Tuesday, September 02, 2008

My Southern Wish List*

First, let's begin with All the News from HolyCrap Creek:

Athens, GA— Police arrested a woman who they said mooned motorists after she received a ticket for jay-walking. The 23-year-old and a friend had both been drinking and were disorderly, according to Athens-Clarke police. An officer noted in his report that the woman did stay within the crosswalks while shaking her butttocks. The arrest was for misdemeanor public indecency.

~USA Today, September 2, 2008

Yep, this is our new territory. Gotta love it! Of course there was a time when many counties in the South were dry...even in the 1980's. At least if you can stay in the lines, you can skip the extra jay-walking ticket!

Ghost Hunk left for Georgia again this morning and we are all in a funk. We took the kids to school together, though Ghost Daughter insisted that she'd rather ride the bus. However, the rare opportunity to introduce her daddy to her awesome 1st-grade teacher quelled her frustrations. Ghost son had to fight back tears. I think his teacher thought he (the teacher) was in trouble...the look on his face when he saw both Ghost Girl and Ghost Hunk coming down the hall, probably looking a little stressed ourselves, said "Holy Crap! I see trouble!" Poor guy. We just wanted him to know that Ghost Son wouldn't be himself for a couple of days.

Now for the wish list. As I was daydreaming about finally making the inevitable move and joining Ghost Hunk, I realized that there are a whole lot of details that most certainly have escaped my vast reservoir of knowledge about the world because, let's face it, my world is apparently flat and it ends at the Mason/Dixon line. So here are a few things I need:

  • A good book about gardening in the Southern States—an absolute must since I like to grow things outside, especially veggies and low-maintenance flowers. (I kill most indoor plants...we won't even go there!)

  • A good book about the wildlife in Georgia. (As we discovered at the PA Renaissance Faire this weekend, Anoles shall hereafter be referred to as "baby dragons").
  • A guide to trees in Georgia. (other than peach and pecan, of course!)
  • And even though I would love to maintain the fantasy that bugs don't live in the South, I should probably be aware of whatever creepy-crawlies wend their way through the subterranean mecca that will be our crawl-space. All advice appreciated.
  • Cook books all about Southern Cooking.
  • Any information about absolutely essential amenities that I should demand when looking for a new home in the South.
  • Any other indispensable knowledge/advice that a Yankee absolutely must take Down Yonder. 

And for all my new friends in the SCBWI Southern Breeze chapter, I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and taking part in some fabulous events.

For now...back to cleaning and packing...cleaning and packing...trying to write...cleaning and packing...


  1. I'll get you a list of things soon, by this weekend. I have a book signing at a local indie bookstore and I'm going to do games and fun stuff. Wish you guys could be in the area but I do understand. Anyway, be on the lookout for many lists of some answers to your wish list (this from a "southern by choice not by birth" woman - lol - see you in the postings kiddo - E :)

  2. I think you're going to like it. I wasn't so sure about moving south way back when (because when I was on a family trip driving through Georgia to get to Fl at the age of 5 an adult 'stranger' called me a damn yankee) I cried to my mom that some man swore at me. What a wimp I was!!!

    But we moved to Altanta and I HEART Atlanta. I'd move back there again!

    Good luck with preparations!


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