…Brief Visits

On the road from Charlotte, we stopped for a brief visit to meet “The Boyz,” Mr. K’s “family” of mechanics in Columbia. They tried to move him to the Shoals with me; I was like, “No, you guys take good care of him.” They agreed and admitted to the strength of their kindred friendship.

We made our way to Augusta, GA. No touring sites, but a great visit with old friends of mine, Cedar and Rodell Lawrence, and I finally, met their stunning daughter, Raegena.

The Lawrence family has retired beautifully from academia, with a home ready for visitors (hint, hint). While Cedar, Raegena, and I spoke of soul journeys and creating a She-shed for Cedar, Rodell and Mr. K. found they had so much in common, and were so encapsulated by their many life stories, we had to call them several times to come to the beautiful lunch prepared by Cedar. What?!

Cedar and Raegena flanked by much of their art collected during their travels and stations in higher education.
Mr. K., Victorine, Cedar, and Dr. Rodell Lawrence

Although brief, we had a wonderful visit and promised to return for a Lawrence tour of the Penn Center and to see the University of South Carolina, which holds their hearts.


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Nothing like rekindling spirits.  We have experienced so much this past year, visits like our time spent with the Lawrence family remind us of the importance of staying connected; how we must affirm our collective strengths, beauty, and resilience. (Pictured:  Two COVID survivors, a Caregiver, and a Cancer survivor).  We are blessed.

Oh…not to forget “the Boyz.”  I witnessed the strength of making family wherever we land in our life. Indeed, blessed!

“It’s all good/love/God.” – Victorine

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“…the book title and its content are intended to be a whisper, reminding us that by taking the time to connect with our spiritual self, we can center through anything and that we are forever within the bubble of God’s protection.”

Don’t forget to check out Garden Spices Magazine, Celebrating our differences.

And So It Begins! Charlotte, NC

Here we go…here we go!!!

First of all, I flew. I FLEW! That’s a big deal, post-COVID. I had a pleasant flight experience to Charlotte, NC, with absolutely no hitches. Mr. K was at the airport waiting for me, and off we went to our hotel. Mr. K and I are big-time GPSers. So, Mr. K. found our Wyngate destination near the airport in an area that was rather seedy. I was like…uhhh. FYI, there are several Wyngate hotels in Charlotte. We were at the wrong site. Always check your address before checking your GPS.

We settled in, I unpacked, and off we went to meet Kobi and Emory, Mr. K’s daughter and granddaughter. Our first-time meeting is encapsulated in one word – delightful; they were both down-to-earth, engaging, lovely women. Emory has a passion for writing, which is fed at Brown University. (Y’all know I couldn’t leave our visit at just one word, and don’t think I didn’t ask Emory to grace Garden Spices with her words). What?!!

Eating Charlotte

Inside Leah and Louise, North Charlotte

We ended our visit with Kobi and Emory hungry to taste Charlotte’s cuisine, and Kobi suggested what she considers to be the best restaurant in Charlotte, Leah and Louise. Unfortunately, we were too late and only experienced this…

…instead of this:

Cuisine at Leah and Louise, A Modern Juke Joint Camp, Camp North End
SARU Ramen, Camp North End

We were disappointed, but since we were already in Camp North End with stalls offering a myriad of choices, we landed at SARU Ramen and ordered the ramen Tonkutso noodles with bone broth, meat, and veggies. Here’s the thing. You order ramen…you eat noodles, right? You do unless the noodles are on top of a deep cup and you have to stir up all the goodies to get the full breadth of the experience. Of course, Mr. K. and I did not know this until I nosed over to the next table and noticed how they were eating. By this time, we had eaten quite a bit of our noodles. We stirred and really enjoyed our ramen. (Now, when somebody says they are eating ramen, I won’t think of the college dorm noodles).

Gotta Have My Art

The next day we let our hotel feed our stomachs for breakfast and The Harvey B. Gantt Center feed our souls. Thank goodness it was open, and we were able to view the wide collection of art by African Americans. From contemporary to ancient works, the center was filled with the cultural treasures that define Black art.

Our visit wasn’t long enough to sample the many cultural spices of Charlotte, but we were there long enough for me to taste the flavor of this city. It is progressive and high-end from the eye. Due to COVID, so many places had limited access, but the people were diverse, and every one of them was masked, indoors and outdoors. Mr. K. drove me through many areas of the city from North Charlotte and Midtown, to South Charlotte, Piper Glen, where his daughter lives. He says it won’t be my last visit, and I can’t wait to get back there to really dig into all Charlotte has to offer.

Joy Juice

I did have one more event. I met one of my “daughters” for the first time, Carla Renae, from SugarPearl’s. Never met so much joy, exuberance, with humility and beauty to boot. The only thing…we didn’t get a chance to have her cook for us.
NEXT VISIT!!!

“It’s all good/love/God” – Victorine

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Author of  Be S.A.F.E., StillAware, Faithful, Excellent, now available on Kindle Amazon as an e-book.

“…the book title and its content are intended to be a whisper, reminding us that by taking the time to connect with our spiritual self, we can center through anything and that we are forever within the bubble of God’s protection.”

Don’t forget to check out Garden Spices Magazine, Celebrating our differences.

Where Do I Start?

I’m starting with me!   Y’all, I been traveling, but before I started, I had to come to terms with what I did during COVID. I ate and sat… and sat and ate, had a bout with COVID, which made me lie down, but afterward, I resumed my daily routine.  A hot mess, I was. After I got vaccinated, I knew I was ready to hit the road with Mr. K. and had to do something soon, so I decided to Noom. What?!!

Yep.  I bit the bullet and joined Noom, a different kind of eating program.  They got ya’ girl doing psychological warfare on crazy eating, serious accountability. I got all kinds of studies,  on anything from dialectical thinking to endocrinology, but what really helps me dig in are a lesson and a tool:

Lesson:   I have a thought, which triggers me to take action; if that action is against my well-being, my consequences are contrary to my ultimate desires.  Tool:  I got an “elephant,” (I call him Trumpet), that likes to eat and wraps me in his trunk when I eat what does not serve me, and I got a “trainer/rider,” Tara, that tames Trumpet and soothes me into doing the right thing.  Oh, I let Trumpet have his way, from time to time.  I need his assistance – to be able to identify him.  Noom makes me think and act like I have some sausage sense.

I got a bazillion tools that assist my process, and they are in concert with all my daily spiritual practices – meditation, mindfulness, what I talk about all the timeNo food is off-limits, but Noom’s got me learning how to enjoy the food I choose and not ingest the copious amounts I felt I had to eat to be sustained.  See this picture?

In Charleston, SC with Mr. K. and a Low Country Boil

Now, there was a time when I would have lit into that food until it screamed for mercy. HELP!!! But Mr. K. and I shared every bit of food we had on our vacation, and I even had bites of his dessert. What else?

I learned something really important; that sitting on my behind for hours at a time is the equivalent of smoking – it’s deadly. I turned 71 on May 14th. I intend to be here. You think I’m not up every two hours, walking, marching, dancing, doing whatever I can to save my life? Y’all betta’ get up too!

No, I have no “Before and After” pictures to show you, and the scale has only moved 15 pounds since March, but Y’all, my clothes fit again! I feel good, healthy, and confident that the results I need to find my balance will come. Of course, I’ll take you on my journey, but we got other stuff to talk about first.

Mr. K. and I were vaccinated, and we have been seriously vacationing. What?!! Stay tuned!!

Image: Food from SugarPearl’s

Web MD on Noom


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Here’s the thing…all that stuff I preach about meditation, intention, frequency, and balance apply to every aspect of our living, including eating.  Today, I feel I have found something that reminds me of what I know.  I hope you find what you need outside to remind you of what you have inside, that takes you to your balance.

© 2021 Vicki Goldston, All rights reserved.

“It’s all good/love/God “- Victorine



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 Victorine, Bio

Author of  Be S.A.F.E., StillAware, Faithful, Excellent, now available on Kindle Amazon as an e-book.

“…the book title and its content are intended to be a whisper, reminding us that by taking the time to connect with our spiritual self, we can center through anything and that we are forever within the bubble of God’s protection.”

Don’t forget to check out Garden Spices Magazine, Celebrating our differences.