Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 15, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #50

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #50

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.”

– William Blake

My two cents, but please share yours:

And toss in a little chocolate for good measure!

Today’s theme = Winter

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Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 15, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #25

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #25

How will you celebrate Winter Solstice 2018 (Friday, Dec. 21)?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The shortest day of the year always coincides with the Ursids meteor shower (Dec. 17-24, peaking around Dec. 23). If the sky is clear enough, I will celebrate by staying up until midnight and watching the light show.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursids

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursa_Minor

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 15, 2018

Book Corner – 2018 – Post #9

Book Corner – 2018 – Post #9

What are you currently reading?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For fiction, I’m beginning The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, the December choice for our neighborhood book club.

For nonfiction, I’m also beginning Big Debt Crises by Ray Dalio. This is the second book in his investment trilogy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 8, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #49

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #49

“For it is in giving that we receive.”

– Francis of Assisi

My two cents, but please share yours:

It’s sometimes hard to remember this quote when tackling the last of the Christmas shopping.

Today’s theme = Christmas presents.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 8, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #24

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #24

What is your favorite family tradition for Christmas Day?

My two cents, but please share yours:

After church, getting the holiday roast in the oven, and a light lunch, including warmed slices of nut bread slathered with butter, our family would gather in the living room around the Christmas tree. The youngest of us always got the job of handing out presents one at a time, and each of us had to wait while each gift was opened, admired, and played with for several patience-stretching minutes. We usually finished just in time for dinner preparations to begin.  What’s your favorite tradition?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | December 8, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #23

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #23

What is your favorite family tradition for Christmas Eve?

My two cents, but please share yours:

My mother always baked batches of chocolate chip cookies, fudge, and nut bread (all secret family recipes) and wrap these in aluminum foil, tied with thin red or green or white corkscrewed ribbons. Then our family would deliver the goodies to neighbors, friends, and relatives and visit, well, often for hours. Every house would be decorated for the holidays and smell of pine or gingerbread, and holiday music would always be playing in the background. What’s your favorite tradition?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 29, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #48

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #48

“At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar. They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.”

– Queen Elizabeth II

My two cents, but please share yours:

Perhaps Christmas is a little more than romantic musicals, Cyber Monday sales, and peppermint candy canes.

Today’s theme = Christmas spirit.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 29, 2018

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #22

Picoblog Question – 2018 – Post #22

What is your favorite holiday treat this year?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This year, peppermint candy canes are at the top of my list. What treat is at the top of yours?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 29, 2018

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #10 – Perfect for December

Movie Corner – 2018 – Post #10 – Perfect for December

What movie would be perfect to watch in December?

My two cents, but please share yours:

This month, I’m going with the ultimate holiday-classic musical White Christmas (1954), featuring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye. This film always puts me in a festive mood. Hope it will do the same for you. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 23, 2018

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #47

Favorite Quotes – 2018 – Post #47

“Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.”

– Groucho Marx

My two cents, but please share yours:

Perhaps Groucho forgot to add sugar to his cranberry sauce. Shaved slivers of orange peel would also have enhanced the flavor.

Today’s theme = Cranberries.

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