I have never been a cold weather fan. Getting up in the morning, crawling out of a warm bed into the cool morning air was daunting. And I hated winter! The cold, grayness of it. It was like Spring and fall were all the bright colors of a rainbow, and […]

Winter Attributes

“That it seems that it may turn out to be, feels that it will undoubtedly, looks like a rather blustery day today” -Winnie the Pooh- Yesterday’s gorgeous morning sky has turned dark and gray with the violent winds of the night. But here it is in all its glory to […]

Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day

Let’s play a game with a gift as a reward. I will post Christmas trivia on some (not all) days from now until Christmas Eve. Each response will earn you an entry (1 per question) into a drawing. If you share the post with your friends, you will also receive […]

Christmas Trivia, Part 1

Somewhere below the ocean of clouds the sun sits waiting to make its grand entrance! It’s all about timing. Sitting, waiting, watching as the first sliver of light peeps out over the clouds. Then, quietly, in what seems like an instance it is there, shining in all its glory. Warming […]

An Ocean of Clouds

“Friendship is like peeing in your pants, everyone can see it but only you can feel the warmth.” For some reason I found this funny on this cold Friday morning! Jose’s advice….kick back, enjoy the warmth of friendship and laugh your ass off!!! TGIF Y’all!! Stay warm!! ‪#‎thesecretbedandbreakfast‬ ‪#‎weisslake‬ ‪#‎VisitNorthAl‬‪#‎bedandbreakfastalabama‬ […]

Laugh Your Ass Off…..Only with Friends!

We have a spectacular view in a quiet, tranquil environment, but that is not my favorite part of owning a bed and breakfast. My favorite part is standing in the kitchen at breakfast time or sitting on the patio in the evening and hearing the laughter and conversations between people […]

Coming Together at the Breakfast Table

Christmas is a season that has no boundaries when it comes to human relationships. Friendships or families broken tend to mend during the holidays. The recent letter Mark Zuckerberg posted to his daughter brings some focus for me to the relationships we all develop over our lifetimes. While there are […]

A Facebook “Thank You”

Like buzzards descending upon a carcass they land. Snatching, grabbing, screaming! The sounds of horns honking are enough to drive a saint insane! Now, flip over in your mind, to a place with utter silence. The only sound in the winter, the coyotes howling in the distance, the gentle (well […]

Gift Certificates

Be Thankful for what you have, those who dwell on what they don’t have never seem to have enough. Be Thankful for health, family, friendship. For a warm place to sleep and food to eat. Take in all the good that is in your life and hold it close in […]

Be Thankful

Solitude. Change is in the air. Storms from the previous evening have passed, morning fog ushers in a cool morning. Surrounded by silence being moved about by the gusts of wind off the bluff. Time to recharge and reflect. We all could use more time for both. I have the […]


“Deck the halls with boughs of holly…” The advantage of hanging Christmas lights on the lodge here at the Secret is the spectacular view I get to enjoy while doing it! The trick is to pick a warm, sunny November day to put them up! The disadvantage is trying to […]

Deck the Halls!

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a fluffy, gray miniature donkey walking down the driveway! Oh, yes he did, not sure how since the latch was down and the carabiner was still in place, but he did! After 15 minutes of talking sweet while holding fresh cantelope […]

The Great Donkey Escape