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I know everyone is having fun watching Atlanta deal with a little snow. Because really, it was just a little snow. Here where we live, about an hour and a half outside of Atlanta, we had maybe two inches. And that might be stretching it a little.

Now I grew up in snow country. We had snow from before Thanksgiving until sometime in late March. So I know about snow. I learned how to drive in it. As a matter of fact, I took my driver’s test a few days after a big snowstorm.

But I won’t drive in Georgia if there has been any snow. If you live where there’s snow every year, your state has the equipment and the trained personnel to deal with it. You have a budget for salt and sand or cinders, for snow plows and salt trucks and drivers for them.

Here in Georgia, we have snow every couple of years, maybe. So while there are some snow plows and road crews, it isn’t practical to keep a full snow crew on standby for a maybe-once-every-two-years occurrence. If you only use these trucks once every year or so, you have to have garage space and maintenance for them which could be used for something else. And if you haven’t changed the fuel in them for two years, they might not start when you need them.

If you live where there’s snow every winter, you’ve learned how to drive in it. We used to go to an empty parking lot and just practice braking, skidding, recovering from a skid and stopping on the packed snow. It was sort of fun and we learned skills that would help us out on the road.

But if you seldom get the opportunity to practice, how can you learn these skills? Because driving on snowy roads takes a completely different skill set than you’re used to.

Another problem is ice. If it’s cold when it snows, and stays cold, all you have to contend with is snow. But down here we’ll get snow, and then the temperature will rise just enough to melt part of the snow on the road. Later in the evening, this will all freeze into patches of black ice. And black ice is no joking matter.

So go back and look at the picture comparison between New York and Atlanta. Notice that the roads in New York are plowed and that the ones in Atlanta are not.  And understand that the only roads which will be plowed are the major arteries around Atlanta. Those of us out here in the country will have to wait for the sun to do the road clearing for us.

Have fun and laugh at us if you’d like. We’re laughing at ourselves and congratulating each other for making it home alive. But remember, what’s normal and expected where you’re from is completely foreign to those here in the sunny Southeast.

Stay warm and dry friends.

Ciao

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CommercialIt is finally snowing in Georgia and the grandsons are thrilled. School was cancelled this morning because of the forecast, though it didn’t actually start snowing until just a few minutes ago–around 2 pm this afternoon.

Not a lot of snow, just little whispers falling to the ground where it clings to the leaves and dead clumps of grass from autumn. The sidewalk is wet so far, but I think that will turn to ice later on in the day.

The temperature was about 37 mid-morning, but has dropped to 31, so I think the boys will probably be home again tomorrow.

The humorous bit about the weather in Georgia is its changeability. Yesterday it was a balmy 64 out on my front porch and it was still in the 40’s when I went to bed.

It’s a good day to sit down by a warm fire with a good book to read. I’ve been working on my next novel in the 32 day writing challenge.

But until this one is finished, go pick up a copy of Gambler’s Folly, which won me not only the BBFBP award for Most Artistic 2013, but also the Mulitfaceted Jewel award, from FreedomInk.

You can find it on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Mellie-Miller/e/B00954K2C8

Talk to you again soon. I’m going to go watch the snow.

Ciao

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Book and Award3I recently received my print copies  of Gambler’s Folly. And since Bavarlee helped promote my book on his Facebook program, Let Me Tell Your Story, I sent him a signed copy as my thank you to him.

Here is the link to his video thank you.

Bavarlee, you are too much. Enjoy the book. The next one should be out later this year.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=551110301651984

For your copy of Gambler’s Folly:

http://bookstrand.com/gamblers-folly

http://amazon.com/author/melliemiller

 

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Black and whiteI am seriously peeved with the weather. Earlier this week, when it was 7 degrees in the morning with a high around 25, I was worried about keeping the chickens and baby guineas warm enough.

Today it’s 52 degrees and they look like they’re about to drown outside. Of course they could go back into the chicken house…

So what do you do when the weather is like this?

Write, of course!

I’m working on my next novel, Master of Fleet.

Stay in touch and stay dry!

Ciao!

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63 days of Access Consciousness (No Cost)

Hi there,

I just got a free pass to this incredible online event, and I thought of you right away.

What would it be like to have a marathon of Access Consciousness 63 days in a row?

What contribution would that be in your life?

Join 29 Access Consciousness Facilitators, including Gary Douglas (the founder of Access) and 28 others as they facilitate you to be more of you.

“If you were being you, who, what, where, when and why would you be?”

What if that energy that comes up is more the energy of you as an Infinite Being? And what if you could choose to be that all the time?

What if this New Year you could also choose to gift yourself the awareness of the gift that you Be in the world? Would you be willing to celebrate You? What if everything you did, said and chose was a celebration of you?

What phenomenal contribution can you be to Consciousness and the planet?

What would choosing more every year, stepping up and being you changing the world look like to you? Just asking?

Save your spot here – http://www.illusiontoilluminationsummit.com/

Let me know what you think. I’m so excited!
Illusion to Illumination Summit

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Small Formal Black2Oh my gosh! I’m so excited! I just got the news that I have been chosen as Hidden Gems Multifaceted Jewel for Gambler’s Folly! I am literally sitting here in tears.

Thank you so much Katandra Shanel Jackson and FreedomInk365 for really starting my year off with a bang!

Guess I’d better get busy and finish that new one, huh?

http://freedomink365.com/hidden_gems

You can order a copy of Gambler’s Folly from the link at FreedomInk, or:

http://www.amazon.com/Gamblers-Folly-Bookstrand-Publishing-Romance/dp/1627405844/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/gamblers-folly-mellie-e-miller/1116472748?ean=9781627405843

Once again, thank you so much for this honor. I’ll do my best to merit the award.

Mellie Miller

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