Thursday, December 1, 2022

'Tis the Season ...

As the season is truly upon us, it's time for ...

That being said ...

It's the first of December, my favorite month of the year. Soon there will be snow (maybe) but without the bitter cold of late January - early February (maybe). Among many there are feelings of good will and cheerfulness not seen in "normal" months.

Christmas comes, the chance to be with friends and family, time off from work is also a bonus for this time of year. The whole company shuts down for a week. No corporate emails, no meetings, no worries about the work getting done. We down tools and just relax. (Though there are some incapable of relaxing, I am not one.)

So I plan on trying to be a bit more cheerful here on the blog. I seldom comment on politics so that's not really an issue. If my co-authors want to write about politics, then let it be written, so let it be done.

I'm going to de-stress for the entire month, just kick back, relax, and enjoy the season. (I also need to finish up the edits on the book. I'm leaning towards Amazon and self-publishing. It seems like a perfect match at this time.)

Recommended Books: I've probably read this book a dozen times.

And I'm going to read it again as I've just finished Seven Men of Gascony.

My copy is beat up, loose pages, the binding has seen better days (the book has traveled with me to Germany and Korea), but it's a great read and excellent background on the Napoleonic era from a soldier's point of view.

Not sure if I'll write any fiction this month, may not have enough time. But you never know, sometimes the Muse will walk in, smack me up side the head and say "Write this down!"

So I do ...

I may be a slow learner, but I do learn.

In honor of the season ...

Back tomorrow with whatever springs into my head ...


  1. Ran across that first vid yesterday, good tune and it does bring a smile to the face. Ah yes, December with seven inches on the ground and the snow thrower worked like a charm (power tools ARE a good thing). Kick back Sarge and enjoy the season.

  2. For those who find this season joyous, I wish all the best. For people like me, New Year's Day can't come fast enough.

    1. This season is hard on some. Hang in there, James.

  3. The Mormons put out a video with that Piano Guys track, it's a must-see. Course that's my favorite carol, so I'm prejudiced.
    Boat Guy

    1. I'll have to track that down. (It's my favorite as well.)

  4. Sarge, I have seen that Drop Kick Murhpy's song for years, but never actually listened to it (or watched the video). Dear Lord, that was amazing.

    Plus one on the Veni Veni Emmanuel being one of the best, if not the best, Christmas Carol.

    Books: Something I did two years ago (and was glad I did) was purchase some book binding glue. I have the same problem as you: beloved books I have (literally) read out of their spine. It has actually turned out to be pretty effective and in some cases, almost as good as new (and no concern about lost pages).

    1. I'll have to check that out. (I have a "couple" of books in need of repair!)

    2. Don't have any needing repair (it's a capital crime to put any book face down) but seems like a good thing to lay in for the future .

    3. Depending on who did the binding, some publishers being better than others, they can fall apart over time with heavy use. My copy of Swords Around a Throne has seen some very heavy use.

  5. I hear you, James. This used to be a magical time. The old trail has been plowed under. Not as familiar or happy a place now. But some memories are really nice. And I would rather remember the sweet than dwell on the bitter.

    That hymn is near and dear. How did that music filter into someone's head? Wow. On the other hand, a head injury would give you the Drop Kick Murphy's song, I reckon... ;)


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