End of October Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Yesterday Rick and I drove to the mall and walked. I would rather walk outdoors, but it was cold, snowy, wet and sloppy. So! There you have it.β›„ We have a new bird living in our backyard. There are eight of these lovely birds. They are called a Junco and they are a winter bird. They really knew when the first snowfall was going to happen. They arrived on the exact day of the first snowfall. If you would like to learn more about the Junco or look at photos, just click on this link ~


We have the gray and white Junco in our backyard.

Oh how I love this picture

Your Favorites at the Cottage in October ~

October 17, 2020 ~ The Classics Club ~ Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

October 16, 2020 ~ It Snowed!

October 6, 2020 ~ Top Ten Tuesday

What am I reading???

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Christine Carbo is a new to me author. So far, A Sharp Solitude is good! The author transport the reader to Glacier National Park! YAY!

I’ve been reading the Death On Demand Series by Carolyn Hart. So good! Max and Annie Darling are a great couple. I think they’re equal to Tommy and Tuppence Beresford and Nick and Nora Charles! Really great fictional couples! πŸ˜€

That’s all for now. I won’t be blogging for a few days, but will return soon!

Much love ~



Cover Art ~ Top Ten Tuesday

This week Top Ten Tuesday is a freebie! Rick and I are going to be out and about for a few days, so I will be posting a couple of amazing blog posts today. Since it’s been snowing here, I decided to post, for Top Ten Tuesday, books I’ve read with snow on the cover. A few of these have Christmasy cover art, but I included them for the snow. Top Ten Tuesday is from The Artsy Reader Girl! And, yes, today is Monday. πŸ˜β›„β›„β›„

Snowfire by Phyllis A. Whitney
Death in St. Petersburg by Tasha Alexander
A Killer Carol by Laura Bradford
Trapped by Irene Hannon
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Eggs On Ice by Laura Childs
Murder, She Wrote A Little Yuletide Murder by Jessica Fletcher and Donald Bain
As The Christmas Cookie Crumbles by Leslie Budewitz
“Twas the Knife Before Christmas by Jacqueline Frost
A Very Merry Murder by Mary Angela
A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

Happy Reading! Stay warm!

Much love ~


Cold Days ~ Hot Soup

Hello Peoples! It’s another cold, autumn day. Brrr. β›„ So, I’m in the mood for soup. I don’t really enjoy cooking, however, I do have my specialties. I guess all cooks do though. I don’t eat meat, but Rick does, so I make chili for him. He enjoys my chili and he loves chili dogs! So, anytime I make chili, he has chili dogs.

And! I discovered this great recipe for potato soup on pinterest. It’s Grandma’s Homemade Potato Soup! Yummy! It’s my favorite soup! Yummy. Just click on the link and it should take you to the recipe.


Since I don’t eat meat, I don’t put bacon on it. I garnish with shredded cheese. So good. πŸ₯£

In our crockpot I simmer beef stew or chicken with rice soup all day. I use my own recipe. All these soups really scent a house! Tis the season! πŸ˜‹ This morning I made lentil soup. As you can see, I’m a soup person. And! Don’t forget the crusty bread!

Do you enjoy cooking? What’s your favorite soup?

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Stay warm and eat soup!

Much love ~


Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! It’s been raining and snowing here, off and on, for a few days now. Sometimes it’s COLD because of the wind. Yesterday afternoon I went for a walk. It was great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. There wasn’t any wind when I strolled. πŸ™‚ YAY!


The Mimosa Blossom has a fun little challenge on her blog. I thought I would participate. If you would like to see her challenge just click on the link ~


Here we go! YAY!

Spell the Month In Books Challenge


Open For Murder by Mary Angela


Closely harbored Secrets by Bree Baker


The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

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Of Literature & Lattes by Katherine Reay


Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer


Eat, Drink and be Wary by Devon Delaney


Relative Silence by Carrie Stuart Parks

And there you have it! All of these books are on my TBR list!

I’m savoring a cuppa cinnamon tea and it is tasty!

Have a great day!

Much love ~


#TheClassicsClub ~ Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers

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A Lord Peter Wimsey Novel

A couple of years ago, I read a book by Dorothy Sayers and I am sorry to say, I didn’t like it. So, that was the end of that. Recently, I found one of her books in a Little Free Library and decided to give her a second chance. I finished reading the mystery last night and I need to say, I had a very different reading experience. This time, I did like the mystery.

Harriet Vane is on trial for murder. She is accused of poisoning her former lover. And! I must say, it does look bad. Lord Peter Wimsey is present at the trail and is convinced she is innocent. He has one month to prove she is innocent or she will most likely be facing the hangman’s noose.

Dorothy Sayer’s certainly knows how to create characters! There are several good ones, Lord Peter Wimsey himself being one of them. Miss Climpson was exceptional. Her adventure in sleuthing was rich and so well described. I was with her every step of her journey, holding my breath and enjoying her newly found talent of lockpicking. She did so well under pressure!

Because I am new with Sayer’s mysteries, I don’t know much about Bunter, however, I did feel he was a strong presence and great support to Lord Wimsey.

Lord Wimsey is a fun character, honest and I believe his name fits him. He has a touch of whimsy in his person.

The plot is certainly interesting and is never lost. I solved the mystery right along side of Lord Wimsey. Because Harriet Vane is in court at the beginning of the mystery, the reader never views a crime scene, neither does Lord Wimsey.

Good mystery. I’m chuckling to myself now that I reflect on the story.

Happy Reading!

It Snowed!

That’s right. It was almost 8:00 am. Rick was outside feeding the birds. I was watching him, from our toasty warm mud room, and it suddenly started snowing! It didn’t accumulate.

Much Love ~


More October Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Yesterday, early in the morning, Rick and I went out for breakfast. It was great. The restaurant was quiet. I had pancakes. Yummy. The mornings are chilly here. Brrr. So, we wore our woollies.

This is a shocking thought, but we usually have snow before Halloween, so I’m expecting it to snow anytime now. β›„ Right now it’s 30 degrees outside. It will warm up when the sun comes up ~ a little.

Rick and I watched Arsenic and Old Lace last night.

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Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

I shake my head. If you haven’t see this classic film, I recommend it.

Since I was sick, I haven’t been doing much, however, I hope to go for a walk today.

I’m reading, Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers.

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Have a great day? Whatcha reading right now?

Much love ~


Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! Wow! Is it really Sunday, October 11th??? Already??? 😲 It’s around 6:00 am here and I’m enjoying a cuppa. I’ve been sick and on medication prescribed by our doctor. The medication has side effects.☹ So, I’m plodding on through this dreadful business, but I am much better. It’s suppose to rain today and I welcome the rain! It’s been dry here for awhile.

While I have been resting, I’ve watched a few movies, more than once.

Myrna Loy and William Powell in The Thin Man (1934)
The Thin Man (1934)

The Wynant Case, the first Thin Man movie, is my favorite. Clyde Wynant went missing, disappears, vanishes. Of course, Nick Charles takes the case. I highly recommend it!

Patricia Heaton, Sarah Drew, Andrea Logan, and Abbie Cobb in Moms' Night Out (2014)
Mom’s Night Out (2014)

Have you seen Mom’s Night Out? Another fun movie. I highly recommend it! I’ve watched it several times. I’m sure I will again too.

Along with movie viewing, I’ve been sleeping and reading a mystery or two.

Because I’ve been under the weather, so to speak, I don’t have much to say.

I hope you are all well and enjoying these weeks of autumn. Smile!

Much love ~


Top Ten Tuesday

Hello Peoples! I’ve been absent for a few days and will be gone again, however, I am here for a few moments to say, “Hi,” πŸ˜€and participate in Top Ten Tuesday, from Artsy Reader Girl! It is Book Covers with Autumn Colors!

Apparently, wordpress has made some changes. I’m not really impressed, but I will do my best with this new editor.


Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass

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Fragments of Fear by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Deadly Intentions by Lisa Harris


The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay

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Stone and Sunset by Sibella Giorello

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When The Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason


Murder She Wrote Trick or Treachery by Jessica Fletcher & Donald Bain


Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason

I guess I will stop at eight. This new editor is a little strange.

Happy Reading! I hope you are all enjoying autumn!

Much love ~