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The Cat’s Pajamas Birthday Party

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/15/the-cats-pajamas-birthday/Resistance can suck. It’s draining to be straining, pulling this way and that, feeling like you’re going nowhere, fast…I’m trying to think of it as a chance to build emotional muscles. Note the word ‘trying’. I guess I could also think of it as The Facts of Life or Growing Pains (RIP Alan Thicke, I’ll never get the TV themes you wrote out of my head).https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/15/the-cats-pajamas-birthday/

I’m trying to resist the siren call of Netflix (note the word ‘trying’ again). Christmas movies/specials (even I can OD on those) and politics dominate the tube (don’t even get me started); most shows are taking a holiday break – Z Nation, Westworld, The Walking Dead…

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…so I’m reading.

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It’s a busy time of year and if you’re still looking for Christmas gifts I can help https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/18/these-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

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With an emphasis on the gift of reading. New, almost new, new to you, gently used, regifted – books bought from wherever, or a gift certificate or e-certificate for books or ebooks. While it might be difficult to resist the bestseller list, why not try some indie authors, they’re the cat’s pajamas, remember, best-selling doesn’t mean it’s the best book. Shop local and/or shop within your blogging community. Buy from the author or go on Amazon (dot whatever your country) and look up some of these authors – ebooks download in a flash.

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https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/15/the-cats-pajamas-birthday/Many indie authors are also bloggers, like Teagan Riordain Geneviene, https://teagansbooks.com a skillful storyteller who’ll keep you chained to your book/ereader/smartphone/tablet/laptop for hours with her brilliant books, Atonement, Tennessee (https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/03/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this/ – my copy is so well-read it looks ancient) and The Three Things Serial Story: A Little 1920s Story which began as an interactive serial, readers/bloggers gave suggestions, three things each which were woven into the story. I just finished re-reading it and it’s the cat’s meow, as swanky and entertaining as I remember.

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Make sure you drop by Teagan’s blog, I’ve heard rumours of a 1920s blog party https://teagansbooks.com/2016/12/16/1920s-party-three-things-serial-story/ – Silks and Bathtub gin will be flowing…

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In keeping with the Roaring 20s, I saw Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, from the J.K. Rowling book. I shared part of my about-to-expire-gift-certificate-for-two, since I went alone,with an older couple – see how easy it is to spread  more Christmas cheer? I loved the Hidden Figures, Wonder Woman, and King Arthur previews and the movie itself brought back the wonder, the magic of early Harry Potter books/movies.

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There are bloggers who never fail put a smile on the face of those who visit his blogs, like David, an author and a Lord:
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/09/you-may-say-im-a-dreamer/
https://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/

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And so many more:
Tess https://letscutthecrap.wordpress.com/
John http://www.johnhowell.com
Mary https://maryjdresselbooks.com/
Debby http://dgkayewriter.com/
Sally https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/
Olga http://authortranslatorolga.com/

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Ned  https://nedhickson.com/
Mary http://www.marysmith.co.uk/
Arthur https://pouringmyartout.com/
Janice http://www.mostlyblogging.com
Cynthia https://cynthiasreyes.com/
Luccia https://lucciagray.com/
Hugh https://hughsviewsandnews.com/

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And bloggers helping authors and bloggers, like the delight ladies of #BloggersPitStop:
https://www.kathleenaherne.com/the-blog/
http://www.mostlyblogging.com/
http://coachdebbieruns.com/
http://www.pkjulesworld.com/

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Everyone over at #FridayFrivolity blog party:
http://www.devastateboredom.com/
http://syncopatedmama.blogspot.ca/
http://www.babiafi.co.uk/
http://www.stayathomeyogi.com/
http://www.thatrecipe.com/blog/
http://munofore.com/

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#FridayFrolics linky party: http://lifeloveanddirtydishes.com/friday-frolics/

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Throwback fun at #TrafficJamWeekend linky party:
http://beingawordsmith.com/
http://www.lainaturner.com/
http://frugalcouponcrazy.us/
http://epicmommyadventures.com/
http://www.eclecticevelyn.com/
https://livingmommywood.blogspot.ca/
http://www.marriage-reset.com/

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Danny  https://dreambigdreamoften.co/
Opinionated Man https://aopinionatedman.com/
Chris the Story Reading Ape https://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/
Christine http://cerobinsonauthor.com
And so many more! If I missed anyone, leave your links below at my birthday party or over at my ongoing blog party https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/ Go indie, they’re the cat’s meow!

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I love books from Random House, Simon and Schuster, etc., but I also love smaller publishing houses – Open Court, Jessica Kinsley Publishing, Page Street Publishing, BenBella Books, Agate, Sasquatch and the list goes on; bigger doesn’t always mean better. If you’re not only a gifter, or a reader, but a writer and want to be an author, go out there and get published, one way or another https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/06/21/how-to-get-your-book-published/

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I’ve given up resisting the lure of Christmas baking,

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and once again I will be checking into Clementine rehab in January,

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but I’m strangely trying to resist some forms of giving, ie when people tell you to give a 100%, that’s ridiculous, what if I gave 100% of my blood, or lent someone a 100% of my money, or gave them 100% of my time? The holidays are a time of giving, but one of the best gifts, remembering not everyone has someone https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/22/how-to-get-away-with-christmas/ Please give your time, ideas, blood, items, whatever, not just in the holiday season, but all year round. https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/15/the-cats-pajamas-birthday/

Speaking of giving, don’t forget to drop by (or drop by again and again, give the gift of up to 12 links, they don’t need to be Christmas related) my ongoing blog party, my Christmas card to my blogging family/friends https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

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Christmas is almost here and my birthday,

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then 2016 ends. Who know what 2017 will bring? Be open to all the possibilities, don’t pine for what might have been, it might never have been what you really wanted, or needed. All the best to you and yours in this the holiday season and all the year through and to a Happy New Year!

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181 thoughts on “The Cat’s Pajamas Birthday Party

  1. Great suggestions. Too bad I just retired and now I’m living off half my income. My kids stopped asking, “What do you want for Christmas mom?” That’s because my answer has been the same for 23 years, “Come to my house and take away some of this junk.”

    Sometimes it’s best not to ask. 🙂

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  2. I thought I couldn’t love you more if I tried. Turns out I was wrong. I love you more having found you’re a fellow Capricorn though I don’t know exactly when. Now I understand why I love your humour so much. I also found I love you more because of your kindness. I mean I knew you were kind, after all I read your blog posts, but kind enough to mention me on your blog for your millions of followers, that’s simply too much.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Such a kind mention is far more than I deserve.
    Almost more than I deserve was your exemplary warning of the ten gifts I’m not looking for. I made sure to cross some things off my Christmas gift list Rapido. I shall search for alternatives and may well choose Indie books that you recommend.

    In case I miss your birthday I send you wishes from my Country, Penblwydd Hapus i chwi. As I know I haven’t missed Christmas I send you Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda.. Know that I will be thinking of you and hoping you’re having a wonderful time.
    xxx Much love and Cwtch mawr xxx

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    1. Awww, shucks, thank you so much, dearest David, you’re making me blush…go on!!! I love you too. We Capricorns are as stubborn as mules (actually we put them to shame), but we’re also fiercely loyal and love to laugh and make others laugh. This mention was kind of an ‘Inception’ mention, a mention within a mention, but that’s because that’s how much I love you and your writing – I want all the world to know you and your writing.
      Glad I could help with your shopping – if only to steer you in another direction lol 😉
      My birthday is sandwiched between Christmas and New Year’s so you didn’t miss it and thank you kindly, I always have a good time (you know I’m my own party). And Penblwydd Hapus i chwi as well, fellow Capricornian. 🙂
      Wishing you and yours all the best in the holiday season and all the year through, dear friend – Nadolig Llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda! Thinking of you as well, all the best, always. 🙂
      Massive holiday hugs xoxox

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    1. Thank you kindly, Mary – you’re in good company, that’s for sure. I hope people think of giving the gift of reading this Christmas, yours and all the other amazing writers out there. Hope this weekend treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. It’s well-deserved, Lisa, you all do such an awesome job at #FridayFrovolity at spreading fun and getting bloggers together! I hope I got all the links right – made a list and checked it twice 😉 I do love you all! Thank you again for my feature this week, Lisa, I’m tickled pink! 😉 Hope this weekend is wonder-filled! 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly for reblogging this, Sally, it’s an awesome list and you’re in the best of company! And yes, the blog party is ongoing, why put a time limit on fun. People can leave up to 12 links and meet and greet other bloggers. You’re welcome and hope your weekend is as wonderful as you, dear Sally (not possible, but we can hope). 🙂

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  3. Dear Donna, you’ve made my weekend. I can’t describe how much I appreciate you featuring my little 1920s novella (https://teagansbooks.com/2016/12/02/book-launch-the-three-things-serial-story/) ! You really are the cat’s pajamas. And Applesauce! Am I ever in terrific company. Just look at all those fine authors. Shazam!
    Yes, there’s going to be a Roaring Twenties party at my blog later today. Right now I’m waiting for the plumber I’ve been trying to get all week…
    And while I should be updating the about pages on my blog, I’m blissfully “pinning” all the fantastic flapper GIFs you shared here. I’m In 1920s heaven. Anyhow, bring your dancing shoes. Soon the bathtub gin will flow along with the Charleston, fringe, and Victrolas.
    https://teagansbooks.com/ Mega hugs, my fabulous friend.

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    1. That works out well since your posts always make my weekends, dear Teagan. 🙂
      I loved your novella, all your writing, as you know and it all seemed like the stars were telling me the Roaring 20s was the way of things this week. 🙂
      I hope your plumber shows up soon and everything goes well.
      I’m keen to swing by your party. Thanks for the pins.
      Massive Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels hugs xox

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  4. Donna, you’re the cat’s pyjamas! What a fabulously entertaining post, and you cracked me up with the cat licking the cookies! Thanks for your lovely shout out for all Indie authors! You’re one of a kind special! (I’m going to add that I’m on my desktop right now, which doesn’t play nice with WordPress :(, it won’t let me ‘like’, nor will it let me comment with WP, so I’m leaving this comment here signing in with Facebook, but know I’ll be back later again from laptop, to ‘like’ and add another link, oh, and also, I’ll be reblogging this Monday!!!!) Thanks again, ❤

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      1. WordPress has made so many changes in the last few days, I basically don’t know what’s up or down, it’s wild. Sorry you had such trouble, Debby – WordPress seems to have the motto: If it’s not broke, fix it until it is broke. I’m glad you made it through the WP swamp and dropped in, I can’t wait for the reblog, thank you kindly. 🙂

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    1. You’re very welcome, but it’s I who should thank you for everything you do for bloggers, you bring us together, Danny. Hope this weekend treats you well. Thank you kindly for the reblog, all the best, always. 🙂

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    1. Dear Teagan,
      Thanks for inviting us to your wonderful party – what a lovely gift to your blogging family!
      Before I visit and share and then scram, just wanted to say you’re the berries and your guests are the bee’s knees!
      Now point me to that bathtub full of gin, I don’t need olives, just a funnel and clear route to the fire escape in case the coopers decide to jump the bash – I’ll drain the evidence so the flat foots can’t make trouble. 😉
      Thanks for the giggles and the gigglewater and the party. Hope the weekend treats you kindly my bearcat friend. 🙂
      Mega bubblybrain bonanza hugs, dear friend – what a way to kick off the season.
      P.S. I’ll be reviewing your novella in more depth later and I’ll pop a review on Goodreads too. 🙂

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  5. This is probably the nicest gift you could give all the indie authors in your blogging community. In the past year I’ve noticed a shift in my own reading list as more and more books from indie authors have been making my list. It’s not a stretch of the imagination that if I love someone’s blog, I’m also going to love their books too.
    A great post and a generous shout-out.
    Best wishes for a great birthday, Merry Christmas, and a Happy Holidays. Did I forget anything? 😉
    Oh … hope you have a great weekend. Keep warm 🙂

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    1. You’re so right, Joanne, we read blog posts and enjoy them and keep coming back, makes perfect sense we’d love their formally published works as well.
      My last couple of posts, this and the blog party are sort of my Christmas cards to my readers and blogging family – spread the love. 🙂
      Thank you, my birthday always gets kind of lost around Christmas, but thanks ok, it’s a fun time of year. 😉
      Merry Christmas and all the best to you and yours in this the holiday season and all the year through. 🙂
      I’m trying to keep warm, I hope you are as well and having a good time because of/despite the brrrr, cold. 🙂

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  6. I was almost certain I had left a comment yesterday. Since I don’t see it here let me repeat. Thank you so much for the mention. I wish you a very Merry Christmas, Donna and a Happy New Year. I look so forward to visiting you in 2017.

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    1. I’ll try to track it down, John, this new comment system is so annoying and it’s a pain to go back to the old way, yahoo, more WordPress non-improvements.
      You’re welcome and I hope you get some traffic and sales. 😉
      Thank you kindly John, all the best to you and yours in this the holiday season and all the year through. Merry Christmas and to a wonderful 2017! 🙂

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  7. I am feeling lots of resistance maybe because I have so much to do for Christmas and I really want to snuggle up with a book or the last three episodes of Downton Abbey. I am more obsessed with the 1920’s right now that the eighty things i should be doing!
    Happy birthday!

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    1. I agree Michele and I love the 20s, it was like the Wild West, but with awesome dresses and dancing. 😉
      Hope you find time to visit The Abbey or spend time with a good book – I assume hot beverages might come into play.
      Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes!
      Happy Holidays and all the best in 2017! 🙂

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  8. I love your blog, I love that you kindly mentioned two of my favorite people Teagan and Lord David and that you posted that awesome photo of Darrell holding the kitty, had to save it and will look at it frequently (big fan of The Walking Dead) your posts always make me smile and laugh not necessarily in that order. Happy Holidays, Happy Birthday!!

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    1. Thank you kindly and I understand completely why they’re two of your favourite people, mine too. 🙂
      Yes, that’s from a campaign Norman Reedus did for Cruelty Free International (shopping cruelty free). As you can see by my many, many mention of The Walking Dead I’m a big fan too…are you having withdrawal yet? lol 😉 Thanks you for the birthday and holiday wishes. All the best to you and yours in this the holiday season and all the best in 2017! 🙂

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  9. Wow! That’s a birthday party with a bang! Trust me to get there late! Thanks so much for the mention! I’m marking it to visit leisurely all your recommendations. And please, do come by and bring me any news anytime! And have a lovely Xmas and let’s hope 2017 brings us lovely surprises (2016 brought us many surprises but… let’s not go there) 😉

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  10. Applesauce!!! Donna I was having so much fun at your party that when I commented I neglected to say the MOST important thing. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! You’re the cat’s meow and its pajamas both. The most generous of all, you gifted us all with reviews and shout-outs, when it’s your party and we should be gifting you. Thank you for everything you do, for every delightful post – each of which is yet another gift. Most of all thank you for being you. I’m so glad you were born and are here on this world with us. Many, many happy returns. 😀

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    1. We were having a great time at my party, your party – all parties and that’s exactly as it should be, dear friend. Thank you kindly for the birthday wishes, it isn’t for weeks, just before the new year, but I don’t think I’ll be posting until then, everyone is busy with the holidays and I hope to get some writing done.
      I’m happiest when others are happy and the gift of reading is one of the best gifts we can give and receive. 🙂
      Awww, thank you for all your kindness, Teagan, and I’m happy we found each other in this giant virtual haystack and we’re here together. Many happy returns to you as well, dear friend in this the holiday season and all the year through. 🙂
      Mega cat’s pajamas (Crystal would approve) hugs xoxo

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    1. Thank you kindly, Jason, I really appreciate the reblog. Of course if I’m listing awesome bloggers, you’d have to be on it, you’re OM after all, but I agree, you’re in a great group, our blogging family is amazing! All the best to you and yours in this the holiday season and all the year through. Merry Christmas and to a wonder-filled 2017! 🙂

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    1. I think indie authors should be shouted from the rooftops, Hugh! 🙂
      Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!
      I hope so too, Hugh, I write, email, but I know he’s busy, and world peace is a big gift to bring. 🙂
      Hope this season treats you kindly. 🙂

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    1. Close Val, but I’m a Capricorn, my birthday isn’t until the end of December, but I’m not going to be blogging then so…Happy Holidays to you and yours, all the best, today and every day. And to a safe and happy 2017! 🙂

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  11. Well you truly are AN OSSUM HOST as they say downunder. May the yuletides tap gently at your toes and the only stuffing you get is a herby one. Have a perfect anniversaire too and if you are reaching the point where the number of years doesn’t match the age of your enthusiasm do what I do and add the digits together; last year I was 14 and now a bonny 6 and am I enjoying throwing cake mix everywhere! Again! Yay!

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    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      That’s a good method of dealing with aging, at this point I’m just amazed I’m still here and enjoying the moment. 😉
      Happy Christmas and all the best (cake mix everywhere) in 2017! 🙂

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    1. I know, I was born with a reading list I’ll never complete but happy to try and try and try and try. 😉
      I hope the holidays are treating you well so far and all the best for 2017! 🙂

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    1. Oh my goodness Jonathan, thank you so much, for the reblog. Took me a while to get here (my comment section was sadly neglected over the past couple of weeks, but I’m back). Hope the new year is treating you kindly. 🙂

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  12. I guess I’m late…then again, I wasn’t invited!
    My mantra for 2017 is this: “People think that my blog sucks, but that’s okay. People think that my blog sucks, but that’s okay…”
    Story of my life, but that has never stopped me from enjoying life!
    😉

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