Blog All About It Challenge ~ January 2018


The first prompt of this challenge is actually a fabulous one for me.  One of my goals for joining this challenge was for something of me to be revealed to our readers each month even while I also used the challenge prompts to kick start a discussion post each month.

And why is WINTER a good prompt to reveal so much about me?

I am a lover of winter.  Bring on the arctic cold, the wintry gray skies, the snow, the early darkness that drives me inside in the evenings, and so much more.  (Okay, I draw the line at ice since I’ve been in several spinouts/near accidents in my car and I’ve fallen and broken my tailbone twice over the years as a result of that stuff.)

I spend early winter in holiday celebration, but then I grow energized in my planning mode as I face the New Year.  Michigan’s coldest weather comes in January and I am fortunate to have a warm home with a fireplace so I spend evenings in quiet activities- sometimes alone, sometimes with family or friends- mostly alone.  I am a true winter child in personality and don’t just like, but need alone time when I can get it.  It revitalizes me and helps me buck up the courage to face work and social obligations in the public eye.  My personality is at its best in this season.  I’m a cranky, short-tempered beast in the summer though I try hard not to unleash it, but I have so much more understanding and patience at my seasonal high time of the year.

I do not reluctantly go outside like I do when there is heat and humidity and aside from icy or stormy weather, I like to walk in the winter white and cold and I find some of the most beauty to come from the stark white and black landscape I see in the woods here when I walk.  Granted my walks aren’t as long or far.  I love the cold, but it does get me eventually.  LOL

I get my exercise from shoveling the snow for our place and my neighbor next door who is a Snowbird and heads to Florida for four months.  There is even an attack squirrel who keeps me on my toes because he loves winging nut shells at me from a tree when I’m out clearing the drive and the walks.

Then its inside to thaw out with a candy cane (leftovers from Christmas) crushed into my hot cocoa (because another fun fact about me, I detest coffee and tea) or hot cider.

It’s also my slow time for projects and tasks so I can indulge in fun inside activities.  I adore doing puzzles, playing old-fashioned board games, catching up on movies, and I will be trying coloring for the first time after getting a book and pencils as a Christmas present.  I can do my puzzle or coloring while indulging in audiobooks- some from my own shelf and others for review.

So, that’s me and Winter.  What about you?  Like it or loathe it?  What’s something you like to do in winter that you don’t do any other season?  Do Tell!

If you are interested in the details about this challenge hosted by Anna @ HCBS, here is the link:

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.