Darn Sticky Notes!

Nope this isn’t a homage to office supplies though Lord, I do love me some office supplies. Instead this title reflects what happens when your sticky notes get rearranged, lost or eaten by your cat.

You forget your extra blog day until the last minute!ice

Yep, that’s what happened to me. Since its near to midnight and my brain is on auto “Work was a Bear” I’m going to resortΒ  to the tried and true Quick Five on Winter.

This topic is apropos for most of us as we dig out from snow and bitingly cold temperatures. (Expect for Anna C., Christine and Helen…and with their centigrade system I have NO idea what their temperatures are.) But here are 5 things I think about winter.

1. Animated weather reporting. Every modern-day TV station illustrates by haphazard graphics how cold it is going to get. Never mind we understand Farenheit and/or that C one, nope we’ve got to watch playful penguins, shivering snowmen and puddle paddling ducks in Wellies.

2. My thirst for snow cones drops exponentially with the thermometer. Yeah, not so much.

3. The new crock pot gets a workout. I’ve been craving soup and hot biscuits…or cornbread….or…or..brownies.

4. There are NOT enough socks in anyone’s dryer to keep my toes warm. Or my nose. Man, my nose gets like a little ice cube and I cannot sleep! But, if I put a sock on it, I can’t breathe. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

5. Excuse to keep up the Christmas tree. The kitties have been SO good with it this year! Only a little “Tag you’re it” with an ornament or two and no climbing. Plus…if I stand close enough to the lights, my nose warms up πŸ˜€

How about you? What are your top thoughts on winter? One lucky commenter will receive choice of a Kindle download of one of my books!

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  • Helen says:

    Is he staying with me ?

    Have Fun

  • Helen says:


    I so love winter and wish it were a lot cooler here at the moment we have been sitting on about 36c for most of today and for the life of me I can’t remember what that is in farenheit but it is hot although Anna and Christina have got it a lot hotter up in Queensland today their temps are over 40c. It has cooled down a bit now as it is 5-00pm but it is still too hot to sleep well I do sleep well in winter snuggled under the doona but then again we don’t have winters like you do either no snow for us just lovely cold weather. I pulled our Christmas tree down today and packed it away for another year and today I have been resting and reading with the air con on and I do need it on because the book is Tawny’s newest one due out next month πŸ™‚
    I hope it warms up a bit for you and you can keep your nose warm i pretty much just have my eyes out from the doona in winter that works πŸ™‚

    Have Fun

    The GR obviously likes the hot weather

  • Jane says:

    Hello Joanie,
    We just had our first big snowstorm yesterday and now we’re in the single digits. I sometimes feel bad for the reporters that have to brave the elements, but it’s comical at times, too. I don’t mind winter, but I don’t like it when it gets dangerously cold or when you have to worry about the ice on the sidewalks and roads.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Good morning Jane! Oh, yes. NYC did get it, didn’t it? I have cousin who lives around Battery Park and she posted a pic of her standing in popsicle mode in the middle of snow on her way to work. ((shiver))

  • Patty L. says:

    Winter sucks! I really can’t find anything good about the season. I hate being cold. I HATE snow. Although, now that I think about it I love to sit by a crackling fire and my honey hates when I like them in the summer. So I guess there is a plus to winter. Stay warm and get some sleep.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Patty L. You didn’t specify if you were snuggling by the fire WITH your honey…or if he was just bringing in more firewood πŸ˜‰

      As to sleeping, I vote YES! I didn’t get up till 9:30 this am zzzzzzzzzzz

  • ki pha says:

    LOL Joan you’re too hilarious.
    1. I for one am okay with it as long as I don’t have to go anywhere in it’s freezing temperature.
    2. I think it’s funny and annoying that the Midwest only makes it to the big new sscreen when terrible winter temperatures hit. We live in the Midwest for sakes! It’s always cold in the winter time! The news people make it sound like it’s so rare. Geezsh
    3. I’m going to go eat me some ice cream at 2 in the morning in this cold weather.

    And I’m not in it for the prize, just sharing my thoughts on the weather. πŸ™‚

    • Joan Kayse says:

      You are so right kipha about the hysteria news reporters bring to everyday things. And I’ll add them standing out IN the weather as annoying as dancing cartoon snowflakes. Yes, lol…you’ve got all three of my books. Hope you enjoyed them…and the 2 am ice cream

  • Patty L. says:

    Winter sucks! I hate to be cold. I HATE snow. I can find nothing redeeming about winter. Wait, I just thought of something. I love to sit by a crackling fire, so I guess there is one thing about winter that is not so bad. Stay warm.

  • flchen1 says:

    Oh no, Joanie! So sorry the cats were not your friends πŸ˜‰ As for winter, I’m thankful to be enjoying in a place where it doesn’t get too cold, and I’m thankful to have a warm house with central heat and plenty of cozy things to wear when the temperatures drop. It’s a great season for making pot roast and other warm, filling foods πŸ™‚ And of course, cookies!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      I think the kittehs are fiber deficient. Cricket is my alarm clock and then when I let her in this am to my bedroom…she was all over me. How does my hair look? She groomed it :0

      And tomorrow, I’m going to try crock pot chicken and dumplings πŸ˜€

  • Minna says:

    My top thoughts on winter? WHERE HAS ALL THE SNOW GONE? We had white Christmas -barely. And it rained all the time. Right now there’s hardly any snow anywhere.

  • Laurie G says:

    I have electric heat so I hate the high winter bills. We do not have air conditioning so I do not pay for that in the summer.

    My husband and I love to be outdoors walking, biking, swimming etc. It’s been so bitter cold here in Wisconsin. I’ve had to do the Nordic track. We occasionally go cross country skiing. Downhill I’m hopeless.

    I prefer warm temps and sunshine. It’s gray and cloudy from November- May. Sunshine is rare and if it’s out it’s usually bitter cold. Seasonal depression is always a possibility. I think we will buy a special light to combat this depression.

    I do like a white Christmas but that feeling lasts only for two weeks. I do like fires in the fireplace.

    Driving in the ice and cold is life threatening. I’ve gotten stuck and slid too many times.

    Shoveling is good exercise but COLD!

    Cooking I do tend to make hearty stews, pot pies and soups etc. I always feel like I put on a few pounds for insulation against the cold.

    Monday it’s supposed to be -11*F for a high temp! HELP!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Laurie G. throw me an extension cord…you can share my heating pad!

      Out of all that the thing that made me gasp wasn’t the -11 but the “no air con?”…..This Southern girl would definitely melt…

      Sorry, I’ll save that for the summer extra blog πŸ˜€

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    I enjoy cooler weather but not when it gets down in the teens and below. I also love the snow, especially at Christmas. At the moment our neighborhood looks like a winter wonderland. Plus, the cold weather is a good excuse to stay in and curl up with another good book.

  • Diana Huffer says:

    Winter is nice to look at — as long as I’m inside a nice, warm house! With the sub-zero temps we’re expected to get, I hope the “nice, warm” part stays that way! I hate when the power goes out! I think I need to move… πŸ˜‰

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Ugh…power outages. HATE THEM! I’d have to get a LOT more kitties to drape myself in to keep warm….


      • Deb says:

        We had an ice storm here in Iowa about 7 years ago. We were without power for 6 days, 5 nights. The only thing that kept us warm was the fact that our water heater is gas and we moved to the basement for that week. The neighbor had a generator and 2 nights before we got our power back, he let us plug into it for an hour each night. HATED that time. I would rather have 15 inches of snow over the tiniest bit of ice.

        • Joan Kayse says:

          We had that too, Deb. The entire state of Kentucky was affected. I was SO smug the night before knowing I didn’t have to work the next day….till I woke up with no power, freezing my arse off. I dressed in everything I had and looked like a deranged bag lady! SO bad off, I called and asked work if I could come spend the night since I had to work the next day. THAT”S desperate!

  • Shannon says:

    1. Weather reporting. My pet peeve is not so much the weather people as the situation where I live. We don’t get a lot of snow, and a little bit goes a long ways to screwing up traffic. So the slightest hint of snow begets warnings of traffic snarls and school closings.
    2. Snow. I love to watch it come down I love the days we don’t have work because of snow since I can stay home and enjoy the clean whiteness. But then, there’s the 1.5 hour ride home on the bus because two cars collided on ice near Duke Street exit and then there was a chain reaction crash.
    3. Crockpot. That’s a good idea. Right now, I have a mix for spicy chicken soup. With high temps in the 20s, I’m craving warm goodness. And with the cold weather, I’m strangely craving key lime fruit-sicles. Yes, I stook in front of the frozen food section and talked myself out of that craving.
    4. Socks. Why do washers eat black socks? I swear they don’t do it to my white anklets. Why are black socks so hard to match? Why haven’t I thrown out last years strays?
    5. Light. I love the remaining Christmas lights. I cherish my glimpse of sunrise on the way into work. It’s wonderful when I can get out for my walk. Even grey, cloudy days are still brighter than coming out of work to night. But the days are already marginally longer.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      LOL Shannon. I too stand in front of MANY aisles and talk myself out of things though last trip the Starburst Minis beat me into submission and forced me to take the chocolate Teddy Grahams too!

      Stay warm!

      • Deb says:

        Same with white socks. Even when they are all the same white and design in the package, they never look the same when washed. I have even resorted to buying white socks that mights have an edging of color along the top band….And, for the dryer eating socks….this is scary because of the fire hazard, but DH pulled the vent hose off one year since the dryer didn’t seem to be doing its job, and there were 3 socks wedged in there. HOW did that happen?? He now checks the hose at least 3x a year.

  • Connie Fischer says:

    From the time I was little, I have HATED winter. I hate cold, gray weather. I see absolutely NO use for it and have no tolerance for it. There. How’s that for a rant? πŸ˜‰ Hubby and I lived and worked in Virginia but the minute we retired, we headed to southwest Florida. We absolutely love it here. I would never move back up north. It does get chilly here on occasion. Take today for instance. When it gets as cold as it is up north right now, some of that cold air slips down south. My son, who also lives in Florida, describes it as someone having left the attic door open!

  • Becke Turner says:

    You pulled this one out of your hat like a true magic author!

    Winter? There is a reason we moved from MO to SC, namely winter.

    1-Winter and snow are beautiful as long as you are warm. Nothing worse than feeling cold.

    2-I hate driving on snow and ice. Nothing more terrifying than an out-of-control vehicle traveling @ even low speeds with other vehicles!

    3-The news media in recent times needs more creative reporting! Standing in bad weather (hurricanes, blizzards, etc.) is rather stupid. I guess they’re going for the entertainment element.

    4-I love outdoor winter sports as long as I can stay warm. Even in a snowmobile suit, I’ve found this impossible for any length of time.

    5-If it has to be white, I prefer white sand rather than white snow!

    And that, along with $0.25 might buy a gumball!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Why thank you Becke (takes a bow with rabbit handing out of hat)

      Snowmobile? Whoa, you are the woman. I personally see no value in sliding around even on a vehicle meant for such. Although several years ago, I did buy some polka dot rubber boots to use in snow…and it hasn’t since then here in KY…maybe next week I can wear them..and stay warm

  • Alyn Y says:

    Where I live we have had snow since November. My thoughts on winter…

    1. I hate driving in snow. I drive slower than a granny on a sunny day in the summer.

    2. If it’s going to snow, at least give us the good snow! You know, the type we can actually make snowballs and snowmans with. It’s not fun when your snowball breaks apart into tiny snowflakes again right after you throw it. Even less fun when a gust of wind blows it back into your face.

    3. People aren’t just sick of the cold, they’re getting sick from it too. So far I have been lucky and have avoided getting sick. My kids and husband, not so much.

    4. Shoveling snow is fun for the first five minutes and only after the first snowfall. After that it becomes a chore.

    5. Won’t be long until it is Spring! Then I can complain about all the cold rain showers.

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Hello Alyn Y!

      No fun if the snowball breaks apart on contact? As opposed to staying ice hard and knocking them out? :0

      We did have a small snow about a month ago and even out of that small amount I counted 12 snow people on my usual drive….one was holding a Bud Light the other wore a tutu and one? One was just a womans torso…in a bikini :0

  • Joanie –

    I don’t mind the colder temps and long dark nights until Christmas. After Christmas I’m looking lovingly at Florida. Here’s my top five gripes about winter:

    1. My sister and several friends in Flordia never fail to send me pictures of the beach, or call me to say they have their windows open when it’s frigging cold up here. Grrr…

    2. The weatherman constantly interrupt whatever show I’m watching – right at the climax – to tell us about the cold weather and possiblities of high snowfall IN THE COUNTY NORTH OF OURS. Okay, I understand the viewing public extends into that county, but I wish they could time those announcements better,

    3. Ice. Ice on the road, ice on my driveway, ice hanging in threatening daggers from my porch roof. I hate it. I tend not to drive when the roads are icy but I’ve been in situations where cars are sliding on the highway right in front of me.

    4. Confinement. When the roads are icy, or the snowplows haven’t been able to keep up with the snow, I stay in my house. I’m cozy and warm but after a couple of days, I’m stir-crazy. I feel trapped. I want out.

    5. Drafts. Nothing like a cold spell to let you know how inefficient the construction of the house is. We used to have a door that didn’t close tight. We’d have frost on the inside of the door. We’ve replaced that door with an energy efficient one. It’s great. But now I’m feeling a cold draft from the fireplace vents. It never ends!

  • catslady says:

    I don’t like cold weather or driving on ice or shoveling the stuff – snow is mostly for young people lol. I do love to watch it fall down though if I’m all comfy inside. And I worry something horrible about my outside cats. I have Styrofoam containers and blankets, etc. and change their water constantly but I can’t control if they stay there!

    • Joan Kayse says:

      Oh catslady, I could NOT stand the thought of baby cats in the cold.

      Do they have a structure they could …pardon the expression…chill in?

      • catslady says:

        I have a covered back porch and the styrofoam containers and blankets, rugs etc. They usually stay in them but I can’t really tell unless I am there while they are coming and going. So far so good. Tuesday is going to be way below freezing so I worry but I keep them well fed with fresh water.

  • Deb says:

    Hey, Joan. Nothing like nice, heavy socks. IF my feet get cold, then the rest of me is like ice, too.

    I like winter….I do NOT like the terrible, extreme cold we will be getting tomorrow night and into Monday (-20 with -45 wc).

    I think the snow falling down gently is beautiful, especially in the evening and especially if there is enough moonlight so that you can see all the sparkling diamonds floating down from the sky. I like how the crystals can sparkle in the sunlight on fresh fallen snow.

    My daughter loves snow cream; not as good as homemade ice cream, but darned close.

    We use electric radiators in the kitchen and the bedroom and they help to keep things warm.

    Our local news stations don’t tend to use too many graphics or icons. They did have Santa and his sleigh flying across the 24th of December.

    Basically, I like winter. If I’m cozy inside, have eggs, bread, milk, and chocolate chips to make cookies, what else do I really need? πŸ˜‰

    • Joan Kayse says:

      This is true Deb…chocolate makes it all allright.

      I just came from the grocery. Madness! Hardly any meat or chicken in the freezers! Bread was scarce, milk supplies thinning. People in KY listen to all the hype. Frankly, if we get 24 in and I don’t loose power…my phone will go “dead” and me and the kittehs will hibernate!

    • Deb, I love snow cream, too. My mom always said you shouldn’t make it with the first snowfall of the season (and we frequently don’t get a second) because the snow isn’t clean or something like that, though now that I think about it, I can’t see how snow falling weeks later is any cleaner. Have you ever heard that?

  • Joan, I’m sorry I just can’t look. We’re in the middle of revolting heatwave. I’m gasping and groaning. Pictures of snow just make me cry.

  • Joanie, I don’t love winter. I like a cold day or two now and again, and I like snow if it goes away quickly. Sustained temps in the thirties (Fahrenheit) or lower, not so much!

    I think hot chocolate and hot tea are perfect cold weather antidotes!

  • Amy Conley says:

    I HATE winter. I HATE winter. I HATE winter. And btw, did I mention I HATE WINTER?

  • Having lived in cold climates before (Germany and England) I really don’t mind winter. Much. However, the older I get the lower my tolerance for ice and temps in the teens which is what is headed into the Deep South by Tuesday.

    Somehow the cold in England and Germany was not so bone-chilling or perhaps I am simply older!

    Lots of hot chocolate and Earl Gray will be consumed in this house over the next weeks. The space heater under my desk is not reaching my feet because my posse of dogs (and 1 cat who thinks she’s a dog) are sitting between it and my feet!

  • My thoughts on winter? It sucks comes to mind. πŸ™‚ Also, my deep desire to winter in Florida beginning next winter. I loathe being cold.

  • Kaelee says:

    1 ~ I love soups, stews, chilies, and oven roasted vegetables. Usually only have these in the winter.

    2 ~ I love the hoar frost on mornings where there is blue sky.

    3 ~ Tomorrow morning I’ll wake up to -28 C with a wind chill factor of – 39C. This is cold.

    Here are 4 comparisons I like to remember.
    -40 C = -40 F
    – 18 C = 0 F
    0 C = 32 F
    40 C = 104 F

    4 ~ Where I live we usually do not lose power so I don’t have to worry about that.

    5 ~ I love winter tires and my Yaktrax.

  • bn100 says:

    don’t like the cold