Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I'd like to wish everyone a happy, and healthy New Year! May we enjoy a year filled with peace and good will towards our fellow man! Love, Petra

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Christmas Spirit Award

What do I find under my blog tree today?! The Christmas Spirit Award!
Thank you so very much, A. !

One of the rules is to describe five things I love about Christmas:

1) Being with those I love!
2) Sharing the Christmas spirit of love and peace!
3) The spirit created by all loving beings!
4) Christmas movies and carols!
5) Christmas joy!

I'd love to place this award under each of your trees, even if it remains wrapped until next year! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Peace!

Thank you again, A.! :))

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927-December 25, 2008)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

The Blog Love Award

Bloggers never cease to amaze me in their generosity of spirit and passion! My heartfelt thank you to Mama Zen of The Zen of Motherhood for this lovely award!

I'd like to pass the Blog Love Award along to all who stop by. Thank you again, MZ! :))

Friday, December 19, 2008



To all hard working elves in Bloggyland, here's some music to help while hard at work!

A few facts about our favorites:

OLDEST SONGS are "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "Winter Wonderland"
(both 1934).

SONGS INTRODUCED IN MOTION PICTURES are "White Christmas" in Holiday Inn (1942); "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" in Meet Me In St. Louis (1944); and "Silver Bells" in The Lemon Drop Kid (1950).

WRITER WITH MOST TOP SONGS is Johnny Marks with three: "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," and "A Holly Jolly Christmas."

MOST RECORDED SONG is "White Christmas" with well over 500 versions in dozens of languages.


1. White Christmas - Bing Crosby

2. The Christmas Song-Nat King Cole

3. Silent Night-Stevie Nicks

4. Here Comes Santa Claus-Elvis Presley

5. Winter Wonderland-Kenny & Dolly

6. Jingle Bell Rock-Bobby Helms

7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree-Brenda Lee

8. All I Want For Christmas Is You-Mariah Carey

9. Oh Holy Night-Celine Dion

10. We Wish You A Merry Christmas-Enya

11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas-Judy Garland

12. Jingle Bells-Diana Krall

13. Little Drummer Boy-Frank Sinatra

14. The First Noel-Celtic Woman

15. Carol of Bells

A North Pole Adventure

Linda of Life's A Calling,Who is This? has invited all in Bloggyland to take a trip with her and her family to The North Pole. Dates are from December 22 through to Midnight, Christmas Eve.

Am sure Linda's elves will be very busy preparing a wonderful adventure! Hope to see you there!

Pop over to Linda's for more details!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Christmas in Bloggyland Tour


Take a special Christmas Tour in Bloggyland with Cynthia of Muse Swings and her elves. Travel from blog to blog to see what wonderful things our fellow bloggers have done to celebrate the Holidays.

Below is a fest of Holiday films for your enjoyment. Whether between festivities or at the end of the day, I hope you enjoy some all-around favorites!


in Babes in Toyland

"Christmas in July?"


"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.


Dudley, the mischievous angel.


"God bless us everyone."


"I'll be fashionably late."


Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas!


"You have a freak flag. You just don't fly it.'


Christmas is all around us!


"It's the Santa Anna winds. Anything can happen!"


"Good night." "Sweet dreams."

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Christmas in Bloggyland Tour

A lovely affair is being held on December 15, 2008; an all-day, pre-Christmas feast to celebrate with friends online. A beautiful experience in sharing anything Christmas right in our neighborhood -- bloggyland! All are invited! To add yourself to the guest list or to get more specific details, please don't hesitate to visit Cynthia at Muse Swings , a most gracious hostess!

I truly cannot wait to deck the halls with more than just holly! ;)

The Proximidade Award

Thank you Janeen for this wonderful award!

To quote Janeen, "the Proximidade focuses not on the glory and fanfare of blogging but in the proximity to one another through this online world."

"Blogs who receive this award are exceedingly charming, say its authors. They aren't interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement but to propogate friendships."

Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who then choose 8 more.

This has always been the hardest for me as I see all on my bloglist in this way.

1) Sandy at I Beati - A Meeting Place to Share Our Blessings and Laugh A Little !!

2) Tipper at The Blind Pig and the Acorn

3) Mary Lou at Buttercream Cottage

4) Rowena at Rubber Slippers in Italy

5) Mama Zen at The Zen of Motherhood

6) Enzie at World Market Portraits

7) Chandini at Reading, Writing, and More

8) Poetikat at Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes

A few more, I promise!

9) Tammy at A Little Girl Talk

10) PV at Finding Me

11) LarryG at Yesterday, Today, and Forever

12) Borut at The Hoo of Haiku

13) Bulletholes at Bulletholes in the Mailbox

14) Beatrice at Poetry for a Night Owl

15) White Rose at White Rose's Garden

16) Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders

I could go on and on!

Thank you again, Janeen!

A Reader's Meme

Peter of Detectives Beyond Borders has recently tagged me to list authors I have read for the first time in 2008. I'm more than happy to participate. Where would we be without our authors. Those who have warmed us, thrilled us, frightened us. Some have changed perceptions of ourselves and the world.

Some I've read are:

John McFedtridge (still reading)
Declan Burke (still reading)
Thich Nhat Hanh
The Dalai Lama
D.T. Suzuki
Isabelle Allende
Gustav Flaubert
Daphne duMaurier
Anton Chekhov
James Redfield

Those I'm tagging are:

Archie at Archies Archive
Joyce at Following the Little God
Chandini at Reading, writing and more
Poetikat at Poetikat's Invisible Keepsakes

There are a few rules:

1) List the authors that were new to you this year, regardless of year of publication.
2) Boldface those which were debuts (first novel published in 2008).
3) Tag as few or as many others as you'd like.

Thank you all! Am looking forward to reading your lists. Petra :))

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Octamom Award - Oh so delicious!

Thank you Blogstalker for this most delicious award!

And, in turn, I am awarding The Octamom Award to all lovers of chocolate who read this post for having perfectly timed their visit and to all on my bloglist. I believe in sharing! ;)
Before I post the rules, grab your chocolates! There are just a few, as you'll see, made palatable by their very nature.
1) You must eat a piece of chocolate in honor of accepting The Octamom Award.
2) You must eat yet another piece of chocolate when you put the award on your blog.
3) Visit Debi B who designed the award by clicking here .
And to quote Blogstalker, if you're reading this post and need a little chocolate in your life, please accept The Octamom Award with my blessing!
Bon appetit! Petra :))

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Cruel is pain
Is it ever kind?
Nor wanes
whilst fuels the mind.
Full of anger, remiss.
Remind the harbored fury,
Show no mercy
for the slack,
for the controversy.
Love's rays, held in abeyance,
bedecked in tears,
eventually penetrate,
displace fears.
So hark, take heart.
Capture love's rays.
There's hope.
**written by petra michelle**