Thursday, January 3, 2013


Most of you know that this southern granny 
and her sweet ole Bob
went north for the holidays.
Well, I am here to tell you that I have never seen more than three to four inches of snow on the ground at one time. Even that would have melted by mid-day!

Our plans were to leave Tennessee the day after Christmas
and visit Illinois through New Year's Day.
With travel advisories that called for survival kits,
we opted to set out on the 27th.

We checked with the Kentucky state patrol and were assured that the interstates were clear for our trek north.
Now, I was some kinda excited. Wow! This is the most snow I had ever seen! Diana of "Nana Takes a Break" offered to send me
a semi-truck load. Diana, I will take a rain check, send that
to Savannah in August!
We were traveling I-24 and I-57. I was giddy as a schoolgirl.
Alright, all you snowbirds, quit laughing!
We arrived in southern Illinois safely but it was cold so this snow was hanging around.
Grandson's car never left the driveway the entire time we were there. I told you he was smart! 
Hey Dad! What's that?
Safe in the arms of "his" human, Little Man is brave!
After a few days we were alerted that round two was on the way!

Round Two

This car was driven several times daily.
I got brave enough to take some pictures from the front porch!
This is looking toward a forest reserve.

With Kim at the wheel, we head out for a little thrifting.
Or should I say drifting?
A glance across the field as we leave.
This is that view in the fall.

With more of this scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Bob and I cry "Uncle" and snap a few more pictures as we head south.

Love y'all, see you in the fall!!!!!!!
I have a greater appreciation for you who 
inhabit this frozen tundra...well make that anyone north of Atlanta! Brrrrrr!
Bev, my nose is pink does that count?

Party with me here!
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Heirloom treasures said...

Ginger,we are sweltering in 44c heat today,so your post was so welcome. It instantly made me feel cooler. The pics are beautiful. xx

Lynn said...

Oh how pretty! Love that you captured the snow coming down too! Sounds like you had an exciting trip-Happy 2013:@)

Chatty Crone said...

Some times you have to be careful for what you wish for. Glad you had fun.

Babs said...

Ginger, all that snow reminds me of when we lived in Montana.This southern gal has had enough snow to last a lifetime. Your photos are great. That's the way I like to see snow. Oh,did you find anything thrifting?


Hello my favorite southern Belle! I'm so happy to see you around and so lucky to find your great snow post. Looks like you and Bob had a super trip, and the images are stunning! I miss snow at this time of year, but here we have sometimes a spring, or fall kind of weather..yeah, very comfy, but I miss my NY winter wonderland for the holidays. Wish you, Bob and all you family a blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2013! May God bless the USA in the new year.

Gina said...

LOL! You have to admit that it is pretty though, right? ;D

Unknown said...

Ginger, what was all that white stuff???! When my children were very small we went to Colorado to snow ski. They were amazed that the kids there actually had to go to school with all the snow on the ground. Don't they know that's an instant holiday!? Beautiful to look at, but still happy to live where it seldom falls...

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

How wonderful! Here in northern Illinois, we only got a trace amount of snow for the holidays. We haven't had a "real" snow yet this winter.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Ginger all that snow is gorgeous but let me live just south of Atlanta any day. I did live in Boston for many years and I've had my day with snow. Glad you and Bob made it home.

hugs, Linda

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Beautiful pictures Ginger!! We have snow on the ground here too, today didn't make it past 20 degrees!

The Checkered Apple said...

You took some great shots while you were there! I love the pictures taken from the porch of the reserve.

NanaDiana said...

LOL- ahhhhh...ya big chicken. There is nothing like getting behind the wheel and doing cheerios with your car in a parking lot. lol

I am glad you got to see some snow but I am glad you traveled safe and sound. If you are not used to driving in the stuff it can be tricky. I don't mind driving in it at all as long as there is not ice involved. If there is ice I stay home.

I will see if I can find a refrigerated truck to hold that snow for you until August- xo Diana

Barbara F. said...

No Ginger, I wouldn't want to be in that snowy place with more on the way, no sirree, I am way too north for my liking as it is! Happy New Year! xo

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Ginger, I'm glad you got to enjoy the snow! It really is gorgeous, but I wouldn't want to contend with it all the time either. Happy New Year, my friend!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Ginger, I really enjoyed this! I am like you; snow is a novelty...exciting! I love the pictures from the porch! It's so pretty. Not sure I could ever live in it though. We plan to go to the snow (Reno) this weekend. We are only 1 1/2 away (Tahoe area) and it's supposed to be sunny and nice. Your post got me excited about our getaway!!! Happy New Year!

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
Wow, you two are brave souls!
Yes, we have driven in heavier snow than that. You were lucky for having the roads nice clear. I never forget one winter when I drove to work in The Netherlands in early morning when my car went drifting... from right to left and barely I avoided another vehicle. When he asked me if I was okay, I realized I had to continue driving or I would become too scared to ever drive again. That was on fresh snow and once it gets packed by cars it is slippery.
In Italy or on the way over we had lots of snow. It looks great for some wonderful pictures but I prefer to live in Georgia! The same for living in Pennsylvania; oh my what a snow.
Glad you're safely back here and yes, we have to hurry for ever capturing this white stuff here in the south. It will melt away in hours!

Debbie said...

It may be cold, but it sure is BEAUTIFUL!! (Yeah, I know that's easy to say sitting here outside of Savannah...)

I'm glad you had a snowy holiday!

Debbiedoos said...

No more snow for this ole gal and family. We had our fill. Happy new Year Ginger.

Suzy said...

What a gorgeous winter wonderland! Lucky you to get to enjoy it right at Christmas. So glad your travels were safe. The most snow that I've ever seen was when I lived in Asheville, NC as a child. I can't remember how many inches it was, but we missed three straight weeks of school and had to make it up on Saturdays. I'd love to have one good snow this year! My hubby is from Wisconsin and thinks that I'm nuts for wanting snow. xo

Anonymous said...

You go Granny!...boy-O-boy I could have me some fun in that white stuff.

So glad yall had a safe enjoyable trip.

~Jo @ LoblollyLane

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I love in Illinois so I really enjoyed your pictures! They are beautiful! Glad you had a safe trip for your holiday.

Unknown said...

Ginger! I am proud of you and your sweetie Bob for venturing North!The pics are so beautiful and that is one reason for staying. Love that you went "thrifting in the drifting snow !! Very clever!! We are as far North as you can go without leaving the contiguous U.S. (Cleveland)..Come on, we '' take you sledding! huggs!! Dianna

xinex said...

Beautiful pictures, Ginger. We used to love in Ill so have had a lot of it and I don't miss it. ....Christine

Jeanne said...

Hi Ginger, Your snow adventure was awesome. I was born in MI so I have seen deep snow. Snow that drifted over our farm house back door. Our dad had to dig a tunnel to get out the door. I only remember the fun because I was a kid. It is fun to visit but not fun to live in. Smile.

Happy 2013.
xo, Jeanne

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Girlfriend, I grew up in Minnesota,before moving to Florida, this just makes my toes cold!

Now, You get out in the garage and start working on that dress form, the ball will be here before you know it!


Dianne said...

Your post made me miss my home state of PA. I know my feeling about snow are totally nostalgic and I would hate it if I had to drive in it daily, but it sure is pretty. Beautiful pictures. dianne

Scribbler said...

I had to laugh! I will tell you why later!

eileeninmd said...

It is nice that you were able to enjoy the snow and then leave it behind for the warmer south. Your photos are pretty though! Wishing you and your family a very happy New Year!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So funny, I bet your nose was pink!!!
Beautiful photographs and lovely snow! I'm like you and usually see no more than a few inches that melts very quickly. I would love a good snow that lasts at least a few days, especially if I can be inside, curled up by a fire with some coffee!

DearHelenHartman said...

Oh what fun it is to ride... with Savannah Granny today, Hey! Fun post, great pics.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

I suppose this falls under the category that the grass is always greener on the other side of the this case, the snow is always deeper. We Southerners do love our snow. LOL.

Curtains in My Tree said...

So glad to read you had a good trip to my neck of the woods

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Hi, Ginger! I've been wanting to check in on you, then you visited me and my hot chocolate post--we should've gotten the snow and the hot chocolate post together, right?? :) The snow IS beautiful--to a point, huh? Here in Ohio I still get a little excited over its beauty, and that quickly changes to "Why are we here instead of Florida?!" Ahhh, yes, that strong tug of family. So snow it is, but not without some complaining!! I'm ready for your visit any time, and since it's hot chocolate I'm serving, you should come now...we're expecting below zero wind chill factors tonight :(

Thanks for stopping by, Ginger! Always so good to hear from you! ~Zuni

P.S. Your pictures are beautiful! I love the red fence one!

Creations By Cindy said...

Wow at the snow Ginger! Your pictures are breath-taking! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow..that's a lot of snow!!!...Now your grandson's car looks like it a convertible?...This weather certainly has been crazy...It will be in the teens here tonight!...

The French Hutch said...

Your photos are breathtaking! We had an inch last week. Ha, bet you're laughing now. Hey I was a happy grandma! Thanks for taking us along, I enjoyed your trip.........

The French Hutch

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I hope you are doing will. I also hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day with the love of your life Bob.

XXOO Diane

Sarah said...

Ginger, still checking back to see if you've posted. Hope all is well. We miss you..........Sarah

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Such a beautiful place! It's snowing here today in Mammoth Lakes, Ca...but this is a ski town and everyone loves it and is so prepared!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Ginger, these photos are beautiful. Your son's home and the surrounding land look wonderful. So glad you had a good, safe trip. laurie

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Ginger,
Hope you're doing both okay.
You did snow and we did WATER last week... had some flooding in Pieter's work shop but no damage. Only missing out on our night sleep. But we will catch up on that slowly.
Hugs to you,

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