Category Archives: holidays

Finding Room to Find Things

The Monday Fox asked: “What’s first on your to-do list for 2023?” Lists are good for me, especially with all that goes on in my life. I used to have a phenomenal memory and never made a grocery list, copy … Continue reading

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Spirits of Christmas Past

The two best Christmas gifts we ever received??? This is a hard one. As I said last week, my mother made my early childhood Christmases magical. Aside from the inevitable doll, nothing really stands out. I remember each of the … Continue reading

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The Gift of Time

Our Wednesday Fox asked, “What are the two best Christmas presents you ever received?” My first reaction was “Oh my. This sounds like a version of ‘Who’s your favorite child?’” I stewed about this topic for a good hour, trying … Continue reading

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Christmas, Once Again

“How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” Ch-ch-ch-changes! My mother decorated early. We always got a huge Christmas tree, one carefully selected and as close to prefect as possible. Seriously, my generally tight-fisted, … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Holidays

Our Tuesday Fox asked, “How does/did your family countdown to Christmas? Did/do you have any special family traditions?” [AS] This topic had me scratching my head. My family enjoys celebrating holidays together, but we honestly don’t prepare for them together. … Continue reading

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We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Minute

(I may have said all of this before, but for once, I am not taking time to check. Bear with me.) I was always opposed to Christmas decorations and Christmas music before Thanksgiving or on Thanksgiving, but in the last … Continue reading

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Never-Ending TBR, Part Eleven

I’ve got four cozy mysteries to share with you this month. All four are continuations of series I’ve enjoyed and shared before. Check out these awesome offerings! Crime for the Books by Kate YoungJane Doe Book Club Mystery, Book 3Lyla’s … Continue reading

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T’was the Month Before Christmas…

Topic this week:Do you have a favorite Christmas holiday novel? What about your favorite movie? Do you restrict reading/viewing of Christmas/holiday themed books/movies to the holiday season? We’ve covered holiday movies in the recent past, but I am game! Yes, … Continue reading

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Gimme a Shot

Looking at the photos on your phone (or camera, if you still use one), what place or type of event do you tend to photograph most often? Honestly, if you look at my phone, you’ll see a lot of unintentional … Continue reading

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Carefree

  This week it was asked: What is your fondest childhood memory?  It is very funny that just  last week thoughts occurred to me of lazy summer days and sometimes how carefree my life was. It wasn’t all the time. … Continue reading

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