It has been a little over a year since my bride and myself visited the
home of my Sister Susan aka SusieQ Pettigrew and her husband John Douglas
Pettigrew in Reidsville, NC. They have been down to Wadesboro, NC
several times and the last visit with them was on Father's Day, June 19th,
2016. We met them at the Smokehouse Grill near Jefferson, SC along
with our Brother Allen and his wife Betty Jo and one of their children and
We made plans for a visit on July 20, 2016 and SusieQ
wanted to know where we wanted to have lunch at and I told her the
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet restaurant in
Danville, Va. was fine with me and she said that Doug had won a little bet
with her because he thought we would choose that particular restaurant.
We left Wadesboro sometime around 0700 hours and stopped in Biscoe at The
Waffle House which has very good food, excellent service and enjoyed
their All Star Breakfast meal. Our waitress was Lizabeth and she was
a people person giving us fantastic service and earned a sizeable tip.
The scenic ride on Interstate 220 North is fast with allowed speeds up to
70 MPH but the normal flow of traffic does exceed that speed limit by many
travelers. We chose
Wednesday, figuring the traffic pattern to and
from the beach would be much less and it certainly was. It was evident
that most of that area had been getting good amounts of regular rain because
the corn and soybean crops were very green and healthy looking. I
observed a large barn loaded with round rolls of hay which is another
indicator of good rainfall. The
drive going to Asheboro, NC is inundated with small and large farms along
the way and makes for a relaxing and picturesque ride.
We arrived at the Pettigrew home sometime after 10ish and my bride and
Sister SusieQ immediately got into SusieQ's craft section. SusieQ and
converted a large sunroom into their main craft and entertainment room, whereas both
SusieQ and Doug spend many hours enjoying their hobbies, crafts and just
Below a few pixs taken while in the entertainment and craft room:
I thought I had a few small tools but SusieQ has me beat by a mile or two.
She has another box of cutters, pliers and wire forming tools of all types
for her jewelry and craft work along with many clear labeled tote boxes full
of craft materials and supplies!
Douglas aka "Brother Doug" is artistic in his own way and enjoys
bowhunting, black powder hunting, reloading, rifle and shotgun hunting for the Eastern
Whitetail Deer and Wild Turkey. He also enjoys harvesting grey
squirrels also know as tree rats and tree chickens with the .22 caliber
rimfire rifle. Most importantly, we both enjoy the
"fruits of our harvest" especially when on a
plate in front of us.......grin if you
Another pix of one of his displays:
I believe Doug has some Native American DNA in is lineage and plans to
have a DNA test done to verify what has been told to him by his
Grandparents. We both should have some Native American DNA in our
system since we enjoy and appreciate that culture; hunting with the bow and
arrow, love of the outdoors, our natural resources and the respect that the
Native Americans had for the land that once belonged to them. The
Native Americans had
an acute awareness of our creator and gave tribute to him in their own
religious ceremonies and it is tragic that entire Native American cultures
were exterminated from the North American continent as documented in
history to allow for the
westward expansion. Many tens of thousands of Native Americans were slaughtered
(genocide) in the process
by that expansion.
Those that yielded and/or rounded up by force, were herded and placed on distant reservations in some arid locations that
wasn't fit for man nor beast! I could write a book about that era but much has been
written already. A good place to start is
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown.
It is to my understanding our
NC Native Cherokee Indians have faired the
best who escaped to the NC Mountains and avoided the 1000 mile journey
(trail of tears) to Okalahoma of which it
is estimated that out of the 16,000 that were marched there, around 4,000 died along the
Above, a stone hand knapped blade knife I had commissioned for "Brother Doug" as a Christmas
gift. I recommended to Brother Doug that he affix the knife in the
case with silicone glue instead of using the small deer antlers to support
the custom hand knapped stone
blade knife with cedar and sinew bound handle for
more eye appeal and definition to the shape of the stone blade knife.
"Brother Doug" will remind you of the movie actor
Wilford Brimley....he does get asked for
his autograph when at the beach in NC and also in the NC Mountains.
Doug is a retired Correctional Sergeant for the NCDOC and he would overhear
inmates saying, "Here comes Sgt. Brimley"
and when he would get closer, they would say,
"How are you today Sergeant Pettigrew",
grin if you must!
I had to Google up the manual for the ole Canon 30D 35mm DSL camera to
ascertain how to set the camera in the timer mode......"You
don't use it, you lose it" and more true than ever in my
Below is a self-portrait of the Porters and Pettigrews:
SusieQ took the below pix with her
Obamaphone...I call all cell phones Obama Phones!
My sister SusieQ drove us to the
Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet restaurant in
Danville, Va. where we enjoyed a wonderful buffet. I have pixs of the
restaurant on the
Pettigrew visit page from last year.
After that fine meal, we returned back to the Pettigrew home and
continued our visit and SusieQ and Doug will certainly make you feel right
at home. Doug and Susie are down to earth genuine people
(not wannabes) who do not
have to put on any airs; what you see is what you get! They both are
very giving and loving and have their own behind the scene mission helping
various organizations and others and reminds me of the scripture
6:3. Before leaving for home, SusieQ gave my bride a couple
Dreamcatcher craft items for our youngest Grandson, Xander
SusieQ and Doug had a counter full of home grown tomatoes and sent a bag
of them home with us. They had some
Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes and
definitely wanted us to try them. They are not pretty to look at but
according to SusieQ and Doug, they are delicious and we will find out very
Cherokee Purple tomatoes in the back ground. Below Dreamcatcher
My bride and myself enjoyed a wonderful visit with SusieQ and Doug and
left their home around 3:30 in the afternoon. The return trip was a
pleasant ride and my bride "cat napped"
for a good portion of the ride home. I changed the route and turned
off 220 and took the exit to Highway 134 to Troy, NC which is a two lane
road. From Troy, NC to Wadesboro, NC going through Mt. Gilead, NC is
all two lanes of traffic and about 10 miles or more shorter but the 220
route is much faster being 4 lanes the entire route and accessing Highway 74
East in Rockingham, NC being 4 lanes as well.
We arrived home sometime after 5:15 PM and made excellent time. The
round trip per the odometer was 238 miles.
In closing, "Two of the Greatest Ships that
ever Sailed, Friendship and Fellowship" and without family,
friends and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior in our daily Lives, there would not be much meaning
to Life itself but an existence!
UPDATE: The Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes made awesome
sandwiches this afternoon.
Web published by Bill aka Mickey Porter on 07-21-16.