Monday Bloopers #2

Monday, August 2, 2021

 

Greetings Humans! Welcome back to our second edition of Monday Bloopers . We got the idea for Monday Bloopers from Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and Meows. You should really go and visit her, she has the most gorgeous feline blog ever! I think we can do a few more feline posts. I work my fluffy ass off helping my Mommy with all her bookish chat, I think I need a bit more post recognition too. 

*Where on earth do I get this cat?? 

Melissa hosts a fun monthly meme called Pet Photo Fail Blog Hop. I guess the idea is to post a photo that didn't work as well as the shooter anticipated it would. *Camera shooter. 


Now seeing that there are only fur babies in this house, my Mommy's photo inbox is cluttered with photos of all of us. Mainly of me of course. It's quite the challenge to go through them all to find a photo blooper of me. No matter from what angle you observe me, it's very close to perfection. But I guess if we have to use one, this one will have to do the trick this month:


Even cats can fall from their high dog horse every now and then! 
Like I've explained to you in our very first Monday Bloopers Post, we are still a bookish blog and no matter how adorable my booty is, it can't be the show of this blog. Big mistake if you ask me. But be it as it may, Monday Bloopers is about things that didn't work out quite as well a planned. Like books that ended up being a blooper for my Mommy. 

This month we will feature:

Provence, in the south of France, is a part of the world that has been—and continues to be—called a paradise. But one of the lessons that history teaches is that paradise is coveted and fought over. Successive waves of invaders have claimed—or tried to claim—those vineyards, rivers, olive groves, and hills.

In Guy Gavriel Kay’s new novel, Ysabel, this duality—of exquisite beauty and violent history—is explored in a work that marks a departure from Kay’s historical fantasies set in various analogues of the past.

Ysabel takes place in the world of today: in a modern springtime, in and around the celebrated city of Aix-en-Provence near Marseilles. Dangerous, mythic figures from the Celtic and Roman conflicts of the past erupt into the present, claiming and changing lives.

The protagonist is Ned Marriner, the fifteen year-old son of a well-known photographer. Ned has accompanied his father, Edward Marriner, and a team of assistants to Provence for a six week “shoot.”
 

One of my Mommy's greatest friends recommended this book to her years ago and she was very excited to read it. Unfortunately, it didn't work for her at all. The characters were all over the place and the events too much in one place. I can't give any opinions, I've never seen this book or heard my Mommy give any comments. So it obviously didn't leave any mark, except for the Abandoned shelving on her Goodreads account. 

Just a quick post from us today for Monday Bloopers and we do hope that August will be anything but a blooper month. 

What books ended on our abandoned shelf lately? You are welcome to share your photo fails with us as well! 

Wishing you all a wonderful and blooper-fail August.


Lots of Love,




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Weekend Book Friends #21

Friday, July 30, 2021

  


Greetings Humans! No, we didn't disappear from the face of the earth this week, it was just one of those weeks where reality interfered with our reading and blogging life. Luckily it is Friday afternoon and we can finally escape into a book or two. I believe a complete escape from reality and a bit of tongue in the cheek humor, is exactly what we need for this weekend:


Tired of being teased about his name and his stutter, twelve-year-old Hobart sets out to do a few heroic deeds and earn a place in Knight School. But the local damsels he hopes to save assure him that the last thing they need is rescuing. The runaway bull he tries to catch wears him like a hat. And don't even ask about the ogre.

Finally, in desperation, Hobart sets out on the most daring quest he can think of--he will slay a dragon. Or that's his plan anyway.

The Legend of Hobart is a hilarious, heart-felt adventure, for the would-be hero in all of us.
 


This book sounds like the most fun a cat and a middle school child can have. It's up for review from our side, so you can check in again early next week to see our thoughts on it. I'm sure it's going to be good!

Let's pay a visit to a couple of our beloved Weekend Book Friends and share our weekend reads. We will also pay a visit to our new friends for Friendly Fill-Ins. We love making new friends!

Book Beginnings



  For our first stop today, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. 

We are reading this one on our Kindle and I love the Chapter headings:

Chapter 1
In which I set out on a quest

In case you're wondering, becoming a hero is not as easy as you might think. I tried rescuing a damsel in distress. But all of our local damsels practice martial arts and assured me that the last thing they needed was rescuing.

I wasn't really wondering about becoming a hero, no. For some creatures it just comes naturally. Like cats of course. I do like the damsels doing martial arts though.




The Friday 56


Next we will pay a visit to Freda over at Freda's voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don't show up empty handed though! 
  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

Let's see what happens on 56%: 

Chapter 7
In which Albert walks on water

When we woke up the next morning, the sky was dark, heavy gray. I kept glancing up, waiting for the first drops to fall and Albert's complaining to start.

Albert sounds like someone or something that will only annoy me. 

Book Blogger Hop


The Book Blogger's hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It's hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and I guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

Today's question:  Do you have an online calendar to keep track of your reviews and posts, or do you print out a calendar or list? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

My Mommy hardly manages to be on time most of the time, if we need to upload her diary online as well, we'll never get anything done. She mainly uses her good old yearly calendar diary to keep track of reviews and posts. That is if she can get my fluffy, white bum of it of course.




Friendly Fill-Ins



We are having so much fun with the Friendly Fill-Ins. It's a lovely way to link up with fellow blogger and a few feline friends. Friendly Fill-Ins is hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. They come up with a couple of sentences, and then you have to fill in the blanks. This week's questions: 

1. Only someone with a ____________ would understand _________________.
2. I just started ___________________________.
3. I find it hard to believe that _________.
4. I should probably _________.

It's my turn to answer the questions today!

1. Only someone with a fluffy white fur coat would understand the difficulty in keeping it clean ALL.THE.TIME. Full time job. I kid you not.
2. I just started bathing. It takes at least 25 minutes. Had a lovely day playing outside today though.
3. I find it hard to believe that there are still people out there who think black cats are evil. They should really meet my big brother, Stinkie. He's as black as night and as pure of heart as snow. I'm as white as snow and ... Let's leave it there.
4.I should probably remove my fluffy white bum from my Mommy's diary so she can finish her work. 

What is your plans for the weekend?  And what is your current read?

Hope you will all have a wonderful weekend and that you have a nice book and a lovely cat to curl up with. 


Lots of Love,



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The Sunday Post #44

Sunday, July 25, 2021


Greetings you all! How was your week? Our week mainly consists of terribly cold weather and Parent/ Teacher meetings. For those of you who are or were in Education over the last couple of years, you know exactly how it went. 


Like I've said, it's been terribly cold this week with snow on the mountains and nearby areas. Mommy and Daddy didn't go for the scenic drive, they rather just stayed inside curled up in front of the fire. Oh wait, that was me. But they still didn't go for the scenic drive. 

Adding to the Litter





You guys! There is a new Knitty Kitty Mystery Series Book coming out! As you all now know, Pearl and Kit are my favorite feline sleuths and we can't wait to start reading! Of course we will review it on this blog. Death takes a break is one of those books my Mommy bought on a lunchbreak at school. I wasn't there. So let's hope it proofs to be as much fun as the cover. The Cottage on Ghost Lane was recommended by Ashley @ The Rustic Reading Gal. It sounds soooo good.

Those 3 books now tips my Mommy's TBR pile over the edge of 500 books by about 10 books. The same way that kitty litters will just continue to multiply in an uncontrolled environment. I think it's time for a bit of neutering here. Our plan of action for this week is to match up all the Kindle books to our TBR and see what is double, what is toil and what is trouble. Will keep you posted!

Scratching the Blog Pole


We didn't have the most adventurous week on the blog, but at least we did manage three of our regulars:


On the Couch


Currently Reading


We are so happy to be visiting our favorite place in the imaginary world again - Destiny Falls. Love spending time with Latifa and Hayden and sweet little Lola. 

So far we are a bit sealed lips with regards to The Midnight Library. Let's hope it lives up to the hype for us as well. What were your thoughts on this one?

Currently Watching


The God Committee is seriously thought provoking, but brilliant. Kelsey Grammer and Julia Stiles both give notable performances as well. All and all, yes - we highly recommend it.

The Walking Dead has landed my Mommy caught with her hand in the swear jar this week. Within 5 minutes, my Mommy's reaction was WTF. 10 minutes later it was still WTF. And 43 minutes in, it was F*ck no. Daddy loved it. And Mommy is curious enough to probably continue a few more episodes. I'll just make sure the swear jar is near by. You know my treats get bought from that jar. 

And that's all from us this week! What have you been up to?

Remember to add your link to our lovely hosts and wish you all a lovely week ahead!





Lots of Love,




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Weekend Book Friends #20

Friday, July 23, 2021

 


Greetings Humans! It's Friday and my Mommy is at home! Yea for me! It's been terribly cold here across the country with snowfall in a number of places. Yes, we know that snow is nothing new to many of you, but for us, it sure is wow!

Perfect weather to stay inside and just read a book. Besides the rather unpleasant weather, it's not been the best of weeks at school either with parent meetings every day until late and load shedding and all other sorts of fun. I think my Mommy needs to read the following book this weekend: 

Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices . . . Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?

A dazzling novel about all the choices that go into a life well lived, from the internationally bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and How To Stop Time.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.
 


Let's pay a visit to a couple of our beloved Weekend Book Friends and share our weekend reads. We will also pay a visit to our new friends for Friendly Fill-Ins. We love making new friends!

Book Beginnings



  For our first stop today, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. 

We are literally cracking the spine of this one as we type here, so we know as  much as you do:

Nineteen years before she decided to die, Nora Seed sat in the warmth of the small library at Hazeldene School in the town of Bedford. She sat at a low table staring at a chess board.

This was my Mommy Christmas present to herself last year. Perfect weather to have Christmas in July.


The Friday 56


Next we will pay a visit to Freda over at Freda's voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don't show up empty handed though! 
  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

We'll just pick a random paragraph on page 56 and tell you more about it later: 

This was the life she had been in mourning for. This was the life she had beaten herself up for not living. This was the timeline she thought she had regretted not existing in.

This can only be an interesting read. 

Book Blogger Hop


The Book Blogger's hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It's hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and I guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

Today's question: Have you ever done a Classics Club challenge? If not, would you want to?

Oh we love The Classics Club! We've signed up for our own Classics Challenge last year and it really is the greatest fun to be part of the Classics Community. You should really sign up. If you click on the image below, it will link you up to all our fun Classics Club posts. So far.




Friendly Fill-Ins



We are having so much fun with the Friendly Fill-Ins. It's a lovely way to link up with fellow blogger and a few feline friends. Friendly Fill-Ins is hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. They come up with a couple of sentences, and then you have to fill in the blanks. This week's questions: 

1. I will never stop __________________.
2. It was a relief to ___________________.
3. _________ made me feel proud of myself.
4. _________ grosses me out.

I think my Mommy can have the honors of answering the questions today.

1. I will never stop believing people are inherently good. 
2. It was a relief to not have any more riots and looting in our country this week. 
3. Keeping a smile on my face while I actually want to rip some ones head off made me feel proud of myself.
4. The Walking Dead grosses me out. 


What is your plans for the weekend?  And what is your current read?

Hope you will all have a wonderful weekend and that you have a nice book and a lovely cat to curl up with. 


Lots of Love,



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Wondrous Words Wednesday - Hoop

Wednesday, July 21, 2021


Greetings you all! It's Wednesday and we are ever so grateful that it's not last week Wednesday. We are not feeling like our normal, perky, quirky self yet, but at least the situation in our beautiful country is more peaceful and quite today.

Wondrous Words Wednesday was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards

You are welcome to use our graphic or design your own! 

Since Friday, there haven't been any more riots or looting and clean-up operations are still ongoing across the country. The most amazing thing, is that clean up is being orchestrated by the average man on the street. Men and women of all races, sizes and colors come together to clean up our streets. These actions bring me today's Wondrous Word:


Yes, I chose an Afrikaans word today. Afrikaans is the language my Mommy talks to me in, the language she tells all of us she loves us in and the language she prays in to our Father God for a better tomorrow in South Africa. 

If we see all our fellow South Africans coming together without prejudice or judgement with the exclusive aim to help each other, we have hope that a better tomorrow might just be possible. Yes, there are heaps and piles of rubble that need to be cleared and many of the destroyed properties will never be built up again. Heaps of people are now without work, or the prospect of any work to come and that is devastating. But there are also heaps of people who will do all they can to help their fellow South Africans.  
*we are aware that "heaps" are not the best of adjectives to describe people, but allow us the poetic justice for today

It is not yet clear just how extensive the destruction of particularly retail and warehouse property and the looting of stock in the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng was.

Earlier in the week, the South African Property Owners Association (Sapoa) said “some 800 stores have been looted and 100 malls have been either been burnt down or have suffered significant fire damage and a number of distribution centres particularly in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, have been looted with serious structural destruction”.


Fun fact: 
A new video has emerged in which a South African woman points out the irony of the only outlet in a shopping mall remaining completely untouched by looters being a bookstore.
After showing electronics and clothing stores that have been completely cleaned out, the video cuts to a book shop that looks totally pristine.
“The bookstore is completely untouched, this is ridiculous, I’m not even making this up,” the woman remarks.

"In Iraq, in the book market, books remain in the street at night because Iraqis say: the reader does not steal and the thief does not read."

Guess the same can be now be said of South Africa as well. 

Luckily, I know a lot of readers in South Africa. I also know a lot of workers, believers, go-getters, builders, artists and musicians who also have hope. And all of us are willing to role up our sleeves and start working on tomorrow. And in the midst of all the chaos, we still praise our God and lift our eyes away from the rubble and keep our focus on our Savior and our Redeemer. 

Nkosi Sikelela iAfrika - God bless Africa! 


What words had a big impact on you this week? Any new words you want to share with us? If you want to share them with us, you can leave a comment or add your name and post to the linky below. 



Lots of Love,



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