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Beating the Winter Blues

Take that you stupid groundhog.

I thought the whole point of living in the south was to make fun of northerners in the winter.

We southerners are not equipped to deal with extreme cold and we panic at the very idea of snow. Actual snow is not necessary. All we need to see is a forecast predicting flurries or temperatures below 40 degrees and we declare a State of Emergency. We run to the nearest grocery store and buy it out of bread, milk, and eggs. We clean the hardware stores out of salt and we prepare to burn our furniture.

It was January and it was cold. It wasn’t just cold outside. It was cold inside. I live in a historic home. By “historic,” I mean “drafty and probably insulated with newspapers.”

My old Victorian house found it impossible to cope with the single digit temperatures and my thermostat showed me that, despite the fact that it was set on 71, it was, in fact, only 55 degrees in my house.

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To add insult to injury, my most recent utility bill had been for $658….to keep my house at that balmy 55 degrees. There was ice on my windows. ON THE INSIDE.

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My Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) was kicking into high gear.

I needed to go to the Bahamas.

We threw the dogs in the plane, shook the snow off our boots, and headed south for a long weekend.

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So, for all of you who are suffering through you own 9 months of winter, here is proof that warm places still exist. That the sun is still somewhere in the sky. That the world has not, in fact, been swallowed up by cold and snow, thrusting the universe into some eternal night like some end-of-the-world Bruce Willis movie.

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So, here is my parting message to Old Man Winter. We've had enough. You can move along now, and take that stupid groundhog with you.

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Posted by vicki_h 06:28 Archived in Bahamas Tagged beach island tropical bahamas abaco elbow_cay guana_cay

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Ha ha I love it..."threw the dogs in the plane"... Sounds like going down to the corner market!!! Thanks Vicki as always for a happy, sunny trip report! I'm freezing down in the south as well!

by Twolittlebirds

Loved the video! Your dogs are so cute! No snow and no real winter here this year which is really strange. Nevertheless happy you took us with you to the beautiful Bahamas :-)

by Sternchen6116

Hi Vicki! About a year and a half ago I posted a comment on your Montana trip. You were kind enough to send me a detailed email listing foods for backcountry camping. I have not made it to Montana, yet but I'm looking into it again. I am not planning to do backcountry camping but I would like to stay at some of the park lodges. I don't want to ask too much of you but if I were to go to Montana for a week, how many lodges should I plan on staying at? I am just trying to get started with planning for 2015. I know one night I would like to stay at the Granite Chalet. My email is trupkey@yahoo.com; thanks so much and I appreciate it! I don't comment but I do read your blog. I'm always checking to see if the newest post is there! Tiffany

by TiffanyR81

Hi Vicki. Love the writing, love the pics, love the places you go. I'm planning a trip to Guana next year for 25th anniversary and would love any tips you could give for the best deserted beaches to go to....best spot on the island to stay...I guess the best of anything you can think of....keep up the good "work"...Joe

by Joe_M

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