Arts and Crafts Festival

Our city has an Arts and Crafts Festival in the autumn every year. I go every year. It’s one of the things I do.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I guess it was about ten days ago, I walked downtown and visited the autumn festival. It takes place outside on the sidewalks and streets. Tents and canopies are set up and people sell there arts and crafts! There is something for everyone. This year I discovered, to my delight, this ~

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She gutted it and fluffed it up ๐Ÿ™‚ย  and it is now her business. I loved it!

 

Much love ~

 

Kathy

Classic Movie Friday!

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Gene Barry

Ann Robinson

CLASSIC MOVIES: THE WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953)

While on a fishing trip, Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) is called upon for his assistance when a supposed meteor crash lands near a small town in California. Once upon arriving at the site of the crash, Dr. Forrester meets Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) and the two are thrust together and on the run in an attempt to save their lives and humanity from an aggressive alien invasion.

Have you seen this classic sci-fi film? I thought this film was ahead of it’s time. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen it, but I have a husband who loves these classic sci-fi films and as such I’ve seen this movie more than once.

I’d like to hear from you.

Cover Art ~ 5th Edition

I’m a little late, or a little early for my monthly cover art. With my arm in a cast, it was difficult to zip along on the keyboard, but now the cast is in the trash and I am getting back to normal. I usually post Cover Art around the 9th of each month. I hope to be back on schedule in October. Enjoy.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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What a pretty cover! I love the yellow and blue! And the flowers! And the polka dots on the boots! I haven’t read, “Hometown Girl,” by Courtney Walsh, but I hope to read it soon.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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What a lovely cover! The grassy field with the little picnic. The girl in the white dress. It’s a peaceful, charming setting. I’ve never read a book by this author. OH! It’s an unsolved mystery. I’m intrigued. “Bringing Maggie Home,” is now on my TBR list.

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Oh my word! What a quaint, colorful village. I did read “Murder in an Irish Village,” by Carlene O’Connor. It’s a good cozy mystery. I loved the O’Sullivan family. I gave the book 5***** stars on goodreads. Great cover art!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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The wind is blowing, the girl has her arm around the red mailbox, standing in deep water ~ and the yellow house in the back ground with the birds flying overhead. I’d love to bring her into my home and give her a nice mug of hot chocolate and cookies and hear her story. “fly away,” by Patricia MacLachlan is on my TBR list.

 

Much love ~

 

Kathy

Used Book Sale!

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying a great day. Several days after I broke my wrist, Rick thought, I needed to get out of the house, so he took me to a used book sale. Well! There were mountains of used books at said sale! A woman working at the book sale told me, if I fill a large, paper grocery bag it would be $5.00 for the entire bag of books. *I think I looked at every book.* You might ask, did you purchase a bag of books for $5.00??? Why, thank-you for asking. Yes, yes I did.

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ย I’ve read “Focus on Murder” by George Harmon Coxe. It was a good mystery and it’sย  an interesting read. The photographer from the newspaper used a camera that required flash bulbs. As a result of the flash, when he snapped a photo of a character, that character knew they had been photographed!

Murdoch examined negatives with a magnifying glass! I enjoy reading the classics, and the “old fashioned” feel to the story is one of the reasons why I like them. This mystery kept my attention. ****4 stars.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve also read “Lost Island,” by Phyllis A. Whitney. I’ve read stories by this author in the past. It’s a good story. There are many references to King Arthur, Merlin and so forth.

In Lost Island, Lacey left her island home for several years and then is invited to return. Oh my word! I think that’s all I’m going to say about that one! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I gave this book 5***** stars!

Much love,

 

Kathy

 

Tuesday Teaser! #TuesdayBookBlog

Tuesday Teaser is a weekly meme.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following~

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two or three *teaser* sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • Be careful not to include spoilers ~ย make sure what you share doesn’t give to much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others.

Share the title and the author too: so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR list if they like your teasers.

Without further ado ~

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I think Kate Morton is an interesting author and “The Lake House,” has my attention! I’ve read, “The House at Riverton,” “The Secret Garden,” and “The Distant Hours.” I keep reading her books so, her stories appeal to me. I think there is atmosphere in her stories and at times a foreboding. In “The Lake House,” as a result of the references to Midsummer’s Eve, the story seems to have an enchanted quality. Of course, I’ve only just started reading the book, so I don’t know if this will continue throughout the story.

“The house, she saw as she drew nearer, had been as thoroughly forgotten as the garden. Tiles were missing from the roof, some of them lying shattered where they’d fallen, and one of the windowpanes on the top floor was broken.”

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

August Rereads ~

 

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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. *???*

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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,

 

Kathy

 

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!

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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 ~

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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!

http://www.happyhautehome.com

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!

 

http://www.trulyinspiredbooks.wordpress.com

http://www.captivedreamswindow.wordpress.com

http://www.booksteacupnreviews.wordpress.com

http://www.thecandleenthusiast.wordpress.com

http://www.stephsfictionandfamilylove.wordpress.com

http://www.dwellinpossibilityblog.wordpress.com

http://www.everydaywiththeking.com

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! :)

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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 ~

http://www.mandiesworld.wordpress.com

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,

 

Kathy