About ninety percent of you are going to think I’m crazy, but I hate killing mice. Understand that I live in the country and that mice are a fact of life. While I’m not claiming my kitchen is spotless that’s not the reason we have mice. We have mice because we live in the middle of a ten acre field full of… you guessed it. Field Mice.

We also have mice because we have a barn that is chock full of old hay and any grain left from the horses and chickens. By now you’d think they would have eaten all that, but there are still mice and they must be getting food somewhere. (Please don’t say ‘yeah, your kitchen dummy!’)

We also have mice because we live in a 200 year old house that’s so full of entry points that if you fill the house with water it would look like a sieve from the outside. Or a sprinkler. Top of a watering can. You get the picture.

I hate killing mice so much that if they didn’t carry disease and POOP ALL OVER EVERYTHING, I’d leave them be. I’m the first one into the kitchen in the morning. Now I suppose I should explain that we use sticky traps because the kind of spring trap that actually catch mice are expensive and break if you breath on them. We used to use catch and release traps, but the dang mice would die of fright in those things and then you have to deal with getting the sucker out and into the trash.

I guess sticky traps are our best option. Or at least that’s what the DH says.

Back to me being the first one into the kitchen. They look at me with those big black eyes that whisper ‘please let me go. I promise not to poop in your sink ever again.’ And then I find myself talking to them in soothing tones in between yelling at my husband to get his butt downstairs and take care of the mouse. They keep making impossible promises until they are carried out of the house. And I feel AWFUL for the rest of the day. And I don’t ask what my husband did with them.

Those bold buggers practically tap dance across the counter at night – with top hat and cane. They are fast and fearless. They pull down their trousers and moon me as they go by. And still I feel like a murderess for killing them. It would gross you out if I told you all the places I’ve discovered mouse poop. And still.

I know, there’s something very wrong with my brain. But in my defense I’d like to show you the similarity between my littlest dog and a mouse. Tell me they’re not related.


Just a little snow.


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Title: ‘Til Death: Volume One
Series: ‘Til Death #1
Author: Bella Jewel
Cover Design: LM Creations
 Release Date: November 25, 2014


I married a douchebag. 

It’s my own fault, really. He came in like a handsome stranger and blew
me off my feet. I fell madly in love, like the naive girl I am.

Then he left me high and dry.

Turns out, I was nothing more than a business plan for billionaire
playboy, Marcus Tandem. He needed to be married to obtain his
grandfathers business, and I was the poor victim in his path. I thought
we had something real, I believed it was special until the truth reared
its ugly head.

I never meant anything to Marcus. Not a damned thing.

Five years on and my life has been a struggle. Left with nothing, I’ve
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my sick mother, as well as trying to divorce a man that refuses contact
with me.

Five years is a lot of time to plot the perfect revenge.

What my dear husband didn’t count on, is that fact that I was smarter
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insurance policy? If he dies. I get five million dollars.

Of course, Marcus doesn’t know about it.

One drunken night just after I
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My mother is unwell, she can’t pay for treatment. And I’m a bitter
woman. I’ve been the joke of Marcus Tandem for five years while I’ve
formed the perfect plan. Now it’s my turn.

I have to kill him.

Oh yes, Marcus will pay for what he did.

I made a vow before God, that I would be by his side ‘Til death do we

I plan to keep that vow.

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Want some bad advice? Feel free to ask Bitchy Bertha questions in the comments!

Dear Bertha,

I’m not sure what my son spent the day doing, but he didn’t get his math homework done by the deadline set by his teacher. I think he left it to the last minute and then got stuck on a problem. My feeling is that he’ll learn from the experience of having to turn in incomplete homework, (it’s computer based so he can’t continue on past the deadline – and why is a teacher making a deadline for a saturday evening anyway?) however, my husband is fighting mad. He’s ranting about taking away the effing toys (he means the ipod) (and he didn’t use effing, he used the real word.)

Am I wrong to be so laid back about it? Should I also be ranting and punishing my son. Or should my husband chill out and let his teenaged son learn from experience?




Dear Confused,

Confused is what you are not. Many life lessons can’t be taught, they must be experienced. But don’t expect your husband to agree with you. I’m assuming if you have a teenaged son together that this is not a new problem. I’m sorry for it, but you’ll be putting up with your husband’s bad behavior for much longer than your son’s. You son will likely grow out of his procrastination. If your husband hasn’t grown out of his dirty mouth and bad temper by now, he’s not likely to.

As for a teacher who assigns homework to be turned on on a Saturday evening? You may know I’m not a big proponent of homework, but I think my opinion is in the minority. We’ve got homework ingrained in the culture now and it will take a major paradigm shift to get rid of it now. Maybe you should be thankful that he didn’t make the deadline for Friday night – at least your son had the opportunity to work on it Saturday, even if he didn’t take it.

And by the way, I hope you have plans for dumping that loser – the husband, not the son. No one needs that kind of grief.

Best regards,