Well, did you have a good weekend? It was pretty eventful after being so quiet. Two NEW movies, two new episodes! After such a stretch, we got Hallmark overload!

And did you notice that VERY special guest star who was visiting in Brookfield? More like he was on official business, but you know, tomato, tomahto. 🙂 It’s funny. When this episode of When Hope Calls dropped on Hallmark Movies Now back in September, Nathan’s demeanor and air of confidence was a sharp contrast to the meek behavior we’d seen from him in Hope Valley during Season 6 of When Calls the Heart. But after watching last night’s episode of WCTH, (and a few before that too,) that boldness and authoritative attitude fit right in.

So have fun listening to Rachel and me gab about Gabe! (See what I did there?) 😀 Not to mention we giggle about the gold. I’ll be back later this week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hi, everybody! This is going to have to be a quick one, but I wanted to make sure you got your dose of When Hope Calls today. There really isn’t much to say that Amy and I didn’t chat about in the podcast. So enjoy! I hope it helps the cabin fever. Stay safe! Stay healthy! And don’t give up hope! 😉

AND! Don’t forget to come back on Friday for the second #FaceOffFriday of the season! It’s going to be quite the doozy! These Elizabeth and Lucas encounters, plus the Elizabeth and Nathan interactions are getting blurred, and it’s definitely much harder to define them. But I’ll do my darndest to award points fairly and objectively. See you on Friday! Until then, have a good week, okay?

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

 

Happy Monday, Hearties! Wow, is it amazing or what how completely connected last night’s episode is to current events?
How could they have known? They couldn’t have, which makes the timing all the more “coincidental”. But we don’t believe in those, do we? 😉

THAT and more will all be in the Hallmarkies Podcast episode recap which will be accessible later this week. For now, you can enjoy some of your quiet time (i.e. cooped up time) by watching this podcast featuring the fourth episode of When Hope Calls: Lost and Found. Things are definitely getting…warm enough to make some cheeks flush. 😀

 

 

Before I sign off, I just want to make a couple announcements. Despite being semi-quarantined, this is a pretty big week! For one, we had a birthday yesterday! We don’t watch him on our screens very often, but I’m betting 90% of us or more own a creation of his. Yesterday was Elliott Wallach’s birthday, the creator and president of Edify Films. Because of him, we can snuggle under our Heartie blankets, wrap our hands around a Hope Valley mug filled with our favorite hot beverage, and occasionally take a swig from our When Calls the Heart water bottles while we watch DVD’s of our favorite show. And then so much more! So happy birthday, Elliott! The Hearties sure do appreciate you!

Next, there’s another birthday this week. This person we DO watch on our screens, but I still prefer to keep it a surprise. So stick around, and keep coming back Wednesday AND Friday! See ya then! It’s gonna be exciting! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Feliz Lunes! Translation: Happy Monday! At least that’s what one of my friends said to me because it was raining, and she loves rainy days. At the moment, I didn’t believe her, but it really is shaping up to be a lovely day. I’m not going to reveal any secrets, but I can tell you I’ve got some great surprises coming!

Apologies for not posting on Friday. I won’t bore you with personal stuff, but two things that did inhibit me were not feeling well, and accompanying my mother to a memorial service. But I’m here now, and that just means we’ll have 3 episodes to count up points this coming Friday! More content is always a good thing!

For today, we have more content too! TWO RECAP EPISODES! For your watching and/or listening pleasure, I present “When Hope Calls” Episode 3: Out of the Past, and “When Calls the Heart” S7E3: The Heart of a Father”.

 

 

 

 

So, see you Friday for #FaceOffFriday, for real this time. 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Surprise! Hello, everybody! I know I never do this; I never post on a Tuesday. But I thought, given the occasion, it was warranted. So I’m bringing you a special Tuesday edition of #MondayMusings. I was going to try to do an early blog, but something occurred to me: “I’m throwing a Heartie Party tonight! I need to share my photos with everyone for my first blog of the season.” So I waited a bit, and…here we are now! And here we go!

 

First off, if you can’t fix it, feature it! My diaper corner is not exactly something to brag about, so I spruced it up! Nothing that a little red won’t fix. It’s just a visual of a modern-day Baby Jack area. Yeah, that’s what I’ll keep tell myself!

 

 

Keeping with the theme of kids, this door is all art done by my girls. It’s very convenient that When Calls the Heart premieres after Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s decorations are still up, and the heart assignments have been sent home for the express purpose of adorning my garage door. 😉

 

 

I have never created a Hearties bingo game before, but my friend Kaycee did. So thanks to her, I had an activity for my guests; I bought prizes and everything! And it was a blast! I even got a bingo!

 

 

What Heartie Party is complete without food? None! This Heartie Pound Cake is a recipe Erin Krakow did with Debbie Matenopoulos on Home and Family when we were all gearing up for the Season 4 finale. I still have the recording on my TV, and I bake it for every Heartie Party I throw! It’s yummy!

 

 

Personal adornment is crucial to accessorize oneself for a When Calls the Heart party. What better nail polish to wear than hearts! My dear friend Sarah introduced me to Color Street Nails, so I treated myself to this set for Valentine’s Day and this occasion. Daily wear and tear and lots of hand-washing has made a casualty of most of my other nails, but this one still survived.

 

 

What good is a get together if you can’t get cozy? So we have our thematically appropriate pillows and blanket. Funny story: I competed as part of a team in a virtual summer camp called Camp Hearties in 2018. Ben Rosenbaum was a judge, and Erin Krakow and Andrea Brooks were both guest judges at one point. Our group was called the Coal Valley Cuties, and we won first place! But life circumstances held off us getting our prize until yesterday afternoon. So all the pillows for me and my Texas teammates arrived just in time to transform my couch into the perfect décor! Then the yellow object is my handy dandy notebook, just in case I feel the need to jot something down.

 

 

The watching station itself, decked out in all its glory, complete with water tower and schoolhouse ornaments. And as you can see, we have a little bit of the nostalgic past just across from the hopeful future.

 

 

My piano is something of which I’m particularly proud! My editing talents are all but naught, but this idea made me giggle so much that I had to bring it about, albeit a little unskillfully. So we have a ring, our two competitors prepared to duke it out for their ideal; the precious princess on her pedestal, overseeing the events. Oh, and the teddy bear’s name is Heartie.

 

   

 

Finally, ANY party is meaningless without the people who attend. We had several last minute dropouts due to sickness and family circumstances, but it was a sweet and happy time! My short arms don’t do well with group selfies, but from left to right, it’s: Lissette, me, my mother, Jami, and Nancy. Nancy, I met at our local library, where I just happened to be wearing on of my Hearties shirt, and she stopped me! 😀

 

 

 

And finally, the pièce de résistance! The first podcast recap of the season! Enjoy the When Calls the Hallmarkies Heart to Heart. Hear what we think, how we feel, and what made us gasp! You’re in for a good laugh! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

When Calls the Heart images: Edify Films and Crown Media

Photos and Edits: Me!