Friday, June 23, 2017

Pictures from Albany Trip!!

Wow! I did it. I actually downloaded my pictures in a timely manner. Maybe there's hope for me yet.

Our first day in Albany was actually spent in Bennington, VT. We were told there was a great place to eat (there was) and while there we did a little site-seeing.

One thing that was basically hard to miss, was the Bennington Battle Monument. We got there too late to climb to the top, but it sure is impressive on the outside. If we had known they closed at 5, we probably would have eaten after seeing it (instead of before).

Bennington is home to three covered bridges. They basically all look the same, though. But they're labeled, so you can see there are three of them.

As I said Wednesday, it rained on Monday, so we didn't do much (but go out to eat). Tuesday Hubby got finished early, so we drove up the interstate to Cohoes to check out the falls. You'd think the park would be impressive with this sign. You'd think wrong. Haha!

This is the view from the Overland Park. Of course, I zoomed in a bit because I didn't know there was another (better) park.

This is the Overland Park. Yeah, not much there.

We then went to the Falls View Park. A much better park (although I failed to take pictures of that park--dumb me!

We were able to walk down closer to river level, so the view of the falls was much improved. The walkways were pretty nice, too.

Of course, once we walked down, we had to walk back up! Hubby counted 85 steps. Ah, we walked up more steps at Mammoth Caves. Still was a trek for me, though. **puff puff**

Couldn't resist taking a picture of the wild daisies (at least they looked liked daisies).

Anyway, that concludes my pictures. Hope you enjoyed them.

On Wednesday, I posted the link to a short story I started on the Alpha Heroes blog. If you missed that, you can find it HERE. The second installment has also been posted. If you're interested in how another author continued it, you can read it HERE. Took me by surprise, that's for sure.

I'm on my way to Raleigh, NC today. Daughter will play Footy on Saturday. Not exactly sure what teams are showing up. Guess I'll find out when we get there. Oh, and we decided to just take my car on this trip. Hubby wants to wait until he's put a few local miles on the RAV4 until we take it on a longer trip. We'll definitely be taking the RAV4 to Ft. Lauderdale when we drive down for our cruise, though. That's several months away.

So... Do you like babying new cars or is that just my husband? I think nowadays cars don't need babying, but hey, what do I know? Nothing when it comes to cars, apparently.

Happy Friday!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Reads and I’m Headed Home

I didn’t get my three things done while in Albany, NY, but I did finish one: judging! The short story is further along and I figured out how to finish it, so there’s that. And I also walked on the treadmill for an hour each on Monday and Tuesday (while reading!), so I wasn’t a total slacker. It was nice to get my steps in.

We’re headed home today. Then we get a day at home (laundry!) before we leave for North Carolina on Friday (daughter is playing Footy in Raleigh on Saturday). And we’re taking the new car!! Gee… think we drive enough places? Good thing we don’t mind. Of course, if we did, we wouldn’t do it.

Here’s what I read the past week:

Book #39

Dates read: June 11-19
Title: “Hot Head”
Year of publication: 2011
Author: Damon Suede
Genre: Erotic romance (M/M)
Series: Heat #1
# of Pages: 310
Paper or plastic: Trade paperback
How obtained: Borrowed from daughter
Blurb from Book: Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feeling for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish.
    Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do...until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution:, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty. And Dante wants them to appear there—together Griff may have to guard his heart and live out his darkest fantasies on camera. Can he rescue the man he loves without wrecking their careers, their families, or their friendship?
My thoughts: I’ve seen Damon Suede at a couple of RTs and the guy is a hoot. When I found out my daughter owns many of his books, well, I just had to read one. While this wasn’t a comedy, it sure was hot. And good. It’s told only from Griff’s point of view (although in third person—yay!), and in a way it kind of had to be. It’s not a typical romance, but it can’t be, either. If you like M/M romance, then check this one out. You won’t be disappointed. But don’t go looking for the next book in the series. After 6 years, there still isn’t one.

If you're interested, my start of a short story is now posted on Alpha Heroes blog Other authors are supposed to add to the tale, but I got lucky and got to start it. If you check it out, let me know what you think.

On Monday, it rained and rained and rained, so we didn’t get to go out and do too much. Yesterday was much nicer and we drove up to see the Cohoes Falls. According to their sign, they’re second in size to Niagara (east of the Rockies, which probably isn’t saying much). I took some pictures, so I may get them posted for Friday. Of course, you know how I am when it comes to downloading pictures. **ahem ahem** J

So… How’s your week going so far? Reading anything interesting?

Happy Reading!


Monday, June 19, 2017

I’ve Got 3 Things To Do...

Hubby is on a business trip in Albany and I tagged along for the ride. Figured I might actually get some WORK done for a change.

Therefore, I have three things I would like to get done. Okay, two things. I’m hoping to get started on the third thing. What are those things, you ask?

#1 – Finish my short story. I started it awhile ago for a blog. I gotta finish that sucker and now looks like a good time to do it.

#2 – Finish judging a contest entry (for my local chapter). I’ve only got one left (of the three I was sent). I just want that done with. And no, this isn’t something that is done quickly. Not only do I give it a score, but I’m critiquing the work, too. For me, that takes time. Thank goodness the submissions are only about 10-15 pages long!

#3 – Get back to editing Ghostly Interlude. I was doing some pre-edit check work and realized that wasn’t working (because if it was, I’d have been done by now!). I’ve got some other plans in mind, and I have Lori Foster to thank for that. She spoke at my chapter’s meeting Saturday and something she said kind of clicked. So, we’ll see how I do (or if I even get to work on it—#1 might take up all my time!!).

I’m sure I’ll also get some reading done while I’m here. J

So… What’s the fastest you ever sold a car? I think we broke our record. We put the Ranger up on Craig’s List on Wednesday and by Friday it was sold. At our ASKING price (which was above blue book)! Getting the car detailed really helped (it did look pretty sharp!).

Happy Monday!


Friday, June 16, 2017

Pictures From My Mammoth Cave Trip!!!

Would you believe it? I finally downloaded my pictures. It's a miracle! Now hopefully you won't be too disappointed when you see how few I took. Hahahaha!

This is one of the openings to the cave. It's probably the one used the most, too. Lots of steps to get down there.

The light was so poor, my camera couldn't do the cave justice. I was able to take pictures of the graffiti, though. These names were written with the smoke from the light sticks (torches?) the tour guides carried way back in the 1830s.

 This is more graffiti on the cave ceiling.

 The guides suspect that some of the names were written in mirror image because they were looking down to copy the names.

 See? Here's an actual date! 1837. Unreal, huh?

 This is one of the stalactites we came across. Not too many in this part of the cave, though.

Here's one of Hubby and me outside in the park.

We walked down to the river (which was quite a trek).

Of course, we then had to climb back up. At least the trail wasn't TOO steep. It just took awhile!

After visiting the park, we took a trip to the Corvette Museum. While the cars were interesting to look at, what I really wanted to see was the sink hole. Well, guess they filled it in. But the 7 cars that fell in (which was all caught on camera--pretty awesome to watch), are still on display. Only two were able to be restored.

They marked the floor where the sinkhole was located.

The 1993 model was pretty beat up, but not as bad as some others.

Can you even tell this was a car?

 I don't even know what year the next few were.

This was the 1.5 millionth Corvette made. It was unrepairable.

However, the 1 millionth car was salvageable. It was hanging by a tire and they were able to save it before it crashed into the hole.

So, those are some of the pictures I took. Are you impressed that I finally downloaded them?

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday Reads and Getting Better…I Hope

When all you do is sleep, there isn’t much new to talk about. I did manage to finish a book before the cold (or whatever) hit me. Here’s what I read the past week:

Book #38

Dates read: May 31-June 11
Title: “Dragonborn”
Year of publication: 2008
Author: Jade Lee
Genre: Fantasy romance
Series: The Jade Lee Romantic Fantasies #1
# of Pages: 354
Paper or plastic: Mass market paperback
How obtained: Free at a convention
Blurb from Book: When dragon power flows through your veins, when dragon thoughts burn in your mind, you can accomplish anything. Natiya knows, for she carries one of the last eggs in the land disguised as a jewel in her navel. Day by day the Unhatched grows, and when at last it births they will be joined in a sacred and eternal bond. Gone will be the barmaid forced to dance for pennies, born will be Dag Natiya, revered Queen. Take her body or her soul, nothing will stop them.
   When dragon power flows through your veins when dragon emotions trample your soul, you become a monster. So knows Kiril, for one destroyed his cousin. No matter how kind or joyful, all beings must succumb to the power of the wyrm. That is why Kiril vowed to destroy dragonkind—and he has almost succeeded. Only one egg remains. But there is an obstacle he did not foresee: love.
My thoughts: Fantasy. It’s not a genre I’m fond of, yet I decided to give it a try (free books can do that for you). This one read like a historical romance, sort of. It’s in a world without technology. You have an Emperor over the land. It just has dragons in it (like Merlin, I guess). The book wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t my thing (mainly because Kiril and Natiya were apart for much of the book), which is probably why it took me so long to read it: I could easily put it down.

I think all that sleeping I did Monday helped. I felt a whole bunch better yesterday. Even my voice sounds a little better. Now if I can only stay on the “get-well” path. **fingers crossed**

So… I can’t seem to get the house cooler than 75 degrees (and the thermostat is set to lower than that). Think I should call the A/C repairman? I’m thinking I should. Bugger!

Happy Reading!