Thursday, April 15, 2021

Did You Know

 Did you know, horseflies hastened the Declaration of Independence? The horseflies dive-bombed the delegates in the Pennsylvania State House from a nearby stable. They were so maddening the men didn't tarry over the signing.



Tuesday, April 13, 2021

It's Tuesday

 It's Tuesday


 Weird and wonderful Frank:


Do you think he's trying to tell us it's time to take the winter plastic off the porch?

In the garden: 

The first spring Iris.

Starter plants.


I've discovered Etsy has starter plants.  This is a little Tea Olive Dwarf Shrub. It's pretty tiny. I may be on my next cycle of life before it reaches maturity.


Hellebore. 

Hardy Hibiscus. Another little guy.

Dwarf lilac.


The hosta is springing up and the violets are in take over mode.

I've been pulling wild onions out of the garden and smell like a particularly aromatic salad:(

The kitties memorial garden.


 


 



That's all folks:)



 




Thursday, April 8, 2021

Did You Know


Did you know, that the yellow pollen that coats our cars is called Pine Pollen. Pine Pollen isn't the pollen that drives our allergies crazy. It's too large and heavy. Instead of drifting into our noses, it usually just falls to the ground. Of course, there're exceptions to every rule.



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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.

 

April 7 question – Are you a risk-taker when writing? Do you try something radically different in style/POV/etc. or add controversial topics to your work?

 

Radically different in style, no. Somewhat different, yes😊 Someone described my Western Romances as Westerns with Romantic Elements and I felt that was a good description. I don’t want the romance stifling the story line or the action.

 

 

AND…

 

In no particular order, March/April reviews.

 


ANGEL’S NIGHTMARE ADVENTURE: A HORROR GAMELIT ADVENTURE by Angel Roman

Two shorts combine to share main characters Angel and Luis's adventures fighting zombies in New York City; the stories told in game form. These shorts are creative, flow smoothly and race from one crisis to another. They are sure to be a hit with gamers and horror readers alike.

Available at Amazon

 

 

 


THE XOE MEYERS SERIES by Sara C. Roeth

This is a YA/Horror/Paranormal series. I’m hooked and currently reading book six. If you enjoy werewolves, demons and vampires mixed in with a good bit of teenage angst and a lot of snark you might want to give this series a go. The first three books of the series are/were free, which is the purrfect way to figure out if you like the series and want to invest in it. (Always check before you hit the buy button in case that’s changed.) A definite thumbs up and recommendation.

Available at Amazon

 


HER GUARDED HEART by Dawn Baca

East meets West and sparks fly.

This is a well-written contemporary romance that meets and exceeds expectations. The settings and descriptions invite you into the story. The protagonists are lovable and the antagonist downright irritating. If that’s not enough, there’s conflict around every corner, leavened with generous dollops of humor and warmth.

Can an American girl and a Russian boy overcome difference and distance? You’ll have to read it and find out.

Available at Amazon

 


LIARS AND THIEVES by D. Wallace Peach

An elf, a changeling and a goblin unite to save their worlds.

Sworn enemies discover that maybe their adversaries aren’t as bad as they have been taught and maybe their own cultures aren’t as perfect as they’ve been led to believe.

This was a fascinating story that was intricately written. The world building is second to none and the characters well-developed. The longer I read, the more I was drawn in. There are surprises that add an extra layer to the story-line and the characters. I enjoyed the read so much I purchased the second in the series.

Available at Amazon

 


ALLIES AND SPIES by D. Wallace Peach

The adventures continue.

The unlikely alliance of an elf, goblin and changeling—normally enemies—continue on their quest for truth in the second installment of The Veil. Even while distrusting each other their bond grows stronger.

This book is every bit as good as the first. I can’t wait to see how the author wraps up this series.

Available at Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

TRAD

THE SILENT CORNER, THE WHISPERING ROOM,  Jane Hawk Novels by Dean Koontz

This series is about a woman who sets out to find why her husband commits suicide and winds up taking on a conspiracy so dark and vast her chances of survival are minimal. This is a well-written series that held my attention. There are several books in the series, but I only got through two. I’m going to need a few reads that are more upbeat before I dive back into the dark.

 


 

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

It's Tuesday

 

Greetings Blogger Buds. It's Tuesday



Was your Easter joyous? I'm trusting that it was.


We got to see the Grands after a long absence. Saturday we went to see RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON.   It was a fun movie. The only thing I had problems with was adjusting to the dragons looking like big stuffed animals. Though, I imagine kids loved it. This was the first time we were in a theater in over a year. I was curious, and a little concerned as to how the social distancing aspect would be handled.  I need not have worried. Everyone on the inside wore a mask and you electronically picked out your seats. There were less than twenty of us in the theater showing Raya so it was no problem at all.

 


Sunday we had an Easter  Egg hunt. I got lazy and got the prepackaged eggs that had stickers and candy in them. Note to self. Next year fill the eggs myself.

We got home Sunday and the HH and I exchanged Easter Baskets. Something we've been doing for over forty years. Yes, I'm old as dirt. His baskets are always much better than mine. In fact, I think filling the Easter eggs next year is going to be shifted to his job description. Anyhoo, this year he added a mystery bunny to the basket. Neither one of us know what the clear goop inside of it is. He thinks it's a bath gel but I'm not willing to risk an unknown in my bath water. Anyone care to take a guess as to what's lurking inside this particular Easter egg bunny?


Also in the basket...


Isn't this sanitizer a hoot?


 AND have you saved your kids' favorite T's? I saved them for years with the idea of having quilts made. Thanks to my son turning me on to Repat I finally got them done. I was pleased with the results and the prices were reasonable. .


AND April's calendars.


 

AND last but not least.


What about you, buds. Have a great Easter? Was the Easter bunny good to you? Have you seen Raya? Made quilts from old T Shirts? Turned the calendar?:)


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Did You Know

 Did you know, that in the original Declaration of Independence, before cuts from Congress, Jefferson had denounced slavery?

*Since he was a Virginian landowner and had slaves of his own, this surprised me.


 


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

It's Tuesday

 I'm back.....

Not wanting to be out of commission indefinitely, I ended up buying a new computer. I got a Microsoft Surface.Has anyone used one before? I didn't even know Microsoft made computers.  So far so good....And it's pretty:)



Tuesday's question

If you watch Netflix or Prime, what's your favorite series?

Ours: Longmire and Blacklist (starring James Spader).  I love James Spader. He brings the same eccentricity and dry humor to the Blacklist series that he brought to Boston Legal.

AND...Spring Cuts

Faux and Frank got their Spring cuts.  It always stuns me how much Faux perks up after she gets hers. Since she has problems cleaning herself, I think it's her version of a bubble bath. She no longer feels dirty.

 
 


AND....Spring flowers

I am not a happy gardener. Those darn voles ate nearly all my tulip bulbs.  


 




What's your favorite series? How are your critters? Flowers? Is your computer behaving?

*The little two year old is starting chemo next month. All prayers and positive energy are appreciated.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Weekend Wishes

 

FYI: I'm having computer issues. SO if I don't drop by or post Tuesday that's the culprit.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Did You Know

 Did you know, legend has it that making chalices from Chalcedony prevented poisoning?

Chalcedony is usually an opaque, transparent, white, grey or blue stone.



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

It's Tuesday

 Did everyone reset their clocks. No problem for us. Our bedroom clock resets itself...a week early. Why? I have no idea.

The amaryllis is also confused instead of blooming at the Christmas season it shot for Easter.

AND another floral oddity.  A little reminiscent of a black sheep in a herd of white.


 
AND the first violets of  Spring.


AND the garden wildlife.

AND last but not least, a delightful mail surprise from Rockin Ro. Thanks, Ro!

What's in your garden? Got fun mail?