Here’s an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new cozy mystery series by an established author, Vickie Fee. In My Fair Latte, Halley Greer inherits an old theater from an uncle she barely knew. Immediately, the reason for this bequest to Halley arises as a background puzzle, but the real mystery centers around vandalism and murder in the theater thatHalley is working hard to resurrect as a business that combines her two passions—old movies and coffee.
The residents of the little tourist town of Utopia Springs, Arkansas, welcome Halley and encourage her in her new business. She has to clean up both the theater and the upstairs apartment, quite an undertaking as her uncle was a hoarder. Favorite characters are George and Trudy, local artists who take her under their wing, and Kendra who owns the escape room business across the street. There are several romantic interests as well.
I enjoyed meeting the residents of Utopia Springs and watching Halley develop her creative ideas on a shoe string budget. It was great to witness her new friends pitching in to help, building community around her. As the police seem to suspect Halley, she and Kendra investigate to try to put the focus on other possibilities. I found myself doing that myself, but missed the mark until the end. Eartha Kitty, another inheritance from Uncle Leon, has an important role in the story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, but hoping that I won’t gain weight just reading about the huge, fresh cinnamon rolls that are a staple in Halley’s breakfast routine.
I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Notes: #1 in the Café Cinema Mystery Series
Publication: March 3, 2020—Henery Press
While it may have been a glamorous leading lady in its prime, the Star Movie Palace was now a faded beauty whose slip was showing from beneath its tattered couture.
Their fanny packs and I-heart-Utopia-Springs t-shirts were like tattooing tourist on their foreheads.
“I dearly love George, but this morning he started tap dancing on my last nerve before I’d even had a cup of coffee.”
I like Wanda E. Brunstetter’s foray into mystery with The Crow’s Callwhich begins the Amish Greenhouse Mystery Series. It is a spinoff from The Prayer Jars trilogy, but that association does not impact the reader’s enjoyment of this new series. Having read the trilogy, I did enjoy thepleasant surprise of encountering a few familiar characters.
The Crow’s Call begins with a family tragedy that will forever affect the King family. Woven into that background are mysterious occurrences which damage the Kings’ greenhouse and livelihoods. Amy, frequently the focus of the narration, tries to bear the burdens of maintaining her family both emotionally and financially, but the job is really too big for one young lady.
With interesting Amish characters who work at their relationship with God and others, this book includes the characters’ thoughts and prayers and the Bible verses they rely on as they deal with issues in their lives. The mystery of vandalism is not resolved nor are the issues of the depression of a young widow and the rebellion of her brother. I assume these problems will be carried into the next book in the series. A new Englisch couple moves in across the road from the greenhouse. The wife in the family suffers from a physical disability, but also from an unreasonable dislike of the Amish. She is rather mean spirited, but I have the feeling there must be a story behind her attitude. Other plot threads are an unexpected suitor from the past for the matron of the family and the opening of a rival greenhouse.
It was refreshing to read a mystery with no murders. I enjoyed learning more about Amish customs and beliefs.Reading The Crow’s Call is a good antidote to current social upheaval as this book emphasizes treating others with kindness and trusting in God.
I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press) for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Category: Christian, Women’s Fiction, Mystery
Notes: This is most definitely part of a series, meaning if you want total closure on all threads, then this is not the book for you. I enjoyed the book, want to learn more about the characters, and anticipate further interesting plot developments, so I am “all in” to experience the rest of the series as it is published.
Publication: March 1, 2020—Barbour Publishing (Shiloh Run Press)
Things she used to take for granted that had once seemed like simple chores now felt like heavy burdens she could hardly bear.
“It’s best not to worry—especially about things that are beyond our control. We need to pray every day and put our faith in God. And it wouldn’t hurt to ask Him to put a hedge of protection around us.”
She couldn’t let her discouragement tear down her faith. The best remedy was reading God’s Holy Word.
Hello, fellow Mumblers! Thank you all so very much for showering so much love and appreciation upon me!! Just a few days back, I wrote the post on becoming a family of 50 and now, we’re at 100!! Woah, we’re growing so fast! Yay! This excited person is so unlike the usual me but it feels so good. Thank you so much, Mumblers! I love you all so much.
I am sending truckloads of love, positivity and happiness to you. May you all stay safe and happy! And as I always say, much love!
P.S. – I got to know this great news from one of my Mumblers! Special thanks to you, love! You know who you are.
Knowing a person is like music. What attracts us to them is their melody, and as we get to know who they are, we learn their lyrics.
Hello, fellow Mumblers! I hope you are all safe and doing well. Firstly, thank you so much for the many congratulatory messages you all sent me for my last post. I am also sending loads of love and positivity your way!
Now, coming to the questions for this post. Thank you so very much for sparing some time and sending in such beautiful and thoughtful questions which I will be answering now. If you haven’t read my about page yet, go read it here. As for the questions you sent, here we go:
Era @ The Hidden Soul asked:
1. Which topic do you love most writing about?
I don’t think I have exploited my potential as much to be able to decide what I like yet. However, I do like writing about nature quite a lot. You might have already noticed it in this post- Serenity: A Firsthand Experience. 2. One song, to which, you always find yourself connected to?
I don’t really have a go-to song but these days I’ll be found humming the song ‘Chota Sa Fasana’ from the movie Karwaan. 3. If you meet your younger self, what advice you would like to give her?
Well, I think I’m too young to give any advice yet. I’ll give that answer in a few years Though I’d definitely tell her to stretch more so that she can gain some more height! 4. What you want to be?
I really don’t know this yet. This is probably the question that always haunts me. ( And my poor parents too! ) Wait for a few years for this one too! 5. Do you think, time travel is possible and if possible is it ok to modulate past events or future things?
With the current technology that we have, I don’t think time travel is possible. However, I do think that it might be possible in some time from now since everything that we have now was once impossible. Even if it does become possible, I don’t think it’d be a good idea to modulate events. It’ll be quite tempting but I’m a strong believer that whatever happens, happens for good. I’d still love to visit the various stages, though- the past and the future, without altering them.
Jatin @ Jatin’s golB asked:
1. How did you start your blogging journey?
Well, the idea of starting a blog was in my mind for quite a while but I somehow couldn’t find the time. Thanks to this pandemic and the lockdown, I could finally start this blog. If you want to know some more details, click here. 2. What do you like best in your life?
I am very happy with all the gifts of life and this pandemic has only reignited my sense of gratitude for them. For me, my family stands first. I like them the best! And thank God for cakes and ice-creams too! 3. ाााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााााा ाThe final question is, do you love nature or not?
Yes! I absolutely love nature-it’s my place to rejuvenate. If you love nature too, you might like this post as well.
Potterheadaanya @ Soaring Firebolt asked:
I would like to know how old are you and if you will be my friend?
Age is just a number, my dear friend! I hope you got your answer. Also if you are a grammar freak and have to correct someone if they spell a word wrong (I do that a lot)?
Yes, oh my God, I thought these ones had gone extinct. I’m glad to find someone like me! My friends teasingly call me the grammar Nazi
Harsh @ Cryptic’s World asked:
What do you like to do other than writing?
I love reading, eating and sleeping, in the same order. Or maybe eating more than reading, I’m quite a foodie!
Aashi @ Falling Upwards asked:
I want you to correctly describe yourself in 3 words.
Selectively social extrovert. ( Do you like my answer? )
Aashi @ weaver_of_words asked:
What is one incident from your childhood that you will never forget?
So I was once going somewhere and a cute, little white puppy came out of the blue and started playing with me. It is one of the sweetest memories I have. It was adorable, it even left a pawprint on my dress as a memento!
truthisacommodity asked: ( Sorry, I don’t know your name, would you like to share?)
Where are you from? and suppose you get an opportunity to work abroad, what country would you choose?
I’m a proud Indian and have no idea which country I’d like to go to, if any, that is. Let’s see what the future beholds!
Aditi @ What are you up to during the lockdown asked:
1. What is your personality like?
Honestly, I myself don’t know what I am like. Overall, though, I’m usually the quite type who observes more than speaking. My friends call me the ‘mommy’ of the group, though I’m the youngest. 2. Who is your favorite singer or band (or both)?
I’m a sucker at picking favourites, please don’t make me do this! 3. Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
I draw inspiration from all people who have excelled in their field of work or exhibited exemplary behaviour, especially women. They can thus range from Malala Yousafzai, Lilly Singh(Superwoman), Priyanka Chopra and Twinkle Khanna( I think she is so witty) to Mahatma Gandhi. And my parents, of course! 4. Why did you start blogging?
I started this blog as I wanted to connect with fellow readers and writers, irrespective of age,sex,nationality,colour and other such distinctions. I wanted to discover the relevance and relatibility of my thoughts and perceptions in today’s world. Aptly named, the blog will be about my thoughts,poems and feelings on everything,ranging from entertainment,political affairs and mental health issues to my personal problems like loads of homework.
Lions, Ruskin Bond and my New Blog, Jumbled Mumbles
If you haven’t read this post of mine yet, click here to read it.
5. Lastly, do you have any pets, if yes then what are they and what are their names?
No, I do not have any pets. However, I would love to adopt a dog in future as I absolutely love dogs. I have fostered many cats in my backyard already, though. Do they count as pets? We named them Cookie, Berry and Pie. ( Told you I was a foodie, don’t judge! )
I’m also a mental health advocate and a dog person(though I don’t hate cats,either).
Know Me, Jumbled Mumbles
If you haven’t read my about page (still?), go check it out here.
A huge shoutout to these amazing bloggers, go check out their blogs! They did make me rack my brains!
Thank you so much for reading through these! Do let me know if I missed out any of your questions and if you like the answers of the above questions. Stay safe, stay happy! Much love!
Hello, fellow Mumblers! Thank you for the 50 followers! We are a family of 50 now! I’m so sorry if I sound too excited(that’s because I very much am!). Thank you so very much to everyone who has ever read even a single post of mine. Thank you for each and every like, repost, pingback and of course, follow!
Just about a month back, I made this decision to join this wonderful community and it was indeed one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel that there is such a positive group here. I have only received utmost love and appreciation from all of you. Thank you so much for that!
Now coming to that special something. This Saturday, I would like to do a ‘Know Me Better’ post. I want to do this to connect with all of you and let you know what kind of a person sits behind this screen. You might know something about me through my ‘Know Me’ page. (If you haven’t read that page yet, click here to visit it.) However, I want to connect better with you. For this, I require your assistance. I want you to post the questions you would want me to answer in the comments below and I will be answering them this Saturday. Stay safe, stay happy! Much love!
Hello, fellow Mumblers! This time, I’ve come up with a new kind of poem. I say so because I don’t know if such a style of writing exists.( If it already does, let me know what it’s called in the comments below). In this poem, I have tried to weave a story with two parallel narratives and each alternate line is part of one narrative. I don’t even know if I’m making sense here and if this is understandable. Please let me know if you could understand it and if you liked it too. Enjoy! Much love!
P.S. – It might help if you read the whole thing once and then just the alternate lines together.
Rivers know this: There is no hurry. We will get there some day.
Hello, fellow Mumblers! In my last post, I took you all to my maternal grandparents’ house. This time, I will walk you through my paternal grandparents’ town. Their house is just a few metres away from the mighty Ganga river. As big as it is, it flows along just as gently. One of my favourite pastimes is to sit on the ghat’s steps, watch the placid river move swiftly and get lost in the bustling yet tranquil landscape. This becomes all the more soothing when the sun sets. The sky darkens and all around you is just a beautiful blanket of bluish darkness. The sky above and the river infront mirror each other while the street and temple lights become tiny, yellow specks. One day, you will see a devout local woman offering prayers and feeding the fish and excited tourists taking a dip to wash off all their sins, on others. The day ends with the magnificient aarti(prayer), invoking the blessings of the river goddess and distribution of the prasad( offerings of food to the goddess which are then distributed among devotees). The Ganga aarti is indeed an experience to revel in, atleast once in a lifetime. Enjoy the poem! Much love!
The air infused with the divine fragrance
Of flower and incense.
The intoxication of the blessed prasadam
Calming my pulsating nerves.
The flicker of the diya’s flame
Ebbing gently on its path to eternal rest on the Holy Ganges
Hello, fellow Mumblers! My summer break is on right now and has been perfectly ruined by the ongoing pandemic. The thing I miss most about it is visiting my grandparents’ house in our hometown. ( Most Indians will probably relate to this-and if you aren’t Indian and still do , let me know in the comments! ) The house is huge, to say the least, and surrounded with all kinds of trees-litchi, mango,jackfruit etc. Though, it’s best part for me is the memories that it has guarded safely all these years. It was built by my great-grandfather even before India became independent i.e. before 1947. It has seen four generations of the family and still stands tall and strong. The following poem which was written on an earlier trip is a little tribute to this oldie from my side. Much love!
As I enter my childhood haven
I reminisce of the memories engraved in its proudly ageing walls
The way I pranced around
With the mango and litchi trees
Shading me as guarding figures
The way little me begged to be allowed onto the huge terrace
But was always disappointed with a no
As I walk around
I can hear the echoes of laughter
Ringing of younger and carefree days
Even as I sit and pen down my feelings
I hear the gentle cooing of the birds
With which I’m only too familiar
As the lullaby of many a scorching noons
At night, the crickets chirp
The sky engulfs the house
And the stars wink at me
As I’m lost in my thoughts
A gentle breeze blows
And wafts with it, good ol’ nostalgia
All these feelings clutch at my heart
Bringing to it, sudden turmoil
For, I realize, that some day, all good things must come to an end.
Hello, fellow Mumblers! I hope you are all well and doing great. This post is written in quite a hurry and out of schedule to tell you all about the corrections that I had to make.
The ones who have been following my blog for the past days will notice lots of changes and removal of pictures. This is because I do not want to get into legal trouble! In my first post, I had used a picture of Mr. Ruskin Bond. However, on reading an article today, I realized that it might be illegal.
Many of us bloggers would have used many pictures from the internet to make our posts lively but this might be copyright infringement. Thus, I request all of you to make the required changes to your blogs as well to save yourselves from copyright issues. The best way to incorporate pictures is to take your own and use those. Being bloggers ourselves, we will be able to appreciate the amount of hardwork put into our posts-our labour of love. We certainly wouldn’t want others to take credit for what is ours. The same goes for photography as well.
You all being much experienced bloggers might already know about this. However I still wanted to share this so that the lesser-informed like me might be able to benefit from this. Stay safe and happy! Much love!
Is when you get up every morning and choose life as your soul, embrace everything that comes on your way with open arms.
Joy of freedom
Is when you are able to make mistake while distinguishing between right and wrong, and not losing your humanity.
Joy of freedom
Is when in the unkind world, where soul is in turmoil situation. Uncountable number of thoughts is filled with fear about what will happen tomorrow.
And yet you chose to chase your dream, find a way to experience the path that follows to accomplish your dreams and enhance your talent.
Lies within yourself. It just requires courage to see things differently. Only those who wish to enjoy the happiness of freedom know the meaning of joy. As rest who laugh are fools, as they are bound by the chains of insecurity and not allowing themselves to open their wings and take a flight.
Landing your first job can be difficult if you will rely only on job search sites and referrals. There will be cases when it will take you months before you can land the job that you want. If you do get a referral or an interview offer, there is no guarantee you will be able to get the job.
However, if you know someone from the company, it will be easier to get in the job because they can refer you directly to the team and even let you know if the slot is open even before it is offered to others.
Considering this advantage, how can you utilise your network to help you get your first job?
Here are some tips to help you improve your network and use it to land your ideal job:
#1 Know your existing network and build it
Every person has a network of connections which grows each time one meets new people. These include classmates, friends, teachers, neighbours and others.
Some people may not see these people as great places to start with when asking for help in getting a job. Get to know them and see if they know anyone in the industry that you want to work on.
If your current network is not enough, you can attend networking events set by companies or your school. You can also use social media to build your network.
In networking, you don’t just add friends and hope they will help you out without taking time to know if they will respond positively to your messages.
Be clear about your inquiry, why you want to ask them and make it reasonable. You should also take time to word your message and show sincerity. Don’t just write a template email and blast it to 200 people. Call them out and invite them for coffee.
Nothing is worse when you suddenly ask a friend you haven’t spoken in 10 years for a job favour or any kind of favour. However, if you ask nicely, there is a chance that your contact is searching for someone to hire. Be humble about it and never demand an immediate commitment from your friend.
#3 Have a clear plan
Once you get your contact to agree to meet you, prepare what you want to know as if you are interviewing them for information.
Ask about how they got into their position and how you can also reach the same position as they have. They will take note of your interest and help you in the best way they can.
#4 Stay in touch
When it comes to networking, you don’t stop talking to them when you introduce yourself to them and spend a few hours with them during your first meeting.
If you want them to help you get the job you want, you have to stay in touch with them and get to know them better. This will make sure they don’t forget you and think of you when they hear about the job you want to apply for.
Remember, relationships are built over time. You need to nurture your network and it is easier now with social media to keep the connection alive.
Networking has a lot of great benefits if you manage to cultivate it as early and as best as you can. Your connections can open doors you never thought possible, especially if you show them what you can do.
If you have connections in key areas where you want to work into, don’t be afraid to approach your connections for help. You never know, they may be the people who can launch your career in the right direction.
Just remember when you do get the job, pay it forward.
I have two younger sisters and we three together make a gang. We love chatting with each other and sharing even the tiniest details of our life. It is just an unmatched feeling of happiness. It is an amazing feeling to know that we are always there for each other no matter what.
P.S. If you have watched “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” this “OH MY GOD” from Janice was just hilarious
I love beaches! I can literally live there. Watching those waves over and over again, It just gives me a sense of calmness and a soothing feeling. I like to lay down and chill, watch everything that is going around. Sometimes, walking and chasing the wave, then running back.
P.S. Little embarrassing to admit, but, I do not know how to swim.
Road trips were big part of my life growing up. I remember my dad had a little scooter on which my mom, dad and my sisters, all 5 of us would sit and go to my grandmother’s house. (ya! 5 people and 1 scooter) It was so much fun!
Even today I just get so excited if there is a road trip planned. That preparation before the trip, those mid way stops, fav music in the car, just great!!
I adore kids! They are the sweetest. Love watching their reaction, the amusement with which they look at things, the way they want to grab everything that’s reachable. It is just so adorable and cute to watch.
I am someone who hates eating alone. I really don’t know the reason why, but I do. I just need someone to talk to while eating, if not talking, just being there. My husband and I always eat together. I guess it is just a healthy practice and gives us some quality time.
I have been a movie junkie since childhood. Of course when I was young, I wasn’t allowed to binge watch, but once I went to college and was living on my own, the “binging” habit started. If I like a series I just cannot leave it in between, I have to complete it.
This one is special! Do you also like watching the stars? (that is if we get to see it in the sky)
Recently, after demise of my grandmother, I visited our village for the very first time. It was the occasion to give her our final good bye. I remember her telling me when I was young, that after people die, they become stars!
That day, after her funeral, everyone decided to spend the night in the village. I sat outside the house in a chair and looked up the sky, it was like a blanket of twinkles! One was shining the brightest, I believe that was her.
This was so much fun to do! So many good memories came back while writing this post.
I nominate few bloggers to participate in the tag. This will be a fun activity to re-live some happy moments and spread positivity around! Don’t forget to pingback to this post. I would love to know what make you feel happy.
Maintaining a beautiful relationship requires patience and perseverance.
When you love someone you are ready to fight for the person,
Ready to compromise and sacrifice yourself.
You had enough reasons to believe to stand through your relationship in the worst times.
But one day an incident changes the whole meaning of maintaining a relationship.
More than the incident, what hurts more is,
Nobody cares what you are feeling.
No one wants to understand or listen with what pain you are going through.
Life seems to be unfair.
What you did for the loved ones, seems to vanish.
After breaking up, what was left inside me was not sufficient to live.
Fragment of sunlight filled with dew drops.
We were supposed to be knotted in a relationship but before we could build it strong enough, it was already over.
What hurts me more is
The relation was like a text written with chalk in the blackboard, that was easily washed off with rain.
Are shattered dreams and false promises worth living for.
Now when I have made up my mind to chase my heart and live what I dreamt once.
I face more difficulties but I will be able to stand up again on my feet.
As all I wanted in life was self-respect and happiness.
After breaking up, what was left inside me was not sufficient to live.
Fragment of sunlight filled with dew drops.
P.S : This poem explains how one feels when a relationship is ruined because of lack of understanding. Idle couple is that which understands and appreciates the existence of each other in their lives. Unfortunately, many partners fail to recognise the feelings of the better half. Inappropriate words used at undesirable places leaves a wrong and heavy impact, hence leading to the consequences.
There are many companies now embracing work from home, especially with the current problems caused by the COVID-19 virus. Both Google and Facebook announced that they will let their employees to work from home until the end of 2020 if their work allows it. We can expect that some companies will follow in their footsteps and create a dynamic shift towards flexible hours and working arrangements.
While this allows workers to continue with their work at home and not have to worry about getting stuck in traffic or the long commute, it is not easy to do if you do not have the right tools you need for work at home to keep you going.
To help you set up your work from home computer and keep you productive, here are the best productivity apps you can use today:
For meetings and group messaging, Zoom is one of the best apps you can try out. What makes Zoom great is the fact you can video call your teammates in HD and it can even accommodate up to 1,000 people in one meeting.
You can also send files in the app, as well as change your background as you video chat. This is a popular choice among many companies due to the ease of usage. You don’t even have to download their software to use it.
Another instant messaging app that you can use for work is Slack. The app developers aim to replace emails using the app since teams can create channels to organize where messages should go to without having to spam emails.
Users can send files and links through the app, and they can opt out from a channel if they don’t want to follow it.
I really like using Slack and I wished more clients will move over from Skype to Slack.
For people who prefer to organize their work tables through a visual organizer, Trello is perfect.
The tool enables users to sort out their tasks through various columns and indicate which ones are important and which members should work on them.
Notifications will be given to all the members of the team and they can also edit the project page.
To make it easier to share files to your co-workers, you can use Dropbox. Dropbox allows users to share large files and store it in one platform.
There is also a special tab in the platform that allows teams to collaborate in one folder and also sort out to-do-lists through the Dropbox Paper tab.
Skype is an old name in the industry that offers video calls and messaging through various platforms like desktop or smartphones.
Aside from allowing users to have a group call to up to 50 people, the app also allows screen sharing and recording. You can also save these video recordings to your desktop.