August Rereads ~



Who doesn’t love a wedding??? “A Common Life,” by Jan Karon is the story of two people, deeply in love, who get married. *sigh*

I don’t know how many times I’ve read this story. *???*


What better location for a mystery than a train? A woman, a jewel and a train, written by my favorite author of mystery ~ Agatha Christie, “The Mystery of the Blue Train.”ย This is the second time I’ve read this book. The first time I read it I was surprised because I solved it!!!

I’m having a little problem with wordpress. If you leave a comment and I try to respond to your comment, wordpress deletes your comment and mine disappears also. I don’t know what is causing this glitch, but hopefully it will be corrected soon.


Much love,





Hitchcock Survey!

Good morning. I hope all is well with you. Many of you may remember, I recently asked everyone to participate in a Hitchcock film survey. When I gazed at the results, I wasn’t surprised. I don’t think anything would have surprised me. His films are good. Any of them could have won. Now for the results!

Drum roll please ~

1st place went toย North By Northwest!

North by Northwest 1959

Is anyone surprised???

2nd place went toย Rebecca!

In memory of Joan Fontaine who died on 12/16/13 at age 96. Here she is with Laurence Olivier in my favorite role of hers (and one of my favorite Hitchcock movies) as Mrs. DeWinter in Rebecca from 1940. Trivia: She was the sister of Olivia DeHavilland who played Melanie in Gone with the Wind.

Are you surprised???

The remaining votes were scattered.

What are your thoughts? I’d like to hear from you.


One Lovely Blog Award ~



Good morning! I hope everyone has a great weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Denise nominated me forย One Lovely Blog Awardย whilst my wrist was in a cast. THANK-YOU Denise. She has a lovely blog. Scurry on over. Meet and get to know Denise and enjoy her blog!

Rules ~

~Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.

~Post about the award.

~Share seven (7) facts about yourself.

~Nominate up to fifteen people.

~Let your nominees know you’ve nominated them.

7 Facts About Me ~

1.) I have a bob haircut and as such my husband calls me “Bob.”

2.) I love classic movies. My favorite is “Casablanca,” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.

3.) I love dandelions. Most people, including my husband, see them as a weed, but I see them as a pretty yellow flower. I love them as a puff of white to blow to the wind.

4.) One day I would like to visit Alaska!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

5.) I enjoy visiting art galleries.

6.) My favorite style of homes are cottages and Queen Anne homes.

7.) During the autumn and winter months I make homemade bread the “old fashioned” way. I knead the dough by hand and let it rise in a warm place. The scent of bread baking in the oven is bliss and the taste, hot of the oven. Yummy.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh MY Word! I’m suppose to nominate up to 15 bloggers!!! YIKES!

Have fun!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚







Classic Movie Friday!

Jean Hersholt and Shirley Temple in Heidi (1937)

Heidi (1937)

Shirley Temple

Jean Hersholt

Arthur Treacher

Marcia May Jones

Sidney Blackmer

Oh my word! This was one of my favorite movies when I was a little girl. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first watched it. I’m sure my mother was involved though. I read the book years later. I love the book and the movie. I was sorry the Grandfather (Jean Hersholt) had been hurt and estranged from his son, but I did love the Grandfather! I loved watching him soften. Heidi (Shirley Temple) was adorable. She was fun and lovable ~ the Grandfather couldn’t help but love her.

Of course, Andrews (Arthur Treacher) was my favorite character. What a great butler!

Heidi was abducted twice in the movie, but it all worked out in the end.

Have you seen Heidi? Have you read the book? I’d love to hear from you.

The Sunshine Blogger Award! :)



Good morning! I hope your day is going well. Whilst my arm was in a cast I was nominated for two blogger awards! Go take a gander at ~

Thank-you Mandie for this wonderful nomination!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Rules ~

1.) Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog. *I am so link challenged*

2.) Answer the eleven (11) questions sent by the person who nominated you.

3.) Nominate eleven (11) new blogs to receive the award and write them eleven (11) new questions.

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award on your post and/or on your blog.

Here are the eleven (11) questions Mandie gave me.

1.) If you could have any name in the world what would it be?

answer: Mmmm. Good question. There are several names I like. ~Diana, Alicia, Michelle, Isabella~ Any of those names would be fine. How about Wonder Woman??? *haha* I do like my name though.

2.) What is your favorite holiday and why?

answer: Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I have nice memories of this holiday when I was a child.

3.) If you could meet a character from any fiction book, who would it be and why?

answer: Lady Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings books. I love that character. She has courage. She believes in the little guy. She loves her people. She’s loyal to her King, her uncle. She’s trustworthy.

The women of this country learned long ago, those without swords can still die upon them. I fear neither death nor pain. -- Eowyn

4.) If your pet (or pets) could talk for a day, what questions would you ask them?

answer: We have a border collie. Her name is Rowdy and she is the most smartest dog in the world!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I would ask her if she has been happy with us and if there is anything she would want us to do differently. She’s 14 1/2 years old.

5.) What is one thing that always makes you smile?

answer: hot chocolate

6.) Which of the seven dwarfs are you most like? (Extra points if you name all seven without cheating!)

answer: Sleepy *haha* I will try to list all seven. ~Dopey, Happy, Doc, Sleepy, Grumpy, Sneezy and Bashful. I think that’s ok.

7.) What is your favorite day of the week?

answer: I don’t think I have a favorite. Mmmm.

8.) What is one food you strongly dislike?

answer: I’m a vegetarian. One time I tried soy hot dogs. They were the worst food I have ever tried. Oh my word! Horrible, nasty things. Mushy. Blah.

9.) What is your favorite song?

answer: Oh my word. There are so many.

10.) What is your favorite board game?

answer: Balderdash! Love it. The more the merrier!

11.) What is your favorite number and why?

answer: 15! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was born on the 15th of March.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

My my my! Here are my eleven questions for you.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

1.) Do you enjoy watching football? If yes, who is your favorite team?

2.) Do you like to read poetry?

3.) Do you have a favorite website? If yes, what is it?

4.) Do you enjoy podcasts? What are your faves?

5.) What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

6.) Do you enjoy walks outside in the winter?

7.) Was there a moment in your life when something hilarious happened and you laughed so hard your side or stomach hurt? Tell us what happened.

8.) Do you enjoy spending time with children?

9.) Do you enjoy visiting art galleries?

10.) What is your favorite meal?

11.) What is your favorite comfort food?

I have a difficult time nominating bloggers for awards, so the first eleven bloggers to read this are my nominations. Have fun!

Thanks again Mandie for the nomination. Thank-you so much for your patience. I know you nominated me a few weeks ago. Blessings!

Much love,







The Continuing Saga ~

Hello amazing followers, readers and visitors!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ I went to meet the physical therapist today. He evaluated and massaged and worked with me for 45 minutes!!! He gave me exercises to do and I return in a week. My hand and wrist are pitiful! He said, I wasn’t bad. Apparently, I’m normal for a break and wearing a cast for six weeks.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you a few photos of the bed and breakfast we enjoyed when we were in Missouri. I loved it. I was sorry I broke my wrist and wasn’t able to enjoy it like I wanted to, but I did like it.


It’s called, The Whiskey Mansion Bed and Breakfast. I don’t remember much about the history of the bed & breakfast, but it’s a historical home someone restored. The people who work at the inn were so nice and respectful. We arrived after we left the hospital, so we checked in at the inn late, but the hostess greeted us at the door and showed us to our room. I was in pain, so Rick helped me get settled in, then went out to find us dinner. While he was gone I tried to take a couple of photos, but they didn’t turn out well. Here are two photos that are ok.


As I gazed at the ceiling, I noticed our room was shaped like a stop sign. Later we were told we were in the tower room! That would explain the shape. There was a tree lightly hitting against our window. Fun! I thought I was in a Gothic Suspense! *ahem*


In spite of the discomfort I felt, I did sleep that night. The following morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast. I had a croissant breakfast sandwich, fruit and something to drink. I’m a little hazy with the details.

After breakfast we started our journey home. I needed to see a local orthopedic doctor.

It was certainly a trip I will never forget.

Much love,



The Cast Is Gone!!!


YAY! Rick took that photo two or three days ago. The cast is in the trash. I didn’t want to keep it.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ The doctor reports the x-ray looks great. He put me in a removable brace to wear when I leave the house. In the house I don’t need it. I’m not wearing it right now. Tomorrow morning I start physical therapy.

Now, I can start blogging again. I have a considerable amount of catch up blogging to do. I will do my best NOT to blog more than once a day.

First I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all of you. Thank-you for all your kind words, prayers and encouragement! I appreciate it very much.

My husband was amazing during my time of trial. He cooked all the meals. He did all the laundry. He tied my shoes and helped me whenever I required assistance. He is awesome! He says, “I’m always amazing!” *ahem*

Now you might ask, how did you break your wrist? Thank-you for asking.


Rick and I packed our bags and drove to St. Joseph, Missouri. We planned this trip weeks earlier and we were meeting a friend at Simply Tea. It’s a tea shop and a shabby little restaurant with GREAT food and loose leaf tea and accessories. It’s a great place to eat. I bought two bags of loose leaf tea before we left. ย

After we left the tea shop, we visited Glore Psychiatric Museum. After we toured the museum, we walked around outside. I stepped up onto the grass to take a photo of the outside of the building.


Rick went inside the museum to ask directions and our friend turned her back for one second. I took a step and somehow misjudged the curb and came crashing down onto the pavement. On the way down, I was afraid I was going to hit my head on the concrete so I put my right hand out flat to prevent a head injury and I broke my wrist.

The moment I broke the bone there wasn’t any pain. It surprised me. The pain came a few minutes later. With help, I managed to stand and we walked into the museum to get ice. I knew my wrist was broken. No doubt at all! By the time they brought me ice, the pain came and I was suffering, so we started out for the hospital. The trip to the hospital took forever. We were in a strange town and asked three times for directions. I think it was finally SIRI who told us how to get to the hospital. By the time we arrived at the emergency room, I scurried into the ER and said, “I think I broke my wrist and it hurts like the dickens!”

For some reason my poor broken wrist attracted a lot of attention. It seemed there was a steady stream of medical people coming in to my room to take a gander and talk to me. It was touch and go for awhile. they thought I might need surgery so they contacted an orthopedic surgeon. He cleared me to go home, so they put me in a splint.

Rick and I had reservations at a bed & breakfast, so when I was released from the ER we drove to the b & b. I’ll share a few photos of the b & b tomorrow.

Much love,