When You Wonder If Anybody Is Listening…and that nasty 5 letter word

Sometimes I can’t help but wonder if anybody is listening…

When that beloved friend or family member interrupts and continues on as if what I was saying doesn’t matter or they weren’t interested enough to listen. Everybody has one, right? Or am I the only one?

Or those rare times when I peek at my reviews, and I’m kind of shocked at the low number, especially for my books that have been out there for years. Granted, I probably don’t spend enough time seeking out reviews on the front end, before a book releases. But you’d think that just the sheer amount of time would generate some feedback. Even just a sentence?

Then, DOUBT…

That nasty five letter word slithers in. Seriously, that word, friends. It’s from the enemy. It makes me wonder if anybody is listening. If anybody even wants to read my stories. If what I’m pouring my heart and soul into is even worth my time. As a writer, am I doing enough? As a person, am I enough?

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It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I sent it. Isa 55:11 (NLT)

Frustrated and discouraged, I skim over a few reviews, and this one snags my attention.

“Her stories are exciting and I find myself staying up late to finish reading – a sure sign of a great book.”

And this one.

“A very well written story of grace and forgiveness.”

So, I may not ever figure out how to stop that loved one from barreling right over my spoken words. Or maybe, with this particular person, I’m to practice listening rather than talking.

And as for my written words, what I need to focus more on is…


Trusting my heavenly Father. That what He’s placed in my heart will bear fruit. That my work will accomplish all He wants, that He holds my time in His hands. That the message of His amazing love and His limitless grace will prosper and blossom wherever He plants it.

What about you? Do you struggle with doubt and trust? Wonder if anybody’s listening? I’m here. I’m listening…

Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the Elizabeth neighborhood in Charlotte and to Sabor Latin Street Grill. Sabor in Spanish means flavorful, an apt description for this contemporary Latin restaurant.

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A private parking lot is always a bonus!

Dora here. While we were eating, the line to order extended out the door. If you’d like a parking spot, get your act in gear and get there early. Their lot’s small, but private off-street parking is always a bonus. Oh, and if you need to charge your device, the booths have USB chargers. Really? Wowza! Definitely not fancy or intimate, but awesome food. 

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While we were eating, the line extended out the door. Get there early!

If you use the Yelp app, be sure to check in and get your free chips, which we totally forgot, but chips would’ve been overkill since Ernie ordered nachos. Oh, and try out the five or six salsas on their Salsa Bar, especially the Pineapple. You’d think sweet, right? Not sure I tasted anything sweet, nothing but pure fire. That stuff straightened my hair! lol.

For my lunch, I ordered the Supreme Nachos, a giant pile of tortilla chips, hamburger, refried beans, queso, lettuce, sour cream and pico do gallo. Now these were monster nachos and not a dish that could be finished by one person. The chips were crispy, it was loaded with hamburger, and all of the other ingredients worked perfectly together to make one great tasting dish.

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Supreme Nachos, not just for one person!

The Elote Loco is corn on the cob lightly coated with mayo and covered with cotija cheese then dusted with chili powder. This corn was outstanding, a little sweet, with a creamy flavor from the mayo and a little spice from the chili powder. Dora here. Best corn on the cob ever! Sweet, spicy, and every bite a different flavor. My favorite dish of the day.

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Elote Loco

Still Dora. So many items on the menu, only so much time to eat! lol. Seriously, folks, we could’ve just shared that huge pile of nachos. But I’d been drooling over the pictures on Yelp, and with our limited weekend dining options, I knew that I wanted more than nachos. When I got to the front of the counter, I ordered the first two dishes that caught my attention, a Beef Empanada and a Chicken Arepa. With a crispy shell and a gooey, cheesy filling, the Beef Empanada was my second favorite dish on the table.

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With a crispy shell and a gooey, cheesy filling, the Beef Empanada was my second favorite dish on the table. Chicken Arepa on the right.

The chicken arepa came overflowing with cheese and bundled in a soft, cakey shell. I wasn’t quite sure how to eat it, but since it was wrapped in foil, I suspect you’re supposed to pick it up. Hmmm. That didn’t work for me as well as knife and fork. The rosada sauce (a blend of ketchup and mayo and other condiments) was cool and soothing after that crazy-hot pineapple salsa. When we make it back, I’m going for the Carne Asada Fries or the Build-Your-Own-Bowl. And maybe I’ll remember to check in on Yelp to get the free chips for my pineapple salsa. 😀

We debated the rating for Sabor Latin Street Grill. Immediately after every meal, we both offer up our ratings. Hubby planned to give them four forks, his argument being that ordering from the counter detracts from the experience. I agree that I prefer to order from the table, but was that one tiny aspect enough to drop them from a five fork rating to four? Since we started this food blogging venture, we have always based our reviews on the whole experience: quality of food, value, ambiance, service, etc. So, in line with that, we rate them four fork for a family friendly restaurant serving great food. (But it was really awesome! 🙂 )

How do you feel about restaurants where you order at the counter?

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A Glorious Wardrobe: What will you wear?

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Don’t you just adore spring?

Like a glorious new wardrobe.

Tiny buds spring up from the hard-packed ground and sprinkle the earth with glorious hues. Grass that grows lush and thick.

Branches, like bony fingers pointing toward heaven, are suddenly blanketed with green.

Light, blessed sunlight, and stunning blue skies shake off the steely grey cloak of winter.

A spectacular sunrise beckons you outside to soak in the fresh start of a new day.

Spring…it’s a reminder to all of us that life changes. That winter doesn’t last forever. That new life comes from brittle pieces we thought were dead.

Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes. ~Carl Friedrich Gauss

What’s your favorite aspect of spring? What significance does spring bring to you?