wintry mix, or snow as we call it in South Carolina


So you think you know snow? Ha. We are rolling in it in the sunny South.

only one dog outside with me this morning

Schools closed yesterday, the day before the snow. Many businesses including our favorite Mexican restaurants closed, but Pretty’s antiques empire remained open to the few brave souls up for a winter adventure in Little Mountain, South Carolina. Grocery store shelves were emptied of necessities like bread and caffeine free diet coke. Everything was in short supply when I ordered my groceries from the store to be delivered by Instacart yesterday so limit 1 per customer of everything including Nestle’s Crunch Bar. Nestle’s Crunch Bar? Seriously? Pretty will be most unhappy.

Worst news: Jersey Mike’s sign on the door yesterday that said Out of Bread. Jersey’s is our latest food obsession because I can count exact calories on every sub sandwich and Pretty has discovered their veggie culinary delight with Portabella mushrooms. (Convicted Subway Spokesperson Jared was my inspiration for the benefits of healthy eating habits, but of course I switched to Jersey Mike’s to totally dissociate my plan from his plus they have better bread.)

Best news: Rush’s didn’t close. They did not run out of tea or french fries that are not part of my healthy eating program – but my one weakness. Sigh. I bet you can’t eat just one.

Ok, so my friend Paula in Minnesota had outdoor temperatures this morning of 8 degrees that supposedly felt like minus 1 degree while I walked for five minutes in the yard to take pictures for Pretty who would have missed the whole snow thing otherwise since her favorite winter activity is to sleep through the month of January with hopes spring will be here when she gets up to greet Groundhog Day. Pretty prefers to hibernate.

My friend Ann in Pennsylvania can expect a high of 28 degrees today, but it will feel like 18 degrees to her and her horses. My friend Susanne in Canada showed a picture of walking her dog this week when the temperature was -16 degrees. That’s 16 degrees below zero if I understand higher math. These northern friends measure their snowfall in feet – not the puny 2 inches of white flakes we had last night.

I’m mostly embarrassed to put my “snow” pictures in cyberspace.

no need to water front yard today

Pride Flag undisturbed

Pretty’s favorite of my snow pictures today

Carport Kitty and Pretty have similar feelings about winter. Thankfully her heated pad keeps her toasty warm in the laundry room – Carport Kitty, not Pretty. Heh, heh.

Carport Kitty reigns

The sun also rises, the snowflakes melt, and Pretty will leave me to work in her antique empire while I watch the disgraceful television coverage of the 2022 Australian Open this afternoon. Bollocks.

Stay safe, stay sane, get vaccinated for your own sake, get boosted as soon as possible and please stay tuned.

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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13 Responses to wintry mix, or snow as we call it in South Carolina

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Indeed it is 28F (-2C for the rest of the world), with bright blue skies and sunshine. Our only snow sulks in dirty parking lot piles, left from last weekend’s fizzled out storm. My horses have somehow found a mud hole, and fairies or witches have knotted their manes for ulterior motives. Proper grooming will wait until a warmer day with less ice under foot and hoof.
    Carport Kitty has the best ideas!

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  2. Well, we actually measure in centimeters and meters but because we are ‘next door neighbors’ to the US we quite often speak in inches and feet. Same with cooking/baking which we measure in milliliters and liters but all those US recipes online (in ounces and cups) can’t stop us.

    With my generation is an easy switch back and forth as we used to use the old Imperial system, but those born in the last 30+ years struggle with it. Great photos…CPK looks quite toasty 🙂

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  3. Susanne says:

    I feel like a celebrity just mentioned me! My name on Sheila’s keyboard! Yes, it is mighty cold here again today. Little pooch and I made it around the block and called it quits. Your snow looks much nicer and I totally understand Pretty’s desire to sleep thru January.

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  4. JosieHolford says:

    Sounds like you had a #50 https://www.josieholford.com/snows-part-two/
    Nice pics. Good story. Thanks. And great to see a warm and contented CK. (Does she need a cardboard box?)
    (Wondering if that -16 degrees was F or C.)
    Cold here in NYC but not that cold. And the snow all melted.
    (And what’s with the so-called drama of the Winters Olympics “non-binary” ice skaters? Have they not heard of gay men?)

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    • Wow – now when you have a “snow” post you do it right! Yes, #50…it’s a cyberspace storm…
      Ah Carport Kitty does indeed have a cardboard box as well as a deluxe cat condo but she prefers the throne of her heated blanket. She ain’t right.
      Gosh, haven’t heard of the non-binary drama of the Winter Olympic ice skaters?
      That ship sailed a long time ago – about the same time as the divers in the Summer Olympics.
      Stay warm in NYC.

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  5. That’s pretty snow and all any sensible person needs. Damned cold though! Good to see CK keeping warm. I’m watching the AO too — was the bollocks referring to that? Nadal is doing nicely…

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    • Yes bollocks to ESPN and their coverage – the ESPN+ app or whatever it is remains a deep mystery to Pretty and me so we are highly aggravated that we miss so many matches!! You know I love Nadal so I watch with fear and trepidation with every match he plays. I would so love for him to win this one again, but the younger guys are amazing. I realize there’s change in the air (and on the courts), but if her could just win one more before the French. Mannarino played great for the first set – that tiebreak was phenomenal.

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  6. Girl, I wasn’t going to watch it “live” but then I woke up at 4:30 a.m. thinking about whether to get up – decided to just check the score – first set had been lost by Nadal, second set he seemed to be playing well enough to give me just a twinge of hope, and the rest as people say was history. Which it truly was. My dog Carl and I watched while Pretty snoozed.
    There are no words to describe that match. I am going to try with a blog, but I’m sure it will be inadequate. Gotta love that Nadal for that match, even if he isn’t your own personal favorite of all time – which he is, as you know. Wow.

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