Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples!  🙂  May ended in a blaze of heat. I enjoyed it. I walked, I drank lemonade and we planted a raspberry bush in May! The man at the nursery was very helpful. He answered all of my questions and I selected a bush that will bear fruit in July. The nursery had four or five different types of raspberry bushes *choices choices* but I decided on the July bush. And! Rick and I have been puttering around in our backyard. We have planted flowers, pulled weeds and we did get very dirty.  🙂

There’s our little raspberry bush.  🙂  She gets plenty of sunshine and the right amount of water. She’s so cute!


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As many of you know, Rick and I went to the Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa a couple of weeks ago. I don’t drink coffee, not really, occasionally I savor a cup of decaf, but no, not a coffee drinker. Now Rick is a COFFEE DRINKER! Anyway, we bought Douwe Egberts coffee at the Tulip Festival. In a previous blog post, I promised to post a photo and here is the photo! YAY! If you can, I recommend you try this coffee. It’s the best I’ve ever had. I’ve only tasted the decaf.  🙂

I was at Barnes & Nobles one hot afternoon, when I saw this puzzle. Well. I don’t do puzzles, but hubby loves them. He has been known to sit up all night putting a puzzle together. I had a coupon, so I bought the puzzle and he put it together for me. Nice job!

Now for goodreads.  🙂  In January, I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge, committing myself to read 55 books in 2018. I thought to myself, “Self ~ that’s a good number of books.” I knew 30 of those reads would be cozy mysteries because I joined the cozy mystery challenge and 30 was the number I was reading in the challenge. Well, I’ve read 51 books, not all cozies!!! My my my! That’s right, I’m 29 books ahead of schedule!!! It’s official, I’m the maniac reader!!!

Dragonfly Journeys: Fun Birthday Cake ~


Your favorites, at the cottage, in May ~

Ramblings And What Not ~ May 15th

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon ~ May 15th

Ramblings And What Not, Special Edition ~ May 19th

Classic Movie Friday, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939) ~ May 25th

Much love ~



The Hour of Death by Jane Willan


Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Publisher: Crooked Lane Books

Complimentary copy from Netgalley through Crooked Lane Books.

It’s Christmas time in the Welsh Highlands, a lovely setting, near the Irish Sea. Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn are investigating the death of Tiffany Reese. Along with the discovery of her death, a painting is missing. The coroner and the local authorities believe she died from natural causes, but Sister Agatha is convinced she was poisoned.

This is a delightfully, charming story with a puzzlling mystery. Sister Agatha is so likable and Father Selwyn is a warm, caring individual. The two work well together and have the support of the sisters. The secondary characters are likable and there were a couple of surprises that will captivate and encourage the reader on, to finish the book without stopping!

I haven’t read the first book in this series, but it is now on my TBR list. I certainly hope there are more mysteries to come!  🙂

5 ***** stars!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Crooked Lane Books through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.



Paul Apostle Of Christ by Angela Hunt Screenplay by Andrew Hyatt



It was 100 degrees yesterday, or so our thermometer on our garage said, so, I remained in our home and read Paul Apostle Of Christ. It’s the best book I’ve read this year. I have not seen the film.

Paul is in a dark prison waiting to be executed. Risking his life, Luke comes to visit him every night, wanting to write a book. Nero is determined to rid the city of Rome of Christians. It’s a time of horrible, brutal persecution. Aquila and Priscilla are hiding Christians or anyone who needs help, at their home, seemingly wondering if they will be caught and taken to the arena or thrown into prison, while trying to decide if they should leave Rome or continue on caring for the needy. Trying to feed, care, encourage and comfort these people is quite a task.

The author has done a wonderful job writing this story, with an impressive list of references in the back. She did her research! I was completely captivated by this story. It was difficult to put down. Highly recommend! 5 ***** stars!

Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks


Publication Date: July 3, 2018

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Complimentary copy from Netgalley through Thomas Nelson.

Well! The author transports the reader to Alaska where we meet Murphy Anderson, a woman in hiding and an artist. When the police request her assistance in drawing the memories of a dying man Murphy soon finds herself embroiled in an investigation that dates back to World War II.

I read this book in a day! I didn’t know who could be trusted! And! There were surprises and twists and turns that made this book a page turner! Someone wanted secrets from World War II buried and that person was willing to commit murder to keep those secrets silent. And Then! While Murphy is busy with the investigation, she receives information that the man who killed her sister has escaped from prison!

This was a new to me author and I will be reading her books in the future. Good story! 4 **** stars!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday’s Terms (GDPR Compliance)

This will be the most boring blog post I have ever written, but it is necessary, so I’m on it. I will try to make this as painless as possible.

There have been some changes to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union (EU) law taking effect on the 25th of May 2018. The goal is to give EU citizens control over their personal data, and to change data privacy approach of organizations across the world).

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It is my understanding, that is the only information you need and it currently pertains to the EU only.


Classic Movie Friday!

Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)

Basil Rathbone

Nigel Bruce

Ida Lupino

Alan Marshal

George Zucco

Oh my word! Once again, Moriarty, he just never learns. *Tsk Tsk* George Zucco plays Moriarty in this film and I liked him.

For all of us Thin Man fans with William Powell and Myrna Loy, George is Dr. Kammer in After the Thin Man. OH! There he is pictured below as Dr.Kammer.


George Zucco, "After the Thin Man"

In this Sherlock Holmes mystery, Moriarty wants to steal the crown jewels! How rude! There are mysterious notes to what seems to be random characters. A young woman (Ida Lupino) is in distress. An attorney (Alan Marshal) who loves her but appears to be in cahoots with that nefarious villain Moriarty . . . But! don’t be concerned Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are on the case!  🙂





Against the Claw by Shari Randall


Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Complimentary copy from Netgalley through St. Martin’s Press.

Allie is back in the second, Lobster Shack Mystery. As a result of a broken ankle, Allie continues to remain in Mystic Bay helping Aunt Gully at the lobster shack. Allie ventures out on a lobster boat, assisting a friend, when they discover the body of an unidentified girl caught up in a lobster trap. Once again, Allie is caught up in a mystery and this one involves her sister.

I thought this book was well-written. I enjoyed the descriptions of coastal life and the 4th of July celebrations. I like Aunt Gully, Allie and friends. Aunt Gully is busy at the lobster shack making lobster rolls and catering a party. And! Allie, a ballerina, is readying herself to perform locally, careful with her healing ankle.

The mystery all comes together in the end. These lobster shack mysteries are enjoyable reads and I look forward to reading more of these stories in the future. 4.5**** stars!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


The Penderwicks At Last by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks are back! I love the Penderwicks. I understand, The Penderwicks At Last, is the final book in the series. Sad. However, I own all the books and I can visit them anytime!  🙂   If you enjoy chapter books for kids with a fun family and tons of adventures, the Penderwicks might be for you. I highly recommend you read the books in order!  🙂

In this book, there are chickens, sheep, a one-legged dog who rides in the sidecar of a motorcycle, a new friend and a wedding! 4**** fun-filled stars!  🙂


Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Vicarage at St Mary Mead

Murder at the Vicarage (2004)

Geraldine McEwan

Tim McInnerny   Rachael Stirling  Julian Morris

Christina Cole   Janet McTeer   Derek Jacobi

I need to say, Murder at the Vicarage, is one of my favorite mysteries by Agatha Christie. I’ve read the mystery a couple of times and I have thoroughly enjoyed it both times but, I especially liked it the second time around. As many of you know, Colonel Protheroe (Derek Jacobi) is not a pleasant man, so when he is murdered in the vicarage, any number of people could have done the evil deed. I am happy to say, Agatha Christie, introduced the reader to a wonderful couple in this story, Griselda (Rachael Stirling) and her husband the Preacher (Tim McInnerny)! I love those two fictional characters. They delighted me throughout the entire book as I read it and I enjoyed the film also. The book is better, but they normally are. I thought the book gave more insight into the vicar’s thoughts and feelings. This is a Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwan) mystery. I recommend the film and the book.


Tulip Festival and 1,000 Posts!!!!!!!

1,000 PostsGood morning! I am rendered speechless. I had no idea! 1000 Posts! It’s been fun and will continue to be fun!!! Yesterday, May 19th, Ramblings and What Not ~ Special Edition ~ Tulip Festival, was my 1000 post!  🙂   A BIG THANK-YOU to every follower, visitor and reader who reads my blog!  🙂

While Rick and I were at the Tulip Festival in Orange City, Iowa we visited their century home. I like historic homes and this was a nice one.



Much love ~