Oh how I love this picture! It reminds me of the cute dachshund "doggle park" I used to walk past in Wurzburg, Germany. Folks would lean over the fence and laugh at their little dogs chasing through tunnels and over bridges. So entertaining to watch! What a special place.
Grow a vegetable garden. Good for your health and good for the environment. This article can help you get started: "How to plant a vegetable garden in the N.C. Piedmont" http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2012/03/22/3120509/how-to-plant-a-vegetable-garden.html