Archive for June, 2009

In Twilight’s Shadowis the second book in the Light Warriors series by Patti O’Shea. I think I’ve mentioned that I loved the first book. I’ve expanded that statement to include the series.shadowtn_062008

In this book we get to know Maia Frasier and Creed Blackwood who only played small parts In the Midnight Hour.

Maia gave up her magical powers to protect her sister, Ryne, years earlier but when Creed Blackwood shows up on her door in need of help, she finds herself pulled back into the world of the Gineal enforcers.

I actually liked Maia better than Ryne, maybe because I could identify with her better. I’m also the big sister and suffer from protect-itis. And Creed? Did you hear that? It’s my heart beating faster. Yes, Patti knows how to make a man sexy. But this is what I think she excelled in. Patti managed to expand the world she created and I didn’t once feel bogged down in back story.

In Twilight Shadow stands on its own but if you loved Ryne and Deke, don’t worry, they are in this book as supporting actors. It was almost as though the sisters took turn starring and I loved the effect.

But the best news of all? The third book: Edge of Dawn comes out today! So what are you waiting for? Go get it. : )

An interesting tid-bit, I first ‘met’ Patti O’Shea on twitter when she had the cover for In Twilight’s Shadow as her avatar. So, as I haven’t met her in person, I always picture her as the woman on the cover.

To find out more about Patti O’Shea and her books, check out her website.


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I’m back

and the coast was a blast. How could it not be? The beach, sand, waves, good food and 30 degrees cooler than where I live.IMGP4887

On the way to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, I ran into tall, dark and silent. Yup, that’s my brood, well, most if it. The little one was fascinated with his sword. Should I be worried? IMGP4898

011 The aquarium was fun, tiring, but fun. Here are my favorite two pictures. The first are jelly fish The second a seahorse. 026

It’s good to be home but as it’s 108 out there today, I kinda miss the ocean breezes.

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Friday Funnies


Dear Abby, A couple of women moved in across the hall from me. One is a middle-aged gym teacher and the other is a social worker in her mid twenties. These two women go everywhere together, and I’ve never seen a man go into or leave their apartment. Do you think they could be Lebanese?


Dear Abby, What can I do about all the Sex, Nudity, Fowl Language and Violence on my VCR?


Dear Abby, I have a man I can’t trust. He cheats so much, I’m not even sure the baby I’m carrying is his.


Dear Abby, I am a twenty-three year old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It’s getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don’t know him well enough to discuss money with him.


Dear Abby, I’ve suspected that my husband has been fooling around, and when confronted with the evidence, he denied everything and said it would never happen again. Dear Abby, Our son writes that he is taking Judo. Why would a boy who was raised in a good Christian home turn against his own?


Dear Abby, I joined the Navy to see the world. I’ve seen it. Now how do I get out?


Dear Abby, My forty year old son has been paying a psychiatrist $50.00 an hour every week for two and a half years. He must be crazy.


Dear Abby, I was married to Bill for three months and I didn’t know he drank until one night he came home sober.


Dear Abby, My mother is mean and short tempered I think she is going through mental pause.


Dear Abby, You told some woman whose husband had lost all interest in sex to send him to a doctor. Well, my husband lost all interest in sex and he is a doctor. Now what do I do?

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 1. Gum ~ Do you remember opening up a brand new stick (or cube) of gum? The smell alone was tantalizing. Now, when I think of gum, it’s in the context of how to get it out of things. Not like so much? That’s a little tame. I hate gum.

2. Summer ~ When I was a kid, as soon as school started, I was looking forward to summer. Ah, the lazy days of sleeping in and laying around, watching cartoons, or reading a book. Summer means an entirely different thing when you’re an adult. I’m already practicing my ‘shut the door you’re letting all the cool air out’ mantra. When I worked outside the home, summer was an even harder obstacle. What to do with the kids while I was at work? Now that I’m home with them it’s a little different: What to do with the kids while I’m trying to work.

3. Dessert ~ Yeah, I can hear you now. “I still like dessert” and yeah, I do too, but not like I was a kid and the words calorie or fat grams wasn’t in my vocabulary. Oh to indulge without guilt…

 4. Grocery shopping ~ I used to love going grocery shopping with my grandma. If I was good, I always got a treat without even asking. Okay, fine. I always got a treat period. My grandma is just like that. I still remember riding on the bottom of the shopping cart while my sister sat in the basket (they were made different) Now I dread it. Meal planning? Yes; shopping for it? No. Too much time, too much money, too much mommy can I? I usually put it off until there is no milk and no bread, then I drag myself down to the store, 3 y/o in tow.

 5.  Swimming ~ I still enjoy swimming. But it isn’t the carefree thing it once was. Let’s forget for a moment the actual putting on of the bathing suit *shudder*. Now I must worry about sun screen on me and all five children and I am paranoid mucho aware of water safety. I have an eye on all the kids all of the time. I’m thankful I have one timid child, because the others see water and jump. Even after that, guess who cleans the pool? And it must be cleaned every day or the sunscreen will build up on the sides and … YUCK.

6. Sleeping outdoors ~ We camped out a lot when I was little. One summer we traveled across the western USA and I slept outside on a cot with a friend of mine (heel to head) every night. Besides the occasional swooping bat and coyote call, it was wonderful. Now when I think of sleeping on the ground, or out where bugs might crawl on me… yes, I’m completely sissified or citified or some kind of fied. Besides, my back hurts if I don’t have a mattress under me.

7. Staying up all night ~ Do you remember how fun it was to stay up on New Year’s Eve? I do. I even made it most of the time. Now sleep is the friend I don’t see often, or long, enough.


Okay, now it’s your turn. What is something you loved as a child, but not so much as you grew up. : )

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Tonight after dinner, we chose the winner of the wonderful preshrunk sized medium tee-shirt, by writing the names of those who commented on pieces of paper and letting D3 close her eyes and pick one. (D4 ran away, must have been the excitement)

Without further ado, the winner is:


Just in case you can’t read that, it says “Crystal”

*please imagine a deep, male voice*

Yup, that’s right, Crystal Posey, you have won the beautiful preshrunk sized medium tee-shirt…. email me your address and I’ll send it to you. : ) And um, Crystal, if you take a picture of yourself (or anyone in your family) and post it on the Internet, I’ll send you a signed copy of the soon to be released, THE PRISONER.


Thank you, Sherry, for also playing!

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Weekend Gardener

As you know, if you’ve read this blog, I love to garden. One of my favorite things is to make bouquets of flowers in the garden by planting a combination of plants that compliment one another. These might not be flowering plants, it can be done with foliage too.

Some of my favorite combinations have been unplanned: deep purple and orange? Gorgeous in a garden.

Here are some planned and unplanned garden ‘bouquets’.

IMGP4812 This is one done entirely without flowers and I love how it looks.

IMGP4821The was was unplanned but I love how the pink flowers arch over the purple.

IMGP4822This photo doesn’t do these roses justice. I took the picture at the wrong time of day.


There you have it. What’s your favorite?

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Friday Funnies

9 And the bus is solar powered?

02 Um.. yeah

4 No one spell-checked this?

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not eating there.

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