What’s up with the weather in Georgia for the last two winters??!!
Last year I flew to Mackinac Island in February (where there was very little snow), and I got home just in time to watch the grass here at the lake slowly disappear beneath a beautiful layer of the white stuff! In south Georgia! And now, as I’m sure you’ve been hearing on the news, the South is once again having a round of “not-normal” below-freezing temps, icy roads, sleet and snow!
As they say, “location is everything”, and where you were in Georgia on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday determined which version of precipitation you received. Anything that doesn’t qualify as “liquid” in the South is big news, and we had a little of everything! With relatives and friends living from one end of the state to the other, I gave a “shout out” and received an armload of photos of the winter event. I know for all my northern readers these pics are nothing to write home about. But to us Georgia peaches, this is a big deal!
The northern part of the state got hit the hardest. According to the newspapers, Atlanta - where Jason and Blair are - is basically "paralyzed" until Friday. Downed power lines, lots of snow, then freezing rain and several nights of below freezing temps have kept the roads too dangerous to travel. Of course, that doesn't mean people have not traveled, and that translates into lots and lots of accidents. Jason and Blair haven't left their house for two days - well, they've left their house, but haven't left home. Can hardly tell where their yard ends and the road begins in this pic.
Beyla, Jason and Blair's Bernese Mountain Dog, thought he had died and gone to doggie Heaven. Like Bear, he is much better suited for cold weather than our usual warm southern winters.
Same Atlanta - different location. This is at my friend Lana's (of the cooking blog http://www.lanascooking.com) house this morning. Love the snowman her husband Bill made - right after he shoveled the snow!
My second cousin, Scott, attends the University of Georgia, and he shared this hilly snow-covered road in Athens today.
Another photo from Scott - of a wooden bridge somewhere outside of Athens.
The university was closed Monday and Tuesday, so Scott spent the day rambling around with his camera. Talk about some cold-looking water! Brrrrr!
First cousins Julie and Ronald (Scott's mom and dad) live outside of Sylvester (where I grew up - and about 40 miles from where we are now). This stand of bamboo was covered in tiny slivers of ice yesterday - beautiful!
Frozen red berries in Julie and Ronald's yard.
My friend Dawn took this great close-up shot of a pine spray - each needle individually encased in ice.
Unlike my family and friends, I've watched this cold weather event from the cozy warmth of our sunporch. Ted has occasionally been forced outside to bring in more firewood (we lost power for about three hours Monday morning), but baby, it's been COLD out there!
On Monday morning, after the sun rose high enough that we could see outside, the deck revealed a light dusting of snow. That quickly turned into slush, then froze back into ice. Bear's first steps out the door looked like a routine of slap-stick comedy as he slip-slided away
All of our trees wore ice dresses, including the old cypress out by the dock.
Maddie, like me, stayed all "snugged up" by the stove. Hot chocolate, reading, watching movies on the laptop, an occasional scurry out from under a throw to grab another log to top off the fire . . . that's been our routine the last two days here at the lake.
"Don't bother me, mom, I'm all warmmmmmm."
"You either, Bear".
We’re at least supposed to see the sun tomorrow, but the temperatures are only supposed to get colder over the next few days. Not as cold though as where Blake is this week, where it was 4 degrees this morning. Haven’t talked to him since he arrived, but have gotten a couple of very short emails – all positive. Yeahhhh!
Stay warm, and please stay off the roads if there’s ice where you are. See you Friday!