Top Ten Tuesday!

Good morning!  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is my Top Ten Favorite Books for 2017. This year I’ve been rereading books! I decided now was a good time to tally the count. I reread thirty-five (35) books this year! Wowzer! I have two rereads I plan to read this month, so if I do read those two, I will have reread thirty-seven (37) books this year! You might ask, why are you giving us this information on a TTT? That is a very good question. Thank-you for asking. I’m not going to include the rereads in this TTT list of favorite reads. All the rereads are favorites, so this TTT are books I’ve read for the first time. I tried to list these books in the order that I read them. 🙂

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The Cottage by Michael Phillips

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Stone and Sand by Sibella Giorello

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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

Savoring the Seasons by Traci Borum

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To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

The Master of Blacktower by Barbara Michaels


The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear


A special shout out to A Singular &  Whimsical Problem by Rachel McMillian!!! This is a highly entertaining short story! I really enjoyed it!

Happy Reading!




Ramblings and What Not ~

Yawn. Stretch. Good morning. I hope everyone had a restful night.  I’m welcomed to the new day by the scent of bread toasting in the toaster. Loose leaf English breakfast tea is steeping in my cup and the fire in the fireplace is keeping me warm. The only sounds are the steady tick tock of our cuckoo clock and the occasional vehicle driving by our home.

For some strange reason I seem to have symptoms of becoming a klutz. Several days ago I spilled blueberry juice on my white athletic shoe. I thought they were stained forever. Well, a few days later, I sprayed pledge furniture polish on the stain. I though I would have a shiny blueberry stain. Surprise! The pledge took the stain right out!!! Needless to say, I was surprised and amazed. I had no idea pledge would take the stain out. You might ask, how did you spill blueberry juice on your shoe??? That’s a good question. Thank-you for asking. I made blueberry crisp ~tasty stuff~ and I spilled it while I was transporting it. I don’t think I will transport blueberry crisp again. I took every precaution and it still spilled!

Yesterday morning, I was warming up food in the toaster oven. After a few minutes I noticed a plastic bag full of dinner rolls on top of the toaster oven!!! I screeched!!! I grabbed the bag as fast as I was able. The bag was soft, gooey, shriveled and disintegrated with a large melted hole in it and hanging by a plastic tread in a couple of places. It was a pitiful sight. And! Of course, there was melted plastic on top of the toaster oven. I grabbed a kitchen utensil and tried to scrape the plastic off the top of the oven but it didn’t work. So, I asked Cortana how to get melted plastic off a stainless steel surface. She directed me to a website that informed me a razor blade would remove it. After the toaster oven cooled down, I walked into the kitchen and took a gander at the pathetic, melted plastic. I noticed a piece of plastic that was sticking up. I took it between two of my fingers and gently pulled. The plastic lifted easily off the toaster oven!!! I was so surprised and thankful. You might ask, why was a plastic bag full of dinner rolls on top of your toaster oven??? That’s a very good question. I do not know???

So! Like I said, klutzy. Or maybe, accident prone!


Much love ~


Favorite Cozy Mysteries 2017

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying the holiday season. As many of you know I joined a cozy mystery challenge in 2017. There are different levels, but I joined Level 2 ~ Investigator. Readers in Level 2 were to read twenty (20) cozy mysteries. There were subgenre’s and that was fun!  🙂  I read 23 cozies for the challenge and here are my five favorites!

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Scones & Bones by Morgan C. Talbot

An Act of Murder by Mary Angela

Blown Away by Clover Tate

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Clock and Dagger by Julianne Holmes

Iced Under by Barbara Ross

For 2018, I’ll be reading 30 cozy mysteries of my own choosing. I won’t be reading the sub-genres in 2018. Do you enjoy cozy mysteries? What are your favorites? Have you read any of the cozies listed here on my favorite five? Happy Reading!

Cover Art ~

Hi everyone! When I decided to share lighthouse cover art, I didn’t realize how many books have lighthouses on their covers! It’s great. I like lighthouses. I do. Rick and I have discussed several times about spending a summer taking care of a lighthouse somewhere. What an experience it would be. The stories a lighthouse could tell!!! The stories the lighthouse keepers could tell!!! Here are a few of the books I discovered with lighthouses on the cover.

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I haven’t read all of these books. I’ve read Lost Island by Phyllis A. Whitney, The Things We Knew by Catherine West and Clammed up by Barbara Ross.

Have you read any of these books? Do you or have you ever lived near a lighthouse?

Happy Reading!

We Have A Winner ~

Good morning! As many of you know I had a giveaway/drawing for National Letter Writing Day! Although, I am a little confused when that day is??? *ahem* The winner receives this box of notecards!


My hubby just drew the winner! *applause applause*

Drum roll please!!!

And the winner is . . .

Wait for it ~



Wait for it ~



Anne & Brooke


Check out their blog!!! Anne & Brooke, I will be in touch.  🙂


Classic Movie Friday!

I Was A Male War Bride (1949)

Cary Grant

Ann Sheridan

Cary Grant & Ann Sheridan Promo-Bild für den Film "ich war eine männliche Kriegsbraut - I was Male War Bride" (1949)

Oh! My! Word! I am known for quoting my neighbor frequently and I’m going to quote her again. “Never in all my born days!!!” This film is funny. I chuckled most of the way through it. Then when the film was finished, I laughed so hard I had tears in my eyes and I had to blow my nose!!!

Captain Henri Rochard (Cary Grant) is a French military man in post war Europe. 1st Lt. Catherine Gates (Ann Sheridan) is a woman in the American military. The two are not strangers, but when they are assigned to accomplish a task for the military, after several misadventures, they fall in love and get married. Henri tries to travel to America with his new wife under the War Bride’s Act. This is one crazy movie!!!

Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan in director Howard Hawks' "I Was a Male War Bride" (1949).

If you ever wondered what Cary Grant looks like dressed as a woman, well, now you know!!!


Throwback Thursday!

~Throwback Thursday ~

This meme was created to share old favorites and/or books published over a year ago.

Throwback Thursday is hosted by Renee of It’s Book Talk


~Motherless by Erin Healy~

Seventeen years ago Garrett’s wife committed suicide. Now years later, he sees his wife walking down a busy street. Before he can reach her, an accident takes him.

“Narrated by a storyteller with more to loose than any other character, Motherless is a richly layered mystery about the power of perception–and deception–among people seeking forgiveness from irreversible sins.” ~goodreads

I liked this book, in fact, I listed it as one of my top ten reads for the year that I read it. I haven’t read all the books by this author but, this one is my favorite of the books I have read.

Happy Reading!