Friday, July 31, 2015

I'm So Sad It's Friday....

Happy last day of July and a moment of silence for faculty whose summer vacay is over. I believe the students still have a few weeks reprieve. If you teach or are a student when is your first day back?

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Who'd A Thought?

Three or Four?

'Orville Wright numbered the eggs that his chickens produced so that he could eat them in the order they were laid.

The oldest person on record is Methuselah.'  He was 969 years old.

'Leonardo da Vinci could write with the one hand and draw with the other simultaneously.

Thomas Jefferson wrote his own epitaph without mentioning he was US president.

An exocannibal eats only enemies. An indocannibal eats only friends.' You think this is where 'with friends like that who needs enemies'  comes from?

And last but not least...

'In 1973, confectionery salesman Roland Ohisson was buried in a casket made entirely of chocolate.'

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Glaucoma In Cats

I've been around cats all my life. I know their diseases run parallel with ours: diabetes, upper respiratory, cancer, cataracts, etc. but I didn't realize they could get glaucoma.  When I took Faux in to get her eyes checked, I was expecting something more along the lines of cataracts or possibly a tumor, but she was diagnosed with glaucoma. She's now on eye drops to bring down the pressure. If left untreated the eye could rupture.

The disease is a result of fluid pressure building in the eyeball.  To diagnose glaucoma, like humans, the pressure must be measured.  Topical and or oral drugs are used to reduce the pressure. If the drugs don't work, surgery is sometimes required. The surgery can be to remove the pressure or the eye.

Fingers crossed that the drops will do the trick.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bound In Black Blog Tour

The Vessel Trilogy
Book Three
Juliette Cross
Genevieve Drake is on a dangerous mission to find the soul collector, Lethe, and enter the deepest, darkest level of the underworld. No one has ever returned alive from the belly of a soul collector, but she will let nothing stop her from going after the precious treasure Lethe stole from her.

As she is tested against demon spawn and foul creatures of the underworld, each triumph strengthens her Vessel power—and drags her closer to a breaking point that could forever doom her to the abyss.

Meanwhile, with the full prophecy hurtling toward completion, the Dominus Daemonum strategize for the day Gen will battle Prince Bamal’s Vessel to the death, when the Great War between heaven and hell will begin.

But Bamal has a secret weapon. When he reveals it—and Thomas reveals his own hidden agenda—Gen may not have the strength to resist the temptation to fall into darkness, forsaking the fate of the world for her broken heart.

Warning: Contains malicious demons, sinister spawn, and a vengeful heroine with plans to send them all back to burning hell.
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Among a throng of dancers grinding to some death-metal tune was Bleed and one of the guys from his band, Gallow’s End. Bleed. What an asinine name. Perfectly fit the owner. Last time Kat and I had seen him in that demon club on Bayou Sauvage, his long, sleek hair was dyed midnight blue. He’d changed it to deep purple. Two stumbling-drunk girls were clinging to him and the tall, lanky guy I recognized as his drummer. Their eyes shimmered red in the smoky dark of the club.
That was one thing lower demons didn’t have to worry about in New Orleans. With so many freaks in the city joining artificial vampire covens, there was no need to disguise red eyes or sharpened fangs. Both of which were the distinct outward features of a lower demon inhabiting a human.
The young brunette who looked barely eighteen hung on to Bleed’s arm. He made a signal to Drummer Boy, who escorted another girl wearing a miniskirt so short I could see her ass cheek. They veered toward a back entrance, taking their fully intoxicated dates with them. Knowing Bleed was into kink and violence and certainly not above forcing his will on the weak and vulnerable, I nudged Kat.
Without a word, we were off the stools and following the four through the storage room, which indeed had a back entrance for deliveries. The door to the alley creaked closed. Bleed said something, obviously witty and wonderful because the girls giggled in unison. I reached into my boot and pulled out my sharpened stiletto. Kat pulled out a similar but thicker blade, sheathed on a vest harness covered by her jacket.
Kat cracked the door, peering outside. We heard the distant shuffling as the four moved farther off.
“Hurry,” I whispered.
About the Author:
Juliette calls lush, moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination, creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance--brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

Juliette is a multi-published author, including her Nightwing series with Kensington Publishing and The Vessel Trilogy with Samhain Publishing.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bridged by Love Release

Bridged by Love
Nancy Corrigan

Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his heart…he breaks his pack.

Kagan Wolves, Book 1

From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan’s future was sealed. He’ll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father’s role as pack alpha. There’s just one problem.

Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack’s human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half—his wolf—won’t give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.

No one—human or shifter—has left a mark on Riley’s soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn’t always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.

With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can’t simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.

Warning: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves—biology. And a woman who isn’t giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.
Read a teaser…
Nic strode across the packed bar, hands clenching and releasing at his sides. Shifters and humans alike moved out of his way. He couldn’t blame them. No doubt he looked as pissed off as he felt. Returning to West Virginia hadn’t been on his agenda, at least not until a certain female died of old age or moved. Yeah, moving worked. Too bad it hadn’t happened. She remained in Hollow’s Grove like a damn forbidden fruit and a reminder of a life he could never have.
The two male wolf shifters at his old table grabbed their beers and scattered, leaving his sister to deal with his wrath.
He yanked a chair out and straddled it. “Who did it?”
Hannah lifted a slender brow. Four years separated them, but she could’ve been his twin. They both had their mother’s black hair and blue eyes. They both shifted into black wolves too, a rarity among their kind. Neither of them cared about the awe many felt in their presence. Him and Hannah? They cared about the strength the revered wolf gave them. Power was everything in their world.
“Did what? Put Dad in the hospital, or almost hit your ex-girlfriend’s car?”
He gritted his teeth. “Riley is not my ex-girlfriend.”
“What do you call your first lover and the female you warned every available male in a fifty-mile radius away from, then?”
Had Riley been a shifter, he’d call her his mate. As it was, she was a temptation, one he had to stay away from.
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A little about Nancy…
A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with women strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.
She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.
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Monday, July 20, 2015

Look What I Found In My Back Yard

Isn't she a beauty?
I've never had a hibiscus before and didn't realize what it was until it started blooming.
Faux Paw posing below.

The Crape Myrtle in the front yard.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Fun and Not So Fun Facts

Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

During his life time, artist Vincent Van Gogh only sold one of his paints. (Not so funny)

During his life time, Herman Melville's Moby Dick sold only fifty copies (Not so funny)

For beer commercials they add liquid detergent to the beer to make it foam more.

Halle Berry's stunt double in Catwoman was a man.

If you put a raisin in a fresh glass of champagne it will rise and fall continuously.

In high school, Robin Williams was voted the least likely to succeed.

In 1998, Sony accidentally sold 700,000 camcorders that had the technology to see through peoples clothes.

In Cleveland OH it is illegal to catch mice without a hunting license.

Mark Twain didn't even make it through elementary school
49 signatures needed to launch

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's Coming, Young Jedis

Yay! In December, we're finally going to see a Star Wars with the original cast. Sounds like a pretty good Christmas gift to me.
On another note, any Sherlock Holmes fans out there? If so you might want to check out Elizabeth Varadan's post. It's fascinating. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Polka Dots on the Highway

If you have driven between Rockford and Buffalo you are no doubt familiar with the dots on the highway. We saw them for the first time when we visited in MN the end of June and it was, 'What the --." 
And if they were going to put polka dots on the highway why not make them pink?
Actually, they do serve more of a purpose than a conversation starter.
This area has had a lot of crashes due to tailgating.
As you can see by the sign drivers are to keep two dots between them and the car in front. At fifty-five mph this adheres to the three second following distance rule. 
It might work in MN, but I'm afraid it would add to the fatalities in NC. I'm very much afraid that driving fifty-five and leaving that much space between cars would send our drivers into cardiac arrest.

Friday, July 10, 2015

It's The Weekend And Thunderclap

Enjoy it, Blogster Buds


Too, too cute.

Thanks, Rye.



Love, Lattes and Danger comes out August 4th and I'm trying to get the word out via Thunderclap. I need a 100 signatures to launch. If you can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.
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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Zoo Pics

More pics from Como Zoo. This time of the critters.

I'm guessing, he was just visiting:)

And The Wildest Creature of All.....

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Have you ever been here, blogster buds? If not, and you travel through St. Paul Minnesota, I recommend it. A small admission donation buys a lot of fun.
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Monday, July 6, 2015

No Vacancy

Whew! We are home! We went to a reception in MN for the kids. Two nights getting there. Two nights there. Two nights back. On the way up we spent the night with my aunt and uncle in southern Illinois then had lunch with the sibs in central Illinois then back on the road. Our goal was to stop about midway through WI for the night. On the other side of the Dells about 8:30 p.m. we decided to call it a night. Unfortunately we didn't take into account the Tractor Pull. Every hotel in town was booked. So we drove to the next town, and the next and the next. Same thing. We went through five towns with every hotel booked for the tractor pull. The next town it was a wedding and a baseball game. The town after that it was an aerial show. Finally, at two in the morning, we found a Motel 8 on the other side of Minneapolis  that had one cancellation. We took it!