Category Archives: Books

Stuck on the bridge on a beautiful day

It’s a brand new year!

Photo Roll – Highlights of 2014.


Books, Art & Stuff

At the library:

Monday Mornings by Sanjay Gupta, M.D. Having received mediocre reviews from Kirkus and Huffington Post, I nonetheless found this novel to be a fun and interesting read. I’ve always been enthralled by the mysteries of the human brain, and the book is full of quirky ailments, brilliant surgeries and likable characters.

I’m knee deep into A Conspiracy of Friends by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the newest edition to the Corduroy Mansion series. He has a tender and respectful way of bringing life to his characters here and in his other books, most notably, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

I’m looking forward to The Red House by Mark Haddon. He is the arthur of one of my favorite books of all time, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He has also written numerous children’s books.

The East Albemarle Regional Library online – log in, membership is free; request books to be sent to your local branch for pick-up.

On the Internet:

This newly discovered blog is written by Robyn Gordon, an artist living in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Art Propelled is visually appealing to me on many levels.

Edith Lake Wilkinson, was a talented artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. When she was 57 she was sent to a mental asylum in and forgotten until a trunk of her belongings, paintings and sketches were discovered in an attic in West Virginia.

Please check out other recent finds on my Pinterest boards.

Outer Banks Weekly Round-Up

Finished this book.

A New York Times Notable Book for 2011










Participated in the Wine Down 5K in pretty good time (for me).

Sanctuary Vineyards, Jarvisburg, NC










Finished 6 week training with the Steel Magnolia’s at Outer Banks Bootcamps.

At the Wright Brothers Monument








Blooming flowers in the backyard:

Purpole Coneflower "echinacea purpurea"








Hubs fixed the outside shower, It’s the best shower in the house. I asked him if he could make it a wee bit bigger; first he said no. But after his shower this morning, he agreed. I’m hoping he’ll make it big enough for a small bench, and then maybe we could get satellite tv and a microwave oven and I’ll never come indoors again #justkidding.

See this and  more cool showers at Content in a


I was scanning the Last Call – Neiman Marcus sale site over President’s Day Weekend and found a couple of things and ordered a pair of jeans, some boots and a denim shirt.

Jeans are always iffy when shopping in person, even more so online. I have sent back more jeans than I have a right to. However, with the exception of length, these jeans are perfect. Made by Fade to Blue, the original price was $118.00; my price $36.75. These are boot-cut jeans, which will look lovely with my new boots.

Fade to Blue Brand Jeans








Speaking of boots… I love love love these all leather ankle boots. Made by Joe’s Jeans, the color is Bone and will go with just about everything. Originally $295.00, they were reduced to $215.00; and thanks to Presidents George and Abe, I got an additional 50% off.  My size 8 fit perfectly, and will feel even better when broken in. These boots are very wearable with a 2 inch stacked heel.


Love my vintage Asian rug too

















The denim shirt was made for a 6 foot zero-sized super model, so it’s going back, because I like to be able to breathe in my clothes.

Book Worm

Over the past two years, I have been frequenting the Library in Manteo. I’ve listened to numerous books on tapes (great for long road trips), books on business development, personal growth, cookbooks, gardening, fiction and nonfiction. I am currently working my way through NPR’s  list:

The 10 Best Novels Of 2011

Right now, I’m nose deep in The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. I agree with Jay McInerney, author of Bright Lights, Big City, who said:

“Not being a huge fan of the national pastime, I found it easy to resist the urge to pick up this novel, but once I did I gave myself over completely, and scarecely paused for meals. Like all successful works of literature, The Art of Fielding is an autonomous universe, much like the one we inhabit, although somehow more vivid.”

I love books, whether paperback or hardback, stories to read and mysteries to unravel, recipes to make your mouth water, photos to inspire and best of all, pages to turn.