Monday, February 11, 2013

winter is on the outs

Hope my friends in the Northeast made it through the big blizzard! I remember camping out in our basement by the pot belly stove for a blizzard in the 70s! I was born in Plymouth, MA and loved all that snow as a kid.

Well, Winter is almost over and usually I say good riddance, bring on the Spring! But today I am seeing the bright side of Winter...

Top 10 Winter Cheers!

10.  Sweater weather - I like cardigans. I wish could wear a pretty pullover sweater, but I tend to overheat, so I dress in layers. And I can't stand static!
9.   Watching snowball fights
8.   Basketball, baby! (my boys and college)
7.   Fun socks and cozy slippers
6.   Seeing your breath
5.   Icicles!
4.   Warm beverages =P
3.   Bunny and other critter tracks
2.   Snowflakes!
And the number 1 reason I like winter,
1.   Not shaving =)

Too much information?

Since it's Monday, I will leave you with just a few notes and notices...

You might have heard that Alex is revealing his CassaStorm cover on Feb 22 AND announced his blogfest details - March 18th we will share our top ten favorite movies. This will be tough with so many great ones!

I've seen a bunch of mushy, gushy, romancy blog hops I'm sure some of you sweethearts are participating in, but those aren't for me. I'll sit back and enjoy some chocolate <3

Next week - Don't forget Mish & Elise's Blog-o-versary

And Jamie & Allison's Level Up Blogfest

Some great college basketball moments this weekend - incredible buzzer beater, quintuplet overtime, and upsets! Our home courts were pretty intense too. Only a few games left...hope I can take it!

Do you keep up with basketball? What's your favorite part of winter? And are you doing anything special for Valentine's this year? Whatever your plans, have a lovey-dovey week!

36 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

My family sent me some pics of the blizzard and, while all that snow was pretty, it was an excellent reminder of how much I do not like the cold.

Yesterday, I put on shorts and a t-shirt and went for a walk on the beach. :)

Jackie said...

Woot woot for basketball! My boys play and we watch college, too!
And I'm all about cozy slippers!
Have a wonderful day, Tara!

Stephen Tremp said...

I grew up in michigan and really miss the snow. I love it! Love college basketball and the MSU Spartans!

M.J. Fifield said...

My favorite part of winter is the hats and the sweaters.

And as I keep forgetting that Valentine's Day is actually happening this week, I don't think I have any plans.

Dana said...

Fun list! I also love those critter tracks. :)

Julie Flanders said...

I love basketball but my Buckeyes were so terrible yesterday that I almost gave up on the sport LOL. I'm looking forward to March Madness, always such fun.

I also love sweater weather! That is really the only thing I enjoy about winter - I feel totally self conscious in summer clothes because I'm so fair-skinned, so I love bundling up in sweaters and jeans!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Ugh. Hate winter. I've been in the NorthEast too long. We had over a foot of snow followed by an ice storm last night. Everyone is fine and it's already melting but I'm just tired of being cold.

I'm not much for basketball except when my brother can get us into a Rutgers game. Those are fun. I guess any live sport is usually better.

For a romance writer I'm so anti-valentines day its silly. I just think its too much hype. I'm with you. I'll just eat some chocolate!

Happy Monday!
HMG

mshatch said...

I used to like winter when I was a kid but no more. I am a summer girl and would be perfectly happy to run around in shorts and bare feet all year long. As for the big snow (31" according to the reports for Maine), I finally got plowed out yesterday evening. I was stuck at home for TWO WHOLE DAYS!

On the other hand, my dog LOVES to play find the tennis ball in the snow. It's the only game he'll play for hours, happily, and I have to admit it's pretty fun to watch him :)

Julie Luek said...

Oh, and along with not shaving, is not painting my toe nails-- no open-toed shoes in the forecast. Bring on the snow, I say!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not shaving - too much information!
Thanks for mentioning my blogfest and cover reveal. I'm hoping to see the cover myself at the end of the week.
I'm not a basketball fan, but I do get excited when March Madness rolls around. College basketball is much more exciting than the pros.

Carrie-Anne said...

Not shaving is a great aspect of Winter. It's so nice to have your very own fur coat, particularly when you would never wear anyone else's fur. I also love hot cocoa.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. I'd like to get back to appreciating the dark and chill of winter - we used to do .. with a real fire, and a good tea .. perhaps with a homemade cake, or a buttery crumpet or two ... next year - I'll make that effort.

I'm so looking forward to warmer weather and Spring .. but there's so much happening in the blogosphere ..

cheers Hilary

Brinda said...

I laughed at "have a lovey-dovey week". I am not a fan of snow or basketball. I DO love Valentine's.

Sherry Ellis said...

I like your top ten reasons to like winter!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I don't think it's TMI at all. I think it's just being honest!

VikLit said...

I am feeling cold and shivery so it is nice to read top good things about winter!!!

Carrie Butler said...

LOL! #1 is the best reason ever.

Christine Rains said...

I love sweater weather! And I still shave. Am I crazy to still shave during the winter?

Rhonda said...

Ok, I guess this isn't a real answer, but true - my favorite part of winter is leaving it and traveling to summer in the other hemisphere. For my sporty kids, it's skiing and snowboarding.

Morgan said...

Laughing! Not TMI!

Warm beverages! I'm a hot chocolate fanatic. Sometimes I'll have it for dinner, LOL! :)

J. A. Bennett said...

Amen to the shaving thing! But I hate the cold. I can't wait to see the sun again :)

Carol Kilgore said...

I've lived in the NE and in western mountains and loved the snow. But here in Texas we don't get much, and I'm loving the mild winter.

Thanks for your kind words about Solomon's Compass over at Lynda Young's blog.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

There is never TMI with you Tara just FUN. Only seen winter on television but those people seem to have fun when it's not during a blizzard. *Grins*

Nicole said...

We got about 10 inches here this last weekend, and it was fun to get out and hike around in it. Now...it can melt and bring on spring. :)

Allison said...

haha! Love the number 1. Winter does have its ups. I also like snowboarding. But the cold mornings getting out of bed to go to work I could do without!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Jessie Humphries said...

Yes, basketball! My 4 year old son plays and he is so dang funny to watch.

Samantha May said...

You would not believe the swear words coming out of my relatives' mouths after the Louisville/Notre Dame game :D

We don't get much snow here so I don't get to enjoy that so much. I pretty much live in my sweatshirts though during the fall/winter. When spring comes I'll have nothing to wear!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Winter is my absolute favorite of all the seasons :)

Nick Wilford said...

Snow is great if it's in moderation! We had enough last week to build a snowman, but it only lasted a day. That's pretty perfect. :)

Romance Book Haven said...

You can't think how snow sounds to a person living in a tropical country, I would simply love it! We are in shorts and t-shirts as it is so hot here!

Nas

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Tara,


I love winter up until NOW.... Starting to get over the charm. BUT, what i love about winter...


Of course, the lacy diamond dust glistening on the trees and buildings.

A CRACKLING fire.

LOVE Sweaters and boots.... Hats and scarves.

Canadian geese nestled in the powdery snow.

Ducks sliding on the pond.

Drinking hot coffee in Starbucks in front of the fire.

Elise Fallson said...

I love winter, just hate the cold! :P Actually, I love winter hats, big long scarves, snow people and yes, snowflakes. (:
And thanks for the mention! (:

Tara Tyler said...

wow! you guys really came through and weathered the winter blues to comment! thanks! and more like basketball than I realized - great!

I'm jealous of you warm weather people!

And I better get the little guy's valentines ready for tomorrow - last v day school party! ah!

Elisabeth Zguta said...

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michelle said...

... and here I am, sizzling in the summer temperatures on my side of the world...

Thanks for the mention Tara!
Happy Valentine!

Suzi said...

No shaving. Love that.

I'm not a basketball person, none of my kids play. But hockey is our thing. I like winter, just not the below zero weather.