Saturday, April 1, 2017

Beethoven and Me

Happy April 1st
No Fooling!
They were playing Beethoven's #7 Symphony this morning, and I had to get out the vacuum cleaner and hit the floors. I had it on in every room while I went about with the noisy contraption, but in between was able to hear one of the most energetic pieces (once it gets into the later movements it's like a horse galloping), he's ever written, and it does get me jazzed up, and I tend to get the cleaning tools out! Anything that gets your heart rate up is good for you, so you should try and do something as simple as cleaning, and walking.

I've been working out with the help of Danette May, and I think I've mentioned her. I am serious about this. I've gotten to the point where at my age I'd better do something, or I'm going to look like all these fat old women leaning on their shopping carts, who have no energy, not to mention wobbly on their legs because they've got a hanging gut and every other thing going on. I was always energetic when younger. In fact I was under weight in school, until I hit my 20's and began using birth control--and I don't care what doctor denies it, your metabolism is messed with. I never gained a lot of weight before that. and then came menopause, which really screws with a woman's body.

I was working with yoga, but it wasn't giving me the results. I also had to get serious about not eating certain foods. Danette May is also a nutritionist, and I find her ideas interesting, but some of the foods are expensive. Things like Kefir, raw cacao, and coconut oil. But there are things I'm doing now that are showing me results, which are the exercises. I knew I wouldn't see my weight come down over night. But I did take my measurements when I began 2 weeks ago this past Wednesday. I remeasured and found I'd lost 2" around the bust, 1" at the hips, and about a 1/4" at the waist--which is where that naughty fat his hiding.

The workouts aren't difficult, if you're in shape. I'm not. Not starting out, and not now. I knew last summer when I couldn't work very long in the garden without taking a breather I was needing help. So, when I discovered this lady, I was inclined to try, she's not one of those trainers with bulging biceps, and one of those drill Sergeant voices. She's cute, and small and someone I feel I could hang out with. She explains how to do the movements, and even comes back in other videos to make sure you understand exactly what sort of movement you need to do in order to do it correctly.

Starting out two weeks ago, I couldn't even do more than 5 of the 20 reps she wanted. But I'm now up to 10 reps on the most difficult ones. I'm seeing results, and that boosts me further. I'm seeing myself 6 months down the road becoming the thinner, stronger and healthier person I once was. The core muscles are the key, and doing the plank move is part of some of her floor exercises, which I'm getting down little by little.

And let me just touch on probiotics here just a little bit. My husband and I thought he had a problem with gluten. But seemed other foods were giving him problems after he ate, like salads. I kept on thinking he must have IBS. Then there was talk about the "angry gut" and probiotics. So, we talked to our resident nutritionalist at our store and she recommended the probiotic pills in their health area. Dennis has been taking these for 2 weeks and is seeing results in that area. By golly he can eat bread again! Not have to buy that expensive gluten-free bread ($6/loaf). Since he still has problems with milk products, he can't really eat Greek yogurt, which as probiotics in it. However, and this is the interesting part, if you think by eating Greek yogurt you're getting enough probiotics, then you need to read this, which I took from Danette's blog:

Kefir grown from kefir grains has between 30 and 50 different strains and approximately 5 billion cfu (colony forming units) per gram.
Kefir from the store is a probiotic drink made from a mix of 4-10 strains of bacteria and yeast and is approximately 2-3 billion cfu per gram. This usually isn’t true kefir grown from grains.
Greek Yogurt is a single strain and is approximately 1-2 billion cfu per gram.
We were walking around the store with our nutritionalist, and she let me try a small bottle of Kefir. It does have an odd taste you have to get past because it's fermented milk. That's exactly what yogurt is, if you've ever made your own yogurt, it sits out fermenting on your counter over night, and like magic, you've got a bowl of yogurt the next morning. I know you can make kefir as well, but I'm not about to go get the cultures for that. 
I can say that my husband is no longer having trouble in that area, after taking the probiotics after 2 weeks. An angry gut is one that isn't getting these probiotics in the large intestines, where things need to work right. If you are experiencing any of these problems, you might try eating plain Greek yogurt, or taking probiotic in pill form. It might surprise you how something so simple could make your life better.
Okay, I'm off to a meeting at my job, and believe me, if I wasn't paid for it, I wouldn't go.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Murder, She Blogged

Last night, I stayed up watching a Columbo show. It was one of his later ones, where Peter Faulk was gray, and looked like someone who should have been enjoying his senior years at home collecting his pension. But the murderers in these stories are not your rough and tumble, ruthless types. They're rich, and Hollywood types. I must admit they do come up with some interesting ways to try and get away with their murders. Their motives are simple, which in every case are usually the basic need to either hide a past or present bad deed, or the need to get rid of a spouse, or a blackmailer for obvious reasons. The list goes on.


But, as in many of the Columbo shows this one had an ending that became almost silly. The murderer is always quite happy to go quietly after Columbo has solved the murder.

murder she wrote:
A lot like in the Murder She Wrote shows where the murderer volunteers to tell what they did and how, even after Mrs. Fletcher has put it all together. In most cases, the murderer has a pretty good motive, and the person they killed deserved it, in my opinion. But always has Jessica shaking her head, because no murder is justified in her opinion.

In nearly all cases in these TV shows, the murdered victim is someone just about everyone (in the show) hates, and has a reasonable motive to kill them, thus, you get a bunch of likely suspects, and usually your innocent person is being taken to jail where Jessica knows that they are innocent and tries to prove the police wrong.

In real life, innocent people are usually victims of murder. Sure, there are a few baddies who need to be snuffed out, but what if that bad person is the killer (more likely they are), and if the reader sees that one or two innocent people are murdered, wouldn't they be more emotionally involved in the story and rooting for the heroine more if it looked like the bad guy might get away, after murdering her friends and acquaintances? Especially if Lainey herself is in danger? I tend to think so.

Party to a Murder: A Lainey Quilholt Mystery by Lorelei Bell

In the first Lainey Quilholt book in the series, Lainey becomes involved because the person murdered was a classmate, Arline, who no one likes. She is last seen arguing with her ex-boyfriend, and a couple of tough girls nearly start a fight during a party, but this is broken up. The town sheriff, John Weeks, sets his sights on the murdered girl's fiance' (AJ) because he was last seen having that argument in front of a bunch of on-lookers. This sets him up rather easily as a murder suspect, but his father is a powerful lawyer type and gets him out of jail on a technicality.

However, AJ did go to Arline's apartment looking for something that is incriminating (that past deed, I spoke of earlier). In his haste he has pretty much trashed the place. However, he has not found the incriminating pictures that Arline took of him passed out behind the wheel of Arline's car while coming back from a vacation. Lainey, being slightly more clever than most, does find these pictures, and more. She's gathering the clues like Easter eggs and not only solves this murder, but a past one involving a rather rough individual who used to go out with Arline's best friend, who supposedly drowned, and she's able to point to the fact this may have been more than accidental.

In the end she helps Sheriff Weeks find the killer in a reenactment. Sure, this is sometimes used in other murder mysteries, but I think it works because there's a twist in what really happened, the killer(s) are caught because they're stupid (as most criminals are), and although her friend is involved, the reason comes to light.

Here is a link to a Instafreebie it's a first chapter, so if you are even slightly curious about the mystery, you can check that out here.

And, of course should you feel the need to buy and read it, here's the link to Party to a Murder. I think it will keep your interest.

Here is a description from Amazon:

Lainey is a 17-year old small town girl - and she has no idea she's about to be involved in a grisly murder investigation.

When Arline Rochell is found brutally murdered one morning, Lainey's suspicions arise. Why does this girl seem to be hated by everyone? While digging for clues, she discovers that blackmail could have been the motive. While trying to understand her friends' hatred for the murdered student, she finds herself in the middle of a second murder cover-up.

Clues lead to a number of other people, including Lainey's friend Wendy... and the more she wants to prove her innocence, the more it looks as if her friend has done the deed. Along with Sheriff Weeks' help, Lainey delves into who had most to gain by killing Arline. But can they find the killer before it's too late?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

No Fake news Here

After waiting for a nice 5-STAR REVIEWS making it a round number 20 on Ascension, I finally got it. And one on each book in Sabrina Strong series. Read them for yourself. These are Carol Craft's reviews taken from
For Ascension:
Ascension (Sabrina Strong Series Book 1) March 7, 2017
I LOVED this book. The intrigue really had me wondering what was going to happen next. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. If it is half as good as this one is, I am in for a real treat.
I would recommend this series for anyone loving this genre.

For Trill:
Trill (Sabrina Strong Series Book 2) March 9, 2017
Wow!!! I thought the first book in the series was good but I think this one topped it.
You know a good author when you can imagine yourself in the book and this author has it in spades! The characters really come alive for you.
I hope to read lots more from this author and would highly recommend this series to others. I plan on reading everything I can get my hands on, too.

For Nocturne:
 Nocturne (Sabrina Strong Series Book 3) March 10, 2017
Another excellent book with a completely different twist to it but just as intriguing as the first two in this series. Again, the characters come alive and you feel like you are a part of the book.
I would gladly recommend this book!

For Caprice:
Caprice (Sabrina Strong Series Book 4) March 12, 2017
Get your puffs box out and handy because this is somewhat of a tear jerker. Now I can't say which book of this series was best because they were all so good. This author really has a wonderful gift and I am so happy she shares her talent with us.
If you want a book or series to read that will keep your interest up, this is the one.
I love all the characters and their parts in the books. I can't wait to start the next book! I would give anything to be able to write like this just so I could give a better review.

For Crescendo:
Crescendo (Sabrina Strong Series Book 5) March 13, 2017
I have been blown away again! Didn't think it was possible for each book to get better but this one sure did!
As the other books in this series, this one came alive for me even more so than the previous books. I will be waiting with bated breath for the next one in this series. I know it will be grand!
This series is the best I have read in a long time.

 Well, there you have it. thank you Carol!
Just so those of you who are fans know, I'm working on the next one in series, hoping for a summer release!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Just One More Thing...

Or maybe a few...


for another 2 days.

I'm not a big fan of putting up anything I've worked on for free. Not a novel. Not my art. But perhaps getting attention is what this is all about. 

Another thing (see? told you), I need reviews on it. So, if you are reading this, and plan on buying(well, getting it for free) and reading it. Please give it a review. It's the least you could do, since you got it for free. 

All you have to do to leave a review is go back to the link above and scroll down to where they have  "Customers Reviews" 

If you've purchased it there at Amazon you should be able to leave a review. All I ask is...

Joyce Van Patten -- "that coat, that coat" -- she thinks he's homeless and goes to look for a new coat for him. Negative Reaction I think?: