Category: Life

Ladies: Safety First!!

Ladies: Please be aware of your surroundings! This happened to me last night:

My husband and I were meeting after work at the Target in Austell, Georgia. We were both coming from our jobs, so we were in two different vehicles. We purchased what we came to get and headed back to our cars separately. Then a tall, skinny, black teenager who was sweating a lot started to approach me by walking fast.  He said, “I don’t mean to approach you this way ma’am.” He was trying to say more and still walking towards me and I was backing away from him. I quickly interrupted him and say I can’t help him.  I’m a little freaked out and can’t remember where my car was so I beeped it once. I hear it and head over there.  Then the teenager approaches me and says again, “Excuse me ma’am”… And I raise my hand towards him in a stop signal and shout very loudly, “GO AWAY!” He did and started walking very quickly towards the restaurant in the shopping center.  It was then that I saw he had another teenager with him.  I was parked right by where the shopping carts go and there was a cart attendant out there who saw the whole thing. My husband did not see any of this unfold and hates that he did not.  Whenever we are meeting somewhere now, he will make sure I am in my car first before we leave.  He also thinks if the kid had seen him, he would not have approached me.

This scared me really bad.  It seemed to me like the kid was on something.  My husband said that he could have been on something or they might have been planning to jump me.  The fact that I shouted loud most likely deterred the kid if that was his purpose of approaching me.  Yes, he might have needed genuine help, but you just don’t approach a woman like that. This was a very quick incident that lasted less than a minute.  If the kid had been white it would have been the same result. DO NOT APPROACH A WOMAN!  My husband said this was the time to hit the panic button on my car remote, but it happened so quickly that I didn’t even think of this.  It’s scary- I could have become a statistic tonight. BUT I did not and am safe at home.

What scares me even more was that there was a second teen. What if they had grabbed me?  I carry a stun gun, but the carrying case for it is broken so it was in my purse. Needless to say it would not have done me any good tonight if something had happened. We are going to find me a good case for it ASAP. I don’t carry a handgun as I have not practiced enough to be comfortable to conceal carry.

Ladies- again PLEASE be aware of your surroundings- Look up as you are walking to your parking spot. DO NOT be texting and walking to your car. Don’t even be on your phone! Don’t take the chance on something happening to you.

I don’t post often about my life as this is my book review blog, but this really scared me and I want women to know about it and to be aware of their surroundings.

Memorial Day: Remembering Jerry D. Reed

Today is Memorial Day here in the USA, a day we remember those who died fighting for our country.  I had an uncle, Jerry D. Reed who served and died during the Vietnam War. Though I never knew him, today I choose to remember him and also dedicate my site to him today.

This is my Uncle Jerry in boot camp in 1968. He served in the USMC.
This picture is from the Virtual Vietnam Veteran’s Wall that First Sergeant James Erwin posted. Thank you for sharing this picture! My uncle’s information on that site is here.

In 2010 I took a tour with Trafalgar Tours and part of that tour included Washington DC.  I had never been to DC and part of the day was going to be at the Vietnam Wall Memorial. I told my tour group about my uncle.  The whole group was excited to help me find my uncle’s name on the wall.

Everyone was so excited when we found his name.  I am just 5’1 and his name was much higher than I could reach to do the rubbing, so my group helped me out to get the rubbing of his name. It was a great group effort.

Thank you to my group for getting me the rubbing!  They were all so happy to help me.

Me with the rubbing of my uncle’s name at the wall.

Our tour also took us to Arlington National Cemetery. As beautiful as it is, it is a reminder of how terrible war has been and continues to be.

We also were able to watch the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and in any weather by Tomb Guard sentinels. Sentinels, all volunteers, are considered to be the best of the elite 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.















Take some time and remember what today is all about: Remembering those who served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Happy Memorial Day!


Happy Anniversary!

I don’t post too much about my life as this is my blog about books. But today I have to share that today is my fourth anniversary! I met my husband at 30 and I got married at 32; he is a little older. All I will say is that he has a ‘big’ birthday coming up later this year! 😉

We may not have much, but we have each other, our twin cats we adopted in August 2015, and we have a house to keep us safe.  When I told him I wanted to start a blog in July last year he was very supportive and got me all set up with it.  He helps me out as he is my ‘editor’ for my reviews.

I love you Morgan! Happy Anniversary!