Sunday, January 7, 2018


A look back at 2017. Wonderful memories in pictures!

There are a few missing months, but we were busy playing golf; volunteering at the Library; Marshaling at Granada Golf Course; Heading up the Marketing effort for the Community Concert Association; going to church at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church; and just enjoying life with our friends and family!

January: Biloxi, Mississippi and Fort Morgan, Alabama

Jefferson Davis' Home in Biloxi

April: Community Concert, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

June: Chuck's 60th Class Reunion, Benton High, Benton, Arkansas

and Village Quilt Guild, Quilt Class 
        with Dot Collins from Texas
         "Tossed Salad"

August: Full Eclipse of the Sun: We had to do a selfie. You can see the partial eclipse mirrored under the eave of the house. 

and I made this 'pouf' or 'tuffet' for the living room

October: Found this great place to buy Arkansas pecans outside of 
               Hot Springs, Arkansas. Took two pounds to our daughter
               to make pecan pies from her Thanksgiving dinner. 

November: Trip to Nashville, Tennessee

Andrew Jackson grave
at The Hermitage

Best Music Venue
and Thanksgiving in Benton with Family

December: Art and Quilting
Block of the Month

Diptitch: Under the Sea
Mixed Media Acrylic

and Flowers
First Year that we had flowers
on our Camellia bush!


Saturday, November 4, 2017

50 States in 50 Years No. 14-20* 1976

In 1976 I took a trip to the East Coast for the Bicentennial Celebration. 
It involved going 'in and out' and 'through'17 States, Washington, D.C. and Niagara Falls, Canada, in two weeks.  When you only had two weeks vacation, you had to make the most of it.  

Starting in Arkansas (48) we went through  
Tennessee (31)Virginia (25)West Virginia(24).
Our first stop was College Park, Maryland (21). 
We took the Bicentennial Bus into Washington, D.C. 
I know the cherry blossoms are not in bloom in October.
However, it is a great picture on the Jefferson Memorial.
Also, saw the Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian.

Back in the car-Through Delaware (17), New Jersey (16) where we crossed over into Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (20).

Pennsylvania (20)

Liberty Bell in Philadelphia

and Benjamin Franklin's grave.
Passing through Rhode Island (15) and Delaware (17) to our next stop-Burlington, Massachusetts (14). We used it as our base to visit surrounding historical sites there and in Connecticut (19).

We walked The Freedom Trail in Boston.
Saw Paul Revere's House
When we left there, we were headed home through Maine (27)New Hampshire (23), Vermont (18), and  New York (26). We took one detour at Niagara Falls to view the Falls from the Canadian sideAfter that we stopped only to eat and spend the night in Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky (22)Our goal was to get home in time to go to work on Monday.

Now we were back from where we started-full circle. It was fast, but it was fun.  It left me with a lot of stories to tell. 

Home Sweet Home

*For "new to my blog" friends...on May 17, 2010, I visited Wisconsin.
I can now say that I have been in, to, or through all 50 United States.
I am committed to make an Artist Trading Card "ATC" for each of
the 50 States. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Sons of Fortune

Sons of FortuneSons of Fortune by Jeffrey Archer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had never read any of Jeffrey Archer's books, until it appeared on my Book Club 'to read' list. I enjoyed it, but had to overcome some hurdles before I got into the rhythm of the story. At first, I thought I was reading a male 'Danielle Steele' story. Then, once I got past that feeling, I had to learn to keep the 'twins' straight. Their stories overlap. One paragraph/chapter will be about Fletcher and then quickly switch to Nat. I found the historical background interesting as I lived through those times. I liked getting an incite into the political campaign process and the banking transaction details. (I am a retired banker.) I couldn't help but wonder why Nat and Fletcher didn't recognize each other. They were both high profile figures and their pictures would have been in the national newspapers often. Also, their paths were tracking together and I knew they would at some point they would converge. I had it figured out in my mind, but will not 'spoil' it for you. Recommend!

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Friday, February 3, 2017


On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy HollyRitchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Song for Sunday

His Eye Is On the Sparrow!

When things seem to be falling apart, they are really just falling in place.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop CafeFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a wonderful story taking place from the 1929 to 1988 with two stories running concurrently. The story that takes place in this past is told by Ninny, in a rest home, to Evelyn, who befriends her. At the same time you will come back to the present and get their story. You will get wrapped up in the story of the inhabitants of Whistle Stop, Alabama, as well as Ninny's and Evelyn's. However, running silently between the lines are messages of the social and economic issues of the time. In fact, most are still relevant in the 21st Century. I gave it 5 stars-it was amazing, because it was. I couldn't give it 4 stars-I liked it a lot, because I didn't. It was a depressing story both on the surface and between the lines. I grew up in most of those times. Stories are amazing when I can personally put myself in the story. I internalized this story and characters too much. I felt hurt when they hurt and they hurt a lot. Every once in a while there was some happiness, but not often. Recommend.

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