Sep 19, 2017

April Garden @ Home

Snapdragons are such happy flowers. I got these on sale last fall and they made it through our very mild winter and were blooming in April.

Coral Bean it is a native plant I got from the Pascagoula River Audubon Center a few years ago.

This is another native plant, but it has never done very well. It's a Sweet Shrub.

My herb bed, when it looked nice and tidy. Everything has bolted now and I think the Fennel may be dead, we got an awful lot of rain this summer, it didn't seem to like it.

We planted some apple trees, one died but we got an apple off one. It was kinda tart, but I think we picked it too early, we didn't want it to break the branch.

Roses my Daddy gave me.

Cape Honeysuckle, the hummingbirds love it.


And another native plant Whirling Butterflies aka Gaura lindheimeri

Sep 15, 2017

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone, #25)

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Millhone, #25)Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really sad that the next book will be Z, although I still find it annoying the books are stuck in the 80s with NO CELL PHONES. And with this book we go all the way back to the 70s.

In 1979 a young woman (Sloan) was killed and a group of her friends was implicated in the murder. Now the young man (Fritz) convicted of the murder is out (he was tried as a juvenile) after serving his time and ready to pick up his life where he left off. But someone is blackmailing him with a sex tape he and his friends made. His Mother hires Kinsey to find out who is doing the blackmailing. Kinsey suspects it may be a bid by Fritz to get money out of his parents which his Mother refuses to consider. She fires Kinsey when she voices her suspicions about Fritz, but when Fritz goes missing rehires Kinsey to find him.

Meanwhile Ned (X Kinsey Millhone, #24)) is back in town and has managed to track down Phyllis and seriously injure her. He also tortured Ed (the cat) and kept him prisoner under the office Kinsey rents. Kinsey managed to shoot Ned when he arrives while she is rescuing Ed, but he gets away. So Kinsey is looking over her shoulder to make sure Ned isn't around for most of the book.

Kinsey starts to wonder why Sloan was killed the stated reason is that Austin who bullied the other kids was angry with her for breaking up with him. He started a rumor that she snitched on Troy and Poppy when they cheated on a test, resulting in the other kids shunning her. Austin went missing shortly after Sloan was killed so it's impossible to question him. Bayard had suggested to Sloan that she steal the sex tape from Fritz and use it to blackmail Austin (Austin was giving orders on the tape) into stopping the shunning. She did and it resulted in her being invited to "the party" at Austin's Parent's Cabin where she was abducted by Austin and his "friends". The tape has supposedly been missing since Sloan's death, the police didn't find it in her room when they searched. Sloan suspects that Austin was the snitch as it conveniently got her and Troy out of the running for an award that Austin wanted.

Iris (the underage star of the sex tape) is engaged to one of Sloan's step-brothers and was at the cabin when Austin and his friends drove off with Sloan at gun point. Iris called her Father to come get her while the boys were away with Sloan and it probably saved her life. Supposedly Iris was also given the gun Fritz shot Sloan with.

Troy was convicted of being an accomplice since he drove the truck. He got out after 2 1/2 years and works as a mechanic at his brother-in-law's garage.

Fritz was the one who actually shot Sloan, but Austin had a grave prepared although he maintained that they were only going to scare Sloan into handing over the tape. Iris claims that she has seen Austin in town, but can she be trusted.

Bayard was supposedly blackmailed by Austin into accompanying them as Austin knew a secret that would get Bayard disinherited but when Kinsey learns that Sloan was Bayard's half-sister and that Bayard's Father was considering putting her in his will, Kinsey has to wonder if Bayard might have had his own reasons for wanting Sloan dead.

Sloan finds Fritz's body at the boy scout camp and draws her own conclusion about who killed him and why.

Kinsey meets Celeste at the airport so Celeste can turn Ned's trophies over to the police after seeing Celeste safely onto the plane and preventing a murderer from escaping town Kinsey returns home only to be attacked by Ned and engaged in a fight to the death.

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Sep 11, 2017

Crime Scene (Clay Edison #1) by Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman

Crime SceneCrime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When an old man, Walter Rennert, falls to his death after having a heart attack his attractive daughter informs Clay (the deputy coroner) that he was murdered and that a former colleague of his also fell to his death not to long ago after a killer who took part in one of their studies was released from prison.

Clay puts off ruling the death natural causes in order to appease the daughter that he soon starts sleeping with until he discovers that she is sleeping around. But by that time he is convinced that the juvenile boy who was convicted of a lab assistants murder was innocent and that the true killer was the colleague who died under mysterious circumstances.

He soon discovers that Rennert suspected the same thing and went to confront his colleague. Believing that he had murdered the man Rennert never came forward with his allegations but helped the young boy who was framed find a doctor and a place to stay out of town where he would be safe if the police suspected him of the murder.

Clay determines to prove the boys innocence no matter what the cost.

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Sep 8, 2017

The Watchman (Elvis Cole, #11; Joe Pike, #1)

The Watchman (Elvis Cole, #11; Joe Pike, #1)The Watchman by Robert Crais
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Joe Pike's former TO hires him to protect Larkin, who has become the target of a killer after a car accident. Pike soon determines that everyone is lying about why Larkin is in danger and finds the link to Larkin's Father but when he goes to confront her Dad, Larkin decides to take matters into her own hands and winds up kidnapped. Pike and Cole will have to use all their ingenuity to free her and Pike and Stone will go to the ends of the earth to track down the man who made Larkin a target.

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Flowers on Friday

 The Golden Raintree seems to like the rain.

 I love the Banana Shrub, it is actually a type of Magnolia.

 Our Willow Tree, it is actually a volunteer. Although Hubby did have to move it to a better location.

 Sunrise, I wish I could have captured all the colors I saw when I snapped the picture.

 Apple blossom.

 We planted some raspberries, but they aren't looking very well. I don't think they liked all the rain. On the other hand the strawberries seem to be thriving. Next year they sure do nicely.

 We actually got ONE apple considering we planted the tree this year, I thought that was neat.

 One of the apple trees died though, so if we want apples we will have to get another tree for pollination.

 It was the Gala that died. We also got two pear trees.

 Grancy Graybeard

 My baby apple we picked it before it got very big to keep it from breaking the branch.

 I love the pink apple blossoms.

Hope you enjoyed my gardening post. ~Alasandra

Sep 5, 2017

The Horse in My Garage and Other Stories by Patrick F. McManus

The Horse in My Garage and Other StoriesThe Horse in My Garage and Other Stories by Patrick F. McManus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great collection of short stories that is sure to keep you in stitches. If you need a good laugh and you enjoy the outdoors this collection is perfect for you.

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Little Black Dress by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Emily Raymond

Little Black DressLittle Black Dress by James Patterson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Not much to recommend this book it just chronicles a divorcees slutty behavior picking up strangers for sex, I thought when she picked the creep up at the sex club the book might take a turn for the interesting but alas he just handcuffed her to a radiator and she continued acting like a slut. At least it was mercifully SHORT.

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Sep 4, 2017

Pascagoula River Audubon Center, March 2017 Part III

 Apparently Ospreys and other birds like dead Cypress for nesting. There was a stand of Cypress that probably died when Hurricanes pushed saltwater inland.

 I was lucky enough to get some pictures of an Osprey sitting on a nest.

 Mr & Mrs Osprey

 I love the chest feathers, so cute.

 Dad is keeping an eye out for supper.

Sep 3, 2017

Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens

Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful ChickensOnce Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens by Lauren Scheuer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very cute and sweet book, would be perfect to read aloud to a young friend or enjoy on your own. Lovely illustrations convey the chickens personalities to a T.

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Sep 2, 2017

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's BerlinIn the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Dodd himself seems to be a pretty boring character the book is saved from dullness by his daughters slutty behavior and the events covered in the book. It's very depressing to read about the sheer hatred the Nazis displayed and the willingness of the rest of the world to turn a blind eye to the atrocities that lead up to WWII.

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Aug 31, 2017

Pascagoula River Audubon Center, March 2017 Part II

 OK, here is the owls I promised awhile back. I reposted so if anyone missed it they can read Part I

 This is a BabyOwl, they are pretty big now (there are two) and they can move around some from branch to branch and tree to tree although they aren't really flying yet.

 They are sort of hard to spot, Captain Benny pointed them out to me the first time.

 This is probably the best picture of them.

 I was really excited to get to see them in person as I had been following them on Facebook ever since they hatched

 I also got to see Mom Owl as I stuck around long enough to see her come feed them.

 This picture was taken through the telescope. 

 It started getting dark so the quality of the pictures started deteriorating.

This platform is where the Owl Nest was, the Ospreys are using it now. ~Alasandra