Monday, November 11, 2019


Every November, I have to decide whether to participate in Nanowrimo. If I decide to try it, I have to get the courage to tell Tim.

These are the words my sweet husband dreads hearing. National Novel Writing Month.

What is it? It's an opportunity to set a goal to write 50,000 words. Thirty Days. Fifty-thousand words. Yes, it's possible, but not only is it a commitment for the author, but the family sacrifices as well.

This is the length of some novels, and a solid start on other stories. I usually write a 75,000 word book and if I can accomplish Nano, I'll be well on the way.

This year I plan to write Book 3 of my Dog Walker mystery series.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Fall in South Carolina

Spring used to be my favorite season with the beauty and signs of new life everywhere. I love living the the south, and I don't complain about the hot weather, but the cooler fall weather is like a breath of fresh air.

With the cooler weather, we've started riding our bikes again. We're able to ride through the neighborhoods and up and down Myrtle Avenue on Pawleys Island. Riding our bikes, we're able to pull over and enjoy the sights easier.

We ride with our helmets, and I pull over to take pictures. Enjoy!

Phillipians 4:8 says, "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

The beauty around me is lovely. I enjoy and ponder God's glory and praise him.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Money Savers

For a while I've wanted to find a way to lighten up some of my furniture. Two of my criteria were not to spend much money and don't destroy the integrity of my older pieces.

I found leftover material I'd used years ago on my dining room chairs and decided to line the back of my china cabinet.

I emptied the cabinet and thought I'd remove the shelves. I couldn't get them out. Tim helped me. No luck. They'd budge, but they wouldn't come out. This thing was built in the 1700s, and I have no idea how they inserted the shelves but they were impossible to remove. I won't bore you with details, but we came up with a way to line the back wall and didn't break the glass or destroy the cabinet.

Mission accomplished.

BUT, I had a little more material left over. While I was at it, I decided to recover the seats of the chairs at my kitchen counter. There was no blood, but sweat and near tears were involved.

It may not be perfect, but I tried and didn't break anything, didn't spend money, and I did lighten up the atmosphere.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sandy Island, South Carolina

Recently I was on a boat ride with friends on the Waccamaw River, and we rode past Sandy Island. I'd seen a sign on Highway 17 pointing to the island, but I didn't know much about it.

Recently, we went back to the island and had lunch at a quaint little Bed and Breakfast run by Laura Herriott. Laura grew up on the island, attended school there until sixth grade, and is also custodian of the island's only church, New Bethel Baptist Church.

Laura met us at the dock and drove some of our group to her B&B, while the rest of us walked up the hill past a cemetery and the fire station.

We had a delicious lunch of fried chicken, corn bread, green beans, and a delicious rice dish. During lunch, we learned that years ago a group of slaves were allowed to live on the island. Unsupervised! We heard a story about a census taker who got lost on the island and wasn't found until the next day.

The children living on Sandy Island no longer attend the island school like Laura did. Instead, they take a ferry over to the mainland where they ride a school bus.

We've been invited to come back and go to church with Laura, and we even sang a couple of worship songs while we were visited.

Whether you're in the Pawleys Island area or somewhere else, take the path less traveled. You might find yourself delighted.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Money Savers

I'm going to start posting a money saving tip once a month. I'd love for you to share your money savings tips with us.

It's so easy to say I'm not going to spend more than a specific amount of money on eating out lunch or buying coffee from a coffee shop. I began thinking how to stick to my goals, and this is what I came up with. I'll make my example buying coffee out. One of my sons thinks this is a problem area for me. He even hinted about needing an intervention. Bill, I hope you like this idea.

At the beginning of each month, I'll either buy a gift card to my favorite coffee shop or download my budgeted amount onto my app. The nice thing about apps is you can usually earn points for free coffee or treats. If I use up my gift card in the first week, I'm out of luck. I figure there will be a learning curve to this, but I will learn and stick to a budget.

Do you see yourself trying this? Maybe it's not coffee or lunch out, but what about the donut shop or ice cream shop?

Another thing I plan to do is experiment with coffee recipes. If you've guessed I'm not a purist, you're right. I have no problem making coffee fun. Please share your thoughts below and thanks for stopping by my back porch.

On a rainy day in France, Tim and I found a local coffee shop. We dried off and ordered in French. I can't tell you exactly what we ordered, but it was delicious.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Monet's Garden

In August, Tim and I traveled to France. We're not any kind of jet setters, but I've dreamed about visiting France for as long as I can remember. We shared this dream with my brother and his wife, and the four of us would imagine what it'd be like to visit France. In January 2018, we took the plunge and committed to go on a river cruise on the Seine River. We saved and planned and finally it was time to go.

I'm sure you can see the excitement in our expressions. I won't overwhelm you with too many stories and pictures all at once. Today I want to share Monet's Garden with you. On our tour, we learned Monet planned his garden meticulously. His goal was to have a beautiful garden from which he could paint his pictures. Not only are his paintings masterpieces, but his garden is a masterpiece.

I have a picture of his home in Giverny hanging in my office. (It's not a Monet, but I've enjoyed it for years.)

We toured his home and gardens on a rainy day, but you'll be able to see from my pictures that it didn't detract from the beauty.

The gardens were crowded, and we didn't have time to explore like we would've liked, but visiting Monet's home and gardens was a highlight of our vacation.

I hope you enjoy these pictures.

And the painting hanging in my office? I now have photographs to go with it.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Every November, I have to decide whether to participate in Nanowrimo. If I decide to try it, I have to get the courage to tell Tim. These ...