Sep 30, 2016

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Cat Who..., #1)

The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (Cat Who..., #1)The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not sure why I haven't read this one before as I have read numbers 2, 3, and 4 and enjoyed them as usual it is a quirky read. In the book Qwilleran has just come to town and been assigned the art beat. Befriended by the art critic for the newspaper he rents the downstairs apartment from him and soon finds himself running errands and cat setting for him. Qwilleran becomes enchanted with Koko (the cat) and spends many happy hours playing with him.

When a local gallery owner winds up dead, Qwilleran starts investigating oddly enough the investigation begins to point toward the art critic who has also meet an untimely end. When Qwilleran with Koko's help finds the stash of paintings supposedly by the famous Scrano the pieces began to fall in place. When the killer returns to cover his tracks Koko alerts Qwilleran and the two capture the dastardly artist.

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Sep 28, 2016

Rampage (The Singular Menace, #3)

Rampage (The Singular Menace, #3)Rampage by John Sandford
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Shay and friends gather enough evidence against Singular to bury them, they uncover the plot to assassinate the President and while Harmon goes to warn the Secret Service Shay and X attack Thorne and prevent him from taking the kill shot.

The CIA recruits Shay for a job, so we should be seeing her and Harmon again.

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Sep 27, 2016

All we lack is a mirror

 The walls were repainted light blue. Technically it's considered an off white color, but it looks light blue to me.

 The granite counter top with the under-mount sink was installed. I am really loving it, it makes clean up so easy.

 I found these cute bags to keep my makeup in.

 Bo taped around the shower so he didn't get paint on the tile.

 I found this light fixture at I just love it.

 Bo also got new light switches and outlet. I particularly like the outlet it has a nightlight built into it.

Bo got the sink faucet installed. I just love the sleek polished chrome design of the faucets, it makes cleaning them so much easier.

 I got the towel bar that matches the faucets. It's a Kohler Coralais 24" Towel Bar in Polished Chrome.

 Bo painted the trim for the door and put it back up.

 And finally the commode was reinstalled. it's the only thing from the old bathroom. I found the neat Toilet Paper Holder at Ross'.

 The cute wicker magazine holder was at Marshalls on clearance. I was hesitant about the dark brown color (I would have preferred white), but it actually compliments the decorative towels I found at Kohls nicely.

 The toothbrush holder, cup, soap dish and dispenser are Lenox Butterfly Meadow.

 This small makeup mirror is a temporary fix until we get our bathroom mirrow.

 Wamsutta® Toilet Lid Cover in Slate from Bed Bath & Beyond. I got it and the matching towels on Clearance + a 20% off on the entire order coupon thanks to my walking buddy. The towels are so luxurious I feel like I am at a spa when I get out of the shower. The Bathmat was on sale at Kohl's. And I just adore the cat toilet brush holder hiding over in the corner. I found it at Bed Bath & Beyond.

 The Decorative Towels I got at Kohl's the same day I purchased the bathmat

 I just love my vanity. The drawers give me so much more space. I can actually get everything inside the vanity. I love having all the storage.

 And the extra floor space makes the bathroom feel larger.

 This is perfect for storing Q-tips and cottonballs

 The shower curtain is Lenox Butterfly Meadow too. The crotchet Butterfly was made by my Great-Aunt and I had it in the bedroom before. I may get a different color for the back as the blue doesn't really stand out.

 Lots of space in the shower for everything. I just love that.

I am very pleased with the Master Bath remodel even though it seemed to take forever. All we lack now is the bathroom mirror and I think (fingers crossed) we will be getting it soon.

Sep 26, 2016

Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)

Sandstorm (Sigma Force, #1)Sandstorm by James Rollins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An accident at the British Museum gives Kara a clue into her Father's death and with the help of her half-sister Safia, Omaha (Safia's fiancee), and Painter Crowe from Sigma Force they find the lost city of Ubar and it's mysterious "power" while being pursued by Cassandra and The Guild.

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Sep 19, 2016

Zoo 2 (Zoo, #1.5)

Zoo 2 (Zoo, #1.5)Zoo 2 by James Patterson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's very seldom I like a TV series or movie better than the book, but in this case I much prefer the TV series.

Jackson Oz is living with his wife Chloe and son Eli when he is summoned to work on a cure for the HAC (Human Animal Conflict). He leaves Chloe in Paris with her parents while he jets off around the world after Feral Humans.

Chloe's Step-Mother who is suffering from dementia let's the wild animals into their apartment. Chloe's Father sacrifices himself so Chloe and Eli can escaped, eventually she is reunited with Jackson who has had to weather his own near misses with death. Unfortunately Chloe is infected and their only hope is Jackson will find a cure in time.

As usual Oz saves the day, but before we can rejoice the COCKROACHES COME.

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Sep 18, 2016

Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel

Rushing WatersRushing Waters by Danielle Steel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Annoyed that when she mentioned Hurricane Katerina it was in connection with New Orleans nary a mention of Mississippi where Hurricane Katrina did the most damage, and uh you know actually MADE LANDFALL.

Hurricane Katerina did not hit New Orleans, Hurricane Katerina made landfall near the Louisiana–Mississippi border with 120 mph (190 km/h) sustained winds, still at Category 3 intensity. Katrina maintained strength well into Mississippi, finally losing hurricane strength more than 150 miles (240 km) inland near Meridian, Mississippi. The Gulf coast of Mississippi suffered massive damage from the impact of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, leaving 238 people dead, 67 missing, and billions of dollars in damage: bridges, barges, boats, piers, houses and cars were washed inland.[75] Katrina traveled up the entire state of Mississippi, and afterwards, all 82 counties in Mississippi were declared disaster areas for federal assistance, 47 for full assistance.[75]

After making a brief initial landfall in Louisiana, Katrina had made its final landfall near the state line, and the eyewall passed over the cities of Bay St. Louis, MS and Waveland, MS as a Category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 120 mph (190 km/h).[1] Katrina's powerful right-front quadrant passed over the west and central Mississippi coast, causing a powerful 27-foot (8.2 m) storm surge, which penetrated 6 miles (10 km) inland in many areas and up to 12 miles (19 km) inland along bays and rivers; in some areas, the surge crossed Interstate 10 for several miles.[1] Hurricane Katrina brought strong winds to Mississippi, which caused significant tree damage throughout the state. The highest unofficial reported wind gust recorded from Katrina was one of 135 mph (217 km/h) in Poplarville, MS in Pearl River County.[1]

She also claimed that Hurricane Sandy was worse than Hurricane Katerina, which isn't true. It is also patently obvious that Danielle Steel has never been in a Hurricane

When Hurricane Ophelia hits Grace Madison and her daughter are still in Grace's apartment because Grace refused to leave even though the apartment was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Luckily for them a rescue boat comes by soon after Grace's apartment is flooded again and they are helped into the boat along with Grace's dog. So glad they let the dog in the boat. During Katerina many people were forced to leave their pets behind because rescue workers refused to allow them in the boats.

They are then taken to a shelter where people are allowed to keep their pets with them. Must be nice down here there are currently no shelters that allow you to keep your pets with you. You are forced to leave your pets with strangers at a separate shelter. Eventually their neighbor Bob finds them at the shelter and they go to stay with him and his agent Jim Aldrich at Jim's apartment. Grace and Jim enjoy each others company and eventually become a couple. While Ellen is still in New York helping her Mother recover from the Hurricane her husband informs her over the phone that he wants a divorce so he can marry someone else. Eventually Ellen decides to relocate to New York permanently and the friendship between her and Bob blossoms.

Gina realizes her ex-husband is more dependable than her lover and returns to England with him.

A young college boy Peter has to deal with the guilt he feels over surviving when his friend and roommate Ben didn't after they attempt to swim out of the downtown area where they had foolishly stayed in their apartment to watch the storm.

A ER doctor finds romance with a rescue worker she meets during her hospitals evacuation after they lose power.

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Many pets were shot by so called rescuers The Dogs of Hurricane Katerina
The Dogs of Hurricane Katrina
The Dogs of Hurricane Katrina

Sep 16, 2016

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (Goodreads Author)

Rogue LawyerRogue Lawyer by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Grisham takes on the tough topic of Police invading our homes and MURDERING OUR PETS and sometimes the homeowners themselves.

Rogue Lawyer, Sebastian Rudd, and his paralegal/bodyguard, Partner represent Doug Renfro after the police SWAT Team invade his home during the middle of the night, murder his wife (Kitty) and their two dogs (12 year old yellow lab Spike and a small schnauzer) and severely wound Doug Renfro. Doug & Kitty were model citizens who had owned their home in a quiet suburb of the city for 30 years. Their "crime" having an unsecured wireless router that a 19 year old neighbor piggybacked off of without their knowledge or permission. Thanks to stupid state laws Doug is charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. In contrast the real criminal 19 year old Lance is arrested in the middle of the afternoon by three plain clothes detectives who politely knock on his door and serve him with a warrant. Sebastian not only proves that Doug and Kitty were INNOCENT of all crimes but that after being awaken by the gunshots that killed Spike in their home there was no way they could know that the armed invaders wearing war paint were police officers. The Jury finds Doug Renfro NOT GUILTY and ask if their is any way the police officers who MURDERED Kitty can be charged. Unfortunately not, due to bad State laws that give police officers immunity even when they are in the WRONG.

Other cases Rudd takes aren't so easy for him to deal with Tadeo Zapate refuses to take the excellent deal Rudd brokered for him and Arch Swanger uses him to communicate with the police. An ongoing custody battle with his lesbian ex-wife leaves him feeling disillusioned. At the end of the book Rudd is contemplating leaving town for good.

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Sep 12, 2016

The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)

The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4)The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It's a little confusing as it opens before the ending of The Dragon Reborn (Wheel of Time, #3) it begins with Min traveling to Tar Valon on Moiraine's order to inform the Amyrlin that Rand is headed to Tear. While waiting to see the Amyrlin, Min sees many of the Aes Sedai, Warders, and servants injured or dead. She informs the Amyrlin of her vision as well as giving her the information for Moiraine. The Amyrlin request Min stay in Tar Valon and help her find the Black Ajah.

Meanwhile in Tear Perrin, Mat and Rand all fall under attack, from manifestations sent by the Dark One. Perrin determines to get Faile to leave before she is injured. Mat talks with Thom about leaving but is easily persuaded to stay.

Rand and Elayne grow closer. Tear is attacked and Rand must use all his powers to save as many as possible. Egwene meets a Wise One when dream walking and receives instructions on how to find her in the Waste. Aviendha, is summoned by the Wise Ones. Perrin learns the Whitecloaks are attacking Two Rivers and is determined to go there without Faile, in order to sacrifice himself and save his friends and family in Two Rivers.

Faile tricks Loial into promising to take her through the Ways before he takes anyone else and to take her wherever she wishes to go, so Perrin is forced to go with Loial and Faile to Two Rivers. Moiraine, Rand and Mat go through a ter'angreal that is supposed to answer questions. Mat learns he will marry the Daughter of the Nine Moons and that he must go to Rhuidean. We don't learn what Moiraine and Rand are told, but afterwards Rand takes the Aiel, Moiraine, Lan, and Mat through a Portal to the outskirts of Rhuidean. The Wise Ones allow Mat and Rand (we learn his Father was Aiel) to go to Rhuidean, Rand goes through the Rings and while waiting on him Mat finds another ter'angreal and is hanged by the odd creatures in it. He winds up in the Rings with Rand and Rand saves his life. They leave Rhuidean. Moiraine is told she must go to Rhuidean by the Wise Ones and sets out after Mat and Rand. Aviendha is also sent to Rhuidean. Egwene is told the Wise Ones will instruct her in dream walking. While in the Rings Rand learns the origins of the Aiel and that they once followed the "Way of the Leaf" (the Tinkers Perrin and Egwene meet aka Tuatha'an) and that the Aes Sedai entrusted them with sacred objects.

Perrin learns his entire family has been killed when he arrives in Two Rivers supposedly by Trollocs but it was actually the Whitecloaks that killed them. Mat's Mother and sisters as well as the Luhhan's have been taken prisoner by the Whitecloaks, and Tam and Mat's Father (Abell) are hiding in the woods. Perrin finds Tam and Abell along with two Aes Sedai (Verin and Alanna) along with their Warders. Together they rescue the Luhhan's and Mat's family from the Whitecloaks. Perrin and a band of boys his age go hunting for Trollocs, while the rest of the group returns to Emond's Field. Perrin convinces the farmers of Two Rivers to abandon their farms and head to one of the towns. Lord Luc (supposedly one of the Hunters of the Horn) rubs Perrin the wrong way and he later suspects that Lord Luc is Slayer from his Wolf Dreams. Perrin and his band are ambushed by Trollocs they manage to escape and are given aid by the Tuatha'an. Perrin encourages them to go to Emond's Field with them but the Tinkers refuse. After the Tinkers are attacked by Trollocs the survivors flee to Emond's Field and Perrin forces the villagers to take them in. Things become dire in Emond's Field and Perrin sends Faile away, but before she leaves they marry. In an attempt to save Emond's Field Perrin makes a deal with the Whitecloaks but they fail to keep their end of the bargain. Emond's Field is fixing to be overrun with Trollocs when Faile returns with reinforcements. After the Trollocs are beaten the Whitecloaks try to arrest Perrin, but since they failed to fight for the villagers of Emond's Field against the Trollocs Perrin refuses to go with them and the people of Two Rivers run the Whitecloaks out of the Valley.

Elayne and Nynaeve become friends with Egeanin in Tanchico they are shocked to discover she is a Seanchan. With Egeanin's help they rescue the Planchard and retrieve the Seal (which they plan to take to the Tower) and the sa'angreal which can harm Rand, they plan for it to be dropped in the deepest part of the Ocean, once they realize they can not destroy it.

After Siuan Sanche (The Amyrlin Seat) is overthrown she and Leane are stilled, with Min's help they escape Tar Valon with Logain (one of the False Dragons).

Rand arranges to meet all the Aiel at Alcair Dal where he will proclaim himself Car'a'carn, unfortunately Couladin pretends to be the Car'a'carn and Rand is forced to reveal the Aiel's origins as the Tuatha'an who followed the "Way of the Leaf" until they killed and were cast out by the Tuatha'an. When warfare breaks out amongst the Aiel Rand causes it to rain. Lanfear comes to him and he opens a door to Rhuidean where he battles Asmodean (one of the Forsaken) for a powerful angreal. Rand is able to cut Asmodean's cords to the Dark One and forces Asmodean to teach him what he needs to know to wield the One Power. Rand returns to the Aiel at Alcair Dal and takes control.

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Sep 7, 2016

Remodeling (July Update)

 I am way behind sharing the progress, the only thing we actually lack now is the mirror.  I shared the tile with you last time. Now we have the faucets. I choose Kohler faucets from the Coralais family, in polished chrome. I love the sleek design that makes them super easy to clean.

 They used the granite to create corner shelves and to accent the recessed shelf, I have plenty of space for all my beauty products.

 And my vanity finally arrived. I just love the cypress wood with the whitewashed finish. I also think it's very clever how they designed the drawer to go on the bottom. It's a fully functional drawer which gives me lots more space than the traditional design for the sink vanity.

 Due to the space issue I had they did a set back for me so now I have three drawers that I can pull all the way out. I also love the way it sits off the floor. It creates the illusion of more floor space than having a built in vanity.

 As you can see once they were installed it looked as if it was all one piece.

 I thought this was a clever idea for a toilet paper holder.

 I found a matching garbage can.

 And the granite vanity top "Platinum Blue"

The new vanity sits up higher than my old one so we had to move the outlets. It is a much more comfortable height for me.

 I love the under mounted sink, it also came from Hard Rock Stone & Tile. I just love their work. Once we found them everything just fell together.

Mercier's Cabinet and Woodworking, Inc built the vanity, they did excellent work I am very pleased with my vanity and as soon as we can get in touch with the person we need to speak with to place an order,  we plan to order a frame for the bathroom mirror.