Thursday, July 31, 2008

BookingThrough Thursday.......

Here we are on Thursday again and it's time for Booking Through Thursday located at http://www.btt2.wordpress.com/
Our questions this week are as follows:
What are your favorite final sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked specially because of it's last sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn't like but still remember simply because of the last line?

Clip art courtesy of Web weaver at http://www.webweaver.nu/cliparteducation-books.shtml

As with first sentences I am not particularly drawn to last sentences and do not see most of them as being of any great significance. Reading a last paragraph however would be quite another story. With that said, I have chosen a few of my favorite last sentences to share with you. They are as follows:

Typhoid Mary "Equitable polices applied with the knowledge of history should produce very few captives to the public's health."

The Thieves' Opera "From the character of the bones, it appears to be the skull of an elderly man, whom I consider as having had the power of becoming useful, but from the preponderance of the animal, I consider him an aged sinner."

The European Dictatorships 1918-1945 "Inasmuch as these 'lessons' profoundly influence international relations, Europe's dictators continue to speak from beyond the grave."

Alexander The Great, 63rd President Of The United States "As was the case with every senseless battle, the number of the dead at Malvian Heights was numerous, far too numerous for a single man to bury them all with dignity, compassion, or human understanding."

Faust "What is destructible is but a parable: What fails ineluctably, the undeclarable, Here it was seen, Here it was action; The Eternal-Feminine Lures to perfection."

Look Homeward, Angel "Yet, as he stood for the last time by the angels of his father's porch, it seemed as if the square already were far and lost; or, I should say, he was like a man who stands upon a hill above the town he has left, yet does not say "The town is near," but turns his eyes upon the distant soaring ranges."

Dogs on Thursday........




Good morning everyone. This post is called Dogs On Thursday, http://dogsonthursday.blogspot.com/ , where a group of dog lovers such as myself get together, once a week, to talk about their little four footed friends. If you would like to join our group, or would like further information about us, or would just like to read our posts please click on the above link to go to the official site.
Charli is back to thoroughly enjoying her summer chasing the squirrels, playing with the garden hose, throwing her toys all over the yard and house, teasing our neighbor's dog, and terrorizing our poor mail man. On most days, if she's not doing one of those things, you will find her laying out in the sun beside the swing or chasing her ball which is her all time favorite thing to do. Even though she knows she's not supposed to she also loves to nibble on the grapes hanging in clusters along our back fence.
LONESOME
Little puppy, sitting there
in the field mid daisies fair
wary eyed you look at me.
Are you lost? Or could it be
someone put you in this place
all alone this to face.
Soon the sun will fade from sight
and the day will turn to night.
You have no drink or food to eat.
Come---I will take you home with me.
Little things need loving care.
Perhaps that is why
God put me here
Donna Lou McPherren
If you are new to this blog, I just want to say that owning a pet is huge responsibility. There are just to many dogs and other animals being turned out in the street. If you have a pet consider getting it spaded. If you are thinking of getting a pet, think long, and hard, because that little dog or cat is depending upon you to love and care for it the rest of it's life.
Well my little girl keeps coming in here to get me so I guess we are going back out side to play. "OK Charli I'm coming." We hope all of you have a wonderful week!
With warmest regards,

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

I've been tagged.......











I'VE BEEN TAGGED...............
by my new friend Mindy at http://randomchronicles.blogspot.com/



Rules:
You must answer the questions using only one word.
Tag four others.

Here we go:

1. Where is your cell phone? Desk

2. Your significant other? Chair

3. Your hair? troublesome

4. Your mother? Complex

5. Your father? Dreamer

6. Your favorite thing? Sunrise

7. Your dream last night? Colorful

8. Your favorite drink? Tea

9. Your dream/goal? Fun

10. The room your in? Office

11. Your hobby? Vacillates

12. Your fear? Time

13. Where do you want to be in six years? Here

14. What your not? Nasty

15. Muffins? Blueberry

16. One of your wish list items? Disneyland

17. Where you grew up? Michigan

18. The last thing you did? Shop

19. What are you wearing? Clothes

20. Favorite gadget? Shredder

21. Your pets? Unique

22. Your computer? Sony

23. Your mood? Happy

24. Missing someone? Always

25. Your car? Fun

26. Something your not wearing? Pajamas

27. Favorite store? Varies

28. Like someone? Many

29. Your favorite color? Blue

30. When is the last time you laughed? Today

31. Last time you cried? Hospital

Now I need to pick four people to tag..... Please feel under no obligation to do it but I thought it was fun.... If I haven't tagged you, and you would like to participate, I would love to hear from you......
The following are the four people I have chosen:
Alice at http://teainmycup.blogspot.com/
Sandy at http://curlyscorner-sandy.blogspot.com/
Sally at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/
Zetor at http://zetor-mogsblog.blogspot.com/

I hope you have a wonderful day!.......


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A book review..... A Bride most Begrudging....





A Bride most Begrudging, was written by Deeanne Gist, and is the story of the daughter of an Earl, who was kidnapped, brought to America, and sold as a tobacco bride.....

In the 1600's women were needed to off set the uneven numbers of men in the colonies. It was thought these women would help establish roots in the colonies so the men would become less movable and would not want to return to Europe. Women were needed to strengthen the settlements by having children, working the farms, and cooking the meals. In the beginning these women were widows and spinsters, who volunteered to come to America, but as the need for women became greater prisoners were eventually transported. Occasionally a women would be kidnapped off the street and brought to America against her will.....
Once in America, these women lived in isolation, on farms in the wilderness, where they faced disease, exposure to the elements, lack of medicine, lack of supplies, and Indian attacks.....
A Bride Most Begrudging is a story centered around Constance Morrow, a moralistic upper class woman, who is not only intelligent, but highly educated, yet lacks the everyday knowledge of running a home. She is perfectly capable of doing mathematical equations and puzzles, but is ignorant as to how to start a fire, make candles, milk a goat, cook, or even wash dishes. Through her hardships and experiences she learns to love the land. She eventually falls in love with her husband.....
This was one of those books I just couldn't put down. It was a very interesting read. It is a book that has been recommended by several of the Christianity sites on the web. It's compelling, sad, and even funny at times. It has won the Christy Award in literature......


Broom Hilda....




"We're on a camping trip trip a million miles from home in the deepest woods"

"Tell us a scary story!"

"We forgot the toilet paper."

"EEEEEEKK!"


Monday, July 28, 2008

Thank you!.........



THANK YOU SO MUCH!............
I wanted to take this time to say Thank You to all of our family, friends, and to my blogger friends and family for all the well wishes, cards, visits, calls, kind comments, and e-mails. My husband and I have appreciated it so much!
My husband is doing so much better. He still has bleeding on the brain, with increased inter cranial pressure, and a potential for seizures, but our doctor is confident that all of this will resolve in time. We feel incredibly blessed that he has had no neurological deficits. The next CT scan will be in a month. In the mean time our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the patients and families who remain in the neuro ICU. As soon as the bleeding in the brain has subsided my husband will most likely have his aortic valve replaced. We are taking one day at a time........
Again, thank you so much and God bless you!
With warmest regards, Carol ( and Mike )

Thursday, July 24, 2008

BookingThrough Thursday.......




The following are this weeks questions at Booking Through Thursday, http://www.btt2.wordpress.com/
What are your favorite first sentences from books? Is there a book that you liked especially because of it's first sentence? Or a book, perhaps that you didn't like but still remember because of the first line?

Clip art courtesy http://www.webweaver.nu/cliparteducation-books.shtml

To be honest very few first sentences have left an impression on me because they don't have the capacity of standing on there own as being of any great literary value. One usually has to read on to seek the full meaning of the sentence and to understand the direction in which the author is taking us. I would never put down a book or decide not to read it based on it's first sentence.

Some first sentences do relate back to the title of the book and can be very intriguing. I like those types of first sentence because they do give me a sense of anticipation and a desire to read on. An example would be the first sentence in Isaac's Storm. "Throughout the night of Friday, September 7, 1900, Isaac Monroe Cline found himself waking to a persistent sense of something gone wrong." Another example would be the first sentence of In Harm's Way "The ship was still tied up in the harbor at Mare Island, but already the captain felt it was drifting away."

I also like first sentences that are colorfully written and descriptive like the first sentence in The Guns Of August, where the author states, "So gorgeous was the spectacle on the May morning of 1910 when nine kings rode in the funeral of Edward VII of England that the crowd, waiting in hushed and black-clad awe, could not keep back gasps of admiration."

My all time favorite sentences come from the works of William Shakespeare. These sentences are profound and thoroughly capable of standing on there own as examples of truly great works of literature. Shakespeare has been quoted, and re quoted, time, and time again throughout history. I will leave you now with two great first sentences.....

From The Merchant Of Venice, "In sooth, I know not why I am so sad: It wearies me; you say it wearies you; But how I caught it, found it, or came by it, What stuff 'tis made of, whereof it is born, I am to learn; And such a want-wit sadness makes of me that I have much ado to know myself."

From The Life And Death Of King Richard III "Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by the this sun of York; And all the clouds that lower'd upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried."

I look forward to reading all of your post...... Until next week......

With warmest regards,

Dogs on Thursday........


I belong to a blog called Dogs On Thursday, at http://dogsonthursday.blogspot.com/ We get together every Thursday to post about our dogs and sometimes other animals. If you are interested in joining, reading our posts, or would like more information about our group, just click on the above link.........

As many of you know it's been a little stressful around our house for Charli lately so I decided what we girls needed was a nice relaxing shopping trip, a day on the town. When I decide to take Charli shopping with me the first city that comes to mind is Rochester. It's a great little city and very dog friendly. When I began taking Charli there, way back when, she was absolutely terrified of all the noise, people, and the cars, but now she prances up and down the street like she owns the place. She loves to stop and chat with all the dogs who are out and about and sometimes even with their owners. The city of Rochester accommodates the training of the dogs involved in The Leader Of The Dog Program here in Michigan. It's not unusual to see five or sometimes even as many as eight dogs out training on the streets at any given time. If the dog is in training they ask that you not approach, pet, or talk to it, which still mystifies Charli who always wants to stop and say hello. What I think is really great is all of the pedestrian traffic signals in town are voice activated for the blind. If you would like more information about Leader Dogs For The Blind please go to http://leaderdog.org/
As Charli and I were walking along Main Street she didn't seem interested in going in any of the shops and would just keep pulling me along. I would have loved to go in the antique or gift shop but Charli would have no part of it.......
When we got to the Morley's candy shop, I said, "Oh look Charli. Morley's candy! My favorite! To bad they aren't open."
Morley's candy has been a staple here in Michigan for many years. I think they make the best chocolate in the whole world! People come from miles around just to taste their little sugar delights. The Morley Candy Company is located in Macomb Township and they offer daily tours so you can see just how the candy is made. It's very interesting to watch. If you would like more information about the company, or would like to place an order, please go to
Now back to Charli... Well she wasn't the least bit interested in the candy store and kept pulling me down the street......
As we continued walked along Main Street Charli and I happened on a bakery. I said "Oh look Charli! A bakery! Look at those fabulous wedding cakes in the window! Let's go in there. I think they might even have some doggy treats for you." But Charli stubbornly sat on her bottom and refused to move. I said, "What? Now you don't like cake any more?" Charli gave me one of those looks, silently got up, and started walking in the other direction.......



As we continued our walk Charli seemed to get more and more excited. She pulled and pulled on her leash until suddenly she made an abrupt stop. I said, "What?" but then I looked up. I saw we were standing outside of Bark Place Avenue (Dog Boutique and Spa) Now this place really caters to dogs. Just take a look at their web site, http://barkplaceavenue.com/ Charli was very excited and especially when the owner came outside to greet us. Our little diva walked right in the door dragging me behind her. What a place! There were other dogs to meet, dresses to try on, and treats of every kind. I think Charli thought she was in doggy heaven! She had found the perfect store. It was difficult to get her out of there but we finally made it back home......
Below is a picture of Charli tuckered out from all of her travels, but as you can see from the bag, her day out on the town shopping went very, very well.....






We hope you have a wonderful week. We look forward to reading all of your posts.....




With warmest regards,


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Honors!.....



Imagine my surprise this morning when I learned I had received this magnificent award! I was so excited and pleased! The award was given to me by my new friend Sally, at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/ Thank you so much Sally! I would like to send the award right back to you because you have a truly wonderful blog, filled with all kinds of tidbits of information, that include movie and book reviews, poems, and family time. You are a very creative blogger indeed........

The rules for excepting this award are as follows:
1. Put the logo on your blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded you.
3. Nominate seven other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on your blog.
5. Leave a message for your nominee on their blog.

This becomes the most difficult part of receiving an award for me. How do I chose seven blog's out of all of the wonderful blog's I visit? Since I can only pick seven then here goes.....

Louise at http://thehomeiswheretheheartis.blogspot.com/ Louise writes about home, garden, heritage, and travels. It's a charming place to visit.
Alice at http://teainmycup.blogspot.com/ Alice writes about tea parties, themes, ideas, recipes, and tea party menus. There is always something cooking at her blog.
Sandy B. at http://quillcottage.blogspot.com/ Sandy's blog is about every day life. It is filled with personal stories about friends, faith, and family. I love learning about the crafts she makes.
Sandy M. at http://curlyscorner-sandy.blogspot.com/ Her blog is filled with funny stories and interesting things. If you like to smile Sandy's blog is definitely the place to go.
Paula at http://bassetknitter.blogspot.com/ Paula's blog is about her basset hound Elise and other little animals. I met her through our group Dogs on Thursday. She is also a knitter and travels. She has a very interesting blog.
Vee at http://ahavenforvee.blogspot.com/ She writes about her life adventures, love, family, and recipes. Vee has a very nice and entertaining blog. She is celebrating her one year blog anniversary.
Rosanne at http://fireflynights.wordpress.com/ Rosanne has a delightful blog about her dogs Rosco and Mosby, family life, and her cabin in northern Michigan. She includes some of the most amazing photos.

I hope all of you appreciate your award as much as I do. You certainly deserve it. I hope you have a wonderful day......

With warmest regards,

Better Half......


Made in Michigan.......




MADE IN MICHIGAN.......

I read an interesting article the other day in the Oakland Press. Over the years many home bakers and cooks, in the Michigan area, have established local businesses. They make everything from granola, candy, cookies, pies, and cakes using Michigan products when ever possible. Michigan made products include, but are not limited to, pantry stables, condiments, wines, meat, cheese, candy, baked goods, and fresh produce. Hiller's markets, a family owned business, with stores located in West Bloomfield, Berkley, Union Lake, and Commerce Township, came up with the idea of creating the above stamp to place on products to indicate that the product was made right here in Michigan in the hopes of stimulating our economy. They say they have had nothing but positive responses. I personally think it's a wonderful idea and especially in these trying and difficult times with the economy what it is. We support our religious organizations, our charities, our places of employment, and hopefully our country by only buying those things made in America. Why not support businesses that make products here in Michigan? What about you? Do you support businesses in your state or country? Do you support your local economy? The next time your out and about, or traveling through Michigan, I hope you will consider buying Michigan made products. I know I will be looking for the funny little character in the shape of our state the next time I am in Hiller's Market.

With warmest regards,

Monday, July 21, 2008

The joy of a butterfly garden......






THE JOY OF A BUTTERFLY GARDEN!.........



Last week Charli and I were sitting out near our butterfly garden in the early evening after a summer rain. I was amazed at how beautiful the garden was. The rain had formed tiny crystal droplets on the flowers, the birds were chirping, the butterflies were fluttering about as they usually do, and the sun had come back out and cast it's golden hue all over the plants, flowers, and trees. It was absolutely stunning and so very tranquil.....
Of course Charli sees the butterflies and birds as a challenge. She thinks they are there for her own personal entertainment. She doesn't go into the garden but she loves to chase them about in the yard...........
I wonder if any of you have a butterfly garden? If so please share your pictures and stories with me. I would love to see and hear them. Do you have a butterfly bush or perhaps some special flowers that attract butterflies? What about a butterfly house? A butterfly lawn ornament?......



If you don't have a butterfly garden it's very easy to put one in.....
Charli, the hubby, and I headed out to our local nursery the day after the rain to explore the possibility of adding another butterfly bush to our garden....






As you can see we found a wonderful and attractive assortment of butterfly bushes...... Butterflies also like Cornflowers, Black eyed Susann's, and Day Lillie's. You can find more information on how to start a butterfly garden at

And look who's already back in the car. Charli doesn't want to take any chances. She doesn't want to be left behind......


Of course every butterfly garden has to have a butterfly house. I found these beautiful houses at http://www.backyardbird.com/



















I have included several pictures of my butterfly garden to share...
If you look closely you can see my butterfly house. It is a little weather worn but it still serves it's purpose. I'm thinking maybe next year I will add a few more houses and spruce up the one I already have....












Butterfly graphics at
I will leave you now with some thoughts about butterflies:
"TO A BUTTERFLY"
"I've watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed.
I know you not to sleep or feed.
How motionless!-not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!"
William Wordsworth
"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is
always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will
sit down quietly, may alight upon you."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

A smile a day keeps the doctor away...........

THE OSTRICH........

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, "A hamburger, fries, and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's yours?"
"I'll have the same," says the ostrich.
A short time later the waitress returns with the order "That will be $9.40 please," and the man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.
The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, "A hamburger, fries, and a coke." The ostrich says "I'll have the same." Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with the exact change. This becomes routine until the two enter again.
"The usual?" asks the waitress.
"No, this is Friday night so I will have a steak, baked potato, and a salad," says the man.
"Same," says the ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be $32.62." Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.
The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?
"Well," say the man, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there."
"That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live."
"That's right. Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.
The waitress asks, "What's with the ostrich?" The man sighs, pauses and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with a big butt and long legs who agrees with everything I say."
(Ostrich Photo) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ostrich

Thanks for the e-mail Sandy........ It gave me a chuckle............

With warmest regards,

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