Sunday, October 13, 2019

On My Radar: Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile

You all are used to this blog primarily talking about crime fiction, but-- believe it or not-- I'm not All Crime Fiction All the Time. I occasionally sneak something else into the mix, and today that "something else" is going to be a book that isn't a mystery.

*GASP* It's shocking, I know!

There are some non-fiction writers who've spoiled me because they have the knack of writing about their subjects in such a way that you'd swear you were reading the best fiction. I've always been interested in history, but I've lost count of the number of books that were an absolute chore to slog through because the author's writing style was so dull and dusty. Well, you can't accuse Erik Larson of that. With books like Isaac's Storm about the hurricane that almost wiped out Galveston, Texas in 1900 and The Devil in the White City about a serial killer on the loose at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, I've learned that he can tell you exactly what happened in such a way that you can't turn the pages fast enough.

When I learned that Larson had a new book coming out, it was cause for celebration-- especially since he'd chosen to write about one of my favorite historical figures, Winston Churchill. Let's find out more about The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz...

Available March 3, 2020!

"On Winston Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons (30,000 of them Londoners) and destroying two million homes. It was up to Churchill to hold the country together and persuade President Franklin Roosevelt that Britain was a worthy ally–that she was willing to fight to the end.

In The Splendid and the Vile, Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” It is a story of political brinksmanship but also an intimate domestic drama, set against the backdrop of Churchill’s prime-ministerial country house, Chequers, and his wartime residence, Ditchley, where Churchill and his entourage go when the moon is brightest and the bombing threat is highest. Drawing on a wealth of untapped sources, including recently declassified files, intelligence reports, and personal diaries only now available, Larson provides a new lens on London’s darkest year through the day-to-day experience of Churchill and his family: his wife, Clementine; their daughters, Sarah, Diana, and the youngest, Mary, who chafes against her parents’ wartime protectiveness; their son, Randolph, and his beautiful, unhappy wife, Pamela; her illicit lover, a dashing American emissary; and the cadre of close advisors who comprised Churchill’s “Secret Circle,” including his dangerously observant private secretary, John Colville; newspaper baron Lord Beaverbrook; and the Rasputin-like Federick Lindemann.

The Splendid and the Vile takes readers out of today’s political dysfunction and back to a time of true leadership, when–in the face of unrelenting horror–Churchill’s eloquence, strategic brilliance, and perseverance bound a country, and a family, together."

For those of you who don't care for non-fiction or Winston Churchill, I know you probably didn't even bother reading this entire post (but I thought I'd mention you anyway). And that's perfectly all right. However, if you love mysteries, rest assured, that I'll be back to anticipating new crime fiction releases in the very near future!

Friday, October 11, 2019

A Pill of a Weekly Link Round-Up

If it weren't for the fact that Denis and I like to watch the Game Show Network while Denis eats lunch before going to work, I don't think I'd ever see a commercial. Commercials ("adverts" for those of you living in the UK) are a look into the culture that watches them, and sometimes that look shows me things I'd rather not see.

Take, for instance, the fact that we are now a society that believes there's a pill that can fix everything that's wrong in our lives. It doesn't seem to matter that those pills can have side effects that are absolutely horrific as long as there's a chance that the pill can fix something-- no matter how minute. If there is such a pill, then some pharmaceutical company is trying with all its might to have us buy it and swallow it down like good little boys and girls.

There's one commercial in particular that can have me frothing at the mouth in under three seconds. It's a pill for depression, and-- believe me-- I'm all for relieving depression, but the "symptoms" the commercial shows are farcical.

In one version, a woman wearing sweat pants is sitting on her bed looking sorrowfully at a basket of dirty laundry. According to the pharmaceutical company since she's not smiling, since she's wearing sweat pants, and since she doesn't want to do the laundry, THAT means she's depressed. Come off it! It means she's a normal human being who occasionally gets sick and tired of doing a chore that has no end. She. Is. Not. Depressed. She is human.

In a second version, a frowning woman is sitting at her desk at work, looking at the clock, not wanting to be there. According to the pharmaceutical company, her lack of a smile and her lack of desire to be at work means she's depressed. For crying out loud, this means she's a normal human being who has the occasional day at work when the hands on the clock never seem to move and she just wants out of there so she can do something more interesting. She. Is. Not Depressed. She is human.

(And ever notice how all the people are always female in these commercials?)

I've been sitting here debating about whether or not to share some true symptoms of depression with you. They are not pretty. They are painful, and sometimes they can be disgusting. But they are true cries for help. When I see these commercials, I despair. Human beings are not meant to smile 24/7. The road of life is meant to have a few bumps along the way. If anyone-- especially someone trying to sell you some new kind of wonder pill-- tries to tell you differently, do not pay attention. Please. Do not become a side effect. Do not become a statistic. Save those pills for when you really need them.

As I mosey out to the corral, I can smile, knowing that Denis is happy that I had a new audience for my Pill Rant. Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Florida authorities are investigating a disorder affecting panthers' ability to walk.
  • The U.S. will be importing baby elephants from Zimbabwe despite the uproar.
  • A turquoise-tinted tarantula has been discovered in Sri Lanka. 
  • Scotland's golden eagles are dying in agony, all in the name of sport.
  • South Africa gets the go-ahead to increase black rhino trophy hunting. Wait till you read the reasoning behind it.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • This patch of desert in southern California is covered in rock graffiti.
  • This single-track road over Applecross Pass rewards brave drivers with stunning Scottish scenery.
  • A "raft" of volcanic rock the size of Manhattan is floating toward Australia.
  • These Key West hotels offer waterproof books you can read in the pool. 
  • Nepal is banning single-use plastics on and around Mount Everest. I guess they thought tons of trash would simply disappear. Out of sight, out of mind, and all that...

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Sculptor Edmonia Lewis shattered gender and race expectations in 19th-century America.
  • A documentary explores the life of Alice Guy-Blaché, a pioneering woman director written out of film history.
  • Richard Booth: bookshop owner and "King of Hay-on-Wye" has died. (The first night I spent in the UK was at the Seven Stars in Hay-on-Wye.)
  • Remembering Liane Russell, the geneticist who studied radiation's harmful effects on embryos.

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic

First Line: "L'amour est tum tum De something..."

After enjoying a celebratory performance of Carmen, Miss Seeton is walking to her bus stop when she witnesses a murder. An art school teacher who is on the verge of retirement, Miss Seeton is able to sketch her impressions of the killer, but little does she know that her sketch is going to turn her into a sitting duck.

Having been recommended by someone whose opinion I trust, I was in the mood for something light and decided to try the first book in the Miss Seeton cozy series. I had no idea what I was getting myself into!

Delightful, charming, and hilarious are words that I seldom use, let alone throw around with abandon as I am doing now, but... I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book! If I didn't have any self-control, I'd be reading all the books in this series one right after the other like potato chips or cookies.

Miss Seeton is Miss Marple on laughing gas. She's a spryer Miss Marple, too, and you'll never believe the adventures she and her umbrella get into. To Scotland Yard's credit, Detective Chief Superintendent Delphick (known as The Oracle) knows that Miss Seeton's ability to identify the killer means her life could be in danger-- especially since they know who they're looking for: "...he had a nasty feeling that when she'd stuck her brolly into César Lebel, she'd stuck it into a hornet's nest." Fortunately for Miss Seeton, Delphick sees her for the astute person she is. Unfortunately, Detective Sergeant Ranger has the typical youth's opinion that she's merely a dotty old woman carrying a lethal umbrella-- but that opinion may change as the two police officers try their best to keep her alive.

Miss Seeton is about to retire, and she's inherited a nice little cottage down in a village in Kent. Wanting to try country life on for size, she moves in for a few weeks-- and she takes Delphick's murder investigation with her, little knowing how much difficulty the villagers are going to add. The people of Plummergen are a riot, even "the Nuts," Miss Nuttel and Mrs. Blaine, horrible gossips who are "the parish substitute for a Hollywood scandal sheet." As broad as the comedy may be, I'm from a small village and I recognized many of Plummergen's characters. (My village had its own version of the Nuts, among others.)

The killer tries time and again to do away with Miss Seeton. If you have a hard time understanding how murder attempts on a poor little old lady could be hilarious, all you have to do is read Picture Miss Seeton. I spent most of this book either smiling or laughing out loud. This book is light and fun and addictive. It's just what I needed, and I've decided: I. Need. More.

Picture Miss Seeton by Heron Carvic
eISBN: 9780993576300
Farrago © 2016
Originally published in 1968.
eBook, 226 pages

Cozy Mystery, #1 Miss Seeton mystery
Rating: A+
Source: Purchased from Amazon.


Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson

First Line: It's hard to think of a place in Wyoming where the wind doesn't reign supreme; where the sovereignty of sound doesn't break through the parks of the Bighorns with a hoarse-throated howl.

Walt Longmire is back in Wyoming, and he still has a long way to go to recuperate fully from what happened down in Mexico. What he doesn't need is a murder investigation, but that's exactly what he gets. The death of a sheepherder looks like suicide at first, but the dead man's connection to a powerful-- and occasionally violent-- local Basque ranching family leads the sheriff to believe he's investigating a murder.

As he searches for information, Walt keeps coming across signs that make him wonder if the spirit of Virgil White Buffalo is trying to lend him some assistance. Normally Virgil only reaches out when a child is in danger, so the stakes are raised when a young boy with ties to the Basque ranchers arrives in town.

To complicate matters even further, a lone wolf has been haunting the Bighorn Mountains, and the locals want the animal dead, the sooner the better before it has a chance to start killing livestock. Walt has his hands full, and he really should be taking it easy...

Whenever there's a new Walt Longmire mystery, it's a cause for celebration even though some of the books in the series may not be exactly what I wanted. That's the power of Craig Johnson's storytelling ability and the lure of the wonderful characters he has created. Each book is a treasure even though some seem to miss the mark. (Oh, to be inside a writer's mind and be privy to the entire story he intends to tell us!) Land of Wolves is an example of one of these books "that's really good, but..." and I think I know why.

After the gut-wrenching time Walt had down in Mexico, he and all his fans were looking forward to being back in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming and spending a lot of time laughing with Vic and Henry and all the rest of the cast. But Walt is hurting, and he has good cause to contemplate his mortality. Is it time for him to turn in his badge, do some fishing, and spend a lot of time with his daughter and granddaughter? It's a decision he feels he has to make, and with the end of his career possibly being in sight, Land of Wolves is more an elegy than a happy homecoming.

The mystery in Land of Wolves is first-rate, and it really kept me trying to figure out what was really going on. There's also humor throughout the book what with office pools and Ruby trying to teach an old dog new tricks, but it all seems to fall a bit flat. Even Vic's trademark humor lacks sparkle, and Henry Standing Bear is seldom there. That shows you how much Walt's decision about his future is weighing on his mind.

But you know what? Even a trip to Absaroka County that turns out to be depressing is much, much better than no trip at all. I'm learning about these beloved characters in all their different moods-- and I'm hoping that the next time we see Walt, there will be a smile on his face.

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson
ISBN: 9780525522508
Viking © 2019
Hardcover, 336 pages

Police Procedural, #18 Walt Longmire mystery
Rating: A-
Source: Purchased at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore.


While Miz Kittling Knits: Secrets of the National Trust

It's been a while since you've seen any knitting posts from me, hasn't it? Well, it's going to be a tiny bit longer because, although my needles have been busy, they haven't always been knitting needles.

A big chunk of the summer was spent in finishing two afghans, but I'm saving that for the next Miz Kittling post. The remaining part of the summer was spent in giving my end table a new look.

Sometimes you just need a change, right? I have to admit that I took a look at the end table by my recliner and thought that it needed help. Here, take a look--

It all worked. Phone (yes, we still have a landline). The little blue box thingy holds the remote to the fan, my reading glasses and my cell phone rests on that little ledge out front (when it's not being used to take photos). The black circle is the charging pad for my cell phone. Green tea, eye drops, a basket of essentials for knitting, stitching, cleaning glasses, hand lotion. The TV remote. That black metal stand on the right holds my current knitting pattern, and that's a light green cable needle stuck through two of the holes on the stand. (Didn't realize those holes were going to come in handy.) All in all, functional but tired, and those needlepoint mats kept shifting around and needing to be straightened up.

Now let's take a look at the After--

One big mat done in my favorite herringbone stitch. (It looks like woven cloth and wears like iron.) The variegated yarn is Red Heart acrylic yarn in a discontinued colorway called Spring Meadow, and it's edged in another Red Heart acrylic yarn in Emerald. I may go back and stitch a little piece to fit over that blue ledge on the little box, but the jury's still out on that. The mat doesn't shift. I don't have to be careful that whatever I put on the table is resting squarely on one of the mats so it won't tip over, and even my needlepointed "ladybird" basket looks more at home.

This reminds me of a cross-stitched sign I saw a long time ago on Facebook--

This makes me smile, but after stitching that big old mat for my end table, all I have to say to the person who stitched that sign is


I have the patience to stab something tens of thousands of times! *laughing* 

When I posted these photos on Facebook, someone commented that it must be nice to be able to look at something, decide how you want to change it, and then just whip something up. I never thought of it that way. Probably because it's something that's in my DNA.

I come from a long line of women who've used needles to create things. My mother knitted tons of sweaters and afghans using those gorgeous complicated Irish cable patterns. She also did beautiful counted cross stitch, crewel embroidery work, and stumpwork. My grandmother made almost every stitch of my clothing until I was in high school. Women in town would come to my mother and ask where she'd bought such-and-such a dress for me because their daughters were pestering them for the same one. My grandmother made them all. She even made my prom dress. My great-grandmother embroidered. And I have a gorgeous lacy crocheted tablecloth (it's huge!) that is well over a hundred years old. The women in my family wanted nice things, but they were too poor to go out and buy what they wanted. Instead, they got out their needles and got busy in the evenings (and made something even better).

But enough about needles, even though I am tempted to show you a photo of me in the prom dress my grandmother made for me. It's time to talk about something I've been watching while I stitched. It might be a bit of a shock, but I'm not sharing a mystery series this time.

I treated myself to a 5-disc DVD series from the UK called Secrets of the National Trust with Alan Titchmarsh. Titchmarsh is well known there, and I've loved him ever since Denis bought DVDs of Alan's series Ground Force for me to watch. There's just something about hearing his voice that automatically lifts my spirits. And then there's the whole National Trust thing. Denis and I have been to National Trust properties, and all I can say is "Wow!" 

This 5-disc series is beautifully photographed and takes us through over fifty properties. There are two or three vignettes in each episode where another presenter will take us to other places. These brief segments are interesting, and I particularly enjoyed being able to catch up with one of my favorite actors from the 80s, Nigel Havers.

But the best bit is going through the main property with Alan Titchmarsh because you see so many beautiful things, you learn so much fascinating history, and you get taken into places your average Joe Schmoe never gets to see. Think secret doors, secret passages, creeping between walls... fun stuff!

So... if you like history, beautiful scenery, beautiful houses, and gorgeous interiors, this series will be the perfect cup of tea for you. (I found a tiny clip from the Hardwick Hall episode on YouTube if you want to take a look.)

Next week, I'll let you take a look at some of my knitting, and a mystery series that I've been watching. See you then!

Monday, October 07, 2019

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

First Line: She'd never been much of a sleeper.

Scotland Yard Detective Superintendent Duncan Kincaid and his wife, Detective Inspector Gemma James, are all set for a relaxing weekend in one of the most famed and popular areas of England: the Cotswolds. Duncan, Gemma, and their three children will be staying at Beck House, the family estate of Gemma's detective sergeant, Melody Talbot. It will be Gemma's first time staying in a country house owned by a wealthy, prominent family, and she's a bit nervous about it all. (Are the kids going to behave? Will she behave?)

The centerpiece of the weekend is a charity luncheon catered by Viv Holland, an up-and-coming chef. With this luncheon being attended by the local movers-and-shakers as well as national press food bloggers and restaurant critics, this event could make Viv a star.

But a tragic car accident and a series of mysterious deaths put Duncan and Gemma right at the heart of the investigation. The killer seems to have a connection with Viv's pub and Beck House itself. Will Duncan and Gemma find the truth in the past, or in the tangled relationships between the staff at Beck House and Viv's pub? Or is it even more personal still?

If anyone asked me to name my top five mystery series, Deborah Crombie's Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James books would be on that list. A Bitter Feast is an absorbing mystery with an added bonus or two: one, Kincaid, James, and their three children get to leave London for a while; two, readers get to wander along the narrow lanes of a beautiful area of England; and three, any foodie worth their salt is going to appreciate the mouthwatering menus Crombie serves up.

It is my firm belief that Deborah Crombie has been liberally sprinkled with fairy dust. She has a way of telling a story that quite simply makes it a pleasure to read. The mysteries are always good, and the one in A Bitter Feast is no exception. A fatal car wreck ratchets up the tension, not only concerning the identity of a fatality but also concerning the well-being of one of the main characters.

But I have to admit that a lot of Crombie's fairy dust has been sprinkled on the power of her characterizations. Her ensemble cast is superb, and at the moment, I cannot think of anyone else in crime fiction who does it better. By this eighteenth book in the series, these characters have become personal friends. Readers have seen them grow. They've seen them overcome tragedy and experience extreme happiness. Moreover, readers have watched Duncan and Gemma's three children grow. Each child has his or her own personality and life, and each one is fully capable of adding to the story without taking it over. In A Bitter Feast among other things, they provide quite a contrast to Viv Holland's troubled young daughter.

Crombie fans, rejoice! The wait is over and you have another wonderful mystery to carry you off into your happy place. For those of you who have yet to experience a Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James mystery, there's no time like the present. Since the characters' lives are central to the series, I recommend starting with the very first book, A Share in Death. You have so much wonderful reading ahead of you that I'm a tad envious!

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie
eISBN: 9780062271686
William Morrow © 2019
eBook, 384 pages

Police Procedural, #18 Duncan Kincaid & Gemma James mystery
Rating: A
Source: Net Galley


Sunday, October 06, 2019

September 2019 Additions to My eBook Stockpile

Another month has flown by and I've continued to feather my literary nest...err... add to my eBook stockpile. I find myself periodically going through the collections I've created on my Kindle to remind myself of all the goodies I have on it. This eReader is such a godsend when I think of all the problems I used to have when I had to pack for long trips. Naturally, I chose the books I was going to take first and then I started thinking about clothes. Now all I need is my Kindle and a charger, and with the new Kindles having longer battery life, they are the perfect traveling companion. Outside of Denis, that is.

Let's take a look at the books I downloaded during the month of September. I've grouped them according to genre/subgenre, and if you want to know more about a title, just click on it. You'll be taken to Amazon to learn more, but beware! If you decide to buy the book, the link I provide is from Amazon US, so it won't work for you if you're one of my readers from outside the US. Why do I link to Amazon? Am I affiliated with them? No. I just own one (make that two) of their Kindles.

Let's see all the books that tickled my fancy in September!


Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Set in Massachusetts.
The Craftsman by Sharon Bolton. Set in England.
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton. Set in Michigan.
 The Institute by Stephen King. Set in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Maine.

~~~Short Stories~~~

The Detection Collection edited by Simon Brett. Set in various locations.
Detective Kubu Investigates 2 by Michael Stanley. Set in Botswana.
Far from Home by Walter Tevis. SciFi set in various locations.

~~~Police Procedurals~~~

Flash by Donna Ball. Set in Florida.
Moonshadow Murder by Rich Curtin. Set in Utah.
The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. Set in Sweden.
The Last Enemy by Grace Brophy. Set in Italy.

~~~Private Investigators~~~

Greasing the Piñata by Tim Maleeny. Set in Mexico.

~~~Historical Fiction~~~

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline. Set in Maine.


~~~Amateur Sleuths~~~

The Clincher by Lisa Preston. Set in Oregon.
Off the Record by Diana Kilpatrick. Set in Idaho.

~~~Historical Mysteries~~~

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas. Set in England.
Mydworth Mysteries: A Shot in the Dark by Matthew Costello & Neil Richards. Set in England.
A Death of No Importance by Mariah Fredericks. Set in New York City.
The New Colossus by Marshall Goldberg. Set in New York.

You know I have to ask. Did any of these books tickle your fancy? Which one(s)? Or... have you already read any of them? What did you think? Inquiring minds would love to know!

Friday, October 04, 2019

The Gift that Keeps on Giving Weekly Link Round-Up

This has happened to all of you before, and undoubtedly multiple times, too. You're out and about, or at work, minding your own business when some Typhoid Mary has to come along and give you whatever disease they've been incubating. And it hits you. Hard.

That's what happened to Denis, who works at the airport and has the opportunity to come in contact with hundreds of Typhoid Marys on any given day. He wound up with an upper respiratory infection and acute pharyngitis (a horrible sore throat), and being the kind and giving sort of man he is, he shared it with me, bless 'im.

I tell you, there should be a law against anything that turns your entire head into a-- pardon me for being blunt-- snot sponge. And the blasted disease just lingers on and on.

Denis has been to Urgent Care (twice) and his doctor, has missed almost two weeks of work, and although he's been told that he is getting much better and "these things take time," we're both more than ready for this show hit the road, Jack.

Although I didn't get pharyngitis, I seem to have received the little added extra of major hearing loss. I tend to have acute hearing-- to the point where Denis calls me "Bat Ears"-- so any time something affects my hearing, it drives me crazy. Let me tell you-- between these new windows and having my bat ears forcibly turned off-- I feel as though I'm living in a bubble (and I won't tell you what the bubble is made of because you can only mention the S word so many times). We've had a series of tropical storms move through Phoenix, one bringing us a toadchoker, and I would never have known how hard it was raining if I hadn't been sitting in the family room looking out the patio door. I certainly couldn't hear it!

But enough bellyaching. The two of us are well on the road to recovery, and with these lower temperatures, I'm feeling the urge to fire up my camera and head out to see some flowers and critters and such. But before I do that, I'd better check out that corral. You never know what those links get up to... Head 'em up! Moooove 'em out!

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄

►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
  • Service dogs in training attended a private performance of Billy Elliot to learn proper theater behavior.
  • How the turtle got its shell, with apologies to Æsop. 
  • Could goats help solve Portugal's wildfire crisis?
  • An emotional support dog is the only thing that chills out a cheetah.
  • California will build the largest wildlife crossing in the world. 
  • An adorable beagle demonstrates a wide array of vocalizations for which his breed is known. 
  • John Steinbeck's epic ocean voyage rewrote the rules of ecology.
  • Eggs have been successfully collected from the last two northern white rhinos. And now they've been fertilized.

►Fascinating Folk◄
  • Virginia Hall, a "Limping Lady" with a prosthetic leg, was the most dangerous Allied spy of World War II.
  • Seven facts about Thomas Lefroy, the real-life inspiration for Pride and Prejudice's Mr. Darcy. 
  • Dr. Gerty Cori, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in medicine, was paid one-tenth the salary of her research partner.
  • Susie King Taylor-- from a secret school to becoming the first black army nurse of the Civil War.
  • You can thank chemist Stephanie Kwolek for bulletproof vests and yoga pants.

►The Happy Wanderer◄
  • The nostalgic romance of Route 66.
  • From Nazi prisons to cat sanctuaries, explore the many lives of these Russian palaces
  • Local legend in Cambridge, England says that Isaac Newton built the "Mathematical Bridge" without any screws, bolts, or nails.

►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!