Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Day of Wonder and Marvel

It was truly a day of wonder and marvel, here in the Wild Kingdom.

First of all, Cabel the Dog PASSED his Canine Good Citizenship Test!!! This came as a complete surprise to, well, everyone who knows him. He is a great dog, but does sometimes lack Good Citizenship skills. We hedged a bit, his trainer and I. One is not meant to use the head harness Gentle Leader thing, for reasons my trainer does not get. They are meant to do it all on coller and leash. Cabal is simply not controllable tho that way, so we used the Gentle Leader. He is taking the class again, with hopes that we can work up to just a coller.

Besides, it is kind of fun. People, dogs, walking around. (Top that for excitement LA folks!)

And JL2 let me pet her while she ate! And seemed to enjoy it. Or she was really hungry. Hard to tell.

Venus only drew blood once, and I kind of asked for it, playing Fingers Coming Out From Under The Blanket. Must re-Softpaw.

The peas got planted, tho, sadly not by Transcribing Girl.

And I read my first Jane Austen Chapter. (Getting away from the transcribing for ten minutes.) Wonderfully delightful! Why I have been scared off from her for so long I do not know...It's beautiful. I'm starting with Sense and Sensibility. Reading her bios I discovered that it was published on 1811, NOT the early 1900's, which was what I had thought. She was born a full 100 years earlier than I had believed.

This, for some reason, makes a huge difference..

Still a full moon.

And a day of wonder and marvel.

Love and Moons,


At 7:32 PM , Blogger merryhousekeeper said...

Wonder and marvel are truly wonderful things... Peas... then carrots.. and beets, and tomatoes & corn???? Lol, I love all the wonder!! White wonder is wonderful too, you Rock!!

At 7:33 PM , Blogger merryhousekeeper said...

Or rather, you are quite Marvelous!! Enjoy your new reading.

At 8:12 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I am enjoying the reading. The story unfolds wonderfuly. And the laguage and style quite easy to go with, once you are into it.

A least now that I have her in the right time period.

Plant carots tomorrow for me. I am goin to finish this transcription, come what MAY!

At 8:32 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

Wonder and Marvel indeed!

All the animal challenges are turning to the good.

I always have Austen on The List, but I never seem to get to her.

Check out some of the wonders and marvels of my day here!

At 8:39 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're enjoying Austen!! And congrats on making His Dogness be a good citizen. :-) Playful cats, semi-obedient dogs, planted veggies, Jane Austen . . . yup, that's a good day. (We won't mention the evil, I mean, the necessary transcribing!) BTW, did you get the chance to read the near-divine Ms. Susanna Clarke's "Strange and Norrell"? I could have sworn you've written about her here, or am I dreaming? She's an Austen lover, and deliberately writes "Strange" to be much like a Jane Austen + Magic: same time period and all, same social manners, but with magicians. Yay!

At 8:41 PM , Blogger Bulfinch's Aglaia said...

(BTW, sorry for posting so much the last couple of days -- I am currently unemployed and will be for the next couple of weeks, so I'm catching up on reading blogs and obviously "talking" way way toooo much. Eeeeek, and, again, my apologies.)

At 9:45 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I'm glad you're enjoying Austen. I haven't read any of her books; however, I've seen some of the movies based on them and enjoyed said movies. Hawthorne wrote _Tanglewood Tales_, among other books, in which he retold Greek myths. _Tanglewood Tales_ and _The Wonder Book_ (whose author I can't remember) were my introductions to Greek and Roman mythology back when I was six or seven. I probably have never read Austen because her work was never required reading in school, unlike Hawthorne. ::shrug::

At 11:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cabal passed! Yay to Cabal for passing and yet also managing to repeat the class! ;) That's something I would do.

And JL2 let you pet her! Stand back!

I think of all the LA folks, I'm the most boring, so you can safely top me for excitement, most days. Unless your heart thrills and pulse races when you wrangle minions, or discover new brands of hand-crafted oil paint, of course. ;) In fact, I'm so boring, there's probably going to be a nastygram sent from Central Casting any day now about how I better step it up and start acting like I belong in LA.

Glad you're enjoying Jane Austen. See? Not so scary after all. :)

At 11:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good boy Cabal.:)

And the kitties are finally warming up to you, that's good to hear.

I've actually never read any Jane Austen, but I've loved all of the movies made of her stories, so I should at least try. (I'm a bad costume drama junkie;)

At 4:10 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

"These are the days of miracle and wonder
This is the long distance call
The way the camera follows us in slo-mo
The way we look to us all"

At 4:13 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

"Jane Austen Book Club" was a better movie than I expected it to be, btw. While inoffensive, I didn't find anything to rave about in "Being Jane Austen".

I can't believe I seen two meta-Austen films in the past month.

At 5:00 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

I haven't seen either of those two films, but i agree Dan, the Jane Austen Book Club seems the more interesting of the two. Aleta, beautiful photos, what a lovely spring you're experiencing! And good dog and a pat on the head to Cabal, for passing, and may he increase his social skills to collar and leash. glad also to hear at least one of the jl's is acclimating. and hi grace! good to see you posting (not too much at all), i love Austen too,tho i am finally reading good omens - have a good doomsday all!

At 7:10 AM , Blogger LaM said...

Got it in one Danguy, that is STILL one of my fav cd's.

If I can read Jane Austen, and find out I love it, anyone can.

It flows along in such a serene manner that you just can't help wondering WHAT is going to happen, because you KNOW all sorts of delightful things are going to....

Agalia, We LIKE it when people post a lot, truly!!! No apoligies needed, keep it up, please!

Tanglewood Tales????? I need this.

I gave Venus Tuna Water today, you know, what you drain out when you have tuna? THAT, unlike chicken, does not apparently suck. Someone told me tuna was not good for cats tho..Anyone know anything?

At 7:14 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Hmmm..WHAT is up with this switching identiies, and how do I stop?

Most likely Bengals related....

At 7:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuna, and fish in general, is not good for cats. Especially male cats that have not been neutered. It can cause urinary tract infections, bladder stones and a blocked urethra, which is what killed one of my kitties...

Read more here:


At 8:06 AM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

It's a testiment to it that the bubble boy song is the first thing that ran through my head when I read the title. I think I work that tape out, back in the day.

The Bengals are surely haXX0ring j00r comput3rz!!

At 10:03 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

you know my cat won't even finish a whole (small) tin of Fancy Feast... in three meals??? On a good stretch she will finish about half a tin in three days (this means rewarming the food with hot water each day)... she only likes the gravy (picky little ratling). She refuses most human food... including meat, grain products, ice-cream and milk (yes I know dairy isn't good for cats), and almost anything else I have given her... except yogurt, she seems to like yogurt for some reason. She refuses steak, chicken, salmon, turkey, etc, whenever I try to give it to her.. but if I have lunch-meat she is all over it. If you really want Venus to try chicken, maybe you could try introducing bits of lunch meat?

It is so nice to see all these new folks here.

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the bits of Austen that I have read. Have fun Fablo.

At 10:30 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, it seems tuna is not good for cats on a regular basis. Lunch meat isn't either, as it has Stuff in it. (Not good for us for that matter)

An animal loving friend of mine (who despite being a full time working actress in NY is too shy to post here HA! Got you that time) sent me this link to a natural food website...


May try that.

The Bengals would EACH do two or three cans of Fancy Feast a day if I let them, I don't think it's good for them.

At 10:53 AM , Blogger Rubius said...

what stuff????? yikes!!! doesn't EVERYTHING have stuff??? perhaps I should have said 'she likes turkey breast and roast beef when it is sliced REALLY thin' (lunch meat only means turkey and roast beef to me... since I am very particular about most meat) but apparently she doesn't like to chew on meat.

yeah, it is funny, all the things that are 'bad' for cats. I have heard that it is bad to feed your cat only dry food ... I have heard that it is bad to feed your cat only wet food... I have heard that fish is natural for cats... I have heard that fish caught nowadays ALWAYS include mercury and other poisons... I have heard some cats like rice and pasta (but mine sure doesn't)... and I KNOW my first cat, Kona, loved cantaloupe (go figure).

At 1:30 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

The farthest I have ever gotten into a Jane Austen novel was about halfway through "Pride and Prejudice". Upon returning to the novel after a long break, I found that I couldn't remember where I had left off. I tend to have this problem with reading books, which is that after taking a long break I sometimes have to begin again, and then I don't want to read the beginning because I find that I already know it, but I just don't know where to start and it's such a pain in the neck that I stop reading the book. Has happened with books that would probably have been really wonderful!


At 1:46 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

And of course congratulations to Cabal.


At 3:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Simon = yay!

But now, damn, I think my dad has that cd and I don't. Guess it's time to go hunting online.

Austen is beauteous. Pride & Prejudice is among my favourite novels. Recently saw Becoming Jane and was amused and impressed by how much it stuck to a presumable reality, while still maintaining enough drama to be an interesting film. Probably helps that Anne Hathaway is a huge Austen nut herself. :)

Would that I had the time to actually read more than a skimming of web pages these days.

At 4:10 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

She is wonderful fun. I think I like it too that she was a women and a writer back when women weren't. She was born in 1774. That's a Long tme ago.

Of course, it hit me today..I tend to miss the obvious...I thought, "Wait! She's DEAD! I don't get to meet her!"

Went completely insane today and decided what I needed to start doing was BIKING to and from work. May blog later. May disolve into a pubble of goo.

At 11:22 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

AHA! your site is revealed, finally! that Danth, sneako! isn't it a lovely Valentine to you!

and yes, WIkapedia, love it, girl.
now as i forgotten my computer's power supply, i have to go and GET A NEW ONE< to the tune of 80 measy AMerican dollahs...but that way i can get back to a little transcribing,,,oh heavens let's finish.
thanks for the bee photos and the sweet words---
off to Apple store...
xoxox will promise an update on Balticon 2008 soon!

At 9:15 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Planting peas?
(I find it amazing because fresh new peas are available on our markets since three weeks already - when do yours come out?).

If you like Jane's books (and the period) - do read Pride and Prejudice, do - I would recommend (if you have not read it already) Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" - I think you'd love Becky Sharp - (and he's dead too, so we don't get to meet him either)


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