May 28, 2011

Hello readers!

A quick note to let you know you’re not being neglected (well, on purpose anyway!) I’ve experienced the universally dreaded “Computer Crash” and have therefore been hog-tied so to speak. Have new machine as of today and so only a steep learning curve prevents me from sharing new posts with thee.  A whole list of fun topics in the docket to motivate me so stay tuned. Tally ho!


Happy New Year

December 31, 2010

Wishing you a 2011 filled with happiness and delight!

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
His eyes—how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle,
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’  Attributed to Clement C. Moore   1822

A Thank You Note

August 9, 2010

A quick note to all of you to say “Thank You!” for your encouragement and cheerful responses to Bedside Table Books. It puts a bounce in my step every time I chat with you in person or hear from you on-line and learn that a certain post has delighted you in some way or that you’ve taken the time to kindly encourage your friends to join the party too.  It’s an honour that so many of you trust the recommendations you find here and then take the time to let me know your thoughts.  We’ve been at this for 6 months now and there is still so much bookish chat ahead!  Please know that your ideas and “finds” are always welcome here too – add your comments at the end of a post or if you prefer, send along an e-mail to  

Happy reading and happy summer to you all!


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