Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Birthday William!

Of course he died on April 23rd, too...

Monday, April 20, 2009

I found it!

I had been missing my dictionary for about a month now. And I found it, finally!

Unfortunately, I took a guess at the last Dictionary Day, and used the word cabbage instead of cab, which I was supposed to. I will make it up the next time it comes around, though.

I was just so excited when I found it because it was in such an obvious place. It was on my shelf under my bed. Ha

Friday, April 17, 2009

Just One More Thing To Do...

Aggravating, it is.

To think of all the joyous surprises that are tucked away in the precious pages that you are forbidden to enter.

Oh, but distance is but a number, and soon that number will become none. For when the time comes, you will pick up the courage to take that daring ride.

The leap of faith, that is, to drive the lengths to acquire those precious pages. And yes, it is worth it.

Find the courage to drive to your library, and search for that book that has been in the back of your mind for so long - being ignored.

-A note to myself about The Countess Below Stairs, that has been recommended by so many others to me.

Oh and yes, that trip is being put into action. :]

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

~The Seven Dials Mystery~

-by Agatha Christie

Oh, I just love off tangents:

"It's a very large place, and gloomy, you know. Rows of picture galleries with such forbidding looking people. What they call Old Masters are very depressing, I think. You should have seen a little house we had in Yorkshire, Mr. Thesiger. When Sir Oswald was plain Mr. Coote. Such a nice lounge hall and a cheerful drawing-room with an inglenook-a white striped paper with a frieze of wistaria I chose for it, I remember. Satin stripe, you know, not moire. Much better taste, I always think. The diningroom faced northeast, so we didn't get much sun in it, but with a good bright scarlet paper and a set of those comic hunting prints-why, it was as cheerful as Christmas."

I see now that I did not have to read the The Secret of Chimneys first. But I did it anyway to be on the safe side. The two are related, but she completely explains what you need to know.

I realized the other day how used to her writing I was, when I picked up a different book that had a completely different style that Christie. And how used to the speaking of a "gentleman". I loved the book so much it's hard to describe. But what I can say is that I had no idea who the murderer was. Like the last book I read, I was completely astonished when I read the killer's name. But that you will just have to experience for yourself.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday, when our Savior died at the cross for our sins some 2000 years ago.

Dictionary Days - C for Cabbage

Webster's definition:

n. a culinary vegetable

Yay! Food!

Okay, a vegetable, but I can get through this.

Cabbage, like lettuce, is very good for you. It contains a lot of vitamin C, and it is used to treat a deadly disease that forms in the neck. Not so scary anymore, eh?
Other popular types of cabbage are red cabbage, drumhead cabbage, winter cabbage and savoy cabbage. But they all look basically the same.

<- winter cabbage

Thursday, April 9, 2009

The Last Supper

Over the next four days, I am going to post about the Easter season. Or rather, I am drawing a picture to represent each day. Today is The Last Supper, so this is the picture I drew:

In case you don't know, this is what communion in our church looks like. The tiny grape juice cup that is never even half way full, and the round cracker with the cross that always breaks before the pastor says, "Let us eat together".

Since quizzing this year was over Luke, I felt compelled to use this version of the story:

Luke 22:14-20

14. When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table.
15. And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.
16. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
17. After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, "Take this and divide it among you.
18. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
19. And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
20. In the same way, after the supper he took the cup saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you."

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

~The Secret of Chimneys~

-by Agatha Christie

I really wanted to start reading The Seven Dials Mystery, but I did not know if the two were related to each other, so I read The Secret of Chimneys, the one that was published first. And soon enough, I will be on my way to the second one.

But of course, after I saw The Secret of Chimneys, it sat on my To-Read list for some time while I finished up other books I was currently reading. After that, I had to pick it up from the library, which took a while becuase our library did not OWN either of the two books (I should complain to the intern student ;-]) and then onto my bookshelf until my homework was complete.

After aquiring it, I got into the book itself.

It took a getting used to, I am sad to say, only because it was such a good book. The first three to four chapters were quite confusing, only becuase I got all the characters mixed up. Soon as I straightened that out, I focused on much more interesting things. Like trying to figure out who the murderer was!

Do not worry, I am not going to spoil anything. To tell you the truth, I did not know who it was before they revealed who it was. But of course, I was suspicious of all of the characters because I wanted to figure out who it was before they told me.

And now I go on to The Seven Dials Mystery! :o