Archive | June 2012

Adventures in Kitty Sitting

The four-legged black ninja phantom menaces have worn themselves out and are scattered about the room in three furry piles.  One on the back of a chair, one in the window sill, the other curled up and purring beside me.

My daughter discovered the opportunity to foster kittens for a rescue shelter and thought that would be a fun project while home from college this summer.  After filling out the required paperwork, interviewing at the agency and touring their facility we brought home our first small charges.  Three 12-week-old kittens needing to be socialized and their health monitored and maintained until they are ready for adoption into a permanent home.  In this case just two to three weeks.

In just one week they’ve gone from hiding out under the bed to scurrying wildly throughout the house like the keystone cops.  They are all black and difficult to tell apart, but we’ve gotten to know them.  Some cats are called “Tuxedos” because they are mostly black with a white chest.  These have a marking  more like  a clerical collar.  They each have a small white patch on their neck that you can’t really see until you lift up their chin.

Finn was the most rambunctious and fearless from the beginning.  He is also the most affectionate and readily finds a warm lap to curl up in.  This has not made my resident cat, Raleigh, happy at all.  He usually sits in my lap and sometimes even watches TV with me.  Now he walks by and looks at me as if I’m a traitor.

Fergus has the most beautiful gold eyes, the softest fur and the quietest demeanor.  I think if I were inclined to keep one of them (which I’m not) he would be my choice, he doesn’t get in as much trouble as the other two.

Molly is the most shy but just as adventurous as Finn.  It is a little hard to determine if her unwillingness to be picked up is from fear or typical female independence.  I think it is more the latter.  She is very smart.  She quickly learned that she could have human beings running around looking quite ridiculous if she just runs under the dining room table and moves from one side to the other among the chair legs.  When all were playing with a fishing pole toy (again, the favorite of Raleigh, he is not happy to share) she managed to carry the whole thing;  fish, line and pole under the table, ending the game for everyone else (the humans found this very funny).

This is my daughter’s project but now she has a summer job and I’m home for the summer.  So, I spend a good portion of my day keeping Molly off the kitchen counter, Finn and Molly off the curtains, and all three of them from scratching on the furniture.  It’s nice when they take a nap.  I draw the line at litterbox duty!

Of course there is some work and inconvenience involved.  But the perks are worth it.  There is something very comforting about having a little bundle of life choose to come and sit on or beside you, nuzzle their head into your hand and loudly purr as if to say, “I think you’re a nice person, I really like you.”

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Let’s Review! “The River Rose” & Book Giveaway

If you like relaxing before bedtime with a good book, you can shed the cares of the day and drift back into the 1850’s American south aboard The River Rose.  Take part in my book giveaway and you’ll be paddle-wheeling down the Arkansas River in no time!  You’ll need your glass of warm milk to fall asleep though because this story of love and adventure is one you won’t want to put down.  This second book in the author’s Water Wheel series was surprisingly different from other book series  in that it is a completely new story instead of  a continuation of the first book, The River Queen.  In The River Rose we meet new characters on a different steamboat working a stretch of the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers.  This approach gave me a fresh perspective on the era when riverboats were a major source of transportation and livelihood.

Two strangers are brought together when they inherit the Helena Rose from an unknown distant relative.  Jeanne Bettencourt and Clint Hardin at first glance seem as different from each other as night and day but they both bring past experiences, skills and connections that make the operation of a riverboat possible and even profitable.  With their rag-tag but loyal and hardworking crew they overcome challenges to make their partnership a success.

When crisis comes putting her family and her future in jeopardy, Jeanne’s faith and friendships help her navigate the turbulence ahead.

The distinctive personalities of the characters aboard the Helena Rose are delightful.  Their humorous banter made me chuckle and I felt almost a part of a wonderful eclectic family.   The River Rose is a very enjoyable read with a great balance of drama and humor.

Would you like to win your own book?  It’s easy!  Just leave me a comment letting me know what river (or other body of water) you would like to travel and why?  For a second entry, follow Gilbert Morris’ blog, and let me know in a separate comment.  I will leave the giveaway open for one week, on June 27 I’ll draw the winner!

Get to know the author by viewing this  interview with Gilbert Morris: http://youtu.be/kuNkvCqhPTM

You can read the first chapter of The River Rose for yourself by copying this link!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/87882776/The-River-Rose-by-Gilbert-Morris-Chapter-1

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I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Let’s Review! “The River Queen” by Gilbert Morris

Would you like to escape the manic pace and technology overload but don’t have the wherewithal to retreat to your own private island?  Drift back in time with “The River Queen” as Gilbert Morris takes you to the romance of the pre-Civil War south.  With opening scenes and characters reminiscent of Gone with the Wind get a glimpse of grand plantations populated by dapper young men and bustling southern belles in the busy commercial center of Natchez, Mississippi.

When unforeseen events precipitate a change of fortune, the beautiful Julienne Ashby and her family are taken from the pampered plantation life to the nitty gritty hard work of survival and facing forces that threaten to corrupt virtue if it is based only in tradition and good manners.  At times unwillingly introduced to new ways of looking at herself and the others around her, she begins to understand and appreciate the witness of an undervalued friend.  Working side by side with and depending upon people she considered beneath her station, ingrained prejudices slowly begin to soften as she learns that worth, integrity, and even love are not measured by social status, but by the character residing within an individual.

I enjoyed being transported to another era and learning historical tidbits and details of life in a bygone era in the southern United States.   It was a simpler time, but the challenges of life especially in the face of tragedy and change are common to man regardless of time in history.  Seeing  how the various characters in the story were stronger and became better than they knew they could be when faced with daunting challenges was realistic and encouraging.  I do a lot of research type reading  so it was relaxing to read, as B&H Publishing says, for pure enjoyment.  I am currently reading the latest, just released book in Gilbert Morris’ Water Wheel series entitled “The River Rose.”  Look for my review in mid-June.

Read “The River Queen” and revisit a time when the river was the lifeline of the nation.  Relish this story of life, toil and triumph on the mighty Mississippi.