Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I found this picture on-line and thought it was great ... and scary!
We've had some major lightning and thunderstorms late at night the last couple of weeks. It's the kind of thunder that is so loud it wakes you out of a sound sleep. I saw a picture similar to this in the paper yesterday and wanted to post it here.
I worked as an arts & crafts counselor at a country club summer program when I was in high school. The club was on the water and I saw some amazing lightning storms those summers. I also saw some beautiful boats destroyed by the lightning. So beautiful yet so powerful and destructive.
Nature is very cool.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Title: After You
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Dial Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
A wonderful, emotionally-charged, character driven story about loss, love and the power of the human spirit to adapt and change. You won't want to put it down.
Desperate to help Sophie, Ellie turns to a book that gave her comfort as a child, The Secret Garden. As the two spend hours exploring the novel, its story of hurt, magic and healing blooms around them. But so, too, do the secrets Lucy kept hidden, even from her best friend. As Ellie peels back the layers of her friend's life, she's forced to confront her own as well - the marriage she left behind, the loss she'd hoped to escape, and the elusiveness of the place we choose to call home.
A novel that will resonate in the heart of anyone who's had a best friend, a love lost, or a past full of regrets, AFTER YOU proves once again the unique and compelling talent of Julie Buxbaum.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I need to remember and believe this today. I have a tendency to worry and stress myself out about things I cannot control. It's so silly. No worries! Today I'll do what I need to do and do it the best that I can!
I just read a blurb on Yahoo about Michael Vick meeting with the NFL today to discuss the terms of his return. Jeez! There shouldn't be anything to discuss because he shouldn't be returning, at least not this soon, to the NFL after what he did. But all that matters is the money of course. ugh, it makes me so mad! I really don't think 2 years in prison for promoting dog fights is sufficient. Whatever happens I hope he learned his lesson but I'm not going to hold my breath.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
This well known quote, attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) is one of my favorites. I think of it often especially when life gets a little trying!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I was looking for some pictures of roses on the internet and I came across this picture by Linda Lee called "Nantucket Roses". It surprised me and I stopped and sat for a bit - this picture took me back to many days of my childhood when my family spent part of every summer on Nantucket.
We rented a cottage in a beautiful, quiet area called Siasconset. There were three lanes of grey-shingled, weather-beaten cottages, many with little pink roses growing haphazardly up the walls and across the roof and white picket fences out front. The three lanes met and ended at a church and an old-fashioned candy store. My sister and I were thrilled that we were allowed to walk down to the store and sit at the counter by ourselves and order ice cream cones or sodas or buy candy or get dad the local paper. Mind you, at home we weren't allowed to go anywhere without an adult! Every summer we met several other children to play with and we used to gather on the large lawn in between the cottages in the early evenings to play softball, croquet or tag. Earlier in the day, after a late breakfast we would cross the large green lawn and head down the long flight of rickety steps to the beach. This was the ocean or what we called the 'big-waves" beach! We only walked along the edge getting our feet wet, cheering my parents when they went in swimming, diving into the waves and sometimes coming up with a large clam shell which they used for ashtrays in those days. In the afternoon we drove out to the quiet saltwater pond where my sister and I spent hours in the water swimming and playing.
On rainy or overcast days we drove 20 minutes into the town and walked the cobble-stone streets, stopping in the stores to browse, agonizing over which souvenir to buy and worrying that our new rope bracelet wouldn't shrink enough in the salt water! Some afternoons when we had had enough sun and swimming, as a special treat, my mom would take us into town to see a movie. I remember I saw the Goodbye Girl at the Nantucket Theater. I think I was 12 and my mother was so worried that I was too young for the movie but I suffered no irreperable harm from any of the scenes! lol One night a week the small communty center in Siasconset showed several cartoon movies and served popcorn. Other nights we sat out under the stars roasting marshmallows, playing tag or reading. The 4th of July celebration was always the highlight of the summer. During the day there were games and contests and picnicking and at night, a huge fireworks display. I loved fireworks! There was never a TV in the cottage and we didn't miss it. But we always missed Nantucket when it was time to go home.
Wow, that was quite a trip down memory lane! lol I think Nantucket is still a wonderful island but it was very different when I was a child, quieter, more simple, safer. I'm glad I had the chance to spend those summers there with my family. To this day, many things remind me of Nantucket especially grey-shingled cottages and little pink roses.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I don't have many pictures of Jazzy because she doesn't sit still for long. Even when she is in the room long enough to take a picture of her, she's always seems to be moving! She's a lot of fun and very sweet when she wants to be!
This is Jazzy in a zen moment on the cable box ------->
(the cable box ix very popular in our house!)
This is Jazzy taking a break from playing!
Monday, July 20, 2009
But when the new issue of Elle showed up this month with Miley Cyrus on the cover I started wondering if I really enjoy this magazine as much as I thought I did. And this isn't the first time one of these magazines had a cover I didn't appreciate. I don't always like the actress or model on the cover but that's ok, I don't expect to like them all. It's just that usually the cover woman is a woman, a person of of voting age who has some experience in the adult world. I guess that's what has got my goat the most, she's only 16 years old. Sure she sings and I guess she also acts but there are several other girls who do that and they show up on the cover of Seventeen or Glamour. It just seems a little ridiculous to me. But I suppose the biggest concern of the people behind the magazine is staying in business. I am glad I wrote out what I like about the magazines because I can see there's a lot I do like but still.....So I have to decide by the time my subscription runs out in a few months if I like the rest of the magazine enough to ignore the parts I don't like or should I just stick to books and home decor magazines?! lol Maybe I'm getting too crabby in my old age!!
If you have an opinion, let me know!
All of the cats we have now found us. They were feral kittens or cats or previously owned, abandoned cats who wanted a home. They like it outside so they are indoor/outdoor cats and spend most of the warm, sunny weather outside, coming inside to eat and to sleep at night. All except one, Magoo, the sleeping tabby at the top of my blog. Magoo was living with an elderly woman whose building burned down and she moved to a shelter. It was believed that she may have started the fire because she couldn't pay her rent but we don't know if that's really true and we hope it's not. Magoo became part of our family as a result and we're really happy about that. He lived indoors his entire 3 years of life so he doesn't go outside. He loves sitting in the windows watching the other cats as well as birds, dogs and any other happenings!
When I first go outside all of my cats, except for Daisy, the "matriarch" and Sadie, the baby, act like I'm a complete stranger and, therefore, scary and run away from me, especially Huxley and Jazzy ! But cute little Sadie, whose becoming quite pudgy! runs up and head-butts my leg while making an adorable trilling sound. I'm permitted to pet her on the head and maybe rub her cheeks but she doesn't stay within distance of my touch for very for fear I try to pick her up! She wants her independance right now and gets mad if made to do something she hasn't orchestrated herself! Daisy is indifferent to everybody, human and cat alike, and a little haughty unless she wants some lovin'. She lets me know when she wants attention by sitting right in front of me and fixing me with her big green eyes, staring intensely until I pet her, it was a little freaky at first, now I'm used to it! If I am staying outside to read or relax, once I'm settled in and it's quiet, the cats come around little by little. They don't get too close, they have to act like they don't really care that I'm there! They find a spot close enough that they can see me and they settle down and take another nap. They're hoping I'll bring out some food or a toy or cat-nip! (They know me pretty well!) Sometimes if I don't bring out any treats quickly enough, Huxley will get impatient and come over and nuzzle my legs as if to say, "Hey, remember me? Whaddya got for me?" I love watching the cats because when they're outside their naps are always interruptedby a bug that flies by they must chase or a tall weed that keeps waving in the wind that they have to subdue or a fellow feline they have to wrestle with or chase! I don't always get a lot of reading done outside. lol
Hubbie just called to let me know that the author Richard Russo is going to be promoting his new book at a Barnes and Noble in Union Square in early August. He's one of my favorite authors and hubbie's too. I'm definitely going to plan on attending this book signing!
On a much sadder note, an author I liked very much, Frank McCourt, died. He wrote and won the Pulitzer for his intense, wonderful book about his childhood in Ireland Angela's Ashes. I've heard that, he and his brother spent a lot of time at a cool NY pub, White Horse Tavern telling stories about life in Ireland and singing some great Irish songs. I don't know if that's true but White Horse Tavern is a good old-fashioned Irish pub well worth a visit. Dylan Thomas drank many a beer here and plenty of other well-known musicians and writers stopped by, Hunter S. Thompson, Jim Morrison, Bon Dylan, Jack Kerouac, James Baldwin etc....
I'll be back in a little while with some book and magazine chat and other things!
Friday, July 17, 2009
I think hubbie was trying to scare the virus out of me or something. I woke up as he was leaving for work this morning. He always turns the TV on in the morning and checks the weather and flips through the channels while he's getting ready. After he left, I was lying in bed trying to decide how I felt and I turned on the TV. Well I just about leapt right out of the bed because staring back at me from the TV screen was a gigantic, furry tarantula, beady little eyes and all! My heart was beating a mile a minute watching his legs move around and seeing his little fangs.
I want to thank all the bloggers who visited me on my first day! I was so happy to see all of you. I promise to visit your blogs as soon as I am feeling 100% and am able to spend some time around here! Have a great day! It's Friiiiiiday! yay!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Oh yes, I am completely new to blogging so this is a work in progress and I expect to make several mistakes so please bear with me!