A Snowed-In Southerner’s Response to Northern Critics

Simply SarahRuth


 At least twice I day I get polled by a passerby with the question, “Where are you from?”  The question isn’t based out of politeness, but instead a direct reaction to my thick, Southern accent.  I never encountered this before I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina- a cultural melting pot filled with Asians, African, Indians and, yes, the snow veterans that are Northerners.

I don’t get mad about the assumptions that in light of my obvious twang, I must be slightly remedial and, more likely than not, am without indoor plumbing; I get it.  I speak slower, I have a closet full of bizarre home-remedies and I can quote the movie Steel Magnolias by heart – unprompted.  To the outside world, Southerners appear to be odd, American aboriginals that live only in accordance to the Bible, Jack Daniels, and the lyrics to Boot-Scoot-Boogie.  So when we flee to…

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Waiting for Spring


I am really a winter person at heart but my husband gets REALLY grumpy when we have frozen/busted water pipes and LONG lines at the local Walmart! So ….. with that being said; I’m kinda looking forward to spring myself. I’m ready to play in my garden and do some hiking! I guess I’m just getting soft in my old age?? 

LIVE: Rare Ice, Snow Storm Halts Atlanta Traffic Through the Night

We escaped the grid lock by “minutes”. Non-the-less ….. My husband and I ALWAYS have a 3 day survival bag in every vehicle.


A once-in-10-year storm spread freezing rain, sleet and snow across a wide swath of the South on Tuesday.

“Up to 10 inches of snow fell in parts of Virginia on Tuesday and Tuesday night,” AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bob Smerbeck said. Norfolk, Va., and Elizabeth City, N.C., are some of the cities in the path of the snow.

On Monday, Louisiana’s governor declared a state of emergency for due to the dangerous winter conditions forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. Additionally, all government offices and public schools were ordered to close on Tuesday.

States of emergency were also declared in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina.

The wintry weather expanded eastward across Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and the mid-Atlantic coast through Tuesday night.

Hazardous travel will span the heavily traveled I-10 and I-95 corridors. Numerous roads have been closed and many motorists were reported stranded.

Late on Tuesday, thousands of…

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Sleeping Soundly in a Survival Situation: How to Make a Bed in the Wild



By Josh

We’ve talked about the dangers of sleep deprivation before, so how do you get some sleep when you’re stuck in the wilderness without a comfortable bed to rest on? You make one of course! Of course knowing how to make it just right can improve the quality of sleep you’ll get, so lets look at what makes a good wilderness bed.

What materials you’ll need and how to use them

There are two main components to the bed, just like in the one you rest on back home: a mattress and a frame. The frame gives support and structure to the mattress, and it also helps keep you off of the ground, keeps you warmer and protects you somewhat from snakes and other creepy crawlies. The mattress gives you something soft to lie on, and if possible it might also be able to retain some heat and keep…

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Seven Tips for a Smart and Healthy Victory Garden



By Lauren Hill

During the difficult days of World War II, victory gardens became popular symbols of frugal living and self-reliance. As the nation’s resources became focused on the war effort, families did their part to economize by growing their own vegetables, herbs, and fruit. The victory garden has enjoyed a new lease on life in our own day. In tough economic times, it is more appealing than ever to grow your own food. It can also be an important part of a modern healthy lifestyle. Even if you’re on a tight budget, these seven tips can help you get started with a successful victory garden. You’ll be on your way to delicious home-grown food before you know it!

1. Start Small

There are many helpful and inspiring books about growing your own vegetables. The Internet is also full of useful information on gardening. It’s easy to…

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I just love a rainy day!

There’s just something magical about rainy days. It’s like getting a free pass to sit back, relax and enjoy. Cool / cold rainy days are even better. Light a fire, pour a glass of wine, grab a blanket, a dog ;) and a good book (or the IPad). Warm rainy days are made for dancing or walking in the woods. It really doesn’t matter what the season, rainy days are wonderful. Time to kick back and enjoy :)