Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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Snowmageddon

December 9, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t usually post weather pictures but yesterday we experienced a rare dusting of snow, not the anticipated snowmageddon or snowcalypse that was forecast, but enough to blanket us in the white stuff. These pictures are from yesterday, looking out one of our back windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is our view on a spring day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you’re wondering, that’s my flying pig in a metal flower box hanging over our balcony. He’s actually a cast iron piggy bank and extremely heavy, and not because there’s any money in him. He seems to be handling the chill extremely well, not an oink of complaint from him so far.

 

 

 

 

I hope everyone stays warm and dry this weekend. Take care.

 

 

 

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Winter came on us pretty fast. The weather says by Monday morning we could have anywhere from 6-12 inches of snow! I might not be able to get out my front door on Monday. Sad. I like the winged piggy bank: empty it out when pigs fly!
By: PT Dilloway on December 9, 2016
oh hahah love the "When Pigs Fly" bank! I remember when we lived in the Portland area the fuss the news folks would makeover an inch of snow! Have a lovely day!
By: Kathe W. on December 9, 2016
Snow? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
By: Al Penwasser on December 9, 2016
I envy your snow. We're just cold.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on December 9, 2016
That looks like chilly style rather than cosy style snowing. Maybe it's that poor cold pig!
By: jenny woolf on December 9, 2016
I'm looking forward to snow...unless I have to be somewhere.
By: cranky on December 9, 2016
We tend to get more ice/freezing rain than snow. I prefer to enjoy winter weather vicariously, so I'll just sit back with my cup of coffee and look at your photos.
By: Kelly on December 9, 2016
No snow here in So Cal!!
By: fishducky on December 9, 2016
Only you would have a flying piggy bank in a flower pot, but I'm so glad he's coping so well with the snow.
By: LL Cool Joe on December 9, 2016
I love your pig. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 9, 2016
It hit us last night. It made for an interesting commute home as the first snowfall of the year makes people lose their mind and forget how to drive. Love the pig. We have a picture of a flying pig in our bathroom. I'll have to share it someday on the blog.
By: Mr. Shife on December 9, 2016
No snow here but some very cold and blustery winds. The trees are all naked. Makes me think I should bring blankets out, but maybe they are like your pig and an handle the weather.
By: Tabor on December 9, 2016
My last post mentioned the snow we got when I was in Connecticut in October. It didn't last but it was just enough to make me happy to live in Florida.
By: Bee BB Bee on December 9, 2016
That's very pretty, and I would like some here. The only snow I see in our forecast is for the day we drive halfway to Oklahoma to meet The Pony for his trip home from college.
By: Val on December 9, 2016
Pretty... weathered fllying piggy.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 9, 2016
Enjoy the snow, i hope you are staying warm, too!
By: messymimi on December 9, 2016
I miss snow so much---but I don't want to live in it. Just visit......
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on December 9, 2016
Snow makes everything look clean and fresh. Victoria B.C. got quite a bit of snow.
By: red Kline on December 9, 2016
It looks cold and miserable. BTW, the BRD has a flying pig in the entryway to her new home in Prescott.
By: Catalyst on December 9, 2016
Your snow pictures want me to break out the hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with a nice fuzzy warm blanket! Enjoy the snow while it lasts! I do miss it.
By: Pixel Peeper on December 9, 2016
Yeah, we woke up to a couple of inches this morning. All turning to slush now :( If it's that rare for you does it freak everyone out like it does here?
By: Botanist on December 9, 2016
Wow! snow. I love weather pictures. We don't get snow that often here either but we do get it. I suggest that you get a sled.
By: Rick Watson on December 9, 2016
Nice pictures of your snowfall. I really like a nice gentle snowfall for walking in; it muffles every sound and makes it very peaceful. We've had three snows and are getting another at the moment. I hope the whole winter is not like this.
By: jenny_o on December 9, 2016
Snow thanks!
By: Tom Cochrun on December 9, 2016
Snoooowww!!!! I love snow and winter. Summer sucks all the energy out of me, but during the cold months I'm so happy an productive. Wishing you, Mrs.C & Flying Pig a lovely weekend!
By: Lexa Cain on December 9, 2016
Thought of you when I saw it on the news. I am so envious. I'd be out walking in that wearing a big grin Stay warm and enjoy. .
By: Arkansas Patti on December 10, 2016
Now, that's what I call proper winter, not the slush we get here. :-) Greetings from London.
By: A Cuban In London on December 10, 2016
Nice snow pictures, but I prefer the spring view.
By: Tom Sightings on December 11, 2016
Snow makes everything look so different and pristine when it is fresh, your photographs automatically make me want to be in front of a roaring fie looking out at these beautiful scenes. Totally different when one has got to go out to work in it though....... In Tenerife the only snow falls on top of our volcano, everywhere here has temperatures of 18c - 25c in the winter.
By: John Gibson on December 12, 2016
Love the piggy! Your pictures are so pretty and I love a beautiful snowfall especially at this time of year
By: Birgit on December 13, 2016

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