Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples!  🙂  Oh my word! Tuesday is the end of June! It just doesn’t seem possible.

I guess I will start with my news about Classic Movie Friday. It’s becoming more and more difficult to find classic movies. They are scarce here. I’m not sure what I want to do about that. I might go back to the beginning and re-blog the classic movies I have already featured, or I might try something different. I’m thinking of blogging about, Great Moments In Classic Films! Catchy, huh???  🙂  I also thought I might feature a classic film once a month. I might do a combination of all my ideas. I don’t want to stop altogether because Classic Movie Friday is one of my favorites. I just want to give you a heads up and let you know change is coming.  🙂

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Your Favorites at the Cottage in June ~

Thank-you ~ June 8, 2020

The Classics Club ~ The Romance of the Forest ~ June 16, 2020

Wrist ~ June 3, 2020

Birds ~ June 15, 2020

Currently Reading ~


Living Lies by Natalie Walters


Much love ~




Classic Movie Friday!

Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny".

The Caine Mutiny (1954)

Humphrey Bogart   Fred MacMurray   Van Johnson   Robert Francis

Jose Ferrer   May Wynn   Tom Tully   E. G. Marshall   Arthur Franz

What a tragedy! Shortly after taking command of a small ship, during World War II, Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) shows signs of being mentally unstable. His bazaar orders and questionable conduct toward his men, become a concern to the officers of the ship. During a typhoon, when the Captain’s instability endangers his crew and the ship, the first officer (Van Johnson) takes command, thus committing mutiny.

Yes, there is court room drama in this film. When the ship returns to port, the first officer, the captain and the officers of the ship must face a court room of military officers and answer for their choices and expose the condition of the captain’s mind.

No one wants to find themselves in a situation like this. Humphrey Bogart is my favorite, classic actor and his performance in this film was amazing!

This film isn’t for everyone, but I highly recommend it! It’s a very involved movie.

Ramblings And What Not!

Hello Peoples! As many of you know Rick and I live in a historic home.  🙂  Whenever we need to have work done, on this cozy home, and it is cozy, it’s always interesting. We had a flood in our basement. Fortunately, our basement is not carpeted. We lost a couple of area rugs, but nothing expensive. Our hot water heater was part of the problem. It was leaking and getting ready to blow up or something. I don’t really understand how this all works together, but the water in one pipe backed up. Mmm. Maybe it’s two different issues. The plumber came and installed a new hot water heater. I am convinced, plumbers go to the Riviera for vacation!!! *haha* That was one spendy job! WOW! Our old hot water heater was 40 years old!!! It worked great. Our poor pipe has stopped it’s nonsense. The city inspector visited and everything passed inspection and now we are waiting for another city guy to stop by and replace our water meter. Our meter was OLD, really OLD! We need a vacation!  🙂

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How is your summer??? Are you going on a vacation or is a staycation for you? We hope to go on vacation in October.  🙂

Much love ~


Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  🙂

My friend Gwenda, passed away one month ago and I do miss her. Whenever we got together this was how we greeted one another ~

Me: “Hi!”  🙂

Gwenda: “Hi! What do you know???”

Me: “It would only take me five minutes!”

Then we would hoot with loud laughter!!!  🙂

I read two very good mysteries this week. I liked them.  🙂  I found both of them at the little free library! I will share my very quick review with you.


Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy

A White House Chef Mystery

Olivia aka Ollie is the executive chef at the White House. She’s busy planning to feed many people at an upcoming state dinner. Meanwhile, Ollie and her fiancé Gav, are trying to get married. When they stumble upon a crime scene, the couple find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery.

I’m going to start at the beginning and read the entire series. Highly recommend!  🙂


Death At The Door by Carolyn Hart

A Death On Demand Bookstore Mystery

Wow! What a foreboding atmosphere! Annie owns and operates a mystery bookstore. Her hubby Max owns his own business also. The two together solve mysteries! When a doctor is discovered dead, apparently suicide, his sister is convinced he was murdered. The grieving sister asks Annie and Max to investigate.

Really really good! Highly recommend! I’m going to read the series, however, our local library doesn’t have all the books, so, I’ll be reading them as I find them. It shouldn’t be a problem.

Currently reading ~


On a Coastal Breeze by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Our sunflower is now taller than I am.  🙂

Much love ~


Classic Movie Friday!

John Wayne and Raymond Hatton in New Frontier (1939)

New Frontier (1939)

John Wayne   Ray Corrigan   Raymond Hatton

Eddy Waller   Sammy McKim   Jennifer Jones

The fine citizens of New Hope are celebrating their 50 year anniversary when they are told, the government plans to build a dam, and as such, condemns the property these people own, live and work on. The state plans to pay the citizens a fair price for their land, so they have the financial resources to relocate and start new. Well! A crooked real estate developer becomes involved and swindles the fine folks of New Hope. The community bands together and fights back. The Three Mesquiteers, Stony Brooke (John Wayne), Tuscon Smith (Ray Corrigan) and Rusty Joslin (Raymond Hatton) lead the way, fighting both crooks and the law to right an injustice.

This is a good family film. It begins with a great look at the Pony Express after the Civil War. There is old west action, horse back riding, a community standing together supporting one another, shooting, fights, bad guys versus good guys and a whole lotta action!


The Classics Club ~ The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe


The Romance of the Forest begins by introducing the reader to Pierre de la Motte and his wife, Madame de la Motte (Constance Valentia), who are fleeing Paris to escape persecution, as a result of financial difficulities. Peter, a trusted employee, is with the couple acting as postillion. On the journey, quite unexpectedly the couple find, they have a young woman under their care and protection ~ Adeline. As the four continue their journey, they find an abandoned abbey in southeastern France, where the four find refuge.

Adeline is our female protagonist, our damsel in distress and our heroine at times. When de la Motte meets Adeline for the first time, he describes her as thus.

“Her features, which were delicately beautiful, had gained from an expression of captivating sweetness: she had . . . A habit of grey camlet, whith short slashed sleeves, shewed, but did not adorn her figure; it was thrown open at the bosom, upon which part of her hair had fallen in disorder, while the light veil hastily thrown on, had, in her confusion, been suffered to fall back.” (p. 6)

After settling into the abbey, the inhabitants soon discover rumors abound about the crumbling ruins. Mystery abounds when a trap door, the remains of a body, a decaying journal, and an ancient dagger are discovered in the abbey. However, the forest surrounding the abbey intrigues Adeline and she wanders and explores the woods daily.

“Every feature of the landscape was slowly unveiled, moist with the dews of night, and brightening with the dawn, till at length the sun appeared and shed the full flood of day. The beauty of the hour invited her to walk, and she went forth into the forest to taste the sweets of morning. The carols of new-waked birds saluted her as she passed, and the fresh gale came scented with the breath of flowers, whose tints glowed more vivid through the dew drops that hung on their leaves.” (p. 75).

As a result of their flight, the new inhabitants of the abbey never live in peace, however, the threat is real when the sound of horse hooves pounding on the ground will soon be heard and the reader is introduced to the cad, the diabolical, the fiendish, the libertine, the hedonistic deceitful owner of the abbey~ the Marquis. Adeline soon discovers the cruel Marquis has nefarious purposes in mind for Adeline and she must flee for her life! She spent a good deal of time in the story swooning and/or in a fit of tears. The poor girl.

I like Gothic novels.  🙂  I don’t remember who introduced me to Gothic and I don’t think I have a favorite, however, I do like Ann Radcliffe. In my opinion, this Gothic has a fairytale quality to it that I enjoyed. And! I did notice there isn’t one hero who out shines everyone else and saves them all! Several of the characters in the book did their part, a small but important act of heroism, to right the wrong. I like that.  🙂  Sorry, no Batman in this story! Music, as with many of us today, is important to several of the characters in the story and there is poetry throughout the book. There were so many surprises in this classic Gothic! I was surprised at all the surprises! And! Everything came together nicely in the end.

If you enjoy Gothic or would like to try your first Gothic novel, I recommend you read a book by Ann Radcliffe.  🙂

Happy Reading!

Top Ten Tuesday! Books On My Summer TBR Pile!

Hello Peoples! That’s right, I call my TBR a pile!  🙂  And! That pile has been disappearing since we’ve been at home ~ I’ve had more time to read. I didn’t think that was possible. *haha* I don’t usually have seasonal reading book lists, however, I decided to participate in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday because I do have a few books I want to read this summer. I finished reading, The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe and will soon be posting my review.

Check out the Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday.  🙂  



Driftwood Dreams by T. I. Lowe

I enjoy this author’s stories. This will be the third book I’ve read by T. I Lowe.  🙂


On A Coastal Breeze by Suzanne Woods Fisher

A book by another good author. I read, On A Summer Tide, and I loved it. I’m looking forward to this next book in the series.  🙂

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The Traitor’s Pawn by Lisa Harris

This author is one of my favorites when I want to read romantic suspense.  🙂


Living Lies by Natalie Walters

This is a new to me author. I understand Living Lies is the first book in a series. No time like the present to start reading a new author’s books. Looking forward to it.  🙂

Much love ~




January 26th, 2016.

Hello Peoples! We have seen a variety of birds in our backyard during June, but one bird we have never seen . . . a vulture! hahaha!

Rick says, “I know you’re feeling better, you have your sense of humor back.”  🙂

Much love ~


A Beautiful Day!

Hello Peoples! I trust you are well and safe. Yesterday I was in the mood for romance and/or romantic comedies. So, I watched a few of my favorites.

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Sleepless In Seattle (1993)   

Tom Hanks   Meg Ryan   Ross Malinger

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in The Lake House (2006)

The Lake House (2006)

Sandra Bullock   Keanu Reeves

No Reservations (2007)

No Reservations (2007)

Catherine Zeta-Jones   Abigail Breslin   Aaron Eckhart

And! Now that I’m feeling better, I can start reading again. While I was ill, all I could do was sleep. It has been my experience ~ it is difficult to read when one is sleeping.  🙂  I was on a liquid diet. Now I’m eating soft foods. I do have a question. When one starts eating soft foods, why can’t we eat chocolate cake??? haha!!! It’s soft food!!!  🙂  I might ask my doctor when I see her. Her nurse will laugh If I ask her, however, I don’t know what the doctor will say???

It’s a beautiful morning here. There is a nice, cool breeze. We have our windows open and I’m enjoying the morning as I savor a cuppa. Our sunflower is growing fast.  🙂  I named him Sunny! Sunny the Sunflower. I’m 5 ft. 3 in. tall and I don’t think he’s quite as tall as I am. He certainly will be soon though. Our American Finches come to visit our backyard every morning and I have spotted a hummingbird! YAY!


Much love ~



Classic Movie Friday!


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The Andromeda Strain (1971)

Arthur Hill   David Wayne   James Olson   Kate Reid   Paula Kelly   George Mitchell

My my my. What do we have here? This is an interesting film. There are disturbing images in the movie, so I would recommend it for adults.

After a satellite returns to Earth and lands in a small town in New Mexico, the U.S. Air Force Project Scoop declares an emergency. With the exception of a baby and an older man, everyone is dead! A team of scientists and a medical doctor are taken to a facility known as Wildfire to discover what caused this disaster and why the baby and the older man are still alive. Dr. Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill) leads the team of professionals. These scientists are literally taken from their homes and offices, by men with weapons, to a secure location. They are sterilized from top to bottom. They go through quite a process to ensure they are squeaky clean. I think they are even freeze dried!!!  🙂

There are problems along the way for the investigative team, however, they persevere and they do find a little something on the satellite that shocks and horrifies them. Dr. Stone keeps the team moving along for a solution.

This film certainly has an exciting ending. The viewer might want to pace the floor while watching.