Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. 7 For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; Deuteronomy 8:6-7 (NIV)
Today, the only adventurous thing we did was try to find a parking place in downtown Asheville. While the kids went rock climbing in the Pisgah National Forest at Looking Glass Rock, husband and I chilled at the cabin. We slept late, and husband cooked breakfast while I refilled the bird feeders. There are two hummingbird feeders and one for the songbirds. I mixed a big batch of hummingbird nectar earlier in the week, and we have been keeping the feeders full. There are a lot of babies that are gobbling down the nectar. The songbirds also appreciate the seed and are fun to watch as they flit back and forth between the feeder and the sunflower seeds I spread on the ground. After breakfast, we soaked in the hot tub while watching them go back and forth from the trees to the feeders. The hot tub is on the lower deck and the feeders on the upper deck so we had a good view of their coming and going. We did a little packing and laundry before tomorrow’s trip home, and then headed up to Asheville to meet Vicki for a tour of the Grove Park Inn and galleries. Husband enjoyed the car museum which was located in a building that once housed a weaving shop. Overhead, in the rafters where the weavers once worked were many interesting quotes. Designed to either spur the craftspeople on to better work or keep them from rebelling, I don’t know. Some of my favorites were: “He profits most who serves best,” Doing a common thing uncommonly well often brings success-Heinz”, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of the intelligent effort-John Ruskin,” “God gave man five senses-touch, taste, sight, smell and hearing-the successful have two more-horse and common,” “A man’s first duty is to mind his own business-Lorimer,” “Flattery is nothing but ‘soft soap,’ and soft soap is 90 percent lye,” “There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks,” “Love the little trade which thou hast learned and be content therewith-Marcus Aurellus,” “The man who gives up and say, ‘I can’t’ is usually right about it-Barkslee” and “Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all-Holmes.” We also went to the art gallery which was full of wonderful local crafts and very interesting handmade furniture. Vicki gave us a tour of the historic inn which is located on a bluff overlooking the city. Then, we met up with youngest son and M. for supper at Doc Chey’s restaurant. While we ate delicious stir fried green beans, they chattered away about their awesome climb and the excellent guide from Fox Mountain Guides. They really had a great time so it was worth finding someone to take them climbing after the near disaster at Rumbling Bald. We finished up the evening with a cupcake from McMullen Sisters and browsed at the Woolworth Gallery. An excellent last day in the mountains before heading home.