On the 12th Day of Christmas, Pax Vobiscum

Peace be with you, whether or not you celebrate on this particular day. I sort of feel as though everyone can use a bit of serenity now and again.  As I write this, on Christmas Eve, our neighborhood is peaceful, fewer traffic sounds than usual, no construction noises, and no boisterous people. By the time you read this, the traffic noises will likely be down to zero.  I enjoy that quiet because it’s so rare. This seems like a good time to share a couple of photos from my trip to England last April, one of the highlights of my year.
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On the 10th day of Christmas, I went back in time.

One thing about writers, we tend to research.  It doesn’t really matter what the genre is, there’s always something that requires more in-depth knowledge than we normally possess.  Therefore it should not be a surprise to learn that I did a bit of research into the physics of time-travel in the course of writing CHARMING THE PROFESSOR.  I read several books about time theories and it’s relation to space and gravity.  I watched endless videos to explain the basics of quantum physics. So it is with some authority that I can state that… Santa Claus is a time-traveler. It’s true.
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On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me …

9 delicious hockey hunks! I could just stop there, couldn’t I? 9 delicious hockey hunks … yum! We could all enjoy them. Who needs anything more? See you all after Christmas 😉 Ahem. Okay, as I’m getting dirty looks from Sven, who wants a proper Christmas post in the Lair, I suppose I’d better do this properly. Jeez – just because Zach and the other hockey hunks pilfered one or two (or several) of Sven’s stash of festive bubbly after their latest win … It’s great to be released from my writing cave, so I can spend time with you all.
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Reminder Alert! Prize for Dec 20 Blog

For those of you who commented on my December 20 blog: Don’t forget to email me your email address at jo.lewisrobertson@yahoo.com so that I can gift you a free e-copy of WITHOUT MALICE.  

On The Eighth Yummy Day…

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!  Its such a wonderful time of year, and so great to celebrate with the Bandits and Bandita Buddies.   I love tho time of the year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the food.  Oh, the yummy food.  For all the other blessings and joys at this time of year, I often come back to the food. Often for seconds!  Because there are so many goodies that we only have at Christmastime.  That makes those delicious goodies even more special, doesn’t it? Here are a few of my favorites… Cranberry bread.  I love
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I’ve Lost Track! What Day of Christmas Is It?

This time of year always reminds me of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The famous poem, first published anonymously in 1823, was actually written by Clement Clarke Moore. It’s the seminal verse which formed the modern-day image of Santa Clause from early Victorians to present day. I grew up loving this poem and memorized it as a young child.  For me it embodied all of the mystery, excitement, and magic of the holiday. My earliest Christmas memories were formed in Berlin, Germany, where my military father was stationed from 1950-1954.  This was before the Berlin Wall went up in 1961.
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The Sixth Day of Christmas and Six Childhood Christmas Memories

This time of year, we can’t help but think of Christmases past. My husband and I were talking the other day about things we remember from Christmas when we were kids, so I thought I’d share six of my memories today to celebrate the sixth day of Christmas. My mom always had the following below the tree on Christmas morning — a bag of red apples, a bag of oranges and a bag of Hershey’s Kisses. I always think of that when I see those little foil-wrapped chocolates. My mamaw (Mom’s mom) always has bowls of shelled nuts with nutcrackers
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The Gravy Games: A Jeanne and Cassondra Fifth Day of Christmas Food Fight

Have you ever been faced with an unexpected challenge where you’ve gone “Oh sh** can I pull this off?” That happened to me this Thanksgiving. We were lucky enough to get asked to Thanksgiving dinner this year at the home of two dear friends. The couple was newly married, and a group of us descended on their house as the final meal preparations were in full swing. It was a pitch-in dinner, so we had a bit of everything. But the main entre’ was oven-roasted turkey. And contrary to Duchesse Jeanne’s ideology, if you’re having turkey, you must have mashed
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Are you NUTS? A 4th Day of Christmas Cassondra and Jeanne Holiday FUDGE Fight!

Do you ever give gift tins at the holidays?  Or get them?  Those cute little round or square tins with holiday motifs that some wonderful friend has filled with home baked goodies.  I LOVE those!! Cassondra:  *drools*  Oh Yumm!  I love to get foodie presents! Jeanne:  *smiling pleasantly* My favorite to get – and give – is fudge. Cassondra:  Ewwwwww. Jeanne: *ignoring that, still smiling*  It’s one of the best things about the holidays.  Now you can get fudge in the summer, sure, you can, right there at that place at the beach or resort, where they make it in
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On the Third Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

Three listing snowmen. Listing because certain snowman builders had likely overindulged in the holiday wassail Sven had warming over a low, slow flame all last evening. Yes, I fear Paolo and a couple of his cabana boys–in-training had far too much wassail and not nearly enough cookies to soak it all up last night. This gentleman was found in the formal garden. I can tell Paolo made this one because it shows a heavy bent toward the traditional while displaying a marked lack of creativity. Note the big, goofy smile and lumps of coal placed disturbingly close to the ground.
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