End of September Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Upon my word, it’s almost October! September was a quiet month for me. Not much to say about September. Rick did paint our bathroom Indigo and it looks great. I savored pumpkin chocolate chip bread at the bakery and I enjoyed a pumpkin chocolate chip cookie at the coffee shop. It was very good.

So Rick and I were at Target. We were wearing our masks, Target requires masks.

Rick breathing like Darth Vader: “I am your father Luke.”

I shake my head at his antics.

Your favorites at the cottage in September ~

Classic Movie Friday ~ “B Movies” ~ September 11, 2020

The Call of the Wild ~ September 12, 2020

The Sunshine Blogger Award ~ September 12, 2020

Classic Movie Friday! Well . . . Maybe. ~ September 25, 2020

At this moment I’m not reading a book! What??? Shocking! I know. However, later today, I plan to start reading ~

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Dorothy and Jack by Gina Dalfonzo

Much love ~

Kathy

Death On the Nile

David Suchet in Poirot (1989)

Death On the Nile (2004)

Davvid Suchet   James Fox   Emma Griffiths Malin   JJ Feild   Emily Blunt   Judy Parfitt

Daisy Donovan   Barbara Flynn   Daniel Lapaine   David Soul   Frances de la Tour

With the new movie soon to be released, I read this book a couple of weeks ago to refresh my memory. Rick and I were out and about late yesterday, and Rick discovered the movie. He bought it and we watched it yesterday. It’s a good book to film adaptation. They’re never perfect, but it is good.

Linnet Ridgeway (Emily Blunt) and Simon Doyle (JJ Feild) are on their honeymoon cruising on the Nile. Jackie De Bellefort (Emma Griffiths Malin) follows the newlywed couple everywhere they go, harassing them along the way. Jackie was a good friend of Linnet’s and is in love with Simon. Jackie believes she has been wronged. Linnet stole her love away from her and apparently Jackie won’t let the newlyweds forget it.

Linnet approaches Poirot (David Suchet) requesting assistance. He is on holiday, cruising the Nile also. He refuses assistance to Linnet, however, he does speak to Jackie. Soon, someone is discovered dead ~ murdered! Once again, Poirot finds himself embroiled in an investigation to discover the identity of the killer. There are certainly several interesting passengers on the boat he must question ~ all with something to hide.

David Suchet is my favorite Poirot. I am looking forward to the release of the new film.

Happy Sleuthing!

Classic Movie Friday! Well . . . Maybe.

Hello Peoples. Classic Movies have run a little dry . . . DRY! It’s a desert! *haha* So, I have taken a detour. Rick and I watched four Miss Marple Mysteries and I thought I would share two unsung heroines we noticed in these classic stories.

Miss Marple is a lovely older lady who lives in a charming cottage in St. Mary Mead. On occasion, when there is a murder, she is known to solve said murder. In two of the movies, a daring and courageous individual came along side Miss Marple to assist her in flushing out the nefarious person or persons unknown.

Agatha Christie's Marple (2004-2013)

At Bertram’s Hotel (2007)

Jane Cooper (Martine McCutcheon) is our first unsung hero. Jane is a maid at Bertram’s Hotel. Shortly after Miss Marple (Geraldine McEwan) arrives at the hotel, the ladies meet and become fast friends. When there is nefarious activity at the hotel, Jane, without hesitation, assists Miss Marple in any way she can, to discover the identity of the creepy one. Jane is a great sleuth and without a doubt our first choice as an unsung heroine.

Agatha Christie's Marple (TV Series 2004– ) on IMDb: Movies, TV, Celebs, and more...

The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side (2010)

We have a live one here. This lady is highly entertaining and completely up for the sleuthing challenge! Oh yes! At a party of the rich and famous, a woman suddenly drops dead. Well! How inconvenient. Miss Marple (Julie McKenzie) is recovering from a sprained ankle and could not attend said gala. Dolly (Joanna Lumley) our unsung heroine, attends the soiree and is up for the task. She takes to sleuthing, like a duck to water. Not only is she courageous in her sleuthing abilities, she’s also fun and amusing.

Miss Marple was created by Agatha Christie, my favorite mystery writer. I recommend both of these classic reads. Happy Sleuthing!

Much love ~

Kathy

Fall Favorites Tag

Hello Peoples!  It’s Autumn! *applause applause* What a great time of the year!  🙂  Cooler temperatures! Pumpkins! Leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground! Hayrides! Campfires! Snuggy clothes! Football! Comfort food! What’s not to love about Autumn!

Jana at Review From the Stacks has an Autumn tag and I decided to participate. She doesn’t know who created the tag. Skedaddle on over to Jana’s blog and meet Jana. Read her blog! Enjoy!

https://reviewsfromthestacks.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/fall-favorites-tag/

Peanuts / Snoopy fall pictures

What is your favorite thing about fall?

EVERYTHING!  🙂

What is your favorite fall candle scent?

We have a variety pack of tealight candles I purchased at Target. The three scents in the package are Vanilla Caramel, Amber and Bonfire. I like all three!

What is your favorite fall drink?

Caribou has a great hot apple cider drink I really love. And of course, hot dark chocolate.  🙂

What is my favorite trend for fall?

I like all the seasonal foods, especially pumpkin bread.

Ankle boots or knee high boots?

I like them both. It depends on what I’m wearing.

Pumpkin pie or apple pie?

APPLE PIE!  🙂  My grandma made the best ever apple pie. It was awesome.

Do you go pumpkin picking every year as a tradition?

Yes and I love it. I look at every pumpkin in the pumpkin patch before I make my final decision.

Linus and the The Great Pumpkin, from It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, is a good analogy to use when we talk about having faith in something. #greatpumpkin

Have you ever carved a pumpkin?

Not since I was a little girl.

What’s your favorite color for fall?

I like the orange pumpkins. Such a great splash of color!

Number one must to get you through fall?

Mmmm. Not sure.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~Anne of Green Gables

Much love ~

Kathy

 

 

Ramblings And What Not ~

Hello Peoples! It’s windy day. A very windy day. I walked to the bakery early this morning, enjoyed a decadent hot chocolate and journeyed home. The bakery is still take out only, so I didn’t stay long. It’s really a day to stay home and partake in a project. Rick and I are going to paint the bathroom Indigo. This week, we went to a few paint stores and got samples of Indigo and decided on one. Now, we are going to prep the bathroom for a paint job. Our bathroom is pink. That’s right ~ pink. Soon it will be Indigo.

Snoopy decorating

Much love ~

Kathy

Classic Movie Friday!

Hello Peoples! Once again, it’s time for Classic Movie Friday. This week I’m featuring iconic wedding dresses. Yes, these lovely ladies have found the man of their dreams  🙂   and have decided to say “I do.” Each lovely lady has a unique story to tell and I recommend you watch each movie to learn their stories.  🙂  I think, The Sound of Music is the loveliest and most romantic story of the three. *sigh* There are several iconic wedding dresses I didn’t include in this short list, I’ve narrowed it down to three. Enjoy!  🙂  I didn’t list these in any particular order.

IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT Claudette Colbert wedding dress 1934

It Happened One Night (1934)

Claudette Colbert

Mae Clarke and Boris Karloff (Frankenstein at the window) FRANKENSTEIN 1931

Frankenstein (1934)

Mae Clark

One of my all time favorite wedding gowns: The Sound of Music - Julie Andrews

The Sound of Music (1965)

Julie Andrews

Much love ~

Kathy

The Lockdown Tag Award ~

Hello Peoples! Seriously! Yup! I did find this tag and decided, right away, to participate. I wasn’t tagged. I jumped in and did do it!  🙂  I think I participated in a tag, similar to this, at the beginning of the pandemic.

You can find this tag at Evin’s fun and delightful blog ~ A Curly Sue’s Rambling. Evin has a sweet blog. Thanks Evin!  🙂

https://evinsblog.wordpress.com/2020/09/15/catching-up-on-awards-and-tags-assumptions-about-me/

RULES ~

~ Thank the person who nominated you.

~ Answer the blogger’s questions.

~ Nominate other bloggers.

Well! That’s easy.  🙂

The Questions ~

Overall, how are you handling the quarantine?

I’m doing pretty good. Our city is getting back to normal. In the beginning, I stayed home and did a lot of reading. In fact, my primary and secondary piles of reading books are all read! What will I do now??? *haha*

What viral recipes have you tried during the lockdown?

I tried only one new recipe. It’s a yummy lemon blueberry bread.

What activities have you missed the most during quarantine?

The coffee shops, bistros and the bakery have been closing early and for a long time they were take out only. I wasn’t able to meet with friends at these businesses like I did before the pandemic.

Do you wear a mask when you leave the house?

No, I don’t. I do carry a mask with me, in case I visit a business that requires a mask.

Are you an essential worker. If yes, what is your job title?

Since I work at home, yes, I am essential. *haha*

How do you exercise during the lockdown?

My exercise routine didn’t change at all. Since all my exercise is in the great outdoors and everyone was in their homes, I continued to exercise outdoors. I rarely saw another person. Now, I’m seeing more and more people.

Have you subscribed to any new subscription services since the lockdown started?

No.

What did/does your daily schedule look like before the pandemic started?

It really didn’t change much. Rick and I watched a LOT of movies in the beginning and, of course, I got caught up on my reading. We stayed closer to home.

Do you think the pandemic is getting worse or better?

Better. I’m an optimist.  🙂

Consider yourself tagged!

Much love ~

Kathy

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild (2020)

Harrison Ford   Omar Sy   Cara Gee   Dan Stevens   Bradley Whitford

Oh my word! I loved this movie! The story is about Buck. He’s a BIG, fun, soft-hearted dog, who gets into all sorts of mischief. He’s so playful and he love’s his human family. He lives in California. Well, one night he is lured away and kidnapped or dognapped by a man with nefarious intent. He’s sold in Skagway, Alaska and becomes a member of a dog sled team, delivering the mail to remote towns in the Yukon. More than once, throughout this film, I wanted Buck to come live with me.  🙂  He does encounter danger and less than friendly people. In spite of all the challenges, he’s having a great time, as Buck normally does. Buck meets John Thornton (Harrison Ford) and the two become friends and travel together somewhere near the Artic Circle.

This story is so rich with adventure! John Thornton is a good man. John and Buck take good care of one another and have a great companionship. John talks to Buck and Buck seems to listen and understand.

The cinematography seems perfect to me. Beautiful country. Typical gold rush size towns. Rough, tough people. And, a wilderness that is begging to be explored.

HIGHLY Recommend!

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Hello Peoples! I’ve been nominated for The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Thank-you Carissa for nominating me!  🙂  You can meet Carissa and read her blog at ~

https://cabdriversandcoffeepots.blogspot.com/2020/09/the-sunshine-blogger-award.html

The Rules ~

1.) Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.

2.) Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.

3.) Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.

4.) List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

The Sunshine Blogger Award Questions Assigned To Me ~

~ What is your favorite hobby?

I love to go hiking in the woods or the mountains. I enjoy sitting by a campfire. Nothing like it.

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Oh my! I’ve read several. I don’t know if I can choose just one book. Just to name a few ~

Persuasion by Jane Austin

Molly by Sarah Monzon

On A Summer Tide by Suzanne Fisher Woods

The Ian Rutledge Mysteries by Charles Todd are good and The Death On Demand Mysteries by Carolyn Hart are good.

The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton was fascinating.

There are so many!  🙂

~ What is the worst book you’ve read so far this year?

I didn’t like The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo.

~ What is your favorite color and how do you use it in your life?

Blue is my favorite color.  🙂  I decorate our home with blue.

~ Do you drink tea and if so, what brand is your favorite?

I don’t know if I have a favorite brand, however, I like Assam tea, Irish tea and British Breakfast tea. I like peach green tea if it’s iced. I usually purchase organic tea and loose leaf.

~ Since we’re slowly coming up on the holidays, what is your favorite treat in December?

Fudge! Yummy! I don’t eat much fudge though.

~ Do you play board games and if so, what is your favorite?

I don’t play board games very often, but when I do I enjoy Balderdash!

~ What is your favorite movie that was made during the Hays Code, 1934 -1968?

Casablanca (1942)

~ What is your favorite singing group?

I don’t really have one. I like many songs and a LOT of different types of music.

~ Do you prefer CDs, digital music, or (GASP) vinyl?

I prefer CDs.

~ What got you started in the blogging realm?

I belonged to a book group and the book group had a blog. From there, I decided to start a winter blog. I was going to blog only during the winter months, it blossomed from there.  🙂

My Sunshine Blogger Questions and Nominees ~

1.) If you live in the United States, have you ever traveled outside the US? If you live in another country, have you ever visited America?

2.) Have you visited all the Great Lakes?

3.) Have you ever climbed a mountain, if yes, which one?

4.) Are you a morning person, or a night owl?

5.) Have you ever been hang gliding?

6.) Do you enjoy horseback riding?

7.) Have you ever taken a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean?

8.) What is your favorite food to savor on Thanksgiving?

9.) Do you prefer mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or French fries?

10.) Who would you prefer to dance with, Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly?

This makes me happy ;)

11.)  Are you a coffee drinker?

And there you have it!  🙂  Consider yourself tagged!

Much love ~

Kathy

Classic Movie Friday!

Hello Peoples! Rick is an avid aficionado of the classic sci-fi movies, or as we call them, “B Movies!” This week on Classic Movie Friday we created a list of “B Movies” that are the best. *ahem* Best is relative.  🙂  I would like you to know, my choices, are somewhat different from Rick’s. I chose three of these films. Rick chose four. He could have listed twenty more movies! I stopped us at these seven. Your welcome.   🙂  Drum roll please ~ coming in at number ~

1.) War of the Worlds (1953)

Gene Barry   Ann Robinson

THE TIME MACHINE. In one of the movie scenes, Rod Taylor, sit in the Time Machine is on its way for another era...

2.) The Time Machine (1960)

Rod Taylor

Lionel Jeffries and Edward Judd in First Men in the Moon (1964)

3.) First Men in the Moon (1964)

Edward Judd   Martha Hyer   Lionel Jeffries

Horror - The Blob (1958) | Alien Soup

4.) The Blob (1958)

Steve McQueen   Aneta Corsaut

When Worlds Collide 12

5.) When Worlds Collide (1951)

Richard Derr   Barbara Rush

Julia Adams - Creature from the Black Lagoon 5

6.) The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

Richard Denning   Julie Adams   Richard Carlson

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

7.) The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Paul Hubschmid   Paula Raymond

Have you seen any of these most interesting films??? I’d like to hear from you.  🙂

Enjoy!