weekend potpourri



It is our last weekend in February, and as an homage to what I was doing at the time, I sorted through some posts from a year ago, to find this one:


February is ending in just a few days, so I am ready to really dig down into my TBR stacks, which mostly consist of books on Pippa, my Kindle.  I like hanging out at one of the neighborhood restaurants for lunch, a martini, and my books.  The Reading the Books You Buy Challenge is going pretty well, with 13 books completed so far.

I think there would be more, but I’ve also been reading my NetGalley downloads…as usual, I enjoyed reading a few while hanging out with Pippa (and a martini!).


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The rag dolls (at the top of the post) are my little tribute to my daughter and granddaughters:  one daughter, two granddaughters.  These dolls were Heather’s, but Fiona (who lives nearby) enjoyed playing with them, too.  Fiona and Aubrey had birthdays in February, turning nineteen.  How did that happen?

It is hard enough to realize that my daughter, my BABY, is grown up.



She looks intense in the photo above, primarily because she was cooking for a group of us last summer, when my eldest and his wife were visiting.


I see that nothing much has changed since a year ago.  I’m still buying books, but also enjoying the Read the Books You Buy Challenge – 2017 Version.

Just as I was doing last year at this time, I had lunch out with Pippa, and this year, I had Split Pea Soup and a Margarita.




Today I was reading Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens, a NetGalley review book to be released on 3/14/17.



Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.


I’m loving this one so far….

How is your weekend unfolding?  Do you ever look back to the past, to see what you were doing then?


Hump Day Potpourri



What a fabulous way to spend a rainy day!  My great-niece Margaret is at an age when puddles and boots are fun things.  Exploring, enjoying, and experiencing everything life has to offer.

On this Hump Day, we can all learn a thing or two about how to have more fun.

Today is not a rainy one here…at least not yet.  Prediction for today:  fair, with a high of 56.  Not bad.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a jury summons for this week…and it was one of those “call every night” things…until I called last night and they wanted me to appear today.  Well, I have too many things going on…so I waited through the menu until I got to the one where a postponement could be requested.  I’ve never done that…but why not?  So I postponed it until the first week in August.  If I can plan ahead a little, I can make sure that nothing important is on the schedule for that week.

Today I have my massage and hair styling appointment…


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Tomorrow I have to go sign the tax forms so the accountant can file…

There was no way I wanted to miss these events!


Yesterday was not a rainy day…there were no winds…so why did my skylight cover fall down again?  Luckily, since it wasn’t the weekend, the maintenance staff came and fixed it right away.  He said the previous cover had been too small, so he cut this one larger.  A tight fit, now, which makes me feel more secure.

I have been here almost ten years, and for the first times ever, the skylight cover fell down twice in as many months!  The good news:  great maintenance staff.  So as long as nothing happens on a weekend….


Reading:  Yes, I am enjoying my reading week so far.


I don’t often read more than one book at a time, but this week found me book hopping.

The Best Awful, by Carrie Fisher, the sequel to the bestselling Postcards from the Edge contains Carrie’s Fisher’s trademark intelligence and wit that brought Postcards to the Hollywood movie screen.



Rainy Day Women (e-book), by Kay Kendall, is the second book in the Austin Starr Mystery series. In 1969, during the week of the Manson murders and Woodstock, the intrepid amateur sleuth, infant in tow, flies across the continent to support a friend suspected of murdering women’s liberation activists in Seattle and Vancouver.



I’ll be bringing Pippa to the styling salon…so I’ll be reading Rainy Day Women there.

What does your Hump Day look like?  Plans for the rest of the week?


Tuesday Potpourri


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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.

Today’s featured book is The Good Daughter, by Alexandra Burt, is the tale of a young woman in search of her past, and the mother who will do anything to keep it hidden…




Intro:  (Prologue)

They stopped once for the night, in Albuquerque.  The name of the city intrigued the girl, so she looked it up in the encyclopedia she carried with her.  It was her most prized possession.

Albuhkirkee…She silently repeated the word until it lost all meaning.  The girl caught herself drifting off into some paranoid daydream, not knowing what time it was or where they were going.  They had never driven this far for so long, never had to pump gas so many times.


Teaser:  After Quinn left the bank, she tucked the envelope under the seat of the Ford truck.  She felt giddy with excitement, her entire body seemed to hum, knowing she was going to see the old woman.  There was no turning back—not after church last Sunday. (p. 160).


Synopsis:  Dahlia Waller’s childhood memories consist of stuffy cars, seedy motels, and a rootless existence traveling the country with her eccentric mother. Now grown, she desperately wants to distance herself from that life. Yet one thing is stopping her from moving forward: she has questions.
In order to understand her past, Dahlia must go back. Back to her mother in the stifling town of Aurora, Texas. Back into the past of a woman on the brink of madness. But after she discovers three grave-like mounds on a neighboring farm, she’ll learn that in her mother’s world of secrets, not all questions are meant to be answered…


What do you think?  Would you keep reading?


weekend potpourri



This week, I’ve made a few changes around my spaces, starting with clearing off the divider between the kitchen and the living room.  Here is what the space looked like before.  The Coca Cola tray and a Mary Engelbreit cottage decorate the divider, and behind those objects, unseen, is a mug tree with an assortment of cups :





Now check out what the space looks like, cleared of the clutter:




What happened to the Coca Cola tray?  It joined other coffee table trays, books, etc., on the right hand side.  Yes, that space is now cluttered, but those books will be read soon:




What about the Mug Tree?  Check it out in its new life in my bedroom, displaying costume jewelry:




One of the benefits of moving stuff around is being able to combine cleaning and dusting as part of the process.  And it seems like fun (almost).

What do you like to do to “trick” yourself into cleaning and dusting?  Or do you just enjoy the task without tricks?


Hump Day Potpourri




Good morning, and welcome to another Hump Day Potpourri event. (And yes, I celebrated Hump Day on Serendipity today, too, with my Luxuriating in Books post).

On Monday, however, my granddaughter Fiona and I went to Barnes & Noble (pictured above), where she bought books for her upcoming birthday.  She is home for a week, before going back to school in San Jose.

Before that, however, we had breakfast across the street at Mimi’s.  (The Bloody Mary is mine!).





My daughter and her husband, far left, visited a vineyard with friends who love wine.




And on Valentine’s Day, Heather and David “framed” themselves:





A very delightful week so far, and I’ve enjoyed some books, too, which you can read about over at my WWW Post.

Today I started reading The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti, a “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards); it combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll.





Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her.

As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.


I think I will be glued to those pages!


I’ve also been “clicking” on Amazon, and downloaded Heartbreak Hotel (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman, which I found out about through that fabulous New Release Tuesday event.  Another wonderful (and hopefully captivating) Alex Delaware book.





And I’ve been noticing this series by M. J. Arlidge, and downloaded Book One,  Eeny Meeny.





So…it’s been an eventful week so far, and it’s only Wednesday!

What is your week bringing to you?  What delightful events/books/foods are you enjoying?

I am linking up to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.





Let’s gather around and muse about our reading with Ambrosia, at The Purple Booker.


I’m currently reading…
Up next I think I’ll read…
I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
I can’t wait to get a copy of…
I wish I could read ___, but…
I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEKS RANDOM QUESTION: If you could travel to one place you’ve read about in a book, what place would you visit and what book was it from?


I had requested an upcoming release from an author I enjoy, and got the news that I was approved today!  I now own One Perfect Lie, by Lisa Scottoline, to be released on April 11. (From NetGalley).





Synopsis:  A handsome stranger moves to the small Pennsylvania town of Central Valley, and his name is Chris Brennan. He’s applying for a job as a teacher and varsity baseball coach at the local high school, and he looks perfect, on paper. But his name is an alias, his resume is false, and everything about him is a lie. And he has a secret plan – for which he needs a pawn on the baseball team.

Susan Sematov loves her younger son Raz, the quirky and free-spirited pitcher of the team. But Raz’s adored father died only a few months ago, and the family is grief-stricken. Secretly, Raz is looking to fill the Daddy-shaped hole in his heart.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who’s dedicated to her only son Justin, the quiet rookie on the team. But Justin’s shy and reserved nature renders him vulnerable to attention, including that of a new father-figure.

Mindy Kostis is the wife of a busy surgeon and the queen bee of the baseball boosters, where her super-popular son Evan is the star catcher. But she doesn’t realize that Evan’s sense of entitlement is becoming a full-blown case of affluenza, and after he gets his new BMW, it’s impossible to know where he’s going – or whom he’s spending time with.

The lives of these families revolve around the baseball team – and Chris Brennan. What does he really want? How far will he go to get it? Who among them will survive the lethal jeopardy threatening them, from the shadows?

Enthralling and suspenseful, One Perfect Lie is an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will keep readers riveted to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget.


What do you think?  Are you excited about any upcoming releases?


Sunday Potpourri


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Welcome to another Sunday!  I love weekend blogging, as there are many blogs to visit.  And then I get more blogging ideas.

As I went through my routines this morning, I started thinking of how I do tend to go on automatic pilot and move through the early morning activities, scarcely thinking of what I’m doing.

After the usual morning ablutions, my steps lead me to the little office nook, where I boot up the computer.  Louisa May, my laptop, must be used to my actions, too, as she cooperates.  So far.


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Then….off to the kitchen to turn on the coffee pot and ready my tray (below):





When the coffee is ready, I bring the tray into the office…and I’m all set.

But sometimes, just to shake things up (anyone who reads my blogs knows how much I enjoy making changes), I might vary the routine.  Like booting up the laptop BEFORE my morning ablutions.  Or preparing the tray first.

If I do that, though, my actions cease to be automatic…and I have to think about what I’m doing.  That has to be good, right?


Speaking of changing things up, I did some new things here…notice?  Same blog header, but different theme, which also meant a different background.

I also did a remake of Curl up and Read, with the same header, but with the theme I’m using here.  Theme changes can be subtle, but the most noticeable aspect of this theme (Dara) is how the quotes look…and also how the posts are arranged.


While I was checking out Netflix last night, I found a show called Schitt’s Creek.  I’ve only watched a couple of the episodes and I’m not sure about it.  Some of the characters are really annoying.

So I switched over to shows I had on my DVR, including a movie called Anesthesia.




With an assorted cast of characters including Sam Waterston, Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart, and Gretchen Mol, we connect with each of them as their lives intersect around an event that happens to a beloved professor.  Set in Manhattan and its suburbs.

I picked it at random (seemingly), and was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed it.  The fact that Sam Waterston and Glenn Close had roles did affect my choice.


Do you ever find books or movies that you love unexpectedly?  What are your anticipated enjoyable moments this weekend?  Do your routines seem to flow automatically, or do you change things up a lot?