It has been sunny the last few days. And it’s also been a bit warmer. This has energized me into getting some laundry done.

And I did finally mop the floor, as it was sticky in places. And I disdain sticky!

I just started reading “The Good Daughter.” Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite authors. Here is a snippet about this book…

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated.

And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

The squirrels continue to entertain me. Don’t you just love free entertainment? Even though the patio is in dormant mode, I can still enjoy the birds and squirrels.

I keep telling myself that it’s time to take the red faux berries out of the vintage postal box, as Christmas is now behind us. But it’s such a cheerful color!

What are you up to this weekend?


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  1. Brenda, i love the berries in the vintage mailbox! I wonder if it is confusing to the birds who frequent your patio! They are smart and have probably already figured it out. In California the weather is slightly cool but sunny! We had a great morning watching our six-year old grandson score his first basket in a co-ed basketball league! Then it was on to our local Women’s March to take pics of the interesting posters.

  2. I’m resting and recuperating from my surgery that went well. My daughter stayed with me Friday night and most of Sat but I’m ok being home alone now and my Mom is next door. It was so nice and warm today after being freezing cold last week. Karin Slaughter is one of my favorite author’s also. Enjoy the book.

  3. Brenda, the book sounds so good..I want to head out and find
    I agree with the others.. the berries should be kept out and enjoyed.. I use red berries year round [as my house is full of red. love it]. I love the idea of adding the valentines to it.. for Feb. decor.. Smart idea.
    Have a great day.

    1. That was a good idea. I’ll have to think something up for Valentines Day, a holiday I never seem to decorate for.

  4. Just tell yourself those red berries are early for Valentine’s Day. Can a person ever have too much red?

  5. Love that Cheeky Squirrel !! With all the grey days, I find myself haunting the potted plant/cut flower section at the grocery store. Leave those red berries–just tell people they are Valentine decorations. As I look out my window, I see our squirrel has come to visit too.

  6. Yes, I vote to keep the red berries! It is still Winter, after all, so it’s totally legit decor!

    Speaking of squirrels, the little devils, they are wreaking havoc on my cookie pan bird feeders! I have some better feeders coming but for now I have to keep knocking on my patio window to scare them away so the birds have something to eat. I don’t dislike the squirrels; I think they are fun to watch, but I want to be able to watch the birds, too. I’m thinking of putting a second feeding station aways away from the area where I have the bird seed and maybe they’ll choose that one some of the time. Who knows? I have two brown (red?) ones and a black one that come marauding. My dog loves to chase them but I always give the squirrels a head start! They are very fast and agile anyway.

    Am just flnishing reading The Ruby Ring by Diane Haeger. It’s set in Rome in 1520 and is about a beloved painter and national hero, Raphael Sanzio, who falls in love with a peasant girl whom he paints as The Virgin and eventually desires to marry. The Roman Church in the person of the Pope and his cohorts are patrons of Sanzio and have enlisted him to do many paintings and frescoes and they deem it improper and impossible for him to marry beneath him. Plus, they believe that he’s not finishing the work he has contracted to do quickly enough because he is spending too much time with this peasant girl. The truth is that he is overcommitted and overworked and cannot catch up despite having many artists working with him. I am nearing the end of the book but know from the prologue that Sanzio has died and I just keep putting off coming to that part in the book. I know this book will have an unhappy ending and I don’t want to read it! But I must finish it; maybe tonite as I read after I go to bed. It is a very engrossing and well-written story filled with details about life in ancient Rome.

    1. Sounds like a very interesting book. I don’t know what to say about your squirrel/bird dilemma. Those squirrels can be bossy.

  7. We have two squirrels who love to mess with us . When we go outside the love to throw acorns at us!! Lol.
    Now they figured out if they throw something a little heavier at my hubby truck it will set off the alarm!! Lol now that is their new game when they are bored.
    Have to love them.

  8. I have been suffering with tendonitis in my right hand and am wearing a brace and trying to stay off the computer. I am antsy to vacuum my carpet, dust and mop floors but my hand is finally getting better and I do not want to undo the progress I have made so far so I am going to try to ignore the dust a few more days. But, it is hard doing so. Even typing this is making my hand hurt.

  9. Today I’m enjoying the last few days in the California desert, then back to Colorado. It’s been a nice 2 months. Warm and sunny.But way to busy for me. Love hearing about the books you read. I will see about getting some of them. Enjoy your site. Thankyou

  10. Oh, as far as what we will do today, we might go bird watching. This time of year eagles nest at some different spots in Kentucky, and we can reach a couple of those places with a 90-minute drive.

  11. Good morning! Cleaning house here in N.C. and thawing out from the snowstorm we had Wednesday. It was in the 20’s mid week and supposed to be 60 tomorrow. Also just discovered the Overdrive app on my tablet so I’ll be checking out some library books this weekend too.

  12. Hi. The red berries are great for this time of year. You could stick a little paper heart or Valentine in that mailbox with the berries and have a great February decoration. I love free activities such as watching squirrels. It’s great you have such a good spot for viewing them. We moved a bird feeder so we can see it better from a kitchen window and it has had a lot of visitors today. Cardinals, chickadees, tufted titmice, and of course, starlings.

  13. I’m still recovering from this flu bug. I’m on day 16 with no end in sight. My plans are to rest, rest, rest.

  14. I’ll be adding this book to my growing list of books to read. It’s a great idea to keep the cheerful red berries! As for me, I will be emptying more moving boxes. My last home was small, also. How did I ever accumulate so much stuff?

    1. I manage to accumulate a lot too. Going to have to be more careful about that because it’s such a pain to deal with it.

  15. I agree. The red berries look cheerful in the mailbox. What a nice decoration to look at this mostly cold and dreary winter.

  16. The boys in this house are either getting over the flu or starting with the flu. I am wearing a mask and washing my hands raw – also swallowing loads of Vitamin C. The year can only get better, right?!

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