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All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (August 1, 2004)
ISBN-10: 0312330855

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Book Description

Delve into the magical, unforgettable world of James Herriot, the world’s most beloved veterinarian, and his menagerie of heartwarming, funny, and tragic animal patients.
For over thirty years, generations of readers have thrilled to Herriot’s marvelous tales, deep love of life, and extraordinary storytelling abilities. For decades, Herriot roamed the remote, beautiful Yorkshire Dales, treating every patient that came his way from smallest to largest, and observing animals and humans alike with his keen, loving eye.
In All Creatures Great and Small, we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. From caring for his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth.

This book is not a book you feel like you can’t set down.

This book is not a book you feel you have to rush back to.

This book IS on the graphic side.

This book IS about a young man becoming a country Vet. in the 1930’s.

This book IS comical.

This book IS sad.

This book IS…quite extraordinary.

Young James Herriot not only impresses one as a young man who totally loves the profession he has chosen.

He is not only a man who works very hard, and cares about the animals very much.

He also cares about the farmers and their families who need his help.

Young James is also a very rare man…

He is a man who continually, takes a moment to stop and smell the roses.  He just doesn’t look where he is going…  he notices every path, the trees, the stones, the beauty of the countryside.  He continually realizes how lucky he is to have chosen his profession   and how lucky he is to be working “in the fields”..with nature and animals.

At times it seemed unfair that I should be paid for my work; for driving out in the early morning with the fields glittering under the first pale sunshine and the wisps of mist still hanging on the high tops.”

Were we all so lucky to be able to love something that much everyday of our lives.

Were we all so lucky to be able to see what is truly around us and enjoy the beauty of it all.

I do see why this book became a classic.  I do not know why I never read it before.  I have ordered the second book he wrote: All Things Bright and Beautiful…. because I am amazed that a young person stopped to smell the roses, when most of us don’t realize we haven’t until we are old, and then realized how much we missed.

Like I said, this is not a book that will make you rush through it.  It won’t even make you rush back to each chapter… but it will make you read every word that he wrote.

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OMG!.. so… I get this small box in the mail.

Kelly had already told me that she had a second IPod (since my first one went asta-la-bye-bye) and she would mail it to me… so, I knew it was coming!  And here it is!.. white no less!! (gotta know that I love white)

I had some difficulties with it but finally I managed to get the music from ITunes onto it and this morning John Denver and I had a nice little walk!  I started with Country Roads and ended with Rocky Mountain High.. and in that time I walked a mile.  *smirk* (just me in John walking in the dark *sigh*)

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But….

unknown to me there was a second thing in this small box!

When I opened it I thought, “oh how nice! a book marker)

Then I looked closer… there was a theme to Kelly’s madness!!!

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Now, just on the off chance you don’t know me well those hints might not tell you… so here’s a visual clue…

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If you don’t know now.. then you REALLY don’t know me!!!

Gads I love my IPod and even MORE my book marker!!!!!  Although when not in use it will be displayed at all times :o)  .  I can’t thank you enough Kelly!!!!!!  Geez, I am spoilt rotten!

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Newest Afghan…

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I put the newly finished (or so I thought) afghan on the chair and immediately Boo jumped up to check it out.. he so seldom gets near me when the camera is out and so I snapped the photo…

After I did that though I decided to edge it with a seashell stitch, which meant that I took the top photo before it was *done*… and I also noticed that how I tossed it over the chair made the design look angled when it’s not.. so when I finished the edging I took the below shot… finished product.. no cat. heh. (but ya gotta admit.. the cat is a good touch!)

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The Secret of Crickley Hall

The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert

Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Tor Books; (July 5, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0765328887

 

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Book Description

Would you stay in a haunted house for more than one night?

Would you live in a place where ghostly things keep happening? Where a cellar door you know you locked the night before is always open the following morning? Where hushed whimpering is heard? Where white shadows steal through the darkness? Where the presence of evil is all around you?

Would you? Should you?

The Caleighs did, but they had their reasons. They should have known better though. As the terror mounts, they begin to regret their decision. As the horror rises, they realize their very lives are at risk….and so is their sanity. For the secret of Crickley Hall is beyond all nightmares.

Darn! I had a feeling I should have saved this book for RIP but I read it anyway… What a good book!  I really enjoyed this one even though there was sadness in it. 

The author really knew how to take his time and build on a story and then turn it into a “thriller of a haunting”.  I really don’t want to say much more then the Book Description says above because too much would take away from anyone who picks it up to read!

I will say that at first it seems a bit slow going, but that’s only because I figured they’d jump right into the house being haunted, but instead they fill you in on the life of the family that rents the home.  It was an excellent build up to the excitement that builds oh so slowly and oh so smartly to the ending of the book!  At 640 pages, trust me.. nothing happens so fast that you will miss it!!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone that likes a good haunted house read!!  As haunted houses go…. this one is one  of the better reads!! 

I think I will search out other books by James Herbert!  And if you want a good book for RIP this would be one you should get! Oh, and dare I mention that it all takes place in and around Devon England? Oh well… it does.

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A New Meme

Well since I haven’t had a meme in a long long time… and since my son Chris, saw fit to tag me… I guess I’ll give it a go!

This is how this one goes:

1. Post the Rules :

2. Answer the eleven questions that were asked of you by the person who tagged you
3. Make up eleven new questions and tag eleven new people to do the meme!
4. Let them know you tagged them!

 

Now the 11 questions Chris asked of me and the others:

1. What’s the best book you’ve read so far in 2012?

     This is were I should say Dickens Great Expectations… however, for pure enjoyment I think so far this year it’s the book I am reading and almost done with called: The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert.

2. What’s your most anticipated book of 2012 so far?

    I am always anxious for books to come out from series I am reading and one series has not disappointed me..The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott. This year, in May, it’s The Enchantress.

3. What’s your favorite song or album of 2012 so song (doesn’t have to be from this year)?

     Wow, this one is hard since I don’t really listen to music anymore. So I will dig way back and say The Best of Johnny Mathis, because in my mind I can understand all the lyrics and sing along to all of his songs…and the mere mention of “Chances Are” gets it stuck in my head all day long… like it is now! grrrrr.

4. What’s the best thing to happen to you so far this year?

     Another rough one since it is so early into the new year.  So I guess I have to go with the fact that, although it’s nearly 3 towns away, I finally found a “real, OPEN” MRI, so that I finally had my lower back done in an MRI and now maybe I can get Epidurals to help with the back and sciatica pain! … oh, and the neatest thing to  happen would be to see and photograph the Armadillo!  That was really kewl!

5. What’s the worst thing to happen to you so far this year?

     Finding out that George Lucas will be at a convention in Orlando and I can’t afford to go! oh and get this… even before I heard about the convention (one day after it was posted mind you) all the VIP seats were sold out! (but don’t forget… it’s early in the year for this question!)

6. What’s the best piece of news you’ve heard not concerning you so far this year? This could be a political event, a news item that made you smile, something that happened to a friend, etc.

     It’s rare that a piece of news can make me smile, but here in Florida, on occasion, they find an injured Manatee or bird and doctor them up and then get to set them free, back into their natural environment… that always makes me smile.

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7. What’s the best thing you’ve cooked/eaten/best recipe you’ve saved so far this year?

     Hmmm, well I haven’t made a stuffed Turkey yet this year and that’s pretty much my favorite thing…but I also love my Chicken/ vegetable soup which I just finished so I will say Chicken Vegetable Soup!  (and my other favorite I will be making today Turkey Chili.)
  

8. What’s your biggest goal for this year and how’s it working for you so far?

     Cha! lol, probably waking up each day and so far so good! 

I love my mile walk I’ve been doing since “winter” came to Florida but it is rapidly heating up and the humidity is following, so the walking will end soon.. I wish it stayed cool at night / early morning so I could keep walking but that’s not Florida.  (and the local, and very nice fitness place nearby is too expensive. 50 to join, 30 a month..i guess that’s not really bad but it is when there’s a year contract they make you sign. Like most people, I am good at the beginning and then it fades and you have to pay if you go or not…which of course is how they make their money)

9. Have you discovered any new to you blogs yet this year that you’re loving?

    Actually, I haven’t.  Generally, when Carl has Once Upon a Time and RIP I find more than one new blog to follow !  But until then I don’t really search any out.

10. What’s your favorite thing you’ve seen on the screen so far this year? This could be a tv show/music video/movie/documentary, etc.

     Oh my! heh.. I am certainly hooked on Downton Abbey!  I also really like Harry’s Law, Castle, and..well… as for movies… the Star Trek movie (recently on tv) and Avatar are two I watch over and over again.

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11. Do you plan on doing any gardening in 2012? Come on it’s me…you knew there’d be some gardening in here :p

       I’m afraid not.. I am however awaiting your new home with the “guest house” in the back so I can move in and help with YOUR garden!… (maintenance only! too old to dig! lol)

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Oh Man! Now I am supposed to tag 11 people!  I don’t know 11 people that haven’t been chosen already!  I will tag a few though..

1.  Cath: Read Warbler

2.  Kelly: My Gallery of Worlds

3.  Susan: You Can Never Have Too Many Books

Ummmm, those are the only people I know to tag that wouldn’t find me and kill me! lol!!

Oh.. I guess now I need 11 questions !  Geez Chris, you could have made this easier ya know! lol  Of course, I will begin with a book question.

1. What are your most favorite books that you have read more than once.(name at least two)

2. Who is your favorite male character from a book?

3. Who is your favorite female character from a book?

4. What is the last book that you read that is out of your comfort zone, and did you enjoy it?

5. If you could have gone on the movie sets of any movie and watched it being made, which movie would you choose, and why?

6. What food is your most guilty pleasure?

7. If you could travel somewhere (money is no object) where would you go?

8. If you could change one thing in our world, what would it be?

9. What is something that you’d like to accomplish this year?

10. What are 3 things that are very important to you?

11. If you could go back in time, where and when would you be?

ok I think that’s it folks!  If I haven’t named you and you are willing to do the meme let me know so I can come and read it!

…and don’t forget…

1. Post the Rules :

2. Answer the eleven questions that were asked of you by the person who tagged you
3. Make up eleven new questions and tag eleven new people to do the meme!
4. Let them know you tagged them!

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Hiding is an art…

Where oh where can my Booboo Kitty be?…

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Oh, where, oh where can he be?

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Boo!

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A Visitor in the Dark!

As I started out on my early morning walk (6:15) I noticed a shadow of a cat (at least I hoped it was a cat!)..ah yes, to my relief, it IS a cat! She/he ran across the path I was on but sat and watched me. Hmmm, I’ve never seen a cat out loose since I’ve been here nearly 3 yrs. …and what is she/he after?

… I looked around and then on the other side of the path I saw yet another shadow.. I stopped and watched… is that?………… could it be?……….. oh yeah! How quick can I get back and get my camera?!!!!

An Armadillo!!! What a pleasant surprise!…and he was so interested in digging in the grass he could care less that a cat was stalking him… and now, so was I!

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Does anyone know how difficult it is to know if this small animal is in the “picture frame” of your camera in the dark?.. heh, let me tell you.. I got more “partial shots” than I did whole shots! I mean… it was still dark out folks!

It was this dark out…..

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Take a look at those nails!!! Gotta love those ears ! …and the pink nose from rooting in the dirt , too cute!

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I must have taken a dozen shots just to get these few! First off just getting him in the frame was not easy and then he kept rooting in the grass and almost never brought his head up!

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But I did get these few photo’s and I am thrilled!!! I hate to say it but even in the 13 yrs I lived in Florida years ago and the 3 more now…the only Armadillo I’ve ever seen were in the road with buzzards around them. I almost hated to continue with my walk! But I did and by the time I got around the pond again he was gone… bye Mr. Armadillo… be careful where you go!

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