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Tuesday, March 21, 2023

A wedding, a flock of cowbirds, and a good book.

Here's what we've been up to lately...

Two weekends ago, Dan and I along with my mom and my brother attended my cousin's son's wedding. (I guess that makes him my second cousin? Or does that make him my first cousin once removed? I'm not good with all the technical names for family relationships.) 

It was such a beautiful wedding! It was held at Adaumont Farm in Trinity, NC.  What a lovely venue for a wedding!

Here's a quick picture I took as we headed to our seats:

I failed to take any pictures during the reception but the indoor space was gorgeous and the food was absolutely delicious.  The bride and groom were so sweet and I just know they are going to have a wonderful life together!

Last week was Peter's spring break.  He and some friends spent 5 nights at Tybee Island, GA.  It was pretty chilly but it sounds like they had a good time anyway.

He sent me a couple of beach shots.  

One afternoon there was a St. Patrick's Day parade on Tybee and the boys enjoyed that.  They also spent one day  in Savannah. They decided to spend the last night in Hilton Head, SC with some other friends who were there for spring break.  Then he came home and spent the weekend with us!

It was so nice having him home for a couple of days.  I'm always happier when my babies are home. :)

Speaking of my babies.... BIRD babies... Even though it's been very cold here, I put out my hummingbird feeders.  I want to be ready when the scouts get here so they make sure to tell the rest of their friends that the crazy bird lady has her feeders out again this year.  I also got some new feeders.  They are much more sturdy and nicer quality than my previous hummingbird feeders.  My brother and Dan think they look old-fashioned and a little granny like.  Maybe they're right, but I think they're pretty though.



I'm interested to see if the hummingbirds and the other birds get along or if having all of their feeders close together will cause problems.  One day last week, about 10 fairly good sized birds landed on my platform feeder and cause quite a scene.  They were extremely hateful and chased other birds away.  I finally had to go outside and chase them away! A quick google search revealed that they were brown-headed cowbirds.  I only saw a couple more the next day so I'm hoping they stay away. Apparently they like to destroy eggs of smaller songbirds.


And in non-bird related news, I've been trying to read more. I recently read Verity by Colleen Hoover and while I enjoyed the thriller aspect of the book, I did NOT enjoy the romantic aspect of it.  There were too many well-described "love" scenes if you get my drift which felt like I was reading pornography. 

Thrillers and murder mysteries are my favorite book genre at the moment.  It's also my favorite tv show genre as well.  I love First 48, Forensic Files, Dateline, and any good crime documentary. I've spent way too much time lately on the Alex Murdaugh trial but was glad he was found guilty.  Now I'm interested to see if Buster had anything to do with Stephen Smith's death....

I just finished  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I thoroughly enjoyed it and finished it in 2 1/2 days.  There were twists and turns and I was never really sure "who did it" until the very end.  And bonus - no gratuitous sex scenes! Probably a lot of you have read it as it's been out for a while and it was made into a movie.  But if you like a good suspenseful story and haven't read it, I definitely recommend it!

I went back to the library this morning and picked up a couple more books.  I'll let you know what I think of those when I'm done.  

Have you read any good books lately?  What's your favorite genre?


Kara said...

Have you read No Exit by Taylor Adams? It's a thriller, and it also has been made into a movie already. It's good though.

Gigi said...

I thoroughly enjoyed A Noise Downstairs by Linwood Barclay. As far as I can recall, I don't think there were any gratuitous sex scenes. I also enjoyed The It Girl by Ruth Ware. You might enjoy both as well.

Billie Jo said...

Hello there! I wish you lived next door, Beth! We could spend every afternoon watching The Law and Crime Channel!!! I am waiting to see what happens with Buster too. I see Stephen Smith's mom raised a lot of money for an investigation! Do you ever watch the Pluto channel? It is a free app on the TV, and they have tons of True Crime on it. They have an entire channel that plays only Forensic Files! And I know you asked about books. But Steve and I are currently watching The Staircase on Netflix. Soooo good!!!!

Laura Pearl said...

What gorgeous pictures!!!

And yes, life is best when your chicks come back home to the nest. (Bird lady reference! 🤣)

I was curious about Colleen Hoover because she has a number of books on the top 100 list on Amazon…but I appreciate the warning, because I hate the gratuitous, too detailed “love” scenes. Ugh! So I’ll skip her books, I guess!

Mari said...

That wedding spot was beautiful!
Glad you got time with the kids.
I read Verity and I agree with you. She's a good writer, but those sex scenes were intense. Another thing I didn't like was when she added another chapter after the book was published and then wanted everyone to buy the whole book again to read it.
I also read The Girl on the Train and thought it was really good.
I work with a lot of readers, so we often share books which is really nice.

Madeline said...

Glad you got to see Peter. I love your birds and the feeders. We are working on Christopher's STEM fair project and it's all about bird feeders. I will post about it at some point! Glad you're finding some books!

Busy Bee Suz said...

The wedding venue looks amazing as does the Tybee photos from Peter! How sweet of him to come home for a visit with you guys.
I think all hummingbird feeders look like the one you have, right?
I love reading autobiographies.