30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 30

Hello Peoples! I hope you had a good weekend. It was chilly on Saturday and rainy on Sunday, but it was great for walking. I might start a fire in our firepit this morning.  🙂

This is day 30 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge! Let’s do a happy dance! I had fun with the challenge. There were a few days when I thought I wouldn’t have a topic to write about, but most days, I was fine. I might do a writing challenge again in 2020!!!

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I have the best blogging friends! A BIG thank-you to all of you who read my 30 Day Writing Challenge during September. You are all awesome!

Your favorites at the cottage in September ~

September 18, 2019 ~ 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 18, “What would make your most detestable household chore more enjoyable or easier?” 

September 19, 2019 ~Giveaway ~ A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford

September 26, 2019 ~ 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 26, Rick and I went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant.

My Favorite Reads in September ~

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Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

The Vanished Bride (Brontë Sisters Mystery #1)

The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

The Wind off the Small Isles and The Lost One

The Wind off the Small Isles and The Lost One by Mary Stewart

This book has two short stories in it. I especially liked The Lost One.

Much love ~



30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 29

Hello Peoples! I just watched Justice League with Rick. I’m not much of a Superhero person, I watch their first movies. I’ve watched the first Wonder Woman, the first Avengers, the first Captain America. I’ve seen Aquaman and the first Ant Man, however, I rarely watch any superhero film beyond the first one. I like Wonder Woman, Ant Man and the Flash. I do have one question, yes, something does plague my mind on occasion.  🙂  At the end of the film, Justice League, who wins the race between the Flash and Superman??? If Superman wins, the Flash will buy everyone brunch. If the Flash wins, he can tell everyone he won. That would be amazing to beat Superman in a race!!!

I would like to know, who do you think won the race??? Or is the winner revealed in a movie I haven’t seen???

Much love ~


30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 28

Hello Peoples!  According to the internet, September 26, 2019 was National Pancake Day! I was surprised and disappointed at the same time. I didn’t know it was National Pancake Day. I don’t think I knew we celebrated a pancake day! I was disappointed I missed it.  So, I ate a pancake on the 27th!  🙂  Now is the time, grab whatever you put on top of your pancake, syrup, butter, fruit, etc., heat up the griddle and make yourself a pancake or two or three and ENJOY! 

Happy National Pancake Day!  🙂  

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Much love ~


20 Questions Book Tag ~ 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 27

Hello Peoples!

You might ask ~ “Kathy, another book tag??? Why another book tag??? Why? Why? Why?”

I might answer ~ “I have no idea!”  🙂

I found this book tag at Penny’s blog. You can meet her and find this amazing tag at the link below!  🙂


1.) How many books are too many in a series?

I personally prefer stand alone books, however, I think three or four in a series is plenty.  🙂

2.)  How do you feel about cliffhangers?

I like cliffhangers! I’m all about cliffhangers! I’m very pro cliffhangers!

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3.) Hardcover or paperback.

Hardcover at home, paperback when I travel!

4.) Favorite book?

This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart.

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Corfu, the ocean, dolphins, mystery, suspense, romance!!! It has it all!!!

5.) Least favorite book?

The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton!


Oh my word! I almost didn’t finish it! A friend encouraged me to read on.

6.) Love Triangles, yes or no?


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7.) The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I can’t remember the name of the book, or the author, but, I didn’t finish it. It was terrible.

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8.)  A book you are currently reading?

Yes! I’m reading Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason.

9.) Last book you recommended to someone?

Georgette Heyer’s books! I loan books by Georgette Heyer to a friend of mine on a regular basis.  🙂

The last one I loaned her was, Devil’s Cub.

10.)  Oldest book you’ve ever read (publication date)?

The Bible

11.)  Newest book you’ve ever read?

Probably A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford (2019).

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12.)  Favorite author?

Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, Mary Stewart, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jan Karon and more!

13.)  Buying books or burrowing them?

Buying books! Buying, always buying!!!

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14.)  A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

15.)  Bookmarks or dogears?

Without a doubt ~ bookmarks. I’ve used napkins, money, scraps of paper, dry straws and anything that is available if I don’t have a bookmark.

16.)  A book you can always read?

The Bible, The Mitford Series, The Chronicles of Narnia, This Rough Magic.

17.)  Can you read while hearing music?

If there are voices singing in the music, no, I cannot. If it’s an instrumental, yes, I can.

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18.)  One POV or multiple POV’s?

Say what???

19.)  Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

It depends on the book. I have read mystery/suspense in a day. Other books it can take a few days to read.

20.)  Who do you tag???

Everyone who is reading this!  🙂

Now it’s your turn!!! Don’t be shy!!!

Much love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

The Drive by Night 1940

They Drive By Night (1940)

Humphrey Bogart   George Raft   Ann Sheridan

Ida Lupino   Gale Page   Alan Hale

This is the first film I’ve ever seen with Ida Lupino. I’ve heard of her, but I’ve never seen her act. This is a good film. I liked it. I was a little surprised how the story went along, but it was good.

Paul (Humphrey Bogart) and Joe (George Raft) Fabrini are brothers and truck drivers. They ship fruit in California. It’s a struggle for them to make ends meet. The businessmen, they deal with, are unethical and there’s a considerable amount of competition. They drive long hours. Paul is married to Pearl (Gale Page) and he doesn’t see her often enough. One night, in the rain, the brothers pick up a woman, Cassie (Ann Sheridan). The three of them witness a terrible accident and the brothers are determined to find a way to make more money so they can leave the trucking business. There’s a romance in the story between Cassie and Joe.

There’s quite a bit of humor and a strong support system between the truck drivers. There’s also tragedy.

This is the third film I’ve seen with Ann Sheridan and I like her. She was also  in I Was A Male War Bride (1949), and Woman On the Run (1950).


30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 26

Hello Peoples! Wow! Can you believe it??? It’s day 26 of the 30 day writing challenge!!!  🙂

This week Rick and I decided to go out for dinner. We rarely go out for dinner. We prefer going out for breakfast and we frequently do so. There have been many times we meet friends for breakfast.

We decided to go to my favorite restaurant in town. It’s an Italian restaurant and I love the food. Their pasta is so good. This week we ordered a pizza to share. It was delicious. We each had a salad. Pizza and salad are one of my favorite meals! If we share a pizza we order a veggie pizza, but if we order separately, Rick has meat on his pizza. We had a great time. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere, with the hum of private conversations going on around us and Italian music playing in the background. We didn’t have desert because we were way to full of pizza and salad. Although, I was scrutinizing that cheese cake!!!

After we left the restaurant, we went to the bookstore. It was crazy in there. We were told they had a massive shipment of books arrive and everyone was running helter skelter trying to get books unpacked and out on the shelves. The book I was going to purchase was still in a box somewhere. I was told it was in the store. They’re going to call me when they unpack that box.  🙂

Have a great day!

By the look on their faces, Snoopy and Woodstock have got to be eating pizza in Buffalo.

Much love ~


Finally Fall Book Tag ~ 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 25

Hello Peoples! It’s autumn! Woot! Woot! I enjoy tags, especially seasonal tags, so I decided to hop on board ~ give this autumn tag a try. This Fall Book Tag has seen quite a journey, but I discovered it at The Secret Library Site. Hop on over and meet Nicki!


~ In the fall, the air is crisp and clear: Name a book with a vivid setting.

I liked the woods or the forest in the hills of Tennessee in, The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker.

15 Fall Quotes To Read On The First Day Of Autumn

~ Nature is Beautiful . . . but also dying: Name a book that is beautifully written, but also deals with a heavy topic like loss or grief.

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

The Garden Nymph

~ Fall is back to school season: Share a non-fiction book that taught you something new.

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction these days, but I did like reading ~ My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love by Amanda Barratt.

~ In order to keep warm, it’s good to spend some time with the people we love: Name a fictional family/household/friend group that you’d like to be a part of.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I think it would be fun to spend time with Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.  🙂

~ The colorful leaves are piling up on the ground: Show us a pile of fall-coloured spines.

~ Fall is the perfect time for story telling by the fireside: Share a book wherein somebody is telling a story.

That’s a tough one. I don’t know if I have such a book.

~ The nights are getting darker: Share a dark, creepy read.

Dracula by Bram Stoker is the darkest I’ve read.

~ The days are getting colder: Name a short, heart-warming read that could warm up somebody’s cold, rainy day.

The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser.

~ Fall returns every year: Name an old favorite that you’d like to return to soon.

Probably the Mitford Series by Jan Karon or The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

~ Fall is the perfect time for cozy reading nights: Share your favorite cozy reading “accessories!”

wooly socks, warm blanket, hot chocolate, comfy scarf

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Spread the autumn appreciation and tag somebody! Have fun!

If you’re reading this, you’re tagged!  🙂

Much love ~




A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford ~ An Amish Mystery


A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime!  🙂

Truth be told, I have never enjoyed Amish fiction. I know there are many readers who do enjoy this type of literature, but I do not. If you enjoy Amish fiction, that’s great! When Berkley offered A Killer Carol, I decided to read it because Laura Bradford is the author. I have read many positive reviews about her books and as such, I’ve been wanting to read one of her stories for awhile. Well, I am happy to say, I was not disappointed.

In A Killer Carol, it’s Christmas time and Claire is busy running her business, Heavenly Treasures. Claire is also busy coordinating a community holiday celebration, One Heavenly Night. Shocked unbelief courses through the community when an elderly couple is discoverd murdered in their home. Detective Jakob Fisher is feeling the stress of investigating in an Amish community and needs Claire’s support. Two members of the Amish community are the primary suspects in this investigation. That can’t be good. Claire and Jakob have a precious romance developing, unfortunately, their relationship is under stress, not only because of the investigation but because Claire thinks Jakob has found another. So, this story is full of seasonal activity, a relationship with a little stress and a very puzzling murder. Well-written. I thought it was a little more complicated than most Amish stories I’ve read. I didn’t have a clue as to the identity of the killer. I thought this was a tough mystery to crack.

I thought A Killer Carol was well-written and very puzzling! 4.5 **** stars!

Announcing the winner of the drawing ~

Carole Lynn Jones


You can find Carole at ~


Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday! 30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 24

Hello Peoples! It’s time once again for Top Ten Tuesday. This week it’s books on my autumn (2019) TBR list. I don’t really have seasonal TBR lists, I’m more of a mood reader, but I do have a few books I would like to read, so here it goes!  🙂  Oh! These are listed in no particular order.

Top Ten Tuesday is from the Artsy Reader Girl!


The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris

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The Wind Off the Small Isles by Mary Stewart

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Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason


A Cruel Deception by Charles Todd

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On A Summer Tide by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

What books are you planning to read this autumn?

Happy Reading!

Much love ~


30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 23

Hello Peoples! This morning as I drove to church, it started raining. I left my bumbershoot at home. When we arrived at our destination, the door greeter came outside with a bumbershoot to meet me. She escorted me to the door, of the church, holding her bumbershoot over me to protect me from the rain!

This was the same door greeter who, two weeks earlier, wore a Denver Broncos jersey to church. When we saw one another, we ran to each other with out stretched arms saying, You’re a Denver Broncos fan! We hugged and hugged, smiling brightly and laughing.

Maybe we should introduce ourselves.  🙂

Much love ~