Thursday, June 29, 2023

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Writerly Wednesday

 What's your synonym for:

 Hint: You may not need to think about this one. Wink. Wink.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

It's Ketch-up Day


Hoping your weekend was fun and your week will be rewarding. We were going to go into the mountains but had to cancel due to rain, which I might add the weeds are loving. Heh. What's the weather like on your end?

Critters and Growing Things

In prior years, tomatoes have grown in the mulch pile. This year it's potatoes, which I relocated. We'll see how it goes;)

AND from Philadelphia

Hope you're having a great one.


Thursday, June 22, 2023

Did You Know

 Did you know, Venus spins backwards compared to most of the planets in our solar system?


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

It's Ketch-up Day


Hope your weekend was a good one and that the fathers out there enjoyed their day.  It was quiet here.

The Eternal Garden Pics


AND A View of New York City supplied by the baby girl and SIL.


Friday, June 16, 2023

Weekend Wishes

 I'm at Cowboy Kisses today posting on The Alamo.  If you're in the vicinity, please stop by.

Thursday, June 15, 2023

Did You Know

 Did you know, though never added to the menu, McDonald's once tried to make bubblegum flavored broccoli for their Happy Meals?  Ack. Ack. Ack.


Tuesday, June 13, 2023

It's Ketch-up Tuesday


I trust you had a lovely weekend and have a productive week. Knock on wood, it's quiet here. We've got baby blue birds and Carolina Wrens. Have you got baby birds?


A gift from the HH


June Calendar pics




The eternal garden pics.


For the vegetarians out there. Have you seen or tried plant-based crab cakes. They're not bad.

AND lastly:

 This is a two-parter. For you thriller readers out there. Have you read author Saul Herzog?  The HH read THE ASSET and raved about it. It's now on my TBR. That was the first question. Now for the second. Who do you think Saul Herzog really is? He's cloaked in mystery. I've got a theory. I'd like to hear yours.

Thursday, June 8, 2023

Did You Know


Did you know, as far as is known, fire does not exist anywhere in the solar system except on earth?

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

IWSG Wednesday


The first Wednesday of every month is officially IWSG day. IWSG was formed by Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

Twitter handle: @TheIWSG   

Hashtag: #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the June 7 posting of the IWSG are Patrcia Josephine, Diedre Knight, Olga Godim, J. Lenni Dorner, and Cathrina Constantine! 

Thanks so much for co-hosting.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

June 7 question - If you ever did stop writing, what would you replace it with? I didn’t even have to think about this one, I’d spend more time reading and gaming. Notice I didn't mention house or yardwork.
😊 What about you?

May/June Reviews in no particular order.

* Disclaimer. If I run into an occasional typo, I ignore them and don't factor them into my review.




This was such a fun read and a different twist on an old tale.

Jewels is a loner, her only interest, the ocean and marine biology. It’s not that she doesn’t like people but she’s been hurt and doesn’t want to be again. Then her life turns upside down and she cautiously learns to trust again when a shark becomes her new best friend.

Recommended for those who love sea life and a heartwarming ending. 

Available at Amazon








HIGH PROFILE BY Robert B. Parker

This is the sixth in the Jesse Stone series.

A controversial talk show host is found hanging from a tree in Paradise and it’s not suicide. Shortly  thereafter, an unknown woman is also found murdered in Jesse’s town, giving him two perplexing crimes to solve.

Another good read. On to number seven.









SEA CHANGE by Robert Parker

This is the fifth in the Jesse Stone series. A body washes up on shore at Paradise which leads to an investigation that takes a turn into depravity. 

Spoiler Alert. This story touches on the uncomfortable topic of incest.











SIMPLY LIES by David Baldacci


David Baldacci is a world class author and after I got into it, this book held my attention with suspenseful twists and turns. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for the opener. After reading three pages I put it down and would have never gone back to it if I’d had more reading material. The story is about a work from home mom and opens with the protagonist’s toddler hurling vomit chunks on her. Seriously? Been there. Done that. Not my idea of escapism reading.  AND a spoiler alert: there is mention of a cat being tortured. Something else I can do without reading.

Once past the opener though, and if it weren’t for the mention of the above spoiler alert, the story unfolded with a complex plot and interesting characters and turned in to an immersive read. If anyone else out there has read it, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.


SAVING FAITH by David Baldacci


Lee Adams is a PI that finds himself on the run with a woman who the FBI desperately wants to interview for a corruption case.  Also chasing them is a killer who wants to silence them both.

I enjoyed this one. Though, there was one scene where the protagonist stopped just short of rape with the female character. I didn’t see where that added anything to the story, nor do I like it on general principal. Overall, though, a good read.






STONE COLD by Robert B. Parker


This is the fourth in the Jesse Stone series. Jesse is Chief of Police in Paradise, MA. He’s a cop and a darn good one. He has two addictions, alcohol and his ex-wife.

In this book, two serial killers come to Paradise. One of the people they kill is a woman Jesse dated and their next mark is Jesse himself.

So far, each book in this series has delivered and Stone Cold is no exception.







NIGHT SINS by Tami Hoag


This is book one in the Deer Lake Series.  Like the last two books I read by Hoag the suspense is tight and tense. Unlike the other two, it has a steamy romance running through it. If you like your murder mysteries straight up with no romance this may not be the series for you. If you like your mysteries with heat, this is one you’ll probably enjoy.










GUILTY AS SIN by Tami Hoag


The saga of a shattering kidnapping in a small Minnesota town continues. This time the story focuses on Ellen North, Assistant County Attorney and Jay Butler Brooks, a true crime writer.   

Of everything I’ve read by Ms. Hoag, I found Brooks’ character to be the most fascinating. His character packs a high dose of sex appeal even on the written page. As always Hoag’s writing is tense and tight. Even though I find the subject of kidnapping, especially where children are concerned disturbing, the book held my attention all the way.






JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by Harlow Giles Unger


It’s always interesting finding out about our forefathers and what went on in the past. I’m a fan of Harlow Giles Unger and feel he does a good job of bringing the past to life. For me the last couple of chapters of this book were the most fascinating. John Quincy wasn’t a popular president but after he left office, he became  a congressman and the champion of the people. He was a patriot through and through and while in congress would challenge either side of the aisle if he felt they were wrong.   I got the impression if he’d put in half the time and energy into his marriage as he did politics, he would have made Louisa’s life much easier.




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