Shiver me Timbers!

Ahoy there me mateys!  So there have been rough seas lately with the additional trouble of feeling under the weather.  When not fighting fer survival so me and the crew didn’t capsize,  I was shivering in me bunk lamenting me physical state and trying not to keel over.  The storm has subsided a bit so I again be interested in the larger world outside me littl’ patch of ocean.  And so when checkin’ in with me crew in other places of the world, I saw this:

 

It was a sight fer sore eyes and limbs!   There is now sunshine on the horizon and a jaunty feel in me step.  So welcome to me crew ye new scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!

Always remember:

Q: What did the pirate say during the winter storm?

A: Thar she snows!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

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Shiver me Timbers! – A Challenge Begins

Ahoy there me mateys!  A while back I read the book the screaming staircase which is book one of the Lockwood & Co. series by Jonathan Stroud.  As I said in that review . . .

“This was the perfect read for the beginning of Spooktober.  Ghosts!  The story is set in England where several decades ago the Problem began.  Paranormal phenomenon became widespread.  The catch is that only children and young adults can see and deal with the unsavories.  Society has adapted and agencies have sprung up to deal with the problems.”

I very much enjoyed the first book and found out this . . .

“Side note: Apparently the fifth and final book of this series was just released in September!  I think I may try to read the other four this month if I can track them down.  Challenge accepted!  ::brandishes cutlass::  Arrrr!”

Well me hearties.  I managed to loot the four other books so the challenge begins!  Tonight I start the second book in the series and will attempt to post four book reviews of the four remaining books in the series in the next four days!  Do join me everyday for an update on me progress!  Arrrrr!!!!

Always remember:

In case his ship is sunk, every pirate carries a bar of soap with him at all times.

You know, to wash him ashore.

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! Guess what today is . . .

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  Avast me beauties!  Grab yer grog, yer wenches, yer parrots an’ yerselfs an’ celebrate with yer Captain.  From the lowliest bilge rat to the scurviest dog in the crow’s nest, indulge yer inner pirate.  It’s a day where even ye landlubbers can develop sea legs and participate in the gloriousness that be the high seas.

In honor of the fine day here be some shanties to help prepare to wet yer whistle:

A traditional version:

A silly version:

A more modern pirate remix version:

So wave yer Jolly Roger an’ spend those pieces of eight ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers.  Always remember:

Q: What did the ocean say to the pirate?

A: Nothing, it just waved.

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! A Sad Day . . .

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the flag will be flying at half mast today.  Only a short while ago, I introduced y’all to the newest members of me crew.  This morning after a gallant and courageous fight, we lost our lovely Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab.  Though she be but little she be fierce.

While “Admiral” Hezekiah is the brash and crazy challenger who barrels into everything, J.B. was the quieter calculating one of the two.  It was she who always was the first to explore a new situation.  It was she who cunningly got herself in and out of scrapes.  She took a while to warm up to ye but was loyal and stalwart if ye earned her trust.  Above all she was always purring.

What the First Mate and I learned today was that J.B. was more amazing then we even knew.  She apparently had a spinal condition since birth that she didn’t let stop her.  As she was growing the pain became worse.  And yet she never complained.  It just finally became too much and caused her to fall out of the rigging without warning which further damaged the vertebra in her back.  She couldn’t use her back legs any longer.

Even then she be me fierce and determined fuzzy mate.  She did not want to give up.  Even in all that pain, she purred every moment that we had left with her.  Hezekiah was there by his sister’s side with encouragement and kisses for as long as he could be.  Me little kitten with the big heart had to let go of this world fer a bigger adventure where we couldn’t follow.

We were with her until the end.  She put her head on the First Mate’s head to comfort him and I held her until she let go.  She purred until the last second.  Ye see we may have only known J.B. for 69 days but that time was truly a treasure.  Nothing in the world would make me give up the time I had with her even though the hole in me heart be a grave one.

I know that time will cause me heart to scar and that I will survive but I wish more than anything that I could hear her purr forever.  Ye will be mightly missed J.B.  We will continue to look after yer crazy brother, Hezekiah as ye would have wished.  We will try our best.  We will love ye always.  So raise yer grog towards this beloved crew member.  I just know that I will always be looking to hear her purr in the wind . . .

Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab

In honor of J.B., one last smile

Always remember:

Q: Who is the pirate’s favorite cat?

A: Gaaarrrrrrfield!

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! An Introduction . . .

Ahoy there mateys!  Just wanted to introduce ye to two of the newest members of me crew.  A hearty welcome to:

“Admiral” Hezekiah

Junius Brutus i.e. “J.B.”, swab

Cause every ship needs a ratter or two and these two rambunctious rascals are already causing havoc.  Arrrrr!

Always remember:

Q: Where do pirates put their weapons?

A: In their enemies.

Hardy har har!!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! A treasure hunt reminder!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Just a reminder that today is the last of the treasure hunt for me 400 followers celebration!  Any of me crew can try for their fair share.  So here we be drawin’ lots for the following treasure:

A Sci-Fi (or Two):

If ye be interested in sailing to the stars or just want to find out what that SyFy show is all about then this bundle of leviathan wakes (book 1) and abaddon’s gate (book 3) are fer ye.  It would have included book 2 but I be afeard that it washed overboard . . .

Click Here for A Chance at this Sci-Fi Treasure!

A Fantasy Book

If fantasy and alternate worlds be yer wish then try fer the mirror empire.

Click Here for A Chance at this Fantasy Booty!

A Young Adult

Princesses, Witches, Dragons, and Knights, oh my!  Perhaps pennyroyal academy floats yer boat.

Click Here for A Chance at this Young Adult Loot!

A Thriller with Sci-Fi Elements:

Or perhaps ye need something that crosses genres and is slightly Off the Charts, then perhaps ye will enjoy brilliance.

Click Here for A Chance at this Off the Charts Swag!

Try yer best ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!

Always remember:

Q: Why is pirating so popular?

A: Once you lose your first arm, you’re hooked for life.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

Shiver me Timbers! A treasure hunt!

Ahoy there me mateys!  While I was away sailing on the high seas, an amazing thing happened:

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Four hundred followers!  How cool is that?  So in honor of the occasion, I be thinkin’ that it be time to divvy up some loot.  Any of me crew can try for their fair share.  So here we be drawin’ lots for the following treasure:

A Sci-Fi (or Two):

If ye be interested in sailing to the stars or just want to find out what that SyFy show is all about then this bundle of leviathan wakes (book 1) and abaddon’s gate (book 3) are fer ye.  It would have included book 2 but I be afeard that it washed overboard . . .

Click Here for A Chance at this Sci-Fi Treasure!

A Fantasy Book

If fantasy and alternate worlds be yer wish then try fer the mirror empire.

Click Here for A Chance at this Fantasy Booty!

A Young Adult

Princesses, Witches, Dragons, and Knights, oh my!  Perhaps pennyroyal academy floats yer boat.

Click Here for A Chance at this Young Adult Loot!

A Thriller with Sci-Fi Elements:

Or perhaps ye need something that crosses genres and is slightly Off the Charts, then perhaps ye will enjoy brilliance.

Click Here for A Chance at this Off the Charts Swag!

So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  This draw will last for one week whereupon the results will be tallied and the booty be divided.

Always remember:

Q: How do pirates know that they are pirates?

A: They think so, therefore they Arrrrrrr!

Hardy har har!

x The Captain