Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday Malarkey - While I'm Pondering Changes

Totally random malarkey today -- mostly bits of utter coolness.  First, the postcard I got from Kelly. How cute is this?!

I'm a little bit of a weather junkie.  When I went out to run errands on Friday, it was heavily overcast as I entered a store but the sun was shining and the back side of the weather system that had clouded us over was lit by the lowering sun when I exited the store.  A new weather system was rolling in from the other side but it wasn't quite as interesting.  I snapped the exiting system while driving.  Good thing there weren't many other cars around, 'cause you really shouldn't do that. I edited out the bug splats.

You're welcome.

I got a little butterfly made from a carrot with my meal at a Japanese restaurant, recently.  We thought it was so cute that we actually brought it home, photographed it and then tried to make one.  Rather a failure, actually, but here's the original:

A few books arrived, this past week (including today - sorry, no stack photo):

  • All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones - Unsolicited from Algonquin, the new paperback copy.  All Woman and Springtime is still one of the most important books I've read in the past year, a story about the human trafficking of three North Korean women.  You should read it; it's quite eye-opening and human trafficking is absolutely everywhere, even in the U.S.  Isn't the new cover gorgeous?  I think it does a good job of showing the emotion of the story. 
  • Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell - via Paperback Swap.  Connell just recently died and when Tom Franklin mentioned his death, I noticed the replies mentioned that he was under-appreciated.  I probably should have known his name, since he's written some titles I've heard of, but I didn't.  I figured I need to understand why so many people gushed in response and chose Son of the Morning Star, his novel about Custer's Last Stand, at random.
  • Thinking of You by Jill Mansell - from Sourcebooks for review
  • Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn and Levithan - via Paperback Swap
  • To War With Whitaker:  The Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly 1939-45 - purchased to use for research on my upcoming writing project and it's a wreck.  I swear I ordered a "very good" copy, but I got an "acceptable".  Not thrilled with Abe Books, at this point. 
That's all the malarkey I've got, at the moment.  Thoughts are with the people of Hattiesburg, MS, who are cleaning up after yesterday's tornado.  Grateful thanks to God that, in spite of many injuries, not one person lost his or her life.  If you've seen the images, you know that's a miracle.  

Gotta go.  Laundry and all that.  Happy Monday!

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  1. I LOVE that postcard from Kelly :D It's so freaking cool!!! I'm with you on being a weather junkie…to the point where I even love hurricanes which has made people think I'm nuts in the past :p I've been known to fight the idea of evacuating so that I can sit by a window and just watch the weather in total awe…probably not the safest thing, but mother nature can just amaze me sometimes. And that's an incredible shot you got!

    Just ordered a copy of All Woman and Springtime from Paperback Swap! You'll be getting a point once it arrives :) Sounds like it really is quite the important read :) And you MUST read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares!!! It was SUCH a great book!!!!

    Happy Lundi Gras to you!

    1. Hey Chris!

      Isn't that the cutest postcard? I'm crazy about it.

      Weather junkies unite! Haha! I like watching the weather, too. LOVE clouds and photos of hurricanes. I used to keep a notebook full of printouts of hurricane photos/images. My favorite was one of Hurricane Floyd -- a colored image in which the hurricane was mostly pink. I had a pink Floyd. Haha.Yes, mother nature is really something. I do go to my safe place during tornado warnings, but not much else will keep me from watching the sky. Thanks!

      Oh, you must tell me what you think when you read All Woman and Springtime. I was so impressed and it is, truly, a very important topic. Until hadn't even heard of human trafficking until a few years ago and would never have dreamed that it happens in our country.

      If I gave blame points, you'd get the one for Dash & Lily. That's totally your fault. :)

      Lundi Gras? LOL I am unfamiliar with this. Monday's the moon's day and Lundi has got to be lunar so I think I get the idea, though. Must be a Mardi Gras thing?

  2. I love your pictures. That carrot is awesome! I wouldn't have been so ambitions as to try to duplicate it but that's cause I'm lazy to the core.

    1. Thanks, Jenny!

      We've been really weird about playing with our food, lately. LOL It's fun but neither one of us is too great with detail and I am terribly impatient -- probably lazy, too.

  3. There are some amazing people out there who see butterflies in their carrots....ahhh to think I only see sticks and circles! I am definitely boring!

    Glad that you're safe and sound in your own little corner of the world.
    Happy Tuesday!

    1. LOL True, Gaye, it's certainly not something I would have ever seen in my carrot!! The Japanese are extraordinarily creative, for sure.

      Thanks. We know people in Hattiesburg so I did a lot of checking in to make sure they were okay before I let out a big breath of relief.

  4. Wow that weather system looks like it was rather tumultuous and amazing! I also love the poster and butterfly. It seems like you have had a lot of unusually beautiful things crop up in your life lately. I am also glad that no one was hurt in the tornado. Those things are wildly dangerous, and freakishly hard to predict. I have a friend whose parents live in Tornado Alley in Oklahoma, and it scares me even thinking about it!!

    1. That was actually a rather dull weather system, believe it or not! I wouldn't have been out shopping if it had been active. Very pretty lit up by the sun from behind, though.

      Oh, yes, such a huge relief that nobody was killed in Hattiesburg. There were, however, 63 injuries. It was a pretty devastating tornado and I think it's a miracle that nobody died.

      Yes, speaking of Tornado Alley . . . I grew up in the heart of it, actually, in Central Oklahoma You learn to respect tornadoes if you live in Oklahoma. We do go to our "safe room" (the laundry room is the most central room with no mirrors or windows) if there's a tornado warning. No standing around trying to gawk for photos, period. You might be interested to know that Tornado Alley is the part of the country in which the largest number of tornadoes form, but they stay on the ground longer in areas that get the warm Gulf Coast wind mixing with cooler wind from the west or north. We had one in Mississippi with a mile-wide track of 100 miles -- meaning it stayed on the ground for 100 miles -- 2 years ago. You can still see damage on the Natchez Trace and it did major damage to at least one city on the way through (Yazoo City). That was a bad, bad night for a lot of people.

  5. I collect postcards but I have never seen one like that – lovely. The book The War with Whitaker sounds interesting to me – I like diaries and memoirs, and one on the war would be interesting, I’ll have to check it.

    1. Isn't that pretty? And, apparently very unique. :) The War with Whitaker looks very interesting. I've also just received Nella Last's War, which is the wartime diaries of another Englishwoman. I'd drop everything and read Nella right now, if I could.

  6. Yay! I am so glad my postcard arrived safely. Aren't they fun??? I bought them on a whim and have enjoyed sending them to people. I kept the duplicates for myself. :)

    1. Yes, so cute! I feel like I should frame this one. Just got another card from you, today. Thanks!


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