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Tuesday, September 02, 2008


On Sunday, Elaine needed someone to go with her to Charlotte to pick up two dogs. One is a white Pomeranian and the other is his buddy...a Schnoodle. Mom, Dad and I went with her to get the two adorable dogs. Here they are back at her house.
From A scrapbook of me 8 9 08

From A scrapbook of me 8 9 08

10/15/2008 Update! White Pommie was adopted and is doing very well in his new home. The gray Schnoodle is still with Elaine. She has named him McGruebber. He is the cutest thing you ever saw but he does have a little territorial problem that Elaine is working on. He may or may not be able to be adopted out. She can't adopt him out to someone with an aggression problem unless said person knows a lot about dogs and how to assert themselves as the leader of the pack. McGruebber loves his new Mommy and gets along well with all the other doggies. But when other humans get too close to him or his Mommy, he gets growly and barky and has snapped. This dog would be put to sleep in any humane society because they can't take the liability of adopting out a dog that shows any aggression. But Gruebby is safe and will have a home even if it means he stays with Elaine and Ronnie. They love him and he loves them and is happy. They know how to handle his problem.

11/25/2008 Update! McGruebber found a new home and is very happy. He is doing real well!

Labor Day On The Lake

Stan took Aaron, Evans and one of their friends fishing on Lake Bowen yesterday. They had a good time together fishing and swimming but then the boat refused to crank up and they had to get a tow from the lake rangers. Stan jokingly calls his boat the S.S. Mishap.

Here is Aaron.

Stan's big catch!

Here is Evans.

Aaron and Evans swimming.

This was all Aaron caught yesterday.

Now here was the big catch of the day and Stan caught it! He was tickled! I wish he would have brought it home and I could have fried it!

First High School Football Game This Year

I think Friday night was the first football game of the regular season for high school. Our nephew, Aaron, plays on the Broome High School Football team. I was too tired to make it down to York to see them play but Stan went. Stan's brother, Kenny, is Aaron's father and he went, as well as Stan's mother and sister...Aaron's Grandma and Aunt Angie. Here is Aaron's cheering section!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Third Option by Vince Flynn

A Mitch Rapp Thriller.

This fast paced thriller starts with Mitch Rapp and a couple planning and carrying out the assassination of Count Hagenmiller of Germany for the CIA in a covert operation. Hagenmiller's companies had been selling to known terrorists and the German government had done nothing more than slaps on the wrists. The Hoffmans (later, the Jansens) and Mitch Rapp make it inside the estate and mansion and Rapp takes out the Count but the Hoffmans turn on him and shoot Mitch point blank in the chest and leave him there. Fortunately for him, he is wearing body armor and is not killed. He makes it out of the country but then comes gunning for his old friends, Dr. Irene Kennedy and Director Thomas Stansfield thinking that they sold him out since the operation was supersecret. They convince him that they didn't do it, so who did? Who is maneuvering behind the scenes to have the dying Director Stansfield replaced with their very own puppet? Will Mitch be able to stop them and save his girlfriend Anna Reill? You have to read this adventure laden book to find out! Another good read.

The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

This is a true crime mystery.

Douglas Preston and his family moved to Florence, Italy and lived there for 4 years. During that time he became acquainted with Mario Spezi, an Italian journalist who had become an expert on the Monster of Florence. He had followed and written about the serial killer from the very beginning. He told the story to Preston because Preston and his family were living in the area where one of the double murders took place. It interested Preston so much that they began to collaborate on an article, and then a book, on this case.

It seems that the countryside of Florence becomes a "lover's lane" on weekend nights and couples pair off in their cars to have sex. This has spawned voyeurs and peeping toms who get their kicks out of trolling around and finding these spots and watching couples have sex in their cars. I guess if you are going to have illicit affairs in your car, you can't be too shocked at what slimey dark walkers do in your wake. According to Preston it becomes quite an organized underground system. Ick!

The killer would strike while the couples were "coupled" shall we say. He killed them by shooting them with a .22 pistol (that was never found) and mutilated the corpses over a period from 1968 to 1985. Then it stopped. The police were inundated with clues and theories and so-called witnesses. Arrests were made only to have alibis presented or acquitals made. This case led to innocent people spending time in jail, suicides, bankruptcies, police and prosecutor corruption, etc. The killings are straightforward enough, but the twists and turns of the Italian judicial system, including the investigators, were patently absurd, laughable. It seems their desire to ride this famous serial killer's coattails to fame and fortune got the best of them. They intended to make their career by putting someone in jail for being the Monster!

Mismanagement of the crime scenes, evidence and investigations made for poor police work to start with. But, we've learned a lot over the decades, especially with the crime scene shows we have on TV today (yuck, yuck). But their deliberate attempts to railroad suspects were scary. It didn't matter if it made sense, if they had evidence, if the suspect had an alibi, whatever. They made up theories to match what they wanted to believe. They would plant evidence and find any screwball to testify. Of course, this doesn't just happen in Italy and with that much pressure on the police to find this horrible killer, I guess it's only natural things get out of hand. What was laughable was years later, after most of those involved had died...the Italian judicial system is still doing silly stunts like accusing Mario Spezis and Douglas Preston with obstruction of justice charges.

I have to say this book was a page turner and once I started it, I read it straight through. It reminded me of Patricia Cornwell's Portrait Of A Killer (about her attempts to solve the Jack the Ripper mystery) although much better written. Or Steve Hodel's Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius For Murder, another fascinating true crime but not as well written as Preston's. I didn't see it's likeness to Erik Larson's, Devil In A White City, because Larson's tale is about a known serial killer. There is no mystery as to whodunit, only a fascinating (I loved the book) story about the famous killer and how he did it during the World's Fair in Chicago. As with all mysteries I like mine solved or so nearly solved that there is little doubt in my mind. You will have to see if Preston solves this mystery.

Pear and Orange Compote

Pear and Orange Compote

6 ripe but firm pears
2 medium navel oranges, unpeeled, sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup water
dash salt
3 tablespoons butter

Preparation:Cut a thin slice off bottom of each pear so they will stand up. Place pears, orange slices, and raisins in a 3-quart baking dish. Combine brown sugar, water, and salt; pour over the fruits, covering orange slices well. Dot with butter. Bake, covered, at 325°, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, basting fruit occasionally. Serve warm. Serves 6 to 8.

Source: About.com

Yard Sale Buys

Melinda and I went yard sale-ing yesterday in Boiling Springs and had a wonderful time together and hit some bonanzas!

At one place I got all these clothes...

This Old Navy suede purse (it's not faded at the bottom, the photo is overexposed a little)...

These beautiful blue glasses that match my dishes...

And this car baby-watch mirror, pacifiers and brand new crib mattress protecter for $11!!!!!!

Here is a closer look at the clothes. I got some for me and some for Christmas and birthday gifts. This aqua Crofts & Barrow set is for me. It still had the price tags on it.

This Sag Harbor blouse is also for me. It still had the price tags on it.

I also got a dark rust sweater with sequins around the neck in this same batch of clothes. Somehow I forgot to take the photo of it.

This beautiful Victoria Secret sleep shirt is going to my niece. She's pregnant and it's roomy enough to accomodate her baby at least until the last month or so.

This is petite enough for my nephew's fiance, Hannah, and I think the color would be beautiful on her with her dark hair and olive skin tones.

I got her this tiny blue sweater too. Again, the color will really stand out on Hannah.

I got my other nephew's fiance, Chelsea, this soft orange sweater for Christmas.

I got my niece, Katie, a couple of things for Christmas. This Old Navy print top is one.

This pretty print blouse is also Old Navy.

And then this NY and Co sweater in a beautiful coral color will look good on Katie too.

This sparkling Old Navy sweater is going to look nice on my sister-in-law, Kathi.

Along with this Old Navy snowflake shirt.

I got this beautiful Talbot's petite blouse for my good friend, Joy, for her birthday this month. I also found her a pink and black boucle jacket for her Christmas present for $1 and will have it dry cleaned for her.

My first buy was this gorgeous red Coach pocketbook to give to my sister, Melinda, for her Christmas. It was only $20 and is like new. I used some leather cleaner and some leather conditioner on it and sprayed the inside with Lysol so it's probably better than new. I've had my current Coach purse (bought at a yard sale for $5 and carried it for 2 years now and it still looks like new). She was with me and really liked it so I bought it for her for Christmas.

I keep olive oil and cider vinegar in bottles on my counter top. But, since they are tall and slim, they tilt over and fall too easy. What a mess that makes on my brick floor! I've already done this once so I've been looking for something to help keep them from toppling over. Today I found this for .50. It's metal (zinc) and painted black so you could mark it with chalk. It's going to be a great little organizer.

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