'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Babies Everywhere!

We were just away for a week and came home to babies everywhere! Birds and rabbits that is!

Baby Thrasher

Mom and two baby Thrashers

Feeding her baby!

Starling mom feeding her little starling!

Baby Starlings

Wait mom, don't go with out me!

There were multiple mom and baby Starling pairs in the yard feeding. Only the one set of Thrashers. I didn't get any pictures of the bunnies but there are quite a few hopping around.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Publisher: Atria Books
Hardcover: 336
ISBN: 9781501142536


Another wonderful tale from Fredrik Backman! Britt-Marie was a minor character in My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry and got front and center in this book. She is a wonderful character! Beckman's characters are quite quirky, but he nails human nature on the head.

The only thing I didn't care for in this book was Mr. Backman had to make the seemingly obligatory nod to homosexuality/bisexuality. I'm really tired of that. It was only briefly mentioned and not explored in the character at all or any kind of an integral part of the story. It showed up for what it is 'political correctness' or whatever you call it. Disappointed at that.

A Backman book is like receiving a gift, a real gem. If you haven't read one yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

You can purchase this book...
Simon & Schuster  (Official Publishers Website)
Amazon US

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion!

Peggy Ann

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Death at the Cut by Douglas Kiker

It all started with a wild canary.

For what reporter Mac McFarland had thought was a rare Spinus Tristus bird turned out to be a yellow Volkswagen, half-submerged in the water near the Cape Cod beach where presidential hopeful Dolph Bridges happened to be staying.

That might have been the end of it. But when Mac sped to the water to check it out, he found the body of a beautiful young woman still pinned in the passenger seat by her seat belt.

A tragedy, yes. But also a suspicious one. Who had been the driver? Why had the girl been abandoned? At first she appeared to be only a summertime waitress. But gradually Mac discovered that a great many important people knew her, including Senator Bridges himself, who apparently saw her as more than just a pretty face. You might say he knew her intimately in life - and maybe in death...

This is a second in a trilogy. Pretty fitting reading right now with the political aspect to the storyline! A good solid mystery in a nice setting. I like the main series characters and their interaction with each other. The plot was smoothly paced and the culprit a bit of a surprise. It was not who I was sure it was! If you come across Kiker's books pick them up, you'll enjoy them.

This book counts for Bev's Vintage Scavenger Hunt, Silver. Fulfilling the square for Body of Water on the cover. That puts me at 7 for Silver!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Girls Day Out to Jonesborough

 My friend from back home came for a visit, our first official visitor to our new home! We took a girl's day our and landed in Historic Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee. It's a lovely quaint place with lots of great shops and cafes.

This is the Christopher Taylor House. About one mile southwest of this location, this log house was built in 177 by this officer who was a veteran of the French and Indian War and a major in the American Revolutionary War. He is buried in the family cemetery nearby. Andrew Jackson lived here in 1788-89 while practicing law in Jonesborough. The house was moved intact to this site in 1974 to preserve it from demolition. 

Chester Inn built in 1797 by Dr. William P. Chester of Lancaster, Pa. It has been continuously occupied as an Inn, a hotel and an apartment house. Among the guests here have been three presidents of the United States, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk and Andrew Johnson, as well as John Sevier, Governor of Franklin ( a post about Franklin coming!) and first Governor of Tennessee. President Andrew Jackson held a reception for his friends on the porch of the Inn in the sumer of 1832.

 First Abolition Publications - On this site, in 1819-1820, were published The Manumission Intelligencer and The Emancipator. Edited and published by Elihu Embrue and printed by Jacob Howard, these were the first periodicals in the United States devoted exclusively to abolition of human slavery.

This is the Mary B. Martin Storytelling Hall where the annual Storytelling Festival is held. They have storytellers from all over the world in all summer and then culminating in October with a jam packed 3 day festival of storytelling. This year it is October 7-9.

Beautiful downtown Jonesborough

We ate at a sweet little Eatery and Ice Cream place, JJ's Eatery. Excellent food! And the ice cream treats are fantastic, old fashioned ice cream soda's, floats, sundaes and one scoop equals 3 really!

On the wall next to our table was a framed set of front pages from the newspaper in 1919 during WWI. Made for interesting reading while we ate!

We had a great time and I think Jonesborough will be a place I frequent. There is a grand huge antiques store with two floors of goodies! I fell in love with this whimsical bright painting in a gift shop and Shelley bought it for a house warming gift for us!

The pic doesn't do the bright colors justice! I'll never get tired of looking at these two dogs, they make me smile every time!

Hope you enjoyed the trip to Jonesborough!
Peggy Ann

Monday, May 23, 2016

Bush's Beans

If your ever visiting The Smoky Mountain National Park and Gatlinburg you have to stop by The Bush's Beans Visitor Center in nearby Chestnut Hill TN. It is a fun little side stop. There's a museum of the company's history and a film about the family business and tour of the plant, a lovely gift shop and cafe. You can get your picture taken with Duke the famous dog from the commercials (not the real dog, but a scene to stand in front of).

I've always bought Bush's brand canned goods and love the silly commercials with Jay Bush and Duke. If you've never seen them, Duke the dog is always trying to sell the family recipe for their baked beans and Jay is always just catching him. Take a look...

Here are a few pics I took when we stopped recently...

In business since 1908

The plant right across the street

Me and the guys!

I weigh 105,984 beans! Fun scale to stand on and see what your weight in beans is.

Jay and Duke

 Displays in the museum

100 year old canned tomatoes  and canning tool
our pic with Duke

Friday, May 20, 2016

Creepy to Lovely!

The new shower room in the basement is all done! It's so nice and the shower is so roomy. When we first moved in the shower in the basement was kinda creepy. It took me a while to actually get up the nerve to use it. It was just a shower head hanging off the pipe right next to the sump pump where the water drained into and then pumped out. No shower curtain just out in the open. But Bossman worked his wonders and we love it! I'm not ashamed for company to shower down there now. Which is a good thing since we have company and the bathroom upstairs is now tore apart!



The sump pump is now hidden behind a shower curtain. Had to use two shower curtains instead of putting up a wall because if he need to work on or replace pump this is easier for him to get to it!

All freshly painted and bright and shiny clean!

Peggy Ann
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