Car Club Double Fun Day

What is a person to do when both the car clubs we belong to plan events for the same day?  Well, go to both, of course!!  Starting out in the morning, the British Car Club met at in Fletcher for an annual drive around the countryside to the Amish farm for lunch.  We had a …

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Geocaching with the Mini Cooper Club

Yesterday was clear and warm, a wonderful day for a drive and we joined the Appalachian Mountain Mini Club for a geocaching event.  One of the requirements for the club is the Mini has to have a name.  So, with our red one, DH liked the name Calienté.   Of course, I had to take that …

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Easter Hat Parade with the Mini Cooper Car Club

One of the most wonderful things about living in western North Carolina are the small towns and the fun things there are to do with every holiday, and most weekends through spring, summer and fall.  Every year on the Saturday before Easter Sunday, the small town of Dillsboro hosts an Easter Hat Parade, marching all …

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Itadakimasu, and Musings on Gratitude

This is the last post on the Asian inspired ideas, and I want to share a way of thinking that has really captured my interest.  One of the things that really inspires me is the Japanese way of showing gratitude and an appreciation of beauty in everything, down to the smallest thing, the tiniest detail.  …

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Frozen Waterfalls

The deep freeze across the east has lasted long enough for some of the local waterfalls and even parts of the French Broad River to freeze.   This doesn't happen every year, we need sustained weeks of sub-freezing temperatures for the ice to form around running water.  It was 27 degrees F (-2C) last weekend when …

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Winter Lights

Winter Lights is an event at the NC Arboretum for the holiday season, and is just magical.  It is a major fundraiser for their programs and exhibits, and you can attend any evening in December through the 31st.  We went on the last warm night before the recent cold snap and snow fall to enjoy …

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December In the Garden – Snow!

December mornings have been cold and grey these past few days. Fog in the valley shows the layers of hills between our mountain and the next ridge.  This might have to become my header photo for winter. Friday morning dawned colder still. As I looked out the window, I noticed that the snow had begun …

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Happy Thanksgiving and Some Autumn Views

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers and friends!!  This morning, I will be enjoying parades and hot coffee in my flannel jammies with DH.  Breakfast is baking and filling the house with the aroma of sausage, eggs and cheese.  Later will be football games, and phone calls to family out of state.  Turkey will be …

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