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GRANDMA GETS TO EAT EITHER JELLO OR APPLESAUCE

Hello everyone!. I thought I would give you just a quick update. Grandma has over 50% swallowing, so they are letting her have some jello I think or it might be applesauce. The first day I heard about this she had 50% and they said they would let her try some jello to see how she would do.  Then the next day was a little more and I heard something about applesauce. I am not quite sure. Also, today my uncle called my grandmothers name, and I guess she was asleep, and it sounded like my uncle was in distress so she whipped her head around real fast. Almost all the way to the left, everyone saw this, even the nurses, they went whoa, they were a little startled that she could do that. That is some improvement.

Also when Health South releases Grandma we are having her put into Manor Park to continue her therapy. This will also give us time to get the house ready for her, for when she is ready to come home. We want her to have as much physical therapy that she can get, that way she will be able to do more for herself when she does come home. She is a strong, proud woman, and this will get her back on her feet, and not have to depend on us as much. She was already having to depend on us because of her not being able to see very well. I was helping to balance her checkbook, and pay her bills, mom, and my uncle was taking her to doctor appointments and to the store. Now this it will be too much if she can’t do for herself when she gets home. So we are making sure she has all the physical therapy that she needs before she gets home.

If she needs some additional once she is home we will make sure she has that also. We are just happy and blessed that she is still with us. She is our Christmas Miracle. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone

 

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DIME STORE MAGIC BY KELLY ARMSTRONG

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Paige Winterbourne was always either too young or too rebellious to succeed her mother as leader of one of the world’s most powerful elite organizations—the American Coven of Witches. Now that she is twenty-three and her mother is dead, the Elders can no longer deny her.  But even Paige’s wildest antics can’t hold a candle to those of her new charge—an orphan who is all too willing to use her budding powers for evil…and evil is all too willing to claim her. For this girl is being pursued by a dark faction of the supernatural underworld. They are a vicious group who will do anything to woo the young, malleable, and extremely powerful neophyte, including commit murder—and frame Paige for the crime. It’s an initiation into adulthood, womanhood, and the brutal side of magic that Paige will have to do everything within her power to make sure they both survive.

BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON

Dime Store Magic is well written with characters that are well-developed and that are able to help move the story along. Paige Winterborne is a witch and has recently inherited her mother’s role as leader of the American Coven of Witches. Paige has recently  been given custody of a 13-year-old angry witch whose mother has been known to dabble in black magic. She was kidnapped along with her mother Eve who was later killed. Lucas Cortez a nerdy sorcerer lawyer helps Paige to keep Savannah safe while keeping his hands off the delectable Paige. The sparks and looks between Paige and Lucas are very hot. Savannah is also a very powerful witch that one day will be a witch to be reckoned with. The action in this been is very fast paced. There is also demons, and vampires making an appearance. I really likes Dime Store Magic and I give it 5/5 stars.

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THE MANE EVENT BY SHELLY LAURENSTON

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         Publication Date:         September 25, 2009
Mace Llewellyn. Brendon Shaw. Two tall, gorgeous, sexy alpha heroes who are 100% male—with a little something extra. Lion-shifters, to be exact, who can unleash every woman’s animal side and still look good—make that spectacular—in a suit…and even better out of it…NYPD cop Desiree “Dez” MacDermot knows she’s changed a lot since she palled around with her childhood buddy, Mace. But it’s fair to say that Mace has changed even more. It isn’t just those too-sexy gold eyes, or the six-four, built-like-a-Navy Seal body. It’s something in the way he sniffs her neck and purrs, making her entire body tingle… Meanwhile, for Tennessean Ronnie Lee Reed, New York City is the place where any girl—even one who runs with a Pack—can redefine herself. First order of business: find a mate, settle down, and stop using men for sex. Even big, gorgeous, lion shifter men like Brendon Shaw. But she needn’t worry, because now that Brendon’s set his sights on her, the predator in him is ready to pounce and never let go…BOOK DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF AMAZON

I always love a story by Shelly Laurenston, and The Mane Event was definitely one of them. This book actually has two stories in it, and are both doubly hilarious. She knows how to create characters and story lines that work well in creating maximum laughs. The first story centers on  Desiree “Dez” MacDermot who is a NYPD cop and Mace Llewellyn a shifter who turns into a lion. Dez is a strong female character and is a great mate for the king of beasts. Mace remembers Dez from school and believes she is the one for him.  Which is great now that his family wants him to take on more responsibilities in the pride. When Mace and Dez get together, you better have a cold shower nearby for you will definitely need it. Hot, hot, hot……..Also for the laugh factor make sure you don’t drink and read, because you will definitely be spraying the furniture and anyone in the immediate area. I know I did.

Now for the next story, we have Brendon Shaw and Ronnie Lee Reed. Ronnie is a shape shifting wolf and she takes Brendon Shaw to her Aunts to let Brendon heal after he was beaten by a group of shape shifting wolves. When the fever comes upon Brendon , Ronnie has to do everything within her power to keep him in the house. When she goes back upstairs to check on him he is gone. She rushes outside and there he is in all his lion glory, dancing? Yep, he is dancing the mambo, swaying back and forth. When I read the dancing scene I died laughing. When Brendon Shaw wakes up the next day he wants to find the woman who he was kissing last night and make her his. I loved both of these stories, because the women in them gave the men a run for their money. They  just didn’t let them catch them, they had to work for it.  I give The Mane Event 5/5 stars for all the belly laughs. I recommend this book for everyone.

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My Little Vacation is Over

Well it seems that I will start back to work next week. I have been cleared by the Doctor to return to work with restrictions that I don’t lift anything over 20 pounds. I also have some vacation time I need to use before February or I lose it. So, I might take that before I actually go back so I don’t have to stop and start again. I have to go back and talk to them tomorrow. They are trying to find a place for me within the lifting restrictions, since I cannot lift over 20 pounds and I cannot sit or stand for long periods of time. They also have to find something that will be flexible around my availability and my physical therapy.

I know I have to go back so I can get a full paycheck, but I am not looking forward to all the drama at work.  Hopefully I will get my morning schedule back. I loved working the 5am-2pm shift, it was the perfect shift in which I still had the afternoon to get what I needed done. I can just hope. I have to get ready for bed so I can get up for physical therapy tomorrow at 8:30 am. Goodnight.

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BOOK REVIEW: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

The Great Gastby   

I read the book over the last weekend and spent quite a time as its length would not suggest. Some would say its a tragic love story with crime and corrupted minds. But I say its a very close resemblance to Fitzgerald’s own life, especially his struggle for his own love. That is the main theme. The story starts with Nick Carraway’s narration when he visits his cousin, Daisy. Nick, is an exceptionally mild person to the point of being dull. But through this narration framed in the thoughts of an exceedingly dull person Fitzgerald creates characters and lays out scenes that are vivid and bright and engaging.

By coincidence or by luck, Jay Gatsby, the lavish millionaire who throws extravagant parties to celebrate his wealth, is the neighbor of Nick. The story intertwines with Nick’s cousin Daisy Buchanan who is Gatsby’s long lost first love and still the object of his desire, Daisy’s husband Tom Buchanan who is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson.

It’s a mild story and the gripping depends all on the reader mind. With insignificant complexity the plot is an impressive display of analysis through rhetoric.

There are some similarities between the author Fitzgerald and the character Gatsby. Both had the opportunities to attend world’s most prestigious universities, Princeton and Oxford, but failed to graduate either of them. Both also attended the army. These are some insignificant similarities, though.

But the analogousness between them is the love of their lives. Both of them fell in love being young and neither of them could provide what their ladies, Zelda and Daisy, wanted. Both of these ladies were highly interested in money, and terminated their relationships. In Gatsby’s case, Daisy promised to wait but instead dated many men and married Tom Buchanan. In Scott’s case, he was engaged to Zelda and he went to New York seeking fortune but his plans took longer than expected. Thus, Zelda broke their engagement. It was not until the first book which made him rich enough to marry Zelda.

Both Daisy and Zelda resemble each other. They both were unloyal to their respective lovers. Gatsby’s struggle to get back his love fully resembles the struggle Scott might have experienced.

But as story needs to have an ending, Fitzgerald wrote down one possibility of his own love life could have ended or in other words the ending.

I quite like the story and the way it is written. It is, no doubt, one of the American Classics.

4.5 out of 5 from me.

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