30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 22

Good morning Peoples! I like the parables in the New Testament. Do you have a favorite? I do. Here’s my favorite ~

The Prodigal Son ~

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, Father, give me my share of the estate. So he divided his property between them.”

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants. So he got up and went to his father.”

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

“The son said to the father, Father I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”

“But the father said to his servants, Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fatted calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate.”

Meanwhile, the older brother was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come, he replied, and your father has killed the fatted calf because he has him back safe and sound.

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went and pleaded with him.”

“But he answered his father, Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!”

“My son, the father said, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”  ~Luke 15: 11-31, NIV

Much love ~

Kathy

30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 21

Hello Peoples! “What character from television, literature, or a movie would you like to be best friends with?”

This question is from, The Daily Question My 5 – Year Spiritual Journal.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36419994-the-daily-question?ac=1&from_search=true

Wow! I think I did something similar to this recently with Top Ten Tuesday. However, there are so many great characters from television, literature and movies, I can do this again. It’s difficult to choose. But, I’ve narrowed it down to a few.

Lucy

Lucy Pevensie ~ The Chronicles of Narnia

More Miranda Otto as Eowyn. They did a great job with her even though - does it matter? - she is supposedly wearing men’s armor.

Lady Eowyn ~ The Lord of the Rings

Photos from "Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Bone to Pick" | Aurora Teagarden Mysteries: A Bone to Pick | Hallmark Movies and Mysteries

Aurora Teagarden and Mother ~ Aurora Teagarden Mysteries

'Murder She Baked' airs March 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Hallmark Movie Channel - Upcoming Specials and Premieres

Hannah Swenson ~ Murder She Baked

I haven’t read the Aurora Teagarden Mysteries or Joanna Fluke’s Mysteries, I’ve watched the Hallmark films. I liked them. I thought they were cute and I loved the sleuths.  🙂  They’re great fun.

Who would you like to be best friends with?

Much love ~

Kathy

30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 20

Hello Peoples! Do you have a favorite room in your house? I do. We have a three season room. It’s a front porch that someone made into a nice room and it is without a doubt my favorite room in our house. I enjoy sitting out here, watching the world go by. When the weather is nice, I open the windows and we enjoy a nice breeze. I love looking out the window in the autumn, watching the leaves fall to the ground while I sip a hot drink. Recently, we bought a new comfy chair for this room. The chair added to the cozy, comfy feel of the area. I collect afghans whenever I can and I have afghans on the chair and stacked on a wicker chest sitting in the room.

Tell me about your favorite room.

Much love ~

Kathy

Classic Movie Friday!

Hello Peoples! As many of you know, I love mystery/suspense. The mysteries don’t need to be murder mysteries. I like a good missing person mystery alsoIn classic films, I enjoy a movie where the story is set on a train! Oh yea! A train seems to add to the intrigue, especially if the train doesn’t stop. The villain is amongst us. The killer is one of us. Oh yes, a train is a great setting! Here is a list of mysteries set on a train. I highly recommend all of them!  🙂  I didn’t list them in any particular order.

The Lady Vanishes (Une femme disparaît) (1938, GB) de Alfred HITCHCOCK - avec Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty, Margaret Rutherford (photo)

The Lady Vanishes (1938) 

Hercule Poirot, David Suchet!

Murder On the Orient Express (2010)

John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, and Madeleine Carroll in Secret Agent (1936)

Secret Agent (1936)

Strangers on a Train (1951, Alfred Hitchcock) / Cinematography by Robert Burks

Strangers On A Train (1951)

... Miss Lockwood and Rex Harrison , Night Train to Munich.1939.

Night Train To Munich (1940)

Miss Marple - 4:50 FROM PADDINGTON

4:50 From Paddington (1987)

The Mystery of the Blue Train

The Mystery of the Blue Train (2005)

I’m sure there are many more. Have you seen any of these films? Have you seen any I haven’t included?

Enjoy!

30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 19

Hello Peoples! Today’s question is from The Daily Question My 5 – Year Spiritual Journal.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36419994-the-daily-question?ac=1&from_search=true

What makes you miserable?

I chuckled to myself when I read this question.

Many of you might remember, a couple of years ago, I broke my wrist. I was MISERABLE for three weeks! It hurts to break your wrist. The entire process hurts. I was so miserable. The pain medication they gave me was either to strong and put me to sleep, or it was to weak and didn’t help much. So, I had a miserable choice ~ either I sleep or I suffer some. I hope I never break a bone again.

I am miserable when I’m sick. In March, I got some infection in my throat that made me cough and cough and cough. I was awake all night coughing and I slept off and on throughout the day ~ coughing. I was MISERABLE! The doctor prescribed a powerful anti-biotic and it worked! I got better quickly. YAY!

The death of my dog made me miserable. Oh my word! That was one of the worst days of my life. I was miserable with grief.  

Now it’s your turn. What makes you miserable?

Much love ~

Kathy

Giveaway ~ A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford

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Hello Peoples! Berkley Prime Crime is giving away one copy of A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford. This cozy is An Amish Mystery. 

If you are interested in winning this book, just leave a comment below, informing me you would like to be entered in the drawing. The winner will be announced on this blog, along with my review, September 24, 2019.

This giveaway is for U.S.A. residents only. You must have a valid U.S.A. address to win.  🙂

Don’t be shy.  🙂

Happy Reading!

30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 18

Hello Peoples! Today’s question is from, The Daily Question My 5 – Year Spiritual Journey.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36419994-the-daily-question?ac=1&from_search=true

“What would make your most detestable household chore more enjoyable or easier?”

I don’t like to cook. I’ve never liked to cook. I go through these phases, where I suddenly get an urge to cook and then I cook like a maniac. But no, I don’t like to cook. I can cook. I can make lasagna, creamy potato soup, baked mac and cheese, lentil soup, and homemade bread, just to name a few, but whoa and alas, I’ve never liked to cook. So, what can I do to make this chore more enjoyable or easier? That’s easy ~ hire a cook!  🙂  I don’t think I need a cook everyday. I just need someone to come in once or twice a week, whip up all types of tasty meals so I can freeze them. And! Take them out of the freezer and pop them in the oven when I need them. Rick does help with the cooking chore at times. He makes all our salads. He does a great job too!

So! Now you know my most detestable chore. What’s your most detestable chore? Do you like to cook? I know, you’re a culinary chef!!!  🙂

Much love ~

Kathy

Coming Up Murder, A Professor Prather Mystery by Mary Angela

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I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy of her book!  🙂

It’s an unseasonably warm spring in Copper Bluff, South Dakota and everything is going well for Professor Emmeline Prather. Her book has been accepted for publication! And! The campus is all a bustle with the Shakespeare Festival.

Warning: This mystery will probably cause a desire, in the reader, to participate, in some capacity in a Shakespeare event.  🙂

When a grad student claims he can prove Shakespeare wasn’t Shakespeare scholarly arguments break out on campus. This eager young man believes that a different author wrote the First Folio. When the young scholar is discovered dead, similar to a scene from Hamlet, questions abound and Professor Prather discovers herself involved in another mystery.

A well-crafted, well-written mystery! I love Professor Prather and Lenny. They’re a great couple and so much fun! As she dives into mystery after mystery, trailing leads and asking questions, Lenny is with her all the way, watching her back, bouncing off ideas and listening to her theories. I’ve read all the books in this series and I’ve enjoyed watching their relationship develop. Oh! And, Mrs. Gunderson. I must say something about Mrs. Gunderson! I want to live next door to her! She’s such a wonderful neighbor and busybody. She certainly watches out for Emmeline. And! She encourages her relationship with Lenny!  🙂

I’m not a Shakespeare expert, but I thought the author did a great job working Shakespeare into a cozy mystery! I didn’t solve this mystery. It was a puzzle.

Highly recommend! This is a good mystery for teens and adults! 5 ***** stars!

Professor Prather Mysteries ~

An Act of Murder

Passport to Murder

A Very Merry Murder

Coming Up Murder

 

30 Day Writing Challenge ~ Day 17 ~ Top Ten Tuesday!

Hello Peoples. I decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday this week ~ Favorite Things To Eat or Drink While Reading! Top  Ten Tuesday comes to us from Artsy Reader Girl!

~ Without a doubt hot chocolate is my favorite drink to savor while I am reading, in the winter, or anytime the weather is chilly.  🙂

Hot tea is another favorite drink in those wintry months or during a chill while I’m reading. I prefer loose leaf black tea.

My four favorite drinks to enjoy during the hot months of summer ~

icy tea

lemonade

good refreshing bottled icy water

I don’t eat much while I’m reading because I don’t want to get food on my books. Popcorn, while eating, is out of the question. When I do eat while I’m reading, it’s usually ~

a chocolate chip cookie

grapes 

apple

nuts

Much love ~

Kathy

 

A Night’s Tail by Sofie Kelly

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Magical Cats #11

“Spring has sprung in Mayville Heights, and Kathleen’s brother, Ethan, has come to town with his band. But not everything goes as scheduled, when Ethan’s opening act gets into a fight with a man interested in investing in the town. When the businessman’s body is found in the hotel where he was staying, Ethan’s friend is implicated in the crime. Kathleen wants to help her brother by solving the case, but she has no shortage of suspects from which to choose. Prior to his death, the investor was fighting like cats and dogs with multiple people in town. If Kathleen wants more than a whisker’s chance of solving the case she’ll need to rely on her trusty feline sidekicks, Owen and Hercules.” ~Berkley Prime Crime

This series is new to me and there seemed to be quite a bit happening in Mayville Heights. Kathleen, the head librarian, is organizing a quilt show, while supporting her visiting brother, Ethan, and his band. There’s a good sense of community and great friends in this cozy, with quite a bit of bantering between relatives and friends. Unfortunately in the midst of all the fun, banter and great friendships someone is discovered dead in the town’s hotel. Kathleen and her two interesting cats, Hercules and Owen are on the case, investigating along with Detective Marcus. I thought A NIght’s Tail was fun and written at a good pace. I had some difficulty in the beginning of the story, the story seemed confusing and there seemed to be a lot of characters, but this was the first book I’ve read in the series. I didn’t solve this mystery. I wasn’t surprised at the identity of the killer though. 3 *** stars!

A BIG thanks to Berkley Prime Crime for the book.

Announcing the winner of the drawing ~

Tari Hann

https://cuddleupwithacozymysteryandadachshund.blog/

Congratulations Tari!  🙂