I hate short rows!  And I especially hate them when I start something and then put it down for 2 months because I am on to something else (remember startitis!) - and to make things worse the darn thing is knit in a boucle with lots of loops
 on the short rows - 

and I don't know where the heck I am
 when I pick it back up 
because I haven't taken very good notes! 
WOW -  I know that was a mouthful!!  
Well Joe was tired of hearing me complain about this unfortunate circumstance 
- and that is putting it mildly 
- so on this warm 75° December day 
he suggested we head to Savannah 
and walk off my frustrations.  
 While gliding across the river on 
I recalled that Miss Paula Deen was having a blood drive today and afterwards she would be signings books at The Lady and Sons.  So as soon as we disembarked we headed on to 
The Inn at Ellis Square to donate blood.  
Two hours later Joe had successfully made his donation but unfortunately I was not able to because of a prior illness.  The Red Cross however, is very grateful for the effort and we were both rewarded with two aprons autographed by Paula Deen and two buffet dinners at her famous restaurant.  Next it was off to see the lady herself for the much anticipated book signing.  The line was very long.....

 .....and to everyone's delight

Jamie Deen came out for a visit.  


Well --  another two hours went by -- we met lots of nice people and finally we reached the holy grail --

Miss Paula Deen and her sons Bobbie and Jamie.  And yes she is really a SOUTHERN LADY and she does speak with a southern drawl.  She is just as pretty as she looks on TV and was very gracious and chatted like we were old friends asking us about our lives and thanking us for our participation in the blood drive.

And she personalized all our treasures!

Finally it was time for dinner at "The Lady and Sons" complements of Paula herself. 

 I have to say the southern fried chicken and mac and cheese (which I don't eat very often) was absolutely delicious.

We ended the day with a romantic walk on 
River Street.  

The entire river walk and all the shops are lit up for the holidays including our favorite stop 
"River Street Sweets". Even the Riverboat Cruise ships are decked out in their holiday best.

Thanks "Miss Paula" for another great Savannah experience.  Oh and yes - I did not think about my short row problem all day.  
In fact I feel like the famous Southern Lady 
Miss Scarlett O'Hara
"After all, tomorrow is another day!"