I DIDN’T KNOW I KNEW HOW TO CHA-CHA

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Why is it that when you take one step forward, the next day it often feels you have to move two steps back.

Is life really just a universal Parcheesi game?

Many times, advances with goals can be slow-moving… confusing.., even infuriating!

Focus on the good times and not the bad…

And then … … … …

Remember the Cha-Cha!



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SETTLE DOWN WITH A GOOD BOOK

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SETTLE DOWN WITH A GOOD BOOK



I have just started a new crime/detective series by Michael Connelly: The Black Echo.

The novel’s lead detective is L.A. Detective Harry Bosch. Bosch was a former Vietnam veteran who served as a tunnel rat in the war.

He is called to the scene of a crime and discovers the body of a former associate veteran and tunnel rat. Not all the facts line up to be as easily written off as a drug overdose as the department wants to do, so Bosch continues his investigation.

A great read!

I think I have stumbled upon another intriguing detective series for my winter reading.



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CHANGING YOUR MOTOR OIL

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CHANGING YOUR MOTOR OIL



In a recent Popular Mechanics issue there was a great article about how often you should actually change your motor oil.

Who decided that motor oil over three months old was ‘bad’ motor oil?

If this is true, then shouldn’t there be expiration dates printed on motor oil cans?

I had never looked, but to my surprise… there was a FIVE-YEAR expiration date on one of my cans of motor oil.

So my next question, why five-years in a closed can, but only three-months in a closed engine?

Yes, I knew that USING the oil to lubricate the engine parts might cause a quota of ‘good-vs-bad’ on the mileage estimates… but then I wondered, who decided that?

“Quick-lube chains say 3,000 miles, auto manufacturers recommend 5,000 to 7,500 miles and synthetic oil companies, 10,000.”  ScientificAmerican

Not ever changing your oil will, of course,  void car warranties on their engines, but you might want to actually check to see what your car owner’s manual says about oil changes!

You are probably paying twice the price for changing oil than you need to be paying?



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Stymied by the Snows

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Winter has finally arrived.

Just three days ago it was 53 degrees and short-sleeve weather.

Today, it is 31 degrees with high winds. This gives my small town the chill factor of 14 degrees.

On top of that, it calls for snow.

Now don’t get me wrong… I love to see it snow.

I love to have snow days from work.

I love the see the house just across the street disappear in blizzard winds.

But, I hate to shovel snow… And I don’t drive in the snow.

Even though we are only to get maybe two inches of snow this from session of snowfalls…

Anytime I think if snow…

I see this picture.


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A Rule Against Murder  

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A Rule Against Murder 



At the beautiful Manoir Bellechasse.,  a swanky resort in the Canadian mountains, Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Along with Chief Inspector Gamache and his wife is a dysfunctional family celebrating a family reunion.

Of course, wherever Chief Inspector Gamache travels, there is a dead body.

I greatly enjoyed this one! One of Penny’s best!

I even guessed the way the murder was accomplished, but I wasn’t sure that it was possible. Usually Louise Penny keeps me very much in-the-dark about her hidden murder secrets.



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EVERY BREATH

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EVERY BREATH



A unique main character… The story is driven by Kindred Spirit, a lone mailbox, on a North Carolinian beach.

Kindred Spirit is the repository of letters, cards, and essays of the locals and passersby. You visit the box, retrieve and read, and then replace… maybe inserting a letter of your own.

A writer visits the mailbox a reads a story of a one-weekend meeting of two vacationers. They are each at the beach for differing reasons: one is an American somewhat estranged from her on-again-off-again boyfriend at the beach for a wedding, the other is a nature preserve guide from Zimbabwe who is about to meet an unknown father.

Their attraction is immediate, but their lives has already been destined for others.

Even though I usually do not enjoy the classic romance novel, this one was worth the read.



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LOUISE PENNY CONTINUES TO DELIVER

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LOUISE PENNY CONTINUES TO DELIVER



Louise Penny has served up another winner in A FATAL GRACE.

Three Pines, the out-of-the-way, but picturesque, village that has been the ongoing setting for the novels, has a new family… CC de Poitiers and her husband and daughter.

They have purchased the mansion on the hill.

CC de Poitiers has arrived in Three Pines with her philosophical self-help guru message and she is out to change inflict damage on the world.

This one had me puzzled as to how the characters would become intertwined, but Penny magically pulled it off.

Another great read!



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