Long time, no see…

I do exist. It’s been a year since I posted last and I’m not sure how that happened. I read 105 books total, in case anyone wondered. While I didn’t actually post any, I did update my Books of 2015 page.

So far this year, I’ve read almost 70 books. It’s been a good year in reading.

It’s been a good year in knitting, too. Nine finished projects, and three in progress. Christmas will be here soon, so lots more knitting to do. 🙂 Always fun.

^My first pair of socks. (Even though you only see one.)^

^A not so great picture of the lace cowl I made for a friend.^


^The nerve racking Pencil Case made for a different friend. I had to use the sewing machine for this one.^


^First real cable project. A gift for the friend who got the pencil case.^

Img_20160616_114406_mediumImg_20160710_195833_medium^Self-written pattern I call Jenny Wren^


^Blanket for my baby brother. Lots of good books knitted into this one.^


^A shawl for me. Not a recent picture, but the only one I have on the computer. It will be very pretty.^


^And the next pencil case. Another bad picture of a pretty good knit.^

I want to try to post more often. Actually talk about what I do. Book reviews, goofy family members, knit projects, and all that jazz. Who knows. I hope y’all have a wonderfilled week and are blessed. 🙂





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Books of July and August

   When looking over everything that I’ve been reading this year, I noticed that I have read a LOT of Mysteries. I didn’t realize that I read and enjoyed them that much. For some reason I thought that I read more historical fiction and fantasy. Who knew?
Quest of the Fair Unknown, by Gerald Morris: 4 stars
I know I have said before that I really enjoy Mr. Morris’ Squire Tales series, and that I haven’t read them in order. I really enjoyed this one, but knew all along that the Fair Unknown wasn’t Lancelot’s son, as he was not the greatest knight. In my opinion, at least, and also in my siblings. It was just as funny as the other books, and Arthur and Gwenivere are wonderful when the Fair Unknown comes to their court.
     Titan’s Curse, and Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan: 2.5 stars
These are just like the other two. Some parts made me laugh in my head, but they weren’t all that great. I suppose my expectations were just too high, after seeing all those other people raving over them.
     The Lioness and Her Knight, By Gerald Morris: 4.5 stars
This and The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf are my favorites in this series. It was hilarious. Morgana is wonderfully sarcastic and has a heart under her hard shell. Mother and Daughter are very much alike, and their knights put up with them perfectly.
     Jeeves and the Tie that Binds, and Bertie Wooster Sees it through, by P. G. Wodehouse: 3 stars
Both were hilarious, and caused me to shake with laughter. I am going to take a break from Wodehouse, however, as it does get slightly repetitive. But his writing style is extremely humorous.
   The Sweetness at The Bottom of the Pie, by Alan Bradley : 4 stars
Flavia is a new favorite. When my library card lets me, I’m getting the next book. It’s an adult book, but the main character is eleven, and a wiz with poisons. She puts poison ivy in her oldest sister’s lipstick to get back at her for locking her up in a closet, and takes notes on how long it take to take effect. The attic is her lab, and her best friend, or the closest friend she has, is the Gardner.
     The Silent Boy, by Lois Lowry: 4 stars
This is a story told by an old woman of something that happened in her childhood. It was a very short, deep story. It makes you think about how we deem life. How we judge the quality of life in others.
     Deadman’s Folly, by Agatha Christie: 3 stars
Another mystery by Agatha Christie, with Hercule Poirot. It was a nice read. I was a trifle shocked by one character. She was the man’s mother, but she knew better than to do what she did.
   The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins: 4 stars
This was the third time I’ve read it. Listening to the audio counts as reading it. I loved it. The Reader did a good job and I cried when Rue died, like always. All three books were good, and thought provoking.
    The Great Tree of Avalon and the Child of the Dark Prophecy, by T. A. Barron : no stars
I did not enjoy this book. It’s about Merlin’s heir, I thought it would be more like the King Arthur stories, that Merlin would actually have a large role, but it’s not and he didn’t. Avalon is a tree, the countries are roots, and the trunk is like space? People in reviews said that it was like a work of J. R. R. Tolkien. It was not. It was almost boring, and there are two curse words. I kept reading, because I hoped that the story would start to liven up, but it didn’t, and I wasted my afternoon. I am not reading the other books.
    Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham: 4 stars
I really like this book. Mostly, because his parents were there. They were involved in his case. And I liked his uncle Ike. I like the characters that seem hard and callous, but are really soft.
    Theodore Boone: Abduction and Theodore Boone: Accused both get 3 stars, and weren’t as good as the first book. We get to see more of April, Theo best friend, and see and harassing Parrot and spitting Lama, but other than that, it was rather dull.
       I lived on Butterfly Hill, by Marjorie Agosin: 4 stars
I thought that this was a sweet story. Parts of it made me cry, always a good sign. There was a good deal of magic- telling the future- but I skimmed over that, as part of the culture. Eleven year old Celeste was forced to leave Chile during the political unrest, and her parents went into hiding. She was sent to Maine to live with her Aunt, until it was safe to come home. She has to learn a new langue, she make friends just to lose them, then gains new friends, and has to leave. She learns to keep a house, and takes her gift of words to change a country. Her love for others is touching. The Author had to leave Chile when she was a girl, for the same reasons as Celeste, so it was very interesting to see the resemblance of what was in her bio in the book, and the story.
      A Series of Unfortunate Events #12: The Penultimate Peril, by Lemony Snicket: 3 stars
I haven’t read this series in order. I didn’t feel as if I had to. I like Snicket’s humor in his narration of the story. It doesn’t break away your attention, or jar the story.
      The Wednesday Wars, by Gary D. Schmidt: 4.5 stars
Second time reading this. I love Holling Hoodhood being there for his sister, Mrs. Baker being there for him, and everything about the story. Hilarious reading, as is laughing out loud while reading, and feeling the urge to read to the people looking at you weirdly what you just read. Holling has to read Shakespeare, because he’s Presbyterian. He plays Ariel in a play, and later is chased by rats.
    Dear Hank Williams, by Kimberly Willis Holt: 3 stars
This was also a sweet, funny story. A lonely girl, her great aunt and Uncle, and teaching herself how to sing. It’s right after WW2, and hard feelings are mentioned. It’s about Tate getting over a very hard time in her life. I cried, even thoughI figured out about Frog before anybody else in our house did.

And now I only have September left. I am caught up! Joy! Also, I have read almost 80 books this year. My sister, Lydia, was gloating about having read more than me, until I pointed out I have more school work. Out of all of the kids in our house, you would think that I read the most.

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The Books of June- Extremely Late.

We moved, didn’t have internet for a while, and I knit a cowl and a hat. Blogging wasn’t at the top of the list, because I preferred knitting.

The Mysterious Mr. Quinn, by Agatha Christie: 2 stars

This started out very interesting, but then the ending was weird for me. I don’t really know what I think about it. Also, it’s been two months since I read it, so I may be misremembering* it. I did think that the ending of the first mystery was nice. It was a happy ending.

*Spellcheck is saying that is not a word. I think it should be a word, and I will use it.

The Lightning Thief, By Rick Riordan: 3 stars

I read blogs and follow people on Pintrest and some of them really love the Percy Jackson books. So, when my mom brought it home from the library, thinking Caleb might enjoy it, I wanted to read it too. Percy is the son of the Greek god Poseidon. He’s a demigod, and people want to kill him, and he works with a bunch of other demigods and mythical beings to save the world. It sounded interesting. It was okay for me, but not great. Some parts made me laugh, and I did enjoy some of the characters, but I didn’t love it. I have read the rest of the series, though.

Scorch Trials, By James Dashner: No stars

I really don’t like the Maze Runner books. I don’t. I will finish the series because the idea was a good idea, but the writing is awful to me. Thomas is annoying, and nothing makes sense. Why throw in Brenda and make a love triangle? Why have Thomas “betrayed” by having Theresa and Aris throw him into a gas chamber, leave him, and then pull him back out?The gas didn’t harm him in anyway. It was pointless. The first book was more middle grade, but this one was definitely Young Adult, due to some scenes. Momma did say that maybe the story only revolving around Thomas is because Mr. Dashner wants the story to be about Thomas and nobody else. But the people who you are around, and are your friends mold and define you in a way, and we get nothing of anybody but Thomas, Brenda and Theresa.

I Capture the Castle, By Dodie Smith: No stars

This was very disappointing. I thought Cassandra would be writing- as in writing a book-, not practicing shorthand. Ms. Smith was trying to write a 1920’s Pride and Prejudice, I think, and it didn’t work out. It seemed pointless, and some things very unnecessary. It says that the Castle captured at the end of the book is the reader’s heart, but I only finished it because I was hoping the ending would redeem it. It didn’t. It was flat.

Beneath, by Roland Smith: 4 stars

After reading the above, and seeing that so far, the books of June have been disappointing, this is a good mini review.

I though this was a very interesting book. I loved Pat’s and Coop’s relationship. Even though the Coop wouldn’t let Pat hang out with him, and then left, when Pat realized something was wrong, he went looking for his older brother. He faced his biggest fears to go find Coop, and to help him out. I love stories with family who will do anything for each other. Their parents had divorced, but at the end of the book, are willing to try again to help their boys. Who are on the run from creepy people who have lived underground(literally) unknown to the government, want to take over the world, and get rid of the boys. And a girl named Kate that’s with them. I thought it was a sweet story, and since the ending was a very open one, I’m hoping for a second book.

The Dark Lady: 1 (Sherlock; Lupin; and Me) By Irene Adler

In my list for June, I wrote down The Dark Lady, but without the Sherlock; Lupin; and I. I look it up, to find the Author, and the books that come up, I would never read. But Momma found it for me.

If the author’s name is really Irene Adler, this was genius. I enjoyed the story, and would probably read the next one. I thought that it was very interesting to see the three children, and seeing how they worked together.

One think that bothered me was that the Holmes family was portrayed as very poor, and Sherlock did all the work, when in Doyle’s work, he’s the second son of a country squire, and were he’s not rolling in money, he’s comfortable.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, #4 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer: 3 stars

I have mentioned before that the only reason I was continuing to read this series was to discover what had happened to the mother and the usage of the Victorian flower language. This answered no questions, an if I remember correctly, hardly mentioned the mother at all.

The Case of Bazzaire Bonquet, #3 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer: 3 stars

Better than the other one, because the villain of this mystery is mentioned in an actual Holmes story. Watson really did cause the woman to be out in a mental hospital. I only discovered this recently, but still. And, lots of flowers.

The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye, #6 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer: 2 stars

The reason the mother left fell flat with me. It wasn’t a good enough reason. She had cancer and wanted to live her last days the way she wanted. She says that she isn’t like most mothers, she doesn’t love the way others do, but she did love her children. She said. But it seemed to me she loved herself more. What mother leaves a 14 year old daughter by herself without a word? On her birthday, too!

However, Enola and her brothers are together and Mycroft won’t force her to go to a finishing school. She, at now 15, can live the way she has for the past year, with the exception that her brothers are involved. She runs a boarding house, solves crime, and gives to the poor.

Ms. Springer is writing more Enola Holmes books, but I do not know if I will read them. After going on and on about Mrs. Holmes, and then finding out what happened was wrong to me.

The Legend of the King, by Gerald Morris: 5 stars

I have always enjoyed the tales of King Arthur and the Knight of the round table, and I think the Squire’s Tale series may be my favorite retellings. This was the last book, and so they die. Most of them, anyway. I cried. I cried over who died, and who lived. I cried for the last 100 pages, probably. Or from the middle to the end. Lynet and Gareis were so sweet. Terrence, Gwaine, Kai, and the others so brave and loyal to their King. The ones who lived(Can’t say who, ’cause I can’t remember how to spell the names) were the same, to carry on, and make sure no one forgot. It was wonderful.

Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan: 3 stars

This is the same as the first. I liked Tyson and Percy together. And I like Clarisse.

Absolutely Truly, by Heather Vogel Frederick: 4 stars

I have read two books by Ms. Frederick before, and didn’t really like them, but this one was very good. I thought that it was a sweet story. Truly’s family is military, and her dad lost an arm. They move to their grandparents’ house in Maine(I think), and Truly isn’t happy. Everybody is on edge and stressed. Their dad is struggling, their Mom is going back to school, they moved right after just moving, and Truly had to leave her best friend behind. Truly is very tall for her age and sticks out. She’s picked on, and she loves birds. Owls especially. And there is a mystery. I enjoyed it very much.

Skimmed Books:

Under Painted Skies, by Stacey Lee: No stars

I skimmed this, because after the first couple of pages, it was trash to me. It was very unrealistic for the time period and the setting. How would to girls find jasmine scented soap to bathe with that would last them months going across the prairie? Why would a guy keep a girl’s shawl after he bumped into her in town, and it fell, but she wouldn’t stop for it? Keep it for months, and then give it back when he tells her that he has known for a very long time that she really wasn’t a boy. It was horrible. It was also very centered on the romance, which annoys me.

InkDeath, by Cornelia Funke: 2 stars

I read InkHeart, and thought that it was interesting, but I didn’t like the story. I read Ink spell and thought that Meggie and Fadrid were going a little to far, and then just skimmed Ink death because the only person I cared to know about was Dustfingers, and since he lived, that was all that was of interest to me.

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MMC- #16

I haven’t posted in while. Life was busy, and then my computer stopped working for a bit. I plan on doing a post on the books I’ve read eventually, but that will be a long post- two months of books- and I don’t feel like doing it right now. 🙂


I chose the phrase prompt:”Because I’m the only one who can get us out.”  (Submitted by Esther)

“Why are you here?” Kit demanded, his eyes still out of focus, but looking at something beside my left ear.

“Because I’m the only one that can get us out of the chaos of this country.” I answered, waving my hand where I thought he was looking, just to see what he would do. “And, that little girl told me where you were.”

Kit twitched and looked around the prison cell. “What little girl?”

I shrugged. “I don’t know? The only one in here?” Something punched me in the back. “Oh, right. Sorry.” I knelt and lowered my large sack to the floor slowly. She crawled out and surveyed the cell. Kit stumbled against the wall.

“Your Majesty!” He knelt. He glanced sideways at me. “How dare you! You stinking trai-”

“Stop it, Kit.” The girl turned to look at me. “Your brother came to fetch you.”

“So he just dumped you in a sack?” Kit demanded. “He killed your parents!” “He didn’t know I was in the wagon until it was too late.”

“I cannot believe this.” Kit started. “The Princess Judaliah is under your spell, brother. But, I’m not.” Kit helped me dig away the rotting wood.

“Well, just so you know, I am taking you through a secret tunnel, only know to my colleges and myself, also the safe haven of the younger royal family members. There you can be taken care of, and your leg put in order.” I spoke above him. “Just because I am a spy and consort with a “low society” doesn’t mean I am devoid of the brotherly love. Your execution is tonight, you know.”

“Death would be better than having you as a brother.” Kit pushed away from the trap door we had uncovered. I lifted the lid.

“After you, princess.”



300 words.

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The Mysteries of May

This month’s list of books, unintentionally, were mostly mysteries. Only two weren’t. And I have more mysteries on my To-Be-Read list for next month.

The Case of the Missing Marquees by Nancy Springer. The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #1)

This is about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister, Enola. She is fourteen and mistress of disguises, much like her brother. She and her mother run away(though not with each other) and get themselves on the Holmes Brothers badside. There are codes and the Victorian Flower Language, which I really liked. I love codes and the Flower language.

Mrs. Holmes is a Suffragist, so Enola was brought up to be like her. I didn’t really like the way her mom just left and said, “You will manage quite well on your own.” To the fourteen year old who has never been outside of the tiny country town and has only seen her brothers once, and generally has no clue. It was as if Mrs. Holmes cared more about out witting her sons, that being there for her daughter, who really wanted and needed her. But, Enola has been doing tolerably well on her own so far. So, we shall see.

I did however, like the way Ms. Springer shows Enola can stay away from Sherlock by using her femininity. Sherlock distrusts women you know, and has no idea how their garments work. Thus his sister can elude him and he still be the same Sherlock as in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s  stories. But he would know the Victorian Flower Language.

This was from the Juvenile Fiction section.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. book-cover-large

I listened to it on Librivox, and linked the picture to the recording.

I wanted to find out why people loved the story so much. I guess the movie and play would be different, because the play was written before the book. I didn’t really like it all that much. I’m a weirdo, yeah. Everybody else in the world loves Peter Pan. He annoys me.

Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave, by Deron R. Hicks, #1 of The Shakespeare mysteries. Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave (The Shakespeare Mysteries, #1)

Within the first couple of chapters, there was a very bad word. Like, a really not nice word for Juvenile Fiction. This was a preread because I thought that Hannah would like it. It sounded kinda like the Thirty Nine Clues, and she really likes those. But after consulting Momma about that one word, we returned it to the library without the Middle Kids reading it.

Other than the one word, it was a good book that they would have enjoyed, so it was a disappointment.

  File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents, Reports 7-13, By Lemony Snicket. I enjoy Snicket’s sense of humor. Greatly. And this doesn’t have a picture, because the picture wouldn’t cooperate.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood, by Charles Dickens.

book-cover-largeJohn Jasper was and selfish pig. Rosebud was surprising. She wasn’t as weak and silly as she looked. John Jasper was revolting. It is a shame that Dickens died before he finished at least his notes. You should go read what he did write before he died.

I linked the Librivox recording through the picture.

Why did he have to die in the middle of this? It’s worse than when Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell dies before finishing Wives and Daughters. At least there we knew what the end would be.

His Last Bow, By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. book-cover-large

A couple of these were used in the BBC Sherlock episodes, which was cool.

 And the last one was pretty good to.

Sherlock Holmes is quite good. An old Sherlock is almost better than the young Sherlock.

The Unmapped Sea, #5 of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, by Maryrose Wood. The Unmapped Sea (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, #5)

Some of the questions were answered. Some more questions were raised. But it was agreed among the peoples that there was some unnecessary business, and that the previous books were better because of this.

BUT, we know how the curse has to be fixed and this is very scary, because Penelope is in a very different place and can’t do much at the moment.

Beyond the Deepwoods, The Edge Chronicles, #1, By Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

Beyond the Deepwoods (Edge Chronicles, #1) I actually skimmed this. It looks Juvenile Fiction, but was in the Young Adult section. I thought I’d preread it for my siblings, since it looked Middle Kid age.

I skimmed because after two chapters of boringness and I-see-no-point-in-this-ness, I gave up, and decided to skim to see if it got better. Then I hit a scene.

I saw why it was in the Young Adult. That was a really weird scene and was just….Whah? Yeah. I wasted my afternoon. That went back to the library without my siblings reading it. Nothing wrong, just weird and pointless.

The Detective's Assistant

The Detective’s Assistant, by Kate Hannigan.

It’s a fictional story of the first woman detective, hired by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Kate Warne. It sounded interesting, and Lydia said it was good. So, since I didn’t feel like going into my stuffy room to get my book, I read this in the living room.

It was ok. I just didn’t Nell’s point of veiw, I guess. I don’t know. I just didn’t like it.

The Case of the Left-Handed Lady, #2 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer. The Case of the Left-Handed Lady (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #2)

 Still no mother on the scene, just communications through the Newspaper. And Enola still wishing for her mother, but making do for the moment without.

Not really any code, save for a message to her mother that Sherlock, who found their way of communicating, can figure out. Which bothers me, because he would know the flower language. I still enjoyed it though.

These books are in the Juvenile Fiction section, but I would put them in the Young Adult, just because of some references. It wasn’t much, and not bad, either, but still. Not sure My Middle Siblings would read these just yet.

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Mysteries, #5)

 The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, #5 of the Enola Holmes Mysteries, by Nancy Springer.

How would I be expected to know this was the fifth book, not the third? It didn’t what number it was, so I didn’t know until just now when I went to get the picture.

A kidnapping, Spying, and Florence Nightingale.

I’m reading about Florence Nightingale for school, so it sounded good. And, more codes.

It did feel out of place, because even thought the book said nothing about it, I had unknowingly skipped two books. Very aggravating. So, it was the same as the other two, no mother, Enola surviving, Sherlock hunting. And, she has to come up with a new name an hiding spot, because Sherlock found out where she was living.

To be read next month:

I still haven’t finished The Narnian, or Mere Christianity.

I am listening to The Innocence of Father Brown, by G. K. Chesterton.

I want to read the other three Enola Holmes books, #3, The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets, #4, The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan, and #6, The Gypsy Good-Bye.

The Mysterious Mr. Quinn, and Mystery in the Mews, by Agatha Christie.


All the pictures I used, except the ones I said were linked, came from GoodReads.

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MMC- #15

This week’s entry is way late. I’ve been busy this week. 🙂

I got an honorable mention for my entry last week. *grin*

I did the word prompt: Sunflower, spoons, tears.

This is exactly 300 words.


I ran up to the Peddles door, 37 Lilliput Road, Jubilee, last summer, breathless, sobbing, scared my granddaddy was going to die.

I ran up their drive way for the next three months, everyday, past the loopy sunflowers, and into the woods with all of them to play. They became my best friends, all nine of them.

We played war in a hurricane, dug a well with spoons, went for a shopping spree, sprained an ankle, played softball, and gambled buttons and skittles away playing Hearts, we made ice cream, and flew kites.

I gave Paige my address when I went home, and we wrote letters. Long letters. They all wrote sometimes. A note from the older girls, Faye and Melody. A scrawl from Ben. Cartoons from Lulu. Pictures from Cori, Matt, Willow and Zach. A box with a bag of Coconut M&M’s from Mr. and Mrs. Peddle.

Then I got a letter from 112 Smith Circle,Townsend, after a month of nothing. They had moved. Were so sorry not to have written, but were so busy. Hoped I was well. Would I visit my grandparents for Christmas?
“Because we have some stuff for you and are going to be at our old church the Sunday before Christmas, Maisy. If you don’t come, we’ll mail it, but it’d be great to see you.”

I don’t want to go back. I don’t want to see the house across from Gram’s and Granddaddy’s house empty, or with different people. I don’t want to lose the Peddles to a town five hours away from Jubilee. Because I can’t go back for Christmas. Mom and Dad don’t feel up to it.

I feel the tears dripping off my face and hear Ana come in. “Maisy?”
I hand her the letter.
“I’ll take you.” She says.

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Best Blogging Buddies Award

I have been tagged!

The Rules:

You must make a post to show your award on your main blog.

You must tag the person who nominated you in your post(Also take the cute owl above with you).

You must nominate all of your best buddies, and those you want to become best buddies with, who, to your knowledge, have not been nominated this award.

You must ask your buddies at least 15 questions in your post.

You must answer all of the questions your buddies ask you on your post.

Thanks, Elisabeth, for awarding me!

To the questions:

Favorite band?

I don’t have one.

Glasses or no glasses?

As of right now, I do not have glasses. 🙂

Do you prefer reading, writing, or spelling bees?

I enjoy all of them . I love to read, I love to write, and am a good speller. But, Spelling Bees require you to stand in front of a room of people, so writing or reading.

Would you rather live in an Igloo for a year or live in an Egyptian pyramid?

If I were in a Egyptian Pyramid, I would be surrounded by mummies and all that stuff. I would die before the year was out, as mummies terrified me when I studied Egypt in school, and I still don’t exactly feel all that great when I think of them. But, being in an Igloo, would also be very uncomfortable, because it would b freezing. Still, no mummies there, so I’d have to take the Igloo, and pray that time would really fly.

Can you lick your nose? (I decided to post this one in honor of my sister)


Did you try to lick your nose after you read the former question?

Nope. I had a friend who could, and tried hard enough to do the same, without success.

How many pets have you had in your lifetime?

I don’t know…. At least 15, to my memory.

What would you do if your parents were gone and all of a sudden your little sister gets her nose pinched in the door and breaks her glasses? (If you don’t have a sister younger than 6, it’s fictional; by the way, those didn’t have insurance)

I would have her sit on the couch with a washcloth to stop the blood, if her nose were bleeding, and find out who was responsible for having her put her nose in the way of the door. I’d put the glasses on Daddy’s desk, and have the person responsible stand in the corner. I might yell a little bit, because, of course, my sister wouldn’t have spares. And then I would wait for Daddy and Momma to get home, unless my sister’s nose wouldn’t stop bleeding, and in that case, I’d call. I would, naturally, then leave everything else for my parents to deal with when they got home, because it would be out of my range by that point. I might look at the glasses to see if they could be taped, if the lenses weren’t broke.

I tag:

Elizabeth Penn

Eleah Orr

My questions:

What has been your favorite book this year? Why? What is Your favorite Hymn, or any other song? What is a goal you have for this year? Do you think it will happen? Favorite part of history you have read? Favorite cereal? What is something awkward that has happened to you this week? Write a nonsense poem five lines long.

I couldn’t think of 15 questions. Sorry.

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MMC- # 14 (Late agian)

I won Second place! I beat Mary, who was third. *giddy laughter*

Anyway, on to the Prompt for this week. I chose to do the Word Prompt, since I did the Phrase last time, and the Picture didn’t inspire me much.

Write a passage using these items: shelf, song, laughter (submitted by Sofia Marie)

I find myself in the Dragon caves again. I find myself standing on a shelf of rock, looking down at the sprawling beasts.
“Give me the book.” My voice echoes down to them. They scramble into sitting positions. All save one on a ledge across from mine. That dragon only looks.
“I told you.” The large one crows. “I told you she would come back.” Their laughter shakes the air.
“Just give me the book!” I yell over them. “Give it to me.”
“Please go away.” The dragon across from me drawls. “No one should ever take the book. Least of all people- you.”
The large dragon’s scales turn red. “Shut UP, Squeakster!” It gestures with its tale for me to come down to the book. Another dragon comes to help me down.
I am kneeling before the book. I feel the pulling again. My finger burn to touch it.
I pause. My mind suddenly goes back to the day I tried to take the book before. I felt the urge that I shouldn’t again. That it was wrong. But, also that I must have it.
“Go on!” They wail. “Take it!”
I snatch it from the pedestal, and open it up. They groan with pleasure. I scan the pages. I feel its song in my veins. “Good.” I turn around and smile at them gratefully. “Thank you.” They grin, exposing long fangs. I look down at the book again. I open my mouth to read the words aloud-
Don’t.” Squeakster’s voice fills the cave. “Don’t. You. Dare.
I look up at him. “Or?”
“I will-“ He begins, rising to his feet.
“Will what?” I interrupt. I shake my head at him and read the words aloud. The dragons quiver. Squeakster roars. I control them. And, the World is mine.





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Reading in April

I finished a few more books in April after posting the books I had read since January. So, I thought I’d share.

The Code of the Woosters by P. G. Wodehouse. As before, works by Wodehouse are suggested for free-reading. The is the book right after Right Ho, Jeeves!, and was just as good as it. I need to remember to ask Momma if we can watch the Jeeves and Wooster TV show. It would be hilarious.

The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 1: Mission Titanic by Jude Watson. A sibling so this at the library when showing another sibling where to find the first set of The 39 Clues. I enjoy these books because they are actiony, codes and clues, fights, and siblings looking out for each other. It’s a race around the world to save lives and defeat the bad guys.

The Black Arrow, a tale of Two Roses by Robert Louis Stevenson. Another suggested free-read.  This started out fine, but by the middle I was bored and the end was very flat. The characters weren’t all that great to me. Dick didn’t appeal to me and Joan didn’t either. I finished it because I don’t like not finishing books. And, I was hoping it would pick up. But, it didn’t. Just battles and mistakes and revenge.

Leonardo’s Shadow or, My astonishing life as Leonardo da Vinci’s Servant  by Christopher Grey. This was also disappointing. The main character struck me as extremely selfish. Of course, the story was him trying to discover who he is, because he can’t remember anything before he was 8. But, he was so self centered about it. That’s what put me off.


Books on my shelf are:

The Narnian by Alan Jacobs. I’m taking this one slow.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Also, taking this one slow. I’m trying to balance out my reading so I get them all done before they have to go back to the library.

The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer. So far, this is looking like it will be an interesting series.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. I started this a while back, but it had to go back, so I’m going to try to get it done this time around.

Secrets of Shakespeare’s Grave by Deron R. Hicks. This is a book I am prereading for siblings. It looks as if it will be an interesting mystery.

The Unmapped Sea by Maryrose Wood. This is Book 5 of the Incorrigibles, and I’ve been waiting for it forever. According to the sibling who read it before me, it’s very good.

I am also listening to Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie on Librivox….And wondering why people like him so much.

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Monday’s Minute Challenge- #13

This week, I’m starting Monday’s Minute again. It was fun, so I’m not sure why I stopped. Anyway, I used the prompt given by Kendra: I could turn away now and no harm would be done, but I would be plagued all my life with curiosity. Or I could open it, and change my life forever.

This is 299 words.

I could turn away now and no harm would be done, but I would be plagued all my life with curiosity. Or I could open it, and change my life forever.

“Remember Pandora’s Box.” A small dragon hisses up at me. “Terrible things happened.”

“But Hope came out, too.” Another cried in the back. “Don’t dissuade her!”

The large one, who was leaning over my shoulder smacked it with its tail. “Shut up, squeakster.”

I stared at the thin book. “I…” I touch it. It burns me, and the sparks bounce off the stone floor.

“You could have the world, darling.” It purrs again in my ear.

The world.” The others echo, save the small one, sprawled at my feet.

The book called to me. I could feel the pull. I could have the world. I fell to my knees before the book, tears streaming down my cheeks. I wanted it. I was afraid of it. I shouldn’t take it. I must have it. It was wrong. But I would have the world.

The cavern full of dragons waited, an occasional hiss, or swish of a restless tail.

I would have the world. Dale would hate me. My sister would try to kill me. She would hate me.

I rose, still staring. “I can’t.” I took a deep breath and ran out of the tunnels.

* * * * *

The large dragon raised a claw, quieting the disappointed rumbles. “She’ll come back. She is the one.”

Squeaster whimpered.

* * * * *

I now sat in a forest, surrounded by my small army, defeated again. My men were beginning to murmur about me being a worthless girl. Dale hates me now.

I should have taken that book. I could have had the world.

I decide quickly. I’m going back for the book. The world will be mine.

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