"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday And the Winners of the Snowman Contest are -

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Oh my oh my - who are the winners of the snowmen contest?

Now you can't be mad at me - because I didn't pick them.  Get mad at the grandson if you must.

His favorite was Betsy's from Joyful Journeys, but she does not take prizes.  

So I had him pick three more and the winners are -

                1:  Sheila Quintessential Magpie - The cookie one.
                2:  Monica from Chicken Wrangler

                3:  Deela from One Foot Out of the Box

Okay you need to send little ole me your mailing address and your surprise will be coming shortly.  Please let me know when it arrives.  Now do you remember - THE PRICE IS RIGHT show - Door number 1 -  2 - 3 - or Forrest Gump - Life is like a bowl of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get? 

Well same is true here.   

I liked them all and  I was so happy not to be the one to pick.

1.  This is from Lavender Dreams - Diane sent in a Florida Snowman:

2.  Betsy from Joyful Journeys - From Tennessee

3.  Linda From Ala Carte

4.  From Sheila at Quintessential  Magpie

5.  Nonnie - Randoms Thoughts With Nonnie

6.  Jack from Shipslog  This is from Jackson Hole, Wyoming!

7.  This is from Pauline in TEXAS - from Pauline's Texas Tales.

8.  Debbie at Words on Wheels - GA cotton!

9.  Joyce from At Home With Jemma

10.  Deela at One Foot Out of the Box

11.  Suzan taken at Big Canoe GA.-Tree Hugger

12.  Monica at The Chicken Wrangler

13.  Darla from Dar's Stuffings

14.  Vee from A Haven From Vee

15 Lynn at Good Things Happen

16. Miss Debbie - Life in the Sandwich Years.

17.  From Susan from Writing From the Heart.

18.  JP from A Quiet Corner

19.  Betty from A Bench With A View

19. Sandra at Madsnapper

Do you want to do this again for February?  How about making a Valentine?  Send all your Valentine's to ME! Let's run it until 2-28-14.  

Now for some fun - guess where I live? Did you hear about Atlanta on the news?

Our nearest complaint Department

Where I want to be!

Wife texts husband on a cold winter's morning:  

"Windows frozen, won't open." 

Husband texts back:
"Gently pour some lukewarm water over it."

Wife texts back 5 minutes later:
"Computer really screwed-up now."



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(I'm Mad and crazy aren't I? And loving every minute of it!)

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 Looking our my driveway - a hill.

 My front yard.

Driveway day 2.  We have missed 3 days of school this week.  We do not own a shovel.

 My house.
In GA I have no heavy winter coat - no snow boots - no hat.  I do have a pair of gloves.

 This is called the Big Dipper - high going up and fast going down.  This is the biggest problem in our neighborhood.

 See the ice?

 People could not get up or down so they abandoned their cars and walked.

Our problem here is that there are very few plows and salt. Everyone was let out at now.  The temperature was very cold and no sun.  The cars packed the snow and made it ice.  And no one including me knows  how to drive on two inches of black ice - on hills and curves.

But we made it!


Inger said...

I loved all the snowmen, thanks for sharing them. And the windows joke made me giggle, not good with my rib injury, but still, it was funny.

Not so funny what you guys have been through in GA. I am so sorry you had to suffer with all this snow, ice, and cold. I'm glad you are doing OK and hope you stayed at home as much as possible. Take care.

Lynn said...

I'm so lucky to have gotten home that day in must an hour and 15 minutes. Horror stories abound!

Love all the snowmen!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Congrats to Sheila, Monica, And Deela :)

Nancy Claeys said...

As far as the snow and ice -- I would say "welcome to my world..." but we haven't had much this year.


jack69 said...

As always enjoyed my visit to your house, Even if I had to walk up that big Dipper! LOL

DON'T OWN A SHOVEL? Imma gonna report you, that must be an offense!

Loved the pictures of your area. Thanks. and I hope it is on the way up in temps today! We set at 55* now.
Love from Central Florida

Vee said...

Congrats to all the winners! If it were a judged contest and I were voting, I'd choose the snowman hitchhiking.

Lots of chuckles here...Valentines, eh? I'll have to see about that.

Your neighborhood would be a tricky one in winter weather...yikes! No wonder the vehicles were abandoned. Too bad, everyone didn't just stay home!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Grandson picked some good winners! Loved you snow pics, gosh I missed all that...LOL!! Hugs and stay warm! Linda

Terri D. said...

Andy had quite a task! All the snowmen are so cute! He did an excellent joy, and I'm glad Sheila won! Hope some of that nasty ice is melting by now!

Beth said...

The snowmen were all cute. Congrats to the winner!

Sandra said...

love all the snowmen, theyare all winners. and hope the ice has melted today... congrats to the winners

betty said...

Congrats to the winners! I love your idea of a Valentine contest; got to get thinking of something! Thanks for featuring all the snowmen too, Sandie, I know that was a lot of work!

Wow with the storm. I saw pictures of it, of course, on the TV, but to see it through your eyes, someone I know, makes it more "alive" if that makes sense.

You are right, if you aren't prepared for it, it is a struggle to deal with it, but glad you guys got through it safe and sound.

I hope the sun comes up really bright to melt and dry the ice!


Cheri said...

Love all the snowmen, I use to collect them, but now I have so many that I have to think twice when I see one whether I want to buy it or not. Love the laugh...yes, what were we thinking. LOL

Sandee said...

The snowmen are all adorable. Congratulations to the winners.

Love all the signs. A. Lot.

Need chains for the hill. Okay you just need snow chains for all of it.

Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs to you and scritches to Disco. ♥♥♥

Cathy said...

Congrats to the winners!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I definitely don't know how to drive in it! I would be stuck at home! Stay safe and thanks to your grandson for the fun contest and congrats to the winners! they were all so cute! HUGS!

Sharon said...

What a nightmare! The only fun thing about snow in your post was the cute snowpeople! Clever folks you have reading your blog. (Well, maybe not me...)

I have had to abandon my car twice on the switchback road up to our house. Even with chains, I just can't negotiate the icy patches. Scary, and dangerous.

Just like me! LOL!

Ms. A said...

I can't imagine going through what Atlanta folks had to deal with... and I hope I never have to find out!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sandie, be very careful! There is nothing worse than Southerners trying to drive on ice. My sister and I had to slip and slide to see my mother in the hospital once upon a time, and we all freaked out. I can remember seeing cars all over the interstate medians and shoulders because they slid off the road. It is a scary thing because it is such a rare occurrence as you said. But on the flip side, I have seen snowbirds flipping out trying to drive in an afternoon thunder shower, completely clueless and scared. i try to remember to be patient. It is just what you are used to, and I hate ice and snow!

On a different note... Yea! I am excited. I feel like I won the lottery! Congrats to all the snowmen because they are all cute as can be! Loved seeing the pictures.

I don't know where I found that cookie, but isn't he cute? . I was googling for snowmen cookies, and there it was! Or they were!

The table mat isn't mine as It is Better Homes and Gardens which was my tablescape inspiration.

The other guy is mine! :-)

You said we could steal, so I did, but if that's not fair, then I will forfeit my tiara! LOL




P.S. I love the snowman hitching to Florida, but we have been in the deep freeze, too. Nothing like Atlanta, but cold all the same And my poor BIL said it was five degrees where he lives in Alabama. This has been some winter. I had to turn my AC off and my heat on! ;-). Also had to wear... Wait for it... Socks! I wore some of the ones left over from the Christmas garland. LOL. Thank goodness I bought extra. I am so glad I checked in as I haven't been up to snuff and haven't been blogging as a consequence. But I will try and start back on Monday. Tanks again! xoxoxoxox

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Make that... THANKS again! Tanks again would refer to all the motorists who got gas after they ran out of gas on the interstate in Atlanta which is not funny.. But me vs. the IPAd Is! ;-). It called someone a naughty word the other day, but thank goodness I caught it! Makes you think some evil genius was sitting back and designed this to bamboozle little old ladies who wear glasses! ;-). Just wait! He will be an old geezer some day, too! Payback is h€##.

Nonnie said...

Awwww gee. Oh well, that's how the cookie crumbles. Congratulations to the winners.
I was so happy to hear your husband made it home safely. And your neighborhood is beautiful. What a nice setting to live in. Happy weekend. Hope you are thawing out.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Congratulations to the winners.
Enjoyed the Windows frozen joke!
Hard to believe those pictures are from Atlanta.....crazy!
Enjoy your weekend.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Congrats to your grandson for a job well done. The snowmen were all so cute. We've been seeing a lot of news on tv about your part of the world. I'm glad you were able to just stay in. Hope it warms up soon and melts it all away!

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

All cute snowmen! I'm glad you all made it through the snow and ice ok! It can be challenging, that's for sure:@)

Granny Annie said...

That had to be a difficult job for your grandson to pick the winners but he made some excellent choices among so many wonderful submissions and he is to applauded.

Susan said...

Hi Sandie....Congrats to all the snowman contest winners!

OHHHHH, black ice would wig me out, too. No kidding. That must have been scary for all of you.

Hope things are MUCH better now.

Great post! Susan

Paula said...

Congrats to the winners. They are all so nice. Glad you are okay with all that wintry weather. Stay warm and take care.

barbara woods said...

i like your snow pictures, better wait till Sunday to leave the house

A Quiet Corner said...

Congratulations to all the winners and to your GS for doing an AWESOME job selecting the winners! I love the having hope and soaring like an eagle!!...:)JP

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I think your grandson did an excellent job! I would have picked those also...but I am glad I didn't have to!!

Susannah said...

Well, even us up here in good old New York State are not very good with black ice. I am so sorry you all had to go through that. It is very strange when you are not used to it! And scary!!!!!! Really glad your hubby was okay and finally got home.

I love today's post, again. There was one that cracked me right up...???...??? Now I can not remember which one. SSHHH! Don't tell any one!

Susannah said...

Grandson did a perfect job. I really think I would like that boy!!


Miss Debbie said...

Sorry for all the trouble in Atl...glad you are safe! You have a pretty house and I'm not surprised by the grand's choices...those looked like the kind a young man would like!

SweetMarie said...

Glad you're all safe! Your home is so pretty! I love brick houses. :)
We're visiting Cary again next week. Pray we find the right house to make home. :)

Ann said...

so many great snowmen, that had to have been a tough choice.
Driving on snow is one thing but the ice is a whole other ball game. That can be scary

Rob-bear said...

It looks like you got some winter. Pretty mild by Canadian standards, but winter nonetheless.

And the snowmen were fun.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

So glad you survived the storm. I like the sweater snowman best, but they are all cute!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy Friday!
Congratulations to the snow man winner!
Look at your crazy snow! Where is my snow?

Cranberry Morning said...

Glad you survived that crazy weather!!! And I love the snowmen, especially Betsys. Hope you have a great weekend, Sandie. :-) xo

NanaDiana said...

That storm was awful for you guys! TErrible.
Congrats to all the winners and all the cute snowmen. What fun!
Have a great weekend- xo Diana

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Betsy's snowman would have been my pick, too. Congrats to the winners! Andy did a great job!

I'm sure glad you and your family are safe and sound! The weather is crazy in so many parts of the country and the world right now.

Have a nice weekend and I hope all that ice melts there! We're getting a little freezing crud and later snow, the weatherman sez. Hurry spring!

Fabulous Petite said...

Hi Sandie, the snowmen are adorable. We made a big one too and If I would have know this would be your post then I should have send you the picture. We didn't mind the snow, we love it. It is not all the time so it is doable for us. we got about 2.5 feet of snow and we still have few more left in our yard.



GREAT snowmen. Glad you survived the snow and ice.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Ye Gods..you confirmed everything my granddaughter wrote to me today!! She said..Grandma..we just don't know how to drive in snow or ice...it's a mess.
Feelin' lucky you are in my life!

Munir said...

They are all so adorable. Congratulations to all the winners.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

The snowmen were all wonderful, my favorite being the snowman on the park bench. I would have taken a picture, but it was too cold here and your hand could stick to the door handle just trying to go outside.

What a horrible surprise that was for you folks in Georgia. Mother Nature must have gotten her Georgia's mixed up.

Sheila Y said...

I am quite fond of snowmen myself, I have many. Loved seeing all the entries and congrats to the winners! Thanks for sharing your winter storm pics. My brother and his family live near and work in Atlanta. Thankfully, their daughter was out of school, her Mom was off because she worked on the weekend and her Dad was home sick, so they didn't get caught out in the stuff. Have a great weekend, Sheila

Lee said...

The snowmen are fun. I have none to send you...I could send you a sandman, but that might send everyone to sleep!

Theresa Mahoney said...

What a great snowman contest turnout you had! I am lol at your snow pics. I only wish we had such small amounts fall here. The huge snow plow truck got stuck in our circle 2 days in a row. You know it's bad when even those monsters can't make it through!

Nancy's Notes said...

Snowmen are adorable! I'm still laughing at that cute joke! I'm off to tell it to anyone, it's short enough that I can remember! Thanks for the great post, as always!

Sandy said...

Love all the snowmen! Cute contest! Also love the joke about the computer and the water. Too funny! As for snow, yes, very weird for Georgia. My brother lives there and they do not have a clue what to do with the white stuff either. We had nearly three inches here but we do know what to do!

Catherine said...

Dear Sandie, I am glad that you and your family are safe and sound. The best thing is to stay in and be safe. It has been icy here too. The rivers and canals are all frozen over. The first time in a while to stay frozen like this.
Well, I guess winter is making herself known this year!
You are always delightful and cheerful to visit.
Congrats to the snowman winners.
Tammy will be entering the Valentine contest for sure.
Blessings dear friend. Be warm and cozy. Catherine xoxo

mail4rosey said...

I like the snowmen, and the little knit one I want in my house. :)

I spun out on black ice coming back from a school run Friday...right across the busy highway (a miracle for sure that no cars/semis were coming the second I went across), and I ended up in a ditch to be towed out. And I've been driving on this stuff for 7 years!! There's really not a lot you can do when you don't know it's coming. :(

LOL at the Jedi photo!!! Not a funny scene though, I'm sure of it. Ice is no joke, & it's awful to drive on. Stay warm.

Anonymous said...

Who wants to teach the Southerns how to deal with snow/ice?

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Congrats to the winners!

Oh Chatty, I can imagine how difficult this storm was for you and your neighbors. It's tough enough when you have the coats, boots, plows, and salt.

Praying the weather will warm up and melt all the white stuff.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Your pictures are amazing Sandie!
Bet you never really noticed the hills in your neighborhood until the winter Storm and they were solid ICE!! Or if you ride a bike!!
That's why no one went to school on Friday. the neighborhood roads were still freezing over at night and busses couldn't make it in to pick up elementary kids at 7:00 in the morning!! Were those geese in your front yard?? Poor dears, I always feel so sorry for ducks and geese in ice cold water. this weekend was lovely :-}} Hope you got out and enjoyed it!!

Debbie said...

I totally loved the winner one that he originally picked. It was my favorite too, I think. I actually loved so many of them. That tree hugger one cracked me up.

YES. Do it again in February. I don't know if I have a valentine, but I will keep my eyes out for a good one.

As for the snow conditions, I am so glad things are thawing.

Joyce Olson said...

Your home and neighborhood are beautiful-reminds me of Home Alone!
I am glad this ice storm is over, they are wicked in the South. We just don't have the equipment or resources available to deal with it all.
Glad you are well and warm, my friend!

Warm hugs always,

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Grandson had a hard job to pick- they were all so cute! Sorry about your ice ordeal...when that happens here...I don't leave the house..but people have to go to work. I bet GA DOT might be getting a sand truck or two now.

Congrats to your winners.

Journeyin' Lady... said...

I loved all of the snowmen! So fun as is your blog...never fails to make me smile.
Sorry for your awful awful awful weather!!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sandie .. they're all amazing and fun to see. Lots of snow now ..

Very creative .. cheers Hilary