Thursday, April 29, 2021

Did You Know


Did you know, President Calvin Coolidge once asked a Secret Service Agent to send out a radio-broadcast message to find his missing cat?  And it worked. Tiger was returned to the White House by a listener.

*This piece of Presidential trivia found for us by  EC. Thanks, EC:)

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

It's Tuesday


Kitties on the counter

Bad kitty

My weekend project: Rocks:)

 Yay. My Lilac Bush is blooming.

Iris pics. 


 This woman finds an abandoned parakeet in NY City.

*The little guy went through six hours of chemo last week.


Got blooms? Working in the garden? Got bad kitties? A parakeet friend?

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Did You Know

 Did you know, before Jefferson penned the statute for religious liberty in 1786, in the Anglican church  it was a crime in Virginia not to baptize infants?

*Considering religious liberty is why many of our ancestors came to America, I found this appalling.


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

It's Tuesday


The Azaleas are in Bloom

AND the Irises are Going to the Birds


AND the Baby Girl has a Show coming up. I'm so proud of her.

Here are a couple of her pieces. None of it is digital. Her show is called HOURS AND HOURS which looks like is what she put into it.😊


Friday, April 16, 2021

Great Read Friday


I’m thrilled to share the news that honorary cousin, good friend and fellow author J.Q. Rose is rereleasing GIRLS SUCCEED. I read it and it’s truly inspirational. AND if that’s not enough reason to invest, it’s on sale for $.99. (Always check prices before buying in case of unexpected changes.)

TAGLINE: Empowering girls to dream big!


BACK OF THE BOOK: Discover the inspiring stories of sixteen contemporary women who had ambitious dreams when they were girls. Find out how they made those dreams come true!

Readers cheer for these amazing women when they follow their lives to discover how they overcome obstacles and crash through barriers to complete their goals. Learn about their workday and the achievements in their chosen careers.

Girls Succeed: Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women includes stories about 21st-century women who have discovered cures to stamp out disease, made people laugh, earned Olympic and Paralympic gold medals and crossed the country behind the wheel of an 18-wheel semi-truck. Meet the people who mentored these dreamers and helped them to negotiate the curves and bumps along the way.

The e-book is a unique reading experience for girls. With a simple click on videos and links related to the occupation, girls can dive deeply into the career and the woman's life. Not only do readers meet role models who are successful in their careers, but the accompanying quotes empower girls to dream big.

In The Girls Succeed Reader's Guide, project and discussion ideas for classroom teachers and home-schoolers expand on themes covered in the eBook.
•Feeling Different
•Being the Best You Can Be
•Overcoming Obstacles
•Trailblazers /Pioneers in their chosen professions.
Download Girls Succeed! From your favorite online bookseller




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.


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.





In no particular order, March/April reviews.



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





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



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








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.