Monday, December 30, 2013


We have a lot of landscaping companies here on the island. Most flaunt names like "Island Landscaping" or "Coastal Landscapes" or "Island Designs" or something similar. Some try to add a little flair: "Island Scapes" or "Almighty Tree Service" or "Coastal Greenery." Some go a little further: "Grounds Keeper" or "Pine Straw Man" or "The Lawn Ranger."

But this morning I ran across a new one. "Guess Who?" Yep. That was the name.

I said, "I can see this dude doing our lawn and coming to get paid, saying something like: 'Guess Who's finished with your yard,' and me guessing, 'Island Design? Coastal Landscaping?"

I laughed pretty hard at my own joke.

My guy said, deadpan, "I'd say: 'Guess who's going to pay you.'"

Guess his scenario's a little funnier than mine.

Friday, December 27, 2013


This year, we sent out Christmas cards depicting the Pier Village all dressed up for the holidays. My guy took this one last Christmas and did some tweaking. It came out really nice.

Everyone has been commenting on it. I like it, too!

Sunday, December 22, 2013


Doesn't seem like Christmas here on the island. We had a couple of cold snaps, but currently it's 73 degrees and a beautiful sunny day. That's supposed to change tomorrow. Rain and cooling off. Christmas Eve low will be  (shudder) 38 while Christmas Day will be 50 for the high!

But it seems I have some bright spots in the yard. Thank you, former owner! Below is the Christmas cactus, blooming despite my attempts to kill it this summer.

And in a secluded corner is a poinsettia. Flowered all by itself without my doing a thing, thank goodness. I'm not known for my green thumb. I always thought you had to put them in a dark closet and mutter incantations to make them turn red. Guess not.

Here's a blossom close-up.

And here's the whole bush.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to anyone who doesn't celebrate Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013


The cats are quite excited that Christmas is here. And they're being pretty good.

Our Christmas tree has been up since Thanksgiving and only one ornament's been displaced! In previous years we couldn't keep ornaments on the tree, period. Also, only one present's been hijacked (the boy cat thought a gift bag's tissue would make him a nice bed); in some years, we had to stash the presents in the closet instead of under the tree.

My best guess is they're behaving themselves because they're waiting for Santa. I think they've finally learned he brings good little cats gifts, while bad little cats get fussed at. We're still keeping an eye on them, though.

Here the girl cat is curled up to the boy cat, letting him snooze on her. See how angelic she looks?

Wait. Maybe she's choking him. His head's hanging kind of... Hmmm. Better go break it up!

Friday, December 13, 2013


We walked down to the pier a couple of mornings ago. It was the first time we'd walked down there in a while. My guy's been a little under the weather and so we've been taking shorter walks. I'm glad he's feeling well enough to do our two-mile stint again!

The fog was unbelievable, but lovely, too. I took a couple of pix. This one shows the pier taken from the sidewalk. You can just see the end of it through the fog.

And this one is the Christmas tree at the pier park. You can see the palm trees behind but usually, you can see the Sidney Lanier Bridge in the distance behind them. Not this day!

Monday, December 9, 2013


I've put several pictures of old courthouses on my blog before, so I thought I'd add this one that we passed in our travels last week. I love the old buildings in so many of the Georgia counties. Their old clock towers must have seen a lot of history in their times. They were part of the inspiration for my Taxed To The Max mystery.

This one is the Fayette County courthouse that we passed in our travels last week.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


We went north for a few days. Coming back, we got on I-75 to go through Atlanta (and I won't go on and on about how I hate hate hate going through Atlanta!) and found they had changed a lane to a toll lane. Oh, they're calling it an express lane, but you have to buy a Peach Pass to use it. We saw maybe two cars using it as we went on down, using the regular no-charge lanes.

I'm wondering how they're getting away with charging fees on a lane of a road that's a federal interstate highway. Or am I hopelessly provincial and out of touch with the times?

Here are some photos I took. Sorry they're fuzzy but we were driving.

The sign telling you it's coming up, with the fee on the right to the first and second road exits listed:

The sign on the right tells you when the express lane starts:

And here is the sign over the lane, saying Peach Pass ONLY:

There are more signs, naturally, threatening the usual stuff when cars without the Peach Pass use this 'special' lane.

Well, we taxpayers paid for the lane once. I don't think we'll be buying a Peach Pass anytime soon!