'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

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Long and Short of It

New haircut in September 2012

3 years later!

Ready for Tennessee too! Go Vols! Their college teams are the Tennessee Volunteers. Tennessee is called the volunteer state.

Peggy Ann

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's Official

Retirement is in. Bossman put in his papers today and November 30th is his last day! 38 years! Feeling excited and scared silly. Going to Tennessee the end of September to look at houses. I have to get busy finding a realtor and getting places lined up to look up. We'll stay a week. Hopefully we find something right away. This looking out of state is all new to us. Having the travel trailer to stay in while we do is nice though. Then we have to get this place sold! Exciting and scary!

On another note, the computer is dead. This morning I went looking and came home with a new one. I splurged and got a Mac. It was only $300 more so I thought 'go for it!' Can't wait to get it up and running. My, how technology has changed in just the 6 years since I bought my last computer.

We were away last weekend up in Erie at the lake. Found a used bookstore! But it's late so what books I found will have to wait until next time!

Good night!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It Could Happen to You by Isla Dewar

Rowan has always cherished an ambition to travel. She didn't just leave the small Scottish town where she grew up; she fled from it as fast as she could. Now she's become expert at metropolitan living; she could walk by a million faces and not notice any of them. and her dream is almost within her grasp.

When Rowan does start packing her bags, she has to find room for one very unexpected item. And she's headed not for exotic shores but back to Scotland. There, she feels at first like nothing more than a source of good gossip. But as she discovers that no on is quite who she thought they were, Rowan begins to see that home could be where she'll find what she was looking for after all...

This story delves into how we might not 'see' the whole picture when we look into other people's lives. Their circumstances and they themselves might not be what we perceive. Speaks to wishing we had someone-else's life or family or job.  When Rowan comes home from being in the 'big city'  those preconceived ideas start quite a few little ripples in the fabric of life in the village and everyone's lives are changed.  

I liked Rowan and I liked Ms. Dewar's writing. This is the first book I've read by her. I picked it up while I was in Scotland. I'll be looking for more! 

**Having trouble with the desktop computer. Keep getting the 'blue screen of death' as I've seen it referred to online. So far I've managed to get it back up and running but it eventually goes back to the blue screen. So I guess a new one is in the cards. Going away camping again though so it will have to wait. If you don't hear from me for awhile it's computer issues. 

Peggy Ann 

Friday, August 14, 2015

High Rock

I'm at my son's house in Maryland this week. His mother-in-law and I brought the kids bikes and a few other things that wouldn't fit in the car when they went home from their summer stay with me.
They live in a gorgeous valley right on the Maryland-Pennsylvania line and the Appalachian Trail crosses the mountain that their house sits at the foot of and spills right out almost at their doorstep. At the top of the mountain there is a place called High Rock and you can see absolutely the entire valley surrounded by mountains. We took a ride up the other night to watch the sun set and I just have to share these views with you!
It's a shame people over the years have written graffiti all over the rocks. Paul said young people party up there at night. The police go by regularly and move people along but it's a losing battle. People have fallen to their deaths there too. The rocks are very slippery because of the paint from the graffiti.

There is also a lake at the top of the mountain that was used for ice harvesting until the mid- twenties. They used it for shipping meat, dairy and produce. The land was later used as a National Guard training camp and then an intelligence training center during WWII. Now it is a park. It's for sale though and I have a feeling it may be luxurious condos one day soon!
We took blankets out late last night and laid in the yard and watched the meteor shower! Very cool! But I didn't get any pics of that. Went to bed vary late and then the kids and I couldn't stop giggling in bed and mom had to yell at us to go to sleep. Fun times!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I Just Shipped My Pants!

I don't know about you but I don't watch much regular TV these days so I miss all the commercials. That's nothing to cry about I know, but Kmart here in the States has some really funny commercials that I would never have seen if my kids didn't show it to me online. We were laughing until we cried! Maybe it doesn't take much to tickle our fancy but I think you might find these funny! So just encase you've never seen these and even if you have, it's always good to laugh so here you go...

and another one...

My grandson, who is 7, has been fascinated with the swear word, shit, this summer. I think this commercial might have something to do with it! He is hilarious. He kept asking us if he could say it and we'd say NO, so he would say shipped or ship.

Hope you got a chuckle!
Peggy Ann

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Hogs Back Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts

Published by Poison Pen Press for British Library Crime Classics
Trade PaperbackISBN: 9781464203817       336 Pages
eBook: ISBN 9781464203824
Genre: Mystery
Copyright 1933 and 2015 Estate of Freeman Wills Crofts

My source: Netgalley

  Dr James Earle and his wife live in comfortable seclusion near the Hog’s Back, a ridge in the North Downs in the beautiful Surrey countryside. When Dr Earle disappears from his cottage, Inspector French is called in to investigate. At first he suspects a simple domestic intrigue – and begins to uncover a web of romantic entanglements beneath the couple’s peaceful rural life.
  The case soon takes a more complex turn. Other people vanish mysteriously, one of Dr Earle’s house guests among them. What is the explanation for the disappearances? If the missing people have been murdered, what can be the motive? This fiendishly complicated puzzle is one that only Inspector French can solve.
  Freeman Wills Crofts was a master of the intricately and ingeniously plotted detective novel, and The Hog’s Back Mystery shows him at the height of his powers. This new edition of a classic mystery is introduced by the crime fiction expert Martin Edwards..

A wonderful solid mystery! I love how Inspector French is so methodical, going over the points  of the case and clues in order, numerous times! His tenaciousness and need to make lists and tick off the boxes. It's how I operate most times and I can really identify with him. Freeman Wills Crofts certainly plays fair, giving us mountains of clues and going over them numerous times and even listing the page numbers they are on towards the end when French is going over the whole case with his colleagues. Lots of solid suspects. I did figure it out,mostly, just not who the accomplish was or the completely how of it. Very satisfying read indeed!

A little bit of humor thrown in was nice touch to break up all the methodical thinking...
Asking to speak to the head engineer on a construction project, when French is introduced...
 'The engineer smiled when he read it. "what you want is an international conference," he declared. "my name's English and my assistant's here is Welsh. Unfortunately this other gentleman is Bradbury and not Scott, as would be seemly."  
"That's a pity," French returned. "We have a sergeant at the yard called German, and we get ragged. They call us 'The Foreigners' and pretend we can't understand English.'

If you like Wills Crofts or any vintage mysteries you will for sure want to read this one! Thank you Poison Pen for bringing these vintage mysteries back to us here in America! The covers are gorgeous!

You can purchase this book at:
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