And the adventures continue…

So after yesterday mornings Delbert surround sound, I was getting ready for bed and every night before bed I make sure either Logan or I take the dogs out. Last night Logan wasn’t feeling well and went up to bed early so I was on dog duty. As I was getting ready to take the dogs out I start hearing something falling or being shifted. At first I was worried Logan had fallen or something, but then I realized it was coming from the kitchen and that always means the cats are getting into something.

I get up and start heading that way, but no cat in sight. Then I saw that the drawer for the tupperware was all the way open.

DAMMIT REGINALD!

This cat. I love this cat. I also regularly want to strangle him because he loves getting in through this drawer because it sometimes slips open and I keep forgetting to buy child locks for it. So I wander over and am talking to him. The conversation went something like:

Me: Huh. Get yourself stuck silly boy?

Reggie: *glares at me with an obviously you moron look*

Me: That sucks. I know you can get out on your own though. Come on.

Reggie: *more glares followed by him working his way out while I hold the drawer still for him.

He gets out fairly easily and then proceeds to run away because he got caught being stuck and now he is embarrassed.

sorry for the blurry photo, he was angry….

Now I have a cat who is angry because he got caught and I’m going to have to find child locks. If you don’t hear from me in a week just know that I fought Reggie off until the very end….

I have finished reading 2 books and a short story this week and gotten my school work done and my house isn’t a total disaster. Does that make this a successful week? I think so.

I will have separate posts for the books because they are both wonderful and deserve their own post so I can tell you how much I enjoyed them. I think then, I will talk to you about the short story I just read for the first time in many, many years. “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Have you read this short story? If you haven’t or it has been a long time, you should. I found it here after finding the link to it in one of my emails although for the life of me I can’t remember which blog had it tagged for me. Whoever it was, thank you, I needed to read this again. Seems things always come along when they need to and this short story is no different.

I always liked this story because you can make many different arguments for what our main character is going through, but I think it is commonly know that she is suffering from post-partum depression. My heart breaks for her every time I read it because although the time frame is never said, it always seems to be so long ago and they just thought she needed rest and she wasn’t allowed to do things because her husband (he’s a doctor, of course) knows best.

Her struggle is real and while reading the story you can tell when things start to become worse for her and all you want to do is hug her and love her and tell her that is okay and that her husband and sister-in-law suck. They don’t, they obviously love her, but they don’t know how to help and in the end, that was what made her worse.

It’s a story worth pondering and reading even if you have never had post-partum depression. I think it always rings true to me because I have had boughts of depression and I can relate to her on that level.

I put this post out here to let you know that you are not alone, that you are allowed to feel your feelings, but also to remind you to talk to your doctor if you are not feeling okay or like yourself. Life is strange right now (isn’t it always though?) and hiding those feelings away will not help. Reach out to friends and family. Reach out to me. Message me if you need to. I’ll end this with this quote I read on @TheBloggess today:

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― Neil Gaiman

You can beat your dragons, but you don’t have to do it by yourself. Be kind, be safe and most of all, be happy.

We are weird…

Fun story about life in our house:

Scene: morning (10sih?) I realize it is 10ish and Logan is not at work nor is he in bed. It is me and 3 snuggly dogs. I am quietly trying to reach for my phone so they don’t figure out I am awake because then they will decide they need to pee. I am unsuccessful by the way so I just pull out my phone to call Logan.


*RING RING* (Logan’s phone from the living room)

Me: hey, you know it’s like 10, right?

Logan: yeah.

Me: okay. just checking. you feeling okay?


Before he can answer I start to hear Delbert barking in surround sound. Not only can I just hear him barking because he is in the house, but I can also hear him through my phone. (yes, I called him from less than 100 feet away. I was being lazy)


Me: Now Delbert is in surround sound!

Logan: *grunts* yay…..


This was our morning and I probably giggled for 5 minutes until I got up to feed the heathens and let the dogs out.

I’m ready for the sticker plants to die….
Best Friends!

Maisie Dobbs

Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I got this in audio book file from the library thinking it would be a fun change up from the Artemis Fowl series that Logan and I have been listening to on our morning drives. I found this to be a fun and delightful read and I wanted to keep driving around to finish the book.

Maisie is very much like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple only younger. Her wit, intelligence and attention to detail is amazing and like Miss Marple, most people underestimate her because she is a young woman.

The connections to Miss Marple are considerable and wonderful for a fan of Christie and Maisie is much like what I imagine Miss Marple would have been as a young woman. If you are a fan of Agatha Christie, please pick this book up. I’m excited to read the other books in the series and follow Maisie on her adventures!

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Back in the saddle

Looks like I’m back in the work force full time and in school full time. I guess we shall see how this goes. The good thing about my new job is that it is for a new little biker bar opening so my hours are pretty flexible. The downside is that they have scheduled me for Sunday nights and that is normally my D&D night. I do have other options open though so cross your fingers that I can switch my D&D group around.

I am excited to be back at work again though. It will give me some nice structure and I haven’t had much of that this year with COVID messing everything up. Now I just need to find a place to study in the afternoons before I go in to work at night. I can go to work, but I don’t want to be at the place I work all the time. I can also swing over to the VFW and hang out there. Both good options close to Logan’s work and home.

Not much else is going on in life right now. My anxiety spiked for a bit due to the stress of getting back to work and managing school, but I think now I have a better handle on everything.

For now though, I’m going to log off of here and pretend to get some homework done. I get to do remote class tomorrow and Wednesday so that means pajamas all day! At least until I go into work.

Never enough time

It seems I can’t keep up these days with all the things I would like to do and until I win the lottery and never have to work again I feel like this will be the norm. I did just finish listening to another Artemis Fowl book with Logan and have already posted my review of it on Goodreads (a spoiler free one) and will post one with SPOILERS! here in the next day or so. Until then if you would like to see what I thought about Artemis’ latest adventure you can go to:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3518414250

Until then, have a great day and I will talk to you later!

It’s never downhill from where you are

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While I was getting my nails done a few weeks ago I was watching this daytime talk tv show (I don’t remember which one) and the hosts had Terry McMillan on there to talk about this book. I remember mentally logging it away to look at in the future because the title is intriguing. A couple days later I was flipping through my Libby app with my local library to find a new audio book to listen to and just hit “Available Audio Books”. This book was number 1 or 2 on the list and I immediately borrowed it.

This book was utterly amazing! I wanted to keep driving around (too many distractions at home) just so I could listen to the stories of these women. Terry McMillan herself narrates and she does a fantastic job bring these women and their lives to life.

It’s about lifelong friends nearing their 70s who go through love and loss and the realization that it’s not all downhill from there (clever, right?). It highlights their struggles with their spouses, their children and their own bodies. I was pulled in very quickly and found myself cheering and crying with every character through their struggles and victories.

I think every woman should read this book. It reminds us to stand strong together and that we are not objects to be put on a shelf when we are older. It is empowering and endearing and real. Put it on your list to read (or listen to), you won’t be disappointed.

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

Logan and I are still on our quest to get through the entire Artemis Fowl series and loving every minute of the journey. This latest book was good, but a little confusing due to time travel. Overall, though, it was a fantastic book to listen to on those long drives to and from work. Number 1 is back and helping Holly and Artemis and I just adore him. He is such a sweet little warlock and such a good and loyal friend. Everyone should be just a little more like Number 1.

Of course Mulch makes an appearance and he is definitely one of my favorite characters. Since the release of the Artemis Fowl movie (don’t watch it, it is TERRIBLE!), I now always picture him as a shorter Josh Gad and that’s actually pretty great.

Angeline is more prominent in this book and I am grateful for that because despite the influence of his fairy friends, I firmly believe she is the main reason that Artemis is growing and become less a criminal and more of a good guy.

Mr. Colfer has once again dove into the world of the fairies and came out a winner. I’m ready to start the next book in the series!

Have you heard of the American Sherlock?

When I joined the Fantastic Strangeling BookClub this year I had just missed getting this book and after hearing so much about it in the emails and on the blog, I knew I had to read it. I checked it out in the audio book form from the public library and it was a completely fascinating and wonderful book. If you are like me and you like the weird and macabre, this book will be for you. it talks about several cases of E. O. Heinrich and how he became the father of American CSI. His story is fascinating and wonderful and a little heartbreaking at points.

I had never heard of him before this book and that makes me sad. I feel like anyone who is interested in criminology or just forensics in general should know about him. He did so much and is forgotten these days. It seems like everyone knows about CSI and forensics from the many TV shows that are based around it. While these shows are entertaining, they never tell where the techniques came from.

American Sherlock tells Heinrich’s story in a very intriguing and interesting way. I highly suggest it and can’t wait to tell more of my friends about this amazing book.

Are they Coco-nuts?

I enjoy this series for a few reasons that aren’t related to the amazing recipes. I love the characters and while I feel like sometimes there is a bit too much over explaining, they are overall great, fun books to read.

This latest book continues with the Ross mystery and I can’t wait to find out in the next book or 2 how everything comes to a full circle with him. Not only does Hannah once again solve a case that seems to have this police department stumped (why do they even have detectives? they have Hannah!), but she also seems to be possibly rekindling her romance with Norman (we know that he wants to anyway).

If you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I would at least recommend that you go back 2 or 3 books. There are a lot of characters and their back stories could be confusing if you are not familar with them.

Overall, a good book and a great series overall for those who like fun, light murder/mysteries!

In the Company of Others

In the Company of Others by Jan Karon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


As always, I love Tim and Cynthia. One day I hope to be as joyful as Cynthia. This books helps to show that no matter where you are, you can make a difference to those around you and that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

You have all read my many reviews on these books and know how much I adore this series and especially the characters. Every book I fall a little more in love with Tim and Cynthia and the whole of Mitford. Maybe the small town reminds me of home? Maybe it’s just nice to read something with such a good message (I will never give up my murder/mystery books, but I like to have a variety of things to read).

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