Rane Aria

 Just reading ,crocheting, and enjoying naps

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. 


The 16 Festive Tasks-Advent

Tasks for Advent: 

Tell us: What in the immediate or near future are you most looking forward to?



 When it comes to this time of year, it's not so much of "thing" or a gift so much but, an event that happens every year I look forward to. The cooler weather!

 For those who follow me will know when Autumn is on the way as their dashboards are filled with photos of autumn and later snowy landscapes for the cold Winter welcome.

 Living in the south it can be record breaking hot, so it's special when the cooler weather comes in,   For me there's a type of peace and quiet that I can only find in Autumn and Winter, and standing outside in my oversized coat with the cold wrapped around me and the stars and moon above me, shining brightly. Is something I love looking forward to every year!

 Yeah, this is a huge glass of NOPE! I've only ever seen this recipe on pages of old cookbooks and have never tried it before. Then again after this I still don't think I would ever try it.

Snow in S.TX (sorry for the potato quality)


  Sorry for the poor photos as I was dodging some snowballs! Here's a few pics I was able to get from last nights "measurable" snow in about 30 yrs in S.TX! 









The 16 Festive Tasks-Thanksgiving Day

Tasks for Thanksgiving Day: List of 5 things you’re grateful for:


Catching up with my tasks after freaking out my family with all my color-coordinated boxes of X-Mas/Winter decor stuff and the more I have amassed this year. Hanging from the roof as I complain loudly about hanging up lights while my herd (my cats) climbs the ladder with me, sits on the roof and hangs on the lights.Plus, just enjoying the cold,wet weather and snuggling up with as many blankets as I want. 



To list just five things would be impossible for me as I've been blessed, gifted, lucky to have some many people,pets, things to be truly grateful. My family and friends who are family, who have been my anchor in many storms, whose been my lighthouse, my safe harbor when the days seem dark. Who understand better then I understand myself somedays. 


   To my dear herd: my cats, Sopy,Cry,Abra,Josh,Pete,PJs who always end up making me laugh as some crazy cat things they do and who give me extra love and cat head butts when am sad or happy, My little doggie Osc who doesn't let me skip our exercise days rain or shine. I better be like Rocky and get to moving! My other cankerous but kind dog Mia who steals my blankets when she feels like it, and my pillow,and my side of the bed...


   To the authors who let me escape into their world when I need a major break from the real one. The little keeper bookshelf that is being rebult ,better, stronger and bigger! The blank pages in my art journal ready for some idea to flow from my mind into my fingers, and pencil to paper.


  But most importantly, I was ever so grateful to have had my dear Smokey in my life. This year Smokey crossed the rainbow bridge in peace. Before "emotional support animal" was even heard of, that amazing cat was my anchor when I was at my lowest. I stop dwelling on the bad shit, the panic attacks and started worrying about this big grey cat who needed me. I wasn't in the best shape at the time, but he saw in me something I didn't at the time. Strength. Bravery to face down the bad crap happing my life. It's still not easy somedays, even more so because I miss him so much, and not a day goes by I don't think about him or cry a little. But I know to take it one day at a time and slowly it'll get easier because he loved and believed in me and made me believe in me!


       Thank you, thank you, thank you


The 16 Festive Tasks -Tasks : Verteran’s Day/Armistice Day

Tasks for Verteran’s Day/Armistice Day: –

Post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war. 



In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


-John McCrae In Flanders Fields



The 16 Festive Tasks -Tasks : Guy Fawkes Night

Tasks for Guy Fawkes Night: Which kind of tea is your favorite? Tell us why.


I'm a huge tea drinker. I've love the warmth of a good cup of Lady Grey on a cold day and the freshness of Sun dried tea sitting out as it catches the sun rays in the summer.

So I have many favorites and picking one is tough enough, but of late there has been one that has caught my fancy: English Breakfast. 


Oh! English Breakfast where have you've been all my life??





  My brother gave me a box of Twinings English Breakfast tea and I have really loved this tea since!

   English Breakfast is a strong tea as it tends to be a combination of three black teas Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas, and sometimes Keemun. It's one of the few teas I can make a tea latte without losing the taste and strength.


    As any tea drinker it's also great to be sociable and environmentally aware of where your tea comes from in order to help those who help grow these amazing teas! 



The 16 Festive Tasks -Tasks Dia de Muertos



Tasks for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: create a short poem, or an epitaph for your most hated book ever.


"Oh Heartbreaker, has broken my heart, but no my spirit for romance"


Heartbreaker by Diana Palmer

Now I've disliked some books and really hated the outcome for some. None though have disappointed me more then Heartbreaker by Diana Palmer. For me Palmer is still those classic romance writers that plays a heavy hand on drama with a well won HEA. I adored her when I was younger and still enjoy her older works.Then as the early 2000's rolled in, I started to notice a change or lack there of. With many of her stories carbon copies of the other down to the hair and eye color of the heroines. I felt she was forced to shell out one book after another by her publisher. 

Then her Heartbreaker came out and the phase we reader use of throwing the book against the wall or out the window was a very strong urge with this book. The strongest in this case.



The heroine was a doormat, the hero (or asshat as I call him) was just some Alpha male who wanted it his way or the highway and used women to get his way. I'm surprised the heroine didn't have even more emotional damage done to her with this guy mixed signals!




The 16 Festive Tasks -Progress Update : Completed

The 16 Festive Tasks -Progress Update