Sparks and a Review from Joanie

Hi everyone! We are joining Comedy Plus’ Awww…. Mondays and McGuffy’s Reader’s Sparks blog hops.

Joanie finally had time to do some reading not that the furbies are hibernating.


Henry the Christmas Cat by Mary Calhoun is a children’s picture book about a Siamese cat named Henry. He follows his family to church where the kid is in a Christmas pageant and he ends up rescuing the sheep. It was cute story and there are many other books about his adventures.

And for my Spark, I am continuing with ideas to spread joy this holiday season. This may seem like an odd one, but you should give a tip or a gift to your garbage man. We give ours a Dunkin Donuts gift card and a bottle of the hubby’s homemade wine. I know this is a tough time of year for many , but it is the thought that counts. If you can’t afford to giveΒ  tip or gift, you could make cookies or candy. I am sure they appreciate being though of. I know my delivery people are enjoying our snacks, especially the ones that work late.



  1. MeOW we wish we could dump your trash awnty Ellen. We could do without the wine, but mommy’s been cravin’ donuts. And, it sounds like we’d live close enuff to a donut store she might could have one now and again. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

  2. It is a blessing to those who work so hard that they be remembered. Thanks for the idea, i am going to work on something for them.

  3. Ellen,

    I think giving a tip or gift is a lovely idea. I’ve done this in years’ past and sometimes when I have appointments scheduled during the holiday season I’ll bake something for my doctor’s office. It really does make a person’s day a little brighter. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have been in the mood to read lots of festive books lately, and I will definitely have to check this cute one out! I also love the festive ideas your are giving. This is so thoughtful, and I will definitely have to do this.

  5. Great ideas! We always try to come up with a little something for our garbage man and our paper delivery couple. I imagine they’re often forgotten and they do provide a great service! πŸ™‚

  6. That is such a good suggestion to give the people that serve you a nice Christmas gift. We always give our mail lady something. You all have a fantastic Monday.

    1. Thank you. I could go for a donut too- I just watched the show Superior Donuts and they always have donuts in the background πŸ™‚

  7. That’s a great idea about tipping the garbage man. Unfortunately, we don’t know who that is…or how to leave something for him/them. We do tip our newspaper carrier.

  8. Lovely idea to tip the garbage man… he does a lot of hard work and could use a smile or two… Our garbage man used to also be our neighbor!

    The Mom loves reading children’s books to us! Henry sounds like a very kind cat to help sheep in a Christmas pageant.

    Purrz from Chiquita who loves helping Mom type by holding her arm down (MOL)

  9. Awww on Joanie. So cute.

    I love your idea. We need to do more too. We have so many that work so hard and sometimes you remember some, but not others. I’ll work on that.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. My best to your peeps. β™₯

  10. When my daughters were younger, we tied candy canes with a thank you note to the bags for our garage collectors. The look of surprise on their faces was fun to see. Now that my daughters are grown and gone, I still continue to do this every year. And, I hope Joanie enjoyed her book. It looks like a cute story.

  11. We tried to give our garbage collectors gifts for two years, but they never took the gifts and left them behind. Perhaps they aren’t allowed to accept gifts? It saddened us.

  12. Oh I bet your garbage guy loves you! Same with all the delivery peeps with the basket of snacks. You are SOOOOOOOOO thoughtful!

    Hugs, Teddy

  13. That’s such a great idea – I hadn’t even thought of the garbage men. I love how many great things you’re doing to keep the real spirit of Christmas alive. Have a really lovely week.

  14. Ohhh we think Dunkin’ Donuts is purrfect this time of year, warm coffee and a yummy donut on a cold morning
    We give our mailman a Panera card…we’ve had the same mailman for nearly 30 years.
    Hugs madi and mom

    1. That is amazing you have had the mailman for so many years, I think our mail lady has been at least 20. XO

  15. guyz….we iz gonna sound like scrooge but de onlee onez round heer gettin any thing frum TT iz de mail purrson; we willna EVEN go inta what de trash
    place did ~~~~~~ faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  16. Good greef Joanie how did mee miss this post?? Mee apawlogizess!!
    LadyMum said shee HAS red “Henry thee Katmass Kat”…no sirprise there as shee ADOORSS thee name Henry!! (Her Pappaw’ss name).
    Rite now wee aare reddin an Edwaridan mystery/drama titulled “Thee Unseen” bye Lady Katherine Webb. It iss berry inn-terestin an ree-mindss us of “Downton Abbey” mee 2nd faverite show.
    LadyMum iss leernin more about thee Edwardian Period…shee iss a Victorian Era gurl, mew mew mew….
    **nose rubsss** Brofur-Inn-Law, Siddhartha Henry xxx

    1. Henry is a lovely name especially when there is a purrince Siddhartha in front of it. πŸ™‚ XO I love Downton Abbey so maybe I would like this book.

      1. Mee iss sure you an lady Ellen wood like this book Joanie!!!
        mee misses “Downton Abbey”…mee likess Carson an Mistur Batess thee best. LadyMum liked Anna Batess an Lady Grantham thee best!

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