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The Week That Was...

Lily Blossoms, a toy, books, and more today...
I don't know where to begin actually, so I'll just post the photos I have and write as I go along...

This week, I've been a bit hot under the collar!! Yep, Thursday South Texas reached 100 degrees by mid afternoon! Not here, but just a short hour's drive from home. Needless to say I've been either cooped up indoors; mostly reading. Or, outside in the early morning, taking care of things that are becoming parched. We need some rain to help with the drought. Typical. One month, flooding and the next month...dry, dry, dry!!


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Shakespeare was one of my favorite subjects in English Literature in school. When I was perusing the table of "Summer Reads" in Barnes and Noble this book popped out for me!! In Julius Caesar [Shakespeare] -In Act 2 Scene 3, the soothsayer Artemidorus writes a letter to warn Caesar about the plot against him. “If thou read this, O Caesar, thou mayst live,..If not, the fates with traitors do contrive.” THE BOOK, Fates and Traitors is about a famous family in American History, -a family of stage performers who often did Shakespeare's plays, an historical novel...of the Booth family. They, of course, were well-known across the globe in their time...before the Civil War, and during the Civil War. Of course, the main character of the book is John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin. But, this book is a bit different than any historical reads...it's about the women who loved him...his mother, his sister, his betrothed, his co-conspirator. IT WAS EXCELLENT for the most part. Some dry areas, but the book as a whole is a must read for those that enjoy reading novels based on fact. The author takes you through JWB's life, his family, his love for the South, even the author's view of how the once planned kidnapping of Lincoln turned into an assassination!! The ending chapters uniquely wraps it all up with how the women in his life lived, loved, and perished from a hanging, old age, and more!!

And, just the other day, after finishing Fates and Traitors, I began reading a non-fiction book, Mrs. Sherlock Holmes, on a true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and a case of a missing girl that awed the nation back in 1917.  Once I finish the book, I'll most likely do a review.

-Lilies- 
Tho it's not Easter, my Easter lilies have been blooming this past week or so...



-Pomegranates- 
..and a few pomegranates are setting on our tree. I'm sure the birds will find 'em before they mature and ripen around November...




-Coupon from Hobby Lobby-
While Bud was at Half Price Books, I walked over to Hobby Lobby. And used the coupon from the store. I really don't need another stuffed animal, but it was so soft and irresistible. A three-toed sloth that I named Triple T  [no relation to Triple P on NCIS New Orleans] -- --


,,,did you know this> Sloths have extra neck vertebrae that allows them to turn their heads 270 degrees? It's a fact!!!


-Orioles and Dollar Store-


When I was working on balancing the bank accounts, from the dining room window I looked out to our bird feeding station just off the patio, and noticed a male Baltimore Oriole at the empty suet bowl! Well, that very day, I had to go to the Dollar Store for some cleaners and ended up buying three rag mops. What I did with the mops was simple...and much more 'cleaner' than hanging orange halves on the wooden fence. This is what I did...I tore off the rag strands of the mop and left the plastic 'cup' on the end of the handle. I then inverted the mop, stuck the metal handle into the ground, and with the cup upright, I set an orange half inside. Voila!!! An instant, no mess, Oriole feeder!! All for $1. each!!! By late in the afternoon, I had six more Orioles enjoying the oranges!!


20 comments :

  1. It has been almost 100 here. What an awesome idea you had for the mop! The Mrs. Sherlock book looks good! You really have an awesome and exotic collection of plants in your yard.

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  2. Both books sound good. You are a clever lady coming up with that idea for the mop handle Oriole feeder.

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    1. I didn't like the sticky bug-attracting juice on the fences

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  3. we have only been to 87 the past few days, but really nice because the humidity was so low, but then yesterday humidity went up and so did the feel of the heat. the hotter it gets the less time i spend outside. what a super idea for the bird feeder. i love the dollar store. we also need rain, in the past year, we have had rain only 3 times here. we are under fire alerts because we are so dry. Irma came last Sept, it has only rained 2 times since the storm

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    1. I sure hope we both get the much-needed rains!

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  4. Thanks for the book review... I love to read books of historical interest that are a bit off the beaten path. But then again I love history, Pics again are wonderful.... hot hot hot... don't miss it a bit.

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    1. The heat can be treacherous...we both agree.

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  5. Both of those books sound interesting. And that is a great way to make an oriole orange feeder. You are so clever! :-)

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    1. The novel WAS a good read...& Mrs. Sherlock Holmes promises to be a good one.

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  6. Sending rain your way. We have way too much here! Nice idea for your Oriole feeders and I really love sloths!

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    1. I'll take all the rain you can share!

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  7. Love the sloth!
    I remember reading a book about the Booth family, but I am not sure it was 'Fates and Traitors.' I will be looking for 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes' next time I am at the library
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks...hope you're having a great weekend too.

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  8. We are up the coast a bit from you and haven’t had the high temperatures you have had. Our highest has been mid to upper 80s but the triple digits will be here before much longer.
    Both your books sound really good.
    Love the gorgeous orioles and how smart you are to create such a clever feeder for them.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Have a great weekend yourself Florence

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  9. I like your idea for the feeder from the dollar store.

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    1. It worked out well...thanks

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  10. I look forward to your review oFrom the synopsis sounds like a good book though i don't usually read non fic

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    1. I rarely read non-fiction myself.

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