Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Easter Rat...says Happy Easter

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Ato Z Blogging Challenge: Schedule

As some of you may know, I'll be participating in the A to Z blogging Challenge starting on April 1st with the letter A. Each day except for Sunday, I'll be posting a blog post with the next letter of the alphabet.

While I'm doing this challenge the Twitter Wednesday and Freebie Friday posts will be on hold unless I can work on in with a letter on the alphabet.

This month you'll probably learn more about me than you ever wanted to because a few of my posts are going to be personal, a few will be funny and of course I'll have a few rat posts in there as well.

I hope you'll come back each day and find my posts interesting. I just looked and there are over 1500 blogs participating in this challenge this year. It should be fun.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too.

This week I received a good amount of free samples. I got a coupon for a free box of Fleischman's bread when they held a giveaway on their fb page. 

All of the other samples came in one box from Proctor and Gamble, you can request what ever freebies they have on their site every 3 months. 

What I received from them was samples of:

Tide Pods
Tide Boost Vivid
Crest White strips
Pantene shampoo and Conditioner
Downy Infusions
Crest Toothpaste
Downy Unstoppables

I found the link to all of these freebies from Freebie Shark. Just go to their Freebie Shark site by clicking on the link and see what free samples are available and sign up for them. It's that easy. 

This week I also wanted to share samples of baby products From the Honest Company, I got for just $5.95 shipping and handling. 

Disclosure: This was not completely free, you have to pay a small shipping and handling fee and call and cancel your membership within 7 days of getting your free trail box in order not to be charged for a full box. 

If you have a baby or are a grandmother like me, this was a great little sample pack to get for just $5.95

I received 7 diapers, 10 baby wipes and 5 samples size bottles of Baby balm, Hand soap, Hand sanitizer, Laundry detergent and Body lotion. 

Your bundle could be different products. I got both bundles, the diaper and family essentials bundle. If you want to keep getting each one it is $35.95 a month for each bundle. 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Ratties!

Everyone knows I have rats so I thought if you haven't seen them by now I would introduce you to the 4 boys I have. This is my little guy, Patches. He has gained a little weight and loves his yogis. He doesn't like to be picked up too much, but if we sit by the cage and pet him, he loves that. He's a half hairless rat, meaning one of his parents was a hairless rat and one wasn't. 

This is Bandit. We named him Bandit because he's a food thief. He will stash any treats we give him and then he'll run around the cage, stealing treats right from the other rat's mouths. They usually prevent him from getting their treats but sometimes he's too fast and I have to keep him out while they eat their treat or just make sure there's enough to keep him occupied so he leaves the others alone while they are eating their treat. 

This is Lucky. He's my three legged rat. His right front paw is missing but that doesn't stop this little guy from running all over the place and causing havok when he's out on the couch with us. It seems he likes to chew..on my shirts, my couch, my hair, Ken's eye brows, the hammocks, the fleece He's such a sweetheart though.

This is Marbles, he's from the same litter as Patches and they are both half hairless. He loves to come out and play on the couch but he still has a slight problem with me picking him up and being handled, but he is getting much better. 

Well, there you have it. All my boys. Don't you just love those little faces?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Current and Ex- Military Faking or Exaggerating TBI To Get More Benefits

I don't know about any of you but a while back I watched a show called America's Got Talent and was moved by the story of Timothy Poe and how he had been injured while in the army and now had TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)..

I later found out that he made the entire story up. He was never injured. Heck, he wasn't even in the Army as long as he said he was.

Here's his story.

I was shocked to see this guy on an episode of Dr. Phil and how Dr. Phil called him out on every single one of his lies and even got military records showing the guy was a liar. I mean, who does this? Who makes up a traumatic brain injury and why? For sympathy? For more benefits?

So I went looked and found a couple more stories..
Matt Farmer, an American Idol Contestant also lied about his TBI.

I think it may be time for shows like these to make sure they do background checks and get facts before airing them on tv. But why do they lie about things like this?

Maybe these two articles will shed some light on those questions.

Tide of New PTSD Cases Raise Fears of Fraud

Are Soldiers Faking Their Injuries to get More Benefits?

If you read those articles, it seems that a few doctors think that some soldiers are actually faking their aliments including PTSD and TBI in order to get more benefits after they retire from service. Since there isn't a true test for PTSD or TBI and symptoms can be exaggerated or even faked outright, it seems that there's probably a good chance that some of the people saying they have these ailments are probably faking it to get disability.

That's a really dirty thing to do because in essence they are taking money from those who really have suffered an injury and are really suffering from these things.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Dealing With Neuropathy Caused by HIV-AIDS

My husband, Ken has been dealing with neuropathy in his feet for a few years now and when it first started it was just a little tingling, pin pricks of pain. Now though, even though he's taking medicine that's supposed to help with the pain, the pain has gotten worst and he is thinking about taking more drastic a nerve block.

What is Neuropathy?
Taken from..  - Medical News Today

"Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons. Neuropathy usually causes pain and numbness in the hands and feet. It can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic disorders, and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes.

Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement (motor nerves) and those that detect sensations such as coldness or pain (sensory nerves). In some cases - autonomic neuropathy - it can affect internal organs, such as the heart, blood vessels, bladder, or intestines.

Pain from peripheral neuropathy is often described as a tingling or burning sensation. There is no specific length of time that the pain exists, but symptoms often improve with time - especially if the neuropathy has an underlying condition that can be cured. The condition is often associated with poor nutrition, a number of diseases, and pressure or trauma, but many cases have no known reason (called idiopathic neuropathy).

 In the United States, about 20 million people suffer from neuropathy. Over half of diabetes patients also suffer from the condition."

Ken doesn't have diabetes, he wasn't in an accident that caused damage to his nerves and he wasn't exposed to toxins. What my husband does have is AIDS and his doctors informed him that because of the disease he has, he can get all sorts of different diseases and conditions like neuropathy. Ken found out he was HIV positive back in 1992, when our daughter was just a year old. Thankfully neither our daughter or myself were exposed and we are both HIV negative.

When the pains in his feet first started, the doctors told us that they could treat it with different medicines and so they tried Gabapentin first and he's still on that because it works a little bit. I looked around online and found something called Neuragen gel, so I bought some of that and while it works on some of the minor pain, the scent of this stuff is so bad that Ken hates using it. It gets on his socks, shoes and won't wash off easily and since it doesn't work really well, he only uses it when the pain gets really bad just to mute some of the really bad pain.

Ken's doctor didn't know what else to do because nothing has been working, so he sent him to pain management but they just want to throw pain pills at you..which is exactly what they did. The Lortab didn't do a thing to lessen the pain and he told them he didn't want anymore and asked if there was something else they could try. The doc said they could try a nerve block, where they give you a series of shots in your spine.


This sounds kinda risky to me. I haven't done my research online about it yet, but I'm wondering how much feeling he would have in his feet after a nerve block? Would he be able to walk? I still need to find these things out before he goes in and says yes to something like this. If they could just target the nerves that are causing the pain and shut those off and he still had feeling enough in his feet to be able to walk, that would be wonderful but I have no idea if they can do something like that.

While we are waiting to see what else they decide to try, I decided to try some massage oil on his feet because he said that sometimes if I rub his feet, it lessens the pain for a while. Now I don't know if you've ever had one of those sharp shooting, stabby type pains in one place where it feels like someone is taking a needle and poking you with it? Yeah, I have and Ken said that's the kind of pain he feels in his feet all the time. I know from experience that rubbing that pain does sometimes make it go away, so I figured massage oil and a foot rub might help.

I was right!

Although, the foot rubs don't make the pain go away for very long, Ken said that when I do it at night right before bed that the pain is so much less that he can actually fall asleep and is able to stay asleep for a while because the pain isn't keeping him awake.

He's still talking to the doctors about other alternatives but at least this is working to give him a little relief for a while.

Do you know anyone with neuropathy? If you do, what do they take for the pain?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Confessions Of A Candy Addict

I may have told you a couple of years ago that my favorite candy is gumballs. I don't even have to eat them...I just like looking at them and opening up the top of the jar and smelling them. Yes, I realize this is two stops short of a fetish and I'm ok with that. lol 

I always seem to have some sort of candy on hand to snack on every once in a while.When my daughter was younger I would get candy and have it in the candy dishes for her and her friends...*but I really had it in the house for me* That's right, I bought a tub full of Laffy Taffy...145 pieces of it! Hubby is helping me eat 

My daughter and husband knew how  much I wanted cute candy dishes so they bought me these two really cute candy jars that I have on my shelf. Of course they are filled with candy. One with gumballs and the other with Laffy Taffy. 

Now this is a real empty candy jar. It's sitting on another shelf just waiting for me to find the right candy to fill it with. I'm thinking something colorful for easter like Easter M&M's. You can't tell but this is a gallon size candy will hold a heck of a lot of M&M's. 

The last candy I bought and filled this with was a 5lb bag of Sunkist Fruit chews. That lasted me about 4 would have lasted longer but I gave a good chunk of it to my daughter and her boyfriend and I had the candy dish on the coffee table filled and when company came over they ate some..which is fine, that's why I got the big bag. 

So are you a candy addict too?

What's your favorite candy?

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Some Of My Favorite Commercials

The funniest mouse commercial you'll ever see. You have to watch the whole thing!  

Friday, March 22, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too.

This week I received a coupon for a free 20 oz bottle of coke from My Coke Rewards. All you have to do is enter the codes under the caps of coke and other coke products and when you have enough points, turn them into free coke. 

I also received 2 samples of Adam Levines cologne for men and perfume for women.

A sample of Celestial Seasonings tea. 

Aquaphor for lips

Vitamelts sample

Peets coffee sample pouch

I found links to all of these samples at Freebie Shark and you can too. Just visit their site and sign up for the freebies when they tell you one is available. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tough To Tame by Diana Palmer

The other day I had a bit of a small rant about some of the reviews on Amazon for this and other Diana Palmer books because a lot of her books follow the same type of theme. I happen to like that, at least I know exactly what I'll be getting when I pick one of her books and I'm glad I ignored the reviews and bought this book, it was great!

Dr. Bentley Rydel is a woman hating, surly veterinarian who has gone through several employee's at his office because of his temper tantrums and Cappie is the newest employee at the office. 

Bentley and Cappie slowly get to know one another and find they have a lot in common and of course it looks like they are going to go forward with their relationship when something from Cappies past comes between them. 

Will they be able to get past it and work things out? 

You'll have to read it and find out for yourself...

Now I love these boss/secretary type stories where the woman is a shy virgin and the boss is some big surly, mean tempered woman hating idiot who falls for the girl by the end of the book. Diana Palmer always gives me what I'm looking for when I want to read this type of story and since I've read so many of her books, I'm already familiar with the other characters in the Jacobsville stories.

The very first romance book I ever read was Once In Paris by Diana Palmer so her books really hold a special place in my heart.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Howling Wolf Mouse

Now here's something you don't see everyday.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Instant Vs Brewed Coffee

I like Instant coffee much more than brewed coffee. I know, it's a real shock that someone would actually admit to that, but there you have it. As you can see in this picture, I do have brewed coffee in the house. Actually I have several sample sized packages of ground coffee in my place and on occasion I try them. I haven't actually found one I like, I think they are all too bitter..but I still try them. 

I like instant coffee because I can make it as strong or weak as I want, cup by cup and it's not bitter like brewed coffee is. 

I actually thought about getting a Keurig coffee machine but a friend told me if I don't like the brewed coffee taste, I wouldn't like it. 

So I'll just stick with my can have the brewed.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Should You Give A Bunny As A Gift For Easter?

Here's a little bunny we found in the alley behind our apartment building a few years ago. He was just a baby and we looked to see if someone lost him but never found an owner so we found him a good home with people who already had bunnies and a big back yard. 

You might think it's a great idea to give a pet to your niece, nephew or friends kid for Easter. But before you go and buy someone else a new pet there are things you should consider.

Do they want a new pet? Do their parents want them to have a new pet? Are the parents willing to take care of the new pet when the child gets tired of caring for it?

I took in more than a dozen hamsters, rats and a bunny when my daughter was little and her friends no longer wanted their pets and their parents weren't willing to take care of them. An animal is a lifelong commitment, not a commitment until you get tired of it or it starts acting in a way you don't like. I had 2 hamsters that bit the hell out of me, but did I give them away? No, I wore gloves when I picked them up and held them. Just because they were biters was no reason to give them away, they deserved a forever home and they got one.

Which is why it really makes me upset when I read people's posts on fb and twitter who have decided the pet they adopted is just to much trouble to take care of, so they send them back to the shelter or give them away to who ever will take them. And then later on I read how they adopted another animal and are trying again. Those types of people are the worst in my opinion. They should not have pets...period. Do not adopt a pet if you aren't willing to give them a forever home even if they have health problems, are biters, act out and need training or are not getting along with your other animals. Dogs will get along with other dogs if you get them training. If you are too lazy to train your dog..don't get a dog!

This is Ares, he's always been a little standoffish and didn't like being picked up like the other rats did. But I gave him his space, I gave him what he needed so he would be happy. It's not all about you when you have a pet, you have to give them what makes them happy too and if they don't like being held, a certain food, being around noises or kids then you have to figure out what they do like and try to give it to them. I found out that Ares liked to be petted as long as he was sitting inside the cage and I wasn't trying to pick him up, so that's what I did. He was very friendly, just didn't want to be picked up. If I turned the cage around and let him hop out onto the couch himself, he would crawl around on me and was fine with that. As a responsible pet owner it's up to you to find out what works for the pets you bring in your home. 

This was my mom's dog, Cupcake. When mom passed away my brothers and I got together and decided we were going to keep her. My younger brother Billy, was all set to take her home but our older brother John, asked and all but pleaded if he could take her home because she had been our mother's dog and he wanted her. 

Billy said yes, with the understanding that if for whatever reason he couldn't keep the dog he would give her to Billy. 

I don't think it was even two months when John said that he couldn't keep Cupcake because his other dog was being a bully and was picking fights with her. So Billy was making preparations to go and pick the dog up, he was just waiting on confirmation that he didn't want to keep the dog. Then just a day or so later John tells us that he gave Cupcake away to a neighbor lady (no proof that he didn't just take her to a shelter) and he wouldn't tell us who. 

Why did he do this, you might be asking? Because this is the type of POS this person is. Instead of giving away the bully dog that was picking on the little dog that had been his mother's or getting big bully dog training to get along with the little dog...he gives our mom's dog away right out from underneath us because that's the type of person he is. 

It's people like this and others that should never have pets. If he hadn't been a lazy pet owner, he would have gotten his big bully dog training and he could have kept both dogs. But this situation wasn't really about the dogs at all, it was about making sure that Billy didn't have a chance to come and get the dog. To cause as much pain as possible. 

It's troubling to think about but there are owners out there that think nothing about the pets they have. They either have them so they can fight fighters who have pit bulls. 

Or they have them to be guard dogs in their place of business or front yard and they are always chained up outside with little to no human interaction, they are there to do a job. 

And then there are people who are just too naive to have a pet because they have no idea how to take care of them. I saw a few of those types of people when I rescued a few hamsters from families who no longer wanted them. 

As you can tell this is a cause near and dear to my heart. It breaks my heart to see neglected animals or animals thought of as throw away pets. If you adopt a pet, they should be with you until you or they, die. If you cannot or will not give an animal a forever home, no matter what...then don't adopt.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Have You Ever Gone On A Double Date?

I was thinking back to when I was a teenager and some of the stupid things I've done and one memory popped into my head that made me one and only double date.

When I was 17 years old I lived in Guyandotte, West Virginia. It's a little town near Charleston, West Virginia. It had a flood wall all the way around the town because we were so near the Ohio River and if it started to flood the town they closed the gates and you were either trapped inside the gates or trapped outside the gates until the gates were opened again.

I lived there for a year and in that time the flood gates were never closed so I'm guessing it didn't happen very often.

So I was in High School while there and one of my friends asked me if I would go on a double date with her and her boyfriend and his friend. I thought sure, why not what could go wrong?

I thought she was such a nice girl and we would have a nice time. I thought we would go to the movies or something, I didn't think to ask what we would be doing.

The three of them picked me up in her car and introduced me to my date...Alfred. Alfred was 18 years old about 5'9" and had the biggest afro I've ever seen on a white guy. But he seemed nice enough and my girlfriend Breanne asked him if he would drive so she and he boyfriend David could sit together in the back seat. So I'm sitting in the front seat with Alfred and we start driving around when David pulls out a bag with 2 6 packs of beer in it. I didn't drink and thankfully neither did Alfred but Breanne and David did. A few minutes later we pull over at a gas station and Alfred informs us that he has to call his mother every hour until 10pm when he has to go home..O.o So he got out and called her.

I had to be home at midnight and everyone else said they could go home whenever they wanted. So we drove around and were making our way to a park when I hear weird noises coming from the back seat..I turn around to find my friend Breanne and her boyfriend having sex in the back seat...Holy cripes! I'm beyond embarrassed but Alfred tells me that she does this every time she fixes him on a double date.

So after stopping at the park for an hour we head back to a gas station so Alfred can call his mom and check in. It's almost 10pm and he says he has to go home and I figured that they would take me home too. instead after we drop Alfred off they stop down the street and pick up Danny, who is now supposed to be my date...O.o

Danny is 18 and already half lit up and takes a beer as soon as he gets in the car. Danny is sitting in the front with me and he is driving..I would have offered to drive since I was the only one not drinking but I didn't know how and didn't have my license. I didn't realize how drunk Danny was until we are driving down the street and he takes out several mail boxes and a wooden fence as we are driving down the street. I want to get out of the car and go home but my mom is home and she doesn't drive so I am on my own.

We make our way to another park and they agree to wait there for a little while until they sober up a little. Thankfully I spotted a pay phone by the restrooms and call my mom to tell her I'm not going to make it home by midnight. I let her know everyone is too drunk to drive and how we took out a fence and some mail boxes and really don't want to get in the car with these idiots until they can drive without taking out another fence.

When I get back to the car Breanne and David are having sex in the back seat again and Danny is standing out side the car laughing at them. When I get over to him he asks me if I 'put out'..I assure him that we are not having sex and he lost interest in me a little while later I find him passed out in the front seat so I go and sit down by the pond but where I can still see the car in case these idiots wake up and decide to take off without me.

It took about 2 hours for them to wake back up and be sober enough to drive me home. I never did speak to Breanne after that.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too.

I won that beautifully hand beaded candle from Megan Slayer who also writes as Wendi Zwaduk on her post at Cyber Launch Party. She also sent me some swag. 

I got a free sample of Pantene Expert Shampoo and Conditioner from Vocal Point

I got a free sample of Metamucil and Playtex tampons, which I found links to both of those freebies at Freebie Shark

Thursday, March 14, 2013

RIP Ares

The last of the 4 boys I adopted nearly 4 years ago has passed away. He was 3 1/2 years old and one of the sweetest little rats I've ever had. Also one of the biggest weighing in at 3lbs. 

In his last few months he had Hind Leg Degeneration and couldn't walk very well, he just pulled his back legs behind him so I put him in the smaller single story cage so everything would be closer and easier for him to get at. He was still such a happy boy and always ready to give kisses. 

My pretty boy. Last year I grew a small canister of cat grass for him and his brother but they wanted nothing to do with it. 

He sure did like his steamed rice and carrots. 

He and hades were best friends and cuddled all the time. 

Here is Hades looking at me wondering why I was bothering them. He was protective of Ares but sadly he passed away a couple of months ago.

I always thought Ares had such a pretty little face, very expressive eyes. 

This is a picture of all 4 of the brothers. Ares, Hades, Jasper and Brodie. They were my big squishy boys and now the last one has passed away to be with his brothers who I know were waiting for him. 

Jasper was on his back and Hades was laying right next to him while Ares walked on both of them to see if I had a treat...which I did. 

Ares and Jasper cuddled together in the hammock. They were both such sweet boys and I miss them all. 

Ares has been slowing down for some time and when he refused to eat or drink anything I knew he wasn't going to be with me for much longer. I held him, gave him lots of love and he passed away peacefully in my arms. 

A Small Rant

I was looking at some of the reviews on Amazon for a few of the books I had planned on buying but couldn't make up my mind which ones I was going to get. I knew I wanted to buy a Diana Palmer book, I just wasn't sure which one in my wish list I wanted to get, so I started reading reviews...big mistake.

Seems like there are some idiots out there in internet land. Diana Palmer happens to be one of my all time favorite authors. I have a huge stack of her books on my book shelves. But it seems that there are a few people out there that have bought more than one of her books, knows what kinds of stories she writes, doesn't like the recurring cowboy, virgin theme in most of her books and so they write bad reviews on her books.

My thoughts are if you know that an author writes a particular type of story and you know you don't like it, why do you keep going back to reading more of them just to write a bad review for them?

It just doesn't make a lot of sense to me. If you don't like the hairy chested cowboys who meet the shy virgins in small towns or most of the heroes are ex special forces military who are always on the look out for the bad guys to come and mess with them in their small town...why do you keep reading the books knowing full well that's what you are going to get?

I read these books because I know exactly what I'm in for when I buy them and I like that I can always count on the same sort of book when I'm in the mood for that genre.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Myths Your Grandma Might Have Told You

There are little white lies that your mother, father, grandparents tell the little one's just to keep them from getting into trouble or making a mess. Then there are Myths that they actually believe to be true that they might have told you and when you get older you think, "Why did I believe anything they said?"

Going Outside With Wet Hair Will Give You A Cold- Totally false. All it does is maybe make your hair frizzy...

Swimming While Menstruating Will Make Sharks Attack You Because They Can Smell The Blood- Ridiculous. Sharks Attack Humans Because They Are Hungry And We Look Like A Good Meal. lol

Cracking Your Knuckles Will Give You Arthritis- I actually asked my doctor and he laughed..not true.

Going Outside In The Cold Without A Jacket Will Make You Catch A Cold- Not unless the the person you are out there with has a cold a sneezes in your face.

If You Swallow An Apple Seed, It Will Grow Apple Tree's In Your Belly- Grandma was a funny old woman, always telling me this. So I swallowed a few apple seeds just to see if it would didn't.

Don't Swallow Your Gum, It Will Stay In Your Stomach For 7 Years!- No, actually it won't. Your stomach breaks down anything that can't be absorbed and it comes out where everything else eventually comes the toilet.

Don't Make Pasta Sauce While Menstruating, You'll Make The Sauce Go Sour- I don't see how anything that's going on down below can make the food I'm cooking...go sour. That would be a super power and all women would everywhere would be threatening to make dinner for their husbands during "THAT" time of month if they weren't nice to us.

Don't Make That Face, Or Your Face Will Stay That Way Forever!- If only it were that easy to get back at a little brother, alas it's just not true.

Stop Masturbating Or it Will Fall Off/ You'll Go Blind!- At a certain age teenage boys need their own bathrooms because they spend so much time in there no one else can use it. But I don't know of one case where 'it' fell off or caused blindness from over use. lol

If A Dog Scared You While Your Pregnant, Your Baby Will Have a Fear Of Dogs.- Only if you tell the child to be afraid of dogs when he's older. A Fetus cannot learn anything from you before birth.

Don't Drink A lot of Tea Or Your Skin Will Turn Darker.- I love tea and I drink quite a bit of it and I'm still lily white, so myth debunked.

Eating A lot of Fish Will Make You Smarter.- I've met some people who eat fish 4 times a week and they are, how shall I say...a few pieces of chicken short of a picnic basket. Dumber than a box of nails. Fish didn't help their brains any, they might as well eat cookies every day for the next 10 years for all the good it's done.

Breaking A Mirror Will Give You Bad Luck For 7 Years- I'm sort of a klutz and have broken many a mirror and don't think my luck has been all that bad. Unless you factor in the fact that I haven't won the lottery, Mega Bucks or Publishers Clearing House...

Tampons Can Get Lost, So Don't Use Them!- Lost? In a Vagina? Where would it go exactly? Maybe my mother thought it would travel all the way up to my brain and stick out one of my eye sockets. Either way, it's a myth, tampons can't mysteriously disappear or get lost.

Do what myths were you told when you were younger?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Do You Auto Buy Books?

Last week a did a little shopping on Amazon and realized that for some books it doesn't matter if there's no cover or blurb yet, as long as I am able to pre-order the book..I do. One such book I just pre-ordered was Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton.

I love the Anita Blake series so much that I auto buy whatever book is next. I have several series that I do this for and The Dark series by Christine Feehan is another one.

I also Pre-ordered Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley. Funny thing is I didn't even see if there was a blurb for the book, I just added it to my order because I knew I wanted it and it was the next in the series that I've been reading.

I also Pre-ordered a book that I won't get until but I don't care..I now have it pre-ordered and it's like I'm closer to getting it somehow. It's Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

A lot of times I will wait until a book is already out and try to win it in blog contests, book tours, blog giveaways..ect.... But there are some books that I want as soon as they are out...

Do you auto buy books? Have you ever pre-ordered a book that didn't have a blurb or even a cover? All you know is that it's the next in the series you love and have to have it?

I also ordered the last book in a series that I've slowly been working my way through. It called Creation of Desire by Leah Brooke (Desire, Oklahoma 3) These are naughty, sexy, erotic books and not for the faint of heart.

Here's the book Description from Amazon...
"[Siren Menage Amour 36: Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M] Boone and Chase Jackson have managed to avoid Rachel Robinson for months, although it wasn't easy. She's a forever kind of woman and they've been burned too badly in the past to ever want a commitment again. When Rachel gives up on them, though, they're not happy. Seeing that other men have decided to move on her, they give her a night she'll never forget. But they all get more than they bargained for when Rachel discovers she's pregnant. The men are quick to throw off their fears and make her their own. But she doesn't believe them. Deciding their desire to commit is only for the baby's sake, Rachel refuses to believe that it's her they want. But the passion between the three of them is hotter than ever. When the pregnancy is in danger, can she and her lovers still have a future? ** "I love ménage stories. How can a woman resist having more than one man wanting to please her? In this story, though, Rachel's convinced that Boone and Chase only want her because she's carrying their baby. They'll just have to prove otherwise." ~ Leah ~ ** A Siren Erotic Romance"

Now doesn't that sound good?

What's the last book you bought?

Sunday, March 10, 2013


You all already know if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time that I don't necessarily like bee's of any kind. But something I read really made me do some research for my latest article and believe it or not, it's about bee's.

Zombie Bee's: The Zombie Apocalypse Has Begun

Did that title get your attention? Yes? Good, then I did my job.

I found out through reading some other articles that there is a parasitic fly that lays its eggs into the abdomen of the honey bee and when they hatch they eat the bee from the inside out. Gross right?

Sound like an episode of Aliens? Yeah it did to me too.

So is this what has the honey bee's on the decline? Who knows but it's a really interesting story...

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Can There Be Too Much Sex In Romance Books?

I was reading a conversation on facebook the other day in which a person was saying they would not read a certain series of books anymore because there's too much sex in them.


Now I've actually heard this a few times about book series like the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, and some of the other PNR series that have a lot of books to them. I heard some readers saying that they consider all the sex in the romance books to be 'filler' and the books themselves don't have much of a story to them.

Are we reading the same books?

There's always a story going on in the Anita Blake books, the story keeps going throughout all the books and yes, while there is a lot of sex in the books it's part of the storyline. I'm a fan of sex in PNR novels, I think there should be at the very least one good long sex scene in a PNR novel and more if the story calls for it. I started reading romance for the tender love scenes, the touching love stories between the two characters (or three characters in some books). So when did sex in a romance book become a bad thing?

I see it all the time and I don't get it. I actually read one person say that they expect sex scenes in erotica but not in PNR, there should be more substance and story in PNR and less sex. O.o Say What?

Maybe all you sex prudes should start reading YA novels, there's not a lot of sex in those and the little that is there can be easily be read because it's more cute than hot.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too.

This week I received Poise Pads, and Air Wick plug in warmer and a coupon for a free package of Oscar Mayer Pulled Pork. 

I found links to all of these freebies at Freebie Shark

All you have to do to find great freebies like these is visit sites like Freebie Shark and sign up for the free samples when they tell you one is available, but they go quick so check back often. 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

My Grandson Might Be A Zombie...

lol I was babysitting my grandson last week when everyone went to the store and when he fell asleep his eyes started rolling in the back of his head like he does sometimes while he's sleeping. *freaky, I know* So I thought to myself, *get the camera* and took a couple of 

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

My Top Ten Favorite Songs

As you can see I like a lot of different music.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

RIP Fang

I adopted Fang and his 3 brother's from a family friend a few months ago. When I first brought him home he would hang on the bars on his cage, not chew them just hang on the bars and sleep. What a silly boy. The first time my husband Ken went to pet him before we brought them home, Fang bite him on the finger. Fang ended up biting him several more times until they finally made friends and then Ken would hold him all the time.

Fang's best friend in the cage was Patches. They were inseparable. They were always hanging out, eating and sleeping together. 

Fang had some very strange sleeping positions...this one he would do when he was on top of the hammock...he also slept with his eyes open all the time. It made for really cute pictures though. 

For a couple of weeks while they were in this cage, Fang would hang on the bars and sleep. I don't know why he did it, but we warned everyone who visited us not to try and pet him through the bars of the cage because he would bite them. He bite several people...including Ken. I was able to put my fingers through the bars of the cage and pet him right away and never got bit, and after a while he did chill out with the biting. 

He even photo bombed me one time. I was trying to take a picture of Patches in the back while he was inside the cube and right as I took the picture...his little face appeared. Photo bomb!

This is where you would usually find Fang each day for several hours. In my arms or in Ken's arms, just being held. This was taken just yesterday as he cuddled in my arms. He was alert and happy, chattering often. 

This was taken right around Christmas Time. Always being held by someone because that's where he always wanted to be. He would just lay there for hours, sleeping, cleaning or eating bits of whatever I was eating. What a life. 

My pretty boy trying to climb into my hand to be held for a while. As soon as I opened the cage doors he would climb on me or just jump on me and want to stay there. He was such a sweet little rat. 

This morning though, as I was holding him his breathing just started getting slower and slower. I knew from experience that something was happening with him and it took less than 5 minutes for him to take his last breath and pass away in my arms. Fang was about 2 1/2 years old and that's an old man in rat years. 

RIP my little cuddle boy. 

What Is Foie Gras?

My daughter and Husband feeding the ducks and geese at Lorenzi Park.

Foie Gras is made from overly fattened geese or duck liver. 

If you want to see for yourself how these birds are fed just look it up on youtube, there are many videos of ducks and geese being force fed fatty grains and fat in order to get as much weight put on them as possible in the shortest amount of time.

*Warning: What I am about to describe is graphic. If you don't want to know how these animals are treated, don't read any further*

A while back I was watching an episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri and saw them eating Foie Gras and I wasn't exactly sure what it was so I went searching and what I found turned my stomach. I refuse to watch that show anymore because of this. Any show that condones a food so grotesque and abusive to animals is not something I want to keep watching. 

How is Foie Gras made? Foie Gras is a dish made from the liver of goose and ducks, these birds that raised  for Foie gras are stuck in dimly lit wire cages where they can barely move and force fed several times a day a mixture of grain and fat. 

A tube is forced down their throats and the food is pushed down the tubes right into their stomachs. A process which oftentimes injures their necks. Being force fed so much food also puts massive strain on their internal organs because these birds gets grotesquely obese in a very short amount of time so that their livers can increase in size sometimes ten times the size of a normal goose or duck liver. 

I wrote an article on this subject and hope you will read it, share it and by passing this information along we can stop Foie Gras from being sold anywhere.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Product Review: Maxwell House Latte Chai

Last year I found out that this product was no longer being made, I also found out that a lot of people were very upset about that. All I had to do was read the comments on to see that. So the makers of my favorite Chai Latte went back to the drawing board and made a new formula for this product. We the drinkers of it...didn't like it and told them about it. 

A few months later I found out that they reformulated the recipe and now have this new product on the market and as I read the reviews I found that people said that this new reformulation is as good as the original. So I took a chance and ordered a couple of canisters from Amazon and was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. 

I ordered it from Amazon because I can't find it in the stores anywhere around where I live. I was reading the comments on and the people were saying they couldn't find it where they lived either. I don't know why it isn't on more store shelves but I did find it on

Just like it says on the canister, it has the same great taste. I was so happy about that, I missed that. I am glad the makers of this product listened to the people who wanted to buy it and changed the second formula they were using because we didn't like it. 

If you liked the original Chai Latte...and thought you'd never see it again..I have great news for you...

It's Back!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Freebie Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too.

This week my mail box had a freebie for me each day. It's kinda like Christmas each day around here, always a new present to open. Now what did I get?

A Venus Disposable razor, Sample bag of Purina One dog food, Zarbee's cough syrup, Poise Towlettes and feminine wash, Tide Pod's, Elmer's Glue Pro Bond, and Centrum Flavor Burst. 

I found the link for all of these freebies at Freebie Shark. Go check out that great site and sign up for some freebies for yourself. 

This week I also received a package from Smiley360 and in it was a full size can of Campbell's Chicken and White Bean soup and a pair of Comfy Socks. They also sent me several $2.00 off coupons for the Campbell's soups. If you'd like to receive free products in the mail from Smiley360 just click on the link and sign up for an account.