Hey, Hearties! How’s your Monday going? I know we’re all still a little forlorn with the absence of the show, but I’m determined to do my part to make the hiatus as painless as possible. I have some help from several people, and couple tricks up my sleeve. One of those tricks is bringing back an old idea that I haven’t had the chance to do in a while. And that is #MeetYouMonday. I had so much fun meeting and learning about so many #Hearties from so many places. The interesting thing is there were so many from so many different walks of life, but so many answers sounded almost identical when it came down to questions like “Why are you a Heartie?” and “Why do you love the show?”
So here is another darling Heartie who jumped to volunteer when I asked if she’d like to help with the blog. I know you’ll find her as dear as I did. Presenting the lovely Lili Yogini!
1. Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?
I was born and raised in the beautiful beach community of Huntington Beach, California. Nine years ago we moved to get out of “the rat race” of Southern California, to the small town of Lebanon, Oregon. This town is the sort of place we see in the Hallmark Christmas movies, and I love it!
2. Tell us about your family.
My husband, Joe, is the Supervising Electrician for an international hi-tech manufacturing company, he travels abroad a lot so I have lots of opportunity to miss him! We each came into our 17 year marriage with a child. My Marley is 23, he works as an English as a Second Language teacher with mostly Arab adults from Saudi Arabia and Turkey. My step-daughter Amanda, is 21 and a student at Cal State Long Beach in California. She is studying to be an elementary teacher, like Elizabeth! I have two most beloved puppies, they are half toy poodle and half dachshunds, so they have long curly bodies and only weigh 4 pounds, my cat Bella will be upset if I don’t mention her too! The three fur-babies watch WCTH with me every Sunday!
3. What do you do for a living?
I teach Pilates and Yoga at our local hospital and at the community college! It’s a fantastic way to bring in some spending money while helping people heal and grow. When the kids were younger, I was a stay at home mom and homeschooled them both. What are your hobbies? I love working in my gardening growing food and flowers, exercise, reading period romance, and I volunteer at the food pantry. What are you studying/did you study in school? I studied business in College 25 years ago, and have owned two successful businesses with my husband, but I am back in school to become a Christian women’s marriage counselor! I can’t wait to see where the Lord takes me with that!
4. How did you find/discover WCTH?
I don’t watch any television except for Hallmark, their the only brand I trust to deliver viewing that won’t offend my spirit! I enjoy all of their original series, so when WCTH was being advertised, it was a no-brainer to tune in! There was added appeal in that it’s a period romance show….my favorite!
5. What is your favorite episode?
Oh goodness! That is a very difficult question! I’m going to have to go with the obvious, Jack & Elizabeth’s wedding! The excitement, the fire, the community rallying together, and of course, the wedding itself. So beautiful! Season? I’m going to have to say Season 2. Nothing more beautiful than watching people fall in love, especially when those two people are Jack and Elizabeth! I really enjoyed the character development in that season, and introduction of new characters.
6. Who is your favorite character?
Am I allowed to still say Jack? He was the man we all dreamt about when we were little girls, right? But, since he’s gone, I’m going to say Rosemary. She’s so much fun to watch, and I’m really enjoying her softer, more heartfelt, side being exposed as the story unfolds. Plus, she’s pretty relatable to me, with her silly antics and need for her husband to put her in her place sometimes 😉 Star of the show? Okay, here’s the truth….I have a bit of a huge crush on Paul Greene! I saw him on Home & Family a couple years ago, he sang a very sweet song he wrote about a good friend of his. Ever since then, my heart goes a flutter when he’s on screen. It’s okay, my husband understands the crush, he has a man crush on Bill Avery, as he grew up watching Jack Wagner as Frisco Jones in General Hospital 😂
7. Why are you a Heartie? Why do you love the show?
I’m a brand new Heartie! I’ve seen the Hearties, again on Home & Family, and have heard about you in interviews with the cast, but didn’t know who, what, or where you were. I am so excited to have found the group and to be able to talk about the show with someone other than the puppies! Why do I love the show? I love anything to do with romance! I enjoy the costumes and storylines, but I feel like it’s an escape to a simpler time, where most people were in agreement of Christian and family values, and where community truly took care of each other. (The town where I live is a pretty good example of that too). Finally, I rest in knowing that, with this show, I never have to worry about protecting my eyes or ears from the vileness that’s so common on TV now.
8. Anything else you enjoy, or anything you’d like to add?
I was very disheartened when we started seeing less of our Mountie in season 4 & 5, and while I was broken-hearted that Jack passed, I can’t say I was surprised. I figured Daniel was making an exit. At first, I didn’t feel like the show would hold my heart without the Jack & Elizabeth romance. With time, I grew to understand that these writers are not going to let us down! Season 6 is going to be extra special, because they are so keenly aware of the Hearties sensitivities, and now we have baby Jack! I have no expectations for the season, other than to fully enjoy it!
Thank you so MUCH , Lili! I can already tell what a beautiful soul you have! Yes, you can still say Jack. He’s still my favorite! And to the rest of you beautiful souls, have a fantastic day and a good start to your week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!
Photos: Lili with her husband, Lili’s fur babies