Sunday Stills A #Light-Washed World


Friday was a day to experience all kinds of weather. We left to go picked my new glasses under dark storms clouds, the came out and went to the Bread Store to see what GF foods they had. Leaving the store, it started snow. Before we reached the apartment and it was a blizzard, ground was covered with snow. The sun return and melted all the snow.

The snow pictures I am showing today were taking previous years.

Kato’s reaction to snow
Rocky Bar area in the 1920s’
Star Magnolia
Trumpeter swans look carefully to see their chicks
Idaho Mountains as from the Boise Valley
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Delighted to receive this book, the thirteen edition of Her Royal Spyness series. Darcy and Georgina are In an extended honeymoon in Kenya. They travel by bus boat train and airplane until they reached Happy Valley, the upper-class settlement. 

Georgina is surprised at the actions of the residents. Darcy finally admits to Georgina that he after a jewel thief. After a rough night at a wild party, they left the house. They found Lord Cheriton’s vehicle in the middle of the road and his in the body, partly eaten by animals. The motives for his death are many. There are several attempts to kill Georgina and Darcy. Will the guilty party succeed?

The descriptions of Kenya at the time are correct. Words will put you right there. I enjoyed the scenes of the various animals. I felt for Georgina as she found her windows open and the lion outside their tent. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

Disclosure: Thanks to Berkley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

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BOTD – Birds with white feathers


This is conjunction with Lisa’s ‘Open Our Eyes’

Ferruginous Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Yellow-billed Magpie
Wilson Phalarope
Red-breasted Sapscucker
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#A HOUSE DIVIDED by Jonathan F. Putnam


I saw this book and felt that it would be nice to learn more about Lincoln's early life. This book has been researched and while it is Historical fiction I learn a good amount about life in the Midwest. The author is new to me and I plan on reading the early books in the series.

The 4th episode of the Lincoln and Speed mysteries finds in 1839 that Springfield is in a turmoil over the fact that the state bank has no hard currency and the work on the canal has stopped and has hit the workers hard sending many into poverty. 
Henry Trailer accuses his brothers William and Archibald of killing Fynn Fisher. Archibald saved Joshua Speed's life during the ice storm and convinces Lincoln to get involved in the case. The outcome of the case is impressive. Speed and Lincoln are both attractive to a new woman, Mary Todd in town. There a unique bank robbery and a chase of the felons that will capture will the mind. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

Disclosure: Thanks to Crooked Lane Books for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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FOTD – Amaryllis


Kathy has this amaryllis in bloom. Sorry the picture showing 4 flowers is too dark. The one here is growing but has not bloom.

Last week the shelf fill off the window

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The first book in the Hungarian Tea Shop mysteries is fun read where it explains family life in a Hungarian family. Hana Keller works alongside with her Mother and Grandmother in the family business, Maggie Tea House. The story is a cozy mystery with a twist of paranormal as the woman in the family have inherited the gift of sight. It is refreshing to read a book were the police are willing to work with the protagonist.
Hana has a collection of teacups which treasures highly. She receives a gift of a Hungarian teacup, a Budapest teacup that is decorated with a butterfly. Hana uses it to decorate the tea room when they are hosting a Hungarian group of ladies. Someone uses the cup, adds tea, a poison, and hands to the victim, Ava Norvak. She drinks some of the tea and collapsed. Hana aids the police providing information on the Hungarian background. The homicide detective is named Wolf. What does the name mean in Hungary? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
Recipes from Nana's kitchen are included.

Disclosure: Thanks to Berkeley for a copy through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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The Color Green


Agave Speicies with bloom stalk
Norfolk Pine – 5 years
Idaho Mountians
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FOTD – Parade Of Roses


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I don’t remember how many times, I have read a Nero Wolfe book to help me relax. I didn’t remember much about this book, did know the killer. Wolfe needed the money and is offered a job of meditating a strange will. This is one of the times Nero left his home to see the area where the murder occurred. He had the all of the PIs he uses trailing individuals. He is keeping secrets again from Archie who finds another body in the bar and Wolfe disappears. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.

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FOTD – A Parade of Orchids


What a thrill this morning. The first flower open. It is the first orchid we managed to bloom. It has 3 more buds to open.

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