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Happy Tuesday!!
Y'all have really been so kind and awesome with all the emails and messages about Scooter. I'm not posting any photos of him with his stitches because some of you might get a little woozy. I have to admit that no amount of preparing myself with looking at other pups who had the surgery, I was still not prepared. Though I'd like to say he's is perfect and free of pain, I can't. He's in pain from being cut on and we are taking it day by day. He is eating and as you can see, I've had to put up the leg gate so Charlie can't get to Scooter's food.

His spirits were so lifted on Saturday when the boys came home (photo minus Brady because he had to go to work) and Aunt Tracy came over. The boys were a little upset and for sure weren't prepared. I will put together a photo album of Scooter's progress in next week's newsletter where you can actually click the link if you do want to see what he looks like and continued progress. I&…

Tuesday Coffee with Tonya and Weekly Giveaway

Good morning! y'all remember in an earlier newsletter in like May, I said that this summer was going to be quiet because all my boys were out of the house? Apparently, I lied. I've seen my kiddos more this summer than when they lived here.
Over the weekend three were home and brought a few more with them. I have to say that I loved cooking for that many again and hearing them laugh and cut up. It's nice the boys like to bring friends home.
And Eddy...he just can't relax. He's decided to build me a She Shed! I was cracking up because he and Austin were discussing all sorts of plans. Austin is studying to be an architect and he was excited. He even drew his image of my She Shed with me inside.

I'll keep you posted on the progress of my She Shed....
Also over the past few days we've had a mean game of Scrabble brewing on our kitchen chalk board. It's not your traditional Scrabble game and it was a perfect way for my kiddos to play and actually t…

Tuesday Coffee With Tonya and Weekly Giveaway!

Happy Tuesdee! That's how we say Tuesday where I'm from.
Let me tell you....we need a hillbilly Siri! Or the gal in the hands free phone thingy in my car needs to understand me better. I'll say to call Eddy. She says "did you say call Penny? Did you say call Susie?" I end up going through my entire contact list. I thought I got smart and put Eddy's number under husband. appears that I wasn't so smart after all. She replied, "did you say call David." Dang....
That's just the tip of my last week...
Y'all aren't going to believe this. I'm not joking and hand to heaven, there was ANOTHER SNAKE!! Didn't I tell y'all last week that I could hear my Papaw say that if there was one there was more...mmmhmmmm. Do you think he was talking to me from the great beyond? Anyways, this one was bigger and fatter!
I have to say it was hilarious watching Eddy wrangle the thing into the garbage can to toss back into the creek. He w…


YIPPPPPEEEE!! Cake and Punishment is on sale for $1.99!!!
Be sure to grab your copy while you can.
In the first of a delectable new Southern-set baking cozy series, Sophia Cummings, pastry chef extraordinaire, must craft the perfect cake for an old friend’s wedding while sifting through the suspects in a murder. 

Bucolic Rumford, Kentucky has glowing fields of bluegrass, a fine selection of bourbons, and now a professional pastry chef. Broken-hearted Sophia Cummings has come home from New York City. She’s not there a minute before she’s charmed into making her high school friend Charlotte’s wedding cake. The kitchen at the Rumford Country Club seems perfect until Chef Emile’s body is discovered, sprawled near the stove, a cast iron skillet on the floor close by. 

With one look at the shiny, new frying pan, Sophia knows it’s not Emile’s. She offers her knowledge to Sheriff Carter and her talents to Evelyn, the manager, who needs an interim chef. The mood in the coun…

Read Chapter One of Deserts, Driving & Derelicts

“Thank you for coming in.” Alison Gilbert, the young reporter from National Parks of America Magazine greeted me all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. She wore a mid-calf length red dress with small black polka dots and black sandals. Her brown hair was cut to her chin. “We are so glad you agreed to the interview. Follow me.”

She hurried down the hall at the Daniel Boone National Park office and talked over her shoulder, guiding me to the room where she was going to perform the interview. She sat her bag on the long conference table.

“Now, we can relax.” She turned slightly to look at me as she continued to walk down the hall. “I have coffee here, along with some donuts. Please, help yourself.”

I walked over to the coffee bar, catching my shadow in the glass window that overlooked a beautiful area of the National Park, and noticed my hair had grown about two more sizes on the ride over to the office. That was the problem with curly hair and humidity. The two didn’t play nice with e…


Reader of the week:
Kara Vaughan Marks 
"Tonya Kappes books are a great escape from everyday life and so charming!"

Happy Release Day and Giveaway!

Happy Release Day!
I know...I know! It's a few days early, but I couldn't help it! It needed to be released and I'm so excited you now get a chance to spend a little more time in Normal, Ky at Happy Trails Campground.
Here is the blurb:
Welcome to Normal, Kentucky, where nothin' is normal! 

Mae West is getting settled into the RV lifestyle as the owner of a campground in Normal, Kentucky. Happy Trails Campground, located in Daniel Boone National Park, has started to attract late summer vacationing families who love to hike, swim, fish, and enjoy being outdoors.

Betts Hager, owner of several small businesses, is swamped with work and desperate for help with her cleaning business. Mae offers her services, happy about the prospect of a little extra cash. Heiress Tammy Jo Bentley’s mansion is the first one on her schedule.

Mae makes sure Tammy Jo’s house is spotless because the Kentucky Kennel Association's annual meeting is going to be held at the mansion. Fifi, Tammy Jo…

Tuesday Coffee with Tonya and Amazon Giveaway

Happy Tuesday!!!
Over the weekend, I hosted a Father's Day brunch with chicken and waffles. . .that brought the boys home! Let me tell you. It was great. Eddy had a wonderful time. We also got to spend time with my dad and his dad that day, so it was a great day.

Y'all are so awesome! Thank you for all the emails asking about Scooter. We had a Dr. appointment last week to follow up on the bladder and liver infection along with his eye check up. His liver and bladder are no longer infected, so we are happy with that. Unfortunately, there was a smidgen of hope he'd gain a little sight in his right eye, but it doesn't appear that's going to be in the plan anymore. He's such a sweetie. He's still having a bit of trouble finding his way around the house, but he's getting better everyday. Plus, there's lots of treats involved which makes me happy because he did gain ONE POUND!!!! YAY!!!!! He's down about six though. His diabetes is within normal rang…