Saturday, July 26, 2014

What A Week!

This has been a week of vets, repairmen, mani/pedis, Roxie's vaccine reaction, appliance check ups, mild stress...and it's not over yet! Comcast has stuff to do on Sunday and the Bosch dishwasher guy...according to the service company these are hard to find... comes on Monday. I need a rest from service people. I need time to breathe! Plus I am all of a sudden waking up at 3:30 every morning...and when I get up Lucy and Roxie get up, too...usually I can read and fall back to sleep but sleep has escaped me the last few nights...this morning I wandered into a way back bedroom to watch TV and fall asleep...but both girls followed and play fought all over me for a while. Then they just kept on wandering back and forth from Den to me...waking me up...they like us all in our room I was trying to let Den sleep.

And...I have not read much yesterday or sad...
Almost finished with this...a YA thriller about life after WWIII but wait...there was no's been a lie!

Working on's still really good...

Off to watch Motive For Murder...I have a yen to make vegetable soup!

See you on Monday!

Friday, July 25, 2014


What a day! By 8:30 AM this morning we were back at the vet's with Roxie Blue who had a really bad reaction to her rabies shot. I knew when I woke up this morning and saw her still sleeping that something was wrong. She was lethargic, cried when we touched her hot little tummy, and just didn't move. She had fluids at the vet's and benedryl and another shot of something else...and back home to rest. She seems to be a little better now but I am still cautiously watching her. I am about to put cold compresses on her head! My poor baby! And I brought her a little plate of turkey baby food which she gobbled up!

Reading this...when I am not worried about's really fun and really good...a little girl is dropped off at her grandmother's house after the death of her father. Her father has been estranged from his mother. This book sort of reminds me of a combination of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help. We have Liberty Bell, Vidrine, Fannie, Queenie and of key characters!

The rest of my day will be spent worrying and kitty watching!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Worrisome Day Today!

The girls have little check ups today...Roxie Blue needs her rabies shot...yikes! She is clueless about this one.

Lucy Grace has her 6 month healthy check up...blood work, blood pressure...OMG!

She is clueless, too, but will catch on quicker than Roxie...once we get the carrier out...Roxie sort of bounces through life as a happy two year old.

I love these two monkeys so much! I think they might love each other...just a teensie bit?

A few more new books trickled in from NetGalley!

This one just looks like fun!

I loved Lisa Jewell books years ago...I have not read her in a while but doesn't this look so good? It sings of family drama!

This is the Eleanor And Park author! to worry about the vet's test results...that actually haven't even happened yet...

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Finished cute and fun that I was sad when it ended!

Started this...

"Flying Shoes, the delicious first novel from Lisa Howorth . . . [is] funny, character-driven storytelling with crackling dialogue."

~Shelf Awareness, starred review

Got these...

January Jones...of Mad Men supposed to star in this...

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oh My Goodness!

Love this book! It's just written so beautifully. It's fun yet has a nice edge to it. I did not think I would love it but I already love Cara...Poppy...her dog...and Bert! Love the fact that it's in Charleston...and about flowers...and there are even some mean girls tossed in...can't wait to get back to it!

Today...I emptied one dresser of "girly stuff"...all those underthings that used to be so frilly but now are more put all of that dresser's contents into the new TV stand dresser drawers...two big huge deep drawers filled with girly underthings! Perfect!

Roxie is watching Den sort through his boy underthings...too funny! Love organizing!

We are relaxing at home today...I am making this for dinner...a yummy roasted pieces of chicken in the oven dinner. I found this recipe on a site called A whole cut up chicken is roasted in small amounts of soy sauce and brown sugar and red wine vinegar and olive oil. I love recipes that involve one pan, pushing the pan into the oven and then it's magically done!

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Smooth As Silk! Almost!

Ta da! The furniture moves proceeded like a well oiled machine. Den only had to zip to Sears once...he needed a really long screwdriver and then out to Radio Shack later for an HDMI cable. The only changes we made were to not put the chest in the family room. I love it upstairs and I love my red bench coffee table in the family room even more.

The girls happily inspecting the new peely chippy TV stand. Excuse the fan...our bedroom has vaulted ceilings and while the rest of the house is freezing...our room at night is so hot even with a night time setting of 67 degrees...we probably should do something about this but we get lazy...

Everything is now kitty approved! Hurray!

Finishing's good but I don't love it...I mean I do love it but it's not surprising me enough...does that ever happen to you? With a book?

Off to clean something...

Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


This book is amazing...I have been sort of hot and cold about her Maisie Dobbs books...I read them out of order and that frustrates me. I truly hesitated over this one but ultimately fell in love with it. The Great War, two best friends, farm workers, an unfriendly incredibly mean Sergeant Knowles...and an unfreakingbelievable ending. I cried and cried and then told the entire book to Den. But this book is so intense and real and beautiful. Kezia and Thea go to school together and become teachers together but Kezia falls in love and marries Thea's brother Tom. This bothers Thea who has leaned towards women's rights and being a suffragette and being independent. She is both jealous and disdainful of Kezia at home on the farm. Kezia...has the soul and spirit of an angel. Her letters about cooking to Tom at the front...are shared and enjoyed by all of Tom's platoon. Eventually Kezia works the farm just the way Tom did. Again...this is the most beautiful book...truly I tense yet so lovely!

We are relaxing with the New York Times...then we have to get my new peely chippy white dresser/new bedroom TV stand out of the back of Den's SUV. Yikes! But first here is the plan!

Big cabinet in our room gets emptied of clothes and the old TV.

The old TV goes into a guest room.

TV in that guest room goes to the basement for now.

Big cabinet gets moved to another bedroom. Yikes!

Seaman's chest in the now big cabinet room comes down to the family room to be the new coffee table.

Existing antique red milking bench which was the coffee table goes to the far bedroom upstairs...that's the room with all of my bags, clothes, etc. it's the room Roxie and Lucy and I love best.

Den and Patty go to the SUV and get new peely chippy white dresser and bring it into the house, up the stairs and into our room.

Patty agonizes over picture placement.

Den installs new TV...hopefully...

Happy Sunday!