Friday, July 16, 2010

A Really Good Book

A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good. ~ Samuel Johnson

Thanks to all for your comments on books yesterday -- I'm actually reading one of the best books I've picked up lately. Mary mentioned it in her comments, and I'd just picked it up from Carina Press a few days back because it sounded like a hoot. It's "Exclusively Yours" by Shannon Stacey, and the author has an absolutely fabulous voice (especially if you're a fan of romantic comedy -- this book isn't "comedy" per se, but it doesn't exactly take itself seriously, either). I'm only about 60 pages in, but I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open last night and then laid there and thought about the thing, and can't wait to open it up and read some more. Provided something awful doesn't happen, this will end up being one of my favorite books of the year so far.

Thank heavens. It was such a breath of fresh air after the last two that I read.

So, THANK YOU Shannon Stacey. I owe you, big time.


Hey ... if you didn't notice, I've been responding to your comments IN the comments section. I'm trying to be better about doing that, and am getting over twice a day to do so. Because, yanno, I appreciate you all swinging by and saying "howdy". I'm also almost caught up with visiting the folks I was behind on (I missed you!). I wish I had hours a day to blog hop. I really do enjoy it.


So, yesterday I went to the dollar store for pantyhose to wrap the stems of my squash plants. They didn't have any, so I bought these incredibly chincy trouser socks in a gawd-awful shade of puce that are pretty much the same texture. This morning, I'm going to spray the pogees out of each stem with my poison -- in case there are already eggs there (so when they hatch, when they start eating they should die) and then wrap the stems in the socks. I'll have the best dressed squash on the street. With any luck, I won't lose my squash plants this year. :::fingers crossed:::


In Pillar Place: Monarch, I found two more butterbabies yesterday while harvesting food for the OTHER twenty-five. Cuz, yanno, I needed more to tend to. One of them did a Kamikaze leap from his leaf (monarch pillars do this for protection -- but they attach a web first). I saw him dangling there, in mid-air, so nabbed him. Another was on the back of a leaf ... he's not looking too healthy, so I'm not sure he's going to survive.

We also have HUGE numbers of Tussock Moth caterpillars. They hang out together for the first few days and utterly decimate milkweed leaves. Once they're a bit bigger, they move out on their own, and are just the prettiest looking things. I know I've posted pictures of them before, but I can't stand it... don't you just want to pet them? (And, yes, I actually DO pet them when I find them. They don't seem to mind).


You Are Shampoo

When a problem comes your way, you jump at the opportunity to solve it.

You're especially good at "cleaning house" and making sure a tight ship is being run.

You find it easy to let go of the past and move on with your life. You're a big believer in fresh starts.

You don't leave a lot of room for junk in your life. If something doesn't suit you, you're eager to toss it to the curb.

Um... yeah. That's about 85% right. I'm not so good at letting go of the past, but the rest? Right on! LOL...



groovyoldlady said...

The TM pillar is so pretty! We pet them too. ;-)

You Are Conditioner
You have a mellowing, softening effect on everyone around you. You bring peace.
You believe that a lot of our problems would be solved if we had less emotional turmoil.

You try to relax and let go as much as possible. You believe in pampering yourself.
No luxury is too indulgent if it makes you feel better. Your mental health is the most important thing.

You and I would make quite a pair as shampoo and conditionaer. We could take over the world. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Dru said...

I've never timed myself on how long it takes me to read a book on my nook. I must do that.

Sounds like an interesting book and I'll have to check it out.

re quiz: I'm Conditioner and it is very accurate.

Have a good Friday.

MaryC said...

I'll have to put that on my TBR list. Right now I'm about to begin a series about the American Revolution by CC. Finlay that combines magic, witchcraft and the American Revolution. The books kept calling to me from the B&N shelf so I decided to give the first one (The Patriot Witch) a try.

MaryC said...

Just saw a tweet with this link - free books from B&N for your nook.

Brandy said...

I wish B&N had a Nook App. *g* That fuzzy caterpillar is CUTE! I can see why you pet them.
We keep having to use the organic pesticide in our garden, too. There are just SO many bugs!

I am Conditioner. Um, about 60% accurate. I don't pamper myself. At all.

I hope you're having a fabulous Friday!

Tori Lennox said...

Are you sure that's a caterpillar and not a Yorkshire terrier? *g*