Back in Tennessee

After wandering aimlessly (and loving it) for the last month and a half, we have finally made our way back to Tennessee. This little town, well, it’s not so much a town as an exit off the freeway, is nestled in the mountains and has the Pigeon River running right through it. It consists of a couple of gas stations, an RV park, a few houses and about a half a dozen rafting and adventure companies. Since it is still so early in the year, and tourist season has not yet begun, we have the campground completely to ourselves. This is very beneficial in that we can send the kids out to play without worrying about disturbing other campers. This came in handy this morning since we woke up to snow. The most snow we have seen all winter. Needless to say, we had some very excited kids.

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Snow, South Carolina Style

Coming from an area that always gets too much snow, it has been somewhat strange not having any snow at all. South Carolina must have known that the kids were missing at least a little bit of the fluffy white stuff, because she shared some with us. It didn’t last long, but it stuck around long enough for the kids to make a few balls for a snowman that was never quite put together. And halfway through their snowball fight the snow was mostly all gone, so they had to resort to pinecones. And an occasional deer poop or two.

Throw in a nature trail, a peaceful lake, a playground and a crane, and it made for a near perfect day.

Time to Clean!!

I had a post planned for today, but I do not think it is going to happen. All I find myself wanting to do is clean, clean, clean this little piggy. After Christmas I usually feel the need to clean things out, but living in Waldo only makes me want it more. I have to work tonight so I better get busy. But, just for fun, I thought I would share a few pictures from yesterday.

It is raining outside, but I see a little bit of snow mixed in… I am going to have some happy kiddos. 🙂

Welcome Winter!

O, wind,
If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

When we arrived here in Kentucky, we were warned that it was going to be a bad winter. Apparently it had something to do with the large number of caterpillars. Coming from an area that always has cold and snowy winters, we were sure that we would be able to handle anything Kentucky decided to dish out.

We had no idea what we were in for.

Today is the official first day of winter. The shortest day of the year. It has not snowed yet and I can count on one hand how many times the temperature has dipped below freezing. I have yet to put on anything warmer than a sweatshirt, five-fingers are still my shoes of choice. I am forced to wear capris on a daily basis. My neglected snow boots are collecting dust in the basement while my winter coat hangs untouched in the back of the closet.

This is, by far, the worse winter we have ever had to endure.

And I love it.

And yes, I am aware that I just jinxed it.

Tomorrow will be the worst snow storm in Kentucky’s history…

Happy winter everyone! Longer days are on their way, and my heart is smiling.

PS – I love Kentucky!

Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She
withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and
stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them
for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. ~Hugh Macmillan,
“Rejuvenescence,” The Ministry of Nature, 1871