Good evening, Hearties. How is everybody? I may be repeating myself to many of you, but has our breathing slowed down? Hopefully it’s not being interrupted by heaving sobs anymore.

Some of you know this already, but I actually managed to watch the season finale again on Friday. Call me brave or incredibly stupid and self-punishing, but I was shocked that I managed to do it less than a week after watching it the first time. I thought I wouldn’t be able to go back for a month or so. It’s amazing, but I found some new insights the second time around, and I hope you’ll join me on Friday for said views.

For now, we’re going back to something we haven’t done in months, since Season 5 started: #MeetYouMonday. And for today’s spotlight, I’m doing a real doll of a lady. I’ve never met her in person, but I can tell she’s someone special. She’s always one of the first people to read my blog, sometimes right after I publish it, and her words are always so kind and encouraging. So without further ado, may I introduce Judy Parker! Let’s get to know her!

1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?

-I am from Central Indiana.

2. Tell us about your family.

-I am a widow for almost 2 1/2 years. I have 3 adult children, an absolutely perfect daughter-in-law, and 2 simply perfect grandchildren: 1 girl and 1 boy.

3. What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?

-No real hobbies to speak of. But Kami is a firm believer that watching WCTH counts as a hobby.

4. How did you find/discover WCTH?

-I watched the very first episode, and was not impressed. I thought, “This show is going nowhere, and it’s going to be cancelled.” I did not watch again until the first Christmas movie. I was hooked. Was I ever wrong about this show! I am now hooked still.

5. What is your favorite episode? Season?

-Favorite episode: Perils of the Soloist from Season 1. I don’t have a favorite season, but my favorite scene is Jack and Elizabeth’s last night together in the church in season 4 before he heads to the Northern Territories.

6. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?

-Hard to say. Love Jack and Elizabeth together. (Yes, I wish Dan was coming back, but alas…)

7. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?

-It just seemed like the thing to do. Plus, I am nosy, and I need to see what is going on. I love the show for lots of reasons. It is just a very good show, and I am impressed with everyone involved for making it better with every episode. If and when it ends, I have a final scene in mind but will keep it to myself for now; although I read one today that was pretty darn good. Not sharing that yet either!

8. Anything else you enjoy, or anything you’d like to add?

-I remember the first time I saw Rosemary. I wanted to reach in the TV and slap her! Oh, how far she has come!

 

Thank you, Judy, for sharing with us. It’s always so fun to meet and learn about others who join us in our love for this series. We really do all come from so many different walks of life. 

I think I’m feeling up to doing a post on Wednesday, so barring something happening, I’ll see you then!

Hey #Hearties. How is everybody? Have we all started breathing normally yet? I know we’re all in different stages of grief. Even though this IS just a TV show, and we DO need to remember that, it is a huge loss for all of us. We’re going to miss Daniel as an actor, and we’re REALLY going to miss Jack as a character! Jack was, in a word, the perfect man, and the screen chemistry between Dan and Erin was unmatchable! It’s definitely not going to be the same watching the show without Jack, but I do think it’s important for us to eventually get past this.

Like most of you, I let out a huge gasp when the funeral came on the screen, I cried my entire way through the episode, and I felt like my emotions had been messed with. Why bother having them get married at all if we couldn’t see them BE married? Why couldn’t Daniel Lissing have held on for ONE MORE YEAR? Then we could have seen them be married for a year, the baby could be born in or near the season finale, and the show could have ended happily.

But you know what? No matter what scenario(s) they would have come up with, somebody would have been unhappy. No engagement or wedding? Be honest, both those episodes brought us so much joy! The character of Jack could not have gone out on a higher note. And be honest, do you really think we could handle watching any other actor play Jack? I certainly couldn’t. I’d constantly be comparing him to Dan.

If you missed the Facebook LIVE event, Dan told us that he was moving on: moving on to other projects in his career, and for “personal reasons”. This is a very real dilemma, especially for someone as talented as Dan. He makes his living as an actor, and sometimes actors have to move on. And that whole “holding on for one more year” thing I mentioned before? Well, that would have been lovely, but contracts are often not for 1 year at a time, but multiple years. And ending after Season 6? Why should the executives and the other actors terminate a perfectly good series when one actor made the choice to pursue other endeavors? That’s not very fair, especially if the show DOES keep chugging along.

 Speaking of which, that part is really up to us. I’ve heard of several fans saying they’re going to boycott the show. But truly, what is that going to prove? If we stop watching, and the ratings go down, and the show goes off the air, then what? We’ve lost a decent, wholesome, family-friendly show; something that is already in short supply. My mom called this situation “biting your nose off to spite your face”. So let’s be good sports, let’s be #HeartieStrong. We have some time to heal and get over the shock and the hurt, then we can start anew at Christmas: the time of hope.  For now, here are some things to help us remember our favorite Mountie.

The beautiful video tribute was created by Megan Mottola, all video clips credit to Crown Media. 

The picture: credit to Crown Media, found on My Devotional Thoughts.

The suspense must be KILLING you, huh? We’re flashing all the way back to…drum roll please! SUNDAY! 😀 Since I hadn’t even been home from the hospital 2 days when Monday rolled around, I let myself take a break. Hope you all don’t mind. I’m not quite ready to post at full speed 3 times a week yet, but I’m getting better everyday!

First of all, let’s talk about Carson. He finally got his turn saying, “Previously, on When Calls the Heart…” 🙂 . And it was really nice seeing the poor man have positive interactions with members of his late wife’s family. I do wonder, though: I saw several posts on the fanpage expressing confusion as to why the sister was being so overly friendly when she’d been so angry; or something to that effect. Apparently there were several #Hearties who thought Rhonda was Marliese. I can’t figure out why. Different actress, she’s repeatedly addressed as “Rhonda”, and she mentions Marliese. But I guess if a person is multi-tasking, the way so many of us do, it could be missed.

While we’re on Rhonda, why was there an uproar about the surgery? I saw several posts complaining that there was no way that could happen. My friend and I looked it up, and the first brain surgery was in the 1800’s. And Carson himself kept saying how experimental the operation is. Besides, Dr. Quinn removed tumors in the 1860’s and 1870’s with little to no trouble, so what are we squabbling about? 😉

I thought it very sweet that Lee and Rosemary sat outside to await news of the operation’s outcome, not to mention Lee’s panicked reaction to Rhonda’s collapse, and his jump to action for the chloroform and carbolic acid. Did anyone else notice that those two didn’t come into the picture until 30 minutes into the episode (if watching on Hallmark with commercials)? I was shocked it took so long for them to appear; but they sure did steal the show when they were onscreen.

Let’s move to Greta. Probably her best line was about the coffee somehow being burnt and cold. Am I being silly if I admit how much I loved her saying the word “fella” instead of “guy”? The former just seems so much more appropriate for the time period, but hardly anyone on the show says it anymore. I liked that she said it! And what a tough act she put on for Henry and Abigail! The dirty side look she gave Gowen when she talked about being a woman in a (look) man’s world…made me giggle!

On a more heartfelt note: the whole name scenario with the children. I started sobbing at this point! My husband and I gave Baby Jack my father’s name for his middle name, so I found that very poignant

Bill’s turn! So, the question of the hour: DID a certain horse a wander away because a lady named AJ loosened the reins? Methinks the lady did indeed. Either that, or she was just REALLY happy at the coincidence. Well, one thing can be said without question: this episode produced some of the best acting I’ve ever seen from Jack Wagner. It makes me wonder what kind of research he did. His reactions were impeccable! I’m terrified of snakes, so I didn’t actually watch the bite happen; but the heavy breathing, holding the mouth open, raspy voice, drooping eyes, stumbling, trembling…it was just fabulous! And in that dreadful state, Bill mustered enough romance to utter AJ’s full name. Admit it, you let out a very audible “Aww!” On a side note for Canadian Hearties, are there doctors in the Mounties like in the US Armed Forces? AJ said she brought a doctor, but I only saw red serge jackets. I was under the impression that the Mounties were more like the police force. So could someone please answer that?

Finally, the title. Of course it was in incredibly clever; i.e. the double meaning of the town getting through the storm of the bank closing, and Elizabeth literally teaching the children about weather. I was curious as to why Harper was the one being lazy. He’s always been such a good boy, and a hard worker. I guess he was just having one of those weeks. One thing I really liked about how Elizabeth handled it was she didn’t let him off the hook. So often today, I hear about parents and teachers afraid to give consequences. Elizabeth gave him an incomplete, but then she also gave him words of encouragement, and the chance to make it up. Well handled, Mrs. Thornton!

One final note from the end: when Abigail and Elizabeth said goodbye to Greta, Elizabeth said, “This day is full of reasons to celebrate.” Then Abigail looks off in the distance…that would have been PERFECT timing to have Jack ride in, and for a moment, I thought that’s what they were going to do. Darn it! But there are still 2 episodes left, so I refuse to get upset. EGBOK, right, everybody?

Have a great night! Hopefully, I will be back on Monday!

Good evening, Hearties! I have a surprise for all of you. This is, by far, the most unorthodox #WonderWednesday to date. May I introduce you to the newest Heartie-in-training! This little angel is Jonathan Darryl “Jack” Clements. He was born yesterday (Tuesday) April 3, 2018 at 5:42 p.m. He flopped into this world at a whopping 7 lbs. 7 oz., 21 ¼ inches long, and he was 2 ½ weeks early!

Like Julie Thatcher, he was trying to come into this world “feet first, no less.” So I did need to have a C-section. I am recovering very nicely, though. And now that Jack is out of the womb, he is such a good and calm baby!

 So, as you might guess, I can’t promise blogs for the next little while. I will do my best, but many of you know how it takes time to adjust to a new baby in the house. So have a great night, and I’ll see you when I see you.

Good morning, Hearties! And for real, this time! I wanted to make sure I got this out to all of you! How was Easter for everyone? Mine was thrilling! In addition to Easter and a fabulous Easter lunch, we had a birthday cake for my daughter. She’ll be 4 soon, and we wanted to make sure we did something before I went to the hospital. We also watched our church’s worldwide semi-annual broadcast this weekend. We received lots of amazing counsel, plus heard several new announcements. So, it was an exciting time!

So, “Heart of the Matter”. How did everyone like it? It wasn’t emotionally gripping, and it didn’t have us gasping for breath, but it was really sweet. Plus, hey, it had quite a cliffhanger there at the end. And if you saw the preview for next week, that looks like it will be rather exciting! I won’t give anything away in case you want to watch it yourself, or if you don’t like spoilers.

Let’s start with the kids. I was wondering when they were going to have one of them flub Elizabeth’s name, and call her Miss Thatcher. The episode after the wedding, “Love and Marriage”, NO ONE made that mistake. I was glad someone reverted to old habits; it’s only natural. That was also such a cute story having them observe the businessmen and women of the town! I know several fans have been a little disappointed that the plots haven’t involved the children more, so this one was the perfect one to bring things around again. I found it very humorous that not only did the children pick the area of their choice, but they took on their personas as well. I’m sure you noticed Emily adopting Rosemary’s flair, and Cody assuming Lee’s mannerisms. To quote Anne of Avonlea, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” And of course, Opal just snacked on everything in sight.

I wouldn’t have pegged Robert as a doctor, but I liked how they told the story. A young boy wants the exciting job of an important doctor with lots of money, then sees how things really are: long hours, blood, and not a whole lot of currency. I’m just glad Carson caught him before he banged his head. It was also so sweet of the good doctor to be so reassuring to Robert that he could be a doctor one day, if it’s what he wants.

AJ came back! Kind of weird to have Bill find her sleeping in the jail. Shall we start taking bets as to whether Josie Bisset becomes a regular on the show? It’s looking that way, but we know better than to make assumptions, don’t we? I really liked AJ having the confrontation with Henry. Obviously we knew he was involved with her being pursued, but they didn’t actually share any screen time. It tied up a knot quite nicely.

The funniest part about AJ coming back was the reactions of Bill’s “former women”, shall we say. Abigail is giving him the eye, and bringing picnic baskets full of food for them to share. Dottie is dolling her up, and trying to get Bill to say she looks “stunning.” That frustrated groan, and, “I don’t know why I bother!” made me shake my head with laughter. He DID look very starry-eyed, though, didn’t he?

The sweetest part of the episode was Cody latching onto Lee, and Lee assuming the role of the father figure in his life. Lee’s such a good guy! I mean, when Elizabeth got off the stage, he was the only man on the platform to meet her. Now he’s being the man in Cody’s life, and he HAS stepped up the romance with Rosemary so she doesn’t feel neglected! What a man!

Well, my friends, sorry to cut this short. I know there’s a lot more to talk about in the episode, but I can’t be late for my doctor appointment, right? And yes, I promise to let you know if the baby comes today! Ta ta!