Thursday, June 30, 2011

BAPTIST PACKAGE STORE

If you're Baptist and offend easily, you may skip this blog.

We were riding home from Athens the other day, an hour and a half drive, when we came to a perfectly rural area with pastures, woods, trees and no houses. As we neared it, we did see a building, a newish store on a little rise kind of hidden back from the road. I realized it was a package store out in the middle of nowhere and said as much to my guy.

He said, "Yes, it's a Baptist package store."

Kind of a strange name so I looked to make sure that's what the sign said. All it said was Package Store.

"How do you know it's Baptist Package Store?"

"Because only Baptists need to buy their booze from places where no one can see them."

Took me a moment, but then I laughed with him, lapsed Baptist though I might be.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

OLD TEACHERS

Visited my home town today and had lunch with a friend I first met in second grade. As we were finishing, our old home economics teacher came by. Turns out she has a cookbook out and presented me with one.

She was the person who single-handedly instilled me with confidence I could cook whatever I wanted. She kept preaching, "If you can read a recipe, you can cook it.) She made sure we learned what all the measurements were and what all the directions meant.

I went for years believing I could cook anything so long as I had a recipe. Inevitably, I found out I was mistaken, but by that time I'd logged in a lot of cooking hours!

Mrs. Jones, I salute you! Can't wait to try some of the recipes.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

AURARIA DEAD

This is the first book from a former critique partner, MELODY SCOTT.

'Real estate agent Maria Sebastian and another agent are walking property in north Georgia when the other agent falls into a deserted mind shaft. Inside is a skeleton. And he's dressed in a jacket suspiciously like Maria's ex-husband owned. But her ex is in California. Right?

The book opens with the body and takes us cross country as Maria and her hottie boy friend try to make sure the corpse wasn't her husband. Instead, they find a little boy with a murdered mother who was married to Maria's ex.

Now she must deal with a terrible real estate market, a dishonest partner, and suspicions her boy friend isn't telling her everything. And to top it off, she's about to lose the big real estate deal where the abandoned mine lies. And maybe her life.

Nice cozy. Keeps you entertained till the wrap-up! Way to go, Melody!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

TRIP

Went down to the coast for a few days. Would have been a good trip except for the car. The wheel bearing went out and damaged the hub. We limped into Savannah to the Ford dealership and bless their little hearts, they put us right in line. We still had to rent a car and go on down to the island since it took them a couple of days to fix it.

And then it cost about half what the vehicle is worth. Sigh.

First the kitchen stove, then the heat, then the air, now the car.

I think my dishwasher's doing strange things, too, but I hate to mention it to my guy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

SOCIAL BLUNDERS by Tim Sandlin

Just finished this book after reading SKIPPED PARTS This continues the story of Sam Callahan, the poor guy who became a father weeks short of his fourteenth birthday and who kind of bumbles through life. In 1984, he lives with his daughter, now nineteen, and his second wife has just left him. He's still in love with his daughter's mother but she's long since moved on. Except they're still friends. With Sam footing bills for her collection of misfits and ...

Never mind. Sam foots the bills for lots of people. His mother who sent poison to President Reagon's dog, a couple of unwed mothers he barely knows, and others. You get the picture.

This time, he's seeking out his birth father, one of five football players who raped his mother.

Between tearing up their lives and getting caught up in his daughter's mother's life and always doing the wrong thing -- like having sex with his possible stepmother while courting a possible cousin.

Sam was kind of cute in SKIPPED PARTS, but in this one, I want to shake him. Get a life! I want to scream.

Still, the quirky characters kind of make up for the inanity. It kept me interested all the way to the end.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

TALLULAH FALLS



Went up to Tallulah Falls Gorge yesterday. Gorgeous area. Too hot to do much walking but when it's cooler, we'll go back. Looking down made me dizzy. It's like Georgia has its own little Grand Canyon!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

DOGS OF ROME

Just finished The Dogs of Rome, a  suspense/mystery by Conor Fitzgerald. Really enjoyed it.

The protagonist is an American who's been in Italy since he was a teenager. His parents were killed there, and the police were kind to him so now, at thirty-eight, he's a police commissioner himself in Rome.

The story deals with a political murder -- the dead man was an animal rights activist and the husband of an important politician -- that turns out not to be so political after all. But the higher ups want it solved and press Blume to go after the most likely suspect, a dog ring manager.

Blume is likeable and not on the take. He can't decide what to do when a friend and fellow policeman who specializes in getting information off the streets, gets too involved with his criminal informants. He's convinced he knows who the murderer is but is frustrated in his attempts to bring him to justice. Along the way, another policeman gets killed and Blume ends up with a broken arm and concussion. Still, he drags himself around to wrap up the case.

Nice guy with faults. One I can root for.

This is a very good read.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

NASH METROPOLITAN

Can't get over this little car I see on my way home. Found out it's a Nash Metropolitan, made in the fifties and early sixties. It's so cute cute cute!!! It's parked at an auto yard with a wrecker and I bet it's for sale. If I only had the money to buy it!!!


Thursday, June 2, 2011

MURDER IS A FAMILY BUSINESS

Just finished MURDER IS A FAMILY BUSINESS by Heather Haven, published by MuseItUp.

Lee Alvarez is a PI for her family firm, an investigative agency that normally handles computer type crimes. They take on a possibly wandering husband because the wife being cheated on is Lee's mother's friend. While Lee's tailing him, he's shot and murdered. Out of curiosity or instinct or something, she goes back to check on him and finds him dead. She's a suspect but not for long. But he was killed while she was surveilling him and she can't get him off her conscience.

In the process of picking up and adopting a stray kitten, dealing with her fashion-plate mother, and talking her computer-geek brother into helping her solve the crime, she finally figures out whodunnit. Readers might have figured the killer out long before the end, but the ride is so much fun, it doesn't matter.

Good book.