Cats Fun and Games

Santa Cats

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Task 3: In honor of the depiction of Santa in Australian-style clothing, dress up your dog (or cat), or just use photoshop or another photo editing program, to dress up one of your pets as the Australian version of Santa Paws. Post the picture here – the zanier, the […]

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Fun and Games Literature Reviews

Margaret Oliphant: The Library Window

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 3: “Whenever five or six English-speaking people meet round a fire on Christmas Eve, they start telling each other ghost stories,” humorist Jerome K. Jerome wrote in his 1891 collection, Told After Supper. “Nothing satisfies us on Christmas Eve but to hear each other tell authentic anecdotes about […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Holiday Food (Tasks 1 – 3)

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE As for the other squares where I’ve completed several tasks in a single post (Gifts, Holiday Shopping, and Correspondence), I’m dividing this into several pages, one per task.   Task 1: What’s your favorite seasonal drink? Can be alcoholic or virgin, complicated cocktails, festive punches / noggs or just […]

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Cats

THINGS SIMON’S CAT IS THANKFUL FOR (Thanksgiving Collection)

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

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Fun and Games Lifestyle

Festive Tasks: Door 3, Task 1 – Here Comes the Sun

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 1: How long is the longest day of the year where you live? How long is the shortest? Does your home town/country celebrate the solstice? Bonn does not so much celebrate the solstice as enjoy the longer evenings in summer generally. According to TimeandDate.com and Climate-Data.org, the […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 15 – Correspondence, Tasks 1 – 3

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Same approach as for Like for Doors 7 (Gifts), and 13 (Holiday Shopping): one page per task.   Task 1: Do you still send holiday cards? Do you go for amusing, inspirational, or make your own? I used to love sending holiday cards and spent a lot of time […]

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Literature Reviews

Tessa Gratton: The Queens of Innis Lear

This was supposed to be the BL community’s first buddy read on the new site, but unfortunately it quickly ended up being a DNF for me.  Though after nobody else seems to have liked all of the book, either, I at least don’t feel like a spoil-sport anymore. I guess that’s something after all — […]

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Edmund Crispin: Swan Song

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   As part of my Detection Club reading project, I am slowly and intermittently making my way through Edmund Crispin’s Gervase Fen series: not, so far, in publication order, which hasn’t made much of a difference in the books I’ve read to date, though in this particular instance […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 2, Task 1 – The Spirit of Christmas Perpetual

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Task 1: Holiday books often have covers that try to evoke a certain emotion in the reader. Post a picture, or a gallery of pictures, of holiday themed book covers that really appeal to you, and, if you want to, tell us why. A large part of what I […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 5, Task 4 – Charlie, the Gothic Romance Virgin Eater

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Task 4: (Cheeky) If you have a cat (or can borrow one from a friend), take a picture of him/her looking particularly fierce and ready to eat a naughty child. If you really want to go all out, photoshop a giant version of your cat onto a picture, prowling […]

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Fun and Games Literature Reviews

Nancy Mitford: Wigs on the Green

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   What a great read! It’s easy to see how Nancy Mitford’s witty and merciless skewering of her brother in law Oswald Moseley’s fascist movement (along with the Victorian attitudes of parts of 1930s British aristocracy) would have infuriated parts of her family and driven a lasting wedge between […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 13 – Holiday Shopping

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Like for Door 7 (Gifts), I’m going to divide this post into several pages; one per task.   Task 1: What was the best or worst holiday “bargain” you ever indulged in? Did you get a post-holiday steal on something you’ve had your heart set on or really needed? […]

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A Saturday Afternoon in November

Also, I thought I’d do without getting yet another pair of holiday socks (and slippers) this year, but then they go and tantalize me with owls and kitties …

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Fun and Games Literature Reviews

Beryl Bainbridge: According to Queeney

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Festive Tasks, Door 7 — Gift Giving & Wrapping: Read a book with a cover that would make beautiful wrapping paper; or read a book that you would have enjoyed giving or receiving as a gift: This is less a fictional biography than a portrait of manners and […]

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Peter Temple: The Broken Shore

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Festive Tasks, Door 1 — Southern Hemisphere: Read a book set in the Southern Hemisphere, or that has a beachy scene on the cover. This is the first book of Peter Temple’s second series, after the Jack Irish books (set in Melbourne); here, featuring a burned-out cop named […]

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Catherine Aird: The Religious Body

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Festive Tasks, Door 11, Family Traditions: Read a family saga, a book about an especially dysfunctional family, or an entry into a series that focuses on one specific community. Huge shout-out to Moonlight Reader for recommending this series — this hit exactly the right spot for me. […]

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Martha Gellhorn: Travels with Myself and Another

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Festive Tasks Door 10 – Peace, Book: Read a book in which the ending of a conflict is a major theme. Gellhorn is a sharp observer and she has a way with words — I’d just wish she’d liked people and, for that matter, the places she […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 12, Task 2 – Snow Covers

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 2: Make us a collage or display of your favorite snowy book covers. Prepare to be snowed in …

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Lifestyle Literature

Christmas Gift Goodies

Since I just posted my 2021 Holiday Reading List, and seeing as today’s Festive Tasks square reveal is actually for a square called “Holiday Shopping”, CrimeReads’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide sent me down another few rabbit holes. I happily took the plunge so you won’t have to … (or maybe you will, after all). You’re […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 9, Task 3 – Here Be Dragons

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 3: The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on cycles of the moon and the sun. Next year’s animal sign is the Sign of the Tiger, which means that babies born in 2022 are predicted to be “brave, competitive, unpredictable and confident.” What was the animal sign of […]

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Fun and Games Literature Reviews

Martin Edwards: Gallows Court

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Festive Tasks, Door 9 – Cycles: Read a book that has something lucky on the cover or in the title; or that has a cover that is more than 50% red, yellow and or green, which are considered lucky colors in China. Gallows Court was a book I’d been […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 11, Task 1 – Family Theatricals

Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Task 1: Each family celebrates things in a way that is unique to them! Does your family (by birth or by choice) have a particular holiday tradition above and beyond the classics? Family travel? Family movie night? Family snowball battles? Those of you who have read either the odd […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 3, Task 3 – Bonn leuchtet / Bonn Shines

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 3: Is your community known for any light displays in particular? Are there any displays (anywhere in the world) that you would really like to see in person? Tell us about them. I’ve shared images of this before — one of my favorite local events recurring annually is “Bonn […]

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Fun and Games Literature Reviews

Martha Grimes: The Dirty Duck

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Festive Tasks, Door 5 – Animals, Book: Read a book that has an animal on the cover, or involves someone who works in conservation. I reread the first two books from Martha Grimes’s Richard Jury series — The Man With a Load of Mischief and The Old […]

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Akashic Noir Series: Helsinki Noir

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Festive Tasks, Door 6 – Color(s), Book: Read a book with a cover that is more than 50% red or green. Ugh.  I thought I’d seen the most cynically sordid that Scandi-noir is able to produce after I’d read Jo Nesbø and Arnaldur Indriðason, but some of the […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 7 – Gifts

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 1: Are you a fan of gift giving, or is it a burden? Have you figured out a way to balance the commercialization of the season with the desire for a sense of meaning (whether religious or not)? Tell us about it and, if you want, […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 6, Task 3 – Red

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Task 3: How do you use color in your personal living space or for your holiday decorating? Do you paint your walls in all the wild colors, or do you rely on accents? Do you have a color palette that you have selected for your decorating schemes? Show […]

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Cats Fun and Games

Festive Tasks: Door 5, Task 2 – Cats

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE Task 2: Show us your feline and non-feline pets. Try to get as many of them into a picture as you can without causing mayhem or the fur to fly and share it with us. If the animals just don’t feel the love, multiple photos are ok too, […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 1, Task 1 – Of Chocolate, Cathedral Architecture, and Veerry Old Bones

  Festive Tasks Master Update Post HERE   Task 1: In Australia, it’s common to brag about having the “biggest ‘X’ in the Southern Hemisphere!” Biggest mall, biggest prawn (don’t ask), biggest pineapple, biggest earthworm. What does your country / city / region brag about having the best or the biggest of …? I’ve never […]

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Festive Tasks: Door 2, Task 4 – Six Degrees of Literation

Master Update Post HERE Task 4: Let’s play Six Degrees of Literation! Start with the book that you are reading right now and make a chain of six books, linked in however you want to link them, to one of the classic holiday reads mentioned in this Guardian article. My brain started going into nonstop […]

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