have I told you lately that I love you?


No. I know I haven’t.

I’m packing for Blissdom.

The tattoo feels like a puddle of superglue on my back. Serves me right, you say? Yes it does, I say.

Somewhere between zero and 80 inches of ice plans to snap this property like brittle, so we’re getting out of here – heading on to Louisiana, then to Alabama, where the stars fall, so they say.

From there, I’ll drive to Nashville. I’ll report as I can. A post or three will still appear, and then I , as usual, will disappear.

Know it.

I see you when you come here, and you’re like a backbone to me sometimes, whether that’s good or not – like a habitual friend who visits on the porch, a rocking chair friend, who brings the fly swat and the sweet tea.

I wish I could make you a casserole and some cookies, but truth be told, I’m horrible at taking casseroles to my neighbors anyway,

but I do love you,

virtually, really, truly. 

I can’t wait to tell you more of my adventures from the South.

amberhaines
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17 Comments

Sidnie
Reply January 28, 2010

I can feel the south in your words.
I would bring the fly swatter and the paper fans to fan the humidity away as we rocked on the front porch.
I long for Louisiana- community coffee, crawfish, swamp lands, the cajun accent that is almost too hard to understand. I long more for Alabama. Sweet Home.
The sweet tea waiting on the counter, the hugs waiting at the door, the yard beggin my children to take their shoes off and run through it....
More than likely on your way to Nashville, you'll pass my hometown... wave to my Momma for me.

Aunt Pam
Reply January 28, 2010

We love you too, Amber! Y'all be careful and hope to see you when you get to Bama!! :-)

Joy
Reply January 28, 2010

Have a great time!

Tammy@If Meadows speak...
Reply January 28, 2010

You're talking my language, sweet tea and a porch with rocking chairs. The perfect spot to visit and gaze at these southern skies. You can serve us up some juicy casseroles rolled in words when the "baking" is done. We'll be here to eat'em up! Be safe. Be WARM. Be in the sun. Met ya at the porch, virtually.

Cassandra Frear
Reply January 28, 2010

Something with sweet potatoes. That's the casserole you could bring me.

hamster
Reply January 28, 2010

hit some flea markets on the way! get some waylon jennings on vinyl and some drinking glasses with kermit the frog playing a banjo!

and don't scratch your shoulder.

jenni
Reply January 28, 2010

WAHHHHHHHHHH...take me with you!!!

*sniffle*

Okay. It's okay. I'm sure we'll survive the ice. Maybe.

Have fun!!!! Tell the warmth hello from me.

Ari
Reply January 28, 2010

"I see you when you come here, and you’re like a backbone to me sometimes, whether that’s good or not – like a habitual friend who visits on the porch, a rocking chair friend, who brings the fly swat and the sweet tea."

I love love love this sentence. The words bring comfort as I visualize a warm summer night in the South drinking sweet tea with a lovely friend. My grandparents used to live in Georgia and this makes me miss it. Except the humidity. I don't miss that.

Have a great trip!!

Stephanie @ Geezees
Reply January 28, 2010

Have a great time!

Meredith
Reply January 28, 2010

Safe travels! See you in Nashville.

TJ
Reply January 28, 2010

You have an awe inspiring site here, Amber! Have a great time at Blissdom. In know you willinspire those who are there to listen :)

Bekah
Reply January 28, 2010

HAVE FUN!

Muthering Heights
Reply January 28, 2010

Have a nice trip....I'm looking forward to seeing you in person next week! :)

Kelly Langner Sauer
Reply January 29, 2010

Eh, I hate casseroles anyway... ;-) Have a blast!

brittney
Reply January 29, 2010

I make a mean pitcher of sweet tea and the best oatmeal chocolate chip cookies of anyone I know. ;)

Have fun!

Sarah@EmergingMummy
Reply January 29, 2010

I'm Canadian and every time I read an American southern-type book, it does make me ache a bit. We lived in south Texas, near San Antonio for a few years, and I got a bit of a taste through that but still. I love it. I miss that pace of life.

I am so jealous of you that go to the conferences. I want to come but it's so far for me. I appreciate that you post and write about it - it helps to take the 'blogger' mask off and make everyone real. But it also makes me pea green with envy. So there is that drawback. ;-)

Jamie
Reply February 7, 2010

Truly enjoyed hearing a home girl Southern mama speak...I didn't get to meet you in person but this is my virtual hello! Wasn't Blissdom AWESOME? Hope you join us again next year in Nashville. :)

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