Sunday, October 31, 2010

All About Me In 30 Days - Day THIRTEEN: A Fictional Book

One of my oldest friends got me started on a series of books that I can not put down.
The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels by Laurell K. Hamilton.

These books are exciting, have vampires, werewolves, wererats, zombies, voo doo, Wicca, Christianity, You name it, these books have it!

Anita Blake is a Necromancer and the Vampire Executioner for St Louis.
These books tell the story of her life as she deals with the living, dead and undead. Her friends, family and enemies! There is love, violence, sex, sadness.....

It took me until I finished the 4th book to realize that this series is kinda like those trashy romance novels, but with vampires and stuff.

All About Me In 30 Days - Day TWELVE: Something I am OCD About

I am OCD about A LOT of things!

But the biggest is dirty dishes left in the sink or randomly around the house! I HATE IT!

It smalls and gets gross and... Its just yucky!

Friday, October 29, 2010

All About Me In 30 Days - Day ELEVEN: A Recent Photo Of Me

This photo was taken in September when my In-Laws were in town from Florida. That would be me and my hubby!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day TEN: A Picture of Me Taken Over 10 Years Ago

This picture was taken of me on my 18th Birthday in 1999. I was so skinny! But that was before kids!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Loving Pets Bella Bowl Review

I have a beautiful black cat named Sheba. She is VERY independent. She likes to eat when SHE wants to, eat as much as SHE wants to, drink when SHE wants to. We have one of those bowls that you can put LOTS of food in and we make sure it stays full. And we have a bowl that we put fresh water in every morning.

I have the biggest problem keeping the water bowl clean! After a while, bacteria builds up and it is so gross!

Loving Pets has these wonderful bowls, Bella Bowls, for your dog or cat that are Veterinarian- recommended stainless steel interior that resists bacteria. The bowls have a removable rubber base that helps prevent spills and noise. Its dishwasher safe, which is a huge thing for me! The Bella Bowl is really light weight as well!

They also come in some really cool colors! I picked the Merlot colored one. But there are colors ranging from Paparazzi Pink to Copper Metallic to Espresso. They also come in several sizes. I have the small one. It works purrrr-fect for my little kitty kat.

They also have other bowls and accesseries. They also have great treats for your K9 family members!

Right now, Loving Pets only has products focused towards dogs, but a new cat line will be available in 2011.

Thank you to Loving Pets for the great Bella Bowl and great new products for my Loving Cat!

All About Me in 30 Days - Day NINE: A Photo I Took

I love taking photos! I have an absolutely adorable child, so it makes it even more fun!

I took this picture last weekend while staying in a cabin with my family in San Isabel National Forest. We walked all around the lake and found all kinds of fun things and watched the fish!

This one is of the pansies we were growing this past spring/summer. My son picked them out for his flower pot. The greens and purples are beautiful


Tuesday, October 26, 2010


I had to think about this just a little bit. There is so much as a society and race that makes me sad and angry.

Littering! The picture itself does not make me sad or angry, its the message. It was not until I became a parent that I really opened my eyes and took a look at what I was leaving behind for my children to grow up in. And later on, my grandchildren.

I started to look for pictures about intolerance towards religious freedom. I found some that were horrible! Just as I was about to download it to put up onto today's blog, I realized that I did not want to give anymore power to the people that created these images. Why support the negativity? I found a better picture. A positive one!

Monday, October 25, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day SEVEN: A Picture That Makes You Happy

Welcome to Day SEVEN of ALL ABOUT ME IN 30 DAYS!

One that is personal, that I took. And one that I found online and made me smile.

I took this photo on Veteran's Day 2009. This is my Grandpa's grave site in Fort Logan Cemetery.

The kid and I sat and read GREEN EGGS AND HAM to my Grandpa. It was my favorite book as a child and he read it to me all the time. I used the editing tools in

I love nature. And I found this picture on google images. It is so beautiful. It reminds me what the Earth truly looks like if we slow down.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day SIX: 20 of My FAVORITE THINGS

If the topic gets you singing and thinking of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, then you are not alone! I did the exact same thing.
Lets get to it!

1.) My son and husband are my most favorite things! Beyond this point, everything else is mostly ranked the same, but not this! My Bubba and My Rock Star!

2.) I love nature! I love to hike...

3.) I love to camp...

4.) I love to play in the garden and grow things.

5.) Fall... the changing of the leaves, the cooler nights.

6.) Books, books and more books

7.) Movies, in the theater or curled up on the couch.

8.) Listening to music.

9.) Watching my son learn and grow. It still shocks me that I am a mother!

10.) Watching my husband play bass. He is a sponsored bass player. Currently not in a band, but he is damn good. He seems at peace with the world when he plays.

I know he does not look at peace with the world in this picture, but its one of my favorites.

11.) Creating new things. If it is food or a craft.

12.) I love to go dancing. Ladies Nights are the best!

13.) Helping others. I help my grandmother around the house all the time. I am her gardener.

14.) Sleeping! OH SLEEPING!!! I miss it so! Having a kid takes sleep away.

15.) Sitting on my patio on a beautiful summer night, with a glass of wine and my hubby or some great friends. Listening to the crickets!

16.) Playing Santa. For the past 15 years, I have helped my grandmother put out the Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

17.) Sitting on 16th Street Mall or walking around Manitou Springs with my best friend and a starbucks every December for our Mommy's Day Out.

18.) Shooting pool. I once worked at a Pool Hall and I LOVED it!

19.) Camp fires! I wish I could have a fire pit on my patio.

20.) When one of my nieces or nephews call me Aunt Gretchen. It makes me feel loved and important.

All About Me in 30 Days - Day FIVE: FAVORITE QUOTE

You have different types of quotes. You have silly ones, funny ones, serious ones, ones that you need a translator for, and all in between. Quotes from movies, music, president, friend, grandparent or even yourself.

My FAVORITE QUOTE is both a silly one and an important one. The way it is worded is the silly part and the message is the important part.

Have you ever seen the movie OUT COLD?

It is a great and funny movie! It is one of those that you know all the words too. If it is your first time watching or your 139 th time, you still laugh until your sides hurt and fall on the floor crying!

"No regrets. Thats my motto. That, and everybody whang chung tonight."

I totally agree! NO REGRETS! And the whole Wang Chung Tonight is just funny as hell!

All About Me in 30 Days - Day FOUR: FAVORITE BOOK

Books..... Books.... Books.....

I am addicted to books. Not necessarily reading them, but buying them. Eventually I will read all of them, but I do not see that day being in the near future.

I day dream about having one of those libraries in my house that you see in old movies, like My Fair Lady, with a second and third floor, ladders, desks and chairs! Oh my! That would be my dream.

I walk into a library and I get excited. I am so not aloud to go into The Tattered Cover or Barnes and Nobel all by myself. I get into BIG trouble!

So far, WICKED: TheLife and Times of TheWicked Witch of the West: a novel written by
Gregory Maguire is my favorite book! Which is not surprising, after all, my favorite movie is Wizard of Oz.

Gregory Maguire writes wonderful spins of old stories, like CINDERELLA and SNOW WHITE. And that is exactly what he does with WICKED.

The story is told from the Wicked Witch of The West's side. How she grew up, how she met Glinda, and all about the Munchkins and Dorothy.

The book has become such a hit that they turned it into a Broadway Musical as well.

Here are some wonderful quotes from the book:

“She didn’t know what she thought. Was Elphaba devil’s spawn? Was she half-elf? Was she punishment for her father’s failure as a preacher or for her mother’s sloppy morals and bad memory? Or was she merely a physical ailment, a blight like a misshapen apple or a five legged calf? Nanny knew her worldview was foggy and chaotic, pestered by demons, faith, and folk science.” (31)

“The first wave of discussion about Elphaba concerned her wardrobe and her evident poverty, as if her classmates were above noticing her sickly and sickening color” (74)

“”The creatures of makeshift lives, the hobbled together, the disenfranchised and the abused: the Lion, the Scarecrow, the maimed Tin Woodman. Up from the shadows for an instant, up into the light; then back. The Goddess of Gifts the last, reaching in among flames and water, cradling her, crooning something, but the words remain unclear.” (403)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

All About Me in 30 Days - Day THREE: Favorite TV Show

( I will be away from my computer for 3 days, so I am doing an extra day today and two extra tomorrow.)

What is your FAVORITE TV SHOW?

I love TV! If I do not watch myself, I will get nothing done around the house and just watch TV. I love Drama, Comedy, Romance, Horror... I enjoy almost anything but most Reality TV. That just annoys me to no end.

Sons Of Anarchy is an amazing show! Premiers Tuesday Nights on FX.

This show is not for everyone. And that is okay.

It is dramatic, very real, and very intense. Not for young children. There is violence, some nudity and adult language.

The show is about a motorcycle club based out of Charming, California (Fictional Town). The main character is Jax. And the story is mainly based on how he is conflicted with life and the club.

There are so many wonderful actors playing amazing rolls! Some well known names such as
Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal.

Some not so well know names such as Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax.

And then there are those actors who have been in EVERYTHING, but you never quite remember their names, Kim Coates and Tommy Flanagan, just to name a couple.
Henry Rollins had a role in Season 2.

I highly recommend this show to anyone who likes motorcycles, real and intense shows and has an open mind!

What is your FAVORITE TV SHOW?

All About Me in 30 Days - Day TWO: Favorite Movie

Welcome back to the second day of ALL ABOUT ME IN 30 DAYS! Have you joined in yet?

Again.... I have to pick just one????? I love movies almost as much as I love music.
I learned my lesson with the FAVORITE SONG and decided to go with a safe bet with my FAVORITE MOVIE. It has been one of my favorites ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper!

Just think.... There's no place like home..... There's no place like home!

Yes, The Wizard of Oz!

I love the singing.

I love the munchkins.

I love the Wicked Witch!

Ruby Slippers !!!

A horse of different color.

Flying monkeys anyone?

And Yes, I have tried adding Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon album with the movie. Also called The Dark Side of the Rainbow. It is really cool! It actually works!

What is your FAVORITE MOVIE?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

All About Me In 30 Days - Day ONE: Favorite Song

Ugh! For anyone that knows me, this is a VERY difficult question to answer! I listen to EVERYTHING! I have favorite songs in different genera, for different eras! I LOVE Metal and Rock. I love country, 80s, disco, classical, and everything in between!

I decided on a song that has become one of my favorite songs as of the past couple years. Nikki Sixx from the band, Motley Crue, did a great album with two other great musicians. The album is the soundtrack to his book The Heroin Diaries.
This song is such a wonderful song about life, ups and downs, learning and everything in between!! Enjoy! Sixx A.M. Life is Beautiful

All About Me in 30 Days

So best friend, Suzanne, over at Crunchy Green Lovin' Mom started doing this great meme that she found through one of her blogs that she follows, Simply Stacie who found it through Nolie’s Place. It is called ALL ABOUT ME IN 30 DAYS!
This is a fun way to not only get to know each other, but to get to know yourself! Come on and lets do it together!

Here’s the post line-up:

· Day 1 – your favorite song

· Day 2 – your favorite movie

· Day 3 – your favorite television program

· Day 4 – your favorite book

· Day 5 – your favorite quote

· Day 6 – 20 of my favorite things

· Day 7 – a photo that makes you happy

· Day 8 – a photo that makes you angry/sad

· Day 9 – a photo you took

· Day 10 – a photo taken over 10 years ago of you

· Day 11 – a photo of you recently

· Day 12 – something you are OCD about

· Day 13 – a fictional book

· Day 14 – a non-fictional book

· Day 15 – your dream house

· Day 16 – a song that makes you cry (or nearly)

· Day 17 – an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)

· Day 18 – your wedding/future wedding/past wedding

· Day 19 – a talent of yours

· Day 20 – a hobby of yours

· Day 21 – a recipe

· Day 22 – a website

· Day 23 – a youtube video

· Day 24 – where I live

· Day 25 – your day, in great detail

· Day 26 – your week, in great detail

· Day 27 – my worst habit

· Day 28 – what’s in my handbag/purse

· Day 29 – hopes,dreams, plans for the next 365 days

· Day 30 – a dream for the future beyond the next year

Friday, October 15, 2010

A New Beginning

I am sorry blog and my 3 followers that I have been gone for so long. I have been working on my new beginning.

A new place to live, an apartment, with a fairly nice sized patio. My flowers enjoyed if very much until the weather started to turn.

Coming Soon.....

Pictures of my new patio and new home for my little garden.