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      Summer Supporter Giveaway   08/31/2020

      Going on a Summer Holiday (Sort Of...)     The summer giveaway for Patreon supporters is finally here and this time we're doing something a little bit different. I want supporters to tell me where you would go on holiday, if you could go anywhere. The winner will receive a bookish prize based on their answer!   Terms and conditions are as usual. Patreon supporters will be automatically entered into the giveaway and selected at random. As we're a little late this year the draw will be held on the second weekend of September. If you aren't currently a supporter but want to be involved in the giveaway you can sign up to support us here:   https://www.patreon.com/bookclubforum  

Miss Mabel

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  1. It's been a while, I've been so busy. We are redecorating the down stairs. New paint, new doors, new frames, all to be painted. Wall papering. so much to do. so little time.


    Anyway, Mabel has been doing very good. But the scare of her dying was big enough to get me thinking. So.....when we got a call from a good friend saying a neighbor of her had a litter of kittens. Red tabbies, a girl and a boy; I talked hubby into letting me have the little boy. I have a picture of the little tyke. His eyes are just starting to open, but I have no idea how to post them. (can someone do a talk through with me please?). Now to find a suitable name. I thought I had one, only when i googled it to find out the meaning, a lot of businesses came up with the same name. So, that name is a no-no. We will be going up in a few weeks to meet him. I need to know a bit of his character before I can actually name him. I hope to have the redecorating done before he joins our family. I'm sure Mabel will like to have a cat again in the house.

  2. It's the last day of May and I finally found the time to visit again. We are in the hold of redecorating our living room. Hubby decided we needed new doors (three) and new frames. Replacing metal ones with wooden ones. Which will be lovely once they are installed and painted. Then we have to paint the walls. Then the hallway. That should keep us busy for a few weeks.


    I'm sorry to read about the troubles others are having. I wish everyone well.

  3. Hello everyone!



    The weather here is the pits. Dreary, cold, rainy. I hate it. It's time for some summer weather. We all need more than a day at a time. I don't remember winter ever being this long before.  The only positive part is that the plants are getting so green so swiftly. Visually, winter has left us.


    Hubby made some sushi and we invited family to enjoy it with us. It was fun and delish.

  4. This is not anywhere near me, but I hadda post this.  Incredible.  Absolutely incredible.




    Ice from a lake in Minnesota moved, crept up to houses.....ya gotta see it to believe it.  Instead of the creature from the black lagoon, we have here, the icy creature from the ice lake.....gak!

    I have never seen anything like this. It actually looked like the ice was moving-like it was alive! eerie!

  5. Classics have lasted the test of time. They aren't just books of the period they were written in, but have greater universal relevance.  They are, by definition, well written.  None of that guarantees enjoyment, but your chances are far greater. I know what you mean by the density too, Ian, and agree - it's something I enjoy in books too.


    I've started to appreciate them all the more since joining a book group (two in fact!): I can't get over how few books chosen for these I actually enjoy (or how few others actually enjoy them too!), and have found myself hankering after a decent classic all the more.  And yet it seems that other members tend to shy away from them, or regard them as something to be 'tackled'. 

    Some of them can be tedious to get through. First one has to get used to the style of writing, then the type of language used. But, if one can get past those two hurdles, you usually find the books interesting and even enthralling. Sometimes I enjoy 'listening' to the classics more than I do reading them. We are now doing The Lady in White with our book club and I will be placing high expectations on it. I hope it holds up.

  6. Since it was cool and finally stopped raining, we decided to go for a walk with Mabel to the sanddunes and woods. Her favorite place. She was so happy to finally be feeling better enough to do this. Us too. She played with a few dogs, her choosing, but couldn't find the normal water puddles. She loves those puddles, and since it rained most of the night we figured there would be a couple. The ground was dry enough to suck it all up I suspose. Mabel is now a very satisfied dog. I love seeing her whole face just 'smile' when she is on one of these walks. She loves the freedom they give. We do too.


    Isn't it strange how people think that one breed means one type of personality. We choose a labrador because after having a couple of mixed breed shepherds, we wanted a quieter type of dog. Not so nervous. But, I was babysitting a lab before we chose our dog and that particular puppy was just too meek for me. I need a dog with a bit of pit. So, we have Mabel who has a quick mind, a steady character and a feel for fun. She has a scense of humor too! I like that. If she hadn't been too perky all the time, she would have been choosen for the Guide Dogs. Her whole nest had the same perkiness and quick wit.

  7. Aren't Real Life reading clubs great? These forums are also great, but being together all at the same time and discussing such books is always a great feeling. When one is a book lover, naturally.


    I pity the baby in Summer! LOL!

  8. Unfortunately, Mabel, being a Labrador will ALWAYS find something to sniff. I have her trained enough that when I say "keep walking" she usually does without sniffing. I do give her her moments with a tree or such so that she can be a DOG.


    I tried the 'jog' thing today. It worked pretty well. I kept it short and sweet though.

    I also found a site that suggested Raw Honey instead of the expensive anti acid pills. I've been doing it a few days (1 tablespoon 15 minutes before her food) and it also seems to work. I'm hoping it will be a long-term thing. I really would rather that she get off the meds.