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The 16 Festive Tasks - New year’s eve

Create a scene with fairy lights and take a picture for us (or if you already have fairy lights somewhere, post a pic for us to ogle.) 
















The 16 Festive Tasks -Dies Natalis Solis Invicti

Tasks for Dies Natalis Solis Invicti:

The Romans believed that the sun god rode across the sky in a chariot drawn by fiery steeds.  Have you ever been horseback riding, or did you otherwise have significant encounters with horses?  


I've had several animal companions through my life. One of the first animal companions I had as a child was a horse named Encore. Encore hated humans, dogs and anyone or anything that happen to be on his side of the field. As a four year old I thought he was amazing, He was tall at about 15 hands, a silver grey mane and golden eyes that could strike fear in the heart of anyone. I thought he was so pretty and wanted to make friends.  My father who also had horses as a child taught me that a way to a horses heart was gentle hand, trust and food, lots of food, cause horses are truly just big, tall pigs. So with sugar cubes in hand, my father gave me one cube in my tiny palm and with hope in my heart. I offered the cube to this huge horse. Encore took it gentlely, nuzzle me for more and from then I had a fast friend. As a daring child I was always outside playing with my dog, my cats, with Encore always keeping a close eye on me. He taught lessons I use with many other animals I have rescued, by keeping a kind, open heart, you will find love. Encore passed like he lived; hated humans, dogs and anyone or anything that happen to be on his side of the field but loved his little girl who always shared sugar cubes with him.




The 16 Festive Tasks -Dōngzhì Festival

Tasks for Dōngzhì Festival: If you like Chinese food, tell us your favorite dish



I'm a huge fan of Asian food. It's a dream when I'm at a all you can eat buffet! There's really only one dish I adore the most and that's dumplings!




  I can eat these 24/7 and their so easy to take along with you (sneak away) and with some sauce with chives. *heart* I haven't attempted to make these before, but maybe for the new year?  

The 16 Festive Tasks - Tasks for Saturnalia

Tasks for Saturnalia

Tell us: If you could time-travel back to ancient Rome, where would you want to go and whom (both fictional and / or nonfictional persons) would you like to meet?




 I had to think a bit about this one. There was people I like to meet from scientists, to philosophers ..then I thought of someone who I came across again recently about Cynic philosophy: Diogenes the Cynic.


 I like to meet him, but no doubt I get into a huge argument about our views. I don't view myself as a cynic but then again being a cynic in Diogenes time and mine are like different worlds. He could be an asshole, but sometimes you gotta be one to get ones views across. My favorite story about him and the story of why he carried his lamp. "He used to stroll about in full daylight with a lamp; when asked what he was doing, he would answer, "I am just looking for an honest man." Diogenes looked for a human being but reputedly found nothing but rascals and scoundrels." 


    He talked shit to Plato and even the guy he was sold to (also threw crap at students of Plato's school) and said to Alexender the Great when he met Diogenes "while Diogenes was relaxing in the morning sunlight Alexander, thrilled to meet the famous philosopher, asked if there was any favour he might do for him. Diogenes replied, "Yes, stand out of my sunlight."


   Diogenes reminds me of those old man jokes of "get off my lawn" but he held his views and could be pretty creative. It be a nice argument I have with him never the less. 

The 16 Festive Tasks -St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day

Tasks for St. Stephen’s Day/Boxing Day: Show us your boxes of books!  –OR–  If you have a cat, post a picture of your cat in a box. 

















 Here's my three kitten musketeers (from left to right) Salem, Petra and Joseph (aka. Pajamas, Petey and Joshy) having a nice nap in some empty Christmas boxes this year. :D

The 16 Festive Tasks -Pancha Ganapati

Tasks for Pancha Ganapati: 

Take a shelfie / stack picture of the above-mentioned 5 favorite books.  

















  (added snow effect)

The 16 Festive Tasks - Christmas

Tasks for Christmas:  Did you write letters to Santa as a kid (and if so, did he write back, as J.R.R. Tolkien did “as Santa Claus” to his kids)?  If so, what did you wish for?



Funny, a few years ago I found my old letter to Santa when I was in kindergarten. I found that somethings never change, I shall always been a geek/nerd and my handwriting is still as crappy as ever! :P 


  On my wishlist I asked for a Teenage Mutant Turtle Chair,Action Figures, two Bo sticks, so I could fight with my brother (had to keep it fair) and more pretty bows for my hair. I don't think I got any of it expect for the bows. But a few years later I finally did get my X-Men action figures. HA! 



Christmas, my child, is love in action.-Dale Evans




  Merry Christmas to all my dear Booklikes friends! May you have a wonderful Christmas & Happy Holidays! 

The 16 Festive Tasks -Winter Solstice

Tasks for Winter Solstice: Grab one of your thickest books off the shelf.  Ask a question and then turn to page 40 and read the 9th line of text on that page.  Post your results. 














                       "Will 2018 be a good year?"




                       Jericho Shrugged. 







The 16 Festive Tasks -Las Posadas

Tasks for Las Posadas: Which was your favorite / worst / most memorable hotel / inn / vacation home stay ever?  Tell us all about it!


 I could say this was a "vacation" trip, home, stay~?


I went to stay with my BFs- K and her sister-A and their..... roommate.

   K, A and I were going to my first anime con! (I went as Moouse from Ramma 1/2) I was very nervous but, K and A are the best and kept me calm.



Then there was the roommate.


 At the time I didn't know there was friction going on between the three (but would overhear the crap he throw at K and A and overall assholery) but everyone was still being civil so K and A didn't worry that roommate would be an ass to me.

 No, he just acted like I was a ghost and didn't exist. I only got a hello and that was it, if I walked into the room he act like I wasn't there. I say hello or just  try small talk, he walk out of the room. SO, being the petty little shit, I asked A if I could have something to drink from the fridge. She waved me off saying to help myself "Mi Casa es Su Casa".

  You see the roommate just drank Dr.Pepper 24/7, and it just so happens I love me some Dr.Pepper!  He come home and sit down and drink a Dr.Pepper and I would sneak one to. Every time he drink a Dr.Pepper I would make sure that I would get one. He thought he was drinking to much Dr.Pepper as they were going so fast and he knew the girls didn't drink soda and their tea was running low. He would always see "three" glasses of tea in the sink,or dishwasher and the girls and I were gone all day to the anime con....


 On the last day, I found he had one last Dr.Pepper and it was time for another refill so I poured it into my coffee/tea thermos and walked out the door as it was time for me to go home. Telling the girls what I did on the way home, that's when I knew, as we all crackled evilly together in the car we weren't just best friends, we were family sticking together in good and evil deeds. *evil grin*

The 16 Festive Tasks -Saint Lucia's Day

Tasks for Saint Lucia's Day: Take a picture of your cosiest reading place.



 Behold! My Blanket Nest Bed! I love the cold, that I tend to keep my room the coldest in the house. I pile on my softest blankets or put on my slipper socks and curl up with a book or Arthur my well loved kindle.

6 places to meet book lovers

Reblogged from BookLikes:


If you'd ask us to name 6 offline places to meet book lovers we would say:

1. A bookstore. Obviously

2. A library. Obviously

3. A cozy cafe. A cup of coffee and a book is a perfect duet

4. All public means of transport. Everybody knows that a lot of reading is done when commuting

5. The longest lines and the smallest waiting rooms. The process of waiting is bearable only with a book

6. A bedroom. We know you love reading in bed! Oops, no entry here?! That's why we have BookLikes!


What's your favorite offline spot to meet other book lovers?


BookLikes is a literary hub for all kind of book lovers. No matter whether you're a long time blogger, a newbie to the blogosphere, bestselling author or an aspiring writer, BookLikes is the place for You. The thing that brings us together is a true book love and the need to spread it among people alike, right? Let's do this!


Here are six BookLikes places where you can meet fellow readers and bloggers who may be a true inspiration for your TBR shelf and may become your new bookish BFF. 


1. Dashboard


When you log into your BookLikes Dashboard is the first place you discover. It's a place where you read your friends' book reviews and view their bookshelf updates. Remember that you need to Follow the blog to see the blogger's updates and reviews on your Dashboard. 



To meet other bloggers have a look at the activity log and comment section. By clicking the Blog name you can go directly to the blog's page and start following the book blog and the blogger's reading experiences. 





2. Explore


The Explore page is a BookLikes community in a nutshell. Take a peek at the hottest reviews, top bloggers and recently published reviews. To view the book blog, please click the blogger's avatar/photo. To follow the blog, click Follow in the upper right corner of the blog page. 



Have in mind that the Explore page is available for BookLikes members and non-BookLikes members. If you'd like to share the webpage with your fellow friends who haven't visited BookLikes yet, please do! 



3. Book Catalog & book pages


A book catalog page is an instant sneak peek into the book bloggers bookshelves. You can spot what books have been recently reviewed or added to the wish lists.


To discover who reviewed the book, click the book cover and you'll be moved to the book page with the community reviews. 



To read a full review and view the blog page click "see review" or the review's title. If you've enjoyed the review, follow the blogger and view the blog's reading news on your Dashboard. 




4. Timelines 


Each BookLikes blogger receives a webpage with a blog, bookshelf and a reading timeline. Your Timeline is a graphic representation of your BookLikes activity.


When you're visiting BookLikes bloggers have a moment and visit the blogger's Timeline. Maybe you'll spot a new book blog or an interesting review that your friend liked?


Make sure to click the text's title next to the avatar/photo to visit the blog page and to read the review, and to follow the blogger (if you've enjoyed the read). 



BrokenTune's Timeline



5. Discussions groups


If you're looking for new blogging friends or would like to say hello to the BookLikes community, visit BookLikes discussion groups. You can say Hi in the official BL group and introduce your blog in the Find new blogs to Follow. 




6. Friends tab


In the Friends tab you can view the list of bloggers who are following your BookLikes blog, it's a perfect spot to follow the blogger back and view new bookshelf news on your Dashboard. 


To build up your social circle invite your bookish friends to BookLikes. Add the e-mail address and press Invite, and your friend will receive an invitation to view your blog and to become your BookLikes blog friend. 



More tutorials can be found here, or click

the following link: http://booklikes.com/tag/tutorials



See you next Thursday!

Happy reading!

Happy Winter Solstice 2017







 I love my family, as I know I'll be getting more of these cards all day. :P


The 16 Festive Tasks-Bodhi Day

Tasks for Bodhi Day: Post a picture of your pet, your garden, or your favorite, most peaceful place in the world.


When it comes to peaceful places, I tend to move around depending on the season, the weather and how long can I hide out in the bathroom to read this chapter before my family start to become suspicion. (Why, yes the bathtub with a pillow does make a great reading spot) In the Spring I tend to stay under my pecan tree with my cats playing around the roses, the Summer I throw myself by any AC vent to escape the heat. Autumn, I  throw open all my windows in my house letting in the cool air, but in the Winter I love to curl up with my blankets and being the Christmas season, use the Christmas tree lights to read by or just gaze up at my tree in memories of new Christmases and old. 


Currently reading

Early Spring in Massachusetts: From the Journal of Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau
Progress: 25%

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