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sixgun

sixgun

Joined January 2019

Good books are like good friends. They hold a special place in your heart.
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Aenir by Garth Nix
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Castle by Garth Nix
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The Fall by Garth Nix
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Tombstone Courage by J. A. Jance
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My Man Jeeves | Sir P G Wodehouse
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These stories are just so much fun. The home of British humor at it's finest.

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My Man Jeeves | P. G. Wodehouse
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British humor is like no other.

Swe_Eva 😂 2mo
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A Scandal in Bohemia | Arthur Conan Doyle
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There is nothing quite so much fun as a quick Sherlock tale. This one is fun, with that deduction twist that is always there.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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As important as Uncle Tom's cabin is to the understanding of slavery, I think this book contributes another narrative, another perspective, another glimpse into slavery as experienced and recorded by those that lived it. I enjoyed the book. It was well written without it's words and grammar being inaccessible even though it was written 170 years ago. The characters were real people with real struggles and they have changed my life.

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Farnham's Freehold | Robert A. Heinlein
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I really enjoyed this book. I got a little scared at times when he threw in a 90° turn, but I was enveloped again in the story. Good, quick, solid read.

sixgun I wanted to add, that if anyone would like to read this book, I'm happy to mail it. 3mo
Bklover Sounds really good! Years ago I used to read Heinlein. I‘d love to read it! 3mo
sixgun @Bklover send me your street address to sixgunangoras@gmail.com 😁 3mo
Bklover Done! You‘re the best! Thank you😁😁😁💙 3mo
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I enjoyed listening to this in the car. I don't think I would have read it on paper however. It had a lot of slow places. I wanted it to be more like James Herriot's work. I enjoyed the small Irish town doctor stories. I did not feel the "big" story was anything but completely predictable and a real letdown.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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Life is precious. A man enslaved with the weight of Injustice fully upon his shoulders still holds on to his will to live when someone attends to take it away.

Note: A breakdown in physical or mental health can alter the strength of the hold we feel upon our lives. I just felt that needed to be said.

Cathythoughts Yes ♥️ 3mo
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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I love a good heavy book. I'm not sure why, maybe it feels like accomplishment. But when I paged through this book before I started it, I was already put off. I can see why the typesetter did what they did, but....
When I got started in the story I saw that it had a lot of potential, but if at page 5 the character's health was already being explored I just couldn't see where the following pages could go.
I'd be hard pressed to pick it up again

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The Snow Was Dirty | Georges Simenon
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The story was there, I know it was, but I just couldn't get into it. I might try it again when I don't have other books i'd prefer to read in my cue, or I go through a dark, cold, Russianesque time.

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Farnham's Freehold | Robert A. Heinlein
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I'm loving this book. A good fast read. But I had to show off my newest orphans that I'm bottle feeding.
One week down, we're through the hard part.

Stacypatrice What sweet little buns 💕 3mo
Ericalambbrown Look at those adorable little floofaboos! So sweet 3mo
sixgun @Stacypatrice @Ericalambbrown It's so difficult to get a positive outcome with the wild cottontails, but these two are growing nicely. Sadly it's so difficult to keep them from becoming acclimated to humans. Thankfully we can keep a portion of the yard for them relatively safe. 3mo
Kaye Hi 👋 Julie. I‘m Julie too. You have a cute bunny. Thanks for the Follow. 3mo
sixgun @kaye hello name twin. 3mo
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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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I understand that I am not a person of the years of slavery. I understand that we have seen our mistakes and move to correct them. But the horror I feel when I read passages like this, I want to scream at my ancestors for their ignorance. And I pray that my descendants will never grieve at my actions or despair over the things that I have done.

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Farnham's Freehold | Robert A. Heinlein
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I love when authors write about books. All of us bibliophiles hold our books so dear.

Bklover Yes!!❤️love this! 3mo
sixgun @Bklover No book need ever die. So profound. 3mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I loved this book. I did find it very similar to her book "spinning silver", but they had separate storylines that were equally wonderful.
I think every young woman can identify in some part to the heroine. She speaks to my inner Tomboy that also wants to be someone great!
I'd read as many of these books as she wrote

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I recently read Spinning Silver by this author. This is an earlier book, and daresay I like it even more than Spinning Silver. Beautiful story telling, using all the wonder of fairy tales.

hermyknee Do you have to read this one first? Are they related or are they both separate retellings? 3mo
sixgun @hermyknee they are separate stories. The author does have a series prior to both of these books, but these are stand alone. 3mo
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Knot Gneiss | Piers Anthony
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1. Fiction 90% of the time
2. 11/22/63
3. Mathematics (all)
4. Pretty much anything up to the 1920s. After that it gets boring.
5. @EliseJames @haileyeleanor @loraxiom

Thank you @gradcat for the tag and @SailorMoon

SailorMoon Thanks for playing and I totally agree with you on 11/22/63, I loved it... probably one of the books I've loved the most!!! 💕🤟🏻🌙 3mo
gradcat Been missing you 😊 3mo
sixgun @SailorMoon my husband and I tried the series but it didn't come close to the beautiful complexity that Kind writes, IMO 3mo
sixgun @gradcat I've been missing you too. Trying to get too much done. But I've had time to read the last few days, so I'll post later today hopefully. 3mo
gradcat I‘m looking forward to it 🥰 3mo
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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1. Once or twice.
2. On average nine.
3. Fiction, biographies, kids videos, audio books and occasionally video games.
4. The library automatically renews. When I can't renew any more, three times, then it's my responsibility to get it back to the library. I don't know when this started, but I'm thankful.
5. I had about 30 things on hold, but I missed a ton, so I am just working on a few. Plus the bedside table.
6. Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

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The Time Machine | H.g.wells
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The characters that are in the book are those that you've always heard.
Morlocks... Heard it? Yup, this is the book.
I read it because it was a "classic" I'd never read. If you go in with that mindset, you'll be nicely surprised that there is a pretty good story involved.

ReclusiveHermit I need to read the time machine. I started it 2 years ago and forgot to finish. 4mo
sixgun @ReclusiveHermit I would never have finished it without serial reader. That app is helping me get through all the books that I find mind numbing, but are classics. Turns out in small chunks they're actually pretty nice. 4mo
ReclusiveHermit @sixgun yess, i will try picking it up next month and see how it goes. Thanks for the suggestion. 3mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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This book is amazing. The characters are deep, lovely, rich, conflicted. The storytelling perspectives really entering the whole plot. I cannot say enough good things about a random pick off the library shelf. I am waiting patiently to read Uprooted, her first book.

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Douglas | Cindy Hayostek
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All of the books published in the Images of America series are fun. The pictures show history in a more immediate way than by text. Pictures and captions teach me so many things about so many places. I believe the series head close to 1200 titles for many, many areas around the US.

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Fast read with some interesting mysteries. Some of the stories get a little winded and get a bit jumbled in their retelling, but lots of fun.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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From page one I have enjoyed this book. Page one! I cannot read it fast enough.

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The Lost Continent | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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I'm a huge Edgar Rice Burrough's fan, but this is the first time I read this particular story. To me it feels like a first draft for John Carter of Mars. I love his premisses despite their similarity.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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I've just started this, and I'm afraid. I don't know what I've gotten into! It's beautiful, in an artistic, print way. I hope the typesetter got paid a lot more for this book.

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The Lost Continent | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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"Very well, then, let us live while we live, and enjoy to the fullest whatever of adventure or pleasure each new day brings, since any day may be our last, and we shall be dead for a considerable while."

I've been looking for a nice motivational quote. Who knew I'd find it in an Edgar Rice Burrough's book? And with a bit of humor too!

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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This book took so very long to get started... Soooo long. But the second Poirot came on scene it moved very quickly and all the threads came together!
If you can push through the beginning you'll like it.
I've rated it a so-so for those first 158 pages. The following 60 pages are pick all the way.

sixgun @gradcat I made it through. 4mo
gradcat Yay! I knew you would!! 😄😄 4mo
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Sherlock is such an iconic character. No matter how many times you've read a story you can always go back and read it again.

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"No information could be got from the lady herself, who was temporarily insane from an acute attack of brain-fever."

If I could only use this at times in my everyday life!!!

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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This was a bit slow going at first... But on page 80ish it all started coming together and I know I'll finish today now.

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Bailedbailed

I tried. I really, really did. But in the end I just couldn't do it. With a mere 40 pages to go I had to call it. I could have read ten books in the time I got through the first 240 pages of this book. I love linguistics. I love travel books. I love little nuggets of factual information. This book has ALL of those things. But the author could not hold a thought through a paragraph. It was like stream of consciousness confusion.

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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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I read this in a lot class in high school. It had the most profound effect on me. I was just in awe of a story constructed like this. Short but maddening!
I reread it today. Just as amazing.

KristenDuck Yes! Good pick! I‘ve also re-read this story multiple times. Fascinating. 4mo
sixgun @KristenDuck I very rarely re-read a story. This is maybe like one out of ten, but I'll make sure I read it more often now. 4mo
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Panpan

I listened to this on podcast. After about 4 hours I got bored. The idea, wonderful. The description, wonderful. The complete lack of anything actually happening! Yup!

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Panpan

I love the classic terror that is Lovecraft., However, with this story it feels like the truly terrible was too long in coming and much too unfocused for good reading. It is Lovecraft but maybe another choice would be wiser.

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The Monkey's Paw | W. W. Jacobs
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Such a classic short story. It's been construction has been the basis for so many novels and novellas. My guess is that this story has had a very influential effect upon Stephen King.
For 20 minutes of reading you can't go wrong.

Crazeedi A belated welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉 4mo
sixgun @Crazeedi thank you. So glad to be here. 4mo
Crazeedi @sixgun it's an awesome community, I rarely go to Facebook anymore 4mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 4mo
sixgun @Crazeedi nor have I. You all are speaking my language! 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
sixgun @Eggs thank you! 4mo
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The Adventure of Black Peter | Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir
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Since I love everything Sherlock I much expected to enjoy this short story. I did.
The great thing about Doyle, is that because we're used to the way Sherlock Holmes speaks, there's very little dialogue that's misunderstood

sixgun @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I've read more this week of the classics than I did in the 5 years prior. I love this thing!! 4mo
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Bartleby, the Scrivener | Herman Melville
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I prefer not to leave a review at this time.

sixgun But seriously, I really enjoyed this short story. For it's length it really packs a punch. It can be read and reread. 4mo
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Crocodile on the Sandbank | Elizabeth Peters
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I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I especially liked the narrator. She was the perfect Amelia. I actually found the beginning of the end, the climax of the story as it were, to be expected and a bit boring. But overall, I enjoyed it.

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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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I was a bit disappointed in this Lovecraft. He's usually quite descriptive, with the story moving pretty slowly. But fun because of the things you see. However this has ho-hum descriptions and let story than usual. It's still a venture into something new, but like a Star Trek with nothing but 60s scenery.

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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I'm still not feeling this book. 😐 I've never encountered this with a Christie book. But, I guess every one can't be awesome. But at least these cats are still awesome. I feel like I'm running a cat sanctuary.

gradcat Keep going...it‘s Miss Marple, right? It gets better (I hope I‘m not steering you wrong, but if so, please forgive me). But meanwhile, awwww 🥰 I love your babies 🐈🐱😻 5mo
sixgun Truthfully, I don't know if it's Marple, Poirot, or otherwise. So far, no one that looks like they could solve the mystery of their shoes untied has been introduced. 5mo
sixgun @gradcat so I had to look it up. It is indeed a Poirot. Ok, I'll keep going. Fine... 5mo
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gradcat Oops, maybe I‘m remembering another Christie novel, because Miss Marple came to mind...oh well, I hope it gets better! 5mo
sixgun @gradcat finally this is getting going. Poirot isn't here yet, but I can tell his train will arrive soon. 😃 4mo
gradcat Omigod! Yay, I guess...meanwhile, at least the CATS are there...and they are bee-you-tee-full!! 😂😻 4mo
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The Call of Cthulhu | H.P. Lovecraft
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I like Lovecraft. I find his short stories pretty great and I see why he's still regarded as a great writer...
But I think it only speaks of the Age he lived in, that everyone's writing is filled with blatant racism as we see it now. This is not the only example, but the most recent.

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This book was fun, but thankfully it was short. I feel like he wrote in the style of Poe, but not with the same mastery of the thriller. There is a twist, but it's guaranteed as you go through the chapters. I enjoyed it, and it's entertaining for the 30min read, but you'll not walk away with any great insight or change in your life.

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The author is discussing Shakespeare's birthday which is arbitrarily celebrated April 23rd. But what really gets me was the Sept 2nd - Sept 14th part. Boy that work project due date came up fast. LOL

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#20thingsaboutme
I can write it before I figure out an app. Plus, I like to write things by hand.
Give it a try... @BarbaraTheBibliophage @tpixie @LibrarianRyan @gradcat @DGRachel @Lindy @DarcysMom @Cathythoughts

sixgun @Spencer_Labbe I forgot to tag you... Which makes you special with this line all to yourself. 5mo
LibrarianRyan Very interesting. I almost asked what wall but figured it out by the end. And I too am never warm. 5mo
sixgun @LibrarianRyan I thought about explaining, but I think most will figure it out. 5mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for playing along! Mr. B and I are busy with genealogy too! 5mo
sixgun @BarbaraTheBibliophage isn't it just the most fascinating detective story? 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @sixgun Yes! He‘s found so many distant cousins from all over the world. For me it‘s more about how far back I can go. 5mo
Spencer_Labbe Wow so many animals I love it! 5mo
Spencer_Labbe Ahab I got my own line, yay! 5mo
sixgun @BarbaraTheBibliophage I can trace back 9 generations, which puts me about 1750. It helps I have a very well published and researched side of the family. So one book alone takes my grandfather's surname to pre-revolutionary war. 5mo
sixgun @Spencer_Labbe so many many animals. I'd say the cats encourage reading. They never want me to move. 5mo
tpixie A great #20! Happy Birthday to your daughter!!! 🎂 🧶 🐶🐱🐰📚👩🏻‍✈️🌞 5mo
gradcat Omigod! I think you might be my hero...David Tennant, Perry Mason, cats, law enforcement, dogs, genealogist, rabbits, thrillers, oh my!! 😂😍👍. Oh, plus— “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” to your daughter! 🎂🎉🎊🎈🎁 (edited) 5mo
sixgun @tpixie Thank you. She's such a card. It was a great day, filled with everything she wanted to do. Today, I'm exhausted. I highly doubt she will be. 5mo
sixgun @gradcat I kind of felt like we may be kindred spirits from the get go. 😁 5mo
gradcat I know, right? Plus, the tattoo thing...when I was young I made three rules for myself: NO mortgages; NO marriages; NO tattoos...and I‘ve kept that up! I realize the first two don‘t apply to you, but tattoos? Everybody (except you & me, it seems) has a tattoo or two. I‘m not against them, I think some of them are so cool—it‘s just, for me, (obs)—nothing permanent 😂😂😂 5mo
sixgun I've only been able to make good on the tattoo one. I've failed miserably on the others. 😝 But, my husband has no piercings or tattoos either. His mother told him when he left for the Corps he absolutely could not get either. He's still scared. 5mo
tpixie @sixgun lol yes I'm so surprised how easily I can tire now! 5mo
gradcat Your hubby must be a good guy...it‘s only right that he should be scared of his mother! 😂👵🏻😱 5mo
sixgun @gradcat I'm admittedly scared of her too! LOL 5mo
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Ok... I have to put the book down and move my lap of cats. I've delayed all the longer I can. #motivationnegative

gradcat Omigod! Your weather is more fickle than mine is!! 5mo
sixgun @gradcat I love the highland desert of the southwest US, but so much up and down this time of year. 5mo
gradcat I‘d really prefer your climate to the swampy humidity of mine, fickle temps and all....😓🦟🌞 5mo
sixgun @gradcat I traveled through Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida this last year. I'm a big no on the humidity... And those little suckers too. 5mo
gradcat 😂😂😂 5mo
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I'm supposed to be getting ready for a friend to visit this morning, and I just can't get started. Ugh...

gradcat Cat love 😻 5mo
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#knittersoflitsy @Lindy I'm a spinner, not a knitter, but I try.

Lindy Sweet! What kind of fibre are you working with? 5mo
sixgun @Lindy This was a mystery bag from a shop liquidating. No one could tell me for sure, but it feels like an Alpaca and maybe Merino blend 5mo
Lindy @sixgun I love knitting with alpaca. So soft. 5mo
sixgun @Lindy it sure is. I'm very lucky to have a couple alpaca producers in my fiber guild. 5mo
Lindy 👍 5mo
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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I saw a skep on a clock today and it made me think of this book. Such a wonderful book.
Now if I could only build an alcove as pictured. I think I'd like to raise bees like this.

tpixie I‘d like to also! Cool photo! 5mo
sixgun @tpixie I've since learned that a true skep is illegal in the US, but modified ones are ok. I need to learn more! 5mo
tpixie @sixgun interesting!! I wonder why! 5mo
sixgun @tpixie it's because the hives are fully contained do cannot be inspected for health problems. But if they have levels, instead of one solid straw cone, than it's ok. Now, how to build a rock alcove that looks so beautiful and aged?! 5mo
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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Handspinning | Judith MacKenzie McCuin
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In our "barely spare a minute" lifestyle, this book is amazing. It goes through the entire process of hand spinning in picture. It's better than You Tube videos and is entirely at your own pace. If you've ever wanted to learn one of the oldest known activities, this is for you.

tpixie So beautiful!! 🧶 5mo
sixgun @tpixie. Locally sourced Alpaca. I won a blue ribbon at the fair last year! I love to spin. 5mo
sixgun @tpixie and Thank you. That's very kind of you to say. 5mo
tpixie What a lovely craft. That yarn is gorgeous!! Congrats for your blue ribbon!!! 💙💙💙 5mo
sixgun @tpixie the problem now is that it sits in my stash because I haven't found the exact right project. But, I have faith, something will come along. I like to work in natural colors. 5mo
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Hand Spinning Cotton | Olive Linder, Harry Linder
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The Linder's spent their life teaching people how to spin cotton, saving a fiber and tradition for hand spinners everywhere. This is the best how-to book out there for spinning cotton. It has been updated to the latest edition by Joan Ruane, the reigning Queen of Cotton.

The cotton above was spun after Joan's instruction.

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Cat Among the Pigeons | Agatha Christie
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A sleeping cat is perfection, because if they're awake they're smug, imperious, and haughty little imps. Now I have to move him from my favorite reading chair.

Dame Christie is still plodding through this MI5-like detour. Oh please, get on with it.

LauraBeth 😻😻 5mo
Hope_a 😍😍😍 5mo
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"The dull veil of ordinary existence that hung across the world seemed suddenly to roll away, and to lay bare a land of enchantments. I felt toward my companions as the seer might feel toward the ordinary masses of men."

I love biology and the natural sciences. I remember looking through the eyepiece for the first time on a cheap plastic science set at perhaps eight. It was fascinating. And I've found it amazing ever since.