Friday, July 31, 2015

Goodbye Avon Products.

I have been an Avon representative for 10 years, and after researching and contacting Avon headquarters about their affiliation with Planned Parenthood, whether directly or indirectly, I, sadly and regretfully, decided that I could no longer be a part of an organization that sponsored and donated money to a heinous, evil organization that thrives by murdering pre-born babies, harvesting their body parts and then proceed to sell them off for profit.  It's just unfathomable to me.

They are donating through their Employee Match Program and those donations are not for public record. So, when I asked them directly, they sent me another standardized response....etc.

Had they have answered me with a yes or no answer, I would have been satisfied, but nope, they tip-toed around my inquiries... So I'm done!

I actually was totally unashamed about being "An Avon Lady." And I would laugh when people would say, "You're the Avon Lady right?" During interviews, the people interviewing would kind of giggle or smirk when they read, "you sell Avon?" Yup! Hey, I have 10 years of sales experience, it had to be on my resume.

Ughh... I'm not happy about losing my fun/pocket money. But I have to stand by my principles and convictions.

Anyhoo... that's one chapter closed in my life and now off to find something else to do in my spare time, to earn some extra cash!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

Trump stands by statements on Mexican illegal immigrants, surprised by backlash

Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump on Saturday stood by statements he made recently that too many illegal immigrants from Mexico are criminals but said he was surprised by the backlash and that his comments are causing financial concerns.

“The crime is raging and it’s violent. And if you talk about it, it’s racist,” Trump told Fox News, three days after a purported illegal Mexican immigrant deported five previous times allegedly killed a woman in San Francisco.

Trump first made his inflammatory remarks during his non-scripted, June 16 presidential announcement speech.

“When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best,” he said during the announcement. “They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting."

Since then, a list of businesses have announced plans to cut ties with Trump’s vast business empire, while fellow Republican candidates and others have questioned Trump’s remarks.

NBC and Univision, for example, have decided not to air the Trump-owned Miss Universe Pageant, Macy’s is dropping his signature clothing line, New York Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a review of Trump's city contracts and NASCAR is moving an annual banquet from the Trump National Doral resort in Miami.

“I didn’t know it was going to be this severe,” Trump said Saturday, adding that he was surprised by the NASCAR decision, considering he has a good relationship with the group. “I am a whipping post.”

Still, Trump has drawn support from Americans who say he is openly confronting the severity of the immigration problem that others won’t publicly knowledge.

Trump also said Saturday that the problem isn’t limited to Mexico, that everybody entering the United States is not criminal or problematic and that his concerns are rooted in national security.

“It’s about safety,” he said. “Some of the people coming here are very violent people, not all.”

Trump and fellow GOP White House candidate and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio have publicly exchanged remarks since Trump’s presidential announcement, with Rubio saying Trump’s comments about Mexicans were “offensive, inaccurate and divisive.”

After Mexican illegal immigrant Francisco Sanchez apparently killed 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco in a random attack Wednesday, Trump, who has proposed build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, sent a direct tweet to Rubio, the son of Cuban parents who has made immigration reform a part of his presidential campaign.

“What do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can’t secure our border? Stand up for US,” Trump tweeted.

Federal officials said local authorities repeatedly released Sanchez, who was in their custody as recently as this spring.

On Saturday, Trump said Rubio was “weak on immigration” and that fellow GOP White House candidate and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry “could have done a lot more.”

He praised what he considers fellow candidate and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz’s tough immigration stance, calling him “very brave.”

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Welcome to the book blog tour of: SHADOWS OF LADENBROOKE MANOR

I received a free copy of this book to review from Litfuse Publicity Group.  The reviews are my own.

Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor - COVER


Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor(Howard, June 2015)

Uncover a plethora of secrets and a mystery that tie two families together in Melanie Dobson’s new book,Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor. Years ago, the body of Oliver Croft, heir of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor, was found drowned in the River Coln. Authorities searched for answers, but no one was ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.
When Heather Toulson returns to her parents’ cottage in the English countryside, she uncovers long-hidden secrets about her family history and stumbles onto the truth about a sixty-year-old murder.
Libby, a free spirit who can’t be tamed by her parents, finds solace with her neighbor Oliver, the son of Lord Croft of Ladenbrooke Manor. Libby finds herself pregnant and alone when her father kicks her out and Oliver mysteriously drowns in a nearby river. Though theories spread across the English countryside, no one is ever held responsible for Oliver’s death.
Sixty years later, Heather Toulson, returning to her family’s cottage in the shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor, is filled with mixed emotions. She’s mourning her father’s passing but can’t let go of the anger and resentment over their strained relationship. Adding to her confusion, Heather has an uneasy reunion with her first love, all while sorting through her family’s belongings left behind in the cottage. What she uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about her family’s history.
Award-winning author Melanie Dobson seamlessly weaves the past and present together, fluidly unraveling the decades-old mystery and reveals how the characters are connected in shocking ways.
Set in a charming world of thatched cottages, lush gardens, and lovely summer evenings, this romantic and historical mystery brings to light the secrets and heartaches that have divided a family for generations.
Melanie Dobson


Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and “Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana” won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon.
Find out more about Melanie at

MY REVIEW:  This was an incredible and intriguing story.  The past and the present collide, with family secrets being exposed after being buried for decades.  One determined woman, Heather Toulson, discovers that her family had been keeping a very dark secret.

Author Melanie Dobson did a fantastic job by intricately weaving the story of the Doyle family. How one moment in time could change the lives of many. And the pain that it would cause. The story starts out in the past and then fast-forwards to the future several times, I must admit it got a little confusing to keep up, but other than that, you never lost sight of the story unfolding or the characters, which were very well-written.

One point I would like to make, Libby, has autism.  However, in the 1950's this condition would not have been diagnosed and you get a painful glimpse of how society and her parents treated because she was different.  The character of Libby was beautifully written and she was my most favorite character.

Overall, this book has mystery, intrigue, deception and finally restoration. God's love is wonderfully portrayed.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

What do you geek out on?

As most of you know, I love Marvel comics and somewhat DC comics, but there are other things that I truly love as well. Tarantulas!!  Oh my they are magnificent creatures!! 

My baby molted about two months ago, and I realized that I had a G. Porteri NOT a G. Rosea.
Before molt
After molt
After molt

My next love, are knives and swords and daggers, yes, I do collect them. I love weapons!  Here are a few of my more decorative ones.

So, what do you geek out on?

Sunday, July 5, 2015


Full-time: USA 5-2 Japan - 


Japan throw players forward, Johnston boots it out ... and that’s it! USA are world champions. Or is that if you win the Olympics? It doesn’t matter they won that too! The players hug, they cry, they whoop. Japan are in tears too, for very different reasons.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Story of the Fourth of July

The Declaration of Independence
We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

But July 4, 1776 wasn't the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).

It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).

And it wasn't the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn't happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?
The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They'd been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

In contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

How did the Fourth of July become a national holiday?
For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies.
By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and the new parties of the 1820s and 1830s all considered themselves inheritors of Jefferson and the Democratic-Republicans. Printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated.

Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.