Wednesday, November 30, 2022

December Newsletter


Hello Book Lovers:

We made it through Thanksgiving. If you celebrated, I hope you had a day filled with family, friends, and good food. I ate too much, did you? It’s the time of year when you throw caution to the wind, along with the scale, and enjoy the food prepared with love by our host/hostess.

New Release: Down Riverton Road. Thank you to all who have purchased a copy and given so much positive feedback. I appreciate each one of you. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, it’s available in paperback, kindle edition, and Kindle Unlimited at

Summary: Down Riverton Road.

Divorced and disillusioned with relationships, Olivia Rustin moved from St. Louis to the Texas Hill Country. There she met Alec, a man who haunted her dreams long before leaving Missouri. Strange happenings inside her new home led to the discovery of a spirit. The apparition appears to Olivia and enlists her help in finding Alec’s brother, Wade, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. The ghost directs Olivia to a hidden journal, which uncovers the hate-filled heart of a madman and provides clues for her mission to uncover long-hidden secrets. As she tries to unravel the puzzle, murderous eyes watch her every move. During her quest to locate Wade, Olivia finds a love which will change her life forever.

This is a story about the love between a man and a woman, family, and friends. It renews faith in destiny. Down Riverton Road follows Betty J. Crow’s successful debut novel, Blackthorne Cove. Available at 

Surprise! It’s December. 

Is your tree up? Christmas cards addressed and mailed? Currently shopping? Or are you one of those who finishes early? Me? I have two presents ordered. Tree isn’t up, but I hope it will be this weekend. I really need to start on the cards. I bought stamps with the appropriate scene for the season.

What will you be serving? We’ll probably have a similar menu as Thanksgiving. The only difference will be ham instead of turkey and no pumpkin or sweet potatoes. I LOVE baking cookies. Hopefully, there will be a variety this year. Would you like a favorite recipe of mine? No baking required. If so, here it is:  

Rocky Mountain Snowdrops


1 pound white chocolate

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

1 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal

1 ½ cups mini marshmallows

½ cup dry roasted peanuts


No baking required. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Remove it from the heat and allow the chocolate to cool slightly.

Stir in the peanut butter, cereal, marshmallows, and peanuts until well combined.

Drop the mixture by 2 tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheet.

Cool before serving.

Remember, books make wonderful Christmas gifts. Mine are listed on the sidebar. :)

Well, that's all for today, folks! Stay tuned. I'm planning a giveaway in January.

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Weekend Roundup - V

This week's assignment: Starts with V, Favorite, and Verdant.

Starts with V: This salad does have VEGETABLES somewhere beneath that tasty brisket.

Favorite: I usually reserve this spot for a horse, but I'm also passionate about birds and this Painted Bunting is VISUALLY stunning.

Verdant: My favorite horses with a VERDANT background.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

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Sunday, May 22, 2022

Weekend Roundup - T

 This week's assignment: Starts with T, Favorite, and Tall.

Starts with T: TEXAS begins with T. This was spring break with three of my favorite people. We took a drive down to Whataburger for lunch.

Favorite: This pic shows Whiskey's beautiful, long TAIL.

Tall: This art deco hotel in downtown Hot Springs, AR is TALL.


As are these TALL buildings in downtown Dallas. Picture taken from the top of Reunion Tower. 

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Weekend Roundup - S

 This week's assignment: Starts with S, Favorite, and Silhouette. 

Starts with S: This garden SPIDER was busy SCOPING out a place to build its web. They look SCARY, but they're good SPIDERS.

Favorite: This is Hubby SADDLED up and ready to ride. 

Silhouette: This is a picture of Jube taken last SUMMER, before he was SOLD. The SUN is behind him, thus I decided this was close enough to being a SILHOUETTE. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Saturday, May 7, 2022

Weekend Roundup- R

 This week's assignment: Starts with R, Favorite, and Roof.

Starts with R: RAIN starts with R. These poor horses are soaked. I'm not sure why they are standing in front of the house when their loafing shed is a mere 30 yards in front of them. Guess they wanted me to know they were miserable.

Favorite: This is Whiskey, who was sold last year. He was RUNNING down toward the feed truck.

Roof: I took this picture from my seat at Oaklawn Racetrack. Off in the distance is the Hot Springs Mountain Tower.

We rode up to the top of the tower. Below are the ROOFS of several buildings along the main street. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Weekend Roundup - Q

 This week's assignment: Starts with Q, Favorite, and Quarter.

Starts with Q: Northern Bobwhite QUAIL fits the bill. Mr. and Mrs. were walking down the road, so snapped a shot through the windshield.

Favorite: Guess what? Even though it wasn't an easy task, I found a way to put a horse in a Q post. :) Note the QUIRT laying across the jockey's lap. 

Quarter: The lovely margarita has a QUARTER missing. Hmm.      Wonder where it went?                                                                         

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Saturday, April 23, 2022

Weekend Roundup - P

 This week's assignment: Starts with P, Favorite, and Paper.

Starts with PPretty in PINK. On one of our backroad rambles, I found this beauty in an overgrown fence row. I don't know what kind of tree it is, but it sure was beautiful all decked out in blooms.

Favorite: Meet PATRON. He is not only a handsome fella, but a real sweetheart.

Paper: This is one of the many books I have read over my lifetime. It's pages are made of PAPER! The bookmark is a souvenir Granddaughter brought me from Europe. And, lucky me, it also has PINK roses. :)

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Springtime in Oklahoma

One of my favorite things to do on a beautiful spring day, is to take a drive down the backroads. On this particular day, I was on the lookout for blooms. I don't know what kind of trees/bushes/flowers these are, but I found each of them worthy of a picture. 

Daffodils blowing in the wind.

I do know this is Wisteria.  

We stopped on a bridge to take in the beauty of new leaves and this colorful stream with the sky and trees reflected in the water. We enjoyed the quiet, broken only by an occasional bird.

Hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead!

Friday, April 15, 2022

The Weekend Roundup - O

 This week's assignment: Starts with O, Favorite, and Old.

Starts with O: This OVEN is located on the grounds of Fort Washita. It was built far away from the buildings to keep from heating the kitchen during the hot OKLAHOMA summers. 

What was very OLD is partially new again.

Favorite: Well, ya'll knew a horse would be in this post somewhere. This picture was taken during a recent visit to Oaklawn racetrack in Hot Springs, AR. This horse was a winner.

Old: This is a very old sign located at the exit to Ouachita National Forest. It is near Hot Springs, AR. Hubs took me to the lake where his grandfather proposed to his wife. It's a beautiful area.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, April 8, 2022

Weekend Roundup - N

 This week's assignment: Starts with N, Favorite, and Number

Starts with N: NOSE begins with N. Aw, NOSE kisses. 

Favorite: One of our favorite things to do is drive by to check on the Eagles. This is Mrs. Eagle keeping watch over her eaglet in the NEST. This is the third year we have seen them. 

Number: This mare is branded with the number 54 for identification purposes.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Weekend Roundup - M

 This week's assignment: Starts with M, Favorite, and Metal.

Starts with M: MALLARD starts with M. MEET MRS. MALLARD. 

Favorite: And, of course, MARE works out just fine for my favorite M. Love this little lady in the front. 

Metal: This METAL sculpture graces the main street in Hot Springs, AR. I think it was in front of an eclectic museum—ghosts and such. This is a drive by shooting. I took it from the passenger seat of Hub's truck, through the driver's side window, as we were driving down the street. Barely got it before it was too late.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Sunday, March 27, 2022

Weekend Roundup - L

 This week's assignment: Starts with L, Favorite, and Landscape.

Starts with L: During our trip to Hot Springs, AR, it rained on Sunday, so we took a drive around the LAKE. Sure looked pretty with the mist in the background.

Favorite: This LITTLE LADY sure has LONG LEGS. 

Landscape: Foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Southwestern Oklahoma.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday, March 18, 2022

Weekend Roundup - K

 This week's assignment: Starts with K, Favorite, Kind.

Starts with K: KITTY starts with K. This psychedelic KITTY graced the window of The Grass Shack Dispensary. No I wasn't visiting, merely parked in front of the store while waiting on Hubs to purchase lunch in the Whataburger next door. :)

These KITTIES are barn cats kept to keep the mice and rats to a minimum. They are not friendly. They run when I get too close.

Favorite: Critters are always a favorite of mine. Two KIDS were enjoying a milk snack, while a third is having a nap.

Kind: So I bet you thought I skipped posting a horse this week. Nope. This little lady has KIND eyes and a KIND face. She is a sweetheart.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Saturday, March 12, 2022

Weekend Roundup - I and J

This weeks assignment is 'J': Starts with J, Favorite, and Jewel. However, I missed last week which was 'I': Starts with I, Favorite, and Insect. So, I'm doubling up—yet again!

Starts with I: ICE starts with I. This looks like snow-covered ground, but in reality it is a layer of freezing rain and sleet. Mr. White-throated Sparrow looks cold, while waiting for his turn at the feeders.

Starts with J: JOCKEY starts with J. Last weekend, we enjoyed a mini-vacation in Hot Springs, AR. Of course, we had to go to Oaklawn racetrack while we were there. This is my pick to win the first race. Winner! Winner!

Favorite I: Below you will see my pick taking the lead. Also, in the background, notice all the tents set up in the INFIELD. There were a few people braving the misty day to enjoy drinks, food and the band. 

Favorite J: I wanted to post my favorite picture of JUBE (a horse, of course), but I posted him for 'H' week. Instead I chose to post a bird, which is my other favorite critter. This is an early morning shot of a dark-eyed JUNCO sitting on the fence.

Insect: On February 19, 2022, while enjoying a balmy day on the back porch, this lovely INSECT floated by. Needless to say, I was a little surprised to see a butterfly in mid-February—even in Oklahoma.

Jewell: This is a picture of a light fixture in my daughter's basement. Looks like JEWELS  to me.

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

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