Winter Blogfest: No Salt for Christmas by Linda Joyce

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No Salt for Christmas
by Linda Joyce

May the Spirit of the Holidays always bring you what you need—especially a good book while traveling. And if you’re headed through Arkansas this holiday season, it might be wise to bring your own salt, too.

A few years back, my hubby and I (he’s a Florida boy and I’m a New Orleans girl) planned a trip from Kansas to Florida to visit family and friends for the holidays. The trip also included a special dinner to celebrate my Christmas Eve birthday. I was excited to be away from the Kansas cold, and I looked forward to the white sand beaches in Florida.

With our RV loaded with food, water, presents, and three dogs, we headed out on the highway. The first leg of the trip, south through Missouri, brought no surprises with overcast skies and some stiff breezes. Until we ran truck-nose first into an ice storm in Arkansas.

The Weather Channel announced the forecast—an ice storm, but promises of a clear next day. So we hunkered down in Alma, Arkansas, and waited as ice pelted the RV, but the tune wasn’t anything like a Christmas carol.

The following morning, the sun shined bright. Eagerly, we took our place in line on the highway headed for Little Rock.

atlanta-Then traffic came to a grinding halt.

And we sat. And sat. Thank goodness for books!

Cars of many colors dotted the white landscape like ornaments on a flocked white Christmas tree. Somewhere, I have a picture of a sign. You know the one that says Minimum Speed Limit 40. Well, we remained stopped beside it for nearly six hours through no fault of our own.

What do you do when you’re forced to break the law? You call 911.

The poor operator said they’d have the road opened soon. A record number of tractor and trailers had jackknifed.

Then the sun went down. Temperatures dropped. The roads refroze rapidly.

Guys in winter gear, looking like cousins of the Michelin Man, dumped five-gallon buckets of sand under tires of vehicles trying to climb the hill.

Traffic inched along. Not knowing when we’d be moving southbound again, my husband turned on our RV’s lights to make it easy to identify, then like a shepherd checking his flock, he traversed the treacherous icy road to knock on car windows. He offered food and water, and more importantly, the use of a bathroom. I lost track of the number of people who came to avail themselves of necessities when the count hit 50.

It took us eighteen hours to travel 142 miles to Little Rock.

We arrived in Florida just as my mother served Christmas dinner.

I’ll never look at salt and sand the same again.

Linda_Book_Cover_FRONT_SMALLArtist Amelia Britton battles her older brother for the right to remain on the family farm—their inheritance after their parents’ tragic deaths—she faces a looming mortgage, weather threatens to destroy her crops, and the man she secretly loves only sees her as Craig’s little sister.

After serving his country in Afghanistan, Lucas Dwyer expected to return home to his family’s farm, but the bank foreclosed. Undeterred, he begins combining-for-hire to support his younger sister in college. His best friend convinces him to discourage local guys from dating Amelia. Craig wants her back in the city, farming is too hard for a woman alone. Only one problem—Lucas has fallen in love with Amelia.

With family, the bank, and the weather conspiring against them, can Amelia and Lucas ever hope to grow the love blooming between them?

About the Author: Linda Joyce is an award-winning author. She writes about assertive females and the men who can’t resist them in her Fleur de Lis series and Sunflower series. Linda’s a big fan of jazz and blues. She attributes her love of those musical genres to her southern roots, which run deep in Louisiana. If you walk-through several New Orleans cemeteries you’ll find many of her family buried there. She penned her first manuscript while living in Japan, the country where her mother was born and raised. She spent twelve years in Kansas, the inspiration for her second series. Now she lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and four-legged boys.

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  1. Thank you … I enjoyed reading No Salt for Christmas!

  2. I enjoyed reading your post. Sounds like quite a trip.
    Merry Christmas!

  3. What a trip you had, enjoyed reading the post. Merry Christmas

  4. Shirley Cochran says:

    Many times we made the trip from Ohio to Florida to visit with relatives but never ran into an ice storm–thank goodness. Glad you made it in time for dinner!

  5. Natasha Persaud says:

    Wonderful post

  6. I enjoyed reading your post. It took us four hours on Christmas night to make a two hour drive home. Thankfully, no snow in sight-just Florida traffic!

  7. Ms. Dean Young says:

    Linda, love the short story and understand. the travel issues. But it’s one you will always remember. 🙂

  8. sounds like a long trip
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  9. Lee Mckeon says:

    I love this post! Being a fan of road trips I can relate to this lovely story!

    • Lee McKeon,

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