Thursday, August 25, 2011

When a sun room is not an option...

When a sun room is not an option....
I've always wanted one of those beautiful sun rooms you see when your out and about town. Some place to relax where you can enjoy being outside but not have to worry about the rain, the bugs, or strange animals that might be lurking about in the early morning or late at night.
Years ago my hubby and I decided we wanted to build a sun room. We had several different companies come out to look at our house but they all agreed we would have to cut into the roof because of the way our roof line was situated. Unfortunately all my hubby and I could think about was the multitude of problems associated with a decision like that, mainly a leaky roof some where down the line. In the long run we decided it just wasn't worth it to do it.
We decided instead of a sun room we would get a swing. With our swing we were still able to sit out in our yard and have the little bonfires that we enjoy but there was still the problem of bugs. Our yard is very deep and when Charli came along it became harder to sit out there. She always wanted to get down and explore under the bushes and shrubs. We found there were just to many critters  out there for Charli to chase. We didn't want her to get attacked, or heaven forbid, get rabies or some other type of disease.
Last year we decided to try one of those screened in canopies. We really loved it! We thought it might be just the solution for us but after several weeks we had a severe storm that caused it to smash into the house and break apart into pieces.
Last winter we started thinking about a gazebo. They are quite beautiful, and with the new materials they use to build them, we thought it was something that could serve us many years. We almost bought one, but when we thought about the price, and the fact, that we would have to drill into our patio to secure it, we weren't quite sure if it was something we really wanted to do.

One day I happened to be surfing the Internet and I saw an advertisement for a 'Fresh air Screen.' Well, we decided to give it a try. For us it's the perfect solution. It was cheap and easily rolls up and down to get cars in and out of the garage. The best thing about is we can sit outside night or day and not have to worry about bugs. It has become a nice place to read. I like looking out at our flowers and trees. It's a nice place to have a glass of wine or listen to the rain. We like to sit out there and light a bonfire early in the morning or late at night.
Charli loves it too! She was never a pooch that would lay out on the grass or on the cement for any length of time but she has taken some of the lawn furniture and made it her own. I think the screen has given her a renewed sense of security.
So there you have it. Our answer to the sun house option. It might not be every one's cup of tea but it is definitely working for us.
I hope all of you are having a nice day. We can sense fall in the air here in Michigan.
Have any of you been having problems writing your posts lately? My blogger is doing all kinds of weird things. It changes fonts, colors, and isn't allowing me to place my pictures where I want them to be.
Many blessings to all of you ♥

Thursday, August 18, 2011

'Sarah's Key'....... A book review........

'Sarah's Key'.......     A book review.......

'Sarah's Key' was written by Titiana De Rosnay. It takes place in Paris, France, in the summer of 1942. During a two day period in July, thousands of Jewish families were brutally forced out of they're homes by the French police under the direction of the Nazi regime. The incident was known as the Velodrome' d' Hiver' round up.
According to the author,Titiana De Rosnay, the characters in the book are completely fictitious. However, the French round up was very real. Not much was known about the Velodrome d' Hiver until President Jacques Chirac acknowledged it in a public address in 1995.
The following is an excerpt from his address.......
"These black hours will stain our history for ever and are an injury to our past and our traditions. Yes, the criminal madness of the occupant was supported by the French, by the French state. Fifty-three years ago, on 16 July 1942, 450 policemen and gendarmes, French, under the authority of their leaders, obeyed the demands of the Nazis. That day, in the capital and the Paris region, nearly 10,000 Jewish men, women, and children were arrested at home, in the early hours of the morning, and assembled at police stations.... France home of the Enlightenment and the Rights of Man, land of welcome and asylum, France committed that day the irreparable. Breaking it's word, it delivered those it protected to their executioners." 
In the book 'Sarah's Key' two stories actually run parallel to one another. One is the story of Sarah, a ten year old Jewish girl who was caught up in the horrific events of that summer in 1942. The other is the story of Julia, an American journalist living in Paris, who was asked to write a article commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the Vel' d' Hiv. During her research of the events Julia discovers a secret that will change her life forever.
'Sarah's Key' is shocking at times and difficult to read. It is a story I will never forget and one that is haunting to think about even to this day. It helped to have the two stories running together as the story of Sarah is extremely compelling and heart wrenching. It leaves one wondering how these events could have ever taken place and yet we know they did. It leaves questions as to how the French police could have participated in the Velodrome' d' Hiver round up and turned on they're own people. Yet we know it happened. Maybe it didn't happen exactly like it did in the fictitious book 'Sarah's Key' but one can only imagine based on the authors research of the events.
In the book ''Sarah's Key' the police come to Sarah's home, pounding on the door, and yelling at her mother. Sarah becomes quite terrified and decides to protect her little brother by locking him in a secret closet in the home. She tells him to be very quiet and explains to him that she will be back to let him out later that day. Instead of coming home as expected though, she, along with her parents, and the rest of the Jewish people in the community are sent to a make shift refugee camp where they are forced to live in the most inhumane conditions. There is over crowding, no shelter, high temperatures, very little if any food or water, no medical supplies, and no sanitation of any kind. Sarah doesn't understand what's happening and questions her parents but they have no answers for her. No one has any answers as to why this is happening to them. There are only whispers among the people of the camp that Sarah sometimes over hears. After several days the men are separated from their families and put on a train that is heading to the gas chambers at Auschwitz. Next the women are taken.The children are then left alone to fend for themselves and wait. We learn of the horrific trials these innocent children were forced to endure.  
I cannot say any more about the book here as I don't want to ruin it for anyone wanting to read it. I though the ending of the book was some what weak, but over all, I do think it's a book well worth reading.
 A movie has been made based on the book and you can see the trailer by clicking the following link.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hello everybody, remember me?

Hello everybody, remember me?
I'm Charli! I just had to come by and say hello to everyone. I really, really miss all of you ♥ I hope all of you are having a great summer!
Summer got off to a rough start for me but now I spend my mornings and evening laying out in the sun. I don't go out during the day because it's been to hot.
I've been trying very hard to stay out of trouble because it seems like I've gotten into quite a bit of it lately. It all started when my grandma and grandpa decided to do some painting in the house. First, I accidentally stuck my paws in the paint which wasn't good. Especially since we have hardwood floors but with a little scrubbing it all worked out. To this day I don't understand what the fuss was about. All I wanted to do was help.
It seemed to me that every day all my grandma and grandpa did was paint, tape, and paint some more. No one wanted to play with me so after a couple of days I got bored and decided to run away. Well, I wasn't really running away. I was just trying to get them to play with me. This is what I did. I would wait until the door or the gate was opened and I'd scoot out between their feet. Then I would take off running and I would run for blocks! Of course I was always watching to make sure they were coming after me because I sure didn't want to get lost. It was so much fun! I would wait until my grandma and grandpa got a couple of feet away from me and then I
would take off again. I ran all over our neighborhood. One day I almost made it to the park! Cars stopped, and people tried to catch me, but they couldn't do it because I can run faster than anyone on this planet! When I got tired I would just sit down in the middle of the street and let my grandma pick me up. She says I'm going to be the death of her, what ever that means. Now I'm not allowed to go any where near the door or gate.
Then our neighbor's had a party and I crashed it! Yes I did! I found a little hole under the fence and I slid right through. It was great! Everyone was chasing me all over the place. I really like to run, and jump, and play. Finally they just gave up and said I could stay. Oh boy, it's been a great summer!

I really like being outside and especially after that cold and snowy winter we had. Yuk! I don't like snow at all!  Well, I better get going before I will get caught on the computer. I think I'll go outside and try to find me a squirrel to chase.
Take care everyone!
Love, Charli
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