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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ruby Meadowhawk Again

Once again, let me say that exact identification of red meadowhawk dragonflies is supposed to be extremely difficult, and I'm no expert. I'll just continue to say it's in the genus Sympetrum

red meadowhawk dragonfly

They are so bright, and they stand out nicely against the green. Maybe that's part of why I see them. Of course, they also tend to perch which makes it easier to get pictures. They like swampy areas and are really territorial.

red meadowhawk dragonfly

In other news: I wrote in the morning, and did some miscellaneous housework in the afternoon, then delivered my car to be checked in the morning. It may have a serious problem.

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Monsoon Day

The clouds at dawn were beautiful, but also a little ominous.

storm clouds at dawn

The final fling of Books Alive! was a casual breakfast with four of the authors staying to discuss authorly topics. Following that, Jean and I headed out to Shagway for another day of sales.

Well, we had hoped for a day of sales. Instead, we set up in the rain, but we had a canopy, right? And people often come to these events despite rain because there is live music, and it's more fun than the beach in the rain.

By noon, the heavy rain got pretty serious, and when it began blowing underneath the canopy and getting our books wet, we packed up and left. No sales.


Roads were beginning to flood as I drove home. With short breaks the heavy rain continued.


We heard on the news that the eastern part of the county got up to 13" of rain. The highway between Scottville and Manistee is closed for a stretch of several miles with as much as 18" of water over the road. Part of downtown Ludington is flooded.

I decided it was a good afternoon to rest and read. Finished one silly book, and started one serious book.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Books Alive! is in the Books

Subtitle: It's a Small World

This lady stopped at my table and bought a book. She is the sister of the wife of the younger brother of a guy we used to know well, and she met my sister-in-law in Brazil.

The event went pretty well. We'll see what the evaluations say. Right now, I'm all-done-peopled-out, and I'm doing another event tomorrow.

author holding a book that someone just bought

There is no other news. This was today.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Sky and Shy

I'll start with last night's sunset. These are always gorgeous over the lake, but I have a hill. The lake is seven miles away. Still, not shabby.


And the moon this week has been so bright. I wish the camera would capture the colors I could see. It wasn't quite dark yet, and the sky was a deep blue behind the clouds. If I knew how to use the camera settings better I probably could have gotten it.


This is the same woodchuck I showed you in May. She's still living by the house foundation. You can see she's getting pretty old, but not thin! And I dumped a bunch of stuff in the compost bin today, so that won't help her reduce.


In other news: I've been working on stuff for the Books Alive! event all day. Well, I did manage to write some this morning. That's not going to happen tomorrow. Lots of last-minute stuff to do.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Summer Fashion 1949

I worked on stuff all day and didn't end up with any interesting pictures, so I'll take you on another tour back in time. What does the well-dressed one-year-old wear in the summer when it's very hot and the year is 1949? Apparently only an undershirt. (Yeah, that's me.)

baby by hydrangea bush

Unless relatives come to visit, of course.

This is my half-brother's first wife. Her name was Ethel. Since John was so much older than I am, he already had a son before I was born. That means my nephew is older than I am.

He's the kiddo on the left, and I'm on the right.

1949 family picture

His name is 'Ricky,' Frederick Leary, and I really wish I could locate him. Here we are again.

babies sitting together 1949

So, I worked on volunteer stuff all day, and tomorrow will be more of the same. I have some old pictures I want to share some time that should be of greater interest. But it's going to be a big scanning job. I just didn't feel like starting all that today on top of the other things I'm working on.

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