Nonnie Camp 2014

Today was a good one.  We started off checking our out daily menu that is posted.  It is a easy day with cereal to start off breakfast.  On our to do list our first event was treasure hunting aka geo-cache hunting.

During that we found a historical marker that shared some Texas history.  I loved finding out how much the kiddos knew there.  Two treasure found, one spot located but treasure missing and two we never found.  But oh how we enjoyed the tramping around to see.

Home for lunch which is daily sandwiches.  Then dropped in to Granny M's as she made cookies for the kiddos.  Could not find flour so she subed a cup of pancake mix and a cup of instant potatoes.  And IT WORKED!  Then we popped over to the library to get night time reading.  From there walked to the town square for ice cream cones.

Back to the house for a free afternoon.  But this evening after dinner via Chef Kira (she makes a mean bean burritto), the kiddos painted their club house.  It was great to see them all going after it.  I am so tickled that I pulled a "Tom Sawyer" and let them do all the work.

In late for baths.  Oh they were needed as paint was everywhere.  Then chocolate chip cookies from when they cooked them earlier as a bed time snack.  Whew what a great second day of Nonnie Camp!

Nonnie Camp 2014

Today starts our annual Nonnie Camp.  This is where our grandbabe, great nieces and nephew, second cousins and close family friends gather (ages 10 to 5) stay with us.  This year it will be for two weeks.

Here is a line up of our agenda.

1. Painting and setting up a club house
2. Making fairy houses
3. Camping
4. Lake time
5. Geo-caching aka treasure hunts
6. Making kites
7. Cooking meals (each child cooks one dinner) and making desserts together
8. Drawing off and painting each child on our shed wall.
9. Making paving stones
10. Crafts and games
11. Museum

And here is the start of our group this year.

We were walking over to Granny M's place and the kiddos picked sunflowers to give to her.  This was a mile walk round trip and we plan on daily hikes.  Tomorrow is to the library and getting ice cream cones on the town square.

Just thought I would check in and let you know what I am doing.  Yes, having a blast with the babes.  Could not ask for a better vacation time.

Win with Ken!

Brother, can you spare a dime? 
Bear’s planned afternoon of beer and baseball is interrupted by a phone call from a man he hardly remembers from their years at Elko High. So begins the tale of a cold-blooded murder and the theft of a dime worth two million dollars!

Faced with bi-coastal murder suspects, Pinky hands Bear, and Flo the sweaty task of tracking down one of the suspects along the hot, humid North Carolina shoreline while he chooses to pursue the other on the Kona coast of Hawaii. But Pinky, after imbibing too many Mai Tai’s with a bevy of sky-goddesses, and a moved-up court date, is forced to return to Carson City, sans suspect.

Bear and Flo hit pay dirt and with the identity of the killer in hand they fly across the Pacific Ocean to the smoggy Beijing airport where they meet Joe, the uncle of Pinky’s Chinese secretary. The enigmatic Joe quotes Confucius and Shakespeare as he purposefully guides the dynamic duo to their final destination— oxygen sparse Lhasa, Tibet.

Cliff hanger contest
Brother, can you spare a dime? ends with a prize winning cliff hanger that defies all logic.

Let Ken know how you would answer the question and he will choose the two answers he likes the best. Both winners will receive a complete paperback set of his Pinky and Bear mystery series.

The Bloody Birthright
The Big Show Stopper
Death is a Cabernet
The Tartan Shroud
Brother, can you spare a dime?

Five books, each one personally inscribed!  I am going to try this because I am missing one book and with that two autographs.

Email your cliff hanger answer to and in a couple of months Ken will post the winners' names on his Facebook page.

Ken Dalton's Bio
Ken was born in 1938 at Hollywood Hospital. He grew up in Los Angeles with his parents, his older sister and younger brother.

In a turn of bad luck, the dreaded Polio virus attacked Ken at the age of five. By the age of sixteen, after eleven years of operations, therapy, and braces to mitigate the effects of Polio, Ken’s luck changed when he met the girl of his dreams. A few years later they married, produced three wonderful children, and settled into a happy life in Southern California.

In 1966, Ken and his family moved to the green hills of Sonoma County where they bought a home surrounded with apple trees.

Some time later, Ken, designed, built, and operated a small winery that produced award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Then, in a moment of madness, Ken began writing. His first article was published in Golf Illustrated. Many more golf articles followed in national and regional magazines including Golf Magazine and Fairways and Greens. Eventually Ken felt the urge to write his first novel.

Now, after the publication of The Bloody Birthright, The Big Show Stopper, Death is a Cabernet, andThe Tartan Shroud, Ken has published his latest Pinky and Bear mystery, Brother, can you spare a dime?

Kindle ($4.99)
Amazon ($14.95) ($14.95) personalized inscription and free shipping

Tribute Books hosted this blog tour. (Thanks Nicole!) And is offering a giveaway of $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.  Now tell me you could not use that?  Just enter below and I hope you win.  Make sure to tell them Crazed Mind sent you too!

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Catching Up and Working Out

So what is going on around here? As you have summarized, I am sure, I am not home much.  That is the truth.  Off at someone else's home so much of the time.  House/dog/people sitting or volunteer at the local animal shelter quite often.  And I miss my blog.  Really.  Been so busy trying to get this weight off, working out, walking and learning how to jog too.  But it is time to get back to my life.

I thought maybe I could do a run down and lil bit of a catch up too.  Yes, the weight loss has been a major operation for me every day.  I have just recently started trying to slow down some there and see where I am leveling out at.  As I told you I am now down 100 pounds.  Yipee!  So how have I done this.  Well yes, I did have surgery.  But that has not been the one and only at all.  I have changed my diet so very much.  No sodas since last fall.  Cut carbs to almost nothing honestly.  Tons and tons of protein is what I tend to eat.  Fat is a major no no with me too!  Exercise has jumped to the fore front of my life too.  Walking tons, and as I said learning how to jog.  Easier said than done.  Weights with hand weights and bands for exercise.  

Oh you know how I love to dance, so it is not surprising that I am using a Zumba Gold Cardio Party DVD to work out with.  It was in the Vitamin World Ultra Woman 50 Plus daily multi-pack box.  So not only do I get to dance and jiggle and jive but I also have my energy busted with the packets of vitamins that are helping with my energy metabolism, menopausal support (oh yes!), bones and joint health and healthy aging.  Hate to admit it but at almost 51 years old I need all the help and support I can get.  There is a DVD and a CD for the Cardio Party that came with this set up.  So music that I can work out to or like I did, recorded it to my iPod so I could listen while jogging.  I love that this supplement set up did not have added iron as I have issues with that and my body.  But it did have so much that I seek out.  The B vitamins to help me have good energy and emotional support too.  Calcium and magnesium for my bones, especially now that I can eat so little.  Black cohosh is a good one for my hot flashes and night sweats and the coenzymen Q-10 for the energy of my heart, brain and muscles.  I am using it all now and need the extra kick in the patootie for energy.  There is all the C and zink and D and and and  yes all of the stuff I need.  A packet of vitamins that I have just thrown several in my bag, car and purse so where ever I am I can take them without any fuss at all.  Also harder to forget when they travel so easy.  The limited edition Vitamin World Ultra Woman Daily Vitamin Packs featuring Zumba® are available for $69.99, and $49.99 for members, exclusively at and in Vitamin World stores in Ultra Woman, Ultra Woman Sport and Ultra Woman 50 Plus formulas to suit every body.

With me losing the weight it has caused some skin issues.  One that I did not expect was looking a little drawn out and dried out too.  I know that I am outside in the sun a lot now.  And have a pretty kicking tan from all the working out.  But I needed some replacement of moisterizer too.  I wanted something that was not heavy and oily feeling.  I started using Valentia Skin Care's Even Glow Serum.  This is a kickass antioxidant skin treatment.  Not heavy, not oily and has 20% vitamin C too boot with 98% natural ingredients.

I have also been working hard with my bands for exercise.  Do you do this?  You know the lil elastic ones that your pull and twist and pull again with?  I am using videos on You Tube to work out with.  Here is the one I started with.  And do you have one to suggest for me to use? 


I do have products here I have been given for review.  But all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Nothing has been paid for nor do I give favorable reviews just by receiving products either.