The main character Kelly Flynn is back with Fleece Navidad, 2008, (The Berkley Publishing Group, the Penguin Group) book #6 of the 'Knitting Mystery' series. After promising to stop with the amateur detecting, she's back at it, with help from her friends.
Takes place in scenic Colorado, from the outskirts of town to the bustling café and knitting store House of Lambspun. Maggie Sefton's descriptions of the cold Colorado mornings can make you swear that your seeing the frost billowing out in front of you. That feeling of your lungs constricting from the cold mountain air. You can picture Kelly's Rottweiller Carl galloping across her yard with the morning sun as the backdrop.
Maggie Sefton incorporates her real life career as an accountant into her characters in a seamless way. You can tell that Maggie Sefton has a true passion for knitting by the bold descriptions of colours, textures and general love wools/yarns. If you've ever been inside a yarn shop, you'd definitely want to stop into the fictional House of Lambspun.
A good book for the upcoming Christmas season, if your inclined to get your shopping done early. I like reading holiday themed books during the season. I've read her books over and over again and still find them a relatively quick and fun read. If you don't like to knit, crochet, or craft in any way, this may not be your cup of tea. Though I know someone who is not a crafter and they enjoyed reading a few of the 'Knitting Mystery' series.
Her books have the added bonus of knitting patterns and recipes for humans and animals. I've knitted some of the patterns and made some of her recipes in the past. They do turn out well.
(Not a paid review.)
I give Fleece Navidad 4 out 5.
Have you read any of Maggie Sefton's books? What are your thoughts?
Song of the Day: - '03 Bonnie & Clyde, Jay-Z & Beyoncé, 2002, (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
Vaccinations. I'm not a fan of vaccinations in general, for people or pets. I saw a huge difference in my cats personality, eating habits, energy level, within hours of her receiving her kitten vaccinations. Plus I wasn't the only one to notice these changes. I'm not a fan and there's not much that can convince me otherwise. The only vaccine that she got during her annual examine in 2010 was the rabies shot, which is supposed to be good for 3 years, I'm still not convinced that I did the right thing. It is a by-law and I didn't want to get sued if she scratched/bit someone and gave them rabies. She probably won't get the rabies shot again. This will probably cause me problems when I move and have to get on a plane with her. Oh well, there's always the highway.
Flea/bug remedies. She received a preventative flea treatment once, under my watch. Again, I'm not happy with the results. First, it's a pesticide and I don't even want to breath that in. Secondly, it bleached her fur from black to white. You can't convince me that, it's okay or healthy in any way. She was very itchy in the exact spot that the flea prevention was applied for the next 2 weeks. If I'm remembering correctly I was itching on my arms and neck where she used to sleep on me in her kitten days.
Since then I use a more natural bug repellent called 'force field' (not perfect, but better than the alternative) around the windows and doors. When she's outside and supervised I spray it all over her. So far so good. I've also used it on myself as alternative to Deet products and it's works really well.
Great veterinarian care. My vet is great. She works with the traditional treatments but pet parents have the option of incorporating holistic therapies during those treatments. Acupuncture, Chinese medicine and all the therapies that are involved within those. I think it's great and these services made me choose Dr. Taylor over other veterinarians in the city.
Food/Treats. I was making her food, until she stopped eating it. Now I use the commercial stuff but buy the best grain-free food that I can afford. Will I really know if it's human grade food? No, but I have to trust at some point. I do want to go back and try the raw food diet again because I think it's best for my cat. (I know this is not popular with many people including many veterinarians). Maybe when life's a little less stressful (I can dream).
Chemicals and cleaning products. I use the least harmful that I can for myself but also keep her in mind. She's licking her feet throughout the day, so using bleach to clean the floor is not an option. For the floors I usually use a hot water and vinegar mixture. That seems to work. I used to clean out her litter box with soap and bleach. Now I just use super hot water, vinegar and soap. Let it soak for 20 minutes or so. Scrub. Rinse and put the empty litter box, tray and scoop in the mid-day sun to dry and disinfect naturally.
Litter. I recently tried to use a new litter to test for odour control, Arm & Hammer Double Duty. It didn't last the week. I really need to listen to my instincts. Kai was itching like mad, leaving scabs down her back. Boy did I feel bad. So it's back to Feline Pine Clumping Litter. It leaves a trail of litter bits, but I just have to sweep more often.
I just try to make her life as comfortable as possible. She may not appreciate it, but that's what I do for the pet in my life.
Do you feel a holistic life is beneficial to your pet(s)? Do you do anything holistic for your pet(s)?
Song of the Day: 'Hurricane' - Theory of a DeadMan, 2011, The Truth Is... (604 Records)