Author Webpage

Be sure to stop by my author page from time to time

In the meantime, while you're here, pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee or a cuppa tea, have a piece of pie and always feel free to speak your mind, and your heart, here at Meanderings and Muses.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A few vacation highlights

I still have lots and lots and lots vacation photos and stories -

here's just a few more highlights with more to come.

I was able to spend a little time with one of my oldest and closest friends.

Jackie Aaron McGlaughlin and I lived down the street from one another as little girls.  A lot of time has passed and a lot of miles separate us most of the time, but, we're still sisters of the heart. It was good to be able to spend a little time with her, not as much as I would as liked though.

We got to see some cousins.

Pat, Laurie & Joani greeted Donald with a hug (to which he had no objection)

We got to see my Aunt Shirley, one of my mom's sisters, and one of the closest.  While we were there my cousin Donnie showed up along with her daughter Courtney and Courtney's little boy aka "Lil' Man"

I stopped by the Dorchester County Public Library and brought home a few books from the Friends of the Library sale, AND spotted my Whimsey in the stacks.  Was that a highlight of this trip?!  Pfft.  You better believe it was.

I was able to attend a book event hosted by my friend David Magayna at the Stevensville, MD library where he interviewed Allison Leotta and Lisa Unger.  I also got to visit with pals Kristopher and Michael, and buy a couple books from one of my favorite booksellers on God's green earth - Kathy Harig, owner of Mystery Loves Company in Oxford, MD.

All in all, I'd have to say it was a perfect vacation.  

We had lunch with David in Easton, Donald got to meet Belle the mascot corgi of the Oxford Ferry, and we also got to have lunch with my cousin Bill along with Joani, Laurie and Pat.

I ate a lot of crab this vacation.  

 And, I was able to buy a painting I am totally in love with.

A painting done by friend and former classmate, Patti Lucas Hopkins.

Nice to have a piece of The Eastern Shore back home with us in Boone.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ocean City, MD - Another walk down memory lane

We don't always get to Ocean City when we go home to Maryland.

This time, we did.

And I was a happy girl.

Ocean City is a huge part of my childhood.

I've written about it here -

And Brandon Seidl did a guest spot here about Trimper's Haunted House in Ocean City -

Trimper's is, and always has been, a cornerstone of Ocean City, MD

My first stop after parking the car in the inlet parking lot at the very end of The Boardwalk is always going to be the old Trimper's Carousel.

(This from

" . . . 1912 purchase also adds to the historic significance of Trimper's Rides. It was that year that Daniel Trimper purchased a massive carousel from the Herschell-Spillman Company in North Tonawanda, NY. It was 50 feet in diameter with a uniqueness derived from the only other carousel made by the firm at that time having been sent to Coney Island, and that one was later destroyed by fire.

The merry-go-round's forty-five animals, three chariots and one rocking chair were driven by a steam engine; rides originally cost just a nickel. One-hundred years later, the ride (now electrified) costs you four tickets, or $2.00 - unless you buy the discounted package of 40 tickets for eighteen dollars, and then your ride only costs $1.80. Classified as one of the oldest still operating carousels in the nation, generations of families come every year to ride their favorite animal. Smaller children tend to prefer the horses but many choose their own steed from among a menagerie of a cat, dog, frog, rooster, deer, goat, lion, tiger, ostrich, pig, dragon, et al."

The carousel is believed to be haunted - I only learned about this recently. I've never noticed a ghostly Mrs. Trimper while riding, nor have I caught a whiff of her perfume, Crystal, but I'll keep an eye out and my nose a sniffin' from now on when I do ride. I can't think of a more magical place to haunt, and I love that this is where Joanne Trimper has chosen to stay for her eternity.

You can read more about Trimper's here -

We spent some time doing one of the things I most wanted to do this trip. Play in, ride on and photograph Trimper's. 

Especially that beautiful, magical carousel.

Does anyone ever actually capture anything in one of these?

And, after Trimper's there's the rest of Ocean City . . . We, however, did only a smidgen of it.

We walked, and shopped, and ate, and did a lot of people watching, and ate, and walked and did it all again.