Almost Country

Sitting here looking out the glass door onto the expanse of trees outside my apartment’s deck and Adele on Xbox Music lending the perfect atmosphere to an otherwise awesome day, I could almost convince myself I was sitting in the country.  Birds are flitting and flying through the tree branches, and I’ve seen a butterfly – a sad, rare thing of late – , and squirrels busy jumping from branch to branch and tree to tree with various things clenched tightly in their mouths.

The squirrels, of course, attract most of the attention from the other members of the household.  Willie, especially, becomes very interested when one of the squirrels makes it all the way onto the deck.  They have committed unforgivable crimes of entering his territory; he must protect his Mommy, his home, and the other dogs from such nasty improprieties as squirrel-feet on his deck.  It doesn’t matter there is a glass door between them, and a screen.  Willie makes sure they know just what would happen if squirrel and dog should ever meet!  The squirrel usually responds by licking its front paws and washing its face.  This further infuriates said dog.

Yeah, you may be able to take the girl out of the country (mountains), but you can never take the country (mountains) out of the girl.  Or the dog.

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Five Fascinating Facts about Ian Fleming

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Fun facts about Ian Fleming and his most famous creation, James Bond

1. Ian Fleming named James Bond after an ornithologist because it was the ‘dullest name’ he’d ever heard. The original name for James Bond was ‘James Secretan’; Ian Fleming took the eventual name from the author of a book on birds. The Bond books (and the hugely popular film franchise) are famous for numerous characters and catchphrases: Miss Moneypenny, ‘M’, ‘licence to kill’, ‘shaken not stirred’ (though this is apparently something of a fallacy), and Bond’s gadget and weapons adviser, ‘Q’. Fleming based ‘Q’ in his James Bond novels on a man who wrote Fleming fan letters criticising Bond’s weapon choices.

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Addendum to Previous Post

Originally posted on Legends of Windemere:

Not long ago I made a post asking for help.  It was maybe an hour ago.  HERE!

Some people showed interest in putting up a guest blog on the weekend that I’ll be away from the computer.  At best, I’ll be minimized.  Anyway, there’s a challenge with that.

I blogged every day for 2 years straight and that covered a lot of topics.  Without direction, I have no idea what to write about.  So I’m looking at really old posts.  Would anybody want to host one a re-purposed ‘Legends of Windemere’ classic with a book promo put on the top?

This does mean you’ll be trusting me to pick something fun and interesting.  It’ll come in HTML format too, so pictures will be in the post.  Let me know if this interests you and I’ll send you one next week when I have an Ichabod Brooks link.  Now back to…

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A Little Future Help?

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Dean Winchester (Just got Seasons 6 and 8 from Cyber Monday!) Dean Winchester from Supernatural

You may have heard that I have a short story coming out on Monday for 99 cents.  It’s called:

Ichabod Brooks & the City of Beasts

I’m excited and can’t wait to start promoting it while moving onto the next project.  Except there’s a small snafu in the month of June.

Believe it or not, I’ll be going away from June 12th to the 14th.  Since it’s this thing that involves the number 10, I’m not bringing my laptop. I’ll be scheduling all my posts and might be able to retweet and comment through the phone.  Emails and keeping up with blogs will be rare during this weekend.  Another factor is that I have no idea about the connection availability or permission from the wife.  Still, I won’t be able to do any real promoting during that weekend and that can be trouble.  Probably more troubling…

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10 Ways To Form a Compound Noun

10 Ways To Form a Compound Noun.

This is always important.  It gave me a good refresher.

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Tuesday Tunes – Heavy Is The Head

My three favorite genres of music are blue grass gospel, country, and rock/metal.  Thanks to Spotify, Amazon Music, and Xbox Music there are major musical discoveries I’ve made recently.  Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown by Zac Brown Band with Chris Cornell is one of the best songs I’ve personally heard in a while.  I hope you enjoy it in audio because there isn’t a video for it yet.

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Movie Monday – The Man With The Iron Fists 2

We watch a lot of martial arts movies in my house.  My husband loves them and so do I.  MV5BODkyMTMwMjA0Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzQ3MDc4NDE@._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_For a while there it was difficult for me to admit I enjoyed them, mostly because, for some reason, I think I was expected not to.  I am glad those days are gone.

The Husband and I saw the first Iron Fists movie in the theater.  It had Rza as Thaddeus, the man with the iron fists, and Russell Crowe as a very randy bounty hunter and Lucy Liu as a madam/lady assassin leader.  It was good fun.  The martial arts and the scenes were well directed.  It was cheesy in parts, like all martial arts movies should have, and it didn’t take itself too seriously, except where the martial arts and action was concerned.

This weekend, The Husband and I watched the second edition in the series.  It was on Netflix.  This time Thaddeus was looking to redeem his soul because of what he had gone through in his life to this point.  Unfortunately, he is a hunted man now and after fighting men from the Lion Clan, which he had taken out most of in the first movie, he was hurt badly and was cared for by a pretty little Chinese girl back to health in her family’s home.  Her father and most everyone else worked for a man named Ho.  He was a very … naughty.  He was a tyrant over the silver mine and ruled the miners like a slave owner over slaves.  In a very good scene, Ho tells the miners, “When you are in this mine you belong to me!”

Before Thaddeus took center stage, there was much martial arts activity.  One of the best martial arts fight scenes I’ve ever seen happens early on in the movie between the character of Li Huang and a henchman from Ho’s camp, the Beetle Clan.  In the beginning of the fight it was easy to see the Shaolin movements of Li Huang, but they were not getting through the henchman’s defenses so Huang changes to mantis form.  In mantis the strikes were very precise, useful, and so swift it was difficult to see what body part was hitting the henchman.  This is the best mantis fight sequence I’ve seen and The Husband agreed.

Though the movie was released on Netflix instead of the big screen, it was still a very good movie and both The Husband and I agreed we wanted the second movie to go into our collection.  The story is good.  The action is good.  The stars are recognizable.  The music is good.

One thing about the movie that made it dear to my heart is the Kung Fu like properties it has.  Instead of Kane coming to America from China, we have an escaped slave in China who is becoming a hero, a legend.  He is seen as a man of honor.  It would be good to see more of these movies, even a TV series with Rza reprising the role of Thaddeus.

The Man With the Iron Fists 2 is not a waste of time.  It is an A movie in a B slot, and I give it a solid 4 stars.

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Beautiful Sunday

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Sitting in the park underneath a tree eating lunch with The Husband after church. It’s a truly beautiful day.  Here is going your day is going great, too.

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Memorial Day Weekend

For all intents and purposes, the Memorial Day weekend is here.  flag iwo jima

There is excitement surrounding this weekend.  Many view it as the first weekend of summer.  The truth behind the weekend is honoring the fallen men and women of our armed forces and celebrating and honoring the men and women who luckily did not have to give the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

When I was growing up, Memorial Day was always a day to decorate the graves of the people who mattered to us in our family.  Saturday morning would be spent mowing the graveyard and decorating the family graves.  The afternoon would be filled with grilling, cooking, good food, good friends, and a gathering of family.

Now Memorial Day weekend has become a time of getting together in family reunions I simply don’t get to attend, but my heart is there.

So, this weekend – remember the fallen, remember the survivors, and your family, past and present.  Make wonderful, good memories for the future with this first weekend of summer.

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