Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

At the end of February, although this year we get an extra day! One more day to do all the stuff we never seem to get done. That just seems to be the way life is. 

Weather is getting nice, way nicer than usual for this early in the year. Makes me wonder if we will get a dump of snow in March, although snow in March doesn't last long with more sunshine and higher sun angles. 

Maybe soon I can sit outside and read! I did sit outside on Tuesday, the temperatures were in the 70's. Just enjoyed the warms, the birds singing. Wednesday early AM the temps dropped into the 20's!

The It Girl another goodie from Ruth Ware. April and Hannah are roommates at Pelham College at Oxford. Hannah is your average person, April has money, looks and smarts. At the end of their first year Hannah finds April murdered and by Hannah's testimony one of the college porters is convicted. When he dies in prison ten years later, still protesting his innocence, Hannah begins to wonder did she get it right on who did it?

The Genome Defense is the true story of how the ACLU sued a private biomedical firm that tested for the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2. The company had patented the genes and was charging people thousands of dollars to see if they had a predisposed genetic makeup to cancer. The case ended up at the US Supreme Court and came back with a unanimous decision for us as individuals. DNA should not be patented!

The Housekeeper, is a suspense story. Jodi is a successful real estate agent with a hectic life, family and aging parents. She hires a housekeeper to help out her parents and the housekeeper seems to be perfect. Maybe too perfect!

I have that, it is called retirement!

Escape, learn, connect, dream. All of what reading is for. 

I remember my mom reading to me as a kid. I even have the story book she read to me from! Battered spine, but a much loved book.

 Happy Reading.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

Cats are a tonic, they are a laugh, they are a cuddle, they are at least pretty just about all of the time and beautiful some of the time.- Roger Caras 

Beauty-full? I am a man-cat. I am handsome!


Our snow is gone, heck it was gone last week. Then we got a little bit more, that is gone. Weather guessers are saying a tiny bit this week, but on a roll with nice temps.

Our spring fevvers are back. They all showed up last Thursday while me and mum were counting. Mr Robin and Mr Red-Wing Blackbird.

Otherwise quiet around here. Mum doing her stuff, going to exercise, reading and crow-shay too. Playing games on the puter sometimes too. 

Me, napping, snuggling with mum and enjoying the sunshine. 

Have a happy week.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

A little bit of snow and some slightly cooler temps for a few days. Now warmer again and sunny days. Haven't seen any of the early spring migrating birds yet either. Shouldn't be long! Lots of time to curl up and read, crochet and cuddle with Ducky!

One Woman's War is a historical fictional book so the characters actually did exist, we just can't be sure this is actually what happened. One of the characters is Ian Fleming and supposedly Miss Moneypenny is based on one of the main characters. Several women who are working within MI-5 to fool the Nazi's into thinking an invasion will be directed at one spot when it will actually go to another. Was the mission a success?

Or play trivia with a librarian! Our team had high score last week doing trivia and two of the five members are retired librarians. Although I hold my own with them!

Happy reading.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

 I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. - Jules Verne 

Hey everyone! Happy Monday. Me and mum got through last week just fine. I cellybrated my Gotcha Day and mum cellybrated her purrthday! Yep, she officially got a year older on Friday. No big party. She did go do her workout. Every other day for her. She says that is enuf for an old person. 

Me doing some sun bathing and regular bathing too. 

 Mum even took a short movie of me getting all cleaned up.

Jeesh mum, can't a cat keep a clean machine without you taking pics!? Although it does show I am still a cat that can still reach his nether regions. 

A big shout out to mum's money man, guess he is my money man too! It is his purrthday today. He and mum usually have lunch to cellybrate but they haven't done that yet. Mum has been eating out or bringing stuff home. Free foods cuz it's her purrthday. 

No racy crashcar results, seems it rained. Going to try sometime today. 

Everyone have a good week!

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

 Hello and Happy Valentine's Day. Late adding the intro here, it is a bright, sunny but cold morning. Lovely to wake up to sunshine. I can tell the days are getting longer, the sun is moving north. The afternoon sun now shines in my patio doors and the morning sun shines brightly into my bedroom. 

Ducky and I had a quiet Gotcha Day for him. He got lots of love and extra treats. I got an extra treat too as I bought beigents at the grocery store to celebrate Mardi Gras. Yummy!

Adjusting to the fact that some of my usual TV shows are now back airing new episodes. I have to adjust how I spend my time. My evening can't always be reading time now. And to getting my post finished before it publishes! I forgot last night.

The Secrets of Emberwild turned out to be a bit of a romance novel which I am not into. Story follows a young woman's journey to train and race a young stallion to save the family farm. She finds deception and then love.

The Sign of Death the second installment of the Victorian Book Club mysteries. Lady Amy and her beau, William, work to clear his name after his "man of business" is found drowned. William also suspects fraud which puts his financial security in limbo.

The Escape Artist Walter Rosenberg as a Jewish teenager was transported to Auschwitz. His mind remembered facts and he had a great desire to escape to let the world know what was going on. After nearly two years in Auschwitz, having worked in jobs that let him see most of the system the Nazi's used, he does successfully escape to bring the story to other Jews, but not all believed him. Very interesting story and well written.

Her Hidden Genius is a fictionalized story of Dr Rosalind Franklin who worked as a scientist in the mid 1940s to the late 1950s. In her work as an x-ray crystallographer she took the first pictures that showed DNA to be of a helical structure. Sadly she died in 1958 of ovarian cancer before the Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1962 for the discovery of the structure of DNA. Nobel is not awarded posthumously.

The West Wing and Beyond is mostly pictures. Author was the official photographer during the Obama administration but also worked in the Regan White House. Pictures are not of the President but of the people and places nearby.

Happy Reading.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

 By associating with the cat, one only risks becoming richer. - Colette 

Mum must be super rich! She has me to hang with. Plus we have been together now for 14 years! Yep, officially it is tomorrow for my Gotcha Day, but hey, who is counting. 

All of our snow is gone except a couple of small piles, never would have thought it would go away so fast. Mum says we are likely to get more but the weather guessers are not predicting any snow. Heck, we had rain and thunderboomer storms this past week. 

 It got so warm that the flowers are thinking it is time to poke out from the ground. I hopes they don't get nipped by snow and cold. 

Below is me with mum's latest blankie with one of her fav yarn color. She is making good progress. 

 Me, just resting while she does her stuff, crow-shay, reading, just chilling. I know she likes to have me hang out with her. 

Mum didn't have a party or any special foods. She ate her leftovers from having lunch with Aunty Kellie the other day. 

Me watching, well sorta. I was at least on mum's lap for part of the game. She did lots of crow-shay to keep her from eating more than her actual dinner.

 Feetsball Report

The last game of the season is now done. The Kansas City Chiefs won over the SF Niners. It was a long season and the last game went into overtime. 

The Swifty fans should be happy, she made the game and they showed her lots on the moving picture box. Mum even was texting with DKM and others who were all routing for the Niners. 

While feetsball may be over, racy season starts now! 

Have a good week everyone!

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Wonderful Wordy Wednesday

Yes it is February now and I have been at these book posts since February 2, 2022. I have no idea how many books I have posted about. That isn't the point. 

I hope that perhaps I have introduced you to books to read, new authors to add to your list of books to read. My TBR list hovers between 150-160. I read some and then add more back in. I am getting more picky about what I add since I was getting too many clunkers!

I went back to look at some of my first posts. I notice I wasn't giving much feedback on each title, just posting pictures of the books. It wasn't until about 6 months later I gave a short synopsis of each book, my mini-review as it were.

Murder Most Fair one of the Verity Kent series. Her great aunt arrives from Germany and they return to her family home. It is her first visit in nearly five years and she has to deal with the death of her brother in the war and her relationship with the rest of the family. Then her great aunt's maid is murdered as well. Was it because she was German?

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs Kip a cub reporter oversteps and is then assigned to write an obituary of Mrs Kip. What she finds is an amazing story of an average person.

Bliss on Toast is authored by Prue Leith, one of the judges on Great British Baking Show. The premise of the book is to have a simple but filling and tasty meal just putting stuff on toast. Although toast includes all type of bread, bagels, pita, naan etc. Put what makes you happy on your toast.

Dishes for Two another cookbook but nothing jumped out at me to try.

Modern Bistro same as above, but it is fun look and drool at the pictures.

Not sure I mope about when I finish books, there is always another one to read and then another after that. 

Happy Reading!

Monday, February 5, 2024

Mini-ManCat Monday

 Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. - Stephen Baker 

First off I want to tell you about Nairobi. No, not the city but the cat. Seems he got out of his house back in December before Christmouse. He got found last week on top of an utility pole. He got rescued and back with his humans since he had a microchip. The story on the moving picture box here

Most all of snow we got last month is gone. Mum is happy about that but she thinks we will be getting more afor the real spring gets here. Mum is calling this false spring.

Me, I am doing my usual stuff. Eating, bugging mum, helping mum with her crow-shay too. 

Mum says she really loves this color. 

No official feetsball game this weekend, but by this time next weekend the season will be over. 

Have a happy week everyone.