Sunday, July 29, 2018

Product Spotlight: Paperless Post

*collaborative post

Communication is very important in connecting with those we love and care about in our lives. In the past, a handwritten letter was mostly the only way to communicate and later emails came along. Nowadays many of us keep in contact through social media, alongside emails and also on some rare occasions we still write handwritten letters.

Paperless Post brings together some of the best attributes of the various ways in which we can communicate. They design customizable online stationery, to show that communication can be personal and well-designed, regardless of the medium.

With Paperless Post you can use their beautiful designs to celebrate the most important occasions in life, from birthdays to weddings to parties and more. There is a wide variety of cards to choose from. They have re-imagined invitations and use excellent technology and creative designs to give customers a way to beautifully celebrate the times of their lives.

Take a look for yourself and reach out to your friends and family in a truly special and beautiful way!

Book Spotlight: Curses Come Home

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine. 


I love short stories. There is an art form to writing such an intriguing story within a limited amount of words.




Curses Come Home – Stories from the Dark Side of 21st Century Society
by Morven Watt, is a fantastic new book, which is the first in a series of short story collections. There’s a great variety of stories which present vivid, interesting characters. There’s a frightening virtual reality prank, a story of child custody, and so much more. This is a clever collection of stories which have an underlying theme that examines how we live our lives in the modern world. This is a journey through the dark side of the 21st century world. The stories are interestingly unsettling and yet ring so true that you can’t put this book down. They make you think and it is an enjoyable read throughout.

I thoroughly enjoyed all of the stories. A few of my personal favorites were: “Virtual”, “Forgotten”, and “Theory 2.0”. “Virtual” tells the story of a teenage girl being in the middle of a terrible virtual reality prank. “Forgotten” tells the story of a father who is desperate to get his young daughter away from his estranged wife. He has quite a decision to make and I kept asking myself what I would do if I were him. And then there’s “Theory 2.0” which explores what it would be like if we had a social media app that showed us the road that we didn’t take in life. It’s tempting sometimes to think of ‘what if’. This is a great idea to analyze in short story form.

The author has a fantastic imagination and her skill takes you into a world that is brimming with intriguing situations. Her descriptions are vivid and this makes the stories even more interesting to experience. I love it when a book can be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time.

I really enjoyed this book! It was a great read!

You can get your copy here.

About the author: Morven Watt: Born and brought up in Scotland, Morven now lives in Arizona with her five dogs and spends any time she isn’t writing doing yoga, running marathons, wild water swimming and climbing trees. She loves travel, adventure, words and animals. One of her life goals is to open a canine rescue. Curses Come Home is the first in a series of short story collections by Morven Watt. The stories in Curses Come Home are set in Scotland (The Shetland Isles and Edinburgh), London and in the USA.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Enjoying This Moment


Looking out the window and enjoying this beautiful evening light....
Recharging to face a new day tomorrow...πŸ’—

Monday, July 23, 2018

Film Spotlight: The Old Dark House

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this film for review. All opinions are my own.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Eureka Entertainment has recently released The Old Dark House, James Whale’s atmospheric and entertaining horror starring Boris Karloff and Melvyn Douglas as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a dual format (Blu-ray & DVD) in the UK. It is a new restoration of the chilling classic from the director of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein.


Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

The Old Dark House is the story of a group of weary travellers who come upon a spooky mansion filled with mysterious occupants. There's a madman on the loose upstairs just to make it even more interesting. The Old Dark House is one of the best horror films of the 1930’s. There is a distinctive atmosphere throughout the film and there is no shortage of thrills and chills. This classic film was considered lost for many years, but is now being presented from a stunning new 4K restoration.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The story opens with our travellers caught in a terrible storm whilst journeying through a remote region of Wales. They end up taking refuge in a sinister mansion inhabited by the bizarre Femm family and their mute butler, Morgan (played by the iconic Boris Karloff) . Trying to make the best of a bad situation, the group settles in for the night, but the Femm family have a few skeletons in their closet, and one of them is on the loose.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


As a film lover, I've always wanted to see this film, since I heard about it some years ago in a film documentary that I was watching. I love a classic horror film and when I found out about this film I looked forward to seeing it one day. When I finally had my chance, I was not disappointed. It has all of the ingredients for a fun film night at home...a spooky old mansion, a stormy night, and eccentric characters. Another treat of this film is seeing a young Gloria Stuart (veteran of many films and probably most famously the elderly Rose in Titanic).

Above: Gloria Stuart - Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The Dual Format Special Features include:

•    Optional English subtitles

•    An exclusive video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns 


•    Feature length audio commentary by critic & author Kim Newman and Stephen Jones


•    Feature length audio commentary by Gloria Stuart


•    Feature length audio commentary by James Whale biographer James Curtis


•    Daughter of Frankenstein: A Conversation with Sara Karloff 


•    Curtis Harrington Saves The Old Dark House - an archival interview with director Curtis

Harrington about his efforts to save The Old Dark House at a time when it was considered a lost film.

Photo courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


The Old Dark House has an incredible cast, including Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Stuart, Boris Karloff, and Charles Laughton. This is a fun movie to watch and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

THE OLD DARK HOUSE (Masters of Cinema) Theatrical Trailer can be seen here.

This classic film is available to order from Amazon here .    

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Sunday

Photo taken at Bournemouth beach on a daytrip about three weeks ago


I hope you have a wonderful Sunday wherever you are!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Memories


Happy Sunday!

I hope that you're having a wonderful Sunday wherever you are. I like Sundays for various reasons as many of us do. 

Sundays always remind me of growing up back home in Georgia. Some of my most vivid and cherished memories were of Sundays when my family would gather to break bread together and have Sunday dinner (lunch). It used to be me, my mom and dad, my brothers and sisters, my aunts and my cousin...at least two Sundays a month.

During the spring and summer, we used to go out and sit on the front porch after dinner. Those were the days. When I'm home again I'd like to bring this tradition back in some shape or form. My parents, aunts and uncle are no longer here, but it would be great for those of us who remain to pick up the tradition and bring it alive again. I know that I can't make everything the same, but that's the beauty. Out of the soil of tradition, perhaps we can create new memories to cherish. I'm gonna work on it πŸ˜‰

I took the picture of the rose above on this side of the Atlantic. It's in our backyard. I often feel a connection between Georgia and Wiltshire through memory...usually through nature. This rose reminds me of many Sundays when I'd pick a rose or two from the yard, along with some violets and morning glories and give them to my mother. I'd usually get a thorn or two sticking me in my finger, but I don't remember it hurting. I just remember the childhood joy that I felt. 

We had white roses and red roses. We also had pink roses which were called Seven Sisters roses. I loved the the Seven Sisters roses because they grew in groups of usually seven like a ready-made bouquet. Recently I was doing a bit of research and found out that apparently they're antique roses. Who knew? I sure didn't. It makes sense though because they had been growing there WAY before I came along and then some according to my auntie. 

So today as I enjoy this Sunday, I'll relish the day in the present and smile as I remember the past. 

I hope that your Sunday is wonderful 😊

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Daisies in July


Happy Saturday wherever you are!

We've been having an unusually warm and sunny summer so I'm soaking it all up while I can. Usually I don't have to change my wardrobe much from season to season, but this year I've had to break out the shorts! 😎

If you've visited me before, you know that I love taking pictures ...especially pictures depicting the beauty of the natural world. I took the picture above a little over a week ago when we were down in Bournemouth for the day. It's a beachy place, but there's also a nice park with pretty flowers. The flowers were so lovely, so I had to snap a picture or two to help me remember that beautiful, sunny day.

I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Sunday in July


Happy Sunday!

I hope that you have a wonderful and peaceful day wherever you are πŸŒΈπŸ™‚

Sunday, July 01, 2018

July


This year is flying by!
 We're at the halfway point now. Let's make this second half into something amazing!

Happy July! πŸ™‚