Jan. 10th, 2018 08:43 pm
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Ratings: 1 star=worst, 4 stars=best

Books(My goal is to read 26 this year)

Books Read:
Eclair and Present Danger - Laura Bradford ***
The Princess Diarist - Carrie Fisher <3 ****
A Spoonful of Murder - Connie Archer ***
Double Booked for Death - Ali Brandon ****
Bread of the Dead - Ann Myers ***
Elementary, She Read - Vicki Delany ****
Cinco de Mayhem - Ann Myers ***
Feliz Navidead - Ann Myers ***
If You've Got It, Haunt It - Rose Presser **
Look What the Wind Blew In - Ann Charles ****
Sleeping Giants - Sylvain Neuvel ****

Current Book(s):
Death at the Little Big Horn
Waking Gods
Make No Bones About It

Books to Read:
Blasphemy - Douglas Preston
My Antonia
Impact - Douglas Preston
Codex - Douglas Preston
A Movable Feast - Hemingway

New Fandoms:

Fanfics Written:
(Ask to be friended at [profile] alexfic to read fic.)


Films @ home:
Risky Business ***
Surf's Up2: WaveMania ***
Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection ****
An Aurora Teagarden mystery: A Bone to Pick ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Real Murders ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Three Bedrooms, One Corpse ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: The Julius House ***
An Aurora Teagarden Mystery: Dead Over Heels ***
Garage Sale Mystery ***
Garage Sale Mystery: Guilty Until Proven Innocent ***
Garage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Wedding Dress ***
Garage Sale Mystery: The Novel Murders ***+
Garage Sale Mystery: The Deadly Room ***+
Garage Sale Mystery: The Art of Murder ***
Murder She Baked: Just desserts ***
Hailey Dean: Murder with Love ***
Hailey Dean: Deadly Estate ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Mum's the Word ***
Flower Shop Mysteries: Dearly Depotted ***
Trolls **
Moana ***
The Good Dinosaur****
Jackie ****

Films @ Cinema:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ****
Going in Style ****
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ****

Films to see:

TV Shows:


A Challenge for myself:
Sunday - Give thanks. Talk about something in your life you're thankful for. Even if it's tiny.
Monday - Music Monday. Anything about the music you listen to or like; artist profiles, recs, reviews, anything
Tuesday - Artistic stuff like fiction writing or writing of any sort, knitting, sewing, carpentry... whatever you do or have done.
Wednesday - Reading
Thursday - Throwback Thursday. Childhood memories, old photos, old blog posts...stuff from the past
Friday - Fandom stuff. Faves, new ones, actors, musicians, anything you're a fan of want to talk about.
Saturday - somebody, anybody. Your best friend, the Pope, Julius Caesar.. anyone at5 all


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Home again

May. 22nd, 2017 07:11 am
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We are home after three weeks in Germany with Jenny and her family. And I think they might even still like us!

We visited Essen, Munich, Lake Konigssee in the German Alps and some small towns in the Austrian Alps, Berlin, Peine, Hamburg, and Köln. We saw wonderful things and ate tons of wonderful food. Jenny and her family made all the hotel and restaurant reservations and made sure I could ride my mobility scooter to museums and on trains and buses. We gave them a list of things we'd like to see and they made an itinerary for us. And Jenny even took 3 weeks off from work to hang out with us. I can't thank them enough!!

Germany is am amazing country! I saw Van Gogh's in the art museums, I saw the bust of Nefertiti in Berlin, the Ishtar Gate from Ancient Babylon, several famous beerhalls, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate. I ate German food, Turkish, Yugoslavian, Italian, Spanish, Greek, along with fish from a harbor vendor and homemade Schnitzel.

We rode planes, trains and automobiles all over the place.

We have thousands of photos.

And I am tired and have 3 weeks of laundry to do...

I will be catching up as I can and sharing some photos as well. I miss Jenny and her folks but it is also good to be back home too. I wish that i could bring them with us.
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Welcome to my new friends via [community profile] addme_fandom. Not sure I'm terribly exciting but I am a fandom creature and I am here quite a bit, reading more than posting, but here.

Oh and for those of you who may not be as old as me "Here I come to save the day!" was from Mighty Mouse - I remember seeing him in the early 60s on Saturday morning cartoons!

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April 2017

This one did not do it for me. There was too much clothing talk. The description of every single stitch that every single person in the entire book wore every single time they appeared got old by page 5. That's a bit too much filler.

The mystery was okay but there wasn't enough of it. The characters were okay but again, too much about their attire and not enough about them.

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April 2017

Another funny one with Rita and Flori and the gang. More delicious food and more murder! Rita is a single mom in Santa Fe with one daughter, a Gothy teen and an ex who is a skirt chasing jerk. Her boss, Flori, is in to Sun Tzu and The Art of War and snooping. All this and murder make one wild ride. A really fun cozy!

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March 2017

I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes so this one was a must read. The mystery was good, with some hints as to who it was, but not too easy to figure out. I had to get used to Gemma's quirky personality - she is a female Sherlock though I am not sure she knows it. Her best friend is cute and apparently Gemma's polar opposite. The romantic interest is a cop who was once Gemma's boyfriend (and could be again). The nemesis is a particularly nasty woman cop, who could be Lastrade, I suppose. There is also a 90 year old traveling uncle who we never actually meet.

I read the book in one day - I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to more.

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March 2017

I really enjoyed this one. Rita and Flori are fun and funny and the food talk will keep your mouth watering! The mystery is decent as well. I'll be reading all of these and waiting for more! I nabbed some good looking recipes from it as well.

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March 2017

I really liked this one. The mystery was hard to solve and I liked Darla, her friends and Hamlet, the bad tempered bookstore cat.
Darla inherited a bookstore from her great aunt Dee in NYC and she and her staff are getting ready to host a signing by an author who is all the rage with the teen set - think Cassandra Clair or Stephenie Meyer. And the author is killed right on front of her store.

Lots of investigating occurs and we get to watch.

My only complaint is the print in the paperback i got was too darn small!

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Feb 2017

I wasn't completely sure I was going to like this one, but I did like Lucky from the start. They mystery was not bad and the soups and sandwiches sounded good. I am not a fan of all cozies but this one passed muster. Some of the secondary characters were not bad either.

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Feb. 2017

It was funny in a way I've come to recognize as Carrie's own voice. It was sad, too, knowing that we'll never have new works from her. I loved Star Wars from the beginning but I fell in love with Carrie when she published Postcards from the Edge. Who knew the Princess was so damned funny? Or that dysfunction could be so endearing and funny? I will miss them both, Carrie and the Princess.

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Mar. 28th, 2017 09:40 am Eclair and Present Danger by Laura Bradford

Read January 1-13, 2017

I enjoyed it. The main character and her employee/best friend are fun and the two old folks in the story are pretty funny as well. One is hard of hearing and the other is a busy body who works for the local paper. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, with a really good red herring thrown in. I do wonder how exactly one can make a living selling two or three desserts a week delivered by antique ambulance - that would have to be a LOT of deliveries, wouldn't it? And how does she pay her employee?

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What I just read:
Cinco de Mayhem by Ann Myers
I have become quite fond of the 'cozy' mystery in the last couple of years. What's not to love? Recipes, romance and humor and of course, the obligatory corpse! The series is called the Sante Fe Cafe Series and it's quite food focused. Rita is a single mom of a gothy teenager who works in a New Mexican restaurant and catches killers with her 80 something boss in her spare time.

The food sounds great but with so many peppers and all the talk of heat in the food, I'm pretty sure I couldn't eat ANY of it.

What I'm reading now:
Feliz Navidead by Ann Myers
The next in the series. The last so far but I hope she writes some more of these. It's Christmas time and Rita's stuffy midwestern mother has come to visit. Madness ensues.

What am I reading next:
Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Thrawn was arguably the best character in the Star Wars "Legends"(used to be canon until the evil mouse empire bought it) universe. He was alien, brilliant with red eyes and blue skin. He judged a species and an enemy but their art. And he was usually spot on. He's been in the tv show Star Wars Rebels this season and I'm looking forward to reading the book. He is even more fun than Vader!

A heads up

Apr. 5th, 2017 01:02 pm
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I am in the process of importing all my communities to Dreamwidth. This is time consuming but I think it's a must. Once this is all done, I will post links to all and invite all of you to join the DW comms as well. DW can grow and work especially for fandom if we go there and support it.

My own personal journal is alexcat at both places. If you're an LJ friend, friend me at DW. If you don't have a DW account, get one.

Here is my DW link:
and my fiction journal:

All comments will be screened so you may leave your link to your DW if you wish.

I will post a complete links post when I get all the communities done.
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Loren DeJonge Schulman is deputy director of studies and the Leon E. Panetta senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.


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