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

Mushroom Class

I learned a lot about mushrooms while I was in Mendocino doing research. The class I took had to do with finding mushrooms, cleaning them, cooking them, and the best part–EATING them! I came back with a number of recipes including one for wild mushroom ravioli in porcini mushroom broth and another for making ragout of wild mushrooms with gorgonzola on crostini. I had a lot of fun!

Mushroom Huntin

Mushroom Hunting

Fort Bragg Presentation

I went to Mendocino to attend some Mushroom Festival activities this weekend to gather information for book four. It’s currently called MURDER AT THE MUSHROOM FESTIVAL. I had an opportunity to do a presentation at the Fort Bragg Library. It was wonderful to see how many people were using the library on a Saturday afternoon. I enjoyed the conversation I had with those who attended the talk. We had some fun and shared a few laughs.

Book presentation at the Fort Bragg, California, library.

Book presentation at the Fort Bragg, California, library.

Dog Phone

While doing research for book three, MURDER AT THE FORTUNE TELLER’S TABLE, I discovered a phone dogs can use. I was amazed. It sits on the floor, and there’s a large button for the dog to push. The dog is taught to hit it in certain circumstances and/or on command. It’s programmed with a number to call in an emergency. It’s called a K-9 Rescue Alarm.

“Muddy Paws” Blues

I’m thrilled that we’ve finally had some significant rain. We really needed it. On the other hand, I am singing the “muddy paws” blues. There are eight of them to deal with. They did NOT get into the house without a thorough cleaning!

singing the "muddy paws" blues

singing the “muddy paws” blues