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Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States

My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Part 2: The Subtle Knife

Part II:

The Subtle Knife...

Well... I finished Part II today! And I have to say, although book I started off with a bit of disappointment, it hasn't slowed down since !

After a scary beginning, when I thought they were going to do to me in book II what they did in book I (100 pages that could have easily been only 50).. the story introduced a new character in the form of a young boy named Will.

From the moment they met, in a world that was not Lyra's nor was it Will's, they managed to get in and out of trouble constantly! When IN trouble it was a bit scary... and then the unexpected would happen to them and it was off to get into MORE trouble!

I like the character of Lyra (the star of the books) and they have brought in other interesting characters that make you like them despite who or what they are. (Witches for instance)

Eventually, Lyra and Will go in search for the Subtle Knife, not knowing why it's so important. They soon find out.. and after having two fingers cut off in a fight Will becomes the "bearer" of the knife.

Pursued by Spectors, Evil children, Lyra's evil mother and creatures never before heard of they adventure out to find Will's father.

I have to say that I do enjoy the characters and the adventure that's being told. As of the end of the Subtle Knife there are now Three "worlds" that are functioning in this story... and the Subtle Knife is able to "cut through" to any of them!

I'm glad I purchased this book.. and now I really want to see the movie!!!

Now, on to Part III:

The Amber Spyglass...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Little of This... A Little of That

Remember this?...

Well, I'm still wearing it! Still on crutches... still miserable!

Two weeks ago I had a second xray.. the doctor said, it's doing "ok".. whatever that's worth. He did say I could use just one crutch as long as it's just a small amount of walking around the house. (Finally, I can carry my cup of coffee !!) But.. ah, yes, there is always a but... in two weeks I go for yet ANOTHER xray! Pahleeze, don't ask how tired I am of it all !

I took the below photo the other day.. since then I have read even more and am only one chapter away from finishing "book two", The Subtle Knife!

Some time ago I purchase a book called The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, it has raving reviews. Knowing this is going to be a Trilogy, I decided to set it aside in the TBR pile until I could get the second book, which was due out next April '08. I know I would still have a long wait for the final installment, but at least I'd have sufficient background to remember what it was all about. Since then I have read that the second book, A Wise Mans Fear, will not get release until April of 09! ARGH! I sure hope it's worth waiting for! For now, I guess I will set that book away where I can't see it!

Kester also checked out a few of those TBR books in the pile...

... I finally have a copy of Hounds of the Baskervilles to read!.. sometime soon.. really!...honest!... soon!

..and I will continue two more stores from Laurie R King on Mary Russell. (So far my favorite is still The Moor.) .. I can't say I'm fond of the new covers for the new releases of these books.. If I didn't know what her writing and stories were like I may have skipped these... I would have much rather had a used hardback copy with the original art work on the dustcovers. Ah well, thankfully they will read just as well...

Ok, that catches up with any happenings here... time to go rest the foot and finish reading The Subtle Knife, and begin the last of that trilogy, The Amber Spyglass.

...'till next time...

Monday, November 26, 2007

A Piece of a Book

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Paperback: 944 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books (April 10, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0375847227

Notice how many pages?? Heh.. well actually this book is a combination of all 3 books that make up the trilogy.. and I just finished the first part: The Golden Compass.

(You will see this photo two more times as I read The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.)

Anyway.. since The Golden Compass is due out any day now as a movie, I thought I'd read it first to see what all the fuss was over.

I was anticipating that it would grab me right up as many YA books have done. But that didn't happen and that really surprised me. It wasn't until around 100 pages into it that it finally grabbed me.. and then it took off like shot! From there until the end of book one I read fairly quickly because I always wanted to know "what next?!".. it was very good, and I can see that if the movie studios did good by it where it would make a great movie.

The main character of Lyra is well defined and you are given information so that you feel as if you know her... but do you really? (since she doesn't know herself...) The story begins with Lyra and her kitchen friend Roger always sneaking around on roof tops and underground at Oxford where she spends most of her time ignoring lessons and having fun. What she doesn't know is her life, as she knows it, is about to change and the choices she makes could affect more than just herself and her daemon Pan.

Once I got past a certain point I really enjoyed this story... but I have to say, that the fact it didn't make me love it instantly was a disappointment, and to be honest.. so was the ending! It was wrapped up rather quickly and I found myself thinking that something felt missing .

Now I know it continues in two more books, and I've even begun book 2.. and similar to book one, as I read the first few pages I found myself wondering if this was really the second book...., where did this come from? What happened to the other characters?

I know it will tie in sooner or later, but this is not what I am used to. When I read trilogies, generally book two picks up where one left off and lets you know a little something more before surging ahead and putting in new characters and new places.

I know these books have won awards and now even a movie contract, so I know I'm in the minority here when I say that I have a feeling I will enjoy the movies more than the books... but I will continue to read... at least I hope so. Book one was only 296 pages so I have a long way to go yet... I am generally pulled into a book before 100 pages, or before I start thinking, maybe this isn't for me... I've got my fingers crossed here!

...of course I'll let you know how it goes.. or IF it goes.. :o)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

There's Something About Old Movies..

The Holiday is good for more than just food! This is the time they decide to put on some old movies that they rarely show!....

Judge Hardy

Mrs Hardy

Andy Hardy

Yesterday and today TMC has been running several of the old Andy Hardy movies.. and I've watched a bunch of them!

It is a look back to when the movie studios actually made movies that would be considered something like a Young Adult book! Some of life's little lessons.

In today's terms most younger folk would think these movies are corny (if they even use that term!) But I sure loved (and still do) these movies. Mickey Rooney was such a great character, and although he also made some really good movies close to the same time.. I think it was this series of movies that made him a household name.

But who did I like best? Lewis Stone! Gosh how I loved his character of Judge Hardy, and probably even more as his role being Andy Hardy's dad. I wanted someone just like him to be MY dad!! .. heck, anyone who could get away with what Andy got away with and have his dad still love him... well, he HAD to be a really special dad

I really enjoyed watching these movies the past two days. Most of them had actress Ann Rutherford as Mickey's girlfriend, but in the last one or two his girlfriend was played by none other than Judy Garland.

I love when TMC station runs a series like this!! I wish they would do it with the old Charlie Chan movies too! But I seem to never see them anymore.

Warner Oland along with Keye Luke (number one son) made most of the Charlie Chan movies...

But Sidney Toler was my favorite of those who portrayed the oriental sleuth!

Number one son, Keye Luke, had to share the screen with number 2 son, Jimmy played buy Victor Sen Yung. Though, Keye Luke became more famous in the end.. not just for playing in Charlie Chan, but he had quite a career after that!

One of the comic relief characters was Birmingham Brown.. this man could make me laugh so much! His eyes said it all.. but he got the good lines, like when he was scared and those eyes would open wide and he'd be heard to say: Feet.. don't fail me now!

Today's movies consider a Trilogy as something amazing.. having 3 movies made usingthe same characters ...but long long ..long ago... there were movies like Andy Hardy and Charlie Chan. These old series may not have had any special effects.. but they sure had memorable characters!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Kester's First Thanksgiving

Kester's thoughts on the Turkey...


Later that night....

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by: Silvana De Mari

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Miramax; Reprint edition (October 2, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1423104056

(review by amazon)

Yorsh is the last of his kind, an elf child in a world that despises elves. He seeks warmth, food, and shelter but has found only cold, rain, and despair. When he meets two unlikely companionships-humans who help him in spite of their prejudices-Yorsh learns of a prophecy concerning the last dragon and the last elf: when these two break the circle there will be a new beginning.

The trio experience a host of comical misunderstandings that offset the dangerous situations they encounter in the Dark Mountains. Almost by chance, Yorsh stumbles across the dragon, but he finds that fulfilling the prophecy is steeped in complications.

The second half of the book, set 13 years later, deals with these challenges. Yorsh guesses the identity of the human orphan girl before it is revealed and champion her role in the struggle. The solution to the prophecy is wrenching, but young fantasy fans will appreciate the many humorous touches and get caught up in this tale of strength and sacrifice

I am trying to figure out how I actually feel about this book.

On one hand, as I read.. I enjoyed it. On the other hand... when I set it down I did not have that feeling of: maybe I'll read just one more chapter each time I saw the book. So, although I enjoyed the the same time, I don't think it's a book I will read over, like many of my favorite books.

This is a fairy tale. I didn't feel the closeness to the characters as I do in many books that I read.. but it was a good story. Some life's lessons learned, or in the case of us elderly.. reminded of. There were some comical parts that made me smile.. and some sad parts that.. well.. made me sad. ... and it is a book I think my grandson would enjoy. So I guess I'd say.. it's a good book, but just wasn't my thing.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Holiday Countdown

Happy day-before!

I suspect many ladies are busy already. Possibly baking pun'kin pie and preparing all those extra goodies that always seem to go along with Holiday eats.

Turkey! Stuffing! and Gravy.. oh my!!

Oh yes, I am addicted to stuffing and gravy! And there has to be lots and lots and lots of gravy! Cannot, I say, cannot (!) eat stuffing without the gravy!! Are you a gravy person? Oh boy.. I am! I can put any sort of gravy on bread and skip the meal! heh.. we won't discuss that my thunder-thighs were made from gravy and bread...

One of the things I am thankful for during this holiday is the fact that Rutabagas are abundant... mmmm, mmmm, mmmm... and baby brussel sprouts! This is the only time of the year I eat them to satisfaction. And with a side dish or jellied cranberry sauce I am one happy camper!

I hope everyone has a wonderful day tomorrow.. with family.. with friends... and with whatever makes your meal special!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

.. one more snow photo

Here's one more picture of the snow from out the back door...

after that you KNOW I had to put Kester out on the deck to see his first snow!

.. ok I'm done now.. no more snow reports for today!

... and It's not even Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2007..


What's that white stuff??!!...

Talk about having a shock! I was sipping my Cafe Vienna when I felt chilled.. I turned and this is what I saw out my window!! Hello?! It's not even Thanksgiving yet!!

But I can be will be turning to rain.. I just hope this isn't an early preview of a bad winter!!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Buzz, buzz...

The Beekeepers Apprentice by: Laurie R King

Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Picador; Reprint edition (October 2, 2007)
ISBN-10: 0312427360

This is the first book of many that Laurie R King has written about Mary Russell, the lady who eventually becomes Mrs. Sherlock Holmes. I wanted to read this one (since I already read The Moor) to see how they met and what they were like then. There were some differences between The Moor and this book.. mostly I didn't find quite as much of the humor I found in the Moor. But.. for one, I needed to see how it all began. And two: I wanted to hear those voices in my head again of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce!! (I can't help loving those old old black and white movies, Hound of the Baskervilles, was always my favorite!).

But back to the book...

At age 15 Mary Russell meets Sherlock Holmes, retired in Sussex Downs where Conan Doyle left him retired and raising bees.

Mary, is an orphan rebelling against her guardian aunt. She impresses Holmes with her intelligence and Holmes takes her under his wing and teachers her the mysteries of detection, allowing her to participate in a few cases .

The cases begin very simple but as do many things.. they progress, until one day they find both of their lives at stake. It's either solve the case or die trying.

During the story you get to meet Watson, who at the time is also retired. Familiar characters and/ or mention of them (such as Moriarty) pop up during this story. This was an excellent book to read and I wouldn't have missed it!

Were I to have to choose which of the two books I've read as a favorite though.. it would still be "The Moor". Partly for the humor and partly because it brought back much of the old Hound of the Baskervilles! I am sure that I will read more of Laurie R King's work (I like this Mary Russell !).. and also checking on getting a copy of Hound of the Baskerville's!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

To Boldly go...

On another post I was left a comment asking me my opinion on the upcoming new Star Trek Movie...

Karl Urban is cast as Dr. McCoy. Trekkies are uncertaion about this 11th movie. please read the article and post your opinion. I'm really intrested to know because of you frendship with the late DeForest Kelley. It really urks me when stuff like that happens.

Ok, first things first... yes, I loved Star Trek. But a "trekkie" I am not. Trekkie's can tell you EVERYTHING and ANYTHING about Star Trek.... whereas, my brain is a bit, well.. a bit like having CRS if you know what I mean. I didn't go in for details, I just watched because I enjoyed it... and of course most of all I enjoyed Dr. McCoy! To this day I love what the writers did for DeForest's character! He was so cantankerous!! ..and De was such a wonderful actor.. they just meshed.

Anyway, getting back to the original question on what I think about them making a new movie without the original cast, which of course is an impossibility.

I guess I'm not against a prequel. I think Gene (Roddenberry) would have liked that. In fact, were he alive, I'm sure he would have done one way before now! I also think that having had "Enterprise" air when it did, sorta opened the door wider for this to happen by someone other than Gene.

What makes me laugh in all of this is that Paramount went and sold everything and anything dealing with Star Trek! So now, they will have to build the Enterprise all over again... gotta love Paramount!

Now.. as to who is going to be cast as who...

I borrowed the photo's below from the Star Trek website..

Ok, right off the bat I will say that I don't know much about any of the actors/ actress that are going to play the young version of the originals.

Secondly: the obvious.. they had better find a way to match up hair color and eye color, because most of these people don't match at all.. and Trekkies will notice that right offthe bat. Heck even I did !

Chris Pine looks like a handsome fellow, as Shatner was.. wrong hair color and eye color though, things like that just don't change with age...except to go gray! I can only hope Pine can do a good imitation of his way of speaking too.. this was made fun of for so many years it would now stick out like a sore thumb if he spoke differently. These people are going to need to capture the little things about the originals to make anyone believe they are the younger version of the original cast.

I believe Leonard is signed to do something in this movie.. but no idea what. It does look as though they will have as much work on Quinto's eyebrows as theywill on the pointy ears!

Well.. talk about hair color!... I hope his voice is deep and he does a good Scottish Accent... and of course, he has to be a miracle worker.

Ahhh Walter.. such a cutie with such a wonderful smile... they will have to straighten Anton's hair, or give him a wig... but the question is: can he talk with a Russian accent out of the side of his mouth?

And Nichelle!.. such a beauty!.. put a wig on her today and she could replay her part! I hope Zoe can pull off being the lady Nichelle is.

Hmmm, now this one could be something lol.. if anyone has heard George laugh, you'd know that no one could imitate that! Again I don't know this actor, so I can only hope.

De, De, De... sigh. Of course you know that in MY mind, no one can play McCoy but DeForest!

Karl Urban is the only one of these actors I've seen in action.. and that would be Lord of the Rings (Eomer). Not a part I can compare to what he is undertaking as Dr McCoy. But then, before McCoy, DeForest was a, not so nice, maybe it will work out.

(on a personal note: Urban seems to be a fairly handsome dude.. but he's lacking in the sexy lower lip DeForest had!)

Will I go to see this movie? Probably. But you know it will be to scrutinize the actors to see how good a job they do lol. All these actors are young... I sincerely hope that they watch and study every episode so they nail their performances, their mannerisms, their personalities. If they come close to believable as the characters of Kirk, Spokc, McCoy Scotty, Chekov, Uhura and Sulu, then maybe the movie will do good.

ACTION! Cameras Roll on "Star Trek" Movie Rebirth

Production officially starts today on the eleventh movie in the Star Trek franchise, but the first to be directed by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot productionteam. This is also the first movie to "re-imagine" a priorStar Trek, casting new people in roles defined by actors from the Original Series. In many ways, this Star Trek gives birth to a new era, one not defined completely by past production teams, sensibilities or casts (save Leonard Nimoy, of course!). The film is in new hands, ones trusted by the studio and, judging by the buzz, the fans.

You can read more here.

I'll end this post with a line from one of DeForest's Trek Poems:

.."Star Trek lives, ... it will not die...

.. and you the fans, ... are the reason why."

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Great Surprise!

Ohhh.. I have been given a wonnnnnderrrrful gift!! It came in the mail yesterday, and was I ever surprised! Chris sent me (are you ready?) ....

A POPPET!!! (made by: Lisa Snellings-Clark)

My first Poppet !! I am so excited !..

So, of course now that he's arrived at his new home, I had to think of a name....

A few names came to mind. Ohhh, like "Precious" (my precious, my precious!) but then I thought of how and why Chris sent me this wonderful gift, which was because I let him (more like begged him) read a story I had written. A Trilogy, Kesterwood Forest/ Kesterwood's Children/ The Heart of Kesterwood. Anyway, since I always want this poppet to remind me of Chris and why he sent the poppet to me, I decided to name him "Kester". (duh.)

So.. now... you get to meet: Kester! Wave hello to everyone Kester...

After I finished holding and giggling at the site of him, Kester was off to explore his new home...

He found books... (big surprise huh?)

...and a possible playmate...

He showed no fear for the book dragons...

The fact is, he was a brave little fellow!.. but then he found this...!

Kester tiptoed away from the beast finding all sorts of hiding places along the way.

Before he retired for the night he did come across one more fellow... and I think he was impressed!

...then again.. maybe not!

So, there you have it. You've officially met Kester! You will see him now and again in my photo's, most likely books..but you never know where he might pop-pet up again!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Newberry Winner

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; Ill edition (October 29, 1990)
ISBN-10: 0395536804

This book was inspired by the real-life story of a 12-year-old American Indian girl, Karana who, during the evacuation of Ghalas-at (an island off the coast of California), jumped ship to stay with her young brother who had been abandoned on the island. He died shortly thereafter, and Karana fended for herself on the island for 18 years. Karana forages on land and in the ocean, clothes herself and secures shelter.

This edition of Island of the Blue Dolphins is enriched with 12 full-page watercolor paintings by Ted Lewin.. here are two of his paintings..

"fighting sea elephants"

... sea otters.

I'm not sure what made me send for this book... but it is an amazing read when you know that such a thing actually occurred! The paintings help bring Karana's story to life and make it all the more interesting. A Newberry Medal winner that I will gladly keep in my collection to read again some day.