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.

https://youtu.be/dGcMfq6YKzU

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!

Happy Friday, Happy start of Christmas in July, and Happy 4th of July. That’s a lot of “happy”! I hope it’s that way for you in your life right now; and in this uncertain time, you’re able to find a way to celebrate the birthday of our country with those you love, and find some peace and serenity.

Truth be told, I was going to do a patriotic post of some kind today, it being the week of Canada Day AND 4th of July. But I did promise you the final Friendship post on Rosemary and Elizabeth, and a promise is a promise. I’m also convinced that true and lasting friendships are a stepping stone to make ANY country better. So! We started at Bumpy Beginnings, muddled through Reluctant Respect, and roller coasted over Feisty Friends. And now, we arrive at the stage that will never end; in fact, it will only grow bigger and stronger: Bosom Buddies.

Sometimes it’s amazing these two are as close of friends as they are, considering their history. Can you imagine being best friends with the woman who not only used to be engaged to your husband, but also tried VERY hard to steal him away from you? I certainly can’t! I’ve also been on the other side, Rosemary’s side. I’ve met the wives of a few old boyfriends, even guys that were just friends when I was younger. Despite the fact that I’m married with my own family, a couple of them have been very wary around me; I wasn’t even trying to steal their man. I guess that’s one instance when my exuberant, Rosemary-esque personality is a little too much for some people. I have a tendency to be over-the-top, and incredibly extroverted…sometimes…several times…most of the time. 😉

But they beat the odds! I’ve even seen some fans comment that they constantly forget that these two were ever against one another. Step One happened when Elizabeth gave birth to Jack Jr. It doesn’t matter where you are on the scale between mortal enemies and complete strangers; when you are helped through an unplanned childbirth, or you spontaneously help someone deliver their baby, you’re bonded for life. So even though Rosemary was still, well, Rosemary, trying to take even partial credit for the baby coming, that was a night that cemented them together forever.

But, Abigail was still there for Elizabeth to lean on, and to talk to. And then suddenly, she was gone. Now Rosemary is the closest friend, and most trusted confidante Elizabeth has. They share everything with one another. One of the aspects I love most about their relationship is how they share grief. They have no similar experiences that bring them sadness; Elizabeth is a widow and single mother, Rosemary can’t have children. Despite that, they know exactly how to comfort one another, exactly what to say to wipe the tears from each other’s eyes. Even better, they know how to liven the situation for each other, and bring a smile to one another’s faces.

Then of course, the biggest factor of them all: the big sweet boy. That’s the biggest bond of them all. Rosemary and Elizabeth have such a love for the little guy that radiates from their beings. Elizabeth loves her son with her whole soul, but speaking from experience, every mother needs a break, not to mention help. Having no children of her own Rosemary is more than happy to help in any way she can. And even though Rosemary got a trial by fire lesson in chilidcare when she and Lee kept Jack overnight, she would do anything for that little boy. She especially loves spoiling

That’s it for today, everyone. Sorry this is coming to you so late, it’s been another busy day. Once again, I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend, and that you’re able to celebrate in safety and happiness. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom.

Good morning, Hearties! I’m getting this out to you early for a change. Go figure!

How is your week going so far? Do you have any plans for the 4th of July? I know the timing is interesting with all the national turmoil going on, and I hope we can still appreciate and celebrate our country…and have a little fun. We could all use some lightheartedness and levity to relieve the tension surrounding us. So I hope you find something entertaining that you can do…it’s on a Saturday, after all! 

So, for today, it occurred to me that I haven’t shared a podcast with you in quite some time. And this seemed a very appropriate one to have you listen to/watch. All of you #TeamNathan fans (and even you #TeamLucas fans too,) will appreciate this because it stars the one and only Kevin McGarry! But #TeamLucas, you’ll be able to enjoy it because it’s okay to like Kevin’s character, Joey. You don’t have to feel any inner conflict or turmoil. You’re supposed to root for him. Also, this movie was his first role with Hallmark, a very big milestone worth commemorating. And all of you who double fans, Hearties and POstables, will be very pleased for obvious reasons. 😉

 

I also found this very fitting to present to you given the dream I had a few nights ago. If you missed it, or if you want more details than Twitter will allow, I’ll explain it as best I can:

I dreamed that Kevin McGarry was appearing on a morning talk show. I’m not sure which one, and I can’t be sure if I was watching it on TV, or if I was there in person; I’m going with in person. The hosts introduce him, a curtain opens, and there he is, surrounded by a very elaborate and beautiful cardboard cut-out set. The set is shaped and painted to look like a Thomas Kinkade painting at Christmas time. I remember thinking it could be the town of Vienna, Austria, especially because there were mountains. And straddling the largest mountain piece (probably with the help of a step ladder or something,) is the man himself. He’s dressed in an old fashioned uniform. It reminded me of a Mountie uniform, only it was dark grey, and with more brass buttons. He’s in what looks like black breeches and high black boots to complete the ensemble. His fists are on his hips, Peter Pan style, and he breaks out in song, singing “Sleigh Ride”. And he sounds REALLY good too! My guess is, this is a result of several components: I’ve been watching too many Hallmark movies, talking about Kevin on podcasts quite a bit, hearing SO many Hearties begging WCTH executives to have Kevin and Erin sing together in Season 8, and doing a lot of planning for Christmas in July. Whatever it was, the perfect formula mixed together to create that amazing little picture in my head. 

 


Since there were four of us on the podcast, (the three regulars and a guest co-host who you will love!), and all of us really dug our heels into this film, we couldn’t cover it all in one hour-long podcast. So this is Part 1. And I give you my word, on my honor, that I will give you Part 2 next Wednesday. So if you’re left hanging by a thread on the edge of your seat when this ends, it will all come full circle next week. I’ll see you Friday then! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom!