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French Broad River Canoe Trip

The late spring weather has been mild, with cool mornings and evenings. Abundant rain this spring has pulled us out of drought, and brought the level up in the French Broad River. DH had a day off during the week, so we decided to finally take the canoe trip we’ve planned to do for years. It is only a half day of total time, including the drive time up to the facility in Asheville. So, we got tickets online, and made reservations for an early start. Arriving at the waterside, we were given a short instruction on the river hazards, what to avoid, how to go under the three bridges, and interesting things to look for on the way.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Slathering on sunscreen and spritzing a bit of bug spray, we donned our life jackets and boarded the van towing the canoes for the ride out to the launch point. It only took twenty minutes to get there, but would take two and a half hours to come back on the river. We were the only canoe renters that morning, but three other folks went along with their own kayaks. Several canoes were removed from the trailer to make room for their kayaks. They were here on vacation, and we had a nice chat about local restaurants on the way.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Our canoe was unloaded first, and we climbed in and sat down with our paddles at the ready.  A push off by our guide, and we set out on the river.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

About 20 minutes later, we got to the first bridge. Going ‘left of the blue dot’ we easily floated through the archway.  Those little churning areas were no problem, and actually quite pretty in the sun.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Verdant green trees lined the river on both sides as it wound lazily around the countryside. It was so quiet too, just the gentle sound of the water as it flowed, sometimes babbling as it went around boulders or bridges, or trees sticking up on the edge of the shore.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Off the main river, in a side inlet, we found the arched stone bridge.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

In places, the trees overhung the water, so you could stay in the shade a bit.  We came to appreciate these areas as the sun climbed higher in the sky, and the temperature rose with it.  Although it was about 68º F when we started (19º Celsius), it was about 86ºF at the end (30º Celsius).

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Wildlife was abundant in the morning hours. We came around a bend and almost missed this giant turtle sunning himself as he blended with his surroundings quite well. I wasn’t sure the picture was going to be clear, so we turned the canoe around and paddled back to see him again. But when we made the turn, he was gone.  DH was amazed at the length of his tail!  He was huge.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Looking up the hill on the side of the river, a horse pasture with an old barn came into view. We could hear the horses neighing to one another long before we were able to see them. Can you see them? There are at least four at the top of the hill.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

The river took us farther downstream, as we floated without paddling for a bit. Did you know that the French Broad River flows northward?  Originating near the town of Rosman which is near the southern border of North Carolina in Transylvania county, it flows northeast generally, winding around towards Asheville getting larger as it goes north, collecting in smaller rivers.  It flows north east then north west, ending in Tennessee near Knoxville where it joins the Holston River to form the Tennessee River.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

Looking up on the right, we could see the corner of the Biltmore House coming into view. We had been told that it would be visible from the river, and thought this would be it.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

But a little farther on the river, a better view presented itself.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

A couple of families of Canadian Geese were tending to their little ones. So cute, the little golden fluffballs swimming next to the parents on the right couldn’t be more than a couple of weeks old.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

A little farther along, pretty dark birds with a flash of blue were flying low over the water. We think they were after the mayflies and similar insects floating on the surface of the water.  The river stayed about the same width the entire length of our trip, but it gets much bigger after gathering in the Swannanoa River north of where we would end our trip.  The river is 218 miles long, and we only saw a tiny fraction.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

These geese were loudly complaining about the intrusion on their waterway.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

More green on the water, so peaceful and quiet. We didn’t see the kayakers until the end of our journey when they finally caught up to us. We decided to let them go by, and took a bit of a break in the shade.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

One more picture, the river with more mountains in the distance. Such clear colors are seen on this morning, but by now it was after noon and getting a bit hot in the sun in spite of the puffy clouds.  By the way, do you know why it is called the French Broad River?  I had to look it up because I was curious.  There are actually two rivers in North Carolina which were called Broad Rivers, and at the time they were named, this area was held by the French.  So this one became the French Broad River and the other was referred to as the English Broad River.

French Broad River Canoe Trip at From My Carolina Home

At this point, we still had about half an hour to go before getting to the end point where the car was parked. There was one more beautiful bridge with some lovely architectural details, but the camera battery died before I could get it. I guess that means we have to go again. I think this would be stunning in the autumn, but I am also sure that the river is likely pretty crowded then.  Still, if we go at the right time, it could be wonderful.

Have you ever done a canoe trip, or something like it?



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November Visitors on the Mountain

The last few days have seen some really amazing sights.  Having a camera with a really good zoom lens has helped to capture some spectacular pictures of our regular visitors.  Often I am unable to grab the camera fast enough to get good photos of the visitors, but this week was a banner week. First, early one morning the turkeys came by, this time the two males had joined the female flock, and they were showing off. I love it when they fluff up and strut, and this particular morning was one of those very rare instances where they gave a magnificent display.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

The two males seemed to be in competition parading around the females.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

They both puffed up their feathers, spread their tail fans and strutted their stuff for quite a while.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

The funny thing is that the females seemed unimpressed, they kept pecking at the acorns, and didn’t pay a lot of attention to the poor guys.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

Marvelous, aren’t they?  They would fluff up and stand for a moment, then slowly turn in a circle in order to show off from all sides.  Then they would take a few steps in one direction and turn again.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

It was like they were in a pageant!

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

Poor boys, doing all they could to get the attention of the girls and not being very successful.  Look at me!  Look at me!

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

After a while, the whole flock moved off to the woods, with the boys still strutting their stuff as they went.

November Turkeys at From My Carolina Home

Then, one of the four foxes living nearby made an appearance. I first spotted it walking on the driveway circle, and it strolled over to the meadow. I was in such a hurry to take photos, this one was between the railing on the porch from inside the house. I was afraid to go outside as I thought the noise would make the fox run away.

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

Magnificent, isn’t it?

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

It sat on the edge of the meadow for a minute….

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

scratched under its neck…

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

looked around a bit, then wandered off to the forest.

Fox visit November at From My Carolina Home

It is wonderful to live with all this wildlife. Mountain living at its best!  I saw on the news that the black bears are going to be later in hibernating this year because it is still so warm, and there have been more sightings in residential communities north of us.  I haven’t seen any here lately, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t around.

What’s happening in your neighborhood?

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Waterfalls in the Autumn Mountains

I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze.
The sweet chill of pumpkin
and crisp sunburnt leaves.
~Ann Drake, 2013

I found this quote recently, and had to share it with you.  It was the perfect opening to a picture heavy post from our hiking over the weekend with friends here from out of state.  They wanted to see some waterfalls, so we took them to a few lesser known areas of Transylvania county, knowing that the Blue Ridge Parkway would be overcrowded this weekend.  It wasn’t their first visit to local waterfalls, so we could go a bit farther off the main roads. We were all hoping to see more brilliant color, but this year it just isn’t to be.  It has been too warm and too dry.  The drought has made it hard for the leaves to stay on the trees long enough to have pretty color before falling off.  The warmth has delayed the change in color, which needs a good cold snap to make that change. You can see that in dramatic detail with these 100-ft trees next to our home, some that are bare too early and more that have yet to change color.

Leaves 2016 3

On the road, the color is sporadic like this spot, but it won’t be the brilliant color of past years.  A brisk wind over the past few days brought down a lot of leaves just turning brown.

Leaves 2016 5

Still, nothing beats a walk in the woods no matter what the season. This is the path to the first waterfall view of the day. It was chilly, we had to wear jeans and sweaters, but it was worth it. It was one mile to the waterfall.

Log Hollow Falls 2

The first waterfall we hiked to was Log Hollow Falls.  It is way off the beaten path of the Blue Ridge Parkway or DuPont Forest. Small (only 25 feet high) and tucked away, we had the place to ourselves to listen to the gentle running stream, hear a rustle of leaves, and marvel at the quiet beauty.

Log Hollow Falls 7

Back to the car, we drove over to Whitewater Falls near the SC border. This park is more of a draw, with a nice parking lot, a paved walk to the observation point, then 154 wooden steps down to the bottom. Going down is easy, coming back up is a bit hard on the knees. This picture is from the observation point, some color in the trees but still a lot of green. Whitewater Falls is the tallest in the eastern US, falling a total of 811 feet. This is the upper section, 411 feet.

Whitewater Falls 3

Whitewater Falls bottom section falls another 400 feet.

Whitewater Falls 5

From the bottom, you can get a view of both sections.

Whitewater Falls 11

Another view of the upper falls.

Whitewater Falls 10

While we were in that area, I was able to take a picture of Lake Toxaway.  This area is still mostly green, and probably won’t reach peak color until mid-November.

Lake Toxaway

I did find this tree with beautiful color, lovely red leaves against an azure blue sky.

Leaves 2016 7

Another short drive south of Rosman, there is a privately held property with a waterfall. They allow visitors to respectfully visit on their property. The falls drop 60 feet down a rock face, lovely and a bit unusual in the rock formations.

Eastatoe Falls 1

The rock at the top has a curve to the right, which makes an interesting pattern to the falling water.

Eastatoe Falls 13

Lovely, isn’t it? The leaves are scattered around the moss covered rocks.

Eastatoe Falls 16

Downstream a bit, there is a little bridge that leads to a small raised platform with a couple of chairs to sit and enjoy nature in all her glory.

Eastatoe Falls 28

Moss covered rocks channel the water between creating a calming environment, a perfect way to relax.

Eastatoe Falls 29

Here and there, brilliant color can be found. This scarlet red and orange with some gold was all on the same tree.

Fall 2016 trees

If you love that first quote as much as I did, there is a free printable on Ann Drake’s website with a lovely image – HERE.

I’ll leave you with this lovely thought.

When autumn dulls the summer skies,
And paler sunshine softly lies
Upon the brown and fallow lands:—
As fairy artists come in bands
To paint with brushes dipped with frost:—
They pay with gold, for verdure lost…
~V.O. Wallingford (b.1876), “The Cottonwood Trees”

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A Hint of Autumn in the Mountains

The calendar says October, but there hasn’t been the needed cold snap to turn our leaves to the autumn beauty we anticipate. Friday and Saturday did bring some much needed rain, and I was happy to spend the days inside. With some projects finished and others not yet begun, it was a perfect day to clean up and clear out some things. I do want to thank all the readers who emailed me concerned about our well-being with hurricane Matthew churning up the coast. We are very far inland in the western NC mountain area, and only had a couple of days of light rain. The winds picked up just a little, but not bad. There is one tree on the mountainside in the back that is showing some red color, everything else is still green.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

The flock of nine wild turkeys seem to have decided our place is good for breakfast and supper, as they are showing up a couple of times a day now. In the afternoon, while they were distracted by the acorns and bugs in the meadow, I crept outside to the veranda with my camera to try to get a good photo of all of them.  The trees behind them should be turning beautiful gold and red by now, but are really slow in changing.  It has been too warm and dry.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Wild turkeys are a little like meerkats, when they hear something, all of them stop, raise their heads high, and freeze.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

I remained motionless, holding the camera and my breath until they relaxed again.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Must be some good pickin’s in that meadow.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

I watched them for about 10 minutes, as they moved slowly down the meadow and melted into the forest.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

This flock appears to be all females and juveniles.  There are two males that come by too, but they are not with this group, at least not yet.  I do think that later when it is getting cold, that the two males will join this group.  I am pretty sure they did in previous years.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

So, we are waiting for Autumn to don her burgundy and gold, for the chill of October and a fire in the fireplace.  I am looking forward to wearing a warm sweater, enjoying a bowl of homemade soup with fresh crusty bread on a blustery day, baking with pumpkins and apples, cuddling up with a quilt and reading a good book.  For my Canadian readers, Happy Thanksgiving!!  I hope you enjoyed the turkey photos I saved for today.

Early October at From My Carolina Home

Until Mother Nature cooperates with a show in the trees, keep making your autumn leaf blocks.  If you missed Block One with the Aurifil giveaway post, click on Autumn Jubilee Quilt Along. For my northern hemisphere readers, are the trees turning color where you are? For my friends in the southern hemisphere, what is blooming now?



Planning for the Mountain State Fair

Mid-August means the State Fair is right around the corner, and it is time to decide what to enter this year.  I have to get my paperwork in before the end of the month, then get the entries ready.  Quilts need hanging sleeves, and everything needs a label too. I got my catalog last month, and you can see all the little post it notes I have sticking out of the top and sides to mark the categories. I know I want to show my Christmas Trip Around the World that I made last December, so it needs a sleeve.  With football season just around the corner, this will be my slow stitching for August.  I need to decide if it will go in Bed Quilts Pieced, or maybe Wall Quilts.  I need to see if it is larger or if one of the others is larger.  I have linked the posts on each of the projects here in case you want to see more.

State Fair 2016 book

After looking at the quilts I made over the past year, there are too many to enter in the categories given. You can only enter one per category and I have made too many bed quilts.  I know that Quickstep would get criticized for the cut off points that are unavoidable in the design, so it will not get shown.  It is fine for a winter day, and a nice design for a charity quilt, but not for show.  So I think I’ll show Scrap Dance in the Wall Quilts category, now that I fixed the mistake.

Scrap Dance on bench

Tango will go in the Pieced Bed Quilts category.  I know that the Fair will have the same quilt judge as last year, and she is tough!   Entering in the fair is like entering a big show with this judge.  Both the original Scrap Dance, and Scrap Dance Tango patterns are available in my Craftsy store, just click on the link on the sidebar.

Tango Cover Shots 6

I am going to enter Mardi Gras in Wall Quilts Embellished. I just hope the judge understands the embellishment is a necklace like the beaded ones thrown in the parades.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

I’ll be entering the Quilted Art Project into the crafts category.

Quilted Art Project Finishing ~ From My Carolina Home

The crewel ornaments from last year will be entered in the crewel handwork category in the crafts section.

Slow Stitch Finish 13

My original design Christmas Wool Penny Rug will go into the hand applique category. That pattern is available free on the linked page.  Don’t forget, for readers of my blog during this event, Primitive Gatherings is offering you a discount on your wool orders right now for a month! The 20% discount online code is: Carolina This code will be good July 14th thru August 25th and will be good for any wool order excluding the following items: wool bundles, wool charms, specialty dyed wools (meaning customer picks color and texture) unless a full yard is ordered.  My order came last week, and I am already planning my next project with it!  Click on Wool Order to see what they have.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

I need to decide on some other categories too, and find recent finishes to enter in the senior citizen categories. I really don’t consider myself a senior, but the category is there for anyone over age 55, so it gives me more chances to enter things. My Scrappy Travel Bag might get in this section.

Quilted Travel Bag ~ From My Carolina Home

This little ornament will get entered into the cross stitch category.

Cross Stitched Quilted Christmas Ornaments | From My Carolina Home

I’ll be entering four photographs this year too. I really like this one of these birds, looks like they are discussing the hot weather. In reality, the goldfinch was trying to decide if he could run the woodpecker off, which he did try to do just a moment later. There isn’t a bird category, so I hope the Animals and Insects category will do.

Neighborhood Meeting July 2016 | From My Carolina Home

I have a couple of photographs from last year’s fair that I will enter this year. Last year I won a first place ribbon in that category with this photo. I tried to capture the essence of all the contests, with the veggies in the foreground, the display cases in the back and the quilts overhead.

State Fair 2015 -Photo First

I’m thinking of entering a wreath in the natural materials project category.  I have some sweet gum balls and pine cones I can use.  I need to redo my fall/winter wreath anyway, so this would be a good time to do that.  It hung outside all fall and most of winter last year and needs some care.  If I fill in the bare spots and change the bow, it would refresh it nicely for fall this year.

Winter Wreath 6

Ah, decisions, decisions!  What to enter and what not.  Being a constantly moving creator of all kinds of crafts, this decision is difficult.  But, when the Fair is underway, I’ll bring that to you.  I hope there will be a ribbon in my future!

Do you go to your state fair?  Have you ever entered any contests?



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A Trip In The Mountain Countryside

Since DH sold his little British car, we haven’t had much of an opportunity to go with the group.  The car shows don’t want a modern car unless it is a Maserati or something equally expensive and rare.  Last month, we hosted an Australian Pursuit rally at a local park.  It was fun and I did get some pictures of the cars and us which you can see HERE if you like.  Members were given an easy route to follow for about a 35-40 minute drive and sent out at one minute intervals.  The finish line was hidden.  They then regrouped back at the park, and were sent out again in the reverse order of time finishing to run the same route in exactly the same time.  Finishing the second time faster than the first meant disqualification, and slower had points taken off.  Since no one knew their exact time, or where the timing ended, concentration on consistent speeds at the posted speed limits were crucial.  Everyone seemed to have a fun time on the drive, and afterwards we enjoyed a picnic lunch together.


We did go to the Heart of Brevard show over 4th of July weekend, but didn’t stay long and I didn’t get any pictures.  It has just been too frazzling hot to go hiking this year, and I really want to do that again soon.  Yesterday the club had a drive planned, and I didn’t want to miss this outing, a nice drive in the lush green hills near Black Mountain ending at an Amish store in Fairview.   DH couldn’t go this day because of work, so I was accompanied by my friend Bonnie who really needed to get her vintage Mustang out for a drive. Here it is next to Mitch’s gorgeous MGA.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

We met up as usual at a parking lot.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Troyer’s is a popular drive destination, so lots of members showed up for this drive. The weather was a bit warm, but tolerable.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This time I took my good camera to get some nice shots of the scenery as we drove. Summer in the mountains means lush green everywhere.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Every corner turned shows more green. Did you know that looking at the color green will lower blood pressure?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

No wonder that I find these drives to be so relaxing, and mind clearing. I desperately needed that after this past week at work.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Our destination was Troyer’s Amish Store.  We parked in the back and enjoyed the gardens first.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

We really enjoyed the live music with a bluegrass flavor. I should have asked their names but I got distracted by the huge sandwich I was served.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

“Come sit for a spell and relax” the swinging bench beckoned to me.  I had to walk past lovely wooden quilt racks for sale, along with other wood items.  One of these days I am going to bring one home with me, I think I can fill one with quilts easily by now!

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Now, which jam to get, blackberry or blueberry, or maybe plum, or apple or peach?  Those are pickles and chutneys on the left.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Turn the corner and there is rice and pastas, just waiting to be dinner.  There are shelves and shelves of locally made spice blends and other foods, along with soaps and hand creams.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Homemade bread is sold here too, the little round loaf on the right came home with me. The nice lady waiting on me offered to slice it, but I think it will be best in big hunks with sweet unsalted butter.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

From the Amish made cheeses, I selected my favorite – Amish Butter Cheese – and got several slices for that sourdough bread. I should have bought a couple of pounds of it, it is that good. Alas, I’ll just have to go back again for more, along with more of the wonderful turkey and roast beef, and more of their horseradish sauce.  They also have fresh milk and buttermilk from Happy Cow Creamery.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Back outside to the gardens, lovely aren’t they?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This little outbuilding has quilt designs on the side.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

This little storage barn has a wonderful mophead hydrangea growing beside it. The flowers are still green, and I’d love to know if they will turn pink or blue.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

You have to visit the girls too.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Really fresh eggs anyone?

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

One more shot of the cars at the farm.  The windmill is charming.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

There is another garden behind the store.  It reminds me of an English country garden, a bit unruly and full of flowers.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

More places to sit and drink in the beauty behind the store.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

If you are near Fairview, NC just southeast of Asheville, stop by and get some of their fresh meats, cheeses and eggs, wonderful jams, jellies and chutneys, breads, spices, pastas, snacks or anything they have! They sell handmade wooden items, and Amish furniture too. Visit them on the web at Troyer’s Amish Store.

Drive To Troyer's Amish Farm on From My Carolina Home

Do you have a country market near you?



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A Drive for the Love of Dogs

Saturday had beautiful weather for our second drive of the season with the car club.  This one was special, as it was a benefit for the local humane society.  Everyone who knows me knows I am an absolute sucker for a terrier face.  Any dog face, really, I just love them all.  When the local Jaguar dealer offered to have our car club over for a cookout, they asked if we wanted to help them with their drive to help the animals.  Of course we would!! That’s our blue car on the left, a British TVR, next to our President’s British Racing Green MG.

April Drive for Dogs

The participation was epic, with 24 cars and more than 40 members meeting up at a local grocery store parking lot.  Both our DeLoreans came, along with more MGs.

April Drive for Dogs

British MGs and Triumphs, …

April Drive for Dogs

along with a Jaguar or two.  The Porsche on the end is a member too, we let him come along when he can.  Our club is just happy to have more in the event, no matter what they drive.

April Drive for Dogs

Member Toni (pictured below) was dog-sitting for a rescue who became our mascot for the day. Chester is adorable, and so very shy. We tried not to overwhelm him with attention, but of course, I had to give an ear rub or two.

April Drive for Dogs

Participants were taken on a lovely scenic drive, lasting about an hour, …

BCC Drive for Dogs

down lovely tree lined streets…

April Drive for Dogs

and pastoral vistas…

BCC Drive for Dogs

ending at the local Jaguar dealer who fed us a marvelous lunch and collected our donations. We filled up the back of an SUV with both rear seats folded down!  Dog food, detergent, towels and treats were appreciated.

Collected donation

Our last two furkids were rescue dogs from a Welsh Terrier rescue group called WT Cares. We lost our dear psychodog last fall, and the house is pretty quiet without her.  But now isn’t the right time to have another, maybe in a couple of years when we are able to retire. Isn’t this the most precious face?

Sweet Face

Some years ago, I found this poem in a column by Ann Landers, and I still find it to be profound wisdom.  I had it on the blog for National Dog Day 2014, and I’d like to share it with you again.  I have been unable to find the original author to give credit.

“If you can start the day without caffeine,
If you can get going without pep pills,
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your problems,
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can overlook it when something goes wrong through no fault of your own and those you love take it out on you,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can say honestly that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, or politics,

Then, my friends, you are almost as good as your dog.”

If you are thinking of adding a furkid to your family, please consider rescuing a forever friend from the local shelter, breed rescue or humane society. You can save a life today, and the rewards will be worth it. If you cannot have a dog (or another dog) consider volunteering at a local shelter. They always need help to clean cages, walk the dogs and just provide much appreciated ear scratches and tummy rubs. You can donate food, towels, laundry detergent, plastic bags, toys or just cash, there is always a need. If that isn’t possible for you, please consider donating unused and unwanted items to a Humane Society Thrift store. Every little bit helps for those who cannot speak for themselves.

A few days ago, fellow blogger Kathy put a wonderful idea on her blog about making dog beds out of leftover scraps too small to use elsewhere.  She stuffs fabric bags, what a great idea!  You could also use old pillowcases.  See her post HERE.

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