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Written By: Deb Lawson - Aug• 11•11

We got it again!!!  Lots of hail and wind.  This has been some summer for weather.  Many across the country are facing drought and record high temps; others tornados or floods.  Wondering if anyone has it great this year?  Lord willing, we’ll have a better ‘next summer’.

Written By: Deb Lawson - Jul• 29•11

I admit it.  I have never liked spring cleaning.  I guess I’ve never seen the need for it though I helped my Mom and also my grandmothers with it occasionally (under protest).  I’m more of a “Clean-By-The-See” woman.  If I see it, it annoys me until I clean it.  If I don’t see it, it doesn’t bother me.  Works out perfectly for me except when I’m in the kitchen with several recipes started at once.  I end up doing more cleaning up after myself than cooking.  If I could just let it be until I finish and clean it all up at the same time, it would save a lot of time.  Oops!  There’s a dust bunny.  Gotta go!


Check It Out. . .July 2011

Written By: Deb Lawson - Jul• 25•11

Wind, rain, wind, hail, wind, heat, wind – it’s amazing that a garden will grow anything resembling flowers or vegetables in this NE weather.  But, regardless of how it was beaten down in the recent storms it keeps coming back.  We could all take lessons in resiliency to keep on growing when things get tough!

Gracie Lynne Calloway was left in a coal bucket on a front porch in a small Alabama town as a baby.  She discovers on her twenty-fifth birthday that she is the kidnapped daughter of a late New England financier and heiress to a fortune.  When the tabloid press and her unwanted greedy relatives descend on her, she has to admit the quiet secure life she’s known and loved is gone for good.  As Gracie struggles to stabilize her world and come to terms with her new identity in this new novel called Salting Roses by Lorelle Marinello she learns that belonging is not about where you came from but who you are.

Author Sherryl Woods writes about Raylene Hammond in Honeysuckle Summer.  Raylene is thankful for her best friends, the Sweet Magnolias.
They’ve taken her in and shielded her from the world after her devastating marriage.  Then she meets sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins.  Carter understands why Raylene is trapped inside.  He’s even tried to bring the outside world to her.  But with two kid sisters to raise, just how much time can he devote to this woman who’s stolen his heart?

The beautiful Victorian house that Amy Masterson decides to rent, fully furnished, is more than just a place to start over with her young daughter.  When Amy learns that the three-story home belonged to her great-grandmother, Eleanor Rucker, who Amy’s mother had been searching for until her recent death, she hopes she can find a window into the past her mother never found.  Judy Duarte writes a poignant story in The House On Sugar Plum Lane.

If your idea of a garden is ‘picking’ a good book, come in and CHECK IT OUT. . .

Written By: Deb Lawson - Jul• 21•11

Harvest is underway and going strong.  At least for some.  It was short-lived for those of us who received hail.  Good thing we don’t have all our eggs in one basket.  The corn is coming back.  And, although it was thinned out by the big white combine, God willing, we’ll have some.  Already looking forward to next year.

Written By: Deb Lawson - Jul• 14•11

You can feel it in the community.  They’re talking about it at the bank.  Will it ever start?  Will the sun shine today? Waiting for harvest is hard especially when it’s usually over by this time most years.   Combines, trucks, tractors & graincarts all ready and nowhere to go.  Rain, rain, please go away.  Come back again in a couple of weeks.


Written By: Deb Lawson - Jul• 08•11

Who likes to weed the garden?  It’s always 1 VS 100.  If we want our gardens to produce, we have to make sure they aren’t competing with the weeds for space and water.   If you have kids still at home you can say LET’S MAKE A DEAL. . .?  If you’re lucky they’ll acquiesce and it won’t cause a FAMILY FEUD!  If they don’t talk your LINGO, you end up doing it yourself.   Because like it or not, it has to be done.   Whether we hoe them out or pull them up we’re hoping we don’t WIPEOUT the nearest cucumber plant or put the tomato in JEOPARDY.   I really have to admit that I’d much rather weed my garden than weed books out of the Library.  What stays?  What goes?  It’s CATCH 21.  And, just when you think you have it figured out – WHAMMY!  One thing leads to another – it’s like a CHAIN REACTION!  Is this one important?  Relevant?  Or, another TWENTY QUESTIONS.  PASS the WORD, will you?  I’d rather watch WHEEL OF FORTUNE!!!