Happy Friday, Hearties! Welcome to yet another, and very special installment of #FriendshipFriday. This is a different one than all the others you’ve seen so far. Fair warning, this one is very near and dear to all of our hearts, so there might be a few emotions. Be prepared, it’s a REAL flashback. It’s the deep and abiding friendship between Jack Thornton and Leland Coulter.

First of all, this relationship could have gone way south super fast! Lee could have been completely threatened by the fact that a very handsome Mountie living in the same town was once engaged to the woman to whom he is very attracted. Did everyone follow that? 😉 But seriously, instead of creating a very awkward situation, Lee attached himself to Jack, and the two of them had a friendship that lasted until the very end. It started when Lee volunteered lumber and manpower to help build the church/school, and the rest is history.

But let’s talk about that history. Just like I said before, instead of feeling threatened by Jack, Lee decides to take the nice guy route, and be trusting. Lee asks Jack for tips on dealing with Rosemary, as opposed to making it a competition. They even joke about it, like at New Year’s when Lee stated TO JACK that his resolution was “to say ‘no’ to that woman.” And then there’s when Lee is about to get married, and they toast to him: “The man of the hour!” Jack very comfortably quips, “Anyone marrying Rosemary deserves more than an hour.” Total acceptance, and complete comfort on both parts.


Then there’s the history they’ve created between each other. One of my favorite parts of the beginning stages was when Jack was trying to downplay his relationship with Elizabeth. Rosemary isn’t the only person in Hope Valley Lee is learning to manage; he’s got his eye on Jack. What’s his perfect, “Lee answer”? “You may be selling, young man, but I’m not buying!” Lee’s no fool!

There are so many facets to this “bromance”. Lee is very quick to sincerely tell Jack how grateful he is for his friendship when he tells Jack what an amazing friend and best man he is. Then, when it’s Lee’s turn to be the best man, he helps calm Jack’s nerves, (after riling them up,) and runs all over Hope Valley to make sure his friend’s wedding goes as smoothly as possible; especially after the church burning down. He was even willing to substitute his and his wife’s rings in the ceremony. They also make a great team working side by side, whether it’s finishing homes for needy people, or building floats to usher the Christmas spirit into town. Lee practically gives Jack the lumber for his OWN home too. And hey! Jack saved Lee’s leg until Faith could get there to properly treat it, right? These two always seem to be there for each other.

 

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But here’s the best scene that illustrates the closeness these two share, in my opinion. I even remember saying out loud, “I love this, that these two can talk to each other; I love watching their friendship.” It’s when the two of them are sharing a cup of coffee, and Jack is trying to talk out his thoughts about joining the effort in the Northern Territories. Lee is completely attentive, doing nothing else but focusing on Jack. He knows that this must be eating Jack alive inside, and he needs to share it with someone. I love that Lee asks him questions; it proves that he’s listening, taking it in, evaluating what was said, and weighing his own words carefully. And when the time comes for him to speak those words, Lee doesn’t tell Jack what to do, what to say, or what to think. He says, “We all have a code, Jack.” He knows Jack already knows what he needs to do; he just needs a friend he can trust to tell him to trust his gut. And that is true friendship!


Well, Hearties, I hope you’re able to find friendships during this time of physical distancing, because they’re some of the interactions that are keeping me sane at the moment. Take care of yourselves, and to quote Signed, Sealed, Delivered: “Take care of your hearts.” This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hello there, Hearties! Long time, no see! And that is completely my fault. My schedule just EXPLODED last week, so a few things fell through the cracks; I’m sorry. At least I was still visible with the Signed Sealed Delivered podcast, “Deliver Me a Podcast”, but it feels like forever since I’ve been able to write anything When Calls the Heart related.

So, since it’s #WonderWednesday, let’s talk about something we’re all wondering about. This morning, our wonderful Papa Heartie, Mr. Brian Bird, posted this very pot-stirring picture with this caption, “Uh… Hearties…my heart is in my throat…and I can’t get it to go back where it belongs. Wow.”

 




That doesn’t stir our WCTH appetite at all, does it? Only times 1,000! My friend, podcasting partner, and fellow Heartie Kaycee Simpson started having some fun with it. So, I thought I’d share it with you, plus a few switch-ups and embellishments. But the core idea was all her!

 

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The title of this script is “Honestly, Elizabeth”. How many contexts can that one phrase have? Only about a million! But Kaycee and I have been exploring how this particular phrase can accompany different meanings with different characters. Let’s ponder this, shall we?

How would Rosemary use “Honestly, Elizabeth”? How about something like this: “Honestly, Elizabeth, this dance has gone on long enough! Just make a choice.”

This one with Lee can actually turn into a short conversation.
Lee: Honestly, Elizabeth, when ARE you going to build that house Jack planned on your land?
Elizabeth: When are YOU going to build Rosemary the biggest house in Hope Valley? Or her theater?
Lee: Touché.

Bill: Honestly, Elizabeth, I need more quality time with the little man, here. So why don’t you go out on a date with Nathan so I can?

Nathan: Honestly, Elizabeth, stop walking away, and let me kiss you!

Allie: Honestly, Elizabeth, I mean, Mrs. Thornton, can’t you see Uncle Nathan is the best choice?

Lucas: Honestly, Elizabeth, I’ve taken you on two non-dates, and gave you the library. Can’t you understand I’ll do whatever it takes to win your heart.

Fiona: Honestly, Elizabeth, what job do you think I should take next? I want your opinion.

Ned Yost: Honestly, Elizabeth, you’re not pregnant anymore. These grocery choices need help.

Florence: Honestly, Elizabeth, I can’t believe you’re even considering that Mr. Bouchard. His choices are…quite provocative.

Molly: Honestly, Elizabeth, this whole situation is bordering on scandalous.

Henry: Honestly, Elizabeth, is Abigail still back East?

Little Jack: Honestwy, Ewizabef, Mama, I want cookie!

Mike: Honestly, Elizabeth, can you really not see that I’ve been crazy about you all this time?

Carson: Honestly, Elizabeth, there’s no diagnosis for this situation. You’re on your own.

Faith: Honestly, Elizabeth, I’ll be home in 3 weeks; we’ll talk then.

Clara: Honestly, Elizabeth, the cooking is perfectly under control for the café. So, tell Bill no goulash! Have some pie.

Jesse: Honestly, Elizabeth, if it hadn’t been for you, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere in Lee’s office. Thank you!

Opal: Honestly, Mrs. Thornton, Mountie Jack would want you to be happy.

Jack: Honestly, Elizabeth, I love you with all my heart, but you have so much to give. Please, find love again.

Well, now we just need to wait a few months, (okay several!) before we see how accurate any of these are. What are YOUR thoughts on what people would say? Comments on the blog are still glitchy, so please comment your thoughts on the post itself.

And one more thing: keep your eyes open. There’s a very special WCTH podcast coming your way in September. But that’s all you’re getting out of me for the time. Just keep Wednesdays open. And with that, I bid you good night! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!



Happy Friyay, Hearties! How many of you still have a significant meaning tied to Friday? If you have a regular work week with weekends off, then Friday means a great deal. Or if your husband/significant other has a regular work week, (like my hubby, except he currently works from home,) Friday is important because it means you don’t have to do everything alone for the next two days. But for so many, Friday is another day with everyone at home that we have to try to keep the kids entertained while keeping up with laundry, cleaning, meals, and any other extra ventures we’ve taken on. So, if that’s you in any way, shape, form, or degree, I hope this can be a bright spot in your day, and make you smile.

So, we’ve finally come back around to our Friendship series. And for today’s #FriendshipFriday is about one of the most unlikely of pairs in this series. Can you guess which two? Here’s a clue: if we put together a lineup that didn’t include Elizabeth or Rosemary, (because we already know we NEVER would have put them together,) these two would be your last choices to step forward at the same time. And one of them just recently celebrated her birthday, so I thought the choice appropriate.

 

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The name-calling, eye-narrowing, clothing-tugging, prudish gossip of Hope Valley comes face to face with the ankle-showing, soda-drinking, fun-loving, stylish newcomer…and they form a bond that doesn’t include rope! How did THAT happen! We’ve seen several long-shot attachments come about, but this one comes from complete opposite ends of the scale. But I think that’s one of the reasons it grabbed me by the cheeks and made me watch it so intently – BECAUSE we thought a kinship between these two was so impossible.

One of the things I believe made this pair work is that Fiona never gave up on Florence. That, and she knew exactly how to push Florence’s buttons; not in a cruel way, but in just the right kind of nudging way that pulled Florence a little more into her ring. For instance, Fiona could have very easily just said, “Okay, bye! See you around town!” when Florence had no interest in that modern contraption the telephone. But instead, she wet the woman’s appetite for wagging tongues with neighbors ABOUT neighbors. Then she ended up with that very job!

Then she has a horrible struggle getting out of the gate with that job. There’s even a literal explosion involving tea and wire, a clear indication that Florence is not cut out for the professional world. After all, the only occupation she’s ever held is in her home; no modern technology allowed. That should have been it: the end of Florence’s career.
But, instead of showing Florence the door with a good swift kick, Fiona uses those feet to run after Florence. And instead of just slang words spouting out of her mouth, Fiona uses her modern lingo to insist that Florence try again, that she’ll fix the telephone, that Florence will be fine.

This is the most vulnerable we’ve ever seen the esteemed Mrs. Blakely. You might argue that she was just as emotionally exposed when Laura discovered the note from her husband, Paul. I agree that it made her teary-eyed and nostalgic, and that was the first time we see that kind of genuine emotion from her. But here, it’s different. Florence talks about her weaknesses, her incapabilities. She admits in an uncharacteristically humble attitude that she’s never had a job before. But Fiona and her easy-going persona don’t care about the past, only second chances, and moving forward. Florence said it herself: “You took a chance on me, Fiona.”

And because of that very act of determination, we got to witness one of the sweetest (early) Christmas gift exchanges in the history of When Calls the Heart. We see two unlikely friends building an already strong connection, one that causes tears at the mere thought of separation. I, for one, can’t wait to see where they go together in Season 8.

And that is where I leave you…with visions of Season 8 dancing in your head. 😉 I hope all of you are able to find friendship in some way during this very lonely time, whether in person, or through the blessing of OUR modern technology. Take care of yourselves, and be good to each other. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom.

Merry Christmas in July! Welcome to your Wonder Wednesday, Hearties! There’s been a lot to wonder about lately, hasn’t there? And when those questions have been answered, they’ve given us more questions to wonder about. In our everyday lives, we’ve wondered about schools opening, and how we’re going to keep our kids safe; we’ve wondered about going on vacation, and whether or not it’s worth it to book a getaway trip; we’ve wondered about getting together with friends, and how much longer we can take this insanity of being cooped up inside our houses and our own heads…It’s all a wonder!

On a slightly happier note, (but still stressful,) we’ve wondered if WCTH was going to start filming on time, we’ve wondered about the plot lines of Season 8, we’ve wondered about Lee and Rosemary’s family situation, we’ve wondered about who Elizabeth will choose, and we’ve ESPECIALLY wondered WHEN she’s going to make that choice!

But have you ever wondered about the holiday specials? I personally have always thought of them as part of the season, not as a collection of holiday movies. So here I present to you a special treat: all the WCTH holiday films in one place. My fellow Heartie partners on the Hallmarkies Podcast, Kaycee and Caroline, the three us were tasked with an almost job: ranking all the holiday specials in order of preference. So crank up the AC, wrap yourself in your Hearties blanket, and have a listen to our Hallmarkies Podcast Christmas in July WCTH ranking! (If the link doesn’t work, just copy and paste in your browser.

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This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your hope let your heart blossom!

Hey, Hearties…and POstables. I know you’ve been dying since last week when you listened to Part 1 of From Paris with Love. I know it’s late at night, but it IS still Wednesday, right? 😉 Sadly, this is going to be a short post as I’m prepping (and have been all day,) for our family beach trip tomorrow. But I made a promise, and I intend to keep it! So I present to you Part 2 of Signed Sealed Delivered: From Paris with Love!

 



This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!