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Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first love...how about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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My Vella Story

Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

Composting the Mosting... or IDK. It's a Compost Update

We have officially made dirt! Homemade dirt now resides in Abby's new garden beds. Yay!


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Raised Garden Bed

If you've read my previous post on our family experiment in composting, then you may remember I had some reservations about getting down and dirty with this project. But, I'm relieved to report...


We have not seen any coyote gang action (not at our composting bin, anyway)...


Though we did see a slight uptick in maggots and flies--briefly--it was not enough of a problem to inspire red-faced anger or, from me, an I-told-you-so...


The squirrels have not used it as an exercise wheel, unfortunately...


And we've had no gigantic mud-monsters. Yet.


What we have discovered is that composting is rather easy, ya'll. Collect. Dump. Spin. Wait. Use. Gathering our kitchen, cardboard, and lint scraps has progressed naturally into habit, just like regular recycling. Yes, it takes a little extra time, but for waste-not homebodies, like us, it's NBD.


Unless you have a Keurig... and drink gallons of coffee... Popping those k-cups open to dump the grounds is a hassle. I've cut my fingers MANY TIMES and cursed more than I care to admit. BUT, our plants should be MEGA-CAFFEINATED. If plants are anything like people, well, that SHOULD mean they'll get more done. Right?


What else have we learned about composting... hmm.


Well, we haven't created enough dirt to fill all our beds completely. We've supplemented with bagged dirt. But what we have made seems like much better quality than the bag stuff. Dark, rich, and less woody. By next summer, we shouldn't have to supplement at all.


Dirt

Our dirt is egg-shelly. Eggshells didn't deteriorate as we hoped. Maybe those red wigglers from the bait shop would've helped, but we haven't acquired those yet. BUT that's okay because now I can make walking-on-eggshells jokes. We've used the shelly dirt for Abby's potato garden because, well, eggs go well with potatoes. Right?


So, Abby has one in-ground bed with Adirondack red potatoes. One raised bed with carrots, arugula, beets, lettuces, and green onions. In her trash-to-treasure salvaged vertical bed (thanks again to her uncles for getting that off the street for her), she has sugar snap peas with room for more plants later. Isn't it soooo cute?!


Now, I have to work on my raised bed (shoulders slumping). It's a jungle in there right now, but I cut myself a little slack since I've been stuck in a tunnel. I will be gutting it, especially to get rid of the CRAZY MINT I CAN'T KILL. Who knew mint would be so dang hearty and prolific? I can't drink that many mint juleps, geez! Once emptied, I'll add compost and give the whole thing a refresh.


So with Abby's gardens started and mine coming soon... we will surely have more updates as spring kicks in and summer arrives. Abby has a chart of what she wants to plant and when; she's delightfully studious. Anyway, expect more updates on our gardening adventures.


Unless, of course, that mud monster...


Happy gardening, fellow homebodies! Share your efforts below!

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