What is the name of this plant?
I'm writing this column to music being played in the background by my besties in pagination. There's nothing better than a little B.J. Thomas early in the morning. TGIF!
Speaking of raindrops falling on our heads, thank you God for allowing our vegetables to grow! Thank you God, for everything.
Speaking of needed prayers, the new Tennessee law banning hand-held cellphone use while driving takes effect Monday. Drivers could now face a fine up to $200 for using their phone while driving.
Need-less-to-say, some drivers are certain to get in trouble. Like other addictions or habits, on-the-road cell phone use will be difficult for some to avoid.
Think of it as a penalty smacked on all of us, due to those who've abused the privilege. With blatant disregard for the law, come stricter penalties.
It seems like I've seen in the last month more drivers on Highway 82 South (or as I like to call it, The Autobhan of the South) with their cell phones stuck to their head. Perhaps now that it's ILLEGAL, I'm just noticing it more?
Kudos to friend Wolfgang R. I immediately thought of you when I wrote this about The Autobhan. For those of you who might not know, speeding cars on this German highway can suddenly appear out of nowhere and zoom past you at speeds exceeding 100 mph. You may be doing the “recommended” speed of 130 km/h (80 mph) and see drivers passing you as if you were standing still.
Back in the states, where that kind of excess speed is not encouraged, realize that police are trained to notice drivers with cell phones stuck to their heads. They also recognize shoulders bearing no straps, that is, seat belts, or lack thereof.
As my favorite T.V. character Madea would say, “Put the phone down!” Save yourself some money and possibly avoid an accident.
O.k., some of you may be saying, why don't you just drive 41-A South? As Woody from “Toy Story” would say, “ha, ha, ha, oh yeah.”
Have you commuted on that road lately? It looks like a scene from “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Bless the people who still live out there.
On the subject of movies, “Toy Story 4,” which just came out at local theaters, is on my weekly picks for fun. I took two of my grandkids to see it last Saturday. It's truly G-rated!
For generations growing up with “Toy Story,” like my daughter, get out the tissue. The finale is endearing, to say the least.
As for weekly picks, don't forget those Bedford County fireworks events! Also, lake life is on the top of the list.
It's prime tourism season, especially over at Tim's Ford Lake in Moore County. (Check out my photos in the T-G.) Normandy Lake also has a lot of great fishing and boating areas.
Also, check out the trash pix in this blog. I initially took this photo on Tims Ford to use as a promotion of how the state is urging citizens to clean up waterways.
Oddly, when I looked at this picture on my computer, I realized there was a wayward fishing bobber in all that muck. A lot of people might not know (my poor husband does) that I like to collecting lost fishing bobbers.
As a child, I loved to go “scavenger hunting” along the banks of the Duck River. We would often make it an adventure, finding all sorts of neat stuff.
Anybody else remember those memorable, and maybe funny times, spent in nature?
Sometimes I will tell you about our overnight camping trips on the grassy banks of the Duck. Cows slept there too and had a strange way of waking you up from your bed made out of hay.
Last, but not least, another work bestie, Vanessa, is curious as to what kind of plant this is in this photo. I guessed moonflower; we seem to be pretty close based on our research. Though the leaves point toward a weed.
Getting out in nature this weekend is obviously my second pick. There's lots to explore right in your own area.
If this has been a difficult week for you, here's a bucket of sunshine poured out for you. Keep the faith!
As the Christian song by Danny Gokey says, “ . . . maybe you just haven't seen it yet!”