Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow Pictures!

 Jackal's excited, come play with me face.

 When I call his name he whips his head around and then his body follows, so cute!

It's hard to tell in profile shots, but he's lost a LOT of weight!
I need to get better comparison pictures for you guys.

 Chrome doesn't mind the snow, but the goats hate it!

 They refuse to touch the snow/ice at all!
To get back in the barn they would back up under the eaves instead of turning around lol.

They thought so hard about coming to me, but in the end decided not to.

While I was crouched down taking pictures of the goats, Zep came up behind me.

Then he peered around my shoulder at Jackal hiding and using me as a shield hehe.

I really wish my good camera hadn't died because I really want to take pictures of the birds out in the snow.  :(  I'm getting sick though, so I guess I shouldn't sit outside in the cold.  Oh well.  There's always next time.  I hope you enjoyed the pictures of Jackal and the herd!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Dog Dancing

Someone shared this video on Facebook and I loved it so much I have to share it!

I haven't seen one that good since the Rookie video where they danced to a Grease song. If you haven't seen it you have to watch it too!

Monday, February 2, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge Progress

I'm having so much fun with the reading challenge (see my other posts here)!  The interesting thing is that a lot of these books could go in multiple categories, so I'm not pinning them down just yet.  I'm writing them down along with whatever categories they could go in and I'll make it final at the end of the year.  Heck I might even read extras by accident lol.  It's February now and I've read six books.  So far, so good!

Here's what I've read so far as well as the categories they will fit in.  :D

I started reading the Dog Lover's Mysteries by Susan Conant in 2014.  They can be a little slow sometimes so they are actually really great for reading at night before bed when I'm trying to fall asleep (that can be difficult for me sometimes).  This one actually wasn't one of my favorites.  It has a Sherlock Holmes theme and I've never read them so I felt a little out of the loop.  It actually really made me want to read them though so maybe I'll figure out how to add them to the list lol!!  I really have enjoyed all of her books though.  This is the eleventh book.  I really like the series because it doesn't dumb down the dog talk (although it does sometimes go into long explanations that us dog people don't really need).  I love reading a book where dog terms and training are tossed around like everyone understands it hehe.  Also in the later books she even gets into clicker training so that's AWESOME!  She has Alaskan Malamutes too!  :D  Yep, if you are a dog lover with a sense of humor who likes mysteries and can be patient through the slow spots you will love these.  This book falls into the mystery category or a book by a female author.

This is a book that I was asked to review.  I didn't like it the first time I tried to read it in July of 2014 so I quit reading it.  That makes it perfect for a book you started but never finished category.  I ended up really liking it.  You can read my full review on my other blog here.

I had never heard of the Trixie Beldon books before mom told me about them.  I don't remember how she found them, but she really liked this one and recommended it to me.  So it fits under the categories of a book your mom loves and a book by a female author. This one also fits under a book you can read in one day, because I did read it in one night.  I LOVE them!  It was written in 1948 and I love that!  It feels like books written for teens these days are kind of dumbed down, but these aren't.  I love the language and grammar in them.  These kids use words at thirteen that an eighteen year old these days might not know and it was normal back then!  I probably sound like a total snob saying that.... but it can be so true sometimes.  Obviously it's not true about everyone.  There are a lot of bright kids even now... but anyway you get the idea.  These are really entertaining and fun.  I'm having a hard time putting them down as you'll see below hehe.

This is the second book in the Trixie Beldon series and it was just as good as the first one, although I didn't finish it in one day because of that little thing called a job lol.  It fits under the book my mom loves or female author categories though.  Oh and all of these count for the mystery category.  I've really been a fan of mysteries lately.  I was very pleased to find that this book starts where the first one left off.  I love that in a series.  It can be really annoying to find a great series just to learn that each book is about different characters or that it skips a bunch of time.  I really am a series addict hehe.

The third book was just as great as the first two.  I'm literally never bored when I'm reading these.  Even if the mystery is sometimes simple and easy to figure out, it doesn't matter because reading how the girls figure it all out is what makes it fun.  These are not suspense mysteries, but they are hard to put down.  :D  After the third one I finally forced myself to read something else.  There are a bunch of books in the series and I don't want to get sidetracked from the reading challenge.  I will be back though!!

This is a book I've been meaning to read for a while, but I hadn't gotten around to it because I only had it in the Kindle version.  At night I read on a Nook because it's not backlit and I can use a dim book light.  My tablet that has the Kindle reader on it is very bright and disturbs my husband when he's trying to sleep.  Today was my day off and we are both feeling sick (head colds and in his case a really bad sinus infection and fever) so I decided to catch up on some Kindle books.  This book is so fun and easy to read that I finished it in two hours (so it could go in the read in one day, female author or set in a different country categories)!  I couldn't put it down!  I haven't read any romance books in a while (besides Share & Share Alike) so it was a bit different, but it was really refreshing (maybe I need to take a break from mysteries lol).  I enjoyed the characters and I could understand how the main character was feeling even though I couldn't really relate to what she was going through.  I love the way it ended and I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

Well that's all so far!  Only 44 to go!  I'll update again at the end of the month with what I've read.  :D  Also here is the list again.  If any of you have suggestions for books to read definitely leave a comment.  Especially for the hard ones like a play.... where do I find a play that isn't Shakespeare??

1. A book with more than 500 pages
2. A classic romance
3. A book that became a movie
4. A book published this year
5. A book with a number in the title
6. A book written by someone under 30
7. A book with nonhuman characters
8. A funny book
9. A book by a female author
10. A mystery or thriller
11. A book with one-word title
12. A book of short stories
13. A book set in a different country
14. A nonfiction book
15. A popular author's first book
16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet
17. A book a friend recommended
18. A Pulitzer Prize winning book
19. A book based on a true story
20. A book at the bottom of your to read list
21. A book your mom loves
22. A book that scares you
23. A book more than 100 years old
24. A book based entirely on it's cover
25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't
26. A memoir
27. A book you can finish in a day
28. A book with antonyms in the title
29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit
30. A book that came out the year you were born
31. A book with bad reviews
32. A trilogy
33. A book from your childhood
34. A book with a love triangle
35. A book set in the future
36. A book set in high school
37. A book with a color in the title
38. A book that made you cry
39. A book with magic
40. A graphic novel
41. A book by an author you've never read before
42. A book you own, but have never read before
43. A book that takes place in your hometown
44. A book that was originally written in a different language
45. A book set during Christmas
46. A book written by an author with your same initials
47. A play
48. A banned book
49. A book based on or turned into a TV show
50. A book you started but never finished