Saturday Night Fever….

So it’s not exactly a night out on the town this weekend.  I have few of those it seems these days. It has been a busy day of, mostly, fun things.

To start the day, a box of spices arrived in my mailbox!  I placed an order at Penzys so that I could make pickles out of a the cucumbers from my garden.  I was so amazed at their selection it took me forever to look through it all.  












After a delicious breakfast, I got started on the pickling.  A new endeavor but all went smoothly and I have jars of refrigerator bread and butter pickles and canned dill spears.  How exciting!!


Dill Pickles

The afternoon brought yard work – never fun but a necessity

Dinner was surprisingly fabulous.  Ravioli stuffed with mozzarella and spinach (from frozen).  I sauteed some mushrooms and a summer squash to put with it and a white pasta sauce. It was sooo good!  I love when you try something new and it works out.

Tonight I’m  kicking back with some dessert and Prosecco.   I should be reading but I’m once again hooked on Candy Crush.  LORD that game pisses me off – but I always go back.



Sassy girl Lexie enjoying some Tilapia freshly cooked by yours truly.  Good thing these guys aren’t spoiled!

The rest of the evening I’ll be working hard to finish my current read, Stealing Venice.  I’m also tuning into my nerdy side and going through my Penzys Spices catalog.  Whoo Hoo!!


Have a happy weekend!



The Thunder Rolls

Yesterday afternoon brought us, another, dark and stormy day.  The rain poured down and the air was alive with disco ball flashes of light.  The  thunder was like the waves of the ocean with its long low rumbles that seem to carry on forever, the next one coming before the last quite fizzles out.  It’s a peaceful sort of thing and I quite like a good stormy afternoon.

Today brings a lazy rainy day but we are minus the storms.  The good soaking rain is great for the garden.  It’s also a big bonus for my water bill not to have to run the irrigation a few times a week.

I’ve been immersed with Italy as of late.  I’ve always wanted to visit and it’s a pleasure to be drown in it this past week.  I’ve been watching re-runs of The Sopranos – probably one of my favorite shows. The downside of this is that I’m constantly hungry!  All those people do is eat!!

The other side of my Italian obsession comes from my current book pick.  Stealing Venice by Heather Readding.  I’m completely and totally in LOVE with this book!  I can’t wait to finish and review it however I’m positive it’s one of my favorites in a long time.

Over the weekend my craving for Italian food got the best of me.  All set for a completely decadent pizza, the hubbs and I went to a fabulous local restaurant.   All I’ve eaten from Salvatore’s is the pizza and that’s more than enough to keep you coming back.

However, our waitress did us the favor of reading off the nightly specials and the pizza plan went to hell in a hand basket. I decided on the most wonderful chicken marsala dish.  The hubbs got a filet, yes steak at an Italian place, but OH MY! It was..perfecto! It came topped with goat cheese with cinnamon and cranberries.   I already want it again!



Simon curled up in his favorite spot. He loves to nap under his blanket!

Here’s to rainy day naps!




After enjoying the French Press style of coffee making for quite some time; the hubbs and I have modernized!  A drip style coffee maker now is taking up residence in my kitchen.

I’m not a coffee addict, I can really take it or leave it most of the time. Honestly it’s just that I’m more lazy than my desire for the coffee.

I used a Keurig for a long time until I found “good coffee” and then I just couldn’t drink those pods anymore.  Honestly, they are enormously expensive! Thus came the French Press which is a great way to make coffee if you want to babysit it for the near 15 minutes it takes to make a cup from start to finish.

The taste is marginally different (better with drip if you can’t stand that bit of silt in your cup) and the ability to grind the beans and hit a button and walk away is wonderful.  The big bonus for me is that the hubbs get up first so for the past few days there has been coffee just waiting for me to mosey out to the kitchen.  Today he even had my mug out and waiting for me–what a guy!

In other news, the garden pests are pushing me to my limit!  Between the bugs, disease, and near drowning rain I really don’t know how anything survives out there.  I’ve lost one zucchini plant maybe even two to vine borers.  Fortunately I had a seedling start waiting in the wings for such an occasion.  Yesterday I planted the new plant and I’m crossing my fingers!

From the Stacks:

Todays theme of modernization continues!  I read a Sci-Fi genera novel which is very off the beaten path for me.

The question asked in The Forever Man is if it’s possible with the right genetic twist and turns can you reverse human aging? Is it conceivable that someone could live forever; and would you want to?

The Forever Man has a well written cast of characters and the reader will identify on all sides of the story. Each character is armed with his or her own agenda and is struggling to come out on top of the in the political, scientific and financial ring.

What intrigued me the most about The Forever Man is that you can envision this created world and it’s battles. I’m not sure that is a comfort as it seems a pretty unsettling place, but it makes for very good literature.

Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced read!  If you love sci-fi you’ll like this one a lot…if you’re not usually a fan of this style then this is a good read to put your toe in the water so to speak. It’s out in stores now.


Enjoy your week!

Finally Friday…

I have no idea why some weeks seem to fly by while others just drag on and on.  This week has certainly been slow although with what appears to be so much time, I have still remarkably managed to get very little done.  Good thing there is always next week – maybe it will be faster.

We have had so much rain around here the last few days.  I don’t really mind rainy days – but rain like we’ve had just makes no sense.

Hurricane Arthur blew through last Friday, as a tropical storm here.  Luckily we escaped that one with little damage and the garden took the biggest hit.  My corn stalks were blown over and I did lose a few tomato plants to being blown around.  The storms of yesterday afternoon put that hurricane to shame!  My God I’ve never seen such rain…hopefully we will dry out some now.

The rest of today will bring housework – everybody’s favorite.  Then I’m determined to get the current book (The Forever Man) finished.  It’s not bad, I just can’t  really plow through it.  It’s kind of a futuristic sci-fi deal which is way out of the realm of what I usually read.  Though I have to admit I am liking it – the plot is pretty good: at least it is at half way through!

Here is the July pub list for things I’ve read/will read just as a reminder if you were looking for one to hit stores.  Check out my Goodreads profile for a review on The Butcher!

The Forever Man, – July 8

The Butcher – July 15

Wedding in Provence – July 15

Stealing Venice – July 28


Have a Happy Weekend!



Moving Day!

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Stay tuned for all kinds of book reviews, and this, that and the other.  


Thanks for joining me!


Hurricanes, Holidays and Harvesting.

The big news this week is Arthur.  A potential Tropical Storm/Hurricane gearing up off the Florida coast and set to head my way in time for the holiday weekend.  I’m not too big on July 4 festivities so the storm isn’t going to exactly rain on my parade.  However, no one likes a storm like this blowing through no matter the timing.

Other than Arthur – the past days have brought some gardening woes and potential fixes!  The new irrigation system (thanks to the hubbs) seems to be working well.  A few initial kinks to work out but all seems to be ..uh…right as rain.

I’m waiting for the official soil test to come back from Virginia Tech.  Part of me thinks that the results can’t be but so bad because stuff IS growing out there.  But I also won’t be surprised if we have a lot of work to do to get things in top condition.  Time will tell.

Meanwhile, I’ve been harvesting some killer zucchini, a few odd tomatoes here and there and a good amount of cucumbers.  It’s so nice to have a salad…no that’s a lie – salad is never a great thing!  But if you’re going to have to eat one – it’s better with garden fresh veggies!!

Huge Golden Zucchini!

Lilies are blooming
Beautiful Hydrangea

From The Stacks:

WOW – am I ever glad this one landed in my pile to read!  One of my favorite books in awhile – there is no excuse for any reader of mystery/thriller novels to not grab this up in a hurry.

Until You’re Mine, a novel by Samantha Hayes is a masterful thriller that will keep you burning the midnight oil turning the pages. Everything you think you know – you don’t.

The reader follows the oscillating narrative of three main characters. Each character reveals their part in a central story line and bit by bit the reader digs into their lives and how they connect.

Set in Birmingham, England a rash of pregnant women are being attacked and their unborn children are being stolen from them.

Until You’re Mine is packed with mystery, suspense, and the reader will be entranced in the fast-paced action. This novel is a movie just waiting to happen and sure to be a breakout novel for the summer that has everyone talking.

Check out my full review on GoodReads and pick up a copy, out in stores now.

Enjoy your week and your holiday!!