Friday, November 19, 2010

Home Fix-up Time!

Boy, what a mess! For the last four days we have been painting in our house, which has really needed it for a long time.  The problem is, even after moving things to the middle of the room, the rooms are so small it is hard to move around. And then, we have to move everything back! Major color changes in several rooms, so of course, we are taking up the carpet in the living room and den!  After getting part of it up, we found termite damage in the living room floor that was not noticed when we bought the house. We've got to get a few floor boards replaced before we can put new carpet back down! If I don't get the house back in livable shape soon, I'll just go crazy!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Greenville Textile Heritage

We have recently joined the Greenville Textile Heritage Society Chorale.  We are having fun singing with other folks our age or older who remember the mill villages and worked in the mills here in Greenville. Not to my surprise, there is a large number of Parker High alumni in the chorale. And one is also a Carson-Newman grad!  We are preparing a performance for Oct. 3rd during Textile Heritage Week.  We will be singing at the Upcountry History Museum.  Our theme is "A Sentimental Journey," so we will be doing a sort of hit parade of the 1940's with a special tribute to our WWII vets. Its going to be good!  Just wish we could get some more women to join the chorale.  Our men tend to overpower the ladies! We could use about ten more sopranos and five more altos to really balance the group.  We are rehearsing Thursday evenings at Sans Souci Baptist Church.

The Greenville Textile Heritage Society Chorale represents a diverse group of singers sharing a love of music and their common heritage. Initially most either attended Parker High School or grew up in one of Greenville's textile mill villages; however, interest in the Chorale has grown and the group has warmly included anyone who loves to sing and has an interest in the textile heritage of our area.Those who had the privilege of growing up in the textile communities are proud of their heritage and want to preserve their wonderful memories of days gone by.

The Chorale was formed in March 2010 under the direction of Mrs. Judy Edwards and is accompanied by Mr. Randy Blackburn. The Chorale made their debut performance at the God and Country Rally held on June 27, 2010 at the Legacy Charter School Parker Auditorium.


October 3, 2010, 3:00PM
"Sentimental Journey"
Greenville Textile Heritage Festival
Upcountry History Museum
540 Buncombe Street
Greenville SC

Friday, July 16, 2010

A Great Way to Start the Day!

I am having a great day today. I have been a member of the Gideons for roughly six weeks and have now been given twenty new PWT's to distribute. That's personal worker's testaments for those of you who don't know. I have given out three so far this morning in my comings and goings. I'm having lots of fun doing God's work!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Obituary for IRENE BELCHER

Irene R. Belcher

Irene R. Belcher went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.

She was born in Washington, D.C., April 2, 1932, the oldest of three children. She was married for 58 years to Rev. Bobbie H. Belcher.

She is survived by their four daughters, Sharon Belcher-Erwin, Russ Erwin of Salisbury, MD; Brenda, Lynn Lowery of Greenville, SC; Deborah, Ken Finlay of Chesapeake, VA; and Ruth, David Lundblom of Norfolk, VA. Also grandchildren: John Jenkins of Hebron, MD; David, Vicki Lowery of Greenville, SC; Michele, Jay Sessoms of Salisbury, MD; Mark, Sara Lowery of Malmo, Sweden; Bruce, Linda Finlay of Chesapeake, VA; Samantha, Chris Scott of Stafford, VA; Kristina, Brandon Thompson and James Finlay of Chesapeake, VA; Chad, Jackie Erwin of Sorrento, ME. Also great-grandchildren: Kenneth, Elizabeth, Michaela, Victoria, Abigail, Samantha; Miranda; Payton, Madison, Keagan; Alexis, and Anthony.

She will be remembered as a loving and supportive wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother whose devotion to God was seen through the life and love of her family.

Her family will be celebrating her life with a family visitation held at Holloway Funeral Home on Thursday, April 22, 2010 from 6-8 P.M. followed by a celebration service at Immanuel Baptist Church in Salisbury, MD on Friday, April 23, 2010, at 9 A.M.. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, VA, on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 2:30 P.M. Irene R. Belcher’s family would ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Coastal Hospice At The Lake, 315 Deer’s Head Hospital Road, Salisbury, MD 21801, (410)742-8732,

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, 501 Snow Hill Rd. Salisbury, Maryland 21804. To send condolences to the family visit

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Bare-be-que, Bluegrass, and Bear!

By far the most family friendly, fun place to eat on Hwy 25 north is the Huntin' Camp Bar B Q & Grill! We have been there more than a couple of times now and each time it is a real treat.  A BBQ buffet six days a week, along with a menu of specialty items just can't be beat. The wide, wrap around pourch is just made for sittin' and rockin' and listenin' to the live bluegrass or gospel bands each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, or just talking with friends after a wonderful meal.  The staff is courteous and quick, while the slow cooked BBQ is the best in the area.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A great philosophy to follow

David Simmons'  sermon yesterday at Reedy River Baptist, a.k.a., "The River",  was most excellent.  He addressed the issue that most of us walk around with a frown, when we should be smiling.  How can we show people that God loves them if we look like we've been sucking on a lemon? We should be joyful in all things.  David took a text from the Old Testament as the basis for his sermon.  Ecclesiastes 8:15, from the court of Solomon, the King whom God blessed with great wisdom.  I have taken the liberty of sharing the main text from several versions, beginning with the King James Version.  It is interesting to see how various translations treat this verse.

Ecclesiastes 8:15

15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun. – King James Bible

15 So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun. – New King James Version

15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. – New International Version

15 So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun. – New American Standard Version

15 Then I commended enjoyment, because a man has no better thing under the sun [without God] than to eat and to drink and to be joyful, for that will remain with him in his toil through the days of his life which God gives him under the sun. – Amplified Bible

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A New Old Car!

It's been a good day today. I saw a listing on Craigslist for a car we could afford. A 1990 Buick Century. Four door, auto transmission, V6 engine, 132,000 miles, good tires. Runs well. The only major mechanical issue is it needs a new muffler. It does have some cosmetic issues we will need to address at some time in the future.  It has not been kept under shelter, so there is some fading issues on the interior fabric. The weather striping all needs to be replaced and it could use a paint job and new headliner. But it runs! And we were able to pay cash!!!!!  it will now be known as "Brenda's Buick" or "Bullet's Bomb".

Friday, February 5, 2010

One Month After SHARE Shapes Up

Hey Hey Hey! One month after we started SHARE Shapes Up at work we had our second weigh-in. The diet program is working! No sudden weight loss, but a continual loss all month long of 1.5 pounds per week for a total of 6 pounds for me! That's a total reduction of 2% of my original weight. I no longer start my weight with the number 3!!!!  This month I am determined to add some daily exercise to the mix. Maybe I can pull double digit weight loss for February!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Saturday, January 9, 2010


Yesterday we started a "Biggest Loser" type wellness program for us SHARE employees. There will be two chances to win a $500 prize : loose the most weight, or loose the highest percentage of body weight.  I was weighed, had my blood pressure checked, my blood glucose checked, my waist measured, and my heart listened to, all before I was offically signed into the program.  Our Wellnesss Nurse was very good at checking all of us out.  Oh yes, we also had to have a before picture made!  I hope to see a big difference in mine when the contest is over the end of May.  I have been pleasantly surprised by all the encouragement I have received from my Facebook friends.  That means a lot to have all these friends backing me up.  I will work very hard not to let them down!