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Thread Number FIVE for Whisper1 (Linda) 2024

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 10, 11:46 pm

Gardening is good for the soul. I enjoy my perennials that return year after year. They require little maintenance except for cutting back and transplanting when they spread and take over space of other flowers. Here are images of some of those perennials that return every year and bring joy.

1) Red cone flower (Echinacea)
2) Purple Veronica Speedwell
3) Pink Dianthus (blooms early spring and does not bloom throughout the summer. This makes for a good ground cover for a rock garden.
4) Purple hydrangea (purchased beginning of May -- blooms twice during the summer
5) Bee Balm (called because it draws bees, and also hummingbirds.) This is a rapid grower and takes over space.
6) Black eyed Susan. This spreads rapidly and takes a lot of space. Dead heading required. (Dead heading is pinching off the dead flowers so that new ones can bloom where you snipped off the dead flower.)
7) Yellow day Lilly
8) Deep purple hydrangea placed in a pot on my porch
9) Coreopsis. This is a hardy grower and will spread rapidly. It also requires frequent dead heading.
10) Christmas Cactus. Called such because many purchase a plant during the winter holiday and place it in sunny window. I've been successful in taking a rather large indoor plant and dividing it into four small or medium containers and placing them in semi sun on my deck. I have two hanging baskets of this on my back deck in addition to the small containers also on the deck. I will bring these inside in the fall before frost.
11) Bring pink cone flower. Cone flowers are one of my favorite flowers. They are tall and take over large spaces. They also require snipping the dead flowers so that new buds/flowers will soon appear.
12) This is a peach petal from a rose bush that is prolific spreader. It began as a small plant and now takes up 1/4 of my garden in the front of the house. Kayla purchased a small bush for her Opa (Will) when she was five or six years old. We take special care of this plant so that it returns year after year, bringing special memories.
13) Pink/red knock out rose bush. Knock out rose bushes are healthy and hearty.
I am in search of a deep read rose bush and haven't found one yet. But, it is fun to continue to look for this because I always find different plants to bring home during the trip to find a deep red knock out bush.


kesäkuu 10, 11:52 pm

In addition to spending a few hours a day in the gardens, I am going through my LT data base of illustrated books that I haven't read. This project is taking a lot of time. I'm mid way through the letter C and thus far have two-three hundred books TBR. There are many I do not own. I have a few large containers of my favorite illustrated books that I read and I am keeping.

I deeply appreciate those of you who have joined me on the joy of illustrated books.

kesäkuu 10, 11:57 pm

Those are GORGEOUS!!!! Totally jealous. I lost so many of mine to the ice storm this winter. Happy new thread!!

kesäkuu 11, 12:37 am

Happy new thread Linda!

You flowers bring joy even over great distances!

kesäkuu 11, 1:34 am

Happy new thread Linda! I'm repaying the long overdue visit to my thread a while ago. Hope you have a good week.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 13, 1:32 am

>3 Berly: Hi Kim. Sadly, we do not live near one another because I would be more than happy to share my plants with you. I can only imagine how terrible it is to lose flowers to a storm, knowing they will not come back.

>4 quondame: Hi Susan. Thanks for your nice compliment. I spend a lot of time every day in the gardens. The inside of the house needs attention now. Tomorrow, I will stay away from gardening, work around the house and then read. I am behind in my reading.

>5 WhiteRaven.17: Many thanks for your visit. I will find your thread and visit.

It is another late night, and most likely I won't get to bed until 3 a.m. I am very glad I am retired. I can sleep late in the morning.

Happy Tuesday to all!!

kesäkuu 11, 5:31 am

Happy New Thread , Linda. Wow, your perennials are gorgeous! Beautiful! What a lovely bunch of colours. I have tiger lilies , in a bright orange and yellow , purple petunias, bright pink million bells , but nothing compared to this .

kesäkuu 11, 6:02 am

Happy new thread, lovey! I love the pictures of your flowers. I have no kind of green thumb whatsoever so I always appreciate seeing others' gardens.

kesäkuu 11, 7:45 am

Happy new thread, Linda.
Your photos are wonderful! You have a lot more space than I do but I just cram mine full.

I have white/pale yellow coneflowers, which do well. I also love dianthus and seem to buy them every year. They never did well in the ground so I just keep them in pots and treat them as annuals. My next door neighbour is the one who has roses, though. She has many varieties and they are beautiful! I don't have enough sun to grow roses so I just admire hers. Yes, gardening is lots of work but it's very satisfying, isn't it?

Please pace yourself, my friend. Take good care.

kesäkuu 11, 9:07 am

Happy New Thread, Linda!!!! The flowers are gorgeous!!!! I am not a gardener, but I love see everybody else's lovely flowers.
I don't know dianthus, but they are really nice. I used to have hybrid roses, but that was a long time ago. I'd like to have heirloom ones now, but getting them is not high among my priorities.

kesäkuu 11, 10:40 am

Happy new thread!

kesäkuu 11, 11:10 am

Happy New Thread!

Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of your flowers. I'm trying to think of something pithy to write to connect the beautiful flowers with the beautiful illustrations you share from your reading. But I'm falling short. Both are wonderful and your thread is a visual delight.

kesäkuu 11, 11:38 am

I love your flowers. The last few years deer and other critters have been very hard on anything I plant outside---even pots on my front steps and patio have been nibbled. I hate to give up, but it's discouraging.

kesäkuu 11, 11:49 am

Happy new thread, Linda! I have many buds on my hydrangea this year and can't wait for them to bloom. Many foxgloves blooming too.

kesäkuu 11, 12:10 pm

Happy new thread, Linda!

Thanks for sharing pictures of your flowers, like you I like to have a lot of color in the garden.
Over here it is roses, hydrangeas, the day lilly, and some annuals at the moment.

kesäkuu 11, 12:41 pm

Happy new thread Linda! I know from the pictures that you have a very big green thumb, maybe two! I can see that your plants are very well cared for and stunning. I love perennials too. My situation is shade so I don't get the gorgeous colours but have a huge dinner plate white clematis blooming right now that I am really enjoying.

kesäkuu 11, 6:00 pm

How lovely! What a wonderful collection of colorful flowers! Thanks for sharing. And happy new thread!

kesäkuu 11, 8:30 pm

Happy new thread, dear Linda. What a colourful beginning to your latest thread. x

kesäkuu 12, 12:48 am

Thanks to all of you for visiting and commenting on my flower gardens. It's taken years to learn how to cultivate and care for perennials. I did not work outside today. Rather, I cleaned inside and did a good job of getting the kitchen in order. Tomorrow, I will go to lunch with friend Lorraine, and will simply rest. I am copying a post from the previous thread which contains a recent read of a lovely illustrated book. I'm looking for additional books with the same character and wonderful author/illustrator.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 7:55 pm

(Book #1 read in June can be found in the previous thread)

Madeline Finn and the Blessing of the Animals by Lisa Papp

This book is a delight! The illustrations are calming and beautiful. The story is one of joy. Madeline loves to cut out leaves using various colored paper. Here large white dog Star sits by her as she does her handiwork. Madeline is excited about the blessing of the animals event to be held by Reverend Mary Alice.

Madeline takes Star and Bonnie (another neighborhood dog) to the blessing. There are many different animals and the line is long. Madeline watches and listens to the blessings and is taken by the soul of the minister who knows just what to say to each animal. When she places her hand on Star's head she tells star "You have so much joy to share!" Learning the everyone has a gift to share, Madeline's mother encourages her to take Star and Bonnie to the local animal shelter where a specialized star is made and placed outside of each cage noting the talent of each animal.

The mother cat who recently had five kittens has a star that notes "I will take care of you. The kitten's star notes "We will make you laugh! The cat who is hiding and sad has a note stating "I will be your best friend!:" Sammy is in the last cage. He is a large dog with a big, happy smile and sweet brown eyes. Madeline's message on his cage is "I have a lot of love to give."

Madeline decorates the windows of the shelter with lovely stars. When finished, her mother hands Madeline a star that states, "You're my li8ttle blessing!"

This is highly recommended and is a feel good book from the first - last page.

Five Stars

kesäkuu 12, 5:39 am

>20 Whisper1: Thank you for continuing to share the illustrations from the books that you are reading, lovey. I love looking at them. My mother and I were discussing the differences in the artwork in books (and games) these days over what we grew up with.

kesäkuu 12, 1:40 pm

Hi Stasia. I think it is wonderful that artists have a way to use their talents. I'm going through my LT library and alphabetically printing out each illustrated book I have not read.

I've printed quite a few thus far.

kesäkuu 12, 2:56 pm

Happy new thread! Love the flowers.

kesäkuu 12, 5:21 pm

Hi Linda my dear, Happy New Thread dear friend. I just love the photos of your perennials and Roses, they look fabulous.

Sending love and hugs from both of us my dear friend.

kesäkuu 12, 11:31 pm

>23 drneutron: Hi Jim. Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for all you do for the 75 challenge group!

>24 johnsimpson:. Please know I think of you every day and hope that you are not in pain.

kesäkuu 12, 11:59 pm

I wish we lived closer together, too, and not just so I could get some of your flowers!! : ) You would be such a fun neighbor. Hope life is treating you well.

kesäkuu 13, 1:35 am

>26 Berly: I would watch you climb rock walls. I would cheer you on, but I would not be climbing with you.

I think you would be fun as well. There are so many wonderful people in the group this year, those who are long term, like us, and then many new people that add so very much to the mix.

I've been working on my LT library, deleting books that I added awhile ago, and am no longer interested in, that carefully placing notations, or deleting them. It is taking a lot of hours. I'm on the alpha letter D. ..lots more to cull.

kesäkuu 13, 1:37 am

Yeah. I feel like I have some books that no longer interest me, but purging them is not making it to the top of the to-do list yet. I will live through you vicariously!! Here's to E...!

kesäkuu 13, 1:51 am

>20 Whisper1: Another gorgeous book, Linda. I know an Anglican Church that a friend of mine attends has a blessing for animals once a year, and dogs and cats are welcome for that - maybe other animals , I am not sure. Seeing all of these lovely book makes me thing of the enjoyment my daughter in law must have , as she teaches Kindergarten .I have always loved Children's book and there beautiful images and stories.

kesäkuu 13, 6:00 am

Happy new thread! You have a great variety of flowers in your garden. They are beautiful.

>27 Whisper1: Good luck with the book organizing/culling.

kesäkuu 13, 9:39 am

Its lovely to compare illustrated childrens books over time. I collect ones from the 'golden age of illustration" 1890-1925 You might want to check some of these out. Arthur Rachman, Jessie Wilcox Smith, Maxfield Parris,Dorothy Lathrop, Gertrude Kay, Beatrix Potter, Kate Greenaway, ,and so many others did jaw dropping work in their day. Take a look!

kesäkuu 13, 10:23 pm

>29 vancouverdeb: Hi Deb. Years ago, I attended the blessing of the beasts held at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. It was an incredible experience as even very large animals were part of the procession from the opening of the large doors as the animals slowly marched down the aisle.

I very much like this new to me illustrator and plan on reading more of her books.

>30 figsfromthistle: Hi Anita. The flowers are beautiful, but take a tremendous time. Once again today, I spent a few hours outside in the hot sun watering and transplanting. I'm weary, so tomorrow I plan on resting and reading.

>31 cindydavid4: Thanks for visiting! And, I surely will check the illustrators your recommended. Thanks for detailing the golden age of illustration. I never heard this term, and appreciate that you visited and outlined so many wonderful illustrators.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 7:55 pm


All the Beauty In The World: The metropolitan Museum of Art and Me by Patrick Bringley

I tremendously enjoyed this book and took a long time reading each page. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is one of my favorite places to visit! Previously, I visited at least three-four times a year.

After many spinal surgeries, it no longer was an option to go to the city, walk throughout the many floors and various categories of art. Though, I keep the memories and this book brought a lot of thoughts and feelings back.

The author became a guide at the museum. In this book, he shared his thoughts and knowlege regarding each of the various exhibits in the museum.

Well written, and very knowledgeable, the author did an incredible job outlining many details that I never knew.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 7:56 pm


A Matter of Pride by Emily Crofford with illustrations of Jim LaMarche

Moving is usually difficult, especial if the transition is rural with very little to remind the family of the former place called home. In particular, in this story it is the mother who is depressed, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Moving at the end of a school semester means leavign friends behind, but with little time to make new friends.

The family is poor. They have one cow. And, when that asset disappears, they are left berift with no money to purchase another animal.

Grace Brower is one of the few girls that live nearby. Her father is an abuser, and prone to explosions of fits. When Meg witnesses the nastiness of the father, she is scared.

All too soon, their cow goes missing. When it is discovered at the Brower household, Meg tells her mother.

Withdrawn, afraid of many things, Meg's mother stands up for herself and her family and rescues the family cow.

A simple tale of days gone by when one simple act becomes a large event, leaving Meg and her siblings with a great deal of respect for their mother as together they lead their cow home. Meg witnesses a transformation of her mother from a shy person, to one who stands up for her family and what is needed.

Long a fan of the illustartions of Jim LaMarche, this small book has page after page of the flat plain, and a time when a small family must pull together in order to survive.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 22, 5:15 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

kesäkuu 17, 1:32 am

I just read Frank's news of Anita's passing. She was such an integral part of our group.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 25, 9:10 am


Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog by Lisa Papp

Beautifully illustrated with a lovely story of Madeline Finn and her unique dog Star. Madeline decided that Star would make a wonderful therapy dog,

Star passes all the tests, showing comfort and love to elderly people, giving her paw to those confined in a wheel chair, placing her had on the lap of a lonely man. Everone is happy to have Star with them, except for one man who sits alone in a wheel chair, not wanting to interact with anyone or to accept the love Star has to give her.

Madeline is very patient with Mr. Humphrey. When she decides to read a book to Star and her dog friend Bonnie, she notes that Star is moving closer to Mr. Humphey. As she places her head on Mr. Humphrey's lap, he slowly pets Star.

Star is given a tag noting she is a therapy dog.

This is a special focuses on the healing abilities of dogs.

kesäkuu 21, 8:26 am

Happy Friday, Linda. Happy New Thread. Love the lovely garden pics. I hope you are doing fine these days, my friend.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 22, 5:21 pm

>22 Whisper1: Trying to keep track of the books in my library that I have not read would be a full-time occupation. You are a far better woman than I!

>33 Whisper1: I own that one. I just need to get it read!

>36 Whisper1: Yes, it has been a shock. I left a voicemail for you about it, but I am guessing you did not get it.

Have a fantastic Friday, Linda!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 21, 8:56 am

>37 Whisper1: Hi Mark. It is great to see a post from you! Thank you!

>38 msf59: Stasia, I am sorry that I didn't listen to your message. I haven't used my phone for a few days. I am working in my gardens, and over doing it! I've been struggling with pain, and it is my fault. I am my own worse enemy by working in soil during 92 degree temps. I will listen to your message this morning. Thank you my friend. I appreciate it!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 22, 6:28 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

kesäkuu 22, 1:05 am

>40 Whisper1: You need to be careful out in that heat, lovey! Please take care of yourself!!

kesäkuu 22, 1:10 am

>41 Whisper1: Dear Friend. It's hard to believe that it was so many years ago when Will and I picked you up from the airport and brought you to our house. It was as if I knew you for a long time.

If you are available, I will try to call you tomorrow. Thank you for caring so very much and recommending I take it easy from. Tomorrow, I hope to rest and read.

Thinking of you and sendign love!

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 7:59 pm


The More You Give by Marcy Campbell with illustrations of Francesca Sanna

Highly recommended with love given throughout many generations

This is a wonderful story of multigenerational love and affection shown throughout the years, Gifts given are hugs, kisses, teaching how to sow seeds, how to watch things grow, and most importantly the supreme importance of giving gifts that are not money, rather they are gifts that show the importance of love.

The illustrations are lovely, and the story is importantly beautiful.

Highly recommended.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 8:01 pm


Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

While looking through the library shelves of illustrated books, this one caught my attention. It is a very lovely book. From the inside jacket, "What if you dreamed of a new life, and it came to you?"

"What if that new life led you to a new country where no one spoke your language, where you felt alone and ignored?"

"What if you had to make the new place your home?"

"What if you had to make that new place your home?"

"What if you found that home in a world of books?"

"And, what if it all were true?'

Highly recommended!! Five Stars

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 22, 6:45 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

kesäkuu 22, 5:22 pm

>43 Whisper1: Tomorrow is Kerry's and my 36th wedding anniversary so I will be out-of-pocket pretty much all day. Maybe Monday instead??

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 8:06 pm


The Medieval Feast written and illustrated by Aliki

This is a beautifully illustrated book that captures life as it was when the King of the land visited a palace in his travels throughout the land. This captures the ambiance of the stress brought upon the castle visited by the king and all his many people who accompanyed him on his journey.

In truth back when this occurred, it brought tremendous stress upon those visited. And, often it caused backruptcy because of the expense of feeding and housing the King, Queen and many members of his entourage.

The lovely book shows the intricacy of hiring staff to travel throughout the land to kill the meat for the feast, to prepare the intricate pastries, the rooms that must to made not only for the King and Queen, but also his knights, squires and many mambers of the traveling court. Often, this could be hundreds of mouths to feed, and places to accompany them to sleep.

The manor house had to be cleaned, tents setup for the horsemen and his horses, Primarily, the focus was on the great feast. Among the items for the feast were pheasants, deer, rabbits, pigs and wild boar. In addition, there was a need for eels, salmon and various fish, including a plethora of trout.

Fruits and vegetables where used from the gardens, and often the use of these items meant it would be perhaps another year until these items could be regrown and replenished.

A lot of focus was important for the preperation for the way in which the feast was presented. As the trumpets anounced the arrival of the important guests, the fanfare for the hosting of the King and Queen created a great deal of stress. And while it was considered an honor to host the very important Lord and his Lady, in the end, all was depleted and it was quite a lot of energy and money to be able to accommodate all.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 8:08 pm


Mice Skating written by Annie Silversgro illustrated by Teagan White

I smiled quite a lot when reading this story of a mouse who, unlike others, loved winter and the cold and the fun he made of it.

Making hats for his friends, he encouraged all to join him in skating on the cold ice. He twirled, laughed and had a wonderful time, while others didn't quite understand his joy.

kesäkuu 22, 9:07 pm

Linda, you always choose the most visually enticing books!

I hope you have recovered from your gardening and allow yourself some down time. The skies opened up here about mid-afternoon and really poured down hard for quite awhile. I think it is finally letting up a bit but I probably won't need to water for awhile, ;-)

kesäkuu 23, 7:40 pm

Shelley, I returned from grocery shopping just in time before the clouds opened, the wind blew in gusts as the sheets of rain poured side ways.

We desperately need water, and I am glad that it is the type of storm that rains so hard it bounces as it hits the parched earth.

Thanks for your very kind comment about my choice of illustrated books.

I've been thinking of Anita today. Before I found my obsession with illustrated books, it was Anita who pointed the way to young adult books. She was such an integral part of our group, and I'm sure many of us are in grief. I am thinking of Frank as they did so many things together, including walking a lot this year. I can't help but wonder how he is doing.

I don't recall posts regarding non-LT friends. And, thus I wonder how he will handle grief and life alone without her.

Anita leaves a lasting impression with so very many of us in the group.

kesäkuu 23, 8:11 pm

Hello Linda, your words about Anita are spot on. I'm sure so many of us are thinking about Anita and Frank and greatly missing her presence here.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 24, 1:56 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 23, 11:22 pm

Viestin kirjoittaja on poistanut viestin.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 25, 9:54 am

I awoke early this morning. I stood outside and took in the beauty of the cone flowers. They are spreading and are very tall. The orange ones are not as high as the pink, but they go together wonderfully. I vow to only plant perennials that return year after year.

Mid July will be the one-year anniversary of my friend Lorraine' s husband Frank's passing. On his death bed, he took my hand, looked me in the eyes and asked me to please take care of Lorraine. I made a promise, and I've kept it through appointments, get togethers with friends, trips to the pharmacy, luncheons, and many phone calls when she was having a tough time regarding living without Frank.

The year had challenges, but over all, I've enjoyed getting to know her on a deep level. And, because Lorraine and Frank were Will's friends, I enjoy listening to her remembrances of events she and Frank had with Will. A long time ago, Lorraine worked in an office of the only retinal specialist in the area. Will had his own practice, and also worked with the specialist because he wanted to learn as much as possible from this particular specialist. Lorraine and Will became friends, and had wonderful times together with Frank as well.

I admit is a challenging experience to help Lorraine. By the time I met will, I was divorced and accustomed to living alone. Unlike me, Lorraine was married for a long time, and their relationship was one wherein he took care of all of her needs. She relied on him for almost everything. And, thus this year has been very difficult for her.

I'm taking Lorraine to a doctor appointment this morning, then we will have lunch. Afterward, I'll come home and rest and read. It's been a busy month, and I've overdone it with all the household chores I accomplished. And, once again, I pushed myself far too hard. In addition to taking Lorraine to many appointments this month, and spending a lot of time with her, I've been available during nightly phone calls when she was/is lonely. I am not a martyr, I'm simply acknowledging I need to find a balance.

I remember the first year of losing Will was very sad, difficult and exceedingly hard. I try to remember this when helping Lorraine when my energy is limited.

Thus far this month, I've been way to over taxed, and it is my fault that I am in pain and my body is telling me that am taking on way too much.

In addition to helping Lorraine:

I cleaned my large walk in closet and gave away many clothes, as well as getting things in order in plastic bins on the floor and shelves above the area where clothes are hung.
I worked many hours in my gardens
I spent a lot of time in the basement, making piles of things that needed to be taken to American Services -- located conveniently up the street from my house.

I ordered many lovely beautiful cartons from Michael's Craft Store. I have a huge basement, and there still is much to do. But, overall, I was successful in placing all Christmas, Halloween, fall and winter decorations in eye-catching beautiful containers that I placed neatly on shelves.

I cleaned kitchen cabinets and got rid of things no longer used.

I am in the process of taking down old misc. large pictures on the loft walls as well as in various rooms throughout the house. These were images that Will placed on the walls, and I am replacing them with beautiful framed works by a friend who is a very talented photographer.

I cleaned windows, and in some rooms replaced the old curtains with new.

There are other works in progress, but for now, as the end of June approaches, I'll rest and read. I'm exhausted, but have a wonderful sense of accomplishment.

I am proud of my accomplishments that were done often when I was in pain and at times also had accompanied headaches.

Now, for the rest of June, I will go to my doctor appointments and well as take Lorraine to her appointments. And, I want to take it easy and rest and read.

kesäkuu 24, 2:03 pm

>55 Whisper1: Wow, Linda, you should be proud of your accomplishments! I need to be working on the same things, going through stuff we brought home from my mom's house and figuring out what to do with them (keep or give away). At some point, I need to go through my closets too and pull out clothes that no longer fit or that I'll never wear again, but that's really a lower priority. You are inspiring me.

kesäkuu 24, 2:40 pm

>55 Whisper1: You inspire! You have done so much in June. You should feel proud of yourself!

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 1, 3:07 am

>56 atozgrl: >57 mdoris: Hi Irene and Mary
Many thanks for your kind comments. It was a beautiful day and now tonight, the wind is softly blowing a cool breeze. My friend/neighbor Bill came to se if I wanted to walk with his little white dog. Unfortunately, she went toward Bisquit (Meow) for attention, and the cat swiped her. I walked the dog a bit with Bill, came back home to find the screen door ajar. Now, I am very worried because I cannot find the cat. I've turned the house upside down. I am in a panic because I cannot find her anywhere.

I hope she did not get out and is now roaming around the neighborhood. Cars zip down the road so fast. I know I am obsessing, but I am very worried.

kesäkuu 24, 8:07 pm

>58 Whisper1: Linda - get Andres and Dad to help?

And set out her favorite cat food in both front and back porches...?

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 25, 9:03 am

>59 m.belljackson: Thanks for your suggestion dear friend! After looking frantically for quite awhile, I found Meow hidden way behind a chair in the loft. This was a place she normally did not hide. I know it sounds odd, but as a child, when a pet was lost, my parents didn't pay attention to my concern. In fact, once my father got rid of my cat, and when I cried because I could not find it, I realized he was responsible, and would not acknowledge what he did. I cried not only because he got rid of my cat, but because somehow I blamed myself.

Odd that after living all these years later, old memories still have a powerful impact. Kayla and I are very attached to Meow, and the thought that I might have been responsible for losing our pet, because I did not latch the screen door properly, was most likely what created my panic. When I finally found her after such a long time of searching, I was very relieved and then frustrated that after calling her for so long, she did not come out of hiding. She still was upset and tried to scratch me.

This was brought on because my friend Bill, came to ask if I wanted to walk with the little white dog. The dog fails to realize that Meow wants nothing to do with her. When she tried to force herself on Meow, the cat's reaction was to loudly meow and to try to claw the dog. Then, she ran upstairs to the loft. When I came home and could not find her, and saw that I did not latch the screen door properly, I blamed myself for Meow's absence, and immediately worried that Kayla, would be so very sad and upset.

kesäkuu 25, 9:03 am

>60 Whisper1: So Good you found her, Linda!

Not sure how old she is - could she be a little hard of hearing?

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 28, 1:36 am


Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog by Lisa Papp

This is the third book read regarding the adorable Madeline Finn and her loving mother. After reading two previous books regarding the lovely child Madeline Finn and her dog Star, I was happy to learn there was another story of Madeline's relationship with her wonderful dog Star.

In this story, Madeline learns the responsibility of taking care of a brand-new puppy. She walks, bathes, feeds and deeply loves Star. Every night before they fall asleep, Madeline reads to Star.

When Madeline visited an animal shelter, she observed the dogs in cages who are not as fortunate as her beloved Starr. She wondered if when in cages, they could sleep easier under soft blankets, and if they have someone to pet them. Madeline wondered if at the end of the day, the shelter dogs could enjoy the experience and love of someone who reads to them.

Madeline is determined to match the animals with people who would love them and also read to them. Saddened by seeing dogs in cages, Madeline takes responsibility to find people to read to the caged dogs. It is easy to love the spunky, loving character of Madeline. She is determined to collect blankets or soft towels for the animals in cages. She made a sign that stated:

Saturday 10:00, come read to the shelter animals. Bring a blanket and a book

Soon many children and parents arrive at the shelter with blankets, and books to read to the animals. One dog in particular touches Madeline's heart. Mr. Chips looks forlorn and lonely. And, at the end of the reading experience, Mr. Chips is adopted by a little boy who read to him.

I very much like this series and hate for it to end. Not only are the illustrations lovingly drawn, but the stories are very heart warming.

Highly Recommended! Five Stars

kesäkuu 25, 9:34 am

>55 Whisper1: You go, woman. You should be very proud of your accomplishments!

Thank you again for sharing all of the illustrations. They are wonderful to look at!

kesäkuu 25, 1:57 pm

So glad that Meow was safely found!

kesäkuu 25, 9:59 pm

>63 alcottacre: Thanks Stasia. I've over done it and I am very tired. Tomorrow, I will stay in PJs and read.

Thanks for your very nice comment regarding the illustrated books I read and share with the group.

>64 mdoris: Mary, thank you for sharing my joy that Meow was found. I was deeply worried. I appreciate your comment of support.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 28, 8:11 am


City Dog, Country Frog written by Mo Willems illustrated by Jon J Muth

This is a lovely book about friendship and the many ways it which it changes and grows.

City Dog meets Country Frog when he spots the frog sitting on a rock. Country Frog is wiating for another friend who does not show when expected. Country Frog tells City Dog "You Will Do!"

Thoughtout the seasons these two delighfully become close and enjoy each other tremendously. Sadly, as the seasons progress Country Frog notes he is not feeling well, but does the best he can to play with Country Dog. Sadly, one day, Country Frog is no where to be found.

Unprepared for the sad ending, when spring returned, a chipmunk was noted and Country Frog is sadly gone. Country Chipmunk noted City Dog, something he had never noticed previously.

While Country Chipmunk cannot take the place of Country Frog, the story ends on a sad note, but hopeful in that perhpas a different relationship can grow. And, while Country Frog can never be replaced, City Dog will forever be glad that once upon a time there was a wonderful frog who became a lovely friend of City Dog.

kesäkuu 26, 9:10 am

It's wonderful that Meow has been found again.
Reading in the PJ sounds like a very good plan.
All the best to you, Linda.

kesäkuu 26, 10:06 am

I am so relieved it all turned out well, Linda. I had that same scare a few months ago with one of my cats, who, it turned out, actually WAS outside, for 3 hours!! before I realized it. Luckily, he came when I called but since he never does, in the house, that itself was a miracle. Is your cat microchipped or have a tag? That might give you a tiny bit more peace of mind should it happen again. But it all turned out for the best for you and that is what counts!


kesäkuu 26, 9:38 pm

>60 Whisper1: I'm sorry you had a scare with your cat, Linda. But I'm glad it turned out well in the end. Pets can scare us like that sometimes. I hope you are feeling better now, and the pain is gone.

Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 28, 1:28 am

Stasia, Mary, Tom, Irene and Shelley, many thanks for your emotional support. Meow was missing for a long period of time. I was happier to see her than she was to see me, and while she was reluctant to allow me to pull her gently from her hiding place in the way back of a chair, I was so very happy to find her, and she did allow me to gently move her out of the hiding space.

This group is very special. Thanks so very much to all who reached out to me. There was another occasion when Meow was MIA. While I do not live in the woods, there is a wood-like setting in back of my house. Once before, awhile ago, Meow quickly ran out of the back door and found the dark space under the neighbor's deck space.

My wonderfu neighbor Andres knew how to coax her out from the deck and lured her up to my deck, and into the house.

While grand daughter Kayla lives with me, both instances, she with her boyfriend. Kayla was not home to help find Meow. Meow is very attached to Kayla and thus more amenable to go to Kayla than to me.

Lessons learned:

Keep small white dog away from cat who does not like the dog at all.

And, be very careful when going outside from kitchen to deck.

There are many hiding spaces both outside and in both the upstairs and downstairs of this house.

And again, I remain ever grateful for the emotional support provided by the wonderful friends here on this LT group! Thanks ever so verymuch!!!

kesäkuu 28, 1:29 am

It's been an emotional few days. Last night we had a very severe rain strorm. While driving home from work down a dark country road, a large branch snapped from a huge tree and destroyed Kayla's car windshield and the frame.

Thankfully, the situation was better than it could have been. If the large limb would have fallen a few inches closer to Kayla, the outcome would have been much more incredibly severe.

As it was, the windshield imploded and large and small pieces fell inside the car. The windshield was badly damaged as was the space above where the windshield was hit by the very large limb.

Kayla is prone to anxiety attacks; this occurrence certainly understandably brought on an attack as she was alone on a windy, dark country road.

When she called her boyfriend Christian, then me, she was so upset she could not settle down and could not describe to us where she was located.

A policeman found her and assisted. He was very kind and helped tremendously. Christian drove to where she was, met with the helpful policeman, carefully drove her car, while the policeman followed Kayla home while she drove Christian's car.

It looks like the car is not repairable. But, in the scheme of things, she is alive and well. And we can get another car, but cannot ever replace beloved Kayla.

Kayla studied for a staistics exam today while I wrapped Meow in a blanket and held her on my lap.

I think our household has had enough drama for a while---a long while!!!

kesäkuu 28, 1:37 am

Oh, how scary for Kayla for her windshield implode, Linda. What a storm that must have been. I'm very glad a kind policeman was able to help Kayla, and then Christian. You are so kind to your friend Lorraine, Linda. I also miss Anita, and wonder how Frank is doing. As you say, I did not hear her mention friends outside of LT, and she just has her father remaining, I think. And then Frank just retired. I very much hope he has a support system. Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog looks like a lovely book.

kesäkuu 28, 1:52 am

I am pleased that it turned out well and that she received good support.
I hope you get over it soon and wish you a lovely weekend with nothing but good surprises.

kesäkuu 28, 9:15 am

Linda, what a nightmarish week this has been for you! I am happy that everything turned out well and that Kayla is safe. In the end, that's all that matters.

Wishing you all a quiet and boring weekend ahead!


kesäkuu 28, 12:35 pm

>71 Whisper1: Oh, Linda, this is just too much. What a scary situation! I am so glad to hear that Kayla is all right. You all have definitely had more than enough drama for a very long time. Sending (((hugs))) and wishes for a lot of peace for all of you.

kesäkuu 28, 2:06 pm

I really wanted to pick up some children's books from the children's room at the local library to read this month, but I didn't manage it. I suspect it will have to wait until August because I'll be out of town long enough in July that I would rack up an overdue fine if something could not be renewed that I checked out. It will be easier just to wait until I get back into town.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 1, 5:36 am


Madeline Finn and the Library Dog By Lisa Papp

Madeline Finn struggles with the ability to read out loud. Self conscious, she states "I do NOT like to read!" She especially does not like to read out loud. While her teacher encourages her to continue to keep trying, Madeline, simply lacks the courage to read in front of others without making a mistake.

She had trouble figuring the words, and the sentences get stuck in her mouth. She continues to be self conscious, especially when others in the class make fun of her courage when she makes a mistake. Those in the class who can read out loud are given a sticker that looks like a star.

While she struggles in class, her librarian Mrs. Dimple makes Madeline happy and tries to provide courage to Madeline. Saturday becomes a special day when Mrs. Dimple tells her she has something special to see, Taking her to a special room where Bonnie the library dog listens to Madeline.

The librarian asks Madeline to read a book to Bonnie. Bonnie is a wonderful dog who listens and when Madeline makes a mistake, Bonnie is not like others in that she does not giggle and make fun of Madeline. Instead, Bonnies big, loving eyes look at Madeline and places her large paw in Madeline's lap.

Soon, Madeline and Bonnie read together every Saturday. Then when Monday occurs, while Madeline is nervous, she thinks of the courage Bonnie gives her, and she doesn't mess up one single word.

Finally, Madeline receives the long-awaited star. The next Saturday, Mrs. Dimple takes Madeline in a special room where Bonnie has a surprise of showing beautiful white puppies to Madeline who reads to them every Saturday, giving her the courage she previously lacked.

Bonnie is a wonderful listener, and now Madeline is a wonderful reader.

heinäkuu 1, 2:06 pm

>77 Whisper1: Linda - this looks like it could be Everyone's New Favorite!

heinäkuu 3, 12:39 am

>78 m.belljackson: Hi Mariaane. The illustrations of these books pull the reader in, especially if the reader loves animals.

Thanks for stpping by!

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 15, 2:33 am


Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol

Freda loves berries. Her beloved grandmother taught her how to preserve them in jars. This lead to Freada trying to keep precious things in jars. Soon, she is overwhelmed with jars thoughout the house.
Sadly, there is a sad ending, but overall, the blessing of her grandmother's teaching preserves precious memories that she had with her grandmother, as well as all the jars she keeps of physical things she keeps in jars.

heinäkuu 7, 11:40 pm

>77 Whisper1: Very behind dear Linda, but so cute!

heinäkuu 8, 11:01 am

Hello there, Linda! Hope you are happy and getting some lovely rest and relaxation. I revisited your flower pictures up at the top of your thread—they are such a treat for the eyes!

Have a great week!

Karen O

heinäkuu 11, 10:53 pm

>81 Berly: Hi Kim. I've been out of touch and haven't been reading. Grand daughter Kayla was in the ER because of severe stomach pain. At first it was believed she needed gall bladder surgery, but thankfully, that was ruled out. She was given a prescription to help stomach swelling.

>82 klobrien2: Hi Karen. Many thanks for stopping by. Thanks for your kind words regarding the types of flowers I have in my garden.
It takes a lot of energy to keep them watered, weeded and kept in place. But, I enjoy working in the soil

The weather remains exceedingly hot which causes Kayla's cat Meow to experience increased asthma attacks. Since she takes the medication better from Kayla, who works long hours, it leaves me stressed when I hear the sound of Meow's cough. I know I sound like I'm whining. Overall, i miss reading, and communication with the group members.

I finally took time to visit the library today and spent extended time perusing the illustrated books. I brought many home, and hope to read some tomorrow.

Thanks to both for reaching out and visiting.

heinäkuu 12, 8:02 am

The Swiss Nurse is also added to my TBR pile. Many thanks for this recommendation!

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 13, 3:37 pm


Hot Air: The Mostly True Story of the first Hot-Air Balloon Ride by Marjorie Priceman

This is a cute illustrated book regarding the subject of the very first hot air balloon. In September 19, 1783, thousands of people gathered at the palace of Versalles in France to see the first hot-air balloon launched high in the sky.

This event drew thousands of people, including King Louis XVi and Queen Marie Antoinette. Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier were the very first people to design a hot air balloon, destined to fly high in the sky, fifty-seven feet high and forty-one feet in diameter, weighing 1,596 pounds, excluding the basked that weighted an additional 900 pound.

Their amazing experiment of flight lasted a mere eight minutes, and according to this book, the flight lasted only eight minutes, reaching fifteen hundred feet, and traveled a mere two miles.

In this book, three animals were launched in the balloon. A sheep, a duck and a rooster lasted throughout the flight. This was considered the first "manned" flight.

heinäkuu 13, 4:11 pm

>85 Whisper1: Off to go look for this book! Thanks for the tip!

Karen O

heinäkuu 14, 11:53 pm

Only three books read and it is mid July. What a very busy month. I won't go into all the details, but suffice it to say it's been an unusual month, and tomorrow, I am planning on the resting and reading. Whenever I plan to take a day to rest and read, circumstances prevented it.

Tomorrow, with the exception of any calls from grand daughter Kayla, I will not answer the phone. I am going to read!!!!

I also hope to visit threads as I am way behind in visitations.

The summer heat continues with over 100 degree temps almost every day this month. I've used a lot of water for the flowers. The good news is that the plants thus far are generating a lot of babies (seeds and plants that spring from the tops and sides of some of the plants.) The seeds are incredible with many also created from dead heading the plants. I dry the deadheads and have paper towels on every flat surfice throughout the house. When they are dry, I place them in jars that now are labeled for next year.

Thanks for you patience. I'll visit threads ASAP. I miss everyone and long to see what books are being read.

Happy Monday! When I have a bit of time to visit threads, I see the amount of books some are reading and I am amazed at the amount read and the quality of books.

Much love to all!

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 15, 7:51 pm


I Like This, You Like That by Linda Ashlman illustrated by Eve Coy

This is a cute book focusing on friendship and the fact that it is not necessary for both to like the exact same thing. Rather, both can be different and still relate.

heinäkuu 15, 8:00 pm

It's another hot day and evening. I don't remember a summer like this one wherein day and night it is incredibly hot.

I'm sure the electric bill will be high because of the need for the low temps on the air conditioning unit.

Tonight is a night to read. I have many good books from the library and I'll choose one from the pile.

heinäkuu 15, 10:11 pm

Your flower pictures are simply lovely, Linda. What a month you have had, but I'm so glad Kayla wasn't injured and Meow didn't get outside. It was 110 here today. I was out early when it was in the 80s to pick tomatoes and squash and cucumbers, but stayed inside the rest of the day. My coneflowers are 4 feet high!

heinäkuu 16, 12:51 am

I am sorry you having such hot weather, Linda. I think ours is bad and it's just 81 F with humidex.I am glad Katie is feeling better, and sorry to hear about Meow's asthma. I Like This, You Like That sounds like a great book and I love the illustrations. Thanks for sharing them.

heinäkuu 16, 7:49 am

>90 ronincats: Hello Dear Roni!!!! Cone flowers that are 4 feet high. Yikes, be careful, they may surround your castle and contain you therein. Mine are high as well. Some are so heavy they are leaning sideways. I am cultivating the seeds. The prickly cones hurt if I don't divide carefully. Thus far I have three large glass containers of dried seeds for next year,

I found a bring yellow cone flower at Walmart, of all places. I bought it and kept it in the container so that it does not die in transplanting it to soil that is dry even though I water every day.

I stop by your thread. I'm curious if you are using your kiln in this hot, hot weather.

heinäkuu 16, 8:11 am

>91 vancouverdeb: Hi Deb. Your temps are something to envy. I am concerned about my dear friend and neighor Andres. His job at a local college requires him to be outside in this heat clipping tress, mowing grass and basically keeping the campus clean and neat.
I talked to him last night and he didn't sound his usual funny self. He mentioned that last year the college paid for ice cream, cold water and drinks...not so this year. He has a cooler. I walked two doors down last night to his house in pjs and rang the door bell to see him, make sure he was ok, and to give him some cash to buy ice and drinks enroute to the college this morning.

He did NOT want to accept my gift, but I insisted . Yet, he does so very much for me. I could not stay in this house without his help. Most recently, the pipe in the sink in one of my bathrooms had a huge rent in the bottom of the pipe. Water was all over the floor and also seeping into the bedroom.

We went to Home Depot where I purchased what was needed, and he spent 3-4 hours completingly replacing all the plumbing beneath the sink. He replaced the facet as well. I know if I had to call a plumber it would have cost much more than the 350 I gave him.

It is rare to find someone of his caliber. He is always willing to help me. He, his wife and young son are family to me.

heinäkuu 16, 8:27 am

Hi, Linda. Sorry, I missed the news about Kayla's accident. Poor thing. How is she doing now? Is she getting a new vehicle?

heinäkuu 17, 10:31 pm

Mark, Many thanks for your kind message. She is feeling very fortunate that the tree did not hit inches over, or it would have been a very terrible thing. Yes, she did get a new car. Her grandfather co-signed for a very nice car. She said she feels like a big girl now that she has a car payment.

Thanks for asking.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 19, 11:21 pm


Van Gogh Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia

This is a lovely gem of a book given to me by a wonderful LT friend. The author has a unique style of writing text about Van Gogh's works while drawing accompanying laugh-out-loud cartoons.

This is a wonderful book for someone who knows little about Van Gogh and his exquisite works. I will be sure to look folr more books by this author. While the intended market is for young people, it is a lovely presentation and well-worth to time spent by all ages.

Muokkaaja: heinäkuu 19, 11:22 pm


heinäkuu 19, 9:18 pm


Van Gogh Getting To Know The World's Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia

This is a lovely gem of a book given to me by a wonderful LT friend. The author has a unique style of writing text about Van Gogh's works while drawing accompanying laugh-out-loud cartoons.

This is a wonderful book for someone who knows little about Van Gogh and his exquisite works. I will be sure to look folr more books by this author. While the intended market is for young people, it is a lovely presentation and well-worth to time spent by all ages.

Eilen, 8:56 am

Drat that I created a double post. Life is problematic these last few weeks. Years ago I had heart problems -- I inherited this from both my mother and father's side of the family.

These last few weeks, I've had tighness around my heart accompanyed by sharp pain. I called the cardiogogist who told me to get to the ER. By the time I was there, the pain was gone, and nothing showed up on blood tests.

This morning, I have an appointment with the cardiologist. This will be followed by a vet appointment for Meow who has asthma and is suffering a lot lately. It is so very difficult to watch her stomach heave while she is having problem breathing.

It is so darn hot and I'm wondering if this is part of the reason for Meow's often attacks every day..

I hope to begin reading again as July was a very slow month.

Eilen, 8:59 am

All the best for your appointment with the cardiologist, Linda!

Eilen, 9:06 am

Good luck, Linda. Good that you are acting on it, and not ignoring it. I'm sure the heat is affecting both you and Meow. Best to just stay in and read.