Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Monday, June 29, 2020

Hold that spot!

When we moved into our new home a few years ago, we replaced the carpet in several rooms of the house.  After a few months I noticed a spot on the family room carpet.

Of course I was not happy about this spot on our new flooring.  
Recently I read on a blog (sorry but I can't remember where it was first posted) about spot cleaning using Club Soda!!  Hum........ now this sounded interesting.

So I figured I would give it a try.
 I soaked a cotton ball with the Club Soda and rubbed into the spot.
 I then rubbed it with a couple of paper towels to absorb the soda.
And wa-la!!  The spot is gone!!!!
Okay, you can't beat a 69c bottle of Club Soda :-)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What Momma Left Behind


Worie Dressar is a young woman who gave up her chance of marriage to help her mother after her father died. The story is placed in the eastern Tennessee mountains in 1898 when disease runs though the mountains like wild fire. After her mother dies, and as influenza and typhoid spread, Worie is left with feeding the the children orphaned by the deaths. Through all of her struggles she learns to trust God and learns compassion for others.

What Momma Left Behind by Cindy K. Sproles was such a different story than I normally read. Ms Sproles narrative was through the eyes of Worie, a simple. uneducated woman. I found the book a little hard to read in the dialect, but the realities and hardship of moutain life came through.

I think you will find it is a sad story but one of compassion and love, as the people of the mountains care for each other. The characters are well written and brings you to a place of understanding how  people lived in extreme poverty. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are my honest opinion.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


I have always loved blue, so when I found these Martha Stewart napkins, I could picture a blue and yellow summer table.

Summer is here!  Let's enjoy the lazy days of summer.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Butterfly afternoon

I love setting up a table on our back porch.  The weather is so fine that we are enjoying it any time of day. Pretty soon it will be too hot.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Of Literature and Lattes

 Of Literature and Lattes by [Katherine Reay]

I have never lived in a small town but found this book to be just what I would imagine.

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay is a sweet story.Alyssa, having lost her job in a scandal type shake down, finds herself moving back to Winsome IL. She tries to build a relationship with her mother, Janet, after burning bridges. The mother daughter relationship is a complex part of the story.

Jeremy moves to Winsome to be near his daughter, Becca. He buys the coffee shop and totally remodels it. To the dismay of the once steady customers. With not much business, he is constantly losing money. As he struggles to make a go of the shop, his ex-wife continues to give him grief.  With the ending a little bit of a surprise.

There were several secondary characters that added interest and complexity to the story line.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Monday, June 8, 2020


Did you know that during the first full week of June, while the spring flowers are in full bloom, gardeners from all over the United States celebrate National Gardening Week.  Sigh, such a lofty goal.

Because I for one have not had much success gardening.

My very sad zucchini plants that did not produce a single zucchini.

And my tomatoes.  The plant is big! but the harvest is few.

Even my herbs have not done well. Usually my basil harvests a good crop. But they have all died.

My last hope. Peppers.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020


Pink and Green is the perfect summertime color.  Grass is growing and flowers are blooming.

 Lenox dishes and pink depression glass.  Perfect for this time of year!

For me, I can never get too much pink :-)