Thursday, December 31, 2020

Did You Know

 Did you know, ketchup was originally sold as a medicine?


My Friends.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

It's Tuesday

 Greetings, buds. Did you have a wondrous holiday?  Did you get to see family or did you spend it quietly at home?  We got to see the kiddos.  Both sides quarantined for a week and wore masks, except at lunch so we were as safe as possible. We celebrated the kiddos bday at the same time, then zoomed with the baby girl, SonIL, bro, SisterIL that night.  All in all a great day. I hope yours was as well.

The kiddos.

And some fun stuff Santa brought.

What about you, blogger buds? How was your holiday?





Tuesday, December 22, 2020

It's Tuesday

 Welcome Bloggers. We are quickly approaching Christmas. Got your shopping done? I am wrapped and ready to roll. Well, roll at home. We aren't going anywhere. I got a few early goodies, of which I'm very thankful.

 In addition to the Hookup Fairy 😂, the HH gave me this lovely cardinal.

And Rocking Ro zeroed in our anniversary and sent us this.

And author and bud, D. L. Finn sent me a calendar with her written haikus and photographs.

And the cats got toys from their sitter.😊


How about these views? One of my sis in laws live in Colorado and took these pictures on her walks.


And we woke up to this last week, but luckily it didn't last.

And my spinach, blackberry salad.

And just because I think they are so darn cute.  Big sis reading to little brother.

Have you found delightful surprises in your mailbox? What's your weather like? What's your favorite salad? Do you have a beautiful view when you walk?

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Did You Know

 Did you know, John Adams was a one term president and basically lost the election because he was against war with France? Who'd a thought, huh. Once out of office, he said he should have become a shoemaker.

Thanks to Denise for helping me get the word out today. AND a belated thank you to Birgit and my sister who were kind enough to post on Facebook.

Monday, December 14, 2020



Today is release day for GWEN SLADE, BOUNTY HUNTER


A Cowboy Factoid

The first and foremost necessity, for anyone who roamed the Old West, was a horse. For the most part they rode quarter horses, known for their sturdiness and speed. Like the cowboy they had to be tough and survive on whatever was available, since most cowboys didn’t carry grain for their mounts. Many cowboys also preferred dark horses to piebalds and other horses favored by Native Americans, considering them better workers. If something happened to a cowboy’s horse when he wasn't near a town, his chances of survival were thin. Hence the reason, horse thieves were hung.



Bounty hunter Gwen Slade always gets her man. Until she meets charming outlaw Jordie Kidd.

After Jordie saves her family, she finds she can’t in good conscience turn him in, even if he is worth a thousand dollars dead or alive. Instead, she sets her sights on the meanest, most-wanted gang in Kansas. Gwen always works alone until she goes after the gang then finds herself partnering with an unlikely source.

This time around, not only her life, but her heart is on the line.


“Don’t think because I’m a woman, I won’t shoot you.”

Legs splayed, Gwen Slade aimed her short-barreled rifle. Sunlight glinted on the barrel and gave the Kansas sandstone canyon an illusion of warmth. A stiff breeze loosened the pigtail hanging down her back and whipped stray strands of hair around her face. She ignored the bite of the wind, focused on the hombre in front of her.

“Now honey,” Rotten Don Tucker, wanted for stagecoach robbing, moved toward her. “You better give me that thing before it goes off.”

She spun her rifle and shot his hat right off his head. “The next one will be a few inches lower.”

He stopped, a scowl on his ugly, pockmarked face then sneered. “You’re that woman bounty hunter.”

“My, aren’t you the smart one.”

“No woman’s taking me in.” His hand reached for his gun.

Swift as lightning she lowered the barrel and pulled the trigger.

He dropped his hand to his thigh as he stumbled, his leg crumpling, his expression incredulous. “You shot me.”

She shook her head. “You’re lucky I didn’t kill you. The wanted poster says dead or alive. Now throw me your gun with your left hand or this time I will put a bullet in your head.”

The gun landed with a thump at her feet.

“Turn around and sit with your back to me.”

He dropped to the ground, groaning, leaning on his good side, more concerned about his leg than her. Never taking her eyes off him, she grabbed the rope from her saddle horn, holstered her rifle and trussed him like a turkey.

She scowled, tapping her toe, frustration arrowing through her system. Now she had to haul his sorry carcass across his horse. She took a deep inhale, tamped down the annoyance, and dragged him to his feet. All in a day’s work.


Available at Amazon.


And thanks to Jacqui Murray and Chrys Fey and Natalie Aguirre AND J. Q. Rose for helping me get the word out. Appreciate ya.




Thursday, December 10, 2020

Did You Know

Did you know John Adams was the first president of the United States to have a man of African descent as a dinner guest at the White House?

The guest was Joseph Bunel, a representative of Toussaint L'Ouverture. Toussaint was a leader of the slave rebellion on San Domingo. 


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

It's Tuesday

 Greetings, Blogger Buds.

Franky made a prison break and is now under house arrest. We go through this every few months. He paces the prison confines until he finds a weak spot then chews or digs his way out. His time 'on the outside' usually lasts about twenty minutes until me or the warden (the HH) hauls him back in, minus chains and manacles. From there he is incarcerated until the warden finds the weak spot and fixes it. Our prisoner really needs a little black cap and jacket.

Do you think he likes the tree because it's the closest he can get to the outside?


AND  My sister in her Ugly Christmas Sweater we got her:)

What about you? Brought out the Ugly Christmas Sweaters? Got your tree up? Gifts bought/made and wrapped?

Friday, December 4, 2020

Great Reads Friday

 My bud and fellow writer, J. Q. Rose has written her memoirs. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak and loved it. Memoirs aren't my normal read but it caught my attention at the beginning and held my interest all the way through.

Thanks. Sandra, for hosting me.  We are kicking off the winter virtual book tour for my memoir, Arranging a Dream on your amazing blog!

I brought along a list of tips for arranging fresh flowers. You’ll understand why that’s my subject today when you read the Back of the Book for Arranging a Dream: A Memoir.



In 1975, budding entrepreneurs Ted and Janet purchase a floral shop and greenhouses where they plan to grow their dream. Leaving friends and family behind in Illinois and losing the security of two paychecks, they transplant themselves, their one-year-old daughter, and all their belongings to Fremont, Michigan, where they know no one. 

Will the retiring business owners nurture Ted and Janet as they struggle to develop a blooming business, or will they desert the inexperienced young couple to wither and die in their new environment?

Most of all, can Ted and Janet grow together as they cultivate a loving marriage, juggle parenting with work, and root a thriving business?

Follow this couple’s inspiring story, filled with the joy and triumphs and the obstacles and failures experienced as they travel along the turbulent path of turning dreams into reality.


Basic Fresh Floral Design Tips by J.Q. Rose

  1. It’s very important to always cut the stems on a slant to allow more surface area for water to enter the stem. Allow the flowers to soak up the warm, not hot, not cold, water with dissolved preservative before beginning your design.
  2. Use a very sharp knife or scissors to cut the stems. Dull tools will crush the stem and not allow the flower to drink up the water.
  3. If you use wet foam for your arrangement, be sure to place the foam in a bucket of warm water with preservative dissolved in it. Then place the foam, cut to fit your container, into the water, but don’t hold it down in the bucket. Every inch of the foam needs to be wet. If you hold it down for a couple of minutes, water does not reach all parts of it and may leave air holes in the material. Your flower could dry out because the stem end is in air and not water. So leave it in to soak up all the water. You can tell when you pick it up if the block is full or not by the weight.
  4. If making a “plunk-it” arrangement in a vase, simply bring the vase to the edge of the counter, hold the flower bunch next to the vase, and determine how tall or short you want the arrangement to be.  Cut at the point where the flower stems are even with the top of the counter.  Then “plunk” the flowers in the vase immediately. Easy-peasy.
  5. Always give a fresh cut to the flower stem before placing it in the arrangement.
  6. When making a centerpiece, determine the width and length by placing a flower or greens at north, south, east, and west. Determine the height by placing a flower in the center. Just remember to start your arrangement with five flowers, then fill in.
  7. Don’t forget to use green foliage to make a lovely background for the flowers to showcase their colors.
  8. Include three shapes of flowers in mixed bouquets—a spike flower e.g. gladiola or snapdragon, a round flower e.g. carnation or mum, and a form flower e.g. iris or rose.
  9. Usually, and I say usually because the rule is to place lighter colors at the top of an arrangement and darker colors at the base. But rules are made to be broken, so design your piece to please your eye.
  10. Leave space around each flower so you can see each one. Don’t cram them together so tightly that the viewer can’t appreciate each beautiful face.
  11. The most important rule is to make a bouquet that you will enjoy. 
  12. Really, how can you go wrong when working with brilliant colors, unique shapes, and pleasant fragrances? You can’t!


The official launch date for Arranging a Dream: A Memoir is January 1, 2021. However, you can order it at your favorite online bookseller at the pre-order price of $2.99. The book will be delivered to your reading device magically on launch day, January 1, 2021.


The print book is available now! Just in time for Christmas gifting.


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 Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.”  She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with 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 Writing Your Life Story.

Based on the lessons taught in her workshops, JQ created a book, Your Words, Your Life Story: a Journal for Sharing Memories to help life storytellers write, publish and market their stories. She decided to take her advice and pen her memoir, Arranging a Dream: A Memoir. If you would like to write or record your life story or memoir, check out the Facebook Group, Telling Your Life Story and Memoirs Circle for encouragement and ways to spark memories. Click here to join.

 Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

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