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TAG O’RAMA: Past Due Gratitude – Part 2 of 5

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Life has just gotten away from me in the last few months… between the 365 Daily Challenge, publishing two novels, reading ~100 books, and earning a living, I haven’t been able to keep up with all the wonderful tags and awards that I’ve been blessed with. I’m so grateful to the blogging community for the love and support you’ve shown me and feel awful that I’ve gotten behind on about ~40 nominations or ping-backs. I’ve been trying to catch up, but it’s not working! So… I’ve decided for the next week, I am going to highlight several bloggers each day who have been generous enough to tag me…

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These bloggers deserve the kudos and a celebrated mention so that more people can find out about them and/or connect with amazing people around the world. Below please find 7 blogs you should be checking out and following. I’ve included the original post they tagged me on as well as a response to a few questions or items from their tag. If I stay on schedule, I’ll be caught up and current on my tags within a week, and then I promise to try to stay on top of them going forward. Thank you to everyone for understanding. Much gratitude for sharing your blogs with me and in turn with the rest of the blogosphere!

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Playlist Shuffle

  • BrizzleLass Books
  • Nick Jonas ‘Chains‘ — If you don’t already know this about me, I might be obsessed with him

End of the Year Books

  • Read, Rant, Rock & Roll
  • Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
    • Hazel Gaynor’s ‘The Cottingley Secret’ — reading in June

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Halloween Creatures Books

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Christmas

Falltime Cozy Time Fall Book

  • Naty’s Bookshelf
  • Crunching leaves: the world is full of color – choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover
    • Ken Follett’s ‘A Column of Fire’

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Winter is Coming

  • Bookmark Your Thoughts
  • SLEDDING: WE ALL LOVED IT WHEN WE WERE YOUNGER. CHOOSE A BOOK THAT YOU LOVED WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD
    • Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’

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Christmas Cuisine

  • Escaping in Paper
  • Pavlova: The book you’re most looking forward to reading next.
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      Diana Gabaldon’s ‘Dragonfly’ in Amber — starting it tomorrow (May ’18 Book Bucket List pick on my blog’s poll)

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 Nominations

 

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365 Challenge: Day 333 – Bulbs

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Bulbs: a rounded underground storage organ present in some plants, notably those of the lily family, consisting of a short stem surrounded by fleshy scale leaves or leaf bases and lying dormant over winter

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Today is February 13th. It is still the middle of winter. But for some reason, about 3 weeks ago, I noticed many of the bulbs in all the flower boxes on the terrace were starting to poke through the top layer of dirt. We had a few warm days in the 50s, which might account for it, but suddenly in the last week when it’s been in the 20s, those little suckers forced their way through the dirt at least an inch! It’s too early. Go back to sleep! It made me wonder why I had a hard time digging in the dirt while it’s frozen, yet a weak little bulb could push its way through. Maybe I’m the weak little bulb in this relationship???

So… what’s a non-gardener gardener supposed to do? Buy some dirt and cover them up! Yes, that was the solution. Someone (it wasn’t me) purchased 3 bags of dirt from Amazon. Is that weird? I feel like anyone reading this post could be puzzled over that statement… I live in NYC. If you go to a garden store… roughly ten blocks away… it’ll cost like $10 for a tiny bag of dirt. Then you have to get a taxi and carry it home, or pay a delivery charge. So… Amazon it is… anyway… there I am yesterday at 5:30 PM when the sun has gone down trying to fill planters with bags of dirt. Why didn’t I do this earlier in the light? Because I forgot and was busy editing. I remembered when I stopped writing and went to shower as it was that kinda day. I also realized the one thing W asked me to do that day was fix the ‘bulb problem.’ Some people are so needy!

Why do things grow faster than they are supposed to? What is Mother Nature’s problem this year? It’s not time for the bulbs to come out hiding. I need a few more weeks as it’s @#@#$ cold out there, which I do love in terms of a temperature for me, but not the bulbs. The plants are just unable to tolerate it — I guess maybe I am not the weaker one!  Ha! I win this little game… So by way of this post, and directed at the bulbs:

‘Please stop growing for a few weeks. Don’t you dare poke your green little buds outta the dirt or I’ll be forced to throw blankets over you and I’m just too busy for that.’

Okay. That’s all for today. I’ve got a book to finish. Maybe I’ve had to much coffee today.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 274 – Snow (RYDER RANT)

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Snow: powdery dust falling from the sky that I love to lick and roll around in

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I was so excited to hear about the snow this last weekend. I readied myself all week long by taking several rather long naps. I assumed it would be enough to keep me awake when the snow finally fell, but I was wrong. It started falling late morning, but it wasn’t really enough to stick to the ground or to create any real fun outside, so I kept napping. By midday, it looked a bit better, but when I went out, there was nothing picture worthy. By later in the evening, the Dads went out for a music concert and a holiday party at a friend’s house, so I didn’t get to go out in the snow. There was only about an inch or two, so it wasn’t worth it. Can we get some more soon?

I love the snow. I enjoy funneling through it like a seal. I roll around until I get wet and dirty, then I wait at the door for someone to dry me off. I don’t like to be wet indoors, so the Dads must stand there and dry me off — it’s a requirement I tell them. And they do it. I didn’t get to roll around this weekend, but hopefully soon, before I leave for Ella’s over Christmas. They will be heading out of town for 4 days, so I get to go on vacation, too. She has a lovely outdoor space. If it snows, I’ll get to play there. Since we didn’t have any pictures from this time, I thought I’d share one from the winter when we moved into this joint. We were here for about 2 weeks when a blizzard arrived. Those pots were about 36 inches tall (I’m good at math), which means there was close to 2 feet of snow that day. I adored it. I know you all don’t like snow, but I do.

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I’m from the mountains of Japan. I like to be cold.  I have a lot of fur and this keeps my temperature regulated properly. We shiba inus tend to roughhouse and play hard, especially in the snow or when there’s rough terrain. We’re good climbers and brush dogs. Did you know we were one of the first breed of dogs? We didn’t arrive in the US until a service family brought my breed from Japan in the 1950s, but no one really knew what we were until the 1990s, at least in this country. My Dad got me in 2007 when people started seeing more of my kind, but we didn’t become popular until the shiba inu puppy cam around 2008 or 2009. So, I was sorta one of the first of my kind in this country. Maybe my math’s not so good after all. Oh well… it’s nap time. Dad needs to write. If he doesn’t finish Father Figure this week, I’m going to write it for him. I’m thinking of a new character named Ryder…

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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