The gypsies in North Augusta

On our way to Augusta you go through many quaint little towns.  The community right before entering North Augusta, SC is an attention grabber.  It is home to a gypsy neighborhood.  There are only a few of these  in the U.S.  There are about 400 gypsies in this community.  They own huge mansions and have trailers behind their homes.  A lot of the homes are closed up with wood on the windows as if a hurricane is coming.   People in the area say that they leave these homes boarded up for about 7 years in order for spirits to leave the house.  In the meantime, they live in these little trailers behind the house.  I was reading some old news clippings from the Augusta newspaper.  They said the gypsies are a very tight group and keep to themselves.  They still have arranged marriages with their cousins to keep outsiders from entering the group.  They are also staunchly catholic.  Here is one of the houses boarded up.  All the houses look very similar in design.  You can’t see the single wide trailer that sits in the backyard.

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Haunted Pillar in Augusta, Georgia

I used to travel with my d.h. a lot to Augusta, but recently I was either working or had a puppy in training, etc.  Always something going on.  He had to go to the Morris family meeting which is held twice a year and I thought this time I would ride along.

I was curious about the pillar in downtown when I watched a special on The Weather Channel about it.  It was one of the pillars of the old market that was used like the market in Charleston. In the late 1800’s a preacher came to town and was preaching hell and damnation to the point that many people were feeling uncomfortable and eventually ran him out of town.  Before leaving he put his hand on the pillar and cursed the town.  He swore that the market would be destroyed and nothing would be left standing except the single pillar.  Soon afterwards, an out of the ordinary tornado came through and wiped out the entire market except for the one pillar. The curse is believed to be that anyone touching the pillar will become sick or die.  There are many people who have died or become deathly sick after touching the pillar.  My husband told the people in the meeting that he was taking his wife to see it.  They all said, “Don’t touch it.”

 

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Accountability List

I love these questions given to us in Sunday School.  It is a great list to use during quiet time.  Hopefully we have christian friends holding us accountable, but this list helps me to be accountable to myself,also.

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ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS:

Are you spending time alone with God?
Is your thought life pure?
What are you reading these days?
Are you misusing your power?
Are you walking in total obedience to God?
How much time did you spend in prayer this week?
Did you pray for others in this group?
Did you put yourself in an awkward situation with a woman?
At any time did you compromise your integrity?
What one sin plagued your walk with God this week?
Did you accomplish your spiritual goals this week?
Are you giving to the Lord’s work financially?
How have you demonstrated a servant’s heart?
Do you treat your peers and coworkers as people loved by God?
What significant thing did you do for your wife and/or family?
What was your biggest disappointment? How did you decide to handle it?
What was your biggest joy? Did you thank God?
What do you see as your number one need for next week?
Are you satisfied with the time you spent with the Lord this week?
Did you take time to show compassion for others in need?
Did you control your tongue?
What did you do this week to enhance your relationship with your spouse?
Did you pray and read God’s Word this week? What did you derive from
this time?
In what ways have you launched out in faith since we last met?
In what ways has God blessed you this week? And what disappointments
consumed your thoughts this week?
Did you look at a woman or man in the wrong way?
How have you been tempted this week? How did you respond?
How has your relationship with Christ been changing?
Did you worship in church this week?
Have you shared your faith this week? How?
What are you wrestling with in your thought life?
What have you done for someone else this week?
Are the “visible“ you and the “real“ you consistent in this
relationship?
Have you lied about any of the previous questions?

Visiting Miss Violet!

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Miss Violet and me.

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Arriving at the farm.

It is unfortunate that my dear friend, Miss Violet, had a stroke recently.  She has improved a lot and is doing remarkably well.  I have really missed seeing her, so I welcomed the invitation to go back to Laurel Bloomery,Tennessee for a visit.  It was a very special treat to take my d.h. (dearest husband) with me this time.  He loved seeing the area where I had been staying and seeing the beautiful farm in person.  We had fun talking and laughing with Miss Violet.  She has the cutest laugh of anyone I know.  We are praying for more improvements so she can come to Hendersonville to stay a week with us soon.

It was so funny that my sister, Jerri and her d.h. had coincidentally planned to go to Abingdon, Virginia this same weekend.  I decided not to tell her we would be right around the corner from Abingdon and show up on Saturday to surprise them. Today when we left Miss Violet’s, we drove to Abingdon.  My sis texted me while we were driving and said they were enjoying the Martha Inn and would adventure around downtown next.  Right after parking the car we saw them walking along on the other side of the street.  We hid behind a tree until they entered a nearby shop.  I went into the shop and she was listening to a presentation on a variety of cooking oils and vinegar.  I just stood in the group until she turned and saw me. She did a double take in sheer surprise.  It was priceless! We spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out together and eating at The Pepper Mill restaurant.  I feel so fortunate that the four of us can spend time together and have so much fun.

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View from the farmhouse.

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Crossing bridge to get to farm.

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The Tavern in Abingdon, VA. It is the oldest structure remaining in Abingdon. It is a very popular restaurant and by reservation only. Each meal is a 2 hour affair!