I’m Emily. I love the South.
Although I was born and raised in the Northeast, the South has always felt like home to me. All of my family is from and (mostly) lives in Kentucky, the place where I have spent every Christmas and a few weeks every summer since my birth. What amazes me is that even though I only see my grandparents and extended family two or three times a year, we are very close.
I have come to the conclusion that there must be something special and Southern going on here to allow such a bond to develop and I have an idea of what that might be: great stories, sayings, food, and care (always served together, at all times and by great people).
So, in the spirit of sharing great stories, sayings, food and care, I have decided to blog about the sweet morsels in my life, the things that make me smile.
And why is this blog called “the sugarlump”? Because one of my grandmothers used to call me “sugarlump” when I was little and I think it captures well the intention of this blog (to compile the sweetness in my life) and is extremely Southern.
Side note: When I told my grandmother I was thinking of starting a blog and calling it “the sugarlump,” she was quick to reassure me that “sugarlump” was a term of endearment. It had never occurred to me that she meant it otherwise, but I suppose she was just clarifying that she wasn’t calling me plump, which I was not even borderline close to as a child. In fact, my level of nutrition was questioned a time or two due to my extremely spindly physique. As evidence, I have provided a photo of my knobby knees (pictured right, sporting my tap recital ensemble):
Some other things about me:
1. I do not enjoy tap dancing.
2. I’m a residential interior designer. Helping people create a home is very important to me. I decided to make a career of it and started my own business quite young. Here I am on my first day:
3. I consider myself a private person and am mildly allergic to all of the oversharing of mundane details of one’s life via social media. I also surprise myself sometimes. I suppose I have justified sharing my life in blog form by 1) giving it a specific purpose/flair and 2) only sharing things that are meaningful/noteworthy/extremely profound/absurd.
4. Oh, and did I mention that I don’t really care for writing? I would rather complete an entire SAT II prep book of Algebra problems than write a five paragraph essay. So I’m going to keep this informal and more conversational; however, I will try to use correct grammar for the sake of coherence.
5. I don’t like odd numbers, except when arranging accessories or making points. And this one makes five. Ha!
I hope these posts make you laugh and rejoice.
Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?
That’s funny. I love odd numbers. 🙂
I’m with you, I love the South. Perhaps because I was born in SOUTH Korea? So great to connect with you, Sugarlump. 🙂
Thank you! You too!
Funny, I just told a friend today that I don’t like odd numbers. I’m kind of like Monk. Balance is important. But I’ve also learned it’s okay to have uneven numbers and still have balance.
Nice subject for a blog, sharing the good times.
My generation in Australia grew up influenced by American ways. We adopted many sayings, actually to the detriment of our own colourful slang terms. I am familiar Sugar Plum and used to call my niece Sugar Plum as a term of endearment, USA and Aussie have lots in common. I visited most of the spectacular Natural and man made wonders in America, loved them all and the American hospitality..
Thanks! It’s neat how certain things are universal, like terms of endearment.
In Aussie we have a term of endearment that requires the accompaniment of a smile and the right tone of voice when it is said.. .
Hi Emily, Thanks for liking the Twenty Piece Blog! Looking through your blog, you seem to have a lovely life. Cate and I are metropolitan ladies who long for the quaintness of a small town. Thanks for sharing the beauty!
Thank you for stopping by!
Don’t hate on odds 🙂
Thanks so much for visiting and the “like”- you have a very interesting bl
Blog (darn iPhones, sorry about that!). Nice to meet you!
Thanks for stopping by!
As a transplanted Southerner, it was good to read about your love for the South. When I moved to Oregon several years ago, and people would ask me where I was from (do ya think my accent gave me away?? could be), I’d tell them South Salem. Well, it was true – I did live in South Salem . . . Oregon. Somehow they never quite bought that answer. I’m enjoying reading your blog!
Haha, that’s too funny! Thank you so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it 🙂
Oh my goodness, that was the most fun read I’ve had in a while! You are too cute 🙂 I was a born-in-the-South-er that has found her home happily in the mountain west, but there definitely is a little magic that lives in that part of your world 🙂 Looking forward to your sweet (even if lumpy) journey 😉
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you are enjoying my blog! And I totally agree that the South is a magical place 🙂
What, you don’t like tap? Well, me either, actually! I tried, as an adult but I couldn’t get past the shuffle, ball, change thing. Thanks for liking my Cowboy Fashionista post, I believe I will be liking a few of yours, too!
Haha, no, I’m not much of a dancer in general :)Thanks for checking out my blog!
My Daddy still calls me sugarlump and I’m 36!
It’s such a great term of endearment 🙂
Well done! I will look forward to your posts from my southern screen porch.
I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Please see your blog listing at http://elisacashiola.com/2012/06/17/a-ray-of-sunshine/.
I also do not like odd numbers!
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Thank you so much! I am so touched. I will post about this today 🙂
Thank you for the “like”! I just love your banner and blog!
Thank you! and thank you for stopping by! 🙂
Congratulations on your Lovely Blog Award.
Thank you!! 🙂
As a Floridian who grew up in Kentucky, where my roots go back to the earliest pioneer days, I guess I qualify as somewhat Southern, too. As for the numbers thing, I’ve always believed that there are three kinds of people in this world: there are those who can count, and those who can’t.
haha, too funny! I’d say you count as Southern if you grew up in Kentucky!
What part of Kentucky is your family from? I grew up near Lexington, but also have relatives in the mountains.
Southern Kentucky, Cumberland County. I have many relatives (most of them) who went to UK in Lexington. It’s so beautiful there.
I never spent much time in Southern Kentucky — just passed through a few times. Like most of the state, it’s very pretty there. This time of year, I miss the serenity of the horse farms in Central Kentucky.
Hey Sugarlump! Thanks for liking our blog. We love hearing from human and fur people readers. Want to know what’s really exciting? Our Mom was born in Kentucky and so was her Dad. Does that mean we’re related?
No way! I think it sure does as I am related to a lot of Kentuckians. Thanks for stopping by! I post stories about my kitties pretty regularly, so check back in! 🙂
What a great Blog. Thank you so much for liking my blog judysp.wordpress.com I appreciate your support. cheers Judy 🙂
Thank you! And thanks for stopping by. I just loved your “inbread” cat post. I definitely laughed out loud. 🙂 Come back and visit!
Thanks for stopping by and liking my post at http://eddiemyers.wordpress.com. You have a lovely site and some very interesting posts.
thank you! 🙂
You have a lovely, friendly blog. I am so glad that you visited mine, so that I could discover yours.
Thank you! That is so sweet.
Thank you for the “like”. And I love the name of your blog!
love the photos, very cute! looking forward to reading more of your stuff,
I love your “about”! Very heartfelt. I want to thank you for liking one of my posts, and to say that I really enjoy your perspective. I grew up in the Northeast too, and though I have no relative ties to the south, there is something uniquely beautiful about it. Nice that you have an “in” to it! I look forward to reading more of your posts…
Thank you very much. Please come back and visit!
I’m so glad you stopped by my blog. Thank you for visiting. 😀 Your writing style, light humor, and photos are the perfect blend of charisma and storytelling. I look forward to reading more!
I love your blog site but there was no “love it ” button so I pushed “like”. I am following you. Because I like your style of writing, your attitude on life and you make me laugh. Thank you.
Aww, thank you! That is so nice to hear. I’m so glad you’re following me. Come back and visit soon! 🙂
Well, despite not liking to write, I believe you have a flair! Thanks for stopping by my little photoblog, as well. I can well relate to what you say above regarding the hows and whys of starting a blog. I hesitated at first, too, but found that meaningful words and thoughts came easily when it comes from the heart. 🙂
Thank you! And I completely agree. I try to approach it more as storytelling and I find that makes all the difference. 🙂 Come back and visit!
I’ve been through Kentucky on my way to Charleston, South Carolina. Loved the mountains, If I could I would move to Charleston permanently; however, family obligations keep me where I am. I like even numbers.
It sure is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by; come back and visit! 🙂
What a fun and sweet blog! I love it! Thanks so much for your like on my post 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and “liking” it. Oh, my. I’m mad for your header! A fun bio. Cheers!
Oops. Sorry! That was supposed to be a comment, not a reply to summerunderthelemontree. I’m lacking in certain skills!
that’s ok! Thank you for visiting 🙂
Thanks for the like on my blog post. You have lovely blog.
Thank you! I enjoyed your photos 🙂
Nice of you to stop by. I love the South too, glad to have found your blog.
I love the painting for your header! This looks like a great site. I’ll come back often. Thanks for stopping by my blog as well.
Thank you! I created my header from a photo of me when I was about 3 (I used that photo in my “Not Cool” post). I edited the photo in ppt. It’s amazing what that program can do!
fun blog and I love the South too and miss now that i live Montana
thanks! it’s such a great place. I would love to visit Montana. I hear it has beautiful skies.
your welcome. I have enjoyed all the places I have lived but Montana is my favorite. the skies the sunsets and the scenic beauty is amazing and so are the people. Its definately a place you will want to visit.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog so I could find yours. Your explanation of your blog as commenting on the “meaningful/noteworthy/extremely profound/absurd” things and events speaks to mine as well – I just hadn’t thought about it that way until I read your words! 🙂
Thank you! I’m so glad to have found your blog and that you enjoyed mine. Come back and visit! 🙂
Thank you for the “like” on my blog today! I’m thrilled your visit brought me to your blog. I love it!
You’re welcome! You have beautiful photos. Thank you for stopping by! Come back and visit!
Love your blog name and especially the few details you shared about your grandmother and why you chose that name for your blog. My grandmother was very special to me.
I’m here via a mutual blogging acquaintance, and am getting sucked in. Your hooligans are real charmers!
thanks! glad you stopped by. come back and visit!
Thank you for reading and the “Like” of my post.
Thanks for dropping by Main St. Cuisine and for the “like.” I too have an affinity for the south and its southernisms. Growing up at the beach in Southern Cal and now living in the south myself, we went from beach speak/surf culture to a lot of “Yes ma’ams.”
Looking forward to future posts!
Thank you for liking and following my blog! Yes, there is an abundance of “ma’ams and sirs” around here. I love it!
Thanks for stopping by and liking my post Getting Late.
Very sweet “about” page! Thank you so much for the award, SugarLump!
you’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
I adore this blog. And your kitty. I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blog and One Lovely Blog awards. Here: http://wp.me/p1jL9y-i9. You can pass the torch by giving me a shout-out, then stating 7 facts about yourself and nominating 15 bloggers whom you find inspiring or lovely. Or just skip it and post whatever you’d like. 🙂
Thank you, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog and I’m so honored to have been nominated. 🙂
Hey Sugarlump ! Thanks for stopping by my page. Your blog seems interesting too. So far, i went through your “About” and enjoyed it 🙂
thanks! come back and visit 🙂
Re: #4 Give me a writing assignment any day! My mind is made for words not numbers, and here I am accommodating one of our home ed students by teaching him math this year! Oh, well, increasing my grey matter I suppose.
Thanks for following along. We were southern for 3 years. 🙂 Georgia.
I’m sure you’ll do a wonderful job with the math! Where did you live in the South?
This seems like a lovely blog and I look forward to getting a chance to further explore it!
Thanks! Come back and visit!
Will do. 🙂
Thank you for following my blog “Sweet Spell Bakeshop” =)
you’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by and following mine as well!
Great profile! Enjoyed the “I do not like tap dancing” comment. Very funny.
haha thanks! That photo was the end of my dancing!
Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog and liking! I see, from reading this that we both have the same aim in blogging – to record the good things in our lives. I shall enjoy calling in to see how you are doing 🙂
Yes, thank you for stopping by. Please come back and visit!
Thank you for liking my blog and I’m really glad that led me to find you. I’ll be back to visit. 🙂
I barely had my new blog up before you came by and ‘liked’ it. I wanted to thank you for stopping by I appreciate it very much and I hope you will visit again. I am gong to look around your blog.
For not liking to write, you do a purty good job 🙂 I lived in Louisville, KY for 14 years…can’t say I liked it, but you make Kentucky sound better than I saw it, lol. Thanks for the Like, looking forward to reading about your adventures in the South 🙂
thank you! come back and visit! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog. Loved reading yours!
Thank you! Come back and visit!
Thanks for stopping by “Along the Way” and the like! I enjoyed reading some of your stories and love the way you write. I’m a Southerner now living in the Mid-Atlantic (like the way you end your stories…takes me back home) and lived in Louisville, KY for a time. So I’ll read your stories with a Southern accent in my ears!
thank you for visiting! I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that it brings you back. Come back and see us!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!
right back at ya!
I like your style 🙂 Will follow you 🙂
Thanks for your Like on my blog. Yours is hilarious. I have a Southern sister-in-law (Tennessee born and raised) and I understand the idea of being joined at the hip to all things Southern.
Thank you for stopping by! Once Southern, always Southern 🙂 Come back and visit!
Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award!
Love your blog!
Stumbled upon your blog, and then couldn’t get off it! Love your stories and pictures!
Thank you! Come back and visit!! 🙂
Hi there, I love your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blog Award. Check out all the details at: http://mellchan.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/oh-goodness-a-blog-award/