Thursday, May 13, 2021

Did You Know


Did you know, legend has it that Native American warriors carved desert roses when they returned from the spirit world?

*Desert roses are crystal clusters of baryte or gypsum that include sand grains and are shaped like roses.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

It's Tuesday


Kitties and Roses


Thanks for the meme, Janet.


Any Dr. Fauci fans out there? I love the man. Isn't this doll great? My Sis-In-Law made it. Great job, Jan!


Supplement Information

Any one out there take supplements? My doc had a couple of recommendations for me.

For sleep issues. NATROL Melatonin TIME RELEASE.  I've taken Melatonin on and off for a long time, but didn't realize you could get a time release version.

Brain sharpener. NOW Acetyl-L-Carnitine. Can you imagine, he thought I could use this????  Choke. Choke. Hack. Hack.


Mother's Day 

To the moms out there, did you have a great one? The HH and I went to Blowing Rock. It was a good day. We hadn't been there in over a year.  I know it was prompted by COVID, but I got a chuckle out of this sign.

 Last year, the boy got me TP for Mother's Day. This year the HH got me a box of rocks.

For the garden 😉 

What about you? Got garden? Cats? Love Fauci? Take supplements? Have a good weekend?



Thursday, May 6, 2021

Did You Know

 Did you know, legend has it that chiastolite warded off the evil eye? 

*Possibly because of cross-shaped, black inclusions of graphite on the stone.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IWSG Wednesday


The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts: Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone and Cathrina Constantine.


The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.  Remember it’s optional.


May 5 question – Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way that you didn’t expect? If so, did it surprise you?


Uh, yes. One of my reviews referred to Tumble Star as a YA, which was a head-shaker for me.  But since she gave me a good review she can call it anything she wants😊




In no particular order, April/May reviews.


THE QUEEN’S ALPHA by Box Set Series 1-3 by W. J. May

A princess is on the run after her brother murders their father and is out to murder her.

This was a fun YA fantasy series with a lot of snark and all kinds of interesting, supernatural characters. The author rocked the ending and took me totally by surprise. When I read it, the series was free, but always check before buying.







CATLINGS BANE by D. Wallace Peach

What always jumps out at me when I read this author's stories is her world building. It's exceptionally well done and draws you deep into the story. Her characters are also well-developed, making the reader feel their hurts and enjoy their triumphs.  This book is no exception. It starts out with a young child that has a unique ability that can have long lasting consequences not only for her immediate surroundings, but the world outside it.

CATLING'S BANE is another well told tale that will have you flipping pages on your Kindle.






LORDS OF CHAOS by D. Wallace Peach

This last book wraps up the Unraveling the Veil saga of Naj, Alue and Talan quite nicely.  I am now firmly in the D. Wallace Peach fan club. I highly recommend this series for fantasy readers and/or readers that just want to kick back with a well told tale.









I also read a couple of great arcs that I’m anxious to share information on.



I’m pleased to mention the HH placed second in the Charlotte’s Poetry Writers Contest.


                                           Bank Fishing on the Tippecanoe

            Fishing with my son on the muddy edges of the Tippecanoe,

            Just above the slow bend where the Wabash swallows

            The right of way whole.  My son and I quietly twitch our bait


            Above the small-mouth holes that lie on the river bottom

            Along an inlet where the water swirls in upon itself

            Momentarily spared from the all-compelling current


            That commands the storm debris from upriver

            And sends it rushing past us toward the greater

            Powers that lay beyond the bend.  We speak softly


            And move slowly.  Too much sound will alert the bass

            That there is more waiting than a bit of food.  A twitch,

            A tug, and his line is moving.  He plays the fish, waiting


            For the right moment to set the hook.  I feel my rod tip

            And I let my line play out.  Small-mouth fight hard for their size,

            Aware of the consequences I suppose.  We are exhilarated by


            The fight.  We land our fish, admire them briefly,

            and send them back, watching as they dart off into the current

            As we, landlocked as we are, watch them go.



            I can still recall the tug on our lines, feel the cool river spray,

            Hear the rush of the water’s flow, sense my son standing beside me

            As we watch the two bass swim deep into the waters of the


            Tippecanoe which will carry its venerable load

            On to the Wabash, the Ohio, the Mississippi,

            And the great oceans of the world.