Friday, October 19, 2018

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

Let me start out by saying I have read all of Mary Kay Andrews books and this one is one of my favorites!!  The High Tide Club had alot going on and it was great!  I love books that are set in the low country.  This one had mystery, intrigue, murder, romance and it was just a great plot!  Here is the blurb from

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephines cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships, secrets, betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club, so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades. When Josephine dies with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephines friends descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women whove actually never met.

Mary Kay Andrews out did herself!!!  If you are looking for a good read, I would recommend this one!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Pumpkin Picking, Mums, Ornamental Kale, etc.

Yesterday I went pumpkin picking with Megan, Jenny, Owen and Jack.  We had a really fun time!  We went to Hodges Family Farm on Rocky River Road.  Here are some photos of our adventures.

Black Sheep at Hodges Farm

Bunny at the farm

Farm Machinery

Field across from the farm.

Iron Wheel at the Farm

Two little pumpkins-Jack and Owen

Jack in the pumpkin patch.

Jack driving Owen in the surrey.

Jack running off some energy after picking out his pumpkin.

Jack, Auntie Megan and Owen walking out to the pumpkin patch.

Jack, Owen and Jenny getting down to business picking their pumpkins.

Jenny and Owen contemplating taking this pumpkin home with them.

Jenny, Jack and Megan.

Jenny, Owen and Megan.

Miniature Horse at the farm.

Jack, Owen and Nana sitting in the surrey.

Owen on the Ford 8N Tractor.

Owen with his prize pumpkin.

Owen on a carved piece of log that was made to look like a boulder.

Owen sitting in a log carved into a chair.

Pumpkins galore!!

Quarter Horse at the farm.

Scarecrow Girl

Sunflower in bud.

Surrey in the barn.
As you can see it was a good time had by all!!  Happy Fall!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Wedding in NJ

Last Friday night we went to my niece, Tawny's wedding in NJ.  The wedding was beautiful and we had a really nice time!  So happy for Tawny and Cody!!  We got to see their new house also, so happy for them!!

There were pictures at my sister and brother-in-laws house before the wedding.  Everyone looked so pretty and handsome!!

Tawny with Cody's Groomsmen before the wedding.

Tawny and the groomsmen to the right of the pool in the backyard.

From Left to Right:  Troy, my nephew, Sue, my middle sister and Chuck, my brother in law (Sue's husband)
Sandy, my younger sister (Mom of the Bride) and my Mom.

Owen in his tux looking all GQ!!!

It was a perfect evening for a wedding.  It originally called for rain, which it didn't do!  It had gotten a little cooler too!  Glad for that it had been so humid!

Danny, my BIL walking Tawny up to the altar.

Devyn, my niece and Maid of Honor with her boyfriend, Tyler.

Devyn holding Tawny's bouquet.

Mr. and Mrs. Kitchel 10.05.18

Cody and Tawny kissing. 

It was a good time had by all :)!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Reading alot of Thrillers-they have all been so good!!

I have been listening to alot of audible books and they all seem to be thrillers!!  They have all been so good!  Here is the line up:

1.  An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
2.  A Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
3.  A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

They have all had great plots!!

I would recommend every one of them if you like thrillers!  They weren't real gorey thrillers just really good mysteries!!

I am now reading Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper.  I thought I better read a different genre.  So far so good!

Everyone have a great day!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Hurricane Florence 2018

Hurricane Florence has hit NC.  The coast is getting the worst.  We have rain and some wind.  Hopefully that is all we will get!  We have provisions, things to do like books, puzzles, cards, and knitting.  Hopefully the power will hold.  I lift up prayers to the people who are getting the worst of this Hurricane. 

Everyone be safe and pray!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day Everyone!

Happy Labor Day everyone!  I hope everyone is having a relaxing, wonderful, safe Labor Day!  I certainly am!

Saturday, John and I ran errands, had lunch out and then relaxed for the rest of the day.  Sunday, we went out to breakfast, did the grocery shopping and then came home.  I fixed the food for dinner.  Jenny, Kevin and the boys were coming over for dinner.  I would have invited Megan and Ken too but they were away.  After everyone left, John and I just chilled out and watched some TV.  Today I got up super late for me 9:30 a.m.!!!  I am usually up every day at 5:30.  Now I'm hanging out here for a little bit, John is taking a walk on the greenway and then we both are doing nothing but chilling out!  I will read, knit and maybe watch a movie.  It feels so good after working so much OT at work and working the last 7 weekends in a row!  Sometimes you just have to say, I'm taking a break.

There seems to be a bit of a breeze outside today, which is perfect because I would like to sit on the back patio for a little bit and get some fresh air.  We have been in touch with a carpenter and after the HOA says ok, we are putting a roof over the patio with a metal roof!  I love to hear the rain on a metal roof, very calming and relaxing!  Here is a photo I found on pinterest that are close to what we will be having built minus the fireplace and outdoor kitchen. 

via Pinterest

We are also going for a green metal roof.  We are waiting for the HOA to approve so our carpenter can get started.  We have also hired a flooring specialist to come in and continue the hardwood flooring into the living room.  John and I will rip up the carpet and the flooring specialist will feather the hardwood from the other areas (kitchen, hall and breakfast room area) into the living room.  We can't wait!!  So many wonderful things happened here!

Well I'm off to knit out on the patio for a little while and enjoy the beautiful day!  I wish everyone a Happy Labor Day and have a wonderful week!!

Friday, August 17, 2018

New Camera for my Birthday!

My husband and girls gave me a new SLR camera for my birthday in July!  I have wanted one forever!!  My wish finally came true!!  It is so amazing, even though I need to learn some more techniques.  I am a gardener and I love to photography my flowers, butterflies, etc.  Here is one of a swallowtail butterfly I took the other day.

The sharpness and clarity of the photos I have been taking are just wonderful!  I have a huge butterfly bush in the backyard and there are usually 6 or more butterflies on it, just flitting around.  They are so graceful and beautiful!

Here are just a few more photos I took.

Downton Abbey Rose in my backyard.

Sailboats, Beaufort, SC

Sunset in our front yard.
Photography is alot of fun and I'm look forward to learn how to take many more wonderful photos!
Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!