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Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Indian in the Cupboard

I recently finished a book called The Indian in the Cupboard. It is about a boy named Omri who gets a toy Indian for his birthday which he doesn't want. His brother, Gillon, gave him a cabinet he found in the alley and his mother had the key to fit the lock. During the night he wakes up to a sound coming from the Indian whom he had locked up before he went to sleep. But how could the Indian make any noise? Was it alive? Then, his friend, Patrick, makes a cowboy named Boone into a human. Trouble ensues because the Indian and the cowboy are constantly at odds.

Weekly Mad Libs: Alexander The Great

In 336 B.C., Phillip of Macedonia, the ruler of a province in northern Greece, became the father of a bouncing university named Alexander. Alexander's teacher was Aristotle, the famous fence. When he was 20 years old, his father was murdered by Socrates, after which he became Notebook of all Macedonia. In 334 he invaded Persia and defeated Paul Revere at the battle of Pet Smart. Later, at Arbela, he won his most important victory over Darius, the third. This made him restaurant sunka-bunka over all Persians. Then he marched to India, and many of his mosquitoes died. After that Alexander began drinking too much apple juice and at the age of 33 he died of an infection in the nose. His last words were, "There are no more shoes to conquer."

My Little Kit Kat

My kitten Boadicea had a habit of climbing into the dryer. On the twenty fourth the dryer was started with her in it. We had gone to a bible study and when we got back we couldn't find her anywhere. When daddy opened the dryer to get some clothes he saw Boa mangled up in the laundry. She was dead. We buried her the day after that. We decorated her grave with flowers and leaves and slices of pears. It is quite beautiful there. She had been an indoor cat all of her short but happy life. Now she is always outside. I might as well tell you all about her as a memory. She was a beautiful dark tabby color with green eyes. She had such a knowing expression whenever she would look at you. She was very brave the first day we had her; always ready to hiss at the dog if she came to close. After a while she never hissed at any of us. She was very friendly and would come and sit in my lap with a beautiful purring sound which never stopped. She got over the mouthy stage very quickly and never nipped me at all. Maybe that is because I never played games with her if she was being particularly mouthy. We all loved her very much.

Monday, September 14, 2015



This is the Giggling Gull's daughter, Miki. My mother is allowing me to post on her blog since she is not using it anymore. I hope I will give a weekly Mad Libs post which, hopefully, will be funny. For example:
  Fellow students of the Sky Valley Education Center! We members of the students for a mysterious society are meeting here to decide what action to take about the Dean of Dogs. He has just fired our friend, Professor Beatrix, because he wore his arm long, and because he dressed in shorts and wore old fireworks. Next week we are going to protest by taking over the horse building and kidnapping the assistant Water. We also will demand that all students have the right to wear hard hair and bouncy beards. Remember our slogan: "Down with subs." 
I hope to post about many things such as: Books, dogs, Abigail's schoolwork, funny stories (I might make one up now and then.) And, obviously, Mad Libs. I also hope that you will give me some recommendations as to what I should write of. I forgot to mention the occasional pic.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Body in the Library, by Agatha Christie

The Body in the Library is the second Miss Marple mystery that Agatha Christie wrote. It was published in 1940, a full twelve years after the first Miss Marple mystery.

I read this book because, as a youth, I loved Hercule Poirot, but disdained Miss Marple. I don't know that I've ever read all of the Poirot mysteries, but I knew I had not read more than one Miss Marple mystery. I decided to rectify that, and this was the handiest title available at the library when I made that decision.

Close friends of Miss Marple's awake one morning to the discovery of the dead body of a young woman in their library. Police suspicions naturally fall on the man of the house to begin with, and the lady of the house calls on Miss Marple to help solve the crime and confirm her husband's innocence.

I enjoyed Miss Marple more than I would have expected when I was a young lady. Agatha Christie writes enjoyable mysteries. Presumably you are already familiar with her work, so, if you like Christie's books, you'll probably like The Body in the Library. If you don't like her books, you won't like this one either.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome to Fred by Brad Whittington

Welcome to Fred is a short, comic, crisis-of-faith, coming-of-age Christian novel.

When the book opens, Mark Cloud, the first-person narrator, is settling his father's estate, putting him in a nostalgic frame of mind. He finds a hand-written definition of "Adolescence: Insanity; a (hopefully) temporary period of emotional and mental imbalance. Symptoms: mood swings, melancholia, rampant idealism, insolvency. Subject takes everything too seriously, especially himself. Causes: parents, raging hormones. Known Cures: longevity, homicide. Antidotes: levity, Valium." This launches him into narrating his own adolescence in Fred, Texas to us.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy reading comic Christian novels. The narrator uses big words throughout, which I appreciated most of the time, but which sometimes seemed a little too big.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday Sampler

Psalm 111: "Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation. Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness. He sent redemption to his people;he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name! The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!"

Selections from All Things for Good, by Thomas Watson:

"What a blessed condition is a true believer in! When he dies, he goes to God: and while he lives, everything shall do him good. Affliction is for his good. What hurt does the fire to the gold? It only purifies it. What hurt does the fan to the corn? It only separates the chaff from it."

"God never uses His staff, but to beat out the dust."

"Poverty shall starve our sins; sickness shall make grace more helpful. Reproach shall cause 'the Spirit of God and of glory to rest upon us.' Death shall stop the bottle of tears, and open the gate of Paradise. A believer's dying day is his ascension day to glory. Hence it is, the saints have put their afflictions in the inventory of their riches."

"God sweetens suffering with joy…"

"To them that are godly, evil things work for good; to them that are evil, good things work for hurt."

"The common mercies wicked men have, are not loadstones to draw them nearer to God, but millstones to sink them deeper to hell."

"God enriches by impoverishing; He causes the augmentation of grace by the diminution of an estate."

"Through indiscreet passion, we are apt to find fault with things that happen: which is as if an illiterate man should censure philosophy, or a blind man find fault with the work in a landscape."

"Discontent is an ungrateful sin, because we have more mercies than afflictions; and it is an irrational sin, because afflictions work for good."