Sunday, July 31, 2011

Down to Earth Weight Loss by Sharon Thiel


         I am very busy these days with the ever-growing stack of books I need to read for reviews. But, there are so many good books out there waiting to be read that I decided to feature books without my review on my site. I have done a little research on each book and found it worthy of being included in this new feature on my blog (worthy according to “Lucy”- meaning I would review the book if my pile were not so high.) The author’s are anxiously awaiting reviews, so if you see a book that captures your fancy, please feel free to contact the author and let them know that you would like to review the book.

Down to Earth Weight Loss

About the Book:

"Down to Earth Weight Loss" focuses on losing weight in a healthy way that fits into your busy lifestyle.  This book teaches basic principles of weight loss, incorporating physical, emotional/mental, social and spiritual aspects of health and how they relate to weight.  Author Sharon Thiel noticed that health often falls to the bottom of a busy person’s list of priorities and that too many people follow unhealthy fad diets that don’t end up working.  She has met many people who are confused and overwhelmed by weight loss, and she wanted to write a book that would make the process understandable and that would fit into everybody’s busy life.
You can purchase this eBook for your eReader, Smart phone, or computer. Visit Thiel's website for more information:
www.livedowntoearth.com

About the Author:

Sharon Thiel is a freelance writer who specializes in health and wellness writing, but also dabbles in social marketing, business writing, sociological observations, fiction and fantasy.  She writes for LIVESTRONG.COM and contributed entries to the ‘Encyclopedia of Juvenile Violence’ and the ‘Encyclopedia of School Crime and Violence.’ Sharon is a Certified Yoga Instructor and Wellness Coach with a Certificate in Fitness and Nutrition and a Master’s Degree in Sociology.

Sharon's main goal in life is to have balance. She enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and cat, soaking in the sunshine and of course, writing.

Author Interview:

What made you choose health and fitness? Did you grow up with a fitness conscience family or did you become health conscience because of a weight problem or health problem in your family or friends?

My mom was always into alternative health, and I guess I became interested in that because of her, which I think leads to my holistic view of health. I always had an interest in health, though, especially nutrition. And, ever since I was young, I enjoyed being physically active, as I often hiked, biked and played sports in school or with my dad and brother. In college, I was one of the people who gained the "freshmen 15”, or more like 20. I felt inspired by the process of losing that weight and felt like that gave me more personal experience of what weight gain and loss is like. Over the years, I was drawn to learning more and more about health and sharing it with others, who were always receptive.

There are a lot of health and fitness books on the market. What makes yours different?

Good question. I noticed that many books on the market focus on fad diets that don't provide reputable information, are misleading and often unhealthy and often do not work. Also, as I perform research for health articles I write for LIVESTRONG.COM, I often have difficulty finding basic health information, including on weight loss -- the field is simply inundated with fad diets or overly specific information. Also, over the years, I have met many people who were confused and frustrated about weight loss, yet did not seem to know principles of weight loss that I took for granted. I realized that the fad diets have been overshadowing healthy and researched weight loss advice. So, basically, I wanted to pull together a lot of information I have found to explain in a simple way how to lose weight. I also wanted to show how to fit it into the life you already lead, because I notice that many diets try to make you completely change your life and are therefore hard to stick to. Finally, I wanted to include a holistic idea of health, including different aspects of weight that relate to your mind, body and community because our lives are multi-faceted, and many other books do not treat them as such. > 
Book Quotes:

Ch. 1: Introduction to Weight Loss and Maintenance
The first chapter gives an introduction to the book. 

An excerpt from Ch. 1: 
“I’m here to guide you if you are confused about health and weight loss, which is likely with the bombardment of information, misinformation and fad diets all around us. I’m here to guide you if you are the person who follows all those fad diets without results and you need some help taking the next step toward health. Good for you for taking that step! I’m happy to take it with you!”

Ch. 2: Fad Diets – Letting Go of the Diets That Fail 
The second chapter discusses the reasons why the popular diets you have tried don’t work and the dangers of them. 

An excerpt from Ch. 2: 
“The key is to make health and weight management a part of your everyday life, just like the dishes, dealing with your teens and oil changes…although it actually doesn’t have to be as torturous as any of these duties. In fact, weight maintenance is easier than yo-yo dieting. It is much easier to make health a part of your routine than it is to work hard following a diet plan to lose weight, then gain the weight back, and go back and forth, continuously feeling bad about yourself. That takes too much energy and you never get where you are trying to go.”

Ch. 3: Weight Loss – Preparation and Process 
The third chapter prepares you for weight loss, helps you set personalized goals and teaches you methods to reach them. You learn the principles of weight loss and tips to achieve it. 

An excerpt from Ch. 3: 
“There isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan in this book, because it is important for you to have a plan individualized to your goals, factoring in your lifestyle, obstacles and habits.” 

Ch. 4: A Lesson on Nutrition – Incorporating Healthy Eating Into Your Life
The fourth chapter provides more detail on a healthy eating plan as you learn nutrition basics. You also learn how to include desserts, snacks and fatty meals in a healthy lifestyle. 

An excerpt from Ch. 4: 
“Instead of following various new fads that tell you to eat one type of food constantly, cut whole food groups out of your diet or greatly restrict the amount of food you can eat, learn to eat a balanced diet.” 


(There are three additional chapters in the book.)


This Book can be found at:




Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/down-to-earth-weight-loss-sharon-thiel/1031511611?ean=2940013596863&itm=1&usri=down%2bto%2bearth%2bweight%2bloss#


Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Crazy Life – Beginning July 26, 2011 – Lucy paints the Cathedral


            Tuesday, I hosted book club at my house. I would love to tell you all about it, but then, I’d have to kill you. What happens at book club stays at book club. Them’s the rules!
            My best friend, Jessica, has been making a To Do list for the year. One of those to do’s was a painting class. Me, being me (Lucy) means I have been along for the ride on some of these adventures (remember New York City.)
My Canvas

Jessica's Canvas
            So, when she mentioned painting, I said, “Sure, why not?” We walked into the store, grabbed our canvases, found an easel, and looked around thinking what the heck are we doing here! Did we really think that by the end of the night, we were doing to walk out of there with a painting of the St. Louis Cathedral (that we had painted?)
            The class turned out to be quite interesting. The pictures were base sketched and we painted, shaded, and outlined to our heart’s content.
            If I stand at the far side of the room and squint, I think I did a pretty good job. However, it does resemble the Cathedral in the aftermath of a hurricane and in need of repair, but it will work.
            I was born a Lucy, so “Lucy” moments are nothing new for me. But, Jessica decided to have one for herself after painting class.
            I found it very entertaining and warned her “payback’s a bitch”. She has enjoyed her share of my “Lucy” adventures and laughed right along side of me. It was now my turn.
Our Masterpieces

Proud Artists
            As we rounded the corner of the shopping complex and headed to what looked like an exit, it was my turn to yell, “This is not an exit.” As we rolled to an abrupt stop (seatbelt check) before a gigantic mud puddle, Jessica’s defense was, “It could be an exit. It at least connects with a shell road where as you were heading over a curb!” A curb was just a technicality, that’s all I’m saying. Life is always an adventure (no matter which one of us is driving.)
            I know everyone is wondering what The Princess and the Pea have been doing. I have re-named them. Ryka is always so lady-like, but that Calypso (Princess) is always getting into trouble, the Pea. Well, Hubby bought a utility trailer this past week. Not a big deal, well, it really is, but that’s not the point. I walked outside the other night and rang the bell to announce their dinnertime (stop laughing, they are well trained!) and I spotted movement out of the corner of my eye. The Princess and the Pea were sitting on the trailer like two queens. Funny how children and puppies play the same.

Hope you enjoyed the visit.

Donna “Lucy”

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Father's Rules for Finding Fulfillment

I was wondering around on line (escapes me where at the moment) and I came across an excerpt from an article. The following is from the article. A young father, finding himself facing death, chose to leave a powerful message to his children. I thought it was wonderful and wanted to share with all who visit my blog. I hope you enjoy it as well. It contains lessons for all of us. What a wise man he was. I also included the link for the remainder of the story, should you wish to read it.
Addressing his children who were too young to understand the tragedy that was unfolding, Paul writes, ”In these last few weeks, following my terminal diagnosis, I have searched my soul and heart to find ways in which I can reach out to you as you grow up.
“I’ve been thinking about the matters in life that are important, and the values and aspirations that make people happy and successful. In my view, and you may well have your own ideas by now, the formula is pretty simple.
“The three most important virtues are: Loyalty, integrity and moral courage. If you aspire, friends will respect you, employers will retain you, and your father will be immensely proud of you. I am therefore giving you several pieces of advice. These are the principles on which I have tried to build my life and they are exactly those that I would have encouraged you to embrace, had I been able to.” “I love you very much. Never forget that.”
“He also wrote that they should never give up, and he certainly never did. He fought so bravely, so courageously, right to the end.”
The link where I found this excerpt:

A FATHER'S RULES FOR FINDING FULFILLMENT

  • Be courteous, be punctual, always say please and thank you, and be sure to hold your knife and fork properly. Others take their cue on how to treat you from your manners.
  • Be kind, considerate and compassionate when others are in trouble, even if you have problems of your own. Others will admire your selflessness and will help you in due course.
  • Show moral courage. Do what is right, even if that makes you unpopular. I always thought it important to be able to look at myself in the shaving mirror every morning and not feel guilt or remorse. I depart this world with a pretty clear conscience.
  • Show humility. Stand your ground but pause to reflect on what the other side are saying, and back off when you know you are wrong. Never worry about losing face. That only happens when you are pig-headed.
  • Learn from your mistakes. You will make plenty so use them as a learning tool. If you keep making the same mistake or run into a problem, you’re doing something wrong.
  • Avoid disparaging someone to a third party; it is only you who will look bad. If you have a problem with someone, tell them face to face.
  • Hold fire! If someone crosses you, don’t react immediately. Once you say something it can never be taken back, and most people deserve a second chance.
  • Have fun. If this involves taking risks, so be it. If you get caught, hold your hands up.
  • Give to charity and help those who are less fortunate than yourselves: it’s easy and so rewarding.
  • Always look on the upside! The glass is half full, never half empty. Every adversity has a silver lining if you seek it out.
  • Make it your instinct always to say ‘yes’. Look for reasons to do something, not reasons to say no. Your friends will cherish you for that.
  • Be canny: you will get more of what you want if you can give someone more of what they desire. Compromise can be king.
  • Always accept a party invitation. You may not want to go, but they want you there. Show them courtesy and respect.
  • Never ever let a friend down. I would bury bodies for my friends, if they asked me to . . . which is why I have chosen them carefully.
  • Always tip for good service. It shows respect. But never reward poor service. Poor service is insulting.
  • Always treat those you meet as your social equal, whether they are above or below your station in life. For those above you, show due deference, but don’t be a sycophant.
  • Always respect age, as age equals wisdom.
  • Be prepared to put the interests of your sibling first.
  • Be proud of who you are and where you come from, but open your mind to other cultures and languages. 
  • When you begin to travel (as I hope you will), you’ll learn that your place in the world is both vital and insignificant. Don’t get too big for your breeches.
  • Be ambitious, but not nakedly so. Be prepared to back your assertions with craftsmanship and hard work.
  • Live every day to its full: do something that makes you smile or laugh, and avoid procrastination.
  • Give of your best at school. Some teachers forget that pupils need incentives. So if your teacher doesn’t give you one, devise your own.
  • Always pay the most you can afford. Never skimp on hotels, clothing, shoes, make-up or jewelry. But always look for a deal. You get what you pay for.
  • Never give up! My two little soldiers have no dad, but you are brave, big-hearted, fit and strong. You are also loved by an immensely kind and supportive team of family and friends. You make your own good fortune, my children, so battle on.
  • Never feel sorry for yourself, or at least don’t do it for long. Crying doesn’t make things better.
  • Look after your body and it will look after you.
  • Learn a language, or at least try. Never engage a person abroad in conversation without first greeting them in their own language; by all means ask if they speak English!
  • And finally, cherish your mother, and take very good care of her.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OPENING DAY by Joe Perrone Jr.

           I am very busy these days with the ever-growing stack of books I need to read for reviews. But, there are so many good books out there waiting to be read that I decided to feature books without my review on my site. I have done a little research on each book and found it worthy of being included in this new feature on my blog (worthy according to “Lucy”- meaning I would review the book if my pile were not so high.) The author’s are anxiously awaiting reviews, so if you see a book that captures your fancy, please feel free to contact the author and let them know that you would like to review the book.

Opening Day (Matt Davis Mystery Series)


About the Book:

            Young girls are coming through a pastoral Upstate New York fishing village...but, they aren't all coming out--alive!  Following a close brush with death as an NYPD homicide detective, Matt Davis has taken early retirement, and accepted a position as Chief of Police in a small, rural Upstate New York fishing village.  While out fly-fishing on his favorite stream, he stumbles across the remains of a body, barely recognizable as human, killed approximately six months earlier.  With no physical evidence, no identification, and no clues, it's up to Matt to not only find the murderer, but to discover the identity of the victim.  The big question however is: Are there others?  Opening Day is the second in the Matt Davis Mystery Series, and picks up where As the Twig is Bent left off.

About the Author:



            Joe Perrone Jr is an author whose diverse background includes a stint as a sports writer with a prominent New Jersey newspaper, the Herald News, and several years spent freelancing as an advertising copy writer.  He has had numerous short stories published in the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide, and was just invited to write a short story for an online fly-fishing site.  In addition to his writing, Joe spent ten years as a professional fly fishing guide on the historic Beaverkill River in New York's Catskill Mountains.  Nearby Roscoe ("Trout Town USA") serves as the setting for Joe's second Matt Davis Mystery, Opening Day, and is a place to which Joe returns as often as possible to fish his favorite waters.

            When not writing, Joe can be found fly fishing the many quality trout streams found throughout the surrounding area of North Carolina.  He also enjoys cooking, listening to music (anything but hard rock), car trips with his wife, Becky, and relaxing with his cats.  He and his wife live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, with their two Calicos, Cassie and Callie.  The author welcomes comments and queries from readers via email at:joetheauthor@joeperronejr.com.  Joe responds to all emails promptly.

Author Interview:

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My life's work has been quite diverse, and has included time as a sports writer with a prominent New Jersey newspaper, the Herald News, along with several years as a freelance advertising copywriter. I've had numerous short stories published in the Mid-Atlantic Fly Fishing Guide and other publications. I spent a good deal of my life in the retail business, at one time owning a sporting goods store, and serving as the president of the local Chamber of Commerce. I have worked as a surveyor, substitute schoolteacher, limousine driver, tennis instructor, real estate agent, and life insurance agent, among other endeavors. I spent ten years as a professional fly-fishing guide on the historic Beaverkill River in New York's Catskill Mountains.  

I enjoy cooking, reading my Kindle, listening to music (anything but hard rock), car trips with my wife of thirty years, Becky, and relaxing with our two cats, Callie and Cassie.  

When and how did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?

I've always enjoyed writing ever since I was in grade school, and particularly enjoyed writing poetry in those earlier years. I've always loved to read, and I became infatuated with the typewriter when I first saw someone using one at our local library when I was ten years old. I don't think I ever consciously knew that I wanted to be a writer; it was just something that "happened." The sports writing job was the result of a feverish job search that occurred when I married the for the first time and desperately needed a job; it was pure serendipity. I continued writing as a freelance advertising copywriter, and then as a feature article writer for local newspapers. However, I didn't really get serious about writing until 1987, when I was working three jobs. 

One of the jobs was driving a limousine, and I had a lot of free time while waiting at airports for planes and clients to arrive. So, using that time to my best advantage, I began writing a memoir, which quickly morphed into my first novel, Escaping Innocence (A Story of Awakening). It is a poignant look at coming of age in the turbulent '60s. From then on, I have always had an ongoing writing project or two. Today, I am a full-time writer, with five books published, a sixth halfway finished, and at least one more on the back burner.  

Tell us something about your books.

My first published book was written in response to a need. As the manager of the fishing department in a sporting goods store, I was constantly bombarded with requests for a handbook for parents wishing to take their children fishing. So, I wrote (along with a friend) Gone Fishin' With Kids (How To Take Your Kid Fishing And Still Be Friends), which we self-published in 1997; to date, it has sold nearly 10,000 copies. Immediately after that, I began work on my first murder mystery, As The Twig Is Bent, and began re-writing Escaping Innocence. I self-published both in 2008. I then began working on a sequel to Twig, called Opening Day, which I published in 2010, as the second of the Matt Davis Mystery series. I am presently at work on a third Matt Davis Mystery, Twice Bitten, which I expect to publish later this year. In addition, about five years ago, I began a literary novel with the working title of Changes, to which I hope to return sometime in the not too distant future.

What is something that most people wouldn't necessarily know about you (that you would be willing to share here, of course!)?

My wife would definitely say that I am extremely "sensitive," and that my feelings are easily hurt. As is usually the case, I would have to agree with my wife; it's not something that many know about me, except my closest friends (and now the whole world...lol).  

It seems you have a lot of experience in the job department. Have any of the job experiences played a role in your book plots?

Yes!  My experience as a fly fishing guide/instructor enabled me to incorporate accurate scenes depicting both the setting for the story and the actual sport itself into the story line of both As The Twig Is Bent and Opening.  In fact, there is a substantive character in both books how is a real person.  I obtained his permission to use his real name and character in the books.  

Please include my email and website addresses, in case anyone wishes to contact me.  I love to hear from readers.

This Book may be purchased at the following locations:



Opening Day is available in paperback from Amazon.com, and as an Ebook from Kindle andSmashwords.  Readers may visit Joe's website at www.joeperronejr.com to learn more about his books and his writing.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tales of Aradia The Last Witch – Volume 1 by L.A. Jones


Tales of Aradia The Last Witch Volume 1

About the Book:

            Unknown to the humans who hung innocent people at the Salem Witch Trials real witches of the hidden race were killed for fear of exposure. There was not one witch whom survived the genocide of the Salem Witch Trials or at least that's what all the vampires, werewolves, fae, shape-shifters, and other members of the hidden race all thought. But one day a girl named Aradia moves to Salem, MA and all that changes.

About the Author:

            L.A. Jones is a twenty-four old college student from Bethesda, MD. She has a mother, father, and a sister who is also in college. Her greatest passion is her writing, and hopes it will give as much joy to her readers as it does for herself. Tales of Aradia the Last Witch is her first book series. You can contact her on Tales of Aradia's Facebook page.

My Review:

            I loved the beginning of the book when Aradia appeared to such a sweet couple. The first part of the book was enchanting. As the story line grew and expanded, it took off in many directions and I found keeping the characters straight a little tiresome. I feel this was due to the grammatical errors, having to figure out what the word was, and then having to re-read the sentence.

            The book also contained too many grammar and punctuation errors that were easily found and corrected.

            Keeping in mind that the book was YA, I think young females will enjoy the adventure and personality of a kick-ass girl like Aradia. We would have loved to have her talents when we were young. The book does have potential. I am not rating the book because I am finding that YA is not my favorite genre and I would be biased if I did so.

This book is available here:




Smashwords
Barnes and Noble



Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the book with no obligation for a positive review.  No compensation - monetary or in kind - has been obtained for this post. 
Cover art and book description courtesy of the author, publisher, or PR firm.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Crazy Life – July 18, 2011 – So, this is crabbing


            This week my daughter and her husband came to visit for a couple of days. They are in from New York for a while, and we decided to do something adventurous. We went crabbing on the beach on Grand Isle. The only crabbing I’ve done is watching Hubby empty the crab cages off our wharf on the bayou. This was a completely new experience.

            Hubby got out of bed asking for his swim trunks. I didn’t think anything of it. I found his swim trunks, and he put his jeans on over them. The swim trunks were then forgotten. I had never been crabbing on the beach, I didn’t realize they were important.

            We loaded up the car with ice chests, water, crabbing paraphernalia, and enough beer for an army. I do not know who they thought was going to drink all that beer in a few hours time – men! And, off we went to go crabbing.

            Grand Isle is about an hour’s drive from our house. I haven’t been to the island in a few years so it was interesting to see all the changes taking place. There is still a lot of construction and rebuilding taking place since the last hurricanes. We found a place to access the beach and began hauling all of the stuff that we had packed closer to the water.

            I had not paid any attention to what Hubby had packed so I was looking around wondering where were the nets to catch the crabs (I was confused with crawfish nets – have not been craw fishing either.) (Have you concluded yet that Princess Lucy was going to be sitting in that nice comfortable chair she packed?)

Katie, Hubby, Jude

The Gulf of Mexico


Tie the turkey neck here
Jude and Hubby


Princess

Turkey necks
           












Turns out, to fish crabs, you need turkey necks (we had stopped to purchase them) and string and weights and an empty jug to float on top of the water so you can locate your crab line. Hubby and son-n-law set up the string and tied the turkey necks and weights to it, and were ready to put it in the water. Hubby peels off the jeans (oh – the white legs – grabbed my sunglasses – found them already on.) Hubby then looks at son-n-law and says, “Let’s go” (meaning let’s go in the water) and son-n-law looks back at him with a strange look (like what are you talking about.)

           With all of these looks going ‘round, we finally realized that son-n-law didn’t have his swim trunks. He had never been crabbing on the beach either (turns out Hubby was the only one who had been crabbing on the beach.) Being the good sport that he is (and the fact that he wears boxers) he pulled off his shorts and they headed out into waist deep water. Remember, the forgotten swim trunks? Hubby does not explain himself very well or ask questions and when you don’t know enough to ask questions, this is what happens. (This happens a lot at our house.)

            Hubby is looking at us as if we are from another planet. He then says quite matter-of-factly, “I said we were going crabbing on the beach.” Uh – we civilized, never been crabbing on the beach folks translated that into “on the beach” not “in the beach (water)”.
That's my man - white socks and legs!
Katie-Beth and hubby, Jude

Taking the crabline out


Sending my man to sea


            The whole process was interesting and I enjoyed every minute of it immensely from my chair ON the beach under an umbrella (it is where the Princess belongs.) We (notice I said “we” – I was there) ended up catching two huge ice chests full of crabs, plenty for us and plenty to give away. Dolphins treated us to a show for about 45 minutes. Five dolphins swam around jumped and frolicked. They normally just swim by and that is it, but this time they stuck around.


Running the crab trap

Victory - Crabs

Sunglasses please, those are some white legs!

Crab catch
            Once the ice chests were full, it was time to head home for a crab boil, and a lesson on peeling the crabs for Katie-Beth and Jude. Hubby learned how to peel crabs from a crab peeler and he is very good at it (thank goodness because I would not get any crabmeat otherwise.)
The catch

Jr. Princess

Shrimp

Boiled crabs, shrimp, potatoes, corn, sausage, onions.....sweet ice tea

           Well, Calypso has officially been banned from the front porch. She has chewed the rockers, the swing, the table, and gnawed on the storm door. She has even tried her hand at imitating a beaver and attempting to saw through the six by six column.

           My Hubby, the innovation expert, strung a piece of trawl net up across the steps and secured it. Calypso has even succeeded in gnawing through the string securing one of the bottom hooks to the net. After enough fussing and no’s, she finally gave up. Although, her favorite perch at the moment is the top step and I am sure she spends her time there wisely, thinking of how she can get through the net and onto the porch.


            It is a good thing that our cottage is sitting on concrete blocks and not wood pilings, otherwise, our house might be resting on the ground by now. She is like one gigantic, furry termite!

            We have toys hung with care by the chimney – wait, from the trees to keep her busy. I was thinking that what I really need is a tennis ball machine to spit out balls every few seconds for her to chase.

            She goes for a swim and once refreshed, she is off on another scavenger hunt in the barn. Want to know where things are that you lost back in 1982? I’ll bring Calypso over and let her play for a while. I guarantee that she will locate all sorts of missing objects, as well as some you didn't lose. Now, the only way you will get them back is if you want to chase her around the yard. That is how I got my chewed up phone back. Yelling did not work, cajoling did not work, and begging did not work. Running and a quick bank to the left, and shimmy to the right and I had her by tail. Once I worked my way up to her mouth, I was able to retrieve what was left of my phone. The dog doesn’t make things easy (and I would not suggest anyone else grabbing her by the tail.)

           Last night, or should I say this morning, Hubby got up and put her in the outside kennel. Something has been around the last few nights disturbing the dogs and they have been barking most of the night. Sometimes, when I look out, Calypso is sitting in the front yard barking at nothing particular (or so it looks like) and I go back to bed wondering if she just likes the sound of her own bark. We all know people who seem to like the sound of their own voice (am I right?) so Calypso may just like her bark.

           I was getting set up to mow the grass the other day and the moment I rolled the mower out of the barn, Calypso took off. I learned my lesson. Get Calypso into the kennel BEFORE pulling the mower out. After she saw the mower, there was no way she was coming anywhere near it or the kennel. I finally put Ryka in and closed the gate. I knew that Calypso was under the front porch and not coming out – or so I thought.

           I gassed up the riding mower and took off for my flower garden. The gate to the front yard is next to the porch. I’m not sure if I even made it that far before she had escaped and was on her way to the kennel to hide out in her house. I got off of the mower, thinking surely I would be able to coax her out, only to find her gone. I walked completely around the house and spotted her waiting impatiently at the gate to the kennel. Silly dog, I could barely get the gate open as she was trying to get inside at the same time. She nearly knocked Ryka down on her way to her house.

           It wasn’t a very exciting week (as it normally is) and for that, I am thankful. I needed a little rest. I tried to refrain from saying that my life is boring this week because every time I mention that, something happens. Hubby just informed me that he wants to go crabbing again this week. Uh?
    
           Hope you enjoyed the visit.

Donna “Lucy”
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