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text 2018-02-24 07:58
My week sucked ... but it's getting better.

Some of you know that MT and I have chickens and that they've brought great joy and hilarity to our lives the last 5 years.  They're the first chickens either of us have ever owned so it's been a steep learning curve, but I think, based on the overall  general good health of the girls, we've done a pretty good job.

 

So it was a shock last weekend to lose one of our chooks.  Princess Parmigiana (Princess, or Parma, for short) had been looking a bit listless the previous week; not blatantly unwell, but acting even more introverted than usual; she's never let us get close to her, making it harder to tell if she was sick.  We were concerned, but not panicked, and decided to haul her to a poultry vet.  An extraordinarily nice man, who gently broke the news that she had a tumour that had progressed beyond the point where surgery would have been successful.  (I never considered that surgery on poultry was a thing, btw.)

 

MT and I don't see our chickens as egg machines; they're ours for the long haul, eggs or no eggs.  But they're chickens; not cats or dogs you hold, play, and develop emotional bonds with.  Not in an obvious way.  So the impact of this news about Parma broadsided us.  Neither of us were prepared for how sad we were to lose her.  Aloof she may have been, but she played an undeniable role in our chicken family dynamics.

 

As if we weren't already weepy enough, we came home to discover that chickens grieve.    Eggy and Henri looked terrified and confused, staying clumped together, not uttering so much as a bwark between them.  Healthy, but not understanding where their coop mate went.  We had no plans to bring another chicken in, but after 3 days of depressed chickens we re-evaluated.  The vet recommended we get two more instead of just one, since integration would be easier (strength in numbers).

 

After researching our area, we had a choice:  we could get two more right now, or we'd have to wait several more months before anyone had any chickens old enough for us.  So today we brought home Auburn and Molly  (I'm not sold on these names, btw), two French Black Copper Marans. 

 

 

They're young yet - only about 18 weeks old, so they have more filling out to do, both in size and feathers, and their combs haven't fully formed or gone red (a puberty thing).  Auburn's body feathers (she's in front, I think) have more brown in them and we're hoping as she gets older this will become more pronounced, otherwise we're never going to be able to tell them apart.

 

The bad news is that MT and I still feel Princess Parma's absence, but the good news is that Eggy and Henri are too busy looking at Auburn and Molly thinking WTF? to be depressed any longer.  There's something to be said for indignation in the grieving process.  ;-)

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review 2018-02-14 10:00
Review! Dragon's Guard (The Dragon Shifter's Mates #1) Eva Chase

 

 

The last of her kind. Four hot alpha mates. A legacy of bloodshed. 

When Ren Landis goes looking for excitement on her 21st birthday, getting kidnapped is a little more than she bargained for. So is finding out that shifters exist—and that she’s one too. As the last of the dragon shifters, she’s got a role to fulfill: Take the alphas of the four shifter groups as her mates and unite all shifter kind. No pressure, right? 

Too bad Ren’s fate isn’t as simple as getting it on with four scorching-hot guys. Someone is out for dragon shifter blood, intent on finishing the massacre they started years ago. If Ren can’t figure out how to kickstart her buried powers, her life’s about to go down in flames. 

*This steamy new reverse harem paranormal romance series is intended for readers 18+. Expect sexy situations, intense action, ongoing storylines, and a quartet of alluring wolf, bear, jaguar, and eagle alpha shifters you’ll wish you could make your mates.*

 

 

 

I have to admit that this story is quite a bit different from what I was expecting which while surprising is a good thing. The story to me falls more in the urban fantasy genre than the romance category. Don’t get me wrong, it has romance, lots of steamy passion and sizzling chemistry but is also full of intrigue and thrills that keep the adrenaline pumping and suspense builds throughout the story keeping readers glued to the pages. The characters are strong and compelling and draw the readers to them which makes it easy for the readers to become caught up in the unfolding story as they find themselves facing their lives that are taking a disturbing turn.

 

The author brought her intriguing reverse harem world to vibrant life with well written words that makes it easy for readers to picture the events as they happen and I was completely caught up in the story from the very beginning although I have to admit it was a bit disappointing when it ended in a cliffhanger, so I must warn you that is a serial romance.

 

 

Dragon’s Guard is the 1st book in The Dragon Shifter’s Mates series.

 

Books 2 Dragon’s Tears & 3 Dragon’s Desire is already available and #4 Dragon’s Fate will be available February 21, 2018

 

Dragon’s Guard is available in ebook at:

Amazon

 

Eva Chase can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Tumbler   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub

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text 2018-01-24 09:33
Not a member of the menagerie, but still eating our food...

The Quality Assurance manager, checking out our apples.

 

 

(Rainbow Lorikeet)

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review 2018-01-17 18:35
The Someday Birds
The Someday Birds - Sally J. Pla
I want to recommend this book to anyone who likes novels that are fast-paced. I felt that the characters in this novel were constantly moving from one thing to another, always on the go. There wasn’t a lot of time to appreciate or analyze the situation they were currently in before they were onto the next best thing. I found this frustrating at times as a reader but I also understood they were on a journey, an adventure, and with a vanful of children, you need to live each day to its fullest. This novel is also geared towards children/middle school readers who like that continual change of scenery and this novel definitely provided that.
 
The story is told by twelve-year-old Charlie who has some OCD behaviors. He has an older sister and two younger brothers. His father, a journalist, came home from Afghanistan with a brain injury. I enjoyed that the story took off right away with Gram staying with the children while dad is getting treatment in the hospital. Dad is offered additional free treatment across the country where they decide he will go, with Gram accompanying him. The childcare situation doesn’t pan out and the strange woman who was visiting their father in the hospital ends up coming to their house to babysit. The kids decide then that they’re not staying with her and set out to be with their father. Road trip!
 
The fast road trip to reach their father ends up becoming a scenic drive as one thing leads to another. The children find themselves finishing their road trip in a dusty camper with a three-legged dog. You have to enjoy their adventure on this scenic drive as each individual has desires they want fulfilled along the way. It’s comical at times as they stop to enjoy the sights. Charlie’s obsession with birds, the twins’ obsession with anything that catches their eye, and Davis’ obsession with boys. I had to wonder if they would ever reach their father.
 
I thought the ending was super and one of the best parts of the novel. I liked how realistic the children felt and their interactions with one another. The mystery of Ludmila was a mixed bag for me. Why was she sent to watch the kids when they didn’t know who she was? I found this frustrating and that frustration grew the more I read about her until her relationship was finally revealed. I really liked the part where Davis shows Ludmila the flash drive, I got chills just reading this. I wished there would have been more depth to the characters, a chance to get to know them better.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-12-28 06:23
A Mistress To Remember
A Mistress To Remember (Birds of Paradise Book 3) - Eliza Lloyd

My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts...

A Mistress to Remember is the third book of Eliza Lloyd’s Birds of Paradise series. I stumbled across this series in 2015 when it wasn’t yet a series and read book 2, The Darkness in the Marquess of Dane, which pretty much blew me away with how good it was! It was also the first book I read by the author so I was very impressed and wanted more!

Since I read the series out of order, an anomaly for someone who will do anything to read series in order LOL, I’m not quite sure about the concept of the title Birds of Paradise. But I know that the theme of a mistress is quite prevalent. In a way or the other, the heroines of this series were mistresses to the heroes before they became romantically involved. Book  1, Another Lover, which I read after book 2, was too short and rushed for my liking. The h was a legendary courtesan with ‘terms and conditions’ on her services that also required an exorbitant amount of money. The H, a known rake, wanted to make her his for a long time with an intensity. So finally, when the opportunity arrived, he snatched it up right away....... Well, I just wished there were more background on the H and h like the later installments in the series, more fleshed out characters too. It felt like I was missing something, that the H and h had shared some private moment or something that was never quite revealed. I’d still recommend it as the famous H of book 2, the Marquess of Dane, makes a very short appearance there.

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