On a clear night, down in Alabama, the lights across the way were reflecting in the lake.
So were the stars.
We’re visiting family…
Taking lots of pictures of nothing much in particular.
Exploring places we’ve been many times, and other places we never knew existed.
We’re watching the weather up north, trying to figure out when we might go home again. There doesn’t seem to be an urgency.
Especially when we watch the weather patterns slide across the country full of snow and rain.
Might have to snuggle down here in the South for a bit longer.
Tonight as I sit out on the deck of the lake house, watching the moon rise, I wish everyone had such a warm, beautiful and safe place to relax.
I know that many of my friends ‘up north’ are facing their third night of no electricity following a major wind event. I know the temperatures are heading down toward 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17.77 C) tonight.
I wish that spring could come early for them. That I could somehow share the warmth and color and contentment surrounding me here.
I wish they could all just come down here and soak up the sun. Or sit with me under the moon listening to the waves gently lap against the shore
I wish, not upon a star, but upon the bright moon, that the warmth from here in the South could find it’s way up to the dark and frozen North.
So anyway, we’ve been over in Columbus Georgia the past few days, visiting family and taking it easy. Well. I’ve been taking it easy. Mama and family have been working hard on projects and stuff.
They did stop working for a bit to take me on a walk along the Columbus waterfront. What a pretty place!
We walked and walked for about a hundred million miles. Good thing mama had water and treats for me. We watched people going down the rapids in a big yellow rubber raft…
…and in little tiny kayaks. Seems like the water would be way too cold for that! Plus it would mess up your hair. I’m pretty sure I’m not a kayak kind of girl.
Mama says she likes kayaks but wouldn’t want to go down those rapids! Smart mama!
We saw lots of pretty stuff. We walked in Alabama and in Georgia! I don’t think I’ve ever walked in two states on one walk before!
We walked so long that I slept all night without bugging mama! Mama said that was a wonderful thing. I slept with the new toy my Aunt got me. Isn’t it cute? (I’m cute too..it’s OK, you can say it out loud.)
Anyway, we’re back home at the lake now, and today mama took me to Smith Mountain again for a walk. (Cause I was bugging her while she was napping. I think she wanted revenge.)
This time we walked up what is usually the exit down from the mountain top. It was very steep.
Good thing mama had me to show her the way! Sometimes I had to drag her up steep passages!
These are baby long leaf pines. Mama loves these trees. I think they are pretty too.
We had to go way up here and I scampered right up. It was awesome.
But about 3/4 of the way up I figured that was enough and I started back down the path. Mama said oh no..we’re not going back down this steep path and she took me all the way to the top!!!
Good thing I didn’t have to go all the way to the top of the fire tower too!
We walked back to the car down the road. There was lots of pretty stuff to see there too….including native azaleas in bloom.
I was a slowpoke on the road down, but as soon as I saw my car I started trotting ahead of mama. Enough is enough mama!
Time to get a little shut eye….mama says we have a big day tomorrow. I have no idea what she’s got in store for me now, but if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s to be well rested!
-Your tour guide gal Katie
So we did.
We drove and drove and drove and I started to get vocal. Mama told me to settle down but I didn’t really. I was just expressing my opinion, and a princess is entitled. Right?
So anyway, mama was going to take me to visit Auburn University but she couldn’t find anywhere to park the car. We drove around and around and mama saw lots of stuff but I didn’t see anything cause I was in my crate in the back.
But when we finally stopped and mama got me out it was at a park! A beautiful park! Mama says she’s not sure where it was because she was lost by then. And she said she wasn’t going to take her camera, we’d just walk around a little bit.
And then of course she found a gazillion pretty things that warranted a camera. So we walked around this beautiful little lake and then mama and I went back to the car, got a drink and her camera and walked around it again!
Isn’t it great? There was a blue heron the first time we walked, but he had moved on by the time we came back. We did get to watch these turtles though. Mama said they were all looking at me. Well of course they were, I’m the princess!
And there were these exercise things. Mama tried a couple of them, she said they were really fun. I was not interested, given that I already have a svelte sheltie figure.
Once we got around the lake the second time mama loaded me in the car and drove some more and when she parked again I couldn’t figure it out. It was a busy parking lot? What are we doing here mama? I dutifully followed along and suddenly we were inside a groomer’s place!!
Mama tricked me!
The lady put my on a table and there were all these little dogs, bichons and chihuahuas and other little fru fru dogs running around on the floor, and then a great dane walked into the room and stretched! Why he could reach as high as the table I was on! And the lady was clipping my toenails! And trimming my toe fur! I turned my head and looked at my mama and pleaded with her to get me out of there!
Mama says she wishes she had the camera, because the whole thing was ridiculously funny, dogs running all over and me looking pitiful up on the table. But she left her phone in the car, so no pictures.
I’m personally glad. It was humiliating.
When we left I was in such a hurry to get out of there that I ran up the 8 stairs outside. Up the stairs. Wait…I forgot I don’t do stairs. Mama called me a little stinker. I think that’s a compliment…right?
I’m ticked at my mama. Taking me to a wonderful park does not negate the secret groomer appointment. But I have to say my feet do look a whole lot better.
Don’t tell her I said that.
Walking a forest fire access road around the mountain we were surprised to find a bit of the lake hiding in back.
We were glad we took this road a bit further than we ever had before.
Katie says she hopes everyone gets out today on a walk filled with wonderful surprises.
And that you all get to take a nap after.
Sometimes when you wake up in early morning darkness you go back to sleep. And other days, for some reason, you get up, pull the curtains back and check the sky.
Last week I got lucky.
The sun was coming up over the hills behind me, just touching the house across the way as it sat under a big rolling cloud racing across the sky. The light was only like this for a moment. So brief I might have imagined it.
This morning I woke and caught a sliver of light through a crack in the blinds. It looked a bit gold, so I leaped out of bed and threw back the curtains.
Not gold, but just as rich.
“Those are Snaphappy Gal clouds!” I cried. (Go to her photography site, you’ll see she loves clouds!) Katie looked at me with held tilted as I raced outside with my camera.
And then the sky turned into a van Gogh right before my eyes.