girls movie night tonight… solving the world’s problems one glass of wine at a time! ;-)

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care package from Germany… I can’t wait to be there!

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Great group of foodies on today’s Brevard Bites Food Tour!

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… fun birthday party for Gabriel (my Brazilian brother) at Quixote

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aww, received a kind thank you note from a stranger today… ;-) with a Starbucks card!

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… saw these berries while out & about today… they looked fake ;-)

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Sweet Mac waiting for his turn at the vet’s office to get his nails cut…

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… alas, he would rather be home playing in the dirt… but, he loves all the women that work here…and all the women here at the vet’s office adore him… women or playing outside, it’s a tough toss-up for Mac ;-)
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I see a haircut in my future to match the artwork… and new glasses…

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…and a new retro dress… :-)
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… check out all the dog training classes at Pure Pets!

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… we are enjoying our puppy class and loving the results!
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Hiked to this hidden waterfall in Lake Toxaway… fun afternoon with longtime Hollywood film maker…

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… on the hunt for a new home… or land to build… ;-)
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img_3372… interesting/sad plaque at the base of the waterfall…
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Rest in Peace – Arnold Palmer. ;-)

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Arnie at The Vinny.  I think we need a special Arnold Palmer drink on the Brevard Bites Food Tour this week!
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… beautiful harvest moon over Brevard :-)

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WNC Military History Museum exhibit coming soon to Aethelwold Lobby

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Starting October 22nd (and running through November 11), the WNC Military History Museum is presenting an exhibit in the historic lobby of the Aethelwold building called, “Operation Armed Forces.” The exhibit will contain historical artifacts of newspaper articles, personal items, weaponry,  military uniforms and more… all to honor those who have served in our military.

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Mac would love to sit on this shrub all day if I would let him… silly boy.

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Forbes magazine: 25 Best Places to Retire

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Brevard, of course! #9  ;-)  Click here to see.
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… and, we have a logo… finally ;-)

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Have you ever taken a look at moss up close? It’s beautiful.

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Thank you, Marco Trattoria, for the dog water dish…

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Thanks to all who came to the Brevard Bites Food Tours ribbon-cutting ceremony

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… great dinner music at Phoenix…

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I’m learning this week why music lovers love The Phoenix in town… great addition to the music landscape in Brevard… plus, I got a freshly cut cd – fresh out of the studio – from a sweet friend of music you will all be hearing and loving very soon.. xo

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Mountain Song Weekend squirrel rescue story…

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So, my friend Melinda Hendershott and her husband were on their way to Mountain Song Festival when they happened upon this baby squirrel lying motionless at the bottom of a tall pine.  They took her home (never made it to Mountain Song) and started making inquiries as to where to find a wildlife rehabilitator.  Enter Jennifer Burgin (amazing licensed wildlife rehabilitator who specializes in squirrels) who then took the baby squirrel under her care and starting nursing her back to health.
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Remembering 15 years ago… 9/11

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Fifteen years ago this morning I was prepping for a 9am conference call with Irving Azoff and another executive (whose estranged wife and mother-in-law were on that first plane that flew into the World Trade Center). I learned from that man who lost his wife, don’t let silly things get in the way of those you truly love. Tell them you love them. “And these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

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Brevard’s 9/11 memorial exhibit

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… beautiful patterns in the sky/trees while taking a walk with Mac… xo

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… at Healthy Harvest Natural Foods chatting with Stella…

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… and getting some more tumeric (it’s important to learn about tumeric and take this supplement!)…
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Everyone in town is abuzz that Steve Martin loves Harris Hardware!

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He apparently also loves The Phoenix.  Matt ran in to him there yesterday, and everyone says he goes there all the time.  :-)  
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… at Brevard Animal Hospital getting Mac’s 2nd puppy shot

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… uh no, Mac definitely doesn’t need his “own website” thanks…!  ;-)
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Excited about Mountain Song Festival this weekend!

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Uh, yes it’s a VERY important game… go Panthers! :-)

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Dugans is ready for the game!
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… fun work lunch today in Lake Toxaway

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… he’s a mountain dog through-and-through, and I sure love my little Mac!

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… he’s keeping me active and running and constantly outside… love my little Mac!  He sure is taking after his handsome and talented daddy, Zinfndel’s Spanish Oak… too bad we don’t hunt.
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… fantastic class tonight at Elements Spa!

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… with two eclipses, two new moons, and an equinox, September is going to be a powerful month… but powerful in a good way! Learned about the coming changes and also how to align yourself before meditation (and how to clear your root and sacral centers)… amazing!
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… fun afternoon of champagne and books with my sweet friend, Sarah, at the Battery Park Book Exchange!

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… pics from today’s Brevard Bites Food Tour today!

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I tagged along today to take notes to fill in for Matt when/if he can’t guide a tour anytime… ;-)

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“Good morning!” and happy Saturday from baby Mac… ;-)

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…. at Pure Pets signing up Mac for puppy class & getting treats!

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…. beautiful fresh flowers from Ingles (thanks, Mom!)

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… strawberry margarita at Quixote!

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Meet our cute new family member…

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…who we are already head-over-heels in love with already… baby Mac!!  (registered name: Spanish Oak’s Mac the Knife… a nod to Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife”)…xoxo
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… little trip to downtown Asheville!

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IMG_3031…and the River Arts District to watch glass-blowing! I love how they display the pieces in this gallery…

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…the bear (and other animals) at Charlie’s Tires on Caldwell Street…

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… fun afternoon on Q102 today! ;-)

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…big love coming from Asheville foodies for Brevard Bites Food Tours… thank y’all! (as Matt would say)

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… beautiful rainbow today!

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… fireside at Grovepark Inn…

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IMG_2895….one of the best things about Brevard… it’s only a short drive to my favorite place, Grovepark Inn :-)

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… off to church with a sweet friend…

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Sunday = my favorite day… cooking and a day to unwind… xo

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Brevard Bites Food Tours wraps up its first week!

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Thank you to our wonderful guests this week, including visitors from Atlanta & Pittsburgh, a reporter, and locals, too. And. congrats to Matt on launching his first company! He successfully toured twenty-five people around downtown Brevard, showcasing our amazing restaurants and chefs. It was an exhilarating, exhausting, busy and fun week! Go to BrevardBitesFoodTours.com for tickets and more info. ;-)

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… our sitting area around the French wine table at the garage sale this morning…

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IMG_2886…  I had no idea garage sales are such a big “thing” here in Brevard… I was surprised by number of people I knew who stopped by today at the garage sale!

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… a car ride at BMC is never just a car ride… you gotta sing!

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… Friday car ride with Dean Anthony, Matthew Queen, Cally Jamis Vennare and Lisa Patty Abbey at BMC…jamming to Justin Timberlake (or at least trying to)…
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morning meditation candle… happy peaceful girl ;-)

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Throw-back Thursday pic… Louie!

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