Revisiting the month of January..

Sometimes things get hectic. Maybe you mean to check out a blog, but just don’t get around to it. Maybe you’ve just recently discovered the blog- but had no time to read past entries. Each month, I’m going to re-post some blog entries: reviews mainly- but other things as well.

Reviews

Mobbed by Carol Higgins Clark

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro

A Deal to Die For by Josie Belle

Stuck on Murder by Lucy Lawrence

Fiber and Brimstone by Laura Childs

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

 

Other Topics:

Cruisin Thru the Cozies Reading List 2013

What Are Your Reading Goals for 2013?

What Goes Better Together than Books and Chocolate? Wine and Books!

Writers and the Peace they Bring to Lives… (plus escargot)

 

Travel/Road-trips:

Eudora Welty’s House and Camellias

 

 

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Peabody Ducks- Memphis, TN

Peabody Ducks

The Peabody Hotel- a super nice hotel in downtown Memphis- known for it’s rooftop parties; but mostly for the ducks. Twice a day the ducks walk (once from their home and once back to the home).  Between those times, they play and pose for pictures in the gorgeous fountain in the middle of the Peabody lobby.

This is a free attraction and definitely a must-see if you are in the Memphis area. Be advised to arrive at the lobby early- people arrive early to get good seats to see the ducks march!

 

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State Signs….

 

Georgia State sign

 

Part of the fun of road-trips is spotting the sign that says “Welcome to (insert appropriate state)”! It helps pass the time and it’s neat seeing what each state’s sign looks like. If I’m not driving, I try to get a pic of each sign to add to my scrapbook for documenting the road-trip adventures. Sometimes I’m successful and get great pictures; sometimes not so much.

Does anyone else do this? What other road-trip tricks do you have to pass the time in the car?

 

 

My survival pack for road-trips:

1. New CD

2. Fully Charged Ipod

3. Book or Kindle

4. Cooler with drinks and snacks (depending on length of trip & how many passengers)

5. A good night’s sleep, fully charged GPS, maps, and Google Map or Map Quest directions.

Blast From the Past- Graceland at Christmas

Having the opportunity to be in Memphis at Christmas time a couple of years to see the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes at the FedEx Forum was great. First because the show was simply wonderful- the kicks, the costumes, the music- all of it was wonderful. The show is definitely able to put a person in a Christmas spirit.

After the show was over, I was discussing things that made Memphis known worldwide with the others who went to the show, and I said that I’d never been to Graceland. Well, the people I was with could not believe that and demanded that the situation be changed- immediately!

We hopped in the car and headed to Graceland quick, fast and in a hurry since we had dinner reservations at The Butcher Shop ( the restaurant is talked about for it’s good food, but I was not blown away).

While I did not get to tour Graceland, just seeing the outside was enough for me (for now). One day, I’ll tour Graceland (it’s on my bucket list!)

Graceland- Christmas Lights

 

An opinion of many people

 

Graceland Sign

 

My companions laughed at how excited I was to get my picture taken with the Graceland sign and the car, but mostly laughed about my small-town existence since I’d never been to Graceland. While it’s been 2 years since my Christmas at Graceland, I know that one day I will be able to say that I visited Graceland properly.

 

Tunica Queen- Day Cruise

I get the urge to go gambling about 3 or so times a year- the sound of slot machines, free drinks, live music, and a buffet all start to crowd my thoughts. I grab my players card and hit the road- in less than 2 hours, I can be at a casino.

Occasionally, though, the lure of something else calls me to a gambling town. Today’s post is about the Tunica Queen- a riverboat that you can ride for a moderate fee in Tunica on the Mississippi River. October 2010 was a month that I found myself wanting to be rolling, rolling on the river- so loaded up the car, found a friend to go with and hit the road for a nice road-trip.

First stop was the Tunica Riverpark Museum (currently closed for remodeling due to flooding in early 2011) which is where tickets can be purchased for the Tunica Queen. If a person is interested in the history of Mississippi (particularly the Delta) this is a good stop for history buffs. It’s a self-guided tour, with videos, pictures and artifacts.

After a tour of the museum- on to the Tunica Queen. Having never been on a riverboat, I was unsure of what to expect, but the trip was great. The weather was nice, the wind was blowing through my hair, and the sun was warm.

Going on the afternoon riverboat tour was a perfect way to spend the afternoon in Tunica, MS.  The staff and captain was quite nice, music was being played, and the captain was pointing out interesting things and giving facts about the Mississippi River and Tunica.

The Captain and I

Tunica Queen

All in all, a delightful way to spend a day in Tunica. Highly recommend. If interested in visiting Tunica, MS- whether it’s for gambling or other activities, follow @TunicaMS on Twitter or like TunicaMS on Facebook. It’s the best way to stay in contact with all events, activities, and promotions in Tunica.