Smith Mountain Lake Mystery Writer

Contemplations from a quiet cove on Smith Mountain Lake.

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I'm a Southern gal who loves life, my husband and our family (which, to date, includes 13 grandchildren). I enjoy being with friends and family. But I also like being alone and thinking up plots for future books. I've published two novels, both mysteries, and I'm working on my third. For more about my books, visit me at If you ever hear me say, "I'm bored," please get me to the ER immediately! Paddling my kayak and snapping pictures of the critters I see relaxes me. Beach music has the opposite effect--when I hear those old "doo-wops" I want to dance.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Excepted--or Accepted?

Yesterday, while taking a break from attempting to de-clutter the office I share with my husband, I picked up a weekly insert that arrived in one of our local newspapers. I won't say which one. As I thumbed through, a colorful half-page ad caught my eye and I quickly scanned down the page.

Aaarrrggghhh! No! I could not believe what I saw. I looked again to be sure. Yep, there it was. It read:

"All major Credit Cards Excepted"

I'm pretty sure the establishment advertising in the newspaper's insert meant "Accepted" instead of the "Excepted" that was printed. To be sure, I looked up "accept." One of the meanings in Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, defines "accept" as "to receive favorably; approve." So, in my mind, "Accepted" would mean that the establishment would be willing to take any major credit card.

One of the meanings for the word "except" in the same dictionary reads, "exclude; omit." Did the establishment know the difference between "Accepted" and "Excepted"? Was that their way of telling customers they would NOT take credit cards, at least not major ones? I'm pretty sure that's not the case. But the misuse of words such as "accepted" and "excepted" drives me nuts!

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Miss Ida B.

I would have posted this picture on May 11th, but my computer started doing really clunky stuff. (Hubby worked on it for days, thought we'd need to back up and then reformat the whole thing. We didn't.) I snapped this picture of Ida B. Peevish at the grand reopening/open house at the Smith Mountain Eagle's ribbon cutting. She was there, along with lots of other famous folks like Nancy Fitzgerald (she writes the Out of Bounds column) and the Eagle's talented staff members who work to keep the weekly newspaper running.

Ida B. Peevish is the proprietress of Ida's Salon of Beauty & Live Bait Shop in downtown Rock Bottom, US of A. She writes a twice-monthly column for the Eagle about red-neck humor. If you haven't read her column, you should. Some of you have probably wondered how Ida B. has snared all her husbands.This photo shows her charm, her flirtatious side. Red-neck men don't stand a chance!

Becky Mushko, Ida. B.'s talented creator, is the author of several books. Peevish Advice was published in 2001; More Peevish Advice should be available soon. To learn more about Becky, check out her blog at