One Winter Proposal

I admit it. I am a Hallmark movies junkie. Hey, you can only take so much news.

Hallmark movies are non-threatening and, yes, predictable.  I mean, you can almost forecast how many near kisses there will be and pinpoint just when true love shines. Typically, it’s a story of opposites attracting with the long lost boyfriend of girlfriend making a late appearance to foil the leading ladies and gents.

In addition to the gushy romance, a number of storylines center on two of my favorite things  — food {from cupcakes to restaurants} and writing {book stores, book tours, writer’s block}.

But, who cares? It’s fantasy. I mean, how do our heroes and heroines go from adversaries to lovers in the space of a weekend or week or month condensed into two hours? And the similarities  — the stars, the locations, the storylines — do have an upside. You can doze off and not miss a beat.

There are times, however, when a scene just commands your attention. If you TiVo, you’ll rewind (been there, done that) … and if you watch live you eagerly look for the next showing.

Such was the case this weekend with One Winter Proposal, a sequel to last year’s One Winter Weekend, including the same cast  and fireworks — reunited a year later. I didn’t watch it’s premiere, but did watch an encore. The scene in question was near the end when Cara (Taylor Cole) followed the rose petals to meet with Ben (Jack Turner). I must have blinked the first time around {okay, I probably started resting my eyes … two hours is a long attention span these days}. After a day of snowboarding, Cara returns to the chalet in casual attire. After my blink she was all dolled up as she found Ben.

Wait! What! Where and when did the wardrobe change happen? How did it happen?

That was Saturday night. And it bothered me. I needed answers!

Lucky me, Hallmark was counting down it’s Winterfest features Sunday and Monday … and One Winter Proposal was on the schedule. The problem was, Hallmark kept the sequence a secret. So Monday I watched encores of Dater’s Handbook, A Winter Princess, Love on the Sidelines, Unleashing Mr. Darcy and Winter Love Story, {I told you I was a junkie … and a hopeless romantic.} Excitedly, I discovered One Winter Proposal was No. 1 and set for a 10 p.m. showing. Realism set in as I realized One Winter Proposal was No. 1 and set for a 10 p.m. showing. That’s bed time for this septuagenarian … especially the last 10 or 15 minutes, which would answer my questions around the bewitching hour.

What to do? What to do?

I came up with the solution … set my alarm for 11:45 p.m.!

I’m happy to report, it worked! I slept through most of the show {after all, I had seen it before}, but the alarm woke me in time to see Cara walk into chalet, follow the rose petal trail where the dress was neatly displayed in the library. Apparently Cara changed {and fixed her hair and makeup} before finishing her journey to Ben under a rose-laced trellis overlooking a picture window showcasing the snow and mountains.

Now I know. And I was tucked warmly under the covers by 12:05.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open.

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I'm just an ordinary guy walking along the journey of life.
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