Happy Monday! How’s everybody’s week going so far? Well, it’s barely started, so I hope it’s been a good time so far. Well, hopefully this will be something good for you to add a log onto the fire; or if it’s been a rough start, maybe THIS will be a good start. 😉

As it is Monday, and we don’t quite have new episode material to muse about yet, I had a wonderful volunteer who agreed to be interviewed for a #MeetYouMonday. It’s always fun to get to know each other. And this lovely lady would be chasing after those gun runners right alongside Jack and Bill. You’ll see what I mean in a moment. Meet Tiffanie Malloy!

1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
– I am originally from Los Angeles, CA. And now I live in Clarksville, MO.

2. Tell us about your family.
– I have two wonderful parents who have been married 35 years. My mom is a human resources director, and my dad is a truck driver. I also have two brothers. My brother Kenna is in school, and my brother Adam lives in Chico, CA. And I have 2 children: my son is 9, and I have a 5-month-old daughter.

3. What do you do for a living?
– I’m a correction officer at a women’s prison. I’m on CERT (Correction Emergency Response Team). It’s like SWAT.
*At this point, I told her, “You must be one tough lady!” She responded with this:
– I’m tough when I have to be, in my job; but I’m nice, to a certain point. 🙂
*Of course she is! She watches WCTH!

4. How did you find / discover WCTH?
– I found out about WCTH from an ad. I have been watching the show since 2014 when it first aired.
*THAT made me super jealous! Then she added:
– I’m a devoted Heartie. I’ve devoted five years to my absolute favorite show WCTH.

5. What is your favorite episode? Season?
– All the seasons and all the episodes are my favorite. But my heart WAS broken on season 5 that Jack had to die. I cried my eyes out!
*I agreed wholeheartedly! Then I asked if she could narrow it down a bit. She complied very sweetly to me:
– Yes the wedding was my favorite, and so was the engagement episode.

6. Who is your favorite character? Star of the show?
– Daniel Lissing is favorite actor. Jack Thornton and Elizabeth Thatcher are my two favorites. I love the whole cast, but Elizabeth and Jack are my faves. Abigail was too, and still is.

7. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
– The reason I am a Heartie is because I love When Calls the Heart and Hallmark channel. I have been a Heartie since it first aired
– The reason I love the show is it brings so much love and inspiration into my life!

Thanks a bunch, Tiffanie! You were a fabulous person to get to know. And I’m glad it was fun for you, (I promise she told me that!) because I had a blast! And to all the rest of you, I hope you feel the Heartie love today! I’ll see you on Friday for…oops! I almost gave it away! 😀

 

Hello, and Happy Friday, Hearties! I won’t waste your time with lots of fluffy talk; I’m super excited to share this, and I hope YOU are super excited to read it! If you’re a little lost right now, go back to last Friday’s post before you read this one. It will explain EVERYTHING! 😀 Sarah and I have worked really hard on this one, and we hope you enjoy it. So here is Part 2 and the conclusion of “A Secret Too Well Kept”, a #FanFictionFriday #TeamInfirmary story by Sarah Nitsch and Kami Clements. 

 

 

That evening, Faith glumly ambled along the sidewalk, knowing she should go home, but lacking the motivation. She’d gone to the Queen of Hearts saloon to try the new menu for dinner, but ended up only having the stomach for a cup of coffee; and even that had taken a full twenty minutes to consume. Things were just not looking up at the infirmary, and Faith was just about ready to give up. The thought saddened her even more.

She was passing the dress shop, chin on chest, when the door flew open. “Oh, Faith!” Rosemary stopped her dead in her tracks. “I’m so glad I saw you! I need your help. Do you have a moment?”

“Well, I suppose I do. I was just going to…”

“Wonderful! Come with me.” Rosemary reached for Faith’s hand.

“Rosemary, I really should…Oh!” Rosemary made the decision for her, and yanked Faith inside. “Oh! Okay…”

Rosemary closed the door behind them, then stood to face her, hands up, and itching to work. “Now as you know, I was hemming all those gowns I showed you a few days ago, and now, more have come in for alterations. All the mannequins are in use, and Clara’s working at the saloon tonight. The fact of the matter is, that dress you…almost tried on is not even half finished, and I can’t bear leaving a dress unfinished if I can help it. I need a woman to wear it so I can get the proper measurement; I’m not used to this modern styling yet. Will you please try it on so I can finish it? Please?”

Faith got so lost in Rosemary’s speech moving as fast as a train that she was surprised to realize Rosemary had stopped, and was waiting for a response. “Oh! Um…well…alright. I guess I can spare a few minutes.

Rosemary seized the dress Faith had admired, (it was awfully close at hand, and looked almost done. How odd.), and shoved it into her arms. “You can use the back to change. Let me know if you need any assistance,” she reminded, and shooed her away.

When Faith emerged, she looked radiant; as pretty as the flower…herb, itself. “Oh, Faith!” Rosemary exclaimed in admiration, “that dress definitely belongs on you.” Rosemary let out a small, delighted laugh, and added, “Oh, I do such marvelous work!”

Faith rolled her eyes good naturedly, and stood very still in front of the mirror while the very determined seamstress began to fuss with the material. Faith noticed that when Rosemary stood behind her, she was doing plenty of tugging and tucking, but it didn’t feel like she was doing any pinning, even though there were plenty of pins in her mouth.

“Aren’t you going to…” Faith began, but she was interrupted when Mike Hickam burst into the shop, doubling over, and heaving for breath. Both women whirled around, emitting startled gasps.

“Nurse Carter!” Mike huffed. “Come quick!” Breath. “It’s…emergency! Four men…the mill…with the head saw.” Breath. “Dr. Shepherd needs you at the infirmary now!”

“Of course! Right away!” Faith hurried to the door, then spun around, her hands frantically trying to unfasten the buttons at her back. “Oh! The dress!”

Rosemary shooed her away again, this time out the door. “Never mind the dress! Go! Go!”

Faith fled toward the infirmary as fast as she could. As soon as she was out of earshot, Mike straightened up, and gave a shy smile.

“Well done, Hickam,” Rosemary smiled in return.

“Thank you, Miss Rosemary.”

Faith ran the whole way, and pushed open the door, already asking, “Carson! What’s the big emergen…cy?” Faith’s breath caught in her chest, but not from running. There stood Carson in his best suit, definitely not prepping for a medical procedure. “Hello, Faith.”

“H-Hi,” Faith stammered. Tears sprang to her eyes, and her bottom lip got caught under her teeth. She tried to brush the tears away as she took in the room, and how different it looked. The electric lights were off. Instead, there were several candles on the shelves that usually just held tonics and bandages, cotton balls and tongue depressors. The flames danced around the room, casting shadows, and illuminating a glowing reflection on the Victrola that was playing soft music in the corner. Her eyes fell on the beautiful table set for two, complete with a bouquet of lavender, then they finally returned to Carson’s gentle and handsome smile. “What’s all this?” she asked emotionally.

“Well,” he moved in closer, and tenderly took her by the hands. “I think I made a very big mistake.”

Faith stiffened, and her smile faltered. “A mistake? About me? Oh, Rosemary! You promised you wouldn’t…” She grumbled, and started to pull away, but Carson tightened his hold.

“Faith, no. Please wait. This is difficult to explain. First of all,” he smiled to lighten the mood. “Rosemary wanted me to tell you that she did keep her promise of discretion. She didn’t breathe a word to any of those busybodies, and frankly, I think Lee knows less about us now than he did before. And she didn’t tell him; she told me!” he chuckled, and Faith laughed ruefully. Then Carson took a sobering breath, and pressed on. “This is the hard part. My late wife, Amber, was the only woman I ever really courted; and I did it so poorly, I sometimes wonder why she said ‘yes’ when I proposed. I was so young and foolish. Now, well…well, now I guess I’m just being foolish.” He chuckled a little more self-consciously, and Faith encouraged him on with a small smile. “I know I’ve said some…ridiculous things.” Faith smile widened, and he interjected, “Not my finest moment.” Then he continued. “And I know I’ve said and done several confusing things that make you question my feelings. Well, that ends now!” Faith’s eyes grew large as she realized the direction this was going. “No more secrets. You deserve to know. When we decided to keep this whole thing quiet, I thought you needed some space and time to let all this sink in. I was so afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing…of making a mistake, that I made the mistake of pushing you away. That’s not what I want.”

“What do you want, Carson?” Faith asked meekly. Carson shifted her hands to his chest, and gazed deeply in her eyes. “I want to greet you with a kiss every morning when you come into work. I want to sit in the open air, and talk and laugh with you when we’re at lunch. I want to hold your hand as often as possible, and take long walks with you beside me.” He brushed a stray hair from her face, and tucked it behind her ear. “And I want to brush the hair away from your eyes so I can see them sparkle as they look up into mine.”

Faith’s eyes sparkled alright, but with tears. One escaped, trailing down her cheek. Carson took a deep breath and one step back, but kept hold of her hands. “I’ve said my piece, but I want to know what you want. So, Faith,” he squeezed her fingers warmly,” my beautiful Faith, what do you want?”

Faith had to take a moment to know where to begin. Then the words came, and she looked straight into Carson’s eyes. “When Peter demanded I give up nursing to marry him, and completely degraded who I am, I was so afraid of that happening again someday. But you have always respected my decisions and my career. That was one of the many reasons I said ‘yes to scary’ on our picnic.” She smiled nostalgically as all the times Carson had showed how he valued her raced through her mind. “I have never felt any pressure to be anything but what I am with you. So…I want everything you want; and I want it with a man who appreciates, supports, and cares for me. I want you, Carson.”

Carson cradled her face in his hands, caressing her cheek with his thumb. “You have me,” he murmured. And then he bent to kiss her. She responded with such energy that he enveloped her in his arms, letting the floodgate of unspoken words and suppressed feelings finally unlatch and swing wide open. He released her lips, and they both smiled with pure joy as their foreheads met. “You have me.”

 

 

 

Have a fabulous weekend Hearties. Feel free to watch this in your head if you start missing Hope Valley. No charge! 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy Hump Day, Hearties! How is the week going? We’re going to do something different for #WonderWednesday today; you’ll find out why in a little bit. But I thought it would be fun to do three different topics in one post; three subjects to show my love for the show.

So number 1: It occurred to me that I never did share the pictures from my Season 6 premiere Heartie Party. Oh man we had a blast! Not many were able to make it, but those that did indeed #PartyLikeAHeartie. My three older children got in on the fun, and made the heart art you see. I made the same cake I saw Erin Krakow make with Debbie Matenopoulos on Home & Family for the Season 4 finale. I still have the recording saved on my TV! But the MOST exciting part was on of the ladies, Kimberly, was a brand new Heartie, whom I had introduced to the show, and she was able to watch with us because she had JUST gotten caught up. FUN times!

 

Number 2: I pulled off the BEST “When Calls the Heart” April Fool’s joke EVER!!! (At least because I’ve never seen one done before. 😀 ) I posted this on a few WCTH Facebook pages, but I consider it very blog-worthy material…and here, you get the WHOLE story. If you’re a Hooked Heartie follower, you know I have a sweet husband; but he CAN’T stand our beloved program. He enjoys watching Kavan Smith play Lee; he views him as very talented. (We all could have told you that!) That being said, he is very sweet to indulge me. It was his idea for me to start this blog, he fully supports my writing a novel, and he’s good with me watching the show because it makes me happy. So when I told him it had been canceled, he TOTALLY fell for it!

It was an epic performance! When he got home, I put Vaseline under my eyes, put some drops of water in them, and worked up some fake sniffles. I even started washing a dish by hand so the steam would make my face red. When he came in and heard my sniffling, he started to rub my back, and asked what’s wrong. Then I started “crying” and “sobbing”, even putting my forehead on the faucet. I was particularly proud of myself because even though I majored in theater, crying real tears was always the hardest part for me. But I was totally killing it! He turned off the water, and turned me toward him to hug me. After crying into his shoulder for a good 2 minutes for effect, I told him Brian Bird had tweeted that the show was canceled; that he’d said they’d done everything they could, but no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t make it work. I said, “They canceled it, after they promised they wouldn’t!” He fell for it hook, line, and sinker! He started hugging me even tighter. Then I kept going: “What am I going to do? My whole blog is gone now, and I got you SO GOOD!” I laughed so hard! I can NEVER fool him, never! So like Riley in “National Treasure”, I said, “Let me just take in this moment.” A moment that will live on in history!

Number 3: Today is a VERY special day! Today my beautiful Lydia, who is famous for asking for the WCTH episode that is “the one with the flood”, turned FIVE today! And even more unbelievable is her little brother, Jonathan, who is affectionately nicknamed Jack, (yes, after our wonderful Mountie. Just don’t tell my Uncle Jack!) turned ONE! I’m officially out of the baby stage, and that is so surreal! But I sure do love my sweet little Hearties!

Hope you all had an amazing day, and have a great night. Be sure to come back on Friday for…that’s right! Part Two of our #FanFictionFriday story “A Secret Too Well Kept”. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Photo credits: Heartie Party decorations include Crown Media photographs from the 2017-2018 calendar. All pictures taken by me. 🙂