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What would you say?

What Would You Say?

What would you say to the friends and relatives that have passed on before you about the difference they have made in your life? 

I mean the daily difference and what would you say to them about how they have changed you or that how their passing has changed you?

I would thank my grandma Dorothy for her belief in me and for filling in as a mother figure. I would thank my mother for letting me get to know the lighter side of her personality before she passed away. I would thank her for the time we had together after my stepdad passed away and we both felt a little more free to be us.

Anyway what would you say?


Good Morning

Good Morning Bloggers,

Today I am going to ask what blog subjects do you like to discuss and read?
For me I love hearing how people got their names. I also like to know who named them Mom or Dad? Maybe a brother or sister?
I also like to read how authors pick their character's name? It's fun to discover what's in a name.
I also like it when culinary authors discuss and discover their recipes.
My topics are just a few but now I want to know what topics you like in a blog?


Movie Review: Behaving Badly

On Saturday I put in the most recent Netflix Series Movie that I wanted to watch.
I have to say Judi Dench is wonderful in her part.
It's starts with her husband announcing that he has another woman he has been seeing and of course she takes it well. The next morning he packs up and moves out of the house.
She moves to a apartment that she really can't stand but it is nice all the same. However she isn't fulfilled and she definitely isn't happy. This is fueled by her ex-mother-inlaw her calls her with updates on what the newlyweds are doing. The mother-inlaw lives on the top floor of the house that occupy her son and his wife to which she cannot stand.
Finally after a series of events Judi snaps and one weekend while her ex husband is away with his new wife she movies into their house. Much like Bartleby she won't leave. She is there to stay and she says she has never been happier.
It's all great fun and I can't wait for the next part of BEHAVING BADLY …

Review: Blood, Ash & Bone by Tina Whittle

Blood, Ash & Bone by Tina Whittle is the third book in the “Tai Randolph” mystery series. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, March 2013

    Tai Randolph doesn’t want to hear about homicide. She’s had enough of the dark and the dangerous, and decides some time out of Atlanta is exactly what she needs to put the recent spate of corpses behind her. It‘s a idyllic vision —selling her wares at the Savannah Civil War Expo, attending a few Confederate re-enactments, perhaps a little romantic rendezvousing with Trey, who has agreed to put aside the corporate security agent routine and join her for a long weekend in her hometown.

    But in the South, the past is never past. It tends to rise again. In Tai’s case, it shows up as her tattooed heartbreaker of an ex-boyfriend, desperate for her help. He spins a tale of betrayal, deceit, and a stolen Civil War artifact that Tai agrees to help him recover. Suddenly, Trey’s on the case too, representing a competing — and well-moneyed — client with eyes…

Review: Miss Dimple Suspects by Mignon F Ballard

Title: Miss Dimple Suspects
Author: Mignon F. Ballard.
Mystery Series (Historical) 1940's
ISBN: 978-1-250-00967-8

In Elderberry, Georgia a child is missing and the whole town wants to find her safe and sound. It's December and the nights are cold.
Miss Dimple sets off into a hilly search and the incoming darkness does not help her cause.
Little Peggy Ashcraft is one of her student and she will not give up. She finds Peggy in the woods and Peggy is in no shape to walk.
As luck would have it Miss Dimple stumbles upon the home of an artist Mae Martha and her companion Suzy and it's lucky that Suzy knows what she is doing because Miss Dimple is too cold and exhausted to be of much help.
Peggy and Miss Dimple eventually make it home. Peggy is still recovering but Miss Dimple feels fine and wants to thank Mae Martha and Suzy so she enlists her two favorite fellow teachers Charlie Carr and Annie Gardner to return to the cabin in the woods. All is well and they even buy some o…

Cross Stitch Update

I am trying to quit smoking today. This means that cross stitch is on my mind. I started a new cross stitch project over the weekend. I wanted something with whole stitches, not a lot of color changes and that wasn't too large. My theory is that if I keep with it I might actually have a finish.

So I started a "Canterbury Design" title Washday Again. It's a Silhoeutte Design so no color changes.
The problem....I am already lost in the leaves. Since I am quitting smoking I refuse to go back nine leaves and frog. Yeppers I am off to a rip roaring start this week. LOL
What  frustrates you about your hobby or projects? I also have no clue when I finish this design what I will do with it. LOL
I say it's Monday all the way as we are having rain.
Today will be interesting.

Review: Game Drive by Marie Moore

Game Drive by Marie Moore is the second book in the “Sydney Marsh” mystery series. Publisher: Camel Press, April 2013

Sidney Marsh is a Mississippi-born, New York-based travel agent. She and her best friend and business partner, Jay Wilson, are struggling to remain standing in a world where the ground is shifting. Their boss at Itchy Feet Travel has a new scheme to attract customers–safari tour packages. He sends Sidney and Jay on a familiarization trip to Cape Town and safari country to check out the accommodations and confirm that the experience lives up to the hype in the brochures.

Sidney’s looking forward to a deluxe dream of a trip and so is Jay, despite the fact that he is deathly afraid of animals, both wild and domesticated. Their experience will be far wilder than either could have imagined. First Sidney stumbles upon a suspicious rendezvous and possible murder scene in Cape Town. After Sidney’s pocket is picked on a cable-car ride up Table Mountain, she suspects that someone …

Household Hints

Household Hints

What is your favorite cleaning tip? Have you ever read a book on household cleaning tips? Do you ever feel like cleaning or try to avoid it?
How do you keep your drawers smelling fresh and clean?
Do you ever clean your lint trap?
Do you make things from scratch like butter? Have you ever churned butter?
Do you sew and do you make your own washcloths and Ttowels or hand towels?
Has anyone ever made a homemade candle holder?
When you write how do you organize your plot? Are the seat of your pants person? Do you outline and tell us about your character cards/notes/notebook/

Today I am interested in all things career and home.


Review: Trouble in the Tarot by Kari Lee Townsend

Trouble in the Tarot by Kari Lee Townsend is the third book in the “Fortune Teller” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2013

Lately Sunny has been experiencing a period of big opportunity: her business in Divinity, New York, is thriving, and Detective Mitch Stone has finally agreed to take Sunny on a date. But thanks to her clairvoyant abilities, Sunny knows better than anyone that life deals out bad cards along with the good.

When Sunny agrees to read tarot cards at the annual Summer Solstice Carnival, she meets her Granny Gert‘s “arch nemesis” Fiona Atwater, and is overcome by a vision of Fiona in a violent argument. Sunny knows trouble is brewing when Granny and Fiona start having squabbles all over town. But the fighting comes to a head when a local baker gets run over by a big white Cadillac—and Granny and Fiona are found at the crime scene.

Sunny knows she should step aside and let Mitch handle the investigating, but she’s not about to ignore her visions and leave…

Review: Left to Die by Lisa Jackson

Mass Market Paperback: 484 pages Publisher: Zebra (August 1, 2008) ISBN-10: 1420102761 ISBN-13: 978-1420102765
In rural Montana, a serial killer is leaving women nude, tied to tries in the winter so they die of exposure.  But it gets worse:  Apparently he is shooting their tires, causing them to be in accidents, 'rescuing" and helping them before he kills them.  And he is leaving a mysterious message with carvings and each scene building up to something the police have yet to figure out.

Now, Jillian Rivers, has been in an accident after someone shot her tire out - she is injured and in an isolated cabin with her 'rescuer' during a blizzard, wondering if she will be the next victim.
There are multiple mysteries here, and exected twists which kept me turning the pages.  I enjoyed the story and really liked Jillian, Alvarez and Pescoli (the detectives investigating the case). 

The multiple POV storytelling added to the twisting of the story and surprises. But the huge…

Review: Some Like it Hot by KJ Larsen

Some Like It Hot by K.J. Larsen is the third book in the “Cat DeLuca” mystery series. Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press, March 2013

When an old friend buys a trenchcoat and opens his own detective agency, PI Cat DeLuca sees a train wreck. Because everything Billy Bonham knows about being a private dick, he learned from Humphrey Bogart. And that’s just enough to make him dangerous.  The bungling detective is way over his head on a case involving murder and a stolen pair of Marilyn Monroe’s dazzling diamond earrings. His outrageous client, Cristina McTigue, is pursued by men who want her dead. Five minutes after meeting the woman, Cat would cheerfully kill her too.

When Billy is gunned down on the street, it’s up to Cat to save his crazy client and nail a murderer. She soon finds herself dodging bullets, knee-deep in trouble, and chasing diamonds. Before it’s over, she’ll be helped by her sexy FBI boyfriend, a hunky ex-spy, her outrageous Italian family of Chicago cops, and her interfering M…

Review: Homer & Langley by EL Doctorow

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)ISBN-10: 0812975634 ISBN-13: 978-0812975635

This is the story of the Collyer brothers as told by Homer Collyer.  Homer is blind and Langley is disabled to a degree from mustard gas in WWI.  Over the years, they become notoriously reclusive in their Fifth Avenue home.  The were considered eccentric and they were often in raging disputes with Con Ed and others to which they owed money.

In addition, they because hoarders over time.  Langley collected all daily newspapers for a project he wanted to create (a sort of super paper), then it started being junk, musical instruments, a model T Ford in their dining room and so it grew.  People did come and go through their lives (including mobsters and hippies), but eventually, both brothers died in the house, with rescue workers having to fight booby traps and years of hoarding to find their bodies. 

This is a fictionalized account of their sen…

Review: Veiled Threat by Alice Loweecey

Veiled Threat by Alice Loweecey is the third book in the “Falcone & Driscoll Investigation” mystery series. Publisher: Midnight Ink, February 2013

It’s private investigator Giulia Falcone’s second Christmas since leaving the convent. She’s happy to be spending it with Frank Driscoll, even if his switching from boss to boyfriend and back again is giving her whiplash. But Giulia’s holiday is darkened with disturbing news from her friends Anya and Laurel—their adopted baby girl has been kidnapped. When she learns that two kidnappings in nearby communities, both involving same-sex couples, ended with devastating fatalities, Giulia is more determined than ever to return the infant girl to her mothers. With Frank reluctantly backing her and the understaffed police offering little assistance, Giulia goes undercover to snare the kidnappers before they can do further harm.

This was very enjoyable and I love that Guilia is becoming a more confident person in charge of her life and will stand…

Guest Blogger: Alice Duncan

Characters, Characters, Characters!

It occurred to me recently that at present I have three historical cozy mystery series, and they all have more or less the same heroine.

This came about through a series of events that are not uncommon in the publishing biz, which is crazy most of the time and understandable never, at least to me.

First, along about 2001 or thereabouts, Daisy Gumm Majesty, phony spiritualist in Pasadena, California (my home town) in the early 1920s, popped into my brain. I love the 1920s, which were a fascinating era. I love the Pasadena of my girlhood. I love Daisy. She’s my favorite of all the characters in all my books. She’s a peach. In actual fact, Daisy’s me, only with a supportive family behind her and none of my crippling neuroses. Now it didn’t seem enough to have a cool heroine solving mysteries; I had to give her some problems. Therefore, I gave her a husband who was grievously injured (by both bullets and mustard gas) during the War to End All Wars (alas, m…

Review: Biggie and the Meddlesome Mailman by Nancy Bell

Author: Nancy Bell

Biggie Weatherford lives in Job's Crossing, Texas. This is also where nosey mailman Luther Abernathy lives and works. When Luther is found murdered Biggie sets out to find out why and who would have stamped Luther dead on arrival.
With the help of JR Biggie's twelve year old grandson Biggie runs into more troubles than a rattlesnake in Texas.
JR just wants to win his baseball game but soon he is bitten by the snooping bug and when him and Biggie are kidnapped JR knows that Texas law will win if only they can live long enough for the calvery to arrive.
In Texas JR gets more of an education that he can read in any book but thank goodness Biggie is always there with a hand in keeping him just out the reach of chaos. Okay maybe not always but they do try to keep eachother from being worm food.
This book had me chuckling all the way to the end. If you like the MISS JULIA books you will loves these. This series has long since en…