When Life Shuts a Door…Open it Again. It’s a Door. That’s How They Work!


I started being interested in doors on a trip to Vienna. They had this one house that was so different and odd with a lovely door. The entire thing looked like it was melting in the sun.

I have opened some doors that I wish had been padlocked shut. I have opened doors that led to beautiful places and people.

To stand in front of a door and not know what is on the other side is magical. It could be anything!

All of you lovely young people graduating this week-end, will be opening a lot of new doors. My advice to you is to be picky about which ones you open and which ones you just walk by.  You are an adult now. And about to be on your own, making your own decisions. Obviously you are smart…I mean duh, you graduated, so by now you should know that just because the door is pretty, it doesn’t mean what’s behind it is.

Take your time and choose the right door for you! Maybe the melty Austrian one, or the oh so proper black shiny one, or maybe one you create yourself!

Congratulations to you all as you set off on this new adventure!

xx Patricia   :


Who Has The Key To Your Happiness?


Busy, busy reading and writing day today. So of course the Sun is shining brightly through my office window practically begging me to come sit in the sunshine.

The mess from the storm has been picked up and I made my bed so it’s a good day.

This has been one of those weeks where I needed to take stock, as my Grandpa says. Take stock of the people and things that have inched their way into my world. Not necessarily bad although some have been a bit scary.

I like being alone. I’m not lonely. I just prefer to be alone. My therapist asked me if I thought it was because I can better control my anxiety alone. But that’s not it. I just have a long list of things I want to do, read, experience and I don’t like having to check in with people to make them feel better. I come, I go. I talk, I don’t talk. I am very comfortable alone.  Someone sent me a quote recently that said ” You come home, grab a book and a cup of tea. You decide if that’s lonely or perfect.” It is perfect. For me and this girl I am in love with, who looks a lot like me!


xx Good Reading!       thespy2









No More Mouth Kissing!


If you follow me over at teaandtales1.wordpress.com then you already know that I have some sort of bug. This morning has been a tiny bit better, but this picture is just to show you I am basically sitting at my desk staring at the wall.

And that’s okay! Holy Crap Batman, I just said it’s okay to do nothing! I’m sure I must have a fever and I’m also sure I must be delirious. I am not one of those people who can just not do something. If I watch a movie, I read or crochet at the same time. So it’s a bit difficult for me to just do nothing. But that is exactly what I am doing today. Nothing. Listening to Celtic music and sipping green tea and hoping that I feel well enough to go to the drugstore and get more meds to fight this plague that I am now sure came from this little 4 year old mini-demon who is a mouth kisser.

So have yourself a lovely day and don’t kiss anyone on the mouth unless you want to also be stuck in the bathroom so long that you’re thinking of doing some Sharpie art on the toilet lid just to make it more attractive!

Happy Reading!  xx Patricia

Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter Book One) by Carol Wyer

Little Girl Lost

A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.

This is the first book in the DI Robyn Carter series from Carol Wyer.

Just when I’m ready to give up on thrillers for a bit along comes Carol Wyer with this edge of your seat non-stop suspense and terror!

Told from three different points of view, DI Robyn Carter, who has just returned to her job after losing the man she loved as well as their baby, Alice, the little girl who suffered tremendous trauma in the house of the man her mother was engaged to, and Abigail, who is being tormented and taunted about her own past.

Three different women and the different ways in which they handle the trauma they have suffered. Death, rape, murder, and so many secrets.

The characters are all complex and you feel so much empathy for them. Robyn is filling her life with work and working out to avoid the feelings of loss and guilt she carries. Trying to find out who this missing man is and how he is connected to another murder. Robyn is a great character but then they really all were.

Alice, poor little girl whose own mother blamed her for ruining her life, is looking for revenge. It’s what she is living for. Getting even with the people who she blames for ruining her life and her mothers.

Abigail has a new baby, an adoring husband and a few friends but she is happy. Until it becomes clear that someone doesn’t want her to have any of that. Someone wants her life.

This was a really good serial killer novel. One of those edge of your seat, bite your fingernails and lock the doors novels. And I loved every horrifying moment of it! Only one question….when is the next one?

Thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for this one!


A humorous writer and blogger whose light hearted novels and articles encourage others to laugh at life and grow old disgracefully.
Her best selling novels have won several awards for humor and her witty non-fiction book, Grumpy Old Menopause won The People’s Book Prize Award in 2015.
She has been interviewed on numerous BBC radio stations including BBC Radio 2 Simon Mayo and on BBC Breakfast television and Sky.
Carol writes for magazines and websites and also blogs for the Huffington Post HUFF/50.

So What Would You Take?

We were talking last night in the Book Club about what 3 books we would pack if we had to be on the run for 10 years. These would be the only thing we could read. This is my first one. Obviously. I’m a Georgia girl. I remember the first time I read this book. I was being even more annoying than usual to my parents and my father left me at the library.

I was given this book by the Librarian. Along with her unsolicited opnion that she was quite sure Ms. Mitchell had written this book just about naughty girls like me. How shocked she was when I finally returned it and told her I had indeed read the entire thing and I had seen the movie also and I was going to be Scarlett when I grew up, because she was the smartest and strongest woman I had ever seen!

So what are your three books? Think hard now, 10 years is a long time!!