Happy New Year!

Pound the drums, clash the symbols, blow the kazoo, shoot off the fireworks! HAPPY NEW YEAR! A Ginormous thanks to all my followers, readers, visitors and anyone who stopped by for a visit on my humble blog this year. I enjoy each and every one of you and look forward to visiting with you in the New Year. 🙂 You are awesome.

A special WOOT WOOT! to ~

  • Rissi
  • writefury
  • Ness Kingsley
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  • Lydia

According to my sources, you lovely ladies left the most comments on my blog. YAY!

Thanks to everyone!

Happy New Year to All the Wonderful Pinterest Friends!:


A New’s Years Feast!

As many of you know, I invited the fictional ladies to the cottage for Thanksgiving. If you scroll on down to November 24, 2015, you can read my list of fictional ladies. For a unique New Year’s Celebration, I’m inviting the fictional “gents.” These guys are great and they will be so much fun at a New Year’s Celebration! Without further ado, here are the “Gents” ~

The guys are listed in no particular order. 🙂

Sir Balduin de Soler from “Loving Lucianna,” by Joyce DiPastena.

Captain America *sigh* played by Chris Evans.

Still from the upcoming Avengers movie. He and Ironman are my favorites :):

Drew Farthering from the “Drew Farthering Mysteries,” by Julianna Deering.

Rules of Murder (A Drew Farthering Mystery Book #1):

Winn from “Supergirl,” played by Jeremy Jordan.

Kara and Winslow - Supergirl CBS:

Gabriel, Duke of St. Easton from “The Forgotten Castles Series,” by Jamie Carie.

Mr. George Knightley from “Emma,” by Jane Austen. Played by Johnny Lee Miller.

Mr. Knightley. Better than Darcy because he gives consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.:

Dr. John Watson from “Sherlock Holmes Mysteries,” by Arthur Conan Doyle.

King Tirian from “The Chronicles of Narnia, The Last Battle,” by C. S. Lewis.

Tommy Beresford from Agatha Christie Mysteries.

Mr. Woodhouse from “Emma,” by Jane Austen. Played by Michael Gambon.

Adoring Mr. Woodhouse (Emma -- BBC 2009)

Happy New Year! Stay safe and warm! 🙂


Cozy Mystery Reading Challenge

Happy New Year everyone! Did you know, I sleep New Year’s Eve? I think I have seen the New Year arrive, maybe, three times. My husband teases me about that every year. Anyway, I am participating in a challenge for the New Year. Woot Woot!

Cruisin’ thru the Cozies

Reading Challenge



If you would like to participate, just hop, skip or jump on over to the socrates blog – you can also join on goodreads – either way you join, choose the level you would like to reach in 2016 – I decided on Level 2. That’s the investigator level. I will be reading 7 – 12 cozy mysteries in 2016. You can read all about it on her blog or goodreads. If you would like to join on goodreads, as I did, just skedaddle on over to goodreads and join the group – Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge.

Have fun! Happy Reading!


Classic Movie Friday! Oops! On Saturday!

Good morning! Happy Boxing Day! I hope everyone had a most blessed Christmas. 🙂 Late, on Christmas Day, it snowed, soooo, we have beautiful, untouched, white snow outside. It’s lovely. Right now there is a wind chill, but hopefully I can go for a walk in the wintry delight later today.

Today is Classic Movie Friday!

Audrey Hepburn

Gregory Peck

Roman Holiday


We have a escaped Princess and an American newspaper reporter. She is very tired of royal obligations. He wants an exclusive story. They meet and have a Roman Holiday.

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Merry Christmas

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid, I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:8-12, NIV

Christmas Favorites Sunday!

Happy Happy Christmas Everyone! 🙂

I grew up in the north. I like snow. Shocker! Snow has always had a magical quality to me. I think the wonder and magic of snow became a part of me while I was a child, and it has stayed with me. I do NOT like wind chill. Wind chill is just . . . I am speechless. I don’t even have a word that describes wind chill. Brrr. But, I digress a little. Getting back to snow. I love snow. Seriously! 🙂

Okay, prepare yourselves, I did live in Hawaii. Now I live on the North Pole, haha, but I did live in Hawaii. That’s right nice temperatures, no wind chill, sandy beaches, palm trees, aloha, hula dancing – all that stuff. The north is not Hawaii.

So, when I was living in Hawaii, I missed the snow. I wanted a white Christmas. Well, one year, I was in the hospital. My sister did not know I was in the hospital. I didn’t tell her. She contacted me asking me what I wanted for Christmas. I told her I wanted snow. A few days later I received a package in the mail from my sister. She sent me this ~


As you can see, it’s a watercolor, framed picture of snow. This is one of the most meaningful Christmas gifts I have ever received. I love it! I have it displayed in the bedroom. That person walking through the snow has to be me! 🙂 Not only did she send me snow, the package arrived while I was in the hospital. Merry Christmas!

Top Ten Reads 2015

I thought I would give it a try! Making a list of the top ten books one has read – for the year – is difficult! Which is the reason why I have only accomplished this task once or twice in times past. 🙂 So, here it is! *Applause Applause* These are listed alphabetically according the title of the book.


~ “Airs Above the Ground,” by Mary Stewart ~


~ “In Honor Bound,” by DeAnna Julie Dodson ~


~ “Kiss of the Jewel Bird,” by Dale Cramer ~


~ “Motherless,” by Erin Healy ~

The Blue Castle

~ “The Blue Castle,” by L. M. Montgomery ~

The unexpected guest - Agatha Christie:

~ “The Unexpected Guest,” by Agatha Christie ~


~ “Thunder on the Right,” by Mary Stewart ~


~ “This Rough Magic,” by Mary Stewart ~


~ “To Win Her Favor,” by Tamera Alexander ~


~ “Wildfire at Midnight,” by Mary Stewart ~


Recently, in celebration of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthday, http://www.classicsandcraziness.wordpress.com had a week long celebration. When she announced she was going to have this fun week, I decided to join in the celebration. I had a great time. There was something different everyday and I participated the entire week. Well, at the end of the week, they had a prize to give away. I don’t know how they selected the winner, but I won! The morning I discovered I was the winner, I was so delighted and surprised I almost squealed. But, I remained quiet. My husband and our dog were still sleeping.

I want to encourage everyone to participate in these blog activities. Even if you don’t win a prize, it is so much fun and the experience is staying with this participant for a long time. I loved it. I have included a picture of the prize I won.


It’s lovely and I plan to display it as soon as I frame it.