Monday, May 29, 2017

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

By Mary Kennedy





                                                                   

Friday, May 26, 2017

Thumbs up?

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

I am useless with my phone. It's a beautiful white iPhone 4 (used) and it lives in a beat-up pink case. (Very cheerful.) I use it quite a bit ... to take photos of martinis at the restaurants Mr. L and I go to.


Okay, Mr. L took this one of me in a joint called O'Keefe's. (Hey, it was cold. I kept my jacket on.)





This one is from a place called the Jolly Roger.




Back to O'Keefe's.

At the Sunset Grill.

You get the drift. I even made a movie of my cat, Fred (but since have not been able to do it again. Damn).

The thing I really can't do well at all is text. My friend (and former Cozy Chick) Ellery Adams can text faster than the wind. She sends me a text and I painstakingly send her a short message, and then 4 paragraphs come back lickity-split. Oy. And now ... something has happened to my thumb and I will never be able to be a thumb texter. One day I woke up and not only didn't it work anymore, it wouldn't bend, either. According to my quack, it's arthritis.  I mean, she just blew it off.

Hey, I need that thumb. It does wonderful things for me. Like ... helps me to open jars and club soda bottles for my Happy Hour whiskey. It helps me pour milk into my tea cup(s). Going down steps it help to hold onto a railing. But ... not anymore. "Well, you could have surgery, but it probably wouldn't work." Thanks for being so cheerful, Doc. So the advice was "live with it. Oh, or you could take turmeric capsules.

So I ordered turmeric capsules, which just arrived yesterday. I took one so far. It hasn't done much (anything, really).

Luckily, I can still type. Hitting the keyboard's space bar is about all that poor thumb can do these days. And when I'm not typing, it lives in a splint, because otherwise Mr. L will be sitting in his office hearing, "YIPE" all day long when I move it to attempt to do things like seal an envelope full of bookmarks for readers, or stick tape on a package of yet more bookmarks for Cozy Chicks readers. Or even putting a CD in the player under the theory that I might actually write a couple of sentences on the WIP.

So. That's it. I have a useless right thumb. Anybody else got one? If so, how do you cope?



Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Senior Special Needs Cat, London

by Karen Rose Smith


London, our sixteen-year-old senior feline, is now a special needs kitty. We rescued London when a friend who lived on a farm told us that one of their barn cats had delivered a litter in their shed. She was the half-sister of Ebbie who we had also brought home from the same farm. Ebbie and I had made an instant connection when we were visiting our friend who lived on the farm. I knew I had to bring her home. So when the same mama cat delivered a second liter, I knew one of her kittens would be the perfect companion for Ebbie. We spent time with London in the shed until she was old enough to bring home. But Ebbie and London's personalities were definitely different and London sensed my special bond with Ebbie and she sought my husband's affection.

After Ebbie passed almost three years ago, London was the senior cat in the house. She and Zoie Joy, another rescued kitten we brought in the house after finding her in a bush in the backyard, always got along and respected each other's territories. But when Halo and the kittens were introduced into the mix, London became much more territorial and we chose to keep her separated during the day.  When Halo and Paddy retreat to my office at night, London has the run of the house with Zoie...a system which seems to work in everyone's best interest.

About two years ago, we noticed that London, always a robust cat, was losing weight. We had her
tested and her blood results revealed that she had stage two kidney disease. We changed her diet and she did well, maintaining her new weight over the next two years. Then a few weeks ago, she stopped coming down at night after Halo and Paddy went to my office. Her eyes always seemed to be fully dilated. Fearing blindness, we made an appointment with the vet who confirmed our suspicions. He did a blood pressure reading and blood work. Her blood pressure was high and her blood work showed stage three kidney disease. The vet suggested an ace-inhibitor which could help the blood pressure and stress on the kidneys.

Never an easy cat to medicate, we were concerned about giving London daily meds, but the vet was able to find a compounding pharmacy that prepared her meds in a chicken-flavored oil suspension solution that required only a .2 ml oral dose. London has been on the meds for about two weeks. She has been an excellent patient and her numbers have minimally improved. She has adapted well to her blindness and we have made some changes in how we approach her and speak to her so as not to startle her.

Caring for a senior feline is much the same as caring for an aging loved one. I can only hope that some day if I require special needs attention that I will be as accepting as London.  Thank you London for the valuable life lesson!





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The stray cat that my sleuth, Caprice De Luca rescues in GILT BY ASSOCIATION, the third book in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging mystery series, is based on London. Valentine is adopted by Caprice's Nana and also appears in later mysteries in the series.


Caprice De Luca Home Staging series, Book 3


Between training her new puppy, helping her sister with her baby, and searching for the perfect vintage dress for Kismet's Valentine's Day dance, home-stager Caprice De Luca has a lot on her to-do list. But she's never too busy to do a little staging, and she's looking forward to thawing February's frozen real estate market with her Hearts and Flowers Open House. Her client Louise Downing's romantically decorated home practically staged itself. But when Louise is found murdered, Caprice is forced to turn her attention from sweethearts to suspects. And as the truth comes out in stages, she discovers that Louise had more secrets than a box of chocolate truffles. . . 


GILT BY ASSOCIATION on Amazon

GILT BY ASSOCIATION on Barnes and Noble




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Camera or iPhone


I come from the era of the camera. You know those things that take pictures and do nothing else but take pictures. They don’t have a flashlight or a calendar or have iTunes. In fact my first camera was a thing called a Brownie camera. It was amazing and I still consider it one of my best presents ever!

It took good pictures but it was expensive to have the film developed and when you are babysitting for 50cents an hour getting pictures developed is not a priority.


My husband and I went to Europe when we were first married. I didn’t want an engagement ring but the trip instead. A good choice. The trip was great, a real adventure and memorable. My husband lugged a camera around his neck for three weeks taking a ton of pics that we turned into slides. I haven’t had them out in probably thirty years.

My daughter is a really good photographer. She has 5K camera
with lenses and tripod etc. She has the “eye” for really amazing shots. As my other daughter says… I can be standing right next to Ann, take the same picture and hers are always much better.
I have a point and shoot and have taken some good pics with it. Have some hanging on my wall of vacations and family etc. But it’s the subject matter that makes the pictures great not the excellent photography.

I was thinking of getting a new camera but realized my iPhone takes way better pictures than anything I was looking at in the new camera area. I don’t have an iPhone 7s (or whatever the upgrade is) but the pictures it takes are incredible!!!!!!

So, I’ve decided to just use my iPhone as a camera from here on out. No more camera that is just a camera for me. It’s light, I can share to instagram in a flash. And I already have it and don’t have to buy another new thing.

What about you? Do you use a camera that is just a camera? Use your iPhone? Do you have one of those iPhone 7 things that take great pics?


Hugs, Duffy 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Florida Vacation Memories

by Maggie Sefton


Daughters 1 & 2, Melissa and Christine sitting on the ocean beach in Miami Beach years and years and years ago.                                                                                                                                  

Mary's post yesterday really brought back memories for me.  So, I decided to continue the Florida theme today.  My husband and I started vacationing in Miami Beach, Florida years and years ago----long before it was "SoBe" and tres fashionable.  We simply loved the summertime South Florida weather and beaches.  Believe it or not, we first went during the late summer following the birth of our first child, daughter Christine.  She was several months old.  I'm convinced we had the only baby on that famous stretch of Miami Beach which is filled with what are now called Art Deco hotels.

We stayed at the Betsy Ross Hotel on Ocean Drive, which looked right out on the Atlantic Ocean.  Guests simply crossed the rarely-busy street in those days and walked under the palm trees to choose a spot on the beach.  Beach chairs and lounges were scattered about for rent, so you could simply
stretch out and relax----or walk out and enjoy that wonderfully warm South Florida stretch of ocean.  Now---there's a roof-top bar & lounge, 24-hour fitness center and Yoga classes.  :)  The Betsy Ross wasn't "famous" then, simply a gracious old hotel with a great location.

Believe it or not, this is a photo from one of our  early visits to the Betsy Ross.  Notice the old stone sea wall that used to be there all those years ago.  

Fierce Atlantic hurricanes battered south Florida for several years in the 1970s and the beaches took a beating.  My husband and I (with four daughters by then) switched to the Gulf side of Florida with its calmer Gulf of Mexico waters and beautiful beaches.  He and I returned to Miami Beach in the mid-1990s when that entire South Beach area became "SoBe."  That made us laugh.  The wonderful old Betsy Ross hotel was totally booked, so we stayed farther down that famous stretch of Ocean Drive at another Art Deco-era hotel looking out on the ocean.   We walked down to the News Cafe every morning for a newspaper and feasted every day on fantastic fresh seafood.

As it happened, that was the very time when the famous designer Versace was murdered right on the doorstep of his famous Ocean Drive home.  My husband and I were relaxing out in the wonderful warm ocean waters, floating along, when all these helicopters appeared overhead, flying up and down the oceanfront.  That evening, everyone learned what had happened.

I'll end these memories on a much lighter note and recommend a  movie from 1996, which is easy to see with all the movie options available now.  The famous director Mike Nichols made a laugh-out-loud movie called BIRDCAGE with actors Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, Hank Azaria and a wonderful comic cast.  It's a remake of the then-hit LA CAGE AUX FOLLES.  If you like to laugh, you'll enjoy it.  Plus, it presents a wonderful picture of "South Beach" back in the crazy mid-1990s.  

Monday, May 22, 2017

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER LEADS TO A BOOK

By Mary Kennedy                        
 
The girl was young, blonde, slim and beautiful. She turned heads as she weaved her way through the lunch time crowd in South Beach. I watched her from an umbrella table at the News CafĂ© as she bought a bag of croissants and coffee from a food truck and nearly caused a traffic jam.
                                                          
 
 Who was she?  A movie star? A super-model? Paris Hilton? I had no idea. She was completely confident without a trace of  self consciousness. I had the feeling she knew people found her intriguing and was secretly amused by the attention. She stopped to wave to a young man in a yellow convertible...                              
                                                         
 
...before darting under the portico of a very chic hotel. The doorman smiled at her and she rewarded him with a croissant wrapped in a napkin. They chatted for a minute or two and then she disappeared into the lobby.
                                                       
 
I found myself thinking about her over my salad nicoise. Over the next few minutes, I scribbled a few notes on a napkin (which I still have). The notes became the novel, GOLDEN GIRL, the story of a beautiful young woman named Amber Fielding whose father owns one of the most popular hotels in SoBe. I started making up a whole history about her, the "backstory." I filled in details about her friends, her family, her life as a celebrity. I wanted her to be kind and intelligent, not someone who was just "famous for being famous."
 
GOLDEN GIRL is one of the three books in my Hollywood Nights series. All three books revolve around the movie industry (South Beach is known as "Hollywood East" because of the number of movies that are filmed there.)
 
When Amber meets enigmatic Nick Crawford, she falls hard. Nick comes from a different world. Smart, tough and ambitious, he plans to make it big as a documentary filmmaker. Nick confides that he's shooting a film about "the beautiful people" in historic South Beach.
                                                       
 
 Is he telling the truth--or does he have a hidden agenda? Nick could be just what Amber is looking for--or he could blow her world apart.
 
Golden Girl is what many writers refer to as a "gift book." The whole plot seemed to be delivered in one piece. The story just presented itself and I could hardly get the words down quickly enough. I remember I brought an AlphaSmart on that trip and I worked on the book while sitting on the balcony of the condo.                                                                        

 
It was an amazing experience and how I wish that all books came to me that! A chance encounter (I suppose it was more of a "sighting" than an "encounter" since I never spoke to her) led to one of my favorite books.
 
Golden Girl is available as an e-book.
 
You can read about all three books in the Hollywood Nights series right here. Happy reading everyone!

Friday, May 19, 2017

I'm juggling once again

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

There was a time when the only sales on my writing resume were short stories. I was learning how to structure a novel, but I needed some credibility so I could join Mystery Writers of America. Those short stories got me in. (And then after a few years I left when it became obvious to me that what I was writing wasn't being taken seriously. Now...I don't give a damn. Just goes to show you how things you once thought were important don't always stay that way....)

When I wrote my first Jeff Resnick novel, I had wayyyy too many ideas that couldn't be contained in that one book. So I started writing a second ... then a third .... then a fourth. It took me 11 years to sell Murder on the Mind (which, by the way, is FREE for all ebook formats), and during that time I kept cranking out short stories and began work on what became the Victoria Square Mysteries. I was juggling projects like crazy, all while doing volunteer work for two different writing groups, having a booth at an antique co-op, and a full-time job.

I kept writing and writing (and hopefully getting better at it) and juggling projects like crazy.

After a very dry period (January through April, where I only wrote 7000 or so words), I feel like I'm juggling once again--and you know what? I LOVE it!

I'm currently working on three novels: Booktown #12 (Poisoned Pages--yes, that's the title and you heard it first right here), Lotus Bay (novel) #2, and Victoria Square #5 (with Gayle Trent). Collaborating isn't always fun, but so far Gayle and I are doing well and we're actually ahead of schedule. I wasn't going to start Booktown #12 until June, but Tricia seems to be in a hurry to get going, and Tori and Kathy were getting impatient, too.

Meanwhile, I've got finished books that need launch attention.  The paperback edition of TITLE WAVE comes out on June 6th, the hardcover edition of A JUST CLAUSE on June 13th, and the 2nd Life on Victoria Square, A BASKET FULL OF BARGAINS, arrives on July 11th.

Wow, not only am I juggling like crazy, I'm trying to keep all those plates spinning on the end of sticks, too.

I can't wait for you to read what's coming next, and just as important ... I'm having FUN writing again.

Which project are you most looking forward to?


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Do You Ever Have Enough Towels?

by Karen Rose Smith


Do you ever have enough towels? 
It might seem like an odd question, but I always seem to need more. When I tell my husband that, he rolls his eyes as if our closet is stuffed with them.


Well, maybe it is.  But we have four inside cats and two strays who come into our basement for night time and napping. Towels make great nesting places, easily washed and kept clean. I use them on cushions, on chairs, in boxes and on condo surfaces. The cats love them. Two of our inside cats have asthma so I wash throws and towels often to reduce cat hair flying about.  




Dish towels don't seem to last as long as they once did.  But I cook a lot and wash my hands often.  I like absorbent towels for hands, cotton materials to cover baked goods until they cool and to cover bread dough to help it rise. 


I suppose I should mention decorative towels for when guests visit. I usually have a cute flower or cat towel hanging in the bathroom along with more practical ones. 






I like colorful towels and I prefer good bargains. We have a wholesale store named Ollies that has a huge selection with economical prices on a daily basis.  I check every couple of months to see what's new.  I have been known to buy towels at Target but I like the quality of towels I sometimes find at T. J. Max.  Then there's always Kohl's with sales and coupons.



DO you ever have enough towels? 



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Floating your boat your way

There are certain things that really float my boat. They’re not necessary and there’s probably an easier way of doing it and maybe a bit old fashioned but I still do it.

Like tea. You can plop a bag in a cup of water and nuke it for two minutes and bingo...tea. OR you can put on the kettle. Get out the teapot and brew it on the stove. I must confess I do the plop the bag thing a lot but every once in a while I do the brew thing and it tastes so much better.

Then there’s the pie thing. There are amazing frozen pies out there that make me thing why bother. If you doubt me you haven’t tried Marie Callendar’s Razzleberry pie. Wow. It is amazing, always gets rave reviews and eaten to the last berry. But every once in a while I do my own pie from scratch, my triple-berry pie that is simply delish. And it is better, but maybe I’m just saying that because of all the work and I get to say...I made it myself from scratch.



And what about washing my own car. Yes, I do. I don’t do the drive-thru car washes because I love my car and what if they scratch my baby! Plus there is a certain hands-on connection between me and car that I really like.

Another thing that I really love is setting the table. I know you can get a placemat and a paper napkin and be ready to eat but I loooooove linens. Okay, maybe I’m too lazy for linen but cloth tablecloths and napkins. I love the look of a nicely set table and hate, hate, hate paper plates. Probably from being a kids and having potato salad down my front more than once.

And then there’s the dishwasher. I must confess that I use the dishwasher all the time even with just me and the cats to dish wash for. But I have friends who use their dishwasher for storage and do all their dishes by hand.

So is there something you do that you could be done easier? Something you do the old fashioned way and glad you do?

Hugs, Duffy

BTW...here is my triple berry pie recipe. Not exactly mine but I got it online and love it!




  1. Preheat oven to 400. Combine the berries with a 1/4 cup of sugar and let stand over a sieve for a half hour to drain some of the liquid. Combine the rest of the ingredients minus the crust. Using a 9 inch pie plate, arrange your crust and spoon the filling inches Place the second crust over and crimp edges. Make sure to cut a vent into the dough or use a pie bird. You can also do a lattice top pie which is just gorgeous and is what I did.
  2. You can brush the top of the pie with a mix of one egg yolk and a teaspoon of water (which makes for a lovely golden brown crust).
  3. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 and then bake at 350 for another 40-50 minutes. Remove when crust is golden brown.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A New Kelly Flynn Mystery---Coming Soon!

by Maggie Sefton





That's right, Everyone.  In just three weeks Kelly Flynn #15 will be released!  ONLY SKEIN DEEP will be available in hardcover at bookstores and online at the E-retailers, Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com as well as at the Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin) website.  Also---last year's hardcover Kelly Flynn release, KNIT TO BE TIED, will be available in mass market paperback.    

Can you believe that there have been 14 Kelly Flynn Mysteries before this?  Wow!  I am still in awe of all you awesome Kelly Flynn fans and readers.  Thank you, thank you, Kelly Flynn fans for making Kelly such a regular part of your lives.  :)   I hope you enjoy this next episode in Kelly's life as well as her husband Steve and all of their friends.  Enjoy! 


Monday, May 15, 2017

THE NAKED TRUTH ABOUT PASTA

By Mary Kennedy                              
 
You're probably wondering why I called this post "The Naked Truth about Pasta."  Okay true confession time, it was a bit of a tease. I could have called it "The Skinny Truth about Pasta," but it didn't have enough of a ring to it.
 
A lot of people are watching their weight these days and pasta has been given a bad rap. I'd like to share a super-easy, vegetarian recipe for whole wheat pasta with cherry tomatoes, spinach, lemon zest and garlic. Oh yes, and a dash of red pepper flakes.     
         
 
...it's very quick and delish. And if you watch your portion size, it will fit into any diet.                                                      
 
Penne pasta with garlic, tomatoes and spinach.
 
Ingredients:
 
12 ounces whole grain pasta or fortified pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 cloves of garlic (or just use minced garlic that comes in a jar)
2 cups cherry tomatoes
6 ounces chopped, frozen spinach, drain well and squeeze all the moisture out. (I always have fresh spinach in the fridge so I use that instead.)
1 tablespoon fresh, chopped thyme
2 tablespoons lemon zest
Salt and pepper
 
Directions:
 
Cook pasta according to directions. (Note if you don't like whole wheat pasta, you can use the "plus" versions of pasta that are fortified and have extra protein. Be sure to check the labels. You want one that is about 10 grams of protein per serving) 
 
You are going to reserve about 1/4 of the pasta water, right before you drain the pasta.
 
While pasta is cooking, heat the tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes in the olive oil in a sauce pan. Add the spinach and cook for about 3 minutes. Be sure to keep stirring.                                                 
 
Add about half of the "starchy water" you reserved from the cooking water for the pasta. Let simmer for a minute. Now add thyme, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
                                                          
 
Add pasta and enjoy!
                                                           
 
Makes six servings. Only 220 calories each, and 10 grams of protein. great for lunch with a salad.
 
Hope you try this, Mary Kennedy
 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Spotlight is on Tricia Miles!

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

It's just three weeks until the paperback edition of TITLE WAVE, the 10th Booktown Mystery comes out. Here's a brief description.

Tricia and Angelica leave Booktown behind for some much needed R&R. Naturally they choose a Mystery Lovers cruise, where they can ponder whodunnit in deck chairs while sipping colorful drinks and soaking up some rays. But the fun is cut short when a fellow passenger is murdered for real. Is the killer a famous mystery author, one of her fans, or a member of the ship’s crew? As Tricia tries to find the killer before they reach port, she may be cruising for a bruising....

Whatever made me decide to write a Booktown Mystery about a cruise? Well, everything a writer experiences is 'grist for the mill.'  I've been on three cruises (and I think I'm due for another one) and I thought it would be a good way to get Tricia and Angelica out of their home base, but keep them in their own element.  How? Well, by immersing them in a book-lovers cruise. Tricia gets to hang out with mystery authors, and Angelica gets to meet her favorite TV chef, as well as attend other culinary fun demonstrations, etc. And of course, t here's all the cruise FOOD.  There's a mystery to be solved and the cruise line isn't exactly interested in having it solved, so Tricia must come to the rescue.

If you haven't had a chance to read the book, the paperback will be available on June 6th.

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Hope  you'll enjoy your cruise aboard the Celtic Lady.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Adventures in Junking!

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

On Wednesday my friend, Amy, and I went to the Ronald McDonald House sale here in my town. Holy smoke! Can you say CHAOS!!! It was 120,000 square feet of STUFF. If I had a bigger house, I would have spent a FORTUNE. As it is, I spent less than $10--but I was there forthe thrill of the hunt.  Amy's a mom with two young boys, so it was inevitable that she wanted to spend a LOT of time in the toy section, while I was more interested in home furnishings. (Like I have any more room in my house to put them.) We wandered away from one another, but since we both had phones, knew we would eventually find each other again.

We walked into the HUGE room and were impressed with how all the (vastly overpriced--since 90% of what was there was donated by average people like you and me) merchandise was arranged.  We walked in to a pretty big Christmas section. Wow!  There were things I would have bought had I not already had similar items (like a dozen or so Made-In-Japan Christmas figurines of which I already have at least 200). So it was this little Christmas book that caught my attention and I scooped it up. It's two years older than me (and I'm not admitting how old THAT is).

This little Christmas book is chock full of wonderful little hints on how to have a great holiday. I saw it and fell in love with it. I'm going to save and savor it after Thanksgiving. Don't worry. I won't lose it. I keep all my holiday books in one spot and reread them (or at least look at the pictures) every holiday season.

I hoped to find that cabinet for my laundry room, but the only thing that came close to what I wanted already had a sold tag on it.  So I wandered into the first china section. I could have stood there for an hour or more just admiring the china and glassware. I saw this little beauty and snatched it up. I don' t know if it is a "real" Chintz cup, but it was pretty enough for me. It has a hairline crack on the inside, so they gave it to me for half off. Since I'll probably only display it, the crack doesn't bother me a bit.

Next up was the stationery department. Wow.  I bought one thing, and it's the only thing I didn't take a photo of: a very LARGE roll of brown paper for wrapping parcels. In the future, I will use it when I send out prizes to members of Lorraine's Perpetual Tea Party Page on Facebook!  (Want to join? Click this link.)

Across from the stationery was the main (with the more common) china section. HOLY COW -- did they have teacups. Probably 30 or 40 beautiful bone china teacups. I already have 40 or 50 teacups, and since they weren't chintz or even pseudo-chintz, I had to pass them by. But the regular plates were reasonably priced (what I'd pay at a yard sale).

My first purchase was a square plate. I collect square plates. I have about 50-60 of them on the wall going down to my finished basement. They're from all over the place/world. I don't know why I started collecting them, I just did. (Do you have a collection like that?)

Of course, I was drawn to the very small selection of Syracuse China. I'm a sucker for Syracuse China (which is no longer in business, along with Buffalo China). I have quite a few pieces. This is a sandwich or cake plate. I have two bigger plates in this pattern (in blue) so it immediately caught my eye. There were other pieces I could have bought, but quite frankly I'm running out of room. But there's always room for just one more dish, isn't there?

That was it for the Ronald McDonald House sale, but that's not all I bought this week.

On Tuesday, I took Mr. L to the Holloway House in Bloomfield, NY to celebrate his birthday (which was actually last month, but they weren't open for the season at that time). We had a wonderful meal (actually it was their turkey dinner -- which they serve for Thanksgiving. Whoa! Delish!) I love the charm of his historical restaurant, which was built in the early 1800s.  What I also love is their Syracuse china (pattern = Colonial). Isn't it adorable? I looked up the pattern on Replacements Ltd. and I might just have to buy a small plate just so I can enjoy looking at it at home.

Nearby is an antiques co-op. Of course, not everything in such a co-op is an antique, so it was also full of wonderful collectibles. And I had talked myself out of more than a dozen items until I was about to walk out the door, and that's when I saw this (see below).

One of my favorite cookbook authors, Susan Branch, collects what she calls Beatrix Potter "people." The characters from the Beatrix Potter books. (I believe her first piece was Jamima Puddle-Duck.) When I saw "Lady Mouse Made a Curtsy" was (dated 1980 and) marked for less than $5, I snatched it right up. (In real life, I DESPISE mice. Anyone who has had them poop on their silverware would feel the same way.) I looked online and saw the same figurine going for $10+. so I think I got a great deal. Despite the fact she's a mouse, she's very cute. She will live in one of my china cabinets.

So that's my "junking" for the week.  Well, maybe not.  There's still Saturday to go!

What treasures have you found while junking?