Saturday, October 6, 2012

Weekend Wanderings - Lake Junaluska

Lake Junaluska

 A couple of weeks back Mom and Pop took a scenic drive to the next county over  to see Lake Junaluska, a 200 acre lake in the mountains.

 It is the home of the World Methodist Council and they have retreats and conferences there year round.  It is also a lakeside community of about 2500 people.

Wood bridge over the dam

It is a dammed lake and this old wood bridge goes over the dam - makes a lot of noise when cars drive over the boards.

 Some homes on the lake are new like this one and others date from 1913 when they first built the lake and community.  This side of the lake is very steep and the homes have many steps up or like the one below - an outdoor elevator to get up!

Home with an outdoor elevator

The town offers a 3 mile walkway around the lake over two bridges.  One bridge cuts off the last mile making it a 2 mile walk - this is the one the beans took.  The last leg of the walk is a rose garden with flowers of all colors and sizes.  They were still blooming in late September when they visited but probably are not  now.

Rose garden

Memorial chapel

There are many ducks, geese and water fowl that live here too - and all pretty used to people.  Bet they get fed well.

Bridge cutting off the last mile.

One of many feathered residents.

Hope you enjoyed this week's trip.  Next week we may be seeing some fall foliage so check back in!  Have a great weekend - are your beans doing anything special?

Our 13 year old Joey has some health issues to be treated - asthma, early CRF and a couple of lumps on his neck.  Check out our sale blog Wildcat Woods Vintage Treasures for some great gift ideas and help raise money for Joey.  Oh and please share the blog link!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Tock - Tober and Joey's Surgery

 Today is Tock - Tober!  Time to show off our tocks!  Snowball has some hefty tocks!

 While Two Spot's are slim and athletic!

 Minnie's tocks are sleek and shiny!

Darby's tocks are cute and chubby!  we got lots more but we will save them for next time!  Happy Tock-Tober!

Our Joey has to have surgery on his neck to remove two growths there.  They look suspicious so we need to do this ASAP.  Friends told us to put up a Chip-in to help us pay for the surgery.  With all our cats getting older - and needing sub c fluids and medicine, it is getting more than we can handle on a regular basis.  We are offering a Two for One Sale on our Wildcat Woods Vintage Treasures blog to help with costs -  for every dollar you donate, you get two dollars credit toward anything in our online store.  Please share the link for the store - Mom is adding more stuff daily now.  Thanks for your help!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fighting Like Hell on Livestrong Day - Oct 2, 2012

I have lost dear friends, my father and several pets to cancer over the years.  Everyone has been affected by cancer - of a loved one, friend, co-worker, pet.  No one is exempt.  This is why the Livestrong Foundation is so important - they provide support, information and resources to help improve the lives of people everywhere affected by cancer.  

So today, we join in - "Fighting Like Hell on Livestrong Day" to show our support for those with cancer, those who have survived cancer and to remember those who lost their lives to cancer.

For those people who have fought hard and won as well as those who are still fighting, we offer this lovely quote:

"When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold.  They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful." ~Barbara Bloom

And for those who have lost a beloved family member, friend or pet:

"There are stars who's light only reaches the earth long after they have fallen apart. There are people who's remembrance gives light in this world, long after they have passed away. This light shines in our darkest nights on the road we must follow."  ~The Talmud




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