Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday's Great Read

Good bud and writer extraordinaire D. L. Finn has out a new short that is a fun, suspenseful read.  Here's a tantalizing taste of the story.  PLUS Finn Facts, which I specifically asked for.

Do you ever wish you could take back your words? Janice and Dale Hart sat around the dinner table laughing at silly “I wouldn’t be surprised” jokes that included UFOs, Bigfoot, hand-delivered food, and serial killers. A week later, an innocent plate of food is left on Dale’s truck in the middle of the night. That’s only the beginning, and the presents go from harmless to life-threatening. Will the Harts find help in time to survive an evil bearer of “gifts”? Find out in this paranormal thriller. 


Did you ever wish you could take back something you said, even if it was just a joke? One of those moments happened while sitting around the Easter celebration table in our dream house, only the two of us. The world was spinning out of control. The news was glum, and we missed our family, so in true Janice-fashion, I tried to add some lightness to the meal.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Bigfoot came to our door with a plate of food.”

Dale paused a second from devouring his favorite turkey meal and burst into laughter.

Encouraged that I was in a brilliant comedic mode, although I’m sure the wine had more to do with it, I added, “I wouldn’t be surprised if a UFO landed in our front yard.”

Now I was laughing too. I sucked back a giggle. “I wouldn’t be surprised if a herd of serial killers stampeded down our driveway.”

I continued throwing out my zingers until I ran out of ideas. Our good spirits lasted through dessert. Soon reality’s somber mood crept back into the day.

A week later, I found out my comments might have been taken seriously when someone or something visited us.

“This looks good, thanks,” Dale peeked in from the garage late Sunday morning.

I frowned. “What does?”

“This plate of bread.” He held up a foil-covered paper plate.

“Not mine. Where did you get it?”

Dale’s graying brows pulled together over his puzzled brown eyes. “It was sitting on the back of my truck. Must have been out there all morning. I just noticed it.”

His look of longing at the plate of bread worried me. Dale’s celiac disease meant no gluten or wheat flour. “Set it down, and I’ll see who brought it to us.”

He nodded and left the present as I scanned the security camera on my cell phone, thinking a neighbor dropped it by earlier in the morning. Nothing. I checked each motion recording until I found what I was looking for. My mind clicked into the opening narration of an old crime show, Dragnet. “This is the town, Greenville, California. It is a sleepy mountain community where people still leave their doors unlocked. It was a Saturday, April 18, at 11:30 p.m., when an uninvited guest walked down the dark, football-field-length driveway. The unidentified person carried a circular item. They proceeded to place what appeared to be a foil-covered plate on the back corner of a truck and retreated into the night…”

 I shook my head. I doubted my crime would have made it onto a show that used real police files, but I did have a little mystery on my hands. Although I was not a detective, I sometimes edited books about them. That wasn’t helpful, and neither was the small phone screen. Minus my reading glasses, I couldn’t tell who the person was. Too lazy to walk through the house to get them, I started texting.

Fun Finn Facts:

1. I’m a huge fan of room service.

2. I love to watch old black & white sci-fi movies. The last movie watched was 1958, "Earth vs the Spider."

3. I have taken up rock painting. These colorful rocks are added to our Magical Trail.

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Did You Know

Did  you know, Tennessee Williams (Street Car Named Desire) choked to death on a small bottle cap? The type found on eye solution or nasal spray.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

It's Tuesday

Did you have a good weekend and Monday, my friends? We went in last week to see the Grands and watch one of the girl's games. She got two outs at first base. The girl is smokin'.
Did anyone else watch the Star Wars Marathon?  I'm a CNN junkie but we are in such frightening times right now, I needed a break from it. 

Okay, can anyone explain to me why folks are now hoarding daily shower cleaner? Has anyone else run into this problem?
What about you, got daily shower cleaner? Do you find the news unnerving?

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know, it is purported that bamboo brings good luck?
Two stalks for love
Three stalks for happiness, wealth and longevity
Four: death wish. Yikes! Doesn't sound very lucky does it?
Seven: health
Twenty-one: blessings
If you were purchasing bamboo, how many stalks would you get?

Tuesday, July 21, 2020


How's everyone? How was you weekend and Monday? There was lots of drama here with the new member but things are finally settling down. Thank goodness.
In the garden.

And for CJ, the July blooming Iris.
My daughter sent me this pic of a squirrel and his squagle.

How does your garden grow? Critters getting along? 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know, legend has it a sunflower was used to try to climb out of the underworld?

Tuesday, July 14, 2020


Today's question: If you are a  state governor and a sheriff publicly refuses to enforce your mandates, how do you handle it?
Expandable, Flexible Garden Hoses.
Has anyone tried or have these? I love mine. It's so light and easy to manage. The old standard hose I had filled up the whole bowl and hung over it once it had kinks in it. This one covers the same length of the garden, the old one did.  I recommend it for anyone who has to haul a garden hose around. 
Looky. Looky.
My first Iris to bloom in July.  Most of my Irises are standard bloomers. I didn't even know this Iris was a rebloomer. I'm so excited:)
The hostas are blooming.
That's it for me. Got blooms? An opinion on ignoring governor mandates?

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know, legend has it that diamonds fell from the sky after a fight between dragons?

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


How was your Fourth? There were no fireworks in our town this year. Sob. I've always taken them for granted. Now I'm more appreciative. Did your area have fireworks?

I made vegetable soup, with a tomato sauce base AND added chocolate. If it sounds questionable (grin) the chocolate basically adds a sweet basil flavor.
AND...Author bud D. L. Finn and Chester with a copy of Mateo's Law. Chester's a natural, isn't he?
AND...The pals.
AND...Of course, the flowers;)
The butterflies are back.

How was your weekend? Hopefully more exciting than mine;)

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know the flower foxglove was originally called folksglove, the glove of fairies? The flowers mottlings were where elves had placed their fingers. (Mottlings are the spots or blotches.)

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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.  Remember it’s optional.

July 1 question-There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

On a very contained level, I would like to see Kindle Countdown offered in Australia. Hopefully, in the near future.


AND…June’s reviews in no particular order.



To fit in, a young girl must hide her abilities from everyone. She thinks she’s alone in the universe till a new boy moves into her neighborhood.

The characters are well-developed as is the world building and the storyline is  strong. A recommended read, I enjoyed this story enough to get the second—and last—in the series.  Amazon


TIMELESS ECHOES by Balroop Singh

I find this author's work moving. This is the second book of her poetry I've read and I enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Her writing takes the reader from joy to despair and back again. It reminds us to find the delight of being as well as to enjoy the wonders of nature. My favorite poem is YEARNINGS.  I highly recommend this author and this read.  Amazon.



I enjoyed everything about this delightful collection, from poetry to micro-fiction to shorts. I especially enjoyed the author's ability to create a story with a beginning, middle and end  in ninety-nine words.  The subject matter is eclectic and a joy to read. Highly recommended. Amazon



Some books I have problems getting into. This wasn't one of them. In this series, the author has crafted a sophisticated, cigar-smoking female PI and her sidekick brother. The duo never disappoints.  Their characters are flushed out, unique and likeable.  The relationships the two develop are heart-warming. The story well-crafted. Hawes can take the mundane and make it interesting. I found myself fascinated with what was on the menu at each meal. The plot moves along nicely and the story flows.  I very much enjoyed the read and highly recommend it. Amazon.


LEFTOVERS by Joe Congel

Joe Congel is one of my favorite PI mystery authors. He has an easy style that draws me in from page one.  These shorts are no exception. The topics intrigue. Whether it's falling from an airplane or a protagonist that's a hitman. If you haven't tried Congel, you're in for a treat. And what better way to try a new author than a book of short stories. Highly recommended. Amazon.