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Mercy, it has been a while, hasn’t it?  There hasn’t been a lot to write about here on the mountain.  I picked my first two cucumbers this morning.  I know it’s just container gardening, but perhaps next year, I can find someone to plow me a small garden.  Of course, I’m sure the rabbits would eat just about anything I were to plant in the ground.  I do have several blackberry bushes, which I hope will give me enough to make a pie.  But I bet the birds get to them first.

I’ll bet you all think BBB stands for Better Business Bureau, don’t you.  Well, around here it is Bats, Bees and Bears.  Yep, we have bats out back and one landed on my screen in the middle of the day.  According to Google, it is probably rabid if it comes out during the day.  Can’t find anyone to help me get rid of them, so I am going to buy a bat house and hopefully, those suckers will move.  As for the bees, I called our local extension service and they assured me that someone would come out and collect my bees. Ha! It has been four days and no one has showed up yet.  In the meantime, the bee colony is growing.  Now it seems there have been three bear sightings within the last week wishing five miles of our cabin.  That’s a little too close to suit me.

We can’t use the hot tub because the bees are so close, and even tho they are outside the screen, what says they won’t come on in.  So if anyone has any ideas, Lordy, I would appreciate the input.  In the meantime, I will stay indoors and type, type, type.

You all take it easy and enjoy your summer.  I hope you’re having a blast.  I’ll let you know if I see a bear in my back yard.  In the meantime, be good to yourselves, and we’ll talk later




Well, hello again.  I know, I told Sister I was going to do a Blog more often.  It just seems I can’t get my day in order to do the things I want.

My daughter’s poor little Shitzu is miserable.  I think I’ve told you that several years ago, Freedom slapped her in the eye and tore it right out of her face.  Well now, she had to have the other eye removed the other day.  It was all infected and she couldn’t see out of it anyway.  My daughter works and is not home during the day, so Zoey stays with us.  She is determined to scratch the incision area.  She had a hood on, but she has  figured out a way to get her head out enough to rub that incision on all the furniture.  And of course, she leaves behind blood.  I am at my wits end.  Poor little thing.  I feel so bad for her.

Speaking of Freedom, I could just kill her.  Of course, I won’t harm a hair on her head.  But last night I let her sleep on the bed in the guest room.  Well, don’t you know, she chewed a hole in the quilt.  I don’t know what to do with her.  She is a Pit Bull and the sweetest puppy I have ever seen.  Well, she is part Pit.  I would have her teeth pulled, but she only has four left.  She is old and thinks she can do whatever she wants.

I think I told you that we had bats up under a decorative thing on the front of the house.  Our son-in-law got rid of them, but now they are back.  There was only one at the front of the house and when it fell to the ground and he touched it with a shovel, it flew right at  him and he almost killed himself trying to get away from it.  I don’t know what to do to get rid of them for good.  I don’t really mind having them around unless they manage to get into the house.  Then I’m MOVING!!  Of course, they eat mosquitos by the thousands.  That is a good thing.  But, I have this thing about them getting in my hair.  What to do.  What to do.    Now, our next-door neighbor told us he walked out his front door and there were two Copperhead snakes laying on his walk.  OMG!!  Those things are extremely poisonous as are several types of snakes here in KY.  Lordy, what have I gotten myself into.

You all should see my garden.  It consists of three pots with tomato plants and two pots with cucumber plants.  Plus various flowers here and there in pots.  They all look good and  healthy, one has a tomato on it.  We see by and by how much we get from container gardening.  Well I better finish this up.  I want to get some editing on THE HANGMAN done today.  And I have actually started working on a sweater I began knitting a couple of years ago.  Me procrastinate?  NO. Not me.

You all take care and be good to yourselves.  Get at least two pages of your book done today, and we’ll talk later.  Thanks for following.  We do appreciate it so much.



Well not much has happened since our last talk.  The weather sucks, but not a thing to be done about it.  I’m hard at work on THE HANGMAN.  We have remembered some things we left out, so I’m putting that in, just to give the book some emotion and more feelings.  Sister is hard at work on a very large painting she is doing for the PD in Colorado Springs.  It is going to be fantastic when finished.

My daughter and her family are all moved in next door.  I am going to do my best not to be a nosy neighbor.  Of course, I try not to stick my nose in their business.  I think I succeed pretty well.  in fact, their cabin is 43 feet from mine.  With all the foliage on the trees, we can’t even see one another’s cabins.  I could sit in the hot tub totally nude and no-one would see me.  The birds and squirrels would probably drop over dead from fright, but humans don’t see into my deck.  It’s a different story in the winter time.  See all, know all.

I’m going to try and do a blog more often than 16 days.  I had no idea it had been that long.  The thing is, my life is very dull.  About the only place we go is to Kroger and Lowe’s.  Yeah, I know.  I’m not too happy about it either.  But my Hubs, Bless his Heart, is just an old stick in the mud.  He has always been a home body.  Just part of his make up I guess.

Now I’m going to go sweep the kitchen and get back to the mss.  Talk at ya later.




Good morning all:  Sure hope all is fabulous with you.  I know it has been a few days, actually 12 of them, since the  last blog.  I know all the writing books tell you to write a  blog almost daily, but when nothing is going on, it’s hard to write about what is not happening.  And believe me folks, here on the mountain, not  much happens.

I’m not moving ahead with the editing of THE HANGMAN like I would like.  And I know it is not as Sister would like.  But I am making a promise to myself to do better on that project.  She is busy as a one armed paper hanger.  She is working on several books and paintings at one time.  I don’t know how she does it.  I can’t seem to keep up with one project.  I must do better and I will.

Our sister from Ohio came.  We had a wonderful time just visiting.  She and her daughter brought me some Peonies, Day Lilies, and Irises from their gardens.  We got those in the ground and I can’t wait for them to bloom.  Speaking of blooms, I have several pots of flowers sitting outside waiting for me to put them in the ground.  But it is only 43deg. here this morning and that is just too cold for me to do outside work.  Perhaps later this afternoon.

You know, you would think that two sisters in their **&&^^%)(^&&^’s would remember a few things.  No.  Didn’t happen.  Her visit was to celebrate the April birthdays.  She went off and left mine and Hubs’ presents, all wrapped and ready, laying on her bed.  When she was leaving for home, I shoved her card into her purse.  Later, I found the gift card, I bought her, in my purse.  I swear, if you put both our brains in a peanut shell, it would still rattle.  She promised to mail our gifts and I put her gift card in the mail on Monday. Yes, I know.  She was here for Easter and it is now May.  So I guess along with all my other faults, we have to add procrastination.

We have been having high winds for the last couple of days.  The weather man says they will last through Friday.  Cold, rainy and windy.  Lovely.  Well, maybe the wind will blow the cat that’s been hanging around into the next county.  The darned thing has killed two birds right in my own front yard.  And I was putting food out for it.  Well not anymore. Here is what I need to do today:  Plant flowers, edit some of THE HANGMAN, knit at least a few rows on the sweater I started two years ago, and OMG I forgot, make jam with the four boxes of strawberries I bought the other day.  (Damn.  This goes up in the other paragraph, but I don’t know how to move it.)

So, now it is breakfast time.  I don’t know what to eat anymore.  I am tired of eggs, but I can’t eat cereal with milk.  TMI. right?  You all take care of yourselves and be good to others.  Don’t be like me, DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE with your spare time,    We’ll talk later




vbme0698Well its been several days since the last blog, 14 days to be exact.  In that time, the trees have all leafed out and the Dogwood and Redbud have all bloomed.  The mountain is in it

s glory now.  Everything around us is green.  How beautiful, and how lucky am I to live here in this place.  I bought a Rhododendron yesterday, and I can’t wait to get it in the ground.  I,also, bought a pkg of Shasta Daisies.  I guess I should read the package before IMG_0382I buy.  Those things don’t bloom for 365 days.  Good Lord, the world could end by then and I would have wasted my money. Especially since N. Korea has a wild hair up its a– again.

I am moving awfully slow on the rewrite of THE HANGMAN.  I need to get my butt in gear or Sister is going to throw a wall-eyed-fit.  And I don’t blame her.

Well darn, Hubs is going out to put my plants in the ground.  That means I have to go out and show him where to plant them.  So friends, I will close this blog and will be back in a couple of days.  You all be good to yourselves and we’ll talk later.



Hey everyone:  Hope your world is right side up. Last night it was so hot in this house that I turned the air-conditioner on.  The wall thermometer read 78deg.  Got up this morning to 31deg.  It has been cold all day.  Short sleeves yesterday.  Long sleeves today.  Crazy weather we are having.  Don’t ya think? Spring has sprung and I wish it would start looking like it.

We have decided that the HOA can just suck eggs.  We are going to put up an invisible fence for the dogs.  Everyone we’ve talked to says they work wonderfully.  The HOA just wants too much: 3 different sets of plans, pictures, schematics.  Just too much for a small wooden fence we want.  Now they won’t even know about it.

I have no idea what to do about my garden now that we live in a national forest full of critters.  I’m going to try to grow a few tomatoes in large pots.  Hope it works, but I’m not counting on it.

I tried a new recipe for dinner called Mongolian Beef.  I got it off of Facebook.  It would be good if it didn’t call for so much Soy Sauce.  Salty as heck.  Hubs said I don’t need to make it again and he is right.Back to the same old blah crap.  I like to try new things and sometimes they turn out great, but not this time.  I am craving Chocolate Pie, but I am trying so hard to lose some more weight that I know I shouldn’t make one.  I bet if I tell Hubs about it, he will insist.  Then what must I do?  Make a pie, of course.  My recipe  is simple but it is the best Chocolate Pie I have ever eaten.  All you have to do is cook 1 lg pkg of Chocolate Pudding, then after it thickens, add 1 lg Milk Choc. Hershey Bar(broken into small pieces), stir until the Choc. Bar dissolves and pour it into a pre-baked pie shell.YUMMY. Don’t forget to put Glad Wrap on top to keep it from getting that awful skin that forms on cooked pudding.

Well now that there is no news, but bad news, I guess I will watch Survivor tonight.  Although I am getting kind of tired of it.  In fact, I’m getting tired of all the TV shows we watch.  Sounds like nothing but movies to me.  And that is fine.  There are a lot of movies we want to see.  And then, I could always get out my knitting and work on a sweater I’ve been working on for two years.

So, y’all take it easy and be good to yourselves. If you haven’t read A CIRCLE OF MURDERS,  CREATING KATHRYN CROWN and THE HANGMAN,  you need to get them from Amazon.  THE HANGMAN will be out soon.  Well I’ll talk wth you later.