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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Snowy Fences and Mixed up Birds

Joining Tamar (Randomosity) and Gosia (Looking for Identity) for:


We here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) have been having a very cold & snowy winter. - It started snowing here where I live on New Years Day and pretty much snowed everyday for a solid week.  The last snowfall we had was yesterday.  We probably have at least a 18-22 inches. 

Here is a scene from yesterday:  Click to enlarge photos.

As you can see here the sidewalks have been shoveled somewhat - I ended up pulling a muscle in my arm the day before shoveling snow. 
I did take a walk on Sunday after one of the snow storms and took some snowy fence shots.

These I'm sharing for Good Fences today.

Yesterday I happened to look out our dining room window and saw some birds flying up into the neighbors Hawthorne trees.  Something about them caught my eye so I got my camera and went out to photograph them.

What was unusual you might ask....

These are Robins! - A bird that usually doesn't show up until Springtime.

There were lots & lots of them in the trees. 

They would pull the berries off the Hawthorne tree and drop them in the street to eat them.

I also noticed them at the little stream that runs through one of the neighbors place drinking water.

It just amazed me how many there were and in the middle of a snow storm.  They pretty much stayed all day long picking berries off the trees.  Towards late afternoon the sun actually came out for a few minutes and I captured this little fellow with some blue sky.

Today I haven't seen a single Robin and I just took a walk across the street to where the Hawthorne trees are located.  The Robins picked them clean yesterday!

In the midst of the cold and snow it was nice to see these lovely birds.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Good Fences Around the World - Floral Fun Fence

Hello & Welcome! - Yes, I've still not been posting much lately, still recovering from the business of the holiday season.

Today though I'm joining Gosia (Looking for Identity) for GOOD FENCES AROUND THE WORLD.

Just one photo to share today (shocking).

I spotted this fence last year while out on one of my walks.  -  I like the little floral pattern on the fence and the pretty row of trees behind it.  I hope you do as well.

Will try to stop in and visit your blogs during the week.  Lots of things still left to do around here, put the Christmas decorations away being top priority.

Have a great week.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Welcome 2017

Well another NEW YEAR has arrived.  Sharing some photos from last night with you all.

First up the FOOD!

We fix up all kinds of snack foods:  Wings, Meatballs, Meats, Cheeses, Veggies, Crackers eat during the evening.

For dessert it was Brownies with Vanilla Ice Creams, Chocolate Sauce, Nuts & Whipped Cream!  Yummy!!!

 One of our New Year's Photos - We are a goofy bunch!

 The fireworks - Note the dry ground....Why?...............................................

Well about 8:30 this morning this is what started....We've got about 2 inches already.  It stopped for awhile but it's coming down again.  What a way to start the year. 

Hope you all had a great start to your New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Good Fences - A Winter Fence

Welcome! - Yes I've been very absent from the blog this month.  It happens every December when the holidays roll around. - I'm still alive and doing well and hope you all are too.

Joining Gosia (Looking For Identity) for GOOD FENCES today.

Taken last week after our huge snow dump. - Which thankfully has almost all melted now.

The sun was out that morning and I got brave enough to take a short walk.  The neighbors a couple of blocks down the street tied these red bows to their fence.  I think they look pretty and wintery.
Hoping to stop by your blogs soon. - I will be back on a regular blogging schedule after the first of the year.
Thank you to all my blog friends and visitors for another fabulous year of blogging and friendship.
Just in case I don't post on Christmas Day - Merry Christmas & for those who don't celebrate Christmas.....Happy Holidays! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review - Fatal Frost

Today I am reviewing (Fatal Frost) by Nancy Mehl.  - I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

This book is the first in a series, (Defenders of Justice).

Here is an overview from Bethany House:

Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent--Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?


My thoughts on the book:  First off I decided to review this book because I like watching Crime shows on television and thought that this book would fulfil that passion for solving crimes.

The main Character is Mercy Brennan a US Marshal.  Mercy seemed to be very controlled and precise in her thinking and actions.  Suddenly she is thrust into a situation that she doesn't have full control over. - She is sent on a mission along with her former boyfriend, Mark St. Laurent who is also a US Marshal.  They along with her friend, Tally, a Police officer encounter a dangerous situation that could cost them their lives.

I found that the book started out somewhat confusing for me.  The plot dealt with the Drug Cartel and The Police Department in St. Louis, Missouri. - For the most part it was feasible as far as the plot of the story although I do think in some places it was a little far-fetched.

Of course along the way there is an attraction between Mercy and Mark that reignites as they face this situation together.  Mercy though is reluctant to trust anyone due to suffering losses in her childhood that made her rely solely on herself in any situation.  Plus the fact that Mark became a Christian during their early relationship and Mercy had no desire to believe in God as a result of her early childhood disappointments.  She couldn't see keeping Mark in her life after he accepted Christ.  Through the events that they face in the story she eventually comes to realize that God is real and that she can trust in someone other than herself.

It was an enjoyable read although I did find it to be somewhat predictable.

I've read one other book by this author that I enjoyed (Deadly Echoes) more as the story seemed more believable and held my interest just a little more than this one did.

I would have to give this book perhaps 3.5 stars overall.