Book Review: Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde, New Art, my sweet cat and more.

I finished this book recently and found it on the Amazon Prime list of free books this month. The main character is a 14 year old boy and the setting is a small town during the Viet Nam War. His brother who is five years older is serving in the war. The boy has a close friend who is by all means depressed. There are two sets of parents who are disconnected with their children and who have marriage problems. The boy started running every morning in nearby woods, because it felt good to get away from his home environment and came across two very large dogs and a log cabin. The dogs started running with him each morning until one morning they were very upset and scratching at the door of the cabin. This is where I leave you to pick up the book and find out what happens.

This book shows how chains of events can shape the lives of people. I became very involved with the characters and that means that the book was enjoyable. I would recommend this very much.
Snapped this picture recently of our cat Pooky. What a guy!
Recently purchased a new rug, cushions lamp and bakers rack spiff up our outdoor porch. It’s very comfortable out there.

Also when we do shish ka bobs on the grill I have three different kinds of skewers. A spiral one, straight one and bamboo sticks. The spiral and straight ones are metal and hurt my hand every time I put chicken on and I hate them. The bamboo sticks would always shred until I read in a magazine that they need to be soaked for 30 minutes. What a difference that makes! Everything goes on smoothly and easily. Maybe I was the only one who didn’t know this but it is great.
One morning last week it was quite foggy and as it was lifting I snapped this photo. Very serene picture.
I saw these coneflowers on a friends Facebook page. She grows them in her landscape and I loved the droopyness of them. They have made it into my latest painting.
Grey-Headed Cone flowers. Here the seeds can be found.
“Frida” my newest painting. She can be purchased in prints for the moment. I will be having her in the Fort Wayne Artist Guild pop up show. where the original will be for sale It will be this Saturday at the Farmers Market at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne along with two other paintings, “Sunrise at Frenchman Bay” and “Under our Feet”.
The times will be 9 am to 1 pm.


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