Hello, I’m Judi Easley.
Thanks for stopping by. Here’s a rough timeline of my life with a lot of the details left out. None of us have that much time or interest!
I am the youngest of three children (Army brats) and grew up in Andover, MA, USA. (I had a shelf full of Golden Books when I was little, when I was older I switched to Nancy Drew, and then to romances) I was a bit wild as a teenager and when I was 23 a bartender dared me to do something with my life and suggested the military. I was in the U.S. Navy from 1980 to 1985. I was injured in a car accident during that time and got out with a Good Conduct Medal and a 10% disability. The VA changed that to 20% and got me started in college on an art program. (during recovery, I read constantly, usually romances and British mysteries)
While I was in the Navy, I met and married Charley. He was also in the Navy. When I met him, he was enlisted. Then he got commissioned and we were married two days later. We were supposed to get married the next day, but there was 29″ of snow and the base was closed, so we couldn’t get to the chapel. We’ve been married since 1983 and have two grown children, Andrew and Sarah.(they grew up with Golden Books and were read to each night before bed and lots during the day) They live close to us.(both of them are still readers and have extensive personal libraries) Sarah has finished her Masters Degree in English Lit and just launched her new business, Itinerant Muse. Andrew has been in a committed relationship with Lindsay since 2013.(she reads her books and Andrew‘s books, too) They got engaged last (2017) summer while in Scotland, but no wedding date has been set; though there is a busy Pinterest page with some planning and talks of a Fall wedding, not which Fall.
I wasn’t able to complete my college degree until I was in my 50s and living up here in N.H., USA. I got my BFA in Graphic Design just as the economy crashed completely. No one was taking on entry-level graphic designers. So, I went to work for the VA as a claims processor and talked to Veterans all day. I loved the Veterans, but not the VA.
Now, I’m permanently disabled and retired due to my back disability and fibromyalgia. I read a lot during the day and always in the evening. So it made perfect sense to me to change my fashion/home dec/art blog into a book blog and share my reading with you. I hope it makes sense to you and you enjoy what I share here.
If you’d like me to do a “read & review” for you, please check out the “How to Request a Book Review” page for directions.
Hope you enjoy the blog and come back often.
P.S. My blog was originally called Blue Cat Review. Yes, the Blue Cat was a real cat. She was a Russian Blue named Violet AKA Buggy that I had for 17 years. She passed away early in March 2017 from oral cancer. She was a lap cat and made a great book prop. She was my constant companion from the time she was 9 months old. And I miss her still.
I now have a small black cat that’s an American Shorthair, named Emma Louise Catherine AKA Emma Lou Cat. Emma was only about a year old when I got her in late March of 2017. She is very lively and mischievous. She gets into a lot of trouble, but she can also be very sweet. She’s turning into a wonderful companion.