My local Fred Meyers had a number of orchids for sale. I loved the pink one.






Posted in CEE'S, Flora Friday, General | 3 Comments



The latest in Madison Night’s mystery series. We find Madison and Hudson James in Palm Springs California visiting his sister, Emma and her husband, Jimmy. They plan to help with a renovation of the property. After arriving, the trip takes an abrupt turn with the jeep they are driving clips over trapping Hudson. The following morning Madison sees a body in the river. The police cannot find the body. Everyone is upset with Madison. Before long Madison finds herself involved in a drug scheme, gang activity, a missing child, and possible police misconduct. There are several suspects and there are plenty of clues to keep you guessing. The ending is a surprise. I highly recommend this book and series.

Disclosure: I received a free copy from Henery Press 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

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments



This Abbott Agency book touches on elder abuse. Leon Holland feels he might an alibi. He asked Bea if she could remember what time he got there. His niece Dilys is staying with Bea. Her home is bursting with strays now that Maggie and Olivier are not living with her. A friend of Dilys, Orlando has moved into the apartments. Their parents expect them to married. They are not interested in marriage. Dilys plugs in Orlando’s phone into Bea’s computer infecting the Agency’s computers. In a nearby park, a couple of bodies are found. Both have been murdered One is Orlando’s father and good friend of Leon. It is a hectic time at Bea’s home as she struggles to keep the Agency open. The twists and turns the tale takes will keep you turning g the pages. I recommend this book and series.

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

FALSE DIAMOND By Veronica Heley


This book features what happens when there is domestic abuse. How it efforts those around the abuser and victim. Holland Industry is still trying to get Bea to merge her Domestic Business with their trading academy. Bea doesn’t trust the manager, Benton and refuses the merge. Bea is asked to convince Benton’s wife, Dilys to take her diamond wedding ring to be appraised. Bea able to get Dilys to admit that the ring is a fake and she is a scared of Benton. Max and Nicole are both involved with Benton’s schemes. The book takes you on a journey through Dily’s life and her family’s. The ending will surprise you. I high!y recommend this book and series.

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment


In the weird spring trees are blooming around the area right now. It is partly sunny🌞 out and 60° Fahrenheit. A short walk around the area yesterday showed a lot of weather damaged to the trees. The maples are hard hard as the freeze damaged to leaves were apparent. Our small star magnolia tree the blooms were all froze and the leaves show the damage. It will bloom another year.

On a drive around Meridian yesterday, these trees are in bloom.

Too close out and magnolia tree and an early lilac.


Posted in Sunday Trees | 4 Comments



Welcome, come inside the sun is out but it is chilly on this Easter weekend. With light jackets, we can sit out on the patio to watch the activity in the parking lot. What will you have today, coffee, tea or hot chocolate? I will see what in the freezer to nibble. Yesterday a SPRING Storm pass through the area. There was a mixture of all kinds of weather. It rain, snow, wind and even sun.


It was also a shopping day. On the drive around Meridian it has been a long time since I saw so much bloom. As we left the complex grounds the Oregon grape and pear showed their colors.

The first bloom we saw was this flowering tree. I have no idea what it is. It looks like a willow but I don’t know if one like this one. It is a beauty and several years old.

Some other sights around the shopping center.

Over the ten years we have been here I have watch the flowering quince bloom. I have wanted a picture and Alia stopped the car so I could get one. Β In the same yard, there was the lilac bush in bloom.

I am still having problems with WordPress. I tried to update my NetGalley badges only to loose ones I had already. I asked for support from NetGalley and my attempt to use the forums for WordPress not help.

I want to wish everyone one a Great Easter with family and friends.




FALSE REPORTΒ by Veronica Heley

FALSE ALARM by Veronica Heley


This is part of Coffee Share hosted by Emily @


Please join us @


Posted in Books, CEE'S, Coffee sharing, Garden photo, Having Coffee, Uncategorized | 17 Comments




A novel by Karen White is always an entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A story of two women that click, although they are of different generations. Both women have secrets. In Sweet Apple, Georgia there is a blog with commentary on those living there. The anonymous blog selected to comment on the reason for Merilee Talbot Dunlap’s divorce. She and her two children, Lily and Colin moved into a cottage own by Sugar Prescott, the area’s matriarch. Sugar is not friendly and has definite opinions. For some reason, she is drawn to Merilee and the children. Merilee is starting over as her marriage collapsed as the blog hinted. The children are enrolled in the elite school of the area. Heather, the leader of volunteers chooses Marilee for a special friend. Heather is the perfect Mother and woman and is happily married Sugar doesn’t like Heather. The twists and turns this story takes will make it hard to put the book down. I highly recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from Berkley Publishing 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.

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

MURDER IS FOR KEEPS By Elizabeth J. Duncan


A long-running cozy mystery set in the Welsh countryside. This is the second book I have read of this series, both out of order but I had no trouble following along. The Gwrych grounds are being restored after years of neglect. Volunteers are working in gardens. Penny Brannigan is painting the castle grounds for a fundraiser when she finds the body of a man. The manner of his death is undetermined. Penny and retired Inspector Gareth Davies look into the matter. Later a grave is found located in the castle rose garden. Gareth’s Grandmother worked at the castle in the 1920’s. Looking through her belongings, Penny discovers a clue to help solve the mystery. I recommend this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy from St. Martin’s Press 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.

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment



In the fourth book of the Abbott Agency, it alludes to racial antagonism. Zander is back and asks Bea to accomplice him to return the belongings of a co-worker. Zander found a co-worker, Denzil had embezzled a fortune from the Trust were they both worked. His wife, Lady Honoria attempts to intimidate Zander. The story continues With the problem at the Trust, no one wished to involve the police. The publicity would damage the trust and Lady Honoria does want it either. There are several accidental deaths along the way. With Maggie’s and Oliver’s assistant, Bea is able to straighten the matter out. I high!y recommend this book and series.

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

FALSE MONEY By Veronica Heley


I have now read 6 of the twelve Abbott’s Agency books. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series and reading g the Ellie Quicke series. This book dwells in lotto winnings. With mix motives a group of people decided, anyone lose any winnings. They win big and suddenly members begin to die. Bea is brought into the affair when a friend goes missing. Chris wants Bea to find Toni, his star in his award-winning film. As usual, the villain’s thought is included along with the story. I usually do not like this format but Veronica Heley does a superb job with the format. Meanwhile Bea’s grandson is doing poorly. Max and Nicole have decided not to have a nanny. If course, when they finally hire one, they managed to hire the villain putting her grandson in danger. Will Bea and friends resolve the problem before there are more deaths? I highly recommend this book and series.

Posted in Books | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment