Top Ten Tuesday!

This past weekend my neighbor and I joined our talents and had a YARD SALE? RUMMAGE SALE? GARAGE SALE? Yes, this interesting event has a few different titles, all with the same meaning. *Let our STUFF become your STUFF!* We had a great time.

Friday, the first  day of the sale, it rained a few drops early in the morning, but it cleared up and we had great weather the remainder of the day. Saturday, the second day, it was pouring when I woke. So, we had a late start. But the promise of drier weather appeared, so we set up and enjoyed our sale. We did shut down earlier than we expected because of a tornado heading our way. We never saw a tornado, but it did rain.

So, the Top Ten Tuesday this week ~Ten Reasons to Have a Yard Sale!

~A yard sale is a great opportunity to clean out your closets and cupboards. Don’t forget your basement!

~You can show off your hubby’s artwork! 🙂 Yes! Rick did make the sign!


~A yard sale offers the chance to make some money.

~This is your day to wake up early in the morning and enjoy the dawn!

~You can sit outside in the fresh air for hours!

~You can chat with your neighbor for an extended period of time and solve all the worlds problems as you chatter.

~As all the neighbors will take a stroll to your house to see what you’re selling, it’s a great opportunity to visit with the neighbors.

~You will watch in amazement when many burly men from the wilderness arrive at your home and purchase cute knick-knacks.

~Your math skills will improve as you count back change.

~You will enjoy a feeling of satisfaction when every do-dad and thingamajig is sold.


The Crazy Robin!

I am reading a book, when Rick scurries into the room where I reside and says, “You’ve got to see this! A robin is cleaning the gutter on our garage!”

I have a questioning expression on my face, stand and walk to the window at the back of our house, where I have a clear view of the garage.

Well! Sure enough! A crazy robin is literally gathering twigs, leaves and whatever else is in our gutter, and tossing it onto the patio in our backyard. I am all astonishment! 🙂 Of course, our patio is a mess, but the gutter is clean!

Later! I share our story of the maniac robin to our neighbor. She then shares with me this short story. She saw a robin in the front yard grab, in it’s beak, a piece of paper. The robin pecks and tears at the paper for a long time and then disappears???

Birdbrain??? 🙂 Who knew?

Animal of the day - 07/15/2010 - American Robin:

Classic Movie Friday!

How Green was My Valley ~1941

Walter Pidgeon

Maureen O’Hara

Anna Lee

Donald Crisp

Roddy McDowell

Sara Allgood

This is the story of the Morgans, a coal mining family, in a Welsh mining village. I don’t normally watch this type of movie, actually, I never watch this type of movie 🙂 but, this movie is very good. The film is based on a book by Richard Llewellyn. I’ve never read the book, but I will now.

Have you read the book?

Have you seen the movie?

I’ve love to hear from you.

How Green Was My Valley (1941)  Director: John Ford  Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara and Anna Lee:

Inkling Explorations ~

A scene making beautiful use of special effects/CGI in film.

Georgie Henley is the lovely actress.

I chose “The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” by C.S. Lewis.

“And then she saw that there was a light ahead of her; not a few inches away where the back of the wardrobe ought to have been, but a long way off.  Something cold and soft was falling on her. A moment later she found that she was standing in the middle of a wood at night-time with snow under her feet and snowflakes falling through the air.”

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“Once a king or queen of Narnia, always a king or queen of Narnia.”  ― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe:

Jane Austen

Recently, I read, for the first time, “Sense and Sensibility,” and “Northanger Abbey.” I liked them both very much. I’ve seen the movie “Sense and Sensibility” several times and today *drum roll please* I watched the movie, “Northanger Abbey.” I loved it! Catherine was my favorite character with Henry Tilney a close second. I mean really, who doesn’t love these two characters?

Classic Romantic Moment: Northanger Abbey's Mr. Tilney and Catherine Banter At A Ball:

So! I can now list my Jane Austen favorites~ in order ~

~Northanger Abbey

~Sense and Sensibility


The above three might change from day to day. I liked them all!


~Mansfield Park

~Pride and Prejudice *gasp*

Have a great evening. 🙂



This past weekend, Rick and I enjoyed a short hike. The day was windy. As we hiked we could hear the tree tops creaking, groaning and the leaves whispering in the breeze. I thought of Narnia. After our hike, we had ice cream!







“The Serenity Stone Murder,” by Marianne Jones

Margaret and Louise travel to Thunder Bay, Ontario to participate in an unusual retreat. Soon after they arrive, someone murders a businessman in the community. Louise, up for the challenge and Margaret, a little more restrained, find themselves doing a bit of detective work while meeting new friends and enjoying Thunder Bay.

Oh my goodness! Louise and Margaret seemed like such unlikely friends to me, but hey, it worked for them. Louise is quirky and Margaret is more sensible with just the right amount of sarcasm. These two are great and I found myself laughing throughout the story.

The author did a great job creating the atmosphere of Thunder Bay. I do agree with Margaret, the retreat was out there!

I thought the art and the music created such a sublime atmosphere and Margaret’s adventure to the lake was fun. The author’s description of the cabin had a soothing quality. I could see the cabin sitting comfy near the lake, smoke coming out of the chimney and the scent of the burning wood ~ ah, wonderful. To savor the atmosphere. *sigh* She described the canoe ~ with  man and dog ~  gliding across the water so well. I want to go there! 🙂

This was the first time I had read a book by this author and I enjoyed it. 4****stars.

When Margaret and Louise set off to visit Thunder Bay, Ontario, for a church retreat they get a lot more than they bargained for. Instead of a nice relaxing holiday, they experience a series of unf…: