Friday, April 8, 2016

Braking For Bodies by Duffy Brown



Overview (From Book Seller) Click here to buy.

Evie Bloomfield puts the pedal to the metal—in the latest Cycle Path mystery from the national bestselling author of Geared for the Grave.
 
Moving from Los Angeles to small, picturesque Mackinac Island to work in a bike shop might seem crazy, but Evie knows it’s the best decision she’s ever made. That’s not to say she’s gotten rid of all her stress; after all, the upcoming Lilac Festival has everyone in town riding in circles.
 
But things really go downhill when a ferry full of tourists—including Evie’s friend Fiona’s former boss, the editor of a sleazy rag in LA—arrives on the island. No one knows why Peephole Perry came all the way to Mackinac, but things aren’t looking good for Fiona when Peep is found dead. Now Evie has to gear up and get a grip on the truth if she wants to clear her friend’s name...

My review.... 

This is a fast paced cozy mystery, I enjoyed it so much that it only took a day to read. Evil gets herself into some dangerous situations in order to prove her best friend's innocence. Oddly enough everyone encourages her reckless behavior, except the hunky Chief of Police and would be boyfriend, Sutter. Duffy threw out enough suspects and misdirection that I had the wrong suspect until the big reveal at the end. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

Disclaimer...

I was given a copy of the book to review by the author. I have given my honest 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Living in the Moment


Everyday I thank God for my life. I am trying to live in the moment, though I take many photos, so I can look back on better times. I think memories are necessary to get us through the hard times.

Life has its good and bad moments. I have had my share of bad stuff, but I think the good far outweighs all the bad. Ralph is one of the good things in life and are making wonderful memories everyday.

My outlook on life has changed... I went from being a pessimist who hope for the best but expected the worst to being an optimist. I don't know how this change happened exactly, but it did. In part I think it is that I made a conscious decision to change the way I react to situations. (I am not always good at this.) Once I began working on this it seems that I changed in other ways.

There always seems to be that one person who gets under my skin, who knows how to push my buttons. So I once again find myself in a battle to be a better me. It's not easy to fight myself, but I realize that I share some of the blame in these situations. So I am putting all the techniques I learned in the past to let it go. Did I just put an ear worm in your head? I did in mine. 

It helps to write about it, even if I just elude to it and though there are daily reminders, I just repeat The Serenity Prayer like a mantra. Daily meditation helps.

And the small times with my love helps ground me. I miss my support group of friends, exercise buddies, writers group and the DBSA, most of the people involved in these are my friends, but are too far away. And yet still near enough via electronics to offer some support, but not near enough to take a walk.

I need to get out and start building my friend network again. And I have started, but I often feel like I am imposing, so I don't reach out.

In the meantime, I have found my voice (my writing voice that is.) and for that I am grateful. This will help get me through being by myself.

Love, Peace and Light,

Rita

Friday, July 24, 2015

MVP

Today I have been feeling stressed and no amount of slow deep breaths have helped it. I thought about things in my life that may be causing it and nothing came to mind. It suddenly dawned on me that it's my mitral valve prolapse that is causing this feeling.

The MVP acts up so infrequently that I forget about it. So right now and for the past couple of hours, I feel as if I am running a race. Wouldn't it be grand if I could get the benefits of running a race, but alas it does not work that way. I will, however, be exhausted when it ends.


I hope it ends soon, because it is annoying. For the most part the the MVP doesn't effect my life. It doesn't even enter my mind when I have to fill out medical info. So, right now I am thinking of a peaceful place to escape even if only in my mind's eye.

Even now as I write my heart is slowing down, and the panic feeling is receding with it.

If you have MVP and/or have questions about it. Feel free to ask.

Love, Peace and Light!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cherish Life


Ralph and I had a date night last night. We went to an outdoor play. It's the little moments together with the ones you love that keep us going, or it does me. This meadow surrounded by mountains is an ideal setting for a play. Once the sun goes down the play takes center stage.


Before the sun goes down the scenery is the star. If you are lucky, you might see the wild burros grazing in the pasture. Or if you are really lucky you might see wild horses. (I haven't been so lucky to see the horses.)


Whatever you do take time to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment. Enjoy the person or people you are with. Let go of all the stress and worries and frustrations that you have experienced throughout the day. Be fully present in the moment. 

I know this is not always the easiest thing to do for some of us. I am trying to take a page out of Ralph's book. He enjoys almost everything he does. He rarely complains. He is easy going. And when he puts his phone down, he is fully present in the moment. (As you can see, I had my phone in my hand.) 

If you are going to have the phone in your hand take pictures to preserve the moment, so you can look back at those times when things are tougher. Memories are awesome and you do not need a camera to make them, so relish every thing you do with the one(s) you love.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Who's Perfect?


I wish I could say I was perfect. I am not, no one is. I have doubts and self-esteem issues the same as many other people. I speak without thinking.  Even when I think about things, I often phrase things wrong or cannot come up with words that won't wound. My mother always said, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." But all that goes out the window when strong emotions are involved.

My emotions get involved mostly when I am defending people. (Not necessarily people I know.) If you say something that could cause others harm even indirectly, I will defend. 

I am working on my part... I need to learn how to word things so as not to bring pain to others. At least I recognize this and since I do I can work on it. If I say something that hurts you, because you said something that hurts others, it is still wrong, even if it gets my point across. I apologize to my friend that I did this. 

 We should all strive to be the best we can be. We should try to become the person we want in our personal, as well as professional lives. We should love with our whole heart, laugh frequently and live life to the fullest. (I am full of cliches.) 

Loving others differences and accepting them is my goal. It is brave to be yourself! I am me flawed me, but I know the areas that need work. Usually, I identify some of them through others when I recognize traits that bother me in them that I have as well. I can change me, but I cannot change others.

Love, Peace and Light!
Rita

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Life is Precious


All too often I am reminded of the fragility of life. Before my husband was diagnosed with Leukemia, I felt like I was invincible. Now I know that no one is exempt from death. 

Last summer I was reminded once again when my 18 year old nephew died suddenly. Somehow we get through these awful moments and life goes on. We grieve, sometimes at inopportune times, but we get through it. 

Today I found out that a friend is battling cancer, so once again I am reminded that we need to live every moment as if today will be our last. 

Love fully. Laugh every chance you get. Most of all take control of your life... Get out and live it... Don't let a day go by without doing something to move yourself closer to your goals. We may not be able to choose when we die, but we can make sure that we did it our way. 

I am writing again. Maybe not fiction, but I am blogging and that is writing and a start. I have always wrote about what inspired me and I still am. 

I have been fortunate to find love again. I make sure to let Ralph know how I feel about him, not just through my words, but in my actions. 

If I should die tomorrow I will have no regrets. 

Love, Peace and Light! 
Rita



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Wookies, Camping and Relaxation



Otter Creek State Park
Our 3rd Camping trip of 2015

Imagine my surprise as we settled in for the night in our brand new tent to hear a lowing that surprisingly sounded like Wookies from a Star Wars movie. Ralph whispered, "I hear Bigfoot." I answered, "Cows, though they do sound like Chewbacca, the Wookie, not my dog.


It was slightly noisy, but not enough to keep us awake, though every time the dog or  Ralph had to use the bathroom, I awakened. The morning arrived cool and breezy, so we stayed in our cozy sleeping bag for awhile. When we did emerge, we walked the dogs, before Ralph cooked breakfast.

I like camping, because Ralph does all the cooking, though I helped by prepping veggies and making potato salad before we left. If you know me, you know that I dislike cooking, though I do it at home if I want to eat on my schedule and not Ralph's.



Rain sprinkled us on and off all day, but it was the wind that was the most annoying. It kept pulling up the tent stakes and blowing the back of the tent down. Other than these small disturbances it was a lovely day.

We return to reality tomorrow, but hopefully the peacefulness and relaxation will remain with us until our next trip. I am hoping that we camp in the Grand Canyon when my sister visits. However, whether we can or not then, Ralph and I have two more camping trips this year.