Month: September 2005

  • audiobooks

    I’ve always liked the IDEA of listening to “audiobooks” but haven’t really done that, maybe something like it in the “old days” of the 80’s to early 90’s … anyhow, I do not OWN any. So on an email list today someone mentioned and that they are having a sale on right now, on […]

  • Compassion

    COMPASSION, n. 1. A suffering with another; painful sympathy; a sensation of sorrow excited by the distress or misfortunes of another; pity; commiseration. Compassion is a mixed passion, compounded of love and sorrow; at least some portion of love generally attends the pain or regret, or is excited by it. Extreme distress of an enemy […]

  • Leave Her to Heaven

    I finally got to go to the used bookstore that’s just a few-ish miles away. We did pick up a few things, but I didn’t find all I was looking for. One book that I did find though, which I had never looked for, is Leave Her to Heaven by Ben Ames Williams, published in […]

  • Autumn Seasonal Allergies

    Yesterday I was busy organizing and dejunking and motivating the children, and pulling out books to input into Library Thing. I had a problem creep up then that I detailed under my UGH post yesterday. The short sweet version is that I felt very allergic suddenly in the afternoon, worse than I had that morning […]

  • Library Thing

    See my previous post about my eye, UGH, read the comments to see how it was resolved. 🙂 This post is about Library Thing. I signed up on 9-11-2005. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, since I’ve wanted a bar-code scanner and software for several years now, since I first read about it […]

  • Ugh

    I’ve had a very rough day. I was supposed to be able to paint one or two rooms today thru this weekend, but the way things have gone, there’s no way. Asa, just turned 5-year-old is on a rampage of disobedience and no matter what I do, he’s behind me doing something horrid. The boys […]

  • Can you see it?

    Providing a link to my other post. 🙂

  • Vanilla and Violets

    Violets We were at Harry’s the other day and I was looking through the plants outside the store, lingering and looking deeper than usual since Frankie was on the cellphone and I figured I’d just look for something to get, even though he doesn’t usually *let* me. I don’t usually press him to get a […]

  • Best Fall Foliage and Autumn Color Web Cams for 2005

    Best Fall Foliage and Autumn Color Web Cams for 2005 Check out the above link for links to some great Web Cams for Autumn Foliage views, or just lovely nature views! I’m linking to it to remind me (moi) to look often.

  • Hot Hennie Update

    Our hennies egg production has picked up a bit the last few weeks. I have tried to keep them in order, get counts to put up here and all that, but … last week and over the weekend I’ve not been my best, so some things slide. FWIW. The biggest thing to note though is […]

  • Eldest Review

    Product Image: Eldest
    My rating: 5 out of 5

    Eldest is the second book in the Inheritance Trilogy. It was released just this past month. We got a box set of this new book along with the first book Eragon. I read Eragon and couldn’t wait to start on Eldest. I did wait a bit, not long. I finished Eragon and wrote a review here yesterday. I finished Eldest this afternoon. Eragon was a better book IMO, but it is so only because this is how I traditionally view trilogies, that the first and last are the best. That the middle is a bigger stage-setter for the end. All in all though, this book, Eldest, is full of adventure and growing, fighting and war. Parts of the end are a bit jumbled in my mind. I did race through the book. I couldn’t help it. It was very readable and a delight to read. I found many parts of it to align themselves to real life situations, how we know someone, then don’t see them, that person changed and grows, and then we see them again. Who are they? Often it is we are are on the receiving end of “who are you?” Eragon goes through this. He changes and it’s fantastical to his cousin, who is going through is own hellish experience and not understanding what’s going on with his cousin, and how the truth comes out … it’s all a shock to Eragon, but not a total shock to the thinking reader. And the changes that Eragon went through as he trained with the Elves are wonderful, but he’s changed so that when he gets to the place of having to be The Rider in war, it’s a bit uncomfortable for him, so many things he’s learned, and grown in mind, body, power … he looks different, and everyone does notice, when he gets to face his foe and then his cousin, it’s them who *to me* make him feel a bit odd about it, like he’s doing weird things. It’s like he’s great about it all, and then others mock him a bit for it, cheapening it. It’s all about the truth though, the evil in the land of Alagaësia is not those who have magic, for this is a fantasy land, not one which there is a Supreme God in, as of yet. There are religions, but there is no absolute about religion in this fantasy land of Alagaësia, but things about race and religion have come up in Eragon’s learning sessions, and what he’s faced more and more in how this book culminates. It will be interesting to see how the story goes in the last book. (But must wait, so very long until it’s out in hardback, whenever that will be!)

  • Eragon Character Quiz

    You are most like SAPHIRA Like the majestic dragon, Saphira, you are brave and ferocious in battle but also deep in ancient wisdom. You think before flying headfirst into battle. You prefer the solitude of the wilderness to the populated cities of Alagaësia. WHICH ERAGON CHARACTER ARE YOU MOST LIKE? The quiz is fairly meaningless […]

  • Eragon Review

    Product Image: Eragon

    We have the Inheritance 1 & 2 Boxed Set of Eragon and Eldest. This review is a short one on the first book, Eragon. I enjoyed the book immensely. It’s a “can’t put it down” sort of book. I did read the first 2 or so chapters the first time I picked the book up, but wasn’t able to keep reading due to being interupted, so I put it down. The next day I did pick it up and keep reading all day. I had a migraine that had me feeling too back to be up, so the children did not bother me, and that left me to read. The book was great, took me into it, away from my migraine-self. It’s a rich story of a boy who is nothing much and becomes someone great. It’s the first book of three. Two are out, one to come later. I found that I easily fell deeply into the story, as if I was Eragon. As if I was there, was him, knew his dragon, felt what he did, the connection with her and others. Growing up, becoming a man, a Rider. I will start on Eldest very soon. My migraine is still here. It’s feeling bad now since I don’t have Eragon to escaped into. I will put it all this way: When one has a painful migraine reading can be difficult. It can be too much to read anything on the computer for long, or on paper. It’s exactly like that for me with this migraine. It hurts and I feel sickly. It’s painful to be on the computer writing this. Just to lay down would be so nice, but that would be just something not so good, I would still feel bad, still hurt, not be able to escape the pain and suffering. ERAGON led me down to a place where I could get past the wall of pain and leave it behind. Truly it is a magical book. Very readable, not a “read-down” thing for young readers, but a challenging book for young readers, and very much something that adults can enjoy. For a book to get me away from my migraine for a whole day, when the pain is really there and won’t go away, is something wonderful. I add this book to my “favorite” list, and will pick it up again and again.

  • Homeschool “Hundred Acre Wood” style

    You are a Tigger Homeschooler. Tiggers jump intohomeschooling with both feet, as a grandadventure. Everything is about learning, andtheir days (and houses) show it. What kind of Hundred Acre Wood Homeschooler Are You? brought to you by Quizilla Sure, I knew that already. Woo! hoo! hoo! Just a cute quiz to take, maybe someone will […]

  • Eragon

    Speaking of good books, as in the last post, the Inheritance Trilogy has this site linked … which looks good, and we are very excited about it, even though we’ve not read the books yet, but since I’m writing about it all today, and my wireless keyboard is going nuts, not working right: I declare […]

  • Society of Books

    I posted this quoted material on Carmon’s site I got a “Spam Karma” warning: two links, and a different email address, no doubt, pegged me for a spammer :veryshocked: :LOL: What book would you use to escape? I prefer to curl up with any of the Cordwainer Smith stories … here is a link to […]

  • Praying Mantis

    Last week Russell called me from the backyard to come out and see something. He saw a Praying Mantis, he said, and wanted me to see it and verify it, basically. So out I trudged and sure enough, on the blue fabric roof (Sunbrella fabric) of their play structure there sat a fairly large brown […]

  • Happy Birthday Asa!

    Five years ago we had a sweet little baby boy at home right now. All the activity had calmed down, and we were alone with our baby boy again. I say “again” since he arrived before any of our attendants did. So when he was born, we had him for several minutes, all to ourselves. […]

  • Tomorrow is Asa’s Birthday

    Frank has one of the clients he works with coming in this week. It was supposed to be mid-week, but they changed it to start today, and messed everything up therefore. Tuesday, tomorrow, is Asa’s birthday, his fifth, and traditionally we are all home on the birthday in question … and that allows ease of […]

  • Older Meal made once again

    Frank let me get a new crock pot last week. I had three, and something went wrong with each one, and the last time I used one was some months ago already. Costco had a certain one in stock, a decent price, but it was fluffy-boo-coo to me. I didn’t want it. It was all […]