Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The damn dog is crazy...

So I think my son's dog is having an identity crisis. Forever, I've thought this dog believed he was human. He'll talk to you as if you are supposed to know what he is saying. He opens the refrigerator door and helps himself to a snack.
He takes naps with his human brother.

But, his latest stunt defies all logic. Apparently he is having an identity crises and believes he is a cat. While visiting my house this weekend, all he wanted to do was play with my Maine Coon cat George. Unfortunately George was having none of it, and was eventually chased up the tree. Did this deter Benji?

Oh, hell no!

Benji just thought he'd join him up there.

Ever seen a dog climb a tree???

Crazy dog!!

So, please, share some of your crazy animal stories with us. I wont feel so alone.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

My days are numbered....

Well, with Jadin anyway.

As some of you may know, my daughter is a single mom in the Air Force. Since her son was born 6 years ago, she has been deployed to the Middle East four times. Twice to Iraq, last year was Afghanistan, this year she has been in Qatar since February.

You may be thinking this is an awful lot of deployments for the Air Force and you'd be correct. Normally, the active duty Air Force doesn't deploy as often or for as long, but Renee is in a specialized unit called RED HORSE.

RED HORSE stands for Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineers.

RED HORSE is a highly mobile civil engineering response force that supports contingency and special operations worldwide. They are self sufficient, mobile squadrons capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide. They possess weapons, vehicles/equipment and vehicle maintenance, food service, supply and medical equipment.

Their major wartime responsibilities are to provide a highly mobile, rapidly deployable, civil engineering response force that is self-sufficient to perform heavy damage repair required for recovery of critical Air Force facilities and utility systems, and aircraft launch and recovery.

Basically, they are self-contained and are able to build bare bases form the ground up. They can provide their own equipment, personnel and security to go into a volatile area and build a new base or repair a damaged one.

Each RED HORSE unit possess special capabilities, such as water-well drilling, explosive demolition, quarry operations, concrete mobile operations, material testing, expedient facility erection, and concrete and asphalt paving.

So there's your little lesson on RED HORSE. More info can be found at the following links if you're interested.

Anyway, Jadin has been very accommodating with all the changes and adjusts extremely well with each deployment. He will be starting first grade in a couple weeks and has many friends both here in Vermont and in Florida.

The past couple years he has even gotten to the point of saying to his mom, "Isn't it time for me to go to Nina's." He's got wanderlust at six years old.

The time has come for him to go back to Florida. My mother is taking him back next week so he can start school there, and Renee will be home the end of September. It's always a bag of mixed emotion. Both when we pick up Jadin and take him home. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was bring him home with us and leave Renee there alone.

The same goes when Jadin has to leave. It's hard to be sad though, when I know he's getting his mommy back, and he'll be the first to tell you he loves us, but not as much as he loves his mommy.

So, Jadin has to go back to Florida, but is Renee is coming home soon. And really? That’s the best news of all.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Coming Soon . . .

----Here's our newest cover for G&G's romantic suspense, Sins of the Mind. Debbie and I are so excited to have this story picked up by Decadent Publishing, and we had to show off the amazing cover. Yeah, over there to the left. lol Yep, that's it! And we've already added it to the sidebar on the far left.
----Debbie and I are planning on this being the first book in the Red River series, with stories about romance and murder...basically, falling in love while the hero and heroine hunt down the bad guy (or girl -- hey, we're equal opportunity authors here! lol). No one is above suspicion...

----Seven years ago, Abby Montgomery survived a brutal rape. Now she is ready to put her pain in the past and move on with her life. The problem is, one by one the men in her life are being viciously murdered.
----The detective assigned to the case, Ethan Parker, has demons of his own to hide. As the danger gets closer to Abby, so does Ethan. But can they get past his secrets before the killer gets to them? Sometimes the sins of the mind are more depraved than the sins of the heart.