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kath/ mckait 2012 ~ Melting into thread #12 ~

75 Books Challenge for 2012

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Edited: Jun 5, 2012, 10:12am Top

Summer Tree by ~albundyland http://albundyland.deviantart.com/art/Summer-Tree-158266279

5 * star - loved it, breathtaking, keeper, will re-read. Possibly life changing!
4.5 * star - very good, possible keeper
4 * star liked a lot
3.5 * star - very satisfying
3 * star a solid read, nothing extraordinary, worth 1 read
2.5 * star- failed potential but somewhat engaging
2 * star A mixed bag not worth reading unless desperate
1.5 * star It was a book
1 * star Fail ! A bunch of words cobbled together

You have your way, I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. - Friedrich Nietzsche

1. Camptown Ladies by Mari SanGiovanni 4 stars
2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 2 stars
3. Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips 4 stars
4. The Truth of All Things: A Novel by Kieran Shields 2 stars
5. Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert 3 stars
6. Defending Jacob: A Novel By: William Landay 4 stars
7. Seriously . . . I' m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres 3 stars
8. Curse of the Narrows: The Halifax Explosion 1917 by Laura M. Mac Donald 4 stars
9. Ashes to Dust by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir 2..5 stars
10. A Heartbeat Away by Michael Palmer 3 stars
11. A Place of Secrets by Rachel Hore 4.5 stars
12. Gunn's Golden Rules Life's Little Lessons for Making it Work by Tim Gunn 3 stars
13. The Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede 3 stars
14. The Harp of Imach Thyssel: A Lyra Novel by Patricia C. Wrede 3 stars
15. Until Again: Prequel Novella to BLUE & Blue by Lou Aronica 4.5
16. The Magicians by Lev Grossman 3 stars
17. Chosen by Paul A. Bradley 4 stars
18. Graceling by Kristin Cashore 4.5
19. Whale Song by Cheryl Kaye Tardiff 4.5 stars
20. My Way Home by Cynthia Lee Cartier
21. The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye 3 stars
22. Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin 3 stars
23. The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri 3.5 stars
24. The Sounding by Carrie Salo 4 stars
25.Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead by Christiana Miller 3.25
26. The Fey by Claudia Hall Christian 2.5
27.If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name: Comings and Goings in Small-Town Alaska
by Heather Lende 4.5
28. Oath of Office by Michael Palmer 3.5
29. Green Grow The Rushes by Harriet Smart 3 stars
30. Tallis' Third Tune by Ellen L. Ekstrom 4 stars
31. When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man by Nick Dybek 3.5
32. 11/22/63 by Stephen King 4.5 stars
33. Where The Heart Is by Jenny Gardiner 3.5 stars
34. The Price Alexandra Sokoloff 4 stars
35. Loose Ends by Terri Reid 4 stars
36. Good Tidings by Terri Reid 4 stars
37. Never Forgotten by Terri Reid 4 stars
38. Miracles and Moments of Grace: Inspiring Stories from Doctors by Nancy B. Kennedy 3 stars
39.The Unveiling by Alford, Stefan 2.5 Kindle
40. Final Call by Terri Reid 4 stars kindle
41. Darkness Exposed by Terri Reid 4 stars kindle
42. Natural Reaction by Terri Reid 4 stars kindle
43. Secret Hollows by Terri Reid 4 stars kindle
44. Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch 4 stars Vine
45. A Gathering Storm by Rachael Hore 3 stars
46. Chasing Amanda by Melissa Foster 2.5 stars kindle
47. Malice in Cornwall: an Erskine Powell mystery 3.5 stars
48. Never Con a Corgi by Edie Claire 4 stars nook.
49. Heartbroken by Lisa Unger 4 stars Vine
50. Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman 3.5 stars
51. The Ghosts of New Orleans by Terri Reid 2.75 stars nook
52. The Virgin Cure: A Novel by Ami McKay 5 stars
53. Afterwards: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton 4 stars
54. Gillespie and I by Jane Harris 4 stars
55. Picture This by Jacqueline Sheehan
56. BitterBlue by Kristen Cashore 4.5 stars
57. Fire by Kristen Cashore 4.5 Stars.
58.The Methuselah Man by Will Dresser 4.5 stars
59. The Rachel Scott Adventures Vol 1: Asylum Harbor and Burn Out by Traci Hohenstein 2 stars
60. The Third Gate: A Novel by Lincoln Child 4 stars
61. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter 4 Stars
62. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce 3.5 stars

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 6:47pm Top

I had to bring sleepy Duncan back.. I missed him in my thread :)

Edited: May 26, 2012, 9:09pm Top

From previous thread: last book read ...

58. The Methuselah Man by Will Dresser 4.5 stars

read and reviewed.

Book received from author...

May 26, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Also from last thread, Hi Gail.. I am so happy to see you!

Yeah... it took me 4 hours to finish one load of bedclothes today.
This is not counting the time that I had the blanket in the dryer, after I had to take it out
from the main load. It is hemp. It would not dry. GRRRRR


Tomorrow.. Baptism for Owen.

May 26, 2012, 9:17pm Top

Hi Kath! Long time no visit. Sorry. Life and all that... : ) Love the tree up top.

May 26, 2012, 9:22pm Top

Welcome, it may be a while between visits, but you are always welcome
and I am always glad to see you :)

May 26, 2012, 9:48pm Top

Another lovely tree, Kath! And a big event tomorrow!

May 26, 2012, 10:03pm Top

Baptism on Whitsunday - good day for it. Blessings on him.

May 26, 2012, 10:23pm Top

*smooch* for new threadness

May 27, 2012, 4:42am Top

Beautiful tree and lovely new thread Kath.

Hope that Owen's baptism goes well and it is not too hot over there.

Have a great day.

May 27, 2012, 7:13am Top

Hi roni and Helen... big day for sure. Lots of family in one place! yay
rd, xo back atcha !
calm... thank you for the good wishes, but I fear we're doomed. 90F at least.
Kim, however, has whole house AC so..

I started a new book Asylum Harbor & Burn Out in one volume. This is a vine book.
I read a little..seems like it will be pretty good.

Nothing exciting here.. Sunday, so I will be talking to my kids :)

What will all y'all be doing?

May 27, 2012, 7:14am Top

Your new thread tree is just calling out to be hugged!
Hope christening day isn't as hot as first expected and all can stay outdoors in complete comfort!

May 27, 2012, 7:29am Top

Thanks Lynda! I thought it was cute and summery, too :)

Wet Nails UGH

May 27, 2012, 7:45am Top

Mornin', kath. Just stopping by for a sec to send much positive energy for the baptism today. Hope the family gets along as well as it can, and you and the honoree have a nice time.


Edited: Jun 1, 2012, 8:23pm Top

:) Thanks Gail...

Edited: May 27, 2012, 8:06am Top

Morning Kath- It looks like you've found a little time to read and some good ones too! Like the new thread and the dozing Dunkers!
Enjoy your day and for Pete's Sake, keep cool!

May 27, 2012, 8:11am Top

Funny how your comment started a weird train of thought for me.
My great uncle Pete lived in a cabin on my grandmother's farm.
It was one room, and had no electricity. There was a wood stove for
cooking and heat. No bathroom, the out house was a bit of a trek away...
and NO A/C! Oh he had a glass eye and played ukelele and was one of my favorite
people when I was a child :) He didn't have much to say, but was nice to be with.

LOL ... sorry... ramble..

May 27, 2012, 9:10am Top

Cookout. It's raining and 80 already. Blurgh! Weather Goddess did get my FB post.

May 27, 2012, 9:13am Top

It was 80F at 11 pm last night. No good can come of that either.
Blasted Weather Goddess. hot already.. so humid !

May 27, 2012, 9:38am Top

Evil! Evil! Burn her burn her! (TWG, not you, dearest.)

May 27, 2012, 9:41am Top

Thanks but I think TWG's intent is to Burn US! :(

Edited: May 27, 2012, 9:59am Top

Lot of personality in that tree that starts this off, Kath. Hope you can stay as cool as possible today.

Edited: May 27, 2012, 10:36am Top

Whew! Kath, I finally caught up! So: I do not like sloppy joes either, but my husband loves them. I do like the idea about adding pasta to the leftovers - think I might like that. Sorry about your washer woes - so not good. Like Richard, I have the LG front loader which I love. Of course, I have to have a front loader because my washer and dryer are in my KITCHEN. Hate that. It's hot here too. Going to 95 today - in MAY! What's up with that?! Hope the baptism goes well today, please try to discreetly kick sister who calls herself the "real" grandma. Hugs to you, my friend.

* Back to add that this is a nice new thread you got here!

May 27, 2012, 11:15am Top

Hi Kath- "Blasted Weather Goddess"! I'm with you! We just closed up the house and put on the air. It'll probably stay on until Tuesday, when it gets back into the 70s. Yah!
I banged out my mini-review of Defending Jacob.

May 27, 2012, 11:28am Top

Dropping in to say hello before it gets too crowded! Hope all is well. Hot days for Ren Faire--as I recall, though, it's wooded, which will help...

May 27, 2012, 11:29am Top

*Waves* Hi there Kath....

May 27, 2012, 6:28pm Top

59. The Rachel Scott Adventures Vol 1: Asylum Harbor and Burn Out by Traci Hohenstein

Vine book, read and reviewed. 2 Stars. Run Away.

May 27, 2012, 6:29pm Top

Hi Terri! yes.. there are some trees I think.. I haven't heard from them.. I am about
to have a look at FB to see if any photos are posted.

Hi Stephen!

May 27, 2012, 6:38pm Top

>17 mckait: sounds like my grandad in Latvia! He still lives like that in summer and in winter goes to his sons place to live. He is 94.

May 27, 2012, 7:12pm Top

May 27, 2012, 7:16pm Top

Megan :) Poor Pete was much younger.. I am not sure how old he was.. probably in his late 60's? I just remember realizing one day that he was not there any more. The only thing I was told was that he went away. He was the youngest brother.


Keith, Kim and Owen
Bobby Kim's brother , Oliver and Heather..
Bobby and Heather are godparents for both kids.

Just minutes after this one, when the priest was actually baptizing Owen.. he flipped his arm out and knocked that glass bowl into the font. hehe.. that's my boy!

May 27, 2012, 8:10pm Top

Kath - signing in for number 12. Nice shot of the baptism - Owen seems headed for mischief!

May 27, 2012, 8:29pm Top

Great pic of the baptism, Kath.

Why hasn't your family taped--or preferably sewed--your sister's lips closed, leaving only enough room for a straw?

Hope your day was smooth; love Owen's reaction. Heh.

May 27, 2012, 8:57pm Top

31: beautiful picture, Kath. Owen looks relaxed. ;-)

I went to the 8:15 church service this morning. I was tempted to go back for the third service because they were going to do a full immersion baptism of our Associate Pastor's 3-month-old son. We are Methodists not Baptists but we have a baptismal pool in our new prayer chapel. Several adults and older children have been "dunked" but this was the first (and maybe last?) infant.

May 27, 2012, 8:58pm Top

Owen will have an interesting life filled with mischief I believe!

Gail!!! Hello :)
So good to have you here, as always !
Oh, well... it is one of those things you get used to...
It will be fun to show him the video one day when he will understand.
Funny little angel..

May 27, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Hi Donna.. cross posted... oh dear... immersion!! poor baby :)
Nice to see you!

May 27, 2012, 9:02pm Top

*smooch* tipsified on prosecco *hic*

May 27, 2012, 9:13pm Top

Hi Kath- Thanks for sharing the photo. Proud Mama, sleepy boy.

May 28, 2012, 12:54am Top

Looks like you've been busy, Kath. Great photo of the baptism!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

May 28, 2012, 2:43am Top

Beautiful tree and adorable Duncan. :-)

May 28, 2012, 7:20am Top

Nice photo! snicker @ Owen's christening the christening bowl! But what about the party, how was the party?!

May 28, 2012, 7:46am Top

Good morning, slug-a-bed! Happy Memorial Day! I see the Weather Goddess invited y'all to a roast...as the roast.

Edited: May 28, 2012, 8:56am Top

okay.. no more picture. Had to post these .. One because the priest who is an interesting man who went into the priesthood at a much later age than most...jumped into the fram when he saw my sister taking pics. He has this grin and everyone else just looks funny :) and one because Owen looks so beautiful!

rd.. one more day! or two? Hope it isn't too bad .. tipsified eh :)

Ellen thank you :) and nice to see you !

Lynda.. it sounded pretty funny.. I did not attend the church service or the Baptism ceremony .. just the party.

Ahhhhh the party.
It was exactly as I expected it to be.

I never clapped eyes on Owen. She put him upstairs to nap before I got there. My sister "forgot " to let me know when they were on the way from the church. I wish she had let him nap downstairs in the pac and play since it was his party :) and I could at least look at him but .....


Edited: May 28, 2012, 8:00am Top

Hi again rd... sorry I missed you.. cross posted and then I ran off to do laundry
sadly true, roasting is part of today's agenda.

May 28, 2012, 8:08am Top

That "party" sounds like *oodles* of fun.

Might one inquire as to why the baby's blankie has a skull and crossbones embroidered on it?

May 28, 2012, 8:09am Top

He was a pirate in a past life?

May 28, 2012, 8:30am Top


Off to nap.

May 28, 2012, 9:22am Top

Oh! That profile pic of Owen is priceless... he is a beautiful boy!

Sorry your day was so hot - and continues to be? The news said Chicago was 97 degrees yesterday. Ick... PA too?
That kind of weather shuts me right down. It is so lovely here, I am dreading the few hot summer days we always get and looking forward to the first frost. Oh. Wait. I think I said that before.

Have a quiet day today, for tomorrow you celebrate!

May 28, 2012, 9:47am Top

Morning Kath- Hopefully you have a nice cool day planned. Another hot one here, but it's going to cool off starting tomorrow, maybe in the 60s on Wednesday.

May 28, 2012, 11:19am Top

Cute nephlet photos!

May 28, 2012, 12:18pm Top

Thanks for sharing the photos, Kath - such a sweet baby! Sorry you didn't get to see more of him yesterday - and it was HOT.

May 28, 2012, 12:24pm Top

Hope you enjoy the holiday, Kath!

May 28, 2012, 3:09pm Top

Hi, Kath; not much new to report. We may go out for dinner, just to like Chili's or something, nothing special. Every so often we got out just to go out, if you know what I mean. Owen is a beautiful baby.

May 28, 2012, 3:30pm Top

What great pictures of Owen and family, Kath. And I love sleepy Duncan. I just want to go snuggle and kiss him.

May 28, 2012, 6:25pm Top

Babies are just so beautiful. I can never get over it. They get me every time.

May 28, 2012, 7:02pm Top

What a beautiful baby Owen is! Even if he is a bit devilish haha. It's been hot here too. Too hot to be outside I'm afraid.

May 28, 2012, 7:43pm Top

rd :)

Cee ...shhhhhhhh

Mark, here too... same hot today and cooler tomorrow..

Darryl... Thank you!

mamie... thank you for looking!

Joe, you too!

Gail Out to dinner is good... I hope you're having a nice time and a good meal :)
We never go out for holidays, to crazy crowded... we go for no reason aside from
I don't want to cook :)

caro..I missed you in my thread :) Thanks... I agree with you :)

megan... me too..every time...

Bonnie ... I agree with you too! ... Owen is a hoot... he looks so serious in the pics... but he laughs a lot..

I found this picture on twitter, It is President Obama reflected in the Vietnam Memorial.

May 28, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Wait...tomorrow...tomorrow...something happens tomorrow...something about the bending of the spacetime continuum under a heavy, heavy burden....

May 28, 2012, 8:44pm Top

>59 richardderus: Yep, somethin' be happening tomorrow...for sure


May 28, 2012, 8:46pm Top

May 28, 2012, 8:48pm Top

On May 29, 1867 – By the Austro-Hungarian Compromise, signed by Franz Joseph I of Austria and a Hungarian delegation led by Ferenc Deák, the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary was established.

Is that it? We celebrate Dual Monarchy Day?

May 28, 2012, 8:49pm Top

60. The Third Gate: A Novel by Lincoln Child

A Vine book.. read and reviewed 4 stars

Darn it rdear.. you told!!!!

May 28, 2012, 8:59pm Top

Thumbs upped the review!

I know, I shouldn't have told anyone that you like to celebrate Dual Monarchy Day since it happened on your exact birthday, month, day, and year. Heck, I wish I had something that cool happen on *my* birthday, but 1990 was such a boring year.

May 28, 2012, 9:09pm Top


I wanna be first!!!!!
Happy Dual Monarchy Day to YOU!
Happy Dual Monarchy Day to YOU!
Happy Dual Monarchy Day to Kaaaath!
Happy Dual Monarchy Day to YOU!

May 28, 2012, 9:31pm Top

Hey Richard the first nine in your birth year was surely not correct! 1890 was a heck of a year so I'm told.

May 29, 2012, 1:15am Top

May 29, 2012, 4:00am Top

Happy Birthday


May 29, 2012, 4:00am Top

>67 curlysue: I think I'm cottoning on to the secret now :)

Its probably already tomorrow here, we are the first to get each day you know (just one of the perks of living in NZ)....so.....Happy Birthday!!

May 29, 2012, 4:14am Top

Happy Birthday, Kath!

May 29, 2012, 4:25am Top

Happy Birthday, Kath! Wishing for you a day that is delightful and relaxing!

May 29, 2012, 6:01am Top

Happy Birthday - Wishing you a day full of the things you like best.

May 29, 2012, 6:23am Top

Happy Birthday Kath

May 29, 2012, 6:55am Top

rd, you are incorrigible :)
Cee... why thank you! Weirdly, the book I read yesterday has an echo of your lovely song :)
Paul... LOLOL
Kara, thank you :) sparkle cake is my favorite :)
Calm, thank you... that's so cute!
Megan.. LOL, you do have a way with words and a wonderful world view :)
Darryl, Aww.. thank you!

Mamie.. me too! lol, thank you :)
Helen Thank you! I wih that for you and all of my friends every day
Kerry, how nice to see you :) and a big Thank YOu for your good wishes..

Thank you to all of you and I send all sorts of good and happy wishes back at you all!

I heard a rumor that Kim is going to make me an angel food cake ( yum)
So, I am guessing that I will spend some time there today.

I plan to start a boo.. not sure what? It would be nice if my Vine books came in, since I am
looking forward to both, but I suspect that the holiday has put delivery back a day or so.. . I
may check what I have available on iPad :)

I plan to do little besides talk to my kids, hang with the furkids, see the nephlets and eat cake :)

May 29, 2012, 7:06am Top

That sounds like an excellent plan!

May 29, 2012, 7:33am Top

Just stopping by to say Good Morning, Kath.

I'm obviously at least 75 posts behind, and don't have time to catch up, as I have an appointment for a blood pressure check this morning. I'll try to catch up later!

May 29, 2012, 9:32am Top

Up at 6:30 my time to wish you a very Happy Birthday, Kath!

May 29, 2012, 9:49am Top


Hope your day is nothing short of splendid! Have some fun!

Edited: May 29, 2012, 9:51am Top

Happy Birthday, Kath!!!!!

I was off at the card store trying to find a good card for Dual Monarchy Day and then someone nudged me and said "NO! It's Kath's birthday!" Huh. Well, that's more like it! Probably saved me $5 (those Dual Monarchy Day cards are spendy!!)

May 29, 2012, 10:09am Top

74: "I plan to do little besides talk to my kids, hang with the furkids, see the nephlets and eat cake "

That sounds like the perfect way to spend your special day...except that I would add some time with a special book. I am *quietly* wishing you a Happy Birthday, Kath. What kind of cake did Dan make for you? ;-)

Edited: May 29, 2012, 10:24am Top

OK, caught up now.


PS -- love the photos! Owen is a beautiful baby.

Edited: May 29, 2012, 10:28am Top

eta sorry! wrong thread. meant this one for my own thread!

May 29, 2012, 10:32am Top

Hope that time differences allowing that I'm in time to wish you happy birthday dear lady. Treat yourself why dont yer.

May 29, 2012, 11:39am Top

>67 curlysue: No, no, Paul, you read it right the first time: NINETEEN NINETY. I am a stripling of twenty-one.

And anyone who likes their teeth where they are now will not be arguing the point with me.

>79 EBT1002: Oh my goodness yes! They all come from this place:

May 29, 2012, 12:44pm Top

Thanks for the bubbly wishes :) Dan has infused the day with.... annoyances.... but he is gone now.

LOLOL Ellen.. glad you were stopped in time :)

Donna.. yeah.. is it too late to start the day over? sigh...
Kim made me an angel food cake. I asked dan to please refrain from buying one.....

Terri... aww kitty :) thank you :)
When I am in a hurry I post in wrong threads, call people wrong names..
just generally get myself lost. :P

Paul, Thank you so much! Plenty of time, as it is mid day here :)

1990. yep. That's right. I believe you * cough *

May 29, 2012, 4:07pm Top

I hope your birthday has been of the happy variety!

May 29, 2012, 4:31pm Top

Happy Birthday, Kath! Sounds like you've been having a great day.

May 29, 2012, 5:21pm Top

Happy Birthday!

May 29, 2012, 6:13pm Top

To one of my favorite LT pals! Smooch!

May 29, 2012, 7:56pm Top

Darned ol' Dan.

Hope your birthday was/is a good one, Kath. Certainly you are deserving of one very special day, just for yourownself.

love and xo


May 29, 2012, 8:03pm Top

Happy Birthday, Kath ... I hope you've enjoyed some happy surprises on your special day! And good cake.

Edited: May 29, 2012, 8:20pm Top

Thank you Stephen :)

It's been pretty good Joe :)

Hello and thank you Kittenfish :) I am always happy to see a kitten :)

aw Mark, how nice, thank you !

Gail :) Hello! it was a nice afternoon with the nephlets.. I will see if there are any
pics later..

Caro, I just talked to my daughter. I may be going to visit in june if I can work it out ! Nice surprise :)
She sent me some essential oils, and salve and an Amazon card :) Also something called (magic )

I got PJs from my sister..
Kim and Oliver made me bird feeeders for the trees...
Craig sent me a cute Gnome reading a book :)

For dinner, I had taquitos , guac and chips and buffalo wings..
interesting :) and cake!


here is a photo of my two oldest boys Adam on the left and Craig..
They don't always dress this way, this is from the Ren Faire.. ( St Louis)

May 29, 2012, 8:27pm Top

RD - I am keen on keeping my teeth mate 1990 it is!
Kath - great photo of your "boys"

May 29, 2012, 8:37pm Top

Great pic of the guys...

May 29, 2012, 8:42pm Top

Nice day!
Love the picture of your babies.... two manly men! ;-)
Wishing you pleasant dreams, a cool night,
and many, many more happy birthdays!

May 29, 2012, 9:05pm Top

They will always be my boys,Paul! even at nearly 40 and 38 .. and longer !

Thanks Gail :)

Cee...thank you for all the good wishes :) ( yep.. my manly men! )

May 29, 2012, 9:07pm Top

Your boys would fit right in with Robin Hood's band of Merry Men, Kath. What a great photo.

Got cake? ;-)

May 29, 2012, 9:09pm Top

They are adorable, aren't they :)
Adam is one of the available ones :)
Angel food !

May 29, 2012, 9:13pm Top

HA! O the glories of Ren Faire!

May 29, 2012, 9:14pm Top

I love that look! :)

May 29, 2012, 9:28pm Top

Oliver took this pic of Owen and me :)

May 29, 2012, 9:36pm Top

Ohhhh! Too cute! (And also a nice one of your boys in post 92!)

May 29, 2012, 9:48pm Top

101: Oh golly, I'm in love! Look at those big blue eyes! No wonder you are head over heels about the newest nephlet. Hey, is that a birthday bandana you are wearing? Cool!

May 29, 2012, 10:10pm Top


*smoochiesmoochsmooch* widdle wuuuvbug *smoochsmooch*


Fine looking young person indeed.

May 29, 2012, 10:16pm Top

How adorable!

May 30, 2012, 1:51am Top

Photo of Adam and Craig made me laugh. Suddenly jolted back to Monty Python and the Flying Circus for some reason.....

May 30, 2012, 6:07am Top

mamie.. :) Thank you! My sons had a really good time at the faire...Craig will go this weekend, too.
He loves anything he can get into costume for...does a fair bit of performing with a burlesque group in his city. Funny, because he is quietly and amusing and you wouldn't picture him doing that sort of thing..

Donna, he is a doll, I have to say. Funny boy. Part of my present was that I got to hold him for no reason.... I could hold him all day, truth be told.

rd... lol

Darryl.. I assume you mean me? LOL..

Ellen, I have to tell them that you said that. We are hugs Python fans in this family :)

Still sleeepy... coffee finally done.... *bolts * ( ok, hobbles) into kitchen.

May 30, 2012, 6:34am Top

Eeeeekk! I'm gone for one day and you went and had a birthday! Best wishes, many more and hopeit was mahvalous!

Oliver is a budding photographer. great pic.

May 30, 2012, 6:34am Top

?? Okay, I could swear that I did NOT request the book I won fro LTER.
Who was making requests for me behind my back?? :-/
ah well.. free is free and I will read it.

May 30, 2012, 6:57am Top

#109 Birthday fairies? Hope it's a good one.

May 30, 2012, 6:58am Top

hmmm me too ! LOL
Hi Lynda, how's your mom?

May 30, 2012, 7:03am Top

Coming over here to see what you're up to! Hope today is a good one!

May 30, 2012, 8:06am Top

Morning Kath- Owen has some serious blue eyes, doesn't he? He'll probably be another lady-killer. I hope you have a great day. Are things cooling off there?

Edited: May 30, 2012, 8:38am Top

Agree with Mark - serious blue eyes indeed!
Oh, beauteous Babe!
And you look pretty happy! Ah, that Oliver - another great photographer in the family. Always someone willing to perform and always someone getting it on film! :)
Film??? Not anymore. Hm. What would you say now? Getting it on digits?

Everytime I look back at the ER list after selections are made, I swear there are books in there I never saw before! And I DO look at the list pretty thoroughly in the beginning when I make requests! My mind is a sieve! Hoping I will like the one I got this time My Struggle: Book One.
What did you get?

May 30, 2012, 9:57am Top

Okay, you're 114 posts into this thread and I'm just now processing the "melting" part. Hot in your neck of the woods, eh?

May 30, 2012, 10:25am Top

Yep... 90's for days in a row, twice already this year. Still May. Woe is me.

Yay!!!!! My Vine books appeared today :)
I need a book to read and think it will be The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln!
Or maybe Some Kind of Fairy Tale...
happy is me

May 30, 2012, 10:45am Top

>107 mckait: Absolutely, Kath! I could barely see you, though, no thanks to the little photo hog in front of you.

May 30, 2012, 12:06pm Top


Can I have your VINE of The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln when you've read it please please please please please please please please please please?

May 30, 2012, 12:10pm Top

Sorry I missed the party yesterday....I hope it was a good day for you.....i guess it was....there's Owen!!!

Your sons......not bad looking, excusing the goofy get-up! (just kidding)

I'll be interested in your opinion of The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln...i've read three of Carter's "mystery/thrillers" and found them to be veddy good....

It's cooler and i can breathe.....i be happy


May 30, 2012, 12:13pm Top

Wow, Adam and Craig look like the real deal in that photo, Kath! Nice pic of them. And a nice one of you and Owen, too. I'm glad you got to enjoy his company as much as you wanted.

May 30, 2012, 5:35pm Top

>101 mckait: well now, that is one gorgeous baby! And you're not so bad yourself Kath! ;)

Your own boys havent grown out of dressing up then? hehe, great shot of them too. I came running as soon as I heard there were pics up.

May 30, 2012, 5:58pm Top

Cee... sorry, I seem to have missed you up there.. talk of the weather must have made me faint...

Darryl... yeah, that's what I thought..

rdear.. most likely

jude.. no problem . it was a nice day.. I think my guys are pretty cute :) nicer here today, too

Hi Joe :) they had a good time !

Megan, nope. Especially Craig, he will get into costume at the drop of a hint.

oh and btw... comcast is the devil...

May 30, 2012, 6:05pm Top

Comcast is indeed the very devil, and what's more, is proud of it1

A smooth evening, some good sleep, and a bright tomorrow for you, Kath.

May 30, 2012, 6:09pm Top

Comcast even coined a word to describe how horrible they are: Comcastic!

Note that it rhymes with both "bombastic" and "sarcastic"...tell me that's not a gimme for Facebook posts.

May 30, 2012, 6:27pm Top


My brother (not my favorite person) had too many problems with them....they lived closer to Philadelphia...they finally gave Comcast the ix-nay

easy to say.....if the Devil Com is your sole option??

i have no wisdom....and i am sorry


May 30, 2012, 7:06pm Top

Gail... I agree, they do seem to be proud of it :P


Not many choices out there.....

Nothing much happening this evening ...

May 30, 2012, 7:09pm Top

Nothing happening here, either.

May 30, 2012, 7:22pm Top

I had a dream about a cuttlefish, the Lovecraftian mythos god Cthulhu, an interdimensional portal in Baldwin, New York (one village east of here), and a slacker who doesn't care if the world ends or not.

I have my June NaNovel!

May 30, 2012, 7:50pm Top


May 30, 2012, 8:04pm Top

Kath and Mamie (and Richard?), enjoy the lack of anything happening. Just relax and enjoy it.

And please wish for me to have an uneventful Thursday (when I get there).

May 30, 2012, 8:11pm Top

Wishing for Ellen's uneventful Thursday

May 30, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Wishing for Ellen to have an uneventful Thursday (when she gets there).

*I got no graphics, so please see above in post 131!

May 30, 2012, 8:26pm Top

Hi Kath- I'm not sure what is happening over here but I'll just say HI! We have some serious cool weather working it's way in. High 50s tomorrow. Yes, you heard me right. I hope some of the cooler stuff makes it your way.

May 30, 2012, 8:35pm Top

Missed your birthday. Sigh. Well, it sounds like it was great once Dan left (see, I keep telling you guys, birthdays are SO much better without husbands!).

Great looking lads of yours! Hope they had a great time in the Woods of Wentzville!

May 30, 2012, 8:47pm Top

Terri, I was hoping you would stop by and see the sons :)
Right you are about husbands.. at least some husbands .

Me too Mark, me too!

Mamie... lol

May 30, 2012, 9:34pm Top

Good night my dear friend!
I'm pooped!
Sweet dreams ;-)

May 30, 2012, 11:40pm Top

*smooch* until tomorrow

May 31, 2012, 6:49am Top

Cee... I hope that you slept well?
It sounds like a long but very good day!

smooch back rd...

May 31, 2012, 7:33am Top

Nice picture of your boys and Oliver takes a very good picture - Owen has beautiful eyes:)

Hope you are having a good and peaceful day.

Edited: May 31, 2012, 8:11am Top

I thank you for the compliment to my boys :)

Oliver is nearly 3.5 yrs old. He loves taking pictures, and took some t the baptism.He really does do a great job :)

Thanks calm, you too!

May 31, 2012, 10:24am Top

Good morning, Kath.
Thanks for the fireworks!
We're getting a good last-day-in-May rain. Just the ticket (and yes, I really mean that). :-)

May 31, 2012, 10:29am Top

What a great "start" to my day!

The mail just came. A few days ago I read and reviewed Methuselah Man by Will Dresser.
I loved it. I have been looking forward to the next book.. but in todays mail, there was a book!
It was the first book in the Wes Franklin series ! I myownself haven't a problem reading out of order and so this is a huge smile maker for me. This is more exciting than a vine book :) I have received books
from authors in the past, as I did Methuselah Man, but this was like a thank you and a gift and it made my day :)

So, I know what I will be reading after the Lincoln book!

May 31, 2012, 10:36am Top

That is so great, Kath! Smiling big for you!! Hope today is a great one.

May 31, 2012, 10:38am Top

Very cool! Oh happy day! Getting books from the author must be great fun. ;-)

It is beauiful and sunny here after a couple days of clouds and rain. Temp is sweet - high 60s. I did sleep well and dreamt of baby tigers... and their big soft paws.

We are sending the TIDE out tomorrow morning... so I have some prep work to do today. This is gonna be a bizzy, bizzy summer! I think I should try to squeeze in a vacation. Goddess knows we need one... just a few days, or maybe a week?

Enjoy your day!

May 31, 2012, 11:34am Top

Wonderful way to start a day, for sure and certain!

May 31, 2012, 12:11pm Top

Glad to hear that you had a great start to your day, Kath. After all the hassles you've been through recently, you deserve some smiles! :)

Edited: May 31, 2012, 2:17pm Top

Thanks Mamie.. still smiling. I got invested in those characters.. as unrealistically perfect and
talented as they are, I like them :)

Cee.. it is fun, especially when you get terrific books like The Methuselah Man and The Sounding.
It may be a busy summer for you, but you sure sound cheerful about the prospect :)

rd, well.. you would know!

Hi Terri.. thanks. Plenty of people have had a worse time of it, but I admit to being
happy for it winding down and fading away. Whew!

Ran out for the 3rd watermelon of the last 7 days. I am addicted. Or something....
It isn't hot, but it is pretty warm. Had to get Dan his tea, and some other heavy stuff. UGH!
Done now and hoping for a storm :)

as an aside... Sara Gilbert cracks me up.


back to the book

May 31, 2012, 6:38pm Top

I'm glad your day started so well, Kath. And I'll add that today has been much better here than either of the past two days. Whew.

May 31, 2012, 8:40pm Top

Hi Kath,
I had a smile making day yesterday too....my brother visited with his car loaded to the brim with stuff he'll be taking to his new house. A box of books included, I sniffed about and found The Line of Beauty (a Booker winner nonetheless) and did a swap for it. Hooray!

Jun 1, 2012, 4:18am Top

Kath, Happy belated birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!​

And thanks for sharing your pictures. Such a great looking family.

Jun 1, 2012, 6:28am Top

Ellen, I can't imagine your job this week.. keep on hanging in..

Megan :) it's the little things, really :) Just the arrival of an unexpected book..
or making carry out instead of having to cook and life is good.

Hi Joanne, thank you ! And, thanks for looking at my pictures! lol

Edited: Jun 1, 2012, 6:43am Top

an interactive experience

clicking different playing cards take you to new options and descriptions such as:

Pale fire

The cauldron of flames sits in the central clearing, a silent pivot to the circus. Even at night, the white flames are ghostly. At first light, they're transparent, catching hints of rose and gold and violet from the sky.

You've moved to a new area: At the Gates
Glimpse of the Sublime
A sensation, just for an instant, of something almost numinous. If you find 6 of these, you may be able to experience something transcendent.

You now have 1 x Glimpse of the Sublime

I think I will keep playing for a while, to see where it takes me. I found it irresistible!!
I had to click :)

Jun 1, 2012, 6:48am Top

Morning Kath- I hope your week is going well and you got the cooler weather you were praying for. Hugs!

Jun 1, 2012, 6:56am Top

You seem to need a facebook or twitter account to use that link:(

Oh well ... pleased you are enjoying it and I guess I don't need another time sink:)

Jun 1, 2012, 7:14am Top

Morning Kath and happy Friday! Just zipping through to catch up a bit. I've got to get ready for a long overdue meet up with the Friday coffee bunch.

Jun 1, 2012, 7:23am Top

Just need to register. Might have missed that on my first quick look.... not sure if I want to sign up.

Jun 1, 2012, 7:28am Top

Not sure it's for me either.. but I had to look. So far I may continue to pass time there now
and then. I did love that book, and it's a way to revisit the story... at least so far.

Jun 1, 2012, 7:35am Top

I'm waiting for the confirmation email - at least I might as well have a look:)

Jun 1, 2012, 8:03am Top

Morning Kath -
Big day today - pushing out the TIDE!
Have a good one :)

Jun 1, 2012, 8:17am Top

So far it is just a nice and quiet site...
I am hoping for some of the art from the book to show up :)

Hi Cee! have fun with the Tide :)

okay... floors clean! bathroom done.. anyone willing to wield the duster for me?
Hat dusting.

Jun 1, 2012, 8:28am Top

The photos are priceless!

I write from New Orleans before I head into today's workshop. I miss not connecting with you. Happy, Happy Belated Birthday to a very special, lovely, kind and sensitive soul!

Jun 1, 2012, 9:34am Top

Have fun Linda!!

Jun 1, 2012, 10:37am Top


Edited: Jun 1, 2012, 11:21am Top

That is not the original picture in post 163! What happened to the rootin' tootin' kitty? We're not going to be able to cause mayhem with that kitty - and I had my heart set on it!

*edited because it auto corrected my rootin' - wants it to be root in' but I won't have it!

Jun 1, 2012, 12:49pm Top


It changes every time mamie :)

Jun 1, 2012, 12:56pm Top

After doing some cleaning this morning.. and having a shower..I put PJs back on :)
I am now going to read. In an unusual event, I am reading both
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln and American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America . I really wanted this book, and decided to allow myself to buy it, because all All author proceeds benefit the National Parks Foundation, so it is a charitable contribution.
( hehehe)

Jun 1, 2012, 12:59pm Top

Good for you - sound reasoning indeed! I put my PJs back on, too! It's overcast and cold here, so perfect day for reading.

Jun 1, 2012, 1:04pm Top

Yay us! Glad to know that you are joining me for a jammie day :)
I should make us some popcorn!

Jun 1, 2012, 1:06pm Top

Oh! I LOVE popcorn!!

Jun 1, 2012, 1:36pm Top

Jun 1, 2012, 1:48pm Top

Yum! Actually, your popcorn sounded so good that I have requested that my son make some - we have one of those big really cool popcorn machines (a birthday gift from my husband years ago because I love popcorn so much). We had the machine all polished and shined to look good for the showings, but now I am causing it to get dirty again! Oh well, that's what birthdays are for right? Complete indulgence?! Also I think anniversaries, Groundhog's Day, the second Tuesday of every month with a vowel in it...you get the idea.

Jun 1, 2012, 3:23pm Top

Jammy day here too, cold and cloudy *bliss*

Jun 1, 2012, 4:24pm Top

Oh, Happy Happy Belated Birthday, Kath! *smooch*

Jun 1, 2012, 5:55pm Top

That kitty eating off the chopsticks is too darn cute!

Popcorn is the perfect food to eat while reading.

Jun 1, 2012, 6:12pm Top

>165 Crazymamie: auto correction of your rootin' can be problematic ;)

*going away to come back and see what kitty is there next*

Jun 1, 2012, 6:13pm Top

hehehe, that was fun

*going away, again, to come back and see what kitty is there next*

Jun 1, 2012, 6:14pm Top

ho ho ho, this is fun, I could do this all day.....cant you put one as your header next thread so every time we pop on we can get a surprise?
*just once more*

Jun 1, 2012, 7:01pm Top

rd... glad you have a jammy day :) They are needed now and then

Laura smooch right back at ya, and thank you !

Ellen, I know.. they crack me up... lol

Megan, you crack me up, too..

I actually made some popcorn... lol

I will do that Megan.. remind me if I forget !

Jun 1, 2012, 7:07pm Top

It has been a little crazy here for the last 2-3 hours..
Sirens blowing every few minutes... all sorts of emergency vehicles.
There have been transformer boxes blowing.. smoke filling homes...
Than an all out fire. There have been trees down, wires down and people with
weapons spotted a few streets away. sheesh! The last siren was about 15 minutes ago..
but the storm is over, and hopefully all the excitement with it.
There was a tornado spotted in Westmorland County ( I think )
Crazy huh?

Jun 1, 2012, 7:11pm Top

Hi Kath- Finished and loved 11/22/63. Good stuff. And I would have never guessed where it would end up.

Mr. Crabby Pants had a jammy day! Yah! You know, I have not owned PJs, since I was a kid.

Jun 1, 2012, 7:14pm Top

Oh dear.. no jammies? Poor Mark.. I am so sorry :(

yeah... that was quite the ending! I definitely have do a reread sometime..

Jun 1, 2012, 7:35pm Top

I don't go starkers, but I prefer sleeping in very light & loose garments.

Jun 1, 2012, 7:47pm Top

pJs are not for sleeping

Jun 1, 2012, 7:59pm Top

Right- for sophisticated lounging!

Jun 1, 2012, 8:54pm Top

Evenin', Kath. Had a wretched day today, except for your little Nook Message--got that book and then one other odd mystery thing.

Tomorrow is pj day for me, for sure. May just put my head under the covers...


Edited: Jun 1, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Hey, I learn something new everyday! LOL. "sophisticated lounging", huh? I can do that!

Jun 1, 2012, 9:36pm Top

Sounds like you had wild weather in your neck of the woods.

I think my area got off lucky compared to many. So far, anyway. There was one brief tempest that scared me a bit -- terrific downpour with wild wind -- but passed quickly. Some other showers and downpours. Internet and TV reception went down for a bit. Everything's back working again.

Jun 2, 2012, 8:12am Top

Morning, Kath! Are you enjoying your Lincoln book? I am reading In the Heat of the Night and really liking it so far. Well written and I love Virgil Tibbs. Think I will have to watch the movie when I am done, which should be today - incredibly, I have never seen the movie before, but I think Sidney Poitier must have been perfectly cast for the role of Tibbs.

I think jammies again is an excellent idea!

Edited: Jun 2, 2012, 8:35am Top

Mamie OMG yes,! Watch the movie.. it is wonderful! I adore Sidney Poitier!
I would love to watch with you... more popcorn? LOL

Jun 2, 2012, 8:36am Top

Gail... I am sorry for the wretchedness.... but hopefully it means that today has to be better?

Mark.. this is a very informative thread, doncha know?

Terri, glad you are up and running again!

Jun 2, 2012, 8:41am Top

Popcorn and jammies are a wonderful combo! Our daughter gave us an old-fashioned top of the stove popcorn maker (WhirlyTop?) for Christmas. Our once in awhile microwave popcorn treat has been replaced with a Sunday night ritual.

It sounds like you had a wild weather day yesterday. We're taking advantage of the cool, calm weather to get the yard in shape this weekend. Hope you have a good one!

Jun 2, 2012, 8:54am Top

Gosh that weather sounds extreme - weird!

Hope that everything has calmed down and you are having a good day.

Jun 2, 2012, 8:56am Top

I think we'll be getting your wild weather soon - hopefully it has spent it's energy.

I'm more in the mood for a big fat gooey sticky cinnamon bun (instead of popcorn). Good thing I'll be too busy to go out and scare one up...

Have a good jammie day - with or without!

Jun 2, 2012, 10:24am Top

You know, my daughter used to call jammies "jamahjas". I loved it. When she started saying pajamas correctly, I tried unsuccessfully her to change back to jamahjas. Oh well. There's no turning back the clock.

Like Mark, I haven't had PJs since I was a kid.

Jun 2, 2012, 10:34am Top

Donna, an "old-fashioned top of the stove popcorn maker?" My Dad used to pour a bunch of oil into a saucepan, dump in some popcorn kernels, and shake it once in a while until the lid started to rise! When I was very young, they used to spell popcorn in front of me, until the day I said "Dad, why don't you make some p-c-o-n?" I was a brilliant child.

Jun 2, 2012, 11:18am Top

I used to love making popcorn, on our gas stove, when i was a kid...Hate making it on my electric stove (hard to control the temp)...I usually buy Microwave...and doctor it up once it's popped

Hi there!!

Jun 2, 2012, 11:30am Top

Joe.. Kids do say some funny things :) Doncha hate it when they start to grow out of cute?
It is worth it in end, of course.. but those days when they are little are just priceless ....

Terri... I did too... we had it a lot when the kids were little.. cheap snack and they all loved it :)
And I have no trouble believing that you were a brilliant child, I think you are quite brilliant now !

Jude.. I used to be a champ at putting lots of popcorn in a small pot and shaking it into a bowl as it popped :) Someday try some Old Bay on your popcorn.. yummy!

Jun 2, 2012, 11:34am Top


I hope you can provide guidance. Will is losing patience with Lilly because she goes outside and does her business and then comes in and pees on the carpet. Do you have any suggestions regarding how to train a puppy?

Thanks in advance.

Edited: Jun 2, 2012, 12:27pm Top

Overheard at the post office this morning ....

Frazzled looking dad : Tommy, stop running in the post office
Dad : Tommy, get up off the floor
Dad : Tommy, leave those envelops alone
Dad : Tommy, I won't take you out with me again if you don't stop misbehaving
4 year old Tommy (at least he looked about 4) : But Dad, Mom told me to take you outside because you gave her a headache!

Had to post this because of your comment above about kids saying funny things. I'm posting on my thread too.

Jun 2, 2012, 12:31pm Top

>Caro...LOL on the Post Office scenario...

>Kath...i have used Old Bay on popcorn...heaven in a bowl! though it doesn't stay there very long...

Jun 2, 2012, 12:32pm Top

twenty-six messages since i was here yesterday. i shall simply pretend nothing happened that requires my input. xo

Jun 2, 2012, 1:31pm Top

26 messages? impossible, rd!

jude.. yummy!

Caro...LOL ! @ the comment..
but too bad the kid had never been taught how to behave. 4 is old enough to know better... :P

Linda... PM :)

Jun 2, 2012, 3:20pm Top

Afternoon, Kath. Things are quiet so far, although Dh is just...off...today.

Still in pajamas, eating some peanuts, half watching some dvd or other that Dh is seeing if he likes. Orgainzing some books, organizing the nook, doing one small letter for Dh, reading, puttering, etc. Very relaxing.

So, what are you having for dinner? We're doing guacomole app., a pasta salad, large boiled shrimp. Grapes for dessert.

Jun 2, 2012, 4:20pm Top

>196 tloeffler: Donna, an "old-fashioned top of the stove popcorn maker?" My Dad used to pour a bunch of oil into a saucepan, dump in some popcorn kernels, and shake it once in a while until the lid started to rise!
That's the way I make popcorn too....uh-oh, am I old fashioned? I do it without the whole bunch of oil, just enough to cover the bottom of the pan. It really is the easiest way, and you dont need any other appliances.

Jun 2, 2012, 5:33pm Top


Sad info on Amelia Earhart...
I have admired her for a long time..

Jun 2, 2012, 6:01pm Top

I'm another admirer of Amelia Earhart. I recently read an article indicating she had family ties to the area where I now live, though she herself never lived here.

Jun 2, 2012, 6:36pm Top

#205 : Megan, I'm old fashioned too then. I add a bit of olive oil and a chunk of butter at the bottom of the pot, throw in the kernels, shake them about so they're all coated, and then put it on the stove with the lid on.

Jun 2, 2012, 7:08pm Top

Speaking of popcorn, my hubby and I were just reminiscing about a time when our son was three or four and had gone to bed and hubby wanted popcorn. He took the popper into the half bath off the kitchen so our little guy wouldn't hear it popping because he loved popcorn. He no sooner came into the family room with it than we hear from the top of the stairs, "Hey, is that popcorn I smell?" Haha yes we had a little guest at the popcorn party.

Jun 2, 2012, 7:52pm Top

OH NOES!! I missed your birthday! Hope it was super!

Jun 2, 2012, 8:16pm Top

LOL Bonnie! I never even tried that! I always made a big batch..
gave each kid a bowl before they went to bed.. and had plenty for reading and eating after..
I was too outnumbered to take such risks..

Chelle.. it was Very nice, thank you :)
Love the kitty :)

Jun 2, 2012, 10:26pm Top

Hope the excitement of sirens and gunfire has not got in the way of a lovely weekend Kath.

Jun 3, 2012, 6:43am Top

Not at all Paul! All is well and calm here now...

I look forward to a fairly calm and easy day.
How about you? And the rest who visit, what will you be doing today?

I have to confess that for me The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln is a bit of a slog.
The courtroom scenes are making my eyes bleed. There is a story in here.. but for me
it has been hard to find. I have been switching off to read through American Grown or
watch celebrity Ghost Stories. ( Susan Sarandon's daughter's story was WOW). I am not sure
what I expected, but if you are interested in reading an alternate history book, I would
suggest 11/22/63. So hopefully I can finish and review the bloody thing today. If it were not
a Vine book I might have Pearled it by now... or not.

Jun 3, 2012, 8:20am Top

Morning Kath- Sorry to hear your current book is making your eyes bleed. I hate that! I have never read Carter.
Did you know Bohjalian has a new one coming out: The Sandcastle Girls? For an author who does as much research as he does, he sure is prolific. I have not read any of his latest books. BTW- Don't tell RD, he had a rough day yesterday.

Jun 3, 2012, 8:34am Top

I haven't read Bohjalian's last one yet... I did notice that there is a new one coming..
I follow him on twitter :)

rd will be fine, Bohjalian is welcome here :)

Jun 3, 2012, 8:43am Top

Eek! I mised jammie day?! You know I'm always up for a jammie day. Miss a day of Kath and you miss out on so much.
Me, I'm scared to pick up another Bohjalian. The first I read did not pleae me one iota.
Anyway, have a great Sunday and keep cozy while the clouds and rains linger.

Jun 3, 2012, 10:06am Top

Owen and Oliver :)

Jun 3, 2012, 11:07am Top

My neighbors dogs nearly got hit outside my house this morning.
They were under my tree and ran into the street. The red SUV
did manage to stop in time. I tried to get them to come to me, so I could give them water. The little one isn't looking too good right now. She is 14 years old. They wouldn't come. I knocked on their door hours ago, no answer. I won't call the police because they will take the dogs to Triangle and I don't know if they will go and get them. I am angry and stressed and sad. And clearly more worried about your dogs than you are. My next door neighbors none too friendly German Shepherd nearly went though , then over.. the fence to get to them. Nearly. The fence is no longer sound.. there are loose posts. This pisses me off so much. They have been running the street for ? nearly two weeks now? every few days.. ARGH

Jun 3, 2012, 11:16am Top


i wondered what sent me into the steep decline...a new bohjalian...probably a new urrea...an undiscovered hemingway manuscript...oh ow ow ow ow

Jun 3, 2012, 11:32am Top

Urrea is actually working on 2 new novels .. one about WWII and one a "Ghost" story of some sort.

Out soon I hope?

Jun 3, 2012, 11:36am Top


the pain the pain ever worse oh ow ow ow ow

Jun 3, 2012, 12:49pm Top

Richard - This will make you feel better. I abandoned David Copperfield.

Jun 3, 2012, 1:59pm Top


Jun 3, 2012, 5:24pm Top

A quiet Sunday, I hope, Kath?

Dreadful about the dogs. We see an awful lot of that around here. It's sickening.

Missing you.

Jun 3, 2012, 9:18pm Top

Great nephlet picture!

Poor doggies... I hate to see dogs running loose. It happens around here too :(

Hope your day improved and you are resting and reading tonight.
Sleep well....

Jun 3, 2012, 9:35pm Top

*smooch* until the morn

Jun 3, 2012, 9:37pm Top

The picture! Kath - I forgot to say what cutie ones those boys are! Owen is mesmerized by the pattern on the sofa!! And I love those bare piggies!

Jun 3, 2012, 11:17pm Top

I have neighbors like that
they live behind me- one of their dogs (they have 3) has jumped their busted up wooden fence and tried to attack my old man Bud. Bud was on a leash and I was able to get him inside my porch before something happened. She is not nice- I think the son makes her mean, maybe fights her, dunno all I know is she is not friendly and can jump their fence.
I now carry a pool stick outside with me in case she does it again but they are aware that we are watching them because I have called animal control twice on them :)

Jun 4, 2012, 2:04am Top

218> I hate that!!!! When a neighbor's dog runs loose and risks being hit by a car it just makes me crazy. I've watched one dog get hit by a car. I was 16. The dog did not survive. It was horrible and I hope never to witness this tragedy again. Grrrr.. Just sayin'.

The nephlets, on the other hand, are quite cute.

Jun 4, 2012, 6:36am Top

Gail, I had quite a nice day, thank you :) and hope you did too!
I spent a long time on the phone with Cory. He does that sometimes.
He has a great bluetooth and he took me with him all over... to a street far,
and shopping.. lol. I usually refuse to talk when they are on the phone.. but
I make an exception on rare occasions ..especially with Cory.
I also had nice long talks with the rest of them.. but I went all over with him :)

Cee... Thanks.. lol. Kim is a prodigious picture taker! There are always new ones to choose from.
People make me angry when they don't take proper care of their animals. ( or kids, for that matter)
My day wasn't bad.. Just worried for those dogs. They finally went home around noon and mostly stayed there waiting.

smooch back atcha rd.. let me know how the world turns today...

Mamie... Don't they look sweet :) Like little angels sitting there :)
I love bare feet too :) I haven't seen them for a week or so.. I will
see them on Wednesday, it's my sister's birthday.

Kara.. If I thought that my neighbor was fighting a dog ..
I don't know what I would do. I have been known to ahem..
rescue dogs in bad circumstances. ( cats too)
I carry a stick with me, too. I have a broom handle. I also have a big rock I keep handy.
I don't think either would be necessary for these dogs.. they are sweet.. and I
think I could chase them off.. but, we have others.. and I want to be prepared to
defend my boy. I would like to use the stick on the damn owners, though.

Ellen, When I worked at the Vet's office I saw a lot. Dogs hit by cars, cats too.
Owners always said "they never leave the yard ( my side, the porch etc ever )
Until they do...... There was a cat once who was hit by a train... she lived for
way too long before they sent her on her way. It was terrible. I did Reiki for her..
several times, but I suspect that spirit and I had the same idea of what healing was for her.
There was a dog hit at the bottom of my hill a few years back. That one did survive..
but the neighbors called me when it happened... and I helped support him until he was taken
to the vet..

I plan to talk to the people today. I know what they are like. They just don't care.
I have already had words with Debbie over it. She is one who "rescues" animals
and then doesn't care for them.Long history of it.

Anyway.. this morning, I have to go out and get something for Debbie's birthday.
Hmm. Probably a Kohl's gift card. dunno.

I hope all of my friends had a nice peaceful weekend and that this week is a good one for everyone!

Jun 4, 2012, 7:27am Top

Mornin', Kath! Up bright and early today...well, early anyway.

I too forgot to say how adorable the boys are. So nice for you to have the chance to snuggle, giggle, and just enjoy them.

My worst, horrid childhood memory is of our pet cat being run over right in front of me...I was 10. Really awful, but mercifully she died on the spot. My Dad buried her in the back sort of wild area and marked her grave with a large rock he carefully painted (and repainted) white. He was a true animal lover; loved 'em all except rats. We had three cats most of the time after our loss; one was mine, a bit slow mentally but beautiful and loving. She too was hit by a car--that was the end of our cats going outside--but limped into my closet, bleeding slowly but steadily. She recovered very nicely as my brother worked for a vet, rushed her there, and then mother patiently fed her by hand as her jaw had to be wired.

Sigh. Wish she (either one, cat or Mum) was here right now...

Sorry to sort of take over here. Weekend was good, mostly. Fruits and cereal this a.m.

Hope your day today is the start of a good week.

Jun 4, 2012, 7:30am Top

I too, saw a pet cat hit when I was a child. I saw the driver swerve to hit her.
He lived on our street and was a friend of my parents. I hated him with a blazing hate
ever after, and never understood how my parents could still be his friend.

Maybe you need to adopt a soft older kitty to keep you company?

Jun 4, 2012, 7:41am Top

I would have a cat in less time than it takes to type this--there is a marvelous no-kill shelter in the city which specializes in cats--but Dh doesn't want one in the house. Over the years, this is probably the only really divisive issue we have. To be fair, he doesn't want a pet of any kind, although he too loves animals. Go figure. I often daydream about having a kitty.

Can't imagine someone, and don't want to imagine him or her, who would deliberately run over an animal. That's beyond my understanding. The person who hit Chrissie stopped, talked at length to my Dad, was very remorseful. It was truly an accident.

Oh, I highly recommend The Count of Monte Cristo, if you can find a decent trans. It's really a good adventure story, something I'm learning to enjoy again. Treasure Island is on the list for this summer...

Jun 4, 2012, 7:44am Top

That seems so unfair. One small ( or large fluffy) cat would give you so much pleasure..
Maybe you could try again to discuss it with him? While holding a bat or prod of some sort?
( kidding ) ( sort of )

I think I read Treasure Island long long ago..

Jun 4, 2012, 8:08am Top

Hi Kath - hope the going out goes smoothly.

Sorry to hear about the dogs - some owners are so irresponsible.

Jun 4, 2012, 8:12am Top

Morning, Kath! Sorry you have to go out today - and not even for you. Your sister and you have birthdays close together - bet your Mom loved that...NOT. Here's hoping your errand running is free from stress and worry and mean-spiritedness.

Jun 4, 2012, 8:26am Top

Thanks for the good wishes.. my anxiety level is already climbing :P
I will leave shortly..... I know that I have to do it. Like PT. I have got
to call and get that sorted. Still having issues with my neck and upper back from
the accident. Kind of scary that.. I have got to try to get started going :(

Jun 4, 2012, 8:43am Top

Order it online. Get a card at the store when you go out next, and put the printout in the card. Go physically to Kohl's? *shudder* Why would one do that unless the sky was falling, the earth was wobbling in its orbit, and the Trump of Doom had sounded?

Jun 4, 2012, 9:19am Top

Great pic of the young guys, Kath. Sorry to hear about the dog craziness.

When I was a kid one of our pug dogs bolted and chased a car and ran smack into its back tire. Dog was fine, but driver was pretty freaked out. Not the brightest dog on the planet.

Edited: Jun 4, 2012, 9:50am Top

Just went and gave Abby a big hug. I am certain that particular purr translated to "thanks for making me be an inside cat, mom."

Jun 4, 2012, 10:36am Top

>234 mckait:: Lol, Kath. I thought if I waited until he gets just a bit loonier....

Jun 4, 2012, 11:07am Top

rd.. well, I had PJs she bought me that I was going to return and get a camisole..
she said she got them there.. she did not. And they had no camisoles. makes me crazy..
hard to find. Anyway, I survived. Went to Pet smart, too.. to get toothbrush cookies for Dunc

Joe.. Lucky dog! Scary. I hit a bird once, rather it flew into my windshield. Terrible guilt.
I can't imagine hitting someones pet.

Ellen.. I know what you mean. It hurts my heart when I think about what he went through in
the past. In July, it will be 8 yers since he was diagnosed with Addisons. It has been and continues
to be a full time job :P but I love him so much, it isn't hard. Just sort of scary at times.

PM Gail :)

Jun 4, 2012, 12:15pm Top

So you're back home, safe and sound? Hooray!!

Jun 4, 2012, 1:01pm Top

kohl's and pet smart?
you're brave :P

Jun 4, 2012, 1:52pm Top

61. Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter 4 Stars

This was a Vine read and it was way too long but it redeemed itself after page 450.

Jun 4, 2012, 1:52pm Top

kara.. I know :P

Jun 4, 2012, 2:02pm Top

redeemed itself after page 450
how many pages were there?

Jun 4, 2012, 2:04pm Top

503, not counting Authors notes at the end.

Jun 4, 2012, 2:06pm Top

thumbed :)
good review missy!

Jun 4, 2012, 2:10pm Top

:) why thank you!

Jun 4, 2012, 4:29pm Top

i too have upgethumbed xo

Jun 4, 2012, 4:34pm Top

Ditto from me, Kath.

Jun 4, 2012, 5:53pm Top

don't listen to the heretical man-witch, dearest, he did not like desolation road enough.

Jun 4, 2012, 6:04pm Top

That would be me. Liked, but to fanatics, not enough. Oh well.

Jun 4, 2012, 6:10pm Top

i am not a fanatic!! i am a true believer in the greatness that is the revealed scripture of the holy future-bringer ian mcdonald! hordes, overrun chicago and burn people at random until they give us the man-witch!

(adapted from athanasius xian bishop of alexandria c350ad)

Jun 4, 2012, 6:20pm Top

This is going to be bad for traffic in Chicago, I can tell.

Jun 4, 2012, 6:24pm Top

Well.. I'm just not going to read it.
You two try to play nice..

I am off to look at Luis Urrea's blog, then Chris Bohjalian's

Jun 4, 2012, 6:27pm Top

sinner! wicked rejectress of the principles of taste! burn her!!

i get all xian when i'm in pain. everyone to the lake of fire! death doom and eternal torment!

Jun 4, 2012, 6:29pm Top

And to read Gideon's Trumpet and become a Mormon.

Jun 4, 2012, 6:38pm Top

oh hordes! no need to burn the witch, she's chosen a different hell!

Jun 4, 2012, 7:13pm Top

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is my current read.. Vine, and well.. Graham Joyce

Jun 4, 2012, 7:18pm Top

This thread has made me laugh a lot today. Thanks, y'all, for that!

Jun 4, 2012, 7:39pm Top

I'm back; survived the first session. Whew!

Kohl's...shudder. A dreadful shopping experience, wven when one finds something one wants. Just to big and to crowded and too...too. I hate shopping anyway, and Kohl's just makes it worse.

Jun 4, 2012, 7:59pm Top

Ellen, laughing is good! Glad you found some here :)

Gail ~ Thank goodness!

I agree about Kohl's and most other stores . OTOH, Kohl's has the perfect jeans.
Today was for my sister though. Still, hated it.

I hope that you liked the therapist? That is half the battle, I think. That, and not having her/him
pray over you * shudder* . I have nothing against prayer, but it, like anything else .. has
places where it is not appropriate.

Jun 4, 2012, 11:53pm Top

woops, long lime no visit! Lovely photo of the kiddos, Owen is so big now :) Cuties.

Poor RD, not a fan of that guy Bohjalian huh? I have to say I didnt love one of his...but I wouldnt rule out reading him again.

Jun 5, 2012, 6:43am Top

Morning Kath- I hope you are getting some of this fine weather. It starts to "heat" up later in the week but right now it's perfect.
Enjoy your day!

Jun 5, 2012, 7:25am Top

Greetings Kath! brrrr, kind of chilly here this morning, sort of sunny, sort of cloudy, kinda looks like rain. I've got a few more outdoor and household things to do, wash clothes, pack. It'll be busy.

Is it my imagination, or does Owen resemble your son a bit?

Jun 5, 2012, 7:27am Top

Which son?

Jun 5, 2012, 7:46am Top

If I have your sons correct in my head, I guess it would be Cory?

Jun 5, 2012, 8:25am Top

Good morning, Kath? What's on the schedule for today?

Edited: Jun 5, 2012, 11:54am Top

62. Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce 3.5 stars
Vine book ... read and reviewed.

Lynda.. Cory, huh? Hmmm maybe?

Mamie.. I think I am going to make a chicken marinade, and try a recipe for Peruvian Chicken.
Big excitement, huh? And my neighbor wants me to go to Kelly's tonight? We shall see.

Jun 5, 2012, 10:15am Top

Peruvian chicken sounds good. What is Kelly's?

Jun 5, 2012, 10:18am Top

An Irish Pub. A Caribbean Island!

Irish music on tuesdays.

Jun 5, 2012, 10:30am Top

Looks like fun!

Jun 5, 2012, 10:48am Top

Sure does.

Jun 5, 2012, 11:09am Top

Thumbs-upped your review! Thanks for warning me about the teenager. I'll avoid it like it gots the cooties.

Jun 5, 2012, 2:28pm Top

Just stopping by to say hello, Kath. Dreary day here today.

Jun 5, 2012, 3:51pm Top

hi kath - lap-locked, half a screen view, typing 1 handed -left hand!
but - have nice warm r hand.

b back

Jun 5, 2012, 4:02pm Top

I think you may have answered this question for someone else, but what is a Vine book?

Jun 5, 2012, 5:28pm Top

Ellen, Vine is Amazon's Early Readers program. (Plus a lot of other swag, but I believe in keeping it simple.)

Jun 5, 2012, 5:32pm Top

Mamie and Joe... Kelly's is fun... but it doesn't look like we will be going ....not tonight.
rd.. thanks :) It's a good one, but whatever....
Hi Terri! Same here.. I want to try to see the Venus thing, but it's not looking good..

Hi Cee ~ and Wooly!

Ellen It is a program that they have to invite you to. I don't know the criteria....but I am happy to be a viner. I was invited a few years ago. Each month we are offered a "targeted" ( dunno about that ) list of books and products to read / use and review. There is a limit.. 2 items in the targeted list. Then the next week, we get a "leftover" list. We can choose 2 items from that list, too. We have to review 80% of what
we get, at least. And we are not allowed to give any of them away.

So, most months I get four books.. sometimes other items instead. I am so so grateful!

Jun 5, 2012, 9:58pm Top

Getting late - gonna hit the sack v soon.
Just stopping by to say nighty night!
Oh! and we're planning a vacation for late July.
Have spent waaaaay too much time online trying to find something :P
Found a cool place in Northern VT - almost into Canada.
I think we might rent a place with Bridget & family for a week.
Will keep you posted...
Sweet dreams!

Jun 6, 2012, 12:51am Top

Thanks for the description, Kath. Too much commitment for me, but it sounds like it works for you and you've gotten some good reads out of it!

Got the blues this evening, but heading to bed with The Case of the Missing Books (light and humorous), leaving the glass of wine on the kitchen counter, planning to run in the morning..... all will be well.

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 8:56am Top

Sorry about the blues, Ellen.. those sneaky bastids. They catch up with all of us
at one time or another. Sometimes they manage to grow roots :( I hope
that yours move on.

Hi Cee.... nice to see you :) and more good news!
Vacation! I hope you find the perfect place and have
a wonderful time.

Today is my sister's birthday. All possible predictors point to uh oh.

le sigh

What's happening in your world!


I am trying the Peruvian Chicken recipe.. hoping it tastes a little
like Sardi's! Wish I could cook some fried Yuca too!

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 9:44am Top

Hey Kath!
Not sure if someone else told you already but you are in the hot reviews X2! Good job! :)

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 10:05am Top

good grief.. LOL Thanks for letting me know, Chelle ~

The HOT comes from thumbing fiends, I know.. but it is fun! so thank you thumbers !

Jun 6, 2012, 10:13am Top

LOL! Kath - look what you typed fiends!! Actually, as one of the thumbing fiends, I kind of like that! BUT, I gave you the thumb because your review was GOOD, not because I like you - which I do..um..like you that is!

Jun 6, 2012, 10:18am Top

Clearly I am subconsciously suspicious of all of you! LOL

But thanks :) I like you too !( consciously )

Jun 6, 2012, 10:26am Top

Lots of smiles from getting caught up with you, Kath...and a few belly laughs. Happy Birthday to your sis. And, no, I don't mind being called a fiend. It could have been worse!

Jun 6, 2012, 10:41am Top

fiendly *smooch*

Jun 6, 2012, 10:42am Top

Jun 6, 2012, 10:45am Top

Sorry... The news about Bradbury just sort of stunned me :(

Hi Donna :) and xo rdear

I have such good fiends :)

Jun 6, 2012, 11:00am Top

Your fiendship means a lot to me.

Jun 6, 2012, 11:02am Top

Fiends, fiends....we all be fiends!!

Jun 6, 2012, 11:04am Top

diitto x 2 my fiends

Jun 6, 2012, 11:48am Top

Good day, my dear fiend!
You are so hot! :)

Happy birthday to your sister! More cake :)
So many birthdays in your family!
Party on!

Jun 6, 2012, 12:12pm Top

Jun 6, 2012, 12:58pm Top

Partay! well.. yes, there will be cake. Consolation that, Cee.

Jude, how did you get that pic of me?

Jun 6, 2012, 1:08pm Top

Jun 6, 2012, 1:31pm Top

Nook edition of ‘War and Peace’ replaces every ‘Kindle’ with ‘Nook’

Andrew Beaujon by Andrew Beaujon Published June 6, 2012 9:38 am

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At the rare moments when the old fire did Nook in her handsome, fully developed body she was even more attractive than in former days.

Philip Howard discovered something odd about the copy of “War and Peace” he purchased for his new Nook: Every instance of the word “Kindle” had been clumsily replaced with the word “Nook.” I purchased Superior Formatting’s 99-cent edition of the classic novel, too, and Howard’s right: There are some hilarious incidents of butchered Tolstoy in this bad boy (page numbers from my now-treasured Nook edition):

Captain Tushin, having given orders to his company, sent a soldier to find a dressing station or a doctor for the cadet, and sat down by a bonfire the soldiers had Nookd on the road. (P. 670)

“Believe me,” said Prince Dolgorukov, addressing Bagration, “it is nothing but a trick! He has retreated and ordered the rearguard to Nook fires and make a noise to deceive us.” (P. 907)

The stormcloud had come upon them, and in every face the fire which Pierre had watched Nook burned up brightly. (P. 2661)

As soon as she heard his voice a vivid glow Nookd in her face, lighting up both her sorrow and her joy. (P. 3171)


Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 1:33pm Top

Oh Richard.......sigh

Jun 6, 2012, 3:16pm Top

300 LOL! Good grief!

Jun 6, 2012, 4:32pm Top

LOL.... I thought it was funny, RD.

Kath, one of my coworkers has a ghostie in the house he just moved into. Sage advice for kindly persuading ghostie to seek alternative abode?

Jun 6, 2012, 4:55pm Top

>299 richardderus: I dunno.....my cat has all these behaviors down to an art form, though i manage the shedding with a Furminator...and give him cardboard boxes to shred, rather than the furniture...the rest...he's good to go....

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 6:48pm Top

Why? would they want to Caro? I think a nice sit down is the place to start..
discuss the situation. I had several sit downs with the ghostie in my home in Conway,
but I never asked him to leave so? He aways let up a bit for a while though.

Terri... I know, ridiculous! I have another one for you belove..

Jude.. LOL!

okay here ya go.. another WTF


Man escorted from Barnes and Noble for using a phone in the kids books section ...
Sad state of affairs these days...

Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 6:50pm Top

moving day >>>>>>>>>>> go thataway >>>>>>>>

Jun 6, 2012, 7:07pm Top

>305 mckait: Sad state of affairs these days... OMG what is this world coming to?

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