Summer Sun… Some Are Just Plum Crazy!

Plum crazy…that’s us!

It’s stone fruit season in our neck of the woods, and we are just plum crazy about our home grown plums…sun-warmed right off the branch, or chilled from the fridge. What we can’t eat fresh, we turn into plum syrup, plum jam, and plum preserves.

Some are just plum crazy - Becky Doughty

We also have nectarines, apricots, and peaches this time of year, and we’re anxiously awaiting fall when we get to pick pomegranates and apples, followed by oranges, tangerines, lemons and lime come winter.

Funny story…

Our Captain Jones likes plums, too. I mean, he really likes them and will suck them down in seconds if we aren’t paying close enough attention. Yep, he swallowed a plum pit. Fortunately, it was a small one and still covered in fruit, so we were told to just make certain it came out the other end.

So we waited…and watched…and it did.

And to commemorate the event, we planted the already pre-fertilized plum seed, temporarily in a pot to make sure it sprouts.

So now we wait…and watch…and then we’ll plant Captain Jones’ plum tree to commemorate!

You know, I’ve heard that some people put up stone cairns… or statues… or donate large sums of money to commemorate…

Yep. Just plum crazy.

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We’re enduring a record heatwave this summer, one that comes after a record wet winter (desperately needed as we’ve been enduring severe drought conditions for years now), which has created record numbers and sizes of critters in our garden.

Black Widow Bench Warmer - Becky Doughty

This black widow made itself comfy on the back of my garden bench where I like to sit! By the looks of the leftovers still tangled in its web, it had been there awhile. I’ve seen a lot of black widows in my life, and this is a record breaker for me. The abdomen was the size of a standard marble…with the emphasis on the word was.

Because it is no more.


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Gia and the Blast from the Past: The Gustafson Girls Book 4

For those of you who PRE-ORDERED or have already purchased a copy,  you should receive notification from Amazon that a new version is available to download – no purchase required. Just go to the “Manage Your Content and Devices” page on Amazon you should see a banner next to the book that says “Updated Version Available” Once you click that button, it will automatically update your book.

Wondering why there’s an updated version? I added a whole new section into Chapter 19 – a conversation between Granny G and Gia where they’re discussing the dangers of swimming with a beautiful man in shark-infested waters… or something like that.

If you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, you can pick one up at these locations – and yes, it will be the latest version:

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Juliette and the Monday ManDates: The Gustafson Girls Book 1 is FREE wherever ebooks are sold.

Starting on Monday, July 17, Books 2-4, Renata and the Fall from Grace, Phoebe and the Rock of Ages, and Gia and the Blast from the Past are all on sale for only $2.99 until July 31st! Pick up your copies now – they go back to $3.99 in August.

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Just started audio production on a new series by Sharon Srock. Mac: Sisters by Design #1 is now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. Watch for more of the series coming over the next several months.

Mac: Sister by Design 1

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This is the second series I’ve worked with Sharon to produce – you can also listen to me read The Mercie Collection by Sharon Srock.

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What I’m Reading/Listening To…

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Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

From the New York Times best-selling author of Daughters of the Bride comes the charming tale about the problem with secrets, the power of love, and the unbreakable bond between sisters.

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Becky here: You know me – I love all things sisters. I’m enjoying this book primarily because of the roller coaster sister relationship portrayed, the small town characters, and the wonderful tulip farm setting. I’m listening to this one – Tanya Eby is always an engaging narrator.

Disclaimer: I consume 150-200 books per year from many different genres. This book is General Market Women’s Fiction/Romance.


That’s it from me for now. I have family visiting, so I’ve been soaking up as much time as I can with these precious people.

Psalm 147:11

Always…with hope,

Becky D

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The Gustafson Girls

Juliette and the Monday ManDates
Renata and the Fall from Grace
Phoebe and the Rock of Ages
Gia and the Blast from the Past

Elderberry Croft – A Serial Novel

The Complete Collection: Volumes 1-4
The Sequel – Elderberry Days: Season of Joy

The Fallout Series

All the Way to Heaven
A Light in the Dark
A Long Way Home

Pemberton Manor – A Serial Novel

The Goodbye Girl
The Moon Mother
More Coming Soon…

Standalone Novels

Waters Fall
Life Letters

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“Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tune without the words, and never stops – at all.”

Emily Dickinson

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