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Seeing this is always a reminder to me that so many family pets are lost, mistreated, or neglected!! We are proud to claim two resident kitties that were adopted....

2] Tahoe and Winston. Tahoe was adopted in Tucson and she came with us to Texas. When we were settled in Texas, we adopted Winston to keep her company. They're like Yin and Yang!! But, they're buddies.







3] We have a long standing tradition of having Candy Corn and Salty Peanuts mix this time of year. I love the combination. And when the dish is on the hutch, it's a bit difficult to not stop, open the dish, and snack away. It's an October thing for us!








4] Okay, so after finishing THIS book, I promised I'd critique it. The letter "G" comes to mind. Gory, Gruesome, Gross, Grim, and perhaps a bit Ghoulish!! But yet....stick around. The other "G" words are Good and very Gripping! Surprise to me too people!! The two authors, Wayne Williams and Darren Allan, really put the reader sitting atop a powder keg. It took me on a ride into an historically recorded event with a flourish of imagination beyond any Biblical way of thinking, exploding in turmoil and intrigue. At least it was a twist of the wrench that kept me up tight until I HAD to put it down for an hour or two...or to try and get some sleep.  Nearly impossible...my mind was gnarled [another 'g' word?] so rigid and tense sometimes I had visions of the deserts of Judea and the stealthy revelations of the characters within the chapters.   I was continually wanting to turn the page and read, read, read.  I might add with an eagerness that I wouldn't have believed myself if I told me so! Seriously, the pages kept flipping by, with me wanting more....wanting conclusive evidence from start to finish. By the way, after the novel ends, the authors added some Biblical proverbs that pertain to Judas.  I was totally immersed in this.  I was totally surprised that a figure in the Bible like Judas, a betrayer, would actually get me feeling sorry for him...what agony he had caused with those around him and for himself.  It's a mystery beyond the realm of some Christianity beliefs and teachings; yet so very possible with an open mind.  From beginning to the way the authors concluded the novel...it was quite "G"ratifying.  Not that the history itself is gratifying...but the way they novelized the story and concluded it without leaving you hanging; there was closure....I recommend this book for those that are not the faint of heart and can take a bit of gore along with suspense.  To some, it's probably not 'politically correctness' through and through, but it's an entertaining read, not to mention highly thought provoking.
I went into Barnes and Noble with Bud the other day, so he could find one of his favorite magazines of the old west [what I call his outlaw gunfire and madness fetish], and since I finished I Know What You Did Last Supper, I perused the newly released fiction section. Found another subject that's always been of interest to me...Lizzie Borden. Actually, the title, "Maplecroft" is what caught my eye. Maplecroft is the 'mansion' [considered a Victorian mansion in the late 1800s] Ms. Borden and her sickly sister purchased after Lizzie being found innocent of killing the parents in Fall River, Massachusetts. I flipped the book to the back cover and read this: "This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.". Whoa Nelly! I was hooked....I'm ready and primed for another good-curl-your-toes kinda suspense reading. At least, I hope so. By the way, I continue to believe she got away with cold-blooded murder. IMHO


5] Just for fun...



Yes, they're muddy footprints. But from what bird? Take a guess....










If you guessed Great Blue Heron footprints, you were correct. [there are actually three blue herons in the image]

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  1. I"m going to have that Lizzy Borden rhyme in my head all night now.
    Those are some crazy footprints

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    1. ...gave her mother 40 whacks...lol Sorry 'bout that.

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  2. I admit the cover and title of that book intrigues me. And gore is good...sometimes.

    2 of our 3 cats are rescues. Marco was a kitten of "Mamasan" who had her babies in a friend's garage. He adopted Mamasan and had her spayed,. So he did the rescuing there, but we gave one of Mamasan's last litter a home.

    I am going to try the candy corn and peanuts mix; it sounds great! (and festive too!)

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    1. ...thanks Nani. And if you do try the candy/peanut mixture, let me know what you think. As with the books if you read 'em.

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  3. Great pics as always and I do love your kitties and those Heron footprints!! How fun! Hope your week is going well, Anni!!

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  4. Now I am craving candy corn and peanuts. You know they inject that wonderliscious smell into those candies just to make us want more and more. Should come with a label. :)

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    1. lol....a warning label...that's a good one. And the word wonderliiscious...like that too.

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  5. Did you get my comment? It disappeared. I love your kitties adorable faces. :-)

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    1. ...well, I got this one. Thanks DJ.

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  6. Beautiful and adorable. Blessings, Catherine

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    1. ...thank you kindly Catherine.

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  7. Love the footprints -- wish I could love the candy corn mix... can't do it around here, such a bummer getting old(er) (Bill only of course ;>), I just behave myself to keep him company). Adorable kitties.

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    1. I should not eat all the sweet either...but I figure I only live once, I'm gonna enjoy it sometimes.

      Thanks Sallie, glad you enjoyed the footprints.

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  8. What a pretty blue heron, and those darling kitty cats.

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  9. I always put out candy corn at the beginning of September, along with all my other fall stuff! i like your pumpkin jar! I never would have guessed a heron!

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    1. ...I have two of those candy jars. But have only ever used one at a time.

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  10. I like your cats, they are very pretty.

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    1. ...that they are Paula. In fact Tahoe [the black tabby] only comes when I call her "Pretty Kitty"....seriously.

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  11. Anni, your kitties are adorable.. I would have guessed wrong on the footprints.. Have a great evening!

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  12. I love the footprints but wouldn't have guessed right! I just heard from someone that they mix candy corn and Reese's Pieces together. That sounds good too!

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    1. Bud loves Reese's Pieces...he'd probably like it too.
      Thanks Mari.

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  13. Great post! The two books sound really good. Thanks for the reviews, Anni!

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  14. Love those muddy footprints!

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  15. Love the footprints and the heron overlooking its domain. I'll leave the candy corn but wouldn't mind a handful of peanuts.

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    1. ...the idea is to grab as many peanuts as possible and only one candy corn per mouthful. lol

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  16. What a fun post! You covered a lot, and quite well! And I agree with you about Lizzie.

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    1. ...that makes two of us then Ann.

      Thanks for the compliments.

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  17. Awesome that you adopted the kitties. Some time ago I visited a little humane society and they were taking care of about 100 cats...poor things, they were so hungry for attention!

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    1. ...did you adopt one...or two?

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  18. That book sounds wild. The footprint were a great find.

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    1. ...it was a page turner.

      thanks Yogi.

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  19. Love the sentiment on the fence. My beloved Willie was adopted and he turned out to be the best dog ever. I would like a kitty, but Fergus probably wouldn't or perhaps he would...

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    1. When our kids were home and young, we always had dogs AND cats. And they, believe it or not, got along like good buddies.

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  20. I never would have guessed the footprints belonged to the Great Blue Heron! Cute!

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    1. ...I probably wouldn't have either if I didn't see one land on the railings.

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  21. i just thought those were marks or bird pooh on the railing but i see the footprints on the 2nd viewing. what a cool time. ( :

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    1. no...bird poo is more or less circles....no 'features' to that Beth. lol

      I enjoyed your comment, made me smile.

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  22. What sweet kitties! I'll bet they have some fun together. And your sweet and salty mix...I'm already craving it!

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    1. Yep, it's the sweet/salty mixture that just goes 'hand in hand' to mouth! lol

      Thanks Shelly, good seeing you here.

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  23. Really??! Lizzie was innocent? I've known the Lizzie Borden song for as long as I can remember. Keep that candy corn away from me. Lol. We have a shelter dog. I wrote a book about 2 littermates at the shelter. Millions of dogs and cats each year are surrendered and many euthanized.

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    1. ...yep that is the sad part of this cruel world. All TOO sad.

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  24. Your stories and pictures are really neat and fun. (So far I've pigged out on 3 bags of candy corn! Love that stuff.)

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    1. Well, we're still going through our first bag...mixing them with peanuts helps conserve the sweets. lol Thanks Ms. G

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  25. really like the adopt signage. candy corn is too sweet for me. i'm sure the salty nuts offset that a bit. :)

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    1. ...yes, they ARE sweet. I agree. Thanks for hosting Ms. T

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  26. and i loved the muddy footprints. :)

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    1. ...thanks, glad you enjoyed the footprints.

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  27. Love that blue heron shot - and you cats are lovely!

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  28. Are you drawn to these gory novels only in the month of October? Is this part of your "I love Halloween" routine, or does this happen at other times of the year and if so, why? I must say, your review is such a good read that I am actually tempted. My friend, Annie, got me hooked on wierd and scary and now you have me leaning toward gory. What the heck ... I'm old, can I survive this read? Hmmm, I will have to give this some thought. Great post on your fence too, Hootin' Annie ... love the footprints and I can see all three of those big old gray critters. I am surprised you didn't put witch hats on them :) Have a great weekend HA ... Loved this whole post!

    Andrea @From the Sol

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    1. Actually Andrea....I don't usually read the 'gory' books. For me, my true love lies in the Victorian England books.

      I do like to be scared to the point I want to spread jello around me to keep the boogie man away tho. [insert wink]

      I'm glad to know you enjoyed the post. Thanks.

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  29. That candy corn and peanuts combo is very addictive. Winston and Tahoe are a couple of cuties. I'm glad they're buddies. My two cats are siblings and are always fighting.

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    1. ...oh they fight like siblings once in a while...but for the most part they are great companions.

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  30. Your kitties are adorable.

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    1. ...thank you, I think so too, but I'm probably a bit biased.

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  31. Love both fence pics! We have two Golden Retrievers that lost their home due to a foreclosure several years ago. When we heard they were headed for the pound we couldn't stand it and brought them home with us. They sleep by day and alternately chew jerky and chase the boogie man (skunks, raccoons, etc.) by night in their own acre lot beside our house. Love those dogs.
    Love the heron footprints. We sometimes get raccoon prints on our deck rails.
    Have a great day!

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    1. ...thanks!

      I wouldn't mind raccoons, but skunks? Umm, not so much.

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  32. Adorable cats dressed for the season. Thanks for the reviews of the two books. Both sound very well written. Love the heron pics. Have a great day Anni!

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  33. Great fence for Good Fences, Anni! I just love your two kitties. I'm not sure about the two books. Though I do love novels at times, I have to say I'd rather read the real event when it comes to some historic events. To me, it's just as fascinating. I am reading Irving Stone's Greek Treasure right now for the second time (I read it when I was in my twenties) and the funniest thing happened....I bought the book from Abebooks, which I love to use for inexpensive used books in great shape. I know it did not come from a used book store in AZ, but I don't remember where....and I was flipping through the pages last night and a business card fell out for an elecronics firm in Tucson! It made me think about the journey some books take...this one evidently coming home after many years. :-) You should read Ghost Ship! I loved it. It made me sad that so many off the wall, weird stories came out of that tragedy! I had to shake my head that apparently there is a new one after all these years! (The one you tried to read and said was so awful!) :-) Anyway, love the blue heron footprints too! Sorry I got off on books.:-)

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    1. Oh I don't mind at all Marie....your thoughts and leaving them here for me to read is great. Greek Treasure. And you're reading it for the 2nd time...more power to you.

      Most times [90 % for me] I'd much rather read historical novels based on fact. Don't laugh, but when I see and index and bibliography at the end of a book it spells B O R I N G to me. Bud laughs when I say that..he's like you. He too would much rather read non-fiction. And we too use Abe Books. Our Half Price bookstore here in town is a lot like Bookmans in Tucson. We go there at least once a week.

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  34. hahhaa...cute little cats.
    Love your fence and the heron photos.

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  35. love the photos of tahoe and winston, too cute!! i'm going to have to try that candy corn/peanut combo!

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    1. ...oh you will like the sweet/salty I think!! But be forewarned, it's addictive.

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  36. Great sky shot and herons!

    Happy Weekend to you.
    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  37. A great serie of photos!

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  38. Your book review sounds very tempting!
    I guessed that it was a Great Blue Heron and I'm glad that I was correct. Those muddy prints look awesome.
    I like your fence. I wish we could adopt a pet (it would probably be a dog), but unfortunately my husband has severe allergies that don't allow us to have a pet.

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    1. ...allergies wouldn't work for having pets, that's for sure.

      Thanks Carola.

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  39. Love those kitties. Almost all of our pets came to us from unwanted circumstances. It's the right thing to do. Those muddy prints are a great find!

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  40. Tuckerjames was adopted. He was a tiny rambunctious kitten when i adopted him.

    love the first fence and the muddy bird prints although I wouldn't have known what they were.

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    1. ...Tuckerjames...LOVE that name. Thanks Felicia

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  41. That adoption fence really stands out. Way to go for adopting those 2 cats. We've adopted our fair share as well and love them to pieces. Neat shot of the herons in the trees.

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    1. ...thanks Ida. We do love our kitties!

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  42. Love the Blue Heron photo.
    Really beautiful bird and a great shot.
    Peace :)

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  43. I am always amazed to see long-legged wading birds perched in trees!
    Have a wonderful week-end
    Lea

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  44. Oh, I love those heron footprints! And your header is so clever!

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  45. I see all three...I think!

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    1. ...I'm sure you spotted 'em Karen!!

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  46. Love your 2 kitties,the read and I did see the 3 Herons.

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  47. Where do you get your witch pictures for your banner??? Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. Tom, I am a member of a 'tube' group with Yahoo. For years. Each day, in emails PSP tubes are for the taking. I get hundreds ...not only witches and Halloween, but everything possible.

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  48. Beautiful Kitties . . . Oh, candy corn and peanuts? That sounds yummy. I did NOT guess Blue heron . . what a lovely surprise . . .

    Happy Friday!

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    1. ...glad you enjoyed the post!! Thanks for visiting.

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  49. Tahoe and Winston's luckiest day was the day they came to live with you and B...
    Candy corn and peanuts very interesting....
    Still quiet here at our abode but not for long I fear
    Hugs madi and mom

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    1. so....Madi's still a purrfect one...'til later.

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  50. I got it a Heron but not a Blue does this count, great post, creative and fun!

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    1. No matter, if you guessed a heron footprint...you're too close to not be correct in my opinion.

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  51. Had to come and respond to your comment on my elk post immediately! :-) I am actually posting the first of three posts on Mesa Verde next week! :-) Yes, we did go there! It is one of our favorite places on the planet...but disappointing that this time we were unable to take the trek down to the ruins themselves like we had when we were younger. We were anxious to send the grandson with a tour group but he wouldn't go without us. It's hard getting old and inform, I can tell you!

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    1. I can understand why he'd not want to go without you two. At least he can say he saw them from the distance!! That counts.

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  52. I loved the three cats! Actually I adopted a black cat, his name is Felix and he is really cute!
    Lovely post, you're really creative :D

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  53. That Maplecroft book would have hooked me, too! Let us know how it turns out.

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    1. I most likely will....I'm about finished with the book now.

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  54. Once my husband, John, and I saw a convention of Blue Heron's in trees. Usually we see them flying by or standing in water fishing. You caught a good photo of 3 herons. Excellent job.
    JM, Illinois

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  55. Sweet and salty together are a huge weakness for me. I could never have that just innocently sitting on the counter.

    I was thinking GBH when I saw the prints. Go me!

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  56. Your kitties are so pretty!
    I would love the peanuts but not the candy corn. My daughter fixed up some cashews and corn and BG ate most of it. I only got a few cashewsl.

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    1. Bud would love the cashews...me? Not so much.

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  57. Your kitties are super cute, Anni. Love the herons.

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    1. ...I think so too, but I may be a bit biased. lol Thanks Veronica

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