Thursday, July 29, 2021

What is it?

 Traveling home, we spotted this cloud formation.

It must have been a long way off, because we traveled about 50 miles and it didn't really change that much as we drove closer.

I couldn't decide if it looked like a huge mushroom or Hiroshima! 

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

To Write a Wrong

Daphne Beekman is Montague Moreland. Because women were not looked upon favorably as writers in 1887.  So by day Daphne is a member of the Beeker Street Inquiry Agency. But by night, she pens mystery books that are best sellers, writing under a pseudonym.

Herman Henderson is well known for writing mysteries set in exotic locations. And is also Daphne's biggest competitor. He comes to the agency as a client, and so begins an adventure where two writers forge ahead with lots danger and romance. 

This was a fun book. Turano is known for her witty dialogue. To Write a Wrong is a good clean book, a delightful historical romance. While it is second in a series, it can certainly be read as a stand alone book. 

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

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Cast Iron

This old iron has served many purposes. I am sure many many years ago it was a helpful tool for the homemaker's job of ironing.

I am so thankful for the conveniences of electricity that has made work light.

But that is not the story for today. Today, I wanted to share with you how WE use this old beat up iron.

I found this old iron about 20 years ago. It was a bit rusted up, so my hubby had it dipped so that the iron was like new again. I'm not sure what it was dipped into, but my hubby works with sheet metal and iron, so he knew how to make it look pretty.

One day while he was preparing some meat we could not find the meat pounder. So he grabbed this old iron, covered the meat with wax paper, and used it as a tenderizer. And that is how we have used it ever since.

A couple of nights ago, I needed to flatten some chicken tenders for a recipe.

Chicken tenders

after being pounded

After preparing the meat, you can bake or fry the chicken. It really is an easy way to use the chicken. Whether it is tenders or Chicken breasts. It also is good for venison, as it helps to tenderize it.

Monday, July 19, 2021

My beautiful deck

 The first time we saw this house, I fell in love with this deck. You see, at our old house, we never had much of outdoor space. So this deck really appealed to me.

My husband build a stainless steel table for his grills, and we bought a Grill Hut from Sam's club

Which has served us very well over the years.

But lately we have noticed that the deck was starting to have problems. The house was built in 1998, so we are assuming that the deck was put in sometime about 20 years ago.  The boards were separating, and there were holes developing on the planks. 

We decided to tear them out, hiring a couple of guys to break it down. So my beautiful deck is gone.

Now we have to decide if we will replace it with another wood deck, pavers or grass. 

Has anyone had success with any of these kinds of replacement?

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Historical landmark

 On a recent trip, we visited the restored home of Lt. Col. J. Jones, built in the 1700's.

Lt. Col. Jones was a personal escort to Martha Washington, our first Presidents First Lady, when she visited Pennsylvania.

This home is located in Morgantown, PA. 

It's always interesting to find historical landmarks whenever we travel.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021


....... a time of remembrance..........

Wedding china - Trudy by Nortake
Goblets - Gorham
Venetian - Community Stainless

Beautiful bouquet from my sweet husband.

Sorry about the dark pictures. It was very overcast the day I took them.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Friday, July 9, 2021

one ringy dingy... two ringy dingy

 Finding these telephones was like a blast from the past!

And wow this must be one of the first telephone booths. It's made out of wood.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Storm clouds


In the wake of Hurricane Elsa

                                                     Skywatch Friday

Monday, July 5, 2021

The Mistletoe Countess


The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham is a delightful book, well written with intriguing characters.

Lord Astley is to marry an American heiress to help save his beloved Havensbrook estate. But he ends up marrying the wrong bride. Grace Ferguson never expected to marry a Lord, but is thrust into the situation when her older sister runs off with her love.

As it turns out, Frederick really ends up marrying the right bride. There is a mystery that surrounds the death of Frederick's father and brother and Grace and Frederick join forces to investigate. From starting out as strangers, they learn that love is a strong bond. 

This is a good clean read, with Grace's exuberant imagination, and rock solid faith. She comes along side and supports and upholds Frederick in so many ways. She looks for adventure in every corner, and Frederick finds himself enamored and uplifted by Grace's reinforcement. 

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

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Independence day


We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
God Bless America

Thursday, July 1, 2021

Tybee Island

On a recent trip to Savannah, we ventured out to Tybee Island.

Not sure who was flying this kite, but it was interesting.

The beaches were really crowded.

Savannah was crowded as well. I guess people are coming out after being in lock down for so long.
                                                    Skywatch Friday