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Need to Vent

the weirdest and kind of scary thing happened yesterday. I am still not completely able to function but the break in my arm is healing and the gap between my shoulder socket and the shoulder bone is smaller and we are hopeful that with intense physio and massage, I will gain most mobility back over time.


As I can't drive yet, my oldest son had driven me to the hospital to see the surgeon at the 4-week mark. While waiting, he got a call from his wife:


Since she was pregnant and especially since Eden, my little granddaughter was born, my DIL has joined several groups for new moms. It is their first baby, both are older and had/have health problems. One of these groups is a pre-garage sale group, where moms place items out for the group before selling on Craigslist or whatever. Last Sunday, DIL went to a member of the group with Eden. Eden does love her daddy but he was helping setting up a BBQ at the other grandma's house, so it was just the girls. The sister of this group member came with her 10 month old daughter.  When she started talking to Eden, who was strapped in car seat as my DIL had no intention of staying as she was expected at the BBQ. Eden, 4 month old, began making a fuss, she was already missing daddy and I guess was getting bored. This woman started telling my DIL off, saying Eden must be hungry or needing a change, etc. My DIL calmly said, baby was fine just missing her dad. The other woman then without warning took Eden out of the car seat, still insisting that Eden had to be hungry, whipped her breast out and tried to feed Eden. My DIL was stunned but did react quickly, took Eden and I guess had a few choice words and left.


Then yesterday, while my son and I were at the clinic, CPS showed up at their house. They had an anonymous call, claiming Eden was severely underweight (she is in the 15 %-tile), neglected (mom and dad walk on egg shell, have with the help of grandmas a night nurse as my DIL had a slow recovery from the c-section and my son had had a heart attack last year to make sure that every small sound of the princess gets due attention) and was not vaccinated (not true). CPS did quickly see that Eden was not underweight nor neglected but still needed to contact the GP etc.


My poor DIL was so upset. Their pediatric nurse called CPS and he had himself already prepped the paperwork to close the file when my son called him. He suggested to CPS to maybe checked out that woman who called (we know it was her as her sister had apologized for her) as her behavior of snatching babies from their car seats and trying to forcibly breastfeed someone else's baby is not the "to-do" thing. As a matter of fact, another mother might have taken offense and reacted not as peaceful as my DIL did.


Thanks for listening. I am still steaming. I hope that this woman does not try anything else. 

will be lurking only

i had silly accident last night and broke my upper right arm and possible my humerus as well. Surgery as always in Canada is waiting game. So i won't know when i can do more than click on the heart.

I am trying to find a book back

It is part of an anthology. I am almost certain one story was by Merrill Lovelace and another by Julia Justiss.

Here is what I remember: The hero is on night duty somewhere in France or Belgium, I guess towards the end of the war. His brother has passed and he has inherited an earldom/viscountcy. His brother left a widow and tow daughters. Hero gets shot by a sniper and brought to camp.

He is deadly afraid of dying before settling his SIL and nieces as the heir next in line is either a meany or a spendthrift. His officer friends come up with the idea of him marrying and at least settling all finances onto his own potential widow with a view that his own widow would look after SIL and the nieces. And if he lived, they could annul the marriage.

With the regiment is another officer whose wife and daughter are billeted with him. The daughter is a widow and the heroine. She was married to an Lord of some kind who had married her with a view of her inheritance and in the hope that monies would be dispensed quickly. When that did not happen, he was rather mean to the heroine. I am not sure from where the inheritance would have come, only that it had ties to trade.

His friends persuade the heroine to go along and the medic and she do what they can for the hero, keeping him alive until the doctor could come (not sure where he had been).

Hero begins to very much like the heroine and refused to get an annulment, even after he discusses it with her. So he tries it the sneaky way by prolonging their time together and asking her to come to port with him where a bishop reside who could give the annulment.

The heroine decides to snatch a night of bliss, pretending to be her own maid and when the hero the next morning things all is well, she kind of implies that she is in love with the doctor.

Hero lets her be and boards the ship back for England. The doctor is on it too. Hero makes a few snarky remarks which the doctor can't understand but things he is wishing him well for the future with his bride who is of course not the heroine but is waiting at home for the doctor.

Hero returns to the hotels and all ends well.

Can someone help? I know I have the book, I just can't find it. Thanks All.

What should I do?
What should I do?

Charlie needs his teeth properly cleaned. That can of course only be done with anesthetic. He is 9 years old. Already older than most Bernese Mountain dogs get. And we lost another Bernese, just before his 9th birthday when he was under to get his teeth done.


Given all the drama with Charlie's sister Madison, who is doing really great despite being 10 years, battling bone cancer and now having an ACL tear, I am afraid. My hubby just spoke to the vet and the vet thinks that a) anesthetic has improved since and b) he rather do it now while Charlie is overall healthy with only a little arthritis. Charlie also had ACL surgery last year and came through with flying colors.


My daughter hates our vet. She says he will do anything for money (she had bad experience with him, treating a bunny which should have been put down a year or so earlier than when actually done). I don't care about that so much, I just want Charlie to be well. For what it's worth, I agree re the opinion re money with my daughter but I believe also he is a very competent vet.

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Discovered YouTube

It  is not quite as pathetic as it sounds; I thought YouTube was for clips people up-load, for movie or book trailers, news clips, music clips etc.  I never knew you could get whole movies on there.


Last Friday night, and I can't even remember what I was looking for, I checked YouTube and found a - for me - treasure trove. There were these Italian movies in the late fifties, early sixties, Don Camillo and Peppone. I used to watch them as a child in Germany and loved them. I found all 5 movies ever made, one in English and the others in German. I had several good laughs and for good measure threw in a German comedian by brother really likes.


The only bad thing, I did get no reading done this weekend.


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Need help remembering title of regency romance

I am trying to replace as many paperbacks as possible with its electronic version. Recently I remembered a book I would like to find again (it's somewhere on a shelf). Here it goes:

A young woman is escaping her stepfather, she is at an inn where she is compromised by our hero who just left the army. Innkeeper takes on a father role and forces them to marry. Heroine is actually a heiress but at the time the hero believes she trapped him. His only relative is an aunt who wants him to go into politics and consequently she wants a woman of substance for him. Once the heroine tells her about her inheritance I believe the aunt is trying to help her. There is also a brother who is still in school and is the real heir to the home the stepfather rules. Hero takes to the younger man because he remembers his own time at that particular school.

Stepfather kidnaps heroine. I believe there was a smexual understone as to why the stepfather wants her home, not only because he had defrauded some or all of the inheritance.

Any help would be appreciate. Thanks.

Why are people so stupid

Sorry, just ranting. My daughter works for me, we share a last name. She shares a first name with our receptionist. This is the basic premises. 


Earlier today, I had some errands and left the office already, otherwise, I would have already dealt with it immediately. Apparently, a phone call came in, soliciting advertising $$$$ for a relatively new magazine. We do not do any print advertising other than direct mail as it has never brought as any business and the latter simply not enough to justify the cost. We rely mainly on word by mouth and have done so for 20 years in a difficult and often very transient industry. The caller started off real good by asking for my daughter by her first name. So our receptionist said she was xxxx but that the caller likely did not want her but at which point she was interrupted and told that obviously she was not the one the caller wanted. Caller then gave her pitch to my daughter who advised her that we do not do print advertising. Caller then went on a passive/aggressive rant about us not supporting the community. Personally, I would have hung up on her but daughter who is much more patient than I, advised her to check our community link re our community involvement and finally told her that caller should, as all solicitations are invited to, send an email to the owner in our general inbox. 


Well apparently, she lost it completely. She thought that my daughter was the owner and was in a pique about having wasted her precious time with an imposter. 


Does she really think, after being told that we do not use her services/products period, her behavior was going to convince us otherwise? Given that our last name is not very common and it is known through website and within the community, the company has only about 20 employees. What are the chances that we are not related? Or even that staff would not relate all to me?

Author Shiloh Walker Request to Readers (Copyrights reversion issues ongoing)

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Can anyone read my posts or only those who follow me?

Warning about fake books

It appears that someone is publishing books under the name of Amanda Quick. A fellow poster on the Amazon Romance forum warned other readers.


One is titled Killing Emerald. It says it's free on KU. Otherwise, it's 4.99. The second one is Demons of the Stormed Greenstone. Also free on KU. Otherwise, 3.99. The first one has 4 reviews, and the second one has 3. All reviews give one star and point out that these are not by AQ and are just gibberish. The pictures shown for the covers are not the typical AQ covers.



I copied part of her post above. I checked on AQ's website but you can either subscribe to her newsletter and contact her via Facebook and I don't do Facebook, maybe someone else can take is up and inform AQ about it and leave it in her hands.  It does not look that Amazon will do anything.

Question ?????

Does BL have a feature like: If you like this, try XYZ?  There was a website I would go on and check but I can't remember which one and no it was not GR.  I am a bit in a rut or maybe just have a hard time concentrating. Some of you may know I am trying to retire and I have my fingers crossed that it will happen by the end of next month and maybe afterward I will feel like trying new books. I have a 210 TBR pile (paper and Kindle) but I find myself only re-reading.

Real life

My avatar is the real me, albeit 3 years younger.

Need advise re Kindle

I am nearing retirement (yeah); like most business owners, when I had to travel, I had my lap top to work, my Ipad to show off kids and grandchild and to read and my Blackberry. When traveling for a short amount of time, I already just took the IPad and now I also have an Iphone which reduces the need for the IPad with regard to photos and even reading newspaper articles.


Reading books on the IPad has many advantages, like Google maps - I enjoy seeing places or following a route in adventure stories. But the disadvantage of course is that the battery last less time than on a Kindle and regardless of the anti-glare screen, reading outside in the sun is difficult. 


I will continue to keep my IPad but mostly for reading in my favorite chair. For traveling - and not needing to work - I want to get a Kindle. 

Can someone - especially those also residing in Canada - advise which Kindle I should get?


Does anyone know how to change my email on Leafmarks? I checked the profile page but all it offers to change is my password.


Thanks, Angela

I am back online

I am back home and so is my sweetie, Madison.


The decision to go on holiday forced us (hubby and me) to look at all options regarding our babies, one really shy and scared (of her own shadow) young Bernese (nevertheless 90 pounds) named Nina, one cancer-stricken and for the breed ancient but totally unaware of both, Bernese named Charlie and one cancer survivor, even older and now frail, with a herniated disc in her neck Bernese, Madison.  If I had stayed home, we of course would have coped somehow. And I had toyed with the idea of cancelling my trip. With me going away, there was no way my husband could cope, hence the decision to hospitalize Madison. During her enforced rest, she grew stronger than she would have at home with the two others, physio therapists manipulated the disc and she had acupuncture. My husband and daughter alternated and visited her and yesterday, we picked her up again. In the meantime, we had a ramp built and while Charlie still tries to find his way inside the old fashion way, both ladies took easily to the ramp. So, on the four-legged baby front the universe is back on kilter.


My trip overall was great, nice to be away from the daily grind and of course having my brother and his family with me. Getting to the Turks is a different story; our itinerary was from Vancouver to the Turks and then to Miami, from where my brother and family flew back to Germany and I flew back to Vancouver. Due to the side trip to Miami, Air Canada did not have my or that of my relative's return trip in their computer system. And apparently, airlines cannot let anyone on board flying to Turks and Caicos without proof that the passenger is leaving the Turks again. Thankfully, my assistant had bundled all, e-tickets and hotel reservations, in a folder – normally, I just use my passport to get a boarding pass if I even wait to get it at the airport – and I could proof that indeed we were leaving the Turks again. Arriving there, we had to fill out a form, answering the question where one would stay. I dutifully wrote “Beaches Resort” and was then questioned by the nice officer at passport check as to what I was going to do there. I was slightly baffled, definitely very tired and already soaked from walking across the airport outside. I thought really? But (wo)manfully I swallowed and told him that I was going to don my bathing suit and do nothing at all 5 days long. Apparently, it was the right answer and I was allowed in. 


There were a few oopsies, like when I did not dead bolt my door after finally making it into my room (wasn’t ready until 2 hours after arrival), stripped to my birthday suit, started unpacking when the door opened and – I guess – the supervisor of the maids, barged in to the check if the room was clean and proceeded to ask me if I had just checked in. Again, (wo)manfully swallowed and did NOT (although, I wanted to) say, that I have a habit of dropping from ceilings in strange hotels butt-naked and limited myself to just glare at her. 


It was incredible hot, the sun was burning and there were not enough umbrellas, huts or cabanas. The latter, one was able to rent for an outrageously daily price which I did the last two days. Not that it was easy; the first day, it went relatively fast, a butleress (sorry, that is what they call themselves) showed up only an hour after renting and really nicely placed towels on the lounger and brought along a cooler with ice. Unfortunately, she had forgotten to also bring the name tag, so I had to wait until the “official” reserve sign was up to leave for the washroom or pool (my family had gone snorkeling). It took only another hour. 


The next day was not as easy. First, no one can do anything before 9 am because that is when the sales office opens and some coordinator knows if and how many cabanas are free. Then, when a free one (the same as the day before sans the reserved in my name sign) was found, they wanted me to toddle to the sales office to sign that I was going to pay the day’s rent. As I had done so the day before at the reception/lobby, I did not see any reason why I could not do so again. After several phone calls (I likely could have jogged to the sales office despite the heat faster), it was confirmed that I indeed could sign for the cabana right there in the lobby. However, we are not sure what went wrong; at one point, there were 4 or 5 staff members involved and it took 6 hours until the cooler was brought and the reserve sign (the only thing we were really interested in as we are totally capable to place towels on chairs and the pool bar was less than a minute walk away). Eventually, the director of butler service came and apologized and told us that someone had confused F5 (ours) with C5 and had set up there. As there obvious similarities between F and C, we understood, especially as we now did not have to pay the daily rent and also received a cheese (which did not quite survive the walk from wherever to our cabana) and fruit platter. Despite all, it was great and we are looking to potentially go back for my sister-in-law's 50th birthday.


Then, only by cheer luck, did we find out that American Airlines had changed the flight time and we had to be an hour earlier at the airport than originally scheduled or planned.


However, shopping in Miami was great and we had a wonderful time.


My return flight was less than stellar. Originally, I was on Delta from Miami via Minneapolis to Vancouver. And Delta actually alerted me via text that the flight out of Miami was delayed by 1 ½ hours, too bad that I only had an hour and twenty minutes in Minneapolis. However, the agent was really helpful and got me onto a flight to JFK and then to Vancouver. Of course, both were late too and I finally got home at 2 am.  My family flying to Germany was faster home than I.


And now it’s back to the grind.  Did I miss anything?

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