A Messy Good Time!!

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone so long. It’s not that I don’t want to keep up with my blog. I do. I really do. But I’ve been so busy. Busy with what? Kids, work, life.

But most recently, planning a weekend long birthday party for my daughter. She just turned 16. It was crazy!! We had a 3 tiered cake that about did me in, paint wars, a colored powder fight, and so much more. But instead of just telling you, why don’t I just show you? 😊

Lake Wedington, AR. The scene of our epic bday party.

We rented a cabin for the entire weekend.

It was small but cozy, air conditioned (although it didn’t work very well) and clean, and the beds were surprisingly comfortable. No tv-the kids didn’t like that. We brought board games, a karaoke machine, and marshmallows to roast.

First up: unpacking. We packed way too much stuff but I’d rather have too much than not enough. Clothes, party stuff, prizes, games, etc.

THE FIRST NIGHT:

Karaoke Time!!

My daughter and her best friend belted out tunes to an energetic audience of 3.

Not long after, the ‘crowd dispersed and hit the hay.

GOOD MORNING!!

The hubby woke everyone up by banging on pots and pans (This echoes inside a small cabin).

Delicious breakfast for a busy, busy day.

Next up, decorating the cabin for the party.

We all took to this with a smile on our face and a song or two blasting through the cabin.

Finally, We’re heading down to the lake for swimming and food! And a little music too.

CAKE AND ICE CREAM.

We had to keep the cake and ice cream at the cabin because they would have melted in a heartbeat. And I worked really hard on this cake. While it didn’t turn out as planned (I cried for a bit about that), my daughter was still pretty happy with it.

FUN AND GAMES!!

Game #1: Shake your booty. This game had everyone laughing so hard!!!

We actually had a couple more games to play but it was beginning to get late and the park gates closed at 8 pm so we moved on to the best part of the evening, the part all of the kids had been looking forward to.

PAINT SLIP N SLIDE:

How about a colored powder fight next? Shasta was the champion by the way. 😁

And perhaps the messiest and most fun, the paint war!!

Talk about a mess. But so much fun!! Afterward, everyone got sprayed down with the garden hose and showered. (Paint was still coming out of everyone’s hair even a day later.)

Then there was just us. The hubby had a headache so we had my daughter’s friend grill up some chicken for us.

A really good cook by the way.

Roasting marshmallows, ghost stories, and a light show ended the night. (At least for me. I crashed out at 1, the kids were up until the sun came up.)

All in all, I think my daughter had a great time and hopeful it will be one she will remember and cherish for many years.

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Here to Tantalize Us….Ryan!

Hello all. Today I have Ryan Jo Summers and her newest book, Glimpse Eternity,  a sweet contemporary romance novella.

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Good morning Ryan. I am so glad you stopped by to visit. The cover of your book looks amazing. Can you tell us more about your book?

Kasey Griffin is determined to prove a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis isn’t going to ruin her life or define her expectations. She is dedicated to her pregnant sister, her pets and operating her bookstore, ‘The Next Chapter’. She has everything she needs to have a full and satisfying life–the daily challenges of her condition notwithstanding. 

Then hunky musician Ben Salem rolls into town. Ben’s subtle charm quickly reminds Kasey she is more than a woman with a disease, she is also a woman with a heart. And Ben wants it.

Will Ben still desire her once he learns the terrible details of her condition?

Wow. I already love this and I haven’t even read it yet. I can’t even imagine what a struggle it is to live with such an awful disease. This must have been a very emotional book to write. How did you relax afterwards?

I actually relax by reading. But I have many other ways to relax. Sometimes I go to the nearby river and sit on a rock by the water. Or cooking/ baking. All the chopping/ cutting/ stirring/ etc.. is a form of therapy for me. I write poetry  to work through emotional issues. Mah Jongg. Brushing the cat/ dog. Sometimes just a long drive helps, relaxing and listening to the radio and thinking about some writing puzzle. Sitting on my porch and watching the rain fall while drinking coffee. Swinging on the swing in the patio, basking in the dappled shade while my dog runs around the yard. 

That definitely sounds nice. Everyone can use a little down time. Sometimes I like to listen to music to wind down. What kind of music do you listen to? Do you remember the first concert you went to? 

My very first concert was Styx with my then-husband. It was horrible. The loud, booming noise, music I didn’t like or understand the words, the screaming fans and terrible smoke. I couldn’t wait to leave. The things we do in the name of love, right? I’ve been to a few concerts since to artists I like and was turned off by the insane screaming of the fans, drowning out the performers. I’d rather stay home and watch them  on the computer. 

I agree. Sometimes it can all be a little overwhelming with all of the crowds and pyrotechnics. Music has certainly changed a lot over the years that’s for sure. Imagine what past generations would think of the way things are now. Hey, speaking of which, if you could live in any other time, when would it be?

I would have loved to be around in the later 1800’s. Civil War is ending, new century on the horizon. The frontier is still unsettled. There are so many opportunities for people to make their mark. Life would be simpler without all the technological hindrances of today. Harder, but also less intense, stress–filled with our hurried pace.

Yep, there are certainly plenty of pros and cons with any era. One thing I think would enjoy about that time would be the  old fashioned dresses and riding horses everywhere you went. They are such beautiful animals.

I know! I love horses, all things about them. Their strength, beauty, spirit, grace, willingness to be our friend and helper. They are such gentle giants (usually). I dearly miss having horses. Perhaps one day…

There is nothing better than seeing horses running, just enjoying life. *sigh*  You know, one of my friends loves horses so much, they have a tattoo of one. What about you? Do you have any tats?

I don’t have any tattoos but sometimes dream of getting a phoenix. The mythological bird that burns itself every 500 years on a funeral pyre and is reborn. To me, it is my personal mantra, or symbol of starting over from the ashes of my previous life. I am brighter and better than before. 

It has been really great talking to you today. Before you go, can you tell us a little but more about yourself?

Okay. I’m a North Carolina writer who likes to pen romances with a twist. Love stories blended as inspirational, with paranormal, suspense or time travel–or several at once. I also write non-fiction for regional periodicals. My dad is a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry, so I came by the writing gene honestly.
I live in a 1920’s cottage with a menagerie of pets. And I often daydream of the shore and frequently uses water as settings in my stories.

What about hobbies?

My hobbies include poetry, bird watching, houseplants and gardening, gathering with friends, hiking in the forest, painting canvas and ceramics, and working wiggly word find puzzles, mah johngg or chess. 

Ryan, thank you again for stopping by. Where can readers find you?

They can click on one of the links below.
 
WEBSITE: http://www.ryanjosummers.com  

BLOG: http:summersrye.wordpress.com  

TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/RyanJoSummers

FB:  
www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Jo-Summers-author-page/312875648810797

ROMANCE REVIEWS:
http://www.theromancereviews.com/mypage.php?location=ryanjosummers

GOODREADS:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6604705.Ryan_Jo_Summers

Cool and unique

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Shaving A Shih Tzu…..

Hi everybody! It’s summer time and you know what that means. Hot, hot, hot. Everyone attempts to stay cool. Now it’s your job to keep your pets cool. Like giving them cold water to drink, keeping them inside when it’s too hot to be outside, and maybe even giving them a haircut if their hair is long. But….have you ever tried to shave a Shih Tzu? 

 

Well believe me, it is hard work. The best thing, of course, would be to take your furry friends to the groomer.  
 

However, when you don’t have the $65-90 per dog to do that, your only choice is to do it yourself. It takes a lot of time and patience. And don’t forget good clippers.  


    
 

Most dogs generally don’t like being groomed and they would much rather run for the hills.  

   
Take my two for example:

 

Now Tucker tries to run as soon as he sees the clippers emerge from their case but finally realizes that it’s going to happen so he might as well just go with it. 

But Dylan on the other hand… 

 

He tries to run before, during, and after getting shaved. I guess he thinks that if he keeps trying to get away, it will eventually pay off. Wrong…

Shih Tzus have a lot of hair. A LOT. And it’s thick too. When you finally get through that dense mass with the clippers, you will probably have a pile similar to these. They may not look very big but keep in mind that they are about 5-6 inches deep in the center: 

   

  
Next, it’s bath time!   

 

Here again, my dogs are completely opposite when it comes to baths. Tucker tries to flee the tub while Dylan just takes it all in. Afterwards, Tucker just wants a good old fashioned towel dry but Dylan likes to be pampered with the blow dryer… 

   
Now that their baths are over, it’s time to let them go enjoy their new hair do. Or not…  


    
Well they may not be real happy right now but I know that if they could talk, when it’s super hot this summer, they would both give me a big, loud  

   
  Which I would of course take as: “Thank you and we love you too. “