The following pictures were taken in the late 90’s when we’re traveling. We stopped and visited with my friends in the Penstmen Society. The first three were taken southwest California. The American Penstrmon Society Annual meeting in California hosted by Robert and Betty Davenport. The pictures came from a members garden.





Bruce Meyers Garden – White Salmon, Washington – Mt. Adams in background Bruce Meyers – tan shirt, Betty Davenport in white shirt, Jack Goetsen – blue cap – taken between 1995 – 1997


Nina Price Garden – she grew this plant from seed and named it Utah hybrid. It probably does not exist today. Klamath Fall, Oregon


Ornstein barbatus this plant was in the garden of Penstmon grower in San Barnardino Mts. Sorry I don’t remember her name. We saw this yellow species occasionally when visited Penstemon areas in California. Also, saw yellow orange of other species.

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A cozy mystery that is a funny and a superb read yet it deals with a major social problem. The first portion had me laughing at the antics. This is the fifth book in the series and I have been fortunate to read all of them. The series is set in the 1970’s and features members of the Country Club’s set. Details of the area are perfect. Telephone on the wall, going next door to call out, the comments on Mr. Coffee are fabulous. I still remember my first one and I am not a coffee drinker. While each book can be read as a standalone, reading in order will add to your enjoyment. Ellison Russell is a widow and her teenage daughter is Grace. She has a dog, Max. Her caregiver is Aggie. Her Mother wants everything to be proper. Much to her Mother’s dismay, Ellison keeps finding dead people who have been murdered. She has selected Hunter Tafft for Ellison next husband while Allison is developing a crush on the lead homicide detective, Anarchy. In this book, Ellison leaves her decorator, Khaki White alone in her home to pick up Aggie. She is gone 20 minutes and finds Khaki dead in her study. Anarchy has a new partner, Detective Peters who a law abiding officer. He feels everything is black and white. At this point, the tale has enough twists to keep you reading. I didn’t put down until finished it. You will learn about Society’s feeling about domestic abuse at the time. I highly recommend this book and series. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Henery Press through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
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A light mystery with elements of the paranormal with characters being able to hear the cat’s thoughts. At times the tale held my interest and other times was upset that Christy did not seek the advice of a lawyer. There was a discussion of items that had no bearing on the plot. Romance and sex are present but no graphic violence.
Christy Jamieson and her daughter had to leave the family home as it was sold by her husband. Noelle is changing her schooling from private to public. Frank Jamieson, her husband is missing and suspected to embellishing his trust fund. He was sighted traveling in Mexico with his girlfriend. The police closed the case and told Christy she needs to find him by herself. The family cat was missing and when he returns Frank’s essence joined the cat. Christy asks a journalist, Quinn Armstrong to help search for Frank. Meanwhile, the trustees are putting pressure on Christy. Someone is releasing negatives items about Christy, the press reports are damaging to Christy. Christy must find answers before she loses everything.

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This is one of Edie Claire best books. I was laughing or smiling throughout the book. It dealt with serious social problems, assisted suicide and insurance fraud.
The Floribundas, Francis Koslow’s garden club are delighted that her home has been selected as a last minute addition to the annual Christmas Garden Tour. The scene where they received the information is great satire as the scene when they receive an anonymous message that the white power around the house is anthrax. One member of the Floribundas is found dead. The cause of death is important as an accidental insurance policy is in play. Allison’s curiosity puts her in danger and Lucie and Mason are getting married. I highly recommend this book and series.

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Leigh Koslow is awakened early one morning by Clara’ s father, Mason. He asks Leigh to pet set a three-legged tortie cat and a cockatiel for a few days. Reluctant, Leigh accepts the animals. Mason disappears and the police want to question him about an incident. Let’s in the neighborhood are disappearing and their owners are paying random to get them back unharmed. The owners are to tighten to talk to the police. Evidence points to someone from Koslow clinic as the guilty party. Leigh is looking for answers to both questions. Will she succeed before the clinic is ruined? I highly recommend the book and series.

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The first book in this creative series. The plot different from most Cozies but has many of the elements of a cozy. The characters are developed and Charli Rae Warren will attract your attention The descriptions of the area will place you in Hazel Rock, Texas. There are two romantic themes. A lot of information on book art is provided. Reading about it gave me a wish to learn about the art form. A pink armadillo named Princess adds interest and humor to the story.
Charli has agreed to return home to sign papers that will her allow her Father to sell the family business. She left the area as a teenager amid a lot of rumors and gossip. Upon arrival, she finds the realtor dead in the barn. A lot has changed since she left including a new sheriff. Her Father is missing and is suspected as the killer. She is pleasantly surprised at the support the small town gives her Father and the victim. Charli must find her Father before she can leave town. The twists that happen will leave wanting to learn more about Hazel Rock and Charli’s life. I highly recommend this book.

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Come on inside, it is a little chilly out right now. The forecast is for 75°Fahrenheit this afternoon with possible thunderstorms. I have a number of various drinks and treats. Select what youtwant and let’s go watch the birds out of the window.  Speaking of thunderstorms we had good one last Wednesday, the wind was extremely strong and the rain pour down. You could hear the thunder and see the lighting as the storm swept across the area. The Boise River is still above flood stage and will be for several months.  ONe mobile home in the flood plain has two feet of water. Plans have been made for the schools if more flooding occurs. The weather is expected to reach in the 80’°Fahrenheit all of next week.

I received these gorgeous pictures from Alita today.  A member of the onion family

Yesterday, was my shopping day, we had several stores to visit. The last stopped was at Fred Meyers and there floral shop had plenty of flowers. It has been a long time since I have seen glads. I like them but found them difficult to grow.

Now for some of the birds



May 23 WATCHING THE DETECTIVES  by Julie Mulhern



FATAL FICTION by Rym Roberts


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This is the largest family plants and I forgot had many pictures of the various plants. Here are a few.






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Flower of the Day – May 17, 2017 – Rose



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The Tourist Trap mysteries are always dependable and this one does not disappoint. Jill Gardener, owner of coffee and bookstore in Southcove, California is extremely busy. For the first time paranormal aspect is important, previously it has only been mention. Nathan Pike, a mystery writer checks into a B&B. The major his decree Nathan will follow Greg King around in order to learn about police methods. Greg is the police chief and Jill significant other. Jill must decide if Greg can move into her home. Jill is taking business courses at the local college, Sasha has given her resignation and Jill is looking for a replacement.
There are two mysteries: one, a small boy was swift away by the ocean waves. His body has not been recover and Esmeralda insists the child is still alive. The other mystery is a ghastly murder just like Nathan has written in his new mystery. Jill is trying to stay out of Greg’s problem but is drawn into both cases by local events. I highly recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kensington Books through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.

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