“The Curse of Cackling Meadows,” by Ness Kingsley

26636257Our Intrepid Heroine and her faithful unicorn are back in a great adventure full of humor and interesting characters! Oh yes, I found myself chuckling throughout the story. Riveting – Spine tingling – Captivating! I found myself asking questions??? Where was the bellow coming from and who was bellowing??? What was the bad, horrific, nasty smell??? And wheelbarrows???

So, grab your trusty sword, or if you are an archer, grab your bow and arrow and join our Intrepid Heroine in her newest adventure. You might want to take some carrots for a snack and no my name is not Olivia!!!

Happy 5 stars of reading. This story is great for all ages!!!


The Jakester!

Yes, another friend passed away. This is a shock – so unexpected. He was a great guy.




Lived Life to the Full

Enjoyed people

His daughter was his pride and joy

He will always be the Jakester to us. We love you man and we miss you.

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The Sidekick? The Unsung Hero/Heroine Part 7

I like this guy. Of all the unsung heroes I’ve mentioned in this feature, every couple of weeks, this guy is my favorite. 🙂

I was searching for my copy of “A Study in Scarlett,” to refresh my memory in a few areas, but I can’t find it. Mmm.

Dr. Watson had been in battle and did not fair well or consider himself a hero. He was injured and returned to England. He was in need of a place to live and soon met Sherlock Holmes. After they met, it was a mutual decision that they should share a flat on Baker Street. “A Study in Scarlett” is just  the beginning of their friendship and partnership as the two worked together to solve, mysteries. I personally prefer the classic Sherlock Holmes, however, if you enjoy the current Holmes and Watson, that’s fine.

Who doesn’t love Dr. Watson?

Nigel Bruce..most famous for playing Dr Watson in Sherlock Holmes movies: pinterest


Good morning everyone. A big welcome to my blog. Today Aerykah is visiting with us! You can find Aerykah at ~


Come on in and give a big SHOUT OUT to Aerykah! 🙂 So, without further ado – here’s Aerykah!

1.) How long have you blogged and why do you blog?

Answer: I actually hadn’t thought about it until you asked so I had to check. 😉 My first post was Nov. 7, 2011 – that was almost 4 years ago! I started blogging because I thought it might help get my creative juices flowing and improve my writing. It has done that, I think. And I continue blogging because I have found that I really enjoy it a lot! 🙂

2.) What is your favorite genre?

Answer: -Gosh, um . . . Historical fiction, probably. though I also love contemporary fiction. And I really love a good suspenseful thriller! And romance too, of course. You see why I have trouble answering that question? 😛

3.) What are you reading right now?

And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II 1st (first) Edition by Monahan, Evelyn, Neidel-Greenlee, Rosemary Monahan: 25814055Head in the Clouds Karen Witemeyer:

Answer: (This list may have changed by the time you publish this post, though. 🙂 )

4.) You are going to meet your favorite fictional character at a local coffee shop. You can visit with this fictional character for one hour. Who are you going to meet and why? What are you going to talk about?

Answer:  -Well, for starters . . . this gal ain’t meeting anyone at a coffee shop! Lol! Can’t stand coffee in any form. So. Let’s say we’re meeting pretty much any place else and we’ll go from there, shall we? 😉 But I still have no idea who to choose. Probably Elizabeth Bennett. Because I have always loved her as a character and I would otherwise never be able to pick a favorite. Hehe! 🙂 Books of course! After all she has improved her mind by extensive reading so I’m sure we would find much to talk about! 😉

5.) If you could live inside a fictional story, which book would you live in and why?

Answer: – Okay, Let me think about this. Maybe . . . the Walker Family series by Melissa Tagg (no particular book). Thought I definitely prefer living down south, Maple Springs, Iowa seems like a great place and I think it would be nice to have the Walker family as friends.:)

6.) Has one fictional character ever inspired you? Who was this character and how did he or she inspire you?

Answer: – I have been inspired in so many ways by the characters I’ve read over the years. . . One book that comes to mind that I read a few months ago is: Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey. I was going through some things in my life and something about this story really spoke to me in a personal way. I would say that Reef and Kirra inspired me to be more patient in waiting on God’s timing in every area of my life. Here’s what I put in my review:

One thing that really stuck out to me: Reef and Kirra had known each other practically their entire lives, but God didn’t bring them together right away. Even though God may have two people “picked out” for each other, they still aren’t right for each other until the time is right and they are where they need to be and following God’s will. And this goes for so many other areas of our lives as well. Just because something may be right and even right for us, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t wait on God’s timing.

7.) You are stranded on the North Pole for one year. You have shelter, plenty of food, water and warm clothing. You are allowed to have one book. Which book are you going to have with you on the North Pole to read for that long 365 days?

Answer: –Why? Why, or why, would you banish me to the North Pole? I’m getting cold just thinking about it. And I hate cold . . .*sniffle* 😦 But if I have to spend an entire year there . . . and could only take one book. . . I would take my Bible. 🙂 Though my second choice would be Pride and Prejudice. 🙂

This isn’t really mine, but I really really wish it was!!!

It just needs something, like . . .  maybe THIS!


Well, I think that’s everything! Have a blessed week! 🙂

Thanks so much Aerykah! We enjoyed your visit! 🙂 Come again, anytime! I sure hope those links work correctly! 🙂

“The Intern”

Rick and I saw “The Intern,” starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway. Have you seen this movie? Well, Ben Whittaker (Robert DeNiro) is not satisfied with his life. He’s widowed, retired, done everything and he just isn’t satisfied. So, he discovers an intern program for senior citizens and goes for it. He is hired by an online fashion site owned by Anne Hathaway, which I might add – her business is in a great building! Ben is personable and soon popular among the employees. He is very dapper throughout the entire movie.

Jules (Anne Hathaway) started her business from the ground up and it has become a huge success in a short period of time. Anne is likable but a little tough. She IS running a business here. I never saw her fire anyone, it seemed, she was always running to assist and help make corrections. To be honest, I felt sorry for her. I wanted to hug her so much! Even though she was surrounded by people most of the time, she seemed alone and she didn’t have friends. My heart went out to her. I loved her character.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie. My husband said, he was one of only four guys in the movie theater!

There was humor in the movie and I found myself laughing out loud several times. There is some profanity and a couple of inappropriate moments. But hey! Everyone kept their clothes on! I thought the movie was filmed great. Ben and Jules both had beautiful homes! They stayed at a great hotel in San Francisco and there was a beautiful shot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Everything was so contemporary and the clothes went from stylish and contemporary to fun and sloppy. Hey. Don’t laugh, I’ve been watching classics. The Intern is a fun, moving, with sweet, touching moments. Enjoy!

Wallpaper the intern, robert de niro, anne hathaway #kiss4emm: pinterest

Classic Movie Friday!


~ starring ~

Joan Fontaine

Laurence Olivier

This is a Hitchcock movie! Oh yes. I saw the movie, for the first time, when I was a girl and then I read the book shortly after that. “Rebecca” is one of the mystery/suspense stories that sealed the deal. Mystery/suspense was now my favorite genre.

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.”

The book is always better, but Hitchcock did such a great job with this story. Of course, I’m a big fan of Hitchcock. Rebecca is already dead at the beginning of the movie. This movie is not graphic – there are no gross crime scenes. The widowed husband meets a lovely lady – timid, insecure but very likable and she loves her new husband deeply. After they marry and arrive at his ginormous home, she discovers the memory of her husband’s first wife is alive and well.

My list of classic movie favorites is continually changing and I have a three movie tie for first place. Fun!

Have you seen the classic movie “Rebecca?” Have you read the book? I’d love to hear from you. Enjoy!

Rebecca (1940) dir. Alfred Hitchcock  Starring: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier. based on the novel by Daphne du Maurier.  The ultimate gothic romantic mystery: pinterest

Well! This is interesting!

Elinor Dashwood!I am surprised. And! I don’t know why I’m surprised. Surprise! Surprise! Did I mention I am surprised??? “Ahem” I have never read, Sense and Sensibility. I’ve seen the movie several times and I do like it. I’ve always liked Colonel Brandon, however, he married Marianne Dashwood. And here I am Elinor Dashwood? Mmmm. Well, I take these quizzes to have a little fun and I’m usually surprised at the results. Have a great day. Enjoy.

In memory ~

Our good friend passed away yesterday afternoon.



She was an enthusiastic reader!

She was a Book Babe! Yay! We were in a book group together. We called ourselves, The Book Babes!

She was generous!

She had a big heart!

She was a tea drinker!

She battled multiple myeloma. My dear lady, we love you and you will forever be in our hearts. You are greatly missed.


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“The Marsh Madness,” by Victoria Abbott

Do you like mysteries? Do you like a good cozy mystery? Well, in “The Marsh Madness,” I was fooled, bamboozled! Yes I was! I had no idea who “set-up” Jordan, Vera and Uncle Kev! When all was revealed, I was surprised. I laughed. 🙂 You might ask, this was a set -up? Who did this evil deed? Thank-you for asking.

Jordan is our amateur sleuth. She works for the crotchety Vera Van Alst who collects rare first edition mysteries. Jordan scours the countryside for these rare literary feats. Well, one fine day, Vera Van Alst receives a personal invitation to purchase a pristine collection of mysteries by Ngaio Marsh from the heir to the Kauffman fortune. So, off they go to Summerlea, the impressive summer estate of Chadwick Kauffman. The following day, Jordan and Vera are shocked to discover Chadwick died when he fell down the grand stairway at Summerlea! I was not the only one who was bamboozled! He died shortly after they left Summerlea.

I liked it! I’ve liked all the books in this series. The mystery was good and I did not solve it. There was humor peppered throughout the story which kept me laughing. As always, Jordan and her unusual family and friends delight and entertain. ENJOY.

  • The Christie Curse
  • The Sayers Swindle
  • The Wolfe Widow
  • The Marsh Madness


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So, Saturday night we got together with friends and had a great time. Whenever we are with Kurt and Jill the topic always turns to football. That’s right, in the conversation and general hilarity, football is discussed. 🙂  Well, during the course of the evening,  I said, “if I ever meet an NFL quarterback, I want him to throw me the football. That’s right, toss it on over here to me. Come on. Let’s do this. YAY!”

Oh my goodness!!! The facial expressions were rich and someone chortled! 🙂  That’s right, someone chortled!

I need to clarify – I did not say I would catch the football!!! 🙂

Have a great day. ENJOY!