Friday, October 31, 2008

Tagged and Other Stuff!

So I have a couple of things on today's agenda today that I have been meaning to post about all week. (Sheesh...I am starting to sound like a professor...lol!!!)
First...I wanted to post a picture of Bo that Lisa over at the Laughing Orca Ranch drew and sent out to me, along with several other goodies, for my prize that I won for winning a contest on her blog. I should admit here, that I was not the only winner...her cute little chickens "pecked" my name out of a bowl of winners. How cute is that???? And how sweet of Lisa to draw this great likeness of Bo Bo, a horse that she has never even seen? Thanks again, Lisa!!!Second...While I am on the subject of Lisa, I need to do my book tag that she tagged me with earlier this week. Here are the rules: 1) Grab the book that is nearest to where you are sitting. Do NOT grab the coolest book, your favorite book, or an intellectual book...just the closest book! 2) Open it to page 56. 3) Find the fifth sentence. 4) Post the text of the next two to five sentences. 5) Tag five people to do the same. I kind of cheated before I played this tag, in that I removed all of my textbooks from my desk, so I would have to grab an actual "book" book! Sorry!!! So I closed my eyes and randomly reached for a book, and here is what I found: Ethan Frome, a tragic love story by Edith Wharton, that takes place in the 1800's. It also happens to be one of my favorite stories, and it follows the lines of the forbidden love affair theme, such as Bridges of Madison County, The Horse Whisperer, and The English Patient...all excellent movies in my opinion! Here is an excerpt from page 56:

"It was in the early morning stillness, when his muscles were swinging to their familiar task and his lungs expanding with long draughts of mountain air, that Ethan did his clearest thinking. He and Zeena (his wife) had not exchanged a word after the door of their room had closed on them. She had measured out some drops from a medicine bottle on a chair by the bed, and after swallowing them, and wrapping her head in a piece of yellow flannel, had lain down with her face turned away. Ethan undressed hurriedly and blew out the light so that he should not see her when he took his place at her side. As he lay there, he could hear Mattie (his true love) moving about in her room, and her candle, sending its small ray across the landing, drew a scarcely perceptible line under his door."

Lastly...have a safe and happy Halloween you guys!!! Here is one of my favorite pictures that kind of goes along with Halloween. It is a painting by an artist named Rudi Hurzlmeier.Oh...and about that tag!!! Anyone who reads this and wants to play along can!!

9 comments:

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

That does look like Bo, how cute! So cool of LOR to do that, what was the constest?

Melanie said...

Denise-
I will come visit you now...

Train Wreck said...

ooooh!I have a book!!eh eh ehem...

The kettle shrieked in the silence.Eliza jumped,then covered her reaction by getting up to brew a pot of tea.She made tea every night of her life, yet for a moment she simply stood in front of her stove, her mind a blank.Only by force of will did she remind herself to take down the packet of tea leaves from Eastwick, add them to the pot along with the boiling water and return to the table.

hmmm that isn't a very exciting part! It is a great book though! How fun! I love your picture of the Raven!

Mrs Mom said...

Hey Melanie- I forgot to tell you that I LOVE your profile pic of Bo! It looks fantastic!!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Congratulations on winning the contest. The picture of Bo looks great. Great Halloween picture too. By the way I love the picture at the top of your blog page. I'd love to have that someplace in my home. Does it have name.

Gail said...

I was tagged, did my book, but did not know how to pass it on.
Lisa has some wonderful ideals.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I can barely stand to see my art of Bo posted on your blog. Something about seeing it there kind of freaks me out. I'm really glad you like it, but it was my first horse sketch ever and it looks like something a child did. Gah!
Bo is much more handsome and cuter than that. Sorry about that :P

But I do love that Hurzlmeier picture. I have a thang for crows and ravens. And the background and character of the bird are so unique. I like that tree especially.

Great book, too. I'll have to check that one out.
Thanks for participating :)

~Lisa

Stephanie said...

Great picture of Bo! Wow! what a little artist.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

That's a neat sketch of Bo!

I have Ethan Frome but I've never read it. Maybe I should.