Thursday, July 27, 2023

Did You Know

 Did you know, President William Howard Taft had a pet cow named Pauline Wayne that used to graze on the White House lawn?


Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Writerly Wednesday

 What's your synonym or sentence for:

Example: Being a mugwump, she voted for person not party.

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Ketch-Up Day


Is it better to be a PO'd cat or a peed on attendant?

OMG. Frank loathes going to the vet. Actually the word loath is too tepid. But he had to get his teeth cleaned so I packed him up and away he went. While there, I asked them to go ahead and groom him. After grooming, they turned the fan on him to dry him. He backed his hinnie to the fan, peed into it and sprayed them all.


The swallowtails are still flitting around.


From Minnesota

Thanks, Meghan.

 From Florida

Thanks, Shane.


Thanks for stopping by, friends. Hope you're having a good week.

Friday, July 21, 2023

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Did You Know

 Did you know, beavers have orange teeth.

*The orange color comes from iron in the enamel.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Writerly Wednesday

 What's your synonym or sentence for:


*My BFF and I haven't had a chinwag in forever.

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Ketch-up Day


Did you have a pleasant weekend? Is your week shaping up to be a good one?

Not much news here. The kiddos had a good time at camp. We hooked up with some buds for lunch and that's always fun. What about you?


In the garden. 

It's puny. Doesn't like the heat at all. The weeds are still winning, but I'm slowly making inroads.

This cherry-green bloom is on the bottom of the blue hydrangea bush.

I thought the pattern on this leaf was interesting. Unfortunately, it's probably some sort of blight.


From Pennsylvania

Thanks, Meghan and Jacob

From Illinois

Thanks, Allison

Wishing you a great one, blogger buds.

Thursday, July 13, 2023

Did You Know

 Did you know, baby porcupines are called porcupettes?      


Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Writerly Wednesday

What's your synonym or sentence for:

 He sat on the beach enjoying the sun, ocean and  a cool potation.

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

It's Ketch-up Tuesday


Did you have a wondrous weekend? How goes your week?


The kiddos are away at camp for the first time. Here's hoping they have all kinds of fun.

We went to see Indiana Jones. Loved it. Plenty of adventure as in all the other Indie films, but this one packs more of an emotional wallop.  Lots of ole lines and ole friends;)

 Had lunch with some 'old' (hehe) community college buds. Fun and nostalgic. Time slows for no former-community-college-employee to misquote an 'old' proverb.

Tis The Season

The swallowtails are back. I'm pretty sure I saw a newbie. He was fully developed and could fly, but chose to spend most of his time on the ground nibbling on clover than in the air sucking nectar from the butterfly bushes.

And From Florida

Thank you, Shane.

 And From California

Thanks, Denise.

And From Illinois

Thanks, Jan.

 Got butterflies? Seen Indiana Jones?

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Did You Know


Did you know, that not only are mosquitoes partial to particular blood types but also to folks that drink beer? Scientist think it's because when drinking alcohol the skin heats slightly and sometimes perspires.

Wednesday, July 5, 2023


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 July 5 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Kim Lajevardi, Gwen Gardner, Pat Garcia, and Natalie Aguirre!  Woot! Woot!

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!

July 5 question - 99% of my story ideas come from dreams. Where do yours predominantly come from?

I’ve been trying to nail that one down for years. I still can’t answer it.

June/July Reviews in no particular order.

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


PERFECTLY IMPERFECT by Jacquie Biggar, USA Today best-selling author

Georgina’s company is in financial straits, so she’s sold the majority of shares to the large conglomerate CLO with the hopes of saving it.

Unknown to Georgina, Rhys Turner has been sent from CLO to get the company in shape, not to hold on to it,  but to sell it at a profit. But Rhys didn’t count on Georgina or his reaction to her. Conflicted, he has a decision to make.

Once again Ms. Biggar has created a fun romp with lots of comedic relief, loveable characters, and emotions that tug at the heartstrings. I’m a Jacqui Biggar fan and as with all Ms. Biggar’s stories, I highly recommend this one. 

Available at Amazon







This is number seven in the Jesse Stone series. The stories are quick easy reads, that hold my attention. This one reintroduces Crowe, a criminal from a former story. Only this time, Crowe and Jesse are working together to bring down the bad guys.  On to number eight.


NIGHT AND DAY by Robert Parker

This is number eight and based around a peeping tom. Like the rest of the series, it's entertaining and an easy read. 







APPALOOSA by Robert Parker

This is the first in the Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch series. I’m still trying to decide what I thought of this one. Interesting . Well written .  Well developed characters .  And let me say, even though I write them, I don’t read a lot of Westerns. But this was more gritty than what I expect from the genre. The F word was thrown around and not that I have a problem with it, if used sparingly, it’s not what I expect from a Western.

In this story, the itinerant peacemakers must deal with a rancher who has taken over the town of Appaloosa. AND in true Parker fashion, one of our heroes falls for the wrong woman.

At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll read anymore of the series or not.


SPLIT IMAGE by Robert Parker

There's always something interesting going on in Paradise. This time it's two murdered members of the mob.

One of the things I love about this series is the repartee among the characters. It's always amusing.

On to book 10.











THE ASSET (Book 1), THE RUSSIAN (Book 2) and THE TARGET (Book 3) by Saul Herzog

This is an extremely powerful political thriller series with a lot of focus on Russia and the tension between Russia and the United States. There is also a lot of Russian history sprinkled throughout the book as we follow the protagonist, Lance Spector, a CIA assassin, from one dangerous situation to another. These books are intense enough I had to take a break from them before I move on to the third. And the protagonists are all seriously flawed.

What really intrigues me is the novelist, a highly successful trad author writing under a pseudonym, with no information on his true identity.

My husband and I think we’ve figured it out😉.  Who do you think Saul Herzog really is?




Tuesday, July 4, 2023

It's Ketch-Up Day



AND to the U.S. Blogger Buds...


Friday we went to Shelton Vineyards, one of my favorite spots, for lunch.



Remember the fosters? Well they're now the permanent fosters. No longer Shrek and Fiona, the HH has renamed them Louie and Maisy. Louie is technically Lieutenant Stubby, in honor of Captain Stubby:) Their access to the entire house is limited till Frank deems it so.



But we are making progress. He stood them for about twenty minutes yesterday, till  he figured he'd had enough. Here's a pic of them all 'bird watching'. Heh. You have to look closely to see Louie. He's behind one of the chairs.



Look at this little cutie. Our vet's assist is a wildlife rehaber. She takes in baby orphans and hurt creatures and when they're ready releases them back into the wilds. 

AND from California

This little guy is wearing a snoot-full of birdseed.


I'll leave you with a couple of garden pics. YOU, have a great week.