Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Thirteen

Welcome to BLOGMAS 2017 an added bonus to the weekly VLOGMAS on my YouTube channel!

These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day thirteen and today's question is:



What are you reading this Christmas?

This year's book reading goal was 18 and I am currently on book 20!  Setting a reading goal is something that I have been doing for about 5 years and each year I've met my goal (not too bad for someone who didn't have a library card until they were 44 years old).

Here is this year's Christmas reading selection....


The small town of Parrish Springs is not ready for Matilda Honeycutt. A strange older woman with scraggly gray hair and jewelry that jangles as she walks, Matilda is certainly not the most likely person to buy the old Barton Building on the town's quaint main street. When it becomes apparent that her new shop doesn't fit the expectations of Parrish Springs residents, a brouhaha erupts. After all, Christmas is approaching, and the last thing the town needs is a junky shop run by someone who looks and acts like a gypsy. But as townsfolk venture into the strange store, they discover that old memories can bring new life and healing.


Every year on the first Monday of December, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dish, a bottle of wine, and their stories. This year, the stories are especially important. Marnie's oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Will she find out tonight how that story might end? Jeannie's father is having an affair with her best friend. Who else knew about the betrayal, and how can that be forgiven or forgotten, even among old friends such as these? Rosie's husband doesn't want children, and she has to decide, very soon, whether or not that's a deal breaker for the marriage. Taylor's life is in financial freefall. Each woman, each friend has a story to tell, and they are all interwoven, just as their lives are.




Introducing a series utterly perfect for cozy fans of Alan Bradley, Alexander McCall Smith, and Louise Penny. The Reverend Tom "Father" Christmas, the newest vicar of Thornford Regis, an idyllic rural town in England, turns detective when one of his parishioners turns up dead in a drum, and everyone in town seems to have something to confess. Tom Christmas came to picturesque Thornford Regis with his young daughter to escape the terrible experience of losing his wife in the city. Her murder sent him packing to the bucolic and charming town, where violent crime isn't supposed to happen and the greatest sin is supposed to be nothing a member of the clergy can't handle. Then, at the town fair, a woman is found murdered. Tom soon learnsthat everyone in Thornford Regis has a secret to hide--infidelity, theft, even past murders. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Twelve

Welcome to BLOGMAS 2017 an added bonus to the weekly VLOGMAS on my YouTube channel!

These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day twelve and today's question/topic is:



Acts of Kindness

The holidays are a time to think about those less fortunate given that my entire life, I've been more than fortunate.

Since we've been living in West Seattle, Brian and I have donated to the West Seattle Food Bank every year.  We each set a budget and make a list and bring perishable and non-perishable food to the food bank a week before Christmas. 

The first year we dropped off our food, we sat in the car park and cried.  It brought us both so much joy.

But...there are so many other small acts of kindness that you can practice, not only at Christmas, but also throughout the year.

Enjoy!
Stacy





Monday, December 11, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Eleven

Welcome to BLOGMAS 2017 an added bonus to the weekly VLOGMAS on my YouTube channel!

These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day eleven and today's question/topic is:


Winter wonderland pictures of where you live!

We don't live in a winter wonderland, unfortunately...but we did get some snow last January (the most we've had in over 8 years).

It would be great to have a white Christmas in Seattle this year.  Let's cross our fingers for some snow this holiday season.

Enjoy,
Stacy






Sunday, December 10, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Ten

Welcome to BLOGMAS 2017 an added bonus to the weekly VLOGMAS on my YouTube channel!

These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day ten and today's question is:



What is on your Christmas Day Menu?


We start the day with egg nog lattes (and sometimes leftover doughnuts from Top Pot) followed by Brian's famous Christmas Day quiches.

There is always junk lots of great holiday items on hand to munch on throughout the day!

For dinner, our menu has been pretty much the same for the last 10+ years.

Filet Mignon Roast (with lumpy gravy)
and
Orca rolls (otherwise known as Pilsbury crescent rolls)

Enjoy!
Stacy

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Blogmas 2017 - 25 Days of Christmas/Day Nine

Welcome to BLOGMAS 2017 an added bonus to the weekly VLOGMAS on my YouTube channel!

These December posts are going to be all about Christmas.  I'll answer a questions, post a picture and discuss something "Christmasy".   Please feel free to leave your answer in the comments below.


Today is day nine and today's question/topic is:


Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas this year!

One of my favorite Christmas songs is "My Favorite Things" which actually is not really a Christmas song at all, right.



So this year, my Christmas wrapping theme is brown paper packages tied up with string.



I bought $1 ornaments from the Dollar Store to embellish each package for an added Christmas touch.

Enjoy!
Stacy