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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Farmers Market Plus


This last Saturday I went to market again. This booth had huge red tomatoes. It was one of the most humid days we have had, where the sweat starts dripping down your back with a minimum of movement.


They also had buckets of sunflowers that caught my eye as I turned the corner. 75 cents a piece or 3 for 2.00. They drive a hard bargain.


Since it was a very warm and humid day I decided to try out an all natural artisan popsicle. As you can see there were many flavors to choose from and I stepped into the lengthy line for a mango pop. It was cold and very frozen and also not too sweet. They should have had a very profitable day.


I couldn’t pass up the corn on the cob, it’s a family favorite. Since my arms were burdened down with bags and flowers the man kindly picked and bagged the corn for me. I felt grateful for that.


My ultimate goal was to choose fresh flowers. This fresh flower and produce booth had many bucketful in the early part of the day but when I got there I had to be really choosy. She gave me a very generous deal on what I chose and then gladly stood so I could take her picture.


That was Saturday and now moving forward to Tuesday a front had moved through and the day was fabulous! Warm in the sun, nice breeze in the shade. Fluffy clouds resulting in a perfect summer day. Even my front porch flowers were loving it. They looked particularly pretty today with their peach sherbet colored flowers.


I set up outside on the porch so I could take in the day and still be productive. Here I was with my afternoon coffee, water, Ipad and working on my little quilt. All the while I was able to look out at the green field (we have had A LOT of rain), the blue water of the pond and listening to all the sounds. Birds singing, airplanes flying over, cars driving down the road, I could even at times feel the light spray from the fountain.


Another angle of my sight. It was very blissful and serene.


Marked for embroidery with the Mark-B-Gone water soluble ink pen.


The marks around the sun are for quilting. The inside of the sun is finished. I find that I put many sun images in my work. I must relate it to happiness and that goes along with sunflowers. I hope where you live that you had an equally as nice day. Thanks for stopping!