Blog All About It Challenge ~ January 2018

Posted January 15, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 34 Comments


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.

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  • I like Winter, too. Which is a good thing because where I live we have long, cold and snowy winters. The only thing that sucks about Winter for me is I have to go to work regardless of the weather. So driving can be scary.

    • I does help to love the season since you get a nice long one. I’m with you on not liking to drive in it. There’s one state highway that makes me nervous b/c there are always accidents during getting off work time if the weather’s bad.

  • I am a HUGE fan of winter. I don’t complain all winter just so I can complain in the summer. I hate the heat. If my family would move to an all winter climate, I’d love it.

    • You and are have that in common. I rarely say a word about the weather in the winter, but I have to bite my tongue all the time in the summer and I am still known far and wide as a summer-hater. LOL
      I totally would live in Alaska if I could drag the fam with me. 🙂

  • Karen

    I love winter too but Florida winter lol I’ve lived in upstate NY and *real* cold and I can’t do it anymore but this is the time of year where it’s not hot and humid so I get in more outside activity, it’s our gardening season. I love it. Except it’s actually been cold this year! lol I can’t handle it.

    For What It’s Worth

    • Oh man, you definitely know what a true winter is. They measure it by the foot instead of the inches up where you’re originally from. 🙂
      I think winter in Florida would be my only time to go outside. LOL
      But yes, you guys are getting some colder weather and I imagine its tough on the thinner blood down there. Stay warm. 🙂

  • Not a big fan of winter, huge fan of summer! I love those hotter days! 🙂 It’s way too cold now.
    That squirrel sounds freaking irritating!


    • My dad’s a summer heat lizard, too. 🙂

      Oh for goodness sake, that squirrel has me tempted to get out the kids’ Nerf projectile weaponry and start taking shots at him. LOL

  • I love the cooler weather!! I don’t remember the last time we had snow though 🙁 (I’m in TX lol)

    • My friend Janet from Texas got two snows over the holidays, but she lives in northern Texas hill country. I’ve only visited Dallas and Houston in the summer and about died so I totally get loving Texas in the cooler months. 🙂

  • Boooo! to Winter, lols 😉 Give me warm weather <3

    • Hey, hey, another summer heat lizard. 😉 I envy you when its summer. 🙂

  • Shari Delighted Read

    This is is right now. Friday we got .25” of ice with 4” of snow. Today we are getting 1-3” more. School may never be in session again. Stir crazy….and I detest winter.

    • I think we get nearly the same weather just it hits me the day after you. LOL

      Oh man, locked in with the kids. Cabin Fever!!!!

    • RO

      This is a great picture and makes me want to visit!(lol) Hugs…RO

  • Debbie Haupt

    Oh bah humbug to winter and ewwwww tooo 😉 Say it ain’t so. My favorite time of year is Fall because of the crisp air and cooler days, next up spring then summer and if I had the $$$ it would be warmer climes in the winer months!!!

    • Buahaha! I do love fall with the crisper temps and colors, but yeah, spring, then summer. Total opposite. My next door neighbor heads to Florida from December to April every year. I would be the opposite and head north every summer. LOL

  • I am not a fan of winter. I am so over this winter already. I don’t really like it when it is really hot but I cannot stand being cold. Snow can be pretty…as long as I can stay inside and look at it through my window. I do like staying indoors and the weather is a perfect excuse for it right now.

    • Hey, at least you embrace the best parts. I try to do that with summer.
      Yeah, its pretty frosty cold right now. Brrr!

  • I love this post so much! It’s okay if you don’t like coffee, I do, but I like tea just as much so we can still be friends LOL. I loved most the part about you needing your alone time. I thought it was just me being anti social, but I totally understand the need and how this time to yourself recharges you for what’s ahead. I relate to this 100%.

    I don’t like winter much other than being able to wear cute scarfs 🙂 We don’t get snow here in Cali, at least not where I live. We have to drive to the snow if we want to play. We do get rain and I don’t like driving in the rain.

    Great post!

    • Buahaha! I was worried the whole coffee/tea issue would lose me some friends, but so glad you can be magnanimous about this shortcoming of mine. 😉
      Oh yes, I figured out a while ago when I first started doing my family case work that I had to have my time to myself even if I could only get a half hour. But yes, I can’t do peopling without it. Sounds like you need it, too.

      Hey! Winter is such a great reason to break out the cute scarves. I have a couple that I love dragging out of the tote and readying for action around about November. I grew up in the Sacramento area and we lived maybe a half hour from the mountains so we ‘drove to the snow’ on weekends, too. 🙂 Ugh, that rain. It can go for days, right?

  • RO

    This post is so cool, and I love it so much! You paint such a lovely portrait of who you are, and the love of cold weather. Like you, I adore Winter because I get the energy to eat better and exercise more. I do not like sweating, so cool weather is just perfect. People seem so much kinder when it’s cold outside, and the solitary time with books and Netflix is fantastic! Of course, just standing out in the cold burns up some major calories too, so I’m all in. My goodness, that had to have been the pits to break your tailbone twice. This post sounds like the beginning of a beautiful anthology. Hugs…RO

    • Hey fellow lover of cold. This is great. We hit our energy stride at the same time. 🙂

      Oh, and good point about how much the cold helps burn calories. I need all the help I can get. 🙂

      Ah… I’m glad my first post struck you as personable.

      Thanks, Ro! 🙂

  • We don’t have winter here, but I really wanted to experience it, especially the white Christmas 😉 Soon though. Awesome post Sophia Rose

    • Where I grew up in Northern California, we were near snowy mountains, but down in the valley we didn’t get it. My idea of winter was lots of rain and fog. LOL My first time living through an Eastern US winter was an eye-opener. LOL Hope you get to visit where there is winter and experience the white stuff- maybe Japan’s mountains in winter and you can try out your language lessons. 🙂

  • You know I actually love winter but if I lived in a place where winters got bad and there was humidity I wouldn’t like it. In Utah, its really tame. We get little ice, mostly snow, we just have long winters most of the time. Although this year we have only had two snow storms which is disappointing. But I do love snow, its so fun to play in and I love to ski and its so pretty to look at and I love taking long walks while its snowing. (weird I know, but its like 40 degrees when it snows and sometimes I just need a light jacket and its so peaceful right? And the mountains just look gorgeous with snow on them.

    • My parents and brother live in Utah near Ogden so I’m very familiar with your winter there, Renee. You get such lovely light, powdery snow and breathtaking mountain scenery in winter. I’m always jealous. LOL
      Your winter walks sound great. Other than January, I can usually get away with a pullover, scarf, and light gloves on my walks around here. Hope you get more snow to look pretty and walk in. 🙂

  • shootingstarsmag

    I don’t really hate winter, but it does make it difficult to do certain things since it’s so cold. I’m actually much more opposed to the heat. LOL I like cuddling up with blankets and watching TV or reading a good book. I don’t know if I do anything in the winter that I don’t otherwise do though…

    And your post reminds me that I need to do a post on this prompt!


    • This is the truth. As much as I adore it, the cold weather and storms can put the kibosh on certain activities. Oh yes, I have my soft warm lap blankets ready to go when its reading and TV time. 🙂

      Oh cool! Look forward to what you come up with for your post, Lauren!

  • Lukhi Diamond

    it’s so nice and wonderful,thank uh for sharing dear..

  • My favorite seasons are usually autumn and spring, as I don’t like the too hot weather in the summer. I can deal easier with the cold in winter, as long as I stay inside. Winter does always seem like the perfect season to stay comfy inside your house with a good book. I also like snow, as long as I don’t have to go anywhere. It sure can be dangerous, especially when it turns to ice and gets slippery. I hope you’ll enjoy coloring. I am actually currently working on a jigsaw puzzle at the moment. They are so much fun to do.

    This was a great post to read and it’s fun to learn a bit more about you. I never new you liked winter so much. Looking forward to see what the next months prompt is about!

    • Autumn is my second favorite b/c of the mild temperatures and the wonderful color of the leaves. 🙂
      Yes, winter is my cozy time, too. I definitely stay in if there is ice b/c I tend to fall frequently on the stuff. LOL
      Oh neat that you’re doing a puzzle right now. I haven’t started the Casablanca one that my brother sent me. I’m still working on an older one I got at a rummage sale last summer.

      Thanks, Lola! I’m hoping to do these posts each month for the challenge and share something of me each month in them. 🙂

  • Ooooh winter…I used to be a summer lover but there is something magical about winter and over the years, I have come to LOVE it! As long as I’m fully protected against the elements of course 😉 My husband and I visited Finnish Lapland last year in the Artic Circle and that was an amazing experience and my love for winter grew tenfold 😉

    • I love how a summer lover learned to appreciate winter like that. I try and love some things about summer, but heat is not one of them. LOL
      Now that would be an incredible trip. There is something to be said for seeing lovely wintry places like Lapland. I’ve always wanted to see the Scandinavian countries in winter.