At Christmas time we dream about it. Sing of sleigh bells and
a "winter wonderland". But I believe, like all good things, it
should come to an end. After two weeks of possibilities and
different showings I believe that we are all ready for a good ole
bought of sunshine and warmth. And if we are ready for it here in
the South, can you imagine what its like for those folks up North?
Thank God I'm a Southern Girl!! Maybe if we all started planning
those Spring break trips Mother Nature would get the hint! Here's
to loving the snow when its here, but loving it more when it
In the valley below, frogs are croaking. Are they aware it is
only March? The temperatures have not yet consistently stayed
above 40 degrees, could it be they know something we don't?
Has there been a slight shift in wind, do they feel the
warmth hovering there? Perhaps nature pays better attention
than the human race. Caught up in our day to day hustle we
miss the slight changes around us. After all, sometimes in a
snow covered valley daffodils can be found blooming in
anticipation of the spring thaw.
Her coat was orange and corse. Her paws cut up. Every
bone in her body was protruding. Much like our first visit to
see The Secret, we almost did not visit her. Our lives were
changing and we really did not need another dog. But meet her
we did and instantly fell in love. My sweet Hannah stole our
heart. When my eyes met her hazel and blue it was instant.
Like when I first laid eyes on the view beyond The Secret
lodge. It was a leap of faith the day I saw her for the first
time, like the leap we took several months later. Sometimes
you just gotta go with your heart!
Stepping out of the door, the cold wind hits you square in
the face. In the early hours of the morning it seems particularly
harsh. And every morning, rain or shine, hot or cold, they wake at
5:30. Now, I'm no Dr. Doolittle, but I can tell you what Sophie is
thinking. She hates the cold, so I know beyond a shadow of a doubt
that there are visions of hugging a warm pool deck running through
her little head. As she braves the cold to go potty all she wants
is to snuggle back under the covers until summer. I think the pool
is calling all our names. Bring on Summer!!!!
Solitude. The landscape in front may change, but the feeling
still exists. Many have sat here, and many have said, "You just
can't capture the feeling and the beauty in a photo". No truer
words have been spoken.
As we are missing the warmth of a sunny summer morning, the
sounds of the crickets and the frogs just think how sweet it will
all be after we have endured the harshness of winter!
Belly on up to the fire, soon enough the hummingbirds will return
as well as the scorching summer afternoons. We will be wishing soon
enough for a crisp,cold winter day to return.
It's eerie how quiet a winter morning can be, you can almost
hear the ice forming on the branches of the trees. Even the birds
are absent from the feeders in the early morning cold. What a good
time to just sit and be still. Alone with your
thoughts and a cup of coffee or with no thoughts at all. Just quiet
reflection. And while the sweet warmth of summer mornings is
missed, as is the twittering of the birds and the sounds of the
crickets, winter does have its own attributes. If nothing else, it
is a time for rest. All things should be appreciated in their own
The Ides of March will soon be upon us and for those of you
unfamiliar with Roman history this statement referred to the 15th
day of the month. Due to a statement made to Julius Caesar it has
come to mean a sense of foreboding. But, enough of the
history lesson, for us it means that St. Patrick's day will soon be
upon us and for those of you who have visited us in the past you
know what that means. Music, food and fun!!! So, gather up a few of
your closest friends and come join us the weekend of the 14th for a
good time. Who knows, maybe the weather will bless us with a
rainbow off the bluff!!! It can't stay cold forever!
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As a glass half full kinda gal I am trying to look onward,
towards the warm months of spring! Last year the flowers began to
pop out in late March which is really not that far away. So, who's
up for a night in a treehouse? Or, is there someone
you would like to put in Jail for the weekend? How about a romantic
spring getaway in the Sugar Shack? Any one of these plus rooms in
our lodge are available to any wishing to shake off their winter
coats and sit on the patio enjoying the sunshine, the flowers, the
birds and of course the best view Alabama has to offer!!!! There's
plenty to do in Northern Alabama, just come give us a
TGIF Everyone!!! Yes, its going to be a bit of a gloomy
weekend. But let's not forget that we must endure the winter
to get to the spring and summer. Soon the snow of winter will
be replaced with the blossoms falling like snow from the Bradford
Pear trees and the birds will be anxiously fluttering about
readying their nests for an upcoming brood. It might even be
a great weekend for some spring planning of your own. What
better way to get through a wet, winter weekend than to make plans
for a warm, spring evening on our patio watching the birds,
enjoying the flowers and the new friends you are sure to make!
Give us a call, spring will fill up fast and you know you
want to have your own "Secret" getaway!