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text 2017-11-11 17:32
November 11 in the Rhine Valley -- Yet Another Sort of Holiday ... and Party! (Also: Task for Square 11 of the "16 Festive Tasks": Soyal)

In the Rhine Valley, where I live, November 11 has yet another meaning, in addition to (and even more so than) the two holidays we included in the "16 Festive Tasks":

 

11/11, 11:11 AM marks the opening of the carnival season, which ends roughly three months later on Ash Wednesday (this season: Feb. 14, 2018), which in turn marks the beginning of the six-week lent period leading up to Easter.  While the Thursday and the weekend immediately preceding Ash Wednesday are the high points of the Rhineland carnival celebrations, the opening of what is known hereabouts as "the fifth season" on 11/11 at 11:11 AM is a major first highlight which essentially turns the complete centres of the area's cities -- and none more so than Cologne, the Rhine Valley's "carnival capital" -- into one big party zone, complete with people dressing up, the popular carnival music bands' first big stage appearances of the season, the first appearances of the "carnival princes" (three representatives of the major carnival clubs that preside over the whole season's events), and their honor guards (the members of the carnival clubs, dressed up in uniforms initially created to mock those of the Prussian militia -- e.g., see bottom row of photos from Bonn), etc.  To wit (all pictures of today, chiefly taken from the website of our local TV station, WDR):

 

Cologne

 


 

More Cologne photos here -- as well as a short video, courtesy of a Cologne newspaper (Youtube link here; on BL, the video won't show in dashboard view but only if you open this post in blog view)

 

 

Bonn:

   

Bottom row: representatives of the "Bonn City Soldiers"

More Bonn photos here.

 

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Addendum: It just occurs to me that this matches the requirements of the Tasks for Soyal: Like many Native American festivities, Soyal involves rituals such as dances. What local / religious / folk traditions or customs exist where you live? Tell us about one of them. (If you can, post pictures for illustration.) 

 

(Hah.  Talk about game hosts not knowing their own games ...)

 

 

Merken

Merken

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text 2017-11-06 08:10
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text 2017-11-05 15:18
3rd Blogiversary is here!

 

 

 

Just wanted to note that I am so very grateful for the opportunity to bring you Book Blitzes, Cover Reveals, Blog Tours, Reviews, Release Day Blasts, Author Interviews, and so much more.

 

A very special thank you to all who make that possible.  Thanks to the authors, publicity specialist's, personal assistant's, publisher's, social media resources and absolutely you the reader!!

 

Thank you for three fabulous years, and I sure hope so many more!!!

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-11-01 08:40
Bridal Shower Party Favors - Choose the Latest Collection Online

Bride, the most beautiful lady and center of attraction of entire event of wedding day, needs special attention. Presenting beautiful gifts is a very common thing. However, the bride isn’t the only one being showered with gifts, wishes are also important. Choosing Bridal Shower Party Favors is an important decision to make. 

 

Choosing something unique and special one for that very special day of a beautiful lady’s life is one of the vital decisions to make. If you are taking responsibility of making this grand occasion ever more special, you will get a chance to choose something classy and unique. Some of the best quality bridal shower party favors include, but not limited to:

 

• Bottle Openers, Bottle Stoppers and Candles & Votives
• Kitchen Favors, Edible Favors and Luggage Tags
• Totes & Bags, Matchboxes and Napkins & Plates
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Apart from these items, you can also choose a lot more like favor jars & bottles, favor boxes & bags and favor containers. not to mention the availability of DIY blank favors, labels & tags, bridal party gifts, apparel, jewelry & accessories, mugs & tumblers, jewelry box, gift boxes, flower girl and ring bearer. 

 

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text 2017-09-30 22:59
September 2017 Wrap Up
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
Killer Party (A Tourist Trap Mystery) - Lynn Cahoon
Secrets in Death - J.D. Robb
Brighton Belle - Sara Sheridan

The volunteer position I took on in June for my son's school PTO board is proving to be a full-time job and my reading suffered as a result. 10 books is the least amount of books I have read in any one month all year. A lot of what I did read was "meh" to "grit my teeth and bare it to get the square filled"; the four books attached to this post is the best of my reading this month.

 

I participated in the Fandom Box swap and Grimlock did an amazing job of finding just the right things to put into my box. Luckily, the receiver of the box I put together liked what I put in their box.

 

Here's to hoping that October has better reading in store for me.

 

Challenges:

BL/GR: 138/150

Pop Sugar: 0

Library Love: 4

Halloween Bingo: 10/25 squares read

 

1. The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1) by Shelly Laurenston (Free Space square)- 5 stars

 

2. Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Library Love) (Diverse Voices square)- 2 stars

 

3. Brighton Belle (Mirabella Mystery #1) by Sara Sheridan (Murder Most Foul square) - 3.5 stars

 

4. Dying for the Past by TJ O'Connor (Library Love) (Ghost square) - 1 star

 

5. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Doidge (Cozy Mystery square) - 2.5 stars

 

6. Switching Hour (Magic and Mayhem #1) by Robyn Peterman (Werewolves square) - 2 stars

 

7. Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong (Witches square) (Library Love) - 0 stars

 

8. Killer Party (Tourist Trap Mystery #9) by Lynn Cahoon (Terrifying Women square) - 3 stars

 

9. All By My Selfie by Jo Noelle (Haunted Houses square) - 1.5 stars

 

10. Secrets in Death (...In Death #45) by J.D. Robb (Locked Room Mystery square) (Library Love) - 3 stars

 

Currently 50% in The Undoing (Call of Crows #2) by Shelly Laurenston for the Dark Woods square. Up next is Welcome to Albaterra (Albaterra Mates #0.5) by Ashley L. Hunt for the Aliens square.

 

 

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