Lunch at our usual place

cracker barrel

Today I had lunch with a friend of mine (we’ll call her Terri).  When she picked me up outside my building, she asked “So where do you want to go?”  I shook my head and said, “Oh no…your choice.”  She replied “Well, we could go to our usual place.  You’re really the only one i go there with actually.”  I smiled because I knew exactly where she meant: Cracker Barrel.  Who doesn’t love that place?  I did have to laugh when we walked in because we were decades younger than most of the crowd.

Though we’ve been there so many times, Terri and I still flipped through the menu. For two people who are notoriously “creatures of habit” (aka ordering the same thing each time), we surprised ourselves by going outside our comfort zone.  She ordered catfish and her main dish and I ordered country ham.  Ours sides remained the same but we still considered it a small victory.

This is one of my favorite places to eat because the staff is always friendly and food delicious.  Not to mention the cute merchandise.  You can really do some damage in their gift shop…yes, I’m speaking from experience.  Admitting it is the first step, stop judging.

As always, lunch was enjoyable as the company is just so easy to be around.  We can have moments of silence and be perfectly fine.  We can also make each other laugh which I love.

After just gotten out of an almost 2 hour staff meeting, lunch with Terri was just what I needed.  God has definitely blessed with me with a great group of friends.

Thank you, Hallmark!

Imagine a show that combines romance, comedy, feisty comebacks and drama all into one.  Next, add a beautiful, critically-acclaimed and very talented movie star and pair her with a popular and handsome TV star.  What do you get?  The heart-warming series on Hallmark channel, Cedar Cove. Oh, and the aforementioned actors…none other than Andie MacDowell and Dylan Neal

If you have not heard of Cedar Cove, you are missing out on a great find.  Fans of Debbie Macomber’s writing such as myself were absolutely thrilled that one of her series was going to be made into a TV series and broadcast on the Hallmark channel.  I was happy to know there were other people out there like me who simply desired a good show with great characters that I could look forward to watching week after week.  I have read Debbie’s books for a number of years and each time I read a book of hers, I feel as if I am right there in that quaint little town, experiencing the heartache, drama and typical small-town life. CC1

In the summer of 2013, the viewers were introduced to almost every character or cast member.  The way the actors engulfed themselves fully into the characters made it easy to fall in love with each and every one of them.  I applaud Hallmark for saying yes to such a refreshing show.  Andie MacDowell has been quoted as saying she gets “agitated” when watching a dark movie or something disturbing on TV.  I am the same way.  I certainly enjoy a good, suspenseful movie but sometimes when we are not expecting a scene so dramatic, we are left on edge.  In my opinion, there is not enough quality options on television nowadays.  Last year, I did not have the Hallmark channel and would have to wait a few days before I could purchase each episode and watch it on Amazon (this was one of the reasons I switched to Direct TV). 

Fast forward to today and I now look forward to every Saturday night where I get to relax on the couch and settle in for another hour of great television.  What’s even better is that when their schedules allow, the whole cast is involved in “live tweeting” with their fans during the show.  So thanks to Twitter, we are able to interact with the stars of the show.  In a matter of a few seconds, we can send a message to our favorite character and make a comment about a scene that just happened.  In a world of terrorism, bickering in Washington D.C. and school shooting sprees, thankfully there is a place we can escape for one hour each week to “a small town with a big heart.” 

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