Wonder Books

We went to my youngest son’s in Maryland last Friday for several days. They have a Wonder Books used book store near them in Hagerstown. It is heaven on earth there! Lots of the used books I buy on amazon come from there. Every time I go to Paul’s I try to get to Wonder Books. We timed it right this time, buy two mass market paperbacks and get two free! I had mostly Penguins in my pile and thought they would be exempt, but they said ‘no, they count too’! So I went back and got more!  Sixteen in all and a Charles Wysocki puzzle to boot.

Three Jane Langton’s, two Michael Gilberts and five Georgette Heyer mysteries! They had lots of Donald E. Westlake, but I had never read any of his so I passed. Then I read THIS review of one of his over @ Bitter Tea and Mystery and wished I had gotten a couple. Next trip, if they are still there. I’m going to try to go back in mid-December for my granddaughters Christmas concert. She plays violin in the school orchestra.


I’m especially excited about the Georgette Heyer books and can’t wait to dig into one! And Christie’s Ordeal of Innocence, I would like to read it before the new TV version on the BBC comes out this Christmas. There was a sign on the door ‘Hiring for the Fredricktown warehouse’. For a minute I thought about moving to Maryland 🙂 Working in all those old books! Yum!

Have you read any of these and what did you think?


Kitchen Re-do

Finally, the kitchen is done! I still need to hang the Pennsbury Pottery on the cornices above the cabinets, but I’m adding to the collection and want to wait until I have it all. I’ve tried to do this without having to sell my first born to finance it and I’m pretty happy with the outcome. The busy carpet was fairly new when we bought the house so I’m living with it for a few more years before I think about replacing the flooring.

Come on in…

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You can see above how tight it was to walk in from the side door. The kitchen cabinet delivery men just about had a heart attack when they stepped in and thought they had to bring the cabinets in this way. Then I told them there was another door on the backside of the kitchen and they sighed relief! This opened it up a bit. It was certainly a poor design in the house layout! The basement door is directly opposite this side door.

Here is the major long view of the kitchen…

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We moved the refrigerator from one wall by the back door across the room…

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The ‘dining room’ end of the kitchen is an odd layout and hard to make look really nice, but we work with what we have. Updated the light too. It’s nice having two doors in this room. One out to the back patio, which will one day be a back screened porch, and one onto the side carport (I love having a carport!).  The third photo here is a sideway shot of the eating area.  The doorway leads left to my sitting room or right into the living room. Another odd layout! Two fireplaces divide these rooms. Maybe the sitting room was meant to be a dining room? It’s my room now! Books sitting everywhere and all my little ‘things’ I love, like my cotton I picked from the side of the road in Alabama, bookends, pencil drawings of places in Scotland I got to visit, a basket of rocks I’ve picked up on various journeys, my tartan wool blanket from a trip to Scotland, the painting my sweet friend Shelley bought me as a house warming gift. It’s my little nest!

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There was an old round fluorescent ceiling light in here when we bought the house. I didn’t manage to get a shot of it in any of the photos of before, but this is the kind it was. Nasty! We replaced the lights with new LED ones and the kitchen is so much brighter now! I’m still in my own light when at the kitchen sink and it’s dark doing dishes, but next summer when the Bossman has the electric run to the garage I might have the electrician put in a small hanging pendant light over the sink at the same time. I looked and looked for a chandelier type light for over the table and just couldn’t find anything I liked. Because of the layout its near impossible to get the table centered out under the light so I finally opted for the same light as in the kitchen area, not hanging down at all. That way it doesn’t draw your attention as much to it being a little off center.
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Since I mentioned my sitting room, check out my new reading chair I picked up at Ikea on our last trip back to Pennsylvania! Love it! And if I fall asleep reading the little wings will catch my head 🙂


Well, that’s it. The last of the major projects in our house. Someday a screened-in back porch I think, but thats all. Now we can just relax and enjoy retirement!

Spectacular Sunset

Just had to share this sunset we had last week with you guys! These pictures do not do it justice. The golden color in the sky and glow it produced was almost otherworldly, it took my breath away. It went all around us.

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Did you notice the rainbow? I think there were two but one started to fade before I got the camera.

Skeleton’s for Halloween

Happy Halloween! Got this today in my email and thought you might like it too!

Frightening phrases, specifically with skeleton in them, and their origins…


We handed out candy to probably close to, if not more than, 200 kids tonight! There are less than 10 kids live in our neighborhood. Bossman and I sat out by the side of the road as our driveway is very steep and the wee ones struggle getting up to us. This is our second year here for Halloween 🎃. Tonight we were discussing how the holiday has changed since we were kids. It’s just a line of cars coming down the road dropping off kids who walk to a house or two and jump into the car to be driven to the next couple of houses. Mini vans just leave the side door open and the kids jump in and out. None of these children live in our housing development. They’ve more than likely been through the housing development up the road from ours before they got here. Not to mention the huge festivities downtown on Main Street where side roads were blocked off by police cars and businesses handed out candy and the big do at the city park last night that drew 5000 people, so I was told.

When we were kids we dressed up and went on our own on foot with a gang of neighbor kids and trick or treated in our neighborhood and then went home. Yes, I know, it was safer then. By the time our kids came along we walked with them, in our neighborhood! One thing we noted and liked was families trick or treating together with Mom and Dad dressing up too. We even had a couple parents with their own treat bag for us to put candy in!  After an hour and half and having handed out 500+ pieces of candy the next round of cars were gathering at the top of the road and groups starting down and I only had a few pieces left. I said we better hurry and get inside before this group hits, I don’t have enough candy left and Bossman said yeah, this is getting a bit much and none of them live here, no wonder so many are not handing out candy anymore.

Maybe I’m a Halloween grinch or something, because I was a little disappointed or disillusioned by the time we went in. I understand if you live out in the country and bring your kids into town and trick or treat in grandma or Aunt Helen’s neighborhood, but it just felt like they were being bussed in by the bus load! I guess times change. Just like parents driving  their kids to school and picking them up. There’s always a traffic jam on the road the schools on in the morning and afternoon. Don’t kids ride the bus at all anymore? But that’s for another post. I’m off to eat a peanut butter cup I hid 🙂

The best costume I saw tonight was Rosie the Riveter! Very original, wish I had thought to get a picture of her!

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Girls Night Out @ The Capitol

Patti, my friend from back home, and I went to the movies at The Capitol Saturday night. Every Halloween season they do an old horror movie. It’s great fun! I LOVE showing off our beautiful Capitol Theater.



We saw Creature From the Black Lagoon! Patti loves to tell everyone how I jumped and screamed when the Creature made his first appearance!

There’s a lovely mural in the process of being painted on the side of one of the buildings downtown near the theater. It’s fun watching as it unfolds.


Have to treat Patti right, she’s the one who introduced me and Bossman 26 years ago! Hopefully she’s having a good time!

Book Shopping!

I have a friend from back home visiting and she is a reader too. Her one request was to go to all the used book stores we have around here. We made a trip up to Johnson City and roamed around Book Lovers Warehouse and Mr. K’s  Used Books. I found some goodies!

IMG_3167IMG_3168IMG_0096Cook Up a Crime I got from Paperbackswap.com and Lolly Willowes I ordered on Amazon, so they came in the mail this last week. I waiting on two Virago books by Janet McNeill ordered from Amazon, The Small Widow and Tea at Four O’Clock. I read Jacui’s review on Tea at Four O’Clock on her blog JacquiWine’s Journal and just had to have it!

There’s still McKay’s Used Books in Knoxville to take her too, but I’m not sure we should! I’m out of bookshelf space and have three stacks sitting on the fireplace step as it is now! I’m going to have to double stack.