Sunday Salon – April 12, 2009

Sunday Salon

April 12, 2009

Good morning to all of you! I hope you had a wonderful week and for those of you who celebrate Easter, I hope you are having a joyous celebration.

contemplative0001 (click on photo to enlarge) Raven Update: She is growing by leaps and bounds (I just changed her food to one for large breed puppies to help control that a bit because I think she is growing a little too fast). Last night was a breakthrough…she only woke up ONCE! Ah, I long for a night I get to sleep without disturbance. Her training is coming along well – she is actually starting to get the idea that chasing cats does not pay off.

This week was busy, but I did manage to do some quality reading. I posted a review of The Mechanics of Falling by Catherine Brady along with a guest post by her about how to get the most out of reading short stories. I also finished reading Buffalo Lockjaw by Greg Ames (read my review) which is a tough, but well written book. I am giving away an Advance Reader’s Edition of this book on April 14th – so there is still time to throw your name in the hat. Go to this post and leave me a comment.

My current read is The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe. It is set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1991 with flashbacks to the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The novel uncovers a mystery surrounding a woman named Deliverance Dane…and of course it involves the witch trials. So far I am enjoying the book. Look for a review by mid-week.

I’ve done a little housekeeping on my blog. The categories are now listed via a drop down menu in the left sidebar. I also updated my Library Thing widget and you can click on any book listed there and get a snapshot of my rating and review…it is also in the left sidebar near the bottom of the page.

Do you follow the Orange Prize award? This month the long list for the Orange Prize for Fiction AND the short list for the Orange Award for New Writers were both announced. Have you read any of these books?

Lastly, I want to say thank you to those bloggers who flattered me with awards in the last couple of weeks:

splash-award The Splash Award for ‘blogs which allure, amuse, bewitch, impress, or inspire you.‘ Thank you to Rebecca from Lost in Books who sent this award my way…I feel the same way about your blog!

loveblog I Love Your Blog award came to me from Kristi at Books and Needlepoint. Thank you Kristi – I have been loving your blog for quite some time now!

zombieThe Zombie Chicken Award (I love this one!!) bequeathed to me by three wonderful bloggers: Jeane at Dog Ear Diary, Vasilly at 1330V AND Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit. Here is what this award is all about:

“The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all…”

Thank you so much Jeane, Serena, and Vasilly…and because I do not want to enrage any zombie chickens, I will send this award on to five of the over 300 blogs I read and love:

Staci at Life in the Thumb

Kristen at BookNAround


Katherine at Nonsuch Book

Sheri at A Novel Menagerie

These are just some of the wonderful blogs I read each day – if you haven’t checked out their content, please do!

Whatever you have planned for today, I hope it is filled with good people and good books…

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    • Kathy on April 12, 2009 at 08:08

    Happy Easter and congratulations on all of the awards. Give Raven a big hug.

  1. Raven is so beautiful! Look at that face! You’re starting to make me want a dog! Your blog looks great. Happy Easter and happy reading!

    • Wendy on April 12, 2009 at 08:19

    Kathy: Happy Easter to you as well – Raven says “thank you” for the hug and gives some sloppy kisses back!

    Vasilly: Thank you so much! Happy Easter to you too!

  2. Happy Easter!!!! And great photos – so adorable!!!!

    • Wendy on April 12, 2009 at 09:00

    Thank you, Michelle – and Happy Easter to you too! So glad you stopped by 🙂

  3. I’d love to have a dog or a cat, but my husband absolutely refuses to allow any more animals….Odd, because I have 0 animals at home (though I DO have a few in my school library…just two turtles, sixteen fish, a chinchilla, three parakeets, a hamster, and a cockatiel.)

  4. Yea for more sleep! That’s a great Raven photo.

    I’ll be anxious to read your review of The Physick Book – it’s on my stack to read soon.

    Your blog changes are wonderful. I like that review option.

    Happy Sunday! Hope your week is fabulous.

    • Wendy on April 12, 2009 at 11:11

    Debbie: You sound like you have a regular menagerie at your school library *laughs*

    Terri: I am almost done reading Howe’s book…thanks for the positive feedback on my blog changes 🙂 Hope you also have an awesome week!

  5. Happy Easter Wendy! Another too cute picture of Raven!

  6. Thanks so much for the award! And as I too fear the chicken, I will have to choose 5 to pass it along to quickly. Happy reading!

  7. Raven is beautiful!!!

    And congrats on all your awards 🙂

    • Sheri on April 12, 2009 at 20:53

    Do you think Raven will grow into those ears? She’s so CUTE!

    Thanks for the award! I love your blog, as well. (but, you know that already).

    Have a great day!

    • Wendy on April 13, 2009 at 14:48

    Amy: Thanks – hope your Easter was filled with blessings!

    Frances: You are very welcome!

    Melissa: Thank you so much 🙂

    Sheri: *laughs* I don’t know – Caribou never really grew into hers (although she made a good effort!) You’re welcome re: the award – much deserved!

    • lenore on April 14, 2009 at 06:57

    Congrats on winning the prestigeous Zombie chicken award. You deserve it!

    • Wendy on April 14, 2009 at 17:37

    Thanks, Lenore 🙂

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