8/18/2017: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, August 18, 2017


It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on this blog.

If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right or the link at the bottom of the page.

My small things for this past week, some not so small, but all great!

First was the release of my second Lei Crime Kindle World novella, Paradise Dead. We had a great launch party on Facebook and I made some new friends and hopefully new readers.

Second was my first post in the Write...Edit...Publish (WEP) blog hop challenge. I wrote about my 25th high school reunion. You can read that post here.

Third was Cooper's second vet visit. It was generally very good with his weight being up from just under 20# to 26.5#. Yup, he's getting big! His ear infection isn't completely gone so he's on antibiotics now for that. He is doing good with his puppy training, too. He was pooped afterwards...this was his ride home. LOL!


Fourth was finding this perfect on-the-door rack for my pantry. I found it at Target. It came with over-the-door hangers but Stu mounted it directly to the door (as often happens, the over-the-door hangers stopped the door from closing). Now I can find things more easily and it opened up more cabinet space for other things. Doing the happy dance!

Fifth and final was having a wonderful weekend with friends. Hubby made hoecakes (sort of a cornbread pancake) and they were a huge success, accompanying my chili. For dessert, we enjoyed some blueberry banana bread, freshly made that morning. We sent them home with the recipe for both the hoecakes and the blueberry banana bread.

We love having our butterfly bush beside our deck - here are a few photos I snapped this past week.






We also had a small praying mantis visit us. Unfortunately, my phone focused on the wind chimes and not the insect. LOL!



Ciao for now!

NEW RELEASE: "Paradise Dead" is live!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

You've heard me talk about this book for months! The second book in my Lei Crime Kindle World novella trilogy, the first being Paradise Down.

Well, here it is, Paradise Dead - LIVE! Get your copy now and if you enjoy it, I hope you will post a review on Amazon. Thank you!!


Hawaii - paradise or a death trap? 

Ten friends gather in Kauai to fulfill the final wish of an old friend - the scattering of his ashes. One by one, they are beset by accidents. 

Are they really accidents?

Or could something more sinister be at play?

Be sure to drop in for the Facebook Launch party tomorrow, anytime between 5pm-10pm [EDT] time. I will be hosting from 6-6:30 EDT.

Here are my prizes:

  • $15 Amazon gift card (1)
  • $10 Amazon gift card (1)
  • Ebook copy of Paradise Down (3)
    Note: If the winner already has the book, they can choose either a $3 Amazon gift card or an ebook copy of either of my Klondike Mystery books.


Ciao for now!

Facebook Party, Prizes and New Releases for #LeiCrimeKW

Monday, August 14, 2017


We're Having A New Release Party on Facebookand You're Invited!
 
Thursday, August 17 at 5 PM - 10 PM EDT

Authors will participate in 30 minute shifts, they will chat with you, you can ask questions, play games and even win some individual prizes from some authors. You can enter to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Kindle Fire, Hawaiian themed spa basket and gift card!

My time slot is 8:00-8:30 pm ET and I will be offering the following prizes to winners chosen randomly from all who post during my time slot. I hope to see you there and be sure to invite all your friends!
  • $15 Amazon gift card (1)
  • $10 Amazon gift card (1)
  • Ebook copy of Paradise Down (3)
    Note: If you already have this book, you can choose either a $3 Amazon gift card or an ebook copy of either of my Klondike Mystery books.


Ciao for now!

8/11/2017: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, August 11, 2017


It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on this blog.

If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right or the link at the bottom of the page.

My small things for this past week, some not so small, but all great!

First was finishing my second Lei Crime Kindle World novella, Paradise Down. It took an all-nighter and some long hours but I got it out to the editors and it's will be ready for upload in time for the big August 17th launch party! [watch for updates]

Second was Cooper getting his first grooming. They said he did real well except for holding his head still to get his neck done. LOL! We loved the trimming they did, and we can actually see both eyes. I've taken several photos but none of them are truly clear. Hard to photograph black pups! He is also loving his doggy day care.


Plus, he went to his first puppy training class this week and did very well. We learned a lot and will be practicing several times a day. We've already got SIT, we're working on LOOK, DOWN and STAY. We are using hand movements as well as voice commands.


Third is a HUGE thank you to my hardworking husband for getting the rest of the back yard fenced in for Cooper. He did an amazing job and Cooper loves it (and so do we).



Fhourth was getting my new glasses! I love them...no more readers (well, except maybe first thing in the morning when I want to get on the iPad while still in bed....snicker).



Ciao for now!

Cooper Doodle Update

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I know some of you follow Cooper either on Instagram or Facebook, but some do not. So here is a little update on him and his/our adjustment.

It is just three weeks since we brought him home and boy, have we seen some changes. He was shy, didn't play but did eat well. He weighed in at just under 20# and the vet advised us to feed him more as she felt he was underweight. (A shout-out to Dr. Bristol at Upper Cumberland Vet Clinic in Crossville who was wonderful - she even called us several days after his visit to be sure he was doing okay.) He's now at least 22#, according to our scales. He visits the vet again next Wed. so we'll see what he weighs then.


At first he wouldn't lay on his hammock, but he learned to love it. He now plays and sleeps on it and recently even crawled under it to get some toys.


He has adjusted to the crate, dragging toys in there during the day and sleeping all night. Initially we had 20-30 minutes of crying. Then 10 minutes. Now most nights it's nothing or a fuss for a minute or two. This photo was his first week...he fills it up more now. We may have to upsize to a 42", this is a 36". We have a fleece pad and topped with a soft fleece blanket we picked up at a discount store.


It's hard to get good photos with a black puppy...he comes out looking like a dust mop!


The best photos are outdoors with good lighting!


He quickly learned to walk on the leash, the commands SIT and NO. Now that we have started puppy training, we're working on LOOK, DOWN and STAY/WAIT. I need to work on remembering to say OFF when he jumps up on things (not too often) because I was saying DOWN. He has five more weekly sessions in this class.


He absolutely LOVES having all the backyard to run around in. He's great at going potty outdoors but still not 100% on asking to go out. Still a work in progress. But he chases the ball outside and he races around like an idiot - great exercise!


He enjoys his doggy day care, we're doing it once a week. Gives us a break and we use it to run errands and catch a movie. He had his first grooming this past week, just head/feet/hind end, but did well other than not wanting to hold his head still for under the chin. He came home SOOOO soft...that lasted a day. LOL!


He has two cute little habits - he loves to sleep on the heat/ac vents..this time he's sleeping on his back (that his little private area exposed) on the vent.


And he loves to lay down on the floor to drink out of his bowl, even wrapping his paw around it sometimes.


Here is the list of his favorite toys...some we got early on, some have been added. He loves smaller stuffies that he can easily carry around (and squeak).

While it's always a challenge to bring up a puppy, we're both very happy with our Mini Cooper Doodle.


Ciao for now!

8/4/2017: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, August 4, 2017


It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on this blog.

If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right or the link at the bottom of the page.

My small things for this past week, some not so small, but all great!

First was taking Cooper to his first doggy day camp visit. He loved it and we got some time to run errands and see a movie. What movie? "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets", which we both enjoyed.

He was POOPED!


Second was spending time with old friends. One was a former co-worker of mine who drove all the way up from Atlanta to have lunch with me. Due to bad weather, she spent the night. We had so much fun chatting and we promised each other to do a real weekend visit this fall.

The other was an old neighbor of mine. She was about 16 the last time I saw her. Since then she graduated high school, enlisted in the Army, got a college degree, got married, had a baby, returned to civilian life and got divorced. She currently lives in NC but is thinking about moving back to TN. I sure hope so - she has the most adorable little boy. We had breakfast and chatted for over two hours and would have stayed longer but had crated Cooper.

Third was the progress I made on Paradise Dead. The last time I wrote anything in it was back in mid-April. So I opted to edit the first ten chapters, getting my head back into the story. I got that done AND I got another six chapters written. Hoping to close it out this weekend and rush it through edits and proofreading before the August 12th deadline for publication. Phew!

Fourth was the birth of our newest great-grandson to my late husband's grandson and his girlfriend. This is the second boy and they are thrilled (so am I)!



Ciao for now!

7/28/2017: Celebrate the Small Things

Friday, July 28, 2017


It's Friday and time to post my Celebrate the Small Things on this blog.

If you'd like to join in the fun or check out some other participating blogs, click the image to the right or the link at the bottom of the page.

My small things for this past week, some not so small, but all great!

First is a successful baking of blueberry banana nut bread. I took two recipes and adapted...a little moist but oh my, DELICIOUS!


Second is the addition of a puppy to our household...yes, I am seriously nuts. But what a joy he has been. What work he has been! Housebreaking is going okay - as long as we are paying attention. He has his own Instagram account and his own Facebook page, Mighty Mini-Cooper!

He had his first vet visit on Wednesday and all was generally good. He could stand to gain weight so we increased his food. A little irritation in his ears, very common on the Doodles (Poodles, Golden Retrievers, Labs, etc) so we have some natural stuff to hopefully clear that up. He got shots updated and goes back in three weeks for the rest and to recheck his ears.

He has made himself right at home...ya think? LOL!








Third is finally getting back to working on Paradise Dead, the second in my trilogy of novellas in the Lei Crime Kindle World. I hope to make my August 1st deadline to get it out to my beta readers and typo hunters. Phew!

I hope you've had a spectacular week and have some small things to celebrate!

Click to see the other blogs participating in the Celebrate the Small Things blog hop.

Ciao for now!

Introducing Mini-Cooper, the Mighty GoldenDoodle

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Many of you have followed us for a while and enjoyed Sadie's (our PitBoxer pup) tales. When we moved to Ecuador, she moved in with Stu's oldest and her family. She is now a well loved and well spoiled member of their family. We see her when we visit them in Delaware.


But being without a pup since 2013 was wearing on us. While we love Sadie, we knew we didn't want another pit mix and we didn't want a female this time around. We both fell in love with the Poodle mixes we ran into while traveling - LabraDoodle, NeufyDoodle, GoldenDoodle and of course the ever popular YorkiePoo.

So, we promised ourselves if we gave in, it would be to get a Doodle mix. Looking for a medium sized pup that wouldn't struggle with space when we are in the RV, we initially watched for a rescue of an older dog. We soon realized many of these were troubled dogs, a product of poor breeding or owners who didn't understand what they were getting into. At this stage of our life, we opted for a puppy over an adult rescue. (We may rescue a second dog once Cooper is about a year old).

I ran across an ad for GoldenDoodle pups for sale in the Crossville, TN area. We started talking to the breeder and before we knew it, we had put a deposit on a puppy. Fast forward two months and yesterday we brought home our own little Mini Cooper, GoldenDoodle extraordinaire. Here are a couple of photos of his trip home...in my lap.



First stop was Tractor Supply to get a halter so he could ride in the back seat, strapped in. He did well for his first time ever with a leash. We lucked out and got the harness at 50% off, we also picked up a water dish for outside.


Once home, he's been a jewel - almost too quiet. Weighs about 20# according to our scale. No accidents, slept in the crate all night with only 10 minutes of protest, eating, peeing & pooping all good. Even lets me brush & comb him and behaves on the leash most of the time.




But he doesn't play much. I'm used to puppies wanting to play all the time. Thinking it's just an adjustment period. Also, unless he is really hungry, he ignores treats including peanut butter, bananas and even a tiny bit of cheese. Definitely not food motivated...




While Sadie had her own blog (now merged into this one), Cooper will only have a Facebook page and an Instagram account [@Mighty_Mini_Cooper]. I hope you will follow him there.



His first 24 hours and 1) he slept all night, okay 11-5:30, 2) his first nap in the crate he cried for 20 minutes, the next two times it was 10 minutes, 3) he is eating and free feeding is working well, downside is he isn't food oriented, not even cheese or peanut butter, 4) he whimpers when he wants to go out, we're still working on the bell training. He's not a fan of his worm medicine and other than magazines, hasn't tried to chew on anything.


Ciao for now!