Jennifer Pickrell

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Fresh Air Friday #5

When you’ve got spare time and an easygoing cat, things happen…


Origin of Fresh Air Friday.





What’s Up Wednesday

WUW PLANEBORDER2What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk that allows us to touch base with blog friends and let them know what’s up.


Working my way (still) through Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I’ll reserve judgement until I’m finished, but I think I can safely say this book will not end up on my top reads of the year list.


I’m a third of the way through my JULES rewrite!!!

And once I reach the halfway point, it’ll be mostly revising existing scenes, and I feel like I can see the end in sight! My original goal was to be done with my draft by the end of the year, but it may be as soon as Halloween.

*excited, happy dance*


Rescuing lost puppy dogs. My husband was outside Saturday morning and saw this guy:


He was running into the street, so hubs brought him inside. There was a collar, but no tags, so I called the animal shelter and gave a description and then I posted a pic on my Facebook page

In the meantime, we played catch with the dog.

And played

And played.

The humans grew tired, but the puppy didn’t have an off-switch.

But that was okay, because through the magic of Facebook shares, we were able to find his owners within a few hours.  The little guy had only wandered about half a mile, but he’d crossed a really busy street in the process. Thank goodness for luck and alert drivers.

In a strange coincidence, on the same day, and several states away, one of my cousins also found a lost dog.


He’s totally going to make fun of me for saying this, but my husband does. The man is like a magnet for lost animals; I guess because they know instinctually he will take care of them. He’s a good guy, that husband of mine.


RTW – Lovefest!

This week’s topic is: It’s (the day before) Valentine’s Day! Let’s jumpstart the lovefest by blogging about what you love most about writing (and/or reading)!

I love all the great memories I associate with reading and writing.

-Being a kid and my mom taking my older brother and me to the local library. I know I’ve mentioned it once (or a dozen) times on the blog that bro and I would check out every single copy of Three by the Sea, just because we could.

-My elementary school librarian reading to us in the library “pit.” I can still picture the ugly green carpet.

-Getting permission in high school to complete a special senior year project of writing a novel because my creative writing teacher was the most awesome, supportive woman ever. She even had several bound copies made for me.

-My creative writing classes at community college, which were the first times I shared my work with people not my age. My classmates included a pastor and a retired farmer. Or at least in my frozen teenage memory, he will forever remain a farmer who wrote such a great character observation that it still sticks in my mind.

-Swapping books with my family. I’m helping my dad clean up his enormous collection of books this spring and I can only imagine how many I’ll end up with before all is said and done. Some he’ll insist I read, but others I’ll take because I won’t be able to help myself.

-Seeing a whole new generation fall in love with reading. One of my friends told me her one-year-old has started bringing books to her and her husband to read to him.

-Which reminds me of my older brother “reading” to me when we were kids. He’d start off out loud, then trail off after about a page and continue on silently. So it’s more like he’d read and I’d sit there beside him, waiting for the story to start up again.

-Finally, cats and YA.

The Cat Recession


Happy Friday Stuff

Last Friday, my blog post was a total bummer.  So this Friday, I give you happier things!

Remember Mystery Plant from last fall?

Alien bug hanging out in the middle

Well, look at it now!  There is something emerging from the center! (yes, it’s in a different place, I dug it up the other month.  This has nothing to do with anything, just thought I’d share)

The cat has joined in on the plant fun – he enjoys sitting/sleeping in a pot of catnip:

He also appreciates this now empty shelf:

True story: I got the bookshelf off of Freecycle.  It was pretty much an excuse to take a trip to the used book store.

Finally, because I bleed orange and black (not literally), I have to celebrate my Orioles being in first place in the AL East!  I won’t say more because I’ll jinx it.

Have a great weekend!


One-legged duck

I drove up to the gas pump on Christmas Day and there he (she?) sat a short distance away, completely content, despite all the people and vehicles around.  I got out my camera and snapped a shot.

As I was getting back in my car after pumping, the duck stood up:

I walked closer, as did some guy who was also taking photos.  The duck remained as content as could be, almost like a pet.  Maybe a rescue who hopped away from his/her rescuer for some fresh air?

I considered picking up the duck and taking him/her with me, but what would I do with a duck other than marvel at it?

That’s all for this year, see ya in 2011, have a fun-filled, safe weekend!