Monday, October 30, 2017

Local Street Art and More

After commenting last week that I didn't see much street art in this area guess what I stumbled across:
Isn't this great? It's at the Yellow Deli in Hiddenite, NC and painted around an actual water wheel that's running. The food is both healthy and delicious. It is run by a co-operative society: The Yellow Deli People/Twelve Tribes of Israel and is open from Sunday at noon till Friday at three. Whether one is in agreement with their beliefs or not the food is good and the ambience is warm and inviting.

After lunch, a friend and I went hiking at Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area, in Alexander County, another fun find.  You can do moderate to strenuous trails or just do a simple walk at the base. The weather cooperated with us on our outing. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time.
You can see the walking track below.

My walking buddy.


Wishing you a Happy Halloween a day early.  I'll be off line for a few days. My little grandson is having surgery tomorrow.  Positive energy, good thoughts and prayers are appreciated. For those of you who have all ready sent good wishes or lit a candle, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Can't Fool Me

Kid's Playhouse
You can't fool Franky.  He knows a bird when he sees one. (Note the tail.  It's not fluffed up that's the actual size and well over a foot long.  It reminds me of a Vegas Showgirl's Feathers. Maybe because he swishes when he walks. He's very proud of it:)
Did you have a great weekend, blogster buds?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Planting

Remember this? The mum Franky decimated last year.
I moved it to the garden and it made a comeback.

A friend who used to run a daylily farm gave me some new daylilies for my fall planting. And...we discovered a wonderful garden nursery outlet in Pineville. Most of their gallon perennials were 3.99. I found hollyhocks which I've been looking for since March. I also got columbine, bee balm and winter kale. Minus the kale, I'm ready for spring:)

See the hind leg of my little helper?  He loves to help dig the holes:)

Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Any other blogster buds that have birthdays this month?


Shameless Family Promo

My sister is commuting to work in a car that has 346, 000 miles on it.  She is trying to win a new Volvo.  If you just happen to be in the vicinity and would like to vote for her, I know she'd appreciate it:)  FYI: The trailer is a little difficult to hear.

FYI: The contest ends October 13th. If you have any problems with the link Allison is in the Illinois section.  You can vote for multiple entrants but only once per entrant.
Thanks to everyone who voted.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Show Us Your Insecurity

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.
This month we're having an IWSG meme contest.  We are to: post a photo of ourself or our alter ego with any of the IWSG swag or logo. Then leave a comment at either the website post or FB directing the administrators to our photo. They will visit each site and pick the top three.  Here's mine: 

I only get to say this once a year so...Ten-Four, Good Buddy.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Talking Library

Eleven-year-old Fairday Morrow had no clue that moving from Manhattan to the small town of Ashpot, Connecticut, would lead to an unsolved mystery. Her parents’ dream of renovating a crumbling Victorian, called the Begonia House, into a bed and breakfast had seemed like treachery at the time. But Fairday found out that her new house kept secrets, and once inside its twisted front gates, anything was possible.

When mysterious notes start showing up warning that a librarian is in trouble and a bookworm is eating words, Fairday thinks the Begonia House has more skeletons in its closets. She notices a passage in her favorite book has been changed, and she’s certain something is dreadfully wrong. What happens to stories when their words get eaten?

The Detective Mystery Squad is ready to investigate! Fairday, Lizzy, and Marcus take off on a sticky trail and tumble into Nowhere. Like Alice in Wonderland, Fairday finds herself in a world where nothing makes sense and the lines of reality are blurred.

The three sleuths discover amazing things about themselves as they unravel more secrets within the walls of the Begonia House. Follow along with Fairday and friends as they open the next case in the DMS files to unlock the mystery of the Talking Library.
Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library

Jessica Haight & Stephanie Robinson, Co-authors 

Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson have been friends since they met freshman year of high school. After discovering they both loved the same books, their friendship grew, and they went on to co-author The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. The first mystery in the Fairday Morrow series, released with Delacorte Press in December 2015. Stephanie and Jess are excited to present the next case in the DMS files. Having the brilliant illustrations created by their close high school friend, David SanAngelo, has made bringing the story to life magical. To contact Stephanie and Jess or learn more about their journey, please visit:

David SanAngelo, Illustrator

David SanAngelo is an award winning illustrator, and a two-time Emmy nominated director of animated shows for children and he won a kite flying contest in the fourth grade. Dave attended high school with Jessica and Stephanie, and they've all been friends for a billion years. Some of Dave's favorite things are: old monster movies, superheros and shred-a-licious rock music. Although he grew up in New England, Dave currently lives with his wife and sons in Decatur, GA. To learn more about Dave's illustrations, please visit:

Fairday Morrow and the Talking Library 
Book 2: Fairday Morrow series
Release date: October 2017
Age Range: 8 years old and up
Grade Level: 3-9
Publisher: Willow Press
Catch the first mystery before the next case in the DMS files opens on October 23rd!

The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow
Publish date: December 2015
Age Range: 8 years old and up
Grade Level: 3-9
Publisher: Delacorte Press

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