“…the LORD hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm…”

Nahum 1:3a

by: Marianna Boyce

What’s unusual about attending church on Sunday night in the Bible Belt?  Nothing really, but when the sermon is interrupted by inclement weather alerts sounding on everyone’s phone, it is somewhat troubling.

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On March 3, 2019, two EF-1 tornadoes were barreling toward Lexington.  Our little church was directly in the path of the tornado south of I-20 in Red Bank.  My eyes widened as I glanced at the alert on my phone.  All I saw was, “IMMINENT DANGER…TAKE COVER NOW!”  I certainly love a good thunderstorm, but having never seen this particular alert, so it was somewhat disconcerting.

Our sound man, Ben, calmly gathered everyone (except for my daddy) in the back of the church where there were no windows.  Daddy bravely prayed in the sanctuary alone asking for God’s protection during this ominous storm.  He organized Beacon Baptist Church in 1989 and retired from the pastorate last year.  He remains a faithful charter member.  Pastor Lawson, our new preacher, prayed with the congregation huddled in the back section of the church.

I’ve heard Pastor Lawson say before, “Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the hand of God.”  We all sheltered in place and waited for the approaching storm to pass, but we never experienced the wrath it was packing on the radar.  All was calm and peaceful.  If that storm was overhead, it was like a “Casper the friendly ghost” tornado.  I believe prayer is exactly what kept this tornado aloft.

With no weather-related drama at church, I headed home, not knowing this tornado visited my neighborhood just a few miles down the road.  It was already dark outside because daylight savings time hadn’t begun.  My husband arrived home from work about the time I did from church.  Other than our cable being out, everything seemed normal.  This was no big deal for us because we watch very little television anyway.  Gerry played his guitar while I wrote my next blog post.  We both slept soundly.

The next morning, we opened the blinds facing our backyard.  We were surprised to see two trees across our privacy fence.  I’m sure if I would’ve been home, I would’ve heard that ruckus.  We walked in the backyard to check for missing shingles from our roof, and other possible damage to our property.  Other than the trees across our pitiful fence, everything was perfect.  We needed a new fence anyway.

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When I left for work, I realized my neighborhood didn’t fare as well.  Many of my neighbors were outside assessing their damages.  Clean up crews were passing my house and stopping just a few houses down the road.  The side street off the main road I reside was mostly affected.  There were shingles strewn everywhere.  Trees were twisted from their roots, haphazardly situated in other people’s yards.  Detached carports, sheds, and fences were destroyed.  Although extensive cosmetic repairs were needed, these wonderful neighborhood homes were all structurally sound.

Our sweet friends who lived next door promptly hired someone to remove the trees and damaged section of our fence.  Once everything settled down, we called Total Interior and More to replace it entirely.  I am not being paid to advertise for this company, but they went well above and beyond to make us happy.  I truly appreciate all their hard work.  Our fence looks great.image3

In order to better prepare your family for our unpredictable spring storms, visit https://www.ready.gov/tornadoes.  Always listen when your emergency alert instructs you to “Take Cover Now.”  Keep your eye on the sky.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

“…and the clouds are the dust of His feet.”  Nahum 1:3b (KJV)

A Purpose to Repurpose

By: Marianna Boyce

Do you have a dresser drawer (or two) overflowing with old, unworn, nostalgic T-shirts?  Are you the person who would simply purge them without batting an eye?  Maybe you’re happier packing them up and tossing them into the attic.  My son’s choice was to neatly pack his inside a flat, plastic bin conveniently rolled under his bed.

Being a member of White Knoll High School Marching Band (2002-2006) and Furman University’s Paladin Regiment (2006-2010), Cody had an over-abundance of band shirts—never to be worn again—but absolutely, never to be thrown away!

A few years ago, I stumbled across a website that repurposed his band related T-shirts into a queen-sized quilt.  I wondered if he’d be upset about me cutting those old shirts around the seams, boxing them up, and shipping them to our neighboring state of North Carolina.  I was a bit nervous, but when his birthday rolled around, he was thrilled with this one of a kind keepsake!  His reaction was well worth the cost of admission, which was actually quite reasonable.  As a mom, this made me feel incredible!

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If you are sentimental, I’m sure you’d love to recycle your vintage, school, or vacation getaway tees.  Simply round up forty-nine “panels” of your own shirts and see what this “Made in the USA” company can do for you!

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A “panel” is one side of a shirt, so if you like the front and back of your Eagles concert souvenir, this would count as two panels.  Each one is stitched with high quality craftsmanship to a lightweight fleece backing made with recycled plastic bottles.  If you’re “green,” this is perfect for you too.  The fleece comes in a variety of color choices and sizes, but I find queen-sized is perfect.

What do your T-shirts say about you?  My husband is a huge guitar fanatic, so I image3recently convinced him to have one made with his awesome tees.  I rounded up shirts I’ve acquired over the years to also have one made for me—from Folly Beach, SC, St. Thomas Virgin Islands, Cancun Mexico, Tombstone Arizona, to the Grand Canyon—mine is a hodgepodge of phenomenal trips I’ve taken, plus a few extras.

If you’re wondering what you should do with yours, allow Project Repat to make you an unforgettable memento.  Instructions on their website are easy to follow.  They also allow ample time to submit your shirts after you purchase the size and fleece color of your choice.  This company will definitely bring a smile to your face and quite possibly, happy tears to your eyes.  As stated in their brochure, “Embrace the stories of your life,” or better yet, “Memories you can snuggle up to!”

I am not being paid to advertise for this company.  Their service is just too great not to share with you. What better way to display your unique personality!  Visit www.ProjectRepat.com to order yours.  You will not be disappointed!

 

 

Know Your ABCs: Always. Be. Creating.

By Shannon Boatwright 

So I have this dear friend who I had the honor of meeting when I lived in Los Angeles, CA. We’ve known each other for over 18 years, which is craziness to me, because it seems just like yesterday that we were escaping to dinner and a movie together, getting much needed girl time, being an ear and a shoulder for one another, discussing our hopes and dreams, supporting each other, and somehow always being present for each other no matter how busy or crazy our lives managed to get.  Even after I moved away from Cali and back to my home state of South Carolina, we have always stayed in touch. Though we are miles and miles apart, we have always been able to let each other know that we’re here for one another, we support one another, and no matter how much time goes by, there just seems to be this understanding that we will always be here for each other. Whether trails or tribulations, we’ve got each other’s backs. It’s a friendship that has stood the test of time. I take great confidence in knowing we’ll someway, somehow always stay in touch, and I have faith that our love and support for one another will never wain.

Here’s the beautiful thing about this amazing friend of mine, Tammy Hunt: she’s consistently providing inspiration. Anyone who truly knows me, knows that I love to inspire others in my work, daily life, and with my entertainment endeavors. I also love to be inspired by others. I draw great inspiration from what others share. My passions grow thanks to the inspiration that others provide, and my friend Tammy Hunt is a great source of that inspiration.

She recently shared a post on her Instagram (@therealtammyhunt):

Always Be Creating

This is painted on a wall in downtown Los Angeles, and I love it. One of the many things I focus on in the classes I teach is the incredible importance of creativity, so I firmly believe that one must always have the opportunity to be creative. The opportunity to create on any level is critical to growing as an individual. I’m not just talking about creating on some huge, major level. One can create on any level – whether by getting creative with a recipe, how you set up your living room, how you display family photos, how you share a post on social media, or how you design your flower garden. One can be creative at work by coming up with ways that allow them to be more productive, create a safer work environment, or ways to instigate more positivity and support in the office. Creativity has no limits. Creativity is not just reserved for big time artists. Creativity involves thinking outside of the box and can provide opportunity for great things, big and small. Creativity involves using one’s imagination, which I believe is one of the greatest tools/abilities/skills a person can tap into. The imagination is such a powerful force!

One of my favorite quotes to share with my students is from Albert Einstein himself: “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.”  I cannot express how much I love that one of the smartest humans that graced our planet firmly believed in the power of imagination and creativity!

Shannon with her friend Tammy HuntSo I love this concept of knowing your ABCs 😉 : this idea that we should never quit creating. This important point allows us to recognize the importance of creativity and using our imaginations to create, on any and all levels. I’m not surprised at all that my outstanding friend, Tammy Hunt, is consistently a source of inspiration for me. I am ever thankful for her constant ability to inspire others. She is a talent manager and not only recognizes talent, but she also recognizes potential. She is a builder of dreams, a support system for those who ooze talent and want to share it with others. She provides guidance and connections for those who engage in the art of being creative. I think what she does is fabulous! I’m proud of her hard work and the way in which she inspires others to pursue their dreams and the way she provides positive inspiration and reminders of what is truly important in life. I know I am certainly thankful for her beauty inside and out. I am thankful for the inspiration she sparks within me. I applaud this lady and am proud to call her my dear friend.

With all this being said, don’t be afraid to draw inspiration from others and inspire others. It’s a priceless treasure for sure. And by all means, make sure you know your ABCs. Find ways to Always Be Creating!

 

 

A Scoop of Ice Cream for a Not-So Spring Chicken!

Milk = Ice CreamThat’s me, on the back side of the big 6-0!  No “spring chicken,” though I still have a lot of energy to go non-stop like the famous pink bunny until I finally wear myself down.  I’m up at o’early every morning and go strong for 12 to 14 plus hours a day (mind you, that is 14 hours of standing and walking).  I’m not a sit-down person, nor is my job. It takes an energized person to teach high school, and being a chef/instructor means several things: keep them safe, keep them learning, and keep them active. “Walk a mile in my shoes” takes on a whole new meaning as I can blow up a step counter in just one day.  Maybe someday someone will able to keep up with me, but until then, I’ll set the pace for the other spring chickens!

We were gearing up this week for an annual showcase of our area schools and the programs each offers. The hum of ice cream churns and the wafting smells of a variety of cupcakes filled our commercial kitchen.  Our “real” ice cream made with cream and egg yolks has been sampled by all of my students and several faculty/staff members as we practiced the recipe last week.  A few of my students helped serve, sell, and promote our program at the showcase with sample cups of vanilla ice cream, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, devil’s food cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting, and carrot cake cupcakes with Italian buttercream frosting.  We sold out of the delicious cupcakes with handmade decorations in 45 minutes and sold most of the ice cream cups for 50 cents each!

Ice cream is a staple at Nana’s house and graces the table for every special birthday chocolate-cold-dark-1346341.jpglunch.  Chocolate, cherry “vilinna,” as my granddaughter calls it, and other varieties that complement the birthday cake are on hand.  The little ones enjoy a small cone filled only to the top as they tend to share their quick melting treat on everyone and everything.  We have even had an ice cream baby shower!  A variety of toppings covered the island in my kitchen and each person created their own concoction in glasses with sundae spoons to reach the bottom.  With the warmer weather approaching, I urge you to break out your churn (or purchase one if you don’t have one) so you too can “churn” up some memories with your family and friends.

As I listened to the hum of the electric churns, I reminisced about making ice cream when I was a child and the old hand crank churn that had a folded towel on top so one of us could hold on to it and take turns with the crank.  Vanilla or fresh peach were my daddy’s favorites. “Butter-be-gone” was my sweet husband’s favorite.  I sure miss having an occasional “little scoop” with him and slowing down long enough from my fast-paced life for some simple joy.

I am including this simple ice cream recipe that can be adapted to include your favorite flavor and some ice cream sauces/topping recipes.

May God bless you and your family as He continues to bless ours,

Chef Woods

Vanilla (Bean) Ice Cream

Yield-@ 3 c. Ice Cream Base, @ 2 quarts after churning

Tools and Utensils:

  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Small saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Food thermometer
  • Strainer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Ice cream churn

Ingredients

  • 2 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 2/3 c. sugar
  • 1/8 t. fine Sea Salt
  • 6 egg yolks
  • *1 vanilla Bean, OR 1 t. vanilla Extract

*To prepare the vanilla bean, use the tip of a knife to split the bean lengthwise.  Scrape out the seeds (caviar) adding both the vanilla bean and the caviar to the heated ice cream base to steep.

Procedure

  1. Heat heavy cream, milk, sugar and sea salt in a small saucepan until the sugar is melted.
  2. Temper the egg yolks with the heated mixture.
  3. Return the saucepan to heat the mixture, stirring constantly to prevent scorching, to 170 °
  4. Remove and stir in steep the vanilla bean and caviar for 15-20 minutes OR add vanilla extract
  5. Remove the vanilla bean and carefully strain the mixture through a strainer into a medium mixing bowl.
  6. Cool the mixture, cover and refrigerate several hours or over night.
  7. Churn the ice cream mixture per your ice cream churn directions with ice and rock salt for @ 1 hour to 90 minutes or until thick.
  8. The ice cream will be at a soft serve-stage.
  9. Remove ice cream for the churn and freeze (cure) in a plastic container over night or several hours, or enjoy it straight from the churn!

*Note-this ice cream does not have preservatives and melts quickly.

Hot Chocolate Sauce

4-6 servings

Tools and Utensils:

  • Electronic scale
  • Small double boiler
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • 3.5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3 T. dark corn syrup
  • 4 T. water
  • 2 T. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 t. vanilla extract

Procedure

  1. Combine chocolate, syrup and water in the top of a small double boiler.
  2. Heat over simmering water until chocolate melts.
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla until smooth.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. Refrigerate cooled leftovers in an airtight container.

Fudge Sauce

2½ cups

Tools and Utensils:

  • Large saucepan
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons

Ingredients

  • 6 unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 13.5 oz. skim evaporated milk
  • ¼ c. milk
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 ½ c. corn syrup
  • ½ t. instant coffee granules
  • ¼ t salt

Procedure

  1. Combine ingredients in a large saucepan.
  2. On medium, heat until boiling.
  3. Boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Serve warm.
  5. Refrigerate cooled leftovers in an airtight container.

Caramel Sauce

4 cups 

Tools and utensils

  • Electronic scale
  • Medium saucepan
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Pastry brush
  • Whisk

Ingredients

  • 34 oz. sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 ½ t. lemon juice
  • 8 oz. heavy cream (room temperature)
  • 1.25 oz. unsalted butter

Procedure

  1. Combine sugar and water in a heavy medium saucepan.
  2. On high, bring to a boil.
  3. Brush down sides of saucepan with water on a pastry brush to remove sugar granules.
  4. When sugar come to a boil, add lemon juice, but do not stir.
  5. Continue boiling until the mixture reaches 338°F, and is dark brown.
  6. Remove saucepan from heat, and gradually add cream as it may spatter, whisking until smooth.
  7. Add pieces of butter, stir until smooth- may be necessary to place back on the heat to melt.
  8. Serve warm.
  9. Refrigerate cooled sauce in an airtight container.

My First Born

By Tina Michelle Cameron

IMG_20181106_040446_012I am a proud mom of two sons. I love them both the same—to the moon and back. We have all said this to each other since they were little. My oldest is named Corey Stephen Cameron. He just turned 28 on March 11. The day I found out I was pregnant with him was one of the happiest days of my lives. I was not expecting it, and it came as a complete surprise. I found out at my first gyn appointment. I thought the lab tech was congratulating someone else, but she was talking to me! I was 8 ½ weeks along that day. I knew from then on that I had to know as soon as I could what the sex of the baby was. His nursery was done in teddy bears. The timing was not the best as I was in the middle of LPN school, and his due date was the day after graduation. Well, I made it through school and then three weeks after that! I was miserable. He was born as an emergency C-section and was the biggest baby born at Baptist Medical Center that week and made the news in The State paper. He was beautiful and perfect. I remember that day like it was yesterday.

Fast forward to age nine: he was a very active boy and took Karate two nights a week and taught Karate classes two nights a week. One evening, he was kicked (accidentally in the head) and this injury led to a life-changing diagnosis—not just for him, but my entire family of three (I was divorced by then). He was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type 3, which is a rare connective tissue disorder. It causes easy bruising, bleeding, and joint dislocations. He was forced to stop Karate, became home-bound from school for 8 months, and could not do any contact sports. It took many months of physical therapy and numerous doctors to get him stable. He is now doing well, but the disease has no cure.

Corey is a very intelligent, fun-loving, and sweet young man who knows no stranger. He

attended Dutch Fork High School and then graduated from The University of Alabama on May 2, 2015 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has been working at Mercedes-Benz in Ladson, South Carolina as a project manager since 2016. He gets to travel the world with his job—lucky boy. He is passionate about working out, eating healthy, traveling the world, and his motorcycle. Corey shares a home in Charleston with two of his best friends, Elliot and Colton. He is also dating a sweet girl named Acacia. I am so proud of the young man he has grown into. I am glad to have him back in South Carolina and closer to home, but I do not get to see him as much as I want. Corey, I love you to the moon and back!

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Oh the Butter I Have Spent!

By Rhonda Woods 

butter-1449453_1920To convey to my students, who are finishing up the baking and pastry chapter, just how much baking we have done, we talk in terms of how much butter we have used. With a large class, butter is easy to use up…along with flour, sugar, eggs, milk, extracts, and spices!  My hope is that they have enjoyed the experiences many may never have again.

Baking is an art and science as learning the purpose or function of each ingredient is very important.  Take sugar, for instance: it can be used as both a dry and liquid ingredient because when it is heated, it melts to become a liquid.  It also causes that “golden brown” color as it caramelizes.  Butter and other fats are added in a variety of mixing methods to create different textures and give the product the distinct buttery flavor. It is also one of the three “Bs” of southern cooking…the other two are bacon and brown sugar.  All in moderation- bless your heart, darlin’!

I’d like to share a couple of recipes for buttermilk or sour cream biscuits, sausage & grits casserole, and ginger sage & garlic sausage (shout-out to my friend, Chef Hay, for the recipe!).  Only once a year, my students and I make our own bulk sausage from pork loins and the fat trimmed from the pork loins we used when we made our pulled pork.  The recipe can easily be made at home by purchasing 20-25% fat ground pork and mixing in the herbs and spices.  This week, we used some of our house-made sausage for the sausage & grits casserole served for a breakfast.  It must have been as good as it smelled because there was none left.  I hope you too will enjoy making these recipes for your family and friends.

Funny story- My sweet husband told me after we were married that I couldn’t cook grits or make biscuits!  That was a comment I took personally.  He liked to cook his grits for an hour at the hunting club, so I was determined to cook grits and make biscuits to please him…and I did!  He was always happy to have “breakfast for dinner,” especially with homemade biscuits to enjoy with the fig preserves I made for him each summer.  As for the grits, the first time I finished them off with some heavy cream, he was convinced I knew what I was doing!  I would say, “That woman sure can cook! Somebody needs to marry her!  Oh, that’s right…you did, didn’t you?”

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This photo was taken at my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding.  My husband was his best man, and I am still the best M.I.L. (Mother-In-Law)

May God bless you and your family as He continues to bless ours,

Chef Woods

Sour Cream OR Buttermilk Biscuits

Yield @ 8-9 3” biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 c. self-rising flour
  • 1 T. sugar
  • ¼ c. solid shortening OR cold butter
  • 1 c. (8 oz.) sour cream OR ¾ c. buttermilk

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, measure and combine flour and sugar.
  3. Cut shortening or cold butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles small peas with a pastry cutter.
  4. Stir in sour cream OR buttermilk to form soft dough. (Dough will appear to be too dry, but continue to mix until a dough is formed.)
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  6. Roll the dough in the flour to lightly coat and eliminate stickiness.
  7. Gently knead dough 5-6 times with fingertips, and then shape into a smooth ball.
  8. Roll dough with a lightly floured rolling pin to ½ “thick.
  9. Cut dough with a floured 3” biscuit cutter, being careful not to twist the cutter.
  10. Shoulder cut biscuits in your ungreased pan.
  11. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  12. Remove biscuits from pan.  Serve warm, or cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Breakfast Sausage with Ginger, Sage and Garlic

5 pounds

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs. ground pork, 20-25% fat
  • 3 T. kosher salt
  • 2 ½ t. ground ginger
  • 2 ½ t. rubbed Sage
  • 1 ½ t. granulated garlic
  • 2 t. black pepper
  • 1 c. ice water

Procedure

  1. Chill pork before mixing.
  2. Combine spices and ice water in a small bowl.
  3. Mix water/seasoning mixture with the ground pork until thoroughly combined.
  4. Sauté a small portion, taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  5. Package sausage in quart freezer bags for freezer storage.

Grits and Sausage Casserole

9 X 13” pan @ 12 servings

Tools & Utensils

  • Frying pan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Medium saucepan with lid
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9 X 13” pan

Ingredients

  • 5 c. hot water
  • 1 ¼ c. quick cooking grits
  • 1 ½ t. salt
  • 1 lb. bulk sausage
  • 1 T. dried onion
  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • Pan spray
  • 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. In a frying pan, combine sausage and onion, stirring to brown and crumble.
  3. Drain
  4. In a medium saucepan, heat water and salt to boiling.
  5. Gradually add grits, stirring constantly with a whisk to prevent lumps.
  6. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 5-7 minutes, stirring to prevent scorching.
  7. Combine grits, cooked sausage, eggs and cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  8. Pour mixture into a sprayed 9 x 13” pan.
  9. Bake 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
  10. Serve immediately.
  11. Cool and refrigerate leftovers.

 

 

Paying it Forward…

By Marianna Boyce

Have you ever paid for a stranger’s meal behind you in a drive through?  How about picking up the tab for a military person or police officer’s meal at any restaurant?  They certainly have a tough job!  We hear of similar, heartwarming stories, but not nearly enough.  In a day where busy lives take over, we may overlook random acts of kindness.

I am typically not a selfish person, but a few years ago, excruciating pain unexpectedly invaded my body.  At the time, this overwhelming experience focused my undivided attention on my personal well-being.  It was all about me.  That “fight or flight” survival mode switched on, and no one else seemed to matter.  I’m not particularly proud of that, but I’m just telling you the truth. 

 My rheumatologist would eventually prescribe a self injected medication.  This stuff changed my life enough to focus my attention elsewhere.  Feeling much better, I wanted to pay it forward.  My meds are shipped monthly in a nifty Styrofoam cooler with two ice packs to keep the injection pens cold.  Flu season was in full swing at the time, so transforming these into a “get well” gift for others would prove to be a big hit.

I went to the store and purchased items we typically have on hand when we’re sick.

  • Campbell’s chicken noodle soup
  • Small cans of Pepsi, Coke, or Sprite
  • Apple or white grape juice
  • Single serving chips and/or crackers
  • Fruit or pudding cups
  • Mints or gum
  • Clorox wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel size Advil, Aleve, or Tylenol
  • Kleenex packs
  • Chap Stick or Carmex

 My granddaughter Avery loves to help pack the coolers for delivery.  They are filled with goodies and well wishes in hopes of making someone’s illness more tolerable.  People at church often fake a cough when they see me walk in with a cooler.  I’m sure they’d rather be well, but it still makes me smile.

I’m sharing this idea in the event you want to try something similar.  If so, I have two words of advice: don’t overstock!  Be keenly aware of expiration dates.  Who knew hand sanitizer had one?  My daughter Tiffany called one night after I sent her a care package. She loved it but told me her hand sanitizer was stinky!  It was never my intention to send her an expired one, but we both got a good laugh out of it nonetheless.  The others I had on hand were promptly discarded.  I’m glad she let me know.  Now, only a few are purchased at a time.

Fortunately, I haven’t been sick this season.  With that being said, I’m certain I’ll be down and out in a couple of days.  For me, Murphy’s Law does exist.  He follows me everywhere I go.  He was laughing when I fell up some steps a couple weeks ago.  No worries though, I’m okay.  If you’ve been under the weather lately, get well soon my friends.  Allergy season is just around the corner.