I just received exciting news! A picture of our boxer/coonhound, Ellie, won Dog Owners UK first “Dog of the Week” photo contest. What fun! She looks like she’s grinning for ear to ear.

Our rescue dog, Ellie, is a mix of boxer and coonhound

Ellie Running

Unusual Mushroom

I’ve been focused on fungi while writing my fourth mystery

I'm focused on mushrooms for the next book in my cozy mystery series.

Unusual Mushroom

because it has a mushroom festival in it. My husband found THIS next to our driveway! I’ve been finding many different varieties in our yard, but this one is the most interesting so far. I find the different shapes they come in amazing.

A Golden Retriever Hero

This is an amazing example of how devoted dogs can be. A golden retriever’s owner slipped and fell in the snow and couldn’t get up. One article I read said the dog stayed next to him in the freezing cold for twenty hours keeping him warm before they were found by a neighbor.

Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table Review

Karen Owen wrote a review of MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER'S TABLE on her blog called  acupofteandacozymystery.


I’m sending a big THANK YOU to Karen Owen for the wonderful review she wrote for my third book, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE. It’s the first one I’ve seen. Again, thanks!


Puppies Being Adopted

I had a wonderful time at Pet Food Express today. I took my young dog there for socializing, and they were having a puppy adoption event going on. There were lots of wide grins and people cuddling puppies. A lot of dogs were adopted today which is always great news!

Rescue dog puppy adoption event at Pet Food Expres

Puppies Being Adopted!

A rescue dog puppy being adopted.

A rescue dog puppy being adopted!

Blair House

I took a couple of pictures of the Blair House when I was in Mendocino last month. It’s the home Jessica Fletcher used in Murder She Wrote. It was built in 1888. It was used as a bed and breakfast for a while. I’ve been in contact with the owners, and they hope to have it available as an inn again.

The Blair House

The Blair House



Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department

The Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department added to the holiday lights. I’ve been there when the siren starts to call people in. It’s REALLY loud. You see people come running out of homes and sprinting across fields. It’s one of the things that’s very different about living in a small, isolated community. I’m going to put it in one of my books.

Mendocino Fire Department Lights

Mendocino Fire Department Lights