Kiss of the Sun

Endless Sanctuary, Highlands NC

There is . . .

There is . . . something to be said for mountain homes covered in a rhododendron forest. Rhodies in our mountains can grow to 30 feet tall! While absolutely lovely, it can sometimes be a bit dark, especially on a rainy day. Since this area is a rain forest, 4500 feet up, there is always rain here and there, especially to refresh and flourish the coming summer blooms that mass up in the spring and summer in this spectacular town.

There is . . .always on the plus side, the stunning possibility of feeling inside a tree as you lay on your back, swaying with the oak tree limb movement… on the sofa looking out the lodge fireside room skylights! Seeing the glints of light playing on the tree limbs and leaves makes you feel at one with the tree. That’s certainly much better than climbing 50 feet in the air to observe the same thing!

There is . . .something to be said for fading eyes of a once blossoming ‘sweet young thing’ as she appears at the front door looking across the room into the kitchen. Kazham! It’s light and delight in the kitchen with the new canned lights and the skylight just installed. The way the light plays on the antique wormy chestnut cabinets is awesome!

Remind me to quit trying to turn off the light switch—when it’s already off!

Let there be LIGHT! remodeling in process.



May 15, 2010 Posted by | Norton Creek Lodge, Remodeling | 2 Comments

Tweet and not twitter

Here's looking at you, kid.. and you'd better skidaddle!

I’m peeking but cannot see. I’m listening but cannot hear. Just what is going on in that fake plant hanging on the edge of my mountain deck? I get scolded if I go too close! That’s when I really get to hear Mama or Papa bird tweet if I try to sit on the deck railing and take a picture. they are good parents.
As we sit quietly at the deck picnic table we have a front row seat. Mama is bringing succulent lunch to something inside that silk spider plant; a bit of worm is dangling from her mouth as she peers around making sure it is safe to hop under the fake leaf with her prize lunch. I do hear a bit of a chirp when I sit inside the sliding door of the den and listen as I type this… but nuthing, absolutely nuthin’ if we sit closer by! I’m afraid that the unveiling will be after we are gone-maybe in time for a rental guest! How lovely.
Meanwhile I’ll have to be content to watch the first trillium flowers begin to pop through the 3 leaves–just waiting for the applause.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Flowers, Norton Creek Lodge | Leave a comment

Cozy warm wait for Spring

Highlands NC

I don’t know why my calendar is hesitating in winter and just won’t budge into Spring! I’m ready for the leap but the calendar is not. If that means I must wait to see each of my lovely flowers, then I’m going to do it in cozy style, wrapped up in a warm blanket, with a great book and a roaring fire in the fireplace. Ahhhh peace, taken out of the suitcase and placed gently on the hearth for me to indulge. Pass the bon bons. No make that Qachbal’s Chocolates (Tampa FL) Dark Toodles-crisp snapping pecans wrapped in caramel and delectable mouth-watering fresh chocolate… There’s an ap for that, too!

Lodge Living Room

March 30, 2010 Posted by | Entertainment, Norton Creek Lodge | 3 Comments