A New Perspective and Vignette

I planned to write this post the other night; however, I was distracted . . .

and a bit worried. For you see, my hubby was driving home in potentially bad weather to get home

hoping to, one, get home before the big snow event and secondly, be home to help me for

another event, thankfully not a snow one!

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He left D.C. bound for N.C. (love those acronyms) with the hopes of driving ahead of the storm.

Me???….I think I was the one with the white knuckles . . . Clutching the phone tight,

calling him every hour on the hour with detailed radar reports.

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Yep . . . felt like the weather girl pointing out the storm on the radar, telling him,

“now if you make such and such by this time, you will miss the sleet.”

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“And if you make this town by this time, you will miss the snow.”

White knuckle phone grip . . .

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All the while that I was talking to him on the phone . . . me calling him, as I did not want him

to take his eye off the road . . . In between calls, I was laughing inside . . .

my way of keeping calm.

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Why was I laughing?

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It’s because he was driving home from being in DC for most of the week and that day he was speaking . . .

to a group on subject matters relating to Climate Change!

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Climate has certainly led the news of late . . . this winter has seemed to drag on slowly . . .

leaving its footprints behind . . . interrupting our daily routines. . . now really Mother Nature!

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OK…He has 10 more miles to go . . . ten miles from home.

The snow was coming down in huge flakes . . . visibility was near zero . . .

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My white knuckles and I stayed on the phone with him . . .

As he turned on to the main road in which 5 miles down is the entrance to our subdivision.

My heart racing as he said, “I cannot tell where the road is, it is all one white plain and no

tire tracks to follow.” Driving slowly and carefully.

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“I see the entrance . . . I am home! . . . Well almost.”

I stayed on the phone until I saw the headlights enter the driveway and I ran to open the garage door

so he would not have to take his hand off the wheel and reach for the door opener.

My knuckles got their color back . . .

But my hubby lost his rosy cheeks when I hugged him so tightly . . .

that he started to look like my white knuckles.

Today, I originally planned to talk about how I just removed the last of the Christmas decorations

from this room and the new vignette I created. . .

and the new throw on the ottoman that was a beautiful gift.

But that seems so trivial to me now. I just had to talk about the guy who made it home safe and sound.

The guy that chose this house plan because of this very room that he thought was pretty awesome.

We lost power early the night before and just got it back late this evening.

I am thankful for what is important, family. I will save the vignette talks for later! 🙂

Have a wonderful, wonderful day snuggled in your home safe and sound.

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  1. I know you were a nervous wreck. Glad he’s home and glad your power is back. Have a great weekend!
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  2. i can imagine your fear. I am so happy that he made it home safely with your guidance of course. this was such a beautiful post and I just love that family room! isn’t it wonderful to have lights on again?
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  3. I’ve done the same – talked my husband home. When we were younger, I remember a snowy trip that I spent with my head stuck out the passenger window to make sure we stayed on the road. This was before kids. After kids we had a reason to be much more cautious before heading out in the elements. I thank God that now we have cell phones and hands-free devices. So glad your husband made it home safely. Your room looks gorgeous, too.

  4. I’ve been in your shoes so scary!

    I hope hubby is not of the Al Gore frame of mind, climate warming when that didn’t pan out now change, lol of course it changes there once was an ice age … My Mum says these Winters are what she remembers as a child February was just a snowy mess …..

  5. Great post, makes you remember what is truly important to us…family. The room looks great and I hope the weather gets better for all of you that are having so much snow.

  6. Aww Shirley, you are soo sweet! I can imagine, and I know I would be the same way. I remember many of nights in Buffalo when Mike was working and coming home in a snow storm, I would stare out the window. No cell phones back then. It was awful waiting. Your family room looks beautiful!
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  7. That was a beautiful love story. So thankful he made it home safely.

  8. Aahhh…a true love story… Glad all is well! Have a great weekend.
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  9. This is such a sweet post Shirley and what happiness and relief you must have felt when you saw those headlights in the driveway knowing your husband made it home safely. Enjoy the weekend together and keep warm, so happy to hear your power is back on.
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  10. Oh, I know that fear, Shirley, and I’m so thankful to hear your hubby made it back safe and sound. Driving in this snow is new to us and I’m almost afraid to get out in it in the car by myself. Your vignette is so lovely along with your room.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉
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  11. Dear Shirley, bless your heart times like that are so tough but you had great faith in knowing you could navigate him home good job love will do that to a person. Beautiful post thank you for sharing. Jo
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  12. Glad your hubby made it home safe and sound and you have your power back again!!!! Have a great weekend!
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  13. We live in NE Ohio & for nearly 40 years my sweet husband has traveled weekly to PA, MI, IN, IL, KY, WVA, & VA for his job. And, yes, after all these years I still have those white knuckle moments, too. Be it snow & ice in the winter or thunderous summer storms, the road is a tough place to be. Cell phones & cars with bluetooth have certainly changed things, haven’t they!? Not much is sweeter than hearing that garage door open, is it? Glad your hubby made it home safely. Give him an extra hug today!

  14. Shirley I completely understand and worry about any loved one who is out in this bad winter weather. So glad your husband made it home alright.

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  15. So glad he is home safe and sound. Such a pretty room. Just light the fire and cuddle up close.
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  17. Oh Shirley those moments are so frightening and I’ve definitely been on both sides of that phone being either the driver or the one on the waiting and it’s just horrible!! Seriously hilarious though about the topic of his talk. LOL! So glad he made it back to your beautiful home safe and sound. 🙂
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  18. Shirley, I can just imagine how nervous you both were! So glad he made it home safe and sound and your power is back on.
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  19. That was the way I always was, when Jim was still working storms. I asked him if he misses that. No not a bit. He enjoyed his work, but is grateful he doesn’t need to work the storms these days.:-) I am too. Somewhere, around here, there is a poem, The Lineman’s Wife. Says it all.
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  20. I know, it’s so scary when our sweeties are on the road. I love the pics of the downstairs living room. It looks really beautiful down there. Glad Tommy’s back safe and sound. Love you, Pam PS All of this snow everywhere, and more and more every year, is a sure indicator that our climate is getting warmer, ha, what a joke, right?

  21. Gorgeous couch and beautifully arranged……xoxoxo Christine form Little Brags
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  22. LOVED this post, Shirley, so beautifully written and heartfelt. YOU are so right, HOME is about the people we love. Have a wonderful weekend,
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  23. Pat francoforte says

    I saw myself in your words…so glad he made it home safe and sound! Many blessings!

  24. I am so glad you posted this! I have quite a few prints that desperately need accessorized and you nailed it!

  25. Of all days to be driving…sure glad he made it home without incident!! And, btw, that room is so comfy and cozy!!
    Mary Alice
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  26. Yikes! Glad he made it home safely!
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  27. Glad both of you survived his drive home! The one at home worries more than the other….that’s how it is when you care. 🙂

  28. So glad your hubby arrived safely. That is so scary when you cannot see the road and have a hard time with driving.
    So happy you both were safe and in your beautiful home to snuggle and be together safe and sound.
    Have a good week end. Hopefully nicer weather days are ahead for all of us.
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  29. Teresa Emrich says

    We folks in Southern Georgia and Florida just need to realize how fortunate we are (I guess), not having to experience the negative aspects of that “beautiful” white precipitation that causes us to envy our northern neighbors. But, we always hope and pray each year for just a “dusting” of snow.
    Glad you are safe and sound. Thanks for all the wonderful blogs!

  30. Oh, I know what you mean about the white knucles. My husband use to drive to DC and Philly before he retired and I hated when the weather was bad. So glad your husband got home safe.
    You did a great job. Now enjoy the weekend together.

  31. I am so happy that your honey made it home safely. I know you were a nervous wreck, as I would have been. I am sure the driving was very scary.
    Hopefully this will be the last snow storm for you all.

    I am excited that we are getting two storms back to back with rain. I know it won’t be what we expect, but we will take whatever we can get.

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your husbands company now that he is home and you can quit worrying.

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  32. Oh I know that fear very well Shirley. So happy your hubby got home safe and sound. Our winter has been horrendous this year. When you have to drive in these conditions I see nothing beautiful about the snow! lol We’ve had many snow bound days which are not fun. On the other hand we’ve been lucky since we haven’t lost power (so far) which many have, very hankful for that.
    Now you can enjoy a relaxing weekend.

  33. I know you were white knuckled! It’s never fun when a loved is driving home in horrible weather. Mike drove our motor home to Amelia Island several years ago for a car show, he danced in and out of tornadoes. I was just like you calling him every minute. I’m thrilled your sweet husband made it home and you can relax! By the way, your room is lovely and the vignette on your tray is a perfect addition!
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  34. Glad he got home safely… The area looks spectacular as always…

  35. So glad he made it safely home, Shirley. Did you manage the dinner party or did you have to postpone because no one had snowshoes? 🙂
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  36. So so true how our perspective changes. I told my life-long-love yesterday that he better eat right because I never want to do life without him! I love that you have this fun room on another floor and can use all your primitive pieces, antiques and rustic things. Adds such a layer of comfort and history to our homes.

  37. Oh yes Shirley, I know that white knuckle feeling well as we’re driving through NC during terrible weather on our way home as well. Who ever would have guessed??

    As happy as you were to see your hubby, I’m sure it’s not nearly as happy as he was to be home safe and sound!
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