'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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

For Sale

We got a surprise when we got to our yearly cottage rental in Maine this year! The owners are selling! So sad! The grandkids are worried about next year! We adore Butch and his dog Miles and even if the new owners were to rent it wouldn't be the same. Hopefully it won't sell fast (shame on me). Butch said its just too much upkeep for him at his age.

Their only asking $950,000! Their farmhouse was built in 1830. Check out the pictures and info of the property here.

- Posted by Peggy Ann

Friday, July 22, 2016


Off to Maine today. Sebago Lake for the week with the grandkids. I wanted to get a few post set up before I left but with the grandkids here I don't get my computer or my iPad for long! So it will be quiet for a while around the post. See you when I get back!

Peggy Ann

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mingo Falls

On the North Carolina side of the Smokies on the Qualla Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, NC are the Mingo Falls. A lovely short walk to it although quite steep, its mostly stairs. It's a very unique falls. Very steep and mostly flowing through and under moss and lichen. There were birds dipping and diving across towards the top, must have been feeding on bugs.

Solid mountain laurel

close up of the water under the lichen

We haven't had much rain so there wasn't a lot of water coming over the falls but you can checkout photos of it after lots of rain fall here.

On our way back over the Smokies we were lucky enough to catch some elk on the side of the road...

We were told in the evenings there are hundreds of elk come down to Cataloochee Valley, but that will have to wait for another day. It was late in the day and you can only do so much in one day. Next time.The elk have on monitoring collars. Its always so thrilling to see wildlife up close! Several rangers where there keeping people at a distance and traffic moving. The elk seemed oblivious to the humans gawking at them. Maybe someday I'll get some shots of black bear, very prolific in the Smokies.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Excuse Me!

I've been fighting with squirrels over my bird feeders all summer as you know from a previous post. While roaming shops in Gatlinburg recently Bossman called me over and showed me a display with garden flags, T-shirts, coffee mugs etc with a pic he thought I would get a kick out of...

I got the flag...

The slinky did work to keep the squirrels from climbing down the line to the feeders but since I have the feeders in a tree it was virtually impossible to position it to keep them from climbing down a teeny tiny thin branch and jumping over to it and spilling it all out. They are tenacious little creatures. I finally relented and invested in another squirrel proof feeder (weight activated) and he's relegated to ground feeding now! Only thing is I get more variety of birds with the more open feeder, but too much seed was being eaten by the squirrels and the birds were missing out. It keeps the heavier birds like Starlings and Blackbirds from being piggies and eating it all too.

Have any of you seen this funny video of a spinning squirrel? This feeder is around $84 though!

Peggy Ann

Monday, July 18, 2016

Beautiful Blueberries

I've been busy freezing blueberries this last week. There's a bulk store near here that gets in a huge shipment of fresh Michigan blueberries each year. You sign up in advance for how many boxes you want and they call you when they are in and ready for pickup. Talk about sweet delicious berries! I can't get enough of them! Thanks to my sweet neighbor, Julie, who talked me into getting a Foodsaver, it's been a breeze freezing them. I got 20lbs. one whole shelf in my freezer is blueberries!

Baking is on the agenda now with the ones I didn't freeze. This yummy Wicked Good Blueberry Coffee Cake is a recipe from the Gray Whale Inn series by Karen MacInerney and I shared it before HERE. I spent the morning pinning blueberry recipes to my new board: Blueberries.

I LOVE the Foodsaver! No more freezer burn! Frozen foods will stay fresh longer in my freezer and I'll save lots of money and food! Julie suggested looking on QVC and after looking around I did find the best deal there. And they had a red one, that matches my kitchen! I got lots of bags and several freezer containers and a jar lid for freezing right in the jar. When you register it with Foodsaver.com you get free bags and emails for sales and promotions on accessories. Now when chicken breast, tenders, and steak are on sale I can load up without worry of waste. Not to mention when fresh veggies are in!

Do you have a Foodsaver? Any tricks or tips to share? How about your favorite blueberry recipe? Share a link in the comments!

Posted by Peggy Ann

Friday, July 15, 2016

Tickle Your Funny Bone

Just had to share this funny with you. I loved it!

Everyone has at least one crazy friend...

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