Monthly Rhyme from Twiglet's book: "March in in, the winds begin!" Twiglet, the Little Christmas Tree Copyright 2003 by Phyllis and Janey Fisher.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Reading for Recreation...

Here on Twiglet's blog we love to read when we play, seek amusement or need to relax. Just think about grabbing a good book, finding your favorite chair or reading place and relaxing for several hours!

We need to make reading time a special time to our children and grandchildren. When my boys were growing up, they knew that they could stay up a couple of hours later, if they were reading! Travis would gather a Popular Mechanics or some type of fix-it book and Tony reached for one of the Hardy Boys novels. And after I had my house all clean and everyone taken care of I would grab the latest "Janette Oke" novel and read to my hearts content! Her "Love Comes Softly" Series have been made into movies and are on the Hallmark Channel.

Talk about a stress reliever...having the time to read a little each day helps slow the pace of this worry, scurry, hurry up world. Making sure that you and your children read constructive, uplifting and well written material is very important too! "You are what you read!!!"

Here are some quotes by famous people that I found while researching with the search phrase "you are what you read".

"The man who does not read good books, has no advantage over the man who cannot read them." Mark Twain

"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who will get me a book I have not read." Abraham Lincoln

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island…and best of all you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." Walt Disney

"In a very real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot, or will not, read…it is not true we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."

S.I. Hayakawa

"Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and re-read them…digest them…a student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by 20 books he has merely skimmed." Charles Spurgeon

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Twiglet 1 - Part One...Submitted to Thoof...

Twiglet 1 - Part One has been submitted to Thoof. You will notice at the bottom of the article a ThoofRank button. The ThoofRank is a fair measurement of how interesting a story is to readers with interests in common with the story. It is expressed as a percentage relative to other Thoof stories, so a ThoofRank above 50% indicates that a story is of above average interest to those readers. When a story has just been submitted it will start out with a low ThoofRank, but this will increase as more people see it, so please be patient.

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Twiglet Attending Texas RV Travel Blog's Recreation Carnival...

Twiglet...will be attending the next BLOG VILLAGE Carnival hosted by Cyber Celt over at Texas RV Travel Blog!!! Come join us if you are a BLOG VILLAGER, or linked to a BLOG VILLAGER. Keep in mind that you can become a BLOG VILLAGER, so that you become a vital part of our VILLAGE! Enter your post about what you do for fun!!!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Celebrating Our Country's Independence!!!

Twiglet, Rueben 'n' Rachel and all the residents of Snowflake wish a "Happy 4th of July" to Everyone!!! We will be busy today getting ready for our 4th of July Celebration over at the Franklin Field Horsemen's Association stables! It looks like there will be a big turnout tonight starting with the Trail Ride @ 5:30pm. While everyone is out riding their horses, those of us who don't or can't ride will be gathering around the barbecue grills and food tables under the Ash trees. It is supposed to reach 102 degrees today which is cooler than first predicted!

Take care and have a safe 4th of July.

I will be posting pictures of the celebration over on Mustang 'n' Cowboys.

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Excerpt from Chapter V: was time for the Fourth of July picnic and everyone had gathered at noon in the town square for the festivities. Even though July was hot, they were having a great time.
On the morning of the fourth, Gran’pa and Bright dropped by the Oliver’s cabin to pick up the twins. When they arrived in Snowflake at the town square, Parson Johnson, Anna, and the boys were helping with the booths. The Matthews were already in town and were staying at the boarding house. They came down the mountainside to town on the third, and now were mingling with the townspeople and country folk who were walking around the square.
Everyone was checking out all the booths and games. Miss Sarah taught the children most of the games to play at recess. “London Bridge”, “Drop the Handkerchief”, “Follow the Leader”, “Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Mulberry Bush” were some of the games planned for the day. “Hide-and-Seek” and “Tag” were already in progress as they looked out across the town square.
Everywhere they looked, the children were playing games. They were potato sack racing, playing ring around the rosy and red rover. As the boys played games of tug-of-war and marbles, the girls played hopscotch and jacks. The older girls were parading around in their new frocks and pinafores, with ribbons and bows in their hair. Because of all the chores of summer, the grownups enjoyed being together and chatting with their neighbors. Everyone knowing that after the celebration they would have to get back to work.
Later there would be pie eating and watermelon eating contests. The day was full of activities to keep young and old busy, until the fireworks display after the sun went down. Beautiful music filled the air. The band had set up in a gazebo that the planning committee had especially made for them. Miss Sarah sat at the piano, Smithy stood nearby with his guitar, Gran’pa Shepherd sat on a bench playing the accordion, and Ben King swayed to the music, with his fiddle.
The older men were playing checkers and chess as they listened to the band. At that moment, “The Star Spangled Banner” was filling everyone’s hearts with patriotic pride, and paving the way for a wonderful day. The Snowflake Planning Committee had been very busy planning new and exciting ideas for their town! They were thrilled that in a town the size of Snowflake, there would be so many musicians.
Absolute joy was in the air. The anticipation of a fireworks display after sunset was evident as the children enjoyed the games, and the townspeople and country folk enjoyed each other’s company. Ben King and his family made it in from working on the old McCloud place. The new lawyer and his family joined everyone in the town square where a game of horseshoes was in progress. the west the sun finally set, making a wonderful display all on its own. The brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds turned to soft hues of pinks, lavenders, and blues. The mountains behind the Mercantile and the vacant building next door, silhouetted against the evening sky!
Shortly after sunset, the townspeople and country folk enjoyed the fire works. The children and the adults alike were having the time of their lives. They exclaimed and clapped with each new fireworks display!!! This day of festivities finally ended with everyone calling their goodbyes and thanks. The town grew quiet and soon everyone was fast asleep.
Everyone was soon fast asleep, except Rueben, Rachel, Gran’pa, and Bright, who had a way to go to reach his or her home.

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