Sunday, December 25, 2016

Week Fifty-Two

This Christmas themed cozy reads like a long short story. While it lacks substance, the recipe book element makes it worthwhile.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Week Fifty-One - 1 to go

David Baldacci fourth book in the Puller series starts with two stories, both of which started nearly thirty years ago. The Puller brothers and some of their old acquaintances work cooperatively to permanently resolve these  three decade old accounts. The reader should not be discouraged by the zigging and zagging story line because Baldacci provides a satisfactory closure.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Week Fifty - 2 to go

Likable protagonists, Annie and Max Darling, coupled with curious locals become involved in solving a murder in Broward’s Rock. A good story, a multitude of characters and intrigue fired by passion make for a very readable mystery. Hope Hart features Hyla Harrison more in future books.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Freda's Voice 100+ Book Challenge 2016


 Book Challenge 2016

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Be careful about reading health books.
You may die of a misprint.
 - Mark Twain


Week Forty-Nine - 3 to go

If you are a newcomer to Finger Lakes wine, this all-encompassing book by Peter Burford is for you. This is not a travel book, but an informative history of Finger Lakes wine makers and an up-to-date current listing, including our favorites, Hazlitt 1852 Vinyards and Glenora Wine Cellars.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Week Forty-Eight - 4 to go

The murdering of an endangered Asian tiger might make an animal rights activist cringe but the story’s possibilities make for an enjoyable read. The side story involving Frankie's sister, Sparkle, going undercover to expose the use of illegal workers was left somewhat undeveloped. Would have enjoyed Sanford pursing this more. Also, less emphasis on Frankie and more action engaging Carrin might put some punch in this series.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Week Forty-Seven - 5 to go

Det. Hieronymous Bosch simultaneously employs his investigatory skills between two totally different cases. Being a baseball junkie admired Michael Connelly’s tribute to legendary Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully. While some readers may feel Connelly has gone PC, this novel should please most of Harry’s followers.


Friday, November 18, 2016

2016 Osage-Orange Road Trip

Joan on the hunt.

Since snow is forecast for the weekend. Joan and I decided to make our annual trek for osage-oranges.

The Mill Pond on Rt. 90 was calm no birds. There was a gentleman who appeared to be erecting a sign near the street.

Entering the village of Aurora we drove slowly up to the Morehouse residence. The area under the Osage Orange tree was densely covered.

Mrs. Claire Morehouse, the owner of the tree, was tending to her bushes by her front porch. I climbed the slight hill and approached her. Asked if Joan and I could gather some Osage Oranges. While Mrs. Morehouse showed surprised that there might be any left, she gave us permission to take as many as we wished.

Bark of the Osage Orange Tree
Nearby tree still holding its leaves.

We gathered several bags. Since we were so successful, we decided to forego going to Scipio Center and headed on home.

Took a diversion to the Factory Street pond. It was full of duck weed with only three Mallards gliding around.

Once home Michael phoned and invited us to Fellows Street to watch the SU-Monmouth game. Joan brought a Wegmans gluten-free pizza and Michael purchased wings and a sausage pizza for us.

Lily entertained Joan. Since Emily and Karla were still on the road returning from Baltimore, we came on home.

Former adventures:         November 19, 2009

                                         November 14, 2010

                                         November 13, 2011

                                        November 21, 2013

                                       November 16, 2014

                                       November 15, 2015

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Week Forty-Six - 6 to go

As a reader would expect the quality of James Lee Burke’s prose to be amazing. Some readers however might inquire where are Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell when you need them? But if you grew up in the 1950's or the early 1960’s, you will soon realize that Burke is on a different trek with the Holland family.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Week Forty-Five - 7 to go

Stuart Woods takes a page from the James Paterson playbook and leaves Scott Barrington followers hanging in this novel without an conclusion. The inclusion of a lottery winner as the newest Barrington client does give this work oomph. But unless Woods puts more effort into his body of work, his sales should dry up.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Week Forty-Four - 8 to go

This debut novel for Australia's Michael Robotham introduces the protagonist, Joseph O’Loughlin, a psychologist who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. While Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz, an Inspector Javert type, hounding of O’Loughlin provides a interesting plot twist, too many characters, too many twists, and too many details lead to a convoluted conclusion.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week Forty-Three - 9 to go

Updated and revised, this edition is a must addition to your carry bag as you travel through the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Plus, many colorful photos will help to enhance this journey.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week Forty-Two - 10 to go

Having read the Elvis Cole series backwards, finally learning the backstory of Elvis’ days as Ranger in Vietnam made reading this one worthwhile. Choosing kidnapping as the main plot driver and adding excessive amounts of violence might put some readers off. But the resourcefulness of Ben, Lucy’s son, and the establishment of Carol Starkey as a full-time character might save the day as the series goes forward.

St. Peter’s By The Lake Chapel

All these photos taken from a party barge
on the lake during a leaf-peeping excursion.
 
Tucked into the steep hillside at 4800 State Route 28, St Peter's By The Lake  offers  Episcopal worship services to summer visitors of all faith backgrounds. The Chapel is accessible by paved road or by boat on the north shore of Fourth Lake.


More interpretations at InSPIREd Sunday.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Leaf-Peeping 2016 Day Three

Night Sky - Fourth Lake

Note - clicking on photos enlarges them

Breakfast at The Pioneer Cafe. Amelia was our waitress. Returned to The Edge and checked out.


Went to Tug Hill Vineyards. Theresa greeted us in the wine cellar. There we purchased several bottles of Lake Effect wine.
Tug Hill Vineyards

Heading home on Rt. 177 turned left at Rodham and while entering Adams NY decided to visit Nana Rose. There we found the owner, Paula Biazzo, busy rearranging her shop. Also, we talked with Bill Smith from Watertown NY. Bill mentioned that he and his wife were in Big Moose NY last weekend. Bill's wife is an organist who was invited to play for the Big Moose church service. By the way, we purchased workman’s black bucket for $5.00.
 

Joan found an article in the Syracuse Newspapers highlighting the Country Store Antiques in Bernhards Bay. So we decided to stop in.

Pleasant woman named Penny was baking in a room off the main entrance. We chatted with her and purchased a freshly-baked banana muffin. We stopped at MickeyD's in Central Square. Joan had some grapes and I had a coffee and my muffin (very good - crunchy top).
 

Not wanting to pass by the Harbor View Wine & Liquor. We drove there and made some purchases.

Thursday so off to Skaneateles to the library and Doug’s for dinner.


Shopping at Wegmans for essentials and at The Farm for the newspaper completed Day Three of our leaf-peeping adventure.


Day One

Day Two (Part One) 

Day Two (Part Two)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Leaf Peeping Day Two (Part Two)

Fourth Lake Foliage

Note - clicking on photos enlarges them

Phoned Judy from Eagle Bay restroom stop.

Went to Indian Point an met up with Doc and Judy and the Gaige’s - Chris & Diane.

Using the Gaige’s party barge we went for a boat ride.

While on the water we went by St. Peter’s By The Lake Chapel.


We docked at The Great Pines Resort on Fourth Lake. Joan and I walked around and viewed the renovations to Mildred's grand lady.
Dining Room
Where the Staff Table was.
Where Bill, Ted and I made many a cocktail for the dinners.

Back at The Edge at 7:45 PM.
Dinner at Jeb’s. Shauna was our waitress.

After filling up with gas at Stewart’s in Lowville, we returned to The Edge.

Thus completed Day Two (Part Two) of our leaf-peeping adventure.

Day One

Day Two (Part One)

Day Three