Snowed-in: Cozy or Creepy?

2014-01-29 12.52.49A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Snow is Creepy.”  My husband was out of the country and we had one of those rare Georgia snows that traps us all in our houses and brings everything to a halt, and it made me a little nervous. One of my frequent commenters laughed at me and said I had a vivid imagination, but as I pointed out, I’ve read horror novels that start that way. Anyone ever read The Shining? (Granted, we probably had a half-inch accumulation, but still. It’s Georgia.)

Starting three or four days ago, we started having such dire warnings of the coming snow and ice storm that everyone started calling it Snowmageddon. I, naturally, immediately started stressing. What if I get stuck at work? Or on the road? What if my elderly mother needs me? She and my sister are across town, out in the country. What if their electricity and water goes out and they need help and I can’t get to them? I’m the one who usually keeps Pete the Pit in my house when it’s cold, but what if the icy roads mean I can’t take him back and forth?

And so on, and so on.

God must be shaking his head at me. So far, what he has given me is a day and a half of snow days, with my electricity still on. Yay! He’s given me the time to work on my book marketing–and relax and destress a little–just like I’ve been praying for. He even gave me the lovely little gift of having the rest of Season 4 of Downton Abbey being released on Amazon Instant Video on this exact day! And did I mention the electricity is still on so I can watch it?

So far, Mom and Sis and Pete the Pit are okay, too. I think he was out early playing in the snow this morning.

Sometimes I wish I could manage to relax and trust BEFORE the snowstorm, instead of after.

I’m sure God would like that better, too.

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My Summer’s Winter Sky

photo (1)After years and years of waiting, yesterday my first book was finally published.

So far it’s still just an ebook, but the print version will follow soon. Since I’m an avid Kindle reader, I’m okay with that. For the moment. Hopefully a brief moment! (I’ve learned to tolerate waiting, not to like it.)

I experienced moments of panic yesterday about all sorts of things. Even with all the waiting, I didn’t feel entirely ready for the book to be “out there.” Still so much to do.

For one thing, my website theme is supposed to have a background image of some kind, and I just hadn’t been able to find the right one. I wanted a cloudy winter sky, but with the sun sort of peeping through, to continue the theme of my book cover. I had looked all over the place, even at all the sky pictures on Flickr that gave permission for folks like me to use them–amazing pictures by talented photographers. But the background wasn’t quite right.

As I left my job at the library, the sun was just starting to go down. It was cold but still, crisp and mostly clear with just a few puffy clouds, and the sun peeping through as it went down. My Summer’s Winter sky!

I stopped the car in the middle of the road around campus, jumped out of my car, and snapped this picture with my iphone. Within the hour, I had the background on my website just the way I wanted it.

Just another lovely gift from God on the day that He smiled on my dreams!

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