the right thing to do.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Writing a Book Part 3 Starting a Project

Here is an idea or a start for a fiction book I started.

Settling in for the night, relaxing in his recliner, he was planning to watch a little television before he turned in for the night. As he reached for the TV remote he heard a sharp tapping on his window, like someone hitting it with their fingernails. Turning to the window he saw his face, the face of John Sulman looking at him through the glass. The moonlight shone on his face, highlighting his pale green skin, the face of a man that Jimmy had saw laid to rest a week prior at the Crest Lawn cemetery. Jimmy had had a few drinks as was his usual habit before coming home, but the dead face of his late friend John staring at him through the window sobered him up real fast.

Jimmy stared in horror as John passed right through the glass to into his room. Standing before Jimmy, John said. “They are coming for you Jim, be ready. They want what you took, they won't stop until they get it.”

Jimmy was paralyzed by fear by the apparition standing in front of him. He was shaking so much that his mouth was unable to form the words to ask, coming for what, but than again, he knew for what, they were coming for him.'

Jimmy awoke wih a start and sat straight up in his recliner, “Crazy dreams these days.” He muttered under his breath as he laid back down in his recliner. As he reached for the remote to change the channel his face turned white and his heart nearly leaped out of his chest at the sound of an all to familiar voice.

What's a matter Jimmy? You look like you just seen a ghost.”

Jimmy turned to the hard, tight jawed face of Sonny Briscoe, Tony Solomans muscle. When Sonny paid you a visit it was not just a social call.

Hey, what's up Sonny? What yo doing barging in here? You could have knocked you know.” Jimmy said as he tried not to stammer. When Jimmy got nervous or scared he was prone to stammer.

I started this project sometime back but never got back to it, acually forgot the directon I was heading with it. If you have an idea on where to go from here post it in the comments, we might do some collaborating.

Jobs at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Are you considering as career in the restauraunt industry? Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, one of the top if not the top restauraunt in casual dining may have an opening for you in all positions. I have worked for Cracker Barrel for a little more than 21 years and have seen very few times in my career that they have not been hiring. They have a good business model that has built a consistant following over the 4 decades, at least from what I have witnessed at my store. So stop in a store or I believe you can apply online, couldn't say for sure and see if you might get hire in as a Cracker Barrel worker. Visit my blog or better yet subscribe, I may have more posts about jobs with Cracker Barrel. You may not get rich working for Cracker Barrel but if you want to work hard you have an opportunity to make a living and advance through the Cracker Barrel ranks.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Had a Rough Saturday Night in Blue Ridge, Ga

I saw this when i picked up my friend for church this morning. He
said, "he must have had a rough Saturday Night. I took this photo with my new iPhone 7*.

*iPhone is a registered trademark.

Writing a Book Part 2 Finding that Story

If you are thinking on writing a work of fiction, you gonna need a story. Chances are you already got one in mind, but if the well is dry you may need to prime the pump. How do you do that you ask, well I can only speak for myself but something that might help you is take people, areas, pets, other things in your life and ask what if. For example, what if my friend Billy is an international spy, what if Nathan is an alien from another planet whose real name is Malc, what if I looked out my window and there were people army crawling through the field leading to my house with machine guns dressed in camaflouge, Just start  with the things right in front of you or around you to jumpsatrt your creative genious.

Get iPhone* 7, Pay Only Activation Fee &Sales Tax with Trade-in

I do not know how long this promo will last but it seems like a sweet deal. If you trade in your iPhone* 6 for an iPhone 7 with Verizon* they will credit your count with $650, the price of the latest phone by Apple*. Just purchased the 7 Friday and waiting on the box to send my old 6 Plus back to Verizon*. Here is the Verizon link to get more details. If you want the iPhone 7, I would jump on this offer as soon as you can before it ends. Of course your iPhone 6 or 6 PLus needs to be in good shape to get the full $650.

Apple, iPhone and Verizon are registered trademarks.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Walmart Sunset Blue Ridge, Ga

The Heavens Declare the Glory of the Lord

Writing a Book

My wife says I have a gift for writing, I used to believe her but lately I am having my doubts. With about a half dozen started projects and two stories published on Amazon that have not done too well I feel like maybe writing was just a pipe dream. Anyways I still have my blog and still can publish my random musings on the world wide web, or is that an archaic reference today. So today to try and get my focus back on writing I am writing a few thoughts on book writing that may or may not help someone in the same proverbial boat as me. Problems I have had with writing a book to completion is staying focused and interested in what I am writhing.

Maybe you have the same problem, if so how do we maintain our focus to complete our project. One thing to consider is the subject or story of the book. Are you composing a work that interests you or something that just crossed your mind and you thought it would make a good novel. Both books I have completed, Yikes My Dad is a Zombie and Death at Gettysburg were subjects that interested me; I guess that is why I finished the projects. That being said, what interests you, or better yet what fascinates you and causes your mind to race in cerebral sprints through fields of thoughts and ideas. Just meditate on that for now and try to think on what subject, setting,  or set of situations captivate your mind, that might be the idea behind the book project you complete that makes New York Times Best seller list.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Biscuit and Gravy with Maple Syrup

This was yummy, notice the past tense. The Maple Syrup gave the dish a sweet but overwhelming sweetness that blended in and actually complimented the gravy and biscuit. Give it a try, you may like it. I think that a few slices of bacon could have really made this an entree that people could really enjoy. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunset in Blue Ridge Ga from Walmart

Here is a picture I took from the parking lot of Walmart in beautiful Blue Ridge. Ga. I like sunset and I guess it is one of my favorite things to photograph, may I should start just a sunset photo blog. This is a unique sunset, I love the pink tint of the sky with the golden light burning light hanging from the clouds. Perhaps just a fleeting glimpse of Heavenly glory, I know Heaven will be much brighter but this is awesome. 

Sunset in Blue Ridge Ga

Sunset from the parking lot of Blue Ridge Walmart. If you are visiting Blue Ridge, Ga, the sunset view at Walmart can be spectacular. This was one such evening. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Refurbished Galaxy S*5 Review

New post from my Samsung Galaxy S 5. I am pretty much an Apple man but my iPhone 6 is limited on space do I bought this phone for pictures and videos. It is a refurbished phone I got on Amazon for around $160, but so far I like it real well. Who knows it might make an android man out of me. So far the only thing I have noticed is the battery runs down quicker than I am accustomed to and I think, note I say I think the camera may not be as good as my iPhone 6. But other than that I like it. Just put a case around it to day from amazon and some ProGlass from Walmart, so now maybe it is protected somewhat. The case and glass cost me about $20, so I got about $180 all together in my Refurbished Galaxy. Re

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chest and Arms and Abs

Made it to the gym tonight, first time I have worked out three times in a seven day week in I don't know when. I did not do a lot, but the main thing I did was I went. Started out with five minutes of light cardio and did two sets of negative rep sets on crunch machine, leg lift stand, bench press, seated chest, butterfly machine and standing curls with a curl bar. Did not use a lot of weight but focused on the negative reps( the movement of lowering the weight). Short but sweet workout, just glad I made it tonight. In a few weeks I will take another picture to show progress, if any I have made. Remember, a good portion of life is a result of decisions we make, make good ones. Choose Jesus, If you don't like your physical condition, maybe you ought tol choose to exercise and eat healthy, ouch that hurt, something I need to work on.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Workout Journal negative Reps Chest Workout

Light workout tonight at True Fitness Your Way in Blue Ridge, Ga. Tonight as  I worked out light I implemented negative reps in my workout, doing three chest exercises, the bench press, seated butterfly on Precor machine and seated chest press on Hammer Strength chest press machine. I did two sets of bench presses interspersed with butterflys and chest presses, all using negative reps. I did an extra set of butterflys and chest presses interspersed with curls using a very light weight with a curl bar, Didn't do much, still working on building a habit, so far two days this week.

Here is a picture of my chest with me sitting in my recliner, not a picture I am proud of but if I am going to track and share my progress, I think it will help to share. Here is a link to part of my workout tonight,Tonights workout
For those not familiar with negative reps, watch the video. Basically, negative reps are when you let the weight down extra slow in a controlled movement before lifting the weight. If works your muscles in both movements, in the going down and in the lifting, give it a try. Until next time, workout hard, check back later, let me know what you think. If you have any workout techniques to share let me know, i put them on my blog and give them a try.  

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Starting to Exercise

Just got home from the gym, very light workout. It was my first time to the gym in over a week so i did not want to over do it. additionally I had pulled a nearly 12 hour shift a cracker Barrel, I was tired. Anyways, I have decided to blog about my workout program and track and display my progress. So tonight was a new beginning for me in exercise and blogging about it. Very light workout. but at least I did something.Are you thinking about beginning an exercise program? Put your thought into action and start, you gotta start somewhere and some time, just do it, you may want to check with your doctor first. Start out easy, don't do too much, just do something, get started, The first thing you want to develop is a habit, do not worry about building muscle, focus on building that habit, you do that you pretty much got her licked. For example, I have not trained in over a week so tonight  I went light: 1 set of crunchs
                                   1 set of leg lifts
                                   1 set bench press( light weight)
                                   1 set of curls(light weight)
                                    1 set of chest press
                                     1 set of butterflys
Not much of a workout, but I did workout. Hey its a start, well, actually a restart, nevertheless, I did something somewhat positive for myself,  How about you, what have you done. Check back later for future post, check my progress,  hopefully I can give some encouragement along the way. May do some before and after pictures. Have a good one and God bless

Sunday, June 5, 2016

North Ga Ants

Birds of Prey at Dollywood

Great Smokey Mountains near Newfound Gap

Took these pictures while diving over the mountains  between Ckerokee NC and Gatlinburg TN. Photos near to Newfound Gap.

Lone Coyote in Cades Cove

Bears in Cades Cove