I was going to clean but then I found a book.


Good Sunday Morning to you all! Have you ever started a book only to be bored to tears a quarter of the way through? Do you finish it anyway? Unless I’m contractually obligated, I do not. I have too many good ones waiting to be read.

Today I have to try to ignore that Twitter feed and finish this book. It’s Game of Thrones night and yes, I know this one was hacked and released and I have it. I have made myself wait until tonight anyway. There are so few left and then I have to wait for Vikings.

Have a peaceful day and we shall meet again tomorrow!

xx Patricia

Hello Saturday, let’s chat


Today has the potential to be very ugly. All over the United States. People aren’t feeling very united. So today I’m putting all of my energy into just loving people. It’s hard for people to be ugly to you when you are actively loving them.

For those of us with Anxiety issues this unrest can’t stop fast enough. I can’t control anyone else’s beliefs or actions. I can however refuse to engage in harming myself or others. So I don’t care who you are, know  that today someone loves you. And wishes the best for you. You don’t have to follow the crowd, be you and speak the truth.

Have a wonderful Saturday and tell someone you love them today. Maybe not the post man though because he looked at me oddly when I said it.

xx Patricia

When All Else Fails, Get In The Tub!


It is Friday. And Lord knows I’m trying to keep calm, but yesterday was one of those days when I just wanted to mute the entire world.

Whether it was listening to the carpenter next door installing new cabinets, the man in the driveway honking the horn for his kid or listening to the orange man spew nonsense, I had reached the end of my patience.

I admit I love to argue. I love nothing more than a good debate. And yesterday was one of those days when my poor husband almost took to wearing a disguise.

First I commented on someones post about a friend coming out in public. A supportive comment. Then this happened:

Idiot:  Oh, so you believe in lesbianism?

Me: Uh What?

Idiot: God made an Adam and an Eve. Did you ever ask yourself why he didn’t create two Adams?

Me: Uh Noooooo….no I did not. *uses Block Button*

Later in the afternoon said patient husband reminded me we had no food in the house that wasn’t liquid and we needed to go shopping. Just go ahead and picture the worst 2-year-old tantrum ever and that was me. The entire time I complained it was cold while he was saying things like “This is way cheaper at the other market” which I took to mean we were going to multiple markets, and immediately began to whine again. So I made him stop at the library where I proceeded to check out 20 books from the children’s department.

Even though it wasn’t a Yoga day, I figured I had better do something before he tossed a Xanax in my mouth. I even got pissy with the yoga lady. I mean she doesn’t even sweat. Ever. Or fart. Who never farts in yoga??  Well it didn’t work so the husband tossed the Xanax and I became a kinder, gentler human until Big Brother came on.

The events of the past couple of weeks have had my anxiety at that level where you feel like you’re holding a live electrical cable. And I realize that it’s going to take a few days to come down from living at that extreme. So I picked up #TheBlogess’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened so I could laugh and not feel alone in my craziness!

Now I’m going to go lounge in a bubble bath and pretend I’m in Bali with a Saudi Prince.

xx Patricia

What I’m Reading This Week!

I just finished reading a rather long book called The Prague Sonata by Bradford Morrow. If you get a chance to snag a copy, give it a read! For Musicians and Musicologists it is a rare gem!

This week I must drag myself out of Prague and WWII to enjoy the three books that I need to finish.

Enigma (An FBI Thriller Book 21) by [Coulter, Catherine]   From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter comes the heart-stopping 21st installment of the electrifying FBI Thriller series. I’ve followed this series since the beginning and they are some of my favorite characters! Release is Sept. 12th

The Girl in the Tower: A Novel by [Arden, Katherine] Another gorgeous book cover from the author of The Bear and The Nightingale.A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in this enchanting novel by the bestselling author of The Bear and the Nightingale  Due out Dec. 5th

Wicked Deeds (Krewe of Hunters) by [Graham, Heather]   Another skillful thriller by Ms. Graham and the Krewe of Hunters     Due to Release on September 19th.

And of course I have a couple of Cosy Mysteries and a few cookbooks as well. So this week is packed and thank goodness it is with all the craziness going on in the real world!

Happy Reading!   Next week I have a special someone coming to talk to you about Children’s Books!

99 RED BALLOONS by Elisabeth Carpenter

99 Red Balloons

Two girls go missing, decades apart. What would you do if one was your daughter?

When eight-year-old Grace goes missing from a sweetshop on the way home from school, her mother Emma is plunged into a nightmare. Her family rallies around, but as the police hunt begins, cracks begin to emerge.

What are the secret emails sent between Emma’s husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is Emma really as innocent as she seems?

Meanwhile, ageing widow Maggie Taylor sees Grace’s picture in the newspaper. It’s a photograph that jolts her from the pain of her existence into a spiralling obsession with another girl – the first girl who disappeared…

Told from alternating viewpoints, it took me a minute to figure out all the players in this psychological thriller.

An eight year old girl doesn’t come home from school. As her family frantically try and figure out who did this and why.

Not far away, Maggie has already lost her husband, dear friends and her daughter and is still not over the abduction of her granddaughter. When she sees a picture of Grace in the news, she feels a strong connection.

This was a very twisty tale full of secrets, crimes and stolen children. Will they get Grace back? Is this family even a family?

There was quite a bit of tension in the story, as one would expect when a child goes missing. It was a good story. I just felt there was a lot more that could have been said about the individual characters.

Would I read it again? No. But give it a try and let me know what you think!

Netgalley/Avon August 24th Release.

Rainy Days and Mondays…


Rain,rain and more rain…while my allergies are screaming No!, the reader in me is saying Oh yes, please! There is just something calming in a nice hot beverage and hearing the rain on the roof. Having a cosy mystery to snuggle up with is a big bonus!

Today’s read is The Dark Lake by Sarah Baily. which is really good so far!

I’ve been doing the August Yoga Challenge and it has really helped my anxiety issues. Not to mention my bottom. I’m trying to get OU Boy involved but that man just is not limber in any way. Since I’m tall and fold up like a lawn chair, I can’t understand why he can’t either, but at least he is trying.

I hope you all have a great Monday. This is our Friday so we just have to make it through the day without anyone dying and we’re good!