Mavis grabing the bird

This great shot is of Mavis grabbing the bird on the bank of a snowy river. She was one of the youngest dogs on our trip to Scotland, so we heard her name being shouted a lot while we were there. Read more…

The Bitter Season

  My new read, The Bitter Season. I found this author by accident last year when I was in a used book store in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Ever since then I can’t get enough of her work. Her latest, The Bitter Season, came out while we were in Scotland. I had no idea she had released […] Read more…

Pittsburgh Marathon

Well, I have let myself be talked into running the half again this year at the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 1st (for you newbie’s that’s 13.1 miles). When PA girl moved to Pittsburgh last year she decided to train for her first marathon, so of course Running Man and I wanted to show our support […] Read more…

Unseen by Karin Slaughter

Have you ever felt that heart pounding, throat tightening, can’t breathe sensation when you’re in a panic? Maybe a little dramatic, but that was my response last week when I found myself at the airport in Scotland, with the prospect of a 12 hour day, without a book to read! We had a little time […] Read more…

The Steel City

I have always wanted to visit The Steel City because I’ve been a Steeler fan ever since I can remember. I know you’re wondering how a GIRL (let’s get this straight right now, I know more about football than some guys) from Oklahoma, smack dab in the middle of Dallas Cowboy country, not to mention […] Read more…

Rombauer Winery

If you ever get to the Napa Valley of California you should visit the Rombauer Winery while you’re there. The Rombauer Winery sets way up high on a beautiful ridge off the Silverado Trail and their tasting room sits over looking the valley below.  The grounds surrounding the tasting room look like a well manicured park […] Read more…

Author Elizabeth George

I am right in the middle of Author, Elizabeth George’s new book, “A banquet of Consequences.” If you have never read any of her books you are missing a real treat! Her series has the most delightful main character, Inspector Thomas Lynley, a dashing royal blooded policeman at New Scotland Yard. He is someone you […] Read more…

Side Dish: Brussel Sprouts

My favorite side dish: Brussel Sprouts. Since the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays are filled with hot chocolate, sugar cookies and my daughter’s famous chocolate pie, January is the month of “oh my gosh my pants are to tight, I need to eat only veggies for a while!”  My go to side dish right now is brussel sprouts. I […] Read more…

Book on the bedside table

Do you keep a book on the bedside table? I have an iPad, but there is something about holding a book in your hands, turning the pages, keeping a old movie ticket as your bookmark, skipping ahead to some random place to quickly skim a paragraph or two. It would be an understatement to say that […] Read more…

2015 Christmas Party

Our 2015 Christmas Party for Lights in the Heights was a lot of fun even though someone in charge of the weather thought it actually July! It was hot, humid, rainy and miserable outside but The Bayland House was rocking with great tunes, craft beer, a Christmas cocktail, honey ham, fondue, mac and cheese from Liberty […] Read more…

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