Saturday, February 8, 2014

I'm Gone


I've come to the conclusion that James Taylor wrote Carolina in My Mind in February.
And quite possibly at a beat-up blue desk somewhere in Northern Indiana.

Friday was our 10th school cancellation this winter.

Let's pause for a moment of reflection.

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I just want some green, man.
A vast, sweeping elimination of all the white.

The good news? It was sunny today.
The bad? -800 degree windchill.
Or something around there.

In my mind, I'm gone to Carolina.
Or Florida.
California.
Austin.
Alabama.

Heck, I'm in Sochi. (It's really just a lateral move at this point, and I could get my "green" fix via Lithuania from the warmth of a Taipei snuggie.)

Since I've mentally checked out from my geographical reality, I thought I'd share some pics from last Summer that I never got around to sharing. For therapeutic purposes.

See that?
It's called grass.
It's called bare knees on the small humans.

We're all so relaxed and alive.
Can't you just see the sunshine?
(Ain't it just like a friend of mine, to hit me from behind?)

Here's a short list of things I'm pining for:

Flowers and other signs of life.
Walks and bike rides.
Warm cheeks.
Unfrozen nose hairs.

 Also, bare toes.
(I'm cryin', ain't I?)

Dark and silent late last night Cory and I walked to our van and I almost face-planted on a patch of ice, my vision partially impaired by the large, crystallized cloud of my own brittle breath.

To my right, there was a patio set where only the very tops of the chairs were visible.


To my left? Just a lot of snow.
Just, everywhere.


Signs that might be omens say I might not survive 6 more weeks of this.




It seems like it goes on like this forever.


You must forgive me if I'm up and gone to anywhere even slightly warmer than here in my mind.


I'm gone, I'm gone.

Say nice things about me. And lock your doors if you live in a warmer climate, because you just never know when I might turn up.

54 comments:

  1. You are welcome here any old time, you and the whole family! It was 50 and sunny here in central NC today. Tomorrow promises 56 (!!!!!) We've had cold and even snow here this year. The difference here is that it doesn't stay cold for weeks/months at a time. We get little breaks where it gets into the 50's and even 60's and it is most welcome. I take none of it for granted because I lived most of my life in the northeast. My sister and brother in law are still up there and were shoveling snow off their roof to get ready for the next storm (preventing the weight of the snow and ice damaging the roof and the gutters from ice damming I guess) I can't say I miss it. The best thing about living down here for me is that I have to start taking my allergy (tree pollen) medication by the end of February. Not something I used to get excited about but tree pollen in February is reason to celebrate for me! Spring is coming!!

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  2. Come to Cali. I'll have a margarita waiting and clean sheets on the bed.

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    1. You were the reason CA made my destination list.

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  3. 12 snow days here. or something ridiculous like that. I am feeling your angst. Loved the sunshiny pictures...sigh.

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  4. Confused Robins as nd Cedar Waxwings got my hopes up high. 60 f on. Thirsday has me begging for sandals in snow banks. Hang in there and remember the ant..High Hopes...High in the Sky Apple Pie Hopes..That Ant Will Move That Snow Bank. (new and updated version )

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  5. Come to Alabama! Come one..come all! We will run through the pastures, casting our cares to the wind! Sending warm hugs to melt the snow and knock off the chill! You are loved, appreciated and prayed for! Hang in there!

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  6. Girl. You have my address. Bring Siley.

    xxoo

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  7. You are welcome anything in our little slice of the world! (Sorry but) It's hot and humid and I near crickets chirping outside the window. The kiddies are playing on the trampoline in the nudie-rudie with the sprinkler (Sorry again) However when you are warm and toasty we will be cold and frosty. But without the snow and frozen nose hairs (sorry for the third time) xxx

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  8. ANYTIME in our slice of the world *sigh*

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  9. So yeah. It snowed here today. Again. 7th Saturday in.a.row. I'm so far gone that I've found myself in the "I don't even give a *blank* anymore" category.
    (It's bad.)
    BUT. Your photos are like a balm to my calloused heart!! They're giving me some hope. Spring will come, man.
    xoxo
    :)

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  10. oh girl, i'm with you. expecting another foot of snow in the next two days here in wintery Colorado. let's escape to the Caribbean for a few days; or Mexico- we can eat salsa till our hearts content.

    i'm longing for: fireflies and lemonade, fresh picked tomatoes and pesto made fresh from the garden, bare toes in tall grass, shirtless boys popsicle drips all down their tummies, frogs in buckets on my back porch, wading through the creek...

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  11. People!!! I live in flippin Canada-
    Transplanted here 3years ago.
    Grass? What is grass??

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    1. Hahahaaaa!
      And the Canadian puts us all in our place.

      :)

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    2. I'm with Amber; up here in -20 weather with 20-30cm of snow and ice coming later this week, blaagh!

      The summer things I want most: bare feet, a blanket and a book sitting beside some (unfrozen) body of water ;)

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  12. my people! it's my people. bless you for those pictures.

    and honeychild, my door is always open (often literally--it's a thing here), so by all means and please. come on over.

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  13. I kid you not, I heard that song yesterday on the radio. I know because I sing harmony at the top of my lungs to any JT song. And guess what? You can come to Carolina (only it's South and not North like JT refers to) any time you want. We have days of snow - maybe two or three at the most. The grass isn't green if it's not winter rye, but the pines and weeds are nice and green. Come on!

    (Love the photos of warm days and the kids.)

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  14. My door is open - but talk about a LATERAL move. Love your writing. Love your humor. Don't love the weather!

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  15. please - can I go with you??!! I really hate winter...and they are predicting more snow today...#thisistheworstwinterever

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

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  16. LOVE all those pics. The one of Calvin and Silas on the swings is pretty impressive! And the one of Ruby and her cousin is a framer. They're all really good.

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    1. That's one of her church besties, Lily.
      They are literally the "negative" of each other in photos. I LOVE it!!

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  17. Ditto.....from southwestern Ohio !

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  18. love these pics! Especially the one of Ruby arms outstretched in front of the pond, and Silas and Calvin on the swing and oh yes the sunflower..... can't wait to see the flowers again!!! Hold on, spring is just around the corner.

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  19. Thursday was our 10th. Friday was a delay. Luckily, yesterday was clear enough in the morning to make the 60 mile trek to Northern Indiana for my mom's b-day. The trip home was ugly but things would've been uglier if we hadn't gotten out of the house for the day.

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  20. Love that song, and love this post...A clever blogger (can't remember who, sorry) wrote 50 reasons they are still excited about winter recently. I stole the idea for my students, and we came up with some pretty convincing reasons. Hopefully it will help us get to May (yes, spring doesn't usually REALLY come until May in northern NE)! You could try that if the trip to warmer climate doesn't pan out...

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  21. Every time I see snow storms on the news I think of you and all that snow. I hope for you that it lets up. I however loved all of your pictures in this post. You have such adorable children!

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  22. I feel your pain over here in chi-town. This winter is brutal! In 3 days I will step out of a plane and feel an air temperature increase of 87 degrees. 87 degrees! I cannot wait!! Thank you Jesus for destination weddings. Come crash the party if you'd like. :)

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  23. I fell you on every BIT of this post... Indiana (brutalstupid)Winter? check, JT song my fav? check!! Scrolling back over summertime photos, and wishing/dreaming/hoping/praying? CHECK!!!
    Just LOOK, at all of your gorgeous photos, and all of those beautifully multicolored FABULOUS babies!!! YUMMM!
    and finally, where are those mannequins/statues that your kids are mocking and hanging from? I feel like I have seen them, and it will drive me crazy to not remember......

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    1. The statues were all over the square in Troy, OH last Summer. Some of them were SO realistic! It was crazy cool!

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  24. Okay so a) you are standing up so straight and tall in the first pic - (posing for pics 101 thank you) and 2) loving the juxtaposition of your winter angst writing against the summer lovin' pics. I guess I'm going to have to stop wishing I lived in a place with "seasons".
    signed
    sunny and 75 all year long

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  25. You probably don't want to come to NC, though you would be welcome here. We are expecting more snow this week, which even if it's only a couple of inches, will close down the schools, and more importantly to my daughter, her dance studio (especially since she's homeschooled:). My hope and prayers for us all is an early spring. I'm quite sure that we'll all be grateful for it!

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  26. I'm feeling the same way here in NJ! Though you describe it in a much more adorable and entertaining way:)

    Abby

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  27. Not that I want endless snow, but here in Cali we are looking at drought come this summer from lack of rain and snow. There will b no green for us just brown, dry, dead grass. Basically, I am dreading weather conditions that are not even here yet! But I hope you get a reprieve soon :)

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  28. I am feeling your pain, Girl. Do you think we can get through a whole week of school this week with no cancellations? I'm not even looking at the weather report anymore.
    Thank you for those pictures! Lifted my spirits. My desktop is set to a picture of our prairie in the middle of summer. I've been needing some green too.

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  29. That picture of Ruby in the red dress with the flower in her hair--it needs to be in a magazine. Please tell me it's printed and up on your wall. It's gorgeous!!! Also, you can move to SC and be my neighbor. When we do get snow it's cause for major celebration, the milk and bread get bought up in a matter of minutes, and then it's all melted within 48 hours. My kids are praying for snow. Not even kidding. Don't you wish you could box up some of yours and ship it south? Hang in there friend. Hopefully you are well-stocked in salsa and Netflix.

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  30. Oh girl... So sorry! Spring is coming... just taking its sweet time this year! But if you can dig out of all the snow, we would love to have you and your people here in Atlanta! (Although we have a snow day coming tomorrow and probably the next... Okay... Never mind... Off to Cali we should all go!)

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  31. Hit the winter blues this past weekend (month?) something fierce; found your post yesterday and told my husband it was validating to see I am not alone. Though I kept referring to you as Snowpatch. Really losing it!

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  32. Come on down, sister! We've got sunshine and salsa and kinda-green-but-mostly-brown grass. But you can touch it, without digging through snow. So it's a win. You have fabulous hair, gorgeous children, and I promise you that spring will come again. Side note - I saw a 20-something at the coffee shop today, and I couldn't figure out who he looked like. It was Calvin, + a dozen years. Ha!

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  33. I moved to North Carolina from Muncie almost 10 years ago. When people ask me why I moved here, I pause and look at them and ask if they have ever been to Northern Indiana in the winter. Too many frozen nose hairs.

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  34. You would totally have an open door here in North Carolina! I'd even take you out for chips & salsa at one of my favorites! But since we're supposed to have a couple of snow days this week, too, you might need to hold off at least until the weekend! :)

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  35. This might make you feel better, I live in coastal NC and they're calling for snow/ice/sleet/rain for the next few days. Our second Wintery Weather event of 2014 (which is unheard of)! So while I'm glad Carolina's in your mind, but we're in the same boat and you're not missing anything.

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  36. Shannon ~ This has nothing to do with this post but I just read Driven. It is written by Donald Driver ( A retired Green Bay Packer player) about his life. It was so good and a quick read. I think you and Robert would enjoy it. Oh and I love your blog and your writing !!

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  37. You should check out a cute kids song called "Snow Day" by Justin Roberts. We all love his catchy tunes...even my husband and I. Living in So. Cal. my kids are dying to experience a snow day...til I told them you have to make up the school day at the end of the year. Then they were over it. Hang in there!!

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  38. GIRL...I HEAR YOU!

    I struggle this time of year...I hit 45 and my bones can't take the cold anymore
    I might be what I said I would never be....a snow bird..is that something...like when you go south?
    anyway...yes
    I am ready for beach for sun...grass...yes that
    xo

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  39. Sweet thing, starting Thursday we are going to have highs in the 60 -70s here in Texas. My eyeballs are so excited. I need some sun!

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  40. Oh, so glad to meet you. Sweet, sweet blog.
    I won't tell you I spent my day in a t-shirt planting lettuce. ; )
    C

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  41. I would put out the salsa for you...but I'm in Chicagoland.
    Coming here would be a bad lateral move ;)

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  42. we're iced in this week…school has been cancelled two days in a row…honestly, looking like they might be home tomorrow, too.
    here's the thing about ice. kids can't play outside. plus, the power might go out with ice. not cool. not cool at all.

    ready for spring! ready for flowers! ready for sunshine! ready to plant a garden!

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  43. Ahh, one of favorite songs! My parents and sister live in NC, so I'm always up and gone. Now, they did have a light dusting of snow once when we went for Christmas and my kids thought they'd ordered the snow for them. Their only reference for snow was when we went to Snow down here at the Gaylord Hotel and they literally thought she'd ordered it for them. She said of course she had, after all, nothing but the best for her grandkids! ;)

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