Murdo Girl…My own voice

Every once in awhile the blog master surprises me with a new format and when I finally learn how to navigate it, they change it again. In the meantime, Gremlins take over and put photos where they don’t belong and make it look like I can’t spell. Several times they have let me halfway complete a post and suddenly they make it disappear.

I discovered or maybe decided in the last hour that I have been doing one thing right all of these years.

I learned this when I read an article entitled ten things a blogger must do to be successful. One of the ten things is you must use your own voice.

I hope you readers will agree that I have always done that. I have never tried to be someone I am not. Unless of course you count my self anointed queen status, but that’s more like role playing.

whatever I write which is sometimes fun, sometimes serious, and sometimes neither but it rhymes…it is always my own voice. We won’t go into the other nine things.

We couldn’t get things together in time today to go through the caverns but we’re all set for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it. I was told that the largest caverns in the world were discovered by a 14 year old boy in the late 1800’s when he saw all the bats fly out of it.

Anyway, we had a delicious breakfast at a cute Cafe that served lattes and cappuccino along with delicious and different breakfast bowls, French toast, and Belgian waffles. We took two bear claws to go. They were the second best we’ve ever had. The first being some we had while visiting Janet and James Adams in Hendersonville, NC.

I’m about to bust!

We found a huge dog park for the dogs to wear themselves out in and got back in time for our smoked turkey dinners to be delivered by the park hosts. It was all delectable…especially the Keylime pie.

Rylie loved the playhouse in the dog park.

Time to call it a night. Pray I don’t see any bats tomorrow

Murdo Girl…Let’s eat

By the time we blew and I mean blew into Abilene late yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, we were ready to call it a night. The wind blew so hard, it was truly scary at times.

Mommy, may I have some popcorn?

We are really grateful that our new pooches are wonderful travelers. The RV Park where we stayed had a nice fenced dog park for them to run around in. They got rid if their puppy energy while mom and dad held each other up.

Dollie, the cat, got a little car sick, but felt better the next morning. (We woke a cold 55 degrees, but the wind wasn’t as bad yesterday.

We’re now at a very nice KOA inside Carlsbad National Park. We made it across the spiral (see below).

Tomorrow morning we’re going to treat ourselves to breakfast at a bakery/Cafe and then tomorrow night, we’re going to treat ourselves to a dinner they prepare at the park and deliver to your RV. We agreed we need to start watching what we eat, so now we’ll watch it, and then we’ll eat it. In between meals, we’ll see the caverns and one or two other wonders of the world.

We’re having fun and starting to get into the rhythm of life on the road where everytime you hear a noise the motor home hasn’t made before you shout! “What was that?”

Just a reminder. My “Rhymes for all Times” book is flying off the shelves. Be sure and order the illustrated books from me by November 5th if you want them in time for Christmas. You have longer to get the large print with fewer illustrations, but all the poems, from Amazon.

We have PayPal up and running. You can also pay by check. Send me an email

Thank you so much. My hope is that everyone is enjoying their purchase as will those who receive them for Christmas.

Rhymes for all Times

Book of poetry by Mary Francis McNinch


Murdo Girl…We’re really going…SeeYa

I am so ready for our trip. Today, we got as far into our planning as to look at a map. We’re going to see Carlsbad Caverns National Park which will  probably be the second day out. Our first lengthy destination will be to spend time with Gus. Kip and I are both looking forward to steak night at the Legion Club. I hope Billy comes, too. I only got to spend a few hours with his family last time and it wasn’t enough.

We picked out a place about twenty minutes from where Gus lives that has a huge dog park. Our new pups are so young, I have a feeling we’re going to be more interested in running space for them than sleeping space for us. I intend to blog our adventures, so you’ll be the first to know how it goes. I hope we don’t come back early with our tails between our legs, so to speak. 

We aren’t leaving until Thursday morning as it’s supposed to rain all day Wednesday.. (99.9% chance.) The rest of the week and into the weekend is supposed to be sunny. 

I cleaned the RV today. It amazes me that with all of our travels and all of our animals that SeeYa has held up so well. She was old when we got her, but top of the line when she was new. She will turn twenty in 2022. 

I’ve been trying to get it all set up through PayPal so you can use a credit or debit card to order your books. If you have any problems, please let me know. I’ll make sure you get what you need… Thanks again for all of your support. I really feel this book has something for everyone and I’ve had some great unsolicited feedback. BUY AMERICAN MADE!

The book can also be purchased through Amazon in large print for $9.00. It doesn’t have the illustrations the $12.00 book has, but the poems are the same.

Rhymes for all Times, book of poetry by Mary Francis McNinch

Poems and rhymes about joyful times, funny times, spiritual insights, relationships, confusion and clarification. One persons experiences with the ebb and flow of life.


The book can be purchased in large print on Amazon for $9.00. It doesn’t have as many illustrations as the $12 book, but the poems are the same… Thank you again for all of your support. I have received some very good unsolicited feedback. I really believe this book has something for everyone and its truly from the heart.

Murdo Girl…Loading up the 2nd home

We’re getting ready to leave on an RV trip in a few days. I have to pinch myself to believe it. We went on a COVID trip last fall, visiting State Parks and the part of the Grand Canyon that’s near Flagstaff, AZ. It was a fun trip and so good to get away during the COVID lockdown. We were mostly outside and there were no crowds.

This year we have 2 different dogs that we are in the middle of training and we’re hoping on the road is a good time and place to do it.

Nellie Mae

My name is now Nellie. I’m one of the new dogs

I’d like to meet the readers of the Murdo Girl blogs

The dogcatcher found me wandering the streets

I love my new home…man its sooo SUWEEET!

I had it all to myself for a almost a month

Then along came dufus who’s a feisty little runt.

We have something in common. We both lived “At Large.”

We hid from dog catchers and ate tasty Garbau’ge.

Our twains didn’t meet until we got to this house.

I came from the North, Dufus (I mean Rylie came from the south.)

We’re trying to adjust, but it’s not always easy

At first eating dog food made my stomach feel queasy.

As for Rylie? Well he’s growing on me.

We’re going camping. Sounds like “At Large” used to be.

Murdo Girl…Made in America

My Rhymes for all Times book is ready to purchase. Here’s what a few readers had to say about it…

Mary Francis McNinch says it all in the
opening page of Rhymes for all Times, “…as we live the life we get to live.” She follows up with a delightful collection of her original poetry, prose, and even a bit of suspenseful.playwriting. You will meet your own family members, your friends, and your neighbors in her depiction of the ebb and flow of life. It is poignant, humorous, thought provoking, and spiritual, sometimes all at once. My.personal favorite is “He Stepped Up,” a lovely tribute to her stepfather.
Take a bow, Mary…Judith Allison

I Just finished reading the book. I love, love, love it! So wonderful that you put all of your great writings together! I really enjoyed reading them all in this format. I have always known you are an amazing talent, MG, but having these all together really showcase what talent you have been blessed with. I can’t wait for this book to be made available so I can get my copy and some for family and
friends. Thanks for letting me be a critique.on this. I would make no changes, as it is perfect just the way it is! (I really cried, happy tears, when I read Pete’s!) Love you! …Sherri Miller

Mary Francis McNinch, writer extraordinaire!
Whatever your choice for reading material, be it children’s books, historical fiction, fantasy, suspense, memories, mystery, or just pure, fun, fiction, this talented writer either has or will be writing something that appeals to you. I believe this book, “Rhymes for all Times” is the “icing on the cake” as they say up to this point in time. I can’t wait to see what is next on the agenda for Mary. I know it will be something that we will not want to miss. PLEASE STAY TUNED!…Patricia Davis

Mary, I LOVE the Rhymes for All Times  book!!  That is a difficult project and you made it look so easy.  My you evoked many happy, sad, funny, pathetic, weary, lovely emotions and stirring up memories throughout making me giggle one page then tear up on the next, and of course, I loved the “Sam Spade” pages!!  You are truly the Queen of verse.  Erma Brombeck who?  I’m getting copies for my friends so from whom do I order??
Hugs, Jean Robinson

Rhymes for all Times comes in three different formats

The book above is laminate soft cover. It is black and white with muted graphics. I love the way it turned out. It can be purchased at for $12.00 plus postage. If I order 2 or more books, I can get free postage. Email me at if you want more than one. I will have them mailed directly to you from Bookemon.

Soft cover, Large Print…It has minor graphics, I’m limited to different things with different publishers. It can be purchased on Amazon for $9.00

Hard Cover – Black and white with minor graphics. It can be purchased on Amazon for $14.00 (It’s a pretty book.)

Please let me know if you have any problems ordering. I think Rhymes for all Times in any of these formats would make a great Christmas gift…

Thank you,

Mary Francis McNinch aka MG

To show the white end – laminate book

Murdo Girl…Doing something nice

This is not about me doing something nice. It’s about others being nice to me. There is no doubt about it. I have some pretty special friends in my life.

For instance…last summer Kip and I took our RV to Rockport, TX and spent a couple of weeks parked next to some friends who spend the winters there. (They’re from Indiana. It’s cold in Indiana.)

One day, I mentioned to Molly that all of the placemats I could find were too big for my RV table. We were shopping at the time and she had picked out a piece of fabric thinking it was pretty and she would make something with it someday.

The very next morning, she came over with four placemats that were the perfect size. And then, she handed me the leftover fabric, saying, “Maybe you can cover the chairs with this.)… She knows me…she was joking.

Below, are the before pictures. I remember the day I picked these beauties out. Just kidding. They came with the RV.

This is my friend, Pat

My friend, Pat came to have coffee with me in the Cottage a couple of weeks ago and saw the fabric. Pat is very creative, and came up with an idea to cover the chairs. I picked them up today, and I’m delighted and excited.

Thank you Pat and Molly. You are both so caring and giving…

Yesterday, a package came in the mail, and inside was this beautiful doily. It was made by the 90 something friend of Dianna Diehm. I’m riding to Walmart with Kip and I don’ have her name with me. I tried it on the tabl. I will take it off while we eat.

I also tried it wth this watercolor painting of my grandmother

One day a while back, a friend who is a very talented painter, posted a beautiful watercolor of her grandmother. I told her how amazing I thought it was that she could paint her own grandmother. She asked me for a photograph of one of my grandmothers, which I gave to her. I was gifted with this beautiful watercolor of my Grandma Francis. What a stunning likeness it is!

All of these friends will get a “Rhymes for all Times book from me…

Countless people have been kind to me in so many ways. I’m sure you have been the recipient of acts of kindness, too. I could write a book.

Speaking of books…details to follow later today.

Murdo Girl…The old country church

A few readers/listeners have said they are having a difficult time getting the podcast. I don’t want you to miss Jerry’s singing and reciting so I’m going to leave it on another day.

Here is the link. It will take you to the MG podcast. Scroll down to “Jerry Davis performs…and you will see an arrow. Hit the arrow and enjoy.—by-Mary-Francis-McNinch-e18h0oe