Tell Me About Your Winter and Perhaps Win an Ebook for Your KIndle

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Here is the view from my front windows, looking out at the frozen lake. What does it look like outside your window in winter? Are the hibiscus blooming? Or is your view similar to mine? What do you enjoy doing in winter? Is it different than what you do in summer or the same?  I wish I could say that I enjoyed winter sports-snowshoeing, cross country skiing, but I don’t. My winter sport is watching the snow fall, sitting by the fire (which I bring the wood in for!) and making rich delicious soups.

I usually make my soups by “taste” not recipe, but when we visited a local restaurant and ate their Creamy Chicken and Artichoke Soup, I had to have the recipe. Here’s the recipe link. Another way I cheer up my indoor winter is with snowmen! I don’t know why but the little guys with their cheery expressions make me smile. I have a collection of around twenty–all different sizes and construction that I put around the house. They make me smile! Here’s the grouping on my kitchen table. Don’t they make you smile?

 

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So tell me about your winter. And if you have a kindle, you might win a gift code to one of my ebooks. OK?–Lyn

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51 Responses to Tell Me About Your Winter and Perhaps Win an Ebook for Your KIndle

  1. Sarah Sarber says:

    We had a very mild winter until February… one of the weather stations made a graph comparing our February with Anchorage, AK. We have lower lows & have gotten more snow-just in February! Our highs are only averaging .5* higher. It’s been perfect grab a cup of tea (after you start a HUGE pot), cuddle up in your coziest blankets, and read weather 😉

  2. Sue V says:

    I do taxes so my winter has been busy. The weather hasn’t been too awful except for the polar vortex that came through. Seems like we’d had a lot of rain.

  3. Linda Wesson says:

    Our winter in Alabama has not been to bad. We have had a lot of rain with some warm weather! This makes for good reading time! LOL

  4. @_eHope says:

    I did a double take of your wintry view it”s so much like my own.. including sunset colours which I love to photograph! One thing I do love about winter – all the beauty…
    My preference is fireside as well and with a stack of great reading.? It”s actually a restful time cocooning rather than rushing about so I appreciate that as a gift..

  5. Natalya Lakhno says:

    I don’t like cold…so, I cozy up by the fireplace 🙂

  6. Denise Walsh says:

    Hi Lyn, We live in Atlanta, Georgia and this year has been a very wet one for us. We started the year with an excess of over 8” for the year and have doubled that already with little letup in sight. And March is supposed to be our wet month. The temperatures have been either very cold or in the 60-70’s. Definitely not your typical mild winter in the south. So we enjoy fires in the fireplace, cooking and baking and playing inside with our little grandsons.

  7. Jackie Wisherd says:

    We usually have mild winters where you just need long sleeves here in So. Cal but this year has been very cold. I usually have on two sweaters, a scarf around my neck, gloves and a heavy coat when I walk my little dog at seven in the morning. Plus we have had lots of rain which I am tired of. I like the sun. Spring can’t come soon enough for me.

  8. Stephanie H. says:

    I am also tired of all the snow and the polar vortex that we have had this winter. Since spring can’t come fast enough this year, I am going to enjoy the warmth of my blankets, binge-watch some shows on Netflix, and continue to read some delightful books on my Kindle.

  9. Cassandra Myers says:

    Well I live in Minnesnowta so my view is of snow, snow and more snow currently falling. I absolutely hate snow, it is not a winter wonderland for me but a winter hellscape. I go out as little as possible for 6 months of the year here sometimes because of the snow. I stay home, binge watch TV or read or work on my diamond paintings.

    • Lyn Cote says:

      Cassandra, I’m so sorry you are forced to live in the north! I guess it’s hard to bloom where you’re planted if your planted in snow! Hugs and more hugs, Lyn

  10. Charlyn Green says:

    I live in the southeast. One day we are having temps in the 30-40’s and two days later upper 70’s. Winter pastimes include books and Hallmark movies under a blanket to walks outside on warm days.

  11. Alison Boss says:

    I live in southwest MI and we have been blasted with snow! On these cold, blustery days I like to curl up on the couch under a cozy blanket with a cup of coffee and a Woodwick candle glowing and crackling, while reading a book or watching a movie. 🙂

  12. diane hurd says:

    tired of the winter and can’t wait for spring. live on the golf course and looking forward to green and not mud or snow. love the look of snow but not when you have to get out in it.

  13. Judy Weaver says:

    It’s been a wet winter in North Georgia. Mother Nature teases us with nice temps and then comes back laughing at us.

  14. Nancy says:

    My winter has been a bit cooler than normal, but not unbearable. I used to suffer through snow so deep that I couldn’t get to my car to go to work. It didn’t help when snow plows would go by and hide my car from me. I loved the first snowfall of the year, especially when I was driving at night and could see the snow flakes in my headlights and the clean look of everything. I hated it all the rest of the time so I moved south. Now i can look out the window all winter long and see sunshine and watch my plants thrive. I’ve lived down here so long that I don’t even remember what I might miss from the long, dark, cold days of northern winters. I do suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and my island born husband not only likes the weather down here better, but also the fact that he now has a happier wife. ; O

  15. Debbie Clatterbuck says:

    I live in Southeast Ohio and we have had it all pretty much. Nice weather, freezing weather, rainy weather and even some snow. Nothing new with us. I read a lot during the day. I suffer from clinical depression and reading helps keep me from going crazy. Just kidding. I need the escape from reality sometimes. Don’t we all. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of your books. I read paperbacks and Ebooks. Pretty much however I can get them. Good luck everyone.

  16. Diane N says:

    Our winters here in Mobile, Alabama are fickle. We hover in the 50’s, but temps in either direction are not outside the norm. If temps dip into the 30’s, however, we feel we are truly suffering! I grew up in NH, so I am aware of what a snowy winter feels like, but I don’t miss it except for Christmas day! As an example of our fickle temperatures, it was in the 70s on Sunday and warm enough in the house to turn the air conditioner on for a bit. Yesterday, it was cold enough in the morning that we turned on the heat! Shorts one day, warm winter clothes the next, lots of rain, but rarely any snow. We prefer it this way! My menu during the winter swings from warming soups and chilis to salads, burgers, and less heavy fare.

  17. Diane Nickerson says:

    Our winters here in Mobile, Alabama are fickle. We hover in the 50’s, but temps in either direction are not outside the norm. If temps dip into the 30’s, however, we feel we are truly suffering! I grew up in NH, so I am aware of what a snowy winter feels like, but I don’t miss it except for Christmas day! As an example of our fickle temperatures, it was in the 70s on Sunday and warm enough in the house to turn the air conditioner on for a bit. Yesterday, it was cold enough in the morning that we turned on the heat! Shorts one day, warm winter clothes the next, lots of rain, but rarely any snow. We prefer it this way! My menu during the winter swings from warming soups and chilis to salads, burgers, and less heavy fare.

  18. Colleen C. says:

    We always have wonderful weather where I live during the winter, but this past week, we have had rainy and cool weather… I can say I am enjoying it, because I know soon enough the extreme heat will arrive…

  19. Linda Poindexter says:

    I live in Texas, we’re having tea one day and hot cider the next. It was 70 yesterday and 30 today. Love Texas weather.

  20. Vicki H says:

    It’s been a cold winter this year. Luckily I went to Arizona for a week and then flew to Spokane for two months. Spent some time with my 9 year old Grandson and was there for my new Grandson, born Nov 19th. Had planned to be there a month but my daughter made the point I was their for Trenton’s first Christmas so should be there for Sawyer’s. So I ended up staying until the first week of Jan. At hone it was in the teens but Spokane was in rainy season and not quite as cold. It would snow and by noon it had melted. They’ve gotten it now though. Anyway I’m disabled and the weather plays havoc on my body so it has seemed like a VERY long winter. So ready for Spring. Unfortunately we go from winter, to Spring for a week, and then hot, hot, hot.

  21. Betti Mace says:

    Since I live in West central Minnesota our views are much like yours. We would gladly be finished by now! Another several rounds of snow are in the forecast, so it sure makes me happy to see the sun today!! We heard the birds singing yesterday for the first time in months:).

  22. Nancy Collins says:

    I live close to Denver, CO and right now it is starting to snow again and really cold 15 degrees. I have lived in Colorado for
    54 years. Even thru I lived in a lot of the ski resorts I’ve never learned and don’t like most cold weather sports.
    I love cooking and baking trying new recipes to help warm up by. I sew a lot and now that am retired it great to sit in the warm house by the fire and just watch it snow. My yard is all rose bushes, vines and trees and it is really pretty when the snow covers them. My Grand kids and friends always know their is treats, and lots of warm drinks if they want to stop by.

  23. June Horne says:

    Yester day it was 65 here in North Carolina, today only 45. We have had a few days of freezing weather and then it warms right back up so I am dealing with sinus problems continually. We were able to go north for Christmas and see our family and were glad to get back home to warmer weather. These old bones just don’t like the cold anymore. I spend my time crocheting, baking and sewing when indoors and taking the dog for a walk or play time in the back yard on warmer days. We enjoy getting outside when it is not raining – we have had a lot of those days lately.

  24. Denise Couey says:

    Winters here in the south can be “ever changing”. I am not a winter person. I stay indoors with a good book and a lap blanket. Sometimes drinking hot cocoa (homemade recipe preferred). I like to watch the birds on our bird feeders and have to occasionally chase away the theiving squirrel (wish they didn’t like bird food). That’s my winter story Lyn.

  25. Pam Gauthier says:

    Since I live in northern Wisconsin, you know what my winter looks like – snow, snow, deep freeze, and more snow! I am not a winter person. Thankfully I get to stay in my nice, warm house most days and spend them with my 3-year-old granddaughter – sunshine even on a snowy day! An early spring would be much appreciated, but in the meantime, Brewer baseball spring training games start this week! Just keep repeating, “We don’t have hurricanes in Wisconsin, we don’t have hurricanes in Wisconsin, we don’t have hurricanes in Wisconsin.” ?

    • Lyn Cote says:

      Or floods (in the north) Or earthqukes-OR mudslides, wildfires, many tornados–I’ll take snow! I envy you having your granddaughter close. Mine is in another state.

  26. Karen Semones says:

    Our winter here in Southwest part of Virginia has been mostly rain and temperatures down in the teens a couple days then up in the 50’s with only a couple of quick snow or ice storms. Today it is 26 and sunny with snow then freezing rain calked for overnight. We heat our home with a wood stove so I have to keep that going. I knit and crochet prayer shawls and lap blankets for my local Hospice patients and read for a break.

    • Lyn Cote says:

      We have a fireplace that I fire up every evening. And I knit a lot for people who come to the local food pantry. Glad to hear you are doing for others.

  27. Teresa Christianson says:

    Lately my winter is in a deep freeze. We have had many days where the high temperatures were -15 and the lows were -30 with windchills were -50 to -70. I am volunteering at the Salvation Army as the receptionist for a while, while she is recovering from surgery so I have to go out every day. When I get home I curl up on my couch and check email and then read a book. We have had several days that the schools closed because of the cold weather and because of blizzard conditions (the policy of Salvation Army is if schools close we also close) but we opened the building anyway so the homeless has somewhere warm to be during day and served cold breakfast and found soup and sandwiches to serve to for lunch. I went in on a couple of these days anyway just to help out because I knew most of the other employees wouldn’t be able to get there.

  28. Sandra Brans says:

    My winter started out in Nov. by traveling two different trips to Louisville, one to Bowling Green and one to Owensburg, KY for the Order of Eastern Star. Then in Dec. two more trips to Louisville and one to Nicklesville, KY. – also one each to Science Hill, Waynesburg, Albany, Stearns, Burnside, Jamestown, Casey, Russell, and of course one here in Somerset. Here it is Jan. 2019 and I have already been to Louisville twice, Lexington twice, Danville once, as well as three other trips. I like to travel, read, research, help out with Caregivers, UNITE (for drugs), Elder Abuse, DAV, etc.
    We have had sunshine, rain, sleet, snow, and fog. Sometimes I wish I had a day or two just to stay indoors and smell the roses.
    Have a great big and happy day. Enjoy your cup of coffee or hot choc. and smelling your roses. Love, Sandy