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Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Christmas Greeting From Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast





Wishing you an enchanted holiday filled with
warmth, love and happy memories
for this Christmas and the New Year.



 
Bill and Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
      



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Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

2012 Christmas Celebration at Longing For Home

 2012 Christmas at Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast


This is our fourth year to host this Christmas event here at Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast. 







Our first with the new kitchen which I understand functioned beautifully!!





This year our now famous Santa again came for a visit!  Santa not only took time to hear the wishes of the children ... but also those of many of the adults throughout the evening.


Music was provided by the Konig Family + One.  Clearly those that attended this event truly enjoyed the music provided by this Father - Daughters combination.  I think all would agree that this special group provided extra special entertainment for the evening.




 Special this year was the appearance of an outstanding Drum & Bagpipe group from Birmingham, AL.  This group, a member of which is the son of Rogersville's own Danny Galyean, participated in the Rogersville Christmas parade and then performed here at Longing For Home.  We hope they will return again next year!


From all accounts this evening was great!






















 







Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Personal Thoughts of the Connecticut Shootings

Not too sure where to put the following but feel the need to share.

First, the families that lost loved ones in Connecticut need our prayers and the comfort that comes only from God!!

With the news of the school shootings in Connecticut yesterday, Betty and I have been following the news as I am sure we all are doing.  Very sad and very upsetting!  The questions - Why? and  How could? such a thing happen!! are pressing hard upon our hearts.

There is, I am sure no easy answer to these questions however, to me, there seems to be a common denominator across most, if not all, these tragedies. 

The military uses a type of video game to help train soldiers for combat.  The desired affect of these "games" is to de-humanize the enemy so that the soldier is better prepared to carry out his or her mission.

We also know that similar "games" have saturated our culture today.  This is particularly true of the younger half of our population.  It is also known, I believe, that these games can be quite addicting.

Again the answers as to Why? and How? these shootings are taking place is complex!  However, I cannot help but suspect that the violent video games saturating our country are having the same affect on the youth of our country as they have in the valid training of our soldiers.

It seems to me that, in carrying out these shooting, the shooter is, in short, carrying out in his/her mind a "Mission" similar those they have carried out hundreds or maybe thousands of times playing these "games" over and over again.  The additive nature of the games themselves suggest that for some, maybe just a few, the need to move the violence of these games into the real world is a natural progression.

My thoughts aside, what the parents, grandparents and relatives of the children killed as well as the husbands, wives, children and loved ones of the adults killed yesterday need most is our prayers! 

Bill



Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All Dressed Up

Bill and I have enjoyed learning to ballroom dance for almost four year now.  With a little American Tango, Waltz, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Fox Trot and Argentine Tango we enjoy any opportunity to see if Bill can remember the steps.

Here are just few photos of note:


Waltzing!  What a pleasure!!
All decked out and ready to dance!







Waltzing again - Looks like the crowd enjoys watching.


Is he really a grouch??
Grouch?  Not with Tiny Tim!









  Would you like to learn a few steps?
This says it all!



Merry Christmas &
Have a blessed Day.
Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Did You Hear

Christmas in Rogersville -- Big Day 
December 15, 2012

Did you hear about the annual Parade of Lights?  This event is set to start at 5 PM on December 8, 2012 at the Joe Wheeler State Park Marina.  tomorrow's event showcases many of the boats that dock at the park's marina as they sail and/or motor past the park Lodge decked out with Christmas Cheer (and not just a few lights)!!

Did you hear about the annual Rogersville Christmas Parade?  Starting along Lee Street at around 5 PM on December 15, 2012, this event is the Christmas Parade you remember from your younger years (given you have been around the block a few times).  With a marching band, floats, singing, lights flashing from police car and fire trucks, candy thrown into the crowd lining the parade route this annual event is sure to bring back and create great memories. And, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be there.

Did you hear about the annual Rogersville Yule Log Ceremony?  Set to start about 15 minutes or so from the end of the parade (6 PM, December 15, 2012), this great Christmas celebration takes place in the 1881 Presbyterian church building on Lee Street just west of the downtown area.  Enjoy songs of the season performed by local singers while partaking of cookies and hot cider provided by the local Civitan club.  For those that are not sure, a yule log ceremony signifies thanks for the past year along with the hope of good tidings for the future.    



Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

T'is the Christmas Season

T'is the Christmas Season here at Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast!  
Dreams of thing to come

Decorations are going up, here and in town!
Christmas indoors

Plans are in the works for a great Christmas season.



Christmas outdoors



Longing For Home is almost ready for 
Remember
Nutcracker among print rolls
 A Cold Winter?
your holiday visit.
Not Too Long Ago






















Make plan now for your Winter Escape!  

Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"
* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Great New Kitchen and the Inn is Open again


As promised here is a look at our new kitchen!  Our guests now can enjoy the famous "Three-Course Country Breakfast" prepared by a very happen cook.

  
Yes - that is pink you see!  There is a store behind the pink --


Have a blessed Day. Betty Maloney
Longing For Home Bed and Breakfast
"A State of Mind, A Place of Grace, A Way of Life*"



* Taken from the book, How to be a Better Southerner by Carolyn Kent.