Monday, April 29, 2024

Monday Moments - Trouble in Paradise by Robert B. Parker

Begin your Monday with Trouble in Paradise.  Robert B. Parker has written another Jesse Stone winner. This is the second with this police chief, but is a standalone book.  I don't usually go back to back in a series, but these are quick page turners.  

cover blurb: Parker's sentences flow with as much wit, grace, and assurance as ever. Stone is a complex and consistently interesting new protagonist.   I heartily agree. 

Stiles Island is an exclusive  wealthy enclave separated by a bridge from the small town of Paradise. What happens when that bridge is blown up? What happens when Stone finds that two women he's dated - local realtor, Marcy Campbell and also local attorney Abby Taylor have been kidnapped. 

How does Jesse Stone figure out that a fresh out of prison James Macklin, along with a very bad man nicknamed Crow, are in charge of this scheme? Casualties mount. The stakes run high. 

For a town called Paradise, there is a lot of trouble brewing and Jesse Stone must focus.  (But, ex-wife Jenn is back and tugging at his heartstrings)  Keep reading and have a "blast".  

Friday, April 26, 2024

Finally Friday - Fun Read - Night Passage by Robert B. Parker

Finally Friday and time for a fun no brainer book. Thanks Linda Hoffman for your thrift book purchases. 

Night Passage by Robert B. Parker is first in a series with a new character, Jesse Stone.  (Parker is known for his Spenser novels).  Anyway, Jesse Stone is thirty five, newly divorced,  borderline alcoholic, and dumped from his LAPD detective job. He gets a call from a Massachusetts town called Paradise and is hired as the new police chief. Is this a new start?

cover blurb  For what is on the surface a quiet New England community quickly proves to be a crucible of political and moral corruption - replete with triple homicide, tight Boston mob ties, flamboyantly errant spouses, maddened militiamen, and a psychopath-about-town who has fixed his violent sights on the new lawman. 

Jesse Stone must use his unnerving quiet power and skills to uncover all the dirt and emerge a hero.  Or does one false move lead to  death?  Keep turning  the pages and find out.  This is a quick read with underlying humor and some "oh wow" moments.  Good brain candy. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Whatever Wednesday - Dame Agatha Christie

 1926!   The Murder of Roger Ackroyd      Dame Agatha Christie

I almost don't need  to say more.   I picked this book for our PA book club.  Let's go old school.  It was listed as THE  BEST Crime Thriller  Novel EVER on a few lists. 

What  the heck! Let's give it a go.  I was not disappointed. 

I went through an Agatha Christie phase back in junior high and high school.  Hercule  Poirot, Jane Marple - oh the best detectives.  The clever plots.  The small town settings.  The subtle clues I never got. 

This book is amazing  considering 1926      Seriously.   How  did she come up with this?

I'm not  going  to give away plot or characters or possibilities.  You MUST read this book and just  bow. 

Kudos Dame  Agatha.  I guessed everyone in  the damn village, and then said, "WTF?"

Oh yeah!        Enjoy, my friends.   Re-visit the BEST. 

Monday, April 22, 2024

Monday Moments - Earth Day

Our earthly ball a peopled garden - Goethe 
In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag

Enclosed and safe within its central heart, Nestles the seed of perfection - Walt Whitman

I look to the sea

Frozen earth
Blooms of spring

Happy Earth Day!

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?  Henry David Thoreau


Friday, April 19, 2024

Finally Friday - Spring in San Saba

Spring Saturday in San Saba, TX.   Hill Country.  Ray and I visited Aunt Pat on solar eclipse weekend.  One chore was a new flag for James' grave and trim up the area.   
Nifty decoration as you look over the land
Ray in hog heaven - using the tractor
Gorgeous sunset
Ray and me with a heart cactus

That's a round-up of spring in San Saba   (look out for snakes - rattlers on the move.  None slithered out on this trip)

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Whatever Wednesday - Let's Go Fly a Kite

Butterfly hair band, yellow dress, pink shoes, and a kite string in hand - Dakota is ready to soar

 Set sail in the sky, a new kite swirls

ribbons trail, wordless signals of joy

crane our necks to watch to the show

memories of past kites - wispy wishes in the wind

Monday, April 15, 2024

Monday Moments - Random spring and Easter pics

Levi (5 months) was wide awake early. By the time the Easter egg hunt began, he was snoring. 
Silly basket head girls
Kevin's crew
Silly Ray - a wascally wabbit. 

Friday, April 12, 2024

Finally Friday - new home, new season, new friends

Chris and Krystal just signed on to their first new home - very exciting for them.  The place is lovely and they have years to enjoy, decorate, and create memories. 
Opening Day tailgate - Ray style.  We actually bought sandwiches from Jersey Mike's and enjoyed our lunch in this parking  lot.  Arrived at the ballpark at 2 pm, didn't leave until victory in the 10th inning at 10 pm.  Whew!  Long  day
NO we did not eat this Triple Play Boomstick - that's a lot of calories right there and it's expensive too.
Extra fun being the World Series Champions 2023
And these mermaids are out of the water and eating at Ole Enchiladas.  Yes, this is my water aerobics crew - Debbie, Elayne, and Claudia.  I'm on the front right.  Fun times and we could talk without treading water. 

Happy Weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Whatever Wednesday - Eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2024 in San Saba Texas.   Ray and I went to visit Aunt Pat on Saturday. Did chores and prepped.  Kevin, Maria, and the girls arrived Sunday afternoon.  Fish fry (yummy).  Excitement build-up.  And weather worries.   Monday - 12:15 pm  we all had our glasses, chairs, and chatter
Got cooler.   Clouds flitted by, but weren't completely blocking the moving eclipse.  Wind kicked up. 

Birds quieted

Darker sky 
Eerie.  Pat's solar night lights even turned on.  The kids hushed.  We all stared in awe (with our solar glasses on)
Maria captured this moment.    Magic.  Awestruck.  Astounding. 


And then the light switch slowly turned on, clouds cleared, kids started playing again, adults just kept saying "Holy cow, that was so cool."

Aunt Pat gave us notice last year for this "party", and she threw a doozie. 

Won't be around in three hundred years for the next total eclipse.  Very glad to be here for this one. 

Science rules!  

Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday Moments - Solar Eclipse

2017 - Enjoyed the Solar Eclipse with my PA crew at Spring Lake NJ
We had so much fun

 Oh yeah!

Now today April 8th 2024,  Ray and I will be in San Saba TX.  If the weather cooperates, it should be a total eclipse viewing.  Fingers crossed.  I am writing this in March.  Sure hope it works. 

 And I am going  to write this - I hope the former President looks  directly at the sun like he did in  2017 and some how implodes.  That is an evil thing to write, but I do wish it upon this man who does not respect science.  Seriously, let's look at solar eclipses through  the years - do not stare at the freakin' sun, you fool. 

cheers all.  Enjoy.  Use your glasses and it should be way cool. 

 And Happy Birthday to my brother David.  Today is his day too - 61.  Dang!   That's getting  old, dude.   Love ya!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Finally Friday - spring filler

A Ranger game in  2009
huge flag is always awesome
Striking tree shot
Afire pit night in San Saba

 Weird shadows

I'm busy and yet not

I have stuff in my brain and yet can't verbalize

Bear with me as I do a reset of some sort. 

I read and yet don't comprehend.  I see and  yet I don't .   What  is going on?  I'm tired and  nap  and yet I'm awake.  Sorta going through the motions of life, but in slow mo....

Possibly depressed.  Well yeah- my childhood phone number is gone!!!

We're clearing out the family house.   So many memories


Bear with me and have a good weekend.  I will but will I know it........???

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Wonderful Wednesday Book Review - A Place For Us

 A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza is a wonderful writing treat.  We open with an Indian wedding in California and family gathers. Proud parents, Rafiq and Layla. Hadia, eldest daughter, is marrying out of love not tradition and she is training  to be a medical doctor. Huda, the middle daughter, is a determined independent minded teacher. Amar, brother of the bride, has returned after three years. 

cover blurb What secrets and betrayals have caused this close-knit family to fracture? Can Amar find his way back to the people who love and know him best?

The author quietly winds her way through past and present, treads between two cultures, and gives an excellent portrait of identity and belonging.  cover blurb - It's a resonant portrait of what it means to be an  American family today.

I really enjoyed this book and immersed myself in the family. The author's descriptions, conversations, and thoughts were deep and moving. When I finished,  I had to sit and compose myself and contemplate the full book experience.  That's a gem!  

Monday, April 1, 2024

Monday Madness and Foolery

 Happy April Fool's Day - then again, considering it's election year - Happy April Fool's Year

Here's an assortment of past blog photos - all out of context, but what the heck - fun to look at and contemplate. 

Monday filler and foolery

Always do right. This will surprise some people and astonish the rest - Mark Twain