Cat Found: Cute, Cuddly and a Real Scaredy Cat !
Has a Mouse and Spider as Friends…..Oh My…..
It’s Halloween, and Splat is determined to be the scariest cat in the class. Unfortunately he’s just too much of a scaredy-cat. He’s afraid of a little spider, and everyone says his costume looks more silly than scary. And when Mrs. Wimpydimple tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat gets so frightened that he tips over his jack-o’-lantern. But when the lights go back on, the entire class is scared silly by a small, black, furry creature with a big pumpkin head. Whooooo can it be?
There are more books featuring Splat and his Pals. It’s obvious that Splat is a Lefty! Cool, huh!
It’s Splat’s first day of school and he’s worried. What if he doesn’t make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat’s worried again. Maybe now he’ll lose all his friends, old and new! Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson. Maybe Cat School is going to be okay after all!
Check out the books I found. I found 6 books of the Splat The Cat series, but it is possible, there may be more.
Splat for Valentines Day, Splat looks for the Easter Bunny, well you get it. Great Illustrations and story.
Price: $9.93 and up.
According to the Author the recommended ages are 3-7. Illustrations are beautiful. Ideal for boys and girls.
Available at Barnes & Noble
Available at Amazon.com
So sit right back and I’ll tell the tale of the cruise offerings from Traverse City. No worries! They do not offer a 3 hour tour. I promised you some really cool ideas for Getaways and Long weekends. Ready? Here is the first of my series! The Tall Ship Co. based in Traverse City has a “High Seas Adventure” waiting for you. Enjoy the * Astronomy Cruises – Sunny Days and Star Studded Nights. Coming up on October 1 -4. Sounds dreamy! Bring your best guy or gal on a *Wine Tasting Cruise – International and Locally featured Wines paired with amazing scenery and cuisine. There are more than a dozen local Wineries in the vicinity of Traverse City. Shake off that bad day with a * Micro Brew and Pizza Cruise – Right Brain Brews and Crusted Creations Pizza. My friends thought this was a winner also. Wouldn’t be nice to stay afloat on the * Windjammer Cruises. Lazy weekends are satisfying with the * Bed and Breakfast Cruises. Oh My! And there is much more! Midwest Living Magazine even did a very nice layout on this “Cruise Line”. Enjoy the colors of Northern Michigan, sail away on the spectacular lakes. Sit back, take a load off, cell phones be damned and leave your stress behind. Enjoy the wonders that this beautiful state has to offer. Stunning shorelines, local traditions, the best people anywhere. Take it all in. You deserve it. Just one of many places you cannot afford to miss here in Michigan. Can you tell I LOVE Michigan! Check out the website. You can even give a Gift Certificate. Great idea, huh! After all, there are only 94 days till Santa makes his list, checks it twice and Rudolph gets to change his nose bulb!.
The Tall Ship Manitou is a replica of an 1800’s coasting cargo schooner, similar to those that sailed the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. With a 62 passenger capacity and over 3,000 sq. ft. of sail, this stately vessel weighs nearly 100 tons, has a 21′ beam (width), an overall length of 114 feet and a height of over 75,’ so there is plenty of space for sitting and moving around the decks while under sail. There are overnight accommodations for 24 guests in 12 private cabins which are rustic and fitting of a mid-1800’s style windjammer. Sailing out of Traverse City from Memorial Day weekend through early September, Manitou offers a noon sail, afternoon sail and a popular evening sail, with each adventure being two hours in length (a specially catered picnic meal is included on the evening sail). Additional excursions include Wine Tasting Cruises on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
For more information: click on the link http://www.tallshipsailing.com/
What did you think I meant? Autumn/Fall has so many pleasures and it’s the shortest season. Why? Here, in Michigan, it’s about 2 weeks of a pure Fall. That is the short window of opportunity for the Color Tours and such. So, we have to work fast and savor the season slowly. Is that an oxymoron? I’ll check.
For now, I am beginning the planning process for a few day trips around the area, hopefully to enjoy the Fall colors and local events. I will share some local spots with you in the following weeks. There are many events, places and things to do and to visit, within an hour or so drive from anywhere in Southwest Michigan. So please stay tuned. I am putting the list together and checking it twice.
Oh, and do not forget about FOOD. I have selected the cookbooks and pulled out those well-loved recipe cards of old. I am getting ready for next month, to begin baking a few fun recipes. I have my standbys, the tried and true ones and of course the favorites, the gotta have it recipes. You know, the ones that if you don’t make them, you get yelled at! Believe me it’s easier to just go ahead and bake the goodies, then to suffer the repercussions! If you have any recipes that you wish to share please do so. I would absolutely LOVE it. I will post a few of mine along with a photo or 2. So, coming soon. Yuummmy!
AND, Please do not forget about decorating. It isn’t all about pumpkins, folks. So listen up all you Guys! If you want the woman in your life to grab you and give a giant bear hug and just possibly a few extra generous kisses! ( This is G-rated) I know,I know, she does that everyday doesn’t she! I guarantee this will bring bonuses galore! Interested?? This is what you can do. Now, On your own or with some help, Put together a few Fall Containers for the front steps, maybe a porch or the back deck and patio. And, as a delightful bonus, the neighbors will be dazzled at your creativity and thoughtfulness; and totally jealous, which makes it sooooo worth it. Here is an idea for a planting container that I thought was a bit different, just to get you started. Go ahead and place pumpkins around but you do not have to make them the focal point, use them as an accent to the containers and other landscaping. I have this container pictured on the upper left. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Shown above in the left photo:
Ornamental peppers, a spiky grass and golden chrysanthemums give this container an autumn glow. It’s a great combination to make the transition from summer to fall.
If you cannot find the exact plantings, pick something similar to the style and color. It’s not rocket science, thank goodness. These should last until freezing temps descend upon us. (so much longer than a floral centerpiece)
At the end of summer don’t toss out all the plants in your containers. Cut back leggy annuals and “spot replace” plants that are too weary to revive. You can fill empty holes with plants from this list of fall favorites.
Happy Planting!! I have more ideas coming to this Blog soon. Until then……I”ll need a Latte.
*courtesy of p allen smith
I love talking about books daily so this is nothing new here. When I find a new book or rediscovered one that has been around for a while, I want everyone to know. Hey! Here is a Must Read! Put down the remote and grab a page turner! It was just a few weeks ago, that I stumbled across the notice that the book Live Like A Hot Chick , was coming out soon. I smiled and chuckled to myself. Sure! Then, while doing research on a different article I was writing, I just happened to glance at a few pages of another book by the same authors. Only giving it a few moments I found it a bit interesting, so I knew that I would come back at another time to learn more. Having more research to preview, I moved on. Well, Surprise! Surprise! This morning, the “ know it all ladies “ from the Today Show had the authors on as their guests. Well, it was Kismet!** I knew with certainty that I had to look into these books further.
Digging deep ( hah!) I dug up 3 books by the authors, Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent. “ How To Love Like A Hot Chick … The duo that taught you to embrace your body and indulge without guilt in How to Eat Like a Hot Chick apparently is back to remind you of something that will transform your love life forever—you are a Hot Chick! Heck Yeah! With their feisty humor and uplifting message, Jodi Lipper and Cerina Vincent will help you figure out what you want, how to get it, and why you shouldn’t settle for anything less, damn it! Most important, they’ll make the entire process a lot more fun with their advice on the hidden joys of being single, how to send out magical Hot Chick vibes ( oh, just a moment, I need to take notes here) OK! Moving on, and interpret your date’s vibes, ( oh, my! Can you really do that?) falling in love without freaking out, eeeekk! tactful dumping procedures for dates, survival techniques for heart-wrenching breakups, and much more.
“Whether you’re single, dating, in a relationship, or so confused you don’t know what your status even is, How to Love Like a Hot Chick will have you laughing your way through dating and relationship issues and tackling them like the sexy, fabulous woman you deserve to be.” I know many men that would love to be tackled by a sexy, fabulous, women. Of course, after that; you know, he’ll ask you to follow him home. :)
Here is an excerpt from an article using Hot chick Algebra:
Live Like a Hot Chick, is all about balance, and this week we’ve put our message in mathematical terms to help you start living a more confident, calm, and harmonious life. Start applying these equations to your day, and we bet you’ll be better off.
1. Working ten hours a day at a job you hate + cleaning your house every Sunday + feeling like you never have time for you = Setting a plan in stone to go to yoga class and have brunch with a group of girlfriends every weekend.
2. An apple with almond butter for breakfast + a spinach salad for lunch + 1 spin class after work = Two glasses of champagne + a hunk of brie cheese + five buttery crackers + four fried appetizers at your best friend’s engagement party.
3. Clearing off your kitchen counter + shredding the dirty old receipts from your purse, car, and desk + putting those piles of old photos in cute photo boxes = A mind temporarily free from OWL (Overwhelmed With Life) Syndrome.
4. Waking up alone after hooking up with a hot guy who snuck out before sunrise = Chocolate cake for breakfast while you watch The Bachelorette on your TiVo.
5. Dirty dishes in the sink + unpaid bills on your table + just getting back from a week-long hellish business trip = Ignoring the mess for one night while you relax on the couch with a glass of wine and American Idol.
6. The stress of looking for a new job after having a baby + feeling LSE (Low Self Esteem) about not fitting into your pre-pregnancy suit = Buying a new suit + shoes + accessories that fit you perfectly and make you feel like a Hot Chick
7. Three rum & Cokes + two beers + the Taco Bell drive through at 3:00 a.m. = A gallon of water and a giant spinach salad for breakfast when you wake up at noon with indigestion and a headache.
8. An early morning meeting that lasts until 1 p.m. + a fight with your man the night before = A lunchtime spinning class to clear your head and blow off steam.
9. Complaining about how there are “no good men out there” + sleeping with every first date = Not finding love until you stop sending out confusing slutty vibes and figure out what you want.
10. Surprising your man with compliments and sexy lingerie + working hard to live within your means and put some money in savings each month + throwing your best friend a baby shower = Living like a Hot Chick.
Conclusion: The first page of the book I previewed was titled: Love Yourself. The authors had started exactly where they should. Start with yourself. You cannot have a true relationship with any other human unless you love and respect yourself first. From the random pages I did read, the books seem sensible, practical and an easy read, for some, a requirement. I am not sure that these books should be read by your young teen. That’s not my call. I am sure some teens are reading far worse. I felt the books were for women. AGES: 18 to 125. The practicality and just down to earth girl-sense was pretty refreshing. I will delve into these further as soon as I finish the other 3 I have going at present.
I checked at the Portage District Library: Under the search, 3 items did pop up. The TV show, 2 and half men; The Hot Chick DVD: a Jazz CD. Wacky! Well it appears that the library has not stocked these books as yet. I feel they should.
These books available at Barnes & Noble starting at $9.99. Checking around may find other prices. Perhaps Meijer or Target. I say, buy one copy and share with your friends. Or just keep it as a Reference Book. Read it, Discuss it and take note of the positives.
NOTE* I did find a number of books with the words “hot chick” in the title. I was not reviewing any of them, so I claim no knowledge of their content. Some were a bit scary. Buyer beware.
I also like this website : http://family.go.com/self/pkg-get-hatched/chicks-guide-to-life/
This is actress , Teri Hatcher‘s site – Get Hatched, cute huh! Lots of stuff. Nothing R-rated. Family Friendly. Check it out when you have time.
Until next time…..I’ll have a Latte!
**Kismet means fate.
Also, **Kismet is a 1955 movie. You can watch the movie for free if you are interested by clicking the link
My friend Nancy, of Embracing Myself Blog http://nancygedney.wordpress.com/ , shared the simple pleasure of spending a day with friends over coffee and pleasant conversation. I had forgotten what that could be like. I had always worked long hours, putting my workplace before inner peace. As I read Nancy’s words, I could sense the contentment that she felt after sharing time with her friends. All this has now brought me back to my quest. Hence I will share an earlier post of my little journey to find my Happy Place.
In a galaxy far far away there is a place called Happy Ville! I need help finding my own Happy Place. (Be nice!) Did I just………. not remember how to get there? Had I ever really been there? Oh, yeah, “I’ve been there!” So, why is it now, being at a certain point of my life, that I cannot get to my doggone Happy Place as often as I should! I have tried Prayer. That takes patience. I’m a bit short on that. And, just maybe, it wasn’t such a swell idea when I was stomping my right foot, while standing in the middle of the kitchen, declaring ” I want to go to my Happy Place NOW!. “ Maybe a tad too immature? Probably! I need a Yellow Brick Road and a pair of Ruby Slippers. Click, Click, go the Ruby slippers, “there’s no place like Happy Place, there’s no place like Happy Place.” There it is………mmm….Nope! Nothin, Nada, Zero. A big fat donut hole of nothingness. If I have to buy my way to Happy Ville, well you can forget that too. The “take money out whenever you need it” store closed in 2007.
So today, my bag was piled high and wide, loaded with all the essentials: sunglasses, lip gloss, snacks, a few best sellers, iPod loaded to capacity, (160 gigs of rip-roaring fun), the GPS mounted adeptly on the dash, a folded map at the ready (good luck re-folding that sucker). Cell phone charged to the max, sandals, heels, toning walking shoes. Did I forget anything? Something No doubt! I am off to see the wizard of my Happy Place.
Then it happened. A giant SMACK up side my head. A Great Wisdom Cloud then surrounded me as the words of the great Homer Simpson hit me. “D’oh” Yes! There it was. I came to the realization that My Happy Place is not just a destination. It’s a journey of the mind and heart. Or, at least what is left of my mind after crazy world. Here I am thinking I need to physically go to a place, a dot on the map, a special place where happiness abounds and falls like brightly colored skittles from the sky. Everything I need for my Happy Place is within me. So why aren’t I happy? I had been looking for a map to follow or at least some divine guidance. Nope! Nothing to pack, nothing to assemble, no need to leave my home. No Pat Downs or Airport Pornographic x-rays. Wait a minute! Well then, why do we say things like: I need to GO to my Happy Place? Is it a true destination? Apparently it’s all within and around us. Nope! Here again I will need a GPS or tour guide to find it within also. Is the cloud of “do not have a clue” passing over. It appears I have no sense of direction at the moment, so I need tech support to find Happy Ville.
Well, I did try going to my Happy Place mentally one day at work. Happy Ville seemed so peaceful and serene. Darn near nodded off! oops! Oh, and note to all. Do not attempt to visit Happy Ville when driving your car. I drove to my old house once, attempted to use the garage door opener which refused to open and I had no memory of driving there. A baffling moment at best!
So, today, a small window to a possible “Happy Place” opened up. Yippeee- Skippee! I happened to catch a bit of Vh1‘s 100 Greatest Artists. WOW!! Short sound bites of music and videos I have not seen or heard for some time. A trip down memory lane…it was quite nice. I tossed the remote on the table and didn’t pick it up for quite a spell. You know, just like the guys do, when they discover Zena, Warrior Princess reruns on TV! :) I have not thought much about many of these groups for a while. They are getting old, man! You know who you like, so I don’t need to list them all. Ya know, music is one of my Happy Places. Thankfully! Sorry, I digress a bit. My respite on a cold day was a welcome trip to Happy Ville that had me humming along.
Meanwhile, it’s back on the road again to find my Happy Place. Perhaps the key here, is not to try so hard, huh? Just let it envelop me, while performing simple everyday tasks, taking pleasure in each and every moment. Not quite sure how changing the furnace filter or digging out weeds from cracks in my sidewalk is Happy Ville, but I’ll play along. I can take pleasure in those simple things on most days. A great cup of coffee, aahhh…. mmmm good…… a phone call from a friend………., writing on my Blog……….taking photos around town…a good book. Maybe, I’m just not paying attention when my Happy Place does put in an appearance? Thinking about it too much seems a bit taxing.
Long Vacation? Yes, I know I really need a vacation. Since, my last vacation was in 1995. I believe I am overdue like a lost and lonely library book. When I returned from that vacation in 1995, I decided one week later, to turn in my resignation at work. Boy oh boy! Nothing like being away from the “crazy world” I worked in, to make me realize what a toxic environment really was. Well, let me tell you that is another story for another time. Oh, yeah, I remember, at one time, I had planned a vacation to that lovely state of California once before. As it always seems to happen, that was the precise time my co-worker left for a better paying job. Imagine that? Then 20 other events happened. Regardless, I was not allowed to take a day off, let alone a vacation. I was doing the work of 3 staff members. There was a hiring freeze. Fiasco…. is the word that comes to mind for those days. Nightmares come from experiences like that, you know. Therefore, because a co-worker left and started me on the downward spiral for no days off, I believe this is all her fault. Wendie, you have some explaining to do!
So, believing 15 years is too long between vacations, I just need to do it. Does anyone have a vacation getaway place to rent? Anyone…… Anyone?? Or even recommend a destination? First place that comes to my mind is where I had planned to go in 2003… Napa Valley, Sonoma, Russian River Valley in Northern California.
I left that crazy world in 2007 and have been seeking peace, contentment and my own little Happy Ville ever since. Apparently my GPS is still on the fritz. Know the number to tech support?
Which do you prefer? Do you have an opinion?
Purists like myself prefer the tactile nature of printed books. Yeah, Yeah, the eReader will save space and for some it is just a ” must have.” For now, I prefer real books. Digital or eReader, You decide.
Kindle: Cost – $139 to $379. The latest version of the Kindle e-book is Kindle DX. It has a display of 9.7 inches with an E Ink screen. The device is slim and has just 1/3 inch thickness. One can download books free of cost and without any contracts through the 3G wireless service. The built-in PDF allows for viewing even tables and small prints with utmost clarity. Auto-rotate feature of Kindle DX’s screen allows for transition from portrait to landscape view. With this feature, one can easily view graphs, maps, web pages and tables. There is a text-to-speech feature which comes with Kindle DX. With this feature, the e-readers read out content from blogs, magazines and books which converts the process of reading to listening.
The Nook: Cost – $149 to $199. The latest additions to the Nook 1.3 include: “Read in Store” any book from the B&N e-book catalog daily for up to an hour for free (slower readers can return the next day); dual internet connectivity (3G and WiFi); lend a friend an e-book for up to two weeks; dip into OverDrive-powered local libraries; open ecosystem that supports Adobe DRM and non-DRM books; browse books by cover; customizable screen saver and color touchscreen with improved contrast; more font choices; and a user-accessible battery.
Book: Free – $30 Libraries have free books or trade ins. Garage sales are fabulous. Trading amongst friends and neighbors. Hard covers can be pricey, but give me one as a gift, HooYah!
WOW! Way too much information. I just want to read the damn book. It appears to be a 2nd job owning an eReader. Sort of a mini computer, yet not.
For now, I like holding the printed books in my hand, turning each page as I read the words written by some brilliant author. (Guilty Pleasures do not count) Books have a personality. Much like the authors and us readers. Picking up a book, years after reading it for the first time, touching the cover, flipping the pages and noticing the smudges from freshly polished nails, a ribbon or even a lowly bill found as a book mark. Wonder if it was paid? No such charm with the Kindle or Nook.
What about: Picking up a book a garage sale, finding small folded notes, pressed flowers between the pages and a poem written in the owner’s youth. There was also a small pencil drawing of a flower; similar sketches strewn throughout the book. The name of the young girl written in an old style script on the face page, the year, 1921. Finding the knowledge that the person was over 90 years old, had passed away and had the book as a teen. A young girl’s foolish whimsy perhaps. Remains of which were noted in the found objects pressed between the pages….. How sweet! This would never be possible with an eReader.
What about: Grabbing that dog-eared paperback with crinkled pages, chocolate and coffee stains and a few other unknown substances. Notes scribbled in the margins, dates, names, places. Critical notes to the author on few paragraphs. These books are like old friends. A sudden waft of Jasmine as I change the page. Aahh, bubble bath. I remember that. A bubble bath, a book and some bubbly, a girls much-needed getaway. I always run to these special books at times when I need something, yet I really have no idea what or why. And so, there they are when I have that need. Only a precious few books are loaned out to a few VIP’s. Rules sometimes given in military precision to exclusive borrowers. Afterall, they are but fostering the book.
Regardless of what one chooses I am pleased that reading is alive and well.
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