Archive for July, 2009

Okay, this may not seem like much to anyone else, but my beautiful daughter allowed me to take a few pictures of her.  Mind you, I snapped fast before she could change her mind.  These are rare!!

jesssmile jessprofilesmile jessfunnyface

Charky, on the other hand, does not mind the camera.

charkyeyes charkygrass charkygrassblur

charkygrassprofile charkyeatinggrass charkyprofileclose

noses And then there is my boy!  mikeyclose


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Zoo Day

A local business sponsored a free admission day to our wonderful zoo.  Henry Doorly Zoo is ranked in top five (#4 from TripAdvisor) and deserves this high number.  I have mixed feelings about zoos.  I appreciate the work they do in conservation, breeding and education but I wish there was not a need.

big-bama red monkey in tree polar bear

monkey baby bunny hippo

jess and pig monkey close parrot

eating carrots white crocodile sea lion baby


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balloonflower daisies lilylg mikeyjr butterfly liliesgrouprockwall turtle

hostasundercrabapple angelwingbegonia balloonfloweropen

hostas hydrangea beeandhosta

maisiegarlicchives mikey smileymaisie


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Things are green!!!

gardenwithmikey cucumber beans

greenonions tomatoes pepper

tomatoes zucchini dill

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The Cross-Country Quilters The Cross-Country Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This is not my usual cup ‘o tea as far as the type of book I read, but it was given to me with praise. It is a quaint book and possibly what I needed after the mind blurring time-traveling of my last book. The characters are sweet and I found myself wanting to find out what the small band of quilters faced during the year between meeting at quilt camp and their reunion. There were some very good descriptive sections concerning quilting and the story moved at a good pace. This is actually the third book in a series concerning Elm Creek Quilt camp. I think I would have possibly enjoyed this one more if I had read the first two of the series. Definitely a good read for those who enjoy stories of women and their struggles with their relationships (husbands, ex-husbands, children, children’s significant others), illness, their own self-confidence and how the female bond can create the strength to muddle through life’s curves.

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The Time Traveler's Wife The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

I stayed away from the computer and up into the wee hours to finish The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This is the author’s debut novel and I must say, I am impressed. I am not a lover of love stories, but the abundant praise and upcoming release of the movie sparked my curiosity. I was obviously caught up in the often confusing and exasperating story of Henry and Clare. Their love was apparent along with their anger, fear and jealousy that arose from the fact that Henry would time-travel at any instance, for any reason and to any place in time. Their story begins when Clare is a child and blooms into her adulthood. The writing is beautiful and not corny. I am torn though. There a few contradictions in the story that I am having a difficult time ignoring. They did not effect my reading of this book but have played into my overall reaction now that I am finished. Did the book live up to it’s hype? Not for me. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Would I recommend this book? Absolutely!

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Best Friends

charkie talking maisie mikeyandmaisie

maisie sniff charkie mikey lily grumpy

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