Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman

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The second book in the Unwind Series...if you like dystopia society books, this is a MUST read 4 book series.

Summary from goodreads.com:
It’s finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the bestselling Unwind, which Publishers Weekly called a “gripping, brilliantly imagined futuristic thriller.”

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simltaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Funny Story...

 So, Miss Jane came to stay with us on Sunday.  The other two wanted nothing to do with her until yesterday and then they decided to let her at least near them while they ate.  Fast forward to me walking up to the house after mowing.  I happen to glance over as Miss Jane uses her back leg to scratch her belly...and what do I see?!?  BOY PARTS!
 I walk in and Kevin said, "What's wrong?"  I said, "I think Miss Jane is a boy."  He said, "No way."  I replied, "I'm pretty sure I just saw a ding dong."  Then, we both went outside and spent about 30 minutes following the donkeys all over the pasture trying to get a "better look".  It ain't easy to see their "parts".  They are, after all, low to the ground, have pot bellies and lots of fur.  We decided to get some grain and while they were all 3 eating, we were practically laying on the ground looking under "Miss Jane."  We were like, yep, that's a penis.  And, then, he/she/it got excited and there was NO DOUBT!
 Yep, NO DOUBT!  Miss Jane is a boy!  We called the guy we got it from and he said he would take it back.  We can't have two boys.  Two jacks fight to the death first of all.  Second of all, I paid for and thought I was getting a girl.  
 So today, we armed ourselves with ropes.  Channeled our inner cowboy/cowgirl/country...and in under an hour, we had "Miss Jane" roped and loaded and ready to return to Malvern to a very embarrassed owner.
It was quite an adventure and I feel bad for the little fella and all the moving he has endured this week.  But I can't have two boy donkeys.  I didn't want ONE boy!!  
So, lesson learned.  I do NOT have good luck when I try to add a third.  Look what happened when I added a third dog (Bubba Bear is exhibit A).  Third donkey didn't work out.  So, we are staying with pairs.  Two is the magic number. :)

 Note: There were plenty of lessons in this little fiasco of mine, but the main one is just stick to two! LOL!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Meet Miss Jane

And, I have officially lost my mind!!  This is Miss Jane, the LAST miniature donkey to come live at the Benson farm!  She is 7 months old and today is her first day away from her momma. :(  Unlike Jethro and Elly May, she immediately jumped out of the trailer and started exploring.  She is a little bigger than the other two.  On the one hand, I don't like it because I think she truly has potential to hurt my doggies.  But on the other hand, I like it because I think IF something got into the fence with them, she could protect them.

 Jethro and Elly May were very curious about her when she first got out, but then promptly spent the rest of the ignoring her or running away from her!
Oh those ears!!!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

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One of my librarian friends told me about this series and then it was at the Scholastic Warehouse Sale last week, so it was meant to be.  It is a dystopia society type novel, but different from the others. I am sure some people will find fault with the idea of 'unwinding', but it is fiction and no worse than the idea behind The Giver, which in my opinion was the first of all dystopia novels.  It's young adult and I recommend it.  I just finished book 1 and am ready for book 2.  I think there are 4 in this series.  I will keep you posted! :)

Summary from goodreads:
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Shhh! It's a secret!

Last night we went to Malvern and looked at this little 7 month old jenny mini donkey!  Now, before you go thinking we have lost our minds (we have!).  Donkeys are companion animals and MUST have a buddy.  Jennies (girls) are easier than boys.  Boy donkeys can be complicated and aggressive UNLESS you get them fixed - which we plan to do.  But that's going to be very difficult if Jethro doesn't warm up to us soon!  Enter Plan B ... we have an experienced donkey owner (this ones owner) who would like Jethro because he has always wanted a white one.  So, we are giving Jethro until the end of July to see if he works with our family. If not, he needs a more experienced owner with Jacks (unfixed male donkeys).  And, this way, Elly May still has a companion if worst case happens. Now...what to name her?  We pick her up on Sunday.  Has to stay with Beverly Hillbillies theme...so either Pearl or Jane. Look at those ears!!! :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Daily Dose of Donkey

Hey lady...you got a treat?

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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I decided to give this author another chance after absolutely hating the first book I read by him.  He is such a popular author that I thought there had to be more.  Everyone suggested Looking for Alaska, and yes, it was by far, WAY better than the first book by him, but I would give it a 3.5 out of 5 overall.  It's audience is young adult and I certainly wouldn't want my middle school or high school kid reading it.  It gives graphic details on how to perform some sexual acts and many more topics that just don't seem appropriate for the intended audience.  

Summary from goodreads:
Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.
 


The Donkey Companion by Sue Weaver

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Because everyone or has or wants donkeys needs to read this! :)

Summary:
In The Donkey Companion, Sue Weaver provides everything a donkey owner needs to know. She offers detailed information about different breeds and types of donkeys; explains how to find and select the right animal; addresses daily care and health requirements; and guides readers through the nuances of training, riding, driving, and breeding. The book is enhanced with fun facts, training tips, quotes, photographs, illustrations, and information on additional resources. From foaling to first aid, from grooming to professional showing, this extensive guide has everything a donkey owner needs to get the most out of this gentle, hardworking animal.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Doses of Fur Baby Cuteness!

 We have had Elly May and Jethro 10 days tomorrow.  Elly May will come right up to us and sniff our hand but then shies away.  We are now where we can let Rex and Stella completely off leash with them.  Bubba Bear is, of course, still on a leash.  Although, he graduated to a long lead tonight.  They all seem most concerned with hunting down the donkey poop to eat!  GROSS!  And, Rex is definitely the donkey whisperer.  They just come straight up to him and get nose to nose. :)



 Ruby Rue turned one this week!!!  That really flew by!!  She may be a hot mess of trouble, but she sure is a pretty cat! Ha!

 Elly May is going to love us first! :)
 Chicken coop has one side almost done...3 sides to go.  This thing is taking forever! shhh!  Don't tell I said that! ha!
Other than farm chores and cute animals, we went to a marriage conference this weekend, but that was such an amazing experience, it has to be a post all by itself!