Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December Dark Nights Mocha Fireside Reading

Photo by Mary Vee

December is one of my favorite months. Cool, sometimes slushy snowflakes tumble to the ground.

I love the festive lights.

Photo courtesy: Pixabay

The evenings are long.

Near the Rhine, Germany
Photo by Mary Vee

Mocha or hot tea steams with goodness.

Larium Mansion, Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Photo by Mary Vee

Comfy chairs wait for you. 
Bring a book and a blanket. 

So soothing, 
especially with a fireplace--real or fake.

I have three Christmas book ideas for you. 
These stories also make great gifts. 
And--during the holidays the ebook version is on sale. 

Book link: Click Here
December is a great time to read!

Michigan Woods
Photo by Mary Vee

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

To The Moon And Back

Years ago, when I first started this blog, a writer commented, "I can see you like to travel." 

She was right.

Imagine, though, taking a trip to the moon!!

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 12 mission to the moon. The astronauts' adventure didn't receive the same notoriety as Apollo 11, the landing on the moon, or Apollo 13, the everything-went-wrong-that-could-possibly-go-wrong mission. Thankfully those astronauts survived. Tom Hanks starred in the movie telling the journey.

Did you know, though, that the Apollo 12 Saturn V rocket also had problems? Lightning struck the capsule more than once and they lost all power for some time.

Did you also know astronauts, Charles Conrad, Jr., Richard Gordan, Jr, and Alan Bean were good friends? Tapes of their conversations during the flight are hilarious. They brought up a tape deck with a variety of music. Told jokes. And much more.

The astronauts completed their mission to the moon and safely landed in the Pacific Ocean.

Because this mission was successful, scientists have studied seismic activity on the moon, rock samples, and more. I would have liked to greet the three Apollo 12 astronauts when they landed, unfortunately, I arrived at the Pacific ocean a little late. Years too late ;)

Here is a link to NASA's short video of this amazing journey: Apollo 12

Are you ready to go to the moon with me?

My new Christmas story is finding new readers. 
One sent me this photo and message last week:

I sat by the fireplace up north reading a wonderful, exciting book...so beautifully written....When we get home I'll put up a review for it 🙂 Keep writing. This story makes me want to go have a cup of coffee and chocolate at a little bistro where red flowers are hanging out of the baskets gently blowing in the wind as the days fly by filled with smiles and laughter. ♥️🤭🙂
Truly was a delight to read. Can't wait to read the next one.

Sylvia's Secret is on sale! 
Here is the book link:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Wally's Homemade Food At Exit 10

The advantage of traveling is stumbling upon fantastic places to eat. Sometimes a restaurant is hidden in unexpected places.

During this week's snow/ice/sleet storm that bulldozed across the United States this week, hubby and I were forced to stop at exit 10 in Chesterton, Missouri. I must admit, I didn't expect this weather in the southern portion of Missouri.

We filled our gas tank, booked a room at the hotel across the expressway, then, after searching, ended up back at the gas station complex. Inside motorists can buy de-icer, scrapers for the windshield, a warm jacket, hats, mittens, and so much more! 

To the far left was Wally's Home Style Cook'n.

I'll admit I was suspicious. What kind of food would I find at a restaurant tucked in a truck stop?

Until I saw these tables.

Wally's is smart. First up are the dessert choices. Delicious slices of pies, cakes, and puddings.

Farther down, the server will give you a big bowl of homemade chili, stew, mac and cheese, and or vegetables. Seasoned to perfection and plenty to quell your hunger.

Walk farther to the grill station. This is where I ordered a hamburger and fries. The burger and fries had a perfect char on the outside while juicy on the inside. Mmmmm.

Walk farther to the pizza station. This place has enough food to feed an army and more.

The portions were large. The flavors are like mom makes (if she is a cook). The prices are unbelievably low.

The atmosphere is like the inside of a big hunting lodge.

So, if the weather is bad on highway 57 at exit 10 in Chesterton, Missouri, stop in and give Wally's a chance to show off their home cook'n. You'll be mighty happy you did!

My new Christmas story is finding new readers. A reader sent me this photo and message only yesterday:

I sat by the fireplace up north reading a wonderful, exciting book...so beautifully written....When we get home I'll put up a review for it 🙂 Keep writing. This story makes me want to go have a cup of coffee and chocolate at a little bistro where red flowers are hanging out of the baskets gently blowing in the wind as the days fly by filled with smiles and laughter. ♥️🤭🙂
Truly was a delight to read. Can't wait to read the next one.

Sylvia's Secret is on sale! 
Here is the book link:

Friday, November 8, 2019

Have You Been To New Mexico? Epic Vast Beauty. Join Mary Vee For A Quick Trip

This is not my first time driving through New Mexico. If I have my say, it won't be my last. 

This state has colorful landscapes mastered. 

Someday, I hope to actually stay here a few days here. Probably not in the summer. Too hot. For now, New Mexico serves as a link to my destination. A link worth capturing on film and sharing with you.

I drove south on a two-lane highway. 

The sun rose to my left. 

A desert storm crept over the mountains and spilled into the vast, flat scrublands to my right. 

Rain tumbled onto the thirsty land. In the sky, it looked like a fine mist, but the drops that hit my windshield were large, plump, and wet.

The storm continued to push across the sky. 

The rising sun revealed waves of color in thin portions of the cloud.

Back where the rain fell, darkness loomed.

Experience has taught me, the best photos are usually behind me. I turned and saw this rainbow pop out of nowhere.

The sun dazzled the brush.

The storm cloud darkened the sky.

But the rainbow took center stage.

I had to take a second photo for you.

Notice the mountain? It's barely visible on the lower left.

Also notice that where the rainbow colors darken, the sky also is darker.

Pretty coo, eh?

Even after turning west, a row of storms formed interesting contrasts, helping us to see so much more. 

Farther west, I drove past White Sands, New Mexico.

I had remembered an interesting fact about this place. One of the shuttles could not land at Edwards Air Force Base. Mission Control scrambled for a second landing strip. Although, prepared, White Sands did not expect to become the rescue landing site that day. 

White Sands is also know for being a testing grounds for missiles. 

I had passed a valley and driven up to this mountain pass. Excuse the rain on the windshield. I probably wasn't suppose to take this photo. I realized why every scenic pull out on the other side was blocked by officials and there were no vehicles going the other way. A little farther up, all traffic east bound had been blocked by officials. I assumed the same had happened somewhere behind me.

Conclusion: a missile was being tested. 

As the miles separated me from White Sands...

and I neared Arizona, the terrain changed drastically. HUGE boulders neared the road.

Some of them looked like shapes. If you have seen the movie The Neverending Story, think of Rockbiter, or Galaxy Quest's  rock character. 

Before leaving New Mexico, I photographed this home. Isn't it beautiful? I wouldn't want to live this close to the road, but the rest sure seems enticing, eh?

Then Tevye's song, "If I Were A Rich Man" popped into my head. 


I hope you enjoyed this short visit to New Mexico. I am hoping to take you again someday.

In the meantime...

I have the perfect book for you. It is my new release. A short. Fun. Detective story. Readers are taken, step by step, like Agatha Christie's detective, Hercule Poirot, on the case. Wealthy Sylvia Duvet is missing. The estate's staff is devastated. The holidays are approaching. Where is she? What will the gossipers, social media, and newspapers say? The family name will be ruined if she isn't found soon.

Thank you! Every review helps others see this book.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Before the Chilly Temps Hit...Head For the Beach!

The snow pictures are appearing on the internet. Already! I've seen some from Colorado, Iowa, and Montana. I hear the snow is heading east. 

Before the chilly temps take us to the end of the year, let's head to the beach one more time, eh?

I especially enjoy the duck families who visit every year. Once their babies are old enough they leave. But until then, they hang around on our little beach.

Lake Superior, in Michigan just has this chilly look to it most of the time. Yes, there is some snow in this picture.  Even without it, the shade of blue typically seen here is chilly.

These tenacious weeds grow with a fervor. The only way to keep the sand available for fun is to pull them.

Lake Michigan has a bit more green to the water. The shore has a powdery soft sand.

West of Traverse City, Michigan is this scenic area. The drop off is 450 ft. A blast to run down...a dredge to climb back up.

The Oregon shore of the Pacific had gray grainy sand, but the waves had a beautiful roar.

Pacific Ocean beach friends.

This Mediterranean beach is on the west side of Israel. The aqueduct you see was built by Herod.

Perhaps we'll visit beaches again when we are feeling especially cold this winter. For now, I'm going to put on sunglasses and pretend it is a sunny, warm day.

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 Sylvia's Secret, A Christmas Story

The cost was lowered to $1.25 for reviews.

Please consider writing a review. Thank you.