This Is One Way To Start The Day ~

Hello Peoples! There is a LOT of snow outside. The good news ~ there wasn’t any wind when we went grocery shopping! YAY! So! We piled in the vehicle and off we went to buy groceries. We meandered through the store and were ready to pay for our groceries. As we approached the cashier, who was missing, a random guy approached the cashier area also.

Cashier calling from a nearby aisle and pointing ~ I’ll be right there. Go to that aisle.

Random Guy speaking to me ~ You go first.

Me ~ Oh! thank-you. I proceeded forward.

Rick was standing in the background, with our purchases, quiet.

I went first.

Random guy tried to go first.

I went around random guy and went to the next aisle. He turned, went around me to the next aisle. I went first. He went first.

Around and around, we went. I ended up in front of random guy and Rick was behind random guy.

By this time the cashier is at her station laughing. I’m laughing. Random guy is laughing, and Rick is shaking his head and laughing.

Cashier Pointing to Random Guy ~ You don’t belong to him, you belong to him. ~Then she pointed to Rick.~

I walked around Random Guy, laughing and joined Rick. We were all laughing.

Turning to me, Random Guy said ~ I apologize.

I said laughing. ~ No need.

Much Love ~



Not Warm, Warmer ~

Hello Peoples! The temperatures are finally above zero! YAY! It was below zero for so long. It actually feels warm after those horrible, biting, snapping, frigid, cold wind chills went through here. Brrr.

Currently Reading ~

Provenance by Carla Laureano

I like the cover art on Provenance.

Your Favorites At The Cottage In December ~

December 9, 2022 ~ Favorites From The Classics Club

December 22, 2022 ~ Favorite Reads

December 23, 2022 ~ The Nutcracker

The New Year is galloping towards us! Do you have plans for New Year’s Eve? I will probably sleep. 😉 I usually sleep. I’m not a New Year’s Eve person.

Much Love ~


The Nutcracker ~

Hello Peoples! Happy December 23rd! It’s below zero temperatures, windy, blowing snow, cold, gloomy, yes, it’s a winter wonderland outside. 😉🎄

Last night Rick and I went out in the storm and saw The Nutcracker. Photos were prohibited, so I wasn’t able to take any pictures. The ballet was wonderful! It was magical, fun, enchanting, and full of wonder. The costumes were colorful, and the dancing was graceful, elegant and lovely. We had a wonderful time. We sat in the front row ~ orchestra.

Have you seen The Nutcracker?

Much Love ~


Favorite Reads ~

Hello Peoples! Baby, it’s cold outside. We have a fierce wind and blowing snow. And! I hear we are in a blizzard warning! However, we are warm and toasty. I’ve been puttering around the house, getting ready for Christmas. Tonight, we’re going to see The Nutcracker. I’m looking forward to it. I just hope the weather doesn’t cause it to be canceled.

Below is a list of my favorite reads in 2022. They aren’t in any particular order.

The Italian by Ann Radcliffe

A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer

The Eternal Savage by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

The Wall by Mary Roberts Rhinehart

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Favorite Non-Fiction ~

Not My First Rodeo by Govenor Kristi Noem

Lessons From The Heartland

Rising Star ~ New Author

Through Smoke and Sand The Folly of Wishes by Corrie Hathaway

Stay safe and warm!

Much Love ~


December 21st ~

Hello Peoples! I do believe this is the 21st and the first day of winter. It is snowing, so, I am staying home.

I have a few things to share this morning. I hope I remember all of them. I should make a list. I love Christmas, but this year ~ it’s a tad down. A good friend of mine passed away this month. I shake my head. I realize we all die, but I seem to be losing friends ~ frequently. I am not happy about this at all. I was contacted by a relative. Debbie had heart surgery, then she got pneumonia and then a blood clot in her lung. She died. It all happened so fast. Rest In Peace my dear friend.

Christmas Movies I’ve Watched ~

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

How The Grinch Stole Christtmas (1966)

It Happened On Fifth Avenue (1947)

A Christmas Secret ~ Murder She Wrote, Season 9

The Theft Of The Royal Ruby (1991)

What Christmas movies have you enjoyed this month?

Every January I do a Winter Blogging Challenge. I blog every day for thirty days. I plan to do this blogging challenge again in January. If you would like to join me, you are more than welcome. If you do join me in this challenge, please let me know, so I can read your blog posts. January is such a cold, slow, long month. This challenge seems to help make the month warmer.

Stay warm and toasty.

Much Love ~


Gouda ~

Hello Peoples! As I type this blog post it is 0 degrees outside. Well! Guess who’s staying home today! Saturday night I watched a cute movie. I don’t usually watch romance, unless it’s romantic comedy, however, this film was cute. I did like it.

As Gouda As It Gets (2020)

Kim Shaw Clayton James Tara Joshi Romaine Waite Morgan Kelly

Brie (Kim Shaw) owns a lovely artisan cheese shop. Brie is a cute name for a cheese shop owner. The town’s cheese festival is approaching, and Brie decides to enter the local, annual cheese festival. She teams up with a cheese critic (Clayton James) to present her vintage smoked gouda. There are unexpected problems to deal with and Brie is falling in love with the cheese critic.

The movie is very sweet and safe for anyone who wants to watch it. Enjoy!

Stay warm and cozy!

Much Love ~


Snow And A Book ~

Hello Peoples! We have plenty of snow outside! Rick built a snowman in our backyard. Snow can be a real nuisance, but I do like it. I like going outside when it’s snowing, as long as it’s not fierce. I don’t like wind chill. Brrrr. So, we’ve been at home a LOT. Rick put a puzzle together and we play Scrabble and Yahtzee in the evenings. We do watch an occasional movie. Of course, books. It’s been ok.

Painter Place is a story about the Painter family, specifically the tender romance of Caroline Painter and Chad Gregory.

Pamela Poole is a new to me author. I connected with her on MeWe. And! She’s an artist. A few of her characters in the story are artists. The Painter family is a good family. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know them. I especially liked Gran Vanna and Uncle Wyeth. Like any family they have their struggles they need to work through.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes romance, especially young adult readers. There isn’t any profanity in the story and there isn’t any adult content.

Happy Reading!

Much Love ~


Nancy Drew Reporter

Nancy Drew Reporter (1939)

Bonita Granville John Litel Frankie Thomas

1939! Apparently, the Nancy Drew mysteries are older than I thought they were. This film is a rollicking fun time! Nancy (Bonita Granville) is a contestant in which the participants are required to submit a news article to the local newspaper. Well, Nancy is given her subject for the article and doesn’t believe the newspaper is taking this contest very seriously, so she switches her assignment for a reporter’s news job. Well! Nancy, after, the switch, is investigating a murder. She believes the woman accused is innocent and Nancy decides to prove her innocence. She convinces her neighbor, Ted Nickerson (Frankie Thomas) to help her with her newly acquired assignment.

Nancy is one clever, energetic, spunky, smart, assertive girl with a tad bit of sneak in her, enough to get the job done. Ted is reluctant all the way, but he does help her and never abandons her.

I loved her dad, Carson Drew (John Litel). He’s a great guy and him and Nancy have a fun relationship. Although hesitant in the beginning, being an attorney, he does finally agree to represent the accused.

This film is great for any age. It’s fast paced and comical. I loved it! Highly recommend!

Favorites From The Classics Club ~

Hello Peoples! I’m back! It snowed! We have a LOT of snow outside. Yesterday I made homemade bread, so yummy.

Yesterday I posted my least favorite reads from The Classics Club. Today I’m sharing my favorite reads, which, I might say, is a tad longer list. If you would like to see my complete list, the link is below ~

The link for the Classics Club is below ~

My favorites are listed in no particular order.

~ The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

~ Frederica by Georgette Heyer

~ The Italian by Ann Radcliffe

~ Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer

~ Episode of the Wandering Knife by Mary Roberts Rhinehart

~ A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe

~ O Pioneers by Willa Cather

And! I want to give a shout out to ~ A Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton ~ That was a very interesting story!

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts? I hope you are all warm and cozy! Happy Reading!

Much love ~