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‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through the city,
Not a creature was stirring, er, you find a rhyme…
I’m really not that witty.

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The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
Oops, don’t have a chimney, hmmm…
Oh well, Santa’s magic, right, so who cares?

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The people were nestled all snug in their beds,
(your business what you’re doing there).
While visions of shopping malls danced
in their wallets and heads.

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I in my Soft Kitty PJs and the cat in the hat
Had just settled down to read,
maybe eat some cookies…
How about that?

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When out on the street there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed (sprang is a complete exaggeration),
To see what was the matter.

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It was just some drunk guy,
With his nose all aglow,
Shouting and singing,
‘Let it go, let it snow, let it go…’

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/11/27/twas-the-month-before-christmas-again/

The moral of this story is plain to see,
Please don’t sing outside my house
At Christmas, or any other time,
Even on key!!!

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2018/11/27/twas-the-month-before-christmas-again/

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Posted in Cats, Chocolate, Christmas, Star Wars

These Still Aren’t The Gifts You’re Looking For

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/12/17/these-still-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/Twas the week before Christmas
(almost two till my birthday)…

When all through the blogosphere…
not a blogger was stirring…
ok, some are stirring, but mostly cocktails…

Yet posts were still flying out with hopes that readers might give them a shout!

Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for bloggers, readers and many bloggers are off prepping for the big day, partying, waiting in line for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and of course, searching for “the” perfect gifts.

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Here are some, er, helpful (?) last-minute gift ideas for those “hard-to-buy-for” folks:

1. O Christmas tree! As a cautionary note, unlike in the movies, apparently it’s ‘frowned upon’, some might call it “illegal” to just randomly cut trees down. So you can find a home for a puppy or kitten, but not a poor little tree? That seems wrong.

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2. Draw happy faces on all their socks/nylons/underwear so they’ll feel happy as they start each day. Or you could sneak into their home (or room) and draw a happy face on their wall or mirror in red lipstick or paint. It’ll be a fun surprise, not at all creepy.

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3. Fix something (people love when things get fixed). TV, car, fridge, cellphone, alarm system, computer, election, appliances, sewing machine, etc. Even if nothing was broken (but might be after your “help”), it’s the thought that counts.

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4. Donate to a cause in their name or better yet, start a foundation in their name; I’m sure it won’t affect their taxes…much.

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5. Sing them a song (only if your voice doesn’t resemble fingernails on a chalkboard, mastodons dying in a tar pit, Bridget Jones singing, or my Mom singing – love you, please don’t sing).

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6. Indie books. Mass-produced can be good, but a steady diet can leave you feeling flat. Best thing about indie, less cookie cutter, same goes for everything. Any indie authors reading this, please add links in the comment box below where your work can be found (heck, it’s Christmas, anyone add links).https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/12/17/these-still-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

7. Food clothing! Taco ties, socks, and hats. Also available in: lasagna, kung pao, pizza, chocolate, wine, beer, hamburger, and curry flavours. Hungry? Bored? Clothes never tasted so good!

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/12/17/these-still-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

8. Make a natural, organic, and very, very personal sculpture, coat, hat, scarf, or quilt out of your hair and nail clippings – free range fun?

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9. Lint kittens and puppies! They’re back, furry fun fresh from your dryer! Easy to keep – no walks, no food, no  poop (unless you count dustballs). Soft and cuddly, unless exposed to water.https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/12/17/these-still-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

 10. Honesty – those who receive this present may not appreciate it at first, but it might be the best gift they ever receive…someday.

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So, these probably aren’t the gifts you’re looking for (except the indie books), so just remember, don’t sweat gift-giving, the best gift of all is still…you!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

All the best in 2018!

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2017/12/17/these-still-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

 

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized

Dear Santa, I Can Explain…12 Links of Christmas Blog Party

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/With the Christmas lights on, it’s less dangerous. Here we are now, entertain us. I feel dazed, not contagious. Here we are now, entertain us…I’m worse at what I do best And for this gift, I feel blessed… Our little blogging group has always been. And always will until the end. HoHo, HoHo, HoHo, HoHo, HoHo, HoHo. Ummm, Smells like Christmas spirit?

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In a kind of Welcome-to-the-Christmas-Jungle-type way, it’s been a strange few weeks, so Dear Santa, I Can Explain….

1. I’ve fought a prolonged battle with a vicious cold, it almost won, until I released my dragons, ok, it was chicken soup, but it was epic.

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2. I overindulged in great gently used ‘finds’, tea with seniors, and raffles – if loving Christmas Bazaars is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

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3. I fell out of bed (and not in a fun way), luckily no serious injuries, but it sure knocked the stuffing out of me.

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4. I was baking for Christmas and I had to taste, right? I couldn’t serve it or give it away without tasting, right?

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

5. Got the results of my colonoscopy, turns out my colon is a trophy wife, looks beautiful but doesn’t work.

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I love Christmas, always have, but things have changed, become confusing. I feel like I’m being visited by the ghosts of rampant, raging, unrestrained consumerism – past, present, and future. The wraiths of oblivious conspicuous consumption, the specters of overt displays of wealth swirling around, I feel chilled, haunted, saddened – what could all that money be used for, who could be saved, cured, comforted, how much joy could be spread to so many instead of so few? This time of year isn’t about gifts, lights, food, carols, it’s about people, everywhere, whether they celebrate the holiday or not. How can anyone admire, emulate, and/or trust those who consume without a care?

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Having lost so many of those I love in the past few years, the holiday season has more and more become a time of remembrance. Most of the memories are wonderful, but some are tinged with regret and loss; I listen to the carols, the songs sing, yet part of my heart wishes for more as it swells with remembers.

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Here’s my Christmas card to you, dear readers. Let’s share some tidings of comfort and joy. Please join my 12 Links of Christmas Blog Party. It’s ongoing (why put a time limit on fun?), so keep on coming back right up to and after Christmas! The posts you link to don’t have to be Christmas-related and I’m not going to ask you visit other bloggers, comment, or share, but please, if you feel so inclined, give to others: press Like, reblog, share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, etc. No badges (we don’t need no stinking badges).

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If this is your first time joining a blog party, I’ll be gentle. Cut and paste your link. Then in the comment box below, paste that link and tell the readers and other bloggers a bit about your blog and/or yourself (if you wish, not necessary). Leave up to 12 links (one per box please). Here are my 12 Links of Christmas…

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/11/the-christmas-carol-awakens/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/12/18/these-arent-the-gifts-youre-looking-for/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/18/go-home-christmas-youre-drunk/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/07/slightly-less-stupid/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/07/do-you-wanna-build-a-snowman/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/05/we-are-santas-elves/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/12/09/a-charlie-brown-christmas/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/22/how-to-get-away-with-christmas/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/12/19/love-actually/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2013/12/22/babe/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/12/14/enhanced-christmas-infusion-techniques/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/11/30/hello-its-me/

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

I’d also like you to tell us what brings you comfort and joy at Christmas or anytime. Here’s an example, I get comfort and joy from doing nice things for people, little things, they’re not truly selfish acts (anyone remember that Friends episode?), because I enjoy them. I also love Christmas movies, the one place in the world where I’m pretty sure everything is going to work out well. Reading, walking, baking, board games, and I find my joy of writing has returned, creeping in. Of course, I find comfort and joy in wonderful son, family and friends, including my amazing blogging family.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

I know everyone is busy, but please, join my holly jolly Christmas Blogging Party!

Nog nog. Who’s there? Virtual eggnog or hot cocoa (with mini marshmallows), take a sip, dip a biscotti or cookie.

Happy Holidays and take time to enjoy what really counts.

https://yadadarcyyada.com/2016/12/08/dear-santa-i-can-explain/

Posted in Cats, Chocolate, Christmas, Family, Movies, Star Wars, Uncategorized

These Aren’t The Gifts You’re Looking For

1christmas191Twas the week before Christmas
(almost two till my birthday)…

When all through the blogosphere…
not a blogger was stirring…
ok, some are stirring, but mostly cocktails…

Yet posts were still flying out with hopes that readers might give them a shout!

Christmas isn’t the most wonderful time of the year for bloggers, readers and many bloggers are off prepping for the big day, partying, waiting in line for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and of course, searching for perfect gifts.

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Here are some, er, helpful last-minute gift ideas for those hard to buy for folks:

1. O Christmas tree! As a cautionary note, unlike in the movies, apparently it’s ‘frowned upon’, some might even say illegal, to just randomly cut trees down. Who knew?

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2. Draw happy faces on all their socks/nylons so they’ll feel happy as they start each day. Or sneak into their house or room and draw a happy face on their wall, or mirror in red lipstick or paint. Wait, is that creepy? Nah, it’ll be a fun surprise.

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3. Fix something for them: TV, car, fridge, cellphone, alarm system, computer, appliances, sewing machine, etc. Even if none were broken (but might be after), it’s the thought that counts.

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4. Donate to a cause in their name or better yet, start a foundation in their name, I’m sure it won’t affect their taxes…much.

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5. Sing them a song, but only if your voice doesn’t resemble fingernails on a chalkboard, mastodons dying in a tar pit, Bridget Jones singing, or my Mom singing (love you, please don’t sing).

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6. Indie books. Mass-produced can be good, but a steady diet can leave you feeling flat. Best thing about indie, less cookie cutter, same goes for everything. Like indie author/blogger, A.H. Browne who kindly beamed aliens into my email. As they scurried around my brain, I 1christmas177was laughingly sucked into space to cavort (hey, I can cavort with the best of them) through the Saloon at the Edge of Everywhere. That sounds familiar, did I spend time there in my youth, next to CBGB, right? Book One of The Otherwhere Chronicles made me reluctant to return to Earth, like when you’re at a party, it’s past time to go home, but you think, just a few minutes more. If you’re feeling brave and in need of some fun, visit Arthur at http://pouringmyartout.com/ – don’t say I didn’t warn you! Any indie authors reading this, please add links in the comment box below where your work can be found (heck, it’s Christmas, anyone add links).

And here’s more indie talent (and keep checking the comments for indie author links):
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/03/sweet-dreams-are-made-of-this/
https://yadadarcyyada.com/2015/10/09/you-may-say-im-a-dreamer/

7. Taco ties, socks, and hats. Also available in: lasagna, kung pao, pizza, chocolate, wine, beer, hamburger, and curry flavours. Hungry? Bored? Clothes never tasted so good!

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8. Make a sculpture, coat, hat, scarf, or quilt out of your hair and nail clippings – natural, organic, and very, very personal.

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9. Lint kittens and puppies. Easy to keep – no walks, no food, soft and cuddly, and simple to house train. Do not expose to water.

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10. Honesty – they may not appreciate it at first, but it might be the best gift ever, someday.

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So, these aren’t the gifts you’re looking for (except the indie books), in the end, the best gift of all is still…you!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

All the best in 2016!

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Posted in Cats, Chocolate, Christmas, Doctor Who, Family, Food, Holidays

It’s all about the…Ding Dong Merrily

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‘I got you the best gift ever, except if you don’t like it, then it was someone’s stupid idea’, was what I was thinking, luckily not saying aloud, as I heard people talking about gifts.

Sometimes it can feel like Christmas is like one long audition for a TV show where you have to:
guess what people like and if they still like it;
if they’ve already bought it;
if they’ve bought it and hate it;
if they’re ever going to forgive you for buying it;
if they ever gave any indication they liked or hated similar gifts.
Does the gift show them you don’t know them well enough or too well?
Price, style, coolness and don’t even get started on sizes…1love3

Here are some ‘safe’ Christmas gift ideas…or are they?

1. Lottery tickets – even come in holiday packs. How would feel like if someone won big from this gift? Happy for them, but would some part of thinking, should have kept that ticket.
2. Of the Month Clubs – make sure they’ll like whatever is coming to their door once a month. Guessing a man came up with this idea.
3. Little jars of various foods – perfect, er, except food allergies.
1bat24. Seeds – be clear, for planting, not eating or vice versa.
5. Batman robe or costume – doesn’t everyone want to be Batman?
6. Spa or maid service – unless they have germ issues and don’t want strangers in their home.
7. Craft beer, wines, etc.  – but what they don’t or can’t drink? Don’t drive them to drink just to make your gift useful. #loveyousomebooze
8. Skydiving – if they hate heights, um, maybe a book?
9. Cool USB sticks – they can be hip, wait, is that still a thing?
10. Coffee, tea, chocolate, popcorn, candy, fruit? If they don’t like one of these, I got nothing, you’re on your own.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season doing whatever it is they’re doing!!!

Posted in Christmas, Family, Holidays, Uncategorized

The Last Gift

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 His breath danced in the cold crisp morning air, heart still imitating the rhythm of youth. The shoppers rushed by, cardboard cups of fleeting minutes steaming in their cold hands, urging them to shop more, do more, fit it all in. He fondly remembered that compulsion to experience every part of the Christmas magic that kept the monsters of work and corruption, grinding their hideous jaws, at bay. Candy cane peace on earth, gumdrop goodwill.

He grimaced at the pain, knowing he would do better to escape to the warmth, reluctance tugging at his reason. Just awhile longer, he told himself, scolding the menace that would confiscate his hard-fought joy. His daughter would chirp at him for being out in the cold; her concern a pinprick, well-intended, pointing out how tenuous his survival.

Hearing the jingle before he saw them, little dog straining at his harness, a tiny reindeer in its festive jacket. Pushing a smile past a grimace, he waved at the boy and small dog running through the snow toward him.

Boundless energy restrained, the two pups halted before him in the snow, fresh-faced Christmas enthusiasm stamped on rosy cheeks.

“Hey, I got you something.” The boy thrust a wrapped gift toward the old man.

“You shouldn’t have, Jake, but I thank you all the same.” The old man took the gift and handed the bag sitting next to him to the boy.

“For me? Cool! Thanks! ” The boy ripped open the bag and pulled out a watch, it’s long gold tail dragging in the snow before he whipped it up, mopping off the snow with his scarf.

“The watch itself isn’t worth much.” The old man smiled, his face ashen snow. “It symbolizes the greatest gift, one I never appreciated, time.”

The boy squinted one eye, shrugged and nodded toward the gift shaking in the shrunken hand, “Open yours.”

The old man tore the paper, choking down a sob, coughing to hide his distress.

“It’s a calendar, I made it myself, see, I drew pictures for all the months, so I guess we both gave each other the gift of time!” The boy laughed at his joke, oblivious to the agony slashing the old man’s heart.

After a long moment the man composed himself, “This is the best gift I’ve ever received, Jake. I will treasure it.”

The boy smiled, his feet tapping on the ground as he looked over to where some children were skating on the rink. “I gotta go, I promised Sydney and Dave I’d meet them, we’re going skating.” He waggled the skates flung over his shoulder to illustrate his excitement. “Don’t know why we exchanged gifts before Christmas, but it was fun. See ya later!” The energy burst its gates, boy and dog flying to their next adventure.

The old man smiled as watched the boy go, looking down at the calendar he’d never use.

“We both had the gift of time, my dearest boy, I just hope you use it better than I did.”

The old man wobbled off the bench, one last look at the shoppers then his grandson before retreating to the consolation of his waiting bed.

Posted in Books, Family, Holidays, Uncategorized

Thankful I know enough to be thankful

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Here in Canada we have Thanksgiving in October, weeks before Halloween…go figure.

A few things I know and things I’m thankful for, including but not limited to:

1. Happiness can be…a smile, a furry friend, snowflakes dancing against the darkness, absorbing books, family, friends, a movie that makes you laugh and cry, a TV show where you can’t wait for the next episode, a cozy bed, chocolate melting on your tongue, a slow dance, walking in the Fall and more.

2. Those who believe in fate or faith should never look both ways or check an expiry date.

3. Fear is more contagious than any disease and stronger than an army.

4. People make choices. How you feel about those choices or the consequences has little or no bearing. Really.

5. The Earth will still be here in one form or another after we’re gone.1thanks106. Everyone has their own window on the world, with it’s own screen. You can’t make someone see through your screen and it’s impossible to see through theirs.

7. You can’t walk away from yourself the way you walk away from other people. If you’re going to stay, play nice.

8. Truth can be painful and can take you places you may not wish to go. Go anyway.

9. Even the most basic beliefs about reality aren’t true alone, our thinking makes them true in our experience. Hopefully this isn’t true about zombies.

10. We forget. Our mind is designed to remember and to forget, but too often we forget when someone has been there for us or not. Don’t forget.

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I’m thankful my son makes me laugh and vice versa.
Thankful for family, friends, and virtual friends.
Thankful for things that keep my weary mind amused.
Thankful for what I’ve had, what I’ve lost, what I might have.
Thankful I know enough to be thankful.