My interests are running, yoga, traveling, reading, my children and my three Bernese Mountain dogs!

Good Bye Nina, wait for me across the Rainbow Bridge

Just waving hello

Just waving hello to all my online friends. I have not posted much last year or this, live got in the way.  I am in a re-reading circle, so far this year, I have read only one new book and started the second today (has not stopped me from buying new books).


Last year just whipped by in the blink of an eye.  I had to step in and work more the front lines of my business and two of my kids went through break-ups/separations/divorce, one spectacular and the other plain weird (the latter created their own version of nesting and are both residing in the marital home and continue to be good friends, still looks weird). The spectacular was nerve wrecking and in the end I took my son and grandson as a distraction and plain see something else to Toronto to Fan Expo (Canadian version of Comic Con).  Was not really my thing but it did the trick and improved their outlook on live.


My daughter (the weird separation) is now working full time with me since her little boy is now in daycare and I hope, that I can step back a bit more, now that she is taking some of my regular responsibilities and as well as having - knock on wood - having solved the staff problems.  


I hope, I can read more and be more active here.  Again, waving hello and hope you are all well.

calling on all romance (regency?) readers

I am (very) slowly replacing whenever possible my paper copies with Kindle copies and I was lucky today with one so i tried a few more and one story comes to mind and I cannot for the world remember the title. Here it goes:


A young woman (lady?)'s reputation was damaged by an older aristocratic lady, can't remember why but as far as I remember for petty reasons. Fast forward, the young woman is somewhat of an expert (healer) of horses.  The son of the older lady has a damaged (?) horse and after a lot of protestations of the young woman, hires her to look at his horse.  Of course the mother is there too and quite a few problems arise.  Of course there is a happy ending for the horse and the young couple.

Does anyone know

I would buy more of my books via a link to Amazon on AllaboutRomance (AAR).  My problem is; I live in Canada but my Kindle account is with .com. When clicking on the link in AAR reviews, I am instructed to update my Kindle to use the .ca account (I do purchase other items at Amazon and do use .ca frequently). While I am assured that I will lose no books and that I will have continued access to books purchased prior to switching to .ca, it is something I do not wish to do.  Often books are faster available via .com and I believe – although I have not looked into it lately – the selection is better at .com. 

I have not tried it here on Booklikes about I assume it's the same. Does anyone know what to do about it? Thanks.

kept me from reading this summer

When no one looked

I don't know how to link, this is for Jennifer

ust this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... Author unknown...

New Family Member Zelda, 8 weeks young

What's wrong with me? Which bug did bite me?

…. I cleaned my home office and almost finished sorting my books.  As you may know, I have renovated my bathroom and bedroom.  From a start, I knew, that once finished, I still would take the time to get it all right when preparing to use the bathroom and the sorting of my closet.  The bathroom is now finished (it took me the better part of 6 weeks to find the right drawer sorters) except for a small cabinet.


For my bedroom, I am still waiting on a shoe cabinet before taking on the wall closet.  Once the shoes are out, I want to get those “waterfall” rails to hang my clothing, much like stores display one item with different sizes behind.  In order to move the shoe cabinet in, I still needed to reduce 4 of the lower Ikea Billy shelves to 2. Several more I had already sorted, taken those I now have on Kindle to the charity bin and the rest in the flat cloth containers under my bed.


This weekend was beautiful in Vancouver, cold but oh so sunny. And what did I do? I first clean my home office, finding Christmas cards from 2004, photos friends and family from overseas had sent, school photos of my kids etc. I frigging clean up, sorted all and now only seem to have 3 shelves with some office supplies and a mountain of old cameras, cell phones, other gadgets, cables and adapters. Well, there is always next weekend.


Then I started on the books: 2 Billy’s now have one shelf each empty. And then I looked outside and asked myself: “What’s wrong with you?  First lovely day and I am cleaning?”

Weird or what?

Something weird today at work; I was just cleaning up and shutting computer down when I noticed a group of people, 2 or 3 kids - it's getting dark and they were running around as any kid would do - and 2 or 3 ladies.  We are clearly a gym (actually a personal training studio), outdoor signs and all and whichever way you twist or turn and I was getting myself ready to say "no" if the request had been for the children to join as we had bad experiences with the  not so mature. 


They were right outside the front door, kids jumping and one or two adults watching. They also kept looking into my office. Anyhow, my hubby had called earlier that he had to take our dog to the vet and I was eager going home. And there was one lady of the group sitting, questioning my front desk staff ladies about CONDOS and TOWNHOUSES!!! what the difference was, if there were some for sale upstairs, etc.  One of my FD members said she would give her the number of her Real Estate Agent and went back. The lady then wanted to know what the area was called and I finally stepped in when she was asking for advise on # number of bedroom, although not sure what advise she wanted as I cut her off and told her she would need to talk to a Real Estate Agent, that we could not help. She kind of stared vacant at me and appeared to just ready to sit me out. Then my FD lady and handed her the card with her Real Estate Agent's name.  She asked her to please let him know who referred and then asked for her name so she call him ahead.  Her name apparently was Linette.


Linette then told us that they were originally from South Africa (I am not big on accents but her's was similar to that of Bishop Tutu) and that she was working for the United Nations (she did not UN as I assume may would call their employer) and was looking for a vacation home. 


Now wherever she worked for the UN, I assume it is in big enough cities that one would know you need a Real Estate Agent to purchase any type of home, not the local gym.  I might ask businesses in the area I want to purchase, if it safe, if it's a busy, any number of questions but those they asked.


Has anyone heard about something similar. It was on this fora I was made aware of some scams and able to avoid thanks to fellow posters.

Decisions, decisions

There were several reason, I was not much on BL; the last few months, I was re-reading old books (although that did not quite stop me from buying new), partially because my daughter had to cut down her time at work (she does still a lot from home) because GASP, baby does not go to sleep or amuse himself when she wants to work and lastly, for some reason, into all this, we started a major renovation. 


I would have preferred to move to something smaller, maybe a condo with a concierge, no more looking after garden and checking all - even what is not used daily or even monthly - is in working order as well as a few things more suited to our age. Alas, my husband does NOT want to move. I finally have come to grips with the fact that the only way I move out of this house, is when one of us goes feet forward in a pine box.


One of the areas renovated was my bedroom and bathroom, I needed more storage space for clothing (I wear different heads and need to present myself accordingly). In the process, we needed to find room for 6 shelves (IKEA Billy but the lower ones) full of books.  They would not fit on the remaining shelves nor on the shelves in our family room.  So for now, they are in a flat plastic bin under my bed.  I know there are at least a dozen or more paperbacks I now also have on Kindle. I know intellectually that I am NOT losing the book if I bring them to the library or leave them in one of those charity bins but I am dragging my feet.  I always had a hard time giving books away and several acquaintanceships fizzled out when borrowed books were not returned to me.


I manage to throw clothing out, even barely worn or not at all but books are my Achilles tendon.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas

Wishing you all the very best for 2018.


I did not post a whole lot the last few months. Enjoying a new grandchild takes time, especially when his mom was and is my assistant and now due to her being less at work (although she was at work for a few hours on day 5 after a C-section), I have to work a bit more and for some incomprehensible reason, I also started a mega reno project, which is now mostly done.


Again, a safe and happy holiday to all.


I guess this weekend, either Apple or Amazon had some updates.  The result is less than pleasing.  I was reading one novel on my IPad and wanted to go back a couple of chapters. Normally, I touch the the upper left on the screen and book details like cover, table of content (if exists) etc appear and you can easily go wherever you please in the book. Now, I can touch, tap several times, move my finger slightly around in the corner, nada. After a while, it generally works but it is super annoying. 


Does anyone know what happened and hopefully, let me know what I can do to go back to reading enjoyment?

Amazon Fora are done

Despite saying (via banner) that the last remaining fora, Top Reviewer Forum would stay open until October 13, it is now completely non-functional.  There is no way no one posted all day. I had checked this morning and there were only 4 posts on one thread and when I checked after work there were no new posts at all. 


That's how Amazon had done it on the Romance forum, they took one function after the other away, the last one that all threads were still visible but nothing could be posted anymore and that also two or three days ahead of schedule.




No Rating

Dark Embrace (Dark Gothic Book 6) - Eve Silver

I deliberately gave no rating; from a technical point of view: there were a few typos (auto-correct?) but that was not why.


I quite liked the first two in this series; the next three were okay but nothing special.  It was my first foray into gothic style romance (okay, other then many years ago Victoria Holt) so I was not entirely sure what to expect. I had already pre-ordered this one and after the last three had meant to cancel the order but forgot.


The book (the reader will know early on) took a paranormal turn. Vampire novels just don't do it for me. 

He arrived

weighing in at 8 pound 12 ounces and 19 3/4 inches. Off to the hospital now.

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