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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Flower Pr0n: WV Botanic Garden

Wednesday Jules and I went to the WV Botanic garden for a walk and to take pictures.







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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Summer Food Programs

USDA: Find Summer Meals in Your Community

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Use the mapping tool below to find a site near you.

Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank is located in Gassaway, WV. Our organization provides food and other household items to our emergency food network in 48 counties including programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, Backpack programs, senior programs and mobile pantries.

MFB works with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture to distribute USDA commodities in 43 counties in West Virginia, almost 3.5 million pounds annually. The products are generally staple items such as green beans, corn, canned fruit, juices and proteins such as meat or peanut butter.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Books of May

Between family events and hiking and working on the house, I read a whole lot less this month.

And I’m good with that.

I enjoyed the The Geek Girl Mysteries by Julie Anne Lindsey. They solutions might have been a bit over-the-top, but I was perfectly OK with that, because they were fun stories, with a female lead who I really liked. Amy Stewart‘s Kopp Sisters mysteries are interesting in a different way, as they are based upon a real woman, who was one of the first women in NY to become a law officer. And finally, a M/M romance Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton was very sweet. It was also a little over-the-top at times, the characters were wonderful–and also complex, with complicated lives.

I also read some books that pissed me off, but those will be obvious from their ratings, and you’re welcome to read my reviews to see why I disliked them.


The Darkling Thrush (2012) Josh Lanyon (Rating: 5/10)
Ravensong (2018) TJ Klune (Rating: 4/10)

Romance, LGBT

Family Man (2017) Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton (Rating: 8/10)


The Geek Girl Mysteries
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Murder (2015) Julie Anne Lindsey (Rating: 7.5/10)
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Arsenic (2016) Julie Anne Lindsey (Rating: 8/10)
A Geek Girl’s Guide to Justice (2016) Julie Anne Lindsey (Rating: 8.5/10)

Mystery, Supernatural

Magical Washington
Fright Court (2011) Mindy Klasky (Rating: 8/10)
Law and Murder (2017) Mindy Klasky (Rating: 7.5/10)
High Stakes Trial (2019) Mindy Klasky (Rating: 7/10)

Mystery, Historical

Kopp Sisters
Girl Waits with Gun
 (2015) Amy Stewart (Rating: 8/10)
Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) Amy Stewart (Rating: 8/10)
The Summer of the Danes (1991) Ellis Peters (Rating: 8.5/10) (Brother Cadfael)

Mystery, LGBT

Hell & High Water (2014/2018) Charlie Cochet (THIRDS) (Rating: 5/10)


All ebooks. Not a surprise. Only one re-read, which is slightly more surprising.

eBook: 13
Re-read: 1

Split fairly evenly across the genres this month, with mysteries slightly ahead.

Fantasy: 6
Mystery: 10
Romance: 9
Boinking: 4

Almost no male authors this month. And sadly for them, it was one of the books I strongly disliked, mostly because the story went off-the rails right at the end, with several things that just PISSED ME OFF.

Male: 1
Female: 9
Male Pseudonym: 3

Male: 5
Female: 8
White: 13
Minority 2ndary: 2
Straight: 9

Variety of characters this month was a little low, but that happens. After all, I’m reading for fun.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Mountain Laurel

Mountain laurel is probably my favorite WV native flower.

I adore the open flowers, and how they look like porcelain tea cups. The the buds are a marvel, with their sharp lines and darker colors.






So gorgeous.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Hiking WV: Seneca Rocks

Sunday was our annual hike up Seneca Rocks in memory of my cousin Ben. Ben died in 2012, and every year since then we’ve hiked up Seneca Rocks on his birthday. And since we’re doing it in memory of Ben, we have to go all the way to the top without stopping.

I was chatting with Tania the night before, and she asked if I was still mad at Ben. I said much less than I had been.

I changed my mind about 2/3rds of the way up.

I’m not as mad at him as I used to be (once I catch my breath, that is) but it’s still hard for me to accept. And it most likely always will be.

Although there was rain throughout the day, it held off for our hike, as well as while we were enjoying the view.

Location: Seneca Rocks
Distance: 3.6 miles
Elevation: 1546-2407 feet (919)
Temperature: 75 F

Hike up:
Distance: 1.2 miles
Elevation: 1578 – 2319 feet (740); 11.6% grade
Time: 32 minutes





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Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day




Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake,
From the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May the soldier or sailor,
God keep.
On the land or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, Must thou go,
When the day, And the night
Need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light; And afar
Goeth day, And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well; Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise, For our days,
‘Neath the sun, Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know,
God is nigh.

Taps, by Gen. Daniel Butterfield

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Hiking WV: Canaan Valley

We’d hoped to spend some time hiking in the southern part of the state after I finished teaching in Charleston, but thunderstorms nixed that plan, so we came home, and had a day trip to Canaan.

This is one of the places we go frequently, because it’s relatively close to Morgantown, and there are SO MANY places to hike.

Location: Canaan Wilderness
Trail: Lindy Run, Plantation, Fire Trails
Distance: 4.0 miles
Elevation: 3459-3652 feet (397 feet gain)
Temperature: 82 F

Wet trail.


Wet crossing.


Dry trail.


Gorgeous creek.


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