Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Coming soon!

Coming soon the a blogspot near you....an absolutley ROCKIN' review for yet another FABULOUS read from Ms. Claudia Mair Burney. But things are still a bit blurry here at Roberts Ranch...Sammy was up last night, throwing up and freaking out. What a trip!

Not like I would have been sleeping anyway... I had a book to finish.

Anyway, until I come back, enjoy some Jazz.

P.S. It's Tuesday night and Sammy is still throwing up....may be ahwile before I'm back! :-(

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Yes, It's been a few weeks since I've written and I'm not back yet. Sorry Folks! Last week I received, Deadly Charm, the latest book in the Amanda Bell Brown series by Claudia Mair Burney. So, It's gonna be another few days before I write. Because I'll be reading. And doing the Mair dance. And drinking ALOT of coffee.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!

So, today we were supposed to got to the Zoo. I bought snacks, bought green leis for St. Patrick's Day. The kids were really, REALLY excited. Then 2 of them got a fever. My bookends..the oldest and the youngest. Abby's been stuffy and drippy and cranky and gassy and not sleeping since yesterday afternoon. I don't know what happened with Wyatt, but he's my high fever kid. He goes from 99.3 to 103. in an hour, and he's reached 104.5 before. So, chosing to err on the side of caution, we stayed home. Since it was St.Patrick's Day we had to have a little fun, and once my sickos were properly medicated, they were up for some festivities! We had story tellings of the Blarney Stone, Leprechauns and the man himself, St.Patrick. We cut out shamrock chains and green link chains. We colored and did mazes to find that pot 'o gold, and we made green frosted cookies. Yummmmmm!

The cat and dog were included in the fun as well. Peeka (poor cat) was sporting a green collar and tail ring. SHe would not stand still for a pic, though. Darcy's food area was decorated with a bit o' the green.

And we're not even Irish!!!

Here are a few more pics.

Hope your St. Patrick's Day was a good one!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Something Charming This Way Comes

Oh, my friends, guess what's heading my way????? I'll give you a hint...I blogged about it and other things like it, back in October. It's yet another lovely aspect of Spring. Spring flowers, warm spring weather, spring break, and spring BOOKS! Can you guess????? Well, scroll down some.....

Deadly Charm by Claudia Mair Burney is available this month, y'all. I don't know when exactly because it doesn't matter. Why, you ask? Well, because I pre-ordered mine back in October. HA! It's paid for. It's on it's way. I don't have to run out to the bookstore and get it. All I have to do is wait. Until March 30, when it is due to arrive at my door.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Morning After

Lizzie had a sleepover party last night to celebrate her 8th birthday. She had 3 sweet friends spend the night. There was pizza, blueberry pie, gifts, and LOTS of giggles well into the night. Some of us are still recovering. Like Peeka. The girls REALLY liked her.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Play That Funky Music!

Saturday was my nephew's 16th birthday party. His mother threw him a party with a funky retro theme. If you didn't come to the party, here's what you missed. It was far out, man.

Here is Morgan, the birthday dude. Sure he looks calm here, but a few seconds before this his put his elbow in the cake.

Flower Power Liz

Far out family

Peace, man.

Elton Abby.

Sam and Groovy Marla


"Here...let me get that off your nose." Wyatt and Anna Frances

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Face

Last night, I finished a book by one of my very favorite authors, Dean Koontz. I read The Face...not a new book but still a groovy read. And a LONG read, but worth it. As with most Dean Koontz books I read, it was the characters that got me, not the plot. Not to say the plot wasn't good, mind you, but I LOVE Dean Koontz's characters. He makes it real easy to like the good guy and despise the bad guy. This bad guy was a truly twisted soul. Just thinking about him irritates me. Oooh, and the worst part is that I imagined him to look like a real life good guy. His description made me think of a guy who comes to sing at out church sometimes. Matt something or other. Matt's not at all a bad guy, but now whenever I see him, I'll think of Corky Laputa, the really, really bad guy. Yes, a bad guy named Corky.

Anyway, there were several very likeable good guys in The Face. The quirky, witty kid... my personal favorite.

There was the hero.

The hero's friend. Both cool.

There was also a likeable, questionable guy. Those are usually my favorite. The characters that charm you right out of your shoes while they are lying, cheating or stealing. They usually come around in the end, if they don't die. Well, this one wasn't my favorite..he was just a bit too freaky for me. But at least I didn't have to worry about him dying at the end of the book because he starts off dead. See? Freaky.

The was another character that I had a really hard time with, but not because he was bad. He was a victim, so I felt sorry for him. But really, my main issue with him was that he was called "the stinky cheese man." Doesn't that make you gag? UGH! I gagged every time I read it and even found myself covering my nose at one point.

Anyway, check out The Face, by Dean Koontz. It's pretty weird, keeps you wondering and may surprise you at the end. It surprised me.