Ramblings and What Not ~ aka “In the Meadow We Can Build A Snowman . . . “

Good morning. It is cold here! I mean it is really cold here! It is below zero during the day and has been for several days! Brrr. I don’t even want to think about the temps during the night. *shivers* It’s been snowing too. But! December was a great month and to think we have a couple more days of this fun time of year. Christmas was festive and fun. We did have a white Christmas. Up here on the Artic Circle *haha* we usually have a white Christmas.

A friend of mine sent me the most unusual/amusing/interesting/fun Christmas gift! I opened the package the day it arrived at my house. The first package I opened was a box of tissues. I gazed at it with a puzzled expression on my face. Then I opened the second package and everything made sense!  🙂

I love it! I have a BIG smile on my face every time I look upon my box of tissues holder! 🙂  Even though I already thanked her, I want to send her a BIG Broncos thank-you!

I’m looking forward to the New Year. I keep stretching and peeking, trying to get a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018!

Your Favorites, at the cottage, for December ~ It’s a three way tie!

Delivery ~ December 23, 2017

The Greatest Showman ~ December 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday ~ December 26, 2017 ~ Books I’m looking forward to in 2018 ~

Happy New Year!

Much Love ~




Classic Movie Friday!

The Invisible Woman (1940)

Virginia Bruce

John Barrymore

John Howard

Margaret Hamilton

Charles Ruggles

Kitty (Virginia Bruce) is a model and very unhappy with her job. Her boss is horrible. *boo hiss* After reading an ad in the newspaper, she volunteers to step into a machine that will make her invisible. It’s only been tried on a cat.  🙂   Success!!! Then she goes after her boss!!! The machine was invented by a scientist by the name of Professor Gibbs (John Barrymore). Well, the Professor’s experiments have been funded by Richard (John Howard) a wealthy playboy. You guessed it, there is romance on the horizon!

The Invisible Woman (1940)

I liked this sci-fi classic. One evening, a few days ago, my hubby was watching this movie and I watched it with him. It’s a good film and amusing. I really didn’t expect to like it. Rick watches the old sci fi “B” movies and most of those old films cause me to shake my head, but this one was good. *haha* So, if you’re in the mood for an amusing sci-fi classic film, this might be the movie for you!

Enjoy!  🙂

Throwback Thursday ~

Throwback Thursday!

This meme was created to share old favorites and/or books published over a year ago.

Throwback Thursday is hosted by Renee of It’s Book Talk.


The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall.

Jeremy is a teen who hasn’t spoken a word in nine (9) years! He’s accused of killing the baseball coach. Jeremy’s lawyer wants to convince the jury Jeremy is insane. However, Jeremy’s seventeen (17) year old sister is convinced Jeremy is innocent. With the help of her friends T.J. and Chase, the sheriff’s son, they set out to prove Jeremy is in fact innocent and to find the killer.

This is a good YA murder mystery. I liked it. The ending might surprise you!



Top Ten Tuesday!

Good morning! I hope you’re enjoying the afterglow of Christmas. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Books I’m looking forward to in 2018. Not all of these are new releases. Some are books I’ve been wanting to read but haven’t been able to yet!  TTT is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

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Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

A Casualty of War by Charles Todd

The House Between Tides by Sarah Maine

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To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

Every Secret Thing by Susanna Kearsley


Half-Moon Lake by Leanna Sain

Happy Reading!



~ The Greatest Showman ~

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The Greatest Showman (2017)

Hugh Jackman

Michelle Williams

Zac Efron


and many more!!!

I loved it!!! Rick and I just returned from watching this amazing movie. There was singing, dancing and it was magical and full of wonder!!! Barnum was met with challenges, one of them being social clashes, but if you’re willing to take a chance life has boundless opportunities.



Delivery ~

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Good morning and a very Merry Christmas. This morning, early, a delivery arrived at our home. A couple of weeks ago I entered a giveaway for a free book, The Ideas That Birthed the Reformation. And! Recently, I received an e-mail informing me I won 1st prize! YAY! I was surprised when I was informed I won. Whitaker House sent me the book, the coffee cup ~ which is very pretty ~ and an adult coloring book. Thank-you! The snowman wasn’t included. *haha*

Classic Movie Friday!

Cloak and Dagger (1946)

Gary Cooper

Lilli Palmer

Robert Alda

Secluded Charm: Classic Film Review: Cloak and Dagger (1946)

This isn’t a Christmasy movie! *ahem* But, it is good. I liked it.

It’s World War II. The allies have received a message informing them the Germans are developing an atomic bomb. Alvah Jesper (Gary Cooper) a university professor is approached by a spy and asked to travel to Switzerland in an attempt to convince a scientist, working for the Germans, to come on over to our side. It does not go well and Alvah has to travel to Italy and work on Plan B. Working with Gina (Lilli Palmer) and Pinkie (Robert Alda) they approach an Italian scientist working, under duress, for the Germans. Alvah and Gina fall in love in this race against time film. The ending might surprise you. I figured out a few things, but some of it was a surprise. I thought it was a good film, but I like espionage.


A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

I never thought I’d see the day! *haha* I liked it! I have watched several film versions of Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and I didn’t like any of them. Someone asked me about The Muppet Movie, A Christmas Carol. Yes, I did see it and I responded, well it was the most unique! Because I never liked any of the films, I didn’t read the book. *sigh* I know, I know. Never judge a book by the movie! *funny* And! I’ve never liked ghost stories. Now, occasionally I will be reading a book and discover there is a ghost in the story, but I don’t actually knowingly read ghost stories. But! Something inspired me to read A Christmas Carol!

The ghost of Christmas present was my favorite ghost. He was jovial and seemed fun. The Cratchit family was so warm and friendly. The story is full of celebration and cheer. This is clearly seen at the Fezziwig party – the laughter, the dancing, the music, the food. I loved it.

I don’t think Scrooge’s nephew ever stopped laughing.

I thought the story was so well written. And I was surprised at the length. My copy is roughly 80 pages. It’s 80 pages packed with great stuff.  🙂  Stuff being a literary term. *ahem*

David Copperfield has always been my favorite Dickens classic, well, I have a new favorite now. A Christmas Carol is now my favorite! I might just read it every December!

“God bless Us, Every One!” ~Tiny Tim


The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth are also in my copy of A Christmas Carol. I haven’t read either story. I will read them as soon as I can.

Happy Reading!

Throwback Thursday ~

~ Throwback Thursday ~

This meme was created to share old favorites and/ or books published over a year ago.

Throwback Thursday is hosted by Renee of Its Book Talk.


Wish by Leanna Sain

Sometimes I like a book that’s different and this book is a little different.

Maddie lives with her loving grandmother because both parents are deceased. Cancer took her mother’s life but it was determined that Maddie’s dad committed suicide, however, Maddie discovers evidence which causes her to question the cause of her parents deaths.

Maddie finds herself at Macy’s at Christmas time. They have a “believe meter.” Mmmm. Maddie makes a wish, all things line up, and something extraordinary happens!

I liked this book. It’s a good YA story stressing the importance of family.