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Patricia Gligor: The Malone Mystery Series Part II

Start with Book 1 – Mixed Messages, and don’t stop till you have read them all. Pat does an awesome job with a very serious subject. Actually, in the following excerpt, she deals with two very serious subjects, a child who probably has ADHD and a husband who ??? well, read on and you decide what David has. Of course, you will need to read the book to understand the full nature of David’s problem. This book is beautifully written, the characters are likable, relatable, and very realistic. Pat’s use of Nana said quotes and her references to old TV shows throughout, always brought a smile.

Excerpt:

“And, there’s something else I have to tell you. I met with Davey’s teacher today and she believes Davey has ADHD. That’s Attention Def . . .” “I know what that is!” he shouted over her. “That teacher, she’s nuts! There’s nothing wrong with my son! He’s a normal, red-blooded boy, for God’s sake.” “How can you say that? He can’t even sit still. The teacher says there are special diets and medications . . . .” “You are not giving my son drugs!” He slammed his fist down on the table. “I didn’t say that, David. It’s not that bad. There are all kinds of treatments. We should be grateful it’s something so minor. Think about all the things it could be: leukemia, a brain tumor. My God, we’re so fortunate.” “Fortunate my ass!” he screamed.

“You and that stupid teacher. You’re both crazy! You want my son to be a zombie!” He pushed back his chair, picked up the serving platter of spaghetti with meat sauce and hurled it at the kitchen sink. “That’s what I think of that. I’m outta here. I can’t stand the sight of you right now.” He grabbed his trench coat off of the hook by the door and his car keys off of the counter and slammed the door on his way out.

I guess the relationship between the two main characters, Ann and David is what I took from this story. But, I have to say, there is so much more, like threatening phone calls, and a serial killer, hmmm! If you like a little mystery and suspense along with a serious subject that will have your emotions all stirred up, then I highly recommend Mixed Messages, And don’t stop there; here is my take on Book 2, Unfinished Business.

Book 2 – Unfinished Business (A Malone Mystery)

And the Saga continues in Unfinished Busines; Is the serial killer dead? We thought so at the end of Book 1. But more women are found dead. Ann’s sister, Marnie, comes to visit for Christmas; Does she bring a serial killer with her? Or is it Charlie, who lets himself into Ann and David’s apartment? Maybe the upstairs neighbor? Of course, there is the backstory about Ann and Marnie’s parents. Could that have something to do with the serial killer? Ann’s employer? The very unusual priest? This is definitely a page turner, Patricia sends her reader in every imaginable direction to find out who he is.   I love all the backstories and the thoughts that invade the minds of Ann and Marnie. I found myself at the edge of my seat wondering how the story would unfold. And guess what? I already knew who the killer was since I read the books out of order. Now if an author can keep you reading even though you know who it is, that’s an author you want to keep an eye on.

Patricia Gligor, you keep writing and I will keep reading!

So there it is folks, I truly recommend the Malone Series. There are 5 books in the series, and I reviewed Books 3,4 and 5 at the following link. There is also more about Patricia and her personal interview. Review of Books 3,4 and 5 of the Malone Mysteries

I hope everyone is enjoying their week and you have a great weekend planned…..

And As Always Don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh and By All Means, Read (and don’t forget to review, it truly only takes a few minutes and can be as short as one sentence…. 🙂

Sharon

It’s 3 a.m. On Tuesday morning and I can’t seem to move my leg!

Me: Ugh, I can’t move my leg.

Mama-Leigh: It’s okay mom, it’s just me keeping you warm.

Bruce: And me helping out, gram. Don’t forget me.

Me: Could you guys move over just a little so I can stretch out a bit?

Mama-Leigh: I don’t think so mom, I am pretty comfy right here.

Bruce: Me too gram, I like this spot.

Me: OK, so I will just move to the other side, you guys just rest.

Bruce, standing, stretching, shaking and giving me The Look! Are you kidding? You moved and now I gotta move too. Shoving the blanket and sheet with his nose to get my attention, I slowly lift it and allow him to go under and climb aboard my leg. Thanks, gram,  plop, snore!

Mama Leigh, standing, stretching, shaking and
giving me The Look, while climbing on my ribs. (Ouch)! Ahh, excuse me, mom, did you really move?

Me: Yes, yes I did! You need to get off my ribs, that hurts.

Mama-Leigh: Nudging my arm, okay, just give me some room under your arm and don’t forget to share the pillow with me, Oh and a little blanket would be nice too! Thanks, mom, plop, snore!

Me: 3 a.m. Thoughts: Dogs are therapeutic? Ahh, not at 3 a.m, they’re not!!!! But, how can anyone not love those faces!!! 🙂

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I have met yet another, “I must read everything she writes” author!

I am talking about the Malone Mysteries, by Patricia Gligor. Although I have never met Patricia in person, I can feel her presence throughout the series…. Now, I do have one little confession to make. I know that I always recommend reading a series in order… and once again, I will tell you that is the best way to read this series. But, I didn’t take my own advice. I actually have only read three of the five books in the series, But, I didn’t want to wait any longer to introduce you to Patricia. I will tell you a little about her, A little about each of the books and give you my thoughts on the three books that I have already read. And as a special treat, Pat has agreed to answer some personal questions also. Let’s get started!

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I have not yet read Books One and Two, so I will give you a synopsis from Amazon and once I complete those two books, I will come back and share my review. (cause I already know they will be good).

Book One: Mixed Messages

It is estimated there are at least twenty to thirty active serial killers in the United States at any given time. There’s one on the loose on the west side of Cincinnati. It’s the week of Halloween and Ann Kern struggles with several issues. Her primary concern is her marriage which, like her west side neighborhood, is in jeopardy. Her husband is drinking heavily and his behavior toward her is erratic. One minute, he’s the kind, loving man she married and, the next minute, he’s cold and cruel. Ann dismisses a psychic’s warning that she is in danger. But, when she receives a series of ominous biblical quotes, she grows nervous and suspicious of everyone, including her own husband. As the bizarre and frightening events unfold, Ann discovers a handmade tombstone marked with her name, pushing her close to the edge. Will she be the Westwood Strangler’s next victim?

Book Two: Unfinished Business

Ann Kern is busy preparing for her favorite holiday. She’s especially looking forward to her sister’s annual Christmas visit. But, several things threaten to ruin her festive mood.
The National Weather Service issues a severe winter storm warning for the Cincinnati area, predicting blizzard conditions, and Ann worries that her sister and her new boyfriend won’t be able to make the drive from South Carolina.
Then, a woman is found strangled in Ann’s neighborhood and everyone, including the police, assumes it’s the work of a copycat killer. However, when two more women are murdered in their homes, the police announce their conviction that the Westwood Strangler is responsible.
When Ann hears the news, the sense of safety and security she’s worked so hard to recapture since her attack on Halloween night shatters. If the intruder who died in her apartment wasn’t the Westwood Strangler, who is? And, who will be the next victim?

Book Three: Desperate Deeds

As Ann Kern starts her new business as an interior decorator, the temperatures have risen, tulips and daffodils are in bloom and there’s a feeling of endless possibilities in the air. She has no idea that her world is about to be turned upside down.
When Janis Riley, a woman for whom money is no object, contacts Ann to redecorate her house, she is elated. But the initial visit with her first client leaves her with mixed emotions. Why did Janis react so strangely to seeing a photo of Davey, Ann’s six-year-old son?
But Ann has bigger problems. Her husband, David, a recovering alcoholic, has lost both his mother and his job and Ann worries that he’ll start drinking again. To add to her concerns, their next-door-neighbor, Dorothy Baker, is severely depressed but Ann’s efforts to help her are rebuffed.
Ann is terrified when she wakes up the day before Easter to find Davey gone. Another child, Kelly Kramer, has been missing since December. Where are the children? And what, if anything, can Ann do to get her son back?

My Thoughts:

A page turner from the beginning, Desperate Deeds is definitely an edge of your seat read. The characters are well thought out, and you can’t help but feel sorry for Ann. She could be your sister or your friend. I really enjoy Patricia’s writing style. Throughout the story, which goes in so many directions and has its reader really thinking, Patricia adds a little humor now again to make you smile. Twists and turns, mystery and suspense, Desperate Deeds has it all.

Book Four: Mistaken Identity

Ann feels like she’s in Paradise as she digs her toes into the soft, white sand and gazes out at the ocean. She’s looked forward to this trip to South Carolina for a long time and all she wants to do is bask in the sun, resting and relaxing.
She and her two young children are enjoying their time on Fripp Island with Ann’s sister, Marnie, and Marnie’s elderly friend and former neighbor, Clara Brunner, a longtime resident with a vast knowledge of the island and the people who live there. At the fourth of July fireworks, Clara introduces them to newlyweds Jenny and Mark Hall and their families.
But Ann’s plans for a peaceful vacation are shattered the next morning. When she goes for a solitary walk on the beach, she discovers the body of a young woman with the chain of a gold locket twisted around her neck and she immediately recognizes the locket as the one Jenny Hall was wearing the night before.
Shocked and saddened, Ann is determined to try to find the killer and to see them brought to justice. She convinces Marnie and Clara to join her in conducting an investigation but, in the process, she places her own life in jeopardy.

My Thoughts:

I love the characters in the Malone Mysteries. They are down to earth and easy to relate to. The plot is interesting and keeps you guessing through all the hints along the way. I did guess the person behind the murder but wasn’t absolutely sure until the reveal near the end! I enjoyed Patricia’s writing style and smiled at her mention of “The Women’s Murder Club” by James Patterson, one of my favorite series!

Book Five: Marnie Malone

It’s Marnie’s last week at the law firm of Cliburn & Reeves and she feels like she’s riding an emotional roller coaster. Up when she wins the divorce and custody battle for Callie Jackson against her abusive husband, Jed. And plummeting down when one witness after another decides not to testify against Mark Hall, an attorney at another Charleston firm and an “alleged” serial rapist.
Marnie receives one threat after another and she constantly feels the need to look over her shoulder, convinced that someone is stalking her. With Sam out of town on business, she’s alone in the big, old farmhouse and strange things are happening. Noises in the attic, creaking floorboards and someone watching her from the woods.
As she tries to determine the identity of the stalker, the list of men who have grudges against her grows longer each day. In her line of work, she’s made enemies. Is the stalker someone from the past or one of the men on her list? And, how far will he go?

My Thoughts:

For sure this is my favorite Book Cover of the five books in the series. I can’t say that it’s my favorite read because I have enjoyed all three so far. I can’t wait to go back and read Books One and Two. This plot focuses on Marnie rather than Ann. However, the characters we have come to love are here too. I am not so sure I would be as brave as Marnie is, but I would like to think so. Marnie is a strong character and represents all of us strong women out here. 🙂 Like the other Malone mysteries, Marnie Malone is filled with suspense and mystery, with a touch of romance thrown in. Again, I love the way Patricia relates to everyday life… throwing in comments about TV shows that those of us of a certain age will remember, and those younger folks will know because of all the reruns still going on. I won’t spoil the ending, just know that it ends with a great big 🙂

About the Author: From Amazon

Patricia Gligor lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling.
She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction.
Ms. Gligor writes the Malone Mystery Series. “Mixed Messages,” “Unfinished Business,” “Desperate Deeds,” “Mistaken Identity” and “Marnie Malone” were published by Post Mortem Press and are available at amazon.com, B&N and postmortem-press.com in paper and Kindle formats.

Up Close and Personal: Pat has graciously answered some personal questions, Enjoy getting to know her, I know I did!

I know that for most authors writing is their Dream job! But if you were unable to write for some reason, what profession would you fall back on? 

I shudder to think of that because, after working in retail for many, many years with limited time to write, I’m finally doing what I love most: writing full time. But, since I’m “retired” (funny because I’m busier now than I’ve ever been), I would probably do some volunteer work. There are so many worthwhile causes and so many organizations that rely on volunteers.

If one of your books was made into a movie, and you could be an actor, which character would you play and why? 

If I could be a much younger actor, I would enjoy playing Marnie because I admire her spunk!

Me Too! and I could see you being Marnie!

Have you written or want to write an autobiography? 

No, I never have and I have no desire to write one. Years ago, I wrote three short stories that were published locally. When my father read them he said, “These are about you.” That got me to thinking and I realized he was right. Fortunately, I got the urge to write about myself out of my system with those stories. Admittedly though, I see bits and pieces of myself in Ann and in Marnie.

🙂 That’s funny because even though I have not yet met you in person, I kinda felt like you were in their characters. And with many of your references, I felt like you may be writing about your mom too! 

Have you ever written a song? Or wanted to? If so, tell us about that song! 

Although I love all kinds of music and enjoying singing – when I’m alone; I don’t want to torture anyone – I’ve never written a song. I’ll stick to mystery/suspense novels.

Do you play an instrument? If so, which one/ones? Did you take lessons or learn on your own? 

I play the piano. I took lessons when I was in grade school and I entered a competition and came in second. Now, I’m out of practice. It’s been years since I played more than Chopsticks or the theme song for the old TV show “Seventy-seven Sunset Strip,” which I learned as a child.

My favorite, I have been waiting for one of my author friends to tell me they play the piano. 🙂

If you could move any place you wanted (except Hawaii) as long as it’s in the U. S., where would you want to go? 

Well, I love South Carolina (the setting for my last two Malone mysteries) so, if I have to stay in the U.S., I would probably move to one of the small coastal towns there.

If you could sit on a bench with someone living or deceased, who would it be and what would your first comment be? 

Robert Redford! My first comment? “Come home with me.”

LOL…… Meeeeee Tooooo! 

What famous author would you like to be most like?

Mary Higgins Clark. Not only is she an incredible writer but, having met her at one of her book signings, I can honestly say that she’s also an extremely nice person who took the time to encourage me to “write that novel.”

I enjoy her too, and I am glad you followed her lead.

Tell us something about yourself that not many people know.

That’s a tough one for me because I’m pretty much an open book. But, like everyone, I have my secrets and, since they are secrets, I’m afraid they’ll have to remain a mystery.

Don’t we all… 

Well, There you have it…. You can find Patricia’s books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads. And as usual, if I wrote about them,  I can honestly say that I highly recommend them!

I hope you enjoyed my post as much as I enjoyed writing it… and As ALways, Don’t Forget to Live, Love, Laugh, and of course READ! And Leave reveiws!

Have a wonderful week!

Sharon

 

 

 

Are We Ever Really Ready?

Interesting question. Recently a friend lost a close friend and she commented that she was ready, but her family and friends weren’t. I began to think about that comment and I guess that is always the case. But then again, is it?

Are we ever really ready? Fact: let’s be real, family and friends are never ready to lose someone they love! But are we ready? What does that mean anyway? Ready for what? Ready to find out if there really is a heaven or hell? We believe there is, but does that make it so? Ready for our lives to end? Ready to leave our family and friends? Ready to join our loved ones who have gone before us?

I have a good friend that I chat on the phone with once or twice a week! Nancy is 10 years older than me and she is always commenting about being ready. “Come on Lord, she says, I’m ready!”  Then she laughs and tells me that if she really was ready, she wouldn’t get up every morning and take all the medication the doc has prescribed. That always makes me laugh out loud. Why? Because  it’s true.

I am a real good example of that, I hate drugs, but for the rest of my life, I will go to the clinic every 3 or 4 weeks and pump my body full of drugs! Poisonous ones at that!  Why? Because I am Not Ready!

I have kids, grown ones, but my kids never the less! I need more time to aggravate the heck out of them! I have grandkids that I need to shower with gifts, hugs, and kisses! And spoil, just because I can! I have friends, I love making them laugh, even if it’s at my expense! 😀

So today I will start my latest round of chemo, and in between the pain that I know I will have, and the tears that I know I will shed, I will smile, and do my best to enjoy the time that I have left!

And the one thing that I know I will NOT DO, is give up! I will fight this Damn Cancer until I can’t fight anymore! I am no dummy, I will win some of the battles, but I know that in the end the cancer will win the war! But guess what?

It. Ain’t. Happening. Until. I. AM. READY!

And of course, God has to be Ready for me too!

That’s it for now! Have a great week and don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh and By All Means, READ! And write reviews. My author friends get so upset when they don’t get reviews! Geez, so touchy aren’t they? 😀

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh My Goodness, Frank Renzi, Are You getting soft? Featuring my favorite criminal, Natalie! Book Seven in the Frank Renzi series, Natalie’s Dilemma, by Susan Fleet

All I can say at this point is that Natalie’s Dilemma is no 5 Star Book… Nope, I need to give it 6, 7, 8 or maybe 10 stars! I absolutely love this series! Natalie is a criminal who puts you on the edge of your seat, all the time. But is she really a criminal? Does your heart go out to her?

Bullets flying everywhere, Mafia, (now these guys are criminals, no doubt about it!), Murder, Kidnapping, CIA, FBI, NOPD, and of course, Natalie in the middle of it all!

I have been reading this series for years now, and it just keeps getting better. I actually featured Susan back in November 2015.. see the article at Frank Renzi Post from November 2015.

So what does Natalie do? Does she run? Does she protect the child? There are bullets everywhere, does she turn to Detective Renzi for help? I guess you will need to pick up a copy of this book to find out. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. Of course, any of the Detective Renzi mysteries can be read as stand alone books… but if you really want to get to know the characters, I would suggest you start from the beginning. See my link above for a review of the Series.

Susan does an awesome job of building the characters from book to book and makes her reader feel like they are on scene wherever they are… Italy, NY, New Orleans… Susan does a tremendous amount of research into the characters, places, events and police work. It absolutely shows in this series. And just in case you haven’t figured it out already, I Highly Recommend The Frank Renzi Series.

Enjoy your week, and don’t forget to:

Live, Love, Laugh and by All Means, Read!

Sharon

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know: Useful or Useless Facts: You Decide!

 

 

While browsing the Internet, I came across this website called Did-You-Know.  I started reading some of these facts and found some to be quite interesting, and some… Not so much! So I thought I would bring a few of them into my blog and let you decide. Are they Useful or Useless?  Enjoy! Since the website allows for public sharing as in Google, I figured I would be safe to share it here as well… Click the link at the end of the post to browse the site.

Did you know: dreamt is the only word that ends in mt

Did you know: hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backward,

Did you know: an average person will spend 25 years asleep.

Did you know: apples are more effective at waking you up in the morning than coffee.

Did you know: Americans eat 35,000 tons of pasta a year.

Did you know: the average person laughs 10 times a day.

 

And there are so many more Did you Knows  Click here for the privacy policy and enjoy the site.

 

Did You Know? Quote of the Day:

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a Month.”

                                                                          Theodore Roosevelt

Enjoy and don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh, and by all Means READ!

Have a great weekend!

Sharon

Goodbye February, Hello March

Here we go, another month has gone by… I do have to say that I am glad it was a short one. Things were a bit crazy in February.

Let’s take a look at my resolutions, or should I say goals for 2017.

1) I want to lose 20 pounds! That doesn’t seem like much but it will be difficult since I like to eat.

Not happening; I tend to be retaining fluids a little more than I want to… not to mention eating lots of things I shouldn’t be. Maybe March will be better.

2) Exercise daily. That’s a tough one, but I will think positive.

Well, exercise as in am I getting my steps in? went pretty well this month. I would say that I got them in about three quarters of the month.

3) Read 50-75 books. This should not be hard since it is what I love to do!

I am not doing as well on this one as I would like. My concentration is a bit off; actually a little more than a bit… it’s a lot off. I read 1 book and listened to 4 audio books this month. I guess that isn’t too bad. That gives me a total of 9 for 2017. If I hustle, I can at least get the 50 in. 😀

4) Get back to writing my blog!!! If not weekly,  Then biweekly.

Finally, one that I can say yes to, I am on track with this…. I am writing my blog.

February was filled with doctor appointments, bloodwork and scans. Before I can start any clinical trials, I have to qualify. Qualify? Really? Well, what that actually means, is that I have to have good bloodwork, and a strong heart. It’s a waiting game for sure, and I decided to keep moving, and try not to dwell on it. That’s my approach, and I am sticking to it!

My indoor garden is growing nicely; the couple of new plants I added this month seem to be happy.

I bought a new laptop at the end of January and by the end of February I wanted to throw it out the window. Instead I marched it right back to Walmart and traded it in for a better model. 😳 And good news about that… although I spent nearly three hours in the store, they took it back without a box or a receipt… go Walmart… 😀

That’s about it for my February. I hope that everyone had a good month as we welcome March and get closer to leaving the Winter behind.

Until next time, Don’t Forget to Live, Love, Laugh, and by all means Read!

Sharon

 

 

5 Star, 4 Star, 3 Star, How Do I Review and Rate The Books I Read?

I have had folks ask me how I decide what rating to give a book. Some are really really good, and some are somewhat good, and some good, but not my Cup of tea. So that makes this question difficult to answer.

If you follow my facebook page or my blog then you probably know that I give a lot of 5 Star Reviews. I think it’s because I love to read and I do my best to find everything good that I can in a book and its author. But, at the same time, I want to be honest, so therefore I do give out 4 Star and 3 Star Reviews.

I never go lower than a 3 Star and here is the reason why. It’s quite simple actually… it takes talent, creativity, a good grasp of the English language,  and a ton of imagination…. not to mention a strong backbone to put oneself out there for the world to criticize and I am sure my author friends can add a lot more to this list…. But simply put, I can’t do it!

Having said that, why would anybody be downright mean? I recently read a review that gave a book (that I loved by the way) a 1 star! The reviewer actually said, “this book is a mess”! I wanted to ask her how many books she has written and published, but I just shook my head in disbelief. Why people feel the need to be mean is beyond me. I love reading books that border on real life but I also love the fictionalized world. Every so often I will read a review that puts down the author because the events seem a little far fetched. Guess what folks? Its fiction… it’s not real. If you want it all to be real, read non-fiction, it’s as easy as that!

Okay what makes a five star book? One: Description – an example of this! When I am reading I want to be able to feel the wind in my hair, the sun on my face or the cold in my bones! I want to visit the town and meet the people. I also want to see the furniture in the room, the light from the lamps or the darkness on the porch. In other words, I want to be in the scene!  Two: Characters – right from the beginning, I want to get to know the characters, how tall they are, how skinny/fat they are, or perhaps a child so ugly their folks had to tie a porkchop around their neck to get the dog to play with them. 😀 (Just kidding.., no offense intended). By the time I reach the middle of the book, I want to love or strongly dislike the characters. It’s okay to dislike a character, and in no way should it affect the way a book is rated. The character is written a certain way for a reason. And sometimes it is so the reader will dislike him/her. The main point here is to know the character. Three: The plot – I want it to be easy to follow. Consistent, for example not jumping all around so that I can’t tell where we are or who is talking. I read a review recently that rated a book poorly because it was written in different time periods… they said they couldn’t tell from chapter to chapter which period they were in. The funny part is that the author indicated at the beginning of each chapter, whether it was past or present! Really!  The plot has to make sense and come together in the end. Nothing worse then reaching the end and not knowing what happened. You know, like when we learned to write… a beginning, a middle and an ending. Gotta have all three.

I could go on and on but for me, these are the three things that make for a 5 star review! If any of them are missing, the rating becomes a four or a three! Sometimes I will do a comparison, however, not often; authors are all different and I don’t think it’s fair to compare! Especially when they write in different genres.

In closing, let me say this… reviews are important for the success of the author! Don’t review a book you haven’t read! Yes people do that. I have read reviews where the reviewer only read two chapters. Not fair people! Not your cup of tea, fine… if you don’t read… don’t review! If you don’t like it that’s okay, give constructive Criticism or simply say, “not my cup of tea”! I will be honest, I have said that on more than one occasion. It doesn’t mean the book is bad, it just isn’t something I liked!

Just so you know, all of this is just my opinion and lacks any research or fact finding. However, my friend Amy M Reade did a blog post on this very topic…. if you haven’t read it, here’s the link… How To Write a Review. Do go take a peek and read some facts on how an author feels about the topic.

Enjoy, have a wonderful week and don’t forget to:

Live, Love, Laugh and by all means….. READ!

Sharon

 

HERE WE GO AGAIN!

Monday was a wonderful day and I guess I planned it that way! I didn’t want any negative thoughts to enter my mind… Tuesday, not so good! But it’s Valentines day, so I am trying not to think about those nasty negative thoughts that we sometimes allow to overwhelm us!

HERE WE GO AGAIN! 

It’s Mid January and “here we go again!” I am out on one of my fun shopping sprees, I lean to the left and reach for a package on the bottom shelf. “Ouch!” Pain shoots through my ribs like a knife. I sit still for a few minutes and hope that it will go away quickly. Although it lightens up, it doesn’t go away.

I rest through the weekend and then on Monday morning, I send a text message to my oncologist. I tell him what happened on Friday and ask if I should make an appointment with him or my primary care physician.  Since I feel like I pulled a muscle,  He says either one would work. So I make an appointment to see him on Tuesday.

You are probably wondering why I want an appointment with an oncologist when I feel like I pulled a muscle. The answer is easy, the last time I thought I pulled a muscle, I suffered for several months before getting it checked out. As everybody knows, it turned out to be Ovarian Cancer and thus started my 2016 nightmare.

During  my doctors appointment we decide that it probably is just a pulled muscle, but, let’s check it out to make sure. Off to the radiologist for a CTScan. Drinking that chalky shake is always my favorite thing to do first thing in the morning. Not to mention another day of getting that awful dye out of my body! NOT!

The following week, we get the results from the CTScan, and unfortunately we see  some small nodules and now we need to have a biopsy to confirm. The doctor who performed the biopsy was so very cute and he has the nerve to have a beautiful head of curly hair. I ask if he could share, but no, he gets to keep his curls, darn!

Valentine’s Day:   Off we go to the doctor for the results! I bring Amie along with me, because once my ears hear that awful word, you know the one that starts with a C… The next part of the conversation is just a lot of  blah blah blah!

My wonderful doctor, and yes, I do love him, doesn’t look so good! After a little chitchat he tells us that our suspicion that the cancer has returned has been confirmed. It has been less than six months since my last chemo treatment; this means the treatment did not work.

So, in my thoughts I say, what’s next? Good question, I tell myself, as doc continues to talk about all the trial drugs they are using for cancer patients and although there is no cure, the more trials we perform, the closer we get to finding out what works, for the not so near future that is. (Sorry about that run on sentence.)

So, what’s the prognosis I don’t ask…. because you and I already know that only God can answer that question. It could be a month, six months, a year, five years… who knows… But,  this I do know, I am not going to sit around and wait! I am going to live each day as if there won’t be another…  that doesn’t mean I am going to go crazy or anything; it just means that I will continue reading and listening to my books. I will continue supporting my favorite authors, I will binge watch some of my favorite tv shows, and listen to my favorite music; and I love going out to dinner… will do that too! Oh oh oh, and although I probably won’t have a lot to say, I plan to continue writing my blog! 😀

So let’s end this post on a good note! Let me show you my indoor garden! I currently have 3 plants… well, two plants and some tulips! Here they are!

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This is a Philodendron; I love them because they are very hard to kill! And they are pretty too! The little turtle on the left, Dana made it for me for Valentine’s Day, isn’t it adorable? And that pretty little girl on the right, that would be Madelynn! Isn’t she precious?
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You’re  gonna love this! I don’t have a clue as to what this is called! The tag said foliage; LOL… okay then… why did I buy it? Because the tag also said it had been known to change bad moods into good ones! How about that? And I thought it was pretty too! Hard to see in this pic, but that’s Dana peeking through the foliage with a great big toothless smile! 😀
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My tulips; aren’t they lovely? Amie brought them home for me one day just because! She didn’t say just because, I did, it’s one of my favorite sayings. It gives the reader a blank slate! Just fill in the blank with whatever kind thought you would like.

So, that’s all for today, and in closing, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! And as always, don’t forget to Live, Love, Laugh and by all means… Read!

Sharon

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