Archive for February, 2009


It’s been 5 months now since I started cello lessons! I love it and wonder why I didn’t start sooner. But for those of you that have wanted to follow a long held dream but you think it’s too late in your life…..believe me, it is never too late! I am in my sixties and I am in the best years of my life. I never thought I would say that! But it’s true. So hang on to that dream and pursue it!

In addition to my weekly lessons at Suzuki, once a month we have a chamber group that meets made up of adult students, lead by one of the teachers. I met two great ladies in this group and we have become the Three Cello Mamas! We meet a little before the regular scheduled time and play together and get to know one another. It is great fun! Below is a picture of us this week. We’re working on a Beatles song called Maxwell Silverhammer. I thought I knew all of the Beatles songs, but this one wasn’t one of them I was familiar with. But it is a great song….although the story of the song is kind of strange, but the music is definitely Beatles style.



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I’ve heard so many people talk about flea markets when they mean Farmers Markets (FM). There is a difference….a big difference. First of all, Farmers Markets are quaint….very quaint. The dictionary’s definition says it all: “having an old-fashioned attractiveness or charm; oddly picturesque”. Most FM are outdoors, some have colorful tents that the vendors use…others FM are in an open-air barn like building. They all have colorful, fresh vegetables and fruits artfully arranged. Herbs, perennials, annuals are grouped together, waiting to be taken home. Every FM I have ever been to has baked goods to die for! Breads, muffins, scones, cookies and cakes and fried pies. There are also goat’s cheese and organic meats. Most FM have crafts…some more than others. One rule at a FM is that any crafts that are sold are required to be handmade, not purchased from China!  Handmade soaps and sugar scrubs, pillows, pottery, handsewn aprons, crocheted items, art work, handmade furniture are just some of the crafts I have seen at FM. There is an atmosphere that can only be described as joyful, exuberant merriment! People bring their dogs….most FM allow dogs, some don’t. You see so many different dogs of many breeds.

Of course, the reason I know so much about Farmers Markets, is because I am a vendor at two; the Hickory Farmers Market and the Charlotte Farmers Market. And one of the best things is that I have made so many friends through the years! Week after week, I see the same people come to buy their weekly veggies or get their fried pie fix.

So…….please don’t say Flea Market when you really mean Farmers Market!! I know, I know, I am a Farmers Market snob!!

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“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead. To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.   Daniel 1:12-17



This is so interesting to me. Daniel knew that eating just vegetables would make a difference in how he and his friends felt and looked! Since I have been eating more vegetables and fruits,  I have felt such a difference in my physical health. I am not a vegetarian, because I eat fish and occasionally chicken, but mainly I have increased my vegetable intake. What a difference! Try it and you’ll see.

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100_4903   Ryan with his Dad, Major Ricci Robison

We are so proud of our grandson, Ryan as he is completing his Airborne school and will then go into Ranger training. And of course his Dad is certainly a man to be proud of too. They are both in the Army and are giving back again and again to their country. We love them and are so very thankful that there are men who are selfless to protect our country and give us that gift of freedom.

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“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7 (The Living Bible Translation)

Trusting God is something we humans cannot fathom…we think we can understand it…but why oh why do we continue to worry when we have told God our needs? A worry I have had recently revealed to me just what trusting feels like. I usually don’t rely on feelings when it comes to talking about our Lord. But after coming to a place in my life that I said…”Enough!”….I felt extreme peace. What happened is that I completely lifted my hands up and told God that I just couldn’t do this anymore…you know, worry. We always have to feel we are in control and that is exactly the opposite of trusting God. And I was NOT in control…..but God was. It almost felt like I didn’t care anymore about this problem….but what I was experiencing was that release to God and just plain, wonderful peace.

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fool (fööl); noun:  1. One who is regarded as deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding.
2. One who acts unwisely on a given occasion;  
3. One who has been tricked decieved, or
made to appear ridiculous; a dupe;
   4. Archaic. A mentally deficient person; an idiot.

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. -Proverbs 28:26


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“True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.” 

 This morning I came across this scripture:

 ” Oil and perfume rejoice the heart; so does the sweetness of a friend’s counsel that comes from the heart.” Proverbs 29:7

                                               We all need friends…today take time to nuture those friendships.


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