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.  🙂  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 🙂  and it is now her business. I loved it!

 

Much love ~

 

Kathy

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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.  🙂

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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.  🙂

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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!  🙂

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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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 I’ve read “Focus on Murder” by George Harmon Coxe. It was a good mystery and it’s  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.  🙂

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! 🙂  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 ~ 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.” 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 to North By Northwest!

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Is anyone surprised???

2nd place went to 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.