Paper Towel Holder


This paper towel holder can be mounted with an adhesive or with screws. The simple design looks good in my kitchen under the cabinet. However, it feels a little floppy when pulling paper towels from the roll.

Dog Treat Training Rewards

My dogs habitually expect treats every time they come in from a potty trip. These little rewards allow me to give them more treats throughout the day without overfeeding them, and they love them. Win-win.


Leg Massager with Heat Air Compression Massage


I bought this massager as a gift for my husband, a truck driver. He has used it almost daily and says the massager alleviates the aches and pains he feels in his legs and feet. The remote control is handy and easy to use. The different modes can make it feel like a different massage each time. He recommends this device!

Stainless Steel Pet Dog Cat Water Fountain Bowl


I like the stainless steel basin of this pet water bowl. It cleans easily. However, the plastic barrel becomes lodged inside tightly, and it is tricky to remove and refill it. The price is reasonable, and all four of my dogs use it.

Valentines Day Tree Decorations


I always hate taking down my Christmas tree. It signals the end of the holiday season. I chose to leave the tree up this year, take off the Christmas ornaments, and replace them with these festive Valentine's Day ornaments. They are less than 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and they are lightweight. The colors are bright, and the designs are sweet. They come with pretty hanging ribbons as well. 

I also added these wooden heart-shaped hanging ornaments. These decorations came with strips of twine to hang them, lending a rustic and old-fashioned element. 

At the bottom of my tree, I added this thirty-six-inch skirt covered in scrolling hearts. It is soft and machine washable. 

And last but not least, as a topper, I added this beautiful, red and white, large ribbon. 

My Valentine's Day tree is gorgeous!

PowerOwl Eight Bay AA AAA Battery Charging Bank


PowerOwl AA and AAA Battery Charger USB high-speed charging without an adapter works very well with the Amazon Basic Rechargeable batteries.
I purchased these batteries for my bird camera. They last about five days, and then I switch them out with the extras I keep charged. Regular batteries only lasted a couple of days, and the cost to keep the camera running would have been astronomical. These have been a bargain.
The only downside is that they are apparently a little larger than regular batteries, and it can be difficult to remove them from devices.

Dog Treat Dispenser


I have been experimenting with different treat dispensers. My Australian Shepherd mix liked this toy more than the other puzzle toys I bought. I filled it with kibble. She rolled it around until all the food was gone. It kept her busy for about thirty minutes. I like to see interactive toys that keep her moving and thinking! It was fun to watch her bounce it and roll it around to figure out how to get the reward. When she finished, she was ready for a nap. 

Treat Dispenser

"The Ex" by Alafair Burke


Book Description: Twenty years ago, she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife, Molly, by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That's when Jack's world falls apart.

Olivia Randall is one of New York City's best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancĂ©, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife's murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is, who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

As I have said multiple times, Mary Higgins Clark is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I read one of her books co-authored by Burke. I enjoyed that book and decided to give Burke's novels a try. 

Can a good, sweet, loyal, kind person commit a horrific crime? I dove into "The Ex," and right away found the backstory intriguing. The writing style reminded me a bit of MHC, but in the first person, which I don't mind. I relate well to the first-person narrative. The characters were multidimensional, and the author kept me guessing about Jack's guilt or innocence by revealing one little piece of evidence at a time, just enough to cause doubts about his pleas of innocence. I had figured out the answer to that question before the story ended, and there were a few points about the scenario that I found difficult to believe, but it was still an enjoyable read to me. I already have another Burke novel on reserve.

"Flipping" by Eichin Chang-Lim

"Flipping" spanned generations and conquered hereditary disabilities, prejudices, and forbidden love stories. Well-researched conditions made the characters honest and sympathetic to the reader. The gymnastics were exciting, and Christa's ability to overcome her problems to continue her training inspired me. Certain moments evoked tears. A worthwhile read!

"Unspeakable Things" by Jess Lourey

Cassie McDowell’s life in 1980s Minnesota seems perfectly wholesome. She lives on a farm, loves school, and has a crush on the nicest boy in class. Yes, there are her parents’ strange parties and their parade of deviant guests, but she’s grown accustomed to them.

All that changes when someone comes hunting in Lilydale.

One by one, local boys go missing. One by one, they return changed—violent, moody, and withdrawn. What happened to them becomes the stuff of shocking rumors. The accusations of who’s responsible grow just as wild, and dangerous town secrets start to surface. Then Cassie’s own sister undergoes the dark change. If she is to survive, Cassie must find her way in an adult world where every sin is justified, and only the truth is unforgivable.

I wanted to like this book: the description, the premise, and the possibilities. However, the strange fear these sisters feel about their father falls flat. Why does she sleep in the closet and under the bed? There are hints that they should be scared, but nothing solidifies. The creepy, sleazy sex parties where the girls serve alcohol and witness nudity and some sexual acts, it's gross and unbelievable that their mother goes along with that. Also, Mom is okay with these swinger gatherings where her husband is unfaithful but gets very upset and throws her sister out of the house for flirting with her husband. The kidnapped boys who are harmed almost seem less important than the goings on under the young girls' roof. I expected it to tie in with Dad's weird meetings with the cop or how the girls never wanted to be alone with him or SOMETHING. Such a cringeworthy town, but I was totally unsatisfied with the ending.