When I was young a mysterious package arrived from my great grandmother. I opened it with hopeful expectations only to discover a rather tatty and very old book. She enclosed a small note saying this had been a family favorite and she hoped I enjoyed as much as my grandmother and mother had. Since my mother had neglected to tell me about any books she had enjoyed as a child I threw the book into the back of my bookshelf and ignored it for months.
A rainy winter, a bad cold and with nothing left to read I retrieved The House of Arden by Edith Nesbit and devoured it in a day. The delightful story concerned two children trying to restore the family fortune with a magical mole that takes them back in history. The book might have been dated but I loved the story and it still remains a family favorite. If I can get Scharnelle to stop snoring long enough to listen when I read it to her.
T he next book in the Vampiris Series is The Moons of Bornak, which are the adventures of the Elf Zyre and the Vampire Estienne within the Reveal. I am still considering the approach of this story and have made several false starts. It is an adventure that tempers the Elf and brings reality to the Vampire. I am a bit daunted by all the information I have and what should be discarded or included.
This year Scharnelle let me know that she was not interested in Santa photos. She gave me many clues. The first was running away when I brought out the reindeer antler headband, the second was her jingle bell collar, and the last was her refusal to get into the car. She is a big, big Dogue de Bordeaux and when she decides not to do something it will take a crane and several hefty men to move her.
Determined to have the usual Christmas cheer I ignored her snorting disrespect for the holidays and instead took a far more cheerful bloke to visit Santa. Jojo is a happy Bichon Frise who loves being the center of attention. He was rewarded with many treats and has been impossibly smug ever since. Scharnelle is not impressed, but then again she rarely is.