Monday, July 9, 2018


My intention was to show you pictures of Blue Spring this week. The weekend before Bob left, we took a drive.. took the turn off Hwy 60 between Birch Tree and Mountain View on OO onto CR 492

About 2 miles on CR 492, you'll see this sign. you can only turn left. About 1.6 miles to junction 128/114. Just follow the crude sign. It's 3 miles to the river from there.

Of course, I have no pictures to show you. I can tell you the road was a much more pleasant drive than to Rhymers. As you near the river basin there is one steep spot and quite rocky. I thought we'd need the 4-wheel drive to climb back up.

As we reached the bottom, Bob's battery light on the truck came on. He didn't want to risk turning the truck off as there was no cell service and not the place to get stuck without transportation.

That said, from what I could see when we turned around there was a beautiful sheer cliff across from a sandy beach, separated by the most amazing blue water. I've only ever seen water that blue at Big Spring - which I'll show you on another trip. 

Here's information from Ozark National Scenic Riverways about BLUE SPRING.

I have a couple things in the works I want to start running here. I'll do my best but honestly, over the next few weeks I have 3 crucial deadlines:

August 25th - approx. 20 contest entries for the (OCW) Ozark Creative Writers Conference One is a travel article so that might be showcased here in some form.

September 26th - my birthday and the absolute deadline for A Christmas To Remember. That is my contemporary romance set in Eureka Springs AR. I want to have that finalized and copies ordered so that I can have them available for sale when I attend OCW the second weekend in October.

September 26th - Companion workbook to my talk on Social Media that I'm giving at OCW. Again, I need to be able to order these from Create Space and get them in on time.

I'll try to get in here at least once a week from now on. I'm trying to set Monday posts up on Sunday nights. Dividing time between blogging and the day job writing gets tricky when Bob is home, but he's gone for at least 2 more weeks so I'm diving in and tunneling through.

One of the series I want to start is Home Town Ozarks. If you have a small community with a quaint main street from days gone by in southern MO and northern AR, I'd love to hear from you. I might just travel your direction!

Country Blessings!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018



Every time I tried to work this week something has gone wrong - and it's only Tuesday!

Seems like every time I sit down to dive in the deep end and get stuff caught up, 
Life Happens!

With things already getting in the way
~like a power outage yesterday and unexpected computer updates today ~
I'm not going to stress about getting stuff up at all this week.

I need time to get the garden in shape and posts written. 
I've also found some people I want to feature 
as well as a couple of things that I need to research. 

I'm going to lay the ground work for scheduled posts NEXT WEEK.
Then next week I can get the posts up for the week after that... and so on.

In the meantime, here's a video from one of my favorite gardeners:

I'll see you next week!

Monday, May 14, 2018


Can you tell Bob has gone back out on the boat? I'm here and have a post to share. I'm hoping to schedule several this week so I won't have lapses when he's home next month. Cross your fingers.

Now, how about a road trip?

A couple of weeks ago I decided I'd check out a place I've not visited since our move here. I've passed the sign for the turn off hundreds of times but never ventured down what seemed a harmless blacktop road. The Department of Conservation said said 6 miles. I have to tell you, that was the LONGEST six miles I've ever traveled... and still not reached my destination.

I don't know how much farther I had to go when I decided I'd had enough of this crazy one-lane logging road with an embankment on one side and a ravine to the other.. depending on which direction you were going. I did get lucky three different times. Once, going down, before I got to the the 'narrows', I met a Jeep Waggoneer coming my way with a canoe on the roof. I had just left the blacktop but the road hadn't become interesting... yet.

Later, after I'd turned around, I met with a smaller jeep but he must have known the road and how far he could hug the drop off. He stopped and motioned for me to pass.  About a mile farther, a woman in a 4-door sedan that didn't appear to have any business on this type of road.. and I use that term loosely, came barreling around a curve and I barely had time to hug the bank to let her pass... she giving me words as she went by. Seriously?

I'm also surprised to find very little information regarding Rymers Ranch on the Dept. of Conservation websites. The closest I came to was THIS article published in 2015.

I also found a bit of information a book, Civil War History of the Ozarks, I found at the Cabool Library.

The book describes Rymers Ranch as being located 'on the butte of Devel's Backbone (as spelled in the book) near the town of Birch Tree'.  Half way up the face of a 100 ft. perpendicular cliff some one made the signs and by nobody knows. The 'hollow' is known is Johnny Hollow, having gotten it's  name from an outlaw robber who was known only in the hills as Johnny. For months he had kept stolen cattle hidden in the canyon.

I can tell you I will NEVER travel this route to Rymers Ranch again. I want to check with the Ozarks Scenic Riverways headquarters in VanBuren MO to find if there is another route to what I'm told is a picturesque spot.

I'll keep you posted.

That book did provide a lot of cool information I'm going to continue to research and bring you here.  Bob and I have also been exploring eateries we find on our wanderings. I hope to add some of those to the blog as well.

Monday, April 16, 2018


Each year in April, Twin Pines Conservation and Education Center holds it's Heritage Festival... usually the second Saturday. In past years, I've been unable to attend for various reasons so I was excited to be home this year and be able to check it out while bringing you some of  my own photographs.  Alas, Mother Nature had other ideas.

We began with severe thunderstorms and tornado watches/ warnings the night before. I have NEVER heard the gale-force winds we experienced Friday night. We wound up with 1.5" of rain and thankfully, no damage anywhere.

Saturday morning dawned misty, rainy, cold. Ugh. Is Spring EVER going to arrive? So I stayed home. I'm sure the event ran as scheduled. I've not checked to be sure. The afternoon did turn decent enough but by then I was into other projects at the house.

Instead, I bring you photographs from past Heritage Festival events, courtesy of their website:

As you can see, they demonstrate how things were done back when this logging community was formed. I especially like the Union Jacks hanging from the line. :-) And while the participants in the bottom picture are not in garb, they are demonstrating the hands-on approach to this event.

As I type this, the weather is again cold and dreary. I woke up to 32* on the thermostat and very gloomy skies. I will venture out to take my beast of a dog to the vet. After all my worry, it appears his problem stems from an abscessed canine. Poor baby, Bear. Loading him into the Suzuki should be fun but he trusts me to do just about anything to him - except groom him. That is definitely a two-person job. He is in sad need of a shave/ brushing but will have to wait until Bob comes home.. hopefully this week.

My next post will be the Friday Prep as I spend the rest of this week finishing up projects I want done before Bob gets home Wednesday night. Wish me Luck!

Safe Travels!

Friday, April 13, 2018

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS - Tornado Season Approaches!

I was planning to kick this feature back in this week. With the approach of severe weather for us tonight, I'm more inclined to ask everyone to pay attention. 

We have overcast skies, a decent but non-threatening wind and pleasant temperatures at the moment. Like most severe weather striking at in cloak of darkness, our storms are not to arrive until after 8 p.m. But there's no time to relax.

First, I'd like to remind you of THIS post I originally did on Emergency Preparedness Week. The BASICS supply list in preparing for inclement weather can be found there.

Being Prepared for a storm is important, but you also need to think about what you'll need after the air has cleared. When it comes to having supplies on hand for following a Disaster, read THIS POST

To you have Weather Radio or a Weather Alert App on your cell?
You'll find a good selection on AMAZON  Consumer Reports recommends THESE

When it comes to Weather Alert Apps, often times your local News/ Weather channel will provide these. Nothing beats having local eyes on your location. For me, I use KY3 Weather. I love their app. Not only can I tell the weather here but where my girls live out west or my in-laws in south Texas. Whichever location I choose as 'HOME' will give me the weather alerts for that area... making it the perfect weather option for where ever I am. 

I've listed some FREE apps below with good ratings. Most offer an in-app purchase. My KY3 app does not.

NOAA Weather
     Note: NOAA does have a Weather Alerts app for $1.99
Weather Bug 
WeatherBundle - Forecasts, Alerts

If you are depending on your phone REMEMBER to charge BEFORE BEDTIME. You don't want your battery today at a crucial time. Know where your charger for both your home and your car are located. Consider purchasing a separate charger for your Emergency surplus bag. Also consider a back-up charger such as THIS one, allowing you to recharge your phone even when the power is down. Make sure you have this device charged as well. I know these seem like simple points, but often the easiest things are left undone. 

Do you have Preparedness Tips to share? Please do so in the comments.
Please no long list of post links. My blog is to share and be informative but this is NOT instagram. Thank you for understanding.

Be safe!

Monday, March 26, 2018

WEEKEND TRAVELS - The Old Home Place

I've not traveled much in the past couple of weeks. I just don't leave the house much.  I did go to West Plains on Friday for a book launch at Wages Brewing Company. Nice little place. I tried a 4 oz of Irish Red. Very smooth beer. The owner seems to know what he's doing. Normally, I don't drink even one drink and drive but I felt safe in having a 4 oz. without issues. They offer various forms of gathering fun nearly every night of the month... from live music to Trivia and card games. I look forward to visiting again soon.

My pictures this week are from my own back yard.
From the time we moved here, there have been daffodils. Lots of daffodils in large groupings like this one in the back yard I've dubbed 'On Golden Pond' for it does look like a miniature yellow pond.

A couple of closer looks:

Last fall I planted over 100 bulbs in various places throughout the yard. My main focus was under the big Maple. I'm seeing some fruits of my labors in the Hyacinths. Nothing from the Tulips yet except for green leaves.

I hope to be out and about more in the coming weeks if the rain will ever stop and the temperatures warm up enough to want to venture outside for more than a few minutes.

Have you planted flowers? Do you have favorites? Link in your comments below so I can come wander your garden.


Monday, March 5, 2018


We got our first 'major' snow on January 14th. Pretty, isn't it? 

As we make the slow dance to spring, I thought I'd show our grand hurrah. As I type this mid-February, I'm not expecting any big snow. Ice has been an issue north and west of us and we're too see more this week. Measurable snow, however, has been elusive. But there's always next year, right?