Archive for January 19, 2018


I took these pictures this morning.The bright ones are to the south of our house. The one with the shadows are on the north side. That is the side that melts slowly and even when the snow seems to have melted all over, right in the front of our place there is the cold shadow of darkness and ice. Wow, sounds like the beginnings of a spooky story!

Still, I wish I could capture the true pictures of darkness like the brilliance of last night’s snow. I love standing out in the night while it’s snowing. I don’t need to take the flashlight on those nights because it seems the snow illuminates everything. I can see the dog and anything that might try to attack her. She seems to love the snow, too as she didn’t want to come in the house any more than I did. Today it was more boring. I took a little walk around the property enjoying the pure clean look of everything, but the sun was so bright I had to go in because I didn’t have on my sunglasses. Well, if it has to be cold, it might as well be pretty!

Hopefully,, Linda G. Hill is feeling better. In spite of health issues she is still engaged with the Jot It January team she set up. Thank you!

Also, thank you, Kerry, who gave us the prompt of “Darkness.” Visit Kerry at her blog, “Her Headache,” her link:

I have family and friends who need to see this post beginning to END, LOL!

Blackbird HouseBlackbird House by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let’s suppose there was a plot of land that was the main character of a book. I would have done better had I known that simple fact. For some reason, the Kindle version did not download properly so I just listened to the Audible version.

I could have done without the first narrator. Oh, goodness what a bombastic voice! The rest of the narrators were great. In fact, it was fun that each chapter, which was each new inhabitant of the property got a new voice many of them were fantastic!

When I finally got my Kindle to download, I did much better as I could read along with the Audible. In fact, it synched perfectly.

Alice Hoffman has become one of my favorite authors. Remember she is the one who wrote Practical Magic. So I had to grab this when it was on special. This one read similarly to the Red Garden. She refers to witches and red shoes and other symbolism that would be fun to discuss in a book group.

I may have to read this again someday as I know there was a lot more there than I absorbed. One of my issues with the book was I wanted more of each resident. I always felt each story too short. Maybe I wanted a series?

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