Project Alicia : WW: Dreaming of the White Stuff

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

WW: Dreaming of the White Stuff

Call me what you will. Turns out I'm nuts. I've waited a lifetime for warm country. I moved right before the temps dropped. I couldn't have timed it more perfectly if I had tried. This weekend was sunny and high 60s... in December! I loved every minute of it...

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Yet I find myself missing the white stuff. Can it be just weeks before Christmas without snow? It feels... off. Christmas shopping without my thermals and galoshes? Perhaps it will grow on me...

I've been digging up old December pics for a project I've been working on (more details below) and I couldn't find even one that didn't have white or a memory of white.

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(All pics taken Dec 2010 in Iowa.)

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White pics have been popping up everywhere and I've been feeling a little left out.

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So I'm in reminiscing mode. Forgive me. Snow may be synonymous with bitter cold weather (and I may have even whined about it from time to time), but the white stuff certainly is a beautiful site to behold- particularly from afar.

I also know that my appreciation and love for it has only come from my many years of enduring the unpleasantness that accompanies it. So, think of that next time you find yourself shivering or shoveling heaps of snow.

Regardless of where you live or whether or not you get snow, I'd love you to join me in Celebrating the Days of December. This is not a daily challenge. This is a do-it-at-your-own-pace project. (The photos below are from my last December in IA.)
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Take some pics throughout the month. Then download my FREE Days of December template set. You can find more information here.

QUESTIONS ANSWERED
(about my crazy life):

I am moving next week to a long term rental. The furnished home that we are staying in rents for $3500/month off season and was only intended as a temporary residence until we finished building our home the end of December, as they do not rent long term. Plus, it currently takes me over 2 hours to drive my kids to and from school. Talk about pain in the you know what! We chose to buy rather than rent because of the limited rental market in the school district we desired. Due to unforseen decisions made outside of our control, we are unable to get financing at this time and are being forced to rent. (There is no open enrollment here so we had to sign a lease so that we could get the kids into school, pushing the move date up sooner.) It's a sad day when you have no mortgage, good credit, a good job, and money in the bank and STILL can't get a home loan. If I had known all of this three months ago we would have probably opted for a long term rental initially, but then I wouldn't have had this beautiful respite at the lakehouse. Perhaps everything worked out as it should have. It's just often difficult to see life that way when we allow ourselves to get excited about something only to have it pulled out from under us and then are handed something that is merely runner up at best. And still temporary. But I am excited to get my belongings out of storage and get back to some assimilation of a structured life with neighbors and routine and possibly a Christmas tree. Wish me luck on this next chapter...

Thanks so much for stopping by! I know it is a busy time of year and I appreciate your visit! Wordless, Not So Wordless, or Wordful posts are all welcome here. Just link your posts below. There are tons and tons of wonderful WWs out there and it's a great way to make new bloggy friends. Below are some of the WW regulars I visit weekly.

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68 comments:

  1. Good Luck with the move Alicia, hope everything works out for you :)
    Your snow pictures are gorgeous! If it makes you feel better, it doesn't snow at all here and I haven't seen snow in 18 years (wow, that even shocked me when I added it up!) We'll be spending Christmas eating cold salads around the pool =D

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  2. I love you winter photos!
    Honestly I know how you feel. I mis the summer and the sun. This dark weather makes me depressive... :)
    Happy WW!
    Hug´s,
    Verena

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  3. Beautiful winter photos!
    Good luck on your next chapter.
    Happy WW.

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  4. I remember those gorgeous snow pictures .Loved them a year ago and still do now.Hope everything works out Lisha..{hugs}

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  5. Love your snow photo's! Now you will have to take photos of the other white stuff the BEACH. Hope your not to far from the ocean.... :)

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  6. Gorgeous photos, and I can't wait to try the template! Praying for your family as you continue your transition!! :)

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  7. The template is super cute and the snowy photos are simply gorgeous.

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  8. Gorgeous photos. Hope everything works out.

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  9. Even though I've lived in South Carolina for most of my life, it still doesn't feel like Christmas when it's 80 degrees. In fact, I need a new fresh wreath, because mine's turned brown already!

    Thanks for hosting, and here's wishing for something white!

    Gillian from Baby Talk without the Babble

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  10. You certainly have your hands full my friend - hope you'll see some white stuff this year. In the south, it's more fantasy than reality.

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  11. Lucky you! Not about the rental or being unable to get a mortgage, but the part about moving somewhere warm. I'm a tad envious from up here in Alberta. ;)

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  12. beautiful photos! good luck with the move :)

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  13. ah, now I'm wanting the white stuff! Happy WW!

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  14. We've never had a white Christmas and my kids keep asking us to visit my in-laws at Christmas time so that they can experience playing in the snow. :)

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  15. I love the warm weather but it doesn't feel like December. It is usually cooler then this.

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  16. I totally understand how you could be missing snow at this time of year. A couple of things to be aware of: (1) in the South, if the weather is cooperative, you can get some awesome shots of the kiddoes in their shorts and bare feet the day after Christmas (my dad used to love to take those, and send them to the family up North); and (2) cold weather does get this far South, and sometimes even brings snow with it - so don't give up hope!

    Cheers!

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  17. Growing up, how I remember those IA Winters! I'm glad we now live in sunny (sometimes foggy) CA now and can drive up to the snow :)

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  18. We are in Illinois, so cold and snowy days are ahead! I love playing in the first few snows but by Feb 1, I am ready for the beaches!
    Thank you so much for hosting!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

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  19. I miss the snow this time of year. We have lived in Florida for 11 years and It's crazy to be Christmas shopping in shorts! We will be heading north in a couple weeks and will have to bundle up. My kids pray for snow every year when we visit Kentucky for Christmas.

    Happy WW~

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  20. Love the snow photos, I completely agree wanting snow is a double edge sword, its so beautiful at first, my daughter loves it and so do I but then you are reminded after a couple of days, how cold it is.
    I agree, about your journey, one never knows why things happen but you will end up where you are supposed to.
    Thanks for the Winter photos

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  21. Love your photos!!!! Living in Texas makes me miss the white stuff all the more. I was probably one of the few a couple of years ago that was jumping up and down with joy when we got 12 inches of it in one day! Unheard of down here.

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  22. I'm sorry about your housing situation :-( I thought with the market as bad as it is, they would practically be throwing houses at you... I hope it all sorts itself out soon!

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  23. 60 in December??!!?? Rub it in why don't you! ;-) It has been freezing fog here all week.

    Happy WW anyway!

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  24. You may miss the snow now, but believe me, you won't miss it in January!! Glad your house situation is settled now. It's crazy but we went through a similar situation trying to get a mortgage this summer (what are these banks thinking?). Glad there is a long term rental near your school of choice. Good luck with the big move!

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  25. I'm totally feeling you on the white stuff!! It just doesn't feel the same. And though I don't miss the cold and the bundling up all the time, I do miss that feeling that made the house a haven, a respite from the cold.

    I'm sorry about the disappointments surrounding your home. It's never easy when something we wanted is pulled away.

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  26. Your photos are beautiful as always!

    Living in Pennsylvania, we're quite accustomed to the snow. However, we haven't seen much of it yet this year. And as much as I hate to admit it, I'm missing it too. It just doesn't feel like the Christmas season. Although I'm sure once the snow gets here, I'll be more than ready for it to leave. :)

    That's a real bummer about the housing situation. I hope you are able to get what/where you want soon!

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  27. You miss the snow?! What?! I can ship up what I get this winter and ship it to you if you want?!

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  28. Oh, wow, those snowy pictures could make a convert out of me. I prefer warm, sunny days myself but I might have to venture down to Iowa if it's that beautiful in the winter.

    Diana - Toronto Teacher Mom

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  29. Oh Alicia I wish I had answers for any of this! I do think the relatively warm winters will grow on you. They'll certain grow on whichever or both of you spouses were shoveling snow in Iowa! But I do understand - my 3 years in New York taught me the wonder of fat flakes drifting slowly down as well as the challenge of mushing through frozen slush. I will hope for clarity and calmness for all of you during yet another transition!

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  30. So sorry about the housing. Stay strong and there is a big plan. We had the financing issue with money in the bank, good credit and were digging a hole for our new home in 2007 when our financing was pulled. It will get worked out but it does take time. We just got back from Florida to North Dakota. You miss the white stuff but do you miss the cold? I did not!

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  31. 3 degrees in sw KS this am. Frost an inch think on the windshield (ok, an exaggeration about the frost, but it was thick). Enjoy the sunny south.

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  32. We have had cold here, but no snow! I'm ok with it though. I got my fill of cold over the weekend in Wyoming.

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  33. Hope all goes well during this next chapter...hope you get that Christmas tree up too!

    Tiffany

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  34. You silly, I don't put y galoshes for Xmas shopping even when it is snowing outside. Amazon let's you do it in pajamas :)
    You look lovely, I am glad things are moving along.

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  35. I'm sorry about your housing issues!! And I'm sorry you're missing your white December. :) Me? I grew up in CA and miss my warm, wet Decembers. I would be happy to never see snow again.

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  36. Hey Lish, I am sweating here in Auckland, NZ, and in sympathy with you about the lack of snow.
    I have only ever had ONE winter Christmas - in the UK - we usually have summery conditions here and eat our Christmas dinner outside in the sunshine, under the grapevine.
    I LOVE your snowy pics. Now I want to see some non-snowy Christmas pics... from THIS year!

    PS I am loving all your subject buttons - just discovered them - great job!
    xx

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  37. I love the one with the red dresses!! Absolutely beautiful!

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  38. OMG. Stunning pictures!!! But what else is new, right? :-)

    Here's an invitation to you and your readers: send me a picture of your Christmas tree, and I will publish it!! More details here

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  39. I can understand this - I moved to a warm climate (Israel) 20 years ago and hate hate hate the cold, but I do miss the beauty of the snow, not to mention the amazing photo opps it brings. Still, I don't miss it enough to ever go back to New England for a mid-winter visit LOL.

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  40. We are dreaming of the white stuff too!

    And what if this "runner up" is really just another step to the REALLY AMAZING FIRST PLACE PRIZE?

    I think God has a plan, even in the itty bitty things :)

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  41. good luck with the move, I hope it goes smooth. =)
    Maybe once you get decorations and stuff out it might feel more like Christmas? I live in Maine and the weather has been so warm, it's crazy, but I haven't gone without the snow long enough to miss it. Especially since I woke up this morning and see we're supposed to get dumped on within the next few days.. -.-
    But, I can try to send it to you instead? lol
    Happy Hump Day!
    -Samantha

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  42. Gorgeous photos! I'm also enjoying the warmth, but it makes choosing what to wear more of a challenge! :). Happy WW!

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  43. I can only handle a week in a white winter. Then, I'm done. I like my Christmas with palm trees on the beach. lol

    It's sounds like you are in quite an uncomfortable situation at the moment with regards with your living arrangements. I wish you all the best and hope everything works out for you soon. (((HUGS)))

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  45. Beautiful photos! I have lived my entire life in the south so I'm used to not seeing much of it. Last year though I saw my very first snow on Christmas Day... Only took 39 years! I was so excited!

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  46. If we could just have 2-hours-worth on a Saturday afternoon I'd be happy! :)

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  47. That is terrible that you do everything right and still can't secure a home loan. Renting just feels like throwing away money. But you have all these memories to hold onto... that lakehouse is beautiful.

    And I know what you mean about the snow. I was putting up my Christmas lights on my tree yesterday, and I was sweating because it was 70 something degrees and muggy and my AC wasn't on.

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  48. I have to say I enjoy the white stuff, too - and it's much better than the dreary rain we're getting today. ;) We're going on a road trip to visit my sister in Iowa for Christmas - I'll be sure to take some pictures just for you. ;)

    So sorry about the housing snafu - Good Luck on the next chapter!

    The Toothbrush Tree

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  49. We still haven't had snow in Chicago. While I despise snow in February, it does seem kind of wrong to have a December without it.

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  50. I live in the Northeast and am PATIENTLY waiting for some white stuff! Good luck with the move.

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  51. Lish- still so sorry to hear of all these struggles, but happy that some things will be finding a sense of normalcy for a period of time.

    I hear you on the snow- I have never lived in a place that sees snow more than a couple times per year & I crave it. Suppose I might feel differently if it were not such a novelty. :)

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  52. I love the white stuff, and the cold weather. Maybe not a blizzard though. Gorgeous pictures in the snow!
    Good luck with your move!

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  53. I always enjoy your photos. We hope to be getting snow in Texas this year. My kids have been spoiled with the past years, and it would be great if we got some white winter days this year, too. Thanks for sharing! Happy WW!

    http://thegreenhouseboutique.blogspot.com

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  54. I will miss your snow photos...even though they always made me feel cold. I totally understand the frustration with the housing situation. It is crazy here in California with the prices and now everything is under foreclosure. I know a ton of people who are renting houses now because they can't get loans funded etc. I think everything happens for a reason and maybe renting might be a good thing for a bit.

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  55. How I dream of a white Christmas. That's the downer being stuck in Florida. One of these days my husband will get us up north for some snow fun!

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  56. I don't live in the snow but having just spent a week in it, I have to admit that seeing it really does seem to make it feel like Christmas, but I am happy that I don't have to shovel it and deal with it all winter long too :) You may miss the snow now but the warmer weather will grow on you. I wish you all the luck in your move! Things don't always go the way we planned but in the end it all happens for a reason, and you will appreciate your other home so much more when it is all said and done!

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  57. As usual just beautiful photos!!

    hoping all goes well with moving etc!!!

    Hoping you can stop by and link up at http://africasblog.com/2011/12/07/oh-how-shes-grown/

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  58. I miss the white stuff, too! I'm a Minnesota girl, so it's not Christmas without snow.

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  59. Snow news is good news! I love your blog as always. It's one of the most elegant on the Web. Hope you made a few snow angels in memory during WW, & that you enjoyed it.

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  61. We haven't had any snow here either. I miss it to, since I grew up in IL. So my post is my digital idea of snow.
    By the way, where do get the pin it button?

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  62. Alicia, We should have 1-2" tomorrow. I dearly love the changes in season! I could try and send you some snow ;)

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