Here It Is…Your Winter Survival List!

Happy Friday!  Hope your week has been awesome!

Post “Time” Change for Tablescape Thursday and Metamorphosis Monday:
I have a little announcement regarding the time the two blog parties Metamorphosis Monday and Tablescape Thursday post each week.    Instead of posting our Tablescape Thursday party late Wednesday evening, it will now post on Thursday mornings between 8 AM and 10 AM.

Same thing will apply for our Metamorphosis Monday party.   Instead of our Met Monday party posting late Sunday evening, it will now go up on Monday mornings between 8 AM and 10 AM.    These changes will start this Monday with our Met Monday party.

Why the change?
When I first kicked off these parties over three years ago, I was working outside the home full time 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  So, posting a party the evening before the actual day of the party was necessary to make sure the post went up okay.   It seems to make more sense now to have the parties go up the actual day of the party, instead of the evening before.  This will also help even out my posting schedule, as well.

It is my sincere hope this change will not inconvenience anyone.  I’m hoping it will actually make it easier and more convenient for most folks because it will no longer be necessary to interrupt your Sunday evening time with family to go sign up for Met Monday.  Same thing for Tablescape Thursday…no rushing to sign up late Wednesday evening.

What do you think?  Let me know if you love the idea or not so much.  I am really hoping this will be a good change for the majority of folks, both Bloggers and Readers.  I apologize if this creates an inconvenience for anyone…that is definitely not my intention.


YOUR Must Haves for Winter Survival:

On Tuesday, I created a post HERE listing my “10 Must-Haves” for surviving those cold, cold months of winter.  In that post I asked what your must-haves were and the responses were great!  Thank you for sharing what gets you through the long winter months in comfort, style, and grace.

As the awesome suggestions kept pouring in, I wanted to make a list so I could add a few of your faves to my winter arsenal.  Then it hit me, why not make a complete list of all YOUR favorite winter survival gear to share here at BNOTP…much easier than ferreting it out of all the comments. :)

This evening I went through all the comments left on Tuesday’s post and I made a list of the products, techniques and ideas you recommended for cruising through winter.  I tried  to not duplicate items on the list, but some items (socks, slippers, etc..) were mentioned in different styles or brands.  When that happened, I added them both/all to the list.

If you love all these great suggestions as much as I did, you may wish to bookmark this post or copy and paste this list to your computer for reference.  I’m definitely going to be adding some of these ideas to my winter survival plan.

Here’s what you recommended:

Chick films
Gingerbread cake
Padded bleacher seats for games
Rhodes cinnamon rolls
Flannel sheets
Hand work (Crochet, embroidery)

Electric blankets with dual controls (turn on in advance to warm up bed)
Electric mattress pads with dual controls (turn on in advance to warm up bed)
Electric throws
Fingerless gloves with cap to cover fingers if needed
Eggnog for coffee
Scented candles

Hot tea
Crocheted blankets
Good books
Woolrich plaid blanket


J. R. Watkins lemon hand lotion (from Cracker Barrel)
Micro-fleece comforter
Flannel PJs
Warm slippers
Heavy socks
Warm kitty on lap
Closed curtains
Smoked sausage

Hot Cappuccino
Hot Hands (self-activating hand warmers)
Toasti Toes (Foot warmer inserts for shoes/boots)
Ugg boots and gloves
Ski pants and ski jackets
Ski masks
Cooked Pear with cinnamon
Hot custard

Batteries for radios
Heated stadium cushion
Elmer Fudd hat
Down comforter
Chai Tea
Fleece Jacket
Water, water, water

Woodstove with doggy lying nearby
Bag Balm moisturizer/ointment
Herbal Concepts Hot/Cold Comfort Booties (microwave them)
Merino wool socks
Alpaca socks
Cashmere lined leather gloves
Shearling (wool/fleece) lined bedroom scuffs

Family safe at home
Everyone sleeping in the living room for warmth
Shearling (wool/fleece) lined boots
Homemade soup
Rohner of Switzerland socks (from Sierra Trading Post)
Trekking socks (from Sierra Trading Post)

Power outages that make the world peaceful
Hot shower before bedtime
Leather Slippers from Land’s End
Earl Grey tea
Woolly grey cardigan
Static guard
Heating pad under blotter on desk (don’t place laptop on top, though)

Gloves in a Bottle lotion
Cashmere blend shoes
Silk long johns
Smart Wool socks
Cashmere wraps (can be used as scarves, too)
Bowl of hot chili

Bird feeders along with water for the birds
La Canadienne boots
Super-thick terry spa robe
Green tea
Vaseline on hands
Vaseline on feet before bedtime (sleep in socks)
Chicken soup

Wind chimes playing in the winter winds
Remote starter for car
Car seat heaters
Coffee each morning
Land of Lakes hot chocolate
Good ice scrapper
Hot apple cider
Escape vacations to warmer climates

Gardening books and seed catalogs for spring planning
Warm bread
Merino wool socks by Columbia
Heated floors (bathroom)
Heated towel racks

Shevlin Park by Joy

Hot soup
Bubble bath
Micro fiber throws
Hot water bottle

Hot cocoa
Fuzzy slippers
Zip front hoodie
Down blanket
Kitty in bed

Soft music
Weather Reports
Wen for static in hair
Keurig for hot drinks
Down gloves (Eddie Bauer)
Cuddle Duds

Hugs from hubby
Argon Oil for hands and cuticles
Blistex for lips
Gold Bond Shea Butter
Fabric bag filled with feed corn (microwave-warms feet at night)
Space humidifier by Vortex

Shevlin Park by Joy

Sweat pants
Bounce dryer sheet (for static in hair)
Heater under desk
Down comforter


Hot Russian tea
Homemade soup
Soft knitted scarf
Fleece sheets

Taken by Bonnie during the Blue Hour (Read about Blue Hour HERE)

XC skis
Cross country skis
Space heaters in office and craft room
Downhill skiing

Joy in Grand Junction, Colorado

Black beret from Italy
Down parka
Good TV
Baby oil after shower
Doggies (keep feet warm) :)


Land’s End suede shirling moccasin slippers
Moroccan oil for hair
Egyptian cotton sheets
Cinnamon Apple Spice hot tea
Carmex for lips


Tupperware box of loose leaf teas
Dead Sea products for dry skin
Micro fleece sheets
Cream/lotion with goat’s milk
Argan Oil

Thanks again for all the great suggestions!

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  1. Great lists and gorgeous pictures. I was wondering what winter looks like. I think we've had only one frost so far in this part of Virginia.

  2. Inspire Me Heather says:

    Brr, I loved your list!

  3. Kim @ Homesteader's Heart says:

    Hmmm….Do you have a Florida list? LOL! It's going to be in the high 70's to low 80's over the next 10 days.
    Sunglasses, sunblock, tank top, shorts, flip flops, beach towel, fishing pole……

  4. Personally I think it's a great idea and I wish others would follow suit. It's very frustrating for me when I go to join a party the morning of (at 7 am!) and I'm #225 on the list! On top of that, it's the same people at the top each and every week – do they set their timers??? I don't mean to offend anybody, but give the rest of us a chance. It's not always fashionable to be late!

  5. Great post, Susan. The photos are stunning.

    I thoroughly understand your changes with your post timing. I do the same by starting Pink Saturday the evening before because of work. I can link with you after I get home from work on those days that I have an appropriate post.

  6. Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl says:

    Wonderful photos!

  7. Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me says:

    Love this list. Saw quite a few I would for sure have on mine. Nice pictures too!

  8. The 2 Seasons says:

    Posting our blog is the morning is fine, but I love spending Sunday evening reading all of the entries. I won't be able to do that now.

  9. I LOVE the fact that you are changing the times!!! I can't post the night before because I am with my family in the evenings with dinner and such. So it works out better for me. In the past, I have been WAY down the list of posts. Now I might get in a little higher on the list. Love it!

  10. Sandy, the Old Crow says:

    Great winter pixs. Wish we could get some of that beautiful snow. Thanks for posting them.

  11. Susan, I think it makes soooo much more sense to start the party on the day of the party. I've never really understood the idea of naming the party with a day in the title and then not having the party on that day (now that you told us your reason for doing so when you were working, that does make a little more sense to me though). And then if I wait to post to the linky until the actual day of the party, I miss out on a lot of people who looked at the party the day before. I'm hoping you will start a trend in blogland!

  12. beautiful images! I had to repin most of them :)

  13. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers says:

    Wonderful list and pictures! I think changing the times to the actual day of the party is wonderful. I always had a hard time linking up at night.

  14. Carol at Serendipity says:

    What a wonderful list! And I like the idea of the party posting on the day of the party!


  15. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Wow, that is a long list, Susan! Love so many of the pictures you used in this post. I woke up to see yahoo weather said it is 8 degrees here in Ohio this morning! I'm sure today many of those suggestions will come in handy.

    I think it's a great idea to change your post time for these parties. I always prefer to post my link the actual day of rather than the night before.

  16. Anita Cedar Hill Ranch says:

    Love those photos and the winter must have list. It doesn't get that cold here, but a nice warm blanket, a fire in the fireplace, and some hot tea and a good book work for me.

  17. Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily says:

    Beautiful red barn… love how red barns really pop in contrast to snow! =0

  18. Great photos. I kept scrolling back and forth over them to enjoy all the details. Snow looks so pretty in pictures. I'll get back to you about how it looks here later today when we get a big blast of snow today. I may be walking home from work. Lol.

  19. Creations By Cindy says:

    Great list and beautiful pictures! Love this idea you had! Enjoyed looking!

  20. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    i just love cozy weekends! i have two pairs of fingerless gloves, too and i wear them all the time! :)

  21. You forgot snowshoes, downhill, and cross country skis. Those are my three favorite things about winter. I was on XC skis in a place called Shevlin Park when I took both those shots.

  22. Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest says:

    LOVE the time change. I am a new blogger and it makes SO much more sense to me this way. (It also makes sense as to why you did it before, too.) Thanks, Susan. I like it better.

    OK my list of 10 must-haves for winter in no particular order:

    1.) My hot water bottle with its awesome cover my daughter made me. Not even sure I could sleep without it now.

    2.) My huge Tupperware box of loose leaf teas.

    3.) My space heater in my office and my space heater in my craft room to keep my legs warm.

    4.) My Ugg boots.

    5.) My Land's End suede shirling moccasin slippers

    6.) My black beret from Italy.

    7.) My scarf and gloves my daughter knitted me.

    8.) My fireplace with a nice fire going.

    9.) Hot cocoa or decaf when the tea isn't cuttin it.

    10.) Last but not least – my darling husband whose hugs always keep me so warm! (He had to talk me into flannel sheets years ago, actually had to persuade me, and so glad he did, they're the best! Couldn't do without them, I am in agreement with you on that, Susan!)

  23. That sounds fine, Susan!

  24. Susan,
    Your list and photos are wonderful! We no longer live in N.E. but being a native and raising my family in NH I did have my favorites for the cold winters

    1) a stack of good books & some hand work (crochet, embroidery)
    2) big pot of soup on the woodstove and bread warming nearby
    3) cast iron kettle of water on the woodstove (for tea, cocoa and moisture)
    4) Woolrich plaid blanket throws (yup- we still use them in Fl)
    5) batteries for radios (soft music & weather reports)
    6) the cat in my lap (on that Woolrich blanket)& the dog lying near the woodstove
    7) Everyone sleeping in the livingroom for the warmth
    8) power outages (to make the world peaceful and enjoy the simple things)
    9) my family all safe at home
    10)a good heavy snow coming down

    There was something about being snowbound that gave our family an opportunity to be alone without all the demands of life for a while.

  25. Tess Maxey says:

    I enjoyed to heck out of this post Susan!!! Love love love your blog!

  26. shannon i olson says:

    I love the idea of parties on the actual day…it is easier to remember when it goes with the catchy titles. I hope all of blogland will join in!

  27. Debra @ Common Ground says:

    Hi Susan, I guess I'm one of those that really loves having the post Sunday Evening. Since you are on the East Coast you are ahead of everyone else time wise. If you post at 7 am then the rest of us will have to be up at 6 am, or for the poor west coasters 4 am. That will cause most of us to be late to link up. Sunday evening gives everyone an equal chance. Monday mornings are so hectic with kids and husbands out the door for school and jobs. I respectfully understand your decision, it will just be really hard for the rest of us to make it to the party in a timely manner. Plus, we can leisurely check out the other links on Sunday evening. Mondays are super busy for most of us. Just love the Sunday evening format…thanks for listening…xo

  28. Birdfeeder. I feed the birds year round but they really need the food (and water) in winter. I have my morning coffee indoors and watch their feeding frenzy. It's much easier to see them when the trees are bare.

    Windchimes. The winter wind makes my chimes sound far more often than they do in the warm months. It's so nice to be inside, all cozy and warm, and hear their delicate chiming.

  29. Trish @TheOldPostRoad says:

    You just made me chilly reading this post! Daffodils are blooming on my street – I am in central Georgia! I am about ready for cooler weather!

  30. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Kim, we'll have to do a Florida list in April or May when spring arrives. lol That's amazing…how warm it is down there right now. We've had a pretty mild winter here, too…so far.

  31. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Glad this change will work out better for you, Kim.

  32. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Beverly! ♥

  33. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    I was worried some folks might miss that part. :( I know there's not a perfect time for everyone's schedule. Thanks for the input.

  34. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Lesley, glad this works better for your schedule!

  35. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Glad this is better for you, Pam. :)

  36. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Penny! Glad it helps.

  37. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Wow, 8 degrees! My son is in Ohio…that's cold! Thanks for your input about the post date, Kathy.

  38. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Sounds perfect!

  39. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Yikes…hope not, Lori!

  40. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Joy…added them to the list along with a pic of you in the midst of all the snow. :)

  41. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Michele, great list! Added them to the post! :)

  42. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Shelia…glad that will work for you!

  43. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Chris, love this list…I've added these to the post! It's the simple life that is sometimes the best, isn't it? :)

  44. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Tess!

  45. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Debra, I know the time change is difficult to work with. I'm afraid to put it up too late. It will probably go up between 9 and 10 most likely. I work until quite late most nights (12:00 to 2:00 AM) so I'm normally not up until 8 or 9 AM, although, I'm trying to do better and go to bed a bit earlier. That's also one reason for the change…when I post so late on Wed and Sun night, I feel the need to stay up pretty late to moderate comments. So, I'm trying to get my body on a more "normal" schedule. lol I just checked and InLinkz will allow me to sort the entries in two different ways…the normal way with the latest entry at the end or with the latest entry added at the top. Maybe I'll swap it back and forth from week to week…letting the late signer-uppers be on top occasionally.

  46. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Junie, those are good ones…I'll add them to the list! Thanks!

  47. martinealison says:

    Moi qui n'aime pas particulièrement la neige, je suis éblouis par les beau spectacle qu'elle peut offrir… Des photos fantastiques. Merci…
    Je pense que je pourrais résister en empruntant quelques articles de votre liste…
    Gros bisous

  48. Actually, that picture of me was taken in Grand Junction, CO. :)

    We got so much snow in 36 hours the ski resort had to close yesterday.

  49. Oh, I love this post! So much stuff I didn't know I actually need for long and cold winters. And the pictures you choose are great!

    Other things I need in winter: peasoup, smoked sausage, hot tea, coffee with hazelnut flavour, lots of candles, closed curtains, hot custard for desert, cooking pear with cinnamon.

  50. Anonymous says:

    Happy for the change actually…I look forward to your post every morning…now I'll get to bed early on Sunday and Wednesday nights (LOL) check the posts early Monday and Thursday with my morning coffee:)

    Love these pics…I would love a week in that tiny house surrrounded by ice and snow!

  51. Curtains in My Tree says:

    as they say Change is good

    Do you still work outside your home 7:30 am -5:00 pm????

    all your choices of pictures are wonderful, love the large kitty outside in the snow. I think I want a cat since my little dog has passed away(just thinking)

  52. Works for me! Love the red barn in the snow. I may print it out to frame.

  53. OH! It is 72 degrees in Louisiana today. Your pictures actually made me FEEL cold–THANK YOU!
    This is a wonderful list of luxurious necessities…makes me wish we lived a bit more North!
    Happy weekend, Susan!

  54. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    No, not outside the home…work from home now, thanksfully. Kitties are wonderful, especially if you get them when they are little or adopt one with a sweet, affectionate personality.

  55. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Glad it works for you, too. :)

  56. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Liz, love your list…added to the post. :)

  57. Barb @ GritsandGlamour says:

    I will miss my late Sunday night Tablescaping posts :), but it makes perfect sense to do it on the same day. Since I am still working, I will have to stay with posting the night before. But you do whatever works best for you – that is what counts. Loved your list. Blessings, Barb

  58. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Barb, I know it will take some getting used to…for me, too. I think it will be better in the end, though. Pop over on Thursday anytime and link up when you can. :)

  59. Love your "surviving cold weather" post and all the fun comments and pictures. Ya'll sound like you're from Minnesota :) We haven't had much snow (yet), but have been hovering around zero the past few days; and, yes, fleece, down and sherling are the fashion go-to's.

    This post reminded me of one you did quite awhile ago: "can't live without….helpful household products/solutions"…wish I had copied that list. In fact, remembering it, I tried to find the post in the archives, but had no luck.

    Stay warm.

  60. laxsupermom says:

    I love that you'll be changing the party posting time! It'll leave Sunday nights for family. I always feel guilty when I here, "where'd you go?" and I have to shout back, I'll be right back, mommy's just quick linking up.

    Love your cold weather survival list! This year has been so oddly mild that I haven't even enjoyed half the things on the list, yet. Thanks for sharing.

  61. Gold Shoe Girl says:

    I think the change will be good. I never understood why everyone puts the party links up the night before the actual party. I think switching the list order every other week is a great compromise. Besides if you have a great picture and a catchy title I don't think it matters what number you are on the list – I always scroll through the entire list for the ideas that catch my eye.

  62. Designs By Pinky says:

    I am SO EXCITED about the change!!! I have a late meeting every Wed. night so am ALWAYS very late in posting. WHOOOO HOOOOOO!!! The same for Met mon., this will make it easier for me too! I kinda like the idea of changing the order too, it might make it a little more fair??? Thanks so much for hosting these 2 partays!!!! XO, Pinky

  63. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Yay, so glad that works for you Pinky!

  64. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    I so agree…I think it's the thumbnail pic that really catches the eye. Glad you like the idea! Thanks for you input!

  65. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Great! So glad this works for you. :)

  66. Loved this post, Susan. Great list and the pictures are awesome!

  67. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Wendy, it has been unusually mild here, too…knock on wood. No telling what February will bring, though.

  68. Thanks so much for the list. Love the photo of the kitty on the bed! I'm afraid with the time changes and my early work demands, I will be a "later linker" (just made that up). I won't be able to link up until the evening of the day of the party. I love the idea of swapping the first with the last link though so everyone has a chance to be close to the top of the list. Thanks for hosting. Dianne

  69. Linda Jones says:

    We just got a ton of snow here over the last three days (northern Idaho), so this post was particularly fun for me. Thanks Susan! And those pictures were gorgeous. :-)

  70. A bowl of hot chile! Thank for the wonderful list, Susan.

  71. Raggedy Kingdom says:

    I have a hard time posting anyway, but the changes will make it nearly impossible. Hope it works well for most. The other thing I hate is I generally read your post early (it is now 5:50 EST) and with the later posting, I probably won't read it until the next day, if then. I will hate reading Met Monday on a Tuesday.

    Sheila @

  72. Love the winter pictures, Susan! They're all so beautiful. Changing the party day won't bother me one way or the other. What is most helpful to me is knowing what time the party will be up. I link up to several parties each week and it's time consuming to check in on each blog several times throughout the day to see if the party has been posted yet. It helps knowing that yours will be up by 10. I really like the idea of alternating the order each week! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  73. Just Spiff It says:

    Love this post !! Your list is perfect and the pictures are gorgeous!!

  74. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Oh, gotta add that to our list! :)

  75. Shirley@Housepitality Designs says:

    When I first began linking up to parties (have only been doing this for a couple of months), I would link up on the day that the party was to begin and much to my surprise there were already so many parties linked at 8am. I really did not understand that at first, but then realized that you could link up the evening before. I think your new procedures are a great idea. I know it may not be convenient for those who work, but then again, you must do what works best for you. I also love how you may switch the order around. That would accommodate those who are unable to link up later in the day. So, in the end, you must do what works for you, the host.

    I just love all the images you posted!..Especially, the guy with the Tiffany box!!!

  76. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    Such fabulous photos, just looked at them with hubby, he just loved them! Although it doesn't get as cold here as to snow, but it does in the Andean mountains, here is cold enough for a blanket and a bowl of soup. I like your new schedule dear Susan as I do stay up late sometimes linking up and specially when I had gone on the weekend. Thank you for the change, I personally like it a lot. Thank you for the notification and have a terrific weekend. Hugs,

  77. Great post! I repinned many of the pictures – birch trees and snow covered barn. Love the cats curling up and running in the snow. My retirement includes living somewhere with a barn, and safe place for cats (no coyotes). You make winter look charming. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the change in posting times, since Sunday is too full to create post. Have a great and inspiring week! Then post every bit of it! ~CJ

  78. Anonymous says:

    I am a little confused. You mention the new post times will be " … morning, between 8 AM and 10 PM" – for both Monday & Thursday. Did you mean 8-10 AM, or is the post time really a 14 hour window?

  79. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    So sorry…meant 8AM to 10AM. Thanks for asking! I'm surprised no one asked before now. lol So glad you did! :)

  80. Dorinda Selke says:

    Hi Susan – I'll add to the list of winter necessities something that I discovered just this year: Land's End 100% supima cotton long-sleeved mid-calf sleep-t nightgown in rich red with matching flannel robe and slippers. The color is important because there is something about red that just makes you feel warm and snuggly. This nightgown is the best because it is soft and warm, yet it "breathes" at night so you aren't throwing the covers off in the middle of the night (important when you are 52 LOL) We are finally getting some snow in New England so I will be putting alot of your tips to good use. Hugs, Dorinda

  81. sharonavinger says:

    What a fun list! I can't do without my slipper socks (the kind with a tread on the bottom) in the winter. I have several pairs and wear them all the time around the house. I also have a pair of warm gloves in the pockets of every winter coat I own. My hands get soooo cold! I have a warm throw across the back of most chairs and sofas and cover up with one as soon as I sit down. Again – I'm very cold-natured.

  82. Hi Susan! I read through all the comments and it certainly seems like the majority embrace the time changes. Linking time will start at 6am for where I live, so I will not be able to post in a timely manner. On the other hand, it will probably help fight my OCD to know that I will NOT be able to make the top 25 links, as much as I'd like to! :) I do like the alternating order idea!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  83. I wholeheartedly agree, Kim! I've wondered how I can be so far down the list so early in the morning.(Nobody reads the posts beyond, say, 150.) I rarely get traffic to my blog from the parties, and isn't that the point?

  84. I agree, Pam. Maybe someone will come look at my post if I'm not so far down the list. Nobody seems to read those beyond 150 or so.

  85. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    I particularly like the MetMonday post going live on Sunday because I won't have the time to link up on Monday due to work. But if you're going to use a reverse linky, that will give us an equal footing to be number one at some point in your link party :)

  86. Anonymous says:

    Well done, thank you! Lots of rain here in Atlanta, but no snow. My boys are so hoping and praying for snow this winter.

    As for Pinterest, I'm already addicted to design blogs and try to avoid etsy — talk about getting sucked in…

    Enjoy the winter wonderland for those of you in the NE.

  87. On Crooked Creek says:

    I think your list is amazing!!! Don't think you left anything out dear! I'll be joining MM this week…however, I'm still a working girl and I leave the house @ 7:25 am and don't return until after 2pm. I'll be anxious to see how the new time works for all of us! You know me…I love a party…hope it's alright to arrive L A T E !

  88. Yellow Rose Arbor says:

    So glad to see you making some changes to the parties! I've never understood why the parties start the day before! A lot of the big popular parties are so large it's overwhelming to me, makes me wonder why bother joining nobody will see it anyway! I'm sure some of the new bloggers must feel the same way! Thanks for trying out new things!

    We're in FL so don't need the winter goodies, but I do like a lot of them!

    In the past you have asked for suggestions for blog subjects, have you ever done one to teach how to re-design your blog, or switch to the new formats, etc. (I'm still to scared to make the switch!! LOL!)



  89. Connie ❀ says:

    Hi Susan – Remember reading about the old fashioned bed warmers ? Well I copied that and it works great. Get a microwaveable heating pad, and heat it up good. Then, go up and position it between the sheets on your bed. I usually start at the foot of the bed. Every 30 seconds I reach in and move it to another spot. I know it sounds time consuming, but you can be doing other things during this process. I move mine about 4 times, and then WOW, a warm bed. It's pure heaven.

    Have you always been sensitive to the cold ? I would suggest you stay in Georgia as you will be more comfortable than straying North, but I'm sure you know that. I wish you sweet dreams !!

  90. I think Wendy spoke too soon. It is FREEZING here this morning! Great lists too Susan!

  91. Katherines Corner says:

    Incredible images, I loved them all. Smooches and Hugs and wishes for a beautiful day

  92. Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement says:

    Great pictures Susan!

    As for the party, I'm sure I'm in the minority, but I love when parties start in the evenings. It gives those of us who work during the week a chance to join in. So many of the big parties start mid-day. Yours was the one I could always count on joining because it started on Sunday night. Again though, I realize I'm in the minority, it's just my opinion. :)

    I hope you have a great day.

  93. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Connie, what a great idea! I bet it nice when you get in. This list has made me like winter a lot more. Yes, I'm super sensitive to cold…and it seems to have gotten worse as I've gotten older. I don't know if I'd survive further north. I think I'd be like the bears and hibernate…you wouldn't see me until spring thaw. lol

  94. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Katherine! XO back at cha!

  95. Jen Migonis says:

    I love the switch for the times to post our projects. Thank you so much. And thank you for giving us this opportunity… loved your list of things you love.

  96. The Tablescaper says:

    HI Susan:

    You've got a lot of comments on this one, but I'll throw my hat in the ring. I think making the linking party not at night is a definite disadvantage to those who work outside the home – which is the very reason why you didn't do it when you were working. Why are you disregarding those that do work now that you are not working? You were there. You know how hard it is to balance it all. If you've been doing it this way for years, it's hard to believe there really is any confusion. Why put some at a disadvantage?

    Obviously you'll do what works best for you, I'm just surprised since you were a working girl yourself.

    – The Tablescaper

  97. I am also joining the minority in regards to the posting time. I have to leave for work at 7:20am every Monday and get home anywhere from 3 to 5. I really enjoyed looking at the party on Sunday nights since Mondays are so busy for me. Same thing for Wednesday night. I'd be willing to bet there's plenty of us who "visit" the party while watching TV at night. We're mostly women and we are born to multi-task! Now if I could figure out how to link up on my Iphone I could do it at lunch time. This technology is overwhelming me!

    Robin Flies South

  98. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Robin, you'll still be able to visit in the evenings…the party will be going on three full days and nights. Well, actually it stays up forever, but you know what I mean. :)

  99. Red Couch Recipes says:

    Susan, I think what Alma and Robin are saying is that those who are able to link up, get much more traffic — e.g. (Link number one gets much more traffic than say link number 200). I would have preferred linking up at night as I work in the teacher field and can't post during the days. Joni

  100. Thanks so much Susan for all you've done over the years through blogging – you have been an inspiration. I have read through the comments because changing party times has been on my heart and mind too – I kind of chuckled to myself – it seems setting up parties the night before is like the story of the young girl cooking a pot roast. Her husband asked her why she cut the end off. My mother always did she replied. Curious the girl asked her mother – why do you always cut the end off the pot roast before putting it in the pot. Well,Dear, your grandmother always did and you know she's the best cook. The two visited Grandma for lunch later that week and asked Grandma why she cut the end of her pot roast off. It was too big for the pot, Grandma replied. Sometimes we do things because that is how we see others do it…your reasons for starting your parties the way you did before was because you were so conscientious about moderating and making sure all was well. Having the party early on the day of the date signified is fantastic and switching who's first will get us visiting more – I hope! Thanks – I am changing my party's times too – you will probably start something there!
    Have a great week,

  101. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Joni, In the comments and in emails I've received today, some folks that haven't been able to link late at night have said they are excited they will have a chance to be near the top now. I guess there's just no way to please everyone, is there? :) When I worked outside the home (work from home now) I just linked to a party when I could and didn't worry about that. I really think there's too much emphasis placed on being near the top since it's the thumbnail pic that really makes a person want to visit. Another person mentioned that in the comments, too, and I do agree with her. The thumbnail pic does make a difference.

  102. Susan,
    I'm also joing the minority in regards to the posting time. I prefer to read the majority of posts on Sunday night. Then on Monday I go to the place I stopped and read some more that have been posted and the same on Tuesday. The same goes for Tabelscape Thursday starting with Wedneday night. Friday and Saturday are for date night for my husband and me so I check back on Saturday to see if I have missed any. As for those that said they are so far down on the list and most readers stop around 150 that is a fallacy in regards to myself. I don't read every post if the title, picture or subject matter is not appealing to me.
    Thanks for hosting the parties every week and the enjoyable time I've had reading all the blogs. I hope that I will be able to continue with the new schedule.


  103. Hi Susan,

    Just stopping by to say I support whatever you want to do. You're an absolute angel to share your life, talents, ideas, dreams, and wonderfully positive energy with all of us who follow you faithfully.

    I hope to contribute to Tablescape Thursday again in the not-too-distant future. When I do, it will be on your schedule and at your convenience.

    No complaints here — nothing but sincere appreciation and undying gratitude!

    Wishing you all the very best,


  104. Natasha in Oz says:

    I'm so glad you are making these changes! This works so well for me living Down Under!

    Love your post too-Great pinterest inspiration!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  105. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Hi Alma, I'm still a working girl, too. Blogging is my full-time work now and my work day is often way longer than just 8 hours. I've been at it for around 10 hours today so far. Fortunately, I absolutely love it! The hours fly by as I work…it truly is a passion for me, but I do realize I need to pull myself away from the computer for some down time, occasionally. Evenings are when I need to spend more time with my family and friends. I don't understand why this seems to be upsetting you so much…I can hear it in the tone of your comment and in the words you've written. Met Monday and Tablescape Thursday are set up so a participant can add their link at any time over the course of three days. The linking time frame is open for a full three days and doesn't expire until it's time for the next party to begin. So anyone can link up for Met Monday all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. And participants can link up for Tablescape Thursday all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. That gives anyone who wishes to participate plenty of time to link to the party. So, I'm not sure what you mean about "balance." There won't be any need to balance anything. Just pop by and add your link whenever it's convenient for you during the three days the party is open. So no need to feel pressured, just link when it's convenient for you.

  106. Yes! Thanks for backing me up Adie!

  107. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest says:

    Susan, please do what works for you and your family. Having the party on the day of the party makes sense to me and thank you for trying to be so accommodating by switching up the top and bottom. Happy Monday xo

  108. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Kathy…love the pot roast story! :)

  109. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Awww, Bill…you are a love! Big HUGS sent your way!

  110. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Great Natasha! So glad to hear that. :)

  111. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks, Lynn!

  112. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    So sorry for the inconvenience, Liz. It was a blessing having Sunday evening off, so appreciate your understanding.

  113. Alycia Nichols says:

    Wow….hot button!!! I certainly understand the need to do what is best where your family life is concerned. Husbands and kids are a big ol' handful. My son has been gone from home for about 15 years now, but I seem to recall the evenings being quite the circus. I'm one of those people who does not work outside the home and whose husband is gone from sun up to past sundown during the week, so the change won't affect my ability to post one way or another. I do understand and feel for those, however, who do work outside the home as the time change will be quite an adjustment for them. It's the ol' case of "six on one hand, half a dozen on the other", and I guess it's just one of those debates that will never have a 100% concensus. As some comments pointed out, the later posters don't get nearly as much traffic as those who post in the top numbers. That's why I make it a point each and every week to stop by each and every post. I don't always leave a comment, but I certainly do hit every one of 'em! I realize how much hard work everyone invests in their creations, and I want to acknowledge that with at least a visit. I know that it isn't realistic for everyone to be able to do that, but maybe this change will provide the catalyst for folks to visit more posts. Heck…there are SO MANY talented tablescapers out there, and it's like getting a free magazine!!! Thank you for continuing to provide us all this venue in which to showcase our work and admire the talents of others!

  114. HoosierHomemade says:

    Just wanted to let you know that you can randomize your InLinkz, that way, not the same person is on top each time someone visits.
    Some bloggers like it…some don't. Just thought I'd let you know.

  115. Jacqueline says:

    I have to admit I had fun reading all of the comments! Joni told me you had changed so I came to find out. The problem is you are just sooooo popular! Your site creates the most traffic to my blog right after Pinterest. I am with you whenever you want. Whatever you want, I want, just don't stop your amazing parties. (Ok, I would live with that too, but I would miss it!!!) Thanks again for having the greatest parties in blogland.

  116. Jacqueline says:

    Alycia is great to make an effort because it does take a lot of time! Lots of times I start by visiting people at the bottom of the list so that they get some visits. We could all try that.

  117. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Jacqueline, thanks! Don't worry…I don't have any plans to stop…I love MM and TT! :)

  118. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Liz, I saw a random option and wasn't sure if it truly randomized the links every time someone visited. I wonder if folks have trouble keeping up with which links/blog they have visited if the links keep changing position?

  119. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Thanks Alycia. ♥

  120. Susan BetweenNapsOnThePorch says:

    Great idea, Jacqueline!

  121. Cindy (Applestone Cottage) says:

    Gosh I wish I had saw this post earlier Susan!
    Living in Wisconsin teaches you lot's of great winter survival tips!
    Most of mine are on here already but one thing I can't live without are the down vests made by Lands End. Also on my list are Packer Football, Chili and snowmen!

  122. Well, here in Florida I am still enjoying the gorgeous beach almost every day…can't imagine waking up to snow as in your photos…so beautiful….each climate brings special treasures and blessings! For now mine is sand, shells, the splashing of waves, and the glorious ocean breeze on my skin and the joy of seeing my three Westies loving the beach! Love your blog!

  123. marie barnes says:

    I love this post and I love snow. I could live in these pictures forever.

  124. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Susan, I’m reading all the winter survival lists (that still makes me smile) you have and compiling a huge list of recommendations. 😀 This is fun. And the pictures you chose for this post are absolutely gorgeous. They evoke exactly the right mood.

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