Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advent Calendar Day18

Have you finished your holiday shopping? It's the 18th!


This morning's offering comes once again from the enormously talented and crazy-generous Catherine Dair.



We revisit Mark and Stephen from the I Spy series (the quote is from I Spy Something Christmas).





Today's giveaway is a signed copy of In From the Cold, the print collection of I Spy stories. I'll choose one random commenter from belooooow. Just share a heart-warming (or other part warming) memory or story with us! 

31 comments:

  1. I'm always "In from the cold" I HATE THE COLD" why my mother wouldn't go to Cyprus when my father wanted to live there I will never know. I was made for warmer climes.

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    1. Now in Inja's sunny clime, where I used to spend me time... ;-D

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  2. I love these guys. Today I am starting to crochet a bib for my first grnadchild. NO penguins on it.

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  3. I hate the cold so one year we went to visit my uncle in Florida for Christmas. Loved it

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  4. The year I got a parakeet and I knew the truth about Santa but my younger sisters didn't. I kept hugging my parents and whispering "thank you!" to them.

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  5. One year my boyfriend was supposed to arrive by train, but it snowed so much he got stuck some eighty kilometres from my place. I could not stand the idea of him spending New Year's Eve on the train, so I drove the 80 kms in the snow (I hate driving in the snow) just to bring him home to me. It was an adventure, and on arriving, we had hot chocolate because we were so cold...

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    1. Awww. I love that. That's a coda right there.

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  6. Thank you Catherine.
    I love Mark and Stephen.
    And I promise not to stick my claws in and snag threads on Mark's lovely sweater.

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    1. That would be greatly appreciated. I just saw how much some of those sweaters cost!!!

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  7. I love sweaters and penguins; I'm even wearing my pair of blown glass penguin earrings complete with Santa hats.
    Thank you for sharing your gift with us Catherine. Josh, thanks for once again treating your readers to this lovely, generous Advent calendar.

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    1. :-) I'm so happy to know the calendar is being enjoyed by someone in a Santa hat, Judy!

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  8. I really need to win this since I haven't read this series yet!

    Christmas is my favorite time of year. We always used to pile into the station wagon ( no seat belts) and look at lights while Santa came and piled the presents under the tree on Christmas eve.

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    1. We used to do the same things. And my mother smoked while she was pregnant. How the heck did any of us survive?

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  9. Thanks Catherine and Josh. We'll be putting our tree up later today to get us in the Christmas mood.

    I do a lot of knitting and I have an on going project which is knitting hats for cancer patients. Wish I didn't have to knit hats but such is life.

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    1. Yes. But they are greatly appreciated. That I know.

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  10. Lol I love their teasing. Btw, I gave my sister a purple Christmas sweater with appliqued penguins singing "falalalala." ;)

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  11. I love these two, especially that scene where Stephen told Mark that his life - when Mark felt he owed it to his ex/boss to go on a mission and probably got killed as a result - mattered and was precious to Stephen. I just clutched my breast and sighed "aww...". every. time.

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  12. I love the series and I really love the audiobook. It is spot on. The accents are perfect and very sexy, both Southern and British English. They both elevated the story to reality.

    goge

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  13. Awww. I love Mark and Stephen so much! And Catherine's art! :-)

    Thank you.

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  14. When he was six, for Christmas my son gave me this cheap plastic necklace that is more gaudy than ugly but hits high marks in both categories. But to me it is one of the most beautiful things I own all because he chose it for me. It's been ten year and I still wear it proudly.

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  15. Ah Mark and Stephen! The picture goes quite well with how I imagine them spending their winter evenings. :) Thanks for this Catherine.

    My mom and I have been having fun seeing some of the rather horrendous Christmas sweaters Jimmy Fallon has been giving away on the Tonight Show. Though, with my mom's taste, she thinks they're all adorable. lol

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  16. One of my favourite memories is the year that my little sister gave me a bar and a half of carob chocolate. She had to check that it was edible before she wrapped it up!

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  17. Bought my son a snowman sweater vest to wear in his Christmas pageant and since he was in 3rd grade at the time I was prepared for a fight but he wore it without argument, then that night when I went in to say goodnight he was in bed asleep wearing his long thermal underwear...and the snowman sweater vest.

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  18. Thanks for the graphic, Catherine! I read the series in audio, so I've never actually seen these lines before. :) OK, my story is about "another part"warming because the quote above made me think about warm clothing. It's even tangentially Christmas related and a bit silly, too, to fit the theme. I live in the desert, and not a cold one. So, my normal attire doesn't consist of a lot of socks. BUT living in a hot place makes me a total wimp in the cold. So, when the "winter cold" actually does arrive, I have very cold feet. I have socks for working out, but they're ankle ones, so really not especially good for cold weather. Here comes the warming part, family who knows I'm cold-toed will buy me all kinds of silly socks (many frogs because they're my favorite) for Christmas gifts. These often include the ones with the toes separated in their own little cozy place, like gloves for my feet! The only bad thing about having so many is that when I reach into my dresser below my pajamas to find some, I end up grabbing so many mismatched ones before I actually get to a true pair!

    (if needed, caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com)

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  19. Thank you both Josh and Catherine for the warm and cozy.
    Yesterday I visited accidentally a Christmas market. We strolled through a park and there was it. It was crowded, but the people were laughing and dancing to the Christmas carols. I love it, when we can enjoying the moment, can take a lovely memory with us.

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