Monday, January 17, 2022

Happy Raturday!

 




*All pictures today are courtesy of www.martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Apartment Life #287

 

This is a weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 24 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 24 years here in a weekly blog post.


I know you can barely make out the police car there behind the van but it's there. The police were back over here with the homeless shelter van trying to convince the homeless people around here to go to the shelter. 


A few people did actually get in the van but there are still quite a few homeless people around here that wouldn't go. 

But in my pictures you can also see the street and where the street maintenance crews come by about a week ago and sealed the cracks in the street. 
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Now that I figured out how to download old videos from fb, here's another one. 


Back in 2012 this guy lived in that apartment he's in front of. He kept his motorcycle inside his apartment instead of in the parking alley, and would start up his motorcycle in the courtyard every morning at 6am to go to work. And would ride it into the courtyard at night when he got home. He would ride right by 4 bedroom windows and didn't care he was making so much noise. How rude is that? Everyone hated this guy and were glad when he moved out.

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Covid Update Day 24: 

We are all still coughing but we are doing better. My back muscles hurt from all the coughing. My sense of smell is really muted. I can smell just not strongly. My daughter and grandson are still coughing a lot. Me and my daughter still get mild headaches but my grandson is feeling better. Really, if we could get rid of this cough we would be fine.

Thank you for all the well wishes, we appreciate it.

The high this week was 65F/18C
The low this week was 32F/0 C

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Favorite Song of the Week

 

If you already listen to a band called Disturbed, then you probably recognize David Draiman who is the lead singer for that band. But for a while he sang for this band, Device as well and this is one of my favorite songs from them. 

Friday, January 14, 2022

Freebie Friday!

 


Welcome to another weekly Freebie Friday post, where I tell you what free samples and full sized products I received in the mail and how you can get them too. Someone asked me why I do a "Freebie Friday" each week, so I'll tell you.

A while back I listed all the free samples and wins that I had received that previous year and so many people didn't believe that I could have gotten so many free things. So I decided to prove it by taking a picture every week and sharing the sites that I found the links to the freebies at. So now you too can get great free samples coming to your mailbox each week.

  You can find links to great samples at Hey It's Free and Freebie Shark.

This week I received:

I cashed out my points on Crowdtap for a $5 Amazon giftcard. 
Free flowers.

You can sign up on Crowdtap  and take surveys that you can then cash out for giftcards too.

The lady next door found a bag delivered by Uber left at her door that she didn't order. It had kids cough medicine, iced tea and flowers in it. My grandson has Covid too so she brought the bag of stuff over to us. So that's how I got free flowers. 

Did you receive any freebies this week?

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Book Review: Auctioned For Her Blood by Mara Leigh

 

Book Description

Never go out after dark.

There's a secret in my blood. My mother died to protect me from dark magic, and I've played it safe for the past ten years, never going outside after the sun sets. But I can't live like this anymore. I don't want to die alone and a virgin.

One wrong turn and I find myself on an auction block where two wealthy, powerful men bid their fortunes for a night with me.

I can't deny that I'm drawn to both the cultured intellect and the dangerous bad boy. With them, I'm whisked into a glamorous world of powerful vampires, wild creatures, dark secrets and darker desires.

The secrets held deep inside me are going to come out. All I can do is trust the men I'm falling for to protect me from the danger hunting me.

Auctioned for Her Blood is Book 1 of The Vampires' Illuminant series. Expect a steamy, exciting story, where the heroine falls for more than one man and doesn't have to choose.



My Review

Ember was just a kid when her mother made her go into the magically concealed basement to hide from those bad people who were looking for her. But when her mother disappeared that night she knew her mother was dead and had died for her, to keep her safe. From that moment on she did as her mother had told her to do and never went out after dark in order to keep herself safe. Until one night she can't help but be out after dark for a work event. 

Meeting Zuben changed her life but then meeting Ryker also changed her life but not in bad ways. She now knows that things are not always what they seem and there's a lot more to be seen than she ever knew. Vampires exist and while some are bad, Zuben and Ryker and not the bad kind. At least she doesn't think Zuben is a bad vampire but the people he works for are not good so he tries to keep her safe from them because if they found out what she is, they would keep her locked up and experiment on her. 

I was really liking this book when it abruptly ended on a cliffhanger. I was not expecting that and it really ruined the book for me. 

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Review: Daily Goodie Box- January

 
The Daily Goodie Box has been around since about July of 2016. I signed up for an account right after I heard about them. They are 100% free, you don't even have to pay for shipping. And for a free box it's a nice sampler box of products.

What was in the box?

NFco - Natural Mouthwash- You know how some natural mouthwashes have a bad taste to them? Well I was pleasantly surprised that this one was good. It has a good taste to it and because it's alcohol free, it doesn't burn to use.

South of France - Shea Butter Bar Soap- I love trying new soaps and this one smells so good. It has a nice lather, smells good and didn't dry my skin. 

Foods Alive - Nutritional Yeast- I've never used this before but it says you can use it as a seasoning so I added a little to my salad and it was fine. Here's to finding new things to use this with. I love trying new things.

The Good Bean - Crunchy Chickpeas- I've actually made crunchy chickpeas in the oven before but they take so long to get crunchy. So I love that I got to try these because they were good. 

FeelGood SuperFoods - Immune Support Shot- Well since I'm sick with Covid this came at just the right time. It didn't have too bad a taste and I figured it can't hurt to take now when I'm not feeling good. I didn't feel anything from it like the jitters or anything like with an energy shot but it wasn't too bad.

Whisps - Parmesan Cheese Crisps- Nope. I've tried these a couple of times when they've been in the box before. I cannot try them again. The smell is bad enough but the taste is slightly vomit-ish. Not good.

Neuro - Energy and Focus Gum- I chew gum a lot but I could not with this. It had such a bad taste to it. I spit it right out.

Zolli Candy - Zolli PB Cups- Hands down this was the best thing in the box. My grandson and I ate these over a couple of days. We both loved them.

All they ask you to do is try the products and leave reviews for the products you got in order to be eligible for more Free Goodie Boxes. As you guys already know, I'm a fan of all these types of boxes. I love all the different subscription boxes and it's really nice to be able to try new to me products for free. This is a great box to try for.

Oh and one more thing, if you visit their FB Page, they give away Goodie Boxes to people who interact with their posts. So if you've tried before and weren't able to get a Goodie Box, there's even more ways to get one now.

Have you signed up? Have you received one of these boxes?

I'm a fan of subscription boxes and love trying new products for free so this was a huge hit with me. New products+free box = Fabulous!

Disclosure: I was given and free box in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.




Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Book Review: Alpha's Temptation by Renee Rose and Lee Savino

 

Book Description

MINE TO PROTECT. MINE TO PUNISH. MINE.
I’m a lone wolf, and I like it that way. Banished from my birth pack after a bloodbath, I never wanted a mate.

Then I meet Kylie. My temptation. We’re trapped in an elevator together, and her panic almost makes her pass out in my arms. She’s strong, but broken. And she’s hiding something.

My wolf wants to claim her. But she’s human, and her delicate flesh won't survive a wolf's mark.

I'm too dangerous. I should stay away. But when I discover she's the hacker who nearly took down my company, I demand she submit to my punishment. And she will.

Kylie belongs to me.

Publisher’s Note: Alpha’s Temptation is a stand-alone book in the Bad Boy Alphas series. HEA guaranteed, no cheating.


My Review

Jackson is a wolf shifter but he doesn't have a pack, he's a loner and the CEO of his own company. Some years ago there was a hacker who hacked his system but didn't take anything, she was just showing off her skills to him to let him know she could hack him and then she disappeared. He's been trying to find her ever since then with no luck. 

Kylie has been on the run ever since she witnessed something she shouldn't have seen and she and her grandma have been moving around even though the bad guy is in jail. 

Kylie who is the one who hacked Jackson's company interviews for a job there but gets stuck in the elevator with a man not knowing it's Jackson. She's scared of small spaces so she freaks out a little while in there with him and he's able to calm her down until the lights and power come back on. After she gets the job, Jackson can't seem to get her out of his mind and makes reasons to go and see her. But he's a wolf shifter and even though his wolf is telling him that Kylie is his mate, he can't mate her because doing so would put a human in danger. He might even kill her during the mating process, so he tries to keep her at arms length until he just can't anymore. 

When someone tries to blackmail Kylie she decides to go to Jackson and tell him the truth only to find out that the bad guys have kidnapped her grandmother. The action really ramped up at this point because not only does Kylie's grandmother have a huge secret of her own but there's a double-cross going on right under Jackson's nose.

I really liked Kylie and Jackson but there were a few problems with his personality that I didn't care for. He's messing around with a human who he knows could die if he bites her while he tries to mate her but that doesn't stop him from tempting his wolf too many times by being with her. There were too many close calls. Plus he's an alpha wolf and a dominant which wouldn't have been bad if his form of discipline hadn't got on my nerves at times and other times just came across as wrong. She was innocent, had no experience with men and he just came across too strong and wanted things from her that she seemed to inexperienced to be able to tell him she might not want to do. So while I really liked the story, I didn't like him at times. 

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Happy Raturday!

 


"It's a cereal kind of morning"

*All pictures this week are courtesy of www.martymousehouse.com*

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Apartment Life #286

 
This is a weekly blog post that I'm calling Apartment Hell  Life. I've mentioned a few times some of the crazy things that go on in and around my apartment complex in the past 24 years that we've lived here and people keep telling me I should write a book. But instead of a book, I've decided to share the crazy things that have happened in and around my apartment complex in the last 24 years here in a weekly blog post.


My daughter took this picture with her phone since her phone takes good pictures at night. The ambulance was right across the street from us at 10pm when she got home from work. No idea what was going on but I didn't see anyone get taken away in the ambulance.


I figured out how to download a video I took years ago that I had put on Facebook. I hope this actually works. lol 

We used to call this guy Banjo Man. He didn't live here, he would just walk around and if he saw someone outside, he would stand beside them and play his banjo. Most people got used to him really fast and would let him play near them. I took this video when Banjo Man was standing near my neighbor. 

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I had a package delivered on Tuesday at 6PM but the delivery person never knocked on my door so I didn't know it was out there. I went out just an hour later after seeing the message notification and it was gone. Someone stole it. Thankfully I was able to get a replacement sent out.

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A neighbor had someone knock on his door late one night and when he opened the door the lady opened the screen door because he didn't have it locked and pushed her way in. Then she tried staying the night and when he told her she couldn't stay, she refused to leave. After an argument, he had to physically pick her up and put her outside where she decided it would be a good idea to throw a fit and start yelling and screaming. It was after midnight so I'm surprised one of his neighbors didn't call the police before she left. This is why I keep my screen door locked at all times so people can't just try to walk into my apartment.

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And we've all been sick for almost 2 weeks and my daughter went and took a Covid test because her work told her she had to in order to take a week off from work. Last night the test came back positive so we all have Covid. But we're all doing alright. I'm actually feeling better, we just can't get rid of this cough.


The high this week was 64F/17C
The low this week was 26F/-3 C

So that's it for this week's Apartment Hell  Life! Be sure to come back next week for more.

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Favorite Song of the Week!

 

Here is this week's favorite song. While the video is a little strange, the song is great. I hope you like it too. Let me know if you've heard this one before.