Finally ~

Hello Peoples! Upon my word! It has taken awhile to find the photos I took in Hannibal, Missouri. They went to a strange place, in my computer, and it took my tech guy to find them, but, he did find them. We had such a good time. We visited the boyhood home of Mark Twain. Here we go!

Due Amici Pizza

When we arrived in Hannibal, it was late. We decided to have a pizza at Due Amici and it was GREAT pizza! We ordered a veggie pizza because I don’t eat meat. It was so good. Rick and I both agreed it was the best pizza we’ve had in a long time. The restaurant wasn’t busy. We pretty much had the place to ourselves. The two people working were very nice. We had plenty of pizza left over, so we took it to Illinois with us and shared it with our friend. I call her H. I should have taken a photo of the pizza, but for some reason I always for get to photograph the food!🙄

Mississippi River

We had reservations at a motel. We asked for a room that overlooked the Mississippi River. They gave us one, but I didn’t care for the view. It was ok, but more concrete than river.

Becky Thatcher’s Diner

The following morning we had breakfast at Becky Thatcher’s Restaurant. The woman working at the visitor’s center recommended it. Once again, I didn’t take photos of the food, but it was great and the service was friendly. 🙂 Rick ordered a pile of everything. It was just that! It had eggs, potatoes, biscuits and gravy and it was all in a pile. Rick said, it was great! I had oatmeal with brown sugar, cream and walnuts. It was so good and filling. I also had a hot chocolate and Rick had coffee.

Becky Thatcher’s Home

Yes! This is Becky Thatcher’s Home and she was based on a real person. Her name was Laura Hawkins. We toured inside the homes, but for some reason I only took one photo. What was I thinking???

We had lunch at the Java Jive. It was busy, but the service was friendly and the food was good. I had a croissant with something tasty inside of it. We were going full steam ahead and having a great time. I will share more soon. I’m not finished yet!😃😃

Much love ~

Kathy

All Around the Blogosphere Tag ~

Hello Peoples! I’m at it again! Another tag! I enjoy tags. I think they’re fun, so if I see a tag, whether I personally am tagged or not, I usually jump on board. This time I discovered a tag at Jana’s blog. Are you following Jana??? Mmmm? Just click on the link below ~

Apparently, there are pesky rules. 😉

RULES ~

1.) Answer the questions below on your blog.

2.) Tag at least a couple other bloggers.

3.) Have them answer these questions.

~ What’s your favorite book/book series and why?

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis is my favorite series! I love the setting, the characters, the adventures, the imagination and on and on it goes!

~ Who is your favorite author?

Oh my! Well, there is C.S. Lewis, Jan Karon, Mary Stewart, Georgette Heyer, the Bronte sisters and Tolkien.

~ What is your favorite food?

Pasta, salads, chocolate, homemade bread, pizza and mac and cheese. I don’t eat meat, so, all my food is veggie.

~ What gives you inspiration for your books?

I think this is a question for a writer. However, I do keep a journal. I write about everyday experiences. On my blog, I write book reviews and life experiences. I like humor, so, I try/like to keep my writing light and humorous.

~ If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

The mountains, forests.

~ Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m an introvert.

~ If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

WARNING!

Stops FREQUENTLY for HOT DARK CHOCOLATE!

Well! That’s all for now Peoples!

I TAG ~

clearwaterdaybook.blogspot

cozynookbks

Judy

Much love ~

Kathy

Mid-Month Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! It is cold here, really cold. We have a wind chill! When I woke, it was 39 degrees outside!

I got my hair cut this morning, then went shopping for groceries. I was cold and hungry, so stopped at the bakery, savored a pumpkin chocolate chip tea cake and steamy hot tea. So good. Autumn is such a great season. I’d like to have a moment when I can start a fire in our firepit, in the backyard, but it’s been tooooo windy.

What am I reading?

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Summer By the Tides by Denise Hunter is not an autumn read, but it is a nice, predictable, calm story. Grandma went missing and the three granddaughters have come together, at her home on the beach, to try to find Grandma. Two of the sisters have been estranged for years. Maybe it’s time to work through this rift??? Maddy, the youngest has had a bad experience with a boyfriend. Connor Sullivan, the man living next door to Grandma, is a really nice guy. Connor has some heartache too. Maddy needs to give him a chance. Maybe easier said than done. I will probably finish this book Friday.

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Favorite Book Settings

Hello Peoples! This week on Top Ten Tuesday, skedaddle on over to Artsy Reader Girl for more information, the topic is Favorite Book Settings! YAY! Let’s not dilly dally, let’s go for it! YAY! I listed eight and they are in no particular order.📚😊

~ Narnia! The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

~ Prince Edward Island! Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

~ Mitford! The Mitford Series by Jan Karon

~ Chilton Crosse! The Chilton Crosse Series by Traci Borum

~ Corfu! This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart

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~ Three Sister’s Island, Maine! The Three Sister’s Island Series by Suzanne Woods Fisher

~ Hope Harbor! The Hope Harbor Series by Irene Hannon

~ Carolina Coast! Carolina Coast Series by T.I. Lowe

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There you have it Peoples! Now it’s your turn. Share your favorite book settings in the comments below.

Have a great day!

Much love ~

Kathy

A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer

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A Soup Lover’s Mystery

When I started reading this mystery, I had a slight, very slight problem with it. I thought the chapters ended abruptly and it bothered me. As I continued to read, I either got use to it, or the chapters ended more smoothly. Either way, it ended up being a good cozy mystery.

As customers came and went, at the bakery, I sat at my table, with my hot chocolate totally absorbed in the mystery.

Lucky is grieving. Her parents passed away and she inherited By the Spoon, her parents long time restaurant. I liked Lucky. I also liked her grandfather aka Jack. What a rock. He was always there for Lucky, willing to give a helping hand to his granddaughter. But, what’s this??? A woman is discovered dead behind Lucky’s restaurant and Lucky’s chef is soon arrested for the nefarious deed. Lucky knows her chef is innocent and decides to investigate on her own. While trying to keep her restaurant from bankruptcy, keep an eye on her aging, lovable grandfather and discover the killer, she is kept busy.

I had three suspects and the killer was one of my suspects. Woot! Woot! I recommend it. It’s a good mystery. 4.5 **** stars!

Books!

Hello Peoples! A lovely night and a beautiful morning. What more could one ask for??? Chocolate!😉

I am having difficulty downloading the photos I took of our trip to the Mississippi River. Mmmm. I contacted one of my tech peoples and hopefully it will soon be remedied. Technology!

You’ve Got Mail (1998)

Whilest I was visiting our friend H, she loaned me 19 books! 19! I say. H has stacks of books in her home and I was perusing through them and noticed two, only two!!! How odd??? I saw two I was interested in reading.

A Very Private Grave by Donna Fletcher Crow * The Monastery Murders *

A Darkly Hidden Truth by Donna Fletcher Crow * The Monastery Murders *

These are murder mysteries, however, I think a monastery is a great setting! Oh yes! Especially for a Gothic.

So, H joined me in my search for books and we discovered soup mysteries!🥣

A Spoonful of Murder by Connie Archer

A Broth of Betrayal by Connie Archer

A Roux of Revenge by Connie Archer

Ladle to the Grave by Connie Archer

Onward to Aunt Dimity!

Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity And The Duke by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity Digs In by Nancy Atherton

Aunt Dimity’s Christmas by Nancy Atherton

Looks to me like Aunt Dimity keeps busy. 😉

And! Last but not least, The White House Chef Mysteries by Julie Hyzy!

State of the Onion

Hail to the Chef

Eggsecutive Orders

Buffalo West Wing

Affairs of Steak

Fonduing Fathers

Home of the Braised

All the President’s Menus

‘Since it is autumn and I enjoy soup in the autumn, I will start with the soup lover’s mysteries. So Yummy. Smile! Have you read any of the books I listed? Do you have favorites? What’s your favorite autumn food or drink?

Much love ~

Kathy

The Girl In the Train ~

Hello Peoples! Is it Friday ~ already??? It is! The days fly by. Whilest I was traveling, I did start my Christmas shopping! I usually start Christmas shopping in October. One of those lovable qualities I possess! 😉

Whilest we were visiting a friend on our trip, we watched a FUN movie.

The Girl In The Train by Agatha Christie

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According to IMDB, the link is below, The Girl In The Train, was an one hour television show on The Agatha Christie Hour. The mystery was new to me. It aired September 21, 1982.

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George is fired, that’s right, fired from his job at the family firm. He is desperately wanting an adventure. He has his butler pack his bag and off he goes. He decides to travel by train to Rowland’s Castle! I say! On the train, he meets the lovely Elizabeth, who is one the run. She is fleeing from a nefarious looking foreign man. George decides to help her and he hides her in his berth.

Before they part, she hands him a small package asking him to guard it, it is the key to everything. Everything??? She also asks him to follow a mysterious bearded man. Mmmm. George, wanting adventure, decides to go for it!

The Girl On The Train is so much fun. I highly recommend it for everyone!

Have you seen The Girl On The Train? What are your thoughts?

Enjoy!

On The Road Again . . .

Hello Peoples! Rick and I had a great vacation. We traveled to Hannibal, Missouri to visit Mark Twain’s boyhood home and then on to Illinois, to visit a friend, I will call her H. She took us to the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois and to visit our friend R, who happens to be 90ish!!!

When we began our journey, I was driving and of course, it rained! It poured! The heavens opened and it was a LOT of rain. The sky was dark and . . . I don’t have a word to describe it. I had my wipers going at max speed and I was still having difficulty seeing. I pulled off the interstate, under an overpass and waited for the storm to clear some and then I drove on. The storm did end ~ finally.

We drove through two major cities and the roads were clear. There was very little traffic. We were very fortunate. I drove four hours, we ate a delicious lunch, and Rick drove four hours. I savored this delicious veggie platter and baked apples. So yummy. And, of course, it rained while Rick was driving also. We did arrive in Hannibal. We sailed in and stopped at the Visitor’s Center first. The lovely lady working gave us directions to our motel and much need info about Hannibal.

We arrived at a good time for photos, most everything was closed, so I got photos without people. I hope to share pics and fun stories in future posts.

Now that we are home, our refrigerator is bare, so we must go purchase groceries, but before I go, I want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT and THANK-YOU to our friend, H!!! She was so hospitable and just wonderful to us. Once again, I will share more in future posts.

Much love ~

Kathy

Ramblings ~

Hello Peoples! It’s early! That’s right, it’s still dark outside. The only sound is the occasional traffic driving by. I have the windows open and the early morning air is so cool. I love these autumn temperatures. October is almost here. I love October! The leaves changing colors, the cool temps, the wooly sweaters, football, crackling fires, hot chocolate, pumpkins~ nothing like it.

“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ Anne of Green Gables

I read three really really good books this month and all three are my favorites! They are listed in no particular order. Well, here they are ~

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Dawn of the Morning by Grace Livingston Hill

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The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer

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Frederica by Georgette Heyer

I HIGHLY recommend all three books.

This month I decided to order a pair of flannel jeans from L. L. Bean. It can be so cold up here on the North Pole. *haha* I decided to go for it and order the jeans. I ordered through the mail and when I filled out the order form I misunderstood the size. When I filled out the size, I thought they were asking for my inseam. They weren’t. I need to say, I am not very big, so it’s good when the nice person at Bean saw the size I entered, in the space provided and she decided to call. I was napping when she called. Rick took the call and spoke with nice person. Rick and nice person got quite a chuckle out of the size I entered. Basically a hippopotamus could have worn the jeans I ordered. Well, maybe a baby hippopotamus.😁 Rick told them my correct size, they chuckled. Of course, when I awoke from my nap Rick teased me. 🙄

The jeans did arrive safely. I noticed on the package, the jeans weigh 3 pounds!!! I will be wearing 3 pounds of jeans this winter??? I like the flannel lining. It’s blue plaid. Nice. But, 3 pounds!!!

Your favorites at the cottage in September ~

September 15, 2021 ~ Happy Birthday Agatha Christie!

September 14, 2021 ~ Top Ten Tuesday ~ Books With Numbers In the Titles

September 5, 2021 ~ The Classics Club ~ Dawn of Morning by Grace Livingston Hill

Rick and I have been watching the classic tv show Murder, She Wrote. I am happy to say, we have watched the first seven seasons! They are all good, but we do have our favorites. Highly recommend!

Harry McGraw (Jerry Orbach) Sheriff Metzger (Ron Masak) Jessica Fletcher (Angela Lansbury)

O! The sun is coming up. Must go! Have a great day everyone!

Much love ~

Kathy

Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello Peoples! I hope you are having a good day. I discovered this tag at Mint Loves Books. Are you following her blog??? Well, why not??? Just click on the link below ~

She found the tag at Alli the Book Giraffe, however, it was created by BookTuber About To Read.📚 Apparently, that is to say, well, I’ll be, that channel is no longer around.

You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How do you decide what to read next???

Oh my goodness!!! 20,000??? Am I a library??? Seriously though, I am pretty much a mood reader, so I would read what I’m in the mood to read.

You’re halfway through a book and just aren’t feeling it. Do you quit or are you committed to finishing?

It depends. If it’s a book I’ve purchased and I can return it, I do and get my money back. If it’s a library book, I return it. If someone gave me the book, I do try to finish it and then discuss the book with that person. Recently, I did finish a book I did not like because of one character in the story. It took me weeks to finish reading it and I had to take breaks, long breaks.

The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but also so far away from your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and if so how?

I would just keep reading.

The cover of a series you love do not match. How do you deal with that?

Is there a problem???😁

Everyone you can think of loves a book you don’t love. Who do you talk to about your feelings?

I have had this experience, more than once, in both directions. If I do talk about it, I mention it to Rick or on my blog.

You’re reading a book and you’re about to start crying in public. What do you do?

I don’t remember that ever happening. If it did, I would get a napkin, drink plenty of liquids and buck up!

A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the previous book?

Apparently I remember I loved the first book. Yes, I would re-read it.

You aren’t a fan of letting people borrow your books. How do you politely tell them you don’t want them to borrow your books?

Well, no one ever borrows my books. I have loaned books to people, but it was my suggestion, not theirs. I’m not sure I wouldn’t let someone borrow my books, one at a time. I could have them sign a contract. 🙄

You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

Good question. I’m not sure I’ve had a reading slump. I’ve read several heavy classic reads this past twelve months and I’ve needed a break, however, I just take a couple of days off from reading and that takes care of it.

There are so many new books coming out that you are dying to read. How many do you actually buy?

I check the library. If I can get it at the library, I will. If the book is hard cover, I will wait for the paperback. So, I will purchase a few, but not all.

After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to read them, but how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

I have been known to sit in the bookstore, read half of the book, and then purchase it before I leave. The cashier has to fight me for the books so she could ring it up. *haha* A book can sit on my shelf for a few weeks too.

Now it’s your turn. I’d like to read your answers. I thought this was an interesting tag. Have fun with it.

Much love ~

Kathy