deltamiss: (Fall Flowers)
2020-01-12 08:39 am

Friends only...

I've decided to go friends only for several reasons...none of which would be of interest to anyone so I won't attempt to explain. I have future-dated this so that it stays at the top of my journal, and I'll leave it public. Thanks for stopping by!
deltamiss: (Book Quote)
2011-12-31 10:03 am
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Reading 2011

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (not what I expected)
The Ghosts of Belfast by Stewart Neville (interesting, but very odd)
In the Woods by Tana French (modern Irish author)
Winter Study by Nevada Barr (suspense!)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Anne Barrows (kind of interesting - period piece)
Private by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Tara Road by Maeve Binchy (not Binchy's best, but a fairly good read)
Such Devoted Sisters by Eileen Goudge (meh)
Goodnight, Nobody by Jennifer Weiner (meh)
Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (too...foreign)
Killer Market by Margaret Maron (meh)
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (weird)
Broken by Karin Slaughter (typical of Slaughter, but not the best)
The Vintage Caper by Peter Mayle (NOT his best work)
Hannah's List by Debbie Macomber (contrived)
The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips (fairly interesting)
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (ok)
Rose's Garden by Carrie Brown (meh)
The Ghost by Robert Harris (great spy stuff)
Blue Plate Special by Frances Norris (don't bother)
A Fall From Grace by Robert Barnard (VERY British - idioms, places, etc.)
Any Man's Death by Loren Estelman (very noir - Sam Spade dialogue!)
Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy (another good one - Binchy makes me want to visit Ireland!)
The Charm School by Nelson DeVille (Oh boy, did this book rake up some memories. Terrific spy thriller!)
Drowning Ruth by Christina Schwartz (lots of death - accidental and otherwise)
The Lost Garden By Helen Humphreys (VERY odd...not sure I liked this one at all)
The Likeness by Tana French (Implausible characterization but worth the read)
Summer's Lease by John Mortimer (weak and silly)
The Things They Carried by Time O'Brien (interesting, but somehow I missed that this was fiction...duh)
Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark (OMGOSH! I'd forgotten how contrived her plots are!)
A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield (give it up for middle aged women with missions...revenge!)
Down River by John Hart (not bad)
The Gold Coast by Nelson Demille (another home run!)
Spoken From the Heart by Laura Bush (I've always admired the Bush women, but she tended toward politics in the end)
Graveminder by Melissa Mar (I still don't like fantasy - zombies either)
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo; translated by Don Bartlett (very suspenseful but took too long to resolve conflict - written by a Norweigian - or Dane - or Swede???)
Plum Island by Nelson Demille (Good, but not as good as The Gold Coast)
A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett (awful...long and awful)
deltamiss: (Default)
2011-07-28 12:38 pm
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The End of an Era...

It appears that LiveJournal is gasping its last breath. I'm sad, of course, because I made many, many good friends over the years who may choose to go somewhere besides DW. Facebook simply does not provide the intimacy that LJ gave, nor does it inspire users to grow closer. Most of my friends on FB are 'old' friends from high school and college who just want to touch base - nothing more. My friends from LJ didn't even know me before I moved to North Carolina.

I'd like be more active here, but my days are so redundant they scream boring. So...I probably won't be posting anything on a regular basis.

Marking the demise of a major part of my life in North Carolina...
deltamiss: (Long May It Wave...)
2010-07-04 11:51 am

THE Declaration of Independence...

Happy Independence Day!

Sometimes words we hear repeated time and again lose their impact, and we forget the courage it took for fifty-six 'subjects' of the British realm to sign their names on a document that would sever all ties to their motherland.

Nine signers were born in the United Kingdom - three from England, three from Ireland, two from Scotland, and one from Wales. Twenty-four were lawyers; four were merchants; and nine were farmers; two were future presidents. Their names were withheld from the public for six months to protect them from retribution. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest signer (70) and Edward Rutledge the youngest (26). Six signed both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. And as much as we like to think Thomas Jefferson's brilliant words were accepted immediately, it took the 2nd Continental Congress three days to hammer out the exact wording.

If you've never read the entire document, you really should. It is an amazing and unprecedented document. I find it interesting that the document refers repeatedly to King George, never Parliament.

When in the course of human events... )
deltamiss: (Movie Time)
2010-07-01 09:58 am
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Movie Meme!

[ profile] bojojoti posted this in her hournal, and it looked like fun. My list is chock-full of some of my favorite actors. Narrowing down the scores of timeless films has been a job! Bojojoti inserted pictures, but it's more of a hassle than I care to undertake today.

Leave a comment and I'll give you 10 actors and 10 actresses (or 5 and 5, if you prefer) and on your own journal, post the movies you enjoy most with those actors (or not - no pressure). It's a fun way to remember movies you haven't thought of in awhile!

deltamiss: (Photo Miss)
2010-06-20 06:23 pm
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Blogger's Choice Awards...

A dear LJ and FB friend nominated Melanie's blog for a Blogger's Choice Award. If you are so inclined, please vote for her. You have to register, but it's easy peasy. Thanks so much!!
deltamiss: (Hugs)
2010-05-09 09:29 am
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My mother and daughter were world-class huggers...

I miss Mama’s dressing at Thanksgiving and Christmas. I miss her laugh that started at her toes and zoomed all the way up to her eyes. I miss her calm assurance and fiery attitude. I miss the glow on her face when she looked at my daddy. I miss the phone calls during a Braves game or when two snowflakes fell. I miss her utter, unashamed love of Jesus. But most of all, I miss her hugs.

I miss Maureen’s determination and her independent spirit. I miss her sense of style and rhythm (even though she was confined to a wheelchair). I miss her expressive blue/gray eyes that held mine a little longer than usual the last time I saw her. I miss her artistic talent that ended before she could develop it fully. I miss her love of animals and her passion for adventure and just plain fun. I miss her laugh. But most of all, I miss her hugs.
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2010-04-23 07:59 pm
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Bloomin' Spring!

A few things are still blooming around here. The dogwoods are waning; the azaleas are fading; the creeping phlox is slowing; forsythia, quince, daffodils and irises - spent; the wisteria gone. The old white azaleas always bloom late and seem to last longer than the pinks and reds; the coreopsis and dianthus are coming back; the grasses and pecan trees are setting blooms; the mahonia is setting fruit.

Maybe allergy season is easing off, too. )
deltamiss: (Chef Miss)
2010-03-02 06:41 pm
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One of Melanie's friends shared a recipe for a scrumptious soup. It's simmering as I type, but I just had to taste it. I usually don't care for soups with lots of melted cheese, but this one is to die for. And so easy! The most difficult part for me is opening the cans. ;)

Chicken Corn Chowder

2 cups cooked chicken
16 ozs. chicken broth
Medium onion, diced
2 tbls. butter
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 14 oz. can of whole kernel corn
1 14 oz. can of cream style corn
1 10 oz. can of Ro Tel tomatoes
8 ozs. Velveeta cheese, cubed
8 ozs. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion in butter until tender. Add in all ingredients except cheeses. Stir until well blended. Bring to a boil. Add cheeses. Stir. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.

There went the timer. Soup's on! :D
deltamiss: (Winter Miss)
2010-02-13 08:58 am
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We got snow. Not a lot but enough to cover the ground. The sun is beginning to peek and the clouds are scooting away. This won't last long.

Let it snow... )
deltamiss: (China Pattern Tree)
2009-12-24 11:02 am

To All My Wonderful Friends...

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas...NOW!

deltamiss: (Acoustic Guitar)
2009-11-23 04:48 pm
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Happy Birthday to the best brother in the world! :D
deltamiss: (Happy Giving)
2009-10-20 04:58 pm
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Could it REALLY be?

deltamiss: (I am such a sheep!)
2009-10-19 08:16 pm
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Seen in several journals...

You are The Hierophant

Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching.

All things relating to education, patience, help from superiors.The Hierophant is often considered to be a Guardian Angel.

The Hierophant's purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between her two pillars deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant (or High Priest) deals with worldly problems. He is well suited to do this because he strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis. The Hierophant's only problem is that he can be stubborn and hidebound. At his best, he is wise and soothing, at his worst, he is an unbending traditionalist.

What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

You Are General Tso's Chicken

You have a flair for the dramatic, and you like to sample all of the world's flavors.

You like to bring on the heat, both in life and at the dinner table. There's not a dish too spicy for you.

While you tend to go for the more daring choices on the menu of life, you're the type of person who tries everything.

You know there's no way you can predict what you'll like or dislike, so you just dive in and give it all a go.

deltamiss: (Camellia Japonica)
2009-10-17 03:19 pm
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Autumn Beauty...

I've been watching the camellias in my neighbor's back yard. She has a couple of prolific bloomers that I anxiously await every fall. The nights have cooled considerably now - perfect camellia weather!

Here she is...Camellia Sasanqua. Isn't she a beauty?

In the only-a-nut-would-think-they're-beautiful category are some mushrooms found in Melanie's front yard.

This clump caught my attention first.

But this one...THIS one grabbed me! A BLACK 'shroom! My first.

Back in the summer, the only rose on the property was cut to the ground - total accident and my fault for not pointing out that it was indeed a rose bush and not a weed. But he's coming back! Since I know absolutely nothing about roses, I don't know if Dr. Huey will bloom again or not.

deltamiss: (Reading Miss)
2009-09-26 08:06 am
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Last night I finished a sweet little book, French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, by Richard Goodman (of whom I'd never heard). It's about a year he spent in a tiny French village learning about gardening and Provençal life in an out of the way place full of interesting characters and history.

The book is a real departure from my usual reading fare of forensics and detectives and murder and mayhem, and the interlude was fascinating.

More than gardening, more than living in France, more than simply traveling abroad, Goodman introduces the reader to people and places with subtle nuances that dangle like prisms in the French countryside. The author respects the 211 inhabitants of St. Sebastien de Caisson with a sweet and sometimes poignant reverence.

Unless one is a lover of gardens and gardening, the book could be considered boring. Goodman spends paragraph after paragraph describing the clay French soil, the intense summer sun and the austere life in the small village. But his love of the people and experiences raises the level of interest...especially since his original plan had nothing to do with gardening.

This morning has been spent wishing such an opportunity would present itself to me. I think I'd take it. :D
deltamiss: (Default)
2009-09-25 08:22 pm

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Another critter appeared this evening to add to the menagerie that has graced my garden this year. I've named him Spike. He's dining on the lantana, and there may be none left in the morning if he has brothers. :/

Spike is pretty brave, but who wouldn't be with all those legs to grab hold of stems?

The Spikester... the caterpillar fetal position...

deltamiss: (Autumn Leaves)
2009-09-20 08:14 am
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Our nighttime temps are consistently in the 60° range now, but our daytime highs still try for the upper 80°s. I'll be glad when our highs are much lower.

The dogwoods always herald autumn around here, and ours have been turning for a couple of weeks now. Today the fruit is beckoning the birds.

Some of the potted plants are still blooming, but the flowers are getting smaller and smaller as the season wanes. The dahlia is tiny, but she fairly glows.

The sweet potato vine keeps blooming. There are two on it almost hidden by the foliage.