Greetings from CHI-BERIA.

Before my husband and I got married, we talked about where we would live if opportunities arose…

22 year old me who never had lived outside of Alabama said, “I’ll live anywhere. Except where it snows.”


Funny how things turned out.

Almost half of our twenty two years of marriage have been spent living in Utah, Colorado, Connecticut, Canada and now Chicago.

Guess what all of those fabulous places have in common? heehee.

And as much as I complain and want to jump off the nearest bridge during January and February every year….

I love it.

Here’s a little peek around our house lately…



We have had more sub zero days this month than I care to count.


This pic of a sign by our driveway was taken a few weeks ago…it’s long since been buried.


Step outside the door and your face feels like it will freeze OFF.

Poor Riley sinks up to her belly when she walks…making it very challenging to do her business…


The lock inside our front door…yes…that’s frost. Inside the house.


This is one of our kitchen windows. It used to be double paned…but one broke due to an unfortunate run-in last summer with a baseball. So now it’s all nice and frosty.

I kinda like it. 🙂


The cottage has a collection of what we like to call deathsicles. They are like 3 feet long. Beware. 😉


So does my car.


Driving involves alternating white-knuckling and butt-cheek clenching. Not fun.


I’m feeling a little stir crazy.

Emphasis on crazy.

So between packing up our house for the renovation and freezing my buns off…

I’ve kept myself occupied with a photoshoot of a certain soon-to-be birthday girl.


I’ll be back tomorrow with some pics that will bring a smile to your face and warm your heart.

14 Responses to Chi-beria

  1. Andrea January 28, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    Your home looks picture perfect in the snow! I’m with ya on the whole jan/February not being a favorite……c’mon march! Mind you, it’s still winter in March where I live 😉

  2. Deb Miller January 28, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    You will find the humor in this, since you’re an Alabama girl. Birmingham is currently shut down because of 2″ of snow. They sent all their road clearing equipment further South, because the forecast was for more snow down toward Mobile. Motorists, including my daughter, have abandoned their cars, and are walking (my Meg is 4 miles from her 2year old’s daycare) because of the pile ups , fender benders and gridlock. I’m laughing to keep from crying, hoping she makes it home, with the 2year old, safely – eventually. 18 degrees and falling. Chicagoans are laughing their heads off, I’m sure!

  3. Martina January 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    That first shot is GORGEOUS!! Riley is such a cutie 🙂

  4. maureen January 29, 2014 at 1:29 am #

    I have lived in the Midwest most of my life (even went to college in the midwest). I spend one year in Southern California. I actually love the change of seasons. Though I have to agree with you in regards to Chiberia. That is what they have been claiming all over the newscasts of late. my mother was born in Texas and lived there and in San Francisco until she married my father and then she came up to the Chicagoland area and has now been here for over 50 years.

  5. Jann Olson January 29, 2014 at 4:05 am #

    Oh my those deathcsicles are scary! Now that’s a whole lot of snow. Felt like Spring here in UT today. Loving it, but really we need more snow. Otherwise we’ll pay for it this summer with water rations. Riley is so cute! Hope his belly doesn’t get too cold!

  6. Patricia katirji January 29, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    I feel your pain – I live in Cleveland ! Love that big sweetheart ! Cant wait to see the new pics !

  7. Mary January 29, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Hi, Susan,

    I’m an Ogle County IL gal who was forcibly transplanted to Houston TX 15 years ago…now transferring back to the STL area. The weather y’all are having this year is giving me the quivers! I know I will get used to it but still…lots to look forward to in the move but I sure will miss the mild winter weather here. Good thing No. IL is so beautiful in the summer, I am looking forward to it!

  8. Donnamae January 29, 2014 at 4:34 am #

    I know just how you feel. I live just north of you…Madison. And it’s just as miserable here. I wiould be so happy just to reach the upper 20’s! I would be ecstatic for 30’s! Riley is looking rather adorable…does she like playing in the snow? Anxious to see new pics…seems like I’ve been house bound for too long! 😉

  9. Kelly Griglione January 29, 2014 at 4:35 am #

    Oh my, you have such a knack for photography! Love each photo, and your narrative. Hooray, it’s warm enough for the kids to get back to learnin’ tomorrow!!

  10. Karen January 29, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I feel your pain fellow Illinoisan. But it sure is pretty!

  11. Carol Cook January 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    So much white.

    We just came back from the snow – drove in search of it – to ski. Skiing, in my opinion, is the only reason to be in the cold and snow.

    I admire those of you who can handle the snow. The trouble is, it is still only January. I hope that darn Polar Vortex warms up and heads to southern California because you are getting all of our moisture.

  12. Linda S. in NE January 30, 2014 at 12:28 am #

    Oh My, your photos are beautiful. I say enjoy the BEAUTY around you and be thankful that we have warm homes to stay in. I know it can be challenging at times, but it will be gone before we know it, so why not enjoy what we can’t change anyway? I’m looking forward to seeing Riley’s photoshoot…you know how gorgeous I think she is!!

  13. Deb February 3, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    I’m only a few miles from you and we gave up trying to keep the ground floor of our house warm enough for survival. Only our Maine Coon cat goes down there. We camp out upstairs! Which is where the featherbed and down comforters are so that’s fine. I heard recently that Chicago actually has many days that are colder than some areas of Alaska!! What the…. ??

  14. Carol February 10, 2014 at 2:52 am #

    Funny, as a native Tennessean, I told my husband 31 years ago that I would live “anywhere but Alabama.” We’ve lived in Alabama for 30 years!

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