Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Well half of the political world has descended into my area which means lots of time for reading. I don't need to watch political speech drones going on and on about how great they are. The actual action is 15-20 miles away from where I live. My little corner of the world is quiet!

So far this week I have read two books and have five more in the pile I just picked up from the library. I am good to go until next week and the weekend will be racy cars! Coming home overnight to be with Ducky. 

Weather is getting nicer again. Less humid and sunshine. Rain in the last week but the weather guesser is saying dry for the next week. I have to mow the lawn again, at least once a week. Usually by this time of the year you can go two weeks between mowings. I know drought isn't good but sheesh, enough rain. I would like a break from mowing.


The Cracked Spine, Delaney has been downsized from her museum job in Kansas. She sees a job advertised to work in a store that handles books and rare manuscripts. One thing, the job is in Edinburgh, Scotland. A murder occurs and a rare Shakespeare manuscript disappears. Can Delaney and her new friends figure out who done it? This is the first book in a series and it didn't really catch my interest, so I will skip the rest of the series.

Maybe in Another Life is a book I read about 5 years ago and for whatever reason ended back on my reading list. Book is about Hannah returning to her home in LA and goes out with an old friend and also runs into her old boyfriend. The book follows two paths, one she leaves with her friend, the other with the old boyfriend, with different endings.

Summer Reading Samantha and Ben meet on a ferry ride to Martha's Vineyard, both going for the summer. Sam to her family's home to supervise her teenage step-brother and Ben as the interim library director. Only issue, Sam isn't a book person, being dyslexia and neurodivergent. Can these opposites attract or not? Interesting is that the book is set in a typeface that is friendly to those with dyslexia. 





I am a reader who likes quiet, some music is fine as background. I don't do well reading in public. I see people at the Y reading as they workout. That is not me!


And a cat in the lap!

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

The smallest feline is a masterpiece. - Leonardo da Vinci 

Yeah, I am small but I am still a masterpiece! Don't you forget that, ever!

Mum got a fishy fry on Friday and she shared it with me! Lots of nommy fish to nibble on. Plus I gots some ham too!


 




 Mum was watching CRASHCAR this weekend and one of the cars had Best Friends on it! Zooming for zoomies1



The poly-tic people are in town this week. Me and mum won't be going anywhere near things. She plans to stay home and read books. I will stay home and nap.

Have a happy week.

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

 Into July and made it through the holiday and my first race weekend in over two months. Small group but mother nature wanted to provide fireworks on Sunday AM, so we had to stop because of lightening and heavy rain. Rest of the day was fine. Drive home ended up on the backside of a storm. Brief heavy rain while driving, but when I got home I had no rain at my house. 

Megan mentioned in a comment that if it rains I need to come home. Rain alone doesn't stop us, just lightening. Plus I get to see all sorts of friends that I normally don't see otherwise. Although the older I get, the fewer events I do anyway.


Killer in the Family one that kept me guessing until the end. Next installment of the DCI Jonah Sheens books. Likely serial killer in the area, but a break when the perp's DNA is discovered at one of the killing sites. The DNA matches someone in one of the genealogy sites which leads to multiple suspects. Plus one of the police team is in danger.

Mastering the Art of French Murder Paris 1949, Tabitha has left Detroit to live with her French grandfather and uncle in Paris. Her neighbor just happens to be Julia Child. After attending a party at Julia's apartment she finds a dead body, one of the people at the party. The murder weapon, one of Julia's knives. Who really did it and why?

The Marlow Murder Club, Judith is skinny dipping in the River Thames when she hears her neighbor across the river yell and then a gunshot. The police don't seem to interested, even after they find a body. Suicide. Judith thinks no and with the help of friends finds the guilty party.

Coronation Year is historical fiction centered around Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953. It centers on the Blue Lion, a small hotel that the carriage procession will pass by on its way to the Abbey. The hotel is hanging on but barely. But then threatening letters are being sent to the papers on hotel stationary. Is the Queen in danger or is it something else. Very good read. 


Mine is "It Could Take a While". It is shorter as I went through and removed a few duplicates and removed books from authors I didn't care for, or books that had topics I didn't want to read about, i.e. domestic violence. 

 




Happy Reading.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

A dog will flatter you but you have to flatter the cat.- George Mikes 

Sheesh, mum took off this weekend and left me all alone. I had more than enuf foods, but no mum to snuggle with! She got home on Sunday evening and did sit down to snuggle with me. 



Mum still has her red white blue shirt on that she wore to the racy place. It was the Firecracker race. They did have some mother nature fireworks too. They had a long pause to stay safe. 

A big puddle which got smaller during the day. Plus sitting in the car waiting out the wet. 






One car that broke and others waiting to go. 

Super happy mum is home and she says it will be months before she has to be gone overnight again. 

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy Purrthday America!

Happy Purrthday America. I don't have enuf paws to count how old the USA is but mum says it is lots and lots of years, 248 by her calculations.

Mum joins me in wishing all of you Mericky kitties and your humans a good day. Safe and hopefully not too noisy with the fireworks. Cellybrate but do so safely. Me and mum will watch the moving picture box, fireworks and other holly-day stuff from the safety of our home. 

 


 




Mum ordered these special fireworks as usual, in that they don't make booms to scare kitties. They are pretty but won't scare you. Mum skips the local fireworks, says the people just get crazy. She watches the stuff on the moving picture box, no driving, no crowds and the noise isn't so bad that it scares me. 

  Now to honor America, please join in and sing a few songs with us. Sing them from your heart.


God, bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, And guide her
Through the night with a light from above. 
From the mountains To the prairies  
To the oceans white with foam, 
God, bless America, My home, sweet home.
 God bless America Land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with a light from above
From the mountains
To the prairies  
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America

My home sweet home
God bless America....

My home sweet home!





O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet
Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!

America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for halcyon skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the enameled plain!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till souls wax fair as earth and air
And music-hearted sea!

O beautiful for pilgrims feet,
Whose stem impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till paths be wrought through
wilds of thought
By pilgrim foot and knee!

O beautiful for glory-tale
Of liberating strife
When once and twice,
for man's avail
Men lavished precious life!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till selfish gain no longer stain
The banner of the free!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!

America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
Till nobler men keep once again
Thy whiter jubilee!

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Happy 4th of July eve! Hope everyone has a safe holiday. I plan to spend it safely at home with Ducky. Nothing special, no fireworks here and my neighborhood is reasonably quiet. A few fireworks are set off but they quit early enough that people can get to sleep at a decent hour. 

Will grill out some good foods for me and Ducky too. Need to get a few things from the store today, so will find corn, eggplant and something else to grill. 

Plus reading, always time to read.

Every Last Fear another thriller, yes I like thrillers. Matt Evans older brother is in prison for a murder he didn't commit. The remainder of his family are killed while on a vacation in Mexico. Those deaths look like a contract killing. Lots of twists and turns until the true story comes out.

The Wishing Game is a cute story. Lucy has been estranged from her family for years and grew up wishing she could be part of a true family. The author of her favorite childhood book series announces a contest, one by invitation only and Lucy is invited. If she wins she will have enough money to provide a home to an orphan, to make a family she always wanted. 

We all need to think these days. Far too much going on with the world to be accepting of whatever is being spewed at us by people and the media. Take time to evaluate what is best for you and our country. 

 




Or Ducky does his best to distract me! As I write this he is on the arm of the chair, snoopervising. 


I joined up with five fellow cat people to form a team in which we have to walk, swim, run, bike or whatever to get to 2024 miles this year. We hit that milestone on June 30, so now we go for 4048! I have my own personal goal for the year and I am happy to say I am on track to meet my goal. 

Happy Reading.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later. - Mary Bly 

Thanks to all who visited for my purrthday. Greatly appreciated. Mum was nice and shared some of her yummy foods over the weekend too. Fishy shrimps, ham and gyro meat too. All good stuff. 


We had some hots but Sunday was super nice and mum had the windows wide open. It was so nice and she did her outside work and I snoopervised while she used the grass eater. 

Our naybors have a small pool for their little sticky things. Do you see the size of that flamingo? Plus there is a smaller flamingo too, you can just see the neck!


Hey, it is a new month too. Happy July. So far we haven't had much in terms of fireworks making lots of noise. 

Have a wonderful and safe week.

Friday, June 28, 2024

Sweet Sixteen

 Who is Sweet Sixteen? ME!

Today is my purrthday according to mum, so we are celly-brating! Mum pulled out some of my earliest pics that she took of me. When I arrived here I was already a year and a half old.

Me as I first checked out the 'puter that had Derby's face on it. One of mum's fav pics of him.

Her first ever pic of me meeting me at the shelter!





As you can see, mum pulled out the stops for today. Lots of good foods, drinks and cake too. 

Thanks for coming to celly-brate with me. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

First, stop by on Friday for something special.

Happy Wednesday and I am hoping that I got a decent night of sleep this past night. Too many nights or early mornings with severe storms. Nothing bad happened at my house, just lots of noise to keep awake or wake me up. 

So when I don't get my sleep I fall asleep trying to read. Even books that I am at the critical part of the books. I don't know how people do audiobooks, I would be zoned out big time! When I read, I read. I see people reading while they are working out at the Y on a bike or treadmill, not me!

While I was at the Y working out on Monday they were moving equipment around. What I liked is that there are now four recumbent bikes upstairs instead of just one. They moved things around downstairs but I didn't go down to see what they did, although I could tell they moved the bikes!


The Secrets of the Bastide Blanche is the next Verlaque and Bonnet mystery. Interesting format that one of the main characters relates the story after the fact while Verlaque and Bonnet research it. Is the author Valere Barbier really a good writer or is someone ghosting writing for him?

Personal Effects interesting book. Author has worked in law enforcement, the Army assigned to Mortuary Affairs and finally at Kenyon International Emergency Services. As such he is called to sites like the World Trade Center, Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City after the tragedies there and many other places to recover bodies and personal items from various catestrophic events. Hard work, mentally and physically and he relates on how his work has affected him and his family.

Rogue Justice a thriller, a follow-up book to While Justice Sleeps. The main character Avery Keene becomes involved following up with information on a blackmailed judge, a murdered judge and a plot of some sort that involves the judicial system. 

I have a list of books I want to read, it doesn't get shorter. I got an email from the New York Times about thrillers to read. I haven't researched the books yet but thrillers are one of my go to books. 

Yep, reading keeps me going. Thankfully I have sufficient financial means so I can take time to read. No going off to work at my age. That was my one criteria for my investment guy, I don't want to be the old lady asking if you would like fries with that!



Yes, I have been asked what is my favorite book. I don't have just one. When I get asked about my favorite book I say "The next one".

Stay cool everyone. 

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 24, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

 Even overweight, cats instinctively know the cardinal rule: when fat, arrange yourself in slim poses. - John Weitz 

Well I am naturally thin, so no need to work on any fancy poses. 


In general we had a quiet weekend. Storms on Caturday night but nothing really near us. Sunday was a nice day. 

Mum didn't go to play with racy cars this weekend, she said her hip was bothering her and she didn't think she could walk and stand all day long. She stayed home to cuddle with me, watch the moving picture box, crow-shay a few hats too. 

I will have to snoopervise her this week, she needs to use the grass eater. My work is never done.

Have a wonderful week.