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Smokies08On the pretext of a trip to Humane Alliance in Asheville, NC, Ron and I took a few days to drive north, through Eastern Tennessee & the Smokies, leaf-peeping and keeping a sharp eye out for the almost-non-existent birdlife. We traveled mostly state and county highways, avoiding the interstates in favor of small towns, slower paces, and endless beauty. It does amaze me the stress that driving 75 mph down a straight road with thousands of other cars puts on my body; the slower pace of 50 (or slower), less traffic, and so many lovely and interesting things to see was welcome and almost like a vacation unto itself. I do love to drive!

We meandered through small towns, using the Mio as our road-map (sometimes not using it very well! As in the time we drove circles around Newport, TN because we couldn’t figure out how to get the Mio to change cities! Okay, I never said we were good at using it either!). The fun (well….mostly fun) thing about the Mio is that it will take you on what seem like vast detours because it saves you driving an extra 40 feet, i.e., the “shortest” route is not always the fastest or easiest! For example on our way to the Penland School for Arts & Crafts, Mio took us over a mountain on a one-lane goat path rather than take us around the mountain (truly only a mile or two extra — and flat!). But it was beautiful and, fortunately for us, not a very traveled road. Only us goats up there!

Cataloochee Bridge

Cataloochee Bridge

Asheville: home of the hippy sub-culture still, vegetarian restaurants abounding much to the pleasure of our vegan friends Val & Donna, and interesting and beautiful art everywhere on the streets, buildings, sidewalks, cafes. Lovely winding streets, mature hardwood trees, friendly people, and a lively downtown. Oh, there are the usual malls and chain food joints, too, along with a high cost of living and moderate wages, but Asheville truly seemed like nirvana to us last weekend.

Humane Alliance was a surprise but a welcome one! Nice people, committed professionals dedicated to the cause of reducing euthanasia of healthy companion animals through a program to simply cut down on the shear numbers of unwanted pets born every year. Fewer puppies & kittens means fewer unwanted meaning we don’t have to euthanize in shelters. We thought we were going for a “training” but it ended up that it was more like an interview — them interviewing US to see if they wanted us in their program. I guess we passed; the letter of acceptance was waiting for us when we got home! Our High Quality-Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic will open in Hattiesburg in June 2009.

Meyer Lemon Bounty @ Ronalin

Meyer Lemon Bounty @ Ronalin

Home in the wee hours of Wednesday morning to my happy dogs, my familiar space, my comfortable bed, my shower. Chores caught up on, plants checked on (see Meyer Lemon at left), nap time in the afternoon. Work on Thursday. The end to a short but lovely & serene mini-break. I wish you all had been there!

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History is Made

I am a patriot. I am responsible. I am a fiscal moderate, a social liberal. I am proud to be American.

I participate actively. I am a woman with a voice. I vote. I am grateful for all this country affords me and I am happy to give back.

I am proud of America, especially today.

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Miss Eliza Rose

Parents: Martha & Paul (oh, lucky, lucky you!)

Born: 10-3

18 inches; 6 lbs. 8 oz

Welcome, ER. You chose well! I have sent you a binky to snuggle until I get there.

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