Sweetie Pan #cARTurday on #Caturday

Sweetie PieSweetie Pie Turner here, MomGoth’s mom’s cat.

MomGoth decided to have CARTurday this week, so she took my picture and played with it in The GIMP (like Photoshop, only free.). Free is MomGoth’s favorite price, consequently, that’s the program she uses.

She calls this one Sweetie Pan because of the starburst effect she used.

SweetiePanFull disclosure: I can’t really fly.

In other news, MomGoth nearly hurt herself laughing the other day. She came up in the morning, as she always does, to feed me and do morning chores for Mom. When she came back into the dining area from the kitchen, she looked out the bay windows / French doors. One of the squirrels was sitting up on his haunches, looking through the window straight at her, as if saying, “Well? Where’s our bird seed?”

MomGoth laughed so hard, she woke Mom up! She told Mom what was so funny, and Mom laughed, too.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR ANIMALS: Can you fly? Do you wish you could?

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Skipah’s Passive Novel Cure. Film at 11. #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsSo Joey of Joeyfully Stated hooked me up with a new obsession: The Skipah’s Realm blog. Like I needed another time-eating source of endless delight.

The Skipah lives in Madison, Indiana, a place I love but have never actually visited. I’ve been there many times to sell books at That Book Place (now, alas, no more, but news at the end of the post!). That Book Place is “up on the hill,” away from the fancy-schmancy Madisony stuff downtown. We’ve often discussed eating at one of the recommended downtown eateries, but 88 King Buffet is also up on the hill. ‘Nuff said.

ANYWAY, Skipah’s Realm rocks. Take a gander at this post about bears, dogs, cherry vodka, and Jimmy Buffet. You’re welcome.

Passive Guy over at The Passive Voice finds and comments on a wide range of subjects, all of which interest me. Maybe they’ll interest you, too.

One of the articles he quoted and commented on led me to The Deseret News, which appears to be a Mormon (LDS) publication, specifically to this three-page article on prescribing specific books to alleviate specific maladies.

So OF COURSE I had to find the website for the book the article mentioned, THE NOVEL CURE. Puttin’ that puppy on my Wish List, yo.

If you aren’t following the How-To Geek yet, why not? He posted a most useful article this week on How To Take Better Pictures With Your Phone’s Camera. Since I take snappies with my phone, like, ALL the TIME, I loved it!

NOW THE BIG NEWS! Frank Hall, who owned The Book Box in Madison, Indiana sold it about a year ago and he and everybody who loved the store have regretted it ever since. So this weekend, Frank and the amazing Tony Acree and the lovely Lynn Tincher BOUGHTEN Karen’s Book Barn in LaGrange, Kentucky! Shiny!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Your character buys into a business.

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Salem, Indiana #ThursdayDoors

Charlie, one of his brothers, and I went to Salem to meet and have lunch with a couple of friends. Because they live about the same distance from Salem as we do, but in another direction, Salem is a good rendezvous. It also has some good restaurants, so there you go.

Salem, Indiana was founded in 1816, and its downtown area is on the National Register of Historic Places. John Hunt Morgan and his hooligan friends raided Salem after they were finished with Corydon. Damn ’em.

We got there a little early, so I went on a small doorscursion.

This door isn’t very pretty, but who could resist the name?

SalemMisfitDoorAnd I heartily approve of the note in the window. This is what I like to see in the window of a bar.

SalemMisfitWindowOur friends came, and we walked around the corner to the restaurant. But first, I had to take a picture of the buildings across the street.

SalemOldHouseLet’s get a closer look at that door set into the red wood because red and wood, therefore MomGoth magnet.

Oh, cool! A Chinese restaurant!

Oh, cool! A Chinese restaurant!

And this place, with the awesome grillwork.

SalemOldHouseDoor

Oops! Turns out, this is an apartment house. The next time I came by, the view was marred by sacks of trash waiting for pickup. Sorry, folks. Not a stalker. Srsly.

No, these are the buildings we were headed for.

SalemSueBldgThis one, specifically.

Sue's Thai Kitchen. Down-home cookin'. If your home is in Thailand.

Sue’s Thai Kitchen. Down-home cookin’. If your home is in Thailand.

Yep. Thai, all right. Because dragon.

SalemSueDragon

Door to the busy, busy kitchen, where Sue presides.

Door to the busy, busy kitchen, where Sue presides.

I wanted to get a close picture of the beautiful courthouse, but I played it safe and took a long shot. INSANE traffic, people. Still, you can see some beautiful arches and stonework here.

SalemCourthouseAnd — oh! oh! oh! What’s this I see? Look closely, Dan Antion!

SalemCourthouseCraneThis has been a minor contribution to Norm Frampton’s wonderful Thursday Doors link-up. Go to his site, look at his fantabulous photos, and click on the little blue linky-thing to see doors from all over the world.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Send your character on a road trip. Lookin’ at YOU, Jane.

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