Thursday, December 19, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that even when John Adams went to Harvard dorm food was bad? AND that everyone took their silverware with them and when they'd finished eating, wiped them on the tablecloth, pocketed them and brought them back for the next meal.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Life is stranger than fiction. I couldn't make this stuff up. My brother has been in the hospital on dialysis  with liver issues. We just found out last week our ten-month-old grandson had a large tumor on his brain. He had surgery a few days later. We won't have the biopsy report until near the end of the month.  AND...My sweet Belle kitty has cancer.
To quote Forrest Gump, "That's all I have to say about that."
How are you? Are you enjoying the pre-holiday festivities? Got your shopping done?

Friday, December 13, 2019

Weekend Wishes

In spite of the fact it's Friday the 13th.

Due to unexpected and jolting sickness in the family, I may be offline for a while or I may be in and out or not out for long. At this point, I don't know what to expect. Leave the light on for me.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Back To Our Regularly Scheduled Program

Since we spent Thanksgiving in Philly, here's some Philadelphia facts.  Did you know that Philly had the first volunteer fire department, medical school and library in the colonies? And west of town the first Botanical Garden?


Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Some random shots from Longwood Gardens🌺:
Longwood Gardens is a botanical garden, located in Kennett Square PA. It is over a thousand acres of gardens, fields and woods. If and when you are in the vicinity, I highly recommend a visit.

Have you been to Longwood Gardens? What's your favorite botanical garden?

Friday, December 6, 2019

Weekend Wishes


Thanks to the lovely and talented Jacqui Murray for reviewing TumbleStar. If you want to take a peak: Review.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

YOUR Life Story

I’m so excited to share, my good friend, almost cousin and fellow writer,  J.Q Rose’s latest release with you. If you are looking for a holiday gift for that hard to buy for relative or friend, what purrfect timing. I plan on gifting it at Christmas. 

 Your Words, Your Life Story is available in paperback at amazon
ISBN 978-1702360579
Your Words, Your Life Story is a low content book--8000 words and lined pages for journaling.
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories, is a journal and a guide for capturing the moments that impacted your life—the happy, sad, funny and crazy times that shaped a generation. Family and friends want to relive your experience through your words.  Purchase  the paperback now at
TAGLINE Your Words, Your Life Story will help you spark and share your memories.
BACK OF THE BOOK: Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories
Your Words, Your Life Story: A Journal for Sharing Memories, is a journal and a guide for capturing the moments that impacted your life—the happy, sad, funny and crazy times that shaped a generation. Family and friends want to relive your experience through your words.
Not into writing? Discover audio and video programs to bring your authentic voice to your family.
Your Words, Your Life Story will help you spark and share your memories.

Preserving the experiences of the past for future generations is important. They will wonder as they peruse the stories how you ever lived without a TV, computer, microwave (or whatever appliance they use in the future.)
The story of your life, the struggles, the joys, the accomplishments, will be what the next generations understand. Your account will be a guide to help them through their own lives.
Start now to put together the stories that make up your life story, a treasured family keepsake.
J.Q.’s Bio--Using her storytelling skills, JQ provides chills and giggles in her published mysteries and information and enrichment in articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines.
J.Q. taught elementary school for several years and never lost the love for teaching passed down from her teacher grandmother and mother. She satisfies that aspect of her character by presenting workshops on Creative Writing and Writing Your Life Story. Her passion is to teach and encourage folks to share their life stories with their family and be an eye witness to history, as well as a guide for future generations.
When J.Q.  isn’t writing, she enjoys photography, playing Pegs and Jokers board games, and traveling with her husband. They spend winters in Florida and summers up north camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter. the spirit of the holiday, J.Q. will be gifting a free copy to a randomly drawn commenter. Drawing for U.S. residents. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Thanks, as always, to Alex Cavanaugh, founder and Ninja Captain extraordinaire and our awesome co-hosts.

The IWSG optional monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.

Book Reads

Last month I had the pleasure of a sneak peak at Beverly Stowe McClure's GABE'S GUARDIAN ANGEL. I don't want to give anything away since it's not yet released, though it is available for preorder at Amazon. Just let me say, you are in for a reading treat. 

And for another holiday pleasure stop by tomorrow for information on J.Q. Rose's new release, YOUR  LIFE STORY.  You're going to love it. It will make a purrfect gift for those on your Christmas list who are hard to buy for.

Read last month: Indie author Joe Congel's DEADLY PASSION .   This one's for the gumshoe aficionados out there. A great read, with a chilling twist.

Currently reading: Good bud and Queen of Prehistorics, Jacqui Murray's: BORN IN A TREACHEROUS TIME. If you like Xhosa, I recommend that you give Lucy a spin.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


We're back! We spent Thanksgiving in Philly with the baby girl and her husband were the HH got cake #4. 😊 Homemade chocolate with chocolate mousse icing. It was delicious.
As mentioned previously, they recently bought a 1913 row home and are in the middle of remodeling. As you can see the SIL has rebuilt the stairs.
Added a built-in bookcase.
Remodeled the bathroom and powder room. 
They have a projector, so the HH was able to watch the Bears Thanksgiving on the wall:)
AND...we had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner.
Pictures of Longwood Garden next week. How was your Thanksgiving? Were you home or did you travel?

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know the term buck, when referring to a dollar, came from the seventeen hundreds when the hide of a buck deer was worth a dollar.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ketch-Up Day

We're back.

What we've been doing:
We celebrated with friends last week where the HH got cake #1.

Then we made a quick trip to Southern Illinois and Indiana.
On the way, we saw snow in the mountains in the Pisgah National Forest. Apologies for the blurry pictures, they were taken from the car.
The next birthday celebration was with my family at Harrah's where he got cake #2. By the by, loved the candle. It opened like a lotus flower. As you can see he's a Cub's fan.
From there we went to Southern Indiana to visit with the HH's sister and brother-in-law. While there, he got cake #3 (decorated in Chicago Bears colors:)

They have a new home that is quite nice. I fell in love with the master bath and wanted to share it with you. I was quite intrigued by the door. It's on gliders and as you can see, replicates a barn door.
Walk-in closet.
Powder room.
Double sink.
Nice, huh? And yup that's me in the mirror. The pictures came out dark and don't really do it justice.
Now back on the road and driving through the mountains..

And finally...


AND...Speaking of birthdays.  A belated Happy one to Lee. I have been getting soooo behind on blogger buds birthdays.  A thousand apologies. If you've never been to Lee's blog it's always filled with fun and yummy recipes.

So what have YOU been up to while I've been away?