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BOOKISH THURSDAYS #11: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

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Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.

Today’s featured TBR book has been on my stacks since August 2015:  The Race for Paris, by Meg Waite Clayton.

 

 

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In the foodie section, a British military photographer, Fletcher, is experiencing life in the military firsthand, including the food.  It is 1944, and he and two other photographers are heading for Paris.

“By the time Fletcher bathed and stopped by the mail room to send off his letters (to his parents, to the evacuee schoolgirls, to Elizabeth), the mess tent in the pasture was filled with correspondents eating a full hot breakfast.  Fletcher grabbed a cup of tea (bitter, oversteeped American stuff) and a plate of eggs and bacon and toast, and he joined Matt Halton and Charles Lynch at one end of the table.”

Hmm…doesn’t sound too bad.

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Why has this book languished on my TBR?  Well, it hasn’t been there THAT long, for a change….but maybe I just wasn’t in the mood.  What do you think of it?

Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World War II novel about two American journalists and an Englishman, who together race the Allies to Occupied Paris for the scoop of their lives.

Normandy, 1944. To cover the fighting in France, Jane, a reporter for the Nashville Banner, and Liv, an Associated Press photographer, have endured enormous danger and frustrating obstacles—including strict military regulations limiting what women correspondents can. Even so, Liv wants more.

Encouraged by her husband, the editor of a New York newspaper, she’s determined to be the first photographer to reach Paris with the Allies, and capture its freedom from the Nazis.

However, her Commanding Officer has other ideas about the role of women in the press corps. To fulfill her ambitions, Liv must go AWOL. She persuades Jane to join her, and the two women find a guardian angel in Fletcher, a British military photographer who reluctantly agrees to escort them. As they race for Paris across the perilous French countryside, Liv, Jane, and Fletcher forge an indelible emotional bond that will transform them and reverberate long after the war is over.

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Should I keep reading this one?  I might just have to keep it on the top of my stack.

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Now for some Bookish…and Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • After reading two really great books so far this week (The Obsession (click for my review) and Buried in a Bog (also click for my review), I somehow lost my mojo.  I picked up first one book and then another, reading for a while in each…and then tossed them.  Literally.  Into the recycling bag.  Now I am alternating between two books, and that seems to be working out pretty well so far (Three-Martini Lunch and Lies & Other Acts of Love).
  • For a little while, I was worried that I would never immerse myself in another book!  I think it was the read-a-thon on the weekend that put me off track.  Too much of a good thing can be just…too much.
  • Just when I think that I have WP figured out, they throw in another change.  At least this one isn’t as bad as the “infamous” Beep, Boop, Beep method of posting...that’s a whole other story, and it is so yesterday, too.  I have worked my way around that one.  Plus, I think they removed some of the weirder features. But now when I want to insert a link, a little box appears, and then, finally, I figured out how to add the link options…I thought the “old” way was working just fine.
  • I had to wait for the maintenance people to come yesterday to change out the filters, etc., and do their six-monthly thing…but luckily, the guy came early and I didn’t have to wait around all day.  So I took myself, and my library on Pippa (Kindle) to lunch at Marie Callender’s around the corner.  Take a look (below); totally unhealthy, of course.  The iced tea was just what I needed, though.  It is warming up here.  At least I didn’t have a martini!

 

 

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  • Last night I finished Season I of The Newsroom…I really got addicted to that one!  I added Season II to my Watch list, but I should wait a little before the binge-watching resumes.  Plus…tonight is TGIT…with Grey’s Anatomy, etc.  Now that How to Get Away with Murder is on hiatus, I’m enjoying Mom more.
  • Today I’ll veg out a bit…reading, watching from my DVR…or maybe I’ll go to Barnes & Noble.

 

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What does your day look like?  What obsessions, if any, propelled your week?  Enjoy!

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: WAITING FOR “THE HOPEFULS”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we search out upcoming book releases…and then gather around the blogosphere, sharing our thoughts and blurbs. Today’s spotlight is shining on The Hopefuls, by Jennifer Close, a brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to D.C., a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among young Washington’s aspiring elite.

Release Date:  July 19, 2016.

 

 

 

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When Beth arrives in Washington, D.C., she hates everything about it: the confusing traffic circles, the ubiquitous Ann Taylor suits, the humidity that descends each summer. At dinner parties, guests compare their security clearance levels. They leave their BlackBerrys on the table. They speak in acronyms. And once they realize Beth doesn’t work in politics, they smile blandly and turn away. Soon Beth and her husband, Matt, meet a charismatic White House staffer named Jimmy and his wife, Ashleigh, and the four become inseparable, coordinating brunch, birthdays, and long weekends away. But as Jimmy’s star rises higher and higher, their friendship–and Beth’s relationship with Matt–is threatened by jealousy, competition and rumors. A glorious send-up of young D.C. and a blazingly honest portrait of a marriage, this is the finest work yet by one of our most beloved writers.

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I’ve loved two other books by this author, so I’m eager to read this one, and I am also a fan of books set in Washington, D.C.  What do you think?  What are you sharing?

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BOOKISH THURSDAYS #10: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

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Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.

Today’s featured TBR book has been on my stacks since May 2015, a short book about a young woman named Hope whose life is in shambles:  A Thirty-Something Girl.

In the “foodie” section, Hope appears at a restaurant at the invitation of some friends, and here is what happens:

“We’re ready now,” she (Clara) says to him.

“Ready for what?”  I look each of them directly in the eye.  They all know I don’t like surprises, and this quite possibly could be the worst day for them to spring one on me.  “You aren’t acknowledging my,” I lean in closer and whisper, “you know what, are you?”

Before they have time to answer, I see, out of the corner of my eye, a group form near the side of the restaurant.  The leader of the pack is carrying an over-sized cupcake, and with one quick nod from him, his entourage begins to clap as they make their way over to our table.  Burning atop the sugary monstrosity are two numbers.  Two numbers I very much do not want to see.  They sing Happy Birthday, but not the way the song is supposed to be sung, but their own horrific rendition of it…I have two options:  faint or run away.  I choose the latter.”

Okay…so she’s THIRTY!  Big deal…LOL.  The cupcake sounds good!

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Why This TBR Thursday Pick?

As I mentioned before, I’ve had this on Pippa since May 2015.  I must have wanted to read it at some point…here’s the blurb for A Thirty-Something Girl:

 

 

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A Thirty-Something Girl follows the story of Hope. At the age of 30, she finds her life in utter shambles. Everything that could go wrong has – divorce, loss of a child, financial struggles. It is the love and unfettered support of her close friends who keep her from being lost in the quicksand of utter despair. As she slowly begins to wrap her head around who she is and what it means to be happy, she meets a man, Sam. Sam is also not a stranger to hardship and finds himself at his own crossroads. Together they find comfort and peace in one another; a soft, quiet place to fall, when the rest of the world is too hard and too noisy to inhabit.

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So…should I read this one, or send it to the cloud?

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Some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts for Today:

 

  • I’ve read three very different books this week, so the pages seemed to fly by;
  • It has been verging on HOT all week, up to 90-something;
  • I was bored with my theme here, so as you might notice, I changed it up.  Check out the features!
  • Here’s a cute photo of my three step-great-grandchildren, left to right:  Maddix, Lilly and Bella.  Lilly and Bella are twins.

 

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  • It seems just like yesterday that their father, Spencer, was eight years old, the age he was when his mom married one of my sons;
  • Season II of Better Call Saul just ended…sigh.  It will be a while now for the next season;
  • I am really longing for the ocean…I could drive two-and-a-half hours to the Central Coast…or, eleven hours or so to the Northern Coast, which I haven’t yet visited since my youngest son and his wife moved there.  (Below), Kerrie, right, my DIL, and her youngest daughter Jessica, at the beach near Crescent City;

 

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  • I think it will be fun to go farther north…and take my granddaughter Fiona, since it’s her dad’s home.  She has her driver’s license now, so we could take turns driving;

 

 

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  • I’ll have to think about it.  Those are my thoughts for today.  What are yours?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: PASSIONS, CHANGE, & THE COMFORT ZONE

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Good morning!  It’s my first Hump Day Potpourri in a while…the kind of event that focuses on my quirkiness…and the images that spotlight it.  Like my fairytale image above.  Those goats going over the bridge are on my mantle (below), along with a few other fairytale characters.  As you can also see, I have some quirky clocks above the mantle, too.

 

 

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I’ve changed the theme here, and also on Snow Sparks, to one called Scratchpad.  Check out the fun features.

Meanwhile, I’m loving Terrible Virtue, and I’m only pages away from the finish line.  As I gather my thoughts, I am drawn into a quandary, as this very admirable woman was definitely no saint.  But saints don’t usually interest me, anyway.

 

 

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Up next?  I think I will start reading Mother Knows Best, by Karen MacInerney, a story that shows that things aren’t going well for private investigator and mom Margie Peterson. Her husband, Blake, is claiming his taste for drag queens is “just a phase.” Her first-grade daughter isn’t fitting in at her new posh elementary school, Holy Oaks Catholic School. And her hippie mother has swept into town and replaced the family’s store of processed foods with seaweed snacks.

 

 

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Talk about quirky!  And that cover…well, it makes me smile.

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Now that Spring has really sprung here, we are also having a taste of summer, with 90 degree weather outside.  What a dilemma!  What happened to mild days?  Days that would invigorate me and take me outside to stroll?

Well, I should know better, since here we seem to have Long Hot Summer, Brief Fall, a Little Bit of Winter…and almost nonexistent Actual Spring.

I’ve lived in these parts for forty-four years, so I should know how it goes here.  We came here in 1971 from Sacramento, which is just slightly better than the Central Valley, but we landed in the west part of this county where fog banked us in for most of the winter.  So moving 70 miles from there seemed like a good trade off. (Below), here we are living in the desert part of the county, in a small mobile home.  I felt stuck…check out the three small children.  LOL.  Back then, television wasn’t anything like it is now…we had three channels and rabbit ears, and when it was foggy or stormy, nothing came in.

 

 

 

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I could move from here now…but I still have one (adult) child here and three grandchildren.  So…yes, the city where I now live is so much better than where I started in these parts.  I live in the Northern part of the city in the middle of a thriving neighborhood with malls…and the TV is wonderful!  Amazon Prime, Netflix, movie channels, DVRs….what more could I want?

Okay…I am just not a fan of moving.  In the 1970s, I moved fourteen times, mostly in this area, but it was a major upheaval every time.

Could I move across the state, or even out of the state?   Is my comfort zone really about comfort?  Or fear of change?

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What are your obsessions about these days?  What are you reading, doing, or thinking about?

 

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BOOKISH THURSDAYS #9: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

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Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.

My featured book today has been on my TBR since October 2014.  How time flies! 

Lila, by Marilynne Robinson, is a new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping.   I’ve read these other books…and enjoyed them.  But this book has been languishing on Pippa.  Why?

 

 

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My food excerpt today comes from the opening chapter of the book, right after a strange woman named Doll has “rescued” Lila from the abusive, neglectful home where she lived.  They had arrived at the home of an old woman Doll knew:

“The old woman went into the house and brought out a scrap of corn bread.  She said, ‘I was about to do the milking.  You might as well go inside, get her in out of the cold.’

“Doll stood with her by the stove, where there was just the little warmth of the banked embers.  She whispered, ‘You hush.  I got something for you here.  You got to eat it.’  But the child couldn’t rouse herself, couldn’t keep her head from lolling back.  So Doll knelt with her on the floor to free her hands, and pinched off little pills of corn bread and put them in the child’s mouth, one after another. ‘You got to swallow.’

“The old woman came back with a pail of milk.  ‘Warm from the cow,’ she said. ‘Best thing for a child.’  That strong, grassy smell, raw milk in a tin cup.  Doll gave it to her in sips, holding her head in the crook of her arm.”

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Whew!  Probably not a fun excerpt, but I was drawn in…now wanting to know more about the character!

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For TBR Thursday:

Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder.
Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church-the only available shelter from the rain-and ignites a romance and a debate that will reshape her life. She becomes the wife of a minister, John Ames, and begins a new existence while trying to make sense of the life that preceded her newfound security.
Neglected as a toddler, Lila was rescued by Doll, a canny young drifter, and brought up by her in a hardscrabble childhood. Together they crafted a life on the run, living hand to mouth with nothing but their sisterly bond and a ragged blade to protect them. Despite bouts of petty violence and moments of desperation, their shared life was laced with moments of joy and love. When Lila arrives in Gilead, she struggles to reconcile the life of her makeshift family and their days of hardship with the gentle Christian worldview of her husband which paradoxically judges those she loves.

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Should I keep reading this one?  What do you think?

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Now for some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • I really love mornings…once I get up.  But I HATE the process of doing so.  Dragging myself out of bed, stumbling to the bathroom, going through what one of my friends calls “morning ablutions.”  It was so much worse when I had to go to work in the morning.  Why am I such a baby?  LOL.
  • Bedtime is better.  All comfy in my bed, with the TV on mute, reading whatever book I’m immersed in at the moment, and sometimes watching a movie from my DVR.  One of my current reads is A Fatal Grace, Book 2 of the series, by Louise Penny, a book that’s been on my TBR since January 2015.
  • I don’t know how I feel about how quickly the weeks seem to fly by.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy weekends, because I do…but there are so many more things I want to accomplish during the week!
  • I saw this on Facebook yesterday, and it made me smile:

 

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  • Do you ever friend people on FB that you knew many years ago and haven’t seen since?
  • Today is going to be another day of errands…but maybe I can combine those with a treat or two, like lunch at one of the neighborhood restaurants….perhaps this one.  I love living around the corner from several fun spots (for me).

 

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  • So that’s it for today!  Have some fun and get through your days as smoothly as possible.  Here’s a toast!

 

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: WAITING FOR “FALLING”

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday event, hosted by Jill, at Breaking the Spine.

Every week, we gather around the blogosphere and search out the upcoming book releases, sharing our thoughts and blurbs. Today’s spotlight is shining on Jane Green’s upcoming release, July 19, 2016: Falling.

 

 

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Blurb:  When Emma Montague left the strict confines of upper-crust British life for New York, she felt sure it would make her happy. Away from her parents and expectations, she felt liberated, throwing herself into Manhattan life replete with a high-paying job, a gorgeous apartment, and a string of successful boyfriends. But the cutthroat world of finance and relentless pursuit of more began to take its toll. This wasn’t the life she wanted either.

On the move again, Emma settles in the picturesque waterfront town of Westport, Connecticut, a world apart from both England and Manhattan. It is here that she begins to confront what it is she really wants from her life. With no job, and knowing only one person in town, she channels her passion for creating beautiful spaces into remaking the dilapidated cottage she rents from Dominic, a local handyman who lives next door with his six-year-old son.

Unlike any man Emma has ever known, Dominic is confident, grounded, and committed to being present for his son whose mother fled shortly after he was born. They become friends, and slowly much more, as Emma finds herself feeling at home in a way she never has before.

But just as they start to imagine a life together as a family, fate intervenes in the most shocking of ways. For the first time, Emma has to stay and fight for what she loves, for the truth she has discovered about herself, or risk losing it all.

In a novel of changing seasons, shifting lives, and selfless love, a story unfolds—of one woman’s far-reaching journey to discover who she is truly meant to be…

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I love Jane Green’s books, and her newest sounds like my kind of read.  What do you think?  What are you sharing today?

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BOOKISH THURSDAYS #8: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

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Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.

My featured book today has been on my TBR since July 2014.  Buried in a Bog, by Sheila Connolly,  takes the reader to Ireland, where our MC, Maura Donovan, fulfills her grandmother’s last wish for her to visit the village Leap, to find some kind of treasure.

 

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Our “foodie” section – Thirsty Thursday/Hungry Hearts:

“…Ellen set a plate heaped with food in front of Maura.

” ‘Oh, my.  What’s this?’ She poked a round slice of something the color of tar.

” ‘Blood sausage—Clonakilty’s famous for it.  You don’t need to eat it if you don’t want to.’

” ‘It really is made from blood?’

” ‘That it is, among other things.  Give it a try.’

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, as Gran had often said.  Ellen watched, Maura quartered the piece, speared a quarter with her fork, and stuck it in her mouth.  She chewed thoughtfully.  Not bad, as long as you avoided thinking about what it was made from.  There were a lot of chopped oats in the mix somewhere, and a touch of seasoning.  Definitely not American sausage….”

(I lost my appetite!)

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For TBR Thursday:  I can’t imagine why I haven’t read this one yet!  Soon…

Honoring the wish of her late grandmother, Maura Donovan visits the small Irish village where her Gran was born—though she never expected to get bogged down in a murder mystery. Nor had she planned to take a job in one of the local pubs, but she finds herself excited to get to know the people who knew her Gran.

In the pub, she’s swamped with drink orders as everyone in town gathers to talk about the recent discovery of a nearly one-hundred-year-old body in a nearby bog. When Maura realizes she may know something about the dead man—and that the body’s connected to another, more recent, death—she fears she’s about to become mired in a homicide investigation. After she discovers the death is connected to another from almost a century earlier, Maura has a sinking feeling she may really be getting in over her head…

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Here are some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • Yesterday, I went to Cheesecake Factory with a friend…soup, and a slice of cheesecake…delicious!  But I was too full to eat dinner later!
  • How can it be Thursday already?  It was just Monday a minute ago…or so it seems;
  • Yesterday I found some old photos in a box and scanned them.  Here’s one of me and my daughter when she was a baby…thirty-some years ago!  Oh, that hair of mine!  Yikes….
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  • Currently, I’m reading a book called Domestic Secrets, by Rosalind Noonan, a book about friendship, secrets, and shattering revelations…good, right?
  • I need to do a little housework…ugh!  Cleaning the microwave by steaming a bowl of water and vinegar…I’ve heard it makes the task easier;
  • Now I’m off to visit some blogs….enjoy the day!

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What is your Thursday like?  Join in and share some thoughts….

 

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY OF LAZING ABOUT….

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Welcome to my Sunday Potpourri event.  What do I love about Sundays?

If I have planned my weekend right, it can be a day of lazing about.  Reading, watching movies on Netflix or Amazon, watching shows on those sites…and taking a nap.

But first, I am having a cup of coffee, my second, only this one has a little shot of Brandy.  Yikes!

The mimosa will come later.

My book for today is Most Wanted, by Lisa Scottoline, and I started it yesterday.  Stayed up quite late and read until my eyes were too tired to continue, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

 

 

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Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

Two months pass, and Christine is happily pregnant. But one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders—and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor.

Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a serial killer?

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What I am enjoying:  Christine’s persistence in uncovering the truth, even though her husband’s disapproval and coldness are hard for her to take…and his behavior makes me hate him a little.  Maybe he will be better later on?

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What are you enjoying today?  A lazy or a busy day?

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BOOKISH THURSDAYS #7: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS

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Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere.  But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.

Our feature today is one on my TBR from way back…February 2014!  I purchased A Desirable Residence, by Madeleine Wickham, from a board and brick bookstore, so it wasn’t even hiding.  It was right there on my stack!  It is a story of “love and real estate.”

Liz and Jonathan Chambers were stuck with two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter. Then Marcus Witherstone came into their lives – and it seemed he would solve all their problems. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house: a glamorous PR girl, Ginny, and her almost-famous husband, Piers.

 

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In our food and drinks section, Liz has brought the exciting news of her plan for renting out the house, and offers Jonathan some tea.  He isn’t as thrilled about the plan as she is:

‘Here’s your tea,’ said Liz.  She looked at his face and frowned.  ‘Oh, come on.  Don’t be such a misery.’  Jonathan roused himself, and gave her a small smile.  Liz took a huge bite of doughnut and looked at him balefully.  ‘I’ve had a really hard day,’ she added.

‘I know you have,’ said Jonathan, automatically adopting a soothing voice. ‘Well, why don’t you go and sit down, and I’ll bring you a piece of toast.’

‘OK,’ said Liz grudgingly, taking another bite of her doughnut.  ‘Where’s Alice?'(the adolescent daughter), she added, in a muffled voice.

‘She went out earlier on,’ said Jonathan.  He opened a drawer and took out the bread knife.  ‘She didn’t say where she was going.’

(I’m not sold on this one yet…they don’t even anything interesting to eat!  I had to search and search to find this bit.)

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As for its TBR standing:  I have enjoyed some books by this author, and I must have really wanted to read it at the time I bought it…so why is it still waiting?  What do you think?  Here’s a bit more from the blurb:

…But soon Liz is lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan is left to run their tutorial college, and neither of them has time to notice that their teenage daughter is developing a passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny. Everyone is entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events close in, they all begin to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.

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Now for my Bookish and Not So Bookish Thoughts:

  • Today I have to run some end-of-the month errands…post-payday errands.  Yikes, I hate that!  Most bills can be paid online or even mailed, but there are a couple that require dropping them off.  Annoying…
  • But later, I get to see my daughter for my “styling” and a chat.  She is lots of fun.  She has this little bear at her station that I gave her when she graduated:  “I’m a beautician, not a magician.”  Hint, hint.

 

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  • How did this week fly by so fast?  I’m only on my second book, Virgin River, and yes, it has 430 pages, but I’m only half finished.  Usually I’m on the third book by now.  But I’m savoring the book, so that’s good, right?
  • I’m feeling much better this week…back on the old meds, but still a little furious with the doctor who changed them to a “newer” prescription, for no reason that makes sense to me…but I’ll try to let it go;
  • It’s beautiful out this week…although the weather people are still talking about more rain;
  • I finished Broadchurch, the Netflix show I was bingeing on, and last night, resumed watching Lie to Me.  A new show, called The Ranch, is starting tomorrow.  Yes, I do get addicted….
  • I love Thursday TV, with the Shonda Rhimes shows…the new one, The Catch, looks promising, but I’m not quite addicted to it.
  • Here’s a photo I took of one of my quirky dolls, with the mug my daughter got me, because she knows me so well:

 

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So that’s it for my thoughts?  What are you doing/reading/thinking about today?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: MY MORNING WORLD & OTHER TIDBITS

an ordinary hump day in March

Enter my Morning World…coffee and my Laptop, Louisa May, enjoying the discoveries that greet me in that world.

Like today being one of my paydays!  I always forget that March 31 is Cesar Chavez Day here in California, which means that my county pension arrives one day earlier.  How could I forget such an important event?  Well, I do like being surprised….

Now…if only my State tax refund would show up!  It will be four weeks tomorrow since I filed…and usually it takes one or two weeks.  But…I’ve heard that the State is “running late” this year, whatever that means.

Meanwhile…I have plenty on which to focus today, like a task that involves shredding some old paperwork that was clogging up my desk area.  This is as far as I’ve gone, a stack of paperwork and a trash bag….the black trash bag is ready for me to empty the shredder, and I dread this every time.  Somehow, the bits and pieces from inside manage to spew forth onto the carpet. 

 

 

March decluttering

In looking at this photo, I see the blinds are still askew from being broken this summer by my clumsy son…LOL.  When they were staying here, he wanted to close the blinds a little more, and got overly zealous.  I hesitate to call the management, as I have had several broken things over the years…is there a limit?  Will they disapprove?  Ha.  I’ve been a pretty good tenant for these nine years, the longest I’ve ever lived in a rental condo.  So I should just bite the bullet and call.

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On a brighter note:  the twins, Lilly and Bella, just celebrated their second birthday.  I haven’t even met them yet, these two adorable step-great-granddaughters.  They live in North Dakota, and I only see them on Facebook…sigh.

 

 

Lilly & Bella - Two!

Here’s one of them:  I don’t know which one this is.  I sent the question to the mom, Colleen, and haven’t heard back yet:

 

Twin 1 or Twin 2 - which

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Meanwhile…my second son (living in LA) had a nice spring break with his three kids:

 

My Awesome son & Three A's

Now that the two oldest ones are away at college (Alec, right, at Berkeley; and Aubrey, left, at San Diego State University), they are hard to pin down.

Aaron, middle, is a senior, and will also be away next year.

How did they all grow up so fast?  Just the other day, it seems, they were these three, here at my mom’s house with their dad, a rare occasion:

 

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Here I am, procrastinating….I’m not getting that shredding done by playing on this post.  But maybe it can wait until this afternoon.  Right?

Tomorrow I have errands to run…and then a hair appointment with the lovely Heather, a time of more than styling.  A time to chat.  Here she is on Mother’s Day, with Noah.

 

Heather and Noah - Mother's day 2

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Today I’m reading Virgin River, a book that’s been on Pippa for a while (since September 2014).  I’m loving it so far!  A small town in the mountains that is a combination of unsettling and cozy for a girl from LA.

 

 

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Enjoy your Hump Day!  What are you up to today?

 

Married to Books with Friend

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