Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Flowers I texted to two Sharons

I texted these purple and white flowers to my daughter-in-law Sharon last week.  She has a green thumb, and I hope she liked this arrangement that I found online.

I watered plants and collected mail last week for my neighbor Sharon, who was out of town
.  I texted her this photo of her own orchids.  Aren't they beautiful?

Monday, June 14, 2021

Munday Punday

Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.

Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.

A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.

Practice safe eating ~ always use condiments.

Shotgun wedding ~ a case of wife or death.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sunday Salon ~ words, books, and laughter

People had fun with my recent post full of puns, which play with words that sound alike.  So today, I'm sharing this iceberg lettuce pun I posted in 2018.  Shall I keep posting puns, maybe have a Punday on Monday?

Here's an accidental play on words from someone on my neighborhood listserv, who's selling a "black rod iron table."  I promise not to get over-wrought about a wrought iron table.

Word of the Day
o·ver·wrought /ˌōvəˈrôt / adjective = in a state of nervous anxiety.  Example:  "I'd be more overwrought if I discovered that I myself had accidentally called it a rod iron table."
Recently finished book
The Paper Bracelet ~ by Rachael English, 2020, fiction (Ireland), 9/10 ~ "Religion had treated her like a criminal when in reality she'd been a victim" (p. 96).

Books I'm reading now
Color: A Natural History of the Palette ~ by Victoria Finlay, 2002, history, 468 pages (in the print edition) ~ I'm reading this one for the Big Book Summer Challenge, so I'll be reading it slowly chapter by chapter over the summer.  Since it's nonfiction, I won't confuse it with the fiction I'll be reading.

The Little Dog in the Big Plague ~ by C. C. Alma, 2015, fiction (novella) ~ Since this novella is only 67 pages long, I'll probably finish it today.

Book up next
The Rebel Nun ~ by Marj Charlier, 2021, historical fiction (France)

    Deb at Readerbuzz hosts Sunday Salon
    place for us to link up and share what 
    we have been doing during the week.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Beginning ~ with the dog's sense of smell

"Ringo's sense of smell was powerful, even for a dog, but that wasn't his only talent.  He was also sensitive to the energies emanating from other live bodies, especially those from his human family.  Lately, he could sense that Aunt Charlene's body had changed."
The Little Dog in the Big Plague ~ by C. C. Alma, 2015, fiction (novella)

The humans have no idea that a pandemic is on its way; but Ringo, the little dog, can smell the growing rot.  It is everywhere: in their new neighborhood, in their old apartment complex, and in the bodies of Ringo’s beloved family.  What should a dog do when he survives a plague?  Scared and confused, Ringo sets out on his journey.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Beginning ~ with deaths in 613 A.D. and in 588 A.D.

Prologue ~ ANNO DOMINI 613
The hour I learned of Hilda's death, the cool autumn mist had crept into my garden, telling me it was time to call a truce with the weeds and bugs for the night.
Chapter One ~ ANNO DOMINI 588
The abbess's body was still warm when Maroveus, Bishop of Poitiers, blew through the door of the Monastery of the Holy Cross and commenced his campaign to destroy us.

The Rebel Nun
~ by Marj Charlier, 2021, historical fiction (France)

This novel is based on the true story of Clotild (the daughter of a 6-century king and his concubine), who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church.  At that time, women are afforded few choices in life:  prostitution, motherhood, or the cloister.  Only the latter offers them any kind of independence.  By the end of the sixth century, even this is eroding as the church begins to eject women from the clergy and declares them too unclean to touch sacramental objects or even their priest-husbands.

Craving the legitimacy thwarted by her bastard status, Clotild seeks to become the next abbess of the female Monastery of the Holy Cross, the most famous of the women's cloisters of the early Middle Ages.  When the bishop of Poitiers blocks her appointment and seeks to control the nunnery himself, Clotild masterminds an escape, leading a group of uncloistered nuns on a dangerous pilgrimage to beg her royal relatives to intercede on their behalf.  But the bishop refuses to back down, and a bloody battle ensues.  Will Clotild and her sisters succeed with their quest, or will they face excommunication, possibly even death?  In the only historical novel written about the incident, The Rebel Nun is a richly imagined story about a truly remarkable heroine.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Remembering my childhood

I remember Miss Griffin's Footlong Hot Dog stand when it looked like this and stood on a tiny triangle between streets.  It was directly across from my Dad's grocery store on the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue in Chattanooga.  We lived in the back of our store . . . my mom and dad, his parents, and me.  My parents are now buried in National Cemetery, just beyond the trees on the right, behind the men on the corner in this photo.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Have a little pun ~ and groan a little

Why was King Arthur's army too tired to fight?  It had too many sleepless knights.
What do you call a knight who is afraid to fight?  Sir Render.

How long does it take to hit the ground if you slip on a banana peel?  A bananosecond.

I'm close friends with 25 letters of the alphabet.  I don't know Y.

I, for one, like Roman numerals.

I want a job cleaning mirrors.  I can see myself doing that.

I would like to make a pun about philosophy, but I Kant.  I studied philosophy in college, but Clawdia says she's the real philosofur at our house.

What do you call an awkward word?  An awkword.

What do you call a tiny collection of galaxies?  A puny-verse.

There was a flea circus in town, until a dog showed up and stole the show.

What to ask your sister when she's crying:  Are you having a crisis?

What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?  A synonym roll.

A termite walks into a bar and asks, "Is the bar tender here?"
A dyslexic man walks into a bra.
What's a skeleton's favorite instrument?  A trombone.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity.  It's impossible to put down.
What's the difference between a cat and a comma?  One has claws at the end of its paws, and the other is a pause at the end of a clause.
A bride gets a new name and a dress.
He drove his new car into a tree and found out how the Mercedes bends.
I burned my Hawaiian pizza.  Should have used aloha temperature.

Bad puns ... that's how eye roll.