Sunday, May 1, 2022

Shame on You, Mindy!

 Mindy is a 
lovely-looking doll,
she is pink and pretty 
and rather small.

She has a smile 
as sweet as a daisy,
but it must be admitted 
that she is a bit lazy.

Each day the toys 
play in the yard,
but Mindy says sorry, 
the ground is too hard.

And when they all clean 
and tidy and cook,
you can usually find her 
curled up with a book.

The others are ready 
to raise quite a stink -
really, Mindy, you are 
very lucky you're pink!


Featured: a pink softie with an attitude.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving five stars to 
Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge:

1. The Time and Place: We are in 1930, 
that breath of fresh air between the two wars, 
and in the green pastures of the English countryside, 
in the home of famed mystery novelist Agatha Christie, 
there is a body in the library.

2. She Who Must Be Obeyed: Phyllida Bright is the 
head of the household (though the butler would probably 
argue the point). Phyllida is no ordinary housekeeper. 
She is good looking, fashionable, easily the smartest person 
in the room and prides herself on her cool and calm head. 
The house, of course, is beautifully run at all times.

3. The Hidden Past: Phyllida hints to many secrets, 
to a past full of twists and turns, but the author 
is in no hurry to reveal them all. This is a 
woman worth knowing and we should take our time 
to do so.

4. The Newcomer: Our Phyllida has grown used to 
being universally adored, from Agatha and her husband 
Max Mallowan to the reluctant butler and the rest 
for the stuff (herself included). But there is a newcomer 
to Mallowan Hall who is not as easy to impress, 
who knows just how to unruffle the unflappable, 
and keeps her human.

5. Gimme More: If you're in the market for a 
light and lovely read, filled with an unforgettable 
protagonist, a few bodies and fascinating details of the 
daily life of a manor house, this is the book for you! 
Can't wait for the next book in this fun new series. 

Featured: Knitted baskets, 
my winter obsession.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Spring is Here!

 The garden's in chaos,
things are quite bad,
and Spring slumbers on
snoring like mad.

A turtle goes over
and gives Spring a shake,
planning, if needed
to bribe him with cake.

"Wake up, wake up
you have to see reason -
Winter is leaving
and we don't have a season!"

Spring jumps and mutters:
"Sorry! Sorry my dear,
nobody told me
it's my time of year."

Featured: A little turtle
and his bestie are
ready to enjoy the new season.

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Singing in the Rain

 It was raining in the garden,
a light, harmonious shower,
and the cheery sound reminded
the tulip of a choir.

It gave him an idea -
the flowers should all sing!
Oh, the music they'd create,
the joy that they would bring.

He wouldn't be stopped
by wet and chilly weather,
he picked up a song
and got the flowers together.

The flowers started singing,
and the trees felt they would swoon -
none but the tulip 
could even carry a tune.

The flowers didn't care,
and as the music flowed
the big oak protested -
his head would soon explode.

The tulip looked to the trees
and said above the ding -
how dull our lives would be
if only the perfect would sing.

Featured: a coat hanger and
felt flowers make a wall decoration.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Three is Not Enough

Three little friends
are sitting on the floor;
one needs a snack
and hurries to the store.

 Two little friends
are staying, having fun;
one is late for class
and now there is only one.

One little friend
is alone, what a bore,
he gets up to leave
and now there's just the floor.

"This is very sad",
thinks the empty floor,
"three is not enough,
next time I'll sit four."

Featured: you guessed it,
three little friends.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

A Five Star Review

Five reasons I'm giving five stars to
the Wrexford & Sloane mysteries by  Andrea Penrose:

1. The setting - This mystery series takes us to
Regency London (aka Jane Austen time), both
to the glittering high society and the dark
underbelly, and dead bodies are everywhere.

2. The protagonists - Charlotte Sloane is a
satirical cartoonist with a complicated past;
the Earl of Wexford is a chemist with a 
complicated character. And they are both
wonderful characters that grow on you 
from one book to the next and a great pair.

3. Caring is sharing - Each book sees new
characters, many of them unconventional,
that join our little group of fighters for
truth and justice. Love the way they all
interact with out two main protagonists.

4. The history- The author likes to weave
important developments in science
and technology into the books. It is gently
done and adds an interesting background
to the stories.

5. In short - If you like a well plotted
mystery with excitement and twists, interesting
settings, attractive characters, a pinch
of history and a dash of romance,
they could well be the series for you.

Featured: I lined this crochet basket
with plastic lining to house a 
strawberry plant.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

A Rabbit with a Bad Habit

My little rabbit
has a very bad habit -
he likes to tweet 
while crossing the street!

I am very vexed, 
why must he text 
and not mind the way? 
has he that much to say?

Featured: A worried friend,
sitting by the window,
looking at the street.