Halloween Bingo Update, September 15

Since my last update, I’ve read:
Donna Andrews’ Murder Most Fowl for Gallows Humor;
Bayou Moon by Ilona Andrews for my Cryptozoologist square;
Kevin Hearne’s newest, Paper & Blood; it takes place in the Dandenong Ranges here outside Melbourne (AU), and it definitely fits In the Dark, Dark Wood;
Carolyn Haines’ Independent Bones, which I’m using for the Dem Bones square.

Squares on my card that have been called:  Black Cat, Tropical Terror and Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses

Accumulative reading table with links to reviews below the card.

The spreadsheet:

Bingo Square Date Called Book Title Date Read
Row #1
X Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses Sep. 7 Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Stone Cold Horror/Creepy Carnival Wild Ride Sep. 1
Vintage Mystery
Dem Bones Independent Bones Sep. 14
Read by Candlelight/Flashlight
Row #2
Murder Most Foul
Lethal Games No Nest for the Wicket Sep. 1
Spellbound The Once and Future Witches Aug. 31
X Black Cat Sep. 15 Thornyhold Sep. 13
Relics and Curiosities On the Edge Sep. 8
Row #3
Shifters Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Terror in a Small Town Agnes and the Hitman Sep. 3
X FREE SPACE Like a Charm Sep. 7
Psych / Highway to Hell Archive of the Forgotten Sep. 3
Truly Terrifying The Cannonball Tree Mystery Sep. 5
Row #4
Noir
Genre: Mystery The Alchemist’s Illusion Sep. 2
Country House Mystery
X Tropical Terror Sep. 4 The Mimosa Tree Mystery Sep. 4
Locked Room Mystery
Row #5
Splatter Carpe Jugulum Sep. 9
Cryptozoologist Bayou Moon Sep. 11
Plague and Disease Scourged Sep. 3
In the Dark, Dark Woods Paper & Blood Sep. 12
Gallows Humor Murder Most Fowl Sep. 10
  Wild Card Spell
  Amplification Spell
  Bingo Flip Spell
  Cell Conversion Spell
  Transfiguration Spell
  Double Trouble Spell

Halloween Bingo Update, September 9

Since my last update, I finished Carpe Jugulum, which takes care of my Splatter square, Like a Charm, for my Center / Raven square, and On the Edge for my Relics and Curiosities square.  Without intending to, I’ve read for my middle row, across.  Yay!

I’ve started Donna Andrews’ Murder Most Fowl today.  My intention was to use it for Gallows Humor, but it’s just possible that it might fit Dark, Dark Woods; I’ve only read one chapter so far, but they’re in the woods where a camp of MacBeth re-enactors.  I’ve also got Kevin Hearne’s new one Paper & Blood that takes place in the Dandenong Ranges here outside Melbourne (AU), I’ve been there many times and it definitely fits Dark, Dark Wood, but how much of the story takes place there remains to be seen.

Squares on my card that have been called:  Tropical Terror and Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses

Accumulative reading table with links to reviews below the card.

The spreadsheet:

Bingo Square Date Called Book Title Date Read
Row #1
X Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses Sep. 7 Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Stone Cold Horror/Creepy Carnival Wild Ride Sep. 1
Vintage Mystery
Dem Bones
Read by Candlelight/Flashlight
Row #2
Murder Most Foul
Lethal Games No Nest for the Wicket Sep. 1
Spellbound The Once and Future Witches Aug. 31
Black Cat
Relics and Curiosities On the Edge Sep. 8
Row #3
Shifters Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Terror in a Small Town Agnes and the Hitman Sep. 3
FREE SPACE Like a Charm Sep. 7
Psych / Highway to Hell Archive of the Forgotten Sep. 3
Truly Terrifying The Cannonball Tree Mystery Sep. 5
Row #4
Noir
Genre: Mystery The Alchemist’s Illusion Sep. 2
Country House Mystery
X Tropical Terror Sep. 4 The Mimosa Tree Mystery Sep. 4
Locked Room Mystery
Row #5
Splatter Carpe Jugulum Sep. 9
Cryptozoologist
Plague and Disease Scourged Sep. 3
In the Dark, Dark Woods
Gallows Humor
  Wild Card Spell
  Amplification Spell
  Bingo Flip Spell
  Cell Conversion Spell
  Transfiguration Spell
  Double Trouble Spell

Halloween Bingo Update, September 5: I got my first square!

I’ve had my first square on my card called: Tropical Terror, a square for which I had just yesterday finished The Mimosa Tree Mystery.  Woot!

I’ve also done my re-read of Agnes and the Hitman for Terror in a Small Town.  After reading and loving The Mimosa Tree Mystery, I dived right into The Cannonball Tree Mystery which I used, along with my Amplification spell card, for my Truly Terrifying square.

I have a few more books I know I want to read that will work for my Bingo card, but 2-3 of them haven’t arrived yet.  I’m going to take a break from reading for a few hours and then see what appeals to me from what I currently have on hand.

Accumulative reading table with links to reviews below the card.

The spreadsheet:

Bingo Square Date Called Book Title Date Read
Row #1
Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Stone Cold Horror/Creepy Carnival Wild Ride Sep. 1
Vintage Mystery
Dem Bones
Read by Candlelight/Flashlight
Row #2
Murder Most Foul
Lethal Games No Nest for the Wicket Sep. 1
Spellbound The Once and Future Witches Aug. 31
Black Cat
Relics and Curiosities
Row #3
Shifters Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Terror in a Small Town Agnes and the Hitman Sep. 3
FREE SPACE
Psych / Highway to Hell Archive of the Forgotten Sep. 3
Truly Terrifying The Cannonball Tree Mystery Sep. 5
Row #4
Noir
Genre: Mystery The Alchemist’s Illusion Sep. 2
Country House Mystery
Tropical Terror The Mimosa Tree Mystery Sep. 4
Locked Room Mystery
Row #5
Splatter
Cryptozoologist
Plague and Disease Scourged Sep. 3
In the Dark, Dark Woods
Gallows Humor

 

Halloween Bingo Update, 3 September

I think just about everybody knows we here in Melbourne and Sydney are in level 4 lockdowns and will be until at least October.  My immediate reaction to this has been to go on a reading binge and read all the books.  That means I finished two books I started over the weekend and binge read a third from start to finish.

This won’t continue, of course; I’ll either run out of books or develop blood clots from sitting too long.  So while this update comes right on the heels of my last Bingo post, it’s not a sign of future frequency.  Although I do have my re-read of Agnes and the Hitman that I’ll finish up today for Terror in a Small Town.  After that, I have no idea what I’ll pick up next.

There have been two calls thus far, and neither are on my card, so my card remains just hints of stickers to come.

Accumulative reading table with links to reviews below the card.

The spreadsheet:

Bingo Square Date Called Book Title Date Read
Row #1
Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Stone Cold Horror/Creepy Carnival Wild Ride Sep. 1
Vintage Mystery
Dem Bones
Read by Candlelight/Flashlight
Row #2
Murder Most Foul
Lethal Games No Nest for the Wicket Sep. 1
Spellbound The Once and Future Witches Aug. 31
Black Cat
Relics and Curiosities
Row #3
Shifters Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Terror in a Small Town
FREE SPACE
Psych / Highway to Hell Archive of the Forgotten Sep. 3
Truly Terrifying
Row #4
Noir
Genre: Mystery The Alchemist’s Illusion Sep. 2
Country House Mystery
Tropical Terror
Locked Room Mystery
Row #5
Splatter
Cryptozoologist
Plague and Disease Scourged Sep. 3
In the Dark, Dark Woods
Gallows Humor

 

It’s September 1st! Halloween Bingo 2021 has officially begun!

For those of us who eagerly anticipate Halloween Bingo each year, it’s that most special day – the official kickoff! For those who don’t participate: apologies – the next 60 days might be a tad tedious.

I hate WordPress almost as much as I hate GoodReads, but I got my card to work almost 100%. I simply had to let go of all that silly mathematical nonsense and make my sticker images bigger than the card itself. So I’m back to using a mystery image – this year’s is far edgier than most might expect from me, but given the days we live in, it fit my mood.

If I’ve read it, the sticker is semi-transparent over the square; once the square has been called, it will go fully opaque. I’m assuming the WordPress Reader app will break these posts and make it look like a dog’s breakfast, but I can’t fight WP on two fronts without going stark raving.

Accumulative reading table with links to reviews below the card.

The spreadsheet:

Bingo Square Date Called Book Title Date Read
Row #1
Mad Scientists and Evil Geniuses Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Stone Cold Horror/Creepy Carnival Wild Ride Sep. 1
Vintage Mystery
Dem Bones
Read by Candlelight/Flashlight
Row #2
Murder Most Foul
Lethal Games No Nest for the Wicket Sep. 1
Spellbound The Once and Future Witches Aug. 31
Black Cat
Relics and Curiosities
Row #3
Shifters Naked Brunch Aug. 30
Terror in a Small Town
FREE SPACE
Psych / Highway to Hell
Truly Terrifying
Row #4
Noir
Genre: Mystery
Country House Mystery
Tropical Terror
Locked Room Mystery
Row #5
Splatter
Cryptozoologist
Plague and Disease
In the Dark, Dark Woods
Gallows Humor

 

What Cats Want

What Cats Want: An Illustrated Guide for Truly Understanding Your CatWhat Cats Want: An Illustrated Guide for Truly Understanding Your Cat
by Yuki Hattori
Rating: ★★★★
isbn: 9781526623065
Publication Date: November 3, 2020
Pages: 160
Genre: Non-fiction, Reference
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

 

MT found this last year and bought it for our nieces who were adopting a couple of kittens.  He liked it so much he bought a copy for our library too.  It’s a very easy read, with small bits of information about every facet of raising happy cats.

I’d say the book is far more suited to those like my nieces, for whom having cats in the family is a wholly new experience.  Veteran cat-slaves will find a lot of what they already know here, although I really appreciated the charts showing the different meanings of cat expressions and tail positions.  The chart of differing meows was harder to interpret.  I’d also have liked the book to address more pragmatically the issue of different foods for different stages of life (we have two “senior” cats and one kitten, all of whom think they should be eating out of all the bowls – how to seperate diets?).

But for anyone I knew who was getting their first cat companion, or even their second or third, this is the book I’d give them as an excellent introduction.  Lots of information easily and attractively presented.

Today was a mighty big day …

After almost 6 months of being on the inside looking out, as Easter-cat and Carlito ‘took the air’ in our backyard garden, two important milestones for Pikachu arrived today: she’s grown big enough that we are (semi) confident there is no way she can find her way out of the garden, and it finally hit 20 degrees (I wasn’t supervising in cold weather).

So it was that on a spectacular blue-sky, pre-spring day, Pikachu got her first taste of the great outdoors:

Of course everything was new, exciting and demanded minute examinations.

Eventually, after a respectable first-foray, it was time to wallow in the freedom.

MT and I were both a little anxious about whether or not she’d completely blow us off – with her colouring a mere shadow renders her invisible – but she was as good as gold.  She mostly stayed within site, and frequently raced past our legs as if to say “here I am!”.  And when she wore herself out with exploring, she raced over, jumped into my lap, and started purring for Australia.

Rarely have I seen such unbridled kitten joy.  Now, how to explain the cold-front coming through tomorrow…

By request: Quilt pictures

In a previous post, Pikachu was posing her adorable self on one of the quilts my sister made me a few months ago, and Christine from All the Vintage Ladies commented on it, asking for pictures of my other quilt of the book covers, so here they are.  Since today is our first sunny day with hints of spring to come, I tried for better shots of all of them.

Front and back of book quilt.  This picture came out well enough that you can see the different book-related patterns she quilted into the covers.  The titles are stitched in, but some of them are filled with fabric paint because she felt they got lost against the fabrics.  This is a full-sized quilt, and perfect for curling up in on the couch or in bed.

(MT’s feet say “hi!”)

The quilt below is a queen-sized and it just lights up our bedroom, a room that suffers from a lack of abundant natural light.  I wanted a traditional patterned quilt in blues and greens and that’s exactly what I got, although she jazzed up the back a little bit, and it makes me love this quilt even more.

I’m not quite sure why, but WP darkens the photos – I just compared the image I uploaded from my desktop to this one and this one is darker and bluer, which pissed me off – thank you WP for giving me another reason to be irritated.

Here’s the back, which is NOT darker… UGH!, but anyway, the background is a faded map of the world, and she used a few leftover pieces for those hip and happening stripes, which gives it a mid-century modern vibe (I think).

And finally, with the scraps from both those quilts, lest the cats feel left out (they don’t because they think those two quilts above were really made for them), my sister, quilter extraordinaire, made this for the cats, which Pikachu has staked her claim to:

My sister has made these for quite a few cats of her acquaintance and usually puts catnip in them, but with border controls here re-defining paranoia, I told her not to risk it.  The cats don’t miss it and love it just as it is.