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Heart Attack From a Spouse's Perspective

My husband was recently in the hospital for a light heart attack. Here are things that went through my head. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
" Please let him be okay. Please let him be okay..."
(These were my thoughts during my husband's cardiac catherization. During the cath my chest hurt. When the nurse called to say he was doing ok my chest stopped hurting. )
Cardiologist:" It was a light episode. We'll put you on medicine. We don't know what cause the attack- it could have been pain, a virus, a blood clot..." . There's a possibility you may get to go home today.
(Woo Hoo!)
Attending: " I want to keep you another night to do tests."
" But the EKG and chest x-ray...", I started to ask.

Attending: " He had a heart attack."
(Okay. Take some ativan. Jerk. I was wanting to clarify because, gee, I'm his wife and wanted to know about his condition but White Rabbit was apparently late for an important date.)

Book Review: The Bagman

The Bagman
( Abigail Cobble #1)
By: Rachel Rippon
306 pages
Genre: Fantasy/YA
Publisher: Amazon
Publication Date: June 2013

* I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

In the midst of the Second World War, Abigail is deposited at St Winifred's Orphanage for Willful, Wayward and Wicked Children. As soon as she arrives, Abigail is warned of the Bagman and what will happen if she misbehaves. But Abigail is too busy trying to escape to listen. Her estranged twin, Tabitha, is close by and Abigail has to find her before their 16th birthdays. Besides, she doesn't believe in the Bagman.
He believes in her though. Appearing when she least expects it; he asks her to play his Game. He will give her seven wishes to be used in seven days. But the Game is not as easy as Abigail supposes, and the wishes not as nice…
Soon, Abigail is getting exactly what she wished for. And the effects are catastrophic.
My Thoughts:
An exciting YA fantasy that is suitable f…

Book Review of: The Drake Equation

The Drake Equation
By: Heather Walsh
Genre: Romance
256 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication Date: August 2013
Buy it at:

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

She’s a Democrat, he’s a Republican. She spends her days fighting global warming at an environmental non-profit, he makes his living doing PR for Bell Motors and their fleet of SUVs. But as soon as they meet, Emily Crossley and Robert Drake realize they have encountered their intellectual match. You’re never challenged, he tells her. You’ve surrounded yourself in a cocoon of people who think exactly the same way you do. She hurls the same accusation back at him, and the fiery debates begin. Despite both of their attempts to derail it, there is no denying that they are falling in love. But their relationship is threatened by political differences, Robert’s excessive work hours, and Emily’s fear of losing her identity as she falls deeper in love. Can their love survive…

Love at the Wal-mart

Almost 11 yrs. ago in the summer of 2003 Scott and I were at the romantic venue of the Norton Wal-mart when he proposed. We had been dating forever- six weeks. We were in the jewelry section when all of a sudden he asked:
" Do you want to get married?"
Time stood still. All the other rednecks just seemed to disappear.
" Yes. Are you sure ?", I asked.
" Yes. Are you sure ?", he asked.
" Yes. Are you sure? ", I asked again.
" Yes."
" Good. Now let's go get kitty litter."
" Wow. You really know how to be romantic."
Happy Valentine's Day
Scott. Wanna go get some kitty litter?

Book Review: Where the Wildflowers Grow

Where the Wildflowers Grow
By; Vera Jane Cook
Genre: Southern Fiction
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Publication Date: March 2013
Get it at: 

Sexual confusion and dysfunction cause the unraveling of the perfect American family in small town Georgia in 1960.

Rose Cassidy's fantasy life is a haunting reminder that she's living a lie. So when she has the opportunity to act on those fantasies, she dives in without any thought to consequences.

Rose's husband, Ryan, has fantasies of his own, and his actions cause unimaginable hurt to the very children he tries so hard to protect.

When the happiness each member of the Cassidy family seeks so desperately to find is shattered by shame, guilt, and ultimately murder, they must each face the truth that lies deep within their souls.

My Thoughts:
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

A riveting family saga- it has murder, drama, infidelity... It kept me engrossed. The descriptions were vivid. I did ha…

Brownie Points

Dad received a somewhat threatening and very vague letter from The Social Security Administration- (which is their usual mode of communication) saying he had a phone appt. He went ahead and called them. Here is the oh so stimulating conversation:
Dad: I was just wondering what the letter was about? I'm not losing any brownie points, am I?
CSR: Noooo. We just have some questions- to see if your situation has changed. But I'll have to make a phone appt. for later today.
Dad: Well, I'm still sick. Can't you tell by the way I talk?
Silence. Then...
I'll have to call you later in the afternoon.
Now, he did say if she would have told him he was getting another $5.00 he was going to tell her to give it to Congress cause they're broke. Thankfully that didn't come up.