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June, 2018

If someone told me to go jump in a lake, take a long walk off a short pier, walk the plank or go swimming with the fishes, I would take it as not an insult but a grand suggestion because the HEAT IS ON in Guntersville!

As I pondered on this, the thought occurred to me that we often relate negative descriptions with heat. “He/she is a hot head” or “hot under the collar”. Sometimes heat brings unwanted feelings and it makes us want to recoil from the physical discomfort it can bring. When we are angry, we “boil up” and “see red”. When conversations become heated, it’s never a good thing. I could go on and on with such analogies but you get my point.

Years ago, I had a very wise and patient machine shop instructor (Yes, I am a machinist but I will leave that to another blog at another time) tell me that the difference between a good machinist and a great machinist is how well you correct your mistakes. I will never forget how those words struck me. The lesson can be applied to countless areas of life. First we have to realize there is a mistake and take accountability. We then have to try to make it good. Now, good is a somewhat relative term and what is good for one may not be good enough for someone else. I think at the end of the day we have to do what is best for ourselves. Our greatness is held in our own minds regardless of what other people think, say, or do. We all have a personal best and my high score is my own and no one else’s. I consider this a building of character. Everyone is on a different path at different stages of life. We are unique in our experiences. Sometimes we are in agreement and sometimes we are not. This is what makes us diverse and interesting. If we were all the same, how boring would life be? Some of you are probably cringing in disagreement of this. I just have to say, it’s ok, and let it go.

I digress, but with some connection.

You don’t have to look far on social and news media to find people getting hot headed, engaging in heated conversations and even boiling over in madness because of conflicting ideas of what is good. If heat is something we physically and mentally consider negative, then why do people engage it so willingly? Are we like moths to the flame? I am not immune to the propensity to lash out when words and ideas conflict my own. It takes a lot of resolve and discipline to stay out of the heat of battle. Anyone who has launched angry words knows that there is no reset button. The words cut and gnash at the receiver and create callouses on our hearts and in our minds that can last a lifetime. Is this who we want to be? Are we willing to go down in flames for the sake of our pride? It happens every day. Just watch the moths at night. Thousands and thousands of years in existence and they still perish for their desires. I like to think we are much smarter than the moth.

My Grandmother used to say that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. No one’s mind is ever changed because someone insulted them. We can’t control many circumstances in life, but we can control how we respond to them. Make effort to step back, cool off, take a dip in refreshing waters and renew the mind and spirit with things that are of love and appreciation. In turn, you will shine a little brighter and attract others to a good kind of light.


MAYbe Is So Uncertain!

May, 2018

May just got away from me. In some ways I wish it good riddance. I have to acknowledge that it came (and went) with some profound life lessons. What better place to share such lessons than on a boat storage website? Life can be bizarre, I am learning to just roll with it.

Last month I was diagnosed with a rather rare and large adrenal tumor. I will spare you all the medical jargon but I have apparently been sick for many years because of it. I had no idea. It would require major surgery to remove. In a matter of weeks, Tony and I were in a tail spin of “what ifs”. I can’t explain the feeling exactly, but uncertain was definitely on the list of emotions.

My turning point date was May 10. Obviously, I survived to blog about it. I am already amazed at how much healthier I am becoming since getting rid of the parasite that was slowly sucking the life out of me. So slow, that I didn’t even notice. Sometimes it just hits me -“Wow that was a close one!”

We all have life sucks. Take notice, get rid of them and LIVE! (That’s my profound lesson here). Get those campers and boats out and do what you love. If you happen see us around the property, don’t hesitate to wave or say hello. I won’t be hard to spot or catch because I am still moving kind of slow; however, I am so happy to be here and I am grateful for each and every one of our customers. Take care of yourselves and each other.


April Fools!

April, 2018

Punxsutawney Phil warned us that winter would stick around 6 extra weeks. People scoffed, jeered and called him a charlatan. But this year, he wasn’t being just a cute varmint that has a propensity for anxiety attacks at the sight of a shadowy figure. No, this year was his “Revenge of the Nerd” moment. He is now laid up in his cushy lair laughing the last laugh because he has proven the naysayers wrong and reestablished his respectable duty for predicting the weather. He even threw in a couple extra weeks of the chill for good measure. Thanks Phil!

In spite of Phil and his unwelcome winter through spring prediction. We still anticipate the warmer days that are coming soon. There is HOPE that is a lifeline from the incessant cold days. It is what takes our minds away from despair when we feel that we have had enough.

As I look over everyone’s campers and boats that are lovingly tucked away at our facility, I think of what they represent. We envision our days camping and boating, enjoying life with those whom we love. We long to break away from the grinds of life, relax, to be in the present moment, and soak up some much needed sunshine. You feel better just thinking about it, don’t you? Me too.

Hold on to those good thoughts. Brush off the barnacles of winter and let’s prepare for some good times. Don’t forget to be grateful for even these cold, dreary days. Even ugly days hold a purpose, if nothing more than to give a contrast to help us appreciate more. That is no April foolin! - Sharon

Springtime Security

March 2, 2018

Yesterday marked our 1st full month in business. I can honestly say that I had no idea how much work goes in to making a business run. I am not complaining. It is rewarding work and gives a great sense of accomplishment, but I do often wonder if many other small business owners feel like they are navigating through a mystery maze in the dark. We have reached out to mentors but they tend to keep the advice generic and almost textbook. No one wants to give the ugly truth or discourage anyone’s dreams. I get that. I suppose if we all knew of every pit fall that is possible, we would never leave our homes, much less make leaps of faith. Fear is a powerful thing. It can immobilize and debilitate. There is no room for that here.

Every problem presents opportunity. We can grow through the mistakes. We can become PROficient at the many tasks necessary to operate not only in business but in life. It is much about choice and controlling the thoughts of self-defeat. Tony and I have encountered many challenges through this journey and those challenges have tested us at levels we could have never imagined. We have asked ourselves many times “What have we gotten ourselves in to?” I have decided that it is better to ask this than live in regret of never trying.

Finding a balance between security and risk can be a tight wire walk. There are no absolutes. This reminds me of the words of Erin Hanson, “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

By the way, our security cameras are available for customer access now. We think it’s a real cool feature to have. Check it out. - Sharon

Blog Fog

January 9, 2018

I actually had to Google “What is a blog?” today. I know what you are thinking and no, I don’t live under a rock. Technology, as it spins and evolves ever faster, is sometimes hard to keep up with much less catch and understand. I have simply been busy with other life issues to care- Until now.

What I quickly gleaned from my worldwide search is; blogging is a means of having a (mostly) one sided conversation with the world about anything that matters to the author. But you probably already knew this. Bear with me. This really is going somewhere. I am just not sure where at the moment.

I had to let this sink in. The realization that I have the stage. Here I am, keyboard in hand. What do I want to share with the world? As an American, I have the freedom to say anything I want. What a powerful tool to have. I can use my words to promote a boat and RV storage business, build people up or tear ideas down. I can choose to be a positive or a real negative nanny. My heart truly leans towards promoting positive, helpful thoughts and ideas. I will take my freedom with a dose of responsibility. I want to do good things.

I digress.

Let me just start by saying WELCOME to our site. We are embarking on a journey together. My husband and I are new business owners and we have learned so much over recent years. We love this little corner of Alabama and have invested our lives in planting roots here. This blog has been started on our website to promote it. To stay relevant in the web of internet. It is one of the things we have (and still are) learning. But I can see this being so much more! This is a means of connection. We are just normal people trying to do extraordinary things in life. Maybe you are too. If one life can be inspired in this process, what a wonderful gift that would be!

Boat storage is just a part of who we are. We would love to be a service to you if you need us. Check back soon, learn a little more. Let’s grow together. - Sharon 

Guntersville Rescue Squad cautions boaters about cold weather!

January 8, 2018


GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. -- (WHNT 19) The cold temperatures can lead to life-threatening situations out on the water. Guntersville Rescue Squad members have already made several rescues during these cold months.

"They get out there, they get into trouble, they don't realize how quickly hypothermia can set in and how quickly they can get into a serious situation that they probably didn't realize was going to happen," explained Guntersville Rescue Squad public relations officer C.J. Jones. That's a situation she and other members of the organization see on Lake Guntersville when it turns cold.

There's usually nowhere to get a break from the wind on the water. Jones said coupled with freezing temperatures and splashes of icy water, that can often lead to a life-threatening situation. She says also if you fall in you only have a short time to react. "The initial shock almost renders you to the point where you pretty much can't function."

She encourages boaters to go out prepared. "Have some dry clothes in a dry bag. Have blankets, have another heat source such as HotHands, a thermal blanket, you can get those emergency blankets at Walmart. Something that if you do get wet, get back in the boat, you can get that taken care of up until you can get us out there." Check your boating equipment before you head out. Jones said they've rescued stranded boaters during frigid nights because of equipment failure.

And a life-saving precaution - "Wear your life jacket. If that's the one thing I could stress, make sure that you have that on, make sure that you're wearing it," Jones added.

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