Thank you! To all who have been following my blog throughout the year, I extend my sincere thanks for stopping by for a read. As I write this post, I thought I would share a photo & a couple of suggestions for a winter read or two.

This Christmas Eve morning, the sky was amazing with a huge cloud hanging over the bluest sky that I have seen for about a month! DSCN1523

For those of you who look forward to some holiday minutes to curl up with a warm cuppa and a good read, I would like to recommend a couple of titles.

  • A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley, an  award-winning Canadian author of international renown. If you like a story combo of romance  and historical fiction, you will enjoy this latest book by Kearsley. She is skilled at developing her story-lines in the present as well as the past, plotting  with present-day characters plus providing a cast of  individuals who are caught up in the intrigues Scottish history.

    Amazon Cover A Desperate Fortune
    Source: Amazon Cover Photo                           
  • Saying Thank You by Monica Vasa, M.D. is a timely children’s read with colourful nature illustrations by Alaina Louise. The story begins with a parent’s explanation to child of the word “gratitude”, the concept of being thankful. Throughout the day, in this story, there are so many moments and relationships for which to give thanks as portrayed in the vibrant illustrations of rainforest wildlife. The power of uttering a simple “thank you” is clearly conveyed. In a fast-paced world, these words are still much-needed.

    Source: Amazon, Cover photo
    Source: Amazon, Cover photo

    Best to all!


Summer is here!                                                                                                       


July days of heat and sunshine usually translate into vacation time.

This year we are having a staycation for the holidays.

You might be wondering about that term, basically a stay-at-home holiday. It turns out that there are many places to visit within an hour or so; others are right here in our community. Choices range from seeing a play by Shakespeare or Shaw, Wonderland visit, a day at the beach,  conservation areas with hiking trails and so much more.

Sometimes, it is great just to hang out around home:

Enjoy the summer!

*This brief (under 60 words) poem is posted in response to the vacation prompt at .


The pool is primed and ready

the shrubs are trimmed and neat

cool drinks are made

the picnic is set

staycation is hard to beat!

© 2013 Patricia A. McGoldrick