Winter Blogfest: Sarita Leone

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Shoeing Through the Winter

I live in the northeast. We pretty much enjoy all four seasons, and I definitely take my activity cues from Mother Nature. Swimming in the summer, raking in the fall, and planting in the spring. Winter? It’s a big deal here—it almost seems like it should be two seasons instead of just one. Cold and colder—or snowy and snowier, maybe.

Things should slow down, given the icy roads and wintery winds but just the opposite happens. The cold weather brings so much activity! People are shopping, meal planning, travel planning—there’s so much to do and so much of it is ridiculously frenzied. Along with the pre-holiday excitement, there’s an almost-insane pace to get everything done despite darkness coming early.

Except here, in my little corner of the world. I don’t get caught up in the “big plans” for the holidays that so many do. I make a conscious decision to hunker down and witness winter unfolding. If anything, life actually slows once the frost hits the pumpkin!

I’m big on enjoying nature even when bright lights beckon from city streets. So I stick to my following the seasons routine, which makes for a much calmer end to my year.

My biggest excitement about the winter season? I can break out my snowshoes! That’s right, I love to hike across snowy meadows and through silent forests. It’s a wonderfully peaceful way to spend an afternoon or even grab some exercise early in the morning before I settle down at my desk. Who needs the gym when Old Man Winter calls? Snowshoeing is great for burning calories and if you move quickly enough, the heart rate ramps right up!

I do take part in other winter sports, as well. Cross-country skiing, hot-cocoa-by-the-fire drinking, and long-afternoon-reading sessions all appeal but truly, any time I can strap on my snowshoes and head out, I’m happy!

Are there any winter sports that bring you pleasure?

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About the Author: Sarita Leone is an award-winning author who has written romance in many forms including Regency, paranormal, and contemporary. She loves happily-ever-afters in any setting!

When she’s not writing, Ms. Leone spends her time hiking, learning languages, and traveling. She loves adventure and can pack a suitcase, grab her passport, and hit the road in less time than it takes to peel an apple!


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  1. Sarita Leone says:

    Thank you for hosting me! It’s snowing here–there may be snowshoeing in this week’s forecast! 🙂

  2. I like to call reading my winter sport! 🙂

    • Sarita Leone says:

      Kerry, I’m right there with you! I love a snowy afternoon, a good book, and hot cup of cocoa. Perfect! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love watching hockey and figure skating.

    • Sarita Leone says:

      Figure skating is always so pretty! I love watching that, too. And I’m just beginning to watch hockey. I’ve got a long way to go before I really understand what’s happening but I enjoy seeing the action.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I like watching snowboarding, luge, skiing, and figure skating.

  5. I really enjoy watching figure skating. I’m terrible at sports but would have loved to learn how to skate or ski.

  6. I more into reading in the winter but sure like to read about other things!

  7. Wow! Never having lived with snow, I am fascinated (and chilled, lol) by the idea of winter activities. Happy holidays to you and your family!

  8. any sport

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