~Chili Cookoff for Habitat for Humanity~


Fox Farms in Waxhaw~ 7505 Sims Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173

Free admission

Delicious Chili, Paso Fino horse exhibitions at 1:00 and 3:00, Awesome Auction, silent auction, raffle, helicopter rides!!

Be there or be square!  😉

You all know about my fear of heights- and for those who don’t, let me explain it this way:  There’s the time we went to a Carolina Panthers game for the playoffs against the San Francisco 49ers and I couldn’t sit in the seats.  We watched the game from Harper’s restaurant down the street {Jim has NEVER let me live that one down!}  And the Janet Jackson concert in the 80’s when I almost passed out {The usher felt sorry for me and let us sit in the handicapped section!}

So believe it or not, last year I actually took a ride in the helicopter!  At the very end of the event last year, I was strapped- kicking and screaming- in the helicopter.  Before I even realized what was happening, we were floating in the air, high above the farm!  For only $25, I got to experience one of the biggest thrills of my life!  Here are the pictures to prove it:

That wonderful pilot did a great job of keeping me calm and talking me through my panic attack!  I do think that focusing on taking pictures saved me from really losing it.

That’s uptown Charlotte in the distance

I’m working up my courage to get on that helicopter on my own tomorrow.  I’m breaking out in a sweat just thinking about it!  🙂


Guess what I did today!  😉

If these look a little blurry to you- please remember that I was shaking like a leaf the entire time!  Please cut me a little slack!!  😉

The house in the red circle is my studio!  Sure wish I had had the presence of mind to ask him to hover over it so I could get a better shot.  Oh well, I was just doing good to be there at all.  That’s my sister’s barn with the green roof.

“Goodbye, my sweet family!  Nice knowing you!”  Against my wishes, Jim, Mo and Ro went up together first- it really was agony, holding my breath until they safely landed.

Then I rode with Mo and Ro (they begged and pleaded to go again, the little daredevils!)  This is what it looks like to be eye-level with the trees.  Just in case you want to know what it feels like…  It’s terrifying, but really fun at the same time.  Kinda like riding a roller coaster…

Once again my camera saved me.  When I felt myself start to panic, I took a picture.  I took TONS of other pictures that are very similar to the others I posted from last year.  I did it- all on my own.  So next year I’ll be a pro!


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