Monthly Archives: December 2015

So Long. Farewell. Auf Wiedersehen. Goodbye to My Not So Favorite Year. 2015!

You know how some years are better than other years?  Well, despite a bit of greatness for 2015, this year just wasn’t my favorite year. But first—the greatness! Honestly, I cannot complain about this Christmas. It was great!  The kids … Continue reading

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Just One Last Pre-Christmas Post. RETRO CHRISTMAS ALERT!

Oy Vey!  I thought I ran out of stuff to write because I’m running chaotic with last minute preps. But no.  Last night I was up till past 1:00 AM watching retro Christmas Shows.  Do you have the channel “Get … Continue reading

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Come To My Chaotic Christmas Preparation

One thing I need to set straight with you my friends.  No matter how organized I think I may be—or appear to be; no matter how many lists or timelines I create; no matter how ahead I think I may … Continue reading

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The Shortest Day of The Year..And My Happiest!

This may also be my shortest post of the year too! Why?  You ask!  Because after today, the days get longer!!!  Yeah!  It’s the best way of looking at the shortest day of the year. Oh. And yes.  The first … Continue reading

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‘Twas The Week Before Christmas….

T’was the week before Christmas At Bonaparte Chateau The crooked tree’s lights Gave ethereal glow  Some holiday stress was to be my condition As I thought of my blog Do I write of tradition?  I’ll write of egg nog and … Continue reading

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My Strange Addiction. A Public Service Announcement for The Season!

Due to the chaos of the Holiday season—what with shopping, baking, cleaning (ugh), and watching all those Christmas movies, I managed to catch up on fellow bloggers’ posts.  One of the blogs I enjoy, Kaboodlemum  posted about her “Winter Blues”   And … Continue reading

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A Modern Christmas Miracle. O Star of Bethlehem……Pennsylvania, That Is!

I am witness to a wonderful miracle and it would not have happened had we not made the journey to Bethlehem to seek a star. We were on a mission to follow  the great star! One of my favorite Christmas … Continue reading

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A Little Re-Gifting of A Little French Christmas……

Happy Sunday everyone.   With all the baking and running around and wrapping gifts and everything else that goes on as the clock to Christmas tick tocks away, I was notified of a repost of a little article I wrote for … Continue reading

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How Dough I Love Thee? I Can Proof It To Ya!

For most of us, the time leading up to Christmas is spent trying to deal with the crowds and mayhem at the mall.  Long lines at the cashier.  Pushing and shoving.  Cursing the driver that snuck into the parking space … Continue reading

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So My Weekend Started Out Like…

Shit. Yes. On Friday I stepped into shit. Dog shit. The dog shit wasn’t Chippy’s. It belonged to another neighborhood canine. Here’s what happened. I took Chippy the Wonderdog out for a little “bathroom break” before he and I were … Continue reading

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