Thursday, August 17, 2017

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (65) Julia Child


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), or pictured with a cat(s). Moving this to this week since we had the tribute to Jigglypuff last week.


Julia Child would have celebrated her birthday this month, this past Tuesday in fact. (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004) I have long been fascinated with Julia, ever since that horrible Saturday Night Live skit in the 70s. Then came the film Julie & Julia and that really piqued my fascination (still have not read the book. Go figure). I pretty much watch the movie every time it's on. My dream is to own her cookbooks, but they're hard to come by (expensive). Maybe someday. Turns out she was also a cat lover. These images are of her with her cat Minette, and then the kitty on her own. Cute!


Julia Child was a famous American cook, author, and television personality who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream through her many cookbooks and television programs. Her most famous works are the 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and, showcasing her sui generis television persona, the series The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

#CatThursday - In memory of Jigglypuff #cats


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This week, we say goodbye to one of our own. Kate and Jigglypuff were a part of Cat Thursday from the start. Kate blogs at Books, Crafts and Pretty Things. Sadly, Jigglypuff passed away last week on Friday. At 17 years old, she was sick with tumors and arthritis. She sure did live a long life. 



Jigglypuff was always such a joy to visit on Kate's blog. Definitely a kitty with personality. She even had her own Facebook page. Kate, we are so sorry for your loss. We know you will miss her dearly. Hugs from Alice, Arya and me...and all of us at Cat Thursday. May her dear soul rest in peace. ❤



I hope Kate doesn't mind that I nabbed a couple of images of her. It wouldn't be a tribute without them. 

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Happy Nine Years, True Book Addict! #Blogiversary


Can you believe it? Nine years! Where has the time gone?

I found my tribe nine years ago and it has changed my life. A girl who already loved reading blew that love up into the stratosphere when she discovered book blogging and this wonderful bookish community. This blog started it all for me. I not only blog here, and at my sister (horror) blog, Castle Macabre, but I also host two book clubs on Goodreads, host six readathons yearly at Seasons of Reading, and I have a community reading site, Gather Together and Read, from which I host all of my reading challenges (and read-alongs of books from those challenges).


I know my blogging/reviews have slacked off a bit, but I'm still around and I'm trying to get back into more regular review writing. In the meantime, I'm participating in Roof Beam Reader's Austin in August, and I still host Cat Thursday every week.

I'd like to thank everyone who follows me and takes the time to read what I post. As many of you know, blogging is a labor of love. We don't get paid. A person must have a real passion for it to keep at it year after year. I have no intention of stopping. I love it. I love all the friends I've made, all the great authors I've met, and all of the wonderful books I've discovered.


So, in recognition of nine wondrous years, and to thank you for your friendship and loyalty, I'm hosting a little giveaway. I'm giving away a $10 gift certificate (egift) from Better World Books to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me a book you've read recently that you would recommend. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact the winner. (Anyone who does not leave an email address will not be entered. If you're afraid of a bot stealing it, enter it like so: truebookaddict AT gmail DOT com) This giveaway will end on September 1st at 12 midnight central time.

Good luck...and thanks again for being here!



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Thursday, August 3, 2017

#CatThursday - On hiatus this week


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Right about now (12:00am central), I'm at my sleep doctor's office in the midst of an overnight sleep study. Joy. So, we are on hiatus this week. I will leave you this to tide you over. 😺


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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Austen in August #AustenInAugustRBR Northanger Abbey #CBAM2017


I've been looking forward to this all summer! I think it's time for some Jane in my life again. How about you? My friend, Adam, Mr. Roof Beam Reader is hosting his FIFTH year of Austen in August. How awesome is that? Also, he appropriately planned Northanger Abbey for the August Classic Book of the Month read-along. I have not read NA yet so it works out great!


My other plans for Austen in August...


I recently acquired Pride and Prejudice for free on audio. I'm a big lover of audio books. I mostly listen when I drive and since my sons will be going back to school this coming Monday, I'm going to be doing a lot of driving with school drop off/pick up, football practice, music lessons. Looking forward to listening to P & P which will be a reread for me.

Note: These are the exact covers of my editions of Jane Austen's books (the fab five). I got them from Book of the Month Club years ago. I'm so glad I did!





I'm also going to be reading a bit from these three books. I won't have time to read them all entirely, as I have tons of other reading obligations this month, but I will read from them and post some commentary here on the blog on what I read/discovered.


Again, I couldn't be more excited! What can I say...I love Jane!





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Thursday, July 27, 2017

#CatThursday - #Cats and #Dogs in cahoots


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! (share your post in the Mr. Linky below)

First, I just wanted to thank you for the sweet comments and emails I received from you all with words of encouragement. I appreciate it more than you will ever know.I've decided to do one month to six weeks updates (in my A Reading Life posts) on my "rediscovering healthy/transforming me" journey. I am so thankful for your support!

They're not always enemies. In fact, in my experience, they get along quite well. Case in point...








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Thursday, July 20, 2017

#CatThursday - Another #reading #cats edition (and an update from the kitties' mom)


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So, an update of sorts. I know I'm really behind on my visits and I apologize. A lot going on around here. I've had a slew of doctor's appointments. Found out I have hypothyroidism. Went for a gastric bypass consult. Had pretty much decided I was going to do the surgery (after a six month weight loss/physical fitness regimen managed by my primary care doctor). I even went for the psychological evaluation/testing which is one of the first steps. However, I've changed my mind. I'm going to do this...on my own...and I know I can. One of the gastric bypass requirements was to be treated for sleep apnea. I was previously under treatment, but was non-compliant, but I'm determined to go back and really stick with it this time. It should help tremendously with my weight loss/fitness journey, in combination with the treatment for hypothyroidism (I've been on the medicine for a month and I've already lost 5 lbs!). I've already been modifying my diet, cutting back, making better choices, cutting sweets. Today, I start my exercise journey. I'm starting on my recumbent bike and gradually transitioning over to elliptical and walking, etc. My long-term goal? To run in my first marathon! I know that's a-ways down the road, but it is something I've always wanted to do. Again though, it's long-term. My family is behind me. With their support, also from friends, and some strong determination on my part, I'm ready. Let's do this!

Work has really been kicking my butt. I took on another (at-home) job in addition to my virtual assistant work, and I recently acquired another client. Just finished a big project for that client. I've been busy for two days straight. I'm behind on my reading and although I'm hosting the High Summer Readathon over the next two weeks (it started Monday...you can still join us), I'm not sure how much I'm going to be able to focus on reading, as I'm working on my novel as well. (Not to mention the whole Photobucket fiasco. I still haven't had time to finish fixing everything!) Whew. 😰

I will try to catch up on visits to your posts. Please don't give up on me...and thanks for being here, and for bearing with me. 💕

In honor of the readathon going on, I'm sharing more reading cats. 😸








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Thursday, July 13, 2017

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (64)


Welcome to the weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite lolcat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! (share your post in the Mr. Linky below)

The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), or pictured with a cat(s).

You may have seen my post about the technical difficulties on the blog because of the evil Photobucket, but if you have not seen it, please excuse any image issues on the blog. It's going to take me a while to fix everything, as I have 7+ blogs to work on. Oh me. 🙀


How can we have an authors and cats post in July without honoring Ernest Hemingway, celebrated author and renowned cat lover, in the month of his birth (July 21, 1899 - July 2, 1961)? We can't...that's how!


The following is about the book, Hemingway's Cats by Carlene Fredericka Brennen:

In 1943 Ernest Hemingway, living in Cuba with his third wife and eleven cats, wrote to his first wife:

"One cat just leads to another. . . . The place is so damned big it doesn't really seem as though there were many cats until you see them all moving like a mass migration at feeding time. . . ."

He always took great pleasure in writing to his family about his cats and how they were getting along. Family and pets played an important role in Hemingway's life, revealing a softer side to his character than is usually portrayed by the macho image of the hunter and fisherman. His pets were mostly cats - the number at Finca Vigia, his Cuban home, at one time swelling to fifty-seven. He called the cats "purr factories" and "love sponges" who soaked up love in return for comfort and companionship.


It is impossible to write about Hemingway's cats without also telling the story of his family life, particularly the women he loved. From the many cats he grew up with at his childhood homes in Oak Park, Illinois and Walloon Lake, Michigan, to his last cat, Big Boy Peterson, in Ketchum, Idaho, Hemingway sought the companionship of cats. Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, had Feather Kcat in Toronto and the gentle F. Puss in Paris, who, according to Hemingway in A Moveable Feast, served as babysitter for his first son. Hemingway settled into his home in Key West with Pauline, his second wife, and a good many six-toed cats from next-door - the descendants of whom still roam the house and grounds on Whitehead Street. Of Hemingway's four wives, only Pauline, who was not a cat fancier, did not acquire one of his fond nicknames: Kat, Kath, Cat, Feather Kitty, Katherine Cat, Kitten, or Kittner.


It was his third wife, Martha, who convinced Hemingway to buy Finca Vigia, the Cuban farm with many buildings - and many stray cats. There Hemingway brought in the elegant Persian Princessa, the adopted strays Willie and Dillinger (aka Boise and Brother), and the Angora Good Will. From the mating of Princessa and Boise, many litters ensued.

Dogs also found their way into Hemingway's homes, beginning with Wax Puppy, whom he got for Hadley when they were first in Paris. In Cuba he adopted several small mixed-breed dogs with curled tails. One in particular, Negrita, stole his heart. Mary, his fourth wife, loved the animals at the Finca, and it was on a trip to Idaho with Mary that they acquired Black Dog, a springer spaniel who went back to Cuba with them to join the sea of cats and dogs.

All his life Ernest Hemingway surrounded himself with cats and dogs and sought their comfort during times of loneliness and stress. They appear in many of his writings, particularly in A Moveable Feast, Islands in the Stream, The Garden of Eden, and True at First Light - all written late in his life and as close to autobiography as he came.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bear with me... #Photobucket killed my sites!

This post will be cross-posted on all of my sites.


You may not have heard about Photobucket screwing over a ton of people with their new third party image hosting plan. (Read more here: http://nypost.com/2017/07/05/how-photobucket-is-now-shaking-down-its-users/) Basically, it means if you have a free account, you can no longer host your images without paying $400/year! So, all those clever grab codes I make for images and buttons...they have to be fixed with a new link from wherever the images are now being hosted. Luckily, I own two domains on GoDaddy so I get free image storage up to a certain amount and then I can pay extra if I need more (only $1.99/month). But with 7+ blogs/sites, it's going to take me a bit. I hope you will bear with me.


If you have any of my buttons on your site, I'm afraid you will have to delete and then come back by at a later date to grab the new code. There should not be any further problems in future. Fingers crossed.

I hope Photobucket crashes and burns for their underhanded tactics. I mean, I didn't even get an email notifying me!




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Thursday, July 6, 2017

#CatThursday - When the #cat is scared, you better be too #cats


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