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Marvelous Monday with Lexi!

No, I'm not having a "marvelous Monday." In fact, I wanted to change the name of today's post to "monstrous Monday" but Mommy wouldn't let me.

No, I'm not having a "marvelous Monday." In fact, I wanted to change the name of today's post to "monstrous Monday" but Mommy wouldn't let me.

First, I'm itchy. The person living downstairs has 3 dogs and something like 4 cats, and none of them are getting any type of flea treatment. This means that when somebody goes downstairs, they bring fleas back up; anytime the dogs go outside, they infest the yard; anybody from downstairs comes up here, they bring fleas. I'm getting flea treatment so I'm not infested but fleas still bite me and, since the owners of the house took the lawn mower away, the chiggers are horrendous because the lawn isn't being mowed. Mommy bought some stuff from the pet store to help with my itchy spots, but I don't like the smell of it. If given the chance, I'll ignore the bitter taste and lick it off so Mommy can only treat the spots I can't lick.

Second, Mommy is on edge and has been depressed lately. I don't understand all of the details but I do know that it has something to do with money. Usually, she only gets this upset when she's worried that she can't take care of me properly because the other humans in the house are being stupid and living beyond their means. I will only say this... Mommy has been taking care of more than her fair share and shouldn't have burdens that aren't hers to bear dumped on her; especially by stupid humans who said they'd help her get back on her feet financially. They are causing her a lot of anxiety when she's already working 32 hours a week and having problems maintaining that effort. She had to call in sick on Friday last week because the anxiety and depression are eating her up inside!

Third, Moose isn't my friend anymore. His human keeps letting him run around off-leash while I'm trying to do my business and Moose thinks I'm some living squeaky toy. I keep telling Moose I'm not, but he insists that I am. Now, whenever his stupid human lets him run off-leash outside of the enclosure, I try to run upstairs to avoid him.

So... yeah, I've been very upset this week and I'm only cheered up when Mommy plays with me for a bit. It seems that the only time Mommy is really happy is when she plays with me or reads as it helps to ease her anxiety. 

Just Finished

Speaking of reading, Mommy did a lot of reading last week. In fact, she managed to finish the book she was reading on Monday of last week PLUS three more!

RIVER RISING by John A. Heldt on Goodreads
Weeks after his parents disappear on a hike, engineer Adam Carson, 27, searches for answers. Then he discovers a secret web site and learns his mom and dad are time travelers stuck in the past. Armed with the information he needs to find them, Adam convinces his younger siblings to join him on a rescue mission to the 1880s.

While Greg, the adventurous middle brother, follows leads in the Wild West, Adam, journalist Natalie, and high school seniors Cody and Caitlin do the same in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Like the residents of the bustling steel community, all are unaware of a flood that will destroy the city on May 31, 1889.

In RIVER RISING, the first novel in the Carson Chronicles series, five young adults find love, danger, and adventure as they experience America in the age of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons.
JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK by Mary Ting on Goodreads
What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.
ENCHANTMENTS by Mya Spalter on Goodreads
A wise, witty, and welcoming guide to modern witchcraft and magic and how you can use it to positively affect your life--from an experienced practitioner and employee at New York City's oldest occult shop.

"Our brains seek patterns, our hearts seek miracles. And witchcraft is nothing if not a pursuit of everyday miracles."

Mya Spalter has spent fifteen years among candles, herbs, cats, and spell books as an employee at New York City's oldest occult shop, Enchantments, and she's crammed all that experience teaching others the building blocks of magic into this book. In a fresh and inclusive voice, Spalter offers practical information for building your own eclectic, self-guided witchcraft practice, illustrated with beautiful black and white drawings by artist Caroline Paquita: how to set up a home altar, how to cast a love spell on yourself (which is really the best way), the many uses for candles, the differences between need and greed in money magic, and all the magical ingredients you can get at the dollar store. She covers healing herbs you might try out in your bathtub, tells stories of divination gone wrong--and right!, describes witchy holidays to celebrate with friends or covens, explains the best way to ask an Aries for a favor, and much, much more. On every page, Mya offers smart, hilarious, and, most importantly, concrete ways to incorporate intentional magic in your own life.

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Learn more about KINGDOM OF THE DAMNED by Tricia Copleand
“…he that believeth not shall be DAMNED” – Mark 16:16

In 1557, witches burn her home and family. She escapes with the help of a family friend and they hide among humans. At seventeen, another atrocity ignites Anne’s passion for justice. Circumventing the globe, she seeks to unite the vampires and build peace. Powerful enemies amass against them, but her friends number many, including a surprising and mysterious hero. In a war for survival, love feels extravagant, and heroes don’t always prevail. Can she best her enemy and find happiness at last?

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INIMICAL by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge on Goodreads
Being a fairy princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you have to choose between saving your people…And killing your girlfriend. Oh, and let’s not forget having to pass summer school, too.

Talk about a hot mess.

First, there’s Rouen, princess of the dark Fae, goth-rock star Euphoria, and soon-to-be senior at Richmond Elite High. Her world is all things ice, snow, and death. And that death will include her own people unless she can defeat her evil father in a Battle of Wits and War and seize the throne. Trouble is, taking the throne is a death sentence for the princess of the fair Fae. In other words, a quick death for Syl, Rouen’s girlfriend.

And that’s so not good.

Second, there’s Syl, princess of the fair Fae, geek girl mathlete, also an incoming senior. Things aren’t any easier for her. Syl must save her people by battling her old nemesis, the fair Fae prince, and the same rules apply: taking the throne means a death sentence for the other court’s princess, Rouen.

Even worse, Syl and Rouen’s enemies have figured out they’re in love. Now, both Rouen’s father and Syl’s archenemy are teaming up to ensure neither of them makes it till Midsummer’s Day—never mind the fall semester. Looks like passing summer school is the least of their worries!
Mommy says she is trying to read the books she specifically committed to reviewing in September in case the household's internet service is shut off. To quote her, "I want to make sure I get these reviews written and scheduled in Blogger because, let's be honest, the Blogger app is a P.O.S. (which does NOT mean 'Point of Sale' in this case)."

I don't know what "P.O.S." is supposed to mean in this case, but she says I can't tell you what it means because I'm not allowed to cuss. Then again, I don't think I know how to cuss. I'm a dog... When I encounter something I don't like, I do one of four things:
  1. Ignore it until it goes away.
  2. Glare at it until it goes away.
  3. Run away from it.
  4. Pee on it.
Humans have to make things so darn complicated, especially stupid humans like the ones who are upsetting Mommy. When I explained this to Mommy, she laughed. She says it "tickles her" to think about peeing on things she doesn't like and says that if she did that, she wouldn't have any problems getting on disability; however, she says she'd probably be institutionalized and wouldn't see a dime of it. 

Oh... Mommy also wants me to tell you that she doesn't actually hear me talk. She's anthropomorphizing (she says this big word means giving me human characteristics when I'm clearly not human) my facial expressions to guess what I would be saying to her if I could actually speak human. She made a point of asking me to tell you this because she does not want to be institutionalized.

Anywho... I'm sorry I'm so petulant this week. It's just that Mommy has been so worked up and sometimes her moods affect me too! However, I didn't want to end this post on a sour note, so I let Mommy take a super-cute picture of me to end the post on a high note!

Have a marvelous Monday and may you find happiness this week.

Licks and wags!
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Second Marvelous Monday picture of Lexi sticking out her tongue at me