Pie party!

Pie party! I’m sure you can imagine how those two words bring smiles to people’s faces. It’s a great theme for a get together. My husband and I attended one last month. We had a great time! I just put one in my fourth book.

Pies at a pie party that will be in my fourth Kelly Jackson cozy mystery.

Pie party!

A beautiful pie at the party and I'll describe it in the fourth cozy mystery.

A Beautiful Pie!

Mendocino Whale Festival Chowder Event

It’s been a whirlwind three weeks. Some of it has been difficult, some challenging, and some of it a lot of it fun. I’ll be catching up with you on what’s been happening. I’ll start with the Mendocino Whale Festival which is what Whale Frolic in MURDER AT THE MANSION is based upon. It starts with a chowder tasting in the morning at the Crown Hall built in 1901. There was definitely an eating frenzy that happened when the doors opened!

The Mendocino Whale Festival was great fun and started with a chowder tasting event. I got to share about my Kelly Jackson cozy mystery signing the next day at the local bookstore.

Mendocino Whale Festival chowder tasting.

Hail in Mendocino!

I had a wonderful time at the Mendocino Whale Festival. My husband made a slideshow with whale pictures from our trips to San Ignacio Lagoon. People really enjoyed it. I showed it at one of Saturday’s events and then had a “meet and greet” at the local bookstore on Sunday for my Kelly Jackson mystery series. MURDER AT THE MANSION has Whale Frolic in it which is based on this event. I met a lot of nice people. THEN something happened I’d never experienced before–hail in Mendocino! Luckily it was late afternoon and the events were over.

Hail at the Mendocino Whale Festival which is in Murder at the Mansion in my cozy mystery series.

Hail in Mendocino!

I’m going to be attending the Mendocino Whale Festival this coming weekend. I’m really looking forward to it. I based Whale Frolic in MURDER AT THE MANSION on it. It made me think of my trips to what I call whale camp in San Ignacio Lagoon. I’ve been three times. It’s the most amazing place I’ve ever been to. I’ve touched whales more than once. The picture in this post shows me touching a young whale.

Mendocino Whale Festival is coming up and I will be doing a signing at the Gallery Bookstore for my mystery  Murder at the Mansion which has a festival based on this one in it.

Touching a Whale

Mendocino Architecture

This is a picture of one of the main streets in Mendocino, the town I used to create Redwood Cove in my mystery series. I thought you might like seeing some of the buildings. The town is very careful about keeping the architecture from changing.

This is one of the main streets in Mendocino, the town used for Redwood Cove in the Kelly Jackson mystery series.

Mendocino Buildiings


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.