I have the urge to travel-northeast to be exact. This time of year the view from the top of Little River Canyon is quite simply breathtaking. I have been wanting to hike down to the canyon, but have been waiting for cooler weather so I don't encounter any rattlers. Last spring it wasn't a rattler I encountered, but dogs that had me headed for the trees. There we were: me, my mother, and my three children in the middle of the forest. We could hear the dogs approaching (barking wildly). They were on the other side of a creek so we never saw them but could tell by the number of barks that it was a pack. I was concerned and shared my opinions with my mom and oldest son, "Bama". We started to head back down the trail, in the direction we had come. It was a good way to the parking area where our vehicle was. As we walked, I scoped out trees, ones that would be good for climbing. It was then that I saw the dogs in the distance, 4 shepard looking dogs-large dogs-coming up the trail in front of us. I knew better than to run, but I told everyone, "To the tree, quick". We changed direction again, "There", I pointed to a very large pine that had broken off midway. It was high enough to be out of reach. I shoved my children, them screaming, up on the trunk. My mom and I followed. We turned back to see the weirdest site, the dogs (4 Shepard looking dogs) that had barked to wildly were walking very slowly towards some rocks. They didn't even make eye contact with us. Then they disappeared. We sat in the tree for about 10 minutes,to be on the safe side. Then we shimmed down and began back down the trail, as we passed the rocks we looked cautiously-nothing. To this day I still cannot figure where the dogs went without any of us seeing them. It was quite a few nervous moments that my kids laugh about today...getting "treed" by the "wild dogs". But it is something that you don't think being cautious of when you are in the woods. Next time, I will bring that can of mace I purchased last week. Mace just in case.
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Leigh discusses home decor, thriftiness (its an art) road trips and life as a stay at home mom. Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer, writer and wanna-be roller derby queen/rock star. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the south with her three children and husband "Big Daddy".
"Whatever you give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she'll give you a baby. If you give her a house, she'll give you a home. If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal. If you give her a smile, she'll give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of s*&t."
Words of Wisdom
"Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen."-Jimmy Buffett
Sea Joy When I go down by the sandy shore,I can think of nothing I want moreThan to live by the booming blue seaAs the seagulls flutter round about me. I can run around when the tide is outWith the wind and the sand and the sea all about,And the seagulls are swirling and diving for fish.Oh, to live by the sea is my only wish. - Jacqueline Bouvier
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream." --- Mark Twain
The cure for anything is salt water---sweat, tears, or the sea. ~Isak Dinesen
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.Philippians 4:12,13 NIV
Live a good life and in the end it's not the years in the life, it's the life in the years.~ Abe Lincoln
Let your boat of life be light Packed with only what you need --A homely home and simple pleasures,One or two friends, worth the name,Someone to love and someone to love you,A cat, a dog, and a pipe or two,Enough to eat and enough to wear,And a little more than enough to drink...For thirst is a dangerous thing. -- Jerome K Jeromefrom "Three Men in a Boat"
The love of God is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt
"We can make our plans,But the LORD determinesour steps" Proverbs 16:9
"Let us not forget what is best remembered or may we not remember what is best forgotten."
"Fish and overnight guest stink after three days." ~plaque at Fish Camp Restaurant, Orange Beach, Alabama
"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human being experience."
"A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future and accepts you today just the way you are." Proverbs 27:17
The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything they have. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Live simply. Love generously. Care Deeply. Speak Kindly. Leave the Rest to God.
Worry is a robber of time and energy. Take comfort within that God's power is what we truly need. Heknows our needs before we can even ask for them.
If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry. Faith is the ability to not panic.
Don't "find" a religion. "Find" your relationship with God. ~Bill Burgess
"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."-Mark Twain