Wednesday, December 30, 2020

#CatThursday - Happy New Year! #2021


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I wrote this last night and posted it on my Christmas blog. Just a message of hope to carry you into 2021. 

I was watching that quintessential classic, It's A Wonderful Life tonight while I was decorating more cookies. (As many know, I like to keep my Yuletide celebrations going until Twelfth Night.) I usually watch this movie every year, but this year something was different. The message meant more to me. At the end, I was in tears. I've always been touched by this film, but this year, it really made me reflect.

We've all had a rough year...the entire world. Many have lost loved ones, friends. We've been separated from our families and our social groups. Our way of life is not the same. Will it ever be? These are the questions and these are the struggles we are all having.

As I look ahead to the new year with hope, I keep in my mind the message of It's a Wonderful Life. It IS a wonderful life. Every single one of us matter. Every one of us would be missed if we were gone. Every life we have ever touched would be changed forever if we never existed.


So, think on it. I know it's hard right now, but just being alive is wonderful. Our family and friends knowing we are out there somewhere, and finding comfort in it, is wonderful. Hope is wonderful, and so is love.

It really, truly is a wonderful life. 

Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year! Now for some whimsy...







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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

#CatThursday - Merry, Merry! #Christmas


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Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the Feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gathering winter fuel

Hither, page, and stand by me,
If thou knowst it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?
Sire, he lives a good league hence,
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes fountain.

Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I shall see him dine
When we bear them thither.
Page and monarch, forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude winds wild lament
And the bitter weather

Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how
I can go no longer.
Mark my footsteps, good my page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shall find the winters rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.

In his masters step he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye, who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing.

A Merry Yuletide to you and yours. Stay safe and warm!







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Thursday, December 17, 2020

#CatThursday - #Christmas Week Three #cats


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Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on
Our troubles will be out of sight

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yule-tide gay
From now on
Our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now





Tree update from our house. Had the tree up for several days without ornaments. Merida basically made it her new toy/bed. Decorated it Tuesday night. None of the breakable ornaments were hung. Wednesday morning...ornaments all over the floor. She seems to have calmed down a bit and taken to just lying under it, but we shall see. Fingers crossed!


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Wednesday, December 9, 2020

#CatThursday - #Christmas Week Two #cats


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Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday
While the merry bells keep ringing
May your every wish come true

Happy Holiday
Happy Holiday
May the calendar keep bringing
Happy Holidays to you



The last thing an ornament sees before it dies...





I still haven't put up my tree. Frankly, I'm quite alarmed thinking of what Merida is going to do to it. I've never had a kitten this wild! Wish me luck!



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Thursday, December 3, 2020

#CatThursday - #Christmas Week One #cats


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Thursday, November 26, 2020

#CatThursday - Happy Thanksgiving! #cats


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Sunday, November 22, 2020

Classics Club Spin 25 #ccspin


Joining in a bit late...because Deb Nance said I could. lol Thanks, Deb! 

Made my list and then randomly sorted it. Here's the list before the sort. 

1. The Vein of Gold, Julia Cameron
2. Buddenbrooks, Thomas Mann
3. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4. Murder in the Cathedral, T.S. Eliot
5. Rob Roy, Sir Walter Scott
6. On Becoming a Novelist, John Gardner
7. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
8. Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brande
9. The Writing of Fiction, Edith Wharton
10. Roderick Hudson, Henry James
11. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
12. The Marble Faun, Nathaniel Hawthorne
13. The Writing Life, Annie Dillard
14. Writing Past Dark, Bonnie Friedman
15. Roxana, Daniel Defoe
16. Negotiating with the Dead, Margaret Atwood
17. The Faith of a Writer, Joyce Carol Oates
18. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton
19. The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
20. The Legends of Parsifal, Mary Hanford Ford

Sorted the list in a Google Sheet. See below:



Number 14 is On Becoming A Novelist, John Gardner

What did you get?



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Thursday, November 19, 2020

#CatThursday - The #holidays are fast approaching! #cats


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (98) Gabriela Cabezón Camera


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author (with a birthday during the month), pictured with their/a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.



Gabriela Cabezón Cámara was born in Buenos Aires in 1968 (November 4). She has published the novel Slum Virgin (known in Spanish as La Virgen Cabeza, 2009), the nouvelle Le viste la cara a Dios (You've Seen God's Face, 2011), and La Isla de la Luna (Island of the Moon, 2012). She has also published the comic Beya, le viste la cara a Dios (Biutiful, You've Seen God's Face), based on the former text and illustrated by Iñaki Echeverría (2013). In 2014 she published the novel Romance de la Negra Rubia (Romance of the Black Blonde) and the following year she produced Sacrificios (Sacrifices), edited by the Argentinian National Library for the Bicentenary Collection. Also in 2015 her book of stories, Y su despojo fue una mobchedumbre (And Her Waste Was a Crowd) came out, illustrated once again by Iñaki Echeverría. In 2013 she was writer in residence at UC Berkeley, where she also taught. She was one of the founders of the NiUnaMenos (“Not One Less”) movement against femicides and gender violence. (Goodreads)




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