October 31 ~

Hello Peoples! It’s a beautiful morning, a little chilly but wonderfully chilly. Just here today sharing a little wrap up for October. I didth read three books this month. That is a very low number of books. We did travel. πŸš— I did take a book with me, however, I didn’t read it. Oh well.

Favorite book in October ~

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Once Upon A Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

Also Read ~

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Summer by the Tides by Denise Hunter

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My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

You Favorites At the Cottage In October ~

October 26, 2021 ~ End of October Shivering

October 17, 2021 ~ Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home

October 19, 2021 ~ Illinois

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

Saturday ~

Hello Peoples! I have been feeling poorly recently. My equilibrium has been off. So, I went to the doctor and she said, I have fluid in my Eustachian tube.πŸ™ƒ How rude!

So, I am feeling upside down . . . or, maybe sideways or backwards??? I’ve had sinus headaches, some nausea and weird ear noises. It’s been most peculiar. I had two different types of medication for my ear. My poor ear. It has helped, but not much. Then, I was worse and I almost went to the doctor again. Today I am better. 😊

How are you? I hope you are not experiencing any weird ear noises!πŸ˜‰

Much love ~

Kathy

Monthly Musings ~ October

Hello Peoples! It’s 45 degrees this fine morning. The high today is 55! Not bad. I can do 55 degrees.πŸ™‚

Sarah at Sunshine and Books has a fun activity I thought I would participate in this morning. If you would like to connect with Sarah, just click on the link below and you will find her there. She has a great blog. Her blog always makes me smile! So, hop, skip or jump on over to Sunshine and Books. She links up with Holly and Patty to answer these seasonal questions. Have fun!

Fall Fun and Traditions ~

~ What are your favorite Halloween traditions?

I’m not much of a Halloween person, so, I don’t really have many Halloween traditions. We do hand out candy every year, but that’s it. This year we did watch, The Wizard of Oz (1939). I didn’t remember this movie was so funny. I laughed so hard while I watched it. What fun!

~ Favorite Fall Activities?

I decorate for Fall every year and I enjoy it. We watch the Charlie Brown Halloween and Thanksgiving movies. I especially enjoy Snoopy.

We watch football. I’ve been watching the Dallas Cowboys this season and they are doing well. And! I love going for walks in the autumn. It’s so crisp and fresh outside. The leaves are changing color and so many are falling or on the ground. Many homes are decorated with pumpkins. It’s a great season.

~ Favorite Fall Recipe?

SOUP! Any soup! I made veggie soup yesterday. I make homemade bread and biscuits And! baked mac and cheese! Yummy! I don’t make pumpkin bread, but I do enjoy the pumpkin chocolate chip bread the bakery makes.

~ Favorite Beverage Makes You Think of Fall?

Apple cider! And! I always think of hot chocolate.😁

~ Favorite Fall Fashion Staples?

Sweaters!

~ Do you decorate for fall, Halloween or both?

I definitely decorate for fall. I like all the orange pumpkins. I also have autumn scented candles. I decorate our dining room table for autumn.

~ Bonfire? Corm Maze? Hayride?

Oh yes! A bonfire! I enjoy a nice, crackling fire outside in the fresh air!

~ Apple Pie or Apple Cider?

Apple Pie all the way!

~ Favorite type of apple?

I like all apples! If they are crisp and juicy when I bite into it, I like it.

~ What are your Thanksgiving traditions?

I cook a Thanksgiving meal with a turkey and all the trimmings. We watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV and we watch football!

The day after Thanksgiving I start breaking out the Christmas decorations and movies.

Much love ~

Kathy

End Of October Shivering ~

Hello Peoples! I hope you are toasty warm and enjoying autumn. It’s chilly in the mornings here, however, it does warm up some as the day progresses onward.

As many of you know I joined The Classics Club in November of 2019. I have enjoyed it. It’s been fun and I am happy to report I have read several of the classics! YAY! According to my list, I’ve read 33 of the classics. The Classics Club would like us to read 50 classics in five years! The link below will take you to my list of reads ~

I am thinking of creating another list of 50 classics to read when I complete this first fifty books. 😲 It will be awhile yet.

You might ask ~ Kathy, do you have a favorite classic read?

Thank-you for asking. I do have a few favorites, I have read from my list. I do have favorites that are not on this list, but the books I share here are from the list only. These favorites are in no particular order.

~ The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K.Chesterton

Fascinating story!

~ The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

~ Frederica by Georgette Heyer

~ An Overdose of Death by Agatha Christie

~ The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

~ The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

~ The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe

My least favorite reads on my classics list, up to this moment in time are ~

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from reading my least favorites. They might be your favorites! And that’s ok!🧐

If you would like more information about The Classics Club, just click on the link below ~

https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

Happy Reading!

Much love ~

Kathy

The Classics Club ~ My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

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I have read Rebecca several times. It is one of my favorite classics, so, I was looking forward to reading, My Cousin Rachel when I placed it on my list of classics to read.

To be honest, I didn’t like the book. I thought the story was anti-climatic, predictable and tedious. From the beginning, I didn’t trust Rachel and I knew, for the most part, how this was going to play out in the end. I think it is a mystery, but it wasn’t a mystery to me because I saw through Rachel from the start.

Phillip Ashley was orphaned at a young age and raised by his interesting older cousin, and a confirmed bachelor, Ambrose. All is well until Ambrose travels to Florence, where he falls in love and marries Rachel. Shortly after the marriage, Ambrose becomes ill and dies. Ambrose’s widow travels to England and arrives at his estate.

Phillip is a likable character but naΓ―ve and unaware of Rachel’s cunning abilities. He welcomes Rachel and allows her to remain at the estate as long as she chooses, not realizing . . .

And, Rinaldi put me in mind of an oily snake.

Have you read My Cousin Rachel or Rebecca? What are your thoughts?

Happy Reading!

https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

Hello Peoples! I woke early this morning and met a friend for breakfast. I enjoyed a croissant and tasty hot chocolate with whipped cream and chocolate chips to top it off. The croissant was wonderful. My friend, I will call her L, and I had a great visit. She’s always a busy lady. We had to squeeze in our breakfast together. L is always eager to meet for a soothing drink or a tasty treat, and I am always ready, willing and able.😁

When I returned home, I went for a walk. It’s chilly, but the sun is shinning and it’s a great autumn day. There are leaves everywhere. It’s so pretty ~ the yellow, red and orange. What a vibrant time of year.

What am I reading?

I’ve been reading My Cousin Rachel for awhile now. Maybe I can get some reading done tomorrow. It’s going slow.

Have a great evening.

Much love ~

Kathy

Hello Peoples! As many of you know, Rick and I live in a historic home. Well, this particular home doesn’t have a lot of storage space. It’s normally not a problem, but my clothes exploded!😲 Storage space is now a problem. There are clothes everywhere! So, off we went, to a small furniture store we like. We ordered a wardrobe for the master bedroom. The new wardrobe will arrive in a few weeks. Until then . . .

Much love ~

Kathy

Once Upon A Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

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Hello Peoples! I’m speechless. This book is wonderful! I almost read it straight through! It’s magical, full of wonder, and full of characters searching for answers. The story is sad, so read it with a box of tissue. I love The Chronicles of Narnia and I have read several other books by C.S. Lewis, so when I heard about Patti Callahan’s book, I was intrigued.

George and Meg have a wonderful brother/sister relationship. I enjoyed getting to know both of them. George has become totally captivated by The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, well, who isn’t??? So, George asks his sister to find out where Narnia comes from. To find the answer, Meg must meet and speak to C.S. Lewis. Meg meets Warnie first and then Lewis. They are kind to her and very hospitable. Mr. Lewis listens to her and tells her stories to take back to her beloved brother. From this, hope is anew. Padraig is introduced to the reader and he is a great addition to the story. Padraig is involved in a wonderful adventure that no one should miss. I loved this story and will read it again and again. 5 ***** magical Narnian stars!

Highly Recommend!!!

Much love ~

Kathy

Abe Lincoln ~

Hello Peoples! It’s raining this morning. The thunder woke me some time during the night, but I went right back to sleep. I might go for a walk today. I love walking in the rain. I grab my bumbershoot and off I go into the cool, crisp, moist air of an autumn rain.

This morning, I am sharing the last of our photos from our trip to Missouri and Illinois. Our friend, H took us to Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois and then we went to a bookstore.

I took this photo of the capital building and I loved how it turned out!

This museum is NICE. Music was playing the entire time we were there and as we walked from exhibit to exhibit, it was a wonderful experience.

The lifelike statues of Lincoln and his family are made of fabric. There were museum workers everywhere. I should have asked about the fabric. I don’t know why I didn’t.

There was a considerable amount of information about President Lincoln and his family. I was interested in his wife.

This was a lovely exhibit, but I can’t see myself dressing in this fashion everyday. I could for a costume party.

The museum has a great gift shop. There is plenty to see here. They show movies about President Lincoln. I don’t know how long we stayed at the museum, maybe, an entire morning. Highly recommend.

Have you visited the Lincoln Museum in Springfiled?

Much love ~

Kathy

Illinois ~

Hello Peoples! I hope everyone is cheerful, warm and cozy this Tuesday morning.πŸ€— I’m enjoying a cuppa cinnamon tea. Delicious.

On our fun vacation, we drove a short distance into Illinois and visited a friend. I call her H. It was so good to see her. Right away, she told us about a new coffee shop in her small town, so, we decided to visit it.

The coffee shop is called, Brewed and it’s a great place. We went for hot drinks and food ~ breakfast and lunch. We talked and laughed and had a great time.

I had a veggie panini. So, yummy. Rick had a turkey, avocado thing. The following day we went for lunch and Rick and I shared a mac & cheese panini. It was great!

In the back, on the shelves they sell candy. I’m not much of a candy eater, so I didn’t purchase any.

H and I did some shopping. She drove us all over her corner of Illinois. We saw a whole lotta farm land and tiny towns. We also visited a mutual friend. I call her R. It was so good to see her. She is doing pretty good. She’s 90ish and looks great. She’s so young at heart. She collects hippopotamus’. So, Rick and I brought her a cuddly, soft hippo. She loved it!

We ate good food, visited with friends, watched fun movies and had a great time. H had never seen a Charlie Chan film, so, we watched Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936). We also watched The Thin Man (1934) movies and How To Marry A Millionaire (1953).

Much love ~

Kathy