I planned on writing something serious today about current events, but then I received wonderful news this morning that I want to share. It was the first email message I saw when I opened my mailbox. Giggle, giggle.
First some background. Are you familiar with the Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King? This is one of the few series that I keep up with. In a nutshell, in case you're not, Mary, the wife of Sherlock, is the main character in the series. Mary goes from being Sherlock's apprentice to his equal partner in marriage and detection. Together, they resolve situations for clients and Sherlock's brother who is in the deepest of deep English intelligence, as well as for themselves. The time frame for their adventures is the late 1910s and 1920s. For more about the series, click here.
So, what's my news?
Last month I entered that drawing above of Mary and Sherlock on a hillside in Laurie R. King recent fan art contest. It's my interpretation of Sherlock and Mary in their first years together. Sherlock and Mary discuss a case while the apprentice practices her juggling, a skill that she shall use when she is in disguise as a gypsy or other vagabond. Sherlock smoking his pipe is a sign that he is focused on making sense out of the clues that have revealed themselves.
Yes, the news. I won First Runner Up in the Contest! The announcement is here. Whooo-hooo!
It's the first time I ever placed in an art contest. Wowza!
We're up to the letter S in ABC Wednesday, thank you very much ABCW team. To join in and/or check out the participants, please click here.
I'd probably been lying on the bed reading for three or four hours that sunny summer weekend afternoon. I was probably 12 years old.
That's what the Mama got for buying me a bed with a bookcase headboard. It was packed full with paperback books that I purchased from the monthly Scholastic book catalog during the school year. Three or four dollars bought me a lot of books back then. I shall always be grateful the Mama and the Daddy let me buy so many, and for leaving me alone to read the books over and over most of the time.
Reading was my favorite thing to do in summer, followed by riding bicycles, watching movies, and eating. Except for the bicycle riding, I seem to have slipped back into my once-upon-a-time summer routine. I'm not getting much done, I admit. And, yes, my clothes are feeling snug. Again.
I really do need to urge me to step outside and do something. There's still time today to water the flowers in the backyard, or pick up all the apples and lemons that have dropped off the trees, or rake the leaves, or put everything back in the shed, or . . . .
Maybe I'll take my book outside with me as incentive. After each thing I finish, I can read a chapter.
I'm a grown-up. First things, first. But, that could be reading.
Silly me, thinking I can bribe or shame myself into doing things.
Translation: What was that? What does she want? I'm hungry!
Molly the Cat smiles. Lips smack. Tail swishes.
Molly settles in the wet grass, beneath the bird feeder. She watches the feeder swing back and forth and listens to the rustling of leaves as the little birds make their way up the tree.
Not to worry little birds. Molly the Cat loves to stalk you, crouch low, and pounce towards the tree. That's it though. She has no idea that she's supposed to catch you. She's merely getting her jollies for the morning.
Tweeet, tweet, chirpppp, chirrp, tweet!
Molly the Cat and I are linking up with ABC Wednesday, hosted by Roger Green and the ABCW team. Click here to check out what other participants are writing about the letter J and/or to participate yourself.
We're also hooking up with Warm Heart Wednesday, hosted by Jenny Matlock of Off on My Tangent. Click here to check our this other delightful weekly meme.
Its boingness is more so since I only drink it now and then. Boing! Boing! Boing!
Yesterday was my day of Boing! I brewed coffee for the Mama, the Husband, and me to sip as we ate old-fashioned doughnuts. Yummmmmmm. Boing!
It's the letter B on ABC Wednesday, the weekly meme started by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt and continued today by Roger Green and his ABC Wednesday team. Click hereto participate and/or to check out other participants.