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Day Six: 12 Days of Christmas PETS

Scanned DocumentWriter and friend Lynn Reynolds sent in this set of Christmas photos of her cat Tiger.

Cat&Elf

He liked the Elf on the Shelf, although he apparently felt the shelf was the wrong place for it.

CrazedKitty

And judging from the maniacal gleam in his eyes, he especially liked the silver snowman Christmas wrapping paper.

Tiger is an old cat (nearly 19) but he still knows how to have fun.

Lynn writes contemporary romantic suspense and mysteries with a chick lit vibe. Her novels include the “chick noir” Thirty-Nine Again, a book that RT Book Review called “a first-class mystery…and first-class read.” Most recently she was featured in Bake LOVE Write edited by Lois Winston. For more on Lynn go to  http://www.lynnreynolds.com/


Day Three: 12 Days of Christmas Pets

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Today’s Christmas Pet is a “2 fer” and it comes to us via my friend Debby Deweese. Debby and her daughter, Hillary, are the human companions for Shelby and Champion.

Shelby and Champion

Shelby and Champion

Shelby the 10 year old poodle and Champion the 1 year old, three legged chihuahua are new friends for the holidays. Champion can be found on Instagram at champion_the_tiny_dog


12 Days of Christmas PETS is coming

This year to celebrate the Holiday Season I’ll be hosting 12 Days of Christmas PETS, a loving, fun-filled reflection of man’s best friend at Christmas time.

I just got my first submission from illustrator Jedediah Kahl and it is just terrific.

I’m looking for art work in all forms (from painting to photography to musical compositions to poetry) so get your pencils out and your creative juices flowing.

Send me a message if you want to participate.

Cheers,

Rita

 


Music Break on RitaLOVEStoWRITE

You may or may not know this, but I’m a bit of a music nerd.

I’ve been singing since, well, forever. One of my earliest memories is running around our neighbors back yard playing with my brother and sisters in the leaves of her massive oak tree. We had the best neighbor and she loved when we came over, so we totally had permission. Anyway she and my mom were at the fence drinking coffee and chatting and we are all jumping in the leaves, singing and screaming with joy… and Ms. Bess, the neighbor lady, said “You know I think Rita is going to be a Soprano.”

Yup.

This is me circa 1968. If I ever made a CD I'd use this pic and call it "When Girls Ruled Everything."

This is me circa 1968. Should I ever make a Jazz CD I’d like to use this pic and call it “When Girls Ruled Everything.”

I’ve always loved to sing. And the best advice my mom ever gave me was to “Go ahead and sing out!” Don’t be intimidated by all the Negative Nellies out there that might look at you oddly, or say you don’t know the words, or think that you are doing it wrong. Just do your best and sing.

A more modern photo of me singing the part of the Voice of God 2 in "Can You Hear Me Now?" with the Our Lady of Grace music group in 2011.

A more modern photo of me singing the part of the Voice of God 2 in “Can You Hear Me Now?” with the Our Lady of Grace music group in 2011.

To this day standing in front of an audience and singing is infinitely easier than standing in front of one and doing anything else (like talking).

So as we put a wrap on the Thanksgiving Season I’ll go on record as saying I’m very thankful for my instrument …  and for my family’s encouragement in using it. Thanks to for the lessons and the piano, guitar, bass and, most recently, the cutest little ukulele ever.

Me in a rather interpretive illustration by my daughter  when she was in early elementary school.

Me in a rather interpretive illustration by my daughter when she was in early elementary school.

I know I’m a few days late to start an Advent Calendar, but I thought it might be nice to bring a little music to the blog this Holiday Season. So on days where I don’t have a Muffin Recipe or a Secondary Character Profile (or something else I really REALLY want to write about) I’m going to exercise my power as a BLOGstress and treat y’all to sounds of the Season.

Here’s one my friend Jane turned me on to, Angels We Have Heard On High by the Piano Guys:

I’d love to hear your favorites (songs of all faiths — and secular tunes — are welcome). Send me a link.

Cheers,
Rita


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