Thursday, October 31, 2019


Stumptown is on Wednesday evenings at 10:00 on ABC. It’s a crime drama based on the comic book series of the same name. Led by the talented Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother) as a debt-ridden Marine veteran who takes care of her disabled brother, the series is set in a Portland, Oregon.

It’s a  high action, fast moving series about Dex Parios, a veteran-turn-private investigator who gets into more than her fair share of trouble. She has PTSD after being injured in Afghanistan.

She also has some gambling debts. So as a private investigator, she takes on cases the police cannot touch. She is feisty, rebellious, and has excellent combat skills. So far, the writing has been terrific. I hope they can keep it up.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

ART: Photography - Aerial Photos from News 24

I ran across these outstanding aerial photos at the News 24 site. I thought they were fantastic and, maybe, you would like them, too.

Who says my Art posts are boring? HUH?

Nothing here is mine. I claim nothing.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

RECIPE: Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

Oh, rats! I forgot the mushrooms. Well, my mother and sister were whizzes in the kitchen. Great cooks! Great bakers! I inherited NONE of those genes. My claim to fame in the kitchen is my cooking keeps my family alive and thin. 

However, add one small can of mushroom pieces to the ingredients in the bowl. I have added one cup of fresh mushrooms instead, when I find really, really nice mushrooms in the produce department.


Monday, October 28, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: The Skeletons of Birkbury by Diana J. Febry

One buried body.
Many hidden secrets.
When the body of a teenage girl is discovered, the villagers of Birkbury close ranks to protect their secrets.
Gossip turns to fear and suspicion as they realise the killer is one of them and is prepared to kill again.
Beneath the good manners and polite smiles, DCI Hatherall discovers deep-seated resentments and family feuds going back decades. The stakes are raised when another girl goes missing.
Will the police uncover the killer before it is too late?

The Skeletons of Birkbury, A Peter Hatherall Mystery by Diana J Febry was an outstanding cozy mystery set in the English countryside. Detective Chief Inspector Peter Hatherall is very good at his job, but his personal life is a mess. A body is discovered hidden in the rural countryside, setting off village-wide fear and accusations. But fear not! Peter and his junior officer Fiona are on the case. Excellent  story, well told. I highly recommend.

Friday, October 25, 2019

BOOK: Lord of Blakeley by Carol Ann Kauffman

Dear Gentle Readers,

Lord of Blakeley is a time travel adventure love story. Andrew is a simple farm boy 
who lives in the agricultural province of Blakeley. He has a fascination for Lady 
Aleese, the ward of neighboring ruler. He has tried to get in to see her on various 
occasions, but was always thrown out. One day, she comes to Blakeley for a visit. 

Here is what others say about Lord of Blakeley:

Here is an except:
How It All Began
Location: Blakeley Province, Year 2073, Planet Nord

The woman of Blakeley spent days cleaning and airing out the Manor House 
and preparing food for her arrival. The men checked the solar cells and 
hooked up power to the building and the lighting to all the rooms. Water 
service was restored. There was cooking and baking and decorating, the 
likes had not been seen in ten years. The big house had remained empty 
since the last Blakeley Lord had died in battle ten years ago and his wife, 
Lady Blakeley died six months later, some say of a broken heart. The day of 
Lady Aleese’s arrival, the children gathered wildflowers. And all the eligible, 
interested bachelors of Blakeley, which was all of them, were lined up in 
front of the Manor House in a giant semi-circle as the Havenhill Party rode 
into the village in beautiful ornate carriages pulled by white stallions 
decorated with ribbons and pink roses.
The children sang songs as the beautiful Aleese, in a simple cream satin 
dress emerged from the carriage and waved to them.
“Oh, look at them! They are so sweet.”
“They’re not sweet. They’re dirty little ragamuffins with no self-control,” 
snorted Lord Havenhill. 
Aleese laughed. “Will you please relax and try not to be so… grumpy.”
“Grumpy? I’m not grumpy. I just… don’t want to be here.”
“And it shows. Why don’t you go in the Manor House and find somebody to 
fuss over you and bring you tea and maybe a cookie.”
“Okay. I will. This gangly lot is all that Blakeley Province has to offer you, 
Aleese. Some are strong, a few are smart, and one or two might even be 
considered handsome in a farm boyish kind of way, but honestly, my child,
there is not a Blakeley man that is all three. Of all the men on Nord, these 
Blakeley males are the most ill-suited to take on the role of leadership. 
They’re dirt-diggers who only understand a good thrashing. Are you absolutely 
sure you want a Blakeley man? 
“The men from Portmist are much larger and much stronger. Langley men 
are pleasant and very quiet. The men from Comerton are handsome and, 
although not very smart, are bred to please. The men from New Quark are 
scientific and very precise. And Havenhill men, as you well know, are natural 
leaders, brilliant, and very charming and would be able to appreciate a 
woman of your quality and distinction. I had really hoped you would agree 
to take Grant as your mate and become the Lady of Havenhill one day. He is 
a natural-born leader, you know.”
“Oh, I am sure you did. And, yes, Grant is a fine man. He will be a great 
Nordon leader one day. And he will always hold a very special place in my 
“You know he loves you. I know he can be stubborn. I’ve tried my best to 
stomp that out of him, but his mother coddles him. But you know Grant 
cares for you a great deal. He would take excellent care of you and protect 
“Of course, I know that. But I seek more than just care and protection. 
Lord Harold, I want love, pure blissful love, the kind that races the heart 
and raises the spirit; the kind you can feel coursing through your veins. 
I am drawn here to Blakeley, Lord Havenhill. I believe the man I seek is 
here in this beautiful province. I have seen him in my dreams. He draws me 
to him. And I will know him when I see his warm, sweet eyes, when I hear 
his wonderful voice, when I touch him and feel the spark. I know it.”
“Oh, child, I’m not sure that kind of love even exists anymore. That was love 
a long, long time ago, before the big wars, before we became so jaded with all 
these labor-saving devices, scientific discoveries, and space travel. I remember 
it, a man and a woman in love. Nothing else mattered,” he sighed and looked 
off into the distance, remembering something, someone from his distant past. 
“Well, here they are, the whole rangy lot of them. I cannot imagine a man from 
Blakeley leading us to peace, stopping the war, or neutralizing damn, crazy 
bastard Samuel, the Bishop, let alone being the love of your life, your mate, 
as the prophecy has foretold. But if you wish to examine this sorry lot, one 
by one, then I shall help you in any way I can. I remember the promise I 
made to your father, to trust your judgment.”
“Thank you, Lord Havenhill. You are very kind… and brilliant and charming,” 
she laughed. 

Andrew and Carmine walked up from the fields together, hearing the call 
to come to the village square.
“What’s going on?” asked Carmine. 
“They’re calling for all single men to come to the village square immediately,
 said Jared.  
“Why?” asked Carmine, getting in line.
“It seems the fair and lovely Golden Lady Aleese has turned twenty years 
old and was told by her guardian Lord Havenhill to pick a mate or have 
one chosen for her. She has had a future vision of her mate, and she believes 
him to be a Blakeley man. She has come here to find him with the intention 
of marrying him, which would then make him, get this, the new Lord of Blakeley,” 
said Jared.
“No kidding? You have got to be joking,” Andrew said, amazed at the prospect. 
“This can’t be real!” 
“Why? Because you think there is not a man among us who is worthy of her? 
You think that there is not a man in our whole province that is brave enough, strong enough, smart enough, and handsome enough to catch the     eye of lovely Lady Aleese?”
“No. I don’t just think it. I know it. I am sure of it,” Andrew nodded. “She is 
like no other woman I have ever seen.”
“You’ve been crazy about her for years, since the day you saw her at the 
Library. You stood there and listened to her talk and then followed her around 
for hours and hours, with this really dumb smile on your face.”
“Yes, I remember,” he laughed. “I was amazed by her. Enthralled. I’d never 
seen anything like her before in my life. Actually, I saw her first at the hospital 
in Portmist, talking to the patients, easing their pain, soothing their worries, 
and talking to the doctors, listening to their concerns. 
“And, yes, I went specially to hear her speak at the Grand Library in 
New Quark and I spent the whole day following her around, watching her, 
listening to her, trying to catch her eye. She is truly outstanding, mesmerizing. 
She is so much more than beautiful. She’s very intelligent, concerned about 
others, and funny, and so very sweet. She has this intuitive sense. I tried to 
get close enough to her just to say hello and tell her I thought she was 
wonderful, but I couldn’t get anywhere near her. 
“Once I called out to her and she turned toward me, but tons of Havenhill 
guards descended upon me and dragged me outside and beat me off. 
“Grant Havenhill’s doing, I presume. He doesn’t want any other man 
anywhere near her. She deserves so much more than Grant Havenhill. 
Or the sorry likes of one of us! She deserves some big, strong, handsome, 
smart, brave hero, someone who will make her happy. And I don’t think 
there’s a man among us who could figure a way out of this damn futile war 
and lead our world to peace. We are not fighters or men of deep thought. 
We’re nothing more than simple farmers,” said Andrew. 
“How exactly does this interview process work?”
“So… after all that, you’re in?” laughed Carmine.
“Absolutely, I’m in. But do you think I have time to go home and change 
my shirt?” They all laughed.
“Yes, go. We’ll save you a place.” 
Andrew ran home, freshened up, and changed his shirt. He walked back 
to the village center with a happy spring in his step.
“Am I too late?”

“No, your place is saved here at the end of the line.”

Thursday, October 24, 2019


Good OmensThe Sniffer

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The Sniffer
GenreDetective fiction
Created byArtyom Litvinenko
Written by
Composer(s)Nikita Moiseyev
Country of originUkraine
Original language(s)Russian
No. of series3
No. of episodes24
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Victor Mirsky
Editor(s)Vladimir Zapryagalov
Running timevaries, from 49 to 54 minutes
Production company(s)FILM.UA
Original networkICTV1TV
Picture format16:9
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 11, 2013 –
The Sniffer (Russian and UkrainianНюхач) is a Russian-language detective series produced and shot in Ukraine by FILM.UA Television, created, co-written, and directed by Artyom Litvinenko.

The show's protagonist (Kirill Käro) uses his unusually sensitive sense of smell, that allows him to detect and distinguish trace amounts of various substances, to investigate crimes. He works alongside his childhood buddy, Victor Lebedev (Ivan Oganesyan), a major (then colonel) in the Special Bureau of Investigations.[1]

The series premiered on November 11, 2013, on the Ukrainian TV channel ICTV and began airing in Russia on December 16, 2013, for 1TV. By 2014, the series is sold in 60 countries and has sold to a major French television channel.[2]
Even before its premiere, the series was officially renewed for a second season with eight new episodes. The second season opened on 1TV on October 5, 2015, with cinematography by Graham Frake, who had previously been head of photography for Downton Abbey.[2]
In 2016, Amazon added the first season to their Amazon Prime line-up.[1]
Starting from May 2017, the first two seasons are streamed on Netflix. The third season is now available as well.
By Jan 31, 2017, filming of the third season was completed. Like the first two seasons, the third season consists of 8 episodes, which were shot over the course of 6 months.[3] In season 3, the Sniffer is set to encounter even more sophisticated criminals, already aware of his abilities. It is set to air in fall 2017 on Channel One Russia.[4]

  1. Jump up to: a b "The Sniffer" Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  2. Jump up to: a b Holdsworth, Nick (7 April 2014). "MIPTV: Original Ukrainian Crime Format 'The Sniffer' Sells to France"The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Нюхач 3"Вокруг ТВ. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Kirill Kyaro Sniffed The Third Time"Кино-Театр. Retrieved 1 June 2017.

  • The Sniffer on IMDb
  • The Sniffer — official page at FILM.UA's site.

    There are three seasons of The Sniffer.  So far.

     People say they cannot read the subtitles and look at the film at the same time. I say "Of course, you can!"
    This is an excellent series with great acting and terrific writing. To miss this because you do not want to read the subtitles is sad. 

    The Sniffer is available on Amazon Prime. 

Aziraphaand Crowley, of Heaven and Hell respectively, have grown rather fond of the Earth. So it’s terrible news that it’s about to end. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing. The Four Horsemen are ready to ride. Everything is going according to the Divine Plan…except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Can our heroes find him and stop Armageddon before it’s too late?

Good Omens

Aziraphale and Crowley, of Heaven and Hell respectively, have grown rather fond of the Earth. So it’s terrible news that it’s about to end. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing. The Four Horsemen are ready to ride. Everything is going according to the Divine Plan…except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Can our heroes find him and stop Armageddon before it’s too late?