Thursday, May 30, 2013

Update on the Houdini Labs

It's been about 3 weeks now since the flurry of chocolate lab escapes.

Once we had the porch all buttoned down, they discovered there is one more low fence... it is behind the raspberry garden, accessible only through a six foot chain-link fence. Not attached to the neighbor's fence, the chain-link ends just a couple of inches from touching it. That was enough for the mastermind of the escapes to use his massive 90 pounds and superior canine teeth to enlarge said two inches to a hole plenty large enough for crawling through. Once inside, it was a piece of cake to leap a mere 4 foot fence.

Having fixed that final (hopefully) flaw of fencing, it has been, as I said, a few weeks of no escapes. I hesitate to even write this, as I believe the chocolates read my posts and take it as a challenge!

I'm glad to see June come, more sunshine, the dogs all like to sleep in the sun... picturing quiet times...   :o)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What a Find!

If you like adventure or jungles, or adventure in jungles, you’ll like this book. The pace is fast, the plot original (like all of Ms. Aren’s work) and you can’t help but be carried along.

 Product DetailsHer main character, Rick, is totally believable. I forgot I was reading and was able to be in the jungle, andfeel the excitement of finally getting to the city. I experienced the puzzlement when I finally got there.

Ms. Aren has produced a totally enjoyable book that will have you wondering if there is more than meets the eye going on in the rest of the jungle. I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Deadly Fun

Product DetailsI enjoyed reading Deadly Fun, a lot. The characters were well developed and worked well with each other. Interspersed with the fast action was some sexual attraction between Dan and Lo, the good guys. The bad guys are truly bad!

This book should appeal to anyone who enjoys romantic detective-type stories. There is enough sexual attraction for the romance reader while not hitting you in the face with graphic sex. A very pleasant read for anyone. Well done, Ms. Richter!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

To all who are moms, or mom stand-ins!!


Happy Mother's Day to EVERYONE!!                   

Monday, May 6, 2013

Saga of the labs...

Continuing in the original style of Houdini, himself, the two chocolate labs have made it their lifework (which may be shorter than they dreamed) to chew through, pull apart, and simply push through, every barrier we set in front of them.

Never looking at a fence remodel as an item of despair, they simply sit down, drool awhile, and come up with a plan to go over, under, or through said fence. I'm sure they are thrilled that we are providing them with the equivalent of lumosity for dogs. Keep those brain cells active!

I received a frantic phone message from our neighbor (she had just planted some of her garden yesterday) while I was doing my water aerobics class. Seems she had three chocolate labs in her back yard where there should only be one. I totally blame this breakout on her... she's the one who said yesterday to the labs, "Well, it looks like you've finally been corralled!" Talk about bringing on the bad luck!!

My husband spent another hour fixing the small hole into our garden, (six foot fences around it, also) where they were then able to go over a smaller fence to the neighbor's backyard. I have watched them patrol every juncture of fence to fence and fence to house, seeking a tiny hole to enlarge.

At least after the last remodel of fences I didn't say even to myself that THIS time we had them. I'm  not saying it now, either!! I'm absolutely sure they will once again defeat our fence building, repairs, and remodels. Maybe we can get a few days out of it this time, though.


Tuk, the mastermind                           Walker, loyal brother and sidekick

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Annie's Song - Fabulous!

I rarely give 5 stars even when I really, really like a book. This time, because I really, really liked the book, and the consistency of the quality of Ms. Dean’s work throughout her Claire Wiche Chronicles and encompassing all of her other work, there is no other rating to give.
Product DetailsThis story flows nicely, the characters are all true to what was written before. There is enough back story so that if it was a while since you read the others or if you haven’t read the others, you won’t feel lost. I do, however, recommend that you start at the beginning, the stories are just so good! The ending is solid, not a cliff hanger, but leaving you wanting more and assured that there will be more.
Great job, Ms. Dean. Another winner!