Monday, July 08, 2024

Happy Random Tuesday

 Not feeling much like writing a post today as my mom's medical maladies are mostly on my mind,plus the Category 1 Hurricane we just survived leaves us with no power or Internet (meaning I'm not typing this at home), so I will just skip to a few funnies!



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Monday, June 24, 2024

Happy Random Tuesday

 Our weather caster said, "Be that as it may" three times Sunday night during one newscast.  Perhaps she could have used "despite this," or "nevertheless."  When my husband says, "Nevertheless," I like to counter with "Ever the more." Get it?

The phrase, "Be that as it may" became popular in Middle English by Chaucer although he wrote it, "Be as be may." Chaucer is best known for The Canterbury Tales written  between 1387 and 1400.  I wonder if people (other than those who major in English Lit) ever read The Canterbury Tales anymore.  My mom had to read it when she was working on her Master's. Thankfully, I didn't. 

Middle English is like a whole different language.

Moving right along...  Have a laugh at one or two of these!  Which is your favorite?

And my favorite:

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Sunday Synopsis- Stephanie Plum #25

Look Alive Twenty-Five (Stephanie Plum, #25)Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Trenton and the burg are the same as they always are. And Stephanie is, too. She works for her cousin Vinnie who owns a bail bonds store. Stephanie is a bounty hunter who tries to rangle those that miss their court dates to reschedule with the court. Otherwise, the bail bond business loses the money.

This time, there are deli managers mssing, all from the same deli. All that is left behind is a shoe. It doesn't give police much to go on. When the deli owner fails to appear, Vinnie becomes the default owner and forces Lula and Stephanie to work at the deli. No one wants to take the trash out because that's where the managers have been disappearing from. Ranger steps in, with Morelli's blessing, to keep Stephanie safe.

Stephanie also goes into the burrito business when she has to take the food truck to a concert site where she is expecting to locate another FTA. There is never a dull moment!

Somehow, Janet Evnovich manages to sneak humor into the story even though the subject is murder. The storyline was clever, and the book is fun and easy to read. You might actually laugh out loud. And Wulf makes an appearance in this book. Very enjoyable.

Stephanie's family plays a much lesser role in this book than in others, and she and Grandma Mazur don't go to the funeral home even once!

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Monday, June 17, 2024

Out of Sorts


Has anyone else had a day where you just felt blah?  Out of sorts for no specific reason?  Of course!  We all go through that. 

So I decided to look up where the word "blah" came from.  Nothing interesting.  Then I looked up "the blues" for which most of the definitions had to do with music.  No surprise there.

Then I looked up "out of sorts" and found that to be quite interesting.  It means that we are feeling"off," not ourselves, and can refer to physical or emotional discomfort. 

The origin goes back to 17th century typesetting.  The word "sorts" was used to refer to a set of letters used in printing, so when one was missing, the set was "out of sorts."  I learned something new today, even if I am feeling a bit blah and ho-hum.

How about something funny to lighten the mood?

Sophisticated Cat!

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

Sunday Synopsis-Cozy Mystery

Raspberries and Retaliation (Sweet Baked Mystery Book 5)Raspberries and Retaliation by Katherine Hayton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Holly is back in Hamner Springs helping her sister run the family bakery. Now that I'm into the 4rh book, it seems unnecessary to include why she's back and where she's been. Anyway, Holly and Aiden are on a walk when they discover a dead body. Aiden is taken in for questioning because he knew the deceased.

She was part of a family who are gathered near town for a family reunion. Her boyfriend disappears, so he is a suspect as well as Aiden. Then, another murder occurs. Who could have done this?

Holly will get to the truth with the help of her friends, but maybe without her sister. They have a huge falling out. I'm happy to say that by the end of the book, they will have made up. (spoiler) The mystery does get solved, so the reader can be comfortable in the conclusion, and it may surprise the reader to find out who it is.

I didn't like this plot line as well as the other three. I didn't think there was as much suspense about the murder. On the other hand, this was an easy and fun book to read. It is also free from swearing and cliffhangers, as promised by the author. A definite cozy mystery.

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