Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wednesday Reads and Water Issues

Have you ever heard a strange noise in your house? Did you investigate? Well, I do and I’m sooooo glad I did.

Yesterday it rained. A lot. But there was still snow on the ground. Snow that had apparently frozen our sump pump drainage pipe/hose (teach us not to check on that thing). This hose runs alongside the house (attached to it) and over the window well to the basement and then trails out into the front yard. The pipe burst over the window well and the sump pump was draining pretty darn quickly. The window well filled up and guess where that water went? Through the basement window into the basement.

I thought something had gone wrong with my husband’s fish tanks and instead I was hearing the waterfall that was flowing from the window.

Yeah, I freaked. After I placed a large empty trash can under the water fall (I was soooo glad there was an empty one down there!), I ran outside (my feet got soaked) and yanked to free the pipe from the house (remember, this pipe had burst, so water was kind of squirting everywhere!). Luckily it separated at where two pieces were joined. I managed to wedge the part that was draining the water so that it flowed away from the window and the house. I came back inside and watched the waterfall turn into a trickle and finally stop. Water filled the trash can and was about an inch from overflowing. Talk about being relieved!

I truly thought we had another burst pipe inside the house (like we did last year). The basement got wet where it always gets wet when it rains too much. Well…it might have gotten a LITTLE more water than usual. We don’t have anything of value down there, so nothing was lost. But man, I’ll be glad when winter is over. This stuff SUCKS!

Okay, on to what I read this week:

Marked by Rebecca Zanetti
Feb 25: “Marked” by Rebecca Zanetti, #7 of the Dark Protector Series, a paranormal romance at 282 pages long. Blurb from book: Janie Kayrs has known Zane almost her whole life. He was her friend in the dream world. She trusted him. But that was before he kidnapped her, spiriting her away to an isolated cabin to learn what her dreams never told her. Like how dangerous he looks. How he got on the wrong side of the negotiating table. And how much sexier he is in real life… Zane is a battle-hardened warrior, used to command and solitude. But Janie has drawn him from the minute they met. His need for her could destroy everything he’s worked for, but the risk is too sweet not to take it. They call her the Chosen One. But when it comes down to the questions of peace or war, life or death, safety or passion, it will be Janie who makes the choice… Love is about to start conquering… It was nice seeing these two characters finally get together. Ah, but the Epilogue… Kind of sets up the next series, I guess. Should have known.

So… I have no question for you today. I think my brain’s fried. I hope your winter has been panic-free. I wish mine was. J

Happy reading!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Is it Spring Yet?

Woke up yesterday to more snow. Five inches of the stuff. Actually, five MORE inches of the stuff. The stuff we got last week hadn’t melted yet. Heck, it hasn’t gotten WARM enough for anything to melt. That would require the outside temps to be above freezing.

Hopefully, that will all change tomorrow. It’s supposed to get in the 40s. Oh, and it’s supposed to rain. A LOT.

Great. Just what we need. Melting snow AND rain. A recipe for flooding.

Still, I’m ready for spring. February was brutal. I want some warmer weather!!

Today I am attempting to work out in the gym again. Back in January I ended up injuring my leg from walking on the treadmill. Turns out I probably tore my hamstring. Don’t know how I managed to do that. It’s not like I run on the stupid thing. But I’m allowed to ride the bikes and use some certain weights, so that’s what I’m gonna do.

I miss going to the gym (really!), but I’m not looking forward to starting all over again. It’s such a pain. I just hope my leg is getting better. The doctor put me on Mobic and so far it’s working great. Or I healed. I tend to do that after I see the Doctor. It’s like I wait and suffer and when I’ve finally had enough and make that appointment I don’t hurt any more. Never fails. Yeah, you’d think I’d learn and just go at the first sign of an injury, but that would require a working brain and apparently I don’t have one of those. That, or I just don’t like going to the Doctor. Maybe I should go with the second one. What do you think?

I got Blind Temptation back from my daughter on Friday (yay!), so I’m making the fixes to it now. Don’t know if I’ll get the book published in March, but I’m trying. I just want to get it done with so I can concentrate on finishing Ghostly Interlude. Now there’s a book that’s kicking my butt, but I think I came up with something. That tends to happen when I have to work on another project. Oh well, at least I have something to work with when I do get back to it.

I finally watched “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Not exactly what I thought it would be. I thought it would be a zany comedy. Instead it was zany-weird. I don’t see how this movie was nominated for Best Picture. Makes me wonder what kind of people are on the Academy.

So… If you were to buy a new car today, which car would you buy? I usually have an answer right away for this, but I’ve been so happy with my Xterra, I haven’t wanted another car. And while my husband likes his Solara convertible, he’s been looking at those Dodge Challengers (I wonder if he wants the bright green one like in this picture—I like bright). I have to admit, it would be pretty neat to own one. Not sure I’d want to drive it, though. I like sitting up high.

Have a Happy Monday and try to stay warm!

Friday, February 27, 2015

There Was This Time, At Band Camp…

I mentioned in a comment on Maria Zannini’s blog this week (HERE) that I had kept journals growing up, but had no idea where they were. She suggested I look for them, and implied I might learn something. Well, I found them. And well… they really stink.

I was really, REALLY in love with someone and he’s pretty much all I wrote about. Still, I thought it would be interesting to find something when I was in the band (because I really wanted to use that title, even thought I did NOT attend band camp—we just practiced at school during the summer).

Anyway, here’s a snippet from August 12, 1974 @ 10:34 pm (yes, I time dated every entry) and I haven’t corrected a thing:

Tonight Mom & I went to see “For Pete’s Sake” and “Sleeper.” “Sleeper” was weird, but okay. “For Pete’s Sake” was funny & better.

Saturday (the 10th) I got my Senior yearbook picture taken. I hope they turn out all right. I’ll know when I get them in the mail. Whenever THAT may be. I’m still waiting for my paycheck from the job I had in JUNE!!!!! Talk about SLOW! I wish they’d hurry up! Daddy said he could call the Labor Board, but I doubt if that would do any good. You know how school’s are!! (Joke??)

August 28th is the day I go to the school to practice in band. Which reminds me. I better get to the PRACTICING!

Do you think my voice has changed at all since I was 17? I can see that I was a procrastinator then as I still am (practicing was never my thing anyway and I doubt I practiced after I wrote that bit, either. FYI: I played the clarinet). I loved how I capitalized and underlined for emphasis (I still do the caps thing).
Those movies I saw with my mom? I remember Sleeper a whole bunch more than For Pete’s Sake. And yes, we saw them back-to-back. That was when you got to see TWO movies for one price. Hard to believe, huh?

Oh, and that paycheck I was waiting for? Well, it was waiting for ME at the school. I thought they were supposed to mail it. Turned out I was supposed to pick it up. Apparently my hearing wasn't any better then, either. Haha!

It was kind of neat going through the journals. I didn’t write every day (the next entry after this was dated September 4th), which is why I preferred using spiral notebooks instead of actual diaries. Writing everyday was hard! (Hmmm… just like posting everyday is hard—see some things DON’T change).

So… Do you think I should post a snippet each Friday? Would that be fun to read? Because I do struggle with my Friday postings (and I’m willing to make fun of myself).

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Reads and I'm a Guest Poster!

I’m being featured on Gemma Brocato’s blog today. If you would like to see a snippet of my current WIP, please stop on by and say hi. J When I get the direct link to the post, I’ll add it HERE

So nice to get writing and reading accomplished (well, except for yesterday--see below). Here’s what I read this week:

shadowed by rebecca zanetti
Feb 23: “Shadowed” by Rebecca Zanetti, #6 of the Dark Protector Series, a paranormal romance at 270 pages long. Blurb from book: Danger signs rise off Jase Kayrs like steam—the scars, the secrets, the strength. He’s got a mission, and he’s not interested in much outside of it. Except Brenna Dunne. Brenna was an ass-kicking, name-taking witch—before the poison that’s killing her sapped her powers too. She knows there’s more to Jase than a handsome face and an ugly history. But there’s no time to find out what. Taking him as her mate might save her life. But once she unleashes the force of his desire, there will be no turning back… I am enjoying this series, and looking forward to seeing how it all ends.

tamed by rebecca zanetti
Feb 24: “Tamed” by Rebecca Zanetti, a novella in the Dark Protector Series (#6.5), a paranormal romance at 100 pages long. Blurb from Goodreads: Caleb Donovan was never meant to be a prophet. At heart he's a conqueror, his appetites far more carnal than spiritual. He's not inclined to repress his passions and surrender to fate. After all, that's what cost him Lily—three centuries ago. She married another, because it was ordained. Now that he's in the same benighted calling—and forced into proximity with her—all the old desires are roaring back to life. . . After widowhood and centuries of celibacy, Lily is eager to explore the wild side of life, except now she's vulnerable to another forced relationship, with an enemy. But this time she's determined to choose her own path. And if hot, furious Caleb comes charging to the rescue, it might just change both their destinies. . . Love is about to start conquering. . .  Sometimes novellas between series books are fluff, but this one isn’t. Granted, nothing happened to move the overall story forward, but it was a good setup for the finale. And I’ll be reading that one next.

While I have been getting a bit of writing done, yesterday was the pits. My whole schedule was off (due to a doctor appointment and a trip to the commissary), that I didn’t get anything written. Plus this cold is really bugging me. I’m hoping I’m over the heavy-duty stuff, though. Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

So… Have any of you watched the new Odd Couple? What did you think? I’m thinking television executives can’t think of anything new to create. Still, it had its funny moments and I expect I’ll see a few more episodes before I make a final yay or nay.

Happy reading!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Snow, Books, Sick, and the Oscars

Snow can really ruin plans, ya know? We received 5” of the stuff Saturday—3-1/2” of it had fallen overnight, the rest continued through most of the day. We were supposed to go to our friend’s place to celebrate my sweetie’s birthday, but she lives in Columbus—70 miles away—and the snow was headed her way.

Now, I don’t mind driving in the snow. I just don’t like driving in the snow when there are other drivers on the road. And I remembered one Christmas when it had snowed and we drove out to her place, there were accidents all over the place. I didn’t want to risk it, so I cancelled (broke my heart to do it, though—it’s been hard hooking up with her lately).

So, with our plans out into the snow (so to speak), we had to figure out what we were going to do for dinner. I suggested ordering out for pizza (we hadn’t done that in ages). The kids still came over and we played games for a few hours. Ended up having a great time.

Take that, snow!

When my daughter arrived, though, she came bearing gifts—for me! She handed me a stack of six books: Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. I had refused to read the books as they came out, because she ended each book in the Vampire Academy series in a cliffhanger (according to my daughter, she did with this series, too), and I think you all know how much I hate those, so when I heard there would only be six books in the series, I told my daughter not to give them to me until she’d read them all (she apparently loves to be tortured). She finished the last one this past weekend. Now I have six books added to my pile to read and wonder when I’ll ever get to them.

Sounds like I need another vacation or cruise or something. J

Seems I’m not immune to getting a cold this year after all (I had really hoped, though). Getting sick is the pitts. The pitts, I tell you!

So… Did you watch the Oscars last night? I’m such a sucker for those award shows, but sometimes I discover movies I’d never heard of before. Like “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” I’m thinking I want to go see that one now.

Have a good day!