Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer Reading Contest

Welcome to the garden, it's almost fall. My favorite time of the year. Because I love the colors, but mostly I love football season! Grab some goodies, if you'll notice it's tailgating food, and pour yourself a beverage. Find a seat and I'll tell you all about my contest that is about to end.

Summer Reading Contest

Tell us a little bit about your favorite summer read. Also, where did you read it? If you're in another part of the world tell us about your favorite winter (or whatever season) read. And where you read it.

Winner will win either a Read and Grow coffee mug or outside of the US a $10 eGift Card from Barnes and Noble.



Contest ends August 31, 2016.
In order to be eligible you need to enter via the Rafflecopter on my Web Site.
GOOD LUCK!
I will announce the winner here on September 1, 2016.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Web Site Launch - Marie Higgins

Welcome to the garden! It's still warm, so fill your plates with goodies, and pour your favorite beverage and then find some shade. We have a return guest today, Marie Higgins. She is going to share with us, her special announcement...

Introducing…

I have an actual website, and I’m excited to tell you all about it and share it with my friends. This website is easy to maneuver, and the pictures are very eye-catching. (I had to keep up with my awesome book covers, right?) I have a few new features. Along with the books section, I have one for my blog—which links to my old one—and I have a contact page, a contest page, and a book signing page that will let you know where I’ll be signing next. Be sure to check them out!

One of the new features I like is my newsletter sign up section (located on the home page and ‘about me’ page). So to give my website launch the kick-off it deserves, I’m offering a FREE book if you sign up for my newsletter. The book I’m giving away free is:

CHAMPION (Fairy Tale / Robin Hood Romance)
When you wish upon a star…

All romance novel photographer Payton Fox really wants is a hero in her life. A man that is dashing and honorable… a man worthy of his own fairy tale! One particularly frustrating evening she casts a fleeting wish upon a shooting star. She doesn’t actually believe anything will happen, but in the blink of an eye the man from her fairy tale wishes—a regular Robin Hood—materializes right before her. He even claims to be the legendary Lord of Loxley, and goes by the name of Archer. Uncertain what to believe, Payton is shocked when this hero rescues her time and again, and she can’t help but be swept off her feet.

Slowly she accepts that this strange and noble man might truly be the fairy tale character of her dreams. Unfortunately, Archer isn’t connecting with the modern-day world and longs to return to his time. She also discovers that if he stays with her, his story will cease to exist. Can she send him back, knowing he’ll take her heart along with him? Can she deprive the world of his story? How can she do that to those looking for their Champion - the perfect hero?

Now, without any further distractions, I invite you to wander through my new website –
www.mariehiggins.com

Monday, August 15, 2016

Olympics

Welcome to Mary's Garden. It's a little rainy but still HOT! Please grab some goodies and a beverage and settle in and let's talk Olympics.

I've been watching the Olympics since... well I don't know. I can't remember a time I didn't watch. I was always big on Gymnastics. In Junior High I was on our gymnastics team. I wasn't great, but I had a great time. Then we had trampoline. I did that, bars, and beam. I was so not graceful to do the floor exercise.

Through the years the highlights have been when the USA brought home medals of course, but one of my favorite experiences by far... When the Olympics came to Utah. The 2002 Winter Olympics. I worked in the command center so I watched a lot of them on the big screen on mute while I manned the support phones.

Mostly, it was on the boring side. However, I do have one funny story. Volunteers called in with any problems they had, like if they lost their supplied work phone, or they couldn't find a venue, etc. I received a call from an upset young women who had ruined her phone. She said, "I dropped my cell phone in the porta potty. I fished it out and cleaned it off. I dried it off with a hair blow dryer. It still didn't work so I put it in a bag with some rice to dry it out. It just won't work. What do I do?"

After, I got over the ewwww of what she had said, I very professionally explained the process of turning her phone in for a new one. And no she would not have to pay for the ruined phone. And then of course, I got off the phone and told everyone the story and we had a good laugh.

I worked the 2 pm to 10 pm shift and there were nightly concerts and parties, etc. I would ride the train to work each day. My husband and friends would drive in and visit the activities and when I was off work, I would meet everyone after. They had places (restaurants) called the Swiss House or the Danish House, and others, where they would have authentic food of the country. And if you were lucky some of the athletes would show up. Then there were times we would go to a concert usually at The Zephyr.

Anyway, I thought I'd share some of my favorite pictures. There was a skier from Switzerland who looked, sort of, like Harry Potter. We were at the Swiss House and the athletes came in, and I had my picture taken with the skier and got to hold his gold medal.
Swiss House
He's arrived

His smile says it all.

Gold Medal in the Men's downhill

Silver medal in the women's downhill

We also attended a hockey game for the USA vs. Germany (I believe) and I was able to take a picture of the Stanley Cup.

At the Paralympics we had tickets for the downhill skiing. It was amazing.










And there were pins everywhere and I collected as many as I could. We have them hanging in our basement family room.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Guest Author Josie Riviera

Welcome everyone to the garden. It's a scorcher out there today. Please fill your plates with goodies and pour a beverage, then please find a seat in the shade. We have a guest today, author Josie Riviera, and she will share her newest book Seeking Patience with you. Not only that, but some very interesting recipes.

Blurb:
Do people prove their worth by strength, or by character?

Half-Romany, half-English lord, he lives a perilous Gypsy life … until a sweet English rose saves his life, and perhaps his soul. Widowed by a cruel husband, she's given up all hope of love. Brought together in peril, they dare to reach for a brighter future together.

Luca Boldor, Romany leader, lives a nomad’s life in Regency England with his Gypsy caravan. Believing his noble father abandoned him at birth, he refuses to acknowledge his English blood, or live a settled life. But when a vicious attack by a rival leaves him bleeding on an English lady's doorstep, he has no choice but to accept her help. Her gentle faith stirs his heart in a way he has long denied.

Lady Patience Blakwell, widowed countess, lives in near poverty. Her husband's heir uses threats to keep her from demanding her rightful inheritance. With a few faithful servants, she exists quietly in the country, only her faith keeping her strong … until the day a bold, handsome Gypsy collapses in her hall. He's unlike any man she's ever known, and she'll confront any subterfuge to keep him safe.

But when a secret from Lady Patience's past emerges, Luca must face his own past, or lose her and all hope of love. Will this strong man humble himself to open his heart for his lady?

Travel back to Regency England for this sweet, inspirational romance—get your copy of Seeking Patience today!

Author info and links:
Best-selling author Josie Riviera writes Historical, Inspirational, and Sweet Romances. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband.They share their empty nest with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

Sign up for her blog and subscribe to her newsletter on her website to receive a FREE EBOOK:
Web Site.

Here's the buy links for SEEKING PATIENCE:
Amazon  iTunes/Apple  Nook  Kobo

I'm sharing a recipe for roasted hedgehog, which was a favorite Romany (Gypsy) dish. In my Regency Inspirational novel, Seeking Patience, the Rom would have dredged the hedgehog in black pepper after cooking.

Although I can't personally verify the results, here's the recipe, modified from Medieval Cookery:

Roasted hedgehog:
According to medieval experts: "Hedgehog should have its throat cut, be singed and gutted, then
trussed like a pullet, then pressed in a towel until very dry; and then roast it and eat with cameline sauce, or in pastry with wild duck sauce. Note that if the hedgehog refuses to unroll, put it in hot water. This dish is based on traditional methods of cooking meat dating back to prehistoric times.

Ingredients:
2–2.5kg joint of meat (or leg of lamb)
Sufficient long grass to cover the meat

Method:
Season the meat. Wrap it in long grass, first lengthways and then tying more grass crossways to secure the green wrapping in place. Prepare your barbecue and place a large pot filled with water on it. Cook the meat for two hours. Once the meat has cooked, remove the grass then place the meat back in the barbecue to sear.

Carve and serve. Nettle pudding can be boiled in the same pot and served as an accompaniment.
(Sorry, I don’t have a recipe for nettle pudding!)

Honey Cake:
Easy and delicious, with ingredients you may have on hand:
Ingredients:
1 cup white sugar
1 cup honey
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 cup orange juice
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
3. In large bowl, combine sugar, honey, oil, eggs and orange zest. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 50 minutes, then cool and enjoy!
Thank you, Josie, for sharing with us. I am going to try the Honey Cake, but not sure about the Hedgehog.

Monday, August 01, 2016

Guest Paty Jager

Welcome everyone. It's scorching here in the garden, make sure to pour yourself some water. Of course, there is a lot of tasty goodies also. Once you're ready we'll begin. I have a guest today, we're in for a treat.

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 25+ novels and over a dozen novellas and short stories of murder mystery, western historical romance, and action adventure. She has a RomCon Reader’s Choice Award for her Action Adventure and received the EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance. This is what reviewers says about her Letters of Fate Series: “What a refreshing and well written love story of fate and hope! Very well written but sometimes sizzling love scenes!”

All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

Harvesting Hay by Paty Jager
My newest release should fit in with Mary’s Garden well. It’s Brody: Letters of Fate. The premise of my new historical western romance series, Letters of Fate, started out with the idea of writing a Mail Order Groom series. As I pondered the idea, I decided rather than an agency or newspaper announcement bringing a woman and a man together, I’d have a man receive a letter that changes his life and brings him to the woman he can’t live without. This element also made the books in the series standalone. One book doesn’t have to be read before the other as they are only connected by the hero receiving a letter.

In Brody, the hero, Brody Yates is taken from working the docks of New York City in 1891 to working on a cattle ranch. He’s never ridden a horse, or dealt with the daily chores of keeping a ranch running. He’s also part of the haying crew. I did extensive research into how they harvested hay at that time.

There were horse or mule drawn mowers that required two animals to pull it. The wheels turning made the sickle bar move back and forth cutting the grass. Mules walk faster than horses and make the mower cut better. Then a buck or dump rake was used to pull the cut grass into windrows. A sweep, a piece of machinery that was pushed by the horses, had long timbers that scooped up the windrows and hauled the hay to the stacker. The sweep shoved the hay onto the long timber tines of the stacker. Horse walked forward pulling a rope through a pulley that lifted the stacker tines and tossed the hay onto the stack.

The process was hard work. All of the equipment required arm muscles to pull on levers and lift parts of the equipment. The process would have been even more labor intensive if not for the use of horses and mules.

Blurb for Brody: Letters of Fate
Historical western filled with steamy romance and the rawness of a growing country.

A letter from a grandfather he’s never met has Brody Yates escorted across the country to work on a ranch rather than entering prison. But his arrival in Oregon proves prison may have been the lesser of two evils. A revenge driven criminal, the high desert, and his grandfather’s beautiful ward may prove more dangerous than anything he’s faced on the New York docks.

Lilah Wells is committed to helping others: the judge who’d taken her in years ago, the neighboring children, and the ranch residents, which now includes the judge’s handsome wayward grandson. And it all gets more complicated when her heart starts ruling her actions.

Buy links:
Amazon  Nook  Kobo  Apple  Windtree Press
blog / Website / Facebook / Paty's Posse / Goodreads / Twitter

Monday, July 25, 2016

Garlic

Welcome all. You're stuck with me today. Nope, no guest. Hopefully, I can be entertaining. Find a plate and fill it with goodies and pour your favorite cold beverage.

Now to the point; garlic. Today I was making a side of crock-pot potatoes. As I chopped and diced and chopped and diced... the garlic to add to the potatoes. I looked at the pile and realized I may have got a little carried away. Then thought NAW... There can never be too much garlic. Now instead of just crock-pot potatoes, we will now being enjoying GARLIC crock-pot potatoes. I'm sure no one will complain.

Is garlic a staple in your home?

You may wonder where I'm going with this, right? Well I have another blog. It's The After Work Cook. I am currently looking for guest bloggers who are willing to share a recipe and make a video of the process, or take several pictures of the process and I'll make a slide show. Also. If you have a Web site or something you want to promote, a cooking blog, or book cover. Etc. I will put your links and pictures at the bottom.

If you're interested please email me at mary L martinez [at] gmail [dot] com. Check out the blog before you decide. Scroll and see the guests I've had so far. http://theafterworkcook.blogspot.com/

Don't forget the Summer Reading Contest! You can win this great mug (or a $10 Gift Card from Barnes and Noble outside of the US). I'm rather jealous because I really like the mug!




Monday, July 18, 2016

Guest Guy Ogan

Welcome to the Garden everyone! You all should know the drill by now! Fill your plates with goodies and don't forget to pour yourself your favorite beverage. Today we have a new guest, Guy Ogan.

Information on the first (of currently three stand alone novels) in my Immortal Relations, Adult Paranormal-Romance Series - this first book will be FREE 20 through 24 July. It should be noted that it is an adult story as it has erotic content.

From the back cover of the book Immortal Relations:

When Gary Logan discovers an old black-and-white photograph of his father in Prague with a woman's handwriting on the back, he flies there to investigate where his father worked, only to meet and fall in love with a beautiful lady who he believes to be a vampire. In love with her, Gary is initiated into her coven of guardian vampires, beginning an extraordinary journey of epic proportions.

Exciting, erotic, and full of heart-stopping action, Ogan's debut novel turns human vampire lore on its head, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two species that deepens emotional connections to astonishing effect. But a coven of evil vampires bent on destroying the guardian vampires and feeding on the humans at will have other plans. Adam (Gary's son) however assists humans in almost wiping out the evil coven, beginning the ever-increasing relationship between vampires and humans. Gary and Adam then save Great Britain from nuclear theft and attack; when their nemeses make one last-ditch effort in Russia to bring all the peaceful societies down Gary, Adam and their coven must save the human species before their enemy's plans can come to fruition.

Probing the gray areas inherent in sexuality, family, and legend Ogan weaves an amazing tale that examines the very nature of existence. An unrelenting thrill-ride of passion and action, Immortal Relations will leave you breathlessly awaiting the series' second installment. Link book one: book two:  book three: 

Excerpt from Immortal Relations” first book in the three book (stand alone) series. Chapter One: Finding Love: My name is Gary Logan, I was a human in my sixties when my adventure began, but even then, most people thought I was much younger, not having aged normally. It had been several years since my sweet mother passed away from Alzheimer’s and some of the pain from seeing her decline while I cared for her had eased. Yet something she had said kept popping into my consciousness at odd moments, mostly when I was alone and in need of sleep. Even when I was young and she was the vibrant, creative lady that she had been, she would absent mindedly mumble something like, “He’s over there with that woman” or “He has had a child in Czechoslovakia” but if asked, would say nothing further. Perhaps her misgivings were due to my father’s trips to Europe as part of his government job and that he had spent more than a little time there after the Second World War. Even as I’d grown, I’d never considered that I might have a half-brother or half-sister overseas, but now these memories made me wonder.

One day, while looking through seemingly tons of all the papers in dad’s file cabinets an old envelop caught my eye. In it I found a Black and White photo of my late father next to an old building. On the back it said “Prague, Czechoslovakia” and in a very feminine hand was “I’ll always be waiting here.” This brought back all those things my mother had said and gave me the idea that I might be able to find the building and see some of where my father spent his time while in Europe as he’d never discussed his years in government service. Even with the difficulties of travel in these days of terrorist threats I thought it might be worth the hassle to see a part of Europe I’d never seen. I contacted a travel agency specializing in travel to Europe and asked them about visiting Czechoslovakia and was told it is now called “The Czech Republic” but they could make my arrangements. After getting a passport and enduring all the red tape involved in international travel, I packed my bags and had a friend drive me to the airport. Once I’d removed my watch, change and metal objects I went past the magnetic detector, removed my shoes, put up with the pat-down, as well as the various sniffers and scanners, then I could proceed to the gate to wait for the flight to load. I’d flown so much in the military; flying didn’t hold much excitement anymore, I thankfully fell asleep sometime after we were airborne.

From years in the service I awoke when I felt the aircraft start to descend to land in England. After the security checks, I switched to another aircraft bound for Prague. I was glad when the aircraft took off, knowing it wouldn’t be long before I could start looking for where my father spent some of his working years. After landing, my passport was checked; I gathered my small bags and went to the window to convert dollars for local currency. I then walked outside; it was still dark and it had just stopped raining so the air smelled clean and sweet. Finding the cabstand I held my picture up to the first driver in the queue, he shrugged and shook his head. The next cab in line was piloted by an older silver haired gentleman who still looked very fit; he smiled when I showed him the picture nodding his head saying, “Old Town Hall, I take you.” Starting off, I asked him if a Hotel was near the old town hall and he said, “Very Close”.

The sky was starting to clear and looked as if the day would be clear and bright but at the time of morning we traveled, it being a Sunday, there were very few vehicles on the road. My driver slowed to a stop and pointed out the Old Town Hall through his windshield (I was in the rear seat). Then he said, “Hotel…very soon” and in seconds he had stopped his cab at the curb by the hotel’s front entrance. I got out with my bags and held out paper money and coins to pay for the trip. He took what he needed, I thanking him and waived as he drove off.

At the front desk, I arranged for a room and took the elevator to the fourth floor. It was still very early but I wanted to start looking around so I just dropped my bags by the bed, went back to the first floor and walked the short distance back to the old town hall. The sidewalks were deserted; the only traffic seen as I walked back was a cab and an almost empty bus. Getting out my picture, I looked everywhere for other pedestrians but it seemed too early and I saw no one else anywhere in the area. I held the picture up high walking around and closely compared both the architecture and the angle from which the photograph was taken. As I looked up at the windows, which were well above street level, I noted one that was open giving me a reflected view of the other side of the road. There, on the opposite side which had been empty seconds ago, someone was suddenly standing; but I was sure there hadn’t been anyone there a second before. Seeing her, I sucked in a breath; my God she was stunningly beautiful! I’d seen pictures of “Hollywood Starlets” and "Super-Models" and I knew the Czechs had several of these such as the lovely Paulina Porizkova and Petra Nemcova and I thought this had to be one of them. Suddenly she vanished! I thought she might have moved and my old eyes had missed it so I turned to look and found myself starring into a pair of eyes. Automatically, my head jerked back; the vision of loveliness I’d seen across the street was mere inches from me. She said, excuse me, I didn’t want to startle you! Then she smiled the most brilliant smile I’d ever seen, my knees felt like rubber as I started to fall back but her hand shot out grabbing my arm to keep me upright. The power in her arm surprised me and my heart raced and I couldn’t tell if it was from almost falling or the close proximity of such a beauty! After I felt like I could stand on my own, she introduced herself as Magdalena Dvora'k, saying she had seen me looking at a photograph and asked if I’d been to Prague before. When I told her the picture was taken of my father standing by this building many years before. She asked to see it and I handed it to her. Without skipping a beat, she said “Doug Logan”; if my legs had been rubber before, now they were Jelly! Dazed, I staggered back with her hand back on my arm and I leaned against the stone cold wall. Her gaze transfixed me as she looked deeply into my eyes. It seemed as if she were God’s own angle assigned to test and weigh my soul, for how long I didn’t know. Once I’d regained some composure I said, “How…how could you know my father’s name?" She chuckled at my stammering and said he was the love of her late great aunt who always talked about him and kept his picture next to her bed. To say I was speechless and still weak in the knees was an understatement so she helped me to a bench where we sat for awhile, me trying to recover, while she looked bemused as she read the puzzlement and confusion in my pale face now drained of all its normal color.

I was weighing the odds of meeting someone whose great aunt had known my father and it seemed an unbelievable coincidence! Do you feel alright she asked? I said, not really, adding I can’t get over our meeting, more improbably that your great aunt knew my father. She said, Oh, not just my great aunt her whole family knew him; he was very helpful to them in recovering their lives after the war. Magdalena said her great aunt could speak, read and write in English, because her father was a Czech diplomat in England before the war and her great aunt had gone to school there. Her father was recalled when he voiced alarm over the pacifist actions of England’s Prime Minister at the time, who thought he could make deals with Adolph Hitler. Of course history proved Hitler lied on paper about “Peace in our time” and then, when the Nazi’s invaded Czechoslovakia, my great aunt’s father was arrested and shot. His wife escaped to her parent’s farm with my great aunt who was just a pre-teen. Then, Winston Churchill became England’s Prime Minister and when America came into the war the Nazis were defeated! Later, my great aunt went to work for the new Czech government as an interpreter working with some Americans who came to help. Your father was one and it wasn’t long before he captured her heart and she his. Unfortunately for my great aunt her lover was married and as much as he cared for her he was too committed to his wife and young son, as well as to his agency. I noticed her voice broke toward the end of her comment, so I knew she deeply felt the heartbreak of that lost love! She went on to say; when the new communist government expelled Americans my great aunt wrote her promise to always be waiting on the back of the picture of your father by the Old Town Hall. As color returned to my face I said I knew my father was always committed to us; but it was too bad he couldn’t have had both loves! I guess that was an impossible situation, especially back in those days. She looked confused and asked; don’t you feel angry he cheated on your mother? I told her I felt love was such a beautiful thing and such a blessing to those who suffered during the horrors of war that I wouldn’t deny him or your great aunt that solace. While that terrible war, that claimed the lives of millions was over, with all the death and destruction, I felt the whole human race suffered from a form of post-traumatic stress disorder and if their love helped them overcome that, how could it have been wrong? Thanking me for my understanding she said, “I know my great aunt would appreciate what you’ve said”. She then asked how long it had been since I’d had anything to eat or drink. I told her that I’d had something light, a few hours ago on the plane. She thought it best if we visit a nearby café for something to eat and a little coffee. We talked as we walked slowly, now among the few others who had started to come out to face the day as a bright Sun rose higher in a cloudless Blue Sky.

Sitting outside the café; she ordered a coffee and a pastry for me, saying she’d had something just before we met. We talked while I ate and I mentioned I’d read about the 80,000 Prague Jews murdered by the Nazis in World War II. I told her I felt the West had failed to act against Hitler until it was almost too late. As we sat discussing history and politics I marveled at both her knowledge and her beauty. When she finally said I looked tired, I had to admit I was feeling a bit of “jet lag”. She said if I had a room I should get some rest and when I told her the name of my hotel she said it was close. We continued to talk as we walked; arriving she asked “Do you mind if I come up” and I said I’d love for her to stay as long as she could. Once in the room, she said she’d let me get some sleep. I told her I’d like to hear more of her great aunt and her family, if she could come back. She said she would so I told her I’d call the desk to give her the spare key upon her return. She told me to lock my door when she left. After locking the door, I was so tired I just lay down, cloths and all, without even pulling the threadbare covers back.

I’d slept over eight hours because the Sun was going down. I decided to take a shower rather than wasting time in the morning when Magdalena might return. I’d been in the shower just a minute when I heard her voice, “Are you in the shower?” “Yes, but the water is cold and I don’t know how to regulate the temperature.” Without a pause, she thrust her hand in turning the dials to adjust the temperature! Embarrassed, I thanked her for her help, she just laughed...

Author Bio: Born in Washington D.C. early in WW-II, mother and child moved to Texas while father went off to war as a member of the Office of Strategic Services (which later became the C.I.A.). After the war, mother and child returned to Arlington, VA to be joined by father now working in Washington and on "temporary duty" in spots around the world. Guy was interested and involved in long-distance running, which he continued when the family moved to Northern California in the late 50s. He graduated from Los Altos High School, obtained an Associate of Arts from Foothill Junior College and Transferred to Texas Christian University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission in the U.S.A.F. While in the military he obtained a Master of Arts from the European Campus of Ball State and upon his retirement from the service completed a Master of Education, from Hardin-Simmons. While in this program he taught undergraduate Psychology, Sociology and Counseling at local colleges as well as writing a book on the assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder. He was then employed by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TX Prison System) to write treatment programs for inmates with addictions and later as a Associate Clinical Psychologist. He retired early to care for his disabled mother upon the passing of his father. He and his wife have two grown children and four grandchildren as well as two Pomeranians. All are involved in dog rescue services. He states: "Dogs are God's gift to mankind to teach us about love and loyalty!"

My Other Interest (beyond reading and writing) is my "old cars." I have a 64 Studebaker Daytona Station-Wagon called a Wagonaire because the rear of the roof can slide forward under the front part of the roof allowing the station-wagon to serve as a short-bed truck. I have had six ladies from my wife's group able to stand up in the back for a very slow-moving parade. While the vehicle appears virtually the same as when it left the factory, we have made modifications for safety and drivability. It is now powered by a modern hemi V-eight and five speed automatic from a 2005 Dodge truck, has Mustang II type suspension, power-steering and four-wheel power-disc-brakes with the goal of making it a reliable, fun car for my wife. But I think I enjoy driving it far more than she does because it is something most people these days have never seen. Some people even ask me "Who made Studebaker!" Of course Studebaker made Studebaker cars and trucks...sad to see so many amazing vehicle no longer with us! Pictures show the Studebaker at the Vernon Car Show. One has the rear roof only partially forward allowing it to be quickly closed should it rain.


My other car isn't as rare; however, it's also fun to drive when the weather cooperates. My 66 Mustang is a convertible so it stays in the garage all the time with it's top down and only comes out when it isn't overly hot, cold or raining. It has a nice V-8 engine with a new and more reliable 5-sp. transmission. We had the Pony Interior re-dyed (the color had faded from when the previous owner left it out In the Sun for too many years). The photograph of my 66 Mustang is from a car show held in the parking lot of a local Baptist Church (they put on the show).

It took a lot of time, effort and money to get these vehicles into the condition they are now in but when we drive them we feel it was worth it and we enjoy taking them to car shows to allow others to see them as well!