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Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge - Book 9

Finished "The Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells.  It was an interesting idea.  I wonder if there isn't something more beneficial to being invisible than just killing people however.  Something to think about.  How to use it for good instead of evil.  I'll have to try to watch the movie now.

So, on to book nine.  "Songs of the Gorilla Nation, My Journey Through Autism" by Dawn Prince-Hughes, Ph.D.  I'm using this one as a "book by an author I've never read before."  I don't know much about autism, although I have a few friends who have autistic children.  This book has been sitting on my shelf for quite a while since gorilla's are not really my thing.  In fact, I don't even remember how I came to have this unless it was a book one of the kids had to read for school.  




In just the few pages I have started reading, the author talks about liking to hide.  I wonder if there may be some connection between the Invisible Man and being autistic?  I'll have to read on to find out.

How are you doing with your reading challenge?  Keeping up or behind as I am?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ring Around My Finger

I've been married for almost 31 years and was engaged for about a year before that so I've been wearing a ring on my left hand for quite some time.  I love my wedding ring because when I first saw it, it looked like a castle with the smaller stones leading up the path to the big one in the middle.



In all these years I have never taken them off for any length of time, not even when I had major surgery.  I made the nurses put tape around my finger.

Around the time of our 10th anniversary I got an anniversary band to wear as well. It made a pretty bit of bling on my hand when the light hit it just right.  



Last night I happened to look a my hand and noticed the space between some of the stones on the anniversary ring.  (See on the right side in the picture above).  I thought, "That looks odd," so I started to take it off to check it out more closely and I noticed there was something funny about the shape of the ring itself.  

I had to use soap and water to get the rings off my finger.  This is what they looked like:



I was shocked!  I do not remember catching them on anything or hitting my hand, and if I did something so forceful as to change the shape of my rings, wouldn't there be some sort of a bruise?  Other than the indentation from wearing a ring on this finger for 30+ years, it does not look any different than the rest of my fingers!  


 It felt naked though, so I put another ring on it for now.


I don't know what I am going to do about my wedding ring.  Perhaps the jeweler can bend them back into shape?  Perhaps after 30 years it's time for an upgrade?  We'll see.  For now, it's a just a mystery.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge - Book 8

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells.



I'm using this to fill the "A book I own but never read" category.  There have been many adaptations of this on both TV and in the movies but I am pretty sure i have never seen any of them, even the one with Kevin Bacon (Hollow Man).  As I understand it, this is about a science experiment gone wrong.  Since I mostly read these books at night before I go to bed, hope I don't have nightmares!

Hope you are keeping up with your reading challenge!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

There's a new cat in town...

Recently I posted about the loss of our cat, Whisper.  You can read that here...Just A Whisper.

Somehow I knew it would not be too long before there was another four-legged member of our household.  For some reason, our backyard has been the congregation spot for lots of neighborhood stray cats.  They must realize that my hubby and the kids are softies when it comes to animals (me not so much).

About a year ago this little one started hanging out in our garage.  Since we still had Whisper, who was a total house cat, I refused to allow another cat in the house.  (I know, big meanie!).  Fortunately, the cat had been spending time at a neighbor's house before ours and the neighbor had taken her to the vet to get spayed so we don't have to worry about a litter.



Once in a while this cat (who the family named "Tiger") started coming to the front door and would walk through the house to the back door and then out again.  Whisper would just watch.  


Then, shortly after Whisper passed, Tiger started to stay in the house for longer periods.


Then the food bowl came back into use.  



Finally, she started staying in the house at night and going out during the day.  Now I would say she has pretty much taken up residence for good, except she still goes outside to do her business and I like that just fine!  Being an outdoor cat, she is pretty independent also and does not ask for much in the way of attention.  I think we got lucky again.   

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge -- Book Seven

Well, I finished the "50 Shades of Grey" and I must say I was under impressed.  It seemed a little like high school to me.  I read the synopsis of the other two books in the series so I know what the outcome is.  That's as far as I'm going.

My seventh book (yes, I know, we are in week 10 of the year but give me a break!)...is "The Color Purple by Alice Walker.  This covers my "Book with a color in the title" category. I've had this book on the shelf for quite some time but I don't remember reading it.  I think I saw the movie.



It is written as a series of letters so I think that it will be a quick read.

What's on your reading list this week?