Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Welcome Armchair BEA--Who am I?

Armchair BEA is an event for book bloggers who can't make it to BEA "Book Expo America" in New York City this week.

I'm so excited to be back at Armchair BEA once again---it's my third year.  (oops, there is a question already answered)

Let me backtrack just a bit tho...
I am Debbie,  a life-long bookworm, book lover, book obsessed/possessed,  but casual book blogger.  I am not a book reviewer, nor do I stick to any book weekly memes or goals.
So, why am I here you ask?  Well, just because I don't regularly review books, I do read book blogs EVERY DAY and did you notice the obsessed comment above?  I would die if I didn't have a book in my possession at all times.
That might be a tad bit melodramatic, I wouldn't actually 'die',  just go insane.
I must have a book.   I love them. So here I am.
And I loved being a part of Armchair BEA the past two years.  I found new blogs that I loved reading each day and I loved seeing what books everyone across the country was interested in.

10 years ago, I went to New York City with  my friend Stella, who was running the marathon. (I was not. I was her support system) Registration for the marathon took place in the Jarvits Center, so I can close my eyes and picture myself there, smack dab in the middle of BEA.   (sigh) As my mother used to say, "if wishes were fishes, we'd all have a fry." 

I say 'casual' book blogger, because I also blog about food.  And Birds.  And gardening.   And random life events.
I got into blogging because I like to journal/write/keep a diary and this was just a fun way for me to do so.
THEN, I found book bloggers  ( and food bloggers ).

So here I am.  That answers questions  #1 and #3.

#2 Where in the world am I blogging from?  (it says I can include photos)

The Wild Wild West of course.  The Great State of Nevada.  Where we do actually have towns and cities.  I just like to freak people out with our vast wilderness, so that's what I am posting pictures of.
These pics from a 'picnic' we took on Sunday.  We got rained on.

#8  If I could eat dinner with any author or character who would it be and why?
Margaret Maron of course!  The author of the Deborah Knott mystery series.
I love all genres of books, but these are like  the 'comfort food' of books to me.
I love  Maron and all she writes about.

#9 What literary location would you most like to visit and why?
North Carolina where Deborah Knott solves all the murders!  Or maybe Baltimore where Laura Lipman's 'Tess Monaghan'  solves some serious crime.

Series Mysteries=Comfort.  I love knowing and evolving with the characters with each new novel.

So, there is a little bit of background about me. Can I shout out a HELLO to my friend Kathy from BermudaOnion, who actually is at BEA right now? 

I'll be back tomorrow!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Saturday Snapshot

Pine trees just aren't made to grow in the desert. 
It's a fact.

Even tho the Handyman had high hopes and kept watering it and watering it, it just wouldn't make a comeback.

A lot of Blue Spruce and Scotch Pine trees are planted around here (the Nevada high desert), and they will grow for a while---sometimes a long, long while  (years) but a lot of times, they will die early.   It's a chance we all take when we plant an evergreen in the dessert.  There just isn't enough water and the soil is too dry and sandy--it doesn't hold onto moisture no matter how much you water.

Yesterday Rich had to do it---he  chopped down our dead Blue Spruce tree.

It's easy to take part--just post a picture taken by you or someone you know and link up!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Outdoor Wednesday

It is spring in Northern Nevada.

I love to see the changes that take place thru our seasons ---we have a different spring than in most places. It can be 80 degrees one day and then it will snow the next.

Then, a week after it snows on June 1st--summer will arrive and it will be 100 degrees and stay that way for the next few months.

I walk every  morning at 5:30am.  (5 or 6 mornings a week--altho I like to say EVERY morning.  It's my goal)   
Our Community Garden is not too far from my home, so every so often on our morning walks, I'll make the Handyman take a tour to see whats happenin'.
It's fun for me to see the changes that take place in the different seasons.  Rich (the Handyman) on the other hand, says nothig changes. (sigh)

But,  for the rest of the spring, summer and fall, I'll keep on walking thru the Community Garden every couple of weeks, and I'll keep taking pictures and the Handyman will keep rolling his eyes.

I'm going to link this to "Outdoor Wednesday"  at A Southern Daydreamer's blog.  She does this weekly meme and it's fun to see how different people choose to share their 'outdoors' each week.

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