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?

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Did You Know

Did you know that John Adams, our second president, was accepted to Harvard at age fifteen? At that time Harvard consisted of four brick buildings and a chapel.
Information gleaned from John Adams by David McCullough.

Wednesday, November 6, 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 monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.

This month’s question—What's the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story. 

Nothing sexy comes to mind for this month’s answer. What crops up the most for me is firearms of the era, which my brother researches for me. Recently, I was looking for a short rifle barrel and D loop lever for my female bounty hunter. He got so excited about the D loop, he ordered one for his rifle.😊  And yes, even though I write shoot ‘em ups, I'm a gun control commonsense advocate. As previously mentioned, I'm the only one among the sibs that doesn't own firearms.


I’ve read several great books this month in a variety of genres. 
In no particular order:

C. Lee McKenzie’s NotGuilty. A young man whose star is on the rise is falsely accused of a crime.  If you’re a McKenzie fan you won’t be disappointed. 

D. L. Finn’s Elizabeth’sWar.   A young girl must take on the responsibilities of an adult when the men in her family go to war.  This is set in the World War 1 era and will appeal to history buffs, young adults and young at heart.

J.Q. Rose’s Girls Succeed: Stories behind the Careers of Women.  A great motivational read for girls and women alike. The women in these stories don’t just hold typical nine to five jobs. To name a few, the stories include a horse trainer, a horticulturalist and a personal chef. 

Alexander Pain’s ZombieComplex. I don’t like zombies but thoroughly enjoyed this story about a regular guy, with Republican leanings that gets caught up in the zombie wars. Recommended for folks that like all things zombie.

AND last but not least

Elizabeth Seckman’s Second Chances ARC.  In this tension-filled romance, Elizabeth proves she’s still unparalleled in creating characters we either love or love to hate. Keep an eye out for it.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019


We made our annual pilgrimage into the mountains to see the fall foliage.
And this jumped through the cracks in my garden walk.