Sunday, December 28, 2008

Breaking Dawn....Twilight Book 4

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OMG! This book is so fast paced, I can hardly keep up!

This book is 754 pages long, and is the last book in the Twilight Series. I want so much to make it last, but I am flying right thru it! There is so much going on in this book, that you keep turning the pages, no matter how late, or what has to be done, or who is waiting....etc.

I for the life of me, don't know what I am going to read when I am finished with this..... I have gotten so involved with this series, that I am obsessed. Never before, has a book or books been this good, and held my attention as strong as this one has. I have read thousands of books, as I am an avid reader, but once I started Twilight, there was no stopping me. I have never been this absorbed in a story before.......

And to think, Stephenie Meyer wrote this for teens.....HUH! From the very first book, you are hooked, and want to read more, more, more. There is nothing teenish about it in my opinion, except for the fact that it is a watered down romance. But when has that hurt anything? If you have a good imagination, and I do....you can imagine all kinds of things going on, that aren't stated in black and white.

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Anyway, I am away from the computer, and reading, as usual.....

Till next time,
Take care,
Kat

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Hunny and My Boy for Christmas!

Wow! I had a really nice Christmas this year, and to top it off, I got to spend the morning with my Honey, Steve before he had to go to work. Kinda sucked that he had to work at 2pm on Christmas Day, but at least we had all morning with my daughter and grandson!

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Here we are in all our Christmas glory.....LOL!
We really got into the Christmas spirit this year, and I think this is the first year in a long time that Steve has spent actual Christmas day with someone other than his dog, Sloppy. He had been alone for such a long time before we got together, and this is our first Christmas together, so I think it was special for him, as it was for me! He loves my family as much as I do, and he has taken them on with no qualms, or hesitation, and I love him for that! He wanted to make sure that my grandson Marcus had the best year ever, and you could see the light in his eyes as Marcus was opening his presents.

I guess it has been a long time since he watched a Child open presents with the excitement and anticipation that only a child has on Christmas morning! I did feel bad for him, though, because the poor guy was soooo sick! He felt miserable with a cold and stuffy head, and runny nose, but he didn't let that stop his holiday spirit!!! I give him tons of credit!!

Ohhh! And he got me the 4th book in the Twilight series....Breaking Dawn!
Yipeee! I am so excited. I can't wait to read it! And he also got me a really nice warm and soft Red Sox blanket, knowing first of all, how very cold I am all the time, and second, how much I love the Red Sox!! Great presents from my sweetie!

Here is a picture of me and my grandson Marcus, when he had opened all his presents, and just wanted to play, and Grammy kept insisting on a "nice Christmas photo", he had just about had it by then with all the photos anyway, and you can see by his face, he is not happy about sitting still for yet another photo!!! LOL

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Oh, well, this is my Christmas shot for this year?
Maybe next year, I should try to get that elusive photo before he opens anything????


I wanted to thank all my friends and readers out there who stopped by, and who also left me Holiday wishes!! The same to all of you!

Till next time,
Take care,
Kat XOXO

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

My Wish For Everyone!

Happy-Holidays

To all my friends and readers out there, I would like to wish you and your families the Best Holiday season ever!

Take Care,
Hugzzzzzzz
Kat

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Monday, December 22, 2008

Into Book # 3, Eclipse

Okay, so this book, is so much better than book #2, and I am whipping right thru it!! I love it!

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After reading New Moon, and being all sad and mad and wondering why all this was happening....I am happy to say that Eclipse picks up the pace, and holds on so tight, it doesn't let go! You are very happy to go along for the ride here!

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I am almost done with this book already, even though it is over 500 pages!! Like I said, when a story grabs you this much, you just read, read, read!

I can't wait to get to book #4 now, I am reading as fast as I can, just so I can find out what happens.

Till Next time,

Take Care,

Kat :)

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

New Moon ~ Twilight Book 2

Okay, so I have now finished reading book #2, New Moon in the Stephenie Meyer Twilight saga, and I have already started book #3, Eclipse! I'm telling you, once you get through one, you "HAVE" to have the other one ready, or you will be going through some kind of withdrawal.....you just have to know what happens!

New_MoonThis book was different from the first book, and I don't want to give too much away, but I will tell you that I cried, literally cried, at the beginning of this book! I found myself yelling at Bella, and wondering why she was making the choices she made....and I know, it's only a book....but like I said before, I can get completely lost in these books. The way Stephenie writes, you feel like you could actually be there. She is so very descriptive in her words and it draws you in and doesn't want to let you go!

I also found this book not to be as fast paced as Twilight, but it filled in a lot of gaps, and progressed the story, so I guess it was necessary. When I got by the end, the excitement came back, and I sped through the pages, wanting, waiting, hoping...... and then like I said, I had to have book 3. I don't know what's going to happen, but I can't wait!


Here is my favorite vampire,with Bella, and some of his family. I actually like this picture and wanted it in my post.

twilight1This is one of the movie posters for the "Twilight" movie, and I love the amber color of Edward's eyes! I think you can click on the picture to get it in full size? I don't think you can read the writing on Edward's coat, but it says:
"When you can live forever....What do you live for" ?

twilightNow, I know there are lots of groups and discussions about Team Edward and Team Jacob.....and I have to tell you, the majority of us older readers will go with Edward every time! There is just something so romantic about him, and we have had a lot more experience than the teens, or tweens, and so the logical choice is Edward. The younger set seems to go for Jacob, although, I don't understand it?
Any ideas?

Well, off to read some more of Eclipse.........till next time........
Take care,
Kat :)

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Blog Love~....

I got this "Stunning" award from Sandee over at Comedy Plus....and I think this is my favorite award, ever! Blog_LoveI really love all the components of the award picture, and the meaning behind it is something that is dear to my heart and I will treasure this award! To have your writing and your posts reach other people is one of the greatest feelings I could ever have. It puts a smile on my face, and my mood changes whenever I see an award, or a comment on my blog! It is the Best feeling! I'm sure you all know exactly what I'm referring to. It kind of validates being on here and doing what we all do! And I'm quite happy to keep on doing that!


Now, as I've mentioned before, Sandee over at Comedy Plus has one of the best blogs in the blogosphere! She can make you laugh, she can make you cry, but most of all, she can touch your heart. I am so very thankful that I found her blog, because my day would not be complete without a visit there. I faithfully go and visit her every day, not out of obligation, and not because I am dropping an Entrecard, no, I go because I want to. Most of the time I spend time reading the current post, and then move on to past posts, that I don't get a lot done. I could literally spend hours there and still not read it all!!

One of my favorite blogs? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!


Now, to spread the "Blog Love"............... There are again, many, many blogs I want to award this to, but I will try to limit myself............Here we go..............



Now, if you have not been to these wonderful blogs, and checked them out, why not go now, and see why I think they are all so special to me, and very deserving of this award! There are craft sites, Humor blogs, Jewelry blogs, Personal blogs, Inspirational blogs, and just such a variety that I am sure you will find blogs that you love, like I do! Please go and visit, and congratulate them on their well deserved award!


Till next time,
Take Care,

Kat

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A Great Surprize!

I was given this wonderful award from Swapna over at Crafts and Cooking, and I have to tell you that I was truly surprized! I Love the award, and love the fact that she bestowed it upon little 'ol me! I seriously would like to think that I have the "coolest blog ever", but I know that is up for interpretation. I try to please the masses, but when it comes down to it, I write for me, and I have to be happy with what I put up here for you all to read, so I understand if some of you don't agree. That's fine, I know that Swapna thinks I'm cool, and that makes me smile, big time! :)

If you have not checked out her blog, Crafts and Cooking, I would suggest you go over there now, to see all she has to offer! There are so many cool recipes, and you can learn about some of the culture of India! I have been a follower of her blog for quite some time, and she never fails to amaze me with her posts! I am dying to see some more of her artwork, although I do admit, I love seeing her baby girl's artistic talent too!

Now, in order to accept this award, I have to do the following:
  • Put the logo on my blog
  • Add a link to the person who awarded me
  • Nominate outstanding blogs that I follow
  • Add links to those blogs
  • Leave a message for the nominees on their blog
Well, I have so many blogs that I would just love to nominate, but I will list a few here now,

  1. Sandee at Comedy Plus (I know you probably have this one already, but I WANT you to have it!
  2. Julie at P and J Crafts, I absolutely love the purses and totes that she makes! What talent!
  3. Jenn at My Kids Are My World, I love her blog, and follow it daily! She is one person that we would all want as our best friends!
  4. Cassandra at The Copper Cauldron, now she makes the BEST soaps ever! And we all want to "wash the Wicked away", now dont we?
  5. Tink at Tinkerbell, I just love going there and reading her posts, and seeing the cool graphics. Tink is special! :)
Okay, I have nominated 5 blogs, but there are so many more I want to nominate!
If I get another award, I will nominate some of my other favorites!

It's time to pass along the award, claim it if you want it! Your blogs are all special to me! And I want to say a BIG Thank You~!
Take Care,
Kat

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Twilight Equals Addiction!

Now, I have to admit that this series is not for everyone...
But I am obviously lacking some serious romance in my life, if I can fall so deeply into this story and become hopelessly addicted!!
twilight_book_coverThis is the first book in Stephenie Meyer's 4 book series, and I heard about it from my very good friend Ellen after she had read it and raved about it. Now, I had seen the trailers for the movie, but it didn't quite grab me the way that Ellen's descriptions did! I asked her if I could read it, and she brought the first book in the series in on a Friday.

Needless to say, once I started it, I didn't want to put it down! I was drawn in almost immediately and hungered for more (no pun intended, lol).

I finished that 500 page book that weekend (in 2 days) and wanted to read the 2nd one right away! I wanted to know what happened? I couldn't wait for Ellen to bring me the other book!


Now, for those of you that are new to the series, the first book starts out with a 17 year old girl named Isabella (Bella) Swan, moving to a small town near Seattle ,WA, called Forks. She is shy and doesn't really fit in anywhere, but notices a very different family, and instantly is intrigued by one of the brothers ~ Edward Cullen. It turns out that Edward and his family are vampires, but not your average run of the mill vampires, or the ones from all the old folklore stories or movies....NO, these are very different.
At first all Edward can think about is killing Bella, but as time goes on, he controls himself and they fall in love. Now this isn't the rosy story of first love, this is full of temptation and control, desire and romance. There is so much emotion in this book, that you can actually feel the torturous pain and internal struggle that Edward is going through, just to be with Bella. He is very torn as to what is right and wrong, and he struggles indefinately with emotions that he has never felt before. But some of the things he says to Bella are priceless! He is a true romantic.

Anyway, below is Edward, and I can tell you, he can bite me anytime!

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Now I know I am older than the target range that these books were written for, but I don't care, It is a great story, and it is written very well. Every girl wants the romance, and would love to have someone tell them the things that Edward says to Bella. He is like a modern day Romeo, only better.

And I have met soo many people who are my age and are hooked on these books too! It's not a typical vampire story....it is a love story, with obstacles. It is written from Bella's point of view, so we really don't know what Edward is thinking or doing when he is not with Bella.

The author, Stephenie Meyer was starting to write a book called "Midnight Sun" and it was the same story as Twilight, but told from Edward's perspective. But I read on her website, that someone leaked some chapters from a rough draft and now she has stopped writing it. It is supposedly on hold indeffinately!! I went to the website Save Midnight Sun
and entered the site, and then signed the petition, so hopefully, she will finish the book. I loved hearing the story from Edward, you actually get so much more out of it because you know exactly what he was thinking, and what he was feeling, and you ache when you know how hard it was for him. She actually makes you feel, if you get into the book enough. That is probably what drew me in, that this book captured my heart and I could feel the tension between them. I could sympathize with Bella when she thinks that Edward doesn't like her, and all he's thinking is that he has to get away from her, or he will kill her, his animalistic instincts around her are "that strong"!

If you have not started reading this yet, I highly recommend it!!
Any other Twilight fans out there??? :)


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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Wow! I got Unbelievable Soap~


I just received the most fabulous soap in the mail, and I have to share it with all of you!!!

I received this soap from Cassandra at The Copper Cauldron.
This bar of soap is the "Gingerbread Cookies and Milk" scent, and I absolutely LOVE IT~!

Can you see the little gingerbread man sticking out from this bar of soap?
How cute is that????
It smells like heaven, and I can't wait to use it, and smell all yummy and stuff!


Copper Cauldron SoapCassandra makes so many different fragrances of soap, you have to go check out her Etsy shop "A Good Witch Too". She makes soaps that "wash the "wicked" away! What a unique tag-line!

This is the packaging that my soap came in.....
It is a beautiful organza bag, filled with stuffing and smelling just wonderful!!

Copper Cauldron Soap Packaging
If you are looking for some great holiday gifts...I would highly recommend The Copper Cauldron's soaps! They are very reasonable in price, and unique in the way that they aren't just bars of soap.....each one has a unique something added to it~
You can get a lot of Christmas presents crossed off your list at this store!!
Take care,
Kat

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Awards A-Plenty

I have been very blessed with these awards....and I have been very late in getting them posted, so I am posting them all now. I know, I know, it looks like alot, but trust me, they were spread out! It's just me and my lateness....

awardsThese beautiful and very meaningful awards were bestowed on me by a lovely lady and great friend, Sandee of Comedy Plus. Hers is a blog I read daily, and don't know what I'd do without! She definately keeps the smile on face and the cheer in my heart! Thank you Sandee for all your support and your comments, you keep me going! If you haven't checked out her blog, I'd recommend you go there right now, to see what I'm talking about....click here.


This next award was given to me by my good friend Janet, over at Dolly's Daily Diary. She has given me awards that are dear to my heart, and I can't thank her enough!

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Now as you all know, I have mentioned on this blog more than once about Janet's Blog, and how inspirational it is.This is another blog that I read daily, and couldn't go a day without reading it. She is a wonderful writer, and she has a joke or two also, to keep me laughing.

I have so many friends and blogs that I read, I can't limit giving these awards to just a few, so I am giving this to all my favorite blogs, in the list on the left. Take the awards if you want to claim them, you all deserve them so very much!

Thank you all....you make my day!
Take care,
Kat

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Help to Feed Thousands of Strays with a Click!


Meet the ASPCA Kid of the Year!

I just read the most amazing story in People Magazine. It was about this little girl, Mimi Ausland, who is 12 years old!
I can't believe it takes the little people to make the world a better place for animals. Earlier this year, Mimi Ausland of Bend, OR, decided to make a real difference in the lives of homeless animals. After months of research and planning, Mimi launched Freekibble.com to provide healthy pet food to cats and dogs in area shelters.

Freekibble is an interactive site that asks visitors to answer a brief trivia question about animals. For every answer—right or wrong—the site donates ten pieces of kibble to shelter dogs. It was recently joined by Freekibblekat.com, a site that posts feline-themed questions to benefit homeless cats. Since April 1, 2008, Mimi and the site’s sponsors—including Castor & Pollux, which donates pet food—have provided more than 51 million pieces of kibble to 11 shelters.

Late last month, Mimi and her family traveled to New York City to attend the ASPCA Humane Awards luncheon, where this special girl received the ASPCA Tommy Monahan Kid of the Year award for her hard work and dedication.
“It was such an amazing experience from start to finish,” Mimi reports. “The ASPCA is one of the biggest animal welfare organizations, and they take such good care of their animals. I was so happy when I knew I would be getting an award from them!”
Presented annually to exceptional pets and people who make a difference in the lives of animals, the ASPCA Humane Awards Program honors the special bond between humans and companion animals. Mimi joined seven other honorees at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center on October 30 to receive her award.

She adds, “That’s why I love doing freekibble. Even though it might not get animals adopted—although it has happened before—it gives them healthy, natural food and helps make them happy.”
Let's all help her feed the hungry and homeless pets in shelters!! Please click and help!!

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