Friday, October 31, 2008
...Tory Richards weaves a compelling tale of love lost and found between a woman who has every reason to fear men and their emotions and a man whose heart has been too terribly burnt.
Maggie and Matt could have walked away from their encounters...
Fortunately for both of them Ms. Richards writes them as strong characters who have the good sense to recognize the possibilities of love and eventually act on them to form a relationship.
...the course of true love never runs smoothly and many unforeseen circumstances and people interfere. Eventually though love wins out and multiplies Maggie and Matt's joy in life.
Reviewed by Frost
I have, or should I say had a ton of clothes. So many that I also had some in the guest bedroom closet. Most of them I didn't wear. I have some I wear all the time but couldn't part with the others because I might need them one day. You know how it seems that clothes multiply after a while? And you forget what you have.
Now I'm a little depressed. I was prepared to donate the clothes I didn't want to the homeless. The decision of what I would get rid of was taken out of my hands. Why? Because I couldn't get into them anymore! By the time I was finished I had four pairs of peddle pushers and about a dozen blouses left.
There's going to be some well dressed homeless out there. And now I have a good reason to go out shopping for myself:)
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Referring to a group of trick-or-treaters as goblins may not be as far off the mark as calling them ghouls. Goblins are small, grotesque, evil or mischievous creatures or spirits that seek to harass and annoy. At least during Halloween celebrations from earlier centuries this may have been a very apt description when there was more emphasis placed on the "trick" portion of trick-or-treat.
Goblins often, when not trick-or-treating on Halloween night, wander the countryside looking for a good place to call home. This could be a grotto, a cave, or best of all, your home! In French folklore goblins were especially attracted to homes with beautiful children and plentiful wine. With the burgeoning affluence of the bourgeois here in the San Francisco Bay Area there are plenty of homes sure to make a goblin happy. Upon taking up residence, goblins seek to annoy its housemates with minor acts of mischief. Banging on walls, slamming doors, rearranging your furniture, removing your covers when you are asleep, and resetting your alarm are all signs of goblin activity.
Not all goblins are necessarily bad. In some cultures the prefix "hob" means good so that a hobgoblin referrers to a good goblin. In those cultures hobgoblins are sometimes thought to, when in a good mood, help the household residents by doing chores while they sleep or even going so far as to help with the parenting by disciplining bad children and delivering gifts or good fortune to the good. However, in the American tradition all goblins are evil regardless of the hob prefix.
You may be interested to know that goblins are part of a much larger but very interrelated group of creatures and spirits which, in addition to goblins and hobgoblins, include: bugbears, bugaboos, bogeys, bogys, bogies, boggarts, bogle, boggelmann, bock, bogey-beasts, bug, boo, puca, bogeyman, and boogieman and all refer to the same or very similar type of creature or spirit.
In the British Isles, the Welsh preferred the term bugbear or bug. Bug meaning ghost in Welsh. Scots call them bogles and the Celts referred to them as bugaboos or boos. In England they often went by bogey (or bogy, bogie). By the way, this is where the military picked up its bogie designation for unidentified objects. Bogeys travel alone or in groups causing mischief but while a generic goblin can have many forms bogeys are usually large and black, are active at night or in very dark places, and are very fond of scaring children. A very famous type of bogey is the bogeyman or boogieman. In Germany it is called the boggelmann. While they all refer to the same thing, a bogey, they are usually called a bogeyman when they are traveling solitary. In generations past, parents pretended to be able to call bogeymen at will in an effort to scare their children into good behavior.
A particularly nasty type of bogey is a boggart. These usually inhabit a specific location like a home, graveyard, cave, or field but can take up residence in the body of an animal or even a person. Unlike their goblin and bogey relatives they do not have a physical form. Their activities are poltergeist in nature causing mischief by moving objects and scaring people with horrible noises and maniacal laughter. They've been known to hit, scratch, and pinch people and in some cases carry them away. Interestingly, they are thought to be scared of cars and therefore relatively rare today.
So now you know. It's now up to you to decide if referring to your trick-or-treaters as cannibalistic flesh eating monsters or small grotesque evil creatures is appropriate.
I've already made up my mind, it's Halloween, of course it is appropriate!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
HISTORY OF WITCHES...
Witches are practitioners of witchcraft and generally are skilled in sorcery and the magical arts. Through rituals, charms, spells and the conjuring or invoking of spirits, they manipulate natural and cosmic forces for either good or evil purposes.
Classical witches often were said to possess the evil eye.
Q: What witches do you find in the desert?
Q: What kind of witches play croquet?
Q: What happened when the little witches ate all their witch table soup?
Q: Why do witches go around scaring people?
Q: Did you hear about the dog trainer who joined a coven?
Saturday, October 25, 2008
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I took off for Sanford Friday after taking Woofy in for his yearly check up at the vets. I was going to take Gin Gin in, too but as soon as she saw me put Woofy into the carrier she disappeared for parts unknown. I'll fix her goose. I made her an appointment for next Saturday:)
Anyway, I met my niece and her boyfriend and they treated me to a nice lunch in Orlando. Then I continued to Sanford to get my granddaughter out of daycare. It's a great place. Expensive but they are very secure, you have to have a code to get past the front desk. All doors to the kid's rooms are locked. And they have video cameras in each room.
It was the first time I picked Alivia up from there and I was anxious to see what her reaction would be. As I walked through the door I heard a surprised little voice say, "grandma!" She saw me before I saw her. Then she came running for me with her little arms out.
What a feeling!
Why, Why, Why, Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that mattresses are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
When we are in the supermarket and someone rams our ankle with a shopping cart then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, 'It's all right?' Well, it isn't all right, so why don't we say, 'That really hurt, why don't you watch where you're going?'
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
And my FAVORITE......The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Have you ever noticed gals who sit their purses on public restroom floors - that go directly to their dining tables? Happens a lot! It's not always the 'restaurant food' that causes stomach distress. Sometimes "what you don't know 'will' hurt you"! Read on...
Mom got so upset when a guest came in the door and plopped their purses down on the counter where she was cooking or setting up the buffet. She always said that purses are really dirty, because of where they have been. Smart Momma!!!
It's something just about every woman carries with them. While we may know what's inside our purses, do you have any idea what's on the outside? Shauna Lake put purses to the test - for bacteria - with surprising results. You may think twice about where you put your purse. Women carry purses everywhere; from the office to public restrooms to the floor of the car. Most women won't be caught without their purses, but did you ever stop to think about where your purse goes during the day? "I drive a school bus, so my purse has been on the floor of the bus a lot," says one woman. "On the floor of my car, probably in restrooms." "I put my purse in grocery shopping carts, on the floor of bathroom stalls while changing a diaper," says another woman and of course in my home which should be clean."
We decided to find out if purses harbor a lot of bacteria. We learned how to test them at Nelson Laboratories in Salt Lake, then we set out to test the average woman's purse. Most women told us they didn't stop to think about what was on the bottom of their purse. Most said they usually set their purses on top of kitchen tables and counters where food is prepared. Most of the ladies we talked to told us they wouldn't be surprised if their purses were at least a little bit dirty. It turns out purses are so surprisingly dirty, even the microbiologist who tested them was shocked.
Microbiologist Amy Karren of Nelson Labs says nearly all of the purses tested were not only high in bacteria, but high in harmful kinds of bacteria. Pseudomonas can cause eye infections, staphylococcus aurous can cause serious skin infections, and salmonella and e-coli found on the purses could make people very sick. In one sampling, four of five purses tested positive for salmonella, and that's not the worst of it. "There is fecal contamination on the purses," says Amy.
Leather or vinyl purses tended to be cleaner than cloth purses, and lifestyle seemed to play a role. People with kids tended to have dirtier purses than those without, with one exception. The purse of one single woman who frequented nightclubs had one of the worst contaminations of all. "Some type of feces, or even possibly vomit or something like that," says Amy. So the moral of this story - your purse won't kill you, but it does have the potential to make you very sick if you keep it on places where you eat.
Use hooks to hang your purse at home and in restrooms, and don't put it on your desk, a restaurant table, or on your kitchen counter top. Experts say you should think of your purse the same way you would a pair of shoes. "If you think about putting a pair of shoes onto your counter tops, that's the same thing you're doing when you put your purse on the counter tops" - your purse has gone where every individual before you have spat, coughed, urinated, emptied bowels, etc! Do you really want to bring that home with you? The microbiologists at Nelson also said cleaning a purse will help. Wash cloth purses and use leather cleaner to clean the bottom of leather purses.
Gross, huh? This article doesn't surprise me. I've always been very careful where I put my purse and rarely put it on the floor in the restroom. If I have to it's as far away from the toilet as possible!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
It's All In The Jeans is a cute, sweet, erotic story with a host of wonderful and charming characters. Logan's scars from his injuries are not only skin deep, but the tantalizing Libby destroys his control. She's compassionate, sassy, and her caring of her grandmother is heartwarming. She's a woman that knows what she wants and isn't afraid to grab it. The passion between these two is volatile and explosive. This is a superb, truly romantic story.
Read the complete review here:
Overall rating: 4 and a half hearts
Sensuality rating: Explicit
October 15, 2008
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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Artist Lacey Owens comes home to her father’s ranch for a long over due visit, and to get a little work done on her next project. She’s not prepared for becoming the means for revenge against her father by an old enemy. Getting involved with her father’s ranch foreman and partner Chase Saunders isn’t in her plans either. But as unexplained incidences occur and Lacey’s life becomes threatened, fate throws her and Chase together when he’s determined to keep her safe. Her independent nature rebels against his arrogant methods and tempers ignite, but it soon becomes apparent that their animosity is only a ruse for the intense sexual longing stirring in their blood.
I can see he has his thinking face on. As well as every light in the house. Things have been taken out and are all over the house. Meds from the medicine cabinet are now on the sink vanity. Socks and underwear laying on the bed. His DVD player and DVDs he's taking on the dining room table. Eventually he'll gather them up and pack them away but he'll take all day to do it. I know him.
Remember, this is the man who lays out an assortment of tools just to hang a picture:)
Friday, October 17, 2008
If you read this without laughing out loud, there is something wrong with you. This is dedicated to everyone who ever attempted to get into a regular workout routine.
For my birthday this year, my daughter (the dear) purchased a week of personal training at the local health club for me.
Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.
I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Belinda, who identified herself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.
My daughter seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 a.m.Tough to get out of bed, but
found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club
to find Belinda waiting for me. She is something of a Greek
goddess - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a dazzling white
smile. Woo Hoo!!
Belinda gave me a tour and showed me the machines. I
enjoyed watching the skillful way in which she conducted her
aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!
Belinda was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my
gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time she
was around. This is going to be a FANTASTIC week-!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out
the door. Belinda made me lie on my back and push a heavy
iron bar into the air then she put weights on it! My legs
were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full
mile. Belinda's rewarding smile made it all worthwhile.
I feel GREAT-!! It's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the
toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth
over it. I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals.
Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to steer or stop.
I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Belinda was impatient with me, insisting that my screams
bothered other club members. Her voice is a little too
perky for that early in the morning and when she scolds, she
gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Belinda put
me on the stair monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a
machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by
elevators? Belinda told me it would help me get in shape and
enjoy life. She said some other shit too.
Belinda was waiting for me with her vampire-like teeth
exposed as her thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full
snarl. I couldn't help being a half an hour late - it
took me that long to tie my shoes.
Belinda took me to work out with dumbbells. When she was
not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom. She sent another
skinny bitch to find me.
Then, as punishment, she put me on the rowing machine --
which I sank.
_________ _ _____________________
I hate that bitch Belinda more than any human being has
ever hated any other human being in t he history of the
world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic little cheerleader.
If there was a part of my body I could move without
unbearable pain, I would beat her with it.
Belinda wanted me to work on my triceps. I don't have
any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the floor,
don't hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs
more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and
nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone
softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Belinda left a message on my answering machine in her
grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up
today. Just hearing her voice made me want to smash the
machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to
even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight
hours of the Weather Channel.
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today
so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over. I will
also pray that next year my daughter (the little shit) will
choose a gift for me that is fun -- like a root canal or a
hysterectomy. I still say if God had wanted me to bend over,
he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!
He was also given some deer rumen contents to help stimulate his digestive system and later moved onto lambs milk substitute and fed by bottle. As he was so tiny and only taking very small amounts, he was fed hourly day and night.
He was then taken on by our chief foster mum, Jacqui, where he can get round the clock care and attention from his new 'mum'.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
This is interesting...
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavorings
Do you know the difference between margarine and butter? Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams.
Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.
Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few
Only because they are added!
Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.
And now, for Margarine...
Very high in Trans fatty acids.
Triple risk of coronary heart disease.
Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol)and lowers HDL cholesterol,(the good cholesterol)
Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold.
Lowers quality of breast milk.
Decreases immune response.
Decreases insulin response.
And here's the most disturbing fact.... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC..
This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).
You can try this yourself:
Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:
* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weenie microorganisms will not find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic. Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Share This With Your Friends.....(If you want to 'butter them up')!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
JUST RELEASED BY WHISKEY CREEK PRESS TORRID!
Maggie Myers returns home to rebuild her life and to escape her stalking ex-husband. To local small town sheriff Matt Dillon she's more trouble than he needs. But the lady has enough sass and curves to tempt a saint. Well, he never claimed to be a saint, and Maggie is about to find out she's been teasing the wrong man.
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Sunday, October 12, 2008
Unfortunately now isn't the greatest time to sell your house. We bought a sign with a plastic holder for flyer's and I put ten of them out there the other day. Couldn't believe when I got home today the darn thing was empty! On top of that, we got a call from someone who wants to see the house tomorrow. Wouldn't it be funny if we sold it this soon? The last time we had a house on the market it took two years!
Keep your fingers crossed the people coming over tomorrow night like what they see, don't quibble over the price, write us out a check and give us 60 days to find a new place. Don't want much, do I?
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Cell phones #s
REMEMBER: Cell Phone Numbers Go Public today REMINDER.... all cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies tomorrow and you will start to receive sale calls..... YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS
To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different phone number.
HELP OTHERS BY PASSING THIS ON TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I pride myself on having strong work scruples but I'm honest enough on admitting that I do call in once in a while to give myself a day. Yeah, you're thinking, what about my days off every week? Okay, I get two days off a week like most folks, but what am I doing on those days? Housework, grocery shopping, running around to take care of all the things I don't have time for during the week. Days like today are for me and only me. And it has everything to do with giving my brain a break from the hectic, fast pace things going on at work.
I'm the kind of person who eats through my lunch every day. I rarely call in when I'm sick, unless I'm up-chucking or something. And guess what, so that I didn't leave anything for my co-workers to have to pick up today I made sure there was nothing on my calendar! Wasn't that nice of me?
Don't tell me you've never called in, or played hookie from school when you were growing up either.
I did that, too:)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I draw the line at some things. I refuse to eat brain. Don't even get near me with snake! Shark doesn't appeal to me, either. And I love fish! Of course, I probably wouldn't have tried tongue or squid if I'd known what I was eating at the time. But I have to be honest, both are really good when cooked right. My hubby got me to try a lot of things I wouldn't have tried on my own.
What's the weirdest food you've tried?
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The rules for this award are that you need to:
1) Add the logo of the award to your blog
2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you
3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4) Add links to those blogs on your blog
5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!
Now I have to give this award to seven other blogs that I love. Here are the seven bloggers I am awarding this I love your blog award to.
Friday, October 3, 2008
How many of you can recall that first special kiss? How old you were and where you were when it happened? I was thirteen. My boyfriend was eleven, only he didn't know I was the older woman:) I was very much in love with him and he was the very first boy I kissed. It broke my heart when he found out how old I was and dumped me. The rat!
Throw away ALL OUTDATED pancake mix you have in your home, PLEASE!
If you don't believe me, read this article and then follow the 'Link' below to SNOPES. Sorry to be the Grim Reaper of bad news, but I would rather have you ALIVE, besides a $2.00 box of pancake mix is NOT worth your life.
P. S. You might want to tell this to your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and anyone else who keeps pancake mix in the cupboard.
Dear Abby: I recently made a batch of pancakes for my healthy 14-year-old son, using a mix that was in our pantry. He said that they tasted 'funny,' but ate them anyway. About 10 minutes later, he began having difficulty breathing and his lips began turning purple. I gave him his allergy pill, had him sit on the sofa and told him to relax. He was wheezing while inhaling and exhaling.
My husband, a volunteer Firefighter and EMT, heated up some water, and we had my son lean over the water so the steam could clear his chest and sinuses. Soon, his breathing became more regular and his lips returned to a more normal color. We checked the date on the box of pancake mix and, to my dismay, found it was very outdated. As a reference librarian at an academic institution, I have the ability to search through many research databases. I did just that, and found an article the next day that mentioned a 19-year-old male DYING after eating pancakes made with outdated mix. Apparently, the mold that forms in old pancake mix can be toxic!
When we told our friends about my son's close call, we were surprised at the number of people who mentioned that they should check their own pancake mix since they don't use it often, or they had purchased it some time a go. With so many people shopping at warehouse-type stores and buying large sizes of pancake mix, I hope your readers will take the time to check the expiration date on their boxes.
Also, beware of outdated Bisquick, cake, brownie and cookie mixes.
PASS IT ON! This is TRUE -- Check it out!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The winner of "THE SENATOR'S DAUGHTER" mug, cocoa and tea is...drum roll please...ROBYN LEE from Canada! Congratulations!
Thank you Nancy, Dina, Stacie, Laura, Pam, Michelle, Alisha, Melanie, Rita and anyone else I might have missed for taking the time to answer my questions.