Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Safety First

I am one of those people who have been known to trip over the painted lines in the parking lot. Yesterday it wasn’t a painted line.

While at work and talking to one of the managers, I was standing with my back toward two blaze orange traffic cones. When our conversation ended, I turned around, took one step, and fell face first over both of these “safety devices”.

The x-ray to follow would reveal a fractured radial head in my right elbow. I am now in a sling and typing with one hand.

The Safety Manager, understanding my plight, was kind enough to email this warning to me:

Caution traffic cones ahead! It has been reported that these little devils have been known to run out in front of you without any regard to your safety. Please take note of this warning and use caution when in the area of any traffic cones. They may look safe but there NOT.
My Best Regards

Paul Xxxxx

Environmental, Health & Safety Manager


Xxxxxxx Danville LLC

XxxXX Drive

Ringgold, VA 24586


Thank you, Paul, for watching out for me!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Loss and a Heart Felt Thank You

On Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Stump's mother, Lois Farmer, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I want to use today's blog to send out a heart felt thank you to all of our family and friends who were there to support Stump in his loss.

I am posting the obituary from the newspaper:

Lois Marie Farmer
(July 25, 1929 - September 13, 2011)

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Lois Marie Farmer
Lois Marie Farmer, 82 of 110 Mimosa St., Danville died September 13, 2011 at Piney Forest Health and Rehab after a decline in her health. Mrs. Farmer was born July 25, 1929 in Andrews NC to the late Edmund and Palice West. She was married to William Farmer, Jr. of the residence. Mrs. Farmer retired from Dan River Mills #4 spin in 1995.
In addition to her husband she is survived by one daughter; Bonnie Marshall of Ringgold: two sons; Ronnie Farmer of Danville and Timothy Farmer of Blairs, VA: three sisters; Mary Shields of Andrews, NC, Salley Mayes of Kings Mt. NC and Doris Winebarger of Hickory, NC: three brothers; Earl West, Gerald West and Kenneth West all of Andrews NC: three grandchildren Jacob Marshall, Matthew Marshall and Rachel Yoder and one great-grandson Brittan Yoder.
Funeral services will be held 2:00pm, Friday September 16, 2011 at Norris Funeral Services West End Chapel, 511 Church Ave., Danville, VA with the Rev. Wayne Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens, Danville, VA.
The Family will receive friends from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Thursday September 15, 2011 at Norris Funeral Services West End Chapel and other times at the residence 110 Mimosa St., Danville, VA.
The family wants to extend a special thank you to the Liberty Homecare, Hospice and Piney Forest Health and Rehab. Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, West End Chapel, Danville is serving the Farmer family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.

Blog posts may be on and off for the next week or so while we finalize some business.

Thank you guys for the support, sympathy, cards, food, flowers, and everything else you have provided.

We love you.


Friday, September 9, 2011

A Grown-Up Bedtime Story (Featuring the Cat in the Hat)

The sun was so bright
The weather was hot
They became rather thirsty
Those two, Stump and Scott.

They finished a bucket
Of  mixed drinks with rum
Then proceeded outside
To lay in the sun.

They walked to the pool
Two cases in hand.
Just for two "things"
To have fun in the sand.

While at the pool
A reunion they crashed
They ate stranger's chicken
And  potatoes, just mashed.

To the pool bar they went
And ordered more beer
And drank those all down
As they walked to the pier.

They finished their drinks
Then went the loo
Stump and Scott are now known
As Drunk 1 and Drunk 2.

I looked over at Bear
And asked, "What will we do?
I don't want to babysit
Drunk 1 and Drunk 2."

We went out for dinner
With Drunk 2 and Drunk 1.
I said, "No alcohol"
They said, "You're no fun!"

But for dinner they behaved
And drank sweetened tea.
And acted much different
Than when drunk at the sea.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

O'Keefe's Irish Pub Murrell's Inlet, SC

If you don't ask me what day we went, I promise not to pretend I know. While on vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Stump, Bear, Scott, and I made our mandatory stop at O'Keefe's Irish Pub. We don't visit Myrtle Beach without eating at least once at this place. I have yet to order something that I didn't like from these guys. The food is that amazing.

I've taken the following description of O'Keefe's directly from their website:

"O'Keefe's Irish Pub... Irelands most famous Pub, was created in 1919 by Pappy O'Keefe in Dublin, Ireland. Now his Great Grandson, Rick O'Keefe is bringing that Irish touch to Murrell's Inlet in Myrtle Beach, SC featuring all the Irish favorites and Food & Drink a plenty!"

Stump and I outside of O'Keefe's Irish Pub

Stump, Bear, and Scott

Scott and me

Bear ordered this fabulous drink, the Irish Trash Can:
Rum, Vodka, Gin, Triple Sec, Blue Curacao, and Red Bull. The waiter warned Bear to drink from the straw and NOT to remove the can from the glass - or it would overflow. Cool!

Great taste - Very potent

Stump ordered the Deluxe Club

Bear and I had the Jack Daniels Burger - Oh. My. God.

We ate, drank, and played lots of tunage by Flogging Molly. One has to have Irish music in an Irish pub.

As I said, I have yet to sample anything that wasn't delicious from O'Keefe's. I have to admit that I have not yet tried the 7 Course Irish Dinner, which consists of "6 domestic beers and one boiled potato".
How bad can anyone mess that up though?

Y'all check out O'Keefe's if you're in the area. You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Big M Casino Cruise - Little River, South Carolina

My posts about my vacations are usually chronological. I'm breaking away from my norm today and posting about our casino cruise while in Myrtle Beach this past weekend. This is soooo hard. I'm a bit blog OCD.

On Sunday, Stump, Bear, Scott and I decided to take a gambling cruise through The Big M Casino. The weather was perfect for being out in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Big M Casino is a gambling cruise ship located in Little River, South Carolina. The ship goes out twice a day for 5 or 6 hour excursions. Gambling is illegal in South Carolina, but the ship travels into international waters before gaming begins.

We found coupons for both free boarding and a free dinner buffet. The normal cost of the casino cruise is $10 Boarding, $10 Port Tax/Fee. $15 Optional dinner buffet. We did have to pay the $10 Port Tax/Fee.

Be sure to check different places for the best coupons before going. These are placed around Myrtle Beach area businesses and hotels. Some coupons are only good for one or the other. Try to find one with both. They are out there! We got ours at Jammin' Leather.

I was not allowed to take photos of any of the tables or slot machines. I did, however, get several wonderful pictures of the ship and our group enjoying the trip.

 (The Cruise ship is docked, waiting on its passengers to board)

(The Big M Casino)

(Another view of the ship)

 (Three passengers, Bear, Stump, and Scott)

(The casino sign beckons)

Once on board the ship, a buffet dinner is served. The buffet is $15 but if you have the right coupons, this is free also! Stump helps himself to fried chicken, Swedish meatballs, and corn on the cob among other sides and desserts.

 (Stump with a full dinner plate and slice of chocolate chip cheesecake)

(Stump and I sit in chairs on the bow of the boat)

(The ship's Captain moves the boat away from the dock)

("I'm King of the World")

(Scott's first venture onto the ocean)

 (The captain looks very comfy steering the ship)

(Bear poses for more oceanic pictures)

(Bear and Scott on the top deck)

Once in international waters, the boat was anchored. Stump and Scott found slot machines while Bear and I played blackjack. I wish I could have taken some pictures inside the casino, but I'll just have to settle for the memories.

I would like to say that I won tons of money on the cruise. I have to say instead that I didn't lose all that much. Besides, with the free cruise and free buffet the cruise was worth the loss. Bear did fare pretty well. He scored a nice payday on the blackjack tables. Grats to you, Bear!

It was late when we got back. The ship ported at 11:45 PM. It was a fun trip, but all of us were exhausted. We had a really early morning and a long day coming up too. It was time for us to come home.

If you want more information about the Big M Casino, click HERE!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Myrtle Beach South Carolina Labor Day Weekend

Stump, Bear, Scott and I headed down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the summer's last hoorah. We arrived on Thursday night a little after 8 PM. The Captain's Quarters is the resort where we stayed.

The traffic was pretty bad coming back last night, and I was later than I wanted to be getting home. With less than 20 hours of sleep between Thursday and this morning, my blog is showing the effects as badly as I am. With that said, I will promise better pictures and stories starting tomorrow.  For now, Here are some pictures from our room overlooking the Grand Strand.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Happy Labor Day

I am currently on my way home from a fun retreat to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with Stump, Bear, and Scott. I will be back to blogging tomorrow with some of the things we saw and did. I want to take a minute to wish you all a Happy Labor Day. Let's celebrate the working class Americans in style today!

This one's on me!
Happy Labor Day!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Labor Day Weekend!

We're heading back to Myrtle Beach for the extended weekend!

Crossover to Beach

I'm going with some of my favorite friends! On the list are:

Bear and me

Hubby Stump

Friend since age of 12, Scott

Be ready for lots more pictures of our antics!

We're leaving as soon as I get off work today at 3:00. It can't come fast enough!