Asheville 

Went to Asheville for an extended weekend.  We love that area…mountains, breweries, chocolate.  There were several forest fires in the area which brought in a lot of smoke. We decided to cut our trip short.  On the way home through TN, we ran into even more smoke from fires.  There are 20 forest fires burning in the SE due to drought conditions. Out hearts go out to all those impacted.  

Fall (so far)

Tammy has done an amazing job of making the front of our house look nicer over the past 5 years. She will downplay her skills, but they are there. Here’s an example. This pretty little thing is a Fall bloomer. 

Garden, 2016

If anything, having a garden has made me appreciate farmers more than I did previously. I know Tammy gets a great deal of satisfaction (and bug bites) working in the garden, but several years into it we have yet to have a bumper crop of anything.

  
It’s not for lack of trying. I think rather that it is in a poor location. 

Tammy and I are talking about options for next year. I guess we have that in common with farmers-a perpetual hope for a better next season!

USA Made

You all know how strongly I feel about making things in the USA, so I was excited to find this watch. The Weiss American Issue Field Watch.

  
Weiss Watch Company makes a quality watch in the USA for a reasonable price. Weiss also offers a watch that is made in USA with a Swiss movement.

To be clear, there are other watch makers in the USA, but either the cost is out of reach of most people, or the movement or parts are not made here, or some combination. 

The FTC is very protective of words like USA made, requiring virtually all components to be made here. Cameron Weiss and his team have brought back practices that went off shore more than 40 years ago.

Way to go!