Ramblings and What Not ~

Hello. “Come in, — Come in! and know me better man.” ~Charles Dickens. Here, let me take your coat and hat. Sit down, make yourself comfortable. Would you like something hot to drink? I have tea, coffee and hot chocolate. It’s -2 degrees outside, which means there is a definite absence of warmth   🙂

The Olympics is off to a great start. I have been enjoying the snowboarding, figure skating and some skiing. I watch the games as much as I am able. How about Red Gerard!!! YAY!!!

Our border collie, Rowdy is 15 years old on Valentine’s Day! A BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to ROWDY! bc42a768-629b-4ab3-bb29-f2a82fff1474 There she is! She’s a very smart dog. She’s a border collie, of course she’s smart! *ahem* She plays Scrabble with us! 🙂  Just a few days ago, she visited the Vet for her every 6 months elderly dog check up. She’s doing pretty good for an old girl. She’s lost 50% of her vision and she has a few fatty lumps but she’s hangin’ in there pretty darn good. If Rowdy participated in an event at the Olympic Games, her sport would be ice hockey. She would herd all the participants into position and get the job done!!!

As many of you know, Casablanca with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid, is my favorite classic movie ~ ever! Woe and alas. My copy of the film disintegrated or something. Mmm. I watched it a few days ago and there were big empty gaps in the film. But! All is not lost. I bought a new one! I watched it yesterday and the new copy is perfect. All is well in the universe again! *haha*

I have read 6 cozy mysteries in the Cozy Mystery Challenge this year!  Just a recap ~

Peaches and Scream by Susan Furlong

Engaged in Death by Stephanie Blackmoore

Here Today, Gone Tamale by Rebecca Adler

Kernel of Truth by Kristi Abbott

Murder In An English Village by Jessica Ellicott

Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge

Have a great day! Spring will soon be here!

Much Love ~



Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge

Woot Woot! I solved it. haha. I did! Meg is our amateur sleuth and I really shouldn’t call her an amateur. I thought she was a natural for sleuthing, but her dad is a retired police officer. So, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!  🙂  Meg is also hearing impaired and I liked her all the more for that.

After splitting up with her fiancé, Meg leaves Manhattan and moves to Montauk where she lives at the beach in a cottage. She has an interesting interior decorating business. Meg is invited to visit the home of her college roommate, Jillian. When she arrives at their impressive home, she discovers Jillian holding her dead mother and Jillian can’t remember anything.

I liked this cozy mystery. I had some difficulty connecting with the story for awhile, but about halfway through the story everything changed.

Meg was a busy lady and she didn’t give up. When Cole, Jillian’s brother, was arrested for the murder of their mother, Meg was convinced Cole was innocent and wouldn’t stop until she solved the mystery.

Cole was a biker and had a little bit of a bad boy imagine, but I wasn’t convinced. Things are not always what they appear to be and I did like Cole. He was sensitive to Meg’s hearing impairment, he made sure she could see his face so she was able to read his lips when he spoke. And! At the same time, he didn’t yell at her or treat her like she was less than intelligent.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. 4**** stars! ENJOY!


Classic Movie Friday!

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How To Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe

David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell

William Powell, Alexander D’Arcy

This movie was so much fun. This was the first film I’ve seen with Betty Grable! I’ve never been a fan of Marilyn Monroe, but I loved her in this film! She was adorable and charming. She did a great job portraying a woman who couldn’t see without her glasses. haha. Of course, Lauren Bacall is always a favorite and the brains for the three women.

So! Here’s the plan. Three models in New York City rent an expensive apartment to use as a means, along with their talents, to trap and marry a millionaire. There is a challenge ~ how does one tell the rich men from the men who aren’t rich??? It can be difficult!  🙂

Marilyn Monroe (as Pola) and Betty Grable (as Loco) in How to Marry a Millionaire. (1953)

Have you seen How to Marry A Millionaire??? ENJOY!

Cover Art ~

Good morning! It’s cold! Brrr. We have about four or five inches of snow on the ground.  I’m looking forward to spring.  🙂 And! I’m counting down to the Olympics! I enjoy the Olympics and watch it as much as possible. I think I like the winter games a little better than the summer games, but not by much. Who is eagerly awaiting the Olympic Games???

It’s time for another cover art!!! 🙂

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I love cottages. Cottages are my favorite style of homes. Lawana Blackwell has a lovely cover on her book, A Haven On Orchard Lane.  Look at that thatch roof, the picket fence and the cottage garden. Blissful!

And! look at that castle on the cover of A Loyal Heart by Jody Hedlund. Love! Love! Love! the castle!

What a great cover on The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden! I’ve never read her book but the girl on horseback looks like she is embarking on the adventure of a lifetime! She seems to be fleeing for her life . . . As anyone read this story??? I’d love to hear from you. That cover really captured my attention.  🙂

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A Year of New Adventures by Maddie Please is such a colorful cover. I love it. It feels like summer and I need all the summer feelings I can get right now! haha! I love the girl on the bicycle and the little village in the background. So sweet.  🙂

The Cotswolds Cookery Club by Alice Ross is fresh with springtime. So pretty.

Romance is in the air! When the Stars Come Out by Laura Trentham is steeped in romance! I love the lite barn and the wildflowers, the evening sky and the couple in love! *sigh*


I chose Courting the Corporal by Heather McCorkle because of the beautiful gown the woman is wearing!

Which cover is your favorite??? Don’t be shy. I’d love to hear from you.




Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello and Good morning. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday ~ books that have been on my TBR the longest and I still haven’t read. TTT is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

You might ask, Why haven’t you read any of these books?

Thank-you for asking.  🙂  The number one reason why I haven’t read any of these books ~ I would need to order them. And I am tired of ordering books. I feel like books should be in the libraries and the bookstores. Mmm. One day I’ll sit down and order a big stack of books and then I will read them.

Without further ado ~

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Hiding Places by Erin Healy

Letters From Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer

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The Golden Key by George MacDonald

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

Seaside Secrets by Dana Mentink

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The Body Under the Bridge by Paul McCusker

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

The Rise of Miss Notley by Rachael Anderson


The Winter Over by Matthew Iden

Happy Reading!  🙂



Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicott

34297983 England is recovering from World War I. Edwina is low on funds and advertises for a boarder. The adventuress Beryl answers the ad and drives her red vehicle to the village of Walmsley Parva to reside with Edwina. The two get along splendidly, even thought Beryl has always lived a life of adventure and Edwina is the prim and proper English woman. Soon after the arrival of Beryl to the village, she learns of the unsolved mystery of a woman who disappeared during the war.  As the two sleuths investigate the mystery, events lead them to believe that someone doesn’t want the ladies to investigate. Then a local woman is discovered dead . . . Our stalwart sleuths forge ahead, determined to solve the mysteries and discover if the missing woman and the murder are related.

This was a good mystery. I loved our lady sleuths and thought they were better investigators than most of the amateur sleuths I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in cozy mysteries. I loved getting glimpses into Beryl’s past exploits and Edwina was a lovely British lady who enjoyed the company of her intrepid friend. The two worked splendidly together. The mystery seemed complicated and kept me guessing! 5***** stars!

Happy Reading!

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

Oh my word! Hubby and I started February with great fun!!! We braved the frigid temps driving to the theatre and saw a live performance. Hubby bought the tickets two or three months ago and I’m happy he did because it was packed! Probably sold out! We arrived thirty minutes before the hilarity started and it filled up quickly! We had great seats. We were in the very front row of the mezzanine, looking down on the production



Tickets to A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

~ A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love and Murder ~

It was funny, fun and ridiculous, and I enjoyed myself.

After the death of his mother, Monty Navarro discovers he is related to the D’Ysquith family. When his mother married, she was shunned because she married for love and not money. Monty is 8th in line to be the Earl. Monty decides to bump off the seven people in front of him, so he can be next in line to be the Earl.

Why or why are the D’Ysquiths dying???

Crazy! Fun! Ridiculous! Funny! Zany!

The actors and actresses were great! One of the actors in the production played several characters, so he was changing costumes quickly and coming and going rapidly. He was great! The music was fun! All the actors could sing and WOW! could they sing!!! The costumes were fun and appropriate for the time. Hilarity all around!

It’s an award winning performance.

Have you seen A Gentlemen’s Guide To Love and Murder? Is the tour coming to your area?

Comedy ensues!!!  🙂

Classic Movie Friday!

Sherlock Holmes

Dressed to Kill (1946)

Basil Rathbone

Nigel Bruce

Patricia Morison

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~ Prisoners making music boxes.

~ Three music boxes sold at auction.

~ Robbery

~ Murder

Not to worry, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) and Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) are on the case!  🙂

 Stinky (Edmund Breon), an old friend of Watson’s, visits the sleuths at 221B Baker Street, telling Holmes and Watson of a peculiar robbery which occurred at his home. A music box of very little value was stolen and Stinky was hit on the head! How Rude!!!

Holmes soon discovers the music boxes are linked to a case that was kept from the public. But, three criminals will stop at nothing to get the music boxes.

Not my favorite Sherlock Holmes mystery, but I did like it.

Have a great weekend!

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


Kaine Prescott is a widow driving from San Diego to Wisconsin where she has purchased a home sight unseen. She firmly believes her husband was murdered, but the police aren’t convinced. Since the death of her husband, someone is stalking her. Wanting a fresh start, she purchases the House on Foster Hill.

Upon her arrival, she is less than impressed with the home she has purchased and soon learns the house has a dark, mysterious past.

In 1906, Ivy Thorpe is involved in the investigation of a young woman discovered murdered on the same property. Ivy is determined to solve the mystery and find the identity of the woman.

Both women face danger, and both are unwavering in their determination to unmask the mystery surrounding the House on Foster Hill.

I loved it! The story is told from two different periods of time and the author did a marvelous job moving from 1906 to the present day. There was a nice transition from chapter to chapter and the story moved along at a good pace. It was captivating and absorbing. It had just the right amount of creepy! 🙂

I loved the characters, especially Kaine and her friends. Although she was new to Wisconsin, her new friends welcomed her and supported her throughout the mystery and investigation into Foster Hill.

Great read! 5***** stars!