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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  Margaret Mead


Gratitude: (NOUN) the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness

Last night, The Pot Stirrer and I had the privilege of cooking our award winning Good Enough Shrimp & Grits with Candied Bacon as a benefit for Yonah Preserve Trails, a network of natural surface, sustainable trails being constructed here in Cleveland, Georgia. This trail system is the result of a dream and many years of meetings, grant writing, meetings, yard sales, emails, texts, presentations, meetings, social media, meetings, phone calls, meetings, emails and oh, did I mention meetings?

Our hearts today are very full and we are humbled by the wonderful, supportive community we call home. Our Shrimp and Grits fundraiser dinner for Yonah Preserve Trails was an overwhelming success. Thank you to everyone that supported our event through the purchase of a dinner, the donation of silent auction items, phone calls, texts, social media sharing and hugs. Hugs are important.

We are always humbled by the generosity of our community, friends and family.  We over sold the event, managed to squeeze everyone in and put a Good Enough plate in front of them. Thanks again to Sheilah Welsch and her wonderful staff at Village Market for spearheading the silent auction, organizing the event, being awesome, agreeing to host this fundraiser and being awesome. Sheilah is awesome. We are so grateful to everyone that helped make this event such a huge success.

We can’t wait to show the you the beautiful and sustainable trails that FlowMotion Trail Builders are creating for us. If you missed out on the dinner and would like us to cook our Good Enough Shrimp and Grits with Candied Bacon for your family, friends or group, please get in touch with Suzy and she’ll be happy to discuss our Private Chefs for the Trail dinners.


Sunday is our day of rest, at least from selling jelly. We’ve been taking more time to play outside lately and while we were riding at Jackrabbit yesterday, it occurred to me that riding mountain bikes is a lot like selling jelly.

  1. It doesn’t matter how slow you’re going, just keep pedaling/peddling
  2. Keep your head up and look past the obstacles
  3. Look where you want to go and stay focused on looking ahead
  4. Stay balanced, stay centered
  5. Don’t be afraid to put your foot down  sabaselfie
  6. Relax your shoulders, smile and have fun
  7. Rest is as important as working
  8. Shifting gears is necessary
  9. Respect others on the trail and you’ll be respected as well.
  10. The best things in life aren’t easy