Celebrating Winter

Here in the Peach State, winter is a conundrum. The respite from summer’s brutal heat is welcome yet we don’t have the benefit of snow to liven up our outdoor adventures. In fact, snow here is quite catastrophic… just sayin’. But as hard as cold, rainy, dreary winter weeks like this one has been, I still actually appreciate winter in …

Last Reflections of Winter

I’ve written a bit in recent months about my conversion from South Florida girl to winter-cold-weather-embracing North Georgia girl. One of the things I love about being in a place with a true winter is the bare trees. Being able to ponder their intricate structures, I feel that in winter we get to see the secrets they hide the rest …

Postcards from Real Life: Anticipation

I’ve confessed to not being very snow-savvy before but I’ve definitely acclimated to the cooler winter climate of North Georgia. I’ve also fully embraced a love of winter in terms of it’s stark beauty. I know many people find it dismal and dreary but I challenge those folks to take another look at winter. Even on cold days, the sun …

Postcards from Real Life: Winter

We’re in the thick of winter finally. It was beginning to look like we wouldn’t have to break out the heavy coats here in Georgia this season but it is here now. And just in time for me to head off to Tremont for the Winter Woody Plant ID class. The funny thing is that I’m no longer acclimated to …

Solstice

Just a short note this week to wish you all a fabulous winter solstice. It won’t be a surprise to you that we here at Val in Real Life HQ think solstice and equinoxes are pretty cool so we delight in days like today. Some lament the lack of daylight hours and bare trees but there are wonderful things to …

Apricity

One of the great things about road-schooling Fred and George is that I get to learn a lot along with them. Our newest guilty pleasure in terms of podcasts here at Camp Granola is A Way With Words. I never really considered myself a true word nerd before now but I’ve come to realize that I enjoy the show way …