Snowball’s Christmas: Book 1 Of 2 Of Snowball Series – A Paperback Book Review

SNOWBALL DOING YOGA EXERCISES AND THIS POSE IS CALLED THE STAND ON YOUR HEAD POSE.

Title Of Book: Snowball’s Christmas

Author Of Book: Kristen McKanagh

Book SeriesSnowball

Book In Snowball Series: Book of 2

Pages274

Publisher: Kensington Books

Publication Date: September 29, 2020

Link To Snowball’s Christmas Paperback Book On Amazon: Snowball’s Christmas  

Link To The Snowball Series On AmazonSnowball Series In Paperback 

How I Came To Read This Book

came to read this book by chance actually. Let me explain. The author of this book Kristen McKanagh, the author of this book & series, I follow her newsletter. She was having this fun and zany random drawing of her book Snowball’s Christmas and guess what? I was one of her winners to get the book. I had to post a picture of my pets. The pictures I posted of my pet was of my Cat Snowball. The for the that post is: Snowball . Please check the post out. I was so happy and thrilled to find out I was one of the winners.

Amazon Excerpt Of Snowball’s Christmas

Snowballan aptly named bundle of feline fur fluff–is thankful to be spending her first Christmas in the comfort of Weber House, the Victorian B&B run by Miss Tilly. Emily Diemer, who cooks for the guests, dotes on Snowball, but she’s not thrilled about another new arrival at the B&B: Miss Tilly’s nephew, Lukas. Which is odd, because Snowball’s animal instincts tell her that Lukas and Emily should definitely be friends.

Everything Emily needs is in this quaint community–including, she hopes, the chance to open her own bakery one day. She doesn’t think much of Lukas for leaving his aging aunt to struggle while he jets around the world taking photographs. But now that he’s here, helping to spruce up the property and getting mixed up in Snowball’s antics, She begins to soften a little. Until she learns what he has planned.

BooklistStarred Review

Lukas is going to sell Weber House so that Miss Tilly can retire. But Snowball is certain that this B&B, and these people, are supposed to be her forever home. Somehow she has to get these stubborn humans to see things through the wisdom of a cat’s eye, and a kitten’s loyal, loving heart…

“Expertly craftedthe Perfect Christmas treat”

What Thought Of Snowball’s Christmas

thought this Snowball’s Christmas was an excellent book and very well written. I loved laughing along with Snowball’s antics and I also loved trying to tell a fictional character what to do. This is a book that tells how a white feline fur ball named Snowball got her furrever home. 

I’m so glad I got the opportunity to win this book because reading it made me laugh until I cried. Loved this book.

Will I Read Again & Recommendation

I will definitely read again and I definitely Highly recommend this book. Do me a favor and go buy this book and review it. Something tells me you’ll like this book. I know I did.

 

 

Friendly Fill – Ins

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY.

Daisy Mae’s Answers

1. You don’t have to convince me to sleep.

2. Eating is causing me stress.

3. Speaking from experience, furrever home is so much better than it looks.

4. Over time, my opinion of playing has changed

DAISY MAE IS THE CAT LYING DOWN ON THE BED AND TIGGER IS THE CAT ON THE BED LOOKING AT THE CAMERA.

Crystal’s Answers

1. You don’t have to convince me to wearmask.

2All this COVID confusion is causing me stress.

3Speaking from experience, writing a book is harder than it looks.

4. Over time, my opinion of some genres of books has changed. (I’ve learned you need to try each book before judging it.)

The blue italics are Daisy Mae’s answers and the purple italics are Crystal’s answers(my answers).

Daisy Mae & I Get Our Library Cards

few days ago, Daisy Mae And I asked for Library Cards so we can be officially guests at Amber, Basil and Crew’s Library. They said that they would be happy and thrilled to give us Library Cards and told us what they needed. We obliged. Here are our Library Cards. Thanks Amber, Basil and Crew.

Friendly Fill – Ins

DAISY MAE IS THE CAT LYING DOWN ON THE BED AND TIGGER IS THE CAT ON THE BED LOOKING AT THE CAMERA.

Tigger & Daisy Mae’s Answers

1. February is the perfect month to love your human for adopting/rescuing us felines so that we have a furrever, loving home forever.

2. I we have a subscription to well we don’t have any subscriptions to anything.

3Cat Humor is our kind of humor.

4We shouldn’t sleep so much, but we do anyhow.

Crystal’s Answers

1. February is the perfect month to show your pets, friends, and family how much you love them.

2. I have a subscription to OH who am I kidding, I don’t have a subscription to anything.

3. Clean humor is my kind of humor.

4shouldn’t yell, scream and etc…. at my computer, but I do anyhow.

 

Kandy: The Paneling Experience

Growing up, I always had some sort of pet for as long as I can remember from Chameleons to Cats. Today I want to tell you about a dog I used to have and her name was Kandy. Kandy was a German Shepherd/Husky mix. We got her as puppy dog. Since she was part German Shepherd/Husky we knew she would be a “runner” and we were right. I don’t know how many times she got away from us all because she was stronger and faster than my family and I.

We hadn’t had problems with her chewing until one evening my family and I came home to a gaping hole in the wall that shouldn’t be there. Let me try to explain. Our house was 100+ years old at that time and some of our walls had paneling. Our jaws almost dropped to the floor in disbelief at what we were looking at. So off to to the vet we go with Kandy to make sure she was OK and didn’t ingest anything she shouldn’t have or anything dangerous. We were fortunate that everything was OK with Kandy. Our vet did give us a tip to curb chewing in Dogs. The tip our vet gave us and you’re more than welcome to use is: Give your Dog(s) a Pine Log to curb their chewing. She also told us a Pine Log is healthy for your Dog(s). Let me tell you we tried this tip and it really worked. The hole is fixed and can’t tell where it was.

A picture of Kandy as a puppy is below.

KANDY OUR PUPPY DOG WHO CHEWED THROUGH THE PANELING.

 

 

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Our Blogging Journey

1. Daisy Mae And I started our Blogging Journey well as a fluke. I kept getting all these pop ups and Ads about start blogging WordPress several times a day. I guess you could say we got tired of seeing these ads so we started blogging out of pure curiosity. That was 3 years ago soon to be 4 on CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and we just celebrated our 4th year over at WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) . You see, I started WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE (ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) first which was in Jan. 2017 and started CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE in April of 2017. I have contributed to other blogs and just started another blog this past year in 2020 on the Google/Blogger platform. My blog over there is called TIGGER AND FRIENDS .

2. One thing about my blog or my blogging goal that you accomplished in 2020, that made you most proud. I finished my first 5 book box set draft. That’s right you read  that right. I was able to learn how to continue using Classic Editor despite WordPress introducing and implementing The New Block Editor (which I hate might I add).

3Which of my 2020 posts was most popular with my audience? Why do I think it did so well? Well I was surprised at my most popular post. It seems it was my Home Page/Archives post with 146 views. However after that, is my post A Tribute to Tigger with 53 views. Another popular post was An Unexpected Friendship with 76 views (Sept. 2019). Why did these posts do so well? I think people want to see who I am and what’s our blog about and A Tribute To Tigger did well I think because of the love of Cats, animal lovers, people who love poetry, people just curious to see who we are but most of all our wonderful regular readers.

4.  What was the biggest blogging challenge we faced in 2020, and how did we tackle it? Our biggest challenge was trying to make time to put up posts on our blog. How did we tackle it? We posted when we could and “played everything by ear”.

5What is one thing we learned 2020 that can help us be better bloggers? Actually, the one thing I learned to help us all become better was right after I started blogging. I learned how important a blog title and blog tag is and my one thing we learned in 2020 was how to still be able to use Classic Editor after the Block Editor was implemented.

DAISY MAE IS THE CAT LYING DOWN ON THE BED AND TIGGER IS THE CAT ON THE BED LOOKING AT THE CAMERA.

6What are our top 3 goals for 2021? 

  a. To post more.

  b. To get more readers and followers.

  c. To comment more.

  d. To start writing a book and get at least part of it completed.

7In a perfect world, where do we see ourselves and your blog(s) 1 year from now? There is no such thing as a perfect world. With how 2020 was and 2021 started out well we really don’t know. However, we hope things get better all around and we’re still here a year from now. We’re hoping for more posts, followers, readers and so much more. 

8If you had $1,000 to spend on your blog how would you spend it? We would buy a custom domain name and use some money for SEO too. We’re not good SEO/technical stuff.

9What is one skill we’d like to learn or improve in 2021? SEO/Technical stuff. We hope that gets better.

10If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be? MMM… Can only ask 1 question huh? Meowsers that’s a hard question. How can we improve our blog with our SEO/technical stuff and why is it so important? We promise this is all 1 question. We need to ask our wonderful pet blogging community a lot of questions.

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY.

Snowball

Today I want to talk about one of my Cats. Her name is Snowball. Snowball was rescued/adopted after she survived by going from house to house trying to survive and find food however she could.

One afternoon, Snowball came to our house hoping to find food which she did I might add. In addition, she also found and figured out that it was the Dad who she had to convince to let her into to his life as she had already had convinced the rest of the family. So when the Dad lade down on the glider to rest, she hopped on the glider with the Dad and snuggled tight up against in hopes to convince Dad to give her a furrever loving home. Well guess what? Yep, it worked. That  day Snowball got her furrever, loving home. 

Below are a few pictures of Snowball. I think you will enjoy them.

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SNOWBALL DOING YOGA EXERCISES AND THIS POSE IS CALLED THE STAND ON YOUR HEAD POSE.
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SNOWBALL IN THE LAUNDRY BASKET.
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SNOWBALL MAKING HERSELF FIT ON THE ROCKING CHAIR.
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SNOWBALL WITH THE WHAT ARE YOUR DOING LOOK ON HER FACE?
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SNOWBALL ON MY BED WITH SNOOWPUFF MY STUFFED CAT AND TEDDY BEAR.
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SNOWBALL WITH OUR FEMALE ALASKAN MALAMUTE SHANDAR.
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SNOWBALL IN BETWEEN THE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS BY THE CHRISTMAS TREE.

These are my pictures for #SnowballPets.

Friendly Fill – Ins

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY.

Daisy Mae’s Answers

1. I hope my furrever family’s love never changes.

2. The luckiest I have ever been was when I got my furrever, loving family.

3. I never thought I would agree with Mom Crystal, but I did.

4. I’m waiting for the day that this COVID thing goes away for good.

Crystal’s Answers

1. I hope the love I have for my Cat and other animals never changes.

2. The luckiest I’ve ever been was when I had a pet as my friend.

3. I never thought I would see the day our Capitol Building was breached and stormed, but I did.

4. I’m waiting for the day to come when I see God because I have so many questions for Him.

Alsowe ask you all to check out Angel Tigger’s Friendly Fill – In answers over at her blog which can be found by clicking on the following link: FRIENDLY FILL – INS WITH TIGGER and Angel Tigger’s other blog posts are at the following link: TIGGER AND FRIENDS .

DAISY MAE IS THE CAT LYING DOWN ON THE BED AND TIGGER IS THE CAT ON THE BED LOOKING AT THE CAMERA.

Friendly Fill – Ins New Year’s Style

DAISY MAE IS THE CAT LYING DOWN ON THE BED AND TIGGER IS THE CAT ON THE BED LOOKING AT THE CAMERA.

Daisy Mae’s Answers

1. My focus word for 2021 is Love.

2. I didn’t get to excited this year, but hope to in 2021.

3. The year taught me or tried to teach me patience.

4. Training my Human Mom is one of my biggest goals for 2021.

Crystal’s Answers

1. My focus word for 2021 is compassion.

2. I didn’t get to get out as much this year, but hope to get out more in 2021.

3. The year 2020 taught me that kindness, compassion, Love and a smile can help calm a person down and possibly help solve a problem.

4. Starting writing book and having it 1/2 finished by Dec. 31, 2021 is one of my biggest goals for 2021.

 

                              

                                                                                                                   

                                   

DAISY MAE’S 1ST SECRET PAW!!🎄🎄🎄🎄

Hi everyone, guess who it is? Well did you guess who, hah, hah, hah, hah? If you guessed it’s me Daisy Mae then you’re right. If you are wondering what’s a Secret Paw I can assure you’re not alone. You see the Secret Paw program is similar to the Secret Sister or for you men the Secret Brother Program. The first thing you have to do is whether or not if you want to join. The Secret Paw Program is done on a yearly basis meaning if you want in 2021 you’ll join in November or early December then if you don’t want in the next year no worries, no problem.

When Mom Crystal told me she signed me up for the Secret Paw Program, I was really excited. It meant I got to share Christmas not just with my family but with my Secret Paw. Also, it meant I got to show a special Kitty Cat some love by sending them a special gift. 

This is my 1st Secret Paw Christmas. No, No this isn’t my 1st Christmas. Actually far from it. You see I’m 14 years old, a few months, a few days and a few hours old. Actually next year, I become old enough to become a Crotchety Cougar.

I got my gifts to that special Kitty Cat & Mom Crystal picked out and paid for the gifts. She had the tough job. The package was sent and delivered — Yeah!! 

Well guess what? I finally got my gifts from my Secret Paw Yesterday in the mail which was December 12, 2020. Although my gifts came yesterday, Mom Crystal And I only opened the one.  I hated to have to wait to Christmas Eve Day to open my gifts, which is tradition at our house. So what did I get? OOOOHHHH…. wait to you hear. I got:

1. Pet Water Fountain.

2. Fresh Pack Treats — A variety of flavors.

3. 30 oz. Chicken Treats by Temptations.

4. A pole with a feather at the end that extends up to 4 feet.

5. laser light.

6. Mom Crystal got Goats Milk soap.

That’s right, my Secret Paw was nice enough and thoughtful enough to get Mom Crystal something too.

We want to give a huge Thank You to my Secret Paw and their Human.

You all are probably wondering who my Secret Paw  is. So who is it? Well first, let me say I was really surprised who it was. Second, my Secret Paw wasn’t one Kitty Cat like I expected it was group of pets. Their names are: Sherpa, Harry, Puffball, Fang, Queenie and Cappuccino the Bunny plus we can’t forget their human Patty.

I want to thank you all for my nice gifts. I love them and Mom Crystal loves her gifts too. I love them so much, I think I might get in it next year if all goes well.

P.S. If anyone knows what their blog site address is, please let us know. Thanks Again.

Mom Crystal And I Daisy Mae, want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year to you all. We also hope it will be a healthy and safe 2021 too.

Almost Wordless Wednesday & A Special Pet Parade

Today Daisy Mae And I have an almost Wordless Wednesday & A Special Pet Parade for Christmas week. OK so there are no animals in the picture unless you count that guy in the red sleigh in a red suit with a black belt. Technically, Santa is an animal too.

A Christmas joke for you all today.

Christmas Joke: Why shouldn’t you pick a fight with Santa Claus?

Answer To Christmas Joke: Because he has a black belt!!

 

With Heavy Hearts….

Daisy Mae And  are just heartbroken. We found out today more of our Kitty Cat friends have earned their wings and passed over The Rainbow Bridge. With 2020 being rough on us all in one way or another and Christmas around the corner, we’ve a lot to do including keeping 2020 at bay. The year 2020 has taken so many of our pets and Kitty Cat friends and made their Human owners heartbroken and really, really sad.

In the last few days, we have found out that we need send condolences to more Human pet owners. This time, they lost their Kitty Cats. To give these pet owners condolences please visit their sites and leave a comment. The most recent pet owners who lost a pet are:

Miss Ellen at 15 AND MEOWING  who just lost Jinx, her beautiful Kitty Cat.

Gracie from animal shelter volunteer life earned her wings and joined Jinx over The Rainbow Bridge.

Finally, Henri from his you tube channel Henri Chat Noir  . 

These 3 Kitty Cats joined the other pets who passed in 2020 and before and left their owners heartbroken. Although right now sadness and plenty of tears are in these pet owners eyes, in time their pain will ease but one thing is 100% for sure and that’s they’ll never forget their pet they lost.

Although all the pet owners who lost a friend in 2020 and before are sad right now always remember, your pet may not be by your side but will always be in your heart.

Your memories are golden of your pet and are meant to be shared with your friends & family. I don’t know what else to say Daisy Mae And I are just heartbroken at these deaths and so many happening too.

For those of you skeptical of The Rainbow Bridge, I assure you that there is a pet heaven too. Now I never heard of The Rainbow Bridge until I started  blogging but always believed that there was a Pet heaven. God loves all his animals and will always love them.

To those who recently lost a pet, our condolences. If you ever lost any type of pet in 2020 or before, you know the heartbreak of losing a pet. Yes, I even know that heartbreak and sadly have experienced many times over like some of you probably have.

Best Wishes To All Of You.

Always remember my friends, Cats leave paw prints on our hearts.

 

 

 

 

Our Letter To Santa

Hi everyone, it’s that time of the year where you go out to the store and buy gifts for friends and family. However, COVID 19 has tried it’s best to put the Kibosh on Christmas and the holidays this year. But whatever you do, don’t you let  it. Yes, you’ll have to get creative on how to celebrate Christmas, Hanukah and the holidays this year but celebrate responsibly. Mom Crystal and I have been trying to get creative but it’s tough when you’re not that crafty. Anyhow, we have written letters to Santa. See our Letter to Santa below.

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Crystal & Daisy Mae’s Letter To Santa

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Dear Santa,

I know it’s been crazy this year due to this Pandemic called COVID 19. I’m here to tell you don’t give up and keep pursuing Christmas 2020 as it was any other Christmas. We love your work and what you bring us each year.

Anyway Santa, Mom Crystal and I have a special request for you this Christmas in this crazy year. Our request/favor is we would like you to give those who can’t make ends meat or pay their bills please provide them a way to do these things. Also, we ask that the pandemic goes away completely and doesn’t come back. Give each person a special gift whether they deserve it or not. Also, please give Mom Crystal and I a special gift too.

Thank You Santa.

Mom Crystal And Daisy Mae

 

 

 

Friendly Fill – Ins

 

Daisy Mae’s Answers

1. My favorite Christmas (or Hanukkah) gift is When I got my furrever and loving home( OK so it was September when I got my loving & furrever home but close enough).

2. This holiday season I will miss Mom Crystal’s fleece Tony Stewart blanket.

3. I would like Santa to bring me no the whole world a special gift for everyone including Mom Crystal and myself. Santa I really would like a new catnip pad to lay on that has the good catnip Hint, Hint.

4. You might find a gift from Secret Paw under my Christmas tree this year.

Crystal’s Answers

1. My favorite Christmas Cats are Angel Tigger and Daisy Mae.

2. This holiday season I will miss my big Santa and putting gifts under the tree.

3. I would like Santa to bring me the good news that COVID 19 has left completely and is never coming back.

4. You might find a Christmas bulb under my Christmas tree this year.

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas Happy Holidays everyone. Daisy Mae, Angel Tigger And I want to give you our Christmas Card/Holiday card a tad bit early. Our card is below along with some other photos…

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Daisy & Angel Tigger’s Answers

1. I’m going to give Mom Crystal cuddling and nose rub for Christmas.

2. I sleep 12 hours a night.

3. My home is decorated with a Christmas tree, lights and Christmas decorations.

4. Laying by the Christmas tree and cuddling with a Christmas stocking makes me feel festive.

Please Note: Answers in Navy Blue are Daisy Mae’s and Answers in Maroon are Angel Tiggers.

ANGEL TIGGER IS ON TOP AND DAISY MAE IS THE Cat on the bottom.

Crystal’s Answers

1. I’m going to give my parents, sisters and their husbands food package from Omaha Steaks for Christmas.

2. I sleep less than 8 hours a night.

3. My home is decorated with a Christmas tree, Christmas lights, Candles.

4. Christmas music, Christmas shopping and Christmas decorating makes me feel festive.

Cyber Monday 2020

OUR CAMP NEAR THE WOODS IN 2017.

Cyber Monday 2020 has come and is almost over. Some places like Amazon had Cyber Monday longer than just 1 day. How many of you were shopping all day? I usually don’t shop on Cyber Monday but this year I did. You see I got into this Christmas Program called Secret Paws well Daisy Mae did and I just get to spend the money[more about that in a later post]. I’ve had fun shopping on Amazon for the past few days and finally put my order in tonight. I can’t wait to hear about your Cyber Monday shopping adventures and things went. I know just when I thought I had my gifts and set to order Amazon, they said the items couldn’t be shipped to that address. Not one item so back to the drawing board. 

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY.

 

BOOK 5 COMPLETED!!!!

I’m excited and thrilled to tell you my wonderful readers I Did It, I Finally Did It, I Really Did It. Can I get a WOOT WOOT!! Book 5 of The Royal Murder Mysteries Series is now completed. Although this 5 book series was written for fun and done just to see if I could do it, I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be able to write this 5 book series.

After I first got started writing this 5 book series, I found myself setting small goals for myself and also large goals. For example, my small goals consisted of finishing a chapter and an example of a large goal is I would give myself a year to finish one book. Which was met for all books I might add. Also In my first year I wrote three books, In my second year I wrote one book and my third and final year my 5th book. Meeting all these goals met the world to me and really kept encouraging me.

Although writing this 5 book series was fun to write, it was hard work a lot of hard work. I couldn’t have done it without the encouragement and mentoring from my friend Amorette Anderson who is also is an author and great writer. She encouraged me the whole way.

So if you’re thinking of being a writer but don’t think you have the talent or don’t think you can do it, think again. That dream of writing isn’t there by accident. If you’re going to dream Dream Big and nurture that writing dream. It won’t happen overnight but it will happen and let me tell you because I know from experience, those little goals in writing a book you complete and make you feel so good you should celebrate those too.

still remember when I first started writing. It was way back when I was in college many, many years ago when my one professor took the class to hear Maya Angelou speak. Hearing this woman speak was just mesmerizing and just incredible. I can still here her telling everyone to never give up. After that, I started writing poems and short stories and just a few years ago found out I could write books too. I also wrote a post on some things you need to do or try to do and you can find that by going to Coronations, A Surprise, Jailbreak & Capture: The Royal Murder Mysteries – Book 5 Update . I do hope you go to the above link.

Good Luck With Your Writing. By the way, if you’re a blogger then you’re a writer.

Friendly Fill – Ins

QUEEN DAISY MAE SHOWING OFF HER GREY AND WHITE BELLY.

Daisy Mae’s Answers

1. Watching my Mom Crystal as she gets up is funny.

2. I’ve written a fan letter to Santa Paws.

3. Talking to Mom Crystal is easier than it looks.

4. Training the Humans in my loving furever family is harder than it looks.

OUR CAMP NEAR THE WOODS IN 2017.

Crystal’s Answers

1. Watching me talk and yell at my computer is funny.

2. I’ve written a fan letter to Santa Clause.

3. Giving a speech that some animals are smarter than some Humans is easier than it looks.

4. Trying to Train a Cat is harder than looks.