Today I really do feel old…

Happy New Years Eve all.  Today is the last day of 2018.  It’s been a pretty good year.  In February 2018 I turned 50.  The big FIVE-OH.  Over the Hill.  Which sounds less scary?  Turning a half century or 5 decades?  Fifty is Nifty.  OK so there are lots of phrases/sayings that come hand in hand with turning 50.

Me?  I was excited that I got my AARP card!  Booya!!  Discounts at Denny’s and I got my Senior Card at the casino we go to in Reno which means more discounts.

But for me today is incredibly meaningful.  Every New Years Eve all day is, at least for the last 30 years.  That is because my oldest son was born on New Years Eve Day in 1988.  That’s right folks I had a child at 20.  My son turns 30 today!

I know a lot of you probably feel the same as I do and if you don’t, you will when you get older and your kids are grown.  I feel like he is still my little baby boy.  I’m feeling nostalgic and weepy actually.  30.  Thirty years!  Damnit, it went by so quickly….

I was 19 when I was married the first time.  No I was not pregnant.  It was a choice.  I met my first husband when we moved from Cupertino, CA to San Jose, CA.  Seriously it’s like a 10-15 minute drive from one house to the other.  I was in 4th grade and he in 5th.  He lived right around the corner.  We didn’t hang out or go to each other’s birthdays or anything.  Just knew we were there is all, maybe walked home together etc.  Fast forward to high school.  His best friend and someone that was incredibly cute and I had had a crush on, off and on, since 4th or 5th grade and he was dating my “best friend” back in 7th/8th grade and ….well let’s say when I got back from Greece and it was my sophomore year, he looked at me differently.  Not just as a friend.  I don’t know how it happened, I can’t remember.  But he did notice me.  We started dating but he wanted to go way faster than I did…I’m sure you get what I mean.  I wasn’t ready yet.  Anyway as you can guess a few months went by and he broke up with me.  I was crushed *hence where the phrase I have a crush on him/her came from I’m sure*.  Now the Sadie Hawkins dance was coming up.  I guess I wasn’t that crushed since I asked his best friend.  I was 16 and a sophomore, he was 18 and a junior.  (he was born a premie with a twin that died at birth and ended up being held back in like the 1st grade).  We went and got matching Town and Country shirts and wore matching lace up knee high moccasin boots and 501 jeans (c’mon it was 1984!)  For those that have never heard of Sadie Hawkins Dance, it’s where the girl asks a guy out and then they dress the same and go to the dance.

So we went to the dance (shhh we bought a six pack before hand and were a bit toasty).  We made out all night.  We even “got married” there.  Lol…can you believe it?  They had a fake marriage certificate just for fun.  Do that today and the school would have been sued and there would have been press everywhere and stupid women in stupid hats with stupid signs.  It was just for fun.  So we sat on a bale of hay and took a picture.  Man do we look tipsy lol.  From that night on we were pretty much dating.  By the way I still have that “marriage certificate” in my memory bin in the garage.

I ended up marrying him, for real.  November 27th 1987.  My mom made my wedding dress which I still have in a box *had she not made that dress it would have been long gone*.  I was married, OK seriously don’t laugh, in the garden of a Greek restaurant called Zorbas.  Hey really….no snickers.  The owner of Zorbas was a friend of my dads and my dad used to play the bouzouki there in the 70s.  (I will totally explain that later).  I grew up there running around behind the bar, playing in the garden, walking around the big kitchen.  So we had our wedding and reception there.

We wanted, well maybe I did, I don’t remember, to start our family right away.  Six months later I was pregnant and a month and a half before I turned 21 my first son was born.  He wasn’t due for apx 3 more weeks, like on the 20th of January.  December 30th I felt like I needed to get all the Christmas stuff put away.  I went to bed that night and told my husband that I was going to have the baby on New Years Eve.  Woke up that morning and sure enough.  Time to go to the hospital.  The doctor I had I didn’t really like.  He was also Greek and had a bit of a bad bedside manner.  On the last visit I had had with him he told me that in no uncertain terms not to call him on New Years Eve.  He had a party to go to.  Pffff, don’t tell me what to do!  Anyway for whatever reason he shot me full of Pitocin.  Made me go into labor overdrive and I had my son just a few hours later.  8lbs, 5oz.  Big boy for being 3 weeks early….mind you I am not even 5’4″.

Are we still married?  I figured you would ask.  Of course the odds were against us and we divorced in 1993.

So I have a baby that is turning 30 today.  There is a little more to the story but again, I don’t want to bore you all.  I actually came in to show you what I was drinking and then all this poured out of me.  Oh…here is what I am drinking this morning.

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Saw it at Walmart last night and thought I would try it.  Now it tastes just like those bottle of cold Starbucks you get.  Let’s see if the “Doubleshot” works.  Oh and lol…I’m also drinking, after I polished this off, Starbucks Veranda 2x caffeine.  I really want to get the house cleaned today and need the energy!

Have a blessed 2019!

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Going to the “Library”…

I read every day….and let’s be honest folks….most of us read in the “library” if you know what I mean.  That is usually the only place *ok so if you don’t know what I mean by now…the bathroom* that you can have a few moments of quiet to yourself sometimes.

My mom gave to me the greatest gift.  No not just life.  Pfftt, I’m not that mushy.  She gave to me my love of reading.  She always had a book.  Even when she was sitting there on her couch watching TV.  When the commercials would come on, she would mute the TV and read her book.  When I was little and she would pick me up (my mom and dad divorced before I was 3 and I lived with my paternal Greek grandmother) every other weekend, she would take me to the library.  I so looked forward to those weekends!  My grandmother didn’t drive so the only other time I would go to the library was at school.  My mom used to also gift me books.  She didn’t have much money and she would go to thrift shops, yard sales, flea markets and used book shops and buy books to gift me.  Nancy Drew, Little Women, and so many many more….confession….I never read Little Women and still have that beautiful book she bought me in the garage in one of my memory bins.  One day.  Maybe.

Even though I have a Kindle I still love having books around me.  Will I ever get to reading them all?  Probably not but after reading this article I came across, I don’t feel as…well I guess the word is anxious..about not getting to them.  I guess even feeling guilty for buying them and having them just sit there isn’t bothering me much anymore either.  That they aren’t there to just impress guests.  I truly love books and have collected some of my favorite authors in hardbound and even paperback.  I usually go to the thrift stores and find them.  Fifty cents or 35 cents for a hardbound John Grisham?  Score!  Sometimes I go to the library and poke through their books for sale and snag a few there and every once in a while a yard sale.

The authors I collect?  John Grisham (which mom introduced me to with The Firm), Nora Roberts, Clive Cussler.  Grisham for those that don’t know writes mostly about law/lawyers/trials and such.  Nora is a bit of a mix of romance and supernatural in some of her writing but not all of it.  Cussler is adventure and history.  I believe I have all of John Grisham’s in e-book as well as Nora’s (her JD Robb books too) and might have all of Cussler.  I’ve read all the Harry Potters and will someday re-read them just like I have re-read The Princess Bride countless times (I will share the story of my love for The Princess Bride and my summer in Greece in 1983 at some point).  Matter of fact I just finished it again a few months ago.  Have I read all of the books I have?  Nope but I usually am reading one of those three authors at any given time and their books are almost always on a thrift store shelf, so I grab ’em up when I spot them.  I used to read quite a bit of true crime as well as biographies/autobiographies.  Matter of fact right now I am reading one on Jack Nicholson found here.  Also reading a Nora Roberts that is in the upstairs “library” in paperback.  I’m also reading a box set of books on my Kindle called The Annie Graceland Cozy Mystery Box Set…books 1-4 by Pamela DuMond.  She is a new author to me.  I believe there are 5 more books in the series in addition to the first four.

I have recently become enamored with Kristen Painter and her Nocturne Falls series of books along with the Jayne Frost spin-off that has her own series from the Nocturne Falls books.  These are supernatural in genre with a tiny bit of romance, nothing steamy, thrown in and mystery.  They are considered Cozy Mysteries.  I’m hooked!  I’ve got them ALL in e-book and have read them all.

I have a Kindle for the downstairs “library”, my paperback or hardcover for the upstairs “library”, a Kindle Paperwhite which I bought myself as a gift and that is on my nightstand but I also take it with me sometimes to doctor appointments or places I know I will get bored.  I have an iPad 2 which we got as an incentive gift for signing up with some cable company years and years ago and on that I usually have magazines for those nights that hubby is bowling on league night….and yea OK sometimes I watch Netflix on it with my headphones in.  I mean seriously, unless you are a bowler, it’s pretty damn boring watching someone bowl.  Not being the chit chat sort I put my headphones in and either read or watch something.  Hey, don’t judge….after almost 25 years of watching him bowl I feel I put my time in cheering him on and giving thumbs up so throwing on my headphones and looking up when it’s his turn and either giving him a high five or patting him on the back is still something.

So yea, I have my own personal “LIBRARY”.  My e-readers are filled, my coffee table and end tables have books prettily stacked on them but aren’t there just for show, there is a book in my purse be it a paperback or my Paperwhite, my PC has a folder for my e-books so I have a constant rotation, I get newsletters with free e-books and try out different authors, which is how I found Kristen Painter.  Below you will find a few links to some of these great authors.  One is for Kristen’s first book in the Nocturne Falls series and it is FREE!  Try it out.  It’s a fun read.  Halloween 365 days a year in this little town where things aren’t always what they seem…..

Kristen Painter‘s free book The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride

John Grisham

Nora Roberts

Clive Cussler

Look up the other books such as Princess Bride and the Harry Potter’s.  If you have not read those but are familiar with the films you won’t be disappointed in the reads.  So so much more in the books than in the films.  Trust me!

So what is in your personal “library”?  Who are your favorite authors or books?  Did someone influence your love of reading?  Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Till next time….

I’m back….can we chat?

So yea, I originally set this blog up to try and chat about a few of the things I love in life other than my boys and my husband…family blah blah….you get it.  Things that make me, well…me.  Not “wife” “mom” “daughter” “niece” “cousin” etc….but things that make me Diana.  I’ve gotten lost along the way but I want to try and get back to it.  So here goes…..

Since setting up this blog I have moved, again.  You see, my mom died.  In a car accident.  In 2005.  She was drinking and driving.  She was an alcoholic.  She killed herself.  She was my best friend.  The reason I tell you this is, because of this incident I was gifted some money from my step-father.  Now the gifting, it didn’t happen in 2005, or 2007 or even 2012.  It happened in 2017.  When my mom died they were living in a teeny tiny town.  Their house was up on a hill overlooking a beautiful river and across that river were hills where cows roamed, hawks flew, wild turkeys gobbled, folks drifted by on a little boat fishing…you get the picture right.  Quiet and out of the way.  So my mom and step-dad are living up here for a few years.  Things happen and she dies on that day.

You see when a person is sick and they die you are sort of prepared for it.  Sure you are still sad and feel loss and grieve.  But when a person dies suddenly it just seems a different sort of loss.  I have had both types of loss and to me at least, there is a difference.  Just the shock of a sudden and tragic death.  You don’t ever quite get over it.

Anyway so because of the nature of her passing, step-dad and I just didn’t cope well.  By nature he and I are introverts.  We keep to ourselves.  We both married extroverts.  My mom and my husband were/are outgoing personalities that love attention, have zero problems with chit chat and expressing themselves.  Step-dad and I on the other hand, well we just like to carry on nice little conversations, not the party goer type, hate chit chat but can carry on a meaningful conversation about a subject that interests us for hours….anyway….let’s just say we both didn’t handle her death well.  We put it in a little box and compartmentalized it down.  Didn’t talk about it much.  Lost touch with each other for a bit because we just didn’t know what to talk about.  He moved on with his life and dated a lovely lady.  They have been together for a long while now.  As he got older and retired he didn’t feel like driving up to the property as much and stayed with his lady.  More and more he spent away from the place.  Not just because of the drive but also the memories I’m sure.  Oh and the internet sucks up there!

So let’s get to the interesting parts and the point….and believe me when I tell you that I have really edited this down.  Much more to the story but I gotta keep you interested right?

So I get a phone call in February of 2016.  My step-dad says he really needs to speak with me.  Ummm…ok.  Sure I will drive out to see you at lady friends house.  It’s only 40 minutes drive and it’s a pretty drive up through the hills of 5 in NorCal.

I get there and we sit for a bit but again, he and I aren’t the chit chat sort so he gets right to it after a few minutes.  He says that he has been spending more and more time away from the house up there and I’m just nodding my head in understanding.  He goes up every other week or so.  Well they went up a few days ago and the house had been broken into.  Insert gasp and wide eyes.  He says they destroyed it, they took everything.  My heart absolutely sank.  Not because of the furniture being taken or broken glass, but for one item.  A needlepoint my mother did.  It is a big piece.  She did it while she and I and my dad were in Greece in 1971 for my baptism.  We lived there for about a year I think (yes I’m half Greek…more on that in another post).  I don’t know, can’t remember.  I was only 3.  Anyway so this needlepoint has been around basically my entire life.  She said that after she died it would come to me.  It is in this big gaudy gold frame.  It means the world to me and I was shaking when asking my step-dad about it.  (He had asked me after she passed if he could please hang on to it for the time being….fast forward 11 years).  Now mind you these thieves, they stole everything down to sheets, books, mattresses, kitchen stuff and dishes…I mean it they took so much.  They broke the sliding glass door, tore down the chandelier that hung over the dining table because it was getting in their way, pulled up a rental truck and just started loading it up.

But….they didn’t take the needlepoint.  God only knows why they didn’t.  Didn’t have a monetary value to them?  It was gaudy to them because of that frame?  I mean it was hanging prominently on the wall in the living room.  But they didn’t take it.  I can’t tell you the joy I felt at that moment.  I wept.

So step-dad drops another bombshell on me.  Do I want the house?  HUH???  I’m sorry did I hear you correctly?  Well when my great aunt died she left my mom with a bit of money.  Not much mind you but enough to be comfortable.  She paid off the property with that money so step-dad said it is rightfully mine.  I’m in shock.  I told him I had to think about it and discuss it with my husband.

So we decided not to take the property.  It was too far from civilization, his work, the kids would have to be bused out of town for school and that is after driving down the hill and into town, and like I said….THE INTERNET SUCKS up there.  So we decide to sell.  This is not a small feat.  It took us months to clean up and sort things that were in bins and boxes and what the mice (it’s in the country folks) get into and either chew or pee/poop on and get rid of stuff.  By the way those thieves didn’t just hit the property once…they hit it twice.  Not only was there a cute little 4 bedroom mobile home but there was a huge outbuilding.  Floor to ceiling shelving storage, a media room where they entertained with Karaoke and a long garage/workshop.  I mean it, months and months of every weekend spending hours upon hours of sorting and cleaning and running to the dumps.  Bumps and bruises and sore backs.  Exhausting but worth it.  The property finally sold.  I was gifted some money.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.  The house we were living in was foreclosed on and we HAD zero time left to move.  They had sold the house and the new owner was not interested in tenants even for a month.

So we decided to move to the same town my step-dad and his lady are in.  Cute little town here in CA but not out in the boonies.  We rented with the intention of paying off bills, building our credit and buying a home.  And we did just that.  We, in a year, paid off all our debt, built our credit and found a home to buy.  I’m simplifying it all but at this point if you are still reading I figure I better throw you a bone.

So here we are.  Just moved in late October.  Still not quite unpacked all the way and probably won’t be for a while yet.  All the important stuff is out and we are functioning…which means that all that crap in the garage?  I could probably get rid of it all and not miss it much since I haven’t even needed anything from it in over 2 months.  Hmmm…..I might do a little write up about getting rid of my clutter and simplifying my life.

Well we are homeowners, have zero savings but are happy.  My step-father isn’t doing too well these days.  He actually needs a lung transplant but because of his age isn’t a candidate.  He is now on oxygen.  Hmmm…that reminds me…I should give them a call today, see if they need anything.  Well I’m off to finish my coffee, get my chores done, read my email, snoop around Facebook a bit, surf the web, read a bit here and there, maybe get another box emptied….

Oh and just a little side note ::  They caught at least one of the thieves!  The moron had cut themselves on a broken window and DNA and poof!  Caught the bastard.  I don’t know the whole story but suffice to say he copped to the stuff they stole being holed up in a storage unit somewhere.  Step-dad says that as soon as the police release it we are going over there to sort that out.  It will be interesting.

Thanks for reading.  Comment if you like 🙂

Sharing a cool site for bargain hunters

So about 2 months I came across a site called Hollar.  I’m a big fan of bargains as I have stated before.  So because I had free shipping on a $10 order I decided to look around the site.  Some cool stuff there.  Some you can find at your local discount stores so not everything is a great deal but some stuff was fun.  This was one of them…

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Isn’t that cute?  It stands 20″ tall!  It is also mirrored.  Unfortunately this one is sold out at the moment but if you sign up I’m sure you could keep an eye out for it.  Now…here is the other one I want to get.  It’s the same size with a mirrored back and it’s cute.

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Guess what?  They are only $5!  That’s it!  Now if you sign up I think you get some sort of bonus like free shipping or $ off your first order.  Use my link here or above to sign up please.  https://www.hollar.com/share/2mb3phjv

There is a little kickback for me if you do of $2.  It’s not much but it would be nice.  Then when you sign up you can get family or friends to sign up with your link and get a little love back.

Well I just wanted to share these with you.  Hope you sign up and by the way if you sign up and just put a search in for “COFFEE” there is one more wall plaque in there for $5 too.  A coffee and friendship mirrored one.  So if you need a $10 purchase to get free shipping then there you go!  Two awesome wall hangings for your coffee nook.

045748-00On a side note…my hubby signed up and he got $10 free the other day in an email.  I only got $5 but hey better than a poke in the eye with a sharpie right?

Let me know in the comments if you signed up!

Oh and I also got this cutie pie since I do love Peanuts.  We are moving soon and if all goes well I will have a nice laundry room so this will go in it.  This too is sold out at the moment but typing in Peanuts in the search will get other character wall hangings.

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Yea it’s been a while…

So as almost all of you have experienced real life somehow seems to get in the way of having a bit of downtime to appreciate the things you enjoy…such as a good cup of coffee, time to read or just sit and watch the rain.  My reality hit at the beginning of the year and it’s been busy since.  I can also say that it won’t end until late this year…possibly October or November.  I may not be posting much.

Well on to my first subject.  Coffee.  A while back Starbucks was giving away free samples of their coffee in pod form.  I sent away for it and got it the other day.  I was so excited when I got my free samples (oh yea by the way I love getting freebies in the mail.  Who doesn’t?)  So in my pretty little package I received Caffe Verona, French Roast and Sumatra.  This morning I tried the Sumatra.  Wow does this cup of coffee pack a flavor punch.  It is strong yet not bitter.  I think strong isn’t the correct word…bold!  Bold is the right word.  Packs a punch of flavor.  Keep in mind that I am a creamer gal.  I am using, as usual, Coffee Mate French Vanilla.  I’m not shy about how much goes in either and this cup of coffee is still awesome bold!  I am seriously thinking about reusing that pod one more time since I think it will give one more cup of coffee.  Ok off to try that and I will be back to let you know….and the test results are…a big no, you can not get a second cup out of a Starbucks pod of Sumatra.  Worth a try.

So if you enjoy a bold coffee flavor then Starbucks Sumatra blend is totally worth a try.

And now to my second subject for today.  I am a total bargain hunter and enjoy going to the local thrift stores.  I have wanted to get a pod holder but really haven’t found one I like much.  I have been using a pretty wire and wicker basket.  A few weeks back I was in our local thrift with three of my boys and I spotted this thing, wasn’t sure what it was but knew it was something I wanted or needed.  It just looked familiar but I was having a total mind burp.  One of my twins came over and I asked him what he thought it was and he said that it looks like a coffee pod holder.  It was chrome and it spun and had these holders in it.  By George!  He’s right!  OMG I totally kept hold of that little find.  $5?  Umm…ok.  It looks brand new and it feels expensive.  It had weight to it and was shiny and pretty and it spins!  I bring it home, wash it thoroughly and set it up at my coffee bar.  Sure enough those little pods fit right in it.  I spun it round and smiled at my little find.  Then the sleuth in me wanted to know how much of a find I truly had made.  Went and did a bit of homework on the net and found out I had saved about $20.  SCORE!

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Yep you see some decaf in there…lol…I filled this up so I could take a nice pic for you.  Those decaf came in a box of pods we bought a while back.  They were in the drawer of my coffee bar so I pulled them out to fill this up for the pic.  We keep them on hand as a just in case company comes by and they want a decaf or if..gulp..we actually get lazy and don’t run out to buy coffee and use these.  Don’t judge…you know you get a little lazy once in a while.

Ok I will review a couple of books later, talk about the heat here and our little trip to Vegas.  Off to do some chores, read the news, read my e-mail, put together my menu for the next 2 weeks, get my shopping list done and putter off to do the shopping.

Thanks for taking the time to sit with a cup of coffee and read all this.

I got it! I got my Kcup!

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything.  My bad but I figure no one reads my blog anyway lol.  Here is an update on the goings on just in case I get a reader or two.

February was my birthday month.  My 49th.  Wow I truly feel like it on the outside but on the inside I’m still 17.

For my birthday we decided to get the coffee maker we have been eyeballing.  I checked the reviews of the one we wanted and finally went to Target to pick one up.  We chose the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew® 2-Way Coffee Maker.  It has a carafe for up to 12 cups at one time or the Kcup on the other for single serve.  You can use any brand Kcup so far as I can tell.  I researched online to find that there were less expensive places to purchase but I wanted to use my Target Red Card since I get an additional 5% off.  Target has a price match policy and so thus began my quest to find the least expensive place to buy the coffee maker.  If you go to the Target website they have a list of competitors they will price match with.  Open up that document and highlight each store then just right click and go to website.  I copy/pasted the name and started my search at each and every location listed.  The coffee maker at Target is normally $79.99 but it was on sale at $69.99.  I found a price online for $59.88.  Saved it to my phone so that when I brought it up to the customer service I could show them.  Super easy.  Time consuming?  Not much really.  I figure if it had not been on sale I would have saved over $20 but as it sits it was $10 savings plus 5% off total purchase since I used my Target Red Card.

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The coffee maker is easy to use and works beautifully.  If you choose to go with it make sure you run about 2 carafes of water through to clear out the plastic taste, maybe 3.  Then run at least two through the Kcup side with some cheap Kcup.  Don’t drink those!  They will taste gross and plastic flavored.  This one is also programmable for either side which is a plus since hubby wakes at 2:45 a.m. for work.  By the time he is dressed he has his travel mug filled with enough coffee left in the carafe for me when I wake at 6:15 a.m.  If I end up wanting more coffee after that then I get to use the Kcup side vs making a whole pot.  Or we just feel like having a cup after dinner.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

I have to tell you that after trying out the The Original Donut Shop® Coffee K-Cup® Pod I am in love!  It has a bold coffee flavor and is just so tasty.  Puts any other one I have tried to shame really.  I told my oldest son and his fiance they could use the machine and although they are not big coffee drinkers they have bought some Kcups and use it too.  I also told him that I love the Donut shop best so far.  So as a little late birthday gift they went out and bought me two boxes of it!  Happy happy joy joy!

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Well that is it for now.  I will update with my current reads later today or tomorrow or this week or next month…..see ya then!

Happy New Year 2017

Well of course my plans to get a KCup coffee maker fell through.  One day.  For Christmas I did however get myself a gift of a Mr. Coffee electric cup warmer.  My coffee goes cold while I sit at my PC and I thought this was way better than having to get up and warm it in the microwave.  It really is an awesome little thing in life.  I went on Amazon and looked around for a coffee cup warmer, did my research, and came across this one.  Great price and fantastic reviews.  So I chose it.  My gift to myself.  I highly recommend it if you find the same thing happens to you.  I don’t work outside the home but if I did and was still working in an office I would get a second one for there for sure.

I finished my third book in the Nora Roberts Guardians Trilogy, The Island of Glass.  What a fun series to read.  Full of fantasy, romance, paranormal characters, comedy, adventure, mystery.  It truly was a great series and I enjoyed it very much.

Currently I am reading three books.  One is another paranormal.  It is a cozy mystery called The Werewolf Meets His Match by Kristin Painter.  I read the first one in the series called The Vampires Mail Order Bride.  It was a freebie by Amazon so I downloaded it and enjoyed it quite a bit.  I don’t normally read these types of books but it looked fun and was.  This is book two in the Nocturne Falls series.

The second book I am reading is Lauren Graham, of The Gilmore Girls show fame, Talking As Fast As I Can.  More or less a biography of sorts.  Just started it and am only a few chapters in and so far it’s also been a fun read.

The third book is The Light on the Water by Olga Lorenzo.  A mystery.  Only a few pages in since I just started last night.  Looks like this will be a good one.

Now the other day I was out of creamer and went to the store.  They had some Bailey’s creamers on sale.  I am normally a French Vanilla creamer type person.  I’ve tried other flavors but always go back to French Vanilla.  I saw an Irish Cream by Bailey’s on sale for just $2.99 so I thought I would give it a try.  Not for me.  I actually find it a bit bitter.  I went and got a small French Vanilla to mix with it.  Got to remember never to try anything new when it comes to creamer.  I’ve tried most and keep going back to my standard.

Well that is all for now.  Have to put away Christmas today.  Tree, village on the mantel and misc decor around the living room.  Didn’t do the outside this year so only the inside of the house needs putting away.  Shouldn’t take more than an hour or so.

Just put the bread maker on and making a simple onion flavored white bread to go with my Faki, Greek Lentil Soup.  Mine is fairly simple with lentils, whole basil leaf, lots of garlic and vinegar at the end.  Some call for celery or shredded carrot but that isn’t how it was made for me as a kid, so I am a bit of a purist and got my Thea’s recipe (Greek for Aunt).  My boys love it!

What are you all reading at the beginning of this year?  Share your books and recommendations!