Monday, January 4, 2016

There's never enough time

I've heard myself say that way too often in my life. It's time I found a way to make time or trim the things that really shouldn't be taking so much time in my life. My writing will always have my time. And my art. I guess I will have to cut out some Facebook time. (I broke a sweat writing that). LOL
Stay tuned...........

Monday, August 31, 2015

Debut Novel

Click this link to purchase my book: "Out of Time"

She has her photography studio, her best friend Andy, and plenty of love and support. But twenty-eight-year-old Nina Thorn is still traumatized, struggling with nightmares and flashbacks of a terrible ordeal. As a young photojournalist covering the Balkan War, Nina was kidnapped and brutally tortured by the Serbian army—until an unlikely hero came to her rescue. And now, her thoughts of Velimir Leskovar are the only thing that keeps her sane.
When the one man who saved her life is suddenly in need of rescuing himself, Nina drops everything and travels back to the war-torn country of Bosnia with her ex-lover and mentor, Krister. But when a carefully planned rescue takes a dangerous turn, a struggle for survival ensues—and it’s not long before surprising enemies and devastating betrayals begin to reveal themselves.
An international thriller exploring love, loyalty, and the difficulties of healing from the past, Out of Time sets a high-stakes rescue mission against an accurate historical backdrop of the Balkan War, with a roller coaster ride of action, intrigue, and romance—all leading to a shocking conclusion.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Money Saving Tip

I know, there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of money saving, living frugally blogs, pages, and pin boards out there. I look at some of them, take tips which work for me and try to come up with some of my own. One thing occurred to me today which hadn't before - and I'm mad I never thought about it. How to repurpose lotion you no longer like the scent of.

I'm not talking about hand/body/face lotion which has curdled from age or gone watery, throw that out.... it's time. I am talking about that great lotion you bought one year whose scent lured you in yet, for whatever reason, the next year you can't stand it. That kind. I've only thought of one thing to do with it so far without just outright pitching it but I would welcome any other suggestions.

Both men and women - to be inclusive: all genders of whatever degree - suffer from dry. cracked skin through the winter and sometimes due to their particular profession. Women have known for years to lotion up their feet and put socks on. Some men do this though many wouldn't tell you. Well, do it anyhow guys, it really helps. On to the repurposing:

If you have a formerly loved lotion that you just can't stand any more, USE IT ON YOUR FEET. It's the furthest away from your nose you can get and when covered with socks helps to minimize the scent. I know this sounds elementary but I sincerely didn't think of this before. This way, you aren't wasting something you paid good money for but you just aren't using it the way you used to. Once your out, if you still don't like it, don't buy it again.

The one scent in particular which came to mind today is from Bath and Body Works. I LOVE LOVE LOVE to shop there but sometimes, something which smelled amazing in the store, wears off quite quickly at home. For me this was Rio RumBerry. Thankfully I only bought a small bottle and yet I hated to throw it away. I needed to moisturize this morning - not due to cold weather but because I've been wearing flipflops a lot lately. I reached for one particular lotion and saw the small bottle of Rio RumBerry sticking out and an idea was born. Seriously, I am not a hoarder but in today's economy especially, I absolutely hate to throw something away unless I can't find a way to use it up.

Another way you could manage items such as lotion, perfume and aftershave you don't like any more is to check with the local Cinderella project or something which helps low income high school students with clothing and accessories to be able to attend their prom.  Some places may not want opened product and some places may accept it then examine it before passing it on to students. It's okay either way. Even if they don't want it, you asked which is the point.

ALWAYS look for alternatives before you just pitch something. You might be surprised what you find.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Please help Dan - please SHARE

This is a friend of mine. He had to have unexpected gallbladder surgery. He has insurance so that's covered but he's blown through all of his paid time off from work and is hurting. He is on medical leave through May 25th and has absolutely no money coming in.

500 people donating $2 each would cover him so he can relax and heal instead of stress over the bills.

Please help.

Thank you.

Friday, March 27, 2015

More money coming in and less going out

Making a living not only includes bringing enough money in to cover your needs, it also means changing your tastes and/or standards if your current income can't keep pace with your "wants" or "preferred brands", even if it is a need.

Case in point: I prefer specific laundry detergents and softeners but when the cost of my preferences is out of line with my budget, I must change my preferences and my standards and choose something else to take care of my need. Tonight, while picking up a few essentials at WalMart, I made a great find while cruising the clearance carts: 4 boxes of Purex Crystals Fabric Softener Sheets for $2.00 each.

I checked online while I stood there and found that the 80 Ct box normally goes for $3.00. Many other brands go from $3.97 to $8.00 depending on the brand and location. Using that as my  gauge, I considered $2.00 per box, for a scent I found pleasing, to be an extreme bargain so I bought all 4 boxes.

Considering how much laundry I do and what other softeners that are left at home, I have enough to last the rest of the year.

Monday, March 23, 2015

My Thoughts on The Walking Dead episode 5-15 "TRY" **SPOILERS**

I am a Walking Dead fan. Have been from the beginning. It just occurred to me to post my thoughts on my blog.... yeah, my life is really hectic so things take a while to sink in. 

I have some thoughts on the latest episode. If you have NOT seen it yet, stop here. 

You were warned. 

Though not a lot of action compared to the previous episode, I think the goal of this episode is setting things up for a payoff in the 90 minute season finale.

 I think Carl and Enid are going to become close friends if not an item. Not just because of convenience but the way she talks, She's been out there. She's not like the rest of the Alexandrians who have their heads buried too far up their asses in denial.

Sasha was/is cracking and though I still think she can go either way, I think she will come out the other side stronger. She needed this "downtime" to process shit and life in general. I know it's not downtime to us but it is to her. At least she can choose to attack rather than just react to being attacked. I think she needed that to purge some shit in her soul.

Carol is still undercover and has never changed. She doesn't trust any of the "residents."

 Michonne..... she's so divided it hurts. She wants this to be the place to stop SOOOOO badly but she's seeing that it's not going to be.... not unless they do something drastic. Her knocking Rick out wasn't for the sake of the asshole he was fighting or to get in good with Deanna, it was to buy her time to finish coming to her own conclusion. Though she knows it's slipping. She's pissed that this isn't the paradise she hoped it would be. She also feels bad about it in her own way because she sort of likes Rick but she just needed him to STFU for a minute

Glen is tired. He's needs this place to be the last stop and he's still holding on to the hope that it will be - he is sort of in denial but after Nicholas' screw up getting Noah killed, he is questioning things too.

Daryl - is just doing what Daryl does. He's in his element now out hunting with Aaron but he knows something isn't right here. Waiting on him..... not much to say.

Rick - Jesus, what to say about Rick. He's gone feral but he still sees things through the lens of now not wishing things were back to the way they were like Deanna does. She just needs her ass kicked. This place lasted because they got lucky. PERIOD. Rick may be an asshole at times but he's a product of his circumstances in that respect.

The rest - I think in the finale, when they go to kick Rick out, the rest are going to take over or try to. AND/OR this is when that one character from the comics shows up that I have read a little about: Negan. I try to stay away from the comics and the commenters because I don't want to be spoiled on the story line but I have seen this go by.

This upcoming 90 minute finale I think will have us holding our breath till the end. I just hope they can keep writing like this.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Please help Joanne the dog needs eye surgery desperately

Post for a friend. The details below are from her. Thank you for any help you can afford!

Joanne is the black and white dog in this picture. I have met her. She is a sweetie. 

My name is Melinda Miller, and asking for financial help is not something that I am comfortable doing.  My husband and I have been strapped financially for a very long time, but we always manage to make it through. Now however, I am at a loss as to how to pay for the surgery that my sweet dog needs.  Friends and family have suggested that I do a gofundme account so that I could hopefully get some help in paying for the surgery.  

Joanne is a Border Collie/German Shepherd mix,   she is 11 years old and she has been a member of our family since she was 12 weeks old.  She is like a child to us and knowing that she is in pain breaks my heart.  Almost 5 years ago she was diagnosed with diabetes and cataracts.  Her diabetes is kept under control with insulin injections given twice daily. Last year iit was determined that she had glaucoma (common in diabetics) in her right eye, which we were keeping under control with eye drops.   Otherwise she is healthy and happy.  Several days ago, the cataract in her right eye changed color from opaque white to a red-brown.  We received the news yesterday from Dr. Griffin of Northside Veterinary Clinic that the lens had ruptured.  She stated that this is painful and that the only option is to have the eye removed, which we cannot afford.  Dr. Griffin believes that Joanne will do just fine once the eye is removed and she is no longer in pain.  Until the surgery, we are using steroid eye drops to keep her comfortable.  Dr. Griffin states that the surgery should be done as soon as possible to limit the pain and prevent any further damage.

I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time and assistance.  

And Thank you from me, the owner of this blog, for any help you can give my friend to make her furbaby more comfortable as she ages.