And Suddenly ~

Today is the last day of June, and suddenly it’s over, gone, done! The first two weeks were boiling hot here. Then, thankfully, it cooled off. Now it’s heating up again. We aren’t planning to take a vacation until autumn. My knee is doing great, but I would like to be out of the brace when we have a vacation. I am doing well in the brace. My knee and brace bend together now. Yesterday we went to two bookstores! I hadn’t been in a bookstore in eight weeks??? Shocking, I know.😉 While I was visiting the one bookstore, I noticed two ladies, probably twenty years old, sitting on the floor in front of the cozy mystery section. They were reading the titles of the cozy mysteries and laughing like hyenas. They were so funny and fun to watch. Their laughter was contagious. It didn’t take me long to start hooting. They asked me to join them, I declined. I could picture myself, in my mind, trying to get down on the floor in this brace and then attempting to get up again whilst I am wearing said brace. That would have been something to snicker about.

Favorite Book In June ~

The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien


Your Favorites At The Cottage In June ~

June 12, 2021 ~ Guilty As Cinnamon by Leslie Budewitz

June 4, 2021 ~ Peppermint Patty And I Have Something In Common

June 28, 2021 ~ The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Much love ~



Mid-Year Book Tag #BookTagTuesday

Hello Peoples! Yesterday I had an appointment with my physical therapist. He set the brace so my knee and brace will bend when I walk. YAY! Big improvement! On to the tag ~

Mid-Year Book Tag: #BookTagTuesday – Millay’s Musings (

I discovered this tag on Millay’s blog. She has a fun blog, go check her out. The creators are Chami @ ReadLikeWildfire and Ely @ EarlGreyBooks.

Best Book You’ve Read So Far ~ Loved both of these books ~ no particular order.


The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain



The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far In 2021 ~

The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien



At Lighthouse Point by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Most Anticipated Release For The Second Half of The Year ~

I don’t think I have one.

Biggest Disappointment ~

To See Your Face Again by Eugenia Price

The story is good, but, the heroine Natalie Browning is ruining it.

Biggest Surprise ~

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

This was the first book I’ve read by Mark Twain and I was surprised.

Favorite New Author ~

I don’t think I have one.

Newest Fictional Crush ~

I don’t get fictional crushes, however, I did like Miles Hendon in The Prince and the Pauper

Miles Hendon (Guy Williams) The Prince and the Pauper (1962)

Newest Favorite Character ~

Tuor in The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

Tuor is a great guy.

Book That Made You Cry ~

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The VANDERBEEKERS Lost and FOUND by Karina Yan Glaser

Book That Made You Happy ~

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Amanda by Sarah Monzon

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Acquired This Year ~

The most beautiful story was The Fall of Gondolin by JRR Tolkien

What books do you need to read by he end of the year?

I don’t know. Mmm.

Favorite Bookish Community Member ~

All of you! Tooooo many to list.

And that’s a wrap! Feel free to participate in this fun tag. Have a great day!

Much love ~


The Fall of Gondolin by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Edited by Christopher Tolkien

Recently I participated in a fantasy book tag. One of the questions asked, did I own a fantasy book that I haven’t read. At the time of the tag, I had not read, The Fall of Gondolin. Well, I am happy to report, I did read it. I am going to write just a few words because I don’t want to create any spoilers. I do hope everyone knows Gondolin was destroyed.

This is the story of Tuor and the destruction of Gondolin. Tuor is a human male, he is not an elf, but he is a musician. And, I am sure, according to the author’s description, Tuor was a sight to behold.

“marvelling at the stature and the great limbs of Tuor, his heavy spear barbed with fish bone and his great harp. Rugged was his aspect, and his locks were unkept, and he was clad in the skins of bear.) p. 52

He lived alone by the lake. One day Tuor left his home for lonely places. He’s on a journey and I love a good journey. Tuor is a quiet man, although, he is alone a considerable amount of time because he is wandering alone. I really like Tuor. In the beginning, the reader, learns more about his wanderings, than one does about the man. I loved his journey. He saw mountains, trees, rivers, fish, insects, birds, and he especially loved the swans. Eventually, he saw The Great Sea. In the course of his quest, he finds Gondolin and makes his home there. Throughout the story, he traveled far and had many experiences.

I loved this story! In spite of Gondolin’s unhappy end, the story has such a sense of wonder and seems mellow. I loved the characters, one bright fellow especially had some pluck. I would recommend this book to any fantasy lover, especially Tolkien fans. 5 ***** stars!

Happy Reading!

Killing Thyme by Leslie Budewitz


A Spice Shop Mystery

Pepper is back in another Spice Shop Mystery. Pepper’s mother, Lena, is visiting from Costa Rica. She seems to be a pleasant woman. While Pepper and Lena are shopping, enjoying the artist’s creations in the Market, Lena recognizes a woman from her past whom she thought was dead, Bonnie Clay, a potter. Mmm. Now why would Lena think Bonnie was dead??? A few days later Bonnie is dead, murdered. And! She seems to be connected to Pepper’s family. Of course, Pepper decides to investigate, only finding herself digging into an unsolved, cold case from the 1980’s!

Killing Thyme was a good mystery. Pepper has two new employees, a new bridal gift registry at her Spice Shop and a bridezilla! Wow. A food critic is visiting the Spice Shop and writing an article about Pepper’s place. So, Pepper has stuff on her mind and she’s busy with an investigation. I don’t like Pepper’s ex-husband. He needs to leave Pepper alone, maybe move to the east coast. 🙄

Happy Reading! 4 **** spicy stars!

Good morning ~

Hello Peoples! I hope everyone had a great week. Rainy here this morning.

I’ve been busy doing the exercises the physical therapist suggested I do for my knee. It’s going well. There isn’t any pain. When I do said exercises, it feels like a rubber band being stretched. Of course, Rick makes delightful sound effects while I’m doing my exercises. Creeeeeeeeak. He’s funny. 🙃

Yesterday Rick made raspberry muffins. He did great. They’re yummy.

Have a great day!

Much Love ~


Ask Me No Questions by Shelley Noble


A Lady Dunbridge Mystery

Shortly after arriving in New York, Lady Philomena Dunbridge aka Lady Phil hears a gunshot, runs in the direction of the sound, discovering Reggie Reynolds has been shot. Mimi LaPonte is with him. His wife Bev, a close friend of Lady Phil, is nearby. There are people everywhere and the scene is somewhat chaotic. The police arrive and Bev Reynolds is soon a suspect. Lady Phil along with her lady’s maid and butler find themselves embroiled in a murder investigation to clear Bev’s name. There is scandal around every corner, Belmont horse racing, an intriguing detective, crooked cops and a sparkling social life in this captivating mystery.

I enjoyed reading this book. I laughed out loud at times. I thought the mystery was entertaining. I loved Lady Phil, her lady’s maid Lily, and butler Preswick. I don’t know much about Lily’s past, but she’s not your average lady’s maid. Preswick is a typical butler, but I do like a good butler in a story. They were great characters. Bev was a hoot. They were fun and ready to assist Lady Phil when needed. Detective Sergeant Atkins is appealing. Mmmm.

However, there are a few adult comments in the story!

Happy Reading!


Hello Peoples! I hope you’ve been having a great week. Yesterday I started physical therapy on my poor, pathetic knee.😉 It went well. The physical therapist had me do several exercises that I am to do at home. It’s great. My knee is stiff, but stiffness is expected. No pain. The therapist said, I have some atrophy but I will recover. Because my leg is strong, five weeks I’ll be dancing. 😉

Have a great day!

Much love ~


Wondering Wednesdays ~

Hello Peoples! Welcome to Wondering Wednesdays! This is a weekly post to learn more about me and other bloggers. If you’re a blogger, please, join us each week. For more information, hop on over to Jessica’s blog. Just click on the link below ~

Wondering Wednesdays Posts Archives – A Baker’s Perspective (

This weeks question ~ Do you consider yourself a good cook?

Well, that’s a good question. No, I don’t consider myself a good cook, however, I do have food I cook well, so, I guess I have my specialties.

I make awesome homemade bread. I make it the old fashioned way. I don’t own a bread machine. I mix the ingredients, knead the dough and let it rise and bake it. It’s not difficult, it’s time consuming.

I make great lasagna. I don’t eat meat, so it is a veggie lasagna. Friends, who eat meat and have tried my veggie lasagna love it. I also make a great potato salad, baked mac and cheese and soup.

Let’s hear from you! Do you consider yourself a good cook?

Much love ~


Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag #BookTagTuesday

Hello Peoples! I’ve been tagged/skewered!!! *haha* I’m in a mood today.😁🙃 That’s right Millay tagged me for this fun book tag. Do you follow Millay’s blog??? Mmm. She has a fun blog. Just click on the link ~

The Quick Fire Book Tag: #BookTagTuesday – Millay’s Musings (


Oh, those annoying rules, but, here there are ~

~ Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post. Thanks Milay!!!

~ Link to the creator’s blog in your post ~

Quick Fire Fantasy Book Tag – the bookworm dreamer (

~ Answer the prompts below ~ all fantasy books! I don’t read a lot of fantasy, although I do like fantasy, but I will give this tag a try!

~ Tag five others to take part.

~ Enjoy!

5 Star Read ~

And my answer is to be fantasy??? Mmm. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien. All three books in the series are 5 star, but I chose Return of the King because of the finish.

Always Going To Recommend ~

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Own It But Haven’t Read It ~

The Fall of Gondolin by J. R. R. Tolkien

Edited by Christopher Tolkien

Gondolin has always fascinated me, however, I know very little about it. One day I was browsing the bookstore and I found The Fall of Gondolin. I guess I need to read it.

Would Read Again ~

Narnia, Middle Earth and The Gates of Heaven Series by C. S. Lakin

In Another World ~

Mmmm. I’m not sure.

Back On Earth ~

Middle Earth or Narnia

The Return of the King (2003)

I would live with the Elves in Rivendale.


Cozynookbks | Living in my own book world (

The Project: Me by Judy | The Tools I Wish I’d Known About Sooner (

Clearwater Daybook

Tessa Talks Books – No Spoiler Book Reviews & Recommendations for the Perfect Escape

themomfred | Little bits of this and that.

Have Fun!

Much love ~