Wednesday, September 15, 2021

175 I Like Thursday Posts

 Welcome to my 175th I Like Thursday post.   Ever have one of those days that you are like, "Heck yeah!   I am prepared!"  That is my day as I am preparing to write this post. I had so many cool things that I saw and found this week that I liked and wanted to share, so now I can shift through.  Thanks LeeAnna, of Not Afraid of Color for encouraging us for over 4 years to find and share things we like and love.  

I have shared about the app All Trails and I went for a couple of hikes at Lake Erie Metropark.  I chose to do what they term "nature trails" which are people only--no dogs, no bikes.  The first trail I took ran along the Detroit River and is called the Cherry Island Marsh Trail.  It is only a 1.4 mile long trail that winds through marshes along the river.

Coming from the west coast,  Oregon to be exact, I am always disappointed at all the homes on waterways.  This trail following the Detroit River, you look across to Grosse Ile which is an island full of very expensive homes, and every foot of shore is filled with docks, boat houses, boats, other watercraft or canal openings so those on the inner island have water access.  I chose to ignore that side of the trail and focused on the marshes.  The water is low, but what water that was there was full of ducks, Cormorants, Egrets, and Great Blue Herons.  

There was a neat tree with the roots exposed from when the water level gets high.  I thought the hole was interesting, and could see it causing some startled walkers in the twilight hours.  

Oh and there were lots of flowers!

Imatiens capensis also known as Orange Jewelweed.  Interesting fact is that they call it a "touch me not" because when the seed pods are mature, the lightest touch causes them to expel their seeds in a reaction called dehiscence.  

The trail turned away from the river and into the marsh.  It is full of American Lotus!

Unfortunately there were none that we close enough that I could get a good picture.  One year I made an art quilt from a picture which I pixilated.  The dark green represented the water as I was looking down. 
I love their seed pods.  They are so interesting. 

Along the raised trail through the marsh was this Sagittaria latifolia also known as Broadleaf arrowhead, Duck potato, Indian Potato, Wapato. 

A sweet pink flower Butomus umbellatus or Flowering Rush.  

Interestingly enough this is a very invasive plant which was introduced to North America as an ornamental garden plant.  It displaces native vegetation, and  the dense strands become an obstacle to water flow and boat traffic.  

After this trail I wandered over to Trapper's  Run which is a bit north of Cherry Island Marsh Trail.  It was a very easy 1.5 mile trail that wandered through a woodland.  

There were a few places that had boardwalks out into the marsh.  I spied a chipmunk, and several of these beauties.  

At the end of the trail was a building.  When I wandered up to it there was a gorgeous bald eagle.  This is Luc.

He was found many years ago with a broken wing that could not be repaired.  He was also blind in one eye.  He lives at the nature center, and local fisherman supplement his diet with donated fish.  

I have shared that I love advertising, especially for beers and wines.  I loved the packages for these beers.

I thought it was very cool that they wrap the packaging so if you stack one on top of the other it makes the full body.  

I have been doing a wee bit of sewing.  I finished another block from a quilt kit I purchased many years ago called Stars Over Bali Skies.

I finished all the sewing steps for part 5.  I did have to do some fabric acquisitions to finish the cutting for that step.  I also finished up my curvy log cabin blocks for the Boo quilt.  I also managed to get a few rows of the LSD afghan crocheted.

So many books, so little time to blog about the.  

Murder at the Breakers by Alyssa Maxwell--Newport, Rhode Island August 1895 Emma Cross is a 2nd cousin to Cornelius Vanderbilt.  Emma is given an assignment to report on a grand ball but Emma is witness to more, she witnesses the death of Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary.  Emma's brother and black sheep Brody is accused of the murder, and it is up to Emma to prove his innocence.

Murder at Kensington Palace and Murder at Queen's Landing are book 3 and 4 of the Wrexford and Sloane mysteries.

Wrexford and Sloane must unravel secrets within secrets—including a few that entangle their own hearts—when they reunite to solve a string of shocking murders that have horrified Regency London...

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens will be the final book in the series and is scheduled for release the end of September this year.  

A Batter of Life and Death by Ellie Alexander is the second book in the Bakeshop Mysteries.  I think LeeAnna had wrote about it at one time.  I was hooked when I discovered that the books take place in Ashland, Oregon--home to the world famous Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  

Jules Capshaw is a contestant in The Pastry Channel's show Take the Cake.  Jules discovers the body of a fellow contestant dead in a bowl of buttercream.  I really enjoy this series the characters are well developed and so far they have not disappointed.  

A Fresh Beginning & Murder by Miranda Brickett.  Claudia Porter inherits a rundown farmhouse in a small prairie town.  Claudia's first visit to her new home she discovers  body, and she is of course the 

most likely suspect.  A curmudgeon handyman, a found cat, and learning to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone's business.  

Dying to Sing by Margaret Chittenden.  Charlie Plato owns 1/6th of Chaps a country western bar.  During an earthquake a body is discovered in the flower bed, and Charlie is determined to discover who the victim is, and who murdered him.  

Grimm Up North by David J. Gatward.  DCI Harry Grimm is forced to leave the Bristol Major Investigations team and transferred to Wensleydale where he fears his major crime fighting tasks will be finding lost sheep and handing out speeding tickets.  Unfortunately upon his arrival a missing teen and then a body found in a local lake, perhaps living in the boonies isn't going to be all that bad.

The Crossing by Matt Brolly another Fish out of Water crime story.  In this story Detective Louise Blackwell has been sent to Weston-Super Mare a seaside town that she used to visit on holidays in her youth.  When the body of an elderly volunteer at the local church is discovered with a hole in one wrist Louise is tasked at discovering the murderer.  
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby.  Samantha Irby is a blogger and writer on Hulu's show Shrill.  This is a series of essays full of laughter, and truth.  You will find yourself laughing at her application to be the new Bachelorette (she is 35ish but could pass for 60 something) to crying at her truthful essay about growing up in a dysfunctional household of a mother with MS and a father who is an alcoholic/drug addict.  At times very gritty, at times hilarious.
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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

I Like Thursday #174

 Oh man it is Thursday again!  It has been a busy week, again. What is it with the end of summer/  You seem to try to cram as much as possible into those last few days?  We have had awesome weather, still a bit hot, but evenings are much cooler.  We have had some severe thunderstorms, and a tornado warning Tuesda night, but overall it has been pretty pleasant.  Not all the hurricanes, that others seem to keep experiencing.  Welcome to my 174th I like Thursday post.  Each week a group of bloggers join together to share things they have discovered that they like/love the previous week, thanks to LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color. 

In the mornings when I get home from work I take Bobbin out, and the other day this pretty girl stopped to visit.

I see a lot of goldfinches around (I guess the upside to my thistle problem) and I think this may be a female.  She sat for quite a while.  

I saw this fun fabric pumpkin at work.  No I didn't buy it, but I liked the gray buffalo check type plaid.

I like the Mrs. Meyer's soap, most of the time I like the Lemon Verbena but the other day I took a sniff of this and loved it!  Mum!  It is kind of a peppery floral scent. 

Are you a kitchen gadget type person?  I love my insta pot with the air fryer, Foreman grill, Cuisinart, immersion blender, and mixers, but there are times the clean up is more than I really want.  Often if I am just making scrambled eggs, I grab and old hand beater, you know the one that is people driven?  I get such fluffy eggs and it is a quick clean.  Well I decided to try a Mandolin for shredding veggies and I will say it works awesome!

I used it to shred brussel sprouts the other day.  I am not a Brussels sprout fan, but I found a recipe which consisted of, a couple slices of bacon fried and broken into bits, garlic and shredded Brussels sprout.  It was really good, much better than the frozen slimy ones my mom used to make. 

I used it today to shred lettuce for tacos.  Much cheaper than buying a bag of shredded lettuce at the store! I just need to make sure I am careful.  The mandolin even came with a cut glove. 

I saw this neat afghan a while back on Stitching Farm Girl's blog.  The pattern is on Ravelry it is called Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.  I have had this started for a while with just a couple of rows crocheted.  Lately I have been trying to do at least 1-2 rows a day to relax.  I am currently on row 17.

I am not too sure why, but I love fall.  Maybe it is the saturation of colors, and I would say that orange is not my favorite color, but I seem to have a lot of orange fabrics. I had seen this quilt last year and I wanted a small quick project, sometimes a quick project finish helps your sewjo.  

Not like I don't already have a bunch of projects in the works. (Insert rolling eyes).  I got one block done.  I enjoyed playing with the curvy log cabin trim tool by creative grids. This is the smallest ruler, the blocks end up being only 4 inches. 

I need to make 11 more.  

I also learned that I need to keep a list of the patterns I already own.  Even though it is only $4.00 I looked, couldn't find the pattern, and so purchased a downloadable one, only to discover the actual one I had purchase a year before the next day.  Sigh.  

I had some fun reads this week.  

The Burger Bar Mysteries by Rosie A. Point.  The series consists of The Fiesta Burger, The Double Cheese Burger Murder, The Chicken Burger Murder, The Breakfast Burger Murder, The Salmon Burger Murder, and The Cheesy Steak Burger Murder.  


Boston Homicide Detective Christie Watson has returned to her hometown of Sleepy Creek, to stay with her best friend Griselda and work at Griselda's restaurant The Burger Bar since she is currently suspended from duty.  While in town Christie gets involved in several murders while trying to discover who killed her mother years before.  

The Restaurant by Pamela Kelley. Three 30 something sisters- Mandy, Jill, and Emma inherit a restaurant on Nantucket that they must work for 1 year before they can sell per the terms of their grandmother's will.  The ladies learn about themselves, their grandmother from a diary, and learn to move forward with life on very different terms. 

Class of '59 by John A Heldt.  This is the 4t book in a time traveling series called American Journeys.  I enjoyed the first three so I was ready to read the next.  2017 Mary Beth McIntire settles back to enjoy some coffee while visiting a family friend's historic mansion in Los Angeles.  When Mary Beth spies someone coming through the back garden, and it appears that they had left the basement or the mansion she is determined to investigate, only to meet Mark Ryan a young college boy from 1959 LA.  Mary Beth's younger sister has decided that she would like to experience 1959 as a high school senior so the girls accompany Mark to 1959 LA.  Of course there is some intrigue involved. 

I read these 3 books in the Relic series.  Raptor Canyon, Wings over Ghost Creek, and Diamonds of Devil's Tail.  All three books take place in the southwest, even though the only constant is Relic a moon-shining hermit that in each book helps save one of the people who has happened to stumble on some sort of mystery involving pot hunters, land speculators, or treasure hunters.  

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

I Like Thursday #173

 Welcome to my 173rd I like Thursday post.  What is I Like Thursday?  It is a day we share things we like/love with others.  How did it start?  LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color started rounding up different bloggers and began encouraging us to share, and put a bit of positive out into the universe.

I like having 2 days off in a row!  I know to most people that is a gimme, but for me over the past 21 months it has been few and far between.  What did I get done?  Laundry--washed, and folded, changed bedding, swept, and mopped both the kitchen and dining room, gave Bobbin a bath.  Processed beets for refrigerator beets, read a little, sewed a little, and went on some walks.  ( I know to many, again it is like what is the big deal?)  If you have ever worked overnights, and had split days off you would truly understand that it feels like no days off.  

Not a lot to share, but I saw this and thought it was awesome!

I saw these cute dog collars for Halloween.  

 Bobbin and I went for a hike today.  I have learned, Bobbin's distance is about 1.25 miles.  After that, she is just done.  The hike started out very windy, so no need for repellent, but when the wind died down whoo whee the bugs were horrendous.  I am glad I took Bobbin's back pack.  We got a name tag to go with the pack.  It was fun choosing colors, threads, and the fonts. 

We hiked along the Lower Huron Metro Park Path.  The path was paved, very busy, not many walkers but lots of bikers.  

The path winds along the Huron River.  Past some wetlands.

Through a field of goldenrod.

There was a neat thistle. 

Field Thistle also known as Cirsium discolor.  

Through some woodlands and we spotted a Woodland Sunflower

Helianthus divaricatus.

By a pioneer cemetery.

Nowland Cemetery was a cemetery for the Nowland family, an early pioneer family.

Near the cemetery gates were bunches of Orpine.

I hiked about 3.2 miles.  Bobbin hiked about 1.2, she then road the rest of the way in the backpack.  I will say that adding 12 lbs when you are hiking gives you quite the workout, especially when there are hills.

Oh the places you go when you read a book.  You can time travel, visit exotic lands, and meet new and exciting people all virtually!

A Dream of Death by Connie Berry.  Kate Hamilton has returned to Scotland's Isle of Rothsay to attend a tartan ball.  The return is bittersweet because the Isle is where her husband died, but Kate is determined to mend her relationship with her sister in law who owns and operates a hotel which was once the family estate.  When a body turns up, murdered in a similar fashion to a 200 year unsolved crime Kate is determined to unwind the mystery.  

Beaches, Bungalows and Burglaries by Tonya Krappes.  When Mae West's husband is jailed for a Ponzi scheme her lavish lifestyle of the super rich comes to a screeching halt.  Mae goes from driving a Maserati to a (gasp!) old, dilapidated motor home, and the only thing she owns is a campground called Happy Trails in Normal, Kentucky.  Mae goes to Normal with the intentions of selling Happy Trails, to only discover it is run down and inhabited by quiet the colorful crew of people, and Mae also discovers her husband took advantage of many of them too.  Mae's ex husband is soon found floating in the slime infested lake, and it is up to Mae to clear her name, and try to make good for all the bad her ex husband has done.  

Deserts, Driving, & Derelicts is book 2 in the Campers & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series by Tonya Kappes.  In this book Mae West has spiffed up Happy Trails near Daniel Boone National Forest, to the point where they are in National Park Magazine.  The local laundromat is where the ladies of Normal gather to play games, gossip, delve out advice and they even have a book club.  Mae helps Betts Hager with her cleaning business she meets up with the cutest little poodle that has her own nanny, and ends up with custody of the pampered pooch, and discovers the nanny has been murdered.   Mae is determined to find the killer and clear her childhood friend that has dropped in to see her.

The Satanic Mechanic by Sally Andrew is the 2nd book in the Tannie Maria Mysteries.  Tannie Maria is a newspaper columnist turned advice columnist in a small town in South Africa.  When a local celebrity environmentalist Slimkat is killed at a festival Tannie Maria much to the consternation of her boyfriend and police office Hank is determined to find the killer, after being visited by a Kudu.  

A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson takes place in Montana.  Biologist Alex Carter is sent to Montana to a wildlife preserve that was once a popular ski resort to track and count wolverines.  When Alex sees something on one of her trail cameras that just doesn't seem right, then her traps are destroyed, followed by Alex being ran off the road there is more going on that poachers, and local cattleman who are angry about grazing rights.  Alex discovers a severely injured man, but after hiking down the mountain to get help, he is no where to be found, Alex soon becomes the hunted.  

I read several books which take place in 1890's New York and feature Midwife Sarah Brandt, and gruff Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy.  This series written by Victoria Thompson has been very good and I am looking forward to reading more in the series. 

Another new to me author with a book set in the gilded age is Rosemary Simpson with the book What the Dead Leave Behind.  The story takes place during The Great Blizzard of 1888 and Prudence MacKenzie is waiting for her fiance; Charles to call, only to receive a message that he perished during the blizzard due to a freak accident.  A branch fell off a tree and hit him, knocking him out and he froze to death.  Geoffrey Hunter, a former Pinkerton and Attorney from the South, and best friend of Charles determines that the Ace of Spades discovered in Charles' hand at his time of death is a warning that things aren't what they appear.  An inheritance, evil stepmother and other sinister forces are at work for sure.  

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