IT (2017)


I saw IT today with my grandson.


What a flick!

Scarier than hell. No one can replace Tim Curry’s Pennywise, but Bill Skarsgard is creepily good as the 2017 version of the dancing clown.

The sound and special effects of IT adds to the horror of this story. I jumped in my seat a few times, but didn’t close my eyes once (I’m so proud). The teeth on that clown are horrifying, and the blood looks gruesome.

The best part of IT 2017 is the story. The kids are allowed to show their pain, and fear, and devotion to one another. Bill’s pain is raw and hard to watch; it’s the suffering of a man. Bill’s childhood is over. The adults appear to be under some sort of spell that allows them to turn their heads when a child is in danger. Eerie pictures of Derry show the history of a town that has seen multiple tragedies.

Reading IT is scary. Listening to IT on Audible is too. But watching this movie is scarier than anything I’ve ever witnessed. I’ll see it again, just because it’s such a wonderful movie.

It is a five star movie. I you are a horror fan, it’s a film you must see.






I’ve lived in the Seattle area since 1999. The first year was tough, for many reasons, but mostly because of the rain and wind.

Boy, it can rain here. Having a raincoat with an attached hood helps. And some days umbrellas are not an option, unless you have the kind that cannot turn inside out!

But I got used to the rain, and I’ve missed the rain this summer. We haven’t had a good soaking rain since June, but that’s about to end! Our weather forecast is calling for cooler temperatures and rain.

Hopefully the cooler temperatures and rain will end the wildfires. I sure hope so! The fires in the PNW have done so much damage😢.

I’m praying this forecast is correct. Come on, fall!

Cleaning up my Goodreads account

I retired in 2014, and I was one pooped out granny, and I fell behind on many of my posting projects. Like Goodreads. I’ve also gone through some reading droughts. I would buy a book, start reading it, then stop reading. Not because I did not like the book(s). Oh no.

Exhaustion bit at my heels for months and months. Procrastination was the order of the day as I watched hours of Netflix, Hulu, and On Demand.

Finally, I can share with y’all that the exhaustion is gone and I’m reading at my old pace again. And I’m blogging more often!

I’ve also looked at my Goodreads shelves a lot, at the long list of books I’ve been “reading” for two years. Ha! And I promised myself that someday I would clean that list up! I cleaned up that list today. Finally.

Now I have a really long list of books I want to read.

So I should not buy any more books for awhile.

Like that’s going to happen!

Luckily I buy/read mostly Kindle books, so I just have to save space on my phone and my Kindle Fire.

It feels great to have conquered the physical and mental exhaustion, and even better to be reading again.










Today I clea

IPhone X?

I’m hearing a lot about iPhone X:

It’s going to cost $1,000.

Too rich for my blood!

How about you? Will you buy the X?

“Do you have a dog named Rose?”

I was enjoying myself in Seattle yesterday when I got a telephone call.

“Do you have a dog named Rose?”

I took the nice man’s address and called my son. Jay was already on his way to pick up our Rosie.

Rose doesn’t get out often, but it scares us when she does.

I think of all the dogs abandoned and I just want to take them all in, but of course I cannot.

I can just love Rose and help keep her safe and well cared for.

Sunday morning downtown Seattle

It’s a pleasantly cool morning. I woke up with a sore throat, but a hot bubble bath and some Ibuprofen help.

I’m sipping my Cherry Street Coffee House drip, 12 oz., people watching, and counting my blessings.

Seattle at night

I’m having one of my overnight getaways in downtown Seattle. I’m not a great traveler, and I’m no camper! Ha! I like a nice comfy bed and a bath tub!

It’s back home tomorrow, but tonight I’m enjoying the view!

Secrets in Death: An Eve Dallas Novel

Here’s the blurb about the 45th addition to this series:

A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced.

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it’s not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that’s exactly what happens one cold February evening.

The mortally wounded woman is Larinda Mars, a self-described “social information reporter,” or as most people would call it, a professional gossip. As it turns out, she was keeping the most shocking stories quiet, for profitable use in her side business as a blackmailer. Setting her sights on rich, prominent marks, she’d find out what they most wanted to keep hidden and then bleed them dry. Now someone’s done the same to her, literally—with a knife to the brachial artery.

Eve didn’t like Larinda Mars. But she likes murder even less. To find justice for this victim, she’ll have to plunge into the dirty little secrets of all the people Larinda Mars victimized herself. But along the way, she may be exposed to some information she really didn’t want to know…

And here’s my Goodreads review:

Another “In Death” winner

Secrets in Death is a great addition to the Eve Dallas story. Eve is in rare form as she meets with a colleague for a drink at a swanky bar. And yes, her hunky husband owns the club! As Eve suffers through her social outing, gossip columnist Larinda Mars drops dead in front of her.

This is a great police procedural story with a little romance thrown in for fun. Eve’s whole gang is around to help her out, thank goodness. Mavis and Somerset have minor roles in this book, but I guess I can deal.

Best of all, JD Robb continues to let Eve grow as a character. Eve is still cranky and full of attitude, and I hope this never changes. The relationship between Eve and Peabody is so much fun!

I loved catching up with my favorite fictional characters. I cannot wait for #46! Dark in Death will be published January 30, 2018. And I have my copy preordered.








Hurricane Irma, Category 5, coming to my beloved Florida -Friends, need your Prayers, pretty please.

Your prayers, please, for this blogger and her family. Heck, prayers to
All in the path of this storm!

Plants and Beyond

I love living in Sunny Florida. Really do. But how do I get through this Nature’s fury? Can’t uplift 3 dogs, parents in law and kids. Roads are blocked with escaped families, no air tickets available to fly out, water sold out in stores…….Prayers needed badly to push this beast back to the Atlantic ocean. Wish us luck and safety, please, dear friends. Pretty please.



Under my Mom’s insistence, this is a part of our emergency shopping uplifted to the second floor, just in case of flooding…….Billiard table finally came in handy 🙂


Lots of hugs,

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