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Sherrie Holmes
Word Wenches is a blog featuring seven authors, plotting in the present, writing about the past. . .and inprovising the rest. Authors include Jo Beverley, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Sarah Gabriel, Susan Holloway Scott, and Loretta Chase.
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Typepad HTML Email Kay, how eloquent you are! You expressed yourself so well, and I totally agree that this site is a great mix. I have learned so much from the Wench posts, and I often wonder how they can keep putting out such quality posts while writing novels on deadline! I was touched by your comment about how upset you were when Sparky was blind. Thank you for that sentiment. You were not alone. And I’m sure you rejoiced with all of us when Sparky got back some partial vision. Let’s hope she continues to improve! In the meantime, the outpouring of support from everyone just confirms Lynda X’s opinion that everyone here is nice! I’d even go so far as to say *wonderful*! :-) From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email Lynda, I agree. No flaming here. :-) As you say, everyone here is nice, and if opinions differ, they’re usually expressed diplomatically and respectfully (and often engender lively discussions!). From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email Faith, I’m a dog lover too (a Doberman and a Boxer)! And I agree—Catablanca would definitely be a hit (at least among the cat crowd!) From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email LOL, Jacquie! “Catablanca.” I love it! From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email Nancy, I heard the same thing about the popularity of cats on YouTube, ICanHazCheezburger, and other venues that feature pets. I find it sort of baffling. Who knew! Even more amazing, many of the more popular cats that have garnered a large following (Maru, Grumpy Cat, Simon’s Cat, etc.) now have book deals as a result! Grumpy Cat is appearing in commercials and other promotions. Maru is my favorite. His owner takes excellent videos of that adorable cat. I was listening to NPR awhile back, and they even had a feature about the popularity of cats on YouTube! From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email (Note: apologies if I reply twice to anyone, or worse yet, if I fail to reply! I’m having connection problems and cannot get into any Web site, including the Word Wenches site. Thankfully, I can “reply” via Typepad’s remote function without getting into the site proper.) Judy, you’re right—there were no regular Sunday posts except for announcements (like when we had upcoming guests). Also, for anyone who didn’t already know, I’m not an official Wench, either—I’m just the behind-the-scenes admin who takes care of the site, contacts winners, maintains the Blog Suggestion List, etc. And hopefully I’m not letting the cat out of the bag (a pun!) by saying that the Wenches have been planning some changes in the future (change is good, right?) so watch for cool stuff once plans are finalized! Now, back to your comment about enjoying Sparky posts, Judy. As I said earlier, they’re just a bit of amusing fluff for anyone who cares to drop in on Sundays; a little bonus for the regular visitors who enjoy the weekly posts by the Wenches. At some point I’m probably going to move the Sparky Reports to a new venue, as they have taken on a life of their own! *g* From: TypePad
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Donna, what better way to start a Monday than with a laugh! I have a laser light and Sparky does indeed love it. She gets quite a workout chasing it, especially since the dogs always get in on the act too!
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Hi, Jackie! Glad you've been enjoying the Sparky Reports. We've actually been talking about expanding them via a different venue, since they've taken on a life of their own! It's a little early for any announcements yet, but watch for changes in the future.
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"Any public postings are good practice for rejection letters." MaeLou, you made me literally laugh out loud! Writers certainly know all about rejection letters, and I suppose practice really does help one more easily cope with those rejection letters! Thanks for the laugh. I'm still chuckling. *g*
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Hi, Judith! Yes, I have discovered that there are many visitors to this blog who enjoy the Sparky posts. As I said earlier, they're just meant to be light and amusing--mostly pictures and a little text. The best thing to come out of the Sunday posts is that I have become acquainted with some truly wonderful people, many of whom have become my dear e-mail friends. (You know who you are!)
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Susan, Sparky is indeed recovering and learning to live with partial blindness, as am I. And my goodness, it's hard not to have a sense of humor with a cat like Sparky adding spice to everyday life! She's a constant source of entertainment.
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Shannon, that's so sweet about Sparky being your virtual kitten until you can adopt from the shelter. I'm happy to share her! And I heartily agree with you about the Wench posts on weekdays! I've been a Wench blog junkie for years and always look forward to their wonderfully informative posts!
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Hi, Lynda X. Your comments are duly noted. I appreciate the time you took to express your opinion. The Wenches don't do posts on Saturdays or Sundays, except for announcements, so we thought it would be fun to give the readers a bit of amusing fluff on Sundays. When the Wenches adopted Sparky as their "godkitten" last year and suggested I do Sparky updates, I was happy to comply. The updates aren't meant to compete with any of the Wench posts. As I said, they're just a bit of amusing fluff, but I fully understand that not all people enjoy fluff with their Sunday coffee. *g*
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Theo, I didn't know there were battery-operated toy mice! Sparky would love that, but I fear the dogs would destroy it before Sparky even had a chance to play with it! Yes, being an indoor cat is safest. That's what Sparky will be from now on, except for playtime excursions to her catio, once it's finished!
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Because of Sparky’s partial blindness she has been confined to the house. No more stalking the back 40 looking for varmints. All that enforced inactivity has caused a little settling of the meat and potatoes in her rump area. Sparky isn’t exactly fat, but let’s just say that when she sits, her belly covers her feet, sort of like lava overflowing the volcano’s rim. So after thinking hard about her once svelte figure (see above photo) Sparky has embarked on an exercise regimen. Like any sensible exerciser, Sparky starts out with some stretching exercises. Stretttccchhh those arms! Limber up that... Continue reading
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Typepad HTML Email MaeLou, you always see things just a little bit differently and I’ve found your observations to be very much true. You make me look at things through different eyes. Indeed, it is really like Sparky is hugging my hand. *g* In fact, she “hugs” my hand about 50% of the time I try to pet her. I have many, MANY pictures of Sparky sleeping in my lap and she always gets into the funniest contortions. But she really likes to snuggle down between my legs. And to get comfortable, she pokes and prods me and even gives me a few rabbit thumps with her hind legs to make more room for herself. It’s like someone squirming around and punching their pillow when they go to bed! LOL! Your Dynamic Duo appear to have really enjoyed their outdoor experience! I’m hoping Sparky will love her catio once I get it built. Today I was fiddling around drawing revised plans for the catio, taking measurements, drawing, taking more measurements, erasing, trying to configure a difficult area that will present challenges. But I can’t wait to build it. Sparky will think she’s in hog heaven! From: TypePad
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LOL, Karen! Yes indeed, I have cleaned up my share of Sparky messes! She's incorrigible, but so funny that sometimes all I can do is laugh. She is one determined feline.
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Please excuse my delay in posting Sparky’s Sunday report. Let’s just say circumstances were beyond my control. Despite my week of discombobulation, Sparky had an outstanding week doing naughty things and getting into all kinds of mischief. She provided me with many moments of laughter, leavened by occasional doses of “I’m going to kill that cat!” In other words, a typical Sparky week. Happy, happy that Sparky can see well enough to spot a spider on the ceiling directly above my desk. Not so happy, happy that she came crashing down on the desk after an unwise attempt to catch... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Word Wenches
Typepad HTML Email LOL, okay, no more thank yous! But really, you came through like a champ when you saw the need, and my mommy always told me to say “please” and “thank you.” *g* Congratulations on your house! That’s one huge worry off your mind. I’ll bet you and the critters will be grateful to have some breathing room once you are moved in. Oh, and yes, Sparky definitely loves your mailing box! I don’t know what it is, but when I tried to put it in the recycling, she actually dragged it out of the recycling bin! So I’ll let her have it until the thing falls apart. (Which it will do soon, as it has a million bite marks!) From: TypePad
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I love each season, but I miss summer most of all. One thing I always miss is the opportunity to keep the doors and windows open so that I can hear birds and listen to the wind or smell the tomatoes ripening on the deck. And speaking of tomatoes, there's nothing like squatting down in the veggie garden to eat home-grown, organic veggies off the vine. Nothing--absolutely nothing--tastes better than a fresh carrot pulled right out of the dirt and rinsed off with a garden hose. Same thing with eating sun-warmed tomatoes so pungent and bursting with flavor that most of them end up in my mouth rather than the collander! On the financial side of things, I love that I can turn off the furnace in May and not turn it on again until October. That's a huge savings in furnace oil and utility bills!
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Cate, I'm so glad you look forward to the Sparky reports! (So is Sparky!) Your description of her as a "cheekily charming puss" is spot on. Sparky is the epitome of cheeky. When I shake a finger at her as a reprimand for something she did that was naughty, she has the audacity to slap my offending finger. She always has to have the last word! And my big ferocious Doberman (not!) has taken a liking to having her ears cleaned by Sparky. (Yuck!) I've caught Kyanne (Dobe) several times standing over Sparky, head lowered so that Sparky can nuzzle and lick her ears. Of course that's where the cheeky bit comes in, because every once in awhile Sparky interrupts the ear cleaning by nipping or slapping Kyanne just to remind her who's boss. *g*
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Hi, Jenny. Indeed, it's good to be back! As I mentioned in my post, I had plenty of opportunities for photos during that time. In fact, just now I took a picture of Sparky stealing the cap to a bottle of water. She cannot resist small plastic things that are fun to bat around. I already took the bottle cap away from her once, and darned if she didn't sneak back onto my desk and steal it a second time. I got a picture of her with it in her mouth, just after she'd picked it up. I would have gotten a second picture of her jumping to the floor with the bottle cap still in her mouth, but she was too fast for me. All I got was the end of her butt disappearing over the edge of the desk!
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HJ, you are so right. Chocolate is definitely toxic for pets. In fact, if you Google "pets and toxic foods" you'll get several hits showing just how many foods are toxic to cats and dogs. Owners need to be aware of the things that aren't good for our pets!
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Theo, I used to feed my dogs grapes, too, until I read a report by a veterinarian about the mystery of why so many of her dog patients were dying of kidney failure. She sleuthed around and found out the common denominator was that all the dogs were fed raisins by their owners. That was many years ago. Since then, grapes and raisins are now listed as toxic to dogs and cats. Who knew! And oh yes, my local electronics gadgets guru (and you!) did tell me all the wonderful things a Nook can do! Oops, and Sparky just poked me and told me to thank you (again!) *g* for your unbelievable generosity in sending us that Nook! By the way, Theo, Sparky still loves that Priority box you mailed it in! It's getting pretty beat up by now, but Sparky won't let me put it in the cardboard recycling bin. Meanwhile, the dogs play with her catnip mice more than she does!
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We're back! After being grounded last week by a sneaky virus that bypassed my antivirus program, I'm just now getting back into action. In the meantime, while I was virtually computerless, I had plenty of time to take pictures. Sparky being such a handy subject, most of my pictures were of her. And because no grass grows under Sparky's restless feet, she presented me with plenty of opportunities for photographing her. For instance, there's the time she stole the grapes I was snacking on at my desk. Oh my, what have we here? What a nice shape! Let me just... Continue reading
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