Friday, March 15, 2019

Signs of Spring

Hubby and I like to eat lunch together on Wednesdays at Subway. So romantic, right? But the subs are good.



He is retired, and now works part-time in a nearby rural county, which gives me the chance to drive through such a beautiful area. 




Driving into the countryside yesterday, I noticed signs of spring along the way. A lot of daffodils are in full bloom. I love that spring is on its way, only five more days. Can't get here a minute too soon - not that I dislike winter, it has its plusses. I hibernate, sitting by the fire, sipping tea, and reading good books.




On the way back home I stopped at two thrift stores. I found nothing. Which has become the norm for me lately. I think it may be because uppermost in my mind is Uncle Sam with his hand out, waiting for our tax that's due. Ugh.



Speaking of thrift stores, have you ever shopped at a Goodwill Outlet? Totally different from the regular stores. Everything is 59 cents a pound, except shoes and purses. Maybe other things but these are what I know of. I buy only home decor, you have to dig through bins to find what you like. Not a bad idea to wear gloves. But oh so fun, the thrill of the hunt.


Have a great weekend.


Mary 




Wednesday, March 13, 2019

This Week's Bookcase


Earlier this week I came across a picture of a blogger's current reading material. The books seemed like "my kind of reading," so I jotted down the titles and visited my local library online.

I started with author Laura Frantz and checked out three, then started the first - The Mistress of Tall Acre.



The story takes place in Virginia at the end of the Revolutionary War. Neighboring plantations have seen much suffering while the men were at war.

Sophie Menzies' mother has died, and her father and brother returned to Scotland, loyal to the British throne. Sophie is left alone to oversee her deteriorating family home of Three Chimneys.

General Seamus Ogilvy has returned from war as a hero. He retrieves his little daughter from his in-laws' home in Williamsburg. They do not want to give up their granddaughter and start an ugly legal battle to keep little Lily Cate. 

Sophie is the obvious choice for Seamus to marry in order to make his legal chances better to fight the law suits of the Williamsburg family. The added bonus: Lily Cate adores Sophie.

Will it be a marriage of convenience ... or will they fall in love?

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Review of Laura's writing From Booklist: "Her characters pop to life on the page, and her vivid descriptions add realistic historical depth."

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I've started reading Love's Awakening. It's just as good as The Mistress

Mary 






Monday, March 11, 2019

The Luck O' The Irish


There is not one drop of Irish blood in my family. There is Welch, English, and Romanian blood among us but no Irish. Still, a nod to the leprechauns with my green vignette







Mary




Friday, March 8, 2019

So I Started Another Blog

I'm very excited about this new blog! A few years ago I had a blog titled "Ms. Redo" but, somehow, the title threw me off. I mean, I really didn't want to redo something every day ... or week ... and sometimes not even every month!

So here I am with no expectations other than to write. Knowing my free-spirited ways, there's no telling when I will write but I hope to get into a routine.

I'd like to tell you I've conquered my Canon fancy camera ... and will post amazing pictures - and that may happen. But at the moment the Canon has conquered me.

You'll also get to know the One True Love of My Life. Isn't he the cutest!


Come back soon, I'd love to get to know you all!


Mary Elizabeth