CAT THURSDAY — MARCH 10

 

Good morning!  Welcome to our Cat Thursday event, hosted by Michelle, at The True Book Addict. Join us for the sharing of hilarious and loving moments with our cat friends.

Today’s spotlight goes to this cat, who seems a bit…well, scared.

 

 

What about you?  What did you find?  I hope you’ll pop in and share some comments and links.

And have a great day!

 

A BIT OF ME (ME) — CHANGES — MARCH 5

Welcome to A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book, our place in the blogosphere in which we reveal bits and pieces of our “real” lives.

This Weeks Question: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? Anything.

The year was 1970. Many recent events had stirred me, from the protests of the sixties over Vietnam; women’s issues; my own search for who I was; and as a graduate student, I was reexamining everything that I had thought I had known and believed.
I had been in a marriage for seven years, and like many people have experienced, we were not a “marriage of true minds.”  But I had two kids.
It seemed to unfold in a crazy way, at least that’s how it seemed to onlookers. Family, etc.  One day, while my husband was on a business trip, I rented an apartment, hired a moving van, and left.  With my two kids.  Just like that.
Over the weeks and months ahead, I would face all the scrutiny and censure of those who had thought they knew me. Only my closest friends in my new life really understood.  They supported me.  But as everything around me changed, and as I became a truly different person, I would realize, too, that even though I didn’t regret what I’d done, the consequences would follow me…always.
Nearly a decade later, I had become a much happier person, even though I had left one life for another. By then, I had two more children.  I had found my niche in a career and loved making contributions to the world around me (as a social worker).  I had visions of someday writing about my experiences.
I have done that.

My Creations: Click the picture for more info

So what’s your story?  Share the “crazy” parts, if you will.  And don’t be surprised if everyone else has something equally “crazy” to tell.

A BIT OF ME (ME) — THE WRITER’S LIFE — FEB. 26

 

 

 

Good morning, and welcome to A Bit of Me (Me), the event that allows us to share bits and pieces of our lives—outside the blogging world.  Hosted by There’s A Book, each week we are presented with questions to ponder.

This Weeks Question: What would your dream job be?

That’s a good one, isn’t it?  Would you be surprised to know that I’m actually doing my “dream job” now? From the time I was a kid, I wanted to write.  I had to put that dream on the back burner while I worked for more than three decades at a profession that paid the bills.  Not that I hated that career, or anything, but it wasn’t what I’d dreamed about…back in the day while I read and imagined my own name on a book cover.
Here is one of my earliest visual images of the writing life…probably gleaned from the pages of old favorite books like Little Women.
The Writer’s Life
Later, my vision expanded and here’s the writer’s world I imagined.
Gorgeous Writer’s Den
Actually, now that I look at it, that chair doesn’t look too comfy!
But here’s what I actually have, and here are some of my creations.
My Daily World
MY CREATIONS – Click image to visit my website
My favorite part is waking up, hurrying to the computer, and, still wearing pajamas, beginning my day, with only my coffee, my computer, and the world inside my head.
Of course, now that blogging is also part of that picture, I can connect to others, too.  Writing and blogging…my dream life!
What about you?  What do you imagine as the best possible job for you?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

FRIDAY MEMES: BEGINNINGS & FRIDAY 56 — FEB. 25

Good morning!  It’s Friday again, and time to celebrate the memes that take us within a book’s pages to excerpt and share. Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages, takes us to the very opening lines, where we showcase what we love (or don’t love) about the books we’re reading.  For The Friday 56hosted by Freda’s Voice , we pick a sentence off of p. 56 to share.

Today I’m spotlighting a book on my reading list for this coming week. The Three Weissmanns of Westport, by Cathleen Schine, is a delightful homage to Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and delves into the lives of its characters, with one of them taking off for Westport after being dumped.

Blurb: A geriatric stepfather falls in love with a scheming woman half his age in Schine’s Sense and Sensibility–flecked and compulsively readable follow-up to The New Yorkers. Betty Weissman is 75 when Joseph, her husband of nearly 50 years, announces he’s divorcing her. Soon, Betty moves out of their grand Central Park West apartment and Joseph’s conniving girlfriend, Felicity, moves in. Betty lands in a rundown Westport, Conn., beach cottage, but things quickly get more complicated when Betty’s daughters run into their own problems….

Beginning: When Joseph Weissmann divorced his wife, he was seventy-eight years old and she was seventy-five.  He announced his decision in the kitchen of their apartment on the tenth floor of a large, graceful Central Park West building built at the turn of the last century, the original white tiles of the kitchen still gleaming on the walls around them.

Now I feel compelled to keep reading, because this sounds like a story I will love.  The old building sounds elegant, as described in the opening lines, and sets the scene for the dramatic announcement.  I can almost see the apartment….and the contrast between the “still gleaming” kitchen and the now defunct marriage feels poignant.

P. 56: She glanced at Frederick and saw that he was surrounded by young women and middle-aged men.  An interesting demographic.  Where did she fit in?

Okay, now I’m curious about what the rest of you have discovered today.  I hope you’ll stop by and share….


A BIT OF ME (ME) — BEWITCHED — FEB. 19

Here we are again, on another Saturday morning.  It’s a bit cold and crisp, but we can huddle in the warm house dreaming about today’s question on A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

This Weeks Question: What super-power would you most like to have, and why?

I didn’t have to think about this one too long.  My mind flew back to the sixties and a show I loved then.  Bewitched was a story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary powers.  She was a housewife, then a mother; she could twitch her nose and look cute…and make things happen.
Who wouldn’t want to twitch away those unpleasant realities of daily life and replace them with a fantasy or two?
She was a cute witch, as well.  I wouldn’t want to be the stereotypical one with the bump on her nose and warts….LOL
Her mother, Endora, was not your typical mother, either.
But you have to admit that she had a—well, presence!
So what about you?  What magic would you love to possess?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

TEASER TUESDAYS — THE LONG ROAD HOME — FEB. 8

TEASIN' MICKEY

 

Good morning, and welcome to Teaser Tuesdays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

Every week, we celebrate bookish moments by sharing excerpts from our current reads.

Here’s how it works:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s selection is one I received in the mail last week, but I’m going to want to read this one very soon.

The Long Road Home, by Mary Alice Monroe, is the story of one woman’s journey toward pulling her life back together after her husband’s suicide.

Here’s a blurb from Amazon:

Her husband’s suicide left Nora MacKenzie alone, and his shady Wall Street dealings left the Manhattan socialite penniless. By a miracle she’s held on to their mountainside farm—and she’ll keep holding on, no matter what. The property is Nora’s one chance to wring some dignity out of the sham she’s been living.

The Vermont locals think she’s a city girl on a nature kick, but she’s not afraid to get her hands dirty. Nora’s serious about learning the farming business…if she can figure out where to begin. Against the locals’ skepticism, she has only one ally: Charles “C.W.” Walker.

C.W. is hardworking, gentle with the animals and a patient teacher of the hundreds of chores Nora needs to learn. Slowly she starts to believe she’ll survive in her new life, even flourish. She might even be willing to open her heart again. But she won’t return to a life of lies…and the truth about C.W. may be more than Nora’s fragile heart can bear….

 

Teaser:  For a moment their eyes met and revealed their private yearning for a home and a family and a simpler life.  Then they both quickly averted their eyes, as though they had both opened a hidden box and exposed their most private secret, before snapping it shut again in fear it would be stolen. p.89

 

Well, now I can’t wait to find out more.  What did you discover within your pages today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

A BIT OF ME (ME) — THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW — FEB. 5

 

Yesterday, I couldn’t believe that we were already approaching the weekend, and I can’t believe it’s Saturday!  Time for A Bit of Me (Me), hosted by There’s A Book.

Today’s Question:

This Weeks Question: What’s your favorite color? Or maybe you have multiple favorites, which ones? Be creative with how you tell us if you have time.

I love color!  The more vivid, the better, but especially those in the reds, purples, greens, and occasionally blues….
These colors cheer me up and make me feel ALIVE!  Here are some samples:
Berlin Festival of Lights by Craig Robinson
Potpourri of Toys
Do these illustrate my love of color?  What about your choices?  I hope you’ll stop by and share….

FRIDAY MEMES: BEGINNINGS & FRIDAY 56 — FEB. 4

 

How did Friday get here so quickly?  Oh, well, never mind…it’s time for the Friday Memes!  Book Beginnings, hosted by A Few More Pages, and The Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice.

This is how it works:

For Beginnings, we share opening line(s) of our current read, share the title and author, and then add our thoughts about it…just before joining the other bloggers at Mr. Linky.

For 56, we turn to that page, grab an excerpt, also linking to the title and author, and, of course, link up over at our host’s blog.

Today I’m spotlighting a book from an author I have enjoyed many times over.  This book has graduated from my TBR stacks! The Blue Bistro, by Elin Hilderbrand, promises to be a delightful read.

Here’s a blurb from Amazon:

The pricey, popular bistro of the title is the real star of Hilderbrand’s fourth novel set on Nantucket. After years of hotel employ, peripatetic Adrienne Dealey, 28, lands her first restaurant job within hours of disembarking on the bucolic Massachusetts island. She’s got a lot of learning to do as assistant to co-owner Thatcher Smith. Adrienne’s soon attracted to the handsome Thatcher, and he seems to return her feelings. But just what is his relationship with his partner, the famous, utterly reclusive chef Fiona “Fee” Kemp? And why will no one talk about her?

 

And now, drum roll, please!

The Beginning:

Adrienne needed a job.

She arrived on Nantucket Island with two maxed-out credit cards, forty borrowed dollars, and three rules scribbled on an Amtrak cocktail napkin.

I’m getting the picture here that our character is desperate and ready to jump into anything.  Uh-oh, is my first thought.  What about yours?

 

P. 56:

Mack Peterson, manager of the Beach Club, who was another sandy-haired Midwesterner, shook Adrienne’s hand and assured her he would only send her his best clients.

 

So now I’m ready to engross myself in all things Nantucket within the pages of this book…that’s probably the only way I’m going to see the island!

What about the rest of you?  What tidbits can you share today?  Please stop by….

CAT THURSDAY — FEB. 3

 

Good morning!  It’s Thursday again, and you know what that means…don’t you?  Well, Cat Thursday, of course, hosted by Michelle, at The True Book Addict.

Last week, I sort of lost all sense of time as I wandered around the LOL CATS site, so I collected a few images.  I just knew that each Thursday, as I studied my “captured” pix, I would find just the perfect one for each day.

Like this one.  I laughed, and then a part of me felt empathy.  What do you think?

 

So I hope you’ll come on by and share your own delightful, hilarious, captivating cat moments.