Coffee Talk Sharing The Love

How To Have A Snow Day & An Update On The Giveaway

17th January 2018

‘Is this some kind of cross-over show?’

I was watching Paw Patrol and thought I saw Nella from Nella the Princess Knight.

‘No, Nella has a pink dress.  That’s a blue dress,’ said Isla.

Oh, of course.  And so begins Snow Day #2 in the Frosty North.  School is closed, Neil can’t drive out of the driveway to get to the shops.  He shovelled for half an hour before school called off.

We had to replace our snow-tires last year, and because of some medium-level snafu, we don’t actually have new ones yet.

And we are conserving milk.  So I’m sitting here drinking  my last coffee.  Hi.

I’m not actually complaining.  Maybe.  I just wish I could drive.  Or that there was a quirky coffee shop right next door. Or that my friends from Edinburgh, the Tri-State area, or the Southern Hemisphere were actually here and could share some of their good weather coffee with me.

Where is that damn teleporter?

Even to get to the shops.

In related news, Isla just answered the phone.  The conversation went like this:

‘Hello, Campah.  Are you snowed in, too?’

‘I am, a bit.  Are you off school?

‘YES.  Can I talk to the cats?’

So everyone’s stuck in their own house, and my daughter talks to cats.  Memories are made of this.

Trying to think warm thoughts here, I have an update on Gin & Lemonade’s 5K Giveaway.

All of you people are important to me, so my subscriber numbers are inclusive of the groovy people who follow my rambles through social media. Thanks to a somewhat puzzling surge on Gin & Lemonade’s Facebook page, I’m now over 5K. Thank you!

The draw happened this weekend, with the help of a spreadsheet, a randomiser and my kid.

The groovy human attached to random number 107 is Amy over at Amazing Mimi.

I now have to talk nicely to my Mom about the homemade gift I promised.  Because Mom brought pneumonia home from Scotland.

For Mom and anyone else feeling full of germs, try this recipe I found for a Hot Toddy.

In more tenuously linked blog/life news, I’m working on two new posts that I need proper headspace to finish which won’t be happening on a snow day, so stay tuned.

I’m also taking part in International Correspondence Writing Month in February, so if anyone wants a handwritten letter/postcard from me in the month of February let me know.

I also might be doing a post-a-day thing in February to further flex the writing muscles.

Getting back to today, I’ve finished my coffee, we are still snowed in, Isla and I will be having a pajama day.

Stay warm and send coffee,

Lorna xox


Back when the snow was pretty.










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  • Reply Danni 17th January 2018 at 12:17 pm

    I’m attempting the card/letter a day thing too ? which my auto Correct tried to make “latte”, which is also good.

    • Reply Lorna 17th January 2018 at 12:24 pm

      Even BETTER. 🙂

  • Reply Nicole 17th January 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I am always down for mail that is not bills. I have extra stamps, too, so I’ll write back! Eventually.

    We are also snowed in, and running low on milk. But R made it to work today, and I drink tea (sans milk), so I only have to make the milk last the kids until this afternoon. And this weekend is supposed to be warm and rainy, so the snowed-in thing is temporary. Still, I’m tired of these walls, and the cold. Anya hasn’t been to school in nearly a week. There’s 4 inches of snow out there. My windows are frosted over on the inside. Very B(l)izzaro World.

    Hope your mom feels better soon!

    • Reply Lorna 17th January 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Sending you anti cabin-fever vibes. Write a story out of it, ha!

  • Reply becomingcliche 17th January 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Congrats on the 5K!

    I want to send you something. February might be a good month for that. I have a painting done by a penguin. It is flat, so it meets one of your best suggestions for international shipping.

    • Reply Lorna 17th January 2018 at 2:09 pm

      I love you, you’re from the old guard, ha. Where can I send my address? Only if you send yours back!

      • Reply becomingcliche 17th January 2018 at 2:14 pm

        And the penguin’s name? Gypsy. It was destiny.

        • Reply Lorna 17th January 2018 at 2:44 pm

          Email sent! 🙂

  • Reply Beth 17th January 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I am so over winter too. And Isla cracks me up. “Can I talk to the cats?” Haha! Too cute.

  • Reply maryandjohnineurope 17th January 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Sweet Isla….. meanwhile I am here having my morning ::read huge:: cuppa, wishing I was sharing it with you. It is blistering hot here and today we will be hunkered down for an entirely opposite reason and probably not much coffee consumed after this morning. Stay warm you lot, and I hope your mum is recovering well

  • Reply TanGental 17th January 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Does Isla do generalised cat talking as one of mine is missing the Vet’s (my daughter’s) boyfriend with whom she has been conducting illicit pyjama parties before he had to go away for work. As for snow we get none in London these days (Dickens, where are you to write us a mini ice age) so do send some south or bring it to the Bash.

    • Reply Lorna 18th January 2018 at 9:03 am

      Isla did try. Hope it works, ha!

  • Reply Ivy 18th January 2018 at 3:48 am

    I love that handwritten letter/postcard that’s cool! Look forward to your upcoming posts.

  • Reply gemmaorton 20th January 2018 at 10:32 am

    Ooh sending actual letters? I’m looking into that.
    We hardly ever get snow here in Norfolk UK, am a little jealous.
    I talk to my cats all the time!

    • Reply Lorna 20th January 2018 at 11:04 am

      Yep, real letters. The world does need more snailmail! x

      • Reply gemmaorton 20th January 2018 at 7:54 pm

        Certainly does. So much more exciting than email!

  • Reply Losing the Plot 20th January 2018 at 10:38 am

    We get virtually no snow. But there was just enough on Monday night for the boys to have a quick snowball fight with us. Hilarity ensued when I got Hubs in the small of his back and snow fell down inside his trousers. Boys are still laughing about it now!

  • Reply anhistorianabouttown 20th January 2018 at 2:10 pm

    I would love to send you a letter!! Sending/receiving letters is one of my favourite things to do 🙂 We can get snowed in often here, or more likely, our highway is closed and we can’t go anywhere until it is opened again 🙁 It means that we end up being ridiculous about always having the staples (which includes a full host of baking supplies for me). Also, organising snow tires are the worst.

  • Reply Chronically Hopeful 20th January 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, Isla sounds like such a cutie! Sorry the teleporter was out of action for you – sad times when there’s no milk for coffee! We’ve had about 2 minutes of snow this winter, we’ve had hail, wind, rain, and 2 minutes of snow.

    Sounds like you’re going to be super busy in February with all your writing challenges. I’d love to receive snail mail, but I’m the worst at returning them… In my head I’d love to have pen pals all over the globe, in practice though, sitting down to write to people scares me a bit. And then there’s the stamps… I’m housebound so it’s tricky business. Probably fine with local peeps as postage is standard, but if the letters have to go overseas then they require weighing at the post office, etc… You’re very brave to take on such a challenge!

  • Reply Carol 20th January 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Wow a busy February for you…I love letter writing , I also love recieving letters it is a shame the postman doesn’t seem to like delivering them the only thing in my mailbox is the birds who have nested in it ..I hope you get some supplies of milk soon 🙂

  • Reply drallisonbrown 20th January 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Congrats on your numbers! OMG, I can’t imagine being snowed in for long….I live in SC, and we recently had a freak snowfall (6 inches!! Crazy!!). EVERYTHING SHUT DOWN, including the airport, for about 4 days. Thought I’d lose my mind! BTW, I’m curious about future blogs, written without coffee…..

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