Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Right Sort of Man
by Allison Montclair:

1. The period - We are in 1946 in London
as the city is slowly recovering from 
WWII and shortages and loneliness 
are everywhere.

2. The plot - Two young women decide to go
into business together and open
The Right Sort Marriage Bureau.
It doesn't help that one of their very
first customers is murdered.

3. The characters - Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge 
come from different backgrounds, have different
personalities and life experiences. No reason, 
of course, not to become best friends.
Each is a great character in her own right
and both capture our hearts.

4. The issues - While the book is a historical
mystery with the emphasis firmly on
the murder case, it touches on questions of
gender, class and personal responsibility
in very intelligent ways.

5. The summary - If you are in the mood
for a well-written fun read, full of charm,
energy and plot twists, with two lively and 
lovely women, this is the book for you.
It is the first in a new series.

Featured: A small needlework
winter scene.

Friday, January 3, 2020

The Brave New Year

The brave new year
came through the door
and asked us all
if we'd like to do more.

We searched out souls,
went deep and wide -
to the hopes that we hold
the dreams that we hide.

The 'same old' is always
a bit of a bore,
there is no doubt about it -
we'd love to do more!

"Let's all take a chance!"
said the brave new year,
"everything is possible
now that I'm here."

Featured: I joined a pile
of old scarves into a
winter blanket.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Yuletide Wishe

Sending you
my yuletide wishes
for a holiday
fun and delicious.

Good company
food and cheer,
and all the best
for the coming year!

Featured: The 'Holiday of Holidays'
celebration in my city,

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

A Good Day's Work

Billy was sad 
when he came through the door,
it's been raining all day
and school was a bore.

The bear came to him
and gave Billy a hug,
thinking you're never 
too old to be snug.

The cars gave the train set
a bit of a chase,
knowing Billy would like
the thrill of a race.

The kite and the darts
and the old mandolin
got a card game going
and let Billy win.

They all played together
and after a while
the bear was quite sure
that he saw Billy smile.

"We hope you feel better!"
he said to the boy,
cause making kids happy
is what brings us toys joy.

Featured: A new friend.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving Five Stars to:
The Lady Sherlock Series 
by Sherry Thomas

1. The Setting: This historical mystery series
takes us to a Victorian London where
society is strict, the streets are mean,
and a clever woman can still
take charge of her life.

2. The Protagonist: Charlotte Holmes
is a brilliant investigator with a fondness
for frilly dresses and all pastries
(there is an on-going battle with
the Acceptable Number of Chins).

3. The Supporting Cast: Are all
delightful, from Charlotte's
partner Mrs. Watson, to her sister Livia,
Livia's mysterious admirer, and the most
liberal minded lord in London.

4. The Gender Bender: It is
lovely to meet a heroine who is
never afraid of being the smartest
person in the room.

5. The Plots: Very clever,
with a surprising amount of twists and turns.
There are now four books in the series,
beginning with A Study with Scarlet Women,
and I suggest reading them in order.

Featured: A small felt applique
waiting its fate in the dreaded
unfinished pile.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Give Me a Hand!


They ask me such questions,
I can't understand -
"how many fingers
you have in each hand"?

I don't really see
the point of this game -
we all have hands,
the number is the same.

Featured: A little doll
made for little hands.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Goodnight. Sweet Dreams

As I slumber I dream
of all that I did -
the bones that I chewed,
the shoes that I hid.

The birds that I chased,
the cats I would fight.
Who has the time
to bark in the night?

Featured: a little dog
with big dreams.