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


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.

Grand baby arriving today

My daughter will have a C-section at 1 pm due to medical reasons; all our family babies ended up being emergency C-sections (with me only the first, after that they were planned) and my daughter said, let's just skip the emergency part. She is a very slender young woman and the munchkin is likely to be weighing in the 10 pound range.  


Anyhow, due to that she is being in the dedicated maternity hospital (right next to Children's Hospital) where they deal mostly with high risk pregnancies, the nurses apparently do not look after the baby (unless it is ill) only after the mom.  We were kind of surprised with that when last year my daughter-in-law had an emergency C-section, a very difficult recovery, first her sister, then her mother and then me stayed with her. My son had survived a heart attack a few months prior and was unable to stay with her to that degree and help without endangering his health.  


My son-in-law unfortunately is only today off and has to work tomorrow and they also have a dog who is lovely but much to strong for either my husband or myself to handle. So, I will spend the next 2 to 3 nights in hospital taking care of my new grand baby and work a few hours during the day. 


I don't think I will get around to read or post a lot.  Will check in next week.

Rant: What's wrong with people

I had to work today, a Saturday. Normally, I try not to but we have a new front desk person and it was her first solo shift, so I thought it would be nice to be at least available should she need something.


Our store front if you will are large windows on street level and I have the corner office. Out of the corner of my eyes, I see this family, dad, three kids on their bikes on the sidewalk at the traffic light right outside my window. Mom was stopped, not sure what she was trying to do but she was banging her bike up and down like she was trying shake of dirt of the tires, but in the process, the handles were banging at the window. Dad did see me inside but did nor say anything. So I got up and lifted the partial blind (windows are divided into one large piece of glass surrounded by columns of smaller pieces) and looked at her questioning; personally, had it been me, okay I would not bang on someone else's window unless I try to get their attention in the first place, I would have at least waved kind of like "sorry", no, she looked at me as I was interrupting her in some important business she had every right to engage in. However, she did stop and lo and behold was able to park her bike against the stone column at the corner of my office.


Sorry for the rant, yesterday, I had two young teenagers with one of their helicopter moms here who thought that after an invigorating work-out, they should spray each other with shaving cream in the locker room. I enter right after they came out to pick up their towels and saw the mess, screamed, one of my trainers came and checked on me, seeing the mess, turned his eyes to the boys and heli mom, who thought it was all in good fun and had a good chuckle. He explained to her that we did not share her amusement and send the boys to help clean up. However, they were hopeless but gave me the explanation that it had all been an accident, the shaving cream can had fallen, the lid had not been securely on and one of them had then accidentally stepped on the can, thus spraying a locker room with four shower stalls, 16 lockers, a large bench, two sinks and of course all the walls and mirrors. Ha, ha.


We normally don't take youngsters under 16 and only with the rarest exception, we allow our client's children come and train here. Those two were neither, however one of the moms feels that the louder you speak, the quicker you get want you want. And one of our front desk girls had made a mistake, quoting a wrong price and mom kept harping on and on. We finally gave in (I now regret that deeply) and said we would honor for the first purchase (10 personal training sessions) the price, however, upon on resign the regular price would be charged. Now I am not so sure we or better they make it for 8 more sessions.

Has anyone read ......

Jillian Stone's "Gentlemen of Scotland Yard" series? I have never read anything by her; I like the storyline, at least I think I will but the kindle version is almost $20. For that price I like to be a bit more certain.


It appears Amazon is getting serious with regards to get rid of the fora.  Over the last few weeks, one function after the other was taken away. Today, even if you bookmarked the fora you are interested in, you have to find the discussions you took part in or you were interested in as the the show of how many new entries has been taken away. 


I love catching up here but it is difficult to have a book discussion or simply a discussion of favorite authors etc. I assume I could go back to GR despite the ban a few years ago but honestly all I heard about how GR runs now, assures me that it will be unlikely for me to enjoy.


I finally decided to go on Facebook. I will try to add as many of my favorite books as I go, so anyone interested can find me that way. I also have added my all time favorite TV show (Law & Order). 


I hope somehow to stay in contact with most of you.


Take care, Angela



Passing on message

Just saying hello to all from Themis Althena. Says she is super busy and will be back but likely not before the end of this month.

I have not posted in a while

Life kind of got in the way. But I do try to keep up with everyone else.


Retirement moved further into the future, can't find a successor.


My two senior dogs passed last year and my daughter is pregnant, wanted and planned.


The wedding will be next Thursday and the Admiral is due end of July. They know it will be a boy but for some reason they decided not to call him Lincoln until he is born. As both are Star Trek fans - hence the wedding on May 4th -, they decided to call him the Captain and I must say I vetoed that; it's my grandchild, he is at a minimum an Admiral.


Unfortunately, today she was told she has gastetial diabetes. She is already with an Ob/Gyn as all babies in our family for some reason or the other ended up being c-sections. So she decided to have planned c-section anyway. She will have to see another specialist and we sincerely hope with diet changes (she loves grapes, melons and oranges) she can get it all under control.


My arm and shoulder have healed, only for my knee to start hurting. Disneyland, while a joy with the grandchildren was definitely something I should have skipped last month.


To counter all and help me relax, I am reading once again old favorites. 

My Reading Habits

  1. Do you have a certain place in your home for reading?


Depends what, I mostly read in my recliner in the den, sometimes I do read newspapers on my IPad in the kitchen or on my PC in home office or at work.


  1. Bookmark or a random piece of paper? 


I read mostly e-books and before that I have to admit, folded page corners.


  1. Can you just stop reading, or do you have to stop after a chapter or a certain number of pages?


I try to stop at logical location, doesn’t always happen.


  1. Do you eat or drink while reading? 




  1. Do you multitask while reading?


Rarely, I always forget I have music on my IPad.


  1. One book at a time, or several?


One at a time. I envy those who can read one book in bed, one during lunch break and another one as audio during the commute.


  1. Where do you read, at home or everywhere?


Everywhere.  At home, and in cars, planes, trains, and waiting rooms.


  1. Do you read out loud, or silently in your head?




  1. Do you read ahead or skip pages?


I am taking the 5th


  1. Do you break the spine?


No. But some got damaged from re-reading over and over again.


  1. Do you write in your books?


No, but given the various adventures with GR, BL etc. I now have an Excel file for all my books, with a “remarks” section.


It's going to be a crappy weekend.

My oldest dog, Madison who has survived oral bone cancer, back surgery for a herniated disk, spleen removal after being diagnosed with lymphona, melanoma on the eyebrow, a pumped out stomach after stealing and eating the cardboard of a coke flat, and that all after the age of 9 (her breed generally only makes it between 6 and 8) has been on and off her feet and gone into real decline the last 2 weeks, has now at the age of 12 years and 3 months been diagnosed with a sarcoma pressing onto the spine.


We lost her brother last April and I guess, he has been calling her. Tomorrow we will go to the hospital where she is currently, bring her one last meal of McDonalds (she went to physio every week and afterward she and my husband would go a date to McDonalds) and let her go.


Question re author Mary Spencer aka Susan Spencer Paul

Several of her books (mostly under SSP) are available on Kindle. I am trying to find out about the wager trilogy. Those were first published in 1997 with Dell (I believe Random is the parent company), her other books are published with different publishers. 


Thanks for any help, Angela

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.

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