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Can we explain the title of our post?
First – Instigation. Not Instigtation. Let’s spell that again – Instigation. We have learned that WordPress does not conduct spellcheck on titles of post and thus our horribly misspelled title of our blog post – Instigtation. And to make matters worse, we receive an email everytime someone posts a comment to the blog. And that email includes the title of the post. So we have received, so far, 29 reminders of how we can not spell. Ruby says I deserve a slap with a paw for that one –
Oh, well, it gave me an excuse to use that picture again and it really cracks me up. Because it is soooooo Ruby.
And now for the clarification. Glad so many of you enjoyed our picture from “I Walk the Line.” And thank you for all of the compliments for how well the two of them – Natasha and Qannik – walk together. How did I train them to walk so well? I didn’t. The beauty of a digital camera. I tried to get that picture over and over and over before it just happened. In Sibe speak, they screwed up and accidentally let me catch them behaving.
And for the other questions. The road is closed for the winter so there is no traffic. And Kiska was there, she was just off to the right playing in the snow along the side of the road.
One final piece of news. Remember the rock slide that we told you about back in October that closed Interstate 40 along the North Carolina / Tennessee border?
Well the interstate is STILL closed with an expected opening date sometime in March. This really, really matters to us because we live off of the last exit that is open in North Carolina. Well, yet another rock slide has occurred along that route in the closed section of interstate. Clearing that debris will take 2-3 weeks, so if the interstate had been reopened, it would be closed again. Supposedly, this will not delay our reopening, but we are watching it carefully. Trust me that alternate routes are few and far between. Our hour and a half trip to Knoxville is closer to 4 hours because we have to go east to I-26 before we can go west again. A better route from our house is 441 through the Great Smoky Mountain Park, but even that was closed yesterday due to snow. The joys of living in the mountains!
This last picture has nothing to do with anything else in this post, but since we are being somewhat random today, we will leave you with this fellow. We had stopped at a store in Asheville and he was watching The Herd through his store front door.
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Lots of snow, lots of rain, muddy roads, four-wheel drive, and an open jeep window. This is when a dog should not hold their head out of the window, as demonstrated by Natasha and Kodiak as they show off their Mud Freckles.