Classic Movie Friday!

GARY COOPER and Jean Arthur in "Mr. Deeds Goes To Town" (1936)

Mr. Deeds Goes To Town (1936)

Gary Cooper   Jean Arthur

What a sweet movie! Longfellow Deeds (Gary Cooper) lives in a small town, plays the tuba and writes poetry. One day three men come to his home town and inform him, his uncle passed away and left his fortune to Longfellow! Longfellow now has $20 million dollars! He doesn’t want the money. He doesn’t need it, but he agrees to go to New York with the three men. When he arrives in New York, he’s surrounded by people with nefarious purposes thinking they can swindle him out of his money because he’s an idiot. He meets Babe Bennett (Jean Arthur) not realizing she is a newspaper reporter, he becomes involved romantically with her. She’s using him to get sensational stories about him. It gets worse but everything comes together in the end. This is a Frank Capra film and there’s a lesson in this story.



Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! Oh my word! We have hummingbirds in our backyard! This is the first year we’ve seen them. Hummingbirds are my favorite! I’m so excited!  🙂  We have a big picture window in the back of our house and we’re watching them with binoculars. They’re not that far away, however, we don’t want to scare them, so, the binoculars. They can really fly fast. We wait until they land or hoover in mid-air before we can really get a good look at them. We looked up hummingbirds on-line and we think our friendly guests are the ruby-throated hummingbird. We purchased two hummingbird feeders and filled them with tasty liquid. Our new friends are drinking up the liquid!  🙂  They’re living in a flowering bush in our backyard. So fun!

Your favorites at the cottage in May ~

May 1st ~ Giveaway! Dying for Devil’s Food by Jenn McKinlay

May 8th ~ I’ll Be Brief!

May 17th ~ Classic Movie Friday! Ten Comedies or Light Hearted Films.

My favorite books in May ~


Kitty Hawk and The Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading 


Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Favorite Word ~


Much love ~



Book Giveaway!!! :)


Hello Peoples! Oh my word! The gown she’s wearing on the cover of this book is gorgeous!  🙂  Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of Death in Kew Gardens by Jennifer Ashley. If you are interested in winning this book, just leave a comment below informing me you want to be entered in the drawing. The winner will be announced, along with my review of the book, on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

The drawing is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win! Don’t be shy!  🙂

Much love ~




Hello Peoples! My mystery friends at Berkley Prime Crime are giving away one copy of Murder, She Wrote Murder In Red by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land. I’m enjoying this series, it’s become one of my favorites!  🙂

If you would like to be included in the drawing to win this mystery, just leave a comment below, informing me, you would like to be entered. I will then enter your name in the drawing. The winner will be announced on this blog, along with my review, Monday, June 3, 2019.

This drawing is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win. Don’t be shy.  🙂

Happy Reading!

Much love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

Walter Brennan, Loretta Young, and Richard Greene in "Kentucky" (1938) Walter Brennan - Best Supporting Actor Oscar 1938

Kentucky (1938)

Loretta Young   Richard Greene   Walter Brennan

I watched this film because I read on the internet somewhere that Walter Brennan won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in his role in this movie. I was very curious. He also won Best Supporting Actor in his role in The Westerner (1940) and Come And Get It (1936). Apparently he is one of three actors who have won three Academy Awards! How about that!

In this film, two families, the Dillons and the Goodwins, refuse to have any dealings with one another because of an unfortunate incident that happened at the beginning of the Civil War. Now seventy years later, these two families are still not speaking to one another. Both families raise Thoroughbreds and are involved in horse racing in Kentucky. Jack Dillon (Richard Greene) wants to train horses, but his dad wants him in the banking business. Jack agrees to try banking, however, Jack and his father have a disagreement and Jack leaves banking and his home and begins to train horses. The first horse he trains belongs to Sally Goodwin (Loretta Young) and her crusty but lovable uncle, Peter Goodwin (Walter Brennan). Sally doesn’t know she has hired a Dillon to train her horse. Jack and Sally fall in love, but there are obstacles along the way, one being, he needs to tell her he’s a Dillon.

Loretta Young is so feminine and lovely in this film. Her and her uncle really know horses! Walter Brennan does a great job as Uncle Peter. He yells frequently but he’s so loveable! If he says, a horse will win the race, a horse WILL win the race. And! Richard Greene is a great trainer and so much in love with our lovely leading lady. He struggles because he’s a Dillon and she’s a Goodwin.

Have a great weekend!  🙂  


Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading


Kitty Hawk is incredible! And! She’s intrepid. Love her! She’s part Nancy Drew and part Indiana Jones minus the smooching. *haha* She’s flies a De Havilland Beaver and decides to soar to Alaska and study humpback whales. After receiving funding for the trip, she takes to the skies. And Wowzer! What an adventure!!! Oh yes! She studies and becomes friends with whales. She meets interesting people. And finds herself involved in a mystery that includes cursed gold, and thieves!!! She hikes through the Alaskan wilderness and has the experience of a lifetime. This book is educational, fun, funny, adventurous and entertaining. Loved it. 5 ***** intrepid stars!


Classic Movie Friday! :)

Good morning Peoples! I thought I would try something different for Classic Movie Friday. Below is a list of ten comedies or light-hearted films that are my favorites. This list was very difficult to create and, as I watch MANY classic films, the list can change week to week. I’d like to hear your thoughts, so, please leave comments below. I’d also like to hear what your favorite classic comedy films are. These are in no particular order.  🙂

Schatze Page (Lauren Bacall): "You wanna catch a mouse, you set a mouse trap. All right so we set a bear trap. Now all we gotta do, is one of us has got to catch a bear." // Loco Dempsey (Betty Grable): "You mean marry him?" // Schatze Page: "If you don't marry him, you haven't caught him, he's caught you." -- from How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) directed by Jean Negulesco

How to Marry A Millionaire (1953)

Marilyn Monroe   Betty Grable   Lauren Bacall

favorite movie #100 - holiday edition: desk set

Desk Set (1957)

Spencer Tracy   Katherine Hepburn

Ann Sheridan and Cary Grant in I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

I Was A Male War Bride (1949)

Cary Grant   Ann Sheridan

Groucho Reviews: Operation Petticoat

Operation Petticoat (1959)

Cary Grant   Tony Curtis   Joan O’Brien   Dina Merrill

Barefoot In the Park (1967)

Robert Redford   Jane Fonda

Carole Lombard & William Powell in My Man of my favorite movies of all time!!!!

My Man Godfrey (1936)

William Powell   Carole Lombard

The Baroness and the Butler (1938)

William Powell   Annabella

Movie Monday: Designing Woman (1957)

Designing Woman (1956)

Gregory Peck   Lauren Bacall

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Cary Grant   Katherine Hepburn

Life With Father (1947)

William Powell   Irene Dunne





Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! It’s a beautiful morning. A little chilly but not to bad. I’m a walker. I walk everywhere. I do cycle, but this spring I’ve been walking more than cycling. This past weekend I bought running shoes. I think the running shoes have more support than walking shoes do, but it may depend on the brand. haha. Now that’s riveting blogging!  🙂

Rick and I decided to catch an early viewing of the new movie, TOLKIEN. We didn’t want the late night crowds, so we were at the theater while most were still enjoying their coffee. There were six people in the theater! We got that right. It’s a great film. I really liked it. There are some gruesome scenes of World War I. Have some tissues with you when you see the film. I cried off and on throughout the film. I highly recommend it.

Tolkien (2019) - Trailer - Lily Collins, Nicholas Hoult | Životopisné | Trailery

TOLKIEN (2019)

Nicholas Hoult   Lily Collins

Favorite Word ~


Well. It has been one year since we lost our beloved border collie Rowdy. She passed away the first week of May 2018. We miss her and it’s just not the same without her. We’re not going to get another dog. I enjoy everyone else’s dog. Yesterday when I arrived at the bakery, there was a man and his 14 week old Bernese Mountain Dog sitting outside. His name ~ Freddy! He was the sweetest puppy. I loved and loved on him. Whenever I think of Freddy, I smile. I hope to meet him again soon.

Rowdy!  🙂  

That’s all for now. Until next time.  🙂

Much love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

Steve McQueen :: The Thomas Crown Affair

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

Steve McQueen   Faye Dunaway   Paul Burke

A bank robbery during the day! How bold! A lone car drops of the money at a cemetery. Multi-millionaire Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) pulls up in a Rolls Royce and collects the money. The police are completely puzzled. Vickie Anderson (Faye Dunaway) an insurance investigator, with questionable methods, is asked to take the case. As Vickie investigates she discovers Thomas Crown. She puts the pressure on him and has him followed. She becomes romantically involved with Crown. The two match wits. An intriguing film with a good ending.

I personally don’t really like Faye Dunaway *gasp* but this film was very good. When I watched it, I basically knew the story, however, I didn’t know the ending. I found myself cheering for Thomas Crown during the entire movie. He was brilliant and he kept his cool. She was smart and on to him fairly quickly. It was just a matter of who would out wit who???


This film was probably not rated “G” when it was released. Just a word of caution.  🙂


I’ll be brief!

Hello Peoples!  🙂  I’m little behind on my book reviews. So, here I am with three books I’ve read. I will write a very brief comment about each one.

Whose Waves These Are (Whose Waves These Are, #1)

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

This story is so warm. It’s curling up in a comfy chair with a bowl of warm buttered popcorn, watching a favorite movie. It’s sitting by a crackling fire with a steamy, hot chocolate. It’s a warm, furry blanket on a cold winter’s night.

Annie Bliss is asked to travel to Ansel-by-the-Sea because her most beloved great uncle needs her. When she arrives, she fears he is dead. She becomes involved in a mystery. With the help of a new friend, the local mailman, she takes on the task of finding answers. Loved it. 5 *****stars!


Glitter Bomb by Laura Childs with Terrie Farley Moran

I’m participating in the alphabet soup reading challenge and I decided to read this cozy mystery, to fulfill the requirement, for a book title beginning with the letter “G.”

A week before Fat Tuesday, Carmela and her friend are enjoying a parade when a float explodes shocking everyone who witnesses the horrible event. Not good.

Well! This cozy certainly gives the reader a good look into the festivities at Mardi Gras! Carmela and her friend Ava, are a hoot! This is the first book I’ve read in this series, but I do believe Carmela and Ava have known one another a LONG time. They are so comfortable with one another! I liked them. This story has chuckles galore. Good mystery. 4 **** stars!


In the Shadow of Croft Towers by Abigail wilson

I was completely captivated by this story! Sybil is traveling to Croft Towers to be a companion to an older woman when the carriage is robbed by highwaymen! Upon her arrival she becomes embroiled in a mystery. Spies! Murderers! Smugglers! 5 ***** stars!

Happy Reading!