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.

Friday, December 09, 2016


On Thanksgiving, all our immediate family--except for granddaughter Bailey who works in Montana--celebrated at our home. We loved having 20 family members plus one family friend feasting on a gigantic and delicious Thanksgiving meal, a meal Ron and I lifted nary a finger to help create! We filled up on ham and turkey and green bean casserole and candied yams topped with healthy marshmallows made by 16-year-old Sarah, other veggies, fruit, and numerous pies.

Four sat at the kitchen counter.
Seventeen sat at the dining room table. Next year Anna 
will pass her chair/tall stool on to Levi who has 
occupied the high chair for three years.

 Dog Bosley enjoyed himself, too.

We feel blessed to have most of our family living near us, love that they enjoy visiting with each other, care about one another. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the grandchildren, who range in age from three years to twenty-two, interact with each other. And I am so thankful we were able to be together for another Thanksgiving.

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