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This is another Campfire of Princess Megan and Hooves.
[Introduction]

Welcome to another Campfire of Princess Megan Snow Rose and ♥HOOves♥ We love doing Campfires and this time we are doing one about our favorite books and movies. I think everyone loves books and movies. We both love Jane Austen and Danielle Steel. I like The Bronte Sisters. Hooves likes Hemingway and other authors like I do. I love the movie "Titanic" and Hooves loves Clark Gable and I did, too. I adored Cary Grant. We both love Audrey Hepburn. We hope you will join us and read what about our favorite books and movies. I learn to read in school by studying Dick and Jane. They are still favorites with me, being in my book collection. They gave me a start in reading and writing. I have Dick and Jane magnets and curtains. I attribute my reading skills to Dick and Jane. ♥HOOves♥ will be sharing how she learned to read in school.

Johnny Depp is my favorite actor. I got this Sig as a gift and I wanted to share it. I will be writing about Johnny's movies and other movies I love.





Thank you for reading. We are really excited about this.

Our new Campfire. This is exciting. I loved books since I was a little girl. I started out with Dr. Suess and his Cat In The Hat, Hop On Pop, Go Dog Go, Green Ham And Ham, Put Me In The Zoo and The Wizard Of Oz along with Alice In Wonderland.

I liked how the cat turned the snow pink. The creature that wanted to be in the zoo well he ended up in a circus at the end. He could do a lot of tricks. The little kids hopping on Pop, they were bear like creatures. That was cute. At work over the years and in my life, if I don't like something, I would say I don't like green eggs and ham and I wouldn't eat them with a fox in a purple socks in a cardboard box. Everyone would laugh. Go Dog Go was cute. I still have My original Cat In The Hat Book. It is a favorite of mine.

I still enjoy Dick and Jane. I liked their dog and cat. Dick and Jane were family with pets and got kids to learn how to read.

The Wizard Of Oz was different then the movie but I still have that book. Same with Alice In Wonderland. I liked reading about Alice.

I grew up an read all of Nancy Drew, the girl detective book and I liked Cherry Ames. She was nurse and I loved her antics. Maybe that's one reason why I did the nursing thing though now I know, my heart is in writing.

What were your favorite books as a child?
My mother taught me to read with Dick and Jane and some others, like she would read to me over and over again from Grimm's fairy tales. I especially enjoyed Rapunzel.

My favorite books were the Babar The Elephant series. I wore those out. I also liked the Madelaine Series and I ended up with my brother's Bobbsey Twins books, which I enjoyed.

We would always watch The Wizard of Oz as a family. One time watching it, I went into the kitchen and badly burned myself on a hot pan, grabbing for the popcorn. I think I was about 4 or so. I don't remember ever reading the book, just watching the movie. But it was scary to me and more scary after I hurt myself.

Then anything with Charlie Brown and Snoopy. My brother said I was just like "Lucy" so my family gave me peanuts dolls. I had a lot of the early Peanuts books. Always liked anything that was funny. I think I still have some of those somewhere, but I gave a bunch to my niece for her kids. Then I enjoyed Sesame Street with my nieces and nephews when I babysat for them. We all loved Cookie Monster.

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I loved Grimms Fairy Tales. You know how I like Princesses and children's stories. Cinderella and Elsa are my favorites. I like Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast.

I loved watching Wizard Of Oz. I enjoy The Great and Powerful Oz. Sorry you burned yourself on some pop corn. That is scary.

I liked Sesame Street. I like Big Bird and I loved The Muppets.

I like Beatrix Potter's stories about rabbits, ducks and frogs. If only they could talk. That would be cool. They are cute. I like The Velveteen Rabbit. I took Childrens Literature in college and that was an easy A. I had to read a 100 books {children's} in a month and it was my favorite class ever. I like Black Beauty. I enjoy all these books from my childhood.

Did you ever read Trixie Belden books? She was younger then Nancy Drew and she solved mysteries. These were some good books. There was also Donna Parker and The Dana Girls {who were twins} and they solved mysteries.

I used to watch the Nancy Drew series but Pamela White was wrong for the part I thought. I enjoy sharing my childhood and young adult books with you. I used to read ten romances but they were mild. Now, they are graphic.

Have a good day and week.

I remember the Donna Parker books and enjoying them. They were shiny with pictures on the actual books, with no book jacket. Very shiny and smooth. It's funny I do not remember anything about the actual content. I don't remember Trixie Belden. Maybe it is memory now that is fuzzy though.

I liked books that came out with movies like the Mary Poppins companion book with the original movie. I also liked Saving Mr. Banks. However, I see there is a new Mary Poppins movie. This leads me to the question of why Hollywood doesn't do anything original much anymore. How many versions of "A Star is Born" do we need? And I am a fan of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, but I think the Judy Garland version was even a remake.

Back to youthful book reading, I also liked my Help companion book for the Beatles 2nd movie. I would get books that went with movies like I remember getting "Up the Down Staircase" at one point, but I don't remember anything about that movie. I would see a movie and have to get the book. If it was a big picture book, all the better.

I liked reading movie reviews and I remember at a very young age (like 10) I had a book of movie reviews that I read over and over.

I also had a book about the 1930s, called The Desperate Years. This is when I first got interested in that decade. It was my parents book, but I wore it out. My brother liked it too and he took it so I ended up getting my own used version on Amazon after my mother passed away. It is one of my favorite books ever and I learned so much by reading it. I would read it and reread it and biographies too. I remember a biography of Amelia Earhart that I read when I was real young. Stuff like that.

I read movie magazines too then because I didn't realize most of the stuff in them was made up. It took me to adulthood to realize that most of People magazine is made-up stuff. So, I never buy it unless the pictures are good.

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I always felt so sad for Amelia Earhart. She was a quite a woman pilot. I saw the movie about her a few years back. I like "A Star Is Born" with Barbara Streisand. Some movies don't need to be remade. Just leave them alone I say.

I like all my Twilight reference books. I like My Wizard Of Oz companion. I enjoy movie companion books. I bought a book about survivors of The Titanic and they tell how the great ship went down. I like true stories about The Titanic. I love the movie with Leo and Kate. My favorite movie of all time although I do love a lot of movies.

I like Tiger Beat and Sixteen. I took out pictures of David Cassidy, The Monkees, Donny Osmond, Bobby Sherman and Dark Shadows. It was great to be a teen.

I will be waiting on Danielle Steel's newest book. Beachamp Hall was good but I wish it would been about Downton Abbey people. I do love the Downton Abbey Companion books.

I need to do some Bible reading. I like Genesis, Exodus, Ruth, Psalms, Proverbs, Esther best.

Have a good day.
I didn't think about my Downton Abbey books. I think I have most of them - those are fun to look through, with all the historical references they have.

I loved David McCallum from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. He used to be on the cover of everything, Tiger Beat and all those magazines. I love him now in NCIS as Ducky. He is something like 84 now, but he looks as if he is in his 50s or 60s. Have you seen the guy they have playing him in flashbacks as a young man? He looks so much like the young David McCallum, but not quite as good.

I liked Amelia Earhart. She was a patriot and loyal to America. The media tried to build up Charles Lindburgh more. He sympathized with the Nazis so I don't really care about what he did with the flying. I felt sad for his wife with their baby being kidnapped and him being a big celebrity. But he was buddies with Hitler later, so I don't have much use for him and his accomplishments. He tried to convince Roosevelt to support Hitler.

Bible reading is inspiring. I don't do it much because I do it when I need to find something when there is a loss. That is what I associate it with mostly, Psalm 23 and my Dad's service, having to find what to use.

I got a book for Christmas that I wanted. It is called The Little Shop of Found Things. I thought from the book flap that it would be good, but it wasn't really. The cover art is better than the book. You can never tell until you get into the book whether it will be good or now. Danielle Steel usually gets me to care about her characters and then I want to see what happens to them. That is how she hooks me in. This Little Shop of Found Things book had a character right from the beginning that I didn't like. So, it was a struggle reading it.

Well, you never know when a book will be great. One Day in December was a great book. Lies was a good book. So, two out of three I've read so far since Christmas have been good. Not bad, I guess.

Enjoy your reading.

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I still love Danielle Steel's book The Duchess. It is about a English girl whose rich father died and her half brothers kicked her out of the mansion. She started over again as a Nanny and had to make her own way. She did so, married well and got enough money to buy back her father's mansion. It is a Jane Austen type and I wish Daniele Steel would write more like this one. I love Regency novels.

We all know how I love Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Lizzie and Darcy. Darcy won Lizzie's heart and her love turned him from a snob into a nice man. Lizzie's sweet sister Jane, her rowdy sisters Lydia and Kitty. The mother Mrs. Bennet who was loud and wanted to marry her daughters off to rich men. The balls, romance, glamour. I love this book. Jane Austen is so magical. I just adore her and her romances. She was a great lady. I love watching Colin Firth as Darcy in the 1995 movie version. I can't get enough of this one.

Books and movies feed our imaginations. They make me happy. I loved Becoming Jane. Jane almost got married but she changed her mind. Poor Jane. Always felt she didn't fit in and suffered her happiness for others.

The Little Shop Of Found Things sounds like a good book. Have a good day. Winter is trying to set in here. Snow is coming. I will be thinking warm thoughts.
I never could get into The Little Shop of Found Things. I like the idea and the title, but the main character was one I didn't care for. I think that makes a difference if you like a character enough to care and keep reading.

It is like Elizabeth Bennett. She is the one I liked at first in P & P. I liked her and wanted good things for her, so was rooting for her in the book and in the series with Colin Firth. Darcy changed to be worthy of her later. He grew on me, but she and the father were the ones I thought had good sense to begin with.

I always look for a character to care about when I start reading a book. That is why I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving - because I cared about what happened to the boys, one who lost everyone and the other whose parents never cared for him. They both found a father figure in the character of Ben in the movie and I forget the name in the book. It's different names from the book to the movie - they change Owen Meany to Simon Burch for the movie. The movie based on the book is called Simon Burch after the main character.

Danielle Steel always has a character who I care about - at least one and usually more. That is the thing that most times keeps me at it with the reading. She knows what she is doing.

I started a book yesterday that I had hopes for and now I'm not sure. I give it 50 pages for me to care about reading on. If, after 50 pages, I do not care I normally quit reading. This book is called "Everyone Brave is Forgiven" and it is set in World War II, but so far I am not so sure. The writing is a weird sort of show-off type of writing where the writer is trying to show off his vocabulary. That's so far, but hopefully it will improve or it's outta here. *Baseball*
I have some anxiety issues going on. Dad's heart was skipping beats so I took him to the ER. He had, had a heart replacement years ago and I have concerns for him. He sees his heart doctor in a couple of weeks and I hope he will do alright. I pray for him a lot and everyone as well as everything.

I really enjoy Danielle Steel's book Fairytale. A young girl's father remarries and her new stepmother wants her husband's wine business. She has two mean stepbrothers. The girl's father dies and she her stepmother makes her live in one of the buildings with her step grandmother who becomes her best friend. When her stepbrothers turn to burn down the vast wine plantation and get caught, the young girl gets her family home back. Her step grandmother and her have been best friends and this is like a Cinderella story. This is one of my favorites.

A Prayer For Owen sound like a good book. I need to get back to reading. I still have Christmas decorations to take down. It snowed yesterday. Hope you have a good day. Oh! My Princess Megan Markel Wedding Doll finally came in. She is beautiful.

I hope they figure out how to get your Dad feeling better and all of the heart stuff regulated. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Fairytale sounds good. I do not have it, but I will look at the used book place later today.

I am reading a book called "The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter" by Hazel Gaynor. This book is historical fiction and it definitely has an Irish flair to it. I am enjoying it so far a lot. This writer has written other historical ficiton books, one abut the Titanic and at least one about WW I.

So far, so good.

A woman at the bookstore (B & N) told me that she is reading a book by Joyce Carol Oates called, My Sister, My Love. It is based on the Jon Benet Ramsey case. It's an old book so I will look for it at the used bookstore also.

Plus, I have coupon that came in the email for B & N. So I will go today as we are supposed to get a snow/ice storm on the weekend.

Take care and I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts as always.

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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter sounds like a good one. I will keep that in mind for later reading.

Looking at my bookcase, I have a book about how to write romances. I used that as a guide when I was writing romances and when I still write them. I don't buy books about writing anymore. I feel either I know how to write or I don't. I don't write to be famous. I just write at WDC and I am content with that.

I watched Momma Mia, Here We Go Again. I can never get enough of Colin Firth. He is just great. You have to love Abba's movie and the great story line. I like The Book Club with Candice Bergan, Diane Keaton and Kevin Spacey also Jane Fonda. It is a good movie for women my age. Finding love again and still enjoying life. I can relate.

Hope you are having a good day. You are always in my thought. Boo, too.
I hope that you and Bella are having a nice weekend! *Heartp* We are supposed to get some sort of ice storm tonight so who knows if we will have power tomorrow. I have to get stuff today and am making chili in the crock pot. We can have chili and then tomorrow or Monday we can use the chili over angel hair pasta. So, at least two meals. Plus we can heat the chili on the grill if we need to if the power goes out.

I am still reading the Lighthouse book. I ordered Fairytale used from amazon and got the My Sister, My Love book from the used book store for $4. They had Fairytale, but it was $10 and I could get it used at amazon for less than $5.

I watched Gilmore Girls some last night, which always relaxes me. We also watched the NCIS Los Angeles disk, disk five. I have to swing by the library today to get Disk 6.

We found out they closed the Netflix Disk service in our state. Now, it comes from New Jersey, which is why it takes a week. We fussed and they gave us 2 free months, but we are going to get rid of it because if we only get one disk or less a week for $8.53, it's not worth it. We get a lot of what we watch now from the library for free. The library is only about a five minute drive from here.

We are keeping Amazon Prime for another year. Mr. HOOves thinks it is worth it, but I'm not convinced. I guess we will see going forward how much we watch it. I like that Marvelous Mrs. Maisel show, but not enough to pay for the membership up front the $119. Oh well. You can pay monthly and it is about $12 a month, but then you pay more overall.

I would like to watch P & P sometime over the next few days and that is on Amazon Prime and I also have the disks. That and the movie Love Actually all the way through relax me. Hopefully the power will stay on.

Have a lovely weekend! *Heartv*

It is snowing here. We may get 2 inches. I will be staying home today. I am still taking down Christmas decorations. I will get things done I hope.

You will love Fairy Tale By Danielle Steel. I enjoy my Barbie Doll resource books. I like the original Barbie and the books I have start at 1959 and go up to 1980. I love the 60's Barbies best. I have a Audrey Hepburn book full of pictures of Audrey I keep on my coffee table. I also enjoy my Beatles books. I also have soap opera books. I love going back to my Young and the Restless books and see how the show has changed since it started in 1973.

I watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory awhile back and Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp. I still love his pirate movies the best. Now, these make pirates colorful. I love Edward Scissorhands. He does all these strange parts and makes these movies beautiful and heart touching. Johnny is my favorite.

Ray and I just watch old shows and network shows. I enjoy watching old movies. Have a good weekend. I will be cleaning house. Glad you are here with me on this.
I hope your weekend is going good and the snow isn't too bad. It is crunchy ice on our deck and in the trees so lots of power outages. Boo goes zipping out, she has those nails to grip, but Mr. HOOves has to be careful. I cannot do it because I have this artificial hip and all the hardware in my back so I just watch and worry.

So far, so good for us. If the tree comes down from the ice we won't have to pay the tree guy to take it down. We will just get Tony (the yard guy) to cut it up if he will do it. Hopefully the tree will not hit the house or any power lines. We tried to get the tree guy to take it down, but it has been too wet to do that for his crew.

I was thinking I would like to watch some older movies. I have to hunt for them.

Did you watch any of Game of Thrones? I started with it and kept with it for a bunch of seasons. Then it went too far and I didn't care anymore. Same with Poldark. Once he slept with Elizabeth, I wasn't interested in his fate anymore. I watched the first three (I think it is) seasons and got the DVDs but I do not want the new one.

For me, it is a big thing to like a character. This is what happened with Ross Poldark. I liked him and the actor and then he crossed that line. Game of Thrones got too violent with the eldest daughter of the Starks. I had enough of watching her be abused by a psychopath, even thought she did have her revenge. Enough was enough there.

In Pride and Prejudice it would be if Darcy cheated on Elizabeth in any way. Jane Austen knew what she was doing with her characters keeping them true to their hearts.

Another movie that I watch repeatedly is "You've Got Mail," with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. I never seem to get tired of it. When I first saw it at the theatre I didn't love it, but it has grown on me over time. It is a remake of an old movie called The Little Shop on the Corner or something like that. The original isn't nearly as good as the remake.

I have a big book about Ernest Hemingway and one about Jean Harlow that I look at a lot. We also have a lot of books on Ireland, along with a photo album or three with trip photos. Those are out and about where I can peruse them.

Have a good day and stay toasty warm there! Hope the power stays humming there and here!

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I still watch Poldark but I didn't like Ross cheating with Elizabeth. Her little boy belonged to him. They had to give it a soap opera twist I guess. I have never watched Game Of Thrones but I hear it is good. I have seen previews and they look gruesome.

Steel Magnolias, Pretty In Pink, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, well I watch them a lot along with the Jane Austen movies. I do love them.

I enjoyed Danielle Steel's older books. The Ring. It takes place in World 2 and a young woman starts her life over again after her husband dies who was a Nazi soldier. This was a sad one. I don't know where she gets all her ideas. I wish I had her muse or could at least borrow it.

I really like romance stories about couples and their pets and how they met. I don't like sad stories with animals but I do like them all happy. I am too old for sad I guess. Like there was a movie about dogs being aliens living on earth and they fell in love with their owners. The dogs had to go back to outer space but they begged their leader to be pets of humans and live on earth. The space craft crashed and the humans were happy to have their pets back who now got to behave like earth dogs. This one makes me cry.

We got snow and it was slick but we got 2 inches. That I could handle. Going to be cold this week but no snow. Hope Boo likes snow. Bella watches it and I think she likes sunshine better so she can lay in the sun. Have a good day.
It was more ice than snow. It was tricky on the deck, which is still icy. However the ice storm is over. Be careful on the slick stuff where you are. Boo likes sunshine, but didn't mind the ice as her large paws grip it okay. I tell her to take it easy but she still moves fast on it. I won't go out until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest.

The Ring sounds good. I don't know if I read that. I think I have a small paperback of it that was my Mom's. I like the older book, Answered Prayers, too. If I read The Ring it will have to be a book with larger print. I will look in the used and for the Kindle since it is older. It sounds like it is right up my alley with the time frame.

Danielle Steel does have good ideas and she always gets me hooked in with the characters.

Happy endings are good. I prefer that to sad. I get too upset when I see people being mean to dogs in movies or books, even when it turns out okay.

The book The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter by Hazel Gaynor had some very sad stuff in the end. There was some good, but it was plenty sad. I liked that I cared about the characters and that she moved back and forth between 1838 and 1938 so easily. The author did it with first person and combined it with third person. That worked very well. Sometimes on this site people squawk about changing point of view, but more and more best selling authors do it and it works. Cold Mountain did it and it won all sorts of awards.

I got too many really mean reviews when I was writing romance. So, if I do it again I will set it to no ratings, reviews only. There are some very nasty people on this site who like to express it through mean reviews and some are still here, although most are gone because they weren't here to write anyway. Just act mean. They really poisoned the well for me and I used to get these ideas and just run with them, writing and writing. That was a long time ago. It got so I would get started and here would come a big elephant (but meaner than an elephant) stomping on what I had written.

I think about writing something romantic again. That was how I started - with romantic comedy fanfiction stuff. I would try first person combined with third. So it would be I did this and I did that or I think. That might be a challenge with the man's point of view more than the woman's. But it might be fun to try it.

The last time I started something romantic was early 2011. That was the year everything went wrong offline. I haven't really thought about starting anything like that since then.

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It is sunny but cold here. I have been cleaning house. Tomorrow, I will visit my cousin. I got the tree and Christmas decorations put away. That is done.

I was thinking about a book I read that was about a young girl who became the Queen's companion, Marie Antionette and how sad she was when the Queen was tried and beheaded. It is a story that touched my heart and I wrote my own short story about it. I like reading about Anne Boleyn, Joan Of Arc and women from Medieval Times. I read that Meghan is having problems getting along with the Royals. My cousin teased me when I put my new Meghan Wedding doll in the Curio Cabinet beside Kate and asked if they get along. Meghan is beside my Madame Alexander Cinderella doll, so they can console each other!

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter was sad. Sometimes, we have to write a sad story to make it good.

I have gotten bad reviews. I will stick to the genres I always write. Sci Fi didn't work for me. Sorry about your bad reviews. I love all you write. I just write the way I want.

Have a good day. I hope winter leaves like yesterday.
I think that there is a need for empathy in all stories. We have to be able to identify with what the characters go through. That is the key to all kinds of fiction, but especially historical fiction. Moving forward on the site, we need to believe that there are nice readers who will "get" what we are doing.

I think there are those.

In that Lighthouse book, the author wrote some stuff at the end explaining what she was trying to do. She was trying to respect the real people the book was based on and also add her imagination. She said, in the end, she wanted to do something that the historical people would be happy with if they could read it. I think if writers write with the idea that say, Jane Austen, would read something and be happy about it, that's the key with historically based fiction.

On the flip side of the coin, I saw someone on here bragging and crowing about how a group was "MILES" ahead of another group that's leader passed away in 2015. That left me with my mouth hanging open, it was so mean and tacky. It's amazing how people feel the need to make everything so competitive. It is no wonder some people just feel sad and fade away.

On the royals, I don't believe most of what the press says. They make stuff up. Every other day Jennifer
Aniston is supposedly pregnant with Brad Pitt's baby. She's 50 almost and he's rounding the curve toward 60. They make it up and then make up more stuff. I bet the royals are all trying to be nice to Meghan. Maybe she likes all of them and maybe not. Kate has enough to deal with, having all those kids with an heir to the throne. I like my sister-in-laws, but we are not on top of each other like I think those royals are a lot of the time. Kate always seemed sensible to me and Meghan was good in that show she was in (Suits). And having "Charles" for a father in law. *Alieng* Well, I am not a big fan of Charles and his opinions, much less his wife, "Horseface." *Sick* That is not an easy life, even though it is royal. Where can she go when they get on her nerves? I hope that she and Harry (who I admire) love each other and can be strong.

Back to writing. I don't know if you remember this but in the very early days of the site there was a romance author named "Bailey". That was her handle, I think. She used to write stories that continued and she was so good at hooking readers. I sometimes wonder what happened with her after she left. When the site was just Interactive stories it was fun to write things and say "to be continued" and others would continue them so the stories had a lot of twists and turns.

I am thinking this year I want to try with romance again, but I don't know if it will happen.

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I love historical fiction. This has always been a favorite with me. Victoria Holt used to write good historical fiction and she started in the Medieval times and went up to the Civil War and World War 2. She always included romance. She also wrote as Jean Plaidy and this was all Medieval fiction history. I loved all her books.

Visiting my cousin Sam today, we watched The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman. This is a good movie. He had his own circus of deformed people rejected by society. It has good drama and is a musical and I love the elephants and lions at the end. We watched Breakfast At Tiffanys as we both love Audrey Hepburn.

It is going to be a big snow storm this weekend. Maybe I will read Jane Austen this weekend.

I don't remember Bailey, a romance author. Identifying with characters does help us make us appreciate a book more and love it. I get tired of gossip about the stars. We never know what to believe.

Have a good day and stay warm.
I finished a book yesterday by Sally Field. I have always admired her since I watched Gidget and The Flying Nun as a little child. I did a product review of the book. At first her sentences, which are long and run-on gave me a little trouble, but I continued to read and later on it seemed like her voice, the way she speaks.

It had some shocking things in it about her stepfather and her father.

I read some stuff about Davey Jones that wasn't very nice about how he treated her. It changed my opinion about him.

She had a great career and now she has written a book when she is in her 70s. To me, she will always be Gidget and Norma Rae, but her life wasn't a picnic. A lot of her relatives think she is their personal ATM. I wanted more stuff about people like Robin Williams and Tom Hanks, who she worked with, but there was nothing. She really liked Jeff and Beau Bridges. I am not sure how she felt about Hanks and Williams. Davey Jones and Peter Tork, of the Monkees, were mean to her.

She played Mary Todd Lincoln recently in that movie with Daniel Day Lewis. She has played lots of interesting roles. When she was the Flying Nun, she felt like a big joke. I could identify with that as people have treated me here like a big joke at times. At the end of the book, I was disturbed about the sexual abuse stuff, but I could also see that she had something important to say about what she went through and about her life and relationships.

I did a product remoo of the book if you are interested:

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I saw the book about Sally Field and wondered if it would be any good. I am sad that Davey Jones wasn't very nice to her. I always thought The Monkees were nice guys. This is a great review you gave and I will buy it for my Nook later.

I ordered a Pride and Prejudice brand new book that has illustrations and I can't wait to receive it. I think it will be a neat book and the illustrations are neat. Can anyone ever have too many copies of Pride and Prejudice? I can't. I found one with the Martha Stewart recipes in a Pride and Prejudice book. I am not one for cooking and baking.

I still need to watch A Nun's Story. I am hoping to watch it this afternoon. This was one of Audrey Hepburn's first movies. My mother likes this one and she isn't a fan of Audrey's.

We are supposed to get a snowstorm this weekend. Guess this will be a good time to read and watch movies. Have a good day.
Stay cozy warm inside with the snow!!

I am reading a historical fiction book by Hazel Gaynor (another one - she wrote the Lighthouse book) about a woman who survived the Titanic. It starts in Ireland with a group of women getting ready to board the ship. They are mostly stressed about traveling to America, rather than worrying about safety. The book is called "The Woman Who Came Home" or something along those lines - I got it on the Kindle.

I am also reading Danielle Steele's Beauchamp Hall book. I found The Ring with my Mom's books and it is a small paperback, but I will try reading it soon. I am doing a lot of offline reading this month.

Yesterday I went to the used bookstore. I am going to trade in all my Game of Thrones DVDs and some of those are pretty fresh (unopened). That show went too far for me with the torture and such. I don't care if I ever see another episode of it and the first season was the best anyway. Once they started killing characters and bringing some back to life, but leaving some to be dead for eternity I was done, too. I liked the character of the Dad, Ned Stark the best, better than Jon Snow. Well, it's all authors choice I guess. I do like Peter Dinkladge and the actor who plays The Eunich. They are my favorites because they are funny. The rest I can do without.

Anyway at the bookstore, I got a lot in trade for Season 2 of Game of Thrones and a few other things so I got the first two seasons of NCIS Los Angeles on DVD. Now we won't have to wait for the library to see our favorite show.

We are supposed to get bitter cold on Monday, but no snow this weekend - just rain and wind.

Stay warm and enjoy your reading! *Heartp*

I wish we had a used book store. to downloaded a sample of Martha Stewart and Pride and Prejudice so I may buy it for my Nook. The cookies are so decorative with shoes, cameos and everything Regency and it includes recipes. I may buy the physical book or just buy it for my Nook. Anything that says Jane Austen or Kate Spade, I go crazy.

Sorry, you didn't like Game Of Thrones. I have all the books, read the first chapter and I wasn't impressed. Just like with Harry Potter. I am not a fan.

I haven't got back to reading my book about the survivors of Titanic but it is on my reading list. I read devotions everyday. I try not to skip a day. I love my book all about unicorns and I learned a lot. I even wrote an article about them. This book is illustrated and unicorns were found in China and some areas say unicorns were goats. One unicorn was big and black. I wonder if unicorns really existed. If dinosaurs did, why couldn't unicorns? Guess we will never know.

Have a good day. I am going to see my urologist, go to Barnes and Nobles and Kohls. Stay warm. Give Boo hugs.
Good luck at the Doctor's office.

I am trying to stay away from the doctors if I can. They overcharged me for my test so they have to refund money to me but I bet it will take a while. I always wonder why all their "mistakes" are in their favor.

My blood pressure has been good since the start of the year with no doctors' appointments. Then yesterday I get the statement from the insurance and have to call and fight with the doctors office and now my blood pressure is high again. I think the answer for me is to avoid them if I can. *Alien*

It is funny with shows like Game of Thrones and Poldark. It's like they cross a line with me and then I lose interest. They go too far or something with the violence and having the main character do bad things (like Ross sleeping with Elizabeth, betraying Demelza.)

Once a show goes too far, then I don't care much especially with these shows that have episodes for a few weeks then go on hiatus for a year. I forget and then I think do I really want to re-watch a show that made me mad when they left off. I would rather watch Gilmore Girls again, a show I know I love.

With reading sometimes an author will turn me off if she does something weird with the characters, like Patricia Corwell did with the character of Marino. I couldn't even pick up one of her books after that.

On Harry Potter, I didn't really read the first Harry Potter until my grandson told me he loved it. Then I read and watched the first movie. I enjoyed them, but I'm not dying to read and watch the next one. I probably will eventually, just to be able to talk to him about it. He will be 12 next month. Hard to believe. He will probably outgrow Harry Potter before I get my act together to read and watch much.

Have a good one and I hope you don't get too much snow. *Heartb*
My Doctor did a UA. I am waiting for the results. It is cold here and snowing. We didn't get a lot but it probably isn't done, yet. I need to get a few things done.

I watched Benny and Joon last night with Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp plays Sam, a guy who acts outs skits and people think he is mentally ill. Benny {Adrian Quinn} wins him in a poker game and Sam cleans house and watches over Joon {Mary Stuart Masters} is mentally ill and they fall in love. Benny isn't happy and Joon winds up in the mental ward. Sam is swinging on a crane looking in her room and the Case Manager is there but has her back towards him, so she can't see him. Joon gets her own apartment and Benny gets to be with his girlfriend {Julie Anne Moore}. You know how I love Johnny Depp.

Hope your B/P goes down. Petting your dog can relax you. I pet my kitty and it helps.

Off to start my day. Have a good one.
You have a good one also. I hope your test results are good. Boo is hiding from me because I was opening some new eye drops and she saw me so now she's hiding out in her crate. Well, more like snoring now than actively hiding since she fell asleep.

I saw that movie a long time ago (Benny and Joon) and loved it. It is quirky and funny isn't it? Aindan Quinn is pretty appealing, also.

I am reading Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steele. She has a good imagination for her settings and situations. Once again, I am hooked in and want to see how things turn out for Winnie, the main characters. It's a fast read now that I am into it.

We are supposed to get the bitter cold tomorrow into Tuesday, but just rain for precipitation.

I went to Barnes and Noble with a coupon and got Slowhand, the biography of Eric Clapton by Philip Norman. It was 20%, plus member discount, plus that 15% coupon. Not cheap, but I figured I would treat myself to it.

Have a nice, relaxing weekend there with Bella!

*Heartp*
Danielle Steel has a new book called Turning Point about a hospital doctor who goes through life's problems. I haven't bought it, yet. I am waiting on my Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice illustrated book to come in. I didn't read anything this weekend, yet except devotions. I cleaned house.

It is 9 degrees. We have 2 inches of snow, maybe 3. Ray went out to blow snow so I can go to Church. I don't like winter. I make the best of it. I hope winter goes by fast.

Bella has been rowdy. Must be the weather. Poor Boo. She must hate being messed up for medical things. I know the feeling. My cat Tigger hated getting ear drops in her ears. Bella has never had to have ear drops and a that would be a treat. She doesn't want to be messed with. Hope Boo is doing well.

Have a good day. Once I get home, I am going to read and get caught up with that. Have a good day and stay warm.
That is cold, 9 degrees. Yikes! Stay warm as much as you can, inside. Boo gets stir-crazy too with being cooped up with the cold and snow. She runs around a barks at us then throws herself down on one of her pads for us to rub her and pet her. This happens a lot, but more when it's cold outside.

Today she got one eye drop session and, of course, Sunday's ear cleaning. When I rub her ears with a tissue in the morning each day she lets me do it and seems to like it. It's the major cleanings and drops that she doesn't like, but we want to keep her healthy so it's a trade-off.

Is this P&P edition a new one? It sounds interesting.

I finished reading Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel. I will wait for the doctor book until it comes out used. I am not really a fan of stories about doctors. Beauchamp Hall was good. I felt like the ending was rushed as there wasn't much time spent on the man that Winnie ended up with. He was mentioned, but her relationships with the other two men dominated the book. I like that she was able to go and work on the show she loved. Wouldn't that be amazing?

I am now reading the book about Eric Clapton called Slow Hand. Also the Titanic book and one about John Lennon written by his first wife, Cynthia Lennon. We are supposed to get the bitter cold weather tonight through tomorrow then warm up a bit on Tuesday.

Feels like winter this afternoon. *Snow4**Heartb*



The Pride and Prejudice book I ordered is new. It looks like 8 by 10 and it is illustrated. I can't wait till I get it and I know I will love it. I still have my Pride and Prejudice book with recipes to look over and I may get brave and do some baking. These are recipes by Martha Stewart. They will be good ones.

I have been reading The Bronte Sisters. Their mother died when they were young and so did their two younger sisters. Their father Patrick Bronte worked for a clergyman. The Brontes were well off. They had a brother who was always in trouble and in a documentary I saw on PBS a year ago, he served time in prison. These women are interesting.

It is 6 below and cold. I made spaghetti in the Crock Pot. I promised Ray I would be home all day and I am staying put. It may snow Wednesday. Bella is hiding in our closet on a puppy dog blanket I left in there.

I always felt sorry for Cynthia Lennon. John Lennon was a great song writer and singer but he wasn't nice to his first wife or Julian. Sad. Eric Clapton married George Harrison's e x-wife Patty Boyd. John and George did better with their second wives.

Hope you are staying warm. I am trying to. Have a good day. Boo, too.
The Bronte sisters sound interesting, like their lives were complicated.

Let me know if you like that new P & P book when you get it. Is it from Barnes and Noble?

I am still reading the Eric Clapton book and the other two. It is cold here today (for here) but nothing like 6 below. That is super cold. Stay in and stay warm. We are doing that mostly. Mr HOOves had to go to the skin doctor and he wants to take his car to the garage tomorrow.

We will have soup for dinner so no more going out today. Just too cold. I moved Boo's pad (she has 3) from her crate into the sun in this room with the computers. It used to be a dining room, but it is our computer room now. It has a big window that gets a lot of sun. She is snoring so loud next to me, I have to stop from giggling and waking her up.

I saw something on the newsfeed about a big movement towards "honesty" in reviewing. Like everyone isn't being "honest" already? Of course, I am out of step, but those labels that get thrown around periodically here are for the *Bird*'s. Who is to say who is honest and who isn't. They say honest when they mean to say "mean" sometimes I think. But some are nice and have good intentions. some. All reviewing is good and why they still feel the need to sling around words like "honesty" is way beyond me. They don't think nasty reviews are so "honest" when they are slung in their direction. I am trying hard not to get drawn into any sort of dispute on the newsfeed. Crossing hooves and fingers that I can avoid it.

Have a nice day there with Bella. Give her hugs!

*Heartb*



I saw the Forum For Honesty In Reviewing. I don't sign up for Reviewing Groups anymore. I do Anniversary Reviews and stories I find interesting. I am honest but polite and I don't hurt anyone. I like these kind of reviews in return. I ignore bad reviews. Some people like being mean to others. It is that way all over.

I ordered the P&P book from Barnes and Nobles. It is my favorite Jane Austen book.

I have some paranormal books on my Nook I haven't read. I don't read much paranormal anymore. They make vampires and werewolves and gory books and movies. I stay away from them anymore. I still like romance but I don't read them anymore.

It is 30 some degrees here. A nice pace. I hope you and Boo have a good day. Bella is being affectionate. Stay warm.
I hope it is a good sunny day for you and Bella. We are still in the 20s and supposed to get freezing rain overnight tonight. Always something in winter, it seems. We just have a heat pump and then an Eden Pure heater we use. Today it was in the 50s in the downstairs part of the house early in the morning.

I looked at all the ones who promoted that forum yesterday to see if they did a bunch of reviews. They didn't so far, except for one. It's just spreading the word and promoting so far. Some are doing it to be nice I am sure. In the past there has been hurt feelings over the use of that word, "honesty". That goes way back. Most of the ones who were braying and screaming about that in the early 2000's are gone and never followed through much that I could see.

Who is to say that about others, anyway. I knew some here, who just loved to read, and be positive, but were offended by the feeling of being labeled dishonest for failing to be nasty and mean. It's not like there is a lot of diplomatic skill on display with the reviews that are self-consciously harsh. Someone who can make suggestions and be encouraging is much more likely to get people writing. I am not sure what the point is really to get people writing or to be harshly (and sometimes wrongly, let's face it) critical of anything posted. There is a bit of wrong and uninformed advice that's floated now and then.

All reviewing is good, I suppose, but I don't like the feeling that I'm being called dishonest or thought of as a big bovine liar when I'm reading and reviewing consistently. Someone else might review once a month and is mean so they are considered "honest." It's all a big load of cow pies with those labels. Who is to say one opinion is a lie and the other is a truth. It's not group think, at least I hope it isn't.

It is fun to read and review. It is not fun to have unqualified spectators second-guess that effort. It takes away the fun for me.

I am still reading the Eric Clapton book. I didn't know a lot about him. It's pretty shocking the stuff he was up to with drugs and women. I like his music, but he seems like he wasn't very nice for a long time. The book is really negative about George Harrison, too. I will be glad to finish it and take it to the used book place. I was interested to read that the cover of the album "Layla" is a painting that he bought because it resembled Pattie Boyd. I never knew that. I think Layla and Wonderful Tonight that he wrote for her are his best songs so far.

Have a good day, you and Bella and stay toasty warm! *Heartp*





I dread reviews from people I don't know. Those silver cases give bad one and stay but never write anything. WHO ARE THEY TO CRITICIZE? Some just want to cause problems. Thank goodness for the blocking device.

I was in the hospital for a night. I have a blood clot in my lung. I spent the last 2 days getting blood tests and xrays. I am getting treatment. Meds. I hope they work out for me. Keep me in your prayers.

I watched two Star Wars movies in the hospital. The ones where Anakin became bad and ended up being Darth Vadar and Padme died after giving birth to Luke and Leia. Makes me have a soft spot for Darth Vadar. I always cry over these movies. Hospital TV stinks. I am home and can watch what I want.

It has been cold and rainy and back to snow. Hope things are going well for you. Bella was mad because I wasn't here but she rubbed up against me. She is okay with me. Have a good rest of the week.
Get lots of rest and feel better. *Heart* Only write here if you really feel up to it.

They have good medicine for that (blood clots) now and once they know what it is and you get the medicine it should work pretty fast. It is a good sign I think that they sent you home. Just get a lot of rest and relaxation.

Hospitals stink all the way around. The TV and the food. You are home and Ray and Nurse Bella can take care of you.

All is okay here. I finished the Eric Clapton book and am reading a historical fiction book about Hedy Lemarr. I didn't realize she was a scientific genius. It is called The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict.

I got all worked up over that "honesty" label. It's silly in the big scheme of things. Most are nice and mean well and those here who don't mean well we can block/ignore. So that's good.

Get some nice rest , lots of sleep, and feel better, that's the man thing! *Heartp**Hug1**hug**Hug2**Heartv*
I am hoping I have no side effects from my blood thinner med. I put a call out to my Doctor because I have a couple of questions. I am praying and doing what I am supposed to. I always have a million questions for doctors.

I got my Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice book in the mail. It is illustrated by Alice Pattillo. It reminds me of a school text book with Pemberly on the front, a pond with fishes grass and flowers. It is in color. The inside has colored illustrations of the sisters, Lady Catherine, carriage, balls, Wickham, Darcy and it is real impressive. I think I am doing buying copies of Pride and Prejudice.

I want to read today and relax. We plan on going to WalMart later today. I hope to get well and stay well.

Have a good weekend. It is going to be cold all next week. Feels like it has been a long winter already. Give Boo hugs.
I hope that you take it easy does it as much as you can and that the doctor calls back in a timely way. Walking a little in WalMart is probably a good thing to move around indoors a bit.

That illustrated book sounds good. I will look around for it.

I am reading Marie Benedict's historical fiction book about Hedy Lamaar, or I will be later. I didn't read much yesterday.

We have our one car (and Audi) in the shop and it turned out to be a major deal. It has been there since Tuesday. It hasn't been a good car, but this problem is something that a dealership caused by stripping something when they did an oil change. My car, which is older - almost 15 - has been so far much better. It is weird having just one car for two people.

We are making a wide step for Boo to help her get into my car. She has a ramp, but it tilts getting into my Toyota Camry. Mr. HOOves can get her to do it, but I am not sure I could do it. But, hopefully the wide step will be helpful for a lot of things.

The weather is colder, but sunny today. I don't mind the cold so much if it is sunny. Seems warmer somehow. Take good care. It is a long winter, isn't it? Although we went out last night with our weekly dinner group and the days are definitely getting longer. It was daylight til after 6 pm here last night. We went to Cracker Barrel. Have a nice, relaxing weekend! *Hearty*

The Doctor's nurse called me back after she talked to the Doctor. I wanted to talk to him but I will see him in 2 weeks. I pray and I know God is always close by.

It is going to be cold and snowy all next week. I think I will feel better when winter is over. I am getting baptized tomorrow and this is a comfort and joy to me. We can find warmth in winter and good things. I try to think past the snow.

I didn't do any reading. Just the Bible and Devotions. I look over book lists and I don't know what new books I would like to read. Danielle Steel's new book, I will be buying when I get out shopping again. I need to get back to reading my book about the survivors from The Titanic and their stories. I was watching a comedy show last night and they were getting ready to watch Titanic. I want to watch that movie again. It is my favorite. Have you ever seen The Book Club with Candice Bergan, Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton? They find romance again and they are senior citizens. I really like that movie.

Poor Boo. Bella hates to get in her carrier. She knows she is going to the Vet. She doesn't like going there. Hope Boo is doing well today. I need to clean house. Have a good weekend.
I hope that the nurse was helpful, at least. Two weeks is a long time. Hopefully, you will get to talk to the doctor if you need to do it. It is hard to get in touch with any doctor. On Seinfeld, George made a joke about it being harder to see a doctor then it was to see Sinatra or something. More difficult and more expensive.

Congrats on your baptism ceremony! I hope all goes well! *Heartv*

Mr. HOOves cannot stand Jane Fonda in anything, so I have not seen that. I did see her in Monster in Law because that co-starred Michael Vartan and I was into seeing everything he did. I liked her in Cat Ballou when she was young before she acted like an idiot in Vietnam.

That Titanic book sounds interesting. Whatever you enjoy reading is good I think. I am halfway reading a fiction book about the Titanic. Also, the book about Hedy Lamaar. My friend, Joanne, says it's really good, but I haven't got into it yet.

Our car is being repaired and it keeps going up in the price for the stuff they have to do. Every time the phone rang yesterday it was more money. If it goes up any more, I am going to say, keep the car. I don't like the car, anyway. It is newer than mine but it isn't nearly as reliable.

I hope that Boo will like her step that Mr. HOOves made so nicely. We don't go for the nails thing again until March 6. I hope by then it will be warmer and nice. This has been a long seeming winter, that's for sure. Teddy, the corgi nextdoor, might get a step, also. He is younger though, so with him there is no rush. I was going to buy Boo a step on amazon, but none of them looked the right height or width for a Basset Hound - she is very long and low. It is very easy to take it in the trunk, unlike the ramp, which would be awkward in the Vet's parking lot getting her in after her visit.

Boo will go out and get into the car, but then she whines going there. Luckily, it's close - less than a mile. Boo is with Bella on not liking to go there. I wish there was another way or the Vet would come here, but that's a dream of the past I guess. Have a lovely weekend!

*Heartv*


I agree that it is hard to get in touch with your Doctor. George is right about that. I hope someday I will be well and only need to see a Doctor for my blood tests.

Hope Boo has a good winter and by spring, she will be a happy dog again. We got snow last night and is going to snow tomorrow again. When will it leave? Not soon enough.

I am going to read and watch movies this week and relax. I hope to get better. It could take awhile.

I remember Hedy Lamar. Actors and singers have interesting lives. I enjoy reading about celebrities and their lives.

I am going to get baptized today. It is going to be a beautiful day. I have been thinking about and making this decision for a long time. I say a prayer for the world and want to find inner peace with everything in my life. Have a good day. Hope things are going well your way.
I hope that everything goes nice for you today. Also, I hope that you feel better and better this week and going forward. *Heart*

I read some in the Hedy Lamarr book and we also watched our usual NCIS Los Angeles. We never get tired of that show. It has humor and action, both things we like to see. We went to a diner to eat dinner last night. That was kind of fun. I saw a commercial for it and had forgotten about it. It's too far to go to often, though. It's kind of on the way to and from Costco when we go there so we will keep it in mind.

Boo is hiding from ear cleaning day so she is non-stop snoozing in her crate so far.

Have a good Sunday and take it easy when you get back. Nice and easy does it, resting and recuperating. I hope all goes well at church.

*Heartv*
Baptism was beautiful and great. I feel committed and like a complete Christian. I did real well getting into the baptism tank with help and getting out. It was a beautiful experience.

We are getting snow again. We will have 6 additional inches. It was 6 degrees yesterday. Winter was too quiet and now it is taking off. Brrrrrr. I will be staying home all week. I started by cleaning the kitchen today and working on laundry. Bella was watching the snow earlier. She can be glad she is an inside cat.

I haven't watched any movies lately. Just watched Super Girl. I keep promising myself that I am going to watch A Nun's Story. I know it will have to be good.

Have a good day and week. Hope you stay warmer then us. Hope Boo is happy as well.
I am glad all went well yesterday and things are good.

Hopefully, you can stay inside and be warm. I see where the middle of the country is in for very cold temperatures and a lot of snow. We are supposed to get something late tomorrow, but who knows what it will be.

I am still reading "The Only Woman in the Room" by Marie Benedict. I don't know why I'm not reading it faster than I am. It is not a long book.

We are still stuck on NCIS Los Angeles and Blue Bloods. I would like to watch the movie, Manchester by the Sea sometime. I hear it might be good and we have the DVD. I may do that if the weather is bad on Wednesday.

Hug Bella for me. Boo is asleep in her crate now, but in a while if she gets up I'll move her pad into the direct sunlight that is coming in. She likes that usually.

Have a good and restful Monday! Continue to feel better and be on the mend! *Heartv*
I finally watched A Nun's Story with Audrey Hepburn. It is a good movie and I enjoyed watching it. It reminded me of the Nuns at the two year college I went to. It was run by Nuns. It made me think of the Nuns I knew from years ago. It was heart touching. I do enjoy Breakfast At Tiffanys and My Fair Lady more.

It is cold. It will be 16 below later this week. I will be home all week and be like a little bunny all snug in his hole in the ground. Just call me Mrs. Rabbit.

Hope you, Mr. Hooves and Boo are having a good day. I am doing housework. I will try to make the best of my day as I get well. Thinking of you.
Stay warm and toasty inside with that awful cold.

We are hanging in here. Same things going on. Still reading the Hedy Lamarr book, slowly. Also watching NCIS Los Angeles.

I think this time of year leads to feeling sad. I guess it is the cold and days without the sunshine. But the days are definitely getting longer and soon it will be spring.

Boo was very lethargic yesterday, but perky this morning. I guess she has her moments also now.

Our grandson turns 12 next month. It seems like yesterday we went up to Maryland to see him in the N.I.C.U. at the hospital. He's into acting and music. He amazes us with all his creativity. This winter seems longer than usual and more harsh. Hopefully the groundhog will hurry spring up for us.

*Heartv*
Why was your grandson in the hospital that time? Acting and music are great choices. Our kids can amaze us. Grandkids, too.

It is 16 below today. I promised Ray I will make vegetable soup today. I will be happy if that ground hog brings us spring. I like Phil, the ground hog that one man brings out every year that is his pet. He is so cute.

I wanted to watch Mermaids with Cher last night. I haven't read anything except my Bible. When I was working, I had time to read when I worked midnights. I sleep at night and my reading time is all messed up. I do have books about writing. Children's stories, Write From Life, Writing Novels and Writing Romances. I learned a lot from the writing romances book. I used to read Diagnosis Made Easy when I worked in mental health. I never could tell one diagnosis from another with the people I took care of, no matter how many times I read that book. I was still baffled.

I am staying inside. My sinuses want to act up and my arthritis. Stay warm and have a great day. I am always thinking off you and Boo.
Stay warm there, too. It is so cold out that I am not thinking of going anywhere.

Grandson was in the hospital N.I.C.U. after he was born, but he recovered and was fine and is fine now. He was so tiny then, with bright red hair. He's a very nice and sweet boy now, at almost 12.

Books that help with writing are useful, same as quotation collections. We can get inspired by those or by what we read in our reading adventures.

Vegetable soup sounds yummy. I am having some back issues and foot issues. I think it is the cold mostly. I watched a bit of Gilmore Girls last night after Mr. HOOves watched Blue Bloods.

Yes, Pennsylvania Phil is a cutie. I liked that movie, Groundhog Day, too. I am trying my best to stay positive and move forward. I don't see any other way.

Hug Bella for me. *Heartv*
Glad your grandson did well in the hospital when he was a baby. They do grow up fast. Sounds like he is quite talented for his age. Congrats.

21 below here. My son lives in Minnesota and it is 41 below. He wants to move to Oregon or Washington State. I said I would move with him. Like I could move again. I had enough of that when Dad was in the Air Force.

I watched Eddie and The Cruisers 2 last night. A movie about a rock star who had died when his car went off the bridge. He didn't die. He just hid from the world. He got a new band and everyone realized he sounded like Eddie Wilson and he was very much alive. I love this movie and all the music. Michael Pare does a great job playing Eddie. I watch this movie every chance I get.

I need to get under my electric blanket. How are things there? Bella and I have played throw the milk ring 4 or 5 times. I am trying to get better. I see my doctor next week again for my blood clot I had. It is going to be in the 30's. Thank goodness. Hope you feel better, too.
Stay warm and toasty and I hope that by next week when you go to the doctor you will feel much better! *Heart* Bella is a fine nurse! *Cat2*

I have a friend also in Minneapolis and she says she has never seen it like this. She has to go to work at a TV Station there and she says the worst part is having to go to her car and start it in the middle of the day so that the battery isn't dead at the end of the day. The wind is awful apparently. I hope your son is keeping warm as much as possible inside. Hopefully, this week will see a warmup for all of us.

Moving would be hard for me to do, also. I have a sister-in-law (and her hubby) and two nieces who live in Washington State in Spokane and in Seattle. Also, my late niece's youngest son is stationed there in the Air Force. He works on planes. They all like living there a lot. I have never been to Washington, but I picture it as being very nice.

We have just watched some house thing on Netflix and Blue Bloods.

I have been clicking on the Read and Review option and reading some new stuff. It is nice. I don't read stuff I don't like. All the reading has been top notch here. People have been very nice lately, which is a change. *Heart*

Offline, I continue with the book on Hedy Lamarr.

It is a little warmer today. In the teens. The weather man promised that the cold snap is done. I have been home all week. Next week, I have doctor appointments. I hope to get better soon. I need to take some Tylenol. I need an outing to a store. Kate Spade cheers me up. Ha. Ha. I pray things will be better. I opened the garage door to put out the garbage and it is still cold. Bella is playing with her milk rings inside the house. She is happy.

I have a book to download. 30 Days Of Prayer With Jane Austen. I need that right now.

I do a few reviews here. I hope to write a Valentine Day's Poem for a contest. I need to keep busy. There will be a Mod Squad Marathon this weekend. I hope to watch some of those.

Have a good weekend. Stay warm. Always thinking of you.
I hope it will be warmer for you today. Our warmup is supposed to start today, going into the 50s. Then, we are supposed to be in the 60s through Friday. I hope you are having a nice thaw, also! *Heartp*

I watched Pauxatawney Phil this morning not see his shadow. He was so cute and the man who pulled him out of his sleep was nice to him and not rough. So the groundhog said early spring. 30,000 plus people were there to wake him up this morning. Rude awakening, if you ask me.

Tylenol helps me and I bet Mr. Groundhog could use some Tylenol too, right about now. Once in a while I get a headache and I take one excedrin. I hope that the Tylenol helps you. I don't take anything but that, blood pressure medicine and acid reflux over the counter stuff now and some useless vitamins.

I have had some issues about going places lately, but I'm working on it. We don't really have any good places except Barnes and Noble and the used book place. The Vera Bradley outlet is about an hour away in the wrong direction for me. I don't even want to go there alone and I don't want to take Mr. HOOves over there because it's in the direction of the VA Hospital. Most of my shopping now is on Amazon, anyway. Of course, there is Costco. Mr. HOOves will go with me there later this week.

I am still slowly reading the Hedy Lamarr book. Also, my friend was talking to me and I realized I have a Dorothy Kilgalllen book on my Kindle. My friend, Joanne, says that she is interested in her. Joanne reads a lot, also and gives me tips. Sometimes she is right that a book is good like that "One Day in December" book. I liked that a lot. Apparently, Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered when she was in her early 50s, and it was connected to the assassination of JFK. That's what the book is about, anyway.

I decided on here (this web site) to only read what I like. I have really been doing that without thinking about it for a while. I am not sure it's what the ideal is, but I am not sure anyone really cares what I am doing much anyway at this point. I'm here, I volunteer time and effort and I pay the moola to be here and enjoy myself. Of course, for contests I will read everything and do my best to be fair.

There was a small thing about "honesty" recently, and I always get my hackles raised when people start slinging that loaded word around as if anyone can really judge anyone else's honesty levels.

I guess I can say I honestly don't read or review what I don't like.

I notice that people talk a lot about how other people should review. Then they, themselves, don't do many reviews. What's up with that? It's like the old them that teach can't do or something. Funny thing is that people I send reviews to tell me they like them, when I do what I enjoy.

So, it's the writers who say that who are actually writing. There's a self-appointed panel of experts around here who don't like my reviews, don't like me, don't like anything I do and never will. For a long time that hurt my feelings and when review groups that I was working hard for didn't care about the actual reviewing work I was doing faithfully, it had the tendency to ruffle my feathers.

This is all dumb stuff and I am starting to get how dumb it really is. That seems like a good thing. I am getting my goals organized and then I will just stick to them best that I can. So, if someone says that I or others are dumb for being positive in my reviews, I go and look at their treasure trove of reviews.

I have over 11,000 reviews. You have a lot more than that. We can stand on our records and be proud.

It sure has been interesting looking at the numbers and doing that because in most cases I don't have much to look at when it comes to the "experts".

Have a good weekend and hug Bella! *Cat2*

*Cow**Heartb**Cow**Balloonb*
I think I have over 20,000 reviews. I try to do one or two a day. I do 15 Anniversary Reviews every month. I try to give helpful reviews. I have been getting nice reviews lately. I realize what genres I am good at writing at and stick with those. Reviewing Groups. Everyone competes with each other. I quit all those groups. I like doing reviews at my leisure.

I watched Mermaids last night. I always get a kick out of Cher. I think she made Sonny's career. I adored Sonny but she had all the talent. Mermaids is such an entertaining movie.

I read some of Northanger Abbey. When Catherine first met Henry and told her she was good at writing letters. Jane threw that in for her benefit as well as Catherine's I am sure. I have Pride and Prejudice memorized almost. Northanger Abbey was bigger then Pemberly but it was scary. I would rather live at Pemberly.

I am glad it is warmer. I want to get out and go places this week. I was home every day last week. With my recent episode of my blood clot, I need to get out more. I saw Phil this morning. He is so big and cute. Guess he is that guy's pet. Groundhogs can get mean. We need an early spring. I hope I will feel better physically and emotionally.

Sounds like you are reading some good books. I may look for new books to read this spring. Have a good day. WalMart was a zoo last night. People in my way. When it was so cold those two days, everyone stayed home but yesterday, everyone came out of the wood work! Me, too. Give Boo hugs.
I hope that your weekend is going well. I have not felt the best today, but it's nothing serious. The weather is nice, but we aren't doing much about it.

I started reading the Dorothy Kilgallen book called, The Reporter Who Knew too Much, on my Kindle.

Otherwise, still plugging along with the Hedy Lamarr book and reading some in the other two Kindle books. The one about the Titanic jumps around a lot in time and that's confusing to me. Maybe it's because I'm reading too many books at one time.

Tomorrow Mr. HOOves goes to the surgeon who saved his life. He tests his circulation once a year. I hope it goes well. We are also getting at least two trees (they are pretty dead) taken out. These are big, 90 foot tall trees. That will be sometime this week we think.

I signed up for Soundtrackers, without having the option for them to comment on my song choices or writing. They can review it if they want to. I figure that way if anyone wants to listen they can and they don't have to feel obligated to like my choices. I don't really know if anyone in that group now will look much - Beth, who used to run the Soundtrackers - was real dedicated to reading all and commenting. Well, it's good to have an activity like that going on for people who enjoy writing about and being inspired by music. Time will tell how it goes under new management and such. I hope for the best. *Heartv*

Boo is very sleepy. We did her ears early so she isn't hiding from that, but she's basically sleeping the day away in addition to sleeping all night last night. Must be an aging thing. I know I sleep more sometimes, too.

Have a nice rest of the weekend! *Heartp*

Church was canceled. The parking lot was all frozen. 50 Degrees here but still feels cold. I cleaned house. I watched An Officer And A Gentleman. I like military movies and Richard Gere's character Zach who was a nice man but was rough. I enjoy the romance of him and Debra Winger's character and sadly his friend kills himself over a woman who broke up with him because he dropped out of Boot Camp. This is an emotional movie for me. I love watching it.

I wrote an entry for Once Upon A Time Fairy Tale Contest. Beauty and the Beast. I see The Heart Throb Contest is going on. I don't think I will write for it. I wrote a Regency Valentines Day Ball poem but I haven't decided if I will put it in Stormy's Contest or not. I never know when an idea will strike me.

I haven't done much reading. Mom and I are going to the Kate Spade Store tomorrow. I need to get out. Doctor appointments this week. I hope they know what they are doing.

Have a good week. I am like Boo. I took a nap watching Magnum PI. Hope you get your trees cut down. Thinking of you.
I hope that your week ahead is a good one and all the medical stuff is better and better than before. Hopefully, the medicine has worked good and you are well on the mend. Mr. HOOves is at the doctor this morning. They scan him for his circulation in his legs. This doctor is a vascular surgeon who saved his life here. I don't go with him because Mr. HOOves is proud to take himself and be buddies with the doctor.

The VA messed him up in June 2011 and by October Mr. HOOves was dying and weighed only about 130 pounds. On the night of the surgery 10.25.11, the (NON VA) surgeon here (bless him) said Mr. HOOves had a 15% chance of seeing the next day. Well, he and his team saved him. His office is only about a minute from my house. It is seven plus years later so we try and remember to tell ourselves every day is a gift.

The anesthesiologist (who looks like Gene Simmons of K.I.S.S.) told me that some people should not make it with all the things wrong, but God comes into the operating room. He told me that Mr. HOOves was that guy that night. So, yes, we believe in miracles and that there are doctors who are angels amongst us.

Officer and Gentleman was a great movie. It has been too long since I saw that.

I started reading in the book about Dorothy Kilgallen. It is well written so far. I am reading about 4 things. That Hedy Lamarr book is short, but I wonder if I'll ever finish it. She sure was a smart woman - she was a brilliant scientist who eaves dropped on the Nazi guys.

I could watch Magnum all day. I love Tom Selleck in Blue Bloods, also.

I hope you get a warm up and a thaw out. Have fun at the Kate Spade store. My trip today (if there is one) will be to the Post Office. Stay warm and have a good one!

*Heartv*

Mom and I went to Kate Spade today. I bought: a beautiful star necklace with a pearl and rhinestones, a pearl necklace with white beads and a bracelet to match and a silver bracelet with a rhinestone bow. I really love going to Kate Spade.

I downloaded the newest Victoria Magazine on my Nook. They are celebrating Louisa May Alcott's Book Little Women. I love this story. I should watch the movie. The Victoria Magazine has Easter things and Irish plates and neat decoration ideas. I love Easter. I have a white bunny cookie jar that I never taken out of the box. Maybe I will this year for Easter. They have Victorian House pictures and castles. I always wanted a Victorian house or castle. Indiana is no place for these houses. I wish.

It rained today. Going to be freezing rain tomorrow night. Things clear up Wednesday and I have a Doctor's appointment. Tomorrow is my hair day. Bella will be alone a lot this week.

I don't like military doctors and Dad quit going to the VA. I guess military doctors are good at Walter Reed Hospital but not as a rule. Sad, really. I trust foreign doctors and all my doctors are foreign but I am okay with that.

Mom asked if I was going to buy Danielle Steel's new book Turning Point. I guess I will after I go to the Doctor this Wednesday. Barnes and Nobles is in the area.

Have a good day. Enjoy reading your books.
I hope that all goes well for you this week and that the doctor's appointment is a good one.

The Kate Spade store sounds heavenly. I wish I could go, too. We don't have much here anymore.

I like the version of Little Women that has Elizabeth Taylor in it. It's pretty old, though.

Easter is a very nice time. When we lived on a golf course (1995 - 2002) here, in April the PGA Golf Tournament went through our back yard. Mr. HOOves and I used to volunteer as marshals. It was always around Easter and sometimes the tournament finished on Easter Sunday. That was a lot of happy memories for me, even though it was after my Dad died. I think that the spring, Easter and the Golf helped comfort me a lot.

I finally finished the Hedy Lamarr book. I was surprised that she was such a knowledgeable scientist. Her work and her patents were the predecessors of the modern cell phones. The Navy ignored her genius, but she invented something for torpedoes that they later used and it saved a lot of lives. We all have these cell phones because of her work. She tried to help, but her being a beautiful woman and an actress kept them from learning from her and paying good attention to what she was saying. Having been married to a munitions guy in Austria, she listened and learned a lot that she wanted to share to defeat Hitler because of the way he was and because she was Jewish, which she kept secret.

Here, VA doctors (some of them) come from Duke. Duke Hospital has a very bad reputation these days. It is across the street from the VA one. I don't know if they are as bad at the Duke part as they are at the VA part. Mr. HOOves has a big mouth and he has let a lot of people know about the vascular surgeon guy (and his monstrous assistants) who tore him up. Plus, there are those at the VA Hospital in Durham who treat the white vets like crap. It's like a reverse racial thing. One of these days someone will get a conversation over there on cell phone and give it to the media. Whether the media will do anything with it is another question.

I hope your freezing rain isn't too bad and that driving is okay on Wednesday. Bella will be happy that you are feeling better, I am sure. Boo gets a little confused sometimes now, but she's our baby. She gets happy when we are happy. Hug Bella for us! *Heartv*





Hedy Lamarr sounds like an interesting woman who knew what she wanted. Men don't like when women compete with them. Too bad, I say. Women are smart and talented as men.

The PGA Golf Tournament sounds like it was fun to be part of. Alice Cooper had his own golf team years ago. I remember Arnold Palmer played golf years ago. Tiger Woods. I have never even done miniature golfing. I watched my mother play when I was a kid.

I never saw Little Women with Liz Taylor. I always liked her in Cleopatra, Elephant Walk and Secret Ceremony. I also liked her in Butterfield 8. National Velvet was a good one about a girl and her horse. I could never get into Giant. She left a legacy of movies she was in. She played in General Hospital for a couple of years.

I hope the weather is good tomorrow. I need to ask that doctor a lot of questions. Bella is hiding behind the curtain in the bedroom. Guess she is either the big deal of the day or the zunk. Have a good day. I am always thinking of you. Boo, too.
I hope the weather is good for you and your appointment goes real well. I always write down my questions so the doctor cannot hightail it out the door.

I wrote my opinion about something and it was a mistake, but I can live with that. I was honest. So be it. I am not doing Soundtrackers anymore. I am doing my own thing with the music and keeping to myself except for here. I am proud of what I did do and I know I was right.

I am reading The Tatooist of Auschwitz. It's a true story and very sad.

When we had the golf tournament, Tiger Woods never came here. He came not too long ago, now that his career is on the downslide. I didn't go to see him, but I was grateful that he came here. Phil Mickelson came once while we were marshals. He was real nice and hit a ball into a chair of my neighbor. He joked with all of us as we moved out of the way so he could make his next shot. My niece used to bring her kids to help with the tournament. This is the same niece I lost in 2011.

I saw Liz Taylor on General Hospital. That was with Luke. I used to love it when he was on there in the early days with Laura and John Stamos as Blackie.

Have a nice day and good luck at the doctor. *Heart*


I saw my Doctor today and he thinks I am doing okay. He did more blood tests. Sometimes I feel like a pin cushion. Hopefully, I am doing well.

I went to Barnes and Nobles. I got the cutest book Pugs & Prejudice By Jane Austen with illustrations by Eliza Garrett. It tells a brief story of P&P with Pug dogs as the characters. The pictures are painted with pugs as Lizzie, Darcy and the rest of P&P characters. It is so cute. Darcy asked for Elizabeth's paw in marriage. Lizzie and her family lived at Longbone. Seeing this story through dogs is so cute. This book is for young girls, so they can get acquainted with Jane Austen's literature. I remember when the dog Wishbone used to tell literature classics and act them out. I can never get enough of P&P. This book practically jumped out at me.

I did buy Turning Point By Danielle Steel. I hope I like it.

I bought the movies: Platoon with Charlie Sheen. This was Charlie's first movie and he was cute and nice. This is the only Viet Nam war movie I like. I also bought What Ever Happened To Baby Jane with Bette Davis. I have always liked this creepy movie of how a woman abused her crippled sister. I bought Disney's Nutcracker and the Other Four Realms, I have always been a fan of The Nutcracker. I am sure I will love this movie.

Liz Taylor was a bad lady on General Hospital but she did a great job . I liked Luke and Laura. I haven't watched General Hospital in years.

A little chilly at 40 Degrees. Rained last night. I had a pretty good day. Have a good day. Come on spring!
I am glad your doctor's appointment went well and I hope all your tests come out okay. Fingers and Hooves crossed for that!

Pugs and Prejudice sounds sweet. My Dad loved pugs. We considered getting one when we were looking for Boo.. They are so cute and adorable. I wasn't sure I could cope with their breathing issues, but Boo has that (allergies) also so any breed can have allergies.

Danielle Steele is always a good read. Within the first five pages, she gets me caring about her characters. That is her gift, her genius I believe. I am going to wait for the used version since that one is about doctors.

I am still reading the Tatooist of Auschwitz. We are watching some reality show about people who leave England to start businesses in France and Spain on Netflix. That and Blue Bloods are our shows right now.

I don't think anyone will notice I left Soundtrackers for a good while, if ever. It's okay because I want my song choices to be relaxed and I want to be comfortable here. I was thinking about the movie, HAIR and how much I loved it and the music from it. Treat Williams starred in that along with John Savage. Not sure who else, but I loved the movie and haven't seen it in more than 35 years.

Our anniversary is Sunday - 35th! *Heartv* We always go for our traditional cheeseburgers. Shhh, don't tell HOOves! *Heart*
Sorry to hear you left Soundtrackers. I always enjoy ding the music campfires with you. I would find songs that I forgot that I loved. Thank goodness for music. Music takes us down Memory Lane. I enjoy good memories.

Happy Anniversary coming up! Ray and I have been married 35 years. The years sure go by fast. All my best to you. Is Boo planning a party? Our pets don't know about holidays and celebrations. She just knows here comes that tree again and there goes my fun in the room edition for 6 weeks! Things are hopping and she knows her Mommy is out there in the front room a lot at Christmas.

We have fog and rain. I will be glad to see spring.

The P&P Pugs book is cute. I hear Pugs have allergies. Poor things.

I haven't read any books or watched any movies. I will stay up late tonight and watch movies I hope or at least the weekend. Roma Downey keeps showing All Dogs Go To Heaven. She must love that movie.

Have a good day. I am looking forward to spring. Always thinking of you.
I hope you are having a good day and enjoying things.

We look forward to our anniversary cheeseburgers on Sunday. Were you married in 1984 or 1983? We were married Friday, Feb 10, 1984. The weather is supposed to turn colder today through the weekend. When we got married it was a hot day for February - in the 70s I think. We went to the Poconoes for the honeymoon, just the weekend but it was nice. *Heart* We both had to get back to work the next week. I got Mr. HOOves a Claddagh pocket watch. We don't usually get presents for the anniversary, just go out to eat. But this one is special being 35 years I think. *Heart* Nothing extravagant, but something anyway.

The tree guys were here yesterday. We hoped they were coming this week but they showed up around 3 and we had our dinner group so we had to cancel that. They cut down two trees that were dead and trimmed back another one. I enjoy watching the chaos of the guy up high in the tree and then watching them feed the wood into the chipper. So, it was like having a live show going on. Boo greeted them nicely, but mostly she wanted to stay in and snooze. With all the branches flying around, that was safer anyway.

I am still reading the Tattooist of Aucshwitz paperback. Mostly we watched the tree guys yesterday then went to sleep to Blue Bloods last night. I am glad those trees that looked dead are out because it is supposed to get windy today.

Have a good one and take care - hug Bella for us! *Heartv*



We had rain, fog and wind last night. We get all this at once. It is like, weather, make up your mind. We may have snow this weekend. Winter isn't leaving without a fight. This is still February and anything can happen.

I just mopped floors. I am behind on my housework. I have been gone all week shopping and doctor visits. I hope someday I will be well so I don't have to go see doctors.

We were married in 1983. Doesn't seem possible. Where did all the years go?

I am cleaning house today and I hope to read this weekend and watch movies. Bella has been back here visiting when I am on the computer. I wrote for the 48 Hour Music Challenge. They choose some good songs sometime. Today was I Will Wait By Mumford & Sons. It reminded me of a cute little Irish tune. I see Celtic Woman has a new CD. I miss Celtic Thunder. They are so good.

Have a good day. Hope your trees all got cut down. Give Boo hugs.
Hope your weekend is going good. We are getting more traditional type February weather now.

I am finally learning to look for things and figure them out. I got chewed out and misquoted (again) and I went and looked at the person doing the nastiness towards me's reviews. Surprise. They are a member of the same group that has targeted me for almost two years. I am not going to take their bait or anyone else's no matter what they do in there The rest is silence from me.

I wonder if they go after everyone who disagrees with their leader in an organized way like this. It is aggravating to log in and have things that aren't nice happen. But I think it comes and goes in waves. How do otherwise smart people allow themselves to be used as tools of a mindless group is a thought that comes to mind.

Reading the Tattooist of Auschwitz still. I have not been to Barnes and Noble for a while. I get a little anxious about driving, but that's getting better (I hope)

I did some cleaning already this morning. It felt good to get it done. Boo seems peppy. The weather is cold, but that's normal for February.

I hope Bella has a good day. Boo is doing good. She liked visiting with the tree guys this week. Some of her bedding (one of the three beds) needed extra washing today so she is happy to have the fresh linens. She sleeps a lot more now, but is always up for either eating or a walk.

Have a nice weekend! *Heart*

*Heartv*

I watched The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Clara went to the underground basement of her castle at a ball that she was at and sees The Clockmaker and an owl and finds out about the Four Realms. Clara is a Princess and travels to the Four Realms with The Nutcracker who is a bridge guard and takes her to the Four Realms along with the Mouse King {who is actually a cute little brown mouse. If all mice behaved liked him, he could be my pet but I would have to ask Bella!} They meet The Sugar Plum Fairy who loved and served Clara's mother who was the Queen. The Sugar Plum Fairy is mean and imprisons Clara and The Nutcracker. Clara and The Nutcracker escape with the help of the Mouse King and Ginger who was a friend and part of The Royal Court. The Sugar Plum Fairy? Can't say but things work out. The scenery and imagery is beautiful and Clara is Queen of The Four Realms but returns home to her family. Makes me think there will be a part 2. Definitely, a good movie. *HeartP*

I am finishing cleaning house. It is cold today but no snow. Bella is in the front room edition.

I won First Place in Once Upon A Time Fairy Contest with a Beauty and the Beast Poem. *RibbonO* I am surprised.

Some people here don't play at times. I am sorry to hear someone hurt you again. Have a good day and enjoy reading. I need to get warm and do some reading. Have a good weekend.



Congratulations on your first place win! That's awesome - way to go!!! *Thumbsupl* *Heartv*

Mice are cute characters like squirrels, but in person they are rodents. I imagine Bella would think they are rodents coming into her turf. *Cat2* I am pretty sure that Boo would have issues with mice or squirrels being inside. She pretty much sniffed at, then steered clear of the bat.

Once a squirrel came down my chimney (different house before we had Boo) and another time it was a bat that came in. I do not know for sure how the bat got in, but we closed off the fireplace just in case so no more cozy gas log type fires.

I gave Mr. HOOves a Claddagh pocket watch for our anniversary and he gave me a key to the heart necklace. We are going later for our cheeseburgers. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate, but it's not too far away. So, it's 35 years and counting now for us. I wish the restaurant we used to go to in Maryland still existed, but it's been gone for a long time.

Congrats again and enjoy your nice Sunday time! *Heart*
Hope your Anniversary was a good one. The Claddagh Pocket watch sounds nice. I wish you and Tom many Happy Anniversaries!

I watched Austenland last night. I always thought the main character Jane should have chosen the handyman at Austenland but he wasn't a Darcy. He seemed liked one at first. I wish I could dress like Jane Austen and go to Bath. I like all the Jane Austen items Jane collected. I wish I lived by The Jane Austen Shop. I would never have any money. I do love this movie.

When I worked in the old county building, we had bats come through the Fireplace and had to shut up the Fireplaces. Once in awhile, one would still get in. I don't like bats.

Have a good day. I see things are quiet on here. Give Boo hugs.
Hope your day goes good. Give Bella hugs, too. *Cat2* Boo sleeps a lot now. She is lively in the morning for a while, then sleeps until 3 or 4 when it is time to eat again. Then she has an energetic time from about 5 to 7:30 or 8 and back to sleep.

I remember watching Austenland a while back, but not much about it. It sounds like you have some good ideas about it.

I didn't watch The Grammy's but I saw a clip with Dolly Parton singing Jolene with Miley Cyrus that was good. Dolly has a way of bringing everyone together with her music and singing.

Thanks for the anniversary wishes, it was a good day. We didn't go where we wanted to go because it was too crowded. We ended up at a better place, actually. It was kind of weird. A lot of times (including the day we got married) we don't end up going out to the place we originally planned to go. It happened again this year.

It's pretty rainy and chilly today. Things seem to have settled down here a bit, I agree. Usually, in the past, February has been somewhat volatile. Maybe this year will be nice and calm. Hope so.

*Heartv*
I didn't see any of the Grammys. I don't even know the Rock Stars anymore and I just like old Rock music. Rock music was so much better years ago. I do like Dolly but she has had so much plastic surgery and she doesn't look as pretty as she did in Steel Magnolias. This is another movie I enjoy watching.

We have snow and ice but it is melting. I have to go see the Doctor today. I hope someday I will be better. Maybe when spring arrives. I get winter depression.

I haven't doing any reading and I just watched Frazier reruns last night and was going to put in a movie but fell asleep. No plans today. Go see the Doctor and hope he has answers. February hasn't been a kind month.

Have a good day. I will be thinking of you. I wish good thoughts for you. Boo, too.
I hope and pray that all goes well at the Doctor and he can help you to feel better.

I get winter depression also.

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Frazier is one of my all time favorites on TV. I love Niles and Daphne and, of course, Eddie the dog and Martin Crane. I hope all goes well for you today and better than you think. Sometimes, when I think it will be bad, it's not, but hopefully it will go your way.

*Heart*

I watched Platoon. I forgot what a rough movie it was with all the swearing and battles. I know the Viet Nam was rough. My father used to tell stories of being in Viet Nam and it was a bad war. I guess I am getting too old for rough movies. This movie is how Charlie Sheen got his start and Johnny Depp, too. I think I will just watch romance movies.

I started reading Turning Point. It is about Doctors, nurses who work in the ER and it has romance. I just can't get into this book. Guess I am changing what I like to read. Danielle Steel must be running out of material to write about. I know the feeling.

I went to the Doctor yesterday. I am on an antibiotic for a non specific urine infection. He says I am doing alright otherwise. I hope so. I get anxiety issues a lot.

I loved Eddie, Niles and Daphne in Frazier. Have a good day. We had fog, snow and wind yesterday and ice. Going to watch Lucy.
I hope that the medicine helps quickly and you feel much better real fast. I get anxiety issues, too, so don't feel like you are alone in that at all. This confining weather and like what you are getting does not help things because it is hard to move around when the weather doesn't cooperate.

My husband and brother were both in Vietnam. It's like what was that really for with all those boys drafted (although my husband and brother enlisted) then lost. I always think about that Wall of Remembrance down in D.C. Every politician who votes for war should be required to visit the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and look at all the names lost.

I saw Platoon a long time ago, but don't remember it. I mostly just watch things that are romantic comedies or silly action things now. I also like murder mystery things.

Lucy is always good to lift the spirits.

The Turning Point (besides being that book) was also a movie in the 70s. It had Anne Bancroft and Shirley MacLaine and Mikhail Baryshnikov. It was a movie about dancing so unrelated to the Danielle Steel book. I just looked it up a few days ago. I loved it at the time it came out, but then forgot about it. I saw it in the movie theater a bunch of times and then went to see Baryshnikov dance at The Kennedy center in D.C. He was really quite something to watch! I think at that time he was performing with the American Ballet Theater as a guest performer.

Hope your day goes good and you feel better. Boo barks hello as she goes in for her long nap.

*Heartg*
I hate having anxiety. Winter doesn't help. I try to get out more every chance I get. I pray. God is the best healer of all.. I hope to get better soon. My sinuses want to act up this morning.

Valentines Day. My mother and I are going out with friends for lunch. My Valentines Days gifts are: a stuffed lavender llama and a stuffed bobcat. from my husband. They are so cute. All the Kate Spade jewelry I bought with my Christmas money from my husband. I am content.

I watched Are You Being Served? yesterday. I am like you. I like comedy. One movie I love is Valentines Day. Taylor Swift carrying that big white stuffed Teddy Bear around and Anne Hathaway and Topher Grace were a cute couple. I love George Lopez. I hope to watch this movie tonight. It is cute and funny. This is what Valentines Day is about.

Going to be 30 Degrees today. That helps. It is time for winter to leave. Have a good day. Give Boo hugs. Happy Valentines Day! *HeartP* *HeartV*
I hope that it warms up a bit for you and things are nice and toasty and you feel better and better as the day goes on. It sounds like everything is very nice for your Valentine's.

We are supposed to go out with friends to celebrate. We no longer exchange presents, just cards for Valentine's because our anniversary is so close in time.

Our eldest grandson turned 12 yesterday. We called him and sang to him and Boo barked a lot while we were singing. He said he enjoyed it. Mr. HOOves can sing, me, not so much. He's a nice and thoughtful boy, very sweet natured. *Heartb*

Gilmore Girls is my choice for romantic comedy these days. I also love the movie, You've Got Mail, and, of course P & P with Colin Firth, but I don't know if I will get a chance to watch it all. I am wearing my necklace (lock and heart key) that Mr. HOOves gave me for our anniversary. The longer chain arrived yesterday from amazon.

I am reading a biography of Prince Charles by Sally Bedell Smith. I got it a while ago. You know how I feel about him. *Alien* It's sympathetic to him so far. I get the feeling it's going to blame Diana for all his woes, but I will see how it goes as I read and try to keep an open mind. *Heartbl*

*Heart* Happy Valentines to you, also!! *Heart*
Mom and I had a nice dinner with our friends. I came home and relaxed. Ray bought me home a glazed donut. That was my Valentine treat.

I watched episodes of "Heartland". It had romantic moment episodes of the main couple Amy and Ty. I watched Momma Mia. Here We Go Again last night. I love that movie and I enjoy Colin Firth, Cher and of course all the Abba music.

In the 20's today. Cold day.

Prince Charles I don't care for. I dread seeing him be King someday even though I don't live in England. Let me know how you like the book you are reading about him.

So, Boo didn't like the Birthday song. Bella is running around, going crazy today. She likes to have fun. If only I had her ambition. Have a good day. Stay warm.
I hope your weather has warmed up or is at least sunny. We've got chilly rain today. I think the whole weekend is supposed to be rainy.

Sounds like your Valentine's Day was very nice.

We went out with our dinner group. We got cannoli cake to go, but it wasn't very good. The cannolis are usually better than the cannoli cake was. The meal was delicious - Italian. This is a restaurant where the owner/chef made chicken soup for Tom while he was recovering in the hospital and he didn't charge me for it. We both say that he helped save Tom's life. It is our favorite restaurant to go to, family owned and operated. On Monday-Wednesday they have a special for $16.99 - You get two pasta dishes, salads and bread. We end up taking leftovers home and getting two meals out of it, which is a good deal, with great food.

Yesterday, I was busy getting our meds and running errands. It all went well, so that was a relief to get everything done. I have had some anxiety about driving lately, but that was better and I went a whole bunch of places with no trouble. I traded in a bunch of books and DVDs at the used book place, but didn't find anything to buy. I ended up with 60$ credit so we will have fun with that.

My friend Joanne recommended a book called "The Last Romantics" by Tara Conklin. I got it at Barnes and Noble yesterday - it was in the bestseller section. Joanne always gives me a list of books, but I told her to tell me which one she liked best since the beginning of the year and it was that one. Otherwise, I am still reading the Prince Charles book or not reading it, I guess. It's still sitting there on my coffee table.

It sounds like Bella is in good spirits. Boo has been, too. She definitely makes us smile.

Have a lovely weekend in spite of the weather, if it's cold or icky! *Heartb**Snow4**Heartb**Cow*
I watched Sahara with Matthew Mcunahay and Penelope Cruz. They were trying to find a confederate ship and coin in the desert. Weird story line. It had a lot of action, drama and adventure. It is a good movie but not one I want to watch over and over. I like Matthew. Guess that is why I watched it.

I haven't been to Olive Garden in awhile but their food isn't as good as it used to be. I was disappointed the last time my mother and I went there to eat. We always have to wait. Sounds like you have a nice Italian restaurant that you and your friends go to. I have always liked noodles fettucini, my favorite Italian food.

"The Last Romantics" sounds good. I may need to check that one out. I just haven't been in a reading mood I guess. We haven't had a used book store around here in years. Glad I got Barnes and Nobles to go to.

Bella makes me smile but she does take a mood. May get flurries today. I am still cold this winter. Hope all is going well with you. Have a great day.
I always like Matthew McConahay. I like him in person and in movies. He's a rarity these days. I liked that first movie I saw him in , A Time to Kill. He and Sandra Bullock and the rest of that cast were really good. I also think A Time to Kill is the best book that John Grisham ever wrote. It is different from the rest of his books that I have read.

Our friends were talking about Olive Garden. Last week when we missed going, (because of our trees being taken down) they went there. They said it was good with the bottomless salad and breadsticks. Maybe it depends on the one you go to. Usually the one closest to us is mobbed so we never go and we have this good restaurant closer with no crowds and it is a better deal during the week.

Joanne usually gives me good tips, but sometimes I don't agree with her assessments. That book, One Day in December that she recommended was really good so now I'm relying on her until I don't like something, I guess.

Boo is snoozing now. She had a nice morning I think, but she already got her ear cleaning out of the way when we ambushed her. Give Bella a hug! *Heartv*

I haven't been in the mood to read or do much except watch NCIS and NCIS Los Angeles. Our weather is rainy and cold now, too. We are supposed to get a bit of a break tomorrow, but we will see.
*Heartw**Hearto**Heartg*
I watched Dirty Dancing last night. I love it because it is in the 60's and I adore Patrick Swayze. He was a great actor and dancer. I watch this movie every once in awhile. I like watching old movies. Ray and I haven't been to a movie at a theatre in awhile. Maybe we will when it gets spring and summer.

I have been reading my Bible almost everyday. I enjoy reading devotions. I clean house and go shopping when I can. Yesterday it snowed. It's like will winter ever end?

Bella will probably go take a nap. I did my household chores this morning. Not much going on. Hope Boo is happy today. Thinking of you. Thank you for telling me about the books you read. Have a good day.
I love Dirty Dancing. It is a classic. The mother is the mother on Gilmore Girls and Baby's Dad is Lenny from Law and Order. What a great cast! I love the dancing and the songs they use. It was filmed in North Carolina. *Heartb* I don't know why Jennifer Grey changed her looks like she did with plastic surgery. I thought she was beautiful in this film and in Ferris Buehler.

I think that I would go to the theater to see a Downton Abbey movie or a movie that would be a romantic comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt. Those are the only things that would get me into a movie theatre. I only miss the popcorn now.

Did you see that Elvis tribute thing last night on NBC? My friends who used to share a port here told me about it. I didn't watch because I saw the original Elvis Comeback live in 1968. I watched some of the stuff on YouTube this morning from last night. It is totally not in the spirit of the original, which was all live and all Elvis for an hour and a half or so. I don't see how they can take ten celebrities nowadays singing a song each and compare it to what Elvis did back then. My mother made me watch it, but by the end I was an Elvis fan forever.

He was a talent. I think that performance of his, and Michael Jackson's Billy Jean thing and the Beatles on Ed Sullivan are the best live performances ever.

I am not reading today. Went to Costco and I didn't buy any books. I ordered Boo's Sentinel medicine. It's funny because they said "last name" so I said my last name and then "first name?" Boo. LoL Everyone around me started giggling, then I said, "She's a canine member of the family."

Tell Bella to have sweet dreams. Boo kicks her feet when she's asleep like shes running. Do cats do that, also?

*Heartv*



I like Jerry Orbach. He played a bad guy in Buck Rogers. He was influencing teen-age kids in space to kill people. That was quite a role. Jennifer Grey did some plastic surgery and she was already pretty. I didn't know Baby's mother played in anything else. I never get tired of watching Dirty Dancing.

I didn't watch Elvis. Mom is a big fan. She painted a bust of him in ceramics class for me but I left it for her when I moved out and got married. My son Jason was born a year later, on the day that Elvis died. Jason asked if that was his claim to fame. Mom has a Elvis Scrapbook of him and I buy her Elvis items once in awhile. I liked some of his songs.

I haven't done much reading. I watched Newhart episodes last night.

Still cold today. I hope it warms up. It may snow tomorrow and rain all weekend. Come on spring! Have a good day.
We are supposed to get freezing rain tonight and tomorrow morning. Spring is definitely dragging its little bunny paws. *Rabbit*

The mother from Dirty Dancing was played by Kelly Bishop. She was in the play on Broadway called A Chorus Line. Then she plays Emily Gilmore in Gilmore Girls, the mother of the main character. The father in Gilmore Girls was Edward Herrmann. I think Kelly Bishop is known for her dancing and she won a Tony for A Chorus Line.

My mother got me to like Elvis when she had me watch that 1968 Comeback special with her. My brother used to have a velvet painting of Elvis because he thought that was funny. He used to give me annoying Elvis presents like I have a little box with Elvis on it that has Elvis stamps in it. He went to Graceland years ago. When we were in Las Vegas for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary in the early 90s, my brother and his wife and me and Mr. HOOves went to see an Elvis impersonator. He was kind of bad. I never saw the real Elvis in person.

My Dad liked Elvis, but not as much as my Mom did. He thought my brother was funny and would try and add to his Elvis souvenir collection. Weird senses of humor. I think Elvis was a huge talent. I did not love him like I loved the Beatles. I do not know why. Maybe it's those travel movies he used to do. I made the mistake of going to see one of those. Really bad.

I haven't done much reading either this week so far. Maybe tomorrow when the weather turns icky. I guess it is Prince Charles staring at me from the cover of the book on the coffee table. I make faces at him and find reasons not to read. That Last Romantics book that my friend Joanne liked was at Costco. They just have big bestsellers so I know it is doing well. I haven't started reading it yet.

The big booksale here is in the beginning of May this year instead of the end of April. That booksale is always a highlight of the year for me, but I am not reading much. I just like looking at the books at B & N, the used book place and the book sale. You never know what I might find there.

Hope your day goes good and that the weather in store is not as bad as forecast.

*Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*



we got some rain and it is trying to snow. We didn't get the freezing rain. That much I am happy for. It is 28 Degrees and supposed to get above freezing.

Mom loved Elvis. I am a Beatles Fan, Prince and Glen Campbell were my favorites. I like Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift. I did see Beatles impersonators once and they were very good.

I don't blame you for making faces at Prince Charles. I would probably go slap the book cover that he is on. I read a magazine caption that said William and Kate were named the next King and Queen. Meghan is always getting a bad rap. I feel sorry for her. The Royals are always in the tabloids. Guess I will just play a Princess here and hopefully, not get a bad rap.

I enjoy book sales but I have books from a Flea Market I bought 2 years ago that I didn't read. I saw a book on line about Life after Pemberly about Charles and Jane Bingley that someone wrote. I am debating whether to order it and add it to my reading pile. Maybe someday I will get to reading again.

I was on the phone, paying a hospital credit card bill and Bella was messing with the valcro on the recliner and I told her to stop that and told the lady, my cat was misbehaving. She laughed. She asked if she could do anything else for me. I told she could come over and help cat sit. She laughed. That has been my day.

Hope Boo is behaving. Have a good day. Thinking of you.
I am behind in my reading, too. So much, but it doesn't stop me from getting more books. I don't want to run out of things to read I guess. I don't really shop for much except books now. Vera Bradley quit carrying the purse style I like so I'm not motivated to go to the outlet.

Sounds like Bella is very frisky and has a lot of kitten in her still. Boo has a lot of puppy. She really barks in our faces at night, sometimes. It is funny when she gets all sassy with us. Good that they have a lot of spirit, I think. She's sleeping now, in her crate with her head hanging out the front. She likes doing that for some reason.

The weather is wintry here, but nothing extreme. Low 30s and cold rain. I think it's supposed to rain all week, but warm up some tomorrow so it's just rain and no sleet or freezing rain.

I made a dumb mistake with something. I don't know why I make dumb mistakes, but I seem to do a lot of that these days. I just smack my forehead and think why did I do that. Well, all I can do is try and do better going forward. I get headaches when I get frustrated, but whatever. Things will get better and I'll be more careful as I try things.

Have a nice Wednesday and stay cozy inside. I may or may not read about dopey Prince Charles today.

*Heartv*

I just ordered A Wedding Necessity, Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth Bennet is walking in the woods when it rains and seeks shelter in a building in the woods. Darcy is there, too. They need to get married to save face and Elizabeth hates him. This should be an interesting take on another Lizzie and Darcy story. This I will read.

No rain and fog today. I am glad. Just a nice quiet winter day. Bella is up running around. I should get her to fold up laundry. Ha. Ha.

I make dumb mistakes all the time. I lack common sense. If common sense came in a text book, I would ace it. I was good at text book study except math. Don't feel bad.

Have a good day. Give Boo hugs.
That book sounds interesting. Let me know how you like it.

I made so many mistakes yesterday, I couldn't believe it. It was like Mistake Wednesday for me. But today is another day.

I am still avoiding Prince Charles. I may take his face and put the book back on the shelf if I can't get to reading it soon.

Bella has a lot of good energy and so does Boo. Boo points out when I drop things from the laundry. Sometimes, she tries to eat dryer sheets if one falls on the floor. I do not understand why she thinks that is a good idea. It does not seem appetizing to me.

Lots of rain here, still, but the temperatures are warmer. I think it's supposed to rain until Sunday. Very gloomy, chilly and dark. I think we will still have our group thing and go to a cafeteria if all agree. We all figure out our own paths sooner or later. I think I am a late bloomer in that respect.

Have a nice Thursday and stay cozy! *Shamrock**Heartg**Shamrock*

I will let you know how I like the new P&P sequel book about Elizabeth and Darcy. I have been reading Angels On Earth Magazine. This magazine has inspiring stories about angels and religious miracles that happen. Like a flower growing or a butterfly appearing to comfort a person who has lost someone they loved. I find these stories uplifting. These stories make me feel good about things in life.

It is going to rain all weekend. I don't have any plans. I need to clean house.

I almost get hit by cars at a red light yesterday. I thought the light was going to stay red for me to make a right turn before it changed. Wrong! Luckily, God was with me. I didn't get hit. I was embarrassed. For now on, no turn on red for me. Not now, not ever! Too close for comfort. That was my mistake for the week.

Not much is happening. I hope you have a good day. Give Boo hugs.
Take care with the driving. Thank goodness you are okay!! I get anxious about it a lot lately and I am not sure why. I do not go right when it is red. The ones behind me can honk all they want, but if I have no way of seeing what the oncoming lanes are doing from the left then no dice. Same with railroad crossings. I stay way clear and the nutjobs can go around me if they want to sit on the tracks. Not for me!! Stay safe!!!

The Angel magazine sounds lovely and inspiring. Sometimes I read Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. Those are usually quite heartwarming and inspirational. It is good to read positive stuff. A friend gave me one of those Chicken Soup books about mothers and daughters after my mother passed away. This friend lost her Dad on the same day (Thanksgiving 2005) that I lost my Mom. We were both struggling with being caregivers at the time our parents passed. I lived in Maryland then.

It is heavy rain all weekend here, also. Late Sunday into Monday is supposed to be windy and sunny and hopefully dry out. I hope the weekend is good to you!

Give Bella a hug! Boo wants to go our and have it be nice, but it's pouring so she's grumpy.

*Heartv**Heartt*

I am going to be more careful when I am driving, that's for sure. I could never be a truck driver. I am glad I didn't get hit the other day at the stop light. That would have been worse then a NASCAR pile up.

I watched Pride and Prejudice yesterday. I do enjoy every minute of that movie. Two hours can't tell the story where 5 and a half hours can and you get to follow every detail. I think this movie made Colin Firth. This is my favorite Jane Austen movie and novel. I can't believe it was made 20 years ago. I saw this movie at WalMart in the Valentines Day section 2 weeks ago and this got me in the mood to want to watch it again. Ray wasn't home yesterday so I was able to watch it in peace. Ha. Ha.

I got the book P&P sequel I told you about of Elizabeth and Darcy. They have to spend the night in a gardner's shack and share a bed due to a bad rain storm and looks like this book could be interesting. I read the first 2 chapters.

I watched Some Kind Of Wonderful last night. A teen movie about a middle class boy in high school falling in love with a beautiful girl who hangs out with rich people. His best friend is a Tom Boy played by Mary Stuart Masters. She is in love with him but she helps him go after the wanna be rich girl. I enjoy these teen ager movies from the 80's.

It is windy here and may snow. Rained yesterday. Hope Boo is doing well. I am getting ready to start my day. Have a good one.
I wish that drivers would be more cautious. I have had anxious moments doing it. I think some people treat it like a competition.

I hope your weather gets better. We finally got some sun yesterday after nine straight days of rain. It was sunny and windy. Today is sunny and windy. That's okay with me.

Last night we started out watching NCIS on Netflix. Then Mr. HOOves nodded off and I switched to the Oscars. I got to see the big Bradley Cooper/Lady Gaga performance. That was really something.

I remember Bradley Cooper very well from the TV show, Alias when he played Jennifer Garner's reporter friend, Will. He has a lot of talent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrSit1tVaUI

I didn't enjoy Barbra Streisand lecturing the world or Spike Lee's know it all acceptance speech, but whatever. I am a big fan of Mahershala Ali and Olivia Colman so their awards made me happy. I am not a fan of Glenn Close so I was okay with her not winning. Melissa McCarthy's dress made me laugh. DId you see her dressed as the Queen with the animals on her dress? I didn't see all of it, just moments here and there. I didn't think they needed a host - seemed to go better without one.

I want to see Green Book and A Star is Born and Roma on Netflix. I didn't even realize it was on Netflix.

P & P is always a reliable way to get lost in time. The performances are so good. You know it is better than 99% of movies that come out. It just is - great story, great setting and superb performances. Plus, an Oscar winning (afterwards) lead actor. If there was any sense in the world P & P would get an Honorary Oscar for storytelling.

*Heartv*
I didn't watch the Oscars. They never pick the movies I like and I love movies but I am disappointed in actors and actresses anymore. Their attitudes. I like to think of actors and actresses as the movie characters they play and these are the characters I love. I love Johnny Depp no matter what. I just do. Melissa McCarthy. She was cute in Mike and Molly. I never liked Glenn Close. I like Julia Roberts. I like the year Titanic won everything except Helen Hunt beat out Kate. Like seriously.Kate Winslet should have won for best actress. I love Kate. Hollywood. Glad I am not an actress.

I am reading the P&P sequel. Charles Collins found Darcy and Elizabeth in the gardner's shed and told them they had to get married. Darcy said he and Elizabeth were already engaged. I will be reading to see what happens next.

Cold today but no wind, snow, rain or fog. Just a quiet day.
I know what you mean about the Oscars. They usually don't pick the performances or movies that are lasting. I think jealousy and popularity contests (within the acting community} play a part. Titanic made a lot of money so there was a lot of envy. Kate Winslett has a much more enduring career than Helen Hunt. People will know forever who Kate Winsett and Leonardo DiCaprio are because of Titanic. Twenty years from now, who will really know or remember Helen Hunt's performance that year? Not many.

Everyone knows Johnny Depp for some of his performances like the Pirates thing. He's memorable and he doesn't need an Oscar to say so. Yo ho ho.

It is live TV so it interests me to see some of it. But the glamour just isn't there like it used to be.

I want to see that Green Book movie now and A Star is Born. I didn't care about seeing anything before I saw the Oscar show. So, it got me a little interested, not a lot. Julia Roberts is aging beautifully. Glenn Close always seemed like a Meryl Streep clone to me, without the good sense to pick the right parts.

I turned that biography of Prince Charles over on the coffee table to avoid looking at his face and there was Camilla's grinning horse face. I continue to "try" to read the book, one grueling chapter at a time.

I hope it is a good day for you and for Bella. Boo barks hello! Stay warm and cozy - it's sunny and warm here, but supposed to get colder and rainier tomorrow. *Heartv*



I agree that Johnny Depp doesn't need an Oscar. He is the in thing! To me, all pirates should have been Captain Jack Sparrow and Will Turner.

I watched Terms Of Endearment last night. This movie has romance, sadness and humor. I love the theme song. Jack Nicholson and Shirley McClaine make me laugh so hard. I can't watch the ending when Debra Wringer's character dies. Too many medical problems I have had and a close call so I pass on the ending. The rest of the movie is good.

Remains to be cold. I keep hoping for spring. I haven't seen the first robin, yet but once I see him, then I will know it is spring. I wait patiently.

Bella loves to run amok. I wish I could. Not much happening. Give Boo hugs.
Hope all is good there. We are back to cloudy and rainy here, but it was nice to have a couple of sunny days there.

We have a guy, Tony, who helps with the yard stuff. He got a lot done yesterday and the day before. We took Boo for a walk yesterday evening while Tony was cleaning off her deck and her run. She got to see some of her friends in the neighborhood. We usually walk her in the morning, but this was after dinner. We found out a new puppy is moving in across the street later this week. Three little kids live there so I know they will be happy. They used to have a cat, named Hamlet who Boo watched a lot. Boo would howl if she saw Hamlet step a paw into the road. Hamlet went to Angel's Rest a while back.

We just watched NCIS. Nothing new about that - some NCIS and some Gilmore Girls for me.

I remember Terms of Endearment being a good movie, but not much more about it than that.

I want to watch Manchester by the Sea. I have had that one for a long time on DVD but never watched it. Maybe this week. We are in a rut with a lot of our viewing stuff.

Next week Madame Boo has to go to the Vet and we have to go to the Tax guy. Big bad week ahead.

Give Bella a big hug for us when she stops her running. Boo likes to run and jump sometimes too. It means there is a lot of puppy and kitten in them still.

*Heartp*



Sounds like Boo will be getting a new puppy friend to visit. Cute. Sorry the kitty died, Boo's friend. Bella just sees birds and animals on TV. I think she is happy.

I watched Ice Castles last night. A young skater girl loses her eye sight, well most of her eye sight, in a skating accident. The movie stars Robby Benson and I always adored him. He is so cute. The girl is a blonde girl with three names and I never saw her in anything else. She skates in a competition in the end but trips over the flowers the audience threw at her and Robby's character helps her. She was trying to hide the fact that her sight is almost gone. The ending always makes me cry. I can watch Robby Benson in anything. I loved him on Sabrina, The Teen-Aged Witch.

I watched the last half of Funny Girl. I love Barbara Streisand. I am disappointed in Hollywood actors running down Trump but I like their movies and characters and try not to think of them as people and their bad attitudes.

Cold her today. May get snow flurries. February is almost over. Ray has a Birthday in two days but he was a leap year baby. I promised him a turkey dinner this weekend. Have a good day. Thinking of you and Boo.

I hope that your weather is better and Ray has a nice birthday. I guess he either celebrates it today or tomorrow on the first when it isn't a leap year. That is interesting that he is a leap year baby. One of my most beloved aunts was born on Feb 27. Right on the edge of spring.

Funny Girl is a good movie. I remember when Reagan was President, Hollywood ran him down all the time, too. He was a good president, far as I could tell. I think Trump will be remembered better than he is treated now. Well, the press ran down Lincoln every day of his presidency, calling him names and berating him for "destroying" the country. The press is dopey and Hollywood is way below that in brain power. Congress, is below that - they all want face time to make a name for themselves.

Most people (I hope) make up their own minds.

I noticed at least one new merit badge so I sent it to you. I didn't see any others, but it looks like more are about to come out. That's a nice sign of Spring, also. *Tulipy*

We have learned of some illness close to us. I don't know if it will mean a trip up north yet or not.

*Heart*
we are having out turkey dinner Saturday. He has a borderline Birthday. He didn't want anything so I am making him a turkey dinner. He built a pole barn. That is his Birthday and Christmas.

I liked Regan. No matter who is President, everyone will pick on him. Guess we will never have a perfect President but I feel Trump is trying. Politics. Glad I am not a Politician.

I haven't done much reading. I didn't watch any movies. I watched Frazier, Survivor, Dark Shadows and Home Improvement last night. I will be glad to see the weekend come. Even though I am retired. I still never have enough time to do things. I had to change Bella's litter box. That takes awhile. I watched Lucy.

The new Merit Badges are neat.

Have a good day. I am always thinking of you and Boo.
I hope that everything goes good for you today. *Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg* That newsletter is awesome!

I am not in a reading mode with the biography that sits on my coffee table. I cover the picture with a brochure and put my water bottle on it. I blame Prince Charles sitting on my coffee table. *Alien* That might change soon if I can't bring myself to pick up the book.

I have ordered the new Maisie Dobbs mystery book from Amazon. I got it with a gift card I got for Christmas, but the book isn't to be released until later this month, around the 26th, I believe. I think it is about 13th or 14th in the series. I have read all the books so far. This is pretty much the only "series" I follow now since Sue Grafton (A is for Alibi) died. I had read all her books, A through Y.

I was having some anxiety, but that seems much better now so I can go places, but the weather has turned bad.
Always something, isn't there? I went to Costco yesterday, but none of the books there appealed to me. I got Boo's Sentinel. I save 30$ every six months by getting her medicine at Costco, so it's worth the effort. She takes Sentinel once a month. At Costco, it costs $51 and at the Vet's $85. Big difference.

Take care and hug Bella for us! *Heartg*


I got my blood test. I went to Barnes and Nobles. I bought a new Womens Devotional Bible. I am inspired. I read my Soap Opera Digest Magazine. Melody Thomas Scott has been on The Young And The Restless for 40 years. It is like her character Nikki Newman and I grew up together. I love how they dress Nikki and the necklaces she wears. She gets to be married to Victor! This was a special section about her in the newest Soap Opera Digest.

I am reading the P&P Sequel. Darcy and Elizabeth just got married. I will be reading this.

I watched Translyvania 3. I love this cartoon series about Dracula, the wolfman and Frankenstein. These cartoon movies are cute and so entertaining.

I wouldn't want to look at Prince Charles picture every day. I would probably slap him or cover him up with aluminum foil! He would definitely look better.

Have a good weekend. I need to clean house and make my turkey dinner. Give Boo hugs.
I hope your weekend goes good and your blood test turns out fine. Hopefully, you will hear about it sooner rather than later. Enjoy that turkey dinner. Sounds yummy - Happy Birthday weekend to Ray!

We have been watching the new puppy across the street come out with the three little kids. One has the puppy on the leash, one carries the poopie bag and the other (the girl) cheers them all on. It's so cute. We will have to meet the puppy later on today or this weekend and find out the name and whether it's a boy or girl.

Boo is now the oldest dog on the street. All her contemporaries are gone. But she still has a lot of puppy left in her. This week she goes for the nail trim appointment. But, Mr. HOOves made a step for her to get into the car with, so we are hopeful about that. It's funny how things change over time. The corgi next door (he's about 4 years old now) was all sweet with me yesterday - all his hesitancy has gone away with the bribe of dog chow treats.

We are watching some lifeguards on the beach show from Australia. I think it's called, Bondi Beach or something like that. It's on Netflix. That and NCIS are our staples these days.

I think this week coming up I will either dive into the Prince Charles book or take it to the garage and find another book to read. Maybe I have to be in the mood for it. Slapping it sounds good and covering with foil even better. *Laugh*

Have a lovely weekend there and hug Bella for us! *Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*

We had a good turkey dinner yesterday. I am always glad when the mess is cleaned up. I love left over turkey for sandwiches. Turkey is a favorite food of mine.

We watched Married With Children episodes yesterday. I haven't been doing much reading but I do love to read. I want to read Danielle Steel's book Silent Night. This is about twin sisters all grown up and one has a teen-age daughter and the woman dies. The twin sister has to raise the daughter. I hope I will like this one. I haven't liked Danielle's last three books, so I a, hoping I will like this one. I have Barnes and Nobles coupons, so I will be going to Barnes and Nobles this week.

The new puppy sounds cute. Bella looks outside and sees corn fields but she is looking for birds and sees other animals at times. She hates when coyotes howl. Me, too. They are eerie. I would rather hear wolves.

Have a good day. I need to pay bills. I cleaned house yesterday. Give Boo hugs.
Enjoy your turkey leftovers! My HOOves is a big fan of the turkey sandwich and turkey soup. We get a lot of meals out of a turkey dinner. Today I have a roast in the crockpot with carrots, potatoes, mushrooms and onion. It is a cold, dreary day here. We are supposed to get more rain, then dry out and be colder for the week.

I read some in the Prince Charles book yesterday. Today, I have been reading about Dorothy Kilgallen on the Kindle. The Reporter Who Knew Too Much is the name of the book. The premise of it is that she was murdered for what she learned about the JFK assassination. It's pretty interesting so far.

I got the Barnes and Noble coupons too. I used one yesterday. I couldn't find any of the 50% off books that I wanted. I may go back on Tuesday afternoon, not sure.

We are watching NCIS and Bondi Beach on Netflix, as usual. It takes a long time to get through 15 seasons of NCIS. We haven't met the puppy yet, but we watch from afar. It's cute with the three kids trying to manage the leash.

I was happy today when sum1swriting told me that yellow roses got her white briefcase. For some reason, her family never asked for it at the time she passed away.

I hope that it goes with her wishes. I know she loved it being promoted to golden.

Hug Bella for us - Boo is snoring in her crate at the moment.

*Hearty*
I remember Yellow Rose. I am glad I have been here for you. Congrats on the Merit Badge you got from The Heart Throb Contest. I didn't enter. I have been entering the Once Upon A Contest. I have good luck there. I was hoping Bob Baker was having his Unicorn Contest this month but he isn't. I will have to write a unicorn story of my own.

I read some of my Survivors Of The Titanic book about what really happened. I read a few pages of Wedding Necessity. I did finish up a book of Devotions I had been reading.

The turkey was good. Bella liked her turkey.

Cold here 20 some degrees. I am getting ready to start my day. I cleaned house\, kitchen anyway and did laundry. Have a good day. Thanks for all you do here.
That Survivors of the Titanic book sounds interesting.

You never know with contests here. I hope it all goes good for you.

It was fun judging the Heartthrob one. Lots of good entries and it was very nice of everose to give the judges badges. We had to do percentage evaluations. I think she is good with Math. Math is not my strong point, but I did my best. It was a lot of nice and romantic reading, plus the sonnets with the consistent syllable count are not easy to write. Lot's of fine work.

I have been a judge with people for contests and then after they don't even thank the judges. One year I did a lot of reading and evaluating for the big event contest that starts with a letter toward the end of the alphabet. I never heard a word, or a peep of thanks. Same with another contest that was poetry that took a lot of work and time. Not one word from the hostess there.

Everose was very nice about thanking and giving us badges. That makes a big difference to me.

Also, with donating. If I donate to a big something or other and I hear *crickets* then I live and learn. How hard is it to just say thanks. I guess it's harder than I thought. However, it is writers. If one cannot write "thank you" that is a pretty sad state of affairs.

I am reading for judging the site contest (Quotation Inspiration) now. Lots of fine entries and good reading so far. It is a lot of work, but good reading that I enjoy.

Yes, now Yellow Rose will have her port preserved. She gave a lot of reviews that were honest and encouraging. That is a good thing that the white briefcase does. Then no one has to pay to keep it upgraded in order to keep stuff from going away. All good.

*Hearty*



I haven't been a judge for a contest in awhile. I don't know if I should reopen The Prince Writing Challenge next month. Seems like no one is interested. I will think about it. Best Wishes with The Quotation Inspiration Contest. I have never entered that one. I did enter What A Character Contest a couple of times.

I haven't done any more reading. I used to do reading when I worked midnights and everyone went to bed. I am hoping to buy Danielle Steel's book Silent Night. It comes out today. That I will read. I want to read Pride and Prejudice again. I never get tired of this one. I should have it memorized. I think I do.

It is cold here. 10 Degrees I think. Bella keeps running towards her food dish and eats. Hope Boo is having a good day. Glad to see Yellow Rose's Port id preserved.

I hope your day goes well there and Bella enjoys her food. We have cold now too, for here. After I finish with Writer's Cramp judging, I hope to go to the Post Office and maybe Barnes and Noble. Not sure if that will happen.

I am still reading for contests mostly. I want to get it all done by the end of the week. But I don't know if that will happen, either. I keep getting intense headaches when I read online. Today, though, my blood pressure was better.

I try to be encouraging as much as I can. Sometimes, I have entered those contests and I had the judges be unpleasant with me. I was pretty shocked when that happened. I write and enter sometimes now when they do poetry or other stuff like Dear Me. I made a dopey mistake with my entry there and got disqualified. That was embarrassing.

We have Boo's nail trim and one other thing tomorrow at the vets and then the accountant/tax appointment on Thursday. This will be the first time using the step that Tom made for her for Boo to get into the car. I hope it works out well. She has a ramp, but it tilts so much with the car door that it scares me. This is the kind of thing I get anxious about ahead of time, which I shouldn't do, but I do.

That Danielle Steele book sounds good. Let me know what you think. Try and stay warm today and hug Bella.

*Hearty*

I watched The Greatest Showman last night with Hugh Jackman. It is about P. T. Barnum. It must be the magic of Hugh that draws me to this movie and there are lions, elephants and a tiger at the end. Barnum had a freak show of physically freak people and this a heart touching movie for me. The music is great. I bet it is harder to do a musical then a regular movie.

Things are quiet here but I have written poems. I haven't had a short story idea lately. I do read and review a few things here.

Hope Boo's trip to the Vet goes well. We will take Bella next month when the weather warms up. I hope that will be soon. We have some snow on the ground.

Have a good day. I am always thinking of you. Isn't it spring, yet?
Hugh Jackman is always good. I enjoyed him a lot in Les MIserables. Very talented!
We are going to be watching Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 5 when it is released. With Season 4, we bought it to watch from Amazon Prime. It was around 10$. With the first three seasons before that, we bought the disk. Hopefully Amazon Prime will offer a good deal in the next few days.

I finished my judging and posting for the site contest. I have a few more of the disqualified entries to do reviews for and put those in the review tool. I did the things I wanted to get done, but that's a load off my mind.

Now, I need to go and run the errands I didn't do yesterday before her appointment this afternoon. Lots to do and no energy, but I'll try.

It feels like we have gone back into winter, although the sun is out. Very very cold. Boo is sleeping now, which is good because she will need her energy.

Stay warm inside and hug Bella for us! *Cat2**Heartg*
I hope to get the book Silent Night today. I am going to see the Oncologist and stop by Barnes and Nobles. I am anxious to read this book by Danielle Steel. I wish I could write novels like her.

Bella went to bed I think. Never mind. She is back visiting me now. I hate to leave her but I have to see this Doctor. We are having winter still. I really hate it but I am making the best of it. I am trying to stay warm.

I hope Boo did okay with the nail spa day. Ha. Ha. Seems like I have no time for anything. Doctor appointments keep me running. Have a good day. Boo, too.
I hope that all goes well at the doctor today. Fingers and HOOves and Boo's paws are all crossed.

I saw that book yesterday at B & N, but ended up getting a Word Puzzle book and one called, "Finding Dorothy" by Elizabeth Letts. I could use the 20% off coupon on that one and I also had a gift card to use so it went well. Let me know how you like Silent Night and that other one with the red cover.

Yesterday was a weird day. Boo did pretty good with her step getting into the car, a little awkward and dicey, but she did it. One thing at the Vet visit came up that we have to watch out for, but the nail cutting part went okay, with the Vet, two Vet techs and Mr. HOOves holding her. One of the techs rubbed her belly and that seemed to calm her some.

Then we came home. The french door to the deck has been acting up. Mr. HOOves, who is normally quite handy, tried to fix it. *Stop* *Alieng* *Stop*

Bad idea!

Then we got to the point where the door wouldn't open and had a little gap letting very cold air in so we called a locksmith to come. That is a stressful thing having the door not being open for BOO, but letting cold air in with a gap, but the locksmith came right away. He was AWESOME! He fixed it in like 3 minutes and only charged us $55. *Bigsmile*

Today we go to the accountant. I organized the tax information, so I hope I did everything right. Like everyone else around here, the tax fellow is a character. I enjoy him, but I don't like the whole tax thing. Mixed bag.

I am keeping a good thought for you today. Tell Bella that Boo says hello - they will probably both be napping while we are away from our respective homes.

*Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*

I did go to Barnes and Nobles and get Danielle Steel's new book Silent Night. I am looking forward to reading it. I did use one of my gift cards. I should say coupons.I ordered a book through Guideposts, All Creatures Small and Great. I love stories about animals who help humans as well as humans who love and rescue animals. This is when I feel that there is still good and beauty in the world.

My Oncologist says my blood tests show my clot is resolving and there is no history of blood clots in my family. Thank goodness. I will have to be on blood thinners another 4 months, yet. I was hoping he would take me off them in 6 weeks. Luckily, the blood thinners aren't causing me any issues. I am lucky in that respect.

We need to get our taxes done. Ray is working on them. He has an Auto Electric business and a factory shop. The taxes from the shop have to be figured in.

Bella was just here visiting. Boo and her are lucky to have us as pet owners. I wish all animals got a happy ending. The world would be a better place, that's for sure.

I just watched Lucy. Ray and I haven't seen any new movies at the theatre in awhile. I really haven't seen any preview of anything I would want to see. I will just dig out one of my own movies to watch.

Hope your door is fixed and you are staying warm. We have flurries here. THAT I can deal with. Have a good day. Oh! My friend here is okay with the Elizabeth Bennet picture I want to use for a Merit Badge. I promised she would get one as soon as it comes out, yet. I will order it this this weekend or next week some time. Later.

I am glad to read that you had a good outcome to the doctor visit and that the medicine to help is agreeing with you. That is all good and hopefully the medicine will keep the blood clot stuff from coming back. *Heartg*

Let me know if you like that book. My Barnes and Noble membership ends on the 17th of this month. I am going to wait to renew. I have plenty of things to read here that I'm not reading.

I also got the first episode of Brokenwood Mysteries Series 5 on Amazon so we watched it last night. It was only about 3$ and some change. I think it is worth it as we like that show. It's set in New Zealand with pretty scenery.

I want to see the movie Green Book and A Star is Born. Those two and maybe Roma, although a friend told me that Roma is very boring and slow. It's on Netflix streaming so I could watch a few minutes at a time.

We had flurries too this morning.

That sounds great about the badge. I thought about a badge, but if I do one this year I will wait until closer to the site anniversary. Maybe then it won't take as long as it did last year when I commissioned the Godfather one. I don't want to end up waiting and with hurt feelings again. Keeping it nice by avoiding it I reckon.

We now wait for the call on the taxes then I go over to pay the moola. It's in the next city over, same county. There is a store over there that had a lot of Vera Bradley stuff, so I will check it out when I go alone to pick up the tax stuff. I don't know if we will owe a lot or not. It's always a mystery.

I finished my site contest reviewing today. It was 25 reviews that I put in the Review Tool thing. I hope I can send them before the end of the month. That depends on the other judges doing their work timely. So, waiting on that, also. Hopefully, I can send them in March because there are some Anniversary Reviews in there.

Fingers crossed for that.

Back to books, I am blah. Prince Charles book - I read a couple more chapters. I also watched a thing on Amazon on Princess Diana so I'm even less inclined to like him. I may end up putting that book in the garage, but I'm not ready to do that yet.

Have a good one and hug Bella! Boo is napping!

*Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*
I watched Hawaii Five-0 last night. Joan Collins was on there playing the role of a book author. Her real life sister Jackie Collins wrote books. I liked Jackie's book Lucky. It was about a man who lived in Italy and was part of the mafia. Lucky was his daughter and she had a cheating, Greek rich husband who was played by Eric Braden {Victor of Young and the Restless} in the movie. I enjoyed the book and the movie both. It was a three part series on TV. I had forgotten about Jackie until I saw Joan Collins last night.

I have books in the garage, too. I have my good ones in the house. Prince Charles belongs in the garage. Just feed him bread and water. Ha. Ha. I think I accidentally left a Princess Diana book in the garage. It's on the top shelf and I need Ray to get it down for me. It is a book about all the dresses she wore and beautiful pictures of her clothes. It needs to be in the house. I love my other Princess Diana books. They are in the house in a section of my book case, of books about her. I have a book comparing Jackie Kennedy to Princess Diana. Princess Diana was more friendlier then Jackie. I did admire and love Jackie like I did Princess Diana.

I ordered the Elizabeth Merit Badge. I think it will be cute. I think I am done with commissioning Jane Austen Merit Badges.

I used to love Vera Bradley but now I love Kate Spade items. Her purses are more expensive then Vera. I have a Vera bag, that is big and I use that for my clothes and stuff when I go to Michigan. I have a Vera Bradley book A Colorful Way Of Living written by her daughter about how Vera went into business and how others can, to. I like the book and wish I could have had my own business. Vera does have some neat tote bags. I have a wallet of hers I love and a neat blue Tote bag.

Enjoy watching Brokenwood Mysteries. I never heard of Greenbook. Is it a mystery movie?

I need to start my day. Bella needs dry food on her plate. It is going to rain and be windy this weekend. My son is getting snow in Minnesota. He won't be pleased. Give Boo hugs. Have a good day.



It is rainy and drizzly here today, and cold. Tomorrow it is supposed to be high of 70, but we will see. The time change tonight will help. *Thumbsup* Boo will have to get used to eating earlier in the day, tomorrow. I bet she will be up for that.

I like the Hawaii 5-0 Series. It is very entertaining and I like the scenery - I mean the new one, I do not remember the old one very well.

I want another bookcase for in the house. Most of my books are in the garage. I am like you in that I keep some special ones and the ones I am reading inside. Yes, Prince Charles should go to the garage at some point and stay there or go to the used book place. *Alien*

Green Book is a drama set in the 1950s or 60s. It is about an educated black musician who hires an uneducated white guy to drive him to performances in the south. The Green Book is a book that told the safe places for black people to go, so it's a true story. It won best picture at the Oscars. I want to see it eventually, but I"m not sure I'll buy it.

The streaming for Brokenwood Mysteries did not work well with the subtitles. I had to reload it for it to work.

Here there are (according to some) too many Vera Bradley purses, but they don't make the style I like anymore. I also use Vera totebags to carry my laundry from downstairs to upstairs and back. I have heard of Kate Spade, but am not familiar with her designs, which is probably for the best. I don't want to get hooked on another style of purse since I have quite a few in the rotation now.

I hope your merit badge comes through quickly. She likes you so hopefully she will do it fast since all the artwork is done. You have created a fine assortment of Jane Austen badges to be proud of.

*Heart*

I finished up Wedding Necessity, the P&P sequel. It is a good book. Another version of what if with Elizabeth and Darcy. It was respectable. Years ago, people didn't marry for love. I always like when the couple end up in love in the end of Regency and historical fictional stories. Works for me. I looked over Pride and Prejudice, the illustrated version and it brings the book to life for all the Jane Austen Fans of this classic story. It is nicely done.

I watched Grease last night. I enjoy musicals and I always loved this movie. I adored John Travolta and Olivia Newton John and all the music. The acting was great, too.

I like Vera Wang items like her purses and clothes that they sell at Kohls. I buy a top or two at WalMart. I like Ree, the Pioneer Woman and her stuff they sell at WalMart, like her plates and dish towels. I have some of those. I love her fancy crock pots with flowers on them but once you cook in a crock pot, they get messy. I will use my old faithful black crock pot.

I like the new Hawaii 5-0. I can't even watch the old episodes. They lack something. I did like Jack Lord. The old Hawaii 5-0 was good back in the 60's at that time.

It is going to be 60 here but it is dreary this morning. I am trying to start my day. Hope you have a good day. Give Boo hugs.
It is overcast and gloomy here, but at least it's not raining. The time change is welcome here.

My friend, Joanne, left me a voicemail about a Pride and Prejudice book that is set in Pakistan. I am not sure how that works. Have you seen that one? I do not recall the title that she said.

I like the Pioneer Woman stuff, especially the hand held can opener. It works better than any other can opener. I have a few of her things like an iron skillet and some pans. I also have a basset hound spoon holder and some basset hound salt and pepper shakers. She has a Basset Hound, named Charlie that she writes stories about. I do not have the Pioneer Woman Basset Hound cookie jar. My grandson made us a doggie cookie jar so I have that one up on the kitchen cabinet shelf that you can see. I also have a Cow cookie jar that my Dad gave me up there, that I keep Equal packets in.

My crockpot is one my parents gave me back in the 1980s. It still works good. They do get stains over time, though. It looks "lived in". I have a new one, but I am not done with this one and it reminds me of my parents when I use it so it's comforting.

I will look at Kohls next time for Kate Spade. Kohl's near me shrank and leased 1/3 of their space to Planet Fitness. I do not like it in the smaller squished-in space as much.

Grease is a great film. I like the early John Travolta movies, where he danced and also Pulp Fiction. It was fun to watch him move and think about him as Barbarino from TV.

We watched most of the Brokenwood Mysteries that I got on Amazon. We watched three of the episodes on the downstairs TV. For some reason the downstairs TV works better than the upstairs one on Amazon. We get "Low Bandwidth" warnings upstairs and the subtitles don't work right. It all worked fine watching it downstairs. Maybe the DVD player it streams through is the culprit. We have lots of theories.

Still we work our way through NCIS and I am restarting Gilmore Girls.

Prince Charles continues to glare at me from the coffee table, but his days there are numbered.

Have a lovely Sunday and I hope the sun comes out for both of us! *Hearty*
A Pride and Prejudice book that takes place in Pakistan? Guess that it is told in their culture. That does sound interesting. I have read foreign countries like Jane Austen books. Jane is all over the world. I read Ireland wants to have a Jane Austen Festival because Jane visited a certain area there in her life.

Sounds like Prince Charles needs to go in the garage. This makes me laugh when you mention him.

Ray watched the NASCAR Race yesterday. I didn't read or watch anything except my Bible. I was bored with NASCAR. I did some reviews here. I checked to see what going on here. Ray did get taxes done and now I have to take them in to the Accountant today.

It is gloomy here. 38 Degrees. I am slowly starting my day. Hope you, Mr. Hooves and Boo are having a good day. Thinking of you.

I hope the sun comes out for you. It is out here and it makes a positive difference. Boo is snoring in her crate after a good morning. She's adjusting to the time change. How about you?

I have to go to the doctor today because my blood pressure medicine is not working like it should and my feet/ankles are really swelling up a lot more at night. So, I will go and see. Always something. I was hoping to wait until my 6 month BP check in April, but whatever.

That is interesting about Jane Austen vacationing in Ireland. I wonder if it was on the west coast. There was an incident in the Prince C. book that took place in Ireland that I read yesterday, also.

Write of the devil, I got more into that dreaded book yesterday as it got to the Diana stuff. According to the author, Camilla was devastatingly attractive as a young woman. (to me her pictures just look like a younger hag *Alien*)

She loved this guy (Andrew Parker Bowles) who played around, but manipulated him to marry her while she kept Charles on the side. Supposedly when Camilla met Charles she told him her ancestor was a mistress to a Prince so it runs in her family. Charles had little to no self confidence so this made an impression and he was hers. The guy she married openly cheated on her so she did the same to him - very open about it, although they all took pains to hide it from Diana when she could have said "no" to Prince Charles before marrying him. Stinkers! Whenever I watch footage of that wedding, I yell at her to "run away!"

I also learned that Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles' great uncle (and more like a Dad to him then his Dad) was killed in an IRA bombing on his yacht while vacationing in Ireland. The explosion was in The Bay of Donegal, a place I am familiar with. The culprit was imprisoned from when it happened (around 1978) until 1998 when he was "forgiven" and released, even though he was sentenced to "life" in prison. I could not believe that they released a guy who did terrorist stuff, and a lot of other innocent people were killed or badly hurt on the yacht. Kids too were hurt. I am not sure if it is Northern Ireland (which is part of the U.K) or the Southern Republic of Ireland, which is independent that released him. The Bay of Donegal is in the Republic, just over the border I believe. The author makes it sound like "wonderful Charles" forgave. I bet the guy's immediate family didn't feel that way.

We watched all of the Brokenwood Mysteries series 5 yesterday. That is a great show.
Amazon didn't work for some of it. I don't know why it won't work like Netflix does. It's a mystery.

I hope you have a wonderful day and the sun comes out before it's over. Give Bella a hug for us. Good job to Ray and the taxes being done! Hello, with hugs to all! *Heartg* Spring is coming soon! *Rabbit**Tulipy**Heartg*

I hate the time change. I wish we could all stay on the same thing and not have to set our clocks ahead or back. When I worked, I had to work on fast time. The county I live in, is an hour behind.

I read Danielle Steel's new book Silent Night. Paige and Whitney were sisters. Their mother had been a famous actress and Paige wanted to be an actress but didn't make it in Hollywood. She pushed her nine year old daughter Emma into acting and Emma didn't have a life. Paige was a single mother. Whitney was a Psycholatrist and was single. Paige died in a car accident and Emma was with her and she suffered brain damage. Whitney raised her niece and it was a rough road. Emma was like Helen Keller for awhile, just being able to sign and didn't have her hearing. It is a good book but I wish Danielle would write another Jane Austen type book.

Hope you are feeling better. I see my Doctor Thursday. Time for a physical and medication refills. Doctors sure get rich off sick people. When I worked in mental health, they get rich off the mentally ill. I wish health care was free like it is in England.

You read about Prince Charles. Princess Diana said there were three people in that marriage. Her, Charles and Camilla. Sad for Princess Diana. She should have ran away and not married him. She deserved a better guy. She had her boys at least that made her happy. Sorry, Prince Charles great uncle was killed by a terrorist. We both know that Prince Charles was never sweet. This book does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing this about him.

Getting warmer little by little. 40 degrees and higher today. Have a good day. Bella was here earlier but left. I will be thinking of you.
I hope that today is at least sunny there. It is sunny here and it makes a positive mood difference for me. Hope Bella is having sweet dreams. Boo is in her crate for her big sleep of the day. *Sleeping*

We met the puppy across the way. He's a sweet little boxer. *Hearto*

The doctor visit took a long time. I took a paperback book called, "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin with me to read. It is a historical fiction novel, involving Truman Capote and a bunch of NY socialites in the 50s and 60s. I read 50 pages in it, so you know I waited, but it was good reading.

I was thinking of taking the Prince Charles book and leaving it there "accidentally" but decided to keep it and forge on. *Alien* Charles and Camilla both underestimated Diana because they thought she was dopey and so much younger. She was smarter than the two of them combined times ten. Luckily, I think her sons inherited her smarts. Diana said Charles should not be king and it should skip forward to William. Hey, it looks like Charles won't be King for long to me. He's in his 70s now. Maybe he will and maybe not and maybe once he gets there people won't put up with his shenanigans. I don't think he and horse-face will be popular.

The doctor gave me a new medicine ( to add to my other BP medicine) to help the foot swelling and bring the blood pressure down. It can make me dizzy so lots of warnings from the doctor and the pharmacist. You fix one thing and have to have a new medicine to fix the side effects, I reckon. I have to have labs a week from today and a blood pressure check, then also. Ka Ching for the doctor! *Dollar* This morning my BP was 115/72, which is highly unusual and good. Yesterday at the doctor it was 175/102. *Pirateflag* *Heartbroken*

Supposedly Netflix Disk is sending us The Green Book DVD. We were going to cancel the disk thing, but now are rethinking that. Green Book was just released today, so that's pretty good for them to send it so quickly. But now we pay 9$ a month to get one disk a week so that's pretty lame. Still debating it because I don't know how else we could get a new-ish movie without buying it.

I think that book about P & P in Pakiston is called "Unmarriageable" by Somah Kamal, or something like that. Joanne left a message on voice mail that was garbled, but she's still reading it. It doesn't sound like it's riveting to me as she's been reading it for a couple of weeks.

I hope your day goes well - thinking of you - Hug Bella when she next appears! *Cat2**Heartb*


You wanted to leave the Prince Charles book somewhere. I don't blame you. Camilla was never pretty. Like seriously? I got Queen Elizabeth's book on Nook and she was interesting. I admire all the hats she wears. I like wearing hats. I enjoy reading Princess Diana books every chance I get.

I watched Jurassic Fallen Kingdom again. The ending, the dinosaurs are running free and they aren't on a deserted island. They are by houses. You can bet there will be a third movie. The one part, the one dinosaur breaks down the wall and escapes. The dinosaur had come running out and Bella jumped on the back of the couch at this time and I thought that dinosaur had me! I jumped. I love this movie. Rich people were bidding on these dinosaurs and I bet people would be crazy enough to do that. I fell in love with the one blue rephtor dinosaur and I wanted her for a pet. I would be good to her. I care about dinosaurs like I do all animals and men bought them back to life, they would abuse them lie they do all the animals and the earth. This is my sermon for the day. This movie is good. I saw dinosaurs in a different light and I am not sure if they were real at one time but they claimed they existed. I am almost convinced they did.

I watched Hotel Translyvania 2. I like these animated movies about the vampire and his monster friends. I think these movies are cute.

Unmarriagable. I will look that book up. It sounds like an interesting book.

I am having lunch today with friends. It rained earlier but it is a warm rain like 50 Degrees today. I can live with that. No winter coat today. I have seen people wearing shorts and flip flops on 30 Degree weather. I would like get pneumonia for sure. Have a good day. Maybe spring has sprung. Boo hopes so, too, I bet.

I hope that your spring is finally here. We have a warm day today with colder times coming tomorrow. The sun is shining, but we are supposed to get showers tonight. Bleh.

I am working on adjusting to my medicine, so trying to get the blood pressure to stay down. Had an off day yesterday, but it all went down nicely last night foot swelling isn't as painful. Always something.

Dinosaurs are awesome! I learned that the alligator is one who has survived from the time of the dinosaurs. They are definitely survivors! The Smithsonian in Washington had some great dinosaur exhibits. I love alligators, also! *Heartg*

I read more in the Prince Charles book and asked Joanne again about the Unmarriagables book. She is still reading it after 2 weeks so I'm gathering it isn't great. She's sticking with it, but I'm not buying it. I thought it might be of interest to mention in the newsletter sometime.

Prince Charles is really not someone I would like to know. He comes across as a big jerk and this is in a book that is more sympathetic to him than it is to Diana. I'm not buying the position the author takes about her because when Charles married Diana, he was 32 and she was 19. She was smarter and stronger and in the right and that is why she prevailed in the hearts of her children and the normal people. I think, in the end, Diana will have her way about him not being king for long or at all. The worst thing (so far) in this book is that when Diana died, Charles' biggest worry was that people would blame him for her death. Not her kids (his kids), not sad for what he did to her life, but worry that it would come back on him, which he deserved. *Alien* What a tool.

What about all these stars who paid big bucks to get their dopey kids into universities over normal people (without the big bucks) with smart kids? Then, these same celebrity geniuses want to preach to me how to vote. LoL

Animated movies are wonderfully imaginative!

Have a super day and hug Bella! *Cat2**Heartt*

Boo is napping in her crate! *Hearto*


Some people blame Princess Diana for Charles and Diana's marriage problems. I try to get positive books about Princess Diana. Fergie wasn't always treated very well. We have Kate and Meghan. The tabloids go wild with stories about them. I read a book about William and Kate. They are so different from Charles and Diana. Thank goodness. William has his mother's personality. I hope Harry and Meghan will be happy and not end up like Charles and Diana.

We had rain and wind yesterday. It may snow today. Just flakes. It was 60 some degrees yesterday. So far, the weather is quiet. The robins are back. That is always a sign of spring.

I will keep The Unmarriageable book in mind to use in The Jane Austen Newsletter. Pakistan has their own marriage rules like they did in Jane's time.

I saw my Doctor yesterday. My A1C is good. So is my B/P. Xalerto is working out okay but I will still be on it for 4 months, yet. Thank goodness. I am okay. I am glad. I get tired of seeing Doctors. I hope Spring will be a time of wellness for me and you, too.

Bella is up running around. I am going to go through my Nook and see what books I need to catch up reading on. I get so behind in reading. Give Boo hugs. Thinking of you.
I am glad all your tests are okay and you are on a good path. I am still having issues, but have labs next Tuesday so we will see then I guess. It is probably just a question of adjusting the medicine, cutting back on one and increasing another. The swelling is kind of bad, but whatever.

Give Bella a hug. Boo is in for the big nap now.

Last night we went with our group to Olive Garden, which was fun.

On the home front, our washing machine (only 3 years old, a top loading GE) has a drip at the top so the repair guy is coming (maybe) if he can get the part. They make GE now in China so it's iffy that he's coming to fix it today. Parts take time, I guess. Always something, but it will work okay with cold water washes. That's what I do mostly except for Boo's stuff and linens and towels.

Those British tabloids are horrid. I never believe what they write. I hope it all works out for Diana's sons and their families and they can be left alone somewhat, to be happy.

After some rain this morning, the sun is coming out but it's cooler. Fine by me.

I hope your day ahead is not too snowy. It is time for spring!

*Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*



St. Patrick's Day Weekend. I have no plans. I did listen to some Irish music yesterday. I am hoping they will show Celtic Woman or Celtic Thunder on PBS this weekend. St. Patrick's Day isn't St. Patrick's Day unless I get to hear Danny Boy. Ray bought me a cute stuffed daschund wearing a St. Patrick's Day hat.

We had snow and rain mix yesterday. The sun is out today. I get to clean house today.

I hope your Meds are working. I have some leg pain but an doing okay otherwise. I hope things go okay with your labs. I get tired of blood tests but blood tests tell doctors what is going on with people.

I think I will watch movies this weekend. First, I have to clean house. Have a good weekend. I came across my Downton Abbey books. I really loved that show. I haven't heard if the Downton Abbey Reunion movie is done being filmed. I hope it will be on PBS. If I hear anything, I will let you know.

Have a good day. Bella is lying on the wicker couch in the front room. Give Boo hugs.

I hope that today and your weekend go good. *Heartg*

I had a rough night with foot swelling (edema) and very little sleep. I will probably demand to see the doctor on Monday if this continues until then. I wish I could get rid of all the Blood Pressure medicine. Bleh.

Boo is snoozing in her crate as usual. I hope the sun is out there - it is here and it's nicer all the way around.

I used to watch QVC on St. Patrick's Day when we had cable. Sometimes they would have the Irish celebration on the TV we get with the antenna (that we have now). Last year there wasn't anything on that I could watch. We don't go out usually because stuff is too crowded and we don't drink. *Shamrock* I might go on Youtube.com tomorrow and pull up some songs. I enjoy doing that a lot. We have a lot of Irish CDs so every day is St. Patrick's Day for us, but I do love thinking about it!

We watched the movie The Green Book on DVD - got it in the mail from Netflix Disk. It was a wonderful film and I can totally see why it got a bunch of Oscars. I don't always like the Best Picture they select, but this time I definitely did.

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It is in the garage with the spine of the book facing in, so I can't see his face It was a good book (about someone I dislike a lot) - written in 2017, it has nothing about Meghan Markle in it. I still don't like Charles, but I see that as he gets a lot older (in his 70s now) he has a little bit of sense about things and sensitivity to his mother that he didn't have ten years ago.

I am now reading The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin. So far, so good.

*Thumbsup*

Have a good weekend and hug Bella when she wakes up! *Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*

I watched The Beatles in a Hard Day's Night. I love The Beatles and this movie. I enjoy all the music and I was a kid and enjoyed watching them. The Beatles were a big deal and I enjoy watching this movie every chance I get. I never get tired of watching this movie. A lot of good memories.

We had snow today. Happy St. Patrick's Day! I didn't do anything. Ray and I made spaghetti and I made bacon and eggs. Bella liked us both being home today. She wanted to be petted.

Prince Charles is in the garage. A good place for him. You can always go back out to the garage and bring him back in. Not! At least you read what you wanted to read of this book. I enjoyed the product review you gave. Maybe I will put him on my Nook and read the book.

I want to read Born Free again By Joy Adamson. She raised Elsa, a lion cub and spent time with lions in Africa. Her and her husband. Sadly, Elsa lived three years, had cubs of her own and Joy tried to pet the cubs and one scratched her. She was brokenhearted over losing Elsa. Joy was killed by a lion years later. I always admired her. I love the book Born Free and the movie. I read it when I was ten years old and have the book and movie both. Time to get them back out.

I do hope you are feeling better. It is taking me awhile to get over my blood clot symptoms. Sinus issues don't help but I am not as bad off as I have been. I use my salt lamp.

Have a good day. Time to start a new week. Give Boo hugs.

The Beatles Hard Days Night is a great movie, way ahead of it's time. I had a book of the best films ever and it was in there. I think it was top 50 or something like that. They were so young then, weren't they?

It is good to see and watch movies over again when they are great. It's like revisiting an old friend. Born Free sounds inspiring.

We didn't do much yesterday. Bella sounds like she was appreciating her humans for St. Patrick's Day. Boo was pretty chipper, but then tired last night.

We had a porterhouse steak and baked potato and peas for dinner. Bacon and eggs sounds yummy, too.

I made a Shamrock necklace out of a $3 pack of earrings from Wal*Mart. I just took the earring part off and put it the pendant like part on a long silver chain I got on Amazon. I watched some QVC for Irish products and almost bought a throw for my couch. The colors they had didn't suit me, I wanted either burgundy or dark green. All they had was oatmeal, off white and blue gray colors. So I didn't buy anything in the end. It would have been ninety some dollars so I saved there.

I hope you continue to feel better every day. I am going in to the doctor this afternoon, and demand he reduce or take me off this medicine. He has never been arrogant with me, so we will see what we will see I reckon.

*Heartg**Shamrock**Heartg*

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