Thursday, January 21, 2021

A Five Star Review


 Five reasons I'm giving five stars to:
The Amory Ames mysteries by Ashley Weaver.

1. The Plot: These light-hearted mysteries unfold
in England in the 1930s. Amory Ames is a young
society lady, who naturally finds herself embroiled
in one murder mystery after another.

2. The Setting: There is a nice feel for the escapist
period of the early 1930s, before the winds of war
are destined to appear. The books do a fine job of
conveying the glitz and glamor of high society.

3. The Protagonist: Amory Ames has been married 
for five years to a charming playboy and the marriage
is not going well. This provides both a little depth
to the series and a reason for her to immerse herself
in any murder that happens along.

4. The Writing: The books are well written and the
mysteries are well plotted. Each book offers some
repeat characters and some new, plenty of plot twists,
a different location, fun dialogs and a little humor.

5. In short: If you are in the market for a traditional,
murder mystery with a relatable heroine and a 
bit of  elegance, this could be the series for you.


Featured: Crochet coasters. My father made the 
wooden stand for me.
 




Monday, January 11, 2021

A Grumpy Rapunzel



My hair is pure gold,
my heart true and good;
it's a disgrace that I'm locked
in a tower, in the wood.

I'm stuck in this place,
just me and the plait;
if a prince is coming
he is late for our date.

I've tried being patient
but it's too much to bear -
it takes me two hours
just to wash all that hair!



Featured: a grumpy new friend.




Friday, January 1, 2021

A Brave(ish) New Friend


A little snail
was feeling strange,
restless and bored
he needed a change.

He didn't at all
like the feel of gravel,
but still decided 
it was time to travel.

He thought he'd go big
and travel abroad,
in short - he decided
to cross the road.

The road was deserted
night about to fall,
the snail started crossing
at a leisurely stroll.

He enjoyed the quiet,
and the cool evening air,
the scent of wild flowers
that hung everywhere.

All was well
when suddenly, from afar,
he was sure that he heard
the sound of a car.

He'd dawdled too long
now it was morning,
and traffic appeared
without any warning.

Hurrying to cross
dodging an early commuter,
he was almost run over
by a guy on a scooter.

The snail finally crossed
and collapsed without breath,
thinking he'd avoided
a sad, painful death:

"I carry my home with me
and it sure is good luck,
cause one thing's for certain -
I'm not crossing back!"


Featured: a brave(ish) new friend.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Turn Off the Dark



We came home one evening
from playing in the park
and turned on the lights
to chase away the dark. 

Where the dark went
I could not explain,
but the very next evening
there it was - again!


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

Thursday, December 10, 2020

I Believe!


 
The dusk is falling
the house lights shine bright -
I think that a fairy
sleeps here at night.

Sometimes when I'm still,
as quiet as a mouse,
I can just hear her moving
around the house.

I've yet to see her
as hard as I try,
I have a feeling that
our guest is quite shy.


Featured: I still don't know
what the fairy looks like,
so showing two new friends.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

A Fishy Story


 A little fish was swimming
when suddenly there came a net
and fished him out of the water
all slippery and scared and wet.

The fish was in a panic -
he was sure that this was the end,
he closed his eyes and prayed,
wishing for help from a friend.

The fisherman was listening
and heard the murmured wish,
he threw him back into the water,
saving the little fish.


Featured: A fishy friend for my little nephew

Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Pair that Share

 

The doll worked all day
baking a cake,
and then the bear said -
but I wanted steak!


Featured: Two new friends.