Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Another large stack.

Witch Hunt and Witch Trial by Cate Conte are the first two books in a new series Full Moon Mysteries. An adult woman finds out she is a witch.


Good Rich People the strange games that rich people play and weird twists on the rules!

When You Are Mine a thriller with London police, domestic violence, corruption and a crazy person! A page turner for sure. Want to check out other books the author has written.

Reckless Girls is a thriller. A young couple are hired by some rich girls to sail them to Meroe Island. A real place with a past. 



 Happy Reading.


Monday, January 23, 2023

Mini-ManCat Monday

... no wisdom that [my kitten] may gain by experience and reflection hereafter will compensate for the loss of her present hilarity. - William Cowper

Happy Chinese Lunar New Year. Mum didn't get Chinese food to eat this weekend. Maybe soon. It is the year of the Rabbit. Mum says she is a Snake and I am a Rat! Dat looks like a mean bun!


All quiet this past week. Not much going on, mum doing her usual stuff and me doing my usual stuff. Oh hum, what exciting lives we lead. 

Yes I got hugged and kissed, usually do most every day. Mum likes to cuddle, especially when I invade her sleepy spot. 

Yes I always have questions and mum does her best to answer them, or look up the answers. She also has an inquiring mind. Says we should never stop being curious about stuff and learning. That is why she reads so much.


 It has been cloudy so much that me and mum are wishing for sun, but then that means colder weather. However we haven't had much snow this year. Not compared to some of our furiends. Some places have had feets of snow, we haven't even gotten to one feets! Tiny bit of snow on Sunday, mum didn't even clear the driveway!

Me, sitting on mum while she is doing the crow-shay with the feetsball games on Sunday. 

 

 Feetsball Report

Mum watched all of the games this weekend and she like some results and not so much some of the others.

AFC - Them Chiefs will be playing the Bengals! Nice to have a cat team playing. Mum sorta wanted the Bills, but is still OK with Bengals. The game was like watching in a snow globe.

NFC- Da Eagles will be playing the Niners. Mum was happy that the Cowboys and Coach Mike aren't moving on. Mum knows Coach Mike used to be the Packer coach but she isn't fond of him.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

 A bigger stash of goodies for this week. 

Gone But Not Furgotten is the latest book in the Cat Cafe mystery books. Murder along with dealing with a cat hoarding situation

Box 88 about a UK MI6 agent who says he is retired but MI6 thinks he is part of a very hush, hush new spy agency. I couldn't get into this and at 500+ pages and book one of three, decided not to read the whole thing.

The Paris Orphan a story that bounces from World War 2 era and today. Lots of characters and their relationships, some hidden, others not.

Danger on the Atlantic the latest of the Jane Wunderly mysteries. Looking for spies and missing a missing husband.

The Unkept Woman latest in the Sparks & Bainbridge series where they run a marriage bureau after World War 2 and manage to get involved with various crimes when the past creeps into the present. 


My first visit to the library this year was last week. This banner was suspended from the ceiling. That is a lot of books. The library has about 15,000 cards issued so this figures out to about $586 books per card. I am an overachiever!


Happy Reading.

 

Monday, January 16, 2023

Mini-ManCat Monday

The love of dress is very marked in this attractive animal; he is proud of the lustre of his coat, and cannot endure that a hair of it shall lie the wrong way. When the cat has eaten, he passes his tongue several times over both sides of his jaws, and his whiskers, in order to clean them thoroughly; he keeps his coat clean with a prickly tongue which fulfills the office of the curry-comb. - Jules Champfleury 

Yep, we kits like to keep a clean machine! 


 I am inspecting the crow-shay that mum worked on during the feetsball this weekend. Actually she only worked on it on Sunday. She did so much last weekend her hands and shoulder were getting hurty. So she tried not to do so much this weekend.
Me watching mum do her crow-shay before moving in and sitting on her, and preventing her from doing the crow-shay for a while.


Feetsball Report

Mum only watched one game in full, the Bills-Dolphins game and she was happy the Bills won. Otherwise she would do stuff then turn on the game when she thought it was getting towards the end. Mum was really happy when she watched the end of the Vi-Queens game and saw they lost! 

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

I had a few more thoughts on how many books I could or should read in a year. Last year was a record, third record year in a row. I looked back at the progression of the total of books I have read since I retired. The overall average is 146, so I figure that is a decent total to aim for. 150 more or less! So less checking out 8-10 books at a time, more like 5-6. I can savor the books more instead of crashing through them. 


Latest lap robe crocheted. Lots of football games so that meant lots of time keeping my hands busy while I watched. Including the Packers losing on Sunday night. I looked at the schedule of games for this weekend, only see one game that really interests me.

More goodies to share on the book front.

The Paris Seamstress a family history stretching from Paris and New York during World War II and today with a descendant today. A few twists and turns in the family tree.

Jackie and Maria by Gill Paul, the author admits she takes some liberties with the truth and the relationship of Jackie Kennedy, Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis.  

The Watergate Girl by Jill Wine Banks, she was a lawyer hired to be on the special prosecutors team back in 1972. The book is about her time on that team as well as her personal life and other legal positions she has held.

The Maid, imagine being a hotel maid in an exclusive residential hotel and you discover the body of a resident. Who done it? The maid, the wife, the ex-wife? Someone else?

The Great American Recipe Cookbook is based on the PBS show that was on last summer. Not so much a cooking show as a way for them to collect recipes. The people were given themes to cook for. A holiday meal, comfort food, something that reflects your heritage, etc. Most of the recipes where way more complicated than how I choose to cook. Also on the show I thought they did a disservice to the people by not giving them sufficient time to prepare the food. Like one hour to make 10 servings for a holiday meal. And then complaining the food was under cooked!

Claws for Suspicion is the third book in the Catskills Pet Rescue series and was published in 2022.

Little Sister is the latest thriller by Gytha Lodge who manages to keep a police book interesting with lots of plot twists.

Ho-Ho-Homicide is an installment on the Liss MacCrimmons mystery series. I liked it in that she moved the story line forward by about 5 years. So no murders every three months in a little town.

Perversion of Justice, all about Jeffrey Epstein and the reporter who dug into his story of why he got off so easy in Florida the first time. He was a nasty man, preying on young girls. Interesting but can be disturbing to read.

Mary and Lou and  Rhoda and Ted is a book about the Mary Tyler Moore show from the 1970's. The development of the show, casting, the ups and downs of making a show. A favorite show of mine at the time so interesting to look back.


 


Hmm, I don't read in bed. At least not as an adult now. I did as a kid because that was the one place I had privacy and quiet to read. 

Happy Reading. 

Monday, January 9, 2023

Mini-ManCat Monday

[Cats'] whiskers, seem to possess something like an additional sense; these have, perhaps, some analogy to the antennae of moths... - Rev. W. Bingley

We actually had some sunshine on Caturday. It was so nice and both mum and I took advantage of the rays. Mum even was outside getting some rays. Mum also got all the little sparkly trees put away and is likely to get the outside lights taken down today.

Mum even got some movies of me snoozing in her lap in the sun. It was nice!
 



Then Sunday had no sun but lots of feetsball and crow-shay. You can see me sitting on the blankie making it hard for mum to work on it.


Feetsball Report

Mum sure watched a lot of feetsball in the past week. She doesn't usually watch the Monday night game but thought it would be a good game. It was scary to watch the player collapse cuz his heart stopped. Super happy they got it going again and that he is doing well. Continuing purrs for him.

The Pack - They losted so won't be playing anymore games for the playoffs. They played the Lions and the Lions knew they wouldn't be in the playoffs. So their goal was to make sure The Pack didn't go either. So the Pack lost to the Lions for both games this season. 

Mum says we can now root for any team we want to win the Stouper Bowl. Mum is think Buffalo!

Happy week. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Happy 2023! May we all read more this year than last. I read exactly 200 books and that was more than enough. I'm not sure I can do more without giving up other things that I do. I have a house and yard to care for, crochet projects and doing stuff away from home too. Plus I want to get back to doing more walking which has sort of died off since the pandemic hit.

So for the books in the picture.

The Shop Cats of China, mostly a picture book of cats taken at various places in China.

Sex and the City and Us, about the development and making of the TV show. 

Squirrel Hill is a book about the neighborhood in Pittsburgh where the shooting took place at the temple. It talks about the shooting but also about the relationship of people and the community.

Putting It Together by James Lapine is the story of bringing together the various people to do the Broadway musical Sunday in the Park with George. The book is not written as a narrative, but a collection of interviews and I found that hard to read. I also realized that while I know about the show, I have never actually seen it.

Bibliophile: Diverse Spines is a book about books. Mainly those written by non-white, non-US or European based authors. A way to expand your horizons. 

The Dressmakers of Auschwitz, true story of women who while confined to Auschwitz, were tasked to use their skills as seamstresses to make clothes for the women of the camp officers and others in the Nazi party. Many of them survived.

Apparently there were Complaints a memoir by Sharon Gless. Her main acting role that most would know was Cagney on Cagney and Lacey. 

The Postmistress of Paris, a novel of the underground and resistance in France during World War II. 

I do most of my reading in the morning and afternoon. So don't usually have to worry about bedtime.
 

Years go as I was helping in our library for the reading program our library director noticed a mess on the shelves and reshelved the books. Then a patron came wandering back wondering where her books were that she had piled up. I told her the staff had been out to check thing and neaten them up. If she wanted them, she should have taken them with her. The library even has small shopping baskets for people to use if they can't carry them all. 

Happy Reading!

Monday, January 2, 2023

Mini-ManCat Monday

A house is not a home without a cat.

Happy New Year everyone. Me and mum brought the year in quietly at home. She didn't even stay up late. 


Since January 1 was on a Sunday, that means the Rosie Purrade is today. Mum has figured out how to watch it on the puter without commercials. She gets the LaLa Land station KTLA and they do replay it in case you don't get up in time to see it live. 

Mum is working on another blankie. She has finished five more since she took the blankies in to be given away back in Tock-Tober. You can see them all hereShe hasn't been posting the final pics of the most recent blankies so here they are.





Feetsball Report

The Pack -  they looked like a really good team yesterday! One guy ran the kickoff back to score! They haven't done that in ages. Plus the ViQueen QB was throwing the ball and the Pack guys were the ones catching it. That helped too. Playoff hopes are still alive, next weekend we gotta beat the Lions to get to the playoffs. 

Enjoy the new year!

 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Happy Last Wednesday of the year. I started these reading posts back in February. I went back to the books I was checking out back in 2020 as the pandemic started. So I don't run out of books. I am 3-4 months behind now with posting. So these books were checked out back in September. 

My comment on a couple of comments last week. Virginia, I think you are doing just fine with your celebrations. You have family and friends for dinners, you attend dinners with people. Our family is what we make it to be. My local "family" consists of good friends as my actual family is far away. 

TBT, I look at the titles of books behind those people too. Sometimes I find something good to read! 

Now to my own books from the library.

Doggone Deadly by Deborah Blake is the series I was thinking about when I checked out the Jennifer Hawkin's book a while back.  This is the second of the series about a woman who wins the lottery and rescues a whole shelter. 

Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones, one of the Liss MacCrimmons mystery series.  

Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli is about the novel and movie The Godfather. I think I need to get the DVD and watch the movie again. I never did read the book. I understand it is a bit more racier than the movie.

Death on the Downs by Simon Brett is the second of a series that I wanted to read. However as I got into the second book, the characters weren't compelling enough to keep going. I wasn't sure when I read the first book, but this one wasn't to my liking. The author has other series to try.

 James Burrows is a TV director and from the cover you can see he has been involved with many of the iconic shows over the past 40-50 years. Fun to read, but I skipped the parts of the shows that I rarely watched.


 My receipt for the last check out of 2022. Total value of books checked out is over $5500.00 for the year. I know I didn't read everything I checked out, but I could never afford to buy all the books I would want to read. That is why we have libraries! I'm close to have read 200 books this year, will let you know next week if I actually made it. 


Happy Reading and Happy New Year.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Mini-ManCat Monday

Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause the most inconvenience. - Michael Stevens

Yeah, I was driving mum a bit crazy while she was trying to crochet over the weekend. I wanna sit on your lap mum, can I help it that I end up on top of the blankie too? 

Hope you all had a good Christ-mouse! We did, nice and quiet. Mum cooked too, so some yummy roast beast for both of us. Also, it you were affected by the cold that you were safe.

We had a few crazy days of winter. Super cold and mum bundled up anytime she went outside. This was when she came in on Friday from less than 10 minutes outside. She added water to the birdy bath and put more seed our for them to eat. She skipped shoveling the driveway until Caturday when it was slightly warmer, but not much. Even then she only was outside for 20 minutes all bundled up.


It was so cold the birdy bath froze too! Mum says it was like -35 F outside on Friday, so it was better to just stay inside.



Mum caught me messing with the fake flower thing. Sheesh, I though she was watching the feetsball game!

Feetsball Report

Finally a game on Sunday with a noontime start against The Fish in Miami and The Pack managed to win it so they are still in the hunt for a playoff spot. But they gotta win their next two games. Both games are at Lambeau, out in the cold. Provided it is cold!

Mum started to watch the next game too and the announcers had fun with wearing funky sweaters!


 

Everyone have a good week.


Sunday, December 25, 2022

Merry Christ-mouse

 


For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)


And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, (because he was of the house and lineage of David,) to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. Luke 2: 1-20 (KJV)


Meow

Merry Christmas
God Bless You All.
 Ducky,
Angel Derby
Virginger, Glimmer, Trouper and Fleur
and 
Mum





Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

 A quick trip for more goodies. If I am lucky I will hit 200 books this year, but my current read is over 600 pages! However the book is due back to the library next Tuesday.

While not officially part of the Bruno, Chief of Police series, Bruno's Challenge is a series of short stories with that character. Perhaps stories that couldn't be worked into a longer novel.  

Spirits and Sourdough by Bailey Cates is the latest in the Magical Bakery series. 

The Long Goodbye by Patti Davis is a memoir of her relationship with her father, Ronald Reagan, as he developed Alzheimer's in his final years.

Hello, Transcriber is a police based mystery which didn't catch my interest, didn't finish the book. 

Life from Scratch by Vanessa Lachey, yes the actress. How she has created her own family traditions since she grew up in a broken family.  

Sometimes people just want to start a conversation. You would rather just read!



 Happy Reading.


Monday, December 19, 2022

Mini-ManCat Monday

The more people I meet, the more I like my cat.

Mum likes people, some peoples more than others. I too am picky on who I like. Guess me and mum are the same. 

First Happy Hanukkah to those who cellybrate for the Festival of Lights. At this time of year we need all the bright lights we can get! We haven't seen a nice sunny day for over two weeks. Mum turns our Christ-mouse trees on in the early afternoon!

Just a week until Christ-mouse day. Mum is getting her dinner plans all in place and ready to go shopping for the special foods she needs. She is done with making all her special candy and given most of it away. She went out to eat lots this past week. Less cooking for her, heck, even dinner last night got delivered!

 


Mum with me on her lap, working on the crow-shay. This blankie is just about done, she just needs time to work on it. She mainly does this during feetsball and little feetsball watching the past two weeks. 

She has been reading her books, lots of books, she has a big fat one now about the Queen!


Feetsball Report

None! Again! The Pack doesn't play until Monday night! Sheesh, people around here are going through feetsball withdrawal. Mum has watched tiny bits of other games, but not a whole game. She did watch the guy in khaki who said The Pack still has a furry small chance, 8%, to make the playoffs. Mum says it is likely closer to zero!

Have a wonderful week everyone.