Thursday, June 23, 2016

December Boys by Joe Clifford


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2016060814b525ed915174ffe307dfb7ca7131ef983df67c06 This book is amazing! The main character, Joe, has just started a new job with an insurance company. He goes out to investigate a claim made by one of the insured and everything just snowballs from there. Not to mention as he is trying to deal with this case, his wife and kid leave him. His friend is with him for much of the ride trying to help him. Come to find out it all stems back to Joe's brother who was a drug addict that was murdered. I would definitely recommend this book. If you would like to get a copy it's on Amazon at This is not the type of book that I would normally read, so for me to finish it in just a couple nights is a testament to its quality. I received this book for free or at a discount for my honest review. This means I am under no obligation to leave a positive review.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Healing is Slow

I guess I knew that the healing of a broken leg would be pretty slow. I'm just not sure I was fully prepared for just how slow. Aarron has been driving the Kia in to work every day because his truck is a standard and he broke the leg he needs to push the clutch. I think that I figured once the doctor allowed him to put weight on his leg again, he would be able to drive his truck again, leaving me the Kia again. (Now I am not without a vehicle, I have been driving my Jeep again which I am loving, but she has some issues and needs some love). Well, it's been 2 weeks now that he has been able to put weight on his leg, but he still does not have the strength to push the clutch in enough to drive his truck yet.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

6 Backyard Tips for Thinning Out Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are not only uncomfortable insects that suck your blood –they are carriers of terrible ailments and conditions –the most recent being the Zika virus.

In the wake of this worldwide epidemic –there were three reported cases of Zika in the US last week- and the fast approaching summer in Florida, it has become imperative to keep our yards mosquito-free.

After all, we all want to hang out around the fire pits in the evenings of the summer, participate in the 4th[...]

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Deep Six by D. P. Lyle

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20160608154e7157afc0936c7ab8d7a42eab78931ea2562c02.jpg Oh my gosh! This book was awesome! Action and adventure with a twist of humor to it. A restaurant owner/private eye finds himself in a bit of trouble, with his girlfriend mind you. There were bullets flying, luxury yachts, and people being thrown into the ocean tired to a heavy metal ring. What's better than that? How about a daring save at the end? I didn't want to put this book down! I fell asleep reading it both nights (yes it only took me 2 nights to read it, it is That good). I got this book for free for my honest review, and let me tell you, I wouldn't say it was good unless it was good! The opinions in this review are all mine. You can get your copy here:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sleepless in Wherever - Ways for Coping With Insomnia

When dealing with Anxiety, insomnia can really be a problem. That said take a look at this guest post.

Sleepless in Wherever – Ways for Coping With Insomnia

  insomnia Insomnia is rapidly becoming one of America's largest disorders. More people are sleeping less or not at all, and it's affecting them and the economy in many ways. When you're awake at 2 a.m and unable to sleep for days, this can soon take its toll on your health, productivity, relationships and life. Currently, more than 30% of all Americans suffer from insomnia, while one in two people between the ages of 40 and 60 experience the same thing. Oh, and about 90 percent of all individuals who suffer from depression tend to suffer from insomnia too. Unfortunately, it's costing us in many ways. For instance, the National Transport and Safety Board estimates that every year, 100,000 accidents and 1,500 accident related deaths are caused by drivers who didn't get enough sleep and were driving while drowsy. There's also the cost implications. According to the Surgeon General, the U.S government spends $15 billion annually on sleep- related disorders, while the economy itself loses over $150 billion every year courtesy of workers suffering from sleep deprivation. What Causes Insomnia? There are many causes of insomnia. From psychological causes like anxiety and worry to physical causes like pain and discomfort. The truth is that when people are extremelyreally stressed and have serious problems to fix, sleep can elude them. After all, you can only rest when your heart isn't troubled. But, if you don't have any issues bugging your mind, your insomnia might be medically related. For instance, people suffering from arthritis, depression, chronic pain, hyperthyroidism, nasal allergies, asthma, and Parkinson's disease will most likely find it diffi [...]

Monday, June 13, 2016


First off, I want to say how my heart breaks for the people of Orlando with the shooting that happened yesterday. This was most definitely a tragedy that will be remembered for many years to come. My heart is breaking for those that lost their lives and their families. My prayers and thoughts go to those who are recovering and survived this tragedy. [caption id="attachment_2666" align="alignnone" width="302"]13450027_102942803467484_7412316543828661402_n Photo from the Orlando Strong page on Facebook.[/caption] Now, for the reason of this post. I'm fairly certain that I will receive some nasty hate mail after this and I am ready. images It really angers me that after something like this happens the government starts talking about gun control yet again. Yes, I do agree with my 2nd amendment right to bear arms. I always have and I always will. I think Ronnie Dunn said it best though in his post on Facebook.   What people don't seem to understand is that if our guns are taken away, only the criminals will have them. Who will protect us then? When someone puts a gun to your face, more than likely the police (who do their jobs to the best of their ability, in my opinion) will not be there in time to save you. If one the other hand, you own (and know how to use (ahh..yes a stipulation)) a gun, you can likely save yourself. In this situation, th [...]

Saturday, June 11, 2016

New Solari Collection

This is the new Solari collection from Luxury Jewelry. It's stackable, meaning there are many different ways that it can be worn. This is a sponsored post meaning that if you click on the video to watch it I will receive a small commission. Have a great day! Renee

Friday, June 10, 2016

Kira's Adventure

20160609_202232 Well so far it's been a few weeks since my daughter left home. I guess so far she is doing really well. She seems to be enjoying her newfound freedom. She has a job. She got her first tattoo that she was so excited about. 20160609_202220 She said it's not quite finished yet as she wants to put "Never give up" across the bottom of the tattoo. She already has a few other tattoos in mind that she wants to get. I pray that everything continues to go well for her and that she grows up enough to continue living on her own. She has even been blessed with having a friend she went to school with living close by. 20160609_202224 I have to say I am glad she is doing well, but I miss her being at home. Sometimes I wish that things wouldn't work out for her just so she would be back home, but then I remind myself that she is an adult and needs to figure out what she is going to do with her life. So, I wish her well and hope that she figures it all out. I only want the best for my kids, I guess I just sometimes wish the best for them was living at home....LOL. However, Aarron and I are enjoying our newfound freedom as well. Have a great day! Renee

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Aarron's Healing

20160508_162122 The doctor says Aarron's leg is healing good however, he is still in a bit of pain. At this point we are not sure if this is something normal for this type of injury or if something went wrong somewhere along the line. Hopefully, it is the former, but neither of us has ever had a broken leg before so we just don't know what is normal. He was told he could start putting weight on it again too. He is trying  but he says it hurts still. Not sure if this is because it's not completely healed or something else. He is supposed to call the doctor today to try to find out if this is normal or not. Hopefully we get more good news from her. Have great day! Renee

Monday, June 6, 2016


Well I guess summer is finally here. For the last few days we have been at or above 110 degrees. Because of this, I consider myself fortunate that I have not lost any chickens to the high temperatures. However, I have done a few things to help them stay cool. 20160606_130524 We got a small pool for them so they can climb in to cool off a bit. I thought the duck would be all over this. As you can see from the picture above, she hasn't gone in yet. I may have a duck that is afraid of water...LOL. In her defense though, other than the water basins, she hasn't had the opportunity to be in water yet, but she is only 7 months old. In addition to their water, I have added a couple foot soak tubs with water so that they can at least get their feet in the water to try to cool down a bit. I have been told that chickens don't like to stand in water, but mine seem to have no problem with this. 20160606_130532 You can see the one standing in the water tub. Many people get the tub and add a brick or two so that the chicken can stand on the brick to cool off (I guess the water in the tub keeps the brick cool so that when the chicken stands on it he or she will cool off). I have not had to do this though. Finally, every hour or so, I go out and spray down the chickens and the run to try to help keep them cool. Thankfully as the week goes on it's supposed to cool down (in cool down I mean not over 110) so keeping them cool shouldn't be as bad. I just hope the duck (Meena) will start to use the pool. Have a great day! Renee

Saturday, June 4, 2016


Well, the anxiety has been pretty good this week. I've been up to the store several times, but it is getting hot here (supposed to be 110 today) so I've been spending a lot of time indoors which really sucks. I'm thinking its time to head for the mountains. Of course with Aarron being laid up still, I'm not sure that's an option. Definitely looking forward to the rain coming but that is probably still a month or more away. WP_20150820_14_56_57_Pro I still wish I could figure out what the anxiety is all about. Maybe then I could get off the meds. As long as I remember to take my meds everyday, it seems that the anxiety is kept at bay, which is a good thing. I don't like having to take medication every day though so I wish I could figure this out and get off it. The chickens are doing good so far. I am just praying that I don't lose any to the heat. SAM_0048.JPG I think as long as things keep going good though, I should be alright. I have my dissertation coming up now so that is a little anxiety provoking, but I think I can handle it. I'm just not sure exactly what my instructor wants out of this draft. He made several comments on my last draft, but didn't say what to do with So I am left to figure it out on my own. Oh well. I'm I sure I will. It's just frustrating sometimes I think. Anyhow, that's how things are going with me. How bout you? How was your week? Have a great day! Renee

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Better Week

So far this week has been much better. My daughter started a new job (hopefully this means she will continue to live in town rather than moving back out here soon, but we shall see), we haven't lost any more chicken, and Aarron (the hubby) is able to start putting weight on his leg again. 10169255_10152345114219555_7024250470804417978_n The doctor said his leg is healing really well and he is allowed to start using it again. I hope to have pictures of the most recent x-rays later today, but that depends on if Aarron remembered (or was able to) take them. Kira started a new job on Monday. It is close to where she is living so hopefully she will actually grow up a bit and be able to live on her own (or well at least not at home with I have to say though, after 24 years of always having at least one kid with me, it is very strange to now find it is just me and the hubby. Kira at the lake My dad also turned 82 yesterday. Surprisingly he is doing real well considering we almost lost him a year and a half ago. He is now pretty well back on his feet and wanting to go back to work. Which by the way he was working full time up until his trip to the hospital in January 2015. 11020752_10153344121009555_1554940243285356976_n This was actually taken on his birthday last year, but he still looks the same. As for the chickens, we still have 6 female and 1 female duck so I am still getting a lot of egg [...]