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I love my dog!

Winter-time Dog Care

 1.  Take care of his paws. 

      Use a towel to wipe their paws to prevent them from ingesting chemicals from de-icers or salt.


2.  Adjust caloric intake.

     Just like humans, some dogs slow down, avoiding the cold and snow.  Some dogs thrive on the colder weather and play outside several times a day.  


3.  Reduce frequency of bathing.

      Baths tend to dry out their skin the same way it does yours. While it’s not the most serious of problems, dry skin can cause an animal some discomfort. 


4.  Keep a blizzard checklist that includes your pets.

      This will help ensure you have everything your pet may need, in case you’re stranded for a few days.  Things like blankets for warmth,  clean water, plenty of food, medications, and something to stay entertained should be included for each of your pets.  

Bandit

Bandit

Winter drinks

Basic Hot Choclolate

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup baking cocoa.

Dash salt

1/3 cup hot water.

4 cups milk.

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


 In a saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Add water; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir in milk; heat to serving temperature (do not boil). Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Whisk until frothy. If desired, garnish with marshmallows, cream or cinnamon sticks. 

Spiced Pear Tea


  • orange
  • 3 cups pear nectar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 inches stick cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 6 regular-size tea bags
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Small orange slices (optional)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove 3 wide strips of peel from the orange; set peel aside. Squeeze juice from orange.
  2. In a large saucepan combine pear nectar, water, and orange juice. For the spice bag, place cinnamon, cloves, and the orange peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thick 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with a clean string. Add bag to pear nectar mixture.
  3. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag and discard. Stir in honey. Serve in mugs. If desired, float orange slices on top of each serving and serve with cinnamon stick stirrers.

 

 

Book Reviews, strictly my opinion

Death is Not Enough

by Karen Rose


5 stars

 Karen Rose is the master of writing novels that have complex characters and such thrilling plots. DEATH IS NOT ENOUGH is the story of Thorne and Gwen. Thorne is a very successful defense attorney, and Gwen is his business partner and the woman he deeply cares for.  

Gwen has spent several years healing from a horrible incident in her past, which has made her gun-shy of getting involved with a man. As she begins to date again, she finds out Thorne is derailing her plans by scaring off her potential dates. When she goes to confront him, she finds him in his apartment covered in blood with a dead woman beside him in bed. Have I gotten your attention yet?

This book is so suspenseful, I couldn’t put it down! Thorne, Gwen, and their friends go on a journey that is an unexpected but awesome roller coaster ride. I found myself holding my breath as they try to unravel the puzzle of who is trying to destroy Thorne and wondering if they’ll get away with it. DEATH IS NOT ENOUGH is an awesome, suspense-filled read! 

 

The Sixth Day

by  Catherine Coulter & J. T Ellison


5 stars

 

Nicholas Drummond and Michaela (Mike) Caine are part of the Covert Eyes team.  They work with a group of highly trained specialists alongside the FBI and MI5 to resolve world crisis situations. They are highly effective because unlike their legal partners, they don’t always follow the rules and are able to get information or get into places others cannot reach.

While on a trip to Great Britain to help his father, Nicholas and Mike are asked for help. Several high-profile persons have died within a very short amount of time. While researching the deaths, they find something very disturbing. A picture over one of the victims shows a drone hovering overhead. The victims died from the same unusual poison. What was originally thought of as just random natural deaths are now considered assassinations. But what connection, if any, do the victims have?   

The plot has so many twists and turns. I love puzzles, and this one had me going. The action is nonstop and the story line is very creative. It would make a great movie. What a great thriller!




The Good, The Bad, and The Duke

by Janna MacGregor


3 stars

 

I picked this book for review because I like a Regency Christmas-themed romance. It wasn’t what I expected, as I was hoping for a house party full of family and friends. I do love a reformed rake, but I just never warmed up to this one and found his obsession with his lust irritating. Even though he acted like he wanted to do right by Daphne, he did things they both might regret. I didn’t feel he put her first as much as he thought he did.

Paul is very down on himself and what he’s done in his past. He wants approval of his peers, especially since he’ll be working with them in Parliament. But he struggles with good-guy/bad-guy syndrome, always a step away from falling back into his past. He seems like a real sad sack sometimes – not the self-assured guy I thought he would be.

Daphne, on the other hand, has always been the good girl. She’s ready to do what she wants without her family’s approval. I get that she’s seeking her independence, but she pushed the boundaries, even when Paul asked her to stay out of a situation that could be her ruin. I began to doubt her good sense when she wouldn’t listen to reason. But she also has her sister’s death haunting her, which helps her sympathize with Paul.

All this sounds like a good novel, but repetitive descriptions and situations made me think it would have worked better as a novella. I’ll be curious what fans of the series think, because I think I should have been more familiar with these characters to appreciate their story more. I really wanted to like this couple, but they continued to rub me indifferent with their behavior. I think the author did a good job explaining how all the characters were related to one another, so I didn’t get lost.

The villain is extra creepy and well thought out for this time period. His nasty gossip rag entitles him to do whatever he wants without thought to anyone’s feelings. Pretty much like cyber bullying today.

A catch-me-if-you-can romance, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE DUKE takes readers on a merry chase through seedy locations a lady should never tread. Their battles over good and evil often elicit a good chuckle. Good girl Daphne wants to be a little bad with the right man who hopefully can keep her out of terrible trouble. At least the epilogue will make you smile.

Available from author J. L. Brandenburg

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The continuing saga of Adam and Joni.

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