Saturday, June 23, 2018

Braum'a Ice Cream Store

I recently drove from my home near Austin, Texas to Fort Riley, Kansas to meet my new grandson and visit my daughter, son-in-law and their other two children.  I stopped in Denton, Texas to take a break after the harrowing experience  of driving  through  Dallas.

I typically seem invisible in most stores, and frequently have to ask for help.  I had just begun checking the menu when a young lady asked if she could help me.  I requested  a chocolate  milk shake and she began preparing it for me.  During that time, 4 other servers asked if they could help me!  This just doesn't happen for me!

And it was the best milk shake I'very had in a long time.  I can't  wait to go again on my way home.

Monday, June 18, 2018

What She Doesn't Know

What She Doesn't Know is a psychological thriller by Andrew E. Kaufman.  I listened to the audiobook while driving to and from work and between buildings at work.  The character development was awesome!  I felt like I knew the characters, and there continued to be surprises in the plot.

One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was the narrator.  She is an amazing actress and was able to change her voice and accent so well that I could tell who was speaking without being told by the book.  She put so much expression in the characters' voices, yelling, growling, whining, crying, happiness, laughing.  She was really incredible!  I hope I get to hear another book with this same narrator!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners

I am totally thinking about getting this.  It's a good price, and with 4 dogs and 1 cat who sheds constantly, I need something that is good at cleaning pet hair.  I have ceramic tile floors.  We love to work in the yard, and between us and the dogs, we bring in a lot of dirt.  I work full time, and it is often a challenge to keep the house as clean as I would like it to be.

I also considered getting the version that can mop.  It seems like a nice feature, but I'm thinking if I could have more of the sweeping done, I would just mop on my own.  But I might enjoy having the mopping feature.  I don't know anyone who has this, or any other robotic cleaner that can mop, so I don't have anyone to ask about how good a job it can do.

I found this one that also mops and vacuums and has wifi compatibility using Alexa, and an app for iPhones, or Google Assistant.

It's a little more expensive, but it is rated 5 stars by consumers, and is still considerably less than I Robot Roomba, or other well known brands.

They all have some very cool features.  They all will self dock and charge when they have a low battery,   They all can be programmed to clean according to your schedule!  It's almost as good as being in 2 places at once when you are working and your robotic vacuum is cleaning the floor!!

I'm thinking one of those will be moving to Texas very soon!  Let me know about your experiences with robotic vacuum cleaners, please!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Evelyn After

Evelyn After is another novel I enjoyed listening to during my long drives at work.  This novel was written by Victoria Helen Stone and presented several surprises along the way.  Evelyn, the protagonist, has been living her life without really seeing it.  She receives a late night phone call that brings new complications to her.  Evelyn strives to make the best decisions for her family, but what really is the best thing to do?

If you drive a lot, I heartily recommend Kindle Unlimited for the times you can safely listen to a story.  Listening to these books helps keep me alert and entertained!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Say You're Sorry

As a follow up from the last post, this book comes in a series of 3.  I have been listening to them on an audio book format while driving to and from work, and between buildings.  I am currently finishing up book 3.  These books are good, with good plot and character development.  Ms. Leigh also is good at building the setting, making me feel the cold the characters are feeling in the last book.  I recommend these books

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


In my job, I drive several hours per day.  One way to make that time more enjoyable is to listen to the radio.  Another is to listen to audio books.  I have an Amazon Prime subscription, and through that I can get a service called Kindle Unlimited.  This service allows one to download up to 10 books for $10 per month, and read, or in my case, listen to these books on my phone in my care.  I should mention that my driving is on country roads, where there is little traffic and generally no complicated situations.

Of course, you can get books for wonderful prices on Amazon without being a Kindle Unlimited member.  They are having a promotion now for 100 books, priced at $3.99 or less.  These books include mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and young adult.  Many of them have an audio component available.

Kindle apps can be downloaded for your computer, smart phone, or tablet.  Or, you could just purchase a Kindle.

Reading, or listening to an audio book is such a wonderful way to add  something special to your day.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Castor Oil

I have a friend who used castor oil to help her hair grow thicker.  She totally swears by it.  And she does have fantastic hair!