Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The First Thanksgiving

MQTlogoa Have a Quality Time Thanksgiving



“On December 4, 1619 settlers stepped ashore at Berkeley Hundred along the James River and, in accordance with the proprietor's instruction that "the day of our ship's arrival ... shall be yearly and perpetually kept as a day of thanksgiving," celebrated the first official Thanksgiving Day.

In the fall of 1621, the Pilgrims held a celebration to give thanks to God for his bounty and blessings. This occasion was the origin of the traditional Thanksgiving as we know it today.”

Read More:: Jamestown and Plymouth: Compare and Contrast

The James River as seen from the Berkeley Plantation…


Berkeley Plantation was originally called Berkeley Hundred and named after the Berkeley Company of England. ….

Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are:

  • The first official Thanksgiving: 4 December 1619
  • The first bourbon whiskey distilled: 1621, by George Thorpe, an Episcopal priest.
  • First time Army bugle call "Taps" played: July 1862, by bugler Oliver W. Norton; the melody was written at Harrison's Landing, the plantation's old wharf, by Norton and then General Daniel Butterfield Read More
  • DSC_0140 Getting ready to “land” at the plantation.. Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving…

The First Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wandering The Back Roads Of Ohio…

Vinton County, Lake Hope, Moonville Tunnel, Wandering



It’s a beautiful fall November day with the temps in the mid 50’s . For me it is the kind of day that screams “Road Trip”.

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In July 1863, a fast-moving Confederate army swept across the Ohio, stopping at every farm and home to steal horses and food.


Painting by M. Kuntsler…. Today, I’m heading out of Nelsonville to Vinton County. Some might say the area in Vinton County is still “haunted” by Morgan’s Raiders.




Matt replacing the Wheelabout road sign. (my road to turn on) Matt says , “People are always taking this sign, and he has  replaced it before. Maybe the ghosts of the haunted Moonville Tunnel are involved.




Haunted Moonville Tunnel.. I couldn’t  get any closer today. The water in the creek was to high and of course the bridge is gone.





Take a close look and you might see a couple modern day raiders (hunters)  and a pretty nice tree stand to.



I adore old barns, meadows, and wide open spaces.


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I’m sure this old house has many many stories it could tell.


I had a great lunch at the Lake Hope dining Lodge and then took this photo from the balcony. Time for a nap..

DSC_0041 Joe Todd looking at the sky just before his eyes close for the well deserved nap.


Vinton County, Lake Hope, Moonville Tunnel, Wandering

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thought For Today from Historic Colonial Williamsburg

Eye_opening_and_closing Eye Hope you have a great day.


jtf The photo above was taken at Bruton Parish Church, located in the heart of historic Colonial Williamsburg. Notice the “sounding board” above the pulpit. 

MQTlogoa  A Quality Time Sunday Sermon…..

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ten Rules For Being Human

MQTlogoa A Quality Time Book Review.. If Life is a Game These are the Rules




“The challenge of Rule One is to make peace with your body, so
that it can effectively serve its purpose and share its valuable lessons
of acceptance, self-esteem, respect, and pleasure. Everyone must
learn these basic principles before he is able to journey successfully
through life.” If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules








“Every person creates his or her own reality. Authorship of your life is one of your absolute rights; yet so often people deny that they
have the ability to script the life they desire. They often use the excuse that they cannot do what they want to do or get what they desire in life because they lack the resources to do it. They look past the fundamental truth that it is not our external resources that determine our success or failure, but rather our own belief in ourselves and our willingness to create a life according to our highest aspirations. You can either engage in the blame game, making frequent use of the statement, "I couldn't b e c a u s e . . . " or you can take control of your life and shape it as you would like.”



joetoddsays  An interesting book filled with insight and suggestions. “Life” is not necessarily a “walk in the park” and there is in my opinion no “magic button” to fix everything. I do feel there is a lesson behind everything that happens in our life as this book demonstrates so well…. Rating 8 out of 10…. I will now end the post with a Quality Time Photo taken at my favorite golf course.


Pleasant Valley Golf Lancaster,Ohio. I’m not going to tell you how many golf balls I’ve put in that pond LOL…..Have a great day

MQTlogoa Now on to Rule #10