Because Brave People in 1776 decided to fight back, we can call this wonderful country home. Thank you to all those brave Americans who continue the fight to sustain our freedom. While sheltering-in-place, eat your burgers and hot dogs and give thanks for the blessing that is America.
I’m missing my Mother but this day gives me a time to remember her and other women I’ve had the privilege of knowing who were there with support and love. Mothers are special, treat them kindly.
I do hope you are all sheltering in place and staying safe. Paul and I are going to have our own mini feast of Ham, sweet potatoes, creamed spinach and coleslaw; all our favorites. I’ve become lazy about dessert and purchased an apple pie from Publix (their bakery is the best!). After dinner we will probably watch a movie, play a card game or do a jigsaw puzzle. We may even go for a walk in the late evening when it is quiet and no one is around. Quiet and alone can be restorative. I’m counting my blessings.
Virtual hugs from,
Filed under Easter, Holiday
Hey, I know this cartoon is old news but it never gets old for me. Enjoy your corned beef and cabbage. Mine is simmering away on the stove.
“Tonight’s December thirty-first,
Something is about to burst.
The clock is crouching, dark and small,
Like a time bomb in the hall.
Hark, it’s midnight, children dear.
Duck! Here comes another year!” ―Ogden Nash
My dear life long friend, Audrey, made this cute village for me a long time ago and I cherish it and her friendship. Even though she is many miles away she is always in my heart.
Title: A Christmas Gathering
Genre: Holiday Mystery
Author: Anne Perry
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Publisher: Ballentine, Nov. 5, 2019
Sexy Rating: 0
Violence Rating: 4
Christmasy Feeling: 3
Description from Amazon:
As beautiful as it may be, their friends’ country house is not where Lady Vespasia wishes to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She’d have preferred a relaxing holiday at home with him—especially as Victor, former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding undercover dealings with the other guests who have gathered at the spacious estate.
As tensions grow, the young and beautiful Iris Watson-Watt becomes the center of several men’s focus. Unbeknownst to Vespasia, Iris carries a sensitive package that she must pass to Victor in the hope of unmasking a British traitor. While Victor plots his moves, he is reminded of a similar case from twenty years before, when a young Frenchwoman also carried a clandestine message—one that resulted in her murder, unsolved to this day. Victor has always been tormented by his failure to protect her, and now, with all eyes on Iris, Victor must act fast before history repeats itself.
With the joy of Christmas at risk of being forgotten and Vespasia feeling alone with a distracted husband, Victor must ultimately learn to forgive himself in order to save both his country and the spirit of the holiday.
Sometimes the holidays are not so much fun, especially when there are spys and traitors in the mix. This book is a standalone mystery with some characters from previous books by the author. I found that there was some repetitive pages that took me out of the story at times but overall it is a good mystery. Vespasia is a a woman who notices details that others might miss and thus helps with the solving of the mystery. There is a surprise that makes sense but it is still very coincidental. For me this was a comfortable page turner on a chilly night.
You know if there is “Christmas” in a post then those elves will make an appearance.