Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Beautiful Day To Be Alive

It got cold last night so we cranked up the old fireplace this morning as we drank our coffee and waited for the morning sun to knock the chill off the day. The dogs love this weather and this morning when we went for our walk we were almost trampled as we went out the gate toward the barn.
After lunch we drove north to a small community near Cullman, Alabama to buy fresh honey. We called before we made the trip up and she said she would not be home but that she would leave the honey in a container by her mailbox. When we arrived she had a small glass-front container heated by a single 100 watt light bulb. There was a small mailbox next to the honey container where people leave their money for the there's a sweet rhyme for you. We bought four jars of honey. She lives on a farm and as we were turning around to leave, we saw bee hives all around the periphery of her pastures and near her barns.
I have used sugar in my coffee all my life until about three months ago when I started using raw, unprocessed local honey. It's really good and Jilda swears it's good for us too.
After we scored our honey we drove back south on secondary roads. In Hanceville we passed a sign for the Shrine for the Most Holy Sacrament. I wasn't sure what that was, but the sign said it was only seven miles away so we decided to have a look. We drove out and discovered a beautiful place on the banks of the Mulberry Fork of the Warrior River. It was built by Nuns in the mid 90's. They do tours and it has some kind of gift shop and other neat looking stuff but we had Ol' Buddy with us and I had a feeling the Nuns might frown upon a gnarly little varmint on the tour so we decided to return another day.
It was a nice day....a beautiful day to be alive.

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