Cold Cask Files

Cold Cask Files

Richardson_Cask_02062014_600x400Welcome to Ice Station Zebra. The glaciers have receded from downstate Illinois, but we’ve a chance for snow today, and we’re due to wake up to subzero temps Monday. Our little square of the Midwest makes Sochi look like the tropics. It’s been a winter for the record books.

I kept up with my gratitude journal this week, posted a shot each day in Chantelle Ellem’s Photo A Day challenge, and finished reviewing Notebook #3 for my work in progress.

Work In Play

This week I want to make it through Notebook #4, highlighting keynotes for my work in progress. Doesn’t sound terribly ambitious, I know. It’s a thick notebook. ‘Nuff said.

On top of that, I’ll keep up with my gratitude journal and continue posting shots to Chantelle’s site.

Speaking of shots, you’re looking at a page from my favorite Edgar Allan Poe story, and my entry for the February 2 photo challenge. The prompt: C is for… I give you The Cask of Amontillado.


One cask.



I love watching my kids play tennis, volleyball and softball–but I’m not terribly keen on watching sports on television. With one exception. I’m a huge fan of the Olympics. Power, grace, drama, grit–I’d watch every minute if I could.

I tell you that to ask you this: What are your favorite winter Olympic sports? And then, when you’re not cheering for your own country, what nations or which athletes do you cheer for, and why?


  1. Hello Ice Station Zebra! This is the headquarters of Operation Coldfeet — heck, Cold Everything! Glad to hear the glaciers are beginning to recede your way; we’re getting more snow here in Southwestern Ohio but our bigger problem is the wind.

    I’m with you on not being big on watching sports on TV; it’s different when it’s people you know playing. I’m not really rooting for anybody in particular in the Olympics — I mean, I hope Team USA wins but if we don’t, I’m not going to be cross. I do kind of have a soft spot for curling, just because it’s an odd little sport.

    • Welcome, fellow Midwesterner and winter weather survivor! Ditto on curling. I think it’s gotten a good bit of attention the last few games for that very reason–it’s unlike any other sport.

      At the opposite extreme, I enjoy the fast-track sports: bobsled, luge, and ski/board events.

  2. Hope the goal goes well. It’s incredible how much space a notebook can contain when you’re trying to fill it with notes.
    I keep trying to keep a gratitude journal.
    Have a good week. :)

    • Hey Laura,

      The gratitude journal has been a great tool for attitude adjustment. On days when I’m feeling bleck, it’s nice to look back and see the many, many things I have to be thankful for. And yup, notebook writing has a different feel to it. I switch tools to suit my mood.

      Thanks for stopping by, Laura.

  3. Without cable or satellite, I must admit that I haven’t been following the Olympics this year. I co-authored the memoir of a former Paralympian, so I am hoping to catch some of their events on my computer.

    I much prefer the summer games. I’m a big fan of the gymnastics events, especially the floor routines and I also like to watch some of the diving as well.

    I love the idea of a photo a day challenge. Good for you!

    This year I’ve taken up the challenge to record 100 things per month that I’m thankful for. There have already been redundancies, but that’s okay.

    All the best for the remainder of Round 1.



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