Being a big girl

My daddy is sick.  As in not going to ever get better sick.  He is 85 and I will be 84 on Saturday, but I am still his little girl.  This is hard.  My daddy was a big man to me.  He may have only been 5 foot 6 or 5 foot7 but to me he was a giant.  He was a furniture mover, I saw him lift refrigerators by himself, I saw him control grand pianos…he would sit on a ladder and hoist furniture over his head.  Why even 15 years ago when I moved into my house, my dad, his old buddy, my cousin who if living would be a senior citizen and my husband “rigged” our giant sofa up a ladder to the second floor sliding glass door to get it in the house, my Pop was 70 and leading the the charge!

I’m not ready for whatever is next

So Many things to Say…A week of favorite things

Let Me Start by saying there are so many things that I enjoy that I never know what I want to blog about…does anyone else have that problem?  I think today I will list my five favorite things…Yikes.  What are my five favorite things?

1.  Books

2. Baking

3. Shopping

4. Talking

5. Genealogy

This list is in no particular order.  Now that I have that list.  I think I will come back later today, and make a list about one of my favorite things.  If you read this, or if you find a favorite thing that you would like to share, I would love to see and hear it!

Why am I struggling with helping my 11 year old with a book review???

I “forget” to post here. I admit it; I read, hoard, perhaps actually crave free kindle books. I fully intend to provide each and every writer a book review.

The problem comes from my deep, true love of books. I start one, it makes me think of another and yet another book. I am extremely much like that moose and mouse (you know you give the moose a muffin, and then he’ll want another then he needs blackberry jamsomething like that). But I read lots and lots of books, I think of book reviews I just don’t actually write many.

All of that is to help you see why I am so confused by my inability to “help” my son with his persuasive book review of The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan. Why is this child not excited by my suggestion that the sweat virtually poured down his back as he imagined himself fighting for the fate of the world. I mean, the children face down their arch enemy and wrestled the serpent for victory and light to continue in our world,no? Too much? Well, this is MY blog darn it and I can be as over the top as I desire!

I seriously think The Serpent’s Shadow is a terrific read for the video game addicted tween kid. It has a little fantasy violence, nothing too scary just fun. I love that this book has a strong female lead. The story alternates between Sadie and Carter’s narration. They must figure out how to defeat Apophis the Serpent. It uses Egyptology (something new to me), so that was refreshing. Ra, the sun god is senile, eats (or is it gums) cookies and needs a baby sitter. This is funny and exciting. I look forward to my younger boys getting in to the series.

My review of Reinventing Mona

I definitely enjoyed Reinventing Mona.  It is the best book I have read this month (January). The book wasn’t perfect but very few books are.  Lets start with dissecting Mona.  We quickly learn that Mona is an engineer whose company is looking for employees that are interested in taking a buy out.  Mona (without a minute to think it over) scream me, me, me (I added that part, she just raised her hand).  She decides that what she wants post retirement is to marry Adam.  Who is Adam?  Adam is her accountant (that she only knows thru work).  What makes up the rest of the story is her silly attempt to get Adam to fall madly in love with her.  On her way home from retiring, she stops at a magazine kiosk and picks up all the Cosmo, Maxim, and how to get that man magazines so she can have an idea on how to get Adam.  In the Maxim-like magazine she reads a article by “The Dog” on crap women do and why real dudes can’t stand it.  What’s a girl who quits it all to get her guy to do?  Yep, she hires the Dog to teach her how to be the girl of Adams dream.  She tells her best gal pal, Greta her plan.  Great is a psychologist and thinks she is bonkers to waste the opportunity (you know being financially free and able to discover yourself).  One of the first suggestions the Dog makes is to take a stripper class.  In this class, we meet a bunch of characters and wouldn’t you know it, one of the ladies is the Dog’s sister Vicki.  Now, of course, Mona and Vicki become best buds.  From here, things go on a bit of a rollercoaster some chapters are better than others.  Notice, I haven’t mentioned Adam yet?  That’s because I did not like Adam.  He was not worthy.  Do Adam and Mona start dating and fall in love?  Does Greta have her way and Mona start taking inventory  of her life?  What does Vicki the exotic dancer have to do with this whole mess?  And who in the world is named the Dog?  Read Reinventing Mona and find out for yourself.  I haven’t been able to do a book review without giving away too much yet.  SO, I read it, and lets gab about it.


Amber Kallyn’s Heart of a Vampire Book 3 is out. Connor’s story!!!! I can’t want to dig my teeth into this one (oh come on, that was a cute pun :)

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*Sings* Happy release day. Wow, the past few months have been a whirlwind, with kids going back to school and I don’t even know where September went. But October is here, and I’m excited to announce my newest release in the Heart of a Vampire Series.

Darkstorm (Heart of a Vampire book 3)

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After a millennia apart, can two vampires rekindle their love, or will the line between right and wrong keep them apart?

Hunted by the demon who imprisoned her for hundreds of years, Ashlyn MacDougal is fleeing with a secret which could destroy her soul. When she runs into her lost love, Connor Gregory, life twists upside down.

Connor has spent the last thousand years as a Judge for the Magic Council, tracking and destroying demons. Especially the abominations–those part demon, part vampire. When he discovers his long ago lover…

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<a href="" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Bloodstorm (Heart of a Vampire, Book 1)" border="0" src="" /></a><a href="">Bloodstorm</a> by <a href="">Amber Kallyn</a><br/>
enjoyed Bloodstorm. You can read the synopsis on everyone's review so I will share a few of things/characters that I really enjoyed. <br /><br />I wasn't sure what to expect from the opening with the witch and dark setting. I'm not crazy about books with witches and didn't know how much magic would be in the novel, I like to stay open minded and creepiness only lasted the prologue. I just glanced over the opening again because I forgot it (that's how into the rest of the story I got)<br /><br />I really like Niki, you know from the start that she's looking for Thomas and that something horrible had happened to her family, what I learned (quickly) was that she was a caring vampire. She carried her own "food source" (so, we know that she isn't a 'monster'. She finds a young vamp that hasn't been shown direction or instruction and protects him and provides for him in way. We watch her meet Shane, grow very close to him and fight her feelings (pretty much what you'd expect in any love story). It's the struggles and watching Niki fight to vindicate the ghosts of her family and see all the obstacles/supernatural fighting that are between her and Thomas that build the story. I wonder was it just age that made her so strong? Was it her will to complete her mission? Or is she powerful by a gift.<br /><br />Shane is a sheriff and a Keeper. I had never read about a keeper before but it would make sense that there be a supernatural police force to keep peace between vamps/weres and whatever else might be out there. He answers to a Council. The book calls on his Apache heritage, he's a Shaman. There's family turmoil because he apparently ran away to the city (prior to Bloodstorm). He's older brother has big issues with him because the elder brother was passed over as Keeper. Shane has family issues with Glory (the baby sister) because she has a relationship with a Were. Morning Dove, his mystical grandmother is a real pip!<br />You want to know who I didn't like? I didn't like the alpha wolf. I suppose unless he gets his own story, someone to be the bad guy. He seems like a real jerk. Thomas, of course, was to be hated from before we "see" him. Other than being pure evil, I don't see his motivation for torturing Niki. <br /><br />If you like supernatural tales or just like romance but are the adventurous type and want to read a good book, give this one a try. If you do read this, come back and we can talk about it.
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Gardening for dingbats.

I’ve tried to plant a few flowers before…Ok, I’ll be honest, usually it’s the Mother’s Day flowers from the PTA .25 sale.  I used to plant them once they were 3/4 dead because one of my boys would become angry that “his” flower was drying.  After 2 day tedious days of water, I’d lose interest.  This year, I have a lovely little collection growing around my tree.  We will get back to my tree later in this post.  

It’s been 6 weeks and I have not lost interest.  Um, that’s not the complete truth,I forget my flowers all the time but then I look down from my living room window and feel so bad that my little colorful babies are thirsty, I go out in this heat and give them a drink.  I have enlisted the help of my three sons (wouldn’t that be a great name for tv show :D)  but my flowers don’t get drinks, the boys soak each other and often me.

This week, I am planning on adding more tomato plants, some pepper plants and cilantro.  Yep, you guessed it, it’s a salsa garden.  I make fresh salsa daily so I should grow the ingredients.  I have one boy that is a bit zoftig (can I call my boy that???).  The more fresh, non fat goodness that goes in him, the fewer processed and high fructose corn syrup things that will.  

I REALLY want to add a pallet herb garden but I don’t know where to find a pallet or how to get it here.  I know my dad can find anything and tote anything but with these temperatures, I hate asking a 82 year old do anything that involves labor.  Speaking of my dad, one reason my plants have such a hard time (in the front yard) is we have a gigantic tree with roots that spread under my (uprooted, haha) driving to the neighbors yard.  I also had some bushes that looked a hot mess.  I clipped, I sawed and I completely demolished ONE bush but I left the wooden stump because well, it was too hard to get it.  My dad, SUPER COUNTRY, comes and my mom tells me that he would use a chain and his van. HUH???  Less than a minute later, stump was removed and I had a new appreciated for old country time and his interesting methods of doing things…Pictures of the little yard that could will be coming soon!