Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Hanukkah and Christmas have landed.

Hanukkah and Christmas have arrived here, and they are rapidly approaching those of you in the Northern Hemisphere.

For those who celebrate, I hope it is everything you wished for.



Sadly it is a difficult time for many, so please.


Today and every day.


112 comments:

  1. Warm greetings and best wishes.
    Love that tree!!

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    1. CountryMum: And to you. Enjoy a rare break from your labours.

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  2. Have a great Christmas here we have Christmas eve

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    1. Gosia k: Thank you. A very merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    1. fishducky: I did too. And hope that, like confetti, kindness sticks. And pops up in unexpected places.

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  4. Send warm wishes to you for a happy and bright holiday!

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    1. We are: Clamco: Thank you. And to you and yours.

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  5. Have a Merry holiday, EC. Peace!

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    1. Marie Smith: Peace. The very best gift. Have a wonderful time with your family.

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  6. Or as I heard it said once, "Love everyone like it's your last day on earth." Merry Christmas. Love the book tree.

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    1. only slightly confused: I love the book tree too - but would inevitably want to read one on the bottom. Merry Christmas.

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  7. I have to admit I'm not looking forward to Christmas this year for several reasons, but I'm still aware I have it a great deal easier than many people at this time of the year so I'm going to be grateful for what I do have.

    Happy Christmas to you, and I hope you do some things during the holiday that you love.

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    1. LL Cool Joe: I do hope that your Christmas (and the years to come) are much better than you hope. And I hope that you are able to do things you love with the people you love.

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  8. Merry Christmas
    Happy Holidays

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~ Jan: Thank you. And to you and yours. I hope the lowcarb treats are wonderful.

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  9. What excellent advice. I'll do my best.

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    1. Marty Damon: Which is all any of us can do. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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  10. I love the book tree. Season's Greetings from far and wide, E.C.! x

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    1. Bea: A book tree would be a total treat wouldn't it? All the best of the season to you and yours.

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  11. That's a nice thought and we should keep it in mind.

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    1. Andrew: Enjoy your family day. I hope it goes really, really well.

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  12. Happy Holidays to you, your partner and animal friend. I too will do my best to follow that advice.

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    1. e: The best of the season to you and Jacob. And hugs.

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  13. A very merry Christmas, EC!

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    1. Birdie: Thank you. Enjoy your time with your chickadees.

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  14. Bags I the book tree!

    Smiles are better not hoarded.Here's to seeing many more of them.

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    1. dinahmow: I would really, really like that book tree too. And yes, ban smile hoarders.

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  15. I love your 'thing', book thingy.

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    1. Bob Bushell: Thank you - and a very merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  16. My two furry rascals and I will be spending the day quietly. They've already had their special breakfast. Mine is about to happen...wickedly it's going to be a mug of coffee with shortbread! Well, it is Christmas Day, after all!!

    Thunder can be heard rumbling in the distance...but then again, it could be Santa's stomach rumbling...he's had a long and busy night!

    May your day be as you wish it to be, EC....have yourself a good one. :)

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    1. Lee: A quiet day here too. The skinny one is still asleep.
      I hope you and the furrs have a wonderful day.

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  17. What a glorious gift you have given us! I love you my friend

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  18. LOVE the book tree and I will take your words to heart for not only Christmas but every day. Kindness matters. We all have stories but with love and connection we made a beautiful quilt! Warmest of wishes to you!

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    1. Ginger Dawn Harman: Thank you - love the image of a cooperative quilt.

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  19. Dear EC
    Absolutely - it is easy to forget those who have a particularly difficult time at Christmas.
    I hope your Christmas and New Year are peaceful and healthy.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: The reasons are legion, but the crisis lines remind me that Christmas is difficult for lots of people.
      I hope your family has a wonderful day.

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  20. Forgot to say this earlier but love your book tree!

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    1. e: I love the image, but sadly it isn't mine. I could definitely find room for a book tree though.

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  21. I hope you all have a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year. Manu is not well but the rest of us are fine, and enjoying the smell of the turkey cooking which permeates the house. Only 6 of us for Christmas lunch (not counting animals), but our son just rang from a snowy Christmas Eve in Italy, so all's well.

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    1. Alexia: I hope lunch is lovely (and you have to count the animals) and that Manu regains health. Quickly.

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  22. Wonderful prayer. (for all time)
    Merry Christmas to you

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    1. Martin Kloess: Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  23. From the other side of the world, Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thanks for being such a great friend of the farm!

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    1. 1st Man: Thank you. I hope that Christmas and the New Year treat you kindly.

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    1. Riot Kitty: I would love a book tree. Some year I might even make one...

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  25. We had one of those book trees at our library, too. Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear EC. :-)

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    1. DJan: And to you. And a very happy year to follow.

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  26. Throw kindness around like confetti! I LOVE THAT!

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  27. Hope your Christmas was lovely and kindness confetti falls over the entire world!

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    1. Anne in the kitchen: Hear hear. And I hope your Christmas is as pleasant as ours has been.

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  28. Love the book tree! And firmly believe that kindness should be thrown around like confetti every day of the year. Merry Christmas :)

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    1. River: Merry Christmas to you. I know it was hot for you, but hope it was peaceful and lovely too. And covered in confetti.

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  29. dear elephant's child, I don't wish to start the new year with you mad at me over a misunderstanding. My argument was with a gentleman from Canada. It was he that prompted my "foreigner" post. River took it personally like she has a tendency to do and somehow you joined in. I miss you and River and I want to explain. I will blog in the coming year but not as much and the content will be different. No more politics, religion or philosophical treatises or existential crisis. You are more than welcome and so is River should you chose to come back.

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    1. mohaverat: Thank you. Collateral damage we might have been, but you did say some harsh things about us. I wish you and Mrs Rat (and Grayson) nothing but the best for the coming years.

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  30. Hi EC - love the book tree ... and yes let's all look after others and care more .. Have a blessed and peaceful Christmas and New Year down under ... it's 'warm' here relatively! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary Melton-Butcher: Thank you. I hope your day, year and life are also peaceful and blessed.

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  31. I hope you had a wonderful day. Mine was full of very gracious people and warm hospitality, I call that a success

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    1. kylie: It sounds like a huge success. I hope the coming year follows suit.

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  32. Wish you Merry Christmas.
    Hyvää Joulua.

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    1. orvokki: And to you and yours. How I would love some of your cool weather...

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  33. OH I love your tree....and what a special message too! I wish you a very Merry Christmas. It has landed here and we have snow on the ground and family around....perfect! Wishing you a special and peaceful holiday season.

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: I am so glad to hear that you are having a perfect family filled day. And a tad jealous about the snow.

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  34. That is good advice and especially so easy to do at this time of year. I know that you will be a giver and hope that you are a recipient of good will and kindness also. Merry Christmas and may the coming days be happy for you.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Thank you. I am full of good intentions and hope to bring them to fruition more consistently. I hope you and yours have a wonderful day, matched by the years to come.

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  35. Merry Christmas though a day late it's still the Christmas period.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: Thank you - I hope yours weas good.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: Thank you - and to you and yours.

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  37. Hope you had a nice day, I did, Christmas is gone here now. On to New Years.

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    1. Strayer: We had a quiet, but very pleasant day. I am glad you did too.

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  38. Season's warmest greetings to you and may loads of that confetti land on you and yours always.

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    1. Nilanjana Bose: Thank you so much. I hope that confetti is everywhere for you too.

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  39. Lovely post. and the tree is an inspiration! Xx

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    1. All Consuming: I lust after that tree, and some year will recreate it.

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  40. I thought the word was kidneys not kindness. LOL Love you EC and all the joy you share throughout the year.

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    1. Granny Annie: Kidneys? Shudder. Not something I want to be showered with.
      And thank you. I hope the coming year is very, very kind to you.

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  41. I like the tree made of books, there's one like that in our local library! Perfect place for it. I hope you had a nice day yesterday, and continue to enjoy the Holiday season. Freezing rain here, the roads are very icy. And now some fog.... not very Christmassy weather!

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    1. Shammickite: I suspect the fog and the ice are more traditional Christmas weather than our summer heat. I hope that you can stay warm and safe. And yearn for a cool change here.

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  42. Love that book tree!!! Holidays a little hard this year here. Hope yours were great. Now we move on.

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    1. Bookie: I am sorry that the holidays were hard this year. And have high hopes/expectations that next year will be much better.

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  43. A very Happy, healthy and inspirational New Year! I am praying for everyone in this world especially those who have it really hard. Blessings to you.

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    1. Rasma Raisters: Sadly there are a lot of people struggling. I like that you think of them. Thank you.

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  44. I always think of those who have lost loved ones and this will be the first Christmas without them.
    Blessings to you at Christmas and always.

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    1. Kay G.: Lost to death, lost to estrangement. The family times can be very hard can't they? I hope that you and yours have a wonderful year ahead.

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  45. That is a wonderful tree and (like you) I wouldn't mind making one myself.

    You have given us a good reminder that misfortune doesn't take a break at Christmas. We need to remember that.

    Hope your day was as happy as possible. You must have been missing your Jewel girl, but I'm sure she was with you in your heart.

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    1. jenny_o: Sadly for many misfortune bites harder at Christmas. Expectations unmet? Focused grief?
      And yes, Jewel was and is missed. Thank you.

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  46. Happy both to you and your honey bunny.

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  47. Lovely and true. Hope you had a great Hannukah and Christmas

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    1. Jackie K: Thank you. Quiet and good. Which is the way I like it. How about you?

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  48. Ha! I love that tree. Far nice than mine.

    Hope you have a lovely week and holidays, EC.

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    1. John Wiswell: I love that tree too. Some day I will build one - and will then HAVE to read a book on the bottom. Happy holidays to you too. And a wonderful (and healthy) year to come.

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  49. Great advice! I hope your holiday was happy....

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    1. Molly Bon: It was. I hope yours was too. And that the New Year is kind to us all.

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  50. That's a beaut 'tree' EC. Happy whatever you celebrate and copious amounts of kindness-confetti coming your way

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    1. Kim: Thank you. I am a largely secular celebrator, but enjoy the kindness - in any season.

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  51. Oh yes - I love the idea of throwing kindness around! I hope it will be the mantra of the many... Wishing you and yours joy and light in the coming year.

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    1. Lady Fi: There could never be too much kindness. I hope that love and laughter bless your year.

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  52. It has been a sad year for me, and Christmas was depressing for the first time in forever...as far back as I can remember. I have new intentions for 2017 and one is to just live in His grace, and stop all the constant worrying, which never changes a single outcome. I hope you and yours are having a wonderful weekend, and Happy New Year to look forward to!

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    1. Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines: 2016 was difficult for lots of people, the world over. I do hope that 2017 treats us all more gently. Hugs.

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  53. A good reminder. Thanks, EC! Hope your holidays were good.

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    1. Lynn: They were. Quiet and lovely. And I know yours were good too.

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