Friday, July 22, 2016


It's almost 2017, and we're still talking about sexual harassment!  For some reason, CEO's, Directors, Producers, Actors, Chairmen, and more feel a sense of entitlement when it comes to what can be communicated or done to women in the workplace. They don't feel bad about it either, until they get caught.   Even then, those fingers are firmly pointed towards the victims in blame.

I saw the 1994 blockbuster movie Disclosure with Demi Moore and Michael Douglas and was horrified, but I didn't think it actually happened in real life. Of course, I totally loved the ending!

When Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit against Roger Ailes, and Fox tried to fight back by saying she was just a disgruntled worker, I knew it was only a matter of time before the real story came out.  It didn't take long before other women came forth with similar claims against the 76 year old, some going back all the way to the 60's.  

But the one who appeared to be more credible  to the world it seems, was my girl Megyn Kelly, who just happens to be an attorney. Then all hell broke loose.  Yay!

Let's not forget our pudding friend, Bill Cosby, who had the hearts of all Americans.  This man cheated on his wife and had another child, then we find out he's being charged with three (alleged) aggravated indecent sexual assault against 1 woman, but there are a ton more complaints from other women.  I'm always willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but if more than 5 women are consistently saying the same thing - Houston, we now have a problem.

Because you are rich or in a position of power does not give you the right to say or do what you want to satisfy your personal needs or desires. There are supposed to be boundaries. Unwanted sexual innuendos, promotions received as some sort of payment for wrongdoings by the alleged perpetrator, intimidation tactics, and other shady dealings that are swept under the carpet, are all ridiculous.  No, Mr. Boss, I do NOT want you massaging my neck, or rubbing on my leg, dang it, and your breast jokes suck!

Sexual harassment and assault are more forms of abuse, control and manipulation.  Covert sexual hinting, patting someone on the butt,  making unwanted advances towards women, invading someone's personal space enough to be uncomfortable and creepy, drugging them to have sex, and a whole lot more is not cute.  Even worse, it's dang illegal!

Here's the definition from the EEOC:
Sexual Harassment
"It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer."

Definition of Aggravated Indecent Assault

Title 18, Section 3125 defines aggravated indecent assault as when the accused penetrates the sexual organ or anus of the alleged victim. The statute requires that the act is done without the victim's consent, by force, by threat of force, when the victim is unconscious or when the victim is otherwise not aware the penetration is happening, if the victim has been drugged, if the victim has a mental disability, if the victim is younger than 13 or if the victim is younger than 16 and the accused if four or more years and the accused and the victim are not married.
Aggravated indecent assault is different, legally, than rape and sexual assault because both those charges involve what the law narrowly defines as "sexual intercourse." Under the law, sexual intercourse is limited to a sexual organ penetrating either another sexual organ or the anus. Under aggravated indecent assault, a broader set of circumstances might meet the definition of the charge.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


If you've been around me for any length of time, and we've sort of hung out, you'll eventually be blessed with this question, "Do you remember...?"  I could be talking about something on television, a crazy event that we shared, a family moment or something we ate.  If it happened, it's fair game.  I try to minimize repeats because my son or just about anyone else will promptly cut me off. (lol)

Anywho, I went to the store the other day and saw candy that brought back some precious memories like plenty of old school candy that used to cost dang near next to nothing!

Yummy String Candy

Chico Sticks and Fake Cigarettes in the store that I had to have! (lol)

When I was a kid, every Saturday night was dedicated to dancing the night away, until I started to leave earlier and earlier from the club.  Eventually, 30 minutes was just too long. (lol)

Did you wear these?

Yes, I wore these and still have them and a few more!

Yes, I wore these, but no way can I get in them now! (lol)

Did you ever watch these two detective shows?
Hot, hot, hot!

I read these classic romance novels over and over again,and still have them on my shelves.

What abou
No matter how many times I tried, I could NEVER stay up on these skates!

Yes, I rode my brother's Big Wheel all the time

We had a television like this, and the knobs always fell off.  We spent most of our time adjusting those horrible antennas.

Speaking of televisions, did you love the Galloping Gourmet?

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Don't forget to stop by to visit our very good buddy Kim's site at, who is hosting today's blog.  She always has tons of great info about book reviews, blogging tips, movies and other fun stuff. 

When I first started this blog, I was hesitant to share it among the masses, mostly because I had no idea what the heck I was doing. Then I jumped out there to share it publicly, which still made me a little nervous.  That's when I noticed that no one was responding.  Oh no!  Was anyone even paying attention?  Was I offending someone?
Thanks Kim!

Eventually, that changed, but it made me realize that that there are plenty of people who read the thousands of blogs out there who just don't feel like responding, and that was okay.  Maybe the topics I brought up were not a fit.  Some people are simply shy about commenting. Sometimes there is a lot of mutual love by those who respond back to bloggers who visit their pages, and we see them every time we post. 

I like to visit a blog I'm familiar with, then click on an unfamiliar name leading me to that person's blog for something new.  

The thing about blogging is the tendency to see a lot of the same people commenting on blogs we visit, so despite so many bloggers out there, it's still a relatively small world.  I love interacting with other people to share ideas, to just have fun, and to hang out.  Sometimes I'm not as timely as I need to be, but I do try to respond to each comment.

Then you have the Big Blogs who have over 200-300 comments. How can anyone keep up with that kind of volume?

After that comes the group of angry commenters who are ready to pounce on you at any moment. (lol)

Don't forget the super funny ones that may or may not make any sense.

What does bug me, however, is if you use a contact form associated with a blog to ask a specific question, and the owner of the blog never bothers to respond. Why do you have a contact form on your page, and why don't you at least acknowledge the person's request? That is just downright rude! 

C-Span Mania
Let me put it out there that I don't talk politics via Social Media, but there are plenty of blogs who do. I do, however, love to observe potential funny behavior. (lol) Has anyone ever watched C-Span for a long period of time?  I don't normally, but yesterday, I watched a man give sporadic pertinent info to his viewers, while also taking LIVE calls from Republicans, Democrats and others as they gave opinions about the candidates.  
I have to say that many of these comments were less than favorable to either party, but this guy stoically took each negative call, remained silent as he listened, then thanked the caller for the comment.  Sometimes he smirked, or looked plain bored, but this guy literally was inundated with hateful messages during the entire program and maintained his composure consistently,never getting pulled in to the feelings of either party.  All he did was move on the next call. Can you imagine doing this on LIVE television for an entire hour?! Bravo, I say!

Do people still listen to the radio?  I definitely do, whenever I'm driving, and it tends to be loud. (lol)  No talk radio for me, usually, as my focus is on all that music.  Did you know you can actually listen to radio stations from all over the world? College campuses, the Vatican, Hit Music from France and so much more, can be found by visiting this site: Don't worry, if you visit a site that's in a language you don't speak, Google will translate.  Also, I keep one of those radios around that run by battery in case we have a zombie attack, and lose all power or Internet connectivity.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Are you a fan of strawberries?  I adore them, and have been experimenting with different recipes instead of just popping them in my mouth and eating while watching a movie. 

You already know that I won't be eating this sauce because I'm no fan of barbecue food.(lol) Sorry!   But for those who do enjoy 'cue and want to try something different, go ahead and jump in with this creative recipe!  I'm trying the salsa tonight!

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce ( Hugs...

A sweet, spicy and smoky strawberry BBQ sauce.
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves/jam
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 Chipotle chili in Adobo, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Cups Strawberries, hulled
  1. Place the strawberries in a single layer on a baking pan lined with foil folded up on the sides to capture the juices and roast in a preheated 425F/220C oven until they start to caramelize, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Bring everything except the cilantro to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, mix in the cilantro and puree in a food processor or blender or using an immersion blender.
  3. Put in a safe container, and you're all set!

STRAWBERRY SALSA(Southern Living) Hugs...


1/2 cup red pepper jelly
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries
small avocado, diced


Whisk together red pepper jelly, chives, cilantro, lime zest, fresh lime juice, and dried crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Stir in strawberries and sweetened dried cranberries; cover and chill 1 hour. Stir in diced avocado just before serving. Serve with grilled or pan-fried meats, poultry, or seafood.
I used to love going to buffets when I was a kid because I had the stamina to pack in about 4 servings without gaining an ounce. Needless to say, those days are long gone.   According to the Travel Channel, there are over 5,000 buffets in the United States, and range from high end pricing to the more budget friendly.  One place to get the gamut of every type of buffet food fusion that you can imagine, is none other than the awesomely awesome Austin, Texas. Ironically, they are not well known for all those bountiful buffet spots. In fact, with over 300 restaurants dedicated to smoky goodness throughout the city, Austin is actually famous for their barbecue.  If you like to go back more than once to partake of all those goodies, experts recommend that you limit the carbs on your plate dang it!

Way back in the day, it was super simple for me to read about 3 romance novels in a week.  Then, when I reviewed erotic romance, there was such a heavy volume to keep up with, that I read about that many in two weeks, in addition to writing those reviews.  I soon found that there was very little time to read for fun, so the books just kept piling up.

Now, because I'm involved in various projects, I'll be lucky if I can finish even one novel in 5-7 days. Yikes!  At the end of each month, many of my book blogging friends share how they have read 40 - 100 books, and I'm impressed, wishing I can catch up on all my precious reading.  Curling up with a good novel is always the best way for me to unwind, relax and forget about everything that is going on in the world.  What about you?  How long does it take to get through one book?

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Sunday, July 10, 2016



Before I forget, stop by to visit our very good buddy Kim from .  She always has tons of great info about book reviews, blogging tips, movies and other fun stuff. 

I feel it's my duty to remind you that July 17 is National Ice Cream Day, but the entire month of July is dedicated to all kinds of ice cream treats.  Yay!  How important is ice cream? Did you know that George Washington, loved this frozen treat?  Don't forget to search in your area on Sunday to take advantage of freebies!

My favorite flavor is Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, then I add in wet walnuts and pecans to make it even more yummy.

Peanut Butter Cup Sundae
Add peanut butter, gooey hot fudge, and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to a bowl of Vanilla Ice Cream. Dare to add in some marshmallows. Doesn't that sound decadent?! Yes, yes, you can also get it at your local Ice Cream Parlor, but I don't think it will nearly as much fun!

If you're thinking of having a party, why not have one dedicated to all things ice cream? Throw a party for friends and let them do all the work! (lol)  Ask them to bring their favorite flavor of ice cream, and you can supply a zillion toppings and the music.  Set everything up in some colorful plastic or paper bowls on a table, and let guests pile on the toppings they enjoy.  Then there is very little clean-up.

When looking for stories about romance, we all have specific things we like to read about such as contemporary, suspense, YA and more.  But some of us adore titles that are over the top or unusual.  We want our heroes to be vampires, ghostly beings or more, so our focus is on the paranormal world as the sub-genre of romantic fiction.  Some people may simply say it's fun fantasy.

Years and years ago, I lived and breathed vampire stories, so I voraciously read  every novel I could get my hands on from authors like JR Ward, Joey Hill, Christine Feehan, Lynsay Sands and Lara Adrian.  Those books were so addictive, that I was caught up in the fantasy of those heroines who fell in love with a hero who was darkly sensual, sometimes sensitive, but often damaged.  There was plenty of raw romance, lusty love, and funny laugh out loud moments. Now we all know there are no vampires,(at least I don't think so), but something about those fantastic and dynamic creatures intrigued us enough to want a HEA.

Then those paranormal books slowly moved to men/women who shifted into other creatures, and for a while I was cool with wolves and tigers.  Please don't get mad at me my shape shifting friends, but the thought of a person changing into a bunny, a snake, a gargoyle or an octopus doesn't quite do it for me. But I still have much  appreciation for those authors who dare to be different by using their imagination to write prolific tales that many can't wait to read.   There is clearly a market for this type of sub-genre.  But what about you?  Are there some type of novels you just won't read in the paranormal world?


Don't you just love FREEBIES?  On Monday, July 11, go get your Slurpee on at a participating 7-11 Store near you from 11am - 7pm!

ALMOST FREE PANCAKES Passionate about pancakes? Did you know that the vert 1st IHOP opened for business in 1958 in Los Angeles? Stop by IHOP on Tuesday July 12 and celebrate their 58th anniversary. Yay! They're giving away their Original Buttermilk Pancake Short Stacks for just $ .58 from 7am - 7pm. 

If you have to stand in line to take advantage of this fantastic offer, they may not ask for your real last name.  IHOP has been known to use fun monikers like Sleeping Beauty, The Hulk, or James Bond to let you know when your table is ready.

The only make-up I use outside the house is usually mascara, and maybe some lipstick.  Everywhere I go these days, it seems as if every woman has such phenomenal and lengthy lashes, and it makes me really want to try false lashes, but the thought of gluing or sticking those things on makes me super nervous.  I can just see me pulling them off one night along with my own real lashes. (lol)  What about you?