saturday 9

Silent Night

1) How well do you know "Silent Night?" Without looking up the lyrics, could you sing along with Elvis? Yes, I can sing along without lyrics

2) The Christmas with Elvis album hit the stores in October 1957. Were you already preparing for Christmas back in October? I was in the "thinking about it" mode

3) Clearly Elvis liked a flocked white Christmas tree. Is your tree flocked, aluminum or pine green? Real or artificial? Or do you skip the whole tree thing altogether? I have a fiber optic 24 inch tree

4) Back in the late 1950s, Elvis left his hair its natural brown color. In the 1960s he began having it dyed black. Do you have a salon appointment scheduled between now and year end? yes--but it's a manicure

5) Have you ever peeked, looking for a Christmas gift you know is hidden for you somewhere in the house? not since I was a little kid

6) Which do you prefer, candy canes or gingerbread? well--it depends--is the gingerbread soft? If it's hard, I prefer candy canes

7) Is anyone receiving a home made or do-it-yourself gift from you this year? I am giving several gifts I knit

8) Do you wrap holiday gifts in paper, or do you take the gift bag route? usually the gift bag route

9) This time of year is big for charitable fundraising. Here's your chance to plug a cause or organization that's near and dear to you. A plug for my hometown's CANCER support group.


the friday 56

The Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.

I'm listening to Gather 'Round the Sound.

You never know who might knock at your door during the holidays. It could be carolers, it could be your neighbors or family, or it could be a king in disguise.


three on thursday

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Three holiday things:

1) I would like to hit 70 books read this year. I'm so close!

2) I've got to finish some holiday knitting. And I haven't mailed my packages yet. But I'm not stressing about it.



ten things tuesday

The best ten books I've read in 2017: (I've had lots of 4- and 5-star books this year!)

1) Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

2) Before the Fall by Noah Hawley.

3) Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay.

4) Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.

5) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

6) The Fireman by Joe Hill.

7) The Railwayman's Wife by Ashley Hay.

8) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

9) Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

10) This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel.



I am...

Reading: The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

Listening to: the trucks across the street

Loving: the heated leather seats in my car

Thinking: that a snow day tomorrow would be mighty nice

Feeling: like I need a blanket, I've got a chill

Celebrating: it's getting closer to the holidays and vacation

Grateful for: my shopping is done and I'm just waiting for packages to arrive

Weather: there's a Winter Storm Warning for tomorrow

Enjoying: ridiculous movies

A quote I want to share:


sunday stealing

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Bah Humbug!

TV show I loathe:
competition shows that feature celebrities--and they are C or D-list celebrities

Movie I loathe: Kill Bill series

Music genres I loathe: death metal, polka, screamo, gangsta rap, novelty Christmas songs (like Grandma Got Run Over or Dominick the Donkey)

Magazine which annoys me: Tabloids, except for the Weekly World News which was a satire

Makes me cranky at restaurants: waiting an excessively long time for service or drinks or refills

Makes me cranky in public:
impolite impatience in others

Makes me impatient at home: not being able to put my hands on what I'm looking for

Makes me impatient at work: misinformation

Celebrity I hate: reality show people that think they're celebrities

Music artist I hate:
I'm drawing a blank--maybe Ted Nugent

I could care less about: the war on Christmas (which doesn't exist)

Blogger's habit that annoys you: anonymous, snarky comments

Feature on your blog you hate: having to update the copyright

Politician that you hate: lobbyists


PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. I like to post one that speaks to me each week.