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Welcome to My Porch

I made the move, for better or worse! Peggy Ann’s Post is now Peggy’s Porch.  I hope you’ll stop by often and sit awhile with me. Mostly we’ll talk about reading, roaming, recipes and what’s going on in the neighborhood.

I think I have WordPress figured out, but bear with me if I make a few mistakes as I’m getting use to it. I did manage to get my posts from Peggy Ann’s Post imported over okay.

Haven’t gotten much reading done lately, I’ve been doing jigsaw puzzles and catching up on some British TV. I’m slowly reading Jill McGown’s Murder at the Old Vicarage. I’m really enjoying it and will read all her books. I looked and my library has them all!

Most of you know I am a Charles Wysocki puzzle fan. I LOVE doing his, so many dogs, horses, houses and people to put together. I collect them. We have several boxes of them stored away that we’ve already done. When we get old we’ll do them again and won’t remember doing them before so they’ll be like new to us, right?  I look on eBay for old ones you can’t get anymore. There’s a couple rarer ones I’ve really wanted to get my hands on and both times I’ve seen them I was cheap and didn’t want to pay $18 dollars for a used puzzle. Finally after several years of looking I came across Dampy’s Donuts on a Dreary Day and now it’s $25! I bit the bullet and bought it! The older it gets the more it will cost! Now I just really want Checking in on Old Martha’s Vineyard. May never see that one again 😦  Dampy’s is a bit ‘dreary’ looking, but I love it!

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Dampy’s Donuts

This is the one I just finished…

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Watched The Crown on Netflix. I had the whole first season to watch. Beautifully filmed. I wouldn’t want to be queen! Played catch-up with Unforgotten on ITV and some Midsomer Murder. We just don’t have as good a TV here in the States as they do in the UK.

I’ve had a toothache and had to go to the dentist. I need a root canal. Ugh! I’ve never had one before and I’m dreading it. It’s an old cavity with a filling from maybe 30-35 years ago. There’s infection in under the filling I guess after all these years! My tooth has a curve in the roots so I have to go to an endodontist to have it done. Luckily the antibiotics have helped and I’m not having the pain right now so I don’t have to rush.

We went to the movies on Tuesday and saw Hidden Figures. Wonderful movie! I told my son to take his daughter on a date to see it. But she had already seen it. She went with her school! She is in high honor classes and they took a group of girls to see it. I thought that was fantastic! I saw Fences the first of the year and that was probably one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. Liz and I are wanting to go see Silence and The United Kingdom when they come out. Both true stories. $5 Tuesday’s is a great invention!

Saturday is my birthday and we’re going out for dinner and then to the Capitol Theater, downtown to a bluegrass concert. There are two bands playing. I’m looking forward to that!

Bossman’s been painting our basement walls and floor. It’s looking so pretty and clean down there!

Well, I’ve chewed your ear long enough for one day, so I’ll let you go for now.

Y’all come back!

Peggy

 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a ‘gift from God’ and against Tom’s judgement, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

A haunting, heartbreaking tale. Set on an isolated lighthouse station where two oceans meet. I’ve read so many lovely reviews about this book and they are so right, a wonderful story that will bring tears to your eyes.
A couple quotes I like from the book…
‘The rain is falling more heavily and in the distance, thunder grumbles at being left behind by the lightening.’

and when Frank’s wife responds ‘But it’s not that easy.’ when they are discussing forgiving and forgetting he tells her…
‘Oh but my treasure, it is so much less exhausting. You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day. You have to keep remembering all the bad things. I would have to make a list, a very, very long list and make sure I hated the people on it the right amount. That I did a very proper job of hating, too: very Teutonic! No – we always have a choice. All of us.’

(I used Blogo on my iPad to post this while in FL. It didn’t work 😦 What do you use on a device when away to post?)
Peggy Ann

The Smoky Mountains Ablaze

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I’m sure you have all heard something of the fires that have ravaged the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (which is 100 years old this year!) and the town of Gatlinburg at the base of the park. We live an hour from there. I’ve been glued to the local TV as they have broadcast 24 hrs. for a couple days. It is horrific, its the only word I can think of to describe the scene. Gatlinburg looks like a war zone.

The fire started on Wednesday evening, the 23rd, by human hand (under investigation), in the Chimney Tops area of the park.

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Monday a cold front moved in and brought with it low humidity and gale force wind gusts (87mph). The fire moved rapidly and the winds brought down trees and power lines which when laying on the dry drought ridden leaf cover, ignited new fires. Within an hours time we had a major event, apocalyptic even! I’ve never seen anything like it.

The fire quickly made its way down to Gatlinburg, the popular tourist town at the foot of the park. 4,000 people live and work in Gatlinburg. Imagine this, night, winds raging, fire moving at breakneck speed, trees and power lines across the winding mountain roads making escape impossible in some situations. It’s unimaginable! 14,000 were evacuated from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Many homes burned to the foundation, nothing left standing, in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities. We’ve heard stories of family members calling loved ones frantically, that the fire was around the house and now the family can’t get ahold of them and have no idea if they survived. Fires are still burning even after rain. No one is allowed in yet to their homes. Seven confirmed deaths, 74 injured as of the last update. So many missing. They have 4 search zones they are combing through. There are so many remote homes in the mountains too! In the last update the fire chief said finding the missing is not an easy job as the fires burned so hot there is nothing to find, basically and it will be a forensic search soon, in other words digging for bones. I told you it is horrific!

As of last update just a half hour ago 17,108 acres have burned. 10,000+ in the National Park and 6,000+ in the surrounding area. The fire chief said even though we had a day of good rain it was not enough to penetrate our drought ridden ground and the fires can rekindle easily. There are a couple new ones today. Low humidity and wind today is a real danger.

So much need now in the area, so many families lost everything. 700 structures destroyed, homes and businesses. The mayor of Gatlinburg lost his home and business. Firefighters battling the blaze while wondering if their families were safe and if their houses still stood.  There is a ‘Smokies Strong’ T-shirt for sale and the proceeds go to support victims of the fire. You can order one here, but be warned, the site keeps crashing as the response has been fantastic!

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WBIR TV in Knoxville is the station that I have been keeping up with. You can check out videos and This link takes you to a page with a video of a short ride a long with a firefighter as he drives through it. Click on Home on the page to see the latest.
updates and there’s even a link at the top to watch live coverage if you’d like.

Here are a few pics of the devastation…

So much wildlife lost too! We need your prays and support. When we rebuild come visit and support the businesses and see our beautiful mountains.

With a heavy heart,
Peggy Ann

*Update: 13 confirmed deaths and 80 injured now.

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Mr. K’s Used Book Store

First day of deer season was on Saturday here in Tennessee. Of course the rain we’ve been praying for came that morning! Along with cold temps and lots of wind! But that doesn’t deter those hunters. So my friend Gay and I just had ourselves a girl’s day out. She told me about a used/new bookstore I did not know about in Johnson City and we met there. Heaven, I was in heaven! Two floors, clean, organized and a whole aisle of just mystery! And today everything in the store was 25% off!

I got 12 books, one was a Christmas gift for my granddaughter. She wants the new Harry Potter book that just came out, And the Cursed Child, which is a play not a novel. We went to Barnes and Noble to look for it last week and it is only out in hardback and it was $29.99!!!! I couldn’t make myself buy it. Sorry authors, but there’s no way I’m paying that for a new book. Glad I didn’t, because K’s had one there used, read once, for $18.99 and then 25% off. So she’s getting it for Christmas after all!
Here’s my haul…
1. The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck by Alexander Laing    set in Maine and the cover caught my attention, It’s a Collier Books
2. A Stranger in My Grave by Margaret Millar and when I got home I discovered I already have it. I like this cover much better though.
3. The Judas Window by Carter Dickson
4. Three’s a Crowd by Doris Miles Disney
6. The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell   this one was on my Amazon wishlist!
7. Miss Hargreaves by Frank Baker  this one was on my wishlist too.
8. Emily, Alone by Stewart O’Nan
9. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley  I know I’ve already read this but I thought Isa might like to read it.
10. Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina
11. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
12. Tennessee Gardner’s Guide   we’ll be doing landscaping next year.
Here are a few books I picked up within the last month…
Black-Headed Pins by Constance and Gwenyth Little   I love their books, a little slapstick on the side.
The Walk Down Main Street by Ruth Moore   my favorite Maine writer.
The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie   this isn’t a nice copy, the back cover is missing but its readable.
The House on the Cliff by D.E. Stevenson
We had lunch at Sahib, Gay’s first encounter with Indian food! We had the buffet so we got to try lots of dishes. Bossman didn’t get a deer, didn’t even see one. He did talk to another hunter that said he saw no deer either, but he did see a bear with two cubs! I haven’t heard from Gay to see if her hubby and grandson got one or not.
Peggy Ann