Classic Movie Friday!

Ingrid Bergman and Gary Cooper in "For Whom The Bell Tolls".

For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)

Gary Cooper   Ingrid Bergman   Katina Paxinou

Robert Jordan (Gary Cooper) is given the task of blowing up a bridge in the mountains of Spain with the assistance of resistance fighters. They live in a cave and agree to help him with his task. There he meets Maria (Ingrid Bergman) and the two fall in love. There was a considerable amount of tension between the resistance fighters, however, this is a stressful situation and no one really knew who could be trusted.

Pilar (Katina Paxinou) is married to the leader of the resistance fighters, and she is one tough woman. She can cook a hearty breakfast on an open fire and shoot you with a machine gun while she’s dishing up the food!!! She’s not shy. She speaks her mind.

This film is a good description of how the United States sent individuals to help the resistance during the war and they’re dedication to the task was at all costs. Resistance fighters gave their lives to save others. I would call this story a successful tragedy.

Has anyone read the book???


Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! Our dining room floor is finished!!! YAY! As many of you know, Rick and I ripped up the old carpeting in our dining room. There was a small area where it meets the kitchen, well, we prepped that area for carpeting also. I felt like I was uncovering layers on an archeological site. First, there were the hardwood floors, then a layer of sticky substance, next a layer of tile, then came linoleum, a subfloor then two more layers of linoleum!!! We live in a historic home so these floors could easily go back to the 1950’s!!! We got the job done. We do have hardwood floors in the dining room, however, they have been painted, so we would have needed to strip the paint. We can do that. Rick and I have refinished hardwood floors in the past. However, this time we decided to carpet. I have an injury in my foot and the injury didn’t like the hardwood floors at all! So, we carpeted. I’m sitting on the new carpeting, next to the fireplace right now. So nice. Mmmm. We chose PLUSH carpeting and padding because of my poor, pathetic foot. We are very happy with our selection.  🙂  I did take before and after photos, but they are on my phone and I’m not good at downloading photos from my phone to my blog. Confusticated!  🙂

Quite often lately I have the feeling I don't know what's going on...

Favorite Word ~


The weather warmed up and I have been out and about. That’s right! I walk! I walk here. I walk there. And! I walk over there! The bakery has been warm and cozy and the hot chocolate has been steamy!

Stay warm!

Much love ~



A Terrible Beauty by Tasha Alexander


Well! No one wants to be faced with this situation!  Lady Emily and Colin have been married approximately eight (8) years. They are in Greece with their long time friend Jeremy and Lady Emily’s American friend Margaret. Lady Emily loves all things Greek and is completely enjoying herself among the ruins, absorbing every detail of her time in the ancient ruins and relics. Quite unexpectedly, Lady Emily is soon face to face with her deceased husband, Lord Phillip Ashton! That’s right, Philip has returned from the grave claiming he was never dead, but seriously ill. Is he really Philip Ashton or is he a clever and convincing imposter??? Not only are Lady Emily and her current husband facing a difficult situation with Philip returning from the grave, but he claims he is being hunted by an illegal antiques trader, who believes Philip is in possession of a rare and valuable antique.

I’ve been reading this series in order, however, when I read the blurb on the back cover of this book, I didn’t want to wait. What an intriguing story!!! I loved it. Lady Emily is a strong protagonist. Again and again she is faced with difficult situations and again and again she proves she is up for the challenge. Emily’s friend Margaret isn’t a wimp and assists her friend in whatever way she can, although, she feels left out of the adventure at times. In this story, Jeremy is recovering from heartbreak. His engagement is ended. He was to marry an American, but that’s over. So, the four, Colin, Emily, Jeremy and Margaret,  must uncover the truth of the mysterious husband returning from the dead and the antiques trader who is seeking Philip Ashton’s life.

5 ***** stars!

Blogger Recognition Award!!!

Good morning Peoples! A few days ago Gail at ~

nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! A really BIG THANK-YOU GAIL!!! If you haven’t met Gail, hop on you’re Vespa and scoot on over and meet her.  🙂

The Rules ~

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how you started your blog.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 or more bloggers for this award.
  • Let each nominee know you’ve nominated them and leave a link to your post.

It has been almost five years since I started my blog. If memory serves me, I started as a winter blog. I live in the north and it gets mighty cold up here. We have wind chills below zero and on those days I stay home in front of the fire. So, I decided, while I was relaxing in front of the fire, I would start a winter blog. I read MANY books, so I started blogging about the books I read. I also wanted to have fun and connect with other bloggers!  🙂  

The first piece of advice to new bloggers ~ don’t give up! It might take awhile to connect with other bloggers and have some followers, but it will happen!

The second piece of advice ~ it’s your blog. Do what you want to do or feel you should do! I wouldn’t recommend doing what everyone else is doing. Be yourself!  🙂  

This is the tough one! I need to select 15 or more bloggers for this award. I select all of you!  🙂  Here are the 15!







The Project: Me by Judy







Tari Hann


I think I have every thing I need. Have a great day and many blessings to you.

Much love ~



Fall Time, Cozy Time Book Tag

person wearing gray sock standing on stairs

photo credit ~ unsplash

Hello Peoples! It snowed yesterday! It was a very pretty snow too. There wasn’t any wind, so the snowflakes were magical and came straight down. It is cold! Brrr. Nice time to wrap up in your favorite blanket with a steamy, hot drink and enjoy a good book.

Rissi has a cozy autumn tag, at her blog. I though I would join in the fun. Wrap up in a warm, wooly sweater and visit Rissi. She did a “booktube talk,” but I won’t do that. You can read mine.  🙂  If you haven’t met Rissi, you need to. You can find Rissi at ~

Questions ~

1.) Crunching leaves: “The world is full of color ~ choose a book that has reds/oranges/yellows on the cover.”


The Sunflower Girl by Rosanna Chiofalo

2.) Cozy Sweater: “It’s finally cool enough to don warm, cozy clothing: what book gives you the warm fuzzies?”


The VanDerBeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser

3.) Fall Storm: “The wind is howling and the rain is pounding – choose your favorite book OR genre that you like to read on a stormy day.”


A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano

4.) Cool Crisp Air: “What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?”

Georgie Henley in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

5.) Hot Apple Cider: “What under hyped book do you want to see become the next, biggest, hottest thing?”


I don’t know if it’s under hyped, but, I would like to see The Raleigh Harmon Mystery Series by Sibella Giorello become a successful television series each week, or, a movie!!!

6.) Coat, Scarves, and Mittens: “The weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up – What’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?”


The Kissing Bandit by Margaret Brownly 

7.) Pumpkin Spice: “What’s your favorite Fall time comfort food(s)?”

mac & cheese!!!

Enjoy!!! Please tell me if you joined this tag! A BIG thanks to Rissi for a fun tag!!!

Classic Movie Friday!

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - Starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford Dir. Robert Aldrich

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Joan Crawford   Bette Davis  Maidie Norman   Victor Buono

Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis) was a child star. She entertained many with her singing and dancing. Now, many years later, she lives with her sister Blanche Hudson (Joan Crawford). Through the years Baby Jane became less and less of a star and her sister became the star. Blanche as an adult is now confined to a wheelchair. Not good. As time passes, Jane becomes more and more in control of her sister. Baby Jane gradually looses her mind and the agony she inflicts upon Blanche is horrible. Baby Jane is clearly crazy! The torment becomes worse. Blanche is held prisoner on the second floor of their home. Jane doesn’t feed Blanche, she rips the phone out of the wall, on the second floor, so Blanche has no contact with the outside world and the misery doesn’t end. A tragic story!

Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were amazing. This was the first time I had seen Joan Crawford in a film. This is the ultimate sibling rivalry. I’m a little speechless. When I finished watching the film, all I could do was shake my head.  There’s even a creepy doll in the movie!!!

This isn’t my favorite film with Bette Davis, but she gives a great performance.


Murder, She Wrote ~ Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Jon Land


A BIG thank-you to Berkley Prime Crime for sending me a print copy of this book.  🙂

This book good! Jessica Fletcher travels to New York City with Seth Hazlitt and Mort Metzer to celebrate the release of her new book. While in New York she has an uncomfortable experience with Thomas Rudd, a former author, claiming their publisher has been stealing royalties. Jessica agrees to meet with Thomas the following morning, however, Thomas never shows up at the appointed time. She soon discovers Thomas is dead. She decides to confront her publisher, Lane Bryant. When she meets with Lane, he is excited about a new manuscript. He believes it is the best book he’s ever read and expects it to be a best seller. He gives Jessica a copy of the manuscript to read. The following day when Jessica discovers Lane is dead, Jessica soon finds herself involved in a complicated, intriguing mystery.

I don’t know where to begin. This mystery grabbed me and held my attention. I didn’t want to put it down. I thought Jessica was in a little over her head, but she really was determined to solve this one. She did need help from her friends in Cabot Cove and New York, and they are always willing to help her out and cover her back. Although they do threaten to arrest her time and time again!  🙂   And I chuckled at the banter between her and her private investigator, Harry McGraw. I like that guy. As Jessica reads the manuscript Lane gave her before he passed away, I was happy to read the manuscript within the book. I thought it was a great touch to the story. The mystery was puzzling and so good. I had no idea who the nefarious person or persons were and I was a little surprised at the ending. She didn’t escape this one without injury. Great read! 5 ***** stars!


A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander


I was at the bakery when I read this book and when it was revealed Lord Fortescue was dead, I shouted, “YES!” and pumped my fist in the air. *gasp* He was an odious, insufferable man. *shudders* I’m sure anyone at the bakery noticing my strange behavior, would have lifted an eyebrow.  🙂  Fortescue was married! My heart goes out to his wife. Anyway, poor Robert is arrested and whisked away to prison for the crime. Robert is married to Lady Emily’s childhood friend, Ivy. Lady Emily is soon called upon to investigate and she is up for the challenge. And a fine job she did!

In this masterfully written mystery, the author transports the reader to Vienna at Christmas! I loved it. However, Lady Emily does not escape this mystery unscathed. No one can be trusted and the investigation leads Lady Emily to unsavory neighborhoods of Vienna. While investigating she discovers she must enlist the help of an anarchist and deal with the villainess Countess von Lange.

Emily learns her fiancé, Colin is in danger and while she believes he can take care of himself, she struggles knowing he is human and can be killed.

This series is so good. I’m devouring it! Fortunately the library has these books. Vienna is described to perfection. The snow, the Christmas decorations, ice skating, the cafes, the hot chocolate, artists . . . I wanted to hop on a jet and leave immediately. 5 ***** wintry stars!

Steamed Open by Barbara Ross

Publishing Date: December 18, 2018

Publisher: Kensington Books

Complimentary copy from Kensington through NetGalley.

Julia Snowden is back in the seventh Maine Clambake Mystery. This is a cozy mystery series I’ve been keeping up with since the first book was released. In this mystery, as the result of the death of a most beloved elderly citizen, a mysterious relative, Bartholomew Frick, inherits the property and closes all access to the beach, thus the citizens of Busman’s Harbor, Maine are unable to do any clamming in this area. The closure of the beach does have a negative impact on the community. Shortly after closing the beach Frick is discovered dead, leaving the citizens to wonder who inherits next.

This is a fun series. Julia Snowden and her family own a clambake business that definitely keeps Julia and her family busy. I enjoy reading about the clambakes and Maine and life on the coast. Any story with a lighthouse grabs my attention and this mystery has three lighthouses.

Julia does some great sleuthing in this mystery to discover the identity of the person who will inherit now that Frick is dead. The story moves along at a great pace and kept me interested. Chris, Julia’s boyfriend, is troubled about something. And! The Snowden family is in the early stages of restoring their home on Morrow Island. All in all it was an enjoyable read. 4 **** stars!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Classic Movie Friday!

Mr. Skeffington--Bette Davis, Claude Rains

Mr. Skeffington (1944)

Bette Davis   Claude Rains

Richard Waring   Walter Abel

Fanny Trellis (Bette Davis) and her brother Trippy (Richard Waring) were raised by wealthy parents, however, when their parents passed away Trippy squandered the family fortune. Fanny and Trippy always appeared to be wealthy though. Trippy was employed by a banker, Mr. Skeffington (Claude Rains). However, Trippy embezzled money from the bank. Mr. Skeffington discovered the crime and fired him. Trippy faces a difficult future as a result of his choices. Fanny has a long line of suitors eager and willing to marry her, however, Fanny marries Mr. Skeffington to save her brother from the consequences of his crime. World War I starts and Trippy goes off to war. As the years pass, the marriage does not do well. Fanny is vain and loves only herself. She continues to have scores of suitors. She has a child. Mr. Skeffington adores his daughter, but Fanny doesn’t want a child in her life. So Mr. Skeffington raises his little girl. The couple are divorced and Mr. Skeffington takes their daughter with him to Europe where she grows up into a lovely woman. All the while, Fanny continues to have suitors and she continues to be vain and love only herself. This isn’t my favorite movie with Bette Davis, but she does a great job acting in this movie about relationships that could have been and a woman who ages and has to learn a hard lesson.

The costume designer for this film created an amazing wardrobe for Bette Davis, very feminine.