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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Merry Christmas!

My house is decorated and we're going for a Christmas tree this weekend. We'll have all but 3 grandchildren with us to get trees. I have to say, getting the tree is one of my top 3 favorite things about Christmas.

This was 4 years ago.
I love tramping through the forest, hopefully in snow, looking for the perfect tree. And we all know while it looks perfect when you cut it, you get it home and oops, that side has to face the wall! LOL  We'll pack a lunch and lots of goodies. Hot chocolate and water. Everyone will have snow clothes. There will be snowball fights, ganging up on grandpa, and a whitewashing. All in good fun.

Last year, we had half of the grandchildren with us. The older boys were given the task of cutting down the trees and packing them back to the truck.

We'll come home, have a dinner of hot soup and fresh rolls and decorate the tree.

My other two favorite things about Christmas are giving- I love to find the perfect gift and gift people who are not be expecting it.

My other favorite thing about this time of year are the Christmas songs. I have them playing all day long and dance around to the fast paced songs. Many bring back memories of Christmas pasts.

What is one of your favorite things about this time of year?

I'm excited to say, book 4, in the Gabriel Hawke series is available in ebook and print.

Chattering Blue Jay

Killer on the loose.

Tracking Rivalry.

Revenge could get them killed.

Fish and Wildlife Oregon State Trooper Gabriel Hawke is set to teach a class at a Search and Rescue conference in Idaho when a dangerous inmate breaks out of prison. It is believed the man is headed to Hells Canyon.

Hawke is enlisted to find the escapee. He’s paired with a boastful tracker who doesn’t follow directions, making them both targets.

Before the dust settles, the other tracker is dead and Hawke is twisting in the wind for letting the possible killer get away.

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 43 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.


  1. Love that picture! It's been years since we trekked into the woods and cut our own tree. I can almost smell the scent of evergreens just by looking at the picture. Good luck with the new book. Happy Holidays!

    1. I thought I replied to this... Hi Joan! I love the scent and the space that is in a tree cut from the woods. I use the extra limbs for decorating around the house. Thanks! Chattering Blue Jay is doing pretty good so far.

  2. This sounds like such fun, Paty. Our allergies are too bad for a real tree but we have a lovely artificial one in the living room, a tall skinny one in the family room, and a small one on the dining room table with my little village and train. Plus we have tiny trees throughout the house. You new book sounds fascinating. Merry Christmas!

  3. Hi Caroline. People with allergies do need an artificial tree. Wow! You have a lot of them around your house! I'll have the real one in the living room and then I put small artificial ones in the bedrooms. Thank you on the book. It was hard, but fun to write.


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