Vampire Hunter Review

Vampire Hunter by Michael Romkey
ISBN:0449002004

Photo by Tower.com

Vampires and the Titanic all in one book. What could be better?

In my opinion, nothing! Lol

I read about this book on Amazon while looking for another one, and thought I would give it a try. I love all things Titanic and of course anything with vampires comes in 3rd. Ask me what is 2nd lol. This book had all 3.

The Titanic part was short but it was still a nice read. It gave the people who believe in the supernatural a chance to dream. It was also nice to read about Titanic and not have to worry about if the author got any historical facts wrong. The Titanic was there, in the ocean, etc., etc., etc.

As you may or may not know, it takes me around a week to finish a book this size (300 pages). I read for an hour or so before bed each night. This was one of those books that I was looking forward to reading. I could not wait to finish my other book so that I could start on this one. I was hoping this book was going to be as good as I was lead to believe, it was better. It took me only 4 days to finish this book.

I really liked the main character Dante Gabriel Rossetti. I liked how he was described and put together. Of course him having an English accent made it all the better lol. I was even happier to find out that he was a real person. Of course, I just kinda stumbled across that part. I got an email from Heaven and Earth cross stitching and saw a pattern I really liked. So while looking at their patterns I came across a photo of a lady. It was quite a nice painting and I wanted to get a better look. I clicked on the photo to enlarge it and saw below the authors name, Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Of course after seeing that I had to head over to Google to see if I could find a photo of him. I was glad to match a face to the name.

I recommend this book to anyone who like vampire books!

Below you will find what is written on the back of the book.

RISEN FROM A WATERY GRAVE

Entombed for almost a century in the corpse of the Titanic at the bottom of the icy north Atlantic, the Vampire is finally released by a treasure-hunting expedition–that never makes it back alive.

OVERCOME WITH BLOODLUST

In a small South Carolina town, a stranger calling himself Charles Gabriel seeks desperate help from a beautiful psychiatrist. But while irresistible sexual passions are stirred by supernatural powers, the town falls victim to a horrifyingly rampant surge of an unearthly evil.

THE VAMPIRE HUNTER

Torn by his loyalty to a centuries-old, unholy brotherhood, the Vampire longs to be freed from his hunger, but he has become the prey of those who seek vengeance against him. Now the only escape is Death. . . .

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The Dean Peak Fire video

I saw on twitter today that Mohave County posted a video of the Dean Peak fire. We did not go near the fire but could see the flames from miles away. I am so happy that no homes or lives were taken.  Click here to see the video/photos that were taken by many different people. 

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Hysterectomy, it changes you

 
I started my period when I was 11 years old, 8 years later I started having pain every other month or so. The pain stayed about the same up until 2003. Before 2003 Tylenol helped a lot.  I would have maybe one day that I needed to take off of work, most of the time I could work through it, as long as I had a good amount of Tylenol running through my system.  At the end of 2003 I had my tubes tied since birth control (the pill at first and then the shot) was not working for me.  I spoke to the doctor about my pain and the heavy bleeding and he said it was normal for some women and that having my tubes tied would help. 
 
It did not.  By the time my youngest was turning 1 year old, I was being changed over from Tylenol to 800 mg Ibuprofen. That worked in the beginning and I was able to go to work during my period every month. Slowly as years pasted the medicine stopped working.  In 2008 my doctor moved me up to Vicodin since for the past year the pain had been getting worse each month, to the point that 1 day during my period I hurt so bad I laid on a heating pad and took sleeping pills to help with the pain.  There was no moving me, there was no getting me to stop crying unless I was asleep.  After a while that 1 day turned into 2 and then 3 and sometimes 4 or 5. 
 
Last year when I told my doctor that the Vicodin was not even touching the pain anymore she approved me to go to a Ob-gyn. She also gave me a depo shot to stop my period until I could get the appointment, it did not stop my period.   I went to see the Ob-gyn and she wanted to run some test to see what was causing the pain. I had to go see her every 2 weeks to have an exam and ultrasound. She said at first that she believe the birth control was making my womb swell. I explained that I had just had the shot last month and told her my history. She wanted to wait till I was on my period again, so then I had an ultrasound and it showed my womb to be 3 times the size of what it should have been and she said my pap test came back with abnormalities. She submitted my test results to the insurance company to see if they would approve my surgery for July.  3 weeks later I had another ultrasound, being off my period. When I went back to her 2 weeks later she said the insurance would approve my surgery and we needed to move it up.  I asked her how did she know they would approve it and she said because it is still the same size and they can now see several tumors in and around my womb. It also seemed that my womb was growing. She let me know that I had cancerous cells and I had endometriosis.  She let me know that because my womb was still growing that I might have to have a C-section.  She sent the paperwork off and got in touch with a surgeon in Vegas.  After a week I got a call from the surgeon.  We drove up to see her and after the exam she said they would need to take my womb, might need to take my tubes, but should not have to take my ovaries, but would not completely know till they got in there. I signed the paperwork and 2 weeks later, on May 3rd 2013, I was in the hospital to have my surgery. 
 
I will start off by saying I loved my surgeon, she was helpful and answered all my questions and even called to check up on me after my surgery. The problem I guess I have is that if you do not ask the right questions then they might forget to tell you some things.  Another problem is not knowing what questions to ask.
 
For example, I did not know that after the surgery my chest would hurt so bad and that I would cough like I had a bad case of the flu. This is because they inflate your stomach with carbon dioxide so they can move around easier during the surgery. After the surgery that gas goes into your lungs to try to come out of your body through your chest and shoulders.  I did not know that I would have staples inside of me that would stay there for life. I did not know that I would have a drain tube/bag to carry around for 2 weeks.  I also did not know that the medicine they would put me on would make it where I could not go to the bathroom for 3 weeks and then hurt so bad for a month afterwards. I wish they had of told me what would happen after the surgery.  It would not of made any difference, but still knowledge is a great thing.
 
As for the surgery, they had to take my womb, tubes, and ovaries.  She said it was so bad in there she was surprised I had lasted so long with the pain. I had tumors in my womb, on the outside of my womb, on my tubes and ovaries, and even on my colon.
 
Two weeks after the surgery I went to have my staples and drain tube/bag removed.  She let me know that with them taking everything that it should stop me from getting the tumors in my breast. She also said that I might need hormone pills. I asked her how would I know and she said that when I thought my DH was an a$$ and he thought I was a b*tch, then I would need them lol.  At my 2nd visit she did an exam and said that I was healing nicely.  I told her that one minute I am crying the next I am so happy.  To be honest what I felt like was like I had stopped taking my depression medicine or like I was pregnant all over again. I was then put on HRT. She did warn me that the HRT could make the pain come back if they missed any of the tumors, but that I would know in a weeks time. If they did miss any, I would have to have surgery again. I was not sure if I wanted to be put on HRT at such a young age because of the risk of having early menopause.  We decided I would try it for a month and make my decision after that.  In the first week I was all over the place emotionally. I took my HRT in the morning and my depression pill before bed.  I made the decision on my own to stop taking my depression pill.  After 2 days it was worst then before. So bad I was starting fights with my husband out of the blue.  Of course 5 minutes into the fight I could not tell you what we were fighting about or what I was upset about in the first place. Of course my DH could not tell you what started it because he just walked in the door.  Poor man!  So after 3 days of hell, I started taking my depression pill again.  It then lead to almost a week of happiness and crying, sometimes at the same time, and then it leveled out.  Around 3 weeks after starting my HRT I could say the I was doing better.  No more crying or fights and can honest say that I feel better then I did before the surgery.  I feel better now then I have in years. 
 
I just wish they would have told me what would happen after the surgery. The pain. The feeling of loss. The empty feeling.  The weird pains in weird spots and even the feelings 6 weeks later.
 
It has been 2 months since my surgery.  Two months without that monthly pain. My DH and daughters all tell me that I seem happier now then they have seen me in years.  Me? I still have that feeling of loss every once in a while.  I still have that feeling of wanting to carry a baby again.  But I also have a sense of release and relief.  
 
I would like to say thank you to Dr. Gould at Women’s Cancer Center of Nevada. Also I would like to say thank you to Dr. Christina at All Women’s Medical Center. Both doctors listened to me and heard what I had to say. That is hard to find in doctors these days lol. I would also like to thank all the ladies at HysterSister for listening to me and answering my questions. 
 
Want some good news?  They got all the tumors and after a DNA test we found out our 2 girls do not carry the cancer gene.  
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A powerful photo

I read a lot of blogs. All kinds of different ones, from gardening, homesteading, and cooking to Cross Stitching, Homeschooling, Reading, and TV/Movie blogs. There are some blogs that I comment on and others that I just read what they post.  There are other blogs or just single post that I have to link to because they touch some part of my heart and soul.  This is one of those times where I want to help this other blog go viral.  

The name of the blog I am speaking about is The Power of Prayer.  Now many people know that I am not a church type of person and God and I are still working out our issues, but this issue that Bre has posted about is something that I would want my daughters to understand and think about.

So below is the link to her page and here is her story to be read.  

 

The Story Behind the Photo (Click there to see the photo)

Moments before I was to walk down the aisle my soon to be mother in law came in the dressing room where my bridesmaids and I were all gushing with giggles and fluttering about finishing last minute details.

“Sweetheart, your groom has called for you!”.

In a nervous tizzy I said, “What?! I’m not ready! I have to get my shoes and…” She had already taken my hand and led me to a corner, where my groom was waiting. I barely sat down; I was filled with so much anticipation! So much excitement! So many nerves!

“Is he going to like my dress? Does my hair look pretty? Can he see me?!” 

Right around the corner sat my soon to be husband, I so was nervous he might see me yet secretly hoping to catch a glimpse of him. In my excited state I was the first to speak,

“Hi sweetie! We’re getting married today!”

“I know baby and I want to pray with you before we do.” 

There we sat around the corner hand in hand, and together we bowed our heads. People were rushing about; the wedding coordinator directing people here and there, the photographers snapping photos and the bridal party enjoying each others company. Yet in that moment, in the quietness of our hearts and minds, my husband and I were alone in the presence of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

My husband prayed that God would bless our marriage, that through thick or thin together we would never lose hope in one another. That instead of focusing on each others imperfections we would always rely on Christ’s perfection. That we would wake up every day and chose to love one another not through our own strength but by the power of Christ’s perfect love.

With our hands clenched tightly to one another together we said “Amen”, both with shaky voice and just like that I was whisked away to blot the tears off my face and put on my veil.

After my bridesmaids, mother, mother-in-law and every other girl in the room had finished zipping, curling, tucking and blushing me up I looked in the mirror. There I stood wearing my pure white wedding dress, ready to walk down the aisle to my Prince Charming.

See, he is not only my Prince Charming because of his incredibly handsome looks, or wonderful humor, or the fact that we have so much in common. He is my Prince Charming because he helped me protect the most precious gift that I owned, my purity.

Soon after we had started dating I nervously told my Prince that I was a virgin and planned to be until the night of my wedding; to which he replied he would have it no other way.

Throughout our dating relationship and engagement we constantly fought, what at times felt like a losing battle. We fought temptation with prayer, scripture and accountability. I had friends checking up on me if they knew we were together late at night and he regularly met with other Godly men to pray for strength. At times, especially as the wedding grew closer, we thought we were attempting to do the impossible.

“Why are we doing this?” I would ask in my weakness, and he would remind me, that it’s because God had told us too.

“I can’t do it, I can’t… this is too hard!” he would confess to me and I would pray for his strength.

When I walked down the aisle in my white dress, I looked straight into the eyes of the man that had laid himself down to protect and honor the wife that God had given him.

When his eyes first caught mine he looked into the face of the woman that had waited for him, the woman that would support him and love him for the rest of His life, through good times and bad.

I share all of this because in that prayer we prayed, which was captured here on camera we asked the Lord to use our wedding to bring Him all of the glory that He rightfully deserved. We had not gotten where we were by our own strength, but by His hand of protection on our relationship.

God has used this photo to inspire hundreds of thousands of people already and for that we are humbled and honored! I wanted to take it a step further and give God praise and thanks for how we arrived at that quiet corner, holding hands and ready to begin our lives together. 

 

Click here to link to her site, if you want to read more about her life.

 

I hope you do not mind that I re-posted your story. If you do let me know and I will take it down.

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Garden

We are trying something new this year. I can not wait to get started. More to come….

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A good link

I follow many blogs. I read them daily, well I should say nightly since unless I have some down time, like at a Dr. appt, I read a few of them each night.  I hardly ever post or comment on the blog that I am reading, but have started doing it more and more.

You can see some of the blogs I follow on the right side of my home page.

One of the blogs I follow is http://deepashome.blogspot.com/

She posted a while back about this place, called The Thread Garden, she went to and it sounded so cool.  I would love to go see these in person, but for now will have to do it via her blog.

Take a moment to look over her blog, by clicking here.

You can also see more photos on The Thread Garden by clicking here.

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Let It Bee

Let It Bee by Dimensions

I started on this cross stitching a while back, but not sure on the date  This project is for my mother in law. So P&C if you are reading this please do not tell her about it.  I want it to be a surprise.

It was a nice piece to work on. I loved the colors and design, but had lots of back stitch.

I will post a photo on my finished project page when I get it into the frame.

Hopefully it will be mailed off next week on its way to England.

Let It Bee

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