OF COURSE WE DO!!!!!!

 Well, Hearties, we have arrived! We are at my last blog post before the premiere of Season 5. The next time you hear from me, it will be to share my thoughts with you about the BRAND NEW EPISODE! We’ve been waiting so long, it almost feels surreal that it’s here, doesn’t it? I know we’re all super excited! One final reminder to anyone who’s going to be in the Austin area Monday evening, give me a shout out, and I’d love to have you at my premiere party.

Who saw Erin on Home and Family today? She looked so gorgeous, and it’s always fun to listen to her give an interview full of details. And that DIY chapel night light was TOO CUTE! Forget my kids, I want that light! And did you see Jack Wagner and Paul Greene on Home and Family yesterday and Wednesday? You’d think they were promoting something…wink, wink.

Speaking of yesterday and Wednesday, I am SO SORRY about not posting a REAL blog post on either day. I had an epic Valentine’s post all planned too! My husband’s brother came home from his 2-year missionary service to Brazil, my kids were haywire, my first draft got deleted, then I literally fell asleep typing up my post. Then yesterday I was going to post, but I had to keep a vigil over my mother, who had just had oral surgery.

So! I’m here now! Its late, and it’s been another crazy day, but we’re getting a post out! I hope you all felt loved on Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t have a significant other, I hope you felt the love of friends and family: be it nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren, siblings, or parents. You are loved!

Now, with the much-anticipated premiere approaching, one of my friends thought it would be fun to go through the best moments of the 4 previous premieres. What’s your favorite moment from each of these episodes? They won’t necessarily be just the most romantic moments, but the best and most impacting moments. I watched the very first episode AGAIN with a friend only a few days ago; so not only did I get a potential new Heartie to join the crowd, but I got a fresh reminder of how magical that pilot really is.

 

SEASON 1:

  1. Elizabeth burning down the teacherage. It shows just how incompetent she is to live out in the West, and it’s amazing to look at her now.
  2. Elizabeth saying she needs a drink, and the looks she gets from all the mothers.
  3. The first meeting of Jack and Elizabeth, and how Jack’s attitude changes from flirtation to resentment in a snap of the fingers. “I can take care of my own stubbed toes, thank you very much!”
  4. Elizabeth getting her first shiner
  5. Jack showing up to dinner
  6. Jack complimenting Elizabeth’s career
  7. Abigail telling the story of the day
  8. Jack completely reading (and upsetting) Elizabeth, and her circumstances
  9. Finding Gabe with the plank
  10. Deciding to call each other by first names

 

SEASON 2:

  1. Jack admitting to kissing 5 women
  2. Sam Madison showing up as a woman
  3. Abigail telling off the judge, and Jack consequently holding back a very infuriated Elizabeth
  4. Jack eating Elizabeth’s less than appetizing chicken fried steak. That’s true love!
  5. Jack insisting on going with Elizabeth to Hamilton
  6. Lee rolling into town on the motorcycle
  7. Clara showing up to the trial

 

SEASON 3:

  1. Jack stealing Elizabeth away from Rosemary for a romantic dinner…and having it interrupted by Bill
  2. The town finding out about Silas Ramsey’s death
  3. Elizabeth officially renting the row house
  4. Lee explaining “nesting” to Jack
  5. The vase!
  6. The “warm” conversation
  7. Bill buying the café
  8. Abigail finding Frank’s WANTED poster

 

SEASON 4:

  1. Elizabeth saying she can’t live without Jack. FORESHADOWING!
  2. Abigail finding out she may have to stay on as mayor
  3. Ray Wyatt showing up
  4. Jed’s land being threatened
  5. Superintendent Collins offering Jack the new post
  6. Honey Bunny and Squidget
  7. Organizing the baseball game and teams
  8. Anna pitching
  9. Cyrus giving Cody the pep talk
  10. The game itself
  11. Cyrus and his home run
  12. Jack’s speech

 

Have such a great weekend, Hearties. It’s going to be breathtaking, I’m sure! I’ll see you Monday for the very first #MondayMusings

 

Good morning, Hearties!  I thought I’d get the blog out a little earlier today! How is everyone this fine Monday morning?  Did anybody catch Signed Sealed Delivered? I’ll be watching it in a few minutes, and I’m so excited!  Speaking of excited, LESS THAN A WEEK, BABY!!! OH YEAH! UH HUH! DOING MY HAPPY DANCE! Oh, wait, I still have a blog to write!  Okay, I’m calm now…calmish.  Remember, if you’re going to be around the Austin, TX area on the evening of Monday the 19th, let me know.  You’re more than welcome to come to my premiere party!

Since this is going to be the last #MeetYouMonday for a while, (next Monday starts #Monday’sMusings where I discuss Sunday’s brand-new episode,) I thought I’d do something special.  I’d like to spotlight a very special Heartie indeed: my mom!  She graciously let me interview her.  It was fun since I pretty much knew the answers, but I liked getting them from her perspective. So here’s the skinny on the woman who raised the Hooked Heartie! Fasten your seatbelts!

 Q: Where are you from? If you’re living elsewhere, where are you living now?

A:  I grew up in Woodland and Battleground, Washington.  (That’s where MY best friend lives!  Talk about coincidence!)  I moved to Texas so my husband could get his PhD from the University of Texas, and we never left.

Q: Tell me about your family. (HA HA!)

A: I come from a family of 5 kids, 2 boys and 3 girls.  I’m the second oldest, but the oldest girl.  I met my hero, my husband, in college, and we were married 2 ½ months later.  I have 5 sons, and 1 daughter; the poor thing was at the tail end!  They’re all married with families of their own, and in April, I will have 30 grandchildren! (MY baby!)

Q: What are your hobbies? What are you studying/did you study in school?

A: I majored in English Lit. with a minor in Business.  I took a break to get married and have children, and finished my degree 2 weeks before my daughter was born.  For over 30 years, my husband and I worked together giving consulting workshops on personality/teaching/learning styles; as well as marriage and parenting seminars.  Even though my husband has passed away, I still do some workshops when asked. I have 2 small businesses, as well as teach piano, and I work at our church’s student life center on the UT campus. (This woman does NOT let grass grow under her feet!) My hobbies, when I can actually do them, include: camping, hiking, reading, boating, and traveling.  My big trip that I didn’t realize was a dream until I actually planned it was going to Israel a few years ago.  INSPIRATIONAL!

Q: How did you find/discover WCTH?

A: One night, my daughter kept talking about this show she’d found on Netflix that we absolutely HAD to watch together.  I didn’t know how I was going to fit in in my schedule with everything I had to do, but I agreed.  She could tell I was stressed because about 30 minutes beforehand, she offered to cancel.  I said no, I didn’t want to; but she couldn’t ask me to watch more than 1 episode.  She said, and I quote, “I wouldn’t dream of it.” We finally sat down to watch together.  About 15 minutes before the 1st episode ended, I asked her, “How long are these episodes?” “About 40 minutes,” she said slyly.  “Let’s watch one more!” I begged.  She started giggling, and I knew it was over!

Q: What is your favorite episode? Season?

A: I just love the proposal! It’s delightful, heartwarming and romantic!

Q: Who is your favorite character? Star of the show

A: Jack is my favorite character, and Daniel Lissing is my favorite star. Who wouldn’t love a Mountie, especially one THAT cute! But Paul Greene is also a huge favorite of mine!

Q: Why are you a Heartie?

A: Because my DAUGHTER got me HOOKED! (Guilty as charged!  I gotta live up to my name!)

 

Well, Hearties, there you have it; some of my roots.  I hope this has put some sunshine in your heart, and a smile on your face.  Join me on Wednesday for a special VALENTINE’S DAY blog.  And if you don’t read it until Thursday because you’re spending the day with someone you love…I guess I’ll forgive you.  Toot-a-loo!

 

Hello, my dear friends! You made it to Friday! Good for you! How was the week? Not to harrowing, I hope. Although, I bet we all are impatiently clenching our teeth as D-day inches closer and closer. Including today, we only have 9 days! We’re in the single digits! That experience can be pretty harrowing! But Hearties are tough, right? I think we should petition to make waiting for WCTH premieres an Olympic sport. It’s just as exhausting! In case you NEED a reminder, which I doubt, Season 5 of When Calls the Heart premieres Sunday, February 18th, 9/8 c on Hallmark Channel. Take pity on me, because I won’t be watching it until Monday. But have no fear, because the 1st #Monday’sMusings of Season 5 will be posted. And if anyone lives, or will be around the Austin, TX area on Monday the 19th, I’ll be having a Heartie Party that evening; I’d be more than happy to have you! Just let me know.

 

As it is Friday…sorry, I do not have another fan fiction story for you. Since it’ll be airing soon, I prefer to let the show do the talking. Sarah and I will resume the tales when Season 5 ends. And just for fair warning, my baby is due around mid-April, so the blog may have to take a brief hiatus. And don’t worry, I’ll post pictures of the adorable little bundle.

So, it’s a #FlashbackFriday kind of day. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought it might be fun to flash back to Kindness Week. That covers all the different kinds of love expressed on the show. Elizabeth’s idea was brilliant! The project really gave the kids AND THE ADULTS a chance to look outside themselves. We have friendship love in many forms: Abigail stroking Rosemary’s ego that she should be the one to put on the dance, the girls reaching out to prickly Hattie…Hattie even expresses her love for Janie by mourning her so loyally. Now, of course, she does it the wrong way. But she makes amends, and shows a rectifying sort of friendship love by loaning Anna a party dress, and agreeing to dance with Cody for the first dance.

Rosemary, in her own inflated sort of way, shows a serving kind of love by agreeing to arrange the dance, and helping Elizabeth…even if she did insult her appearance in the process.

Cody represents the love for animals, and shows it with giving Rip a bath. Poor Jack probably had to clean up the mess, but he knew Cody’s heart was in the right place. That brings up another kind of love: the love for children. Jack and Elizabeth show us that very special kind of love with warm hearts and open arms…and lots of patience. It gives us a glimpse of what they’ll be like as parents.

An opposite view is Peter. He tries to show his love for Faith, but does so with a controlling and domineering attitude. Communication and understanding, all the attributes of true love, were completely absent.

Then, of course, we have our favorite example of romantic love: Jack and Elizabeth. I could go on and on about them, but I think I’ll go a little outside the box. I want to go to the dance itself. I remember the first time I watched it, I wondered why Jack wasn’t asking Elizabeth to dance; Lee wasn’t asking Rosemary, and Frank didn’t ask Abigail either. My theory was that since Kindness Week was the children’s project, the adults were letting them take the lead. It is precious the way Cody had the courage to take the first step, and get the dance going with Elizabeth. Then as far as he’s concerned, the unthinkable happens, and Hattie asks HIM to dance. But I absolutely LOVE how Jack handled it. He jumps right in, then totally plays it cool with that “stood up” line. She plays along so coyly. My favorite line is, “I know they’re big shoes to fill, but may I?” Add in his signature look toward her, and him holding his hand out to her, and you’ve got magic. Now THAT’S romance, right?

Have a fantastic weekend! Don’t forget to tune in or DVR Signed Sealed Delivered: The Road Less Traveled this coming Sunday, and I will see you Monday!

Hearties! We’re a week away from Valentine’s Day! Time to start getting romantic! Not hard with that preview we saw, right?! We’re also just a few days away from the premiere of the ninth installment, (tenth if you include the Christmas special), of the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries movie series Signed Sealed Delivered. This is my second favorite show, after our precious When Calls the Heart. So if you need something to keep you occupied until the Season 5 premiere, consider this. That means we also have visitors to the site. A very warm welcome to fans of SSD, the Postables! Hope you enjoy the blog! 

 

The one and only season of Signed Sealed Delivered, the TV show, is for sale on Amazon, then there is a 6-movie marathon on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries on Sunday, February 11th. It starts at 8:00 a.m., central time, with Signed Sealed Delivered: From the Heart, and ends with the new movie, Signed Sealed Delivered: The Road Less Traveled, at 6:00 p.m., central time. From the Heart is even set around Valentine’s Day, so it’s perfect timing! I have all of the other 9 movies recorded on my DVR, and that same DVR is already set for Sunday night so I can watch Road Less Traveled first thing Monday morning! I’m already watching my marathon…when I can get a turn, and the kids take a break from Disney Channel! By the way, if you get confused by gaps in the plot because you can’t watch all the movies, you’re MORE than welcome to ask me anything.

 

“Kami, this has nothing to do with WCTH!” Patience, my young padawons! It just so happens that Andrea Brooks, our darling Nurse Faith Carter, is a guest star in the TV series; Episode 7. It’s called The Future Me. Actually, in reviewing the movies again, I’m finding several WCTH actors, just like I’m doing with Psych. But for now, we’ll concentrate on Andrea’s episode . For those of you not familiar with the premise, it centers around 4 U.S. Postal Service employees: Oliver, Shane, Norman, and Rita. They work in the Dead Letter Office, (or the DLO), as a sort of postal detective task force, delivering letters that are otherwise considered undeliverable. They call themselves The Postables.

 

SPOILER TIME! IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW THE PLOTLINE, GO WATCH, THEN COME BACK AND READ. In this episode, the Postables are given a letter, (by Andrea’s character, mail carrier Kimmi Cooper,) that got stuck in the back of a desk drawer, and as a result, most of the envelope front tore off. Through a series of events, they are able to track down the writer…who is also the recipient! A high school girl with Down Syndrome, and her class, was instructed to write themselves a letter 10 years in the future, and their teacher would send it. She addresses the letter to Mrs. Bobby Richards, hoping to be married to her boyfriend, another special needs student in the school. Seven years later, there’s still no ring…because her dad won’t give his consent. And if you want to find out the rest, you have to watch. Hee hee!

 

Before I go exclusively to Andrea’s part, I just want to say a few things about THIS part of the story. It is so precious to watch these young people in love. The sweet and innocent nature these 2 exude is a sharp contrast to the backstabbing cattiness I’ll get into in a minute. I have to admit that I don’t know what I would do if I was Ellie’s mother. It’s a hard call. Do you protect your child that you KNOW needs your help because of her condition, or do you let her be an adult? It’s tricky, to be sure.

 

A few hysterical lines I have to share are some things Bobby says. He actually delivers several zingers! One is when Oliver and Shane walk into his flower shop, asking for the owner. When they question his position, he says, “Why? You got a problem with a guy who says flowers?” He says it so slyly, you can’t help but laugh! Then he catches a glimpse of the letter written in purple pen, and immediately calls to Ellie, who is working in the back of the shop. A very surprised Shane responds, “Ellie? That’s who we’re looking for!” Bobby laughs with her, and says, “I know. I recognize the handwriting. It’s IMPOSSIBLE to read!” Just adorable!

 

Now, on to Andrea. I did a little research on her to write this blog, since I don’t know a whole lot about her. She was a figure skater! Her acting got its start when she was 15; she was noticed at an open casting call for skaters for Disney’s film Ice Princess. She also speaks French, which is very obvious when she says, “Les Miserables” in the show. Her pronunciation is perfect!

 

What is NOT perfect is her character. She’s a catty witch! It’s so strange to see her like that since you can’t help but LOVE her as Faith. Like Daniel Lissing, she uses her eyes to act so completely that it’s almost frightening. You can see them change almost instantly from “people person” to “I’d sell my own mother to get what I want!” Her character, Kimmi Cooper, is doing everything humanly possibly to snag the coveted title of Miss Special Delivery, even hopping from branch to branch of the post office in hopes of getting nominated. She tries to get in good with Rita, who is also competing, so she can steal her secrets. Rita is very trusting, and sweetly naïve, so she starts to openly talk to her. Shane, being the friend that she is, sees right through Kimmi, and tells her to back off! She even gives Rita a makeover. You probably guess this, but Kimmi loses, and Rita wins the nomination. An answer to a question Rita was asked in the competition that I think helped her win was, “Stop worrying about the stuff you can’t do, and start dreaming of all the stuff you can.” Andrea is just as pretty, though. She has bangs here, which frame her face so daintily. And when her voice isn’t full of pins and needles, it’s still very pleasant to listen to. Good thing we’ve seen her as such a sympathetic, caring, and compassionate character!

 

See you Friday, everyone! Happy Hump Day!