Monday, December 18, 2017

New Jamie Quinn audio-book and a fun cat blog! :-)

The holidays are upon us and my to-do list keeps growing--just like my waistline! Gulp! Is it a coincidence that holiday and hectic both start with "H"? Just like harried and hey, what's the deal with all this traffic? But happy also starts with H and I'm happy to spend time with family and friends, and happy to have all of you. 
I'm also happy to tell you that my 4th Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery, "Engaged in Danger" is finally available as an audio-book, hooray! The wonderful voice of talented Fay Annette gives life to each and every character. If anyone would like a download code, I have some to give away. Just message me. J

Finally, I'm happy to share with you a fun blog called "Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles--Cats in History, Mystery & Culture".  Our own Mr. Paws, a/k/a Mr. Pain in the Ass earned us a review of the Jamie Quinn box set in this fun blog. A must-read for cat lovers!  Check it out here:  

And next year will see the release of Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery #6, "Villainy at Vizcaya". I'll be sure to keep you posted on that. Happy Holidays to all!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

What would you do for a Klondike Bar? :-)

I think we could all use a laugh at least once a day, so here's your Thursday laugh:

Then ask yourself, what would YOU do for a Klondike Bar? :-D

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holidays for Everyone! :-)

Great news! You don't have to wait until December 23rd for "Festivus for the rest of us", you have plenty to celebrate right now. According to the website, there are tons of holidays in December. There are some fun ones and I think we all could use some fun right about now.  Here are some of my faves.

December 5 is The Day of the Ninja, a day to honor and celebrate the masked warriors in black garb from ancient Japan. This unofficial holiday was created in 2003 to commemorate the release of Tom Cruise’s movie, The Last Samurai.
How to Celebrate?
§  Watch ninja movies or have a Teenage Mutant Ninja marathon.
§  Have a ninja themed party.
§  Go to work dressed as a ninja
Did You Know…
…that contrary to popular belief, ninjas were not all men? Women ninjas were known as Kunoichi.

December 8 is Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
How to Celebrate?
§  Watch your favorite time traveling movies and shows (Dr. Who, anyone?)
§  Host a blast from the past party. Choose an era and base the party around the clothing, food and language of that period.
§  Walk around dressed like someone from the past or the future. People will think you're cool, I swear!

December 12 is Gingerbread House Day This unofficial holiday celebrates the tradition of making houses and architectural models out of gingerbread cookies. The tradition can be traced back to the 1600s.

How to Celebrate?

§  Make your own gingerbread house. Maybe try and recreate a architectural landmark with gingerbread.
§  Hold a gingerbread house competition  

Did You Know…

….that according the Guinness Book of World Records, the World’s largest gingerbread house was made in 2013 by the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas. The house was 60 ft  long and 10.1 ft tall. My kind of house!

December 17 is Wright Brothers Day and recognizes the first time Orville and Wilbur Wright successfully flew their heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled aircraft in 1903.The day has been observed nationally since 1959 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation declaring December 17 as Wright Brothers Day.

How to Celebrate?

§  Read more about the history of aviation
§  Visit your local aviation museum  
§  If you have always wanted to learn how to fly, why not start lessons on this day?
§  Catch a plane home for the holidays and marvel at the fact that you don't have to travel by steam locomotive or covered wagon.

December 30 is Bicarbonate of Soda Day. Used in baking, cleaning, polishing silver and treating heartburn, bicarbonate of soda was used by ancient Egyptians for painting. Its scientific name is sodium hydrogen carbonate but it is known by many other names around the world. Some of the common ones are baking soda, cooking soda and bread soda.
How to Celebrate?
§  Learn about the history of the manufacturing and use of baking soda.
§  Learn what other things you can use baking soda for.

§  Build a baking soda and vinegar volcano at home!

Happy December to all!