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Snow!

Excuse my excitement, but I love snow, and we don’t get to see much of it in winter where I live — rarely more than a day on average each winter. Well, it seems like this was this particular winter’s occasion: Last night, when I was already on the point of going to bed, I […]

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An Alphabet of My Likes and Dislikes: “F”

This is a post belonging to a new blogging project — the title is pretty much self-explanatory, I think; the project’s introductory post can be found HERE.  Credit for the idea: BeetleyPete. As always, the only thing linking the two items mentioned in this post in my mind is that they both start with the […]

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Sleigh Rides

24 Festive Tasks: Door 16 – St. Lucia’s Day, Task 2: Compile a list of five or more carols, poems, short stories, novels or other pieces of writing that feature sleigh rides.   On the minus-twentieth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … Two Christmas carols, one orchestral dance, one fairy tale, […]

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Bingo Call: 10/12/2019 – Stone Cold Horror

Reblogged from: Obsidian Blue   Stone Cold Horror: this is a late addition because I had too much YA horror, so I combined a couple of categories into Fear Street & needed something else for the horror genre! Horror that takes place primarily in a winter/cold/snow type setting.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1968069/bingo-call-10-12-2019

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All 61 squares revealed: 1 through 18 (New Squares & Horror)

Reblogged from: Moonlight Reader   All of the new squares (and scares) have been revealed, and I got these posts put together over the past few days, so I’m ready to reveal ALL OF THE SQUARES! Buckle up, butter cup. A note on book lists: where we have already got a working book list, I’ve […]

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A Miracle? Maybe.

24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – Hanukkah, Task 1: Have you had any miracles in your life?  (Kids are a given.)  Just enough change for tolls?  Just enough gas to get you to the station?  Been tragically late for a flight only to find the flight was even more tragically delayed?  Nothing is too small […]

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Favorite Sports Teams and Pennants

24 Festive Tasks: Door 8 – Penance Day, Task 2: It’s “Pennants” day according to MbD’s husband:  post a picture of your favorite team’s logo/mascot and the last time they’ve won a championship (or not).   QUIDDITCH First things first (though I’m not the first here to post about this) — as a proud Gryffindor, […]

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Umm. Happy St. Patrick’s Day … I suppose?

(In our street earlier today — and yes, it’s still snowing.  I hope the poor daffs are going to make it … and there we were, only a few days ago, basking in the early springtime sun and hoping winter was finally over!)     Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1650846/umm-happy-st-patrick-s-day-i-suppose

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I realize that one snowflake does not yet make a White Christmas

… and we’re still 2 weeks away, and for all I know this may be all we’re do this winter, but I can’t help tacitly getting my hopes up. This is what our garden and our neighborhood looked like this afternoon:   (The last two photos are the view from my living room window towards […]

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White Fairy Dust

Our garden, earlier today.  Just a teeny tiny bit of white dust, and it won’t last — in fact, it’s raining again already, and the white coating of the fir trees is already gone again.  But for it to snow at all here all the way at the bottom of the Rhine valley is not […]

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Be good to yourself, they said.

It’ll make you feel better, they said. So this morning, my BFF and I hit the road and drove through this sort of landscape — (note: these are NOT my own photos — I was driving, so I couldn’t take photos at the same time; these do depict places along the way and the sort […]

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the First: The Winter Wonderland; and Task the Seventh: The Christmas

Task the First: – Read a book that is set in a snowy place. Dylan Thomas: A Child’s Christmas in Wales  Thomas’s lyrical memoirs of his childhood Christmas experience, read by himself … truly magical.  One of the books (or CDs) that I revisit every single holiday season. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Task the Seventh: – Read a […]

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Simon’s Cat: Guide to Winter – YouTube

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The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — A Visit to the Christmas Market

… aka Tasks the First, the Sixth, and the Twelfth: The Winter Wonderland, the Hanukkah, and the Wassail Bowl. – If you are lucky enough to live in a snowy place, or even if you aren’t, take a walk outside and post a picture of something pretty you encountered on your way. – Make a […]

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Hans Christian Andersen: The Snow Queen

The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express, Part 2 – Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy). Alas, I didn’t have a child handy, and Holly was singularly unimpressed, so I just settled down on my couch and read […]

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Agatha Christie: Murder on the Orient Express (Narrated by David Suchet)

  The Twelve Tasks of the Festive Season — Task the Eleventh: The Polar Express: – Read a book that involves train travel (such as Murder on the Orient Express). Well, as it happened I did pick Murder on the Orient Express for this square.  Not that I’m not intimately familiar with the story as […]

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