Whether it’s a who-dun-it on TV or a cozy mystery book,
I'm a big fan.
I love watching reruns of “Murder, She Wrote” or “Diagnosis:
Murder” on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel.
And I love reading mysteries, too. When I started reading my first series,
though, I didn’t realize that a “cozy mystery” was a specific genre.
To quote Victoria L. Webb: To start with, I would describe a Cozy Mystery as "safe".
In a cozy mystery, the hero (heroine, mostly) of the story
is an amateur sleuth. And the story is usually
set in a small town. It’s much easier
for everybody to know everybody that way and find clues. The victim is generally peripheral, someone
that no one in the town will miss very much.
And typically there’s no bad language or violence in a cozy mystery.
These elements make my little mysteries wonderful
bedtime reading. (!) It ends my day with a lovely, absorbing little
escape that isn’t too stimulating for that hour.
And these days, there are so many themes to pick from, many of them hobby-related: culinary, travel, needlework, knitting, cats, even cookies… (with recipes included)! J
I am currently re-reading my needlework mystery series, written by Monica Ferris. My first series was The Cat Who books by Lilian Jackson Braun, which features 2 Siamese cats. (Koko and Yum Yum, for you Gilbert and Sullivan fans.) ♥ And don’t forget the knitting series set in Colorado, written by Maggie Sefton.
I usually try out
the first book of a series by checking it out of the library, and so could
you. Free is free. I’ve always said that I could never afford to
buy all the books that I want to read!
Plus, the older I
get, the choosier I am -- not only with what I spend money on, but also with
what I want to store.
easy to have too much stuff!
Besides, my closet has to hold both my books and my yarn,
Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this yet!
I finally stumbled upon The Cure for golfer’s or
It’s the TheraBand FlexBar.
(the red one)
I had googled and searched Amazon for answers, but somehow
had always missed this. But once I found it on Amazon and read the reviews, well, let’s just say I couldn’t order it fast
And the instructions say to do so many reps once a day… I must confess, I didn’t. I just did “some” and it still worked for
And I promise you, I could feel that it helped me the very
first time I used it. I don’t see how
that is possible, but it’s true. Who
knows? Maybe it “released”
something. All I know is, it’s the
closest thing to a miracle, without being a real miracle.
And it was $15ish, less than one co-pay! And with Amazon
Prime, I had it within 2 days. All of
life’s problems should be solved this easily.
Do you want to calculate how much I spent at the physical
therapy place 2 years ago for my then-golfer’s elbow? 16 visits, $20 a pop? Yeah. I coulda had an iPad.
And they didn’t even fix me! I still
hurt after all those appointments, 3X a week, 2 hours each time. (All that money and all that time!)
But this thing really works.
And I don’t know why we all don’t know about it. Once I read the Amazon reviews about it being
featured in a NY Times blog article back in 2009, it seems that word would get
out. (That blog article was written 2
years before all my PT appts!
Well, I’m doing my part -- trying to spread the word. J !!
So! If you know
someone with tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, give them this link, and let them
read about it for themselves.
(Or you could google “Tyler Twist” and “TheraBand Flex Bar”.)
Mr. Man and I went to the big RV show
out at the State
Fairgrounds this past weekend!!
Oh my goodness, some of them are so fancy and decked
out! And most of them are absolutely so
huge, I can’t imagine how people drive them!
They had all kinds, of course. We saw the very basic Sportsman Classic, that Uncle Si won on the donut eating contest episode of Duck Dynasty. It wasn’t fancy, but for a weekend of stargazing
in dark sky territory, it would work quite well for Mr. Man.
(That’s the dream, of course.)
And then we saw one that was a bit bigger and nicer than
that, at twice the cost. And it was
really roomy feeling.
We never saw any cute pop-ups, but we sure saw some huge
RV’s! Oh my soul. Slide-outs, and drop-down decks. Outdoor grills with outdoor TVs and outdoor sinks right next to
them! And virtually all of them had
built-in awnings, some with nice rope lights along the top.
Ironically, our favorite was not one that you drove, but one
that you towed behind your big truck. (We
don’t have a truck.)
It was pricey, but not compared to a huge Winnebago, which
is easily 6 figures plus. But it was decked
out like one of the new, fancy homes that we saw at the Parade of Homes this
Can you believe it??
Yeah, I told Mr. Man, that this would do quite nicely indeed. I would be very happy, parked in the leather easy chair, sitting in front of the faux fireplace watching TV and knitting.
Come and get me when you’re finished. The little dog and I will be right here.
(So much for being out in nature, or whatever people go RV’ing for! LOL)
And I don’t really mind cleaning it so much, it’s just that
it’s so crummy to have to clean something that we don’t even use. If I’m gonna get down on my hands and knees
to clean the CrAzY thing, it should be something that we have at least enjoyed
"That’s alls I’m saying is all." J
And I’m afraid that back when we lived in San
Antonio for so long, with its daily aquifer level reports,
that I got positively nutty about wasting water while we lived there.
So you can imagine how much it practically hurts
me to fill that bathtub up twice, and run the whirlpool jets, just
to clean out all the gunk. Especially when
we haven’t even used it!!
It’s those crazy jets, I tell you.
If I could, I would “blink” this into a regular soaking tub. Those jets are trouble!
It’s almost enough to make me switch from showers to baths,
just so I can get something out of the whole process.