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{February 11, 2017}   It’s snowing in Boston!

It’s Saturday and it’s a snow day. A stay in day. A play date day. 

I got up and went in search of life. GES was on the sofa with MGS and PK, she was the mysterious person on the air mattress in MGS’ room when I kissed her goodnight last night. ACS and EJS were at soccer game. 

They got home and EJS scored three goals! Then we all went to breakfast. 

After breakfast, MGS, EJS and PK played outside in the snow, so funny to watch! They slid down the steps in a toboggan, apparently three steps is enough. They then wanted to clean off the cars and ingenious….MGS figured out she could close the trunk using the ice scraper to hit the button!

A good time was had by all! Especially those of us warm on the inside watching! 
EJS was picked up to go to a birthday party. There was bowling then a sleepover at a hotel.  Pizza, swimming, staying up late, sounds good to me! 

ACS went to get a haircut and when he got back GES and I went to get pedicures. Then some groceries and picked up dinner and the two of us watched Florence Foster Jenkins until the rest of the family got home. 

It was a nice relaxing day. 

What will tomorrow bring? Besides more snow. 



{April 8, 2016}   Author jam session

Maybe jam session isn’t the right word, but it was cool.

You know how someone will pay a movie quote on Facebook and then someone else posts another quote from the same movie [I’ve seen it so many times with The Princess Bride]. Well,  I had this happen with authors, pretty cool!

I was on my flight this afternoon, waiting to take off and taking to PSM on the phone and a woman was passing by to her seat and I noticed the author she was reading.  I mouthed that I loved that author and she said I know!

Then I said another author and she mentioned another and back and forth. We must have mentioned at least eight authors each and we both knew the other persons. [The line was moving slowly].

I have to say…a very cool happening. A literary jam session,  there you go!

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{August 9, 2015}   The weekend in New Hampshire

A new weekend, new friends, new experiences, new food, what more could you want!

Another eventful, wonderful weekend in New Hampshire, sounds pretty good, huh? I got lucky and had the weekend off, so I got to take advantage of the opportunity and join PSM up at the house in New Hampshire. We headed up Friday evening, I got back to the hotel from the hospital, remember…I am working at a hospital, I’m fine! about 30 minutes before PSM and Mollie picked me up and away we went.

We didn’t hit too much traffic, it was good, and unusual! Could be because it was close to 8pm. We got to the house about 10:30, settled in and relaxed, then conked out about one am, luckily I was able to fall back asleep after the alarm went off at 5:30am! PSM was not so lucky, poor guy! We finally got motivated and decided to walk into town to get some breakfast. It was a really nice walk, about 2.5 miles and it was off the beaten path, so to speak. We walked through the neighborhood, then the next, came out of there, crossed the street and walked on the path that was created behind the trees, off the street, then across the street, same thing, until we got to the street, about a quarter mile from our destination. It was a good walk for Mollie too.

After a great breakfast, we waited while the other families showed up, we decided to wait for them at the restaurant, easy to find. The first family, J&AH and their kids, C and B, every sweet kids and great family. Next was C&CV with their kids, O and E. E and C are the boys and were so excited to see each other, the girls were just as excited to see each other. After a nice reunion, we all piled into the two cars and headed back to the house.

M&K and their son JT were the last to arrive, another nice reunion, then everyone figured out where they were going to sleep, kids in one room, parents in other rooms, the kids were excited, there are bunk beds, what kid isn’t excited! All of these people have known PSM for a very long time and they are all part of the group who call him Boo. Even the kids!

That is frustrating sometimes…I call his name a bunch of times, but then I say “Boo!” and he hears me, geesh!

After everyone settled in, we headed out for a hike to a trail less than a mile from the house. All the kids piled in the back with Mollie and away we went. We hiked/walked for about a mile and a half, maybe two, possibly, came to a spot where we could go in the water. Lots of rocks and deeper pockets for swimming, the kids had a blast! Swimming, jumping a bit, skimming stones. Then it was back to the path to head back to the house, perfect timing so we could shower, have some snacks and then head to dinner, reservations at 7:30, there were 13 of us!

On the way back is when I twisted my ankle, fun…One of the kids gave me their walking stick, very sweet. We all piled back into the truck and headed back to the house, chilled out, wine and cheese, beers, special concoctions made by our two resident bartenders, AH and KS, I did not partake, but everyone seemed to like it.

The sad part was that C&C got a call that one of their dogs had gotten out and mom had to go because the dog would not come to anyone except her, we were all bummed out. 5:30 this morning we got the news that the puppy was home! Wahoo!

Off to dinner, all piled into the two vehicles again, apparently we were the kid mobile, they are so funny! Dinner was good, good food, conversation and company, then off to get some ice cream, well, most of the party had ice cream, yours truly and PSM were good and skipped. After everyone was happy with dessert, back to the house.

Right to jammies, brushing teeth and movies while the kids fall asleep, one even on the floor, he was so tired!

The rest of us huddled around the table and put in $20, thanks to PSM for covering me, and got down to playing Texas Hold ‘Em. Yup, yours truly included! I held my own for a while and as we neared 2:30am, I starting betting pretty hard, I was winding down and getting tired, I still needed to write to you, of course! I did this in between rounds. Finally about 2:45, we all cashed in and split the money, oh, I was the banker! It was kind of cool having that much cash in my pocket!

We all cleaned up and headed to bed, crashing out pretty quickly and slept until about 8:30am, it was lovely! No alarms!

Tired yet?

This morning, we all got motivated, sort of, and everyone decided they wanted breakfast from the same place PSM and I ate at yesterday and Dunkin’ Donuts, so orders were placed and away the guys went. We took showers, packed bags, stripped beds, threw towels and sheets in the washer and all cleaned the house, people were coming in about 5pm for the week.

The cutest thing, at one point this morning, all five kids were sitting on the sofa playing on their devices, but all the same game, they were in the same Minecraft world. AH laughed and said that they came all the way to the mountains to play games together!

After the house was cleaned and everyone was packed, all the families went to take the gondola up the mountain like we did a few weeks ago with GES and family. PSM and I headed to the craft fair happening in town, it was great! I got some Chanukah, Christmas and birthday shopping done! I am thinking I may go online to find some of these vendors, I want more! Not to worry, I did pick up a little something for myself and…one of the vendors found out I was buying gifts, gave me one of her products for free, how cool is that!

Then we got some lunch, headed out for home, PSM dropped me off at my hotel, I picked up the car and headed to GES and ACS’ house for dinner with the F family across the street. Grilling out, burgers, dogs, corn, the works, it was great! MGS even gets excited seeing PSM, running and jumping up for hugs, I love to see that, I know her parents do too! She was excited to see Mollie too!

After good food, friends, conversation, it was time to come back to the hotel to hang with the cats, unpack, get ready for the week and talk to you.

I am sure you are tired, I am, and you just read about my weekend! How was yours?

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Are these beautiful or what?!

I got back to my hotel this afternoon and found a wonderful and beautiful surprise!

I had received a text message earlier in the day asking what my room number was, not knowing why, I did ask if he was going to surprise me and he did!

I walked in the room to drop off some stuff and pick up other stuff, looked across the room and there they were, with a lovely note and the smile spread on my face! I have a wonderful beau.

Thank you PSM, I love them!

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{January 8, 2015}   We started Harry Potter!

Last night, ACS thought it would be fun to start reading Harry Potter to the girls.

They have seen the first movie and I know that EJS has seen the second one, so it seems safe to read it to them and at the rate we are going of a few pages each night, they should both be in their teens by the time I get to the more intense books!

I sat down to read to them, put on my British accent and away we went! It’s night two and we are almost done with chapter one!

I love these books, each time a new one came out, I couldn’t put it down and I was ready to read the next one. I have read each one at least twice, except for the last one, too emotionally taxing, but I still loved it!

I am so excited for this opportunity to read this series to them both, I am just ticked pink! I will keep you posted on our progress!

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{July 26, 2013}   Carl Hiaasen

I like almost everything I’ve ready by Carl Hiaasen.

I just finished Double Whammy and I really enjoyed it. It was about bass fishing, not something I have ever been in to, but at the heart of it, competition fixing and cheating, murder, religion, scandal, land robber barons and revenge, what more could you want?

There’s a character that you meet in several of his books, Skink, and you find out how he was injured in this book, something that is prevalent in future issues. Part of the story takes place in the south and there is rampant racism, which is slightly unsettling, but it works in the story, if that makes sense.

The first book I read of his was Skinny Dip, this turned me in to a fan, it was about a girl who was dealt a bad hand and came back with gusto and a vengeance, funny and smart and a good revenge story with a happy ending, yeah! Once I started laughing, I don’t think I stopped.

I recently finished Star Island, loved this one! The main character was spirited and fun and when she got in trouble, Skink to the rescue, I loved him in the book! I was glad to share it with the guy in the seat next to me on one of my recent flights, we talked about Carl Hiaasen for about 30 minutes!

Right now, I am in the middle of Nature Girl and I’m struggling. Granted, of the books I have read, none had two story completely different story lines, they may intersect at some point, but I’m not seeing it right now, but I’m hopeful. I also want to see how Honey is going to exact her revenge, so I’m going to keep going. (It also only cost $2, so I’m not too upset!)

And, for a point of reference, he also wrote the book that was made into the movie Striptease, with Demi Moore and Burt Reynolds. (Carl Hiassen was one of the screenwriters as well)

If you’re looking for a good time (most of the time!), mystery and laughter (how often can go say that about a mystery?) then I recommend Carl Hiassen!

http://www.carlhiaasen.com/



{June 27, 2013}   Ghost of a Chance

It’s been a while since I’ve written a book review, so here’s one.

Today, I finished ‘Ghost of a Chance’. I really enjoyed it, it had all the elements that I enjoy and then some, murder, mayhem, mystery, mysticism, ghosts, a china shop, tea, charms, spells, witches and ghosts, is that enough?

The main character is Emerald O’Brien, she’s a divorced mother of two kids, Randa (Miranda)and Kip (Kiplng). She owns a tea shop, where she sells not only tea but china, baked goods and lunch. She’s also considered the town witch, not the “bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” type of witch, but she could read tarot cards, was in tune with the world around her and spirits, something her nanny had taught her how to embrace who she was and she’s now teaching her son who shares her gift.

The book opens with Emerald introducing herself, talking about how she can sense spirits and then about one visiting her in her bedroom asking for help, she’s been murdered, by her husband.

Emerald has some great friends who know about her talents and want to help. Harlowe and Murray are her best friends, Harlowe, since she moved to the town and Murray, since college. She meets a new guy named Andrew, her first since getting divorced, that she’s interested in and he becomes instrumental in helping her, even sticking around after finding out about her abilities, a rare quality.

As I said, there are charms, incantations, spirits, both evil and good, cleanings, tarot readings and lots of tea. There are plot twists and turns, surprises and you don’t know who it is, truly until the end.

Even if the spirit world is not something you believe in, this book is charming, scary, enlightening and a darn fine mystery, you root for the good guys, feel happy and scared with the characters, kind of draws you in, I highly recommend it!

http://www.galenorn.com/Mysteries/



{October 3, 2010}   She’s Come Undone

I FINALLY finished She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. I’ve come unglued… I don’t know what else to say about this book. It took me months to read, and dear friends, that is not like me, I am one who devours books, if it’s good, a few days, providing I have time, if I LOVE it, could be hours, this books I neither loved nor devoured.

I have been hearing from people that they want to read it, I found out recently it was an Oprah pick, I don’t watch Oprah so I am not up to date with her picks, but, conversely, when I meet someone who has read it, they,well, let’s just say, disliked it immensely! Who said this was a great book? I was DEPRESSED the entire time I was reading it! Made me think of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I would never be able to eat enough chocolate to make me feel happy again, and I don’t eat chocolate, but for this, I might make an exception!

Through the entire book, the main character never had a happy day in her life, well, I guess there were some happy times in the middle, but it seemed to be based on a lie,  does that count? She tortured everyone and then seemed to self deprecate herself about things, blamed herself for others dying because she was so horrible, or felt that she deserved it. I honestly have no idea.

I am a fan of murder mystery, suspense, give me a good killing any day, in a book people and I’m a happy girl. I often wonder if there is something wrong with me, I watch murder mysteries on tv, love the cop dramas, read these bizarre books [people can come up with some horrible and graphic ways to torture and kill each other] and I wonder if there is something wrong with me… Then I read a book like this and hope that there really aren’t people in the world like the main character.

I hate to say that I am not sure if it was written well, I believe it was, it evoked some very strong emotions and reactions from me and if that was the point, terrific, go Wally Lamb! I say I am not sure if it was written well because I couldn’t get past the content, not because I have any ill will towards Wally Lamb, but, conversely, as a story goes, no thank you. I would never tell someone not to read a book, but I will be honest in my opinion on the book and if this is for you, enjoy.



{February 3, 2010}   The Sculptor by Gregory Funaro

WOW!

I think that about sums it up! This is a very intense murder mystery/thriller/suspense book. I saw it at Borders at Logan Airport as I was walking by, I was just going to read what I had on my iTouch and I could not pass it up after I read the back cover.

Dr. Cathy Hildebrant, or Dr Hildy as only one is allowed to refer to her, is an art history professor, the preeminent authority on Michelangelo and is called in to consult on a case involving The Sculptor. He is making new masterpieces of his victims, preserving and posing them as Michelangelo’s most famous works.

Agent Sam Markham is the FBI’s special agent who’s specialty is tracking serial killers. He is the one who brings Cathy on to the project to help him understand what The Sculptor is trying to say, trying to get the world to understand his special gift.

I could not put this book down, a definite page turner that I would recommend, only to those who can handle this type of book.



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