End of the funk. I hope.

I’ve been in a depressed state of mind for months.

Angry, worried, concerned, pissed off, etc.

But no more.

I’ve stepped away from cable news (mostly), and gotten outside to enjoy this beautiful Seattle summer.

Yard work helps burn off my stress, reading and watching murder mysteries makes me smile, and my family gives me comfort. 

I speak up via Twitter and Facebook less, and never read the comments on political posts. 

I laugh when LinkedIn sends me an email declaring there are 82,000 open jobs in the Seattle area

Sorry, not interested. I’ve got a great retirement job already, helping run this big family in Bellevue. 

I’m promising myself to post more often and screech at the television less. 

Let’s hope I can keep these promises to myself!

Back home!

I’m so glad to be back home!

I had a great time in Las Vegas, especially the food and the shopping.

The flight home was short, but very bumpy. I was dizzy, shaking, and very cranky when we landed at SeaTac.

The Delta crew was wonderful.

It was 87 degrees when I left Las Vegas yesterday afternoon, and it’s 57 degrees now. I love it, but I’m freezing! Ha!

I slept very well last night, but I’m tired today, so I’m going to be a 🐌. 

And I’m starving today! I don’t eat much when I’m traveling, and I’m making up for it today.

I’m also so happy that Macron won the French election. 👍to the French for rejecting white nationalism!

Las Vegas!

My birthday gift this year is a trip to Sin City for a few days. 

It’s 90 degrees, the food so far is awesome (and HUGE), and there are slot machines everywhere! 

I’ve been here for almost four hours, and I’m so relaxed right now😴! 

I’m going to read, sit by the pool, and do a bit of sightseeing. People watching is fun here!

For tonight I’m going to bed early, because I’m not a party girl these days. 

I cannot wait for The Handmaid’s Tale to premiere on Hulu this month!

I read Margaret Atwood’s book in 1985, and it scared the bejeepers out of me.

This picture is kind of scary, but I think it’s brilliant promotion.

**photo from Hulu at THE New York Public Libray**

So many choices

I’ve been a t.v. addict all my life. When I was a kid, we had one television in our home. ABC, CBS, and NBC were the only available channels. 

Fast forward to today. 

I can watch programs on my television, iPhone, and Kindle Fire. I can choose shows from cable t.v., Hulu and Netflix. 

If I watched all of the shows that interest me, I would never get up and move around!  I have daydreams about having to be lifted from my bed with a crane, wearing a dirty nightgown and eating potato chips for breakfast.

And no, I have not done so yet! Ha!

I just read that Netflix has a new series coming up in May called The Keepers. It’s a true crime story, and it looks pretty good! Should I watch it? I’ll let you know! 

Sense 8 starts up again in May, but I have to wait until September to see the third season of Outlander. I can probably fit the new series in then.

And yes, I know this is a first world problem. 

As always, I’m amazed at our current technology. So different from my early years in the 50s and 60s. 

As I write this, I’m listening to a cable music channel. 

I’m spoiled and I know it! 

Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4), by Robert Bryndza

Book synopsis, thanks to Amazon:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

I discovered the Erika Foster books thanks to a Lyft driver. The driver was listening to the audio version of The Girl in the Ice. during my ride, and I was intrigued by the narrator and the story. So when I got home, I bought the audio book. Detective Erika Foster is feisty and hard to like sometimes. But when she is on the job, solving murders, no one can top or stop her.

Then I bought The Night Stalker, the second book in the series, also through my Audible account.

I was hooked, so I bought the Kindle version of Dark Water, the third book in the series.

Last Breath is the fourth, and I think the best, book in the series. The story gained momentum in each chapter, building just enough to keep me hooked (and awake) as Erika and her team worked to find the killer.

Even better, Erika starts to make some changes in her personal and professional lives. Mr. Bryndza gives life to his protagonist by letting her learn and grow from her life experiences. Have you ever read a series of books and found the protagonist making the same mistakes over and over? I have, and I find it so frustrating, especially when I like the characters! I’ve been known to scream at the character, asking if he or she had learned nothing yet! Erika is building herself a LIFE!

The Erika Foster books are fun, wonderfully crafted and filled with characters I would like to know in person.

If, like me, you love murder mysteries, you will love these books!

Last Breath

The plum tree in our backyard is getting prettier every day! And soon we will have plums!

I’m so thankful for sunny Seattle days!

“Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4)” by Robert Bryndza


I’m finding the world a scary place these days.

So I’m making an effort to appreciate all the goodness and beauty that surrounds me.

It’s been raining off and on all day. Tonight I was driving my granddaughter home when I saw the moon suddenly appear in the sky as some clouds moved on.
The moon was so beautiful, but of course I could not take a picture at the time.
So I came home and took this picture from our back yard.
Good night to all!

Spring break!

The grand kiddies are on spring break this week, so That means I’m on break also!

Here’s what I have planned:

  • Reading
  • Sleeping in a bit later every morning
  • Planning a vegetable garden
  • Taking a walk every day
  • Costco trip Tuesday
  • Grocery shopping at the brand new Fred Meyer in Bellevue. They have a great garden center
  • Plan for my trip to Vegas in May (details to follow)
  • Take care of this yucky sore throat and beginnings of another cold

The trees are starting to come back to life, like this plum tree in our back yard:

The plums are delicious! 

Here’s another photo from our neighborhood:

So it’s going to be a fun spring break week for me.

Happy spring!

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