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 If you can’t eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.

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        I’m a mystery writer–read my ‘about me’ page to find out more.   Feel free to check out the excerpts from my Doggoned Mystery series and take a look at my favorite pictures of our garden and what was once our pond.  The Bull Pen page has pictures of our bullies and friends.   


New additions to my desk top toys.

HPIM4238So now I have 3 Target dog Pez dispensers…

How the stores add to the high stress of having to shop during the holidays.

I hate shopping. Yes, I’ve said that many times but it bears repeating.

I had to make a ‘quick’ grocery store run for The Curmudgeon yesterday. I say quick with tongue in cheek. This time of year there is no such thing as quick.

It might have gone faster if:

a. The store didn’t have all those extra displays blocking the aisles.

b. The clerks were not moving slower than a snail’s ass.

c. People actually tried to not block the aisles while they catch up on old times with long-lost friends.

And finally

d. Idiots who only shop once a year would refrain from doing that.

Nothing like taking almost an hour to pick up a couple of items…

You all have a good one.

ChocovineI do believe it is wine o’clock.

I think it’s done

I spent the entire afternoon yesterday clearing the last of the leaves from the yard. Exhaustion doesn’t cover it. Had to be done since rain is in the forecast. I’d rather move light, dry, and fluffy leaves than have to mess with wet ones.

After I rolled up the cord for the leaf blower and put everything away. I went inside, grabbed a tall bottle of lavender mint water, downed that in a few seconds, took the dogs out, fed them, and then served our dinner. Yes, that was one sentence, just to let you know how it felt.

Not much cooking. I had a lovely beef roast, carrots, and potatoes in the crock pot. All I had to do was make the gravy.

I love my crock pot.

You all have a good one!

HPIM3599Yeah, it’s that time. A chocolate martini for me tonight.

In loving memory of…

Gone but not forgotten

Some days one feels quite alone.

Pictures..fall is over

Okay, I finally took the picture of the naked trees. What a difference a couple of days makes.


HPIM4248Yep, that’s a big difference.

How long can I avoid going to stores?

I meant to snap a few pictures of my now naked trees but didn’t seem to get around to it yesterday. Instead, I went grocery shopping, a chore I hate all the way into my marrow.

As usual, I parked away from all the other cars and pulled through to the far side. I don’t care about walking a distance I prefer to keep others from scratching my car.

The store was hot and crowded. Ugh. People were rude and there was some sort of group in there that stopped for little lectures every once in a while blocking entire aisles. The worst thing was the store had so many aisle displays about that you had trouble getting things from the shelves. It took me twice as long to get my shopping done.

Out in the parking lot, a woman has pulled her car behind mine, with dozens of spaces free, she pulls in there. As she got out of her car I thanked her profusely for making it difficult for me to put my groceries into my van. She didn’t get the sarcasm.

I hate the holidays.

You all have a good one!

 HPIM4241Here’s a cute picture of Lucy to make you smile.

The dog isn’t dumb.

Yesterday, Lucy received a hoodie I’d ordered for her because she is more sensitive to the cold than Mr. Nova Scotia born Gavin. He loves the cold weather.

After going outside wearing the hoodie a couple of times, Lucy now stands in front of where I keep it, and barks to have it put on before she rings the bells to go out.

I think she likes staying warm. Well, don’t we all when the weather turns frigid?

It seems that when she’s not wrapped up in the fuzzy blanket like a bully burrito, she’s now asking for her hoodie. And people say dogs are dumb.

HPIM4235Momma pwease come ober here and cober me wight.

HPIM4239I wubs my hoodie. Momma bought it here:


Okay, I’m done with the cold already.

For some reason I seem to be very sensitive to the cold all of a sudden. Before, I didn’t like the cold but wasn’t sensitive to it. Less than five minutes outside and my shoulder and hands began to ache like crazy.

Yesterday I had to grab gloves and put up my hood just to take the dogs out for a quick pee. Color me very unhappy. If this keeps up I doubt I’ll make it through the winter with an ounce of sanity.

At least we didn’t get snow like they did in upper NY state. All we got was a lot of wind.

The wind stripped our trees bare and I’ll be back outside working on leaves this coming weekend when it is warmer.

You all have a good one and stay warm.

HPIM4214Doesn’t look like this now…I’ll snap a few pictures when it is a bit warmer.

Life with an MS patient

Spent the day yesterday sitting in the waiting room of the hospital while The Curmudgeon had an extensive MRI of the brain. Again. I keep telling them all they’ll find is air.

We won’t know anything until after the neurologist gets the results.

Last week, I ran him for a blood test, and the week before that, we visited his neurologist.

We spend a lot of time sitting in waiting rooms.  I hate waiting rooms.

I am very glad to have my Kindle with me. I don’t want to read a magazine that some toddler has drooled on or someone has coughed and sneezed on, no thank you.

You all have a good one.

Here’s hoping for successes

With the weather growing colder daily, I think it’s time to dig out some of my craft projects and get working on them.

We’ve been lucky to have wrens nest nearby the last few years and at the end of the season they were showing some interest in one of the wren houses I have hanging. I still have one inside that needs staining. I think that is the first project I’ll work on.

Later, as the season grows colder and snowy, I’ll begin to work on the hutch.

Then there are the two bookcases in the living room and the walls that need painting. I should stay fairly busy over the winter.

There’s always the jewelry. I’m hoping all this keeping the hands busy activity will spark my muse into competition.

You all have a good one, and because everyone can use one, here’s a warm fuzzy for you.

warm fuzzy

Not my favorite season

After raking and using the leaf blower all day again, I have decided that I truly hate fall as much as I do winter. Every muscle in this aging body aches. I can barely lift my arms and I have a light weight leaf blower.

I can’t imagine how much I’d be hurting if I’d used the huge gas-powered leaf blower that we have in the shed. Yeah, that’s another thing to get rid of now.

The list grows exponentially as I find things too heavy for me to use and knowing The Curmudgeon will never use them again.

So far there’s the riding mower, a gas-powered weed eater, a couple of chain saws, hedge trimmers, and the gas-powered leaf blower that need new homes.

I have a light-weight electric leaf blower and trimmer for me. I’ll be buying an electric mower next summer.

Looking forward to Spring already.

You all have a good one.






RIP Valerie Malmont

Valerie Malmont died yesterday. She befriended me at the very first Pennwriters Conference I attended. When she did book signings anywhere near me, I made sure to stop in and see her. If I didn’t have the book she had out that day, I’d buy it and she’d sign it for me.

I have all her books. You can find them here: http://www.amazon.com/Valerie-S.-Malmont/e/B000APVJLE

I love you Valerie and I will miss you dear friend. I am very sad today. The world is dimmer since this lovely bright light went out.

102_0767Valerie made a lovely Princess Ozma at the costume ball Pennwriters 2008

That’s me next to her dressed as one of my favorite books “The Last Camel Died At Noon”

102_0765There’s the camel made by my friend Elena


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