Thursday, May 25, 2017

Patriotic Pause (Paws?)

Wima is ready for the Memorial Day weekend. She had her leg cast changed this past Monday, May 22nd, and rather than her usual shocking pink, we asked the vet if they had red or blue to be patriotic. They were apologetic that they did not, but this is what they came up with.

They did find a bit of dark blue and accented it with white. Then the staff lovingly drew each of those itty bitty red stars on by hand.

Wima has had her cast changed at least every two weeks since she broke her leg February 7th. One time she got stuck under the bed and partially pulled the cast down and out of position. This exploit required her to be recast before expiration of the two-week interval. On June 5th, one day shy of 17 weeks, she is scheduled to have it x-rayed again. Hopefully then the cast can be removed. We were cautioned that she will be stiff and may need physical therapy afterward. I have no idea what form PT takes for an 18 year old cat. Sigh ...

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Ponder Post: Lavender Island Duo

Reading a little bit of light romance is fun and a good stress reliever.  Within the past week I read two novels by Lauren Christopher. The Kiss on Castle Road ©2016 (A Lavender Island Novel Book 1) and Love on Lavender Island ©2016 (A Lavender Island Novel Book 2)

I have previously read, enjoyed and reviewed this author's first two books The Red Bikini (1/5/15) and Ten Good Reasons (5/17/15) both of which had seaside settings in California

The setting of the Lavender Island novels reminded me very much of Catalina Island off the coast of California about 30 miles from Long Beach. It was probably the model for this novel. I was only on Catalina Island for a few hours in January 2014 as one port of call on a Carnival cruise. There were only a few streets in a crescent shaped waterside downtown but it was scenic, quaint, artsy, and great for browsing. We learned locals got around via golf carts since car permits were few and far between. The interior is mountainous. I imagined Lavender Island from the stories to be much like Catalina Island pictured in the following photo. The fact that the characters in the novel also zipped around in golf carts was a charmingly coincidental image. I would like to go back to Catalina Island some day and these novels pseudo took me there.

The Kiss on Castle Road was set near the coastline of Lavender Island and the male love interest was a nerdy marine micro-biologist investigating illness in sea lions. Perhaps because of the nerdy scientist aspect, I preferred the first book to the second. In Love on Lavender Island the male love interest was a cowboy type and the novel is set in the center of the island where there is a ranch and a bison conservancy. After reading this and researching a bit I learned that there is also a bison conservancy on Catalina Island. I knew nothing about the interior of the island during our brief time there 2½ years ago so I am curious to return and explore more.

Unlike many man-bashing romance novels where the male lead is an a** hole who is tamed by the female lead, the guys in both these books managed to be gentlemanly without sacrificing the ability to exude an air of considerate but firm male dominance. They came across as strong without being too gruff and very respective of the woman they were attracted to. The requisite sex scenes were spicy and explicit but not gross; they were descriptive enough to be intriguing, but not written in the genre of X-rated blatant disclosure. 

Both these books were a fun read; predictable, yes, in where the two main characters would end up, but teasing enough to keep the reader wondering how the couple would get there. The novels were not very meaty, but then doesn't everyone love a few frosted cupcakes now and then? I will watch for other books by this author. She has the right recipe for me to snack on.