Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Birthday Giveaway by Paty Jager

And we have a winner!!  

Comment # 21, Renee!  Congrats, love, you are the winner.  

Please email Paty at  hihocowpaty@yahoo.com 

Thank you, everyone, for stopping by and wishing Paty a Happy Birthday!! 


Today, I have an award winning and very talented as well as an overall nice lady, Paty Jager.  Come on, everyone, come out and show Paty some love on her special day!!  She's giving gifts too!

Judith, Thank you for having me on your blog today to help me celebrate my birthday.

Yes, today is my birthday. Now that I think about it, I haven't given my characters a real birthday party in any of my books. A couple have mentioned birthdays but the actual day has never been celebrated. I'll have to rectify that in the next book. Perhaps, in the last Halsey brother book, Logger in Petticoats.

So how would a female logger in 1891 celebrate her birthday? I could have her put on a dress and be escorted to town for dinner in the fancy hotel restaurant. Or maybe she just wants a new axe or cleats for climbing trees. I'm sure once I get to know her better, she'll get the present she's always dreamed of.

Did you know that birthdays have been around since the first calendar was formatted from the lunar cycles? The celebrations started out as family and friends gathering around the person on their birth day and carrying on in a loud fun fashion to keep the evil spirits away. The first celebrations, guests only brought good wishes and later they brought gifts to bring more good wishes to the birthday person. And eventually the gifts were flowers.

The birthday cake goes back to the early Greeks who made a moon shaped cake to give to their Goddess of the moon. While there are others who believe the birthday cake originate in Germany where they made a cake that was to resemble Jesus' swaddling clothes.  

Two sisters, Mildred and Patty Hill, wrote The Birthday Song in 1893. Which version do you sing at your birthday parties, the original or the one about "you look like a monkey"? My brothers and I always sang the monkey version to each other on our birthdays. Now we just send ornery cards. ;)

Leave a comment with what you think my female logger character would like on her birthday and you're name will go in the drawing for some goodies.

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Now I’m off to eat cake. Chocolate with lots of ice cream.


Winona said...

Patty--I'm glad to have found you. And, via my dearly missed friend Judy, I mean Judith. Happy Birthday! I hope you receive lots of gifts. That being said--what on earth would an independent logging woman in the late 1800's want to receive? I bet she wears breeches since she has to climb over and up trees. She may even have to wear them under her skirt so she won't shock anyone with her lack of propriety. So, give her some soft but tough breeches for her birthday. And, I think every woman in every generation would appreciate a good meal. Eat Cake!

Melinda Elmore said...


Happy Birthday!!!!!I would think she would want some new boots to help protect her feet plus a birthday cake...

Love your books Paty

Walk in harmony,

Mona Risk said...

Happy Birthday Paty. To think of it I never had a birthday party in my books too. I wonder if an 1800 woman would like a book, or flowers, or a silk scarf? Have a great day.

Margie said...

I think she would like the dress up day to go to dinner. I am sure that she wouldn't do that very often. Girls, even tomboy girls, like to do girly things every once in a while.

Christine Young said...

Hope you have a very happy birthday, Paty

Vonnie Davis said...

Happy Birthday, sweet lady!! I'm thinking your female logger would like some lotion for her work weary hands...and to rub on a specific man...ah, the visions that conjurs up. ;-)

Renee Vincent said...

Paty, first off, Happy Birthday dear!

And second, I see you like your cake like I do - chocolate with lots of ice cream.

What do I think a female logger would want for her birthday? Well the choice is easy - a sexy shirtless lumberjack. Hey, I bet even in the 1800's women wanted that. haha

Great post and I hope you enjoy your special day!

Judith Ashley said...

Happy Birthday, Paty...and many more! Never did the monkey song but we had a couple of additions to the original in my family.

1890's logger who is a woman and who is celebrating her birthday. 1. The day off (no logging allowed);
2. A hot bath (no skinny dipping in the cold stream today) 3. Someone else to do the cooking (could be dinner in town or it could be that the hero fixes something)...and, of course I agree with Renee, he'll be shirtless and a sexy hunk.

Judith Ashley

Paty Jager said...

Winona, I like the way you think! Both the gift for my lady logger and me. ;)

Melinda, New boots. Great idea! Thanks!

Mona, nice ideas for presents. Give her something feminine since she works in a male world. Thank you.

You're right, Margie.

Thanks, Chris!

Ohhh, Vonnie! I like the image and the gift. I may have to work that into the book. Especially since the hero will be the duck out of water in this story. He would need sore muscles relieved. ;)

Thanks Renee! I agree. There are few women who wouldn't want a shirtless logger.

Judith, Thanks! And I agree with all of your present suggestions.

Melissa Jarvis said...

Happy Birthday and a fascinating post on the origin of our birthday celebrations. My son just turned five on June 26. I'm a history buff, as some of you know and am always looking to add to the encyclopedia in my head. Your heroine also might have had her picture taken (I know if you couldn't afford a full photograph, they would just do your head and draw in the body)

D'Ann said...

Happy birthday!

A woman logger--that's way cool! I bet she'd secretly love something pretty...!

Genene Valleau said...

Happy Birthday, Paty! Had fun reading the birthday suggestions for your lady logger from others. To give her something totally extraordinary, perhaps she could be transported to the future for a pampered spa day, with that shirtless hunk someone else mentioned.

Enjoy your cake and ice cream and your special day!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Happy Birthday, Paty. I agree that every woman appreciates a good meal she doesn't have to prepare or clean up after.

JackieW said...

I think your logger character would like a date with the guy she's had a secret crush on for years. Maybe a walk down by the stream or a horseback ride into the sunset...Have a great Happy Birthday.

JOYE said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PATY. I think your logger girl would not want a lot of fuss over her on her birthday...just kind words from her logger friends. I'm sure they would be cherished words since I'm thinking logger guys wouldn't give them out freely.

Judith Leger said...

Nona!! It's a small world, love! :D

Wow, I am soooo happy so many have stopped by to wish this awesome lady a happy birthday!

Julianne said...

Happy birthday, Paty!

Let's see...what would she like...Hm... I'm going to go with the new boots, too. And a few new bottles of moisturizer with sunscreen, nd maybe a book on the latest logging methods?

Susan Macatee said...

Happy birthday, Paty!

Not sure what your female logger would want. Maybe a big bouquet of flowers from a hunky male logger.

Sarah Raplee said...

Happy Birthday, Paty!
Maybe your logger woman would want to books to feed her soul and ease her isolation. Being the only woman in a man's world could be lonely.

Janice said...

Happy birthday.

My sister and I, if we're feeling ornery will sing the "monkey song" and I just turned fifty. LOL.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

I think she might like a novel so when she could sneak away to the river for an hour of personal time, she could lose herself in a good romance.

Jacquie Rogers said...

Chocolate! Chocolate candies were being developed then, milk chocolate was making the rounds.

Happy Birthday, Paty!


Paty Jager said...

Melissa, Happy belated birthday to your son. A photograph. I hadn't thought of that. Good one!

D'Ann, I'm thinking the same thing. Thanks for stopping in!

Thanks Genene! I like your answer.

So true Caroline. So why am I barbequing tonight....

Paty Jager said...

Thanks you Jackie and that's a good idea. But instead of someone she's had a crush on how about the greenhorn learning her profession?

So true, Joye. Kind words or perhaps being let off early and a chance to clean up before dinner.

Juliane, so she gets a jar of bear grease . LOL just kidding. You had some good ideas. My logger birthday girl maybe getting a whole lot more presents this year.

Susan, Nice! I'm also thinking perhaps her first real kiss...

Sarah, Books! I hadn't thought of that but that would be a good one. Does she like poetry perhaps... You are all helping to also learn more about my character through this. Thank you one and all!

Renee said...

Happy Birthday, Paty! I think she'd want a nice bubble bath.

Paty Jager said...

Janice, Ah! Another monkey birthday song singer! Yes! I knew my family couldn't be the only one! Happy 50th to you! I'm older.

Nice touch, Paisley. I like it. Thanks!

Thanks Jacquie. Duh! *slapping hand on forehead* What does any girl want- chocolate. I'll have to check into exactly what it was like back then. That, a book, and a walk at dusk would be the kind of thing my hero would do.

Paty Jager said...

Renee, Hi! Thanks! Yes, a bubble bath would be a luxury for her. Good idea.

Vonnie Alto said...

Happy Birthday Paty!
Your logger heroine might appreciate a fancy new dress to wear to the next dance and a trip to the ice cream shop. I believe ice cream was made back then...?
Or depending on her other interests, she might like a colored pencil set or some very fine, sweet smelling soap.

DeanY said...

A new pair of jeans to make it easier to climb and cut the trees in would be a wonderful gift.

Paty Jager said...

Great ideas, Vonnie. I like the sweet smelling soap. I can see her getting the wrong idea when the hero hands it to her. ;)

I like that idea Dean, since I've been thinking of making her a topper. Thank you!

DeanY said...

The jeans would also cause quite a stir with the Lumber Jacks...

Alicia Coleman said...

Happy Birthday, Paty. I hope it's a good one.

SiNn said...

Patty I loveee your books Happy Birthday I think she may like to have a afgan or something useful boots or shirts and britches or just a day of relaxation

Paty Jager said...

LOL- True, Dean!

Thanks, Alicia! It was.

Sinn, Thank you! I like your ideas for gifts.

Cathryn Cade said...

Happy Birthday!

My husband was a logging boss for several years after he got out of forestry school. Your heroine would have been one tough cookie! She could have wrassled her man down and grabbed all the birthday kisses she wanted, grin.

It was a tough, man's world, so I'm thinking she would've liked a day of pampering and feeling like a woman--starting with a hot bath, as it's my understanding most logging campers got pretty darn stinky come springtime.


Paty Jager said...

Thanks Cathryn. Yes, I'm thinking a nice hot bath with some floral salts would be the thing she'd want.

Minnette Meador said...

Happy Birthday, Baby!!!!! May every dream come true, may every fortune touch you, and more importantly, may
every man wear a pair of new boots...

and nothing else... :o)

Christiana said...

Happy Birthday Paty!!!

Thank you so much for the books you write, the Authors you share with us, and just being the wonderful person that you are!!

As for your Female Logger... She has a tough job, but I think, when it comes to birthday's we all want to feel feminine and special. I think she needs flowers, handpicked wildflowers, a home-cooked meal that she didn't have to cook, and then something uniquely her, hand-stitched butter soft leather gloves to protect her hands, or even nice pair of deer hide breeches, maybe embroidered or trimmed in lace. Just a thought.


P.S. Loving the blog with Minnette today!

shadow_kohler said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you had lots of fun! Make sure you get spoiled and pampered! :P