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Poetry For No Reason

Honda Civics Are No Good For Hauling

....cat trees, at least. I didn't get a picture of either being carted around and I totally should have. The first cat tree was too big to fit into the trunk properly, so I drove home slowly with the trunk open (the store is like, a block or so away, all residential streets). The second cat tree turned out to be shaped pretty much completely like the bottom half of the cat tree I couldn't get into my trunk, so I shoved it into the back seat. Then I either needed to rip off the arms of the doors...........or leave the passenger side door open. Guess which one I chose?

Hez got a new cat tree because my darling graceless klutz fell off the tiny perch twice that I know of and tended to avoid climbing it. She liked to have the blinds up so she could use the window sill to get into it.  Not exactly what I was looking for in a cat tree, y'know? On the other hand.......today she was playing with the dangling birdie and fell through the opening in the top perch.......so it might just be her. Blog_pix_494

What? I can't believe you told them about that!

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Booking Through Thursday

  1. Have you ever written an author a fan letter?
  2. Did you get an answer?
  3. Did it spark a conversation? A meeting?

(And, sure, I suppose that e-mails DO count . . . but I’d say no to something like a message board on which the author happens to participate.)

This one is easy. No. No. And no. Evidently I don't write fan mail. I barely write thank you notes.

I finally finished Trollope's The Warden last night. The plot device pits clergy privileges of benefices (revenues that went with the parishes etc) and "modern social awareness". (Modern at the time anyway). Septimus Harding, a lovely minister much more inclined to play music is called on the carpet by his prospective son-in-law about his 800 pounds a year benefice that he receives managing a charity that takes care of 12 indigent old men.

It's a character study, but it's pretty broadly drawn. It was fun to see Charles Dickens as the character Mr. Popular Sentiment in the novel, sometimes I forget that they were contemporary in their own time. The relationships between Harding and his prospective son in law, his daughters, his actual son in law, the laywers and the church are what really drives the story. It's kind of lovely, pastoral and days-gone-by feeling, but it rings true nonetheless.   This was the first of the Baretshire novels, I'm looking forwrad to reading the rest and seeing how the family gets on.

There is some knitting news, but alas, I can't post it until I've given it. I've been working on the sleeve of the Golden Gate and every time I think I've got it going, I get off count. I keep switching between dpn's and circs, neither works out really well. I suppose if I ever just sat down and knit the darn thing, it'd go easier.

The house is being slowly pulled together, but clearly I CANNOT buy any more yarn or books. Unless I move to a bigger house.

What with bridges collapsing and other bad things happening, I want you all to BE CAREFUL OUT THERE! And may you all come home safe every night.

Comments

Chris

Um, it sounds like Hez might be *whispering* a bit clumsy.

Marina

Poor Hez! Now everybody knows she's a klutz.

Jeanne

Poor Hez is right. How embarrassing. Not that I've never embarrassed my cats on the blog before...

Jenni

How funny! I used to put all types of thins in my Honda, including wall studs. It was funny watch peoples faces as I opened the trunk and push the board all the way in and shut the trunk.

I had one of those fold down seats. But I was unable to get a canoe in there one day, so it did have its limits.

Bridget

Poor Hez! We had a cat who was a klutz, and she would always act like she "meant" to fall off of things ...

The book sounds interesting. I should read one or two more of Trollope's work, I enjoyed the one I did read.

dew

I haven't written fan letters, either, but my daughter wrote to Patricia C. Wrede, the author of the Enchanted Forest chronicles, and didn't get a reply. Not even a form letter from the publisher or anything.

Barbp

Next time you plan a shopping trip, give me a heads up and I'll send you some bungee cables so your doors don't swing wildly! *wink* there there Hez.

Sonya

Poor Hez! Now everybody knows. ;o) We finally got a truck because I kept buying things that didn't fit in the car.

No author fan letters for me. I wasn't thoughtful enough as a kid to even think about who wrote the books I loved.

Nancy, aka Bookfool

I love small cars for zipping around, but I must admit that when it comes time to haul, I secretly wish for a little pick-up. Just a little one.

Okay, tell Hez that our dearly departed Sunshine had a faulty jumping mechanism and skidded down walls when she aimed for the windowsill. I think she needs to know. ;)

Did you comment on Simon's book on this blog? I've looked, but I can't find any posts with mention of it.

Nancy, aka Bookfool

I love small cars for zipping around, but I must admit that when it comes time to haul, I secretly wish for a little pick-up. Just a little one.

Okay, tell Hez that our dearly departed Sunshine had a faulty jumping mechanism and skidded down walls when she aimed for the windowsill. I think she needs to know. ;)

Did you comment on Simon's book on this blog? I've looked, but I can't find any posts with mention of it.

bev

Poor, poor kitty. but, I bet she meant to do that! Just cuz she fell doesn't mean she is a klutz!
And, yes, the shawl is easy! I am not one to do lace that takes attention to detail. So, easy! J. Knits should have it out and available within the month.

bev

Poor, poor kitty. but, I bet she meant to do that! Just cuz she fell doesn't mean she is a klutz!
And, yes, the shawl is easy! I am not one to do lace that takes attention to detail. So, easy! J. Knits should have it out and available within the month.

bev

Poor, poor kitty. but, I bet she meant to do that! Just cuz she fell doesn't mean she is a klutz!
And, yes, the shawl is easy! I am not one to do lace that takes attention to detail. So, easy! J. Knits should have it out and available within the month.

bev

Poor, poor kitty. but, I bet she meant to do that! Just cuz she fell doesn't mean she is a klutz!
And, yes, the shawl is easy! I am not one to do lace that takes attention to detail. So, easy! J. Knits should have it out and available within the month.

Jennifer

I wish I could have seen you try to get that cat condo home. Classic. I one time held a 2 by 4 propped up outside the window of a Datsun B210. Good times, good times.

Julia

Hez has company. Our Cinder is not the world's most graceful kitty. Which is only made worse by the fact that Cheddar is elite athlete cat. He never misses a step, while poor Cinder had to practice for months before she could walk across the (flat, 4 inch wide) footboard of the bed. When she finally did it, she was so proud! Pathetic, but proud! Tell Hez to keep practicing - she'll get it, and at least she doesn't have a super athlete cat taunting her efforts!

Anne P

Awww - there's nothing like curling up with a good Trollope ;-) - I love them all.

Brigitte

I probably would have had an aneurysm watching you drive home! The things we do for our kitties.

Hez, no worries. Atticus has had issues before jumping up to the easiest places too. He's klutzy too!

Lorraine

Awww- I'm sure Hez appreciates your Herculean efforts.
Did you enjoy Trollope's writing? He and Thomas Hardy are my favorites.

melanie

Don't worry, Hez - you're not the only clumsy cat on earth. I used to have one who fell off my lap.

So I guess there are not cat trees with seat belts?

mrspao

So when are you moving then ;)?

Felicia

Poor kitty! :)

Literary Feline

We've learned to use my PT Cruiser when we want to haul anything big around. My husband's Civic is just too small. :-) Why are cat trees so expensive? They look like they'd be easy to make if you have all the parts. I wish I was crafty that way because I'm make one for my cat.

pixie girl

Queen Hez simply has her own way of...dismounting from objects.

May you come home safely every night, too, sweets.

rhelynn

Laughing at your wrestling with the cat trees and vehicle enclosures.. but guffawing at poor Hez! I can just see one very fluffy kitty losing her dignity and falling FUR-PLOP onto the floor below. They stalk off so gingerly after that, don't they? Very sweet sentiments at the end there ;) *hug*

Birdsong

What a great visual image, you driving down the street with a cat tree hanging out the open passenger door. The things we do for love:)

Merri

Aww poor kitty! yes she can't believe you gave away THAT embarrassing information about her!
I Love Trollope too!
My fav is, "A Small House at Allington".
Ever try any of Joanna Trollopes(yes she is a descendant) books?
She writes beautifully !

Merri

Aww poor kitty! yes she can't believe you gave away THAT embarrassing information about her!
I Love Trollope too!
My fav is, "A Small House at Allington".
Ever try any of Joanna Trollopes(yes she is a descendant) books?
She writes beautifully !

Merri

Aww poor kitty! yes she can't believe you gave away THAT embarrassing information about her!
I Love Trollope too!
My fav is, "A Small House at Allington".
Ever try any of Joanna Trollopes(yes she is a descendant) books?
She writes beautifully !

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