Category: Life

It’s Been an Interesting Two Years!

A little over two years ago we had to say final goodbyes to my dog Misty, whom I adopted 10 years ago.  It was the hardest thing I have done. She was my baby and I was devastated. My husband and I had talked about adopting cats way down the road, not realizing we would have to say goodbye to Misty so soon.  She had gotten a UTI in October 2014 and never fully recovered.  This is the last picture of her: My husband took the picture and Misty was looking at me. After a little bit of time I was still upset, and my husband said lets just go to the animal shelter and look around. This was August 1, 2015. We looked at both the cats and dogs.  Among all the cats, there was a litter of 4 kittens named Sage, Curry, Ginger, and Nutmeg and they were in 2 cages. We actually picked up Ginger and Nutmeg first. Then Sage and Curry…. Needless to say we came home with TWO kittens: Sage and Curry!!! (I saw that eventually other two were adopted, just not together).

This is the picture where we announced the adoption on Facebook and introduced our new babies:

Curry is on the left, Sage is on the right.

From the beginning we could tell that these two were meant to be together. They are such twins and truly needed each other. and this experience would not be the same without both cats! This was from the day they were adopted.  Sage is a girl and Curry is a boy.  Curry often lives up to his name; it is like he is two cats at times….

Curry started out the smallest of the four kittens, but he has more than made up for it now! He must have some Maine Coon in him, as he is a  lazy monster at 20 pounds and our co-dependent kitty…  Sage is around 10 pounds now. It’s crazy to look back and see how much they have grown! My babies are not so little anymore!

They definitely have their own crazy personalities:

“Why are you bothering us?”

“What?  I’m not up to anything!”

I guess she wanted some water…


“Hello ladies” says Curry in his sexy voice…

Just hanging out ‘twin style’.

Here is one from the second day we had them.  How could anyone NOT get both at once!?!?  They are even heart shaped too!

Curry on the left, Sage on the right

It’s been an interesting two years, and I can’t imagine life without these guys. I have never been around cats before and who would have thought I would have become a  cat lady?  I never would have!  It was two years yesterday, so Happy Birthday to my lovely babies Sage and Curry!  I hope for many more to come!

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!