Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Blog Update: I have had several people contact me to let me know they were having issues leaving comments. I wasn't aware that I had changed anything, so maybe Blogger changed?

Anyway, I have changed my setting from needing to sign in with a Google/Blogger access to anyone, including anonymous comments. If you have to leave an anonymous comment would you at least leave your first name so I know who you are?

Also, all comments are now moderated, since anyone can leave a comment, I don't want any weird, obscene, racist, etc. type of comments on the blog. I was informed that the blog doesn't say that comments are moderated. Sigh, technology, so great when it works. 

 So on to books.

Early May check outs. These first books I went in the evening to get them and was helped by one of the teen pages. When I got home the email from the library said only 2 of the 9 books had actually been checked out to me. I called and talked to one of the regular staff. She took my info and the next morning the circulation manager called and said they had checked the rest of the books to me and was looking into the fact that the bar code reader at the one station wasn't working correctly. 

It took a bit to get into the book, but Songs in Ursa Major was good. Story of two young people in the music business in the late 1960's.

The top book is Claws for Alarm by Cate Conte. No Place for A Lady was the first clunker from author Gill Paul, otherwise I have liked her books. Didn't get into Blowout by Rachel Maddow either.


Says the woman who has a reading list that is nine pages long!


Monday, July 25, 2022

Mini-ManCat Monday

Never try to out-stubborn a cat.

 Yep, I can be stubborn, usually not.

We had a visit, or rather mum has a visit from a woofie last week. Aunty Lynn brought her woof to meet mum. 

It was hot out so mum gave him a bowl of water. So they chatted, mum petted the woof for a while and then they left. I did not go outside to meet them and they did not come inside.  I can see it is another terrorist she got.

Plus we had some wicked weather over the weekend. Mum didn't get much sleep cuz of the storms and weather warnings. Oh, and staying up very late to watch the entire baseball game that lasted until midnight. Oh well, she got lots of crow-shay done. 

Lots of hats, this yarn is from a fellow cat mum. Now she is trying to use up all the little bits and bobs to make funky kids hats. 

Happy last week of July.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

A couple of clunkers here for me. Red, White and Royal Blue is probably aimed at young adults. Story of a romance between the son of the President and the son of the royalty in England. Yes, a bromance!

Simply Julia is a cook book and I think I probably thought it was based on Julia Child. No, I didn't find any recipe or cooking stuff to use.

A few sport books in here since I am a sports fan. The cheating scandal in baseball which involved the Astros. Sidelined is about women is sports and how they are treated.

 Holly Danvers is a midwest author and this new series of hers is set in Wisconsin. Cute and there is a second book out now to read as well. She does have other series as well.

I got to meet this guy yesterday, his name is Finch. My friend adopted him last September, but I hadn't had the chance to meet him. He turns one  year old on Saturday, so I got him a bag of dog treats. He was very nice in taking the treats from me. I also put out a bowl of water since it was hot. She was on her way home with him after getting him groomed.

Lots of time for reading these days. Hot and humid during the day, so outside chores get done in the evening after the yard is in shade. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Mini-ManCat Monday

Cats don't bark and act brave when they see something small in fur or feathers - they kill it. Dogs tend to bravado. They're braggarts. In the great evolutionary drama, the dog is Sergeant Bilko, the cat is Rambo. - James Gorman

Yeah, seems I am being bugged by a little interloper that came in a box to mum last week. This little guy came in a box of yarns for mum, and a few toys and treats for me.

No name for this thing as of yet. I am thinking Pest! As it is a pest! Sheesh, it even followed me up onto the cat tree while I was trying to nap. MUM! Get this thing away from me!

 Here is the yarns, mum will use this for hats. She was bizzy doing cro-shay this weekend for hats. 

The hots are back for this week, so mum will stay inside with me as much as she can. Reading and crow-shay for her.


Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Two Parts Bloody Murder by Jen Danna, our local libraries only had the first and fourth of the series, so I ended up buying the ebooks through Amazon. They weren't available through Overdrive either and I think it is because they were more short story length, rather than full size books. The author has another series under her name, as well as writing under the pseudonym of Sara Driscoll. I like her style of writing and topics. 

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul, was good. She has used a current time story to like back to related story of a relative. It has been effective. 

 The Cat Sitter and the Canary is the final book of the series. The author Blaize Clement had died and her son wrote a few more books based on her notes. No new books since 2016, although this book had a cliff hanger in it where a character from the earlier books showed up in the final pages. Arrrgghh. Guess I get to write, in my head, as to what happens next!

 Empire of Pain is a book about the Sackler family and Perdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin. A drug that many point to as being a seminal factor in the opioid crisis that is currently happening
 Reading is a habit I will endure any day! Below, I usually don't try to read two books at once. I find it easier to just read one, finish it and move to the next. 

 Mowed half of the yard on Tuesday night. Was a bit humid but the sun was mostly behind the trees. I can finish today or tomorrow. It had been 11 days since I last mowed as it has been dry and the grass is growing very slowly. 

On my last book of my current stash. My order for new books is in, just waiting for them to arrive from other libraries. 

Happy reading. 

Monday, July 11, 2022

Mini-ManCat Monday

I value in the cat the independent and almost ungrateful spirit which prevents her from attaching herself to any one. The indifference with which she passes from the salon to the housetop. When we caress her, she stretches herself, and arches her back responsively, but that is because she feels an agreeable sensation, not because she takes a silly satisfaction, like the dog, in faithfully loving a thankless master. The cat lives alone, has no need of society, obeys only when she pleases, pretends to sleep that she may see the more clearly, and scratches everything on which she can lay her paw. - Francois Rene de Chateaubriand 

Yep, I am an independent kit, I will hang out with mum, sleep with mum when I feel like it. Otherwise I will do my own thing. 

Well, mum goes and does her own thing too and this means racy cars. Plus it was a furry impurrtect race. They were celly-brating their club's 75th Anniversary! Mum has been a member for over half of those years.

The usual pin for the race. Yep that is a kit peeking over the shield. 

Then a big fancy beer stein with the logo. Mum will probably not use this as a daily drinking mug. It will go in with the rest of the anniversary stuff.

Plus mum paid to get an event shirt too! Oh yeah, the nickname of the race is THE CAT!

Plus this is the race they get fed a super good chick-hen dinner. Cooked over all these hot coals on huge rotating spits. Yummy and as usual no leftovers for me.

 Mum went back and look at all of the anniversary goodies she has gotten for the past years. She has lots of drinking cups from the various groups in the area. 

60th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Milwaukee and Chicago Region

Blackhawk Valley no dates on this one.

Hey, she has enuf glassware for an entire shelf here, she could have quite the drinks party here! Even the big cocktail pitcher!

Yeah, I will just fill up mum's lap now that she is home.

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

I had a quiet 4th, staying home and staying safe. Locally we had a fatal car / pedestrian accident after the local fireworks on the 3rd. Then the Highland Park incident on the 4th. Sad day when our holidays are marked with tragedy and death. 

I stuck my nose in a book and watched baseball to avoid the news for a while. 

All of the above were good, a couple of new authors as well. Some authors these were their debut novels.Will have to see how second books come out and if they are any good.

 The Poacher's Son was the first book of a series. Male author, male main character and it might be a series that is better suited to a man. Wasn't my thing, didn't finish it. Did like Mercury Rising about the early days of the space program. Hour of the Witch was interesting but hard to read as the dialog was done as the people would have spoken back in the 1600's in Salem MA. Author also wrote The Flight Attendant. 

Very true. When I find a book or author I think I might like I check to see if it is a series. Then make sure I start with the first book. I have far too many times read a book well into a series. Then I have to got back and start at the beginning. 

I also recently read about people who when they read a series and a new book comes out, the go back and reread all of the previous books. No way would I do this, I have too much to read anyway. Plus I have ones series that is on book 15. I would not want to read the same books a dozen times. 

Hard to believe we are into July! Where has the year gone. Lots of stuff has happened and more to happen in the months to come. 

Happy reading. 

Monday, July 4, 2022

Happy Purrthday Mericky!

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, 246 by her calculations.

Mum joins me in wishing all of you Mericky kitties 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, watching the racy cars, fireworks and other holly-day stuff from the safety of our home. Well, the racy cars are done for the weekend, mum will be at that track on this coming weekend.


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!