Thursday, February 13, 2014

When The Love(Shack) Grows Cold

We interrupt your winter storm watch for a very quick  photo op. I would post something more entertaining or interesting, but we've been dealing with Georgia's version of an ice storm around here, which means we've been playing cat and mouse with pine trees on the power lines.   It has been an on again - off again romance with Georgia Power since about 8:00 Wednesday morning.

Currently, we're on... again.

The folks out at the farm?
 They're still off. 
That would include The Love Shack as well.

In truth, the Farm Sister was made for such a time as this. That's not to say that she enjoys it. It's just that she's one of those super organized  preppers  who sees it as an opportunity to execute The Plan  without the corresponding zombie apocalypse.

The Newlywed Niece  had a plan too.  Her plan was to pack her bags and go home to mother.

 For one thing, she's kind of a nut off the Aunt Debbie Tree in the prepper department.

For another,  misery loves company. 

So they loaded the truck and made their way down the Georgia clay road that connects the Love Shack to the farmhouse.

Riddle me this, Blogland:  

What's slicker than red clay on a Georgia dirt road?

Nothing much, except maybe,
  ice on the  red clay on a Georgia dirt road.   

She's a bit of a nut off the Debbie Tree in another area too, though. While the husband was slip sliding away across the Georgia clay, she had him stop long enough to take a picture.  

A girl after my own heart. 

Isn't there a loveliness to it? 

I think so.

It's the whole reason for this blog post.

I'm not sure what kind of editing she did. All I know is that she smart- phoned the thing off to Facebook, which is where I saw it.   I thought it was too pretty not to share. If her lawyer calls me about copyright infringement, I'll let you know. 

As for me? That's all I have for now. I've been too busy trying to heat coffee over a Yankee candle to blog anything. Plus, our pictures aren't lovely at all. We don't  have icy oaks on a Georgia clay road. We have piney stick tree tops over a hot mess of a lawn.

Guess what we'll be doing for Valentines Day this year?



Woohooo and praise the LORD!
 Just wanted to update that she finally got her power back
 tonight (Saturday) at around 8:00 PM.


Janet Martin said...

The photo is gorgeous and your words are pure enjoyment. You are making lemonade from lemons for sure! We had an ice-storm here in Dec. where some folk were out of power for a week! We were out for four days so we could 'play pioneer':) Our power came on, on Christmas Eve! Keep warm and safe!

Happy Valentine's Day.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

That photo is eerily gorgeous, Debbie! It is so odd to see that Georgia clay juxtaposed against the white, icy trees.

I know pine trees in ice storms. Not fun. I hope y'all are safe and warm and continue to have power. I got a picture from my cousin's wife who is visiting their youngest at Yale, and the snow is DEEP. She was shocked that people hopped in their cars and drove sans snow chains. We had some snow chains that my father would use once in a blue moon when there was an inch of snow! Daddy was a prepper, too. ;-).


Sheila... Who entertained herself grandly today with a new photo app!

Chatty Crone said...

You know I do not understand copyrights. You are not saying it is yours - you just want to share the beauty and yes it was beautiful - so I hope she appreciates our love for that photo! sandie

Barbara F. said...

stay as warm and cozy as can. be, Deb. we have a ton more snow and supposed to get more overnight! Ugh! Happy Valentine's Day in spite of this weather.

elizabeth said...

Stay safe and warm! We had that weather last weekend.

elizabeth said...

Stay safe and warm! We had that weather last weekend.

Sharon said...

I'm thinking this isn't a good time to tell you about the mini-heatwave we're having in Southern California right now. 80's down below, 70's up here in the mountains. I'm in shorts and bare feet.

Doesn't mean that I don't FEEL your pain, though. (Wanna fly out here???)

This was indeed a very ethereal and lovely photo. There is a stark beauty in the worst weather - and this *Debbie-offshoot of a niece* certainly proves that!

Stay warm, stay safe - please...

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very cool pic, I love the coloring! What's that word I'm using to describe this winter??? Oh yea, it's been "challenging"... Glad everyone is ok and I hope we all have a nice thaw soon:@)

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Wow! That photograph looks like a painting rather than a phone pic. I agree with Sheila: "eerily gorgeous"

I've been wondering if the ice got as far south as you... and remembering our first ice storm in Louisiana amidst those pine trees -- power outage and all. Not fun! Our NC daughter has been snowed in and cooped up at home with two little ones for several days now, but thankfully they have power. I've heard we had our own challenges at home in TN, but we've been in Indiana dealing with 20-below-zero temperatures. Thankfully today is a warming trend; we're all the way up to 22!

Get through all your excitement then call me! We've got lots to talk about...

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I love your beautiful pictures! You all are having some really rough weather. Praying for you all and stay warm. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Sue said...

That is a beautiful picture Debbie. Ice is always pretty to look at and that's about as far as it goes. I had to laugh at the picture you painted of the coffee cup and the Yankee candle!
Stay safe and I'll say a prayer that our beautiful TX weather makes it way to GA to melt all of that ice.

Debbie said...

GORGEOUS picture! I am reading of everyone's snow and ice and starting to feel guilty over here..we are suppose to hit 81 today and I am complaining. Think I'd better shut the big one, lol. Stay warm my friend,. and Happy Valentines Day to you and yours! HUGS

Mrs.Rabe said...

I feel your no power pain - remembering from last week!

We didn't lose ours this time, though briefly it went out and we all yelled "NO!" and it came back on! Lol!

We had 18 inches! And 1-4 coming tonight with a 'clipper system."

Yeah, we are done with the charm of snow!


Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

I keep hearing about your state. This has been a wild winter for most of us. That is a beautiful picture.
Great post! Stay warm and safe.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

It is beautiful! It captured the ice! We did not lose power during this storm....but I am still so glad to see it melt

Angel said...

God bless you Debbie! You still have your humor even in the midst of what sounds like a pretty yucky weather event. Forgive me for chuckling at the thought of you sitting over a yankee candle trying to heat your coffee. :) I hope it worked.

Elizabeth Dianne said...

That photo could win an award--hauntingly, exquisitely beautiful--

hope your electricity stay on--we don't realize how blessed we are until we do without it--

Happy Valentine's Day. love you

Cheryl @ TFD said...

That's a really beautiful photo! Hope the ice didn't cause too much damage or power outages. Stay safe and warm!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

I'm guessin' there will be some serious cuddlin' goin' on :))
the photo is awesome ! and, hey what's not to love about Georgia clay???
I am about 2 hours South from you and it is sunny and 70*. I want to send some sun and warm up to you but right now am selfishly enjoying it.

Maryann said...

What a great photo, it's been a rough winter to be sure, keep safe and warm

Vee said...

It is a wonderful photo. Very uniquely Georgia, I presume. It looks other-worldly to me. I hope that all rights itself for you folks soon. Will this pull you out of any drought?

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That photo is beautiful!

We were without power for about 8 hours and then after it went off we could here transformers blowing close buy. So we kept expecting the electricity to go back out but thankfully it has stayed on. What a winter!

kitty said...

My, your niece's picture is gorgeous, Debbie! This will be the winter to write down in history books, for a lot of folks around the country. It's not fun in Dallas when the icy weather hits, so I feel your pain. Hopefully by now the ice is melting??? xo

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Wow Debbie, this picture is awesome!! It looks like an old watercolor!

I'm sorry you're having to deal with power outages; that is THE most frustrating thing. I know there are lots of pine trees in Georgia, and they are bad to fall. We had a lot of pine trees at the house we grew up in, and we were always holding our breath during the winter ice storms.

I hope it all gets sorted out soon. I honestly can't remember a winter where there was snow on the ground in 49 out of 50 states. Isn't that incredible?! Yet, the snow is melting on the ski slopes in Sochi, Russia. An unusual winter, to say the least.

Thanks for sharing the picture, Debbie! I hope you have a good weekend.



Sue said...

Beautiful photo, Debbie, we dodged the ice bullet,though the weatherman had me convinced that we would get some ice and loose power, so I got busy filling every container I could find with water,however we ended up with 9 inches of snow here at the farm I am happy to report, the snow left as quickly as it came! The great thing about the south, stay around the weather will change.
hope you soon have power, just think next week we can sunbathe!

Linda said...

I absolutely love southern sweet talk! Georgia wet red clay. Be still my heart. Wet and icy here with so much snow. More to come. Dang that Poxy Phil as my girls call him. I'm having to educate them about being southern.

Chel @ Sweetbriar Dreams said...

That photo had me mesmerized. She needs to get a watermark on that and get it to a Christmas card manufacturer! Beautiful xx

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I am always struck by how much you can miss power!!!! And, how MUCH you can appreciate it when it comes back on! Oh, girl. I'm ready for SPRING! ;) We are having a warm weekend... for now. LOL! blessings ~ tanna

Denise said...

That photo is eerily beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. It really would make a great Christmas card.

We are so very grateful to have that power back. I was happy to host the not-so-newlyweds during this ice storm but now I've got to restock and make some more (lest I say better?) plans. And of course, clean up the mess outside.

Christine said...

I'm with Newlywed Niece. I'd run home too! I'm not the camping in the dark and cold or without warm running water.
When this did happen to me, Hersey Chocolate Company's stock went up for weeks on end.

Glad you posted the picture. Now you have to find someone to post the Bail money.

Kath said...

Beautiful pic!
Thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting (I did see both comments). You have a charming place here and I will surely follow your blog! Blessings :-)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Enchanting is the word that comes to mind while viewing that picture. Stay warm.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Wen you cut off my ability to yak back, I just yak on a previous post. Not sure you have seen this!

I feel for you, sugar, and septic issues are not fun. Hope it gets settled soon and that the trees stop falling.

Love to you and the Duchess!



The Polka Dot Closet said...

OMG, I missed your ice storm...Holy cow. And You are running in many different directions. Poop (Couldn't help my self) on the septic problem...but like you said, could be worse! It would be so wonderful if you, your sister and the Duchess could make it to Florida some time!!! We would have so much fun!


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Debbiedoos said...

That indeed was a bad one Debbie! Worst Winter I can recall in years. Well, the only bad one I really remember is Blizzard of 77 when I was a kid in Buffalo, and a hurricane or two we had in S. Florida when I lived there. I am longing for Spring and birdies. I am glad you are all safe and sound and the power is back.

Kathleen said...

It must be awful to be without power like that but so good to have family close by to go to. And yes that picture is gorgeous! I would've stopped to take one too. :)

Dawn WeCallItJunkin said...

Beautiful photo and I've been enjoying catching up on your posts, all, especially your beautiful tribute to the Sunday School lady. Blessings - Dawn @ We Call It

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh Debbie, I'm so sorry for all of your ice troubles. I don't know if you were reading my blog a few years ago, when Ark. had a huge ice storm, and we were without power for a week. I really kind of enjoyed it - at least for awhile. The only things I had trouble with was not having internet or a hair dryer. After the first few days without power, all we heard all day long was power saws. The trees still show signs of that storm. amazing that this gorgeous photo could come out of something that is as scary as silence, with only the thuds of falling trees and limbs. Hope you have recuperated from the storm. laurie

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