May 2015

The first person to come into the Quincy Bookstore where I am signing books today from 1-4 and say “Traveling Adventures of a Farm Girl” will receive your choice of a free book and a story about you on my blog! I have been so blessed and love to meet new people, I would love […]

Vanilla, the plot thickens - at the Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens

Vanilla has quite a past. It has everything a dramatic novel could want, a twisty turny plot that opens in Mexico in the 15th century. If this was a play the curtain would open on a scene of the Totonaco Indians that inhabited the Mazantla Valley on the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The scene would […]

Writers at the Strawberry festival, a literary event!

I love the Strawberry Festival. Held over the Memorial Day weekend, my husband always rushes to be done with spring planting to attend this annual event. We come for the tractors, the art and of course the food. I personally am always on the lookout for jewelry and this year Keith caved to my request […]

The grounds and the building of the Holy Family Church in Cahokia, Illinois are beautiful. Although we were unable to make it inside with the day’s schedule, we were able to see the site and wonder at the lovely black walnut logs of the church built in the Creole French style the poteaux-sur-sol style with […]

The Nicolas Jarrot House, a French History in Cahokia, IL

He was a French-born entrepreneur and land speculator who also served as judge and local militia officer. The unofficial website for the house said, “Nicholas Jarrot helped Lewis and Clark.” Brian Winn, Cahokia Courthouse and Jarrot House site superintendant said, “Lewis stayed here in Cahokia with the Jarott family. They needed to be near correspondence. […]