Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Bible Reading Plan

I'm going to try a new Bible reading plan in 2015, following this schedule.  
I'm not going to read all four passages in one sitting; that would be too confusing.  What I will do is read the Bible four times a day, not counting my bedtime Gospel reading.
Also, in order to enhance (I love the word enhance!) my Bible reading even more, I will use two translations.



First, I will read the portion in the RSV, and then I will read it in the GNB.  I considered using the NAB as well, but I decided that that would be overdoing it.
I don't plan to read the daily readings in the exact order given. This is a sample of how I intend to read my daily passages, beginning tomorrow.
Early morning:
Ps 1
Mid-morning or late morning:
Gen 1-2
Afternoon:
Isa 1:1-20
Evening:
Matt 1

And thus endeth my blogging for 2014.



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sunday Snippets-- A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place for Catholic bloggers to share posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete! : This Week's Fan Fiction

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with  a #

Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"Ethelred Preston or The Adventures of a Newcomer"
"Lucky Bob" #
"His Luckiest Year" #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"The Instructed Heart:
soundings at four depths"
by F.J. Sheed
[non-fiction, memoir]

Weekday Books

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down"
{carried over from last week}
"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real"
by Neta Jackson
[Christian fiction, (Protestant, multi-denominational and non-denominational)]
I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about the books. (Mostly, I love them.)
The author, Neta Jackson, is a Protestant, and I don't agree with everything she writes.
However, I love the way the women support each other with their prayers.
I like that the author uses several translations of the Bible.
I love the way Avis praises God BEFORE He answers a prayer.
I DEFINITELY like the way the Yada Yadas visit each others' churches, and
I wish someone would do a Catholic series along those lines, with Catholics
of different rites attending each others' liturgies.

"The Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas" #
by Madeleine L'Engle
[children's fiction, prequel to "Meet the Austins."]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"A Christmas Carol"
by Charles Dickens
[fiction]

my annual December 24th reading

"Once Upon a Christmas Time"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[memoir, childhood, Christmas, Sweden]


"Opal" #
by Opal Whiteley
[child's journal]

"Thank You, Amelia Bedelia"
by Peggy Parrish
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Little Pear"
"Little Pear And His Friends"
{carrying over into next week}
by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loans)

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"Treatise on Divine Love" #
by St. Francis de Sales
[Kindle book]

This Week's Fan Fiction

The Lost Pet Pursual
an AU "Big Bang Theory" sillyfic drabble.

new chapters added

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place for Catholic bloggers to share posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete! : At last, Another Image Added to My Collection

Semper Gaudete! : An Article Well Worth Reading

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #

Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"Ada Merton" #
"Ethelred Preston or The Adventures of a Newcomer"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"Reproachfully Yours"
by Lucile Hasley
"The Instructed Heart:
soundings at four depths"
by F.J. Sheed
[non-fiction, memoir]

Weekday Books
"An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ritual" #
by Jennifer Lea Anderson
[nonfiction]
{carried over from last week}

"The Little Prince"
by Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
[fiction]

"Mama's Bank Account"
by Kathryn Forbes
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan; my copy was lost when I moved.  Thank God I can read it and other books online for free!)
{carried over from last week}

"A Candle in the Mist"
by Florence Crannell Means
[children's/YA fiction, historical]

"Angus and The Ducks"
"Angus and the Cat"
by Marjorie Flack
[picture books]
(openlibrary.org loans)

"The Yada Yada Prayer Group"
"The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down"
{carrying over into next week}
by Neta Jackson
[Christian fiction, (Protestant, multi-denominational and non-denominational)]
I have to admit that I have mixed feelings about the books. (Mostly, I love them.)
The author, Neta Jackson, is a Protestant, and I don't agree with everything she writes.
However, I love the way the women support each other with their prayers.
I like that the author uses several translations of the Bible.
I love the way Avis praises God BEFORE He answers a prayer.
I DEFINITELY like the way the Yada Yadas visit each others' churches, and
I wish someone would do a Catholic series along those lines, with Catholics
of different rites attending each others' liturgies.


Books for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 38-40)
one chapter a day; finished on Tuesday.
"Treatise on Divine Love"
by St. Francis de Sales
[Kindle book]

An Article Well Worth Reading

Here's an article I'd like to share.
How sad that some children are growing up without ever being able to discover their ancestral roots!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

At last, Another Image Added to My Collection

I've just added this painting to my Rosary Art Collection.  It's been almost two months since I found a new image for the collection, and, to be honest, I was thinking of declaring the collection complete.
So thank God I found this painting!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place for Catholic bloggers to share posts.  I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete! : Amelia Bedelia (Warning: SPOILER!)

Semper Gaudete! : Whatever Happened to My Daily Blogging

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one
of the books lost when I moved.
"That Football Game and What Came of It"
"Ada Merton" #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"Reproachfully Yours"
by Lucile Hasley


Weekday Books
"Mildred's Married Life and
a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore"
{carried over from last week}
"Mildred at Home"
by Martha Finley
[children's fiction, Protestant]
(free online books)


"The Animal, The Vegetable, and John D. Jones"
by Betsy Byars
[children's fiction]

"A Dog on Barkham Street"
by Mary Stolz
[children's fiction]

"Dial LeRoi Rupert, D. J."
by Jamie Gilson
[children's fiction]

"Amelia Bedelia"
by Peggy Parrish
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"A Clown Like Me"
by Joan L. Oppenheimer
[children's/teen fiction]

"Friends Are Like That"
by Patricia Hermes
[children's fiction (older children) ]

"Stargirl"
by Jerry Spinelli
[children's/YA fiction]

"An Introduction to Japanese Tea Ritual" #
by Jennifer Lea Anderson
[nonfiction]
{carrying over into next week}

"Ann Lawrence of Old New York" #
by Gladys Malvern
[YA fiction, historical]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Little Prince"
by Antoine de Sainte-Exupery
[fiction]

"Mama's Bank Account"
by Kathryn Forbes
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan; my copy was lost when I moved.  Thank God I can read it and other books online for free!)
{carrying over into next week}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 31-37)
one chapter a day




Books Selected For Long-Term Reading
"Summa Theologica"
by St. Thomas Aquinas
(free Kindle book)
"Swimming in the Sea of Talmud" #
[Jewish studies]

Whatever Happened to My Daily Blogging

What happened to my daily blogging?  Writer's block?  Writer's slump? 
Or is it because I've been dealing with a difficult situation that I can't blog about at this time because someone else is involved?
I suspect that it is all of the above.
I've also been neglecting my fan fiction... I have added a few lines to several of the stories I'm working on, and jotted down a
few ideas, but it's been a long time since I've published a new story or chapter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Amelia Bedelia (Warning: SPOILER!)

I've just re-read a favorite picture book: Peggy Parrish's delightfully funny "Amelia Bedelia."
Amelia Bedelia is a maid, and it is her first day working for Mr. and Mrs. Rogers.
Mrs. Rogers has to go someplace, but she leaves a list of instructions, which Amelia Bedelia follows literally... and I do mean LITERALLY

The next part is a spoiler, so I'll put some X's here.  Please scroll down.
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Years ago, I read this book to a little girl, and when I came to the words, "and please dress the chicken,"  she said, "Oh, NO!"
and cracked up.  I couldn't blame her, I always lose it at that point!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival

Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, a place where Catholic bloggers like me share our posts. I've discovered some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?



Semper Gaudete! : Only Two This Year

Semper Gaudete! : Soft Kitty Again

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read In The Past Week

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.

You'll notice that I've changed the format of this weekly post,


Sunday books
"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one
of the books lost when I moved.
"Claude Lightfoot or How The Problem Was Solved"
"That Football Game and What Came of It"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)


Weekday Books
"Light a Single Candle"
by Beverly Butler
[YA fiction]

"Jonica's Island"
by Gladys Malvern
[historical fiction]

"Invisible Lissa"
by Natalie Honeycutt
[children's fiction]

"The Lord and Mary Ann"
by Catherine Cookson
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Have You Seen My Cat?" #
by Eric Carle
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)
I thought this would be a book where the cat is hidden
somewhere on every page or spread.  It wasn't.

"An Awful Name to Live Up To"
by Jessie Hosford
[children's fiction, historical]

"Curious Missie" #
by Virginia Sorensen
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Families, Etc."
"Thanks to You!"
by Miriam L. Elias
[children's fiction, Jewish]

"Bea and Mr. Jones"
by Amy Schwartz
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)
another book lost when I moved;
thank God I can read it online for free!

"Mildred's Married Life and
a Winter With Elsie Dinsmore"
[children's fiction, Protestant]
(free online book)
{carrying over into next week}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout For Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 24-30)
one chapter a day

Books Selected For Long-Term Reading
"Summa Theologica"
by St. Thomas Aquinas
(free Kindle book)
"Swimming in the Sea of Talmud" #
[Jewish studies]



Soft Kitty Again

I just have to share what Winky did the other night... too funny!  
I was singing Soft Kitty to him, and right after I sang the words, "happy kitty, sleepy kitty," he purred three times! So we did the "purr, purr, purr" at the end together! It was a nice little duet.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Only Two This Year

I said that I might make my resolutions at the beginning of Advent, rather than on New Year's Day, and that I wasn't going to make a LOT of resolutions.
I've decided on these two:

1: Read a chapter every day in a good Catholic book that
is not reserved for Sunday.  Right now I'm reading "A Forty Day Spiritual Workout," by Bob Rice. And yes, I have something to
read when I finish this book.  

2: Read at least one picture book every week.  This can be one I've read many times, or something unfamiliar.  Books read more than once during this year will not count

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival


Come on over to RAnn's blog for Sunday Snippets, where Catholic bloggers like me share our posts.  I've found some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?

Semper Gaudete! : Changing a Tradition? Maybe

Semper Gaudete! : Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abortion Activist Meryl Streep

Semper Gaudete! : It Made Me Want To See The Movie!

Semper Gaudete! : Abortion Activist: All Babies Conceived Accidentally Should Be Aborted

Semper Gaudete! : A VERY Fitting Gospel

Semper Gaudete! : Books Read in the Past Week

Books Read in the Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one
of the books lost when I moved.
"Blueberry Muffins"
by Colleen Spiro
[nonfiction, anecdotes, autobiographical]
(Kindle book)
"Bobby in Movieland"
"Claude Lightfoot or How The Problem Was Solved"by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
"The Rosary
Keeping Company with Jesus and Mary"
by Karen Edmisten
{Sunday books}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout For Catholics"
by Bob Rice
(chapters 17-23)
one chapter a day

"A Grand Man"
by Catherine Cookson
[fiction]
(Kindle book)
{carried over from last week}
It's been years since I've read the "Mary Ann"
books, and I was delighted to find them on Kindle.
Some of the books are available for free on openlibrary.org.

"The Funny Guy"
by Grace Allen Hogarth

[children's fiction]
In Joan M. Lexau's "The Trouble With Terry,"
Terry reads a book that is both happy and sad
about a girl named Helen who "always doing things
wrong, just like Terry."
I wonder if that book was "The Funny Guy."
It definitely fits the description!

"The Middle Button"
by Kathryn Worth
[YA fiction, historical, based on her maternal ancestors]

"A Live Coal in The Sea" #
by Madeleine L'Engle
[fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
I'd been meaning to read this book
for a long time.

"The Book of Festivals and Holidays
the World Over"
by Maguerite Ickis
[children's non-fiction]




Thursday, November 27, 2014

A VERY Fitting Gospel

I found today's Gospel [Luke 17:11-19] especially fitting. 
Ten lepers were healed. One came back to give thanks. The other nine were turkeys!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It Made Me Want To See The Movie!

When I was a kid, before movies began to be rated G, M (now PG), R, and X, there were four words that always made me want to see the movie they described.  Those four words would make me practically beg my mom to let me see that movie.
(It never worked.  Never.)
And what were those four enticing, tantalizing words?
Not recommended for children.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abortion Activist Meryl Streep

Obama Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abortion Activist Meryl Streep

According to the article, this isn't the first time Obama has honored abortion activists.  For example, last year he awarded
this medal to Gloria Steinem.  I blogged about it at the time, and I'm going to repeat what I said then:
If he could, Obama would canonize Margaret Sanger!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Changing a Tradition? Maybe

Well, in one more week it will be Advent, and a new liturgical year will begin.
I'm seriously thinking about changing a time-honored tradition;
I might make my New Year's resolution at the start of the Liturgical year, instead of waiting until January 1st.
And I'm going to make one short-term resolution right now:
I resolve NOT to make too many resolutions for the coming year.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sunday Snippets--A Catholic Carnival


Come on over to Rann's blog for Sunday Snippets, where Catholic bloggers like me share our posts.  I've found some wonderful blogs here.  How about sharing yours?










Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one
of the books lost when I moved.
"Blueberry Muffins"
by Colleen Spiro
[nonfiction, anecdotes, autobiographical]
(Kindle book)
Harry Dee 
or Making it Out"
("Working it Out" in the edition
published by TAN books)
"Bobby in Movieland"
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online books)
{Sunday books}

A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout for Catholics"
by Bob Rice
Chapters 10-16 
one chapter a day


"The City Boy"
by Herman Wouk
[fiction]
{carrying over into next week}
one of my favorite books.

The S.W.F. Club" #

by Caroline E. Jacobs
[children's fiction]
(free Kindle book)
{carrying over into next week}

"Soup"
by Robert Newton Peck
[fiction,  partly autobiographical]

"Jughead With Archie Comic Digest No. 61"

"Squawk to the Moon, Little Goose"
by Edna Mitchell Preston
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The weed with an ill name"
Description:
Originally published in the 1800's by an unknown
author. Rewritten in children's language and modern
English by Triangle Press
[children's fiction, Christian, (Protestant), non-denominational)

"A Grand Man"
by Catherine Cookson
[fiction]
(Kindle book)
{carrying over into next week}
It's been years since I've read the "Mary Ann"
books, and I was delighted to find them on Kindle.
Some of the books are available for free on openlibrary.org.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Sock and the Glove

Just a bit of nonsense.


The sock saw the glove
and fell in love;
The glove saw the sock
And was smitten.
Filled with desire,
They were wed in the dryer,
and became the parents of a mitten.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Covers

When I was in sixth grade, our teacher, Mrs. Harris, showed us two books, or rather two different copies of the same book.  One copy was old, with no dust jacket.  The other was new, with a beautiful dust jacket
Mrs. Harris said, "I'm sure you would all be more attracted to this copy," indicating the new book.
I raised my hand and said, "It depends."
 "Leave it to Rochelle to contradict," said Mrs. Harris.
"Well," I said, "if I were in a bookstore, I'd be attracted to the book with the dust jacket, but if I were in a library, I'd be more attracted to the book with the worn cover, because that would mean that a lot of people have read it, so it's probably a good book."
Years later, I read this passage in "An Old-Fashioned Girl"
and remembered that little incident.
Polly heard it, and instantly resolved to be as "raving and as tearing" as her means would allow, "just for one night," she said, as she peeped over the banisters, glad to see that the dance and the race had taken the "band-boxy" air out of Tom's elegant array.
I deeply regret being obliged to shock the eyes and ears of such of my readers as have a prejudice in favor of pure English, by expressions like the above; but, having rashly undertaken to write a little story about Young America, for Young America, I feel bound to depict my honored patrons as faithfully as my limited powers permit; otherwise, I must expect the crushing criticism, "Well, I dare say it's all very prim and proper, but it isn't a bit like us," and never hope to arrive at the distinction of finding the covers of "An Old-Fashioned Girl" the dirtiest in the library.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Comic Book Connection

I've always had a great fondness for Harvey Comics: Little Dot, Little Audrey, Little Lotta, Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Richie Rich, to name just a few. I mentioned awhile ago that I'm a member of The Richie Rich Comics Fan Club.
Well, I've just learned that Alfred Harvey, the founder of Harvey Comics, grew up in Brighton Beach.... where I was born and lived until last year!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Five Posts in One

I said that I'd put up at least one post every day.  Today, I'm presenting five posts in one!












Saturday, November 15, 2014

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


"Love God And Do What You Please"
by St. Alphonsus Liguori
adapted by M. J. Huber
[spiritual reading]
a favorite of mine; thank God it wasn't one of the books
lost when I moved!
"Blueberry Muffins"
by Colleen Spiro
[nonfiction]
(Kindle Book)
"The Miraculous Medal"by Mary Fabyan  Windeatt"
Harry Dee 
or Making it Out"
("Working it Out" in the edition
published by TAN books)
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[children's fiction, Catholic]
(free online book)
{Sunday books}


A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"A 40-Day Spiritual Workout
For Catholics" #
by Bob Rice
Chapters 3-9
[non-fiction, devotional]
(1 chapter a day. )

"Girls' Clubs
Their Organization and Management" #
by Helen Josephine Ferris
[nonfiction]
(free online book)
{carried over from last week}


"Love and Knishes
An Irrepressible Guide to Jewish Cooking"
by Sara Kasdan
[nonfiction, Jewish]
{carried over from last week}
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery" #
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's fiction]
(Kindle book)
{carried over from last week}

"Character Built By Patience"
[revised version of a 19th century (or earlier) Christian (Protestant) work of fiction;
no author's name given in the copy I have]
Interesting story, but the author preaches to the reader now and then, 
which is to be expected in a book like this.

"Jo's Boys"
by Louisa May Alcott
[fiction]

"The Lemonade Trick"
"The Mailbox Trick"
by Scott Corbett
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loans)

"The City Boy"by Herman Wouk
[fiction]
{carrying over into next week}
one of my favorite books.

"The S.W.F. Club" #
by Caroline E. Jacobs
[children's fiction]
(free Kindle book)
{carrying over into next week}



I've found that it usually takes me longer to read online books than physical copies, 
because Winky likes to sleep on the computer chair, and because I tend to read several books at a time.

If I Could Form An OFFLINE Club


I love my online Share-Care-Prayer Club; don't get me wrong on that. However, I'd also love to be able to form one of those clubs where people get together in person, but that isn't possible for me.  I'm unable to travel, or even walk outside (except on my porch) unless I hold onto somebody's arm, and my own attached house is too small to accommodate a group of people.
However, if I could form an offline club, it might be a reading club; these are quite popular.  Mine would be a Books and Tapes Club.   This would allow people with dyslexia, or with visual problems, to join if they wanted to.  Now and then, ALL
members would listen to a tape.  We would then discuss, not only the book itself, but how well or poorly it was read.
Then again, I might start a Sunday Night Lunch Club for fans of
Maud Hart Lovelace's "Betsy-Tacy" series.  The  SNLC would meet on Sunday evenings, preferably if the next day was a holiday.  Members would take turns hosting.  Sandwiches and coffee would be served, and, if available, songs from the Betsy-Tacy books would be played and/or sung. 

Or I might form a club for making rosaries; members would also pray the rosary at each meeting.

I said (wrote) that I can't have an offline club.  What I should have said is that I can't have an offline club at this time.  Perhaps someday I will be able to have one.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Incident In A Store

I was in a store quite a few years ago, and I went up to a saleslady and asked her where a certain item...I forget what... was.
She pointed.
"Could you please tell me in words?" I requested politely.  "I have a perceptual disability, and it's hard for me to tell just where you are pointing."
"Well, tough on you!" she snapped in a VERY nasty voice, and walked away.
I followed her, tapped her on her shoulder, and responded.  "You are right.  You're absolutely right.  It is tough having a handicap that people don't understand.  But do you know what makes things so much tougher for me?"  I looked right at her and answered my own question.  "People like you."


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Singing To Winky

Yes, I sing to my cat, and he seems to enjoy it.
Sometimes I'll sing the first part of the "Cat Duet."
Sometimes I sing the chorus to Do Wah Diddy, changing the
words to:
Mew, my kitty, kitty purr, kitty mew.
Every now and then I sing the "Meow Mix" jingle.
And every night, when Winky jumps onto the top of the couch
to go to sleep, I pet him and sing "Soft Kitty."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Finding The Source of a Story

In the chapter in "Little Men" called Round the Fire, Jo tells a story called "The Suspected Boy," which she says was "written years ago by a dear old lady."
Well, I finally found out the source of the story.

The Internet is a wonderful way to research things.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I Love Online Games, But....!!!

I love online games, but they can be a bit... make that a LOT... frustrating sometimes.
To give just one example:
I've been stuck on Level 312 of Pet Rescue Saga for almost two months now!

Monday, November 10, 2014

New Item In Break-Off Collection

I've just added a ceramic tile that came off of my kitchen floor to my break-off collection.  I found it on the living room carpet, but I wasn't sure what it was until I saw the empty space.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New England Sunday, 1840s

In "The Story of A Bad Boy", Thomas Bailey Aldrich gives a rather grim description of how Sunday was observed when he was a boy.  I'll just share this little bit:



"People who were prosperous and natural and happy on Saturday became the most rueful of human beings in the brief space of twelve hours. I don't think there was any hypocrisy in this. It was merely the old Puritan austerity cropping out once a week. Many of these people were pure Christians every day in the seven -- excepting the seventh. Then they were decorous and solemn to the verge of moroseness. I should not like to be misunderstood on this point. Sunday is a blessed day, and therefore it should not be made a gloomy one. It is the Lord's day, and I do believe that cheerful hearts and faces are not unpleasant in His sight."

Of course, I agree with him!