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Sunday, March 29th, 2009
6:25 A.M.

Play along with your subconscious; Sunday's Word Association.
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I say ... and you think ... ?

I haven't participated in this Sunday meme for quite some time so I thought I'd give it a go 'round today for the fun of it. Here goes:

1. Road trip :: day trip
2. Pool hall :: billards & beer
3. Extraordinary :: League of ---Gentlemen [movie with Sean Connery]
4. Jackson :: Five
5. Heartfelt :: Condolences
6. Wet :: and soggy
7. Strangle :: choke
8. .com :: website
9. Touched :: by an Angel
10. Insipid :: dull, boring

~....END Unconscious Mutterings
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This week, I started on the last 'book' [of four books/short biograhpies within one novel] inside the covers of "The Fountainhead" that Erik got for me for my birthday in February. One amazing book. But he isn't giving me any clues as to how it's going to end ---turd. During our many phone conversations I'm asking him this or that, and he simply says "I don't know. You're going to have to read it to find out." He's no help. Of course he read the very same last winter.

Anyway, Bud and I made our usual weekly jaunt to the bookstores. My favorite store is Half Price Books and his favorite is Barnes and Noble. So, we hit them both in one day. They are close together in the city. Within walking distance of each other. [I found a great historical novel in Barnes and Noble but I didn't have the debit card on me, and I don't carry any more than $20 in cash with me - the price was over that. Next time! I'll get it. It's "Etta". An historical fiction of Etta Place of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame. I read the inside cover while Bud was over in the World War II and War section of the store. Me? I'm always found in the fiction. LOL] Anyway, it sounds a bit far fetched from what I've learned over the years of the real Etta...but still with imagination, this just may be a fun read.

Okay, so then when we were done there, we walked out and put our purchases in the trunk [Bud had some cash] and crossed the street to walk a block to Half Price Books. I have a list with me to check each time we go there. While checking for a Robin Matthews book about the Da Vinci mother...a novel of course, I spied this one on the shelf and pulled it out. I knew the names right off and wondered if it was the one and same couple as history has us know about the Lincoln assassination in Ford's Theater. I saw the cover as I pulled it off the shelf and sure 'nough it IS the same Henry and Clara.

Now I've never heard of this book [and I read book reviews in the newspaper every Sunday!].....I musta missed this one entirely. Of course it's an older publication, but I swear if I'da read the review back in the 1990's I would have remembered and bought it back then.

I immediately went out on Google to do a book search and found it. Hmmmmm. It's a fictionalized account of the couple, an engaged couple in historical fact, Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris....they were the invited guests who sat in the same balcony as President and Mrs. Lincoln the night he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Now, history tells us that the couple were deeply affected by this turn of events and life for them became trauma after trauma. I'll be excited to delve into this novel and see what it's like. But first, finishing "The Fountainhead". Maybe by this time next week, I can open "Henry and Clara".

From Mary at Mary's Writing Nook.
Thank you. It's adorable.

And from sweet Pea @ Pea's Corner...
Thanks so much!


Yesterday when we got ready to leave for the day to go to the art festival and then to the art museum, we backed out of the garage and as we did, I noticed a HUGE tree branch had broken from the front yard tree! The wind was blowing very fast and hard Friday night! We had 90+ degree temps that day...then that night a cold front moved in and the Saturday temperature for highs was only in the mid 60's with a windchill in the 50s!! Funny thing tho, we never heard the branch fall! But, there it was in the middle of our sidewalk that goes up to the front porch. Bud got out of the car and tried to move it from the house and to keep it from blowing into the neighbor's yard or driveway. The wind, still blowing, almost took him and the branch away. So, I got out of the car and helped him...we drug it into the filled the garage!!! When we got back from our day's outing, we had a lot of work to do before Monday...when the city would come by and take it away for us. But, we had to cut it down some, do some trimming, so the trucker can get it loaded onto their refuse truck.

We still went on our merry way like as if nothing happened after the garage door was shut and we were backed out of the driveway for the 2nd time. We made it to the festival and enjoyed our time there...even tho the wind along the shore was nasty there too...[an artist that had a booth -like the circus tents with a canopy and all- had a lot of her oil paintings ruined 'cause her tent blew over in the wind!]. I got several photos of the festival AND some of the recent, new displays of art at the museum -quilt art- that I'll get off the camera and get them uploaded for my blog soon.

We got home late in the afternoon and immediately got busy cutting up the huge branch. What a mess. I love trees and their beauty....but boy can they do damage quickly!! We were pooped out when we got it done. But, IT IS DONE.


  1. we have three matches. thanks for stopping by mine!

  2. Anni,

    That book sounds like one I would enjoy. At first I thought you were going to say you found "They Have Killed Papa Dead."

    At present I'm reading books for review, but really want to get back to "Centennial."

    I'm glad you and Bud were able to get out, but I know that cutting up that tree was no fun. That's a difficult chore.

    Enjoy the button. I'm glad you liked it.

    Take care, my friend. It's a rainy day here, so our plans have changed. We'll probably just stay in.


  3. Enjoy your day sweetie.

  4. I wonder why I was blooming and not baseball game............... I am a HUGE baseball fan and come baseball season all other TV programs are history...............Go St Louis Cardinals!

    Oh well............... I will take the blooming .......... and such a sweet comment that was!

    I always love coming to your blog..... always so interesting and always give me pause to think.....

    I do not think enough! hahahha

    Have a blessed Sunday.........

    Hugs x0x0x0x0

  5. Mmm! Wow! Yes, they can do a LOT of damage in just a split second! We had a big one fall on the garage several years back -- all I can say is thank God for HOMEOWNERS insurance! Glad you guys were able to get this one cleared up yourselves...

  6. That was one big branch - good that it landed on the sidewalk instead of the roof. We had a big one fall in a snowstorm several years back and I couldn't believe it when I looked outside and saw it. Sure messes up the look of a nice big tree!

    I must see if Henry and Clara is in the library - sounds like something I'd really enjoy.

    Wow, 90 one day and 50 the next - sounds kinda like here, only lots of degrees different! I really really hate wind.

    That's so sad about the artist's loss!

    Well, time to get to church - have a great day!

  7. You had only one branch ! we had to have cut our wheeping willow which became so huge ! It took all the sun from the garden. I tell you that was a work with 3 men ! Now it looks a little strange I was so used to it !
    I buy my books in a store for used books. When I finish a book I sell it there and buy another one. Our library is so full that I am only interested in reading and not in collection books anymore. There I find also English books, as we have so many english speaking people here.

  8. Cleaning up after that broken branch looks like a huge chore! Glad you were able to have some fun before you had to tackle that.
    That book sounds interesting. I'll look for it at the library..
    Happy Sunday!

  9. Cool mutterings! We lost half of our pussy willow tree during some heavy winds. It gives an entirely different perspective to our view out the back window. It is fortunate that neither one of us had trees cause structural damage. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  10. I used to watch Touched By An Angel all the time with my mother. Great mutterings :) Thanks for visiting my blog also :)

  11. It was windy like that here yesterday. The trash cans rolled from the back to the front.
    That is not a bad thing, trash day is tomorrow anyways and now they are half way to the curb....ha.
    Have a nice Sunday..;)

  12. Good Afternoon Anni,
    I'm just out visiting again today. I will probably put up a new post tomorrow. Girls will be home in a litle while and we will have to get back into the swing of things come morning. Enjoyed reading your musings. I'm still reading the book that I wond from Diane @ Diane's Place. I'm a slow reader. LOL. It is a good book tho. Hubby got one of his cousins to come over this past Thursday and haul some branches from the back yard to the ditch in front of the house that was left from the Ice Storm in January. One of his cousins had started the job, but never came b ack to finish it. Sorry piece of ****. Sorry about that. LOL. Any who, the City came by on Friday and picked them up. They did leave a couple of big branches in the ditch. I dont' know if they fell off or just left them intentionally. It was really windy around here yesterday too. The winds didn't die down until early this morning. That was sweet of Mary to make that cute button for everyone. I havene't been to visit Pea yet, but will here shortly. Take care my friend and have a Blessed Sunday. May GOD BLess you adn yours.
    Karen H.

  13. Wonderful, busy Saturday for you. Trees are a lot of work! That is one reason we are enjoying the new house with just a couple of small trees that provide no shade yet. Some day someone else will have to deal with the hard parts.

  14. I have looked deep into your subconscious and though some of the thoughts were a bit soggy I have deduced the following:
    !. You take short rather than long trips.
    2. You go to movies and watch television but find both to be dull.
    3. You care about people that have loses in their life.
    4. You have been in a pool hall where you drank beer and played pool.
    5. You spend a lot of good fruitful time on the computer.
    No Charge
    Dr. John

  15. Well, that was a different Saturday. Books and chopping up fallen branches.

    Happy reading...and chopping.

  16. "Turd" that's such a loving endearment! LOL You always manage to crack me up, dear Anni! hehe I'm sure you don't really want to know how the book ends, that would ruin all the fun:-)

    Sounds like you always have a good time going to the book stores and that book "Henry and Clara" sounds like it might be a good read. One tends to forget the other couple who were sitting with President and Mrs. Lincoln the night he was shot.

    I can well imagine yours and Bud's surprise when you noticed that fallen tree branch! Thankfully no one was hurt or anything damaged when it did break off. We're having freezing rain today so everything is covered in ice. Ugh! I am SOOOO ready for Spring to arrive here!!!! xoxo

  17. Anonymous3/29/2009

    yes, i believe angels are more substance than form, and touches us in one form or another!

    have a blessed day!

  18. Nice picks for your mutterings this week.

  19. Good thing you caught the branch before it was able to do any damage!

  20. Hi Annie, cool mutterings, we matched on a few...

  21. great mutterings this week. I love what you've done with your blog. Very spring-y!