October 27, 2017

How One Neighborhood Seeks To Silence A Veteran

A Neighborhood Seeks to Silence A Veteran



I’ve lived in my neighborhood for fourteen years now. I went to bed last night being embarrassed for the first time by where I lived. It isn’t my home or the location.  You can see how much I love my town of Palmyra and the people of the community. I even wrote about it very recently in my post what goes on in Palmyra. Yesterday, however, I received a slap in my face. A slap that was felt by anyone that serves or has served in the military. I lost hope in humanity and I was scared for the very first time.

I wasn’t scared by a robber or natural disaster. I wasn’t scared by the climbing water bills or a wandering animal. I trembled in anger, then aggravation, denial, frustration, and eventually into a pile of emotions pondering when did the goodness of man sink to a new low?

When did it become the norm to harass people when they differ in their opinions? I ask you, the Lake Monticello Home Owners Association, why didn’t you follow your own procedures?  Why did you go after a war veteran who is 73 years old for having more than one American Flag on his property?  I ask you when did it become the norm to go straight to a lawyer and threaten to impose fines of $2,500- $15,000 on a person who loves his country because of “political speak”?

Here is the actual letter:

This letter is shared with permission of Mr. Reilly (It wasn’t even sent certified mail.)




(Note: In late summer of this year, Mr. Reilly was notified of a violation in connection with signs on his property.  He removed them and the violation was cleared by the HOA.  In that instance, he received a normal letter.  He did not receive a letter from an Attorney at the expense of the homeowners.  UPDATED: It should also be noted that the present decor was there at the time and was not “cited”. The letter above still shows the split rail signs as an issue even though Mr. Reilly took them down and received a letter from the HOA stating it was done.)


I wonder when his decorations stating his love for the American Soldier and Jesus become political speak? When did God become political? Can you tell me who Jesus voted for? Is Jesus registered? I mean he might be with all the voter fraud. When did serving your country become political? I was so incensed as a lake resident, granddaughter, daughter, and wife of a Veteran that I went to Mr. Reilly’s house to see for myself and to speak to him about the letter. I wanted to see what was worth spending my HOA dues on. Was Mr. Reilly attacking someone? Did he cause harm? I saw none. I didn’t see anything offensive. I saw a patriot.

I remembered that when my husband served he was surrounded by his brothers and his sisters. He did not see their voting card, color, religion, academic level, or, bank statements. He saw an American who was willing to take their last breath so the rest of us could breathe freely. We all need to take a breath and remember we are all Americans.

Mr. Reilly has had his home decor up for years now. He is someone who has the right to his opinion. He has the right to love his God and the American Soldier. I am heartbroken to think that loving your country is a fineable offense?


Update October 26th, 2017 LMOA response:

My response:

The property looks the same with the exception of the two signs those were the affixed signs to his fence that triggered the original violation. Those same signs appear in the letter from the lawyer even though the offense was deemed corrected on September 27th at the LMOA board meeting.

  1. Mr. Reilly assumes he is in compliance since he received a letter on September 29th stating he is.
  2. The next thing that happens is Mr. Reilly gets is a letter from an attorney.


That seems strange since his property was already looked over when they found the original offense. He changed nothing. I have to wonder what changed? Does the LMOA not know their own policy? Did they miss everything stated in the letter from the attorney the first time Mr. Reilly was cited?

I want to know did policy change from the time his first offense was cited and resolved to October 20th?

I want to know if someone’s lawn has the same decor for the last 4.5 years why it suddenly wrong? Should I wonder if this is a targeted attack on a Veteran? That can be answered quickly if the LMOA can show me proof that other people were cited for having more than one flag on the same day.

I mean I should give the LMOA the benefit of the doubt and assume everyone with more than one American flag got a letter from an attorney. Right?


What can you do to help?

  1. Buy two American Flags and put them up at your home in the lake to show the lake that you support our country.
  2. Spread the message by sharing my post
  3. If you agree with me that Mr. Reilly is being unfairly treated, let the Lake Monticello office know.

This is their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LakeLifeMonticello/

This is their phone number(434) 589-8263.

4.  Share on social media.  Feel free to retweet my tweet to Fox news and the local news channel https://twitter.com/realadvicegal/status/923210177888899072

If free speech and the men and woman who died granting it to you are important to you, LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. We cannot be silenced.  We MUST support Americans who love America.


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October 27, 2017

Easy Meatball Casserole Recipe

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They say “food is love.” That is why I am cheating on my husband. There I said it. It is only when he isn’t home. I know it doesn’t make it right but who can resist when it tastes so good. The savory Carando meatball casserole recipe that is bursting with flavor is everything a cheat day calls for.

This meatball casserole recipe is the one that your family will keep on asking for. It's so delicious and unbelievably super easy to make.

This is the recipe my kids beg for. The one they clean their room for. The recipe that is so easy to create that even my seven-year-old can whip it up. I just pop it in the oven for him.

I know, I know, it isn’t nice to cheat on your husband with food he can’t eat but do not worry we try to down play how great dinner was when we talk to him. We do not tell him about the Carando meatballs that melt in your mouth or the caramelized cheese that bubbles over the bread.

We just sit down and enjoy the fruits of Peter Carando’s whose passionate story begins nearly a century ago along the cobblestone streets of Torino, Italy. Founder Peter Carando learned the Italian tradition of sausage-making as an apprentice at his local butcher shop. You can taste the flavor in every bite. He set sail for America to begin handcrafting the finest Italian meats this country had ever eaten. To this day, Carando has remained faithful to those recipes – and to the old world craftsmanship that has helped Carando earn its place as one the world’s finest purveyors of Italian deli meats. Those recipes make everything I make with their meatballs better from Carando meatball subs, meatballs and pasta, and to my crowd-pleasing room cleaning meatball casserole.

This meatball casserole recipe only has four ingredients and take less than a half of an hour. I love how easy it is, and it makes the best leftovers ever. You know you can cut out a piece and put it in a container before presenting the meal to your family, so you have lunch for the next day. It is perfectly acceptable. You can also freeze it, and it makes a great casserole to share with people who just had a baby, had a tragedy, or need a hot meal bursting with love.

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October 26, 2017

Holiday Toy Ideas for Kids

Holiday Gift Guide Toy Ideas Kids will Love

The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s time to plan on what gifts to give to our loved ones. With 3 kids to give gifts to for the holidays, I always make sure to do some research on gifts that they would like to receive, that are good for them and of course that fits our budget. If you have kids who love tech toys, then you should check out Best Buy’s Toy’s Gift Guide.

This year Best Buy has an amazing selection of the hottest toys that for sure kids and those kids at heart will love. They have classic toys, learning toys and of course cool tech toys.

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October 25, 2017

How to Date Your Kids

How to date your kids

Dating your kids is so very important. Whether you have a picnic, dinner and a movie or take them some place special, you need to date your kids! I love that each year my dad still takes me out to lunch for my birthday! That has been a tradition since I was two years old. Now I have kids of my own, and I do the same thing to them! Recently, I took my kids with my mom for an extra special date! We went to the Great Wolf Lodge for a Howl-O-Ween experience! We had such great time at the Monster Bash Dance Parties, Trick-or-Treat trail, Spooktacular Story Time and Costume Parade. And that isn’t even including all the fun we had at the park and other fun activities they normally have!Continue reading

October 24, 2017

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What Goes on in Palmyra Virginia

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It isn’t the hills that beckon or that sound that one hears when they listen. It is the way the grass moves in the wind and the way that the river flows and the rocks that the children throw on its shores. These are the shores where history was made. There are people who are ready to share the tales of time gone by in historical Palmyra.

We are a town of many faces and histories. The city of Palmyra, Virginia is full of people who grew up here and the people who moved here and never wanted to move on. We are a little rural community that believes in one another. We are a hand to hold and a day to explore. We have apple orchards and a country store. We have fresh vegetables that are passed to you by the hands that nurtured them. We have farmers who have jams to sell and the homemade bread on which to lay the spread. We have fresh eggs from chickens that roam.Continue reading