FRIDAY POTPOURRI: MY GIRLS, VARIOUS VERSIONS…

It is almost August, and time to celebrate my one and only daughter’s upcoming birthday.  Above, you can see different versions of her.  Center:  Baby Heather on Mommy’s lap in 1977.  Right:  There she is in her hippie phase in the 1990s.

I am also celebrating my only two granddaughters, Fiona and Aubrey, on the left.  Their birthdays were in February, and that is when they came of age at 21.  We will share more about them in a few months.

More photos….Heather and a favorite doll in 1978…

Heather…in her room…on her Garfield phone:  Circa 1988….Before cell phones, land lines had taken on a designer aspect.

 

A few years later:  1990s in Friant…in the Yosemite Room…

Another version of Heather, with her son Noah…forward several more years…

He just keeps growing and changing, and she has added on a few years, too…Here they are on a special visit with Heather’s grandmother…and Noah’s Great Grand.

 

Heather and her dad at a memorable moment…

Leap ahead a few more years:  An even more grown-up Heather with soon-to-be husband David…

And here are the bride and groom at their wedding reception:

 

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The passage of time reveals changes, obstacles, and the blessings that come with those years.  Let’s wish another wonderful year for Birthday Girl Heather…

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MY WWW WEDNESDAY…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:  Our House, by Louise Candlish, is a NetGalley review book coming out on 8/7,  a disturbing and addictive novel of domestic suspense where secrets kept hidden from spouses cause shocking surprises that hit home…

 

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

The Ever After, by Sarah Pekkanen

Castaway Cottage, by Joanne DeMaio

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

It will be a long wait for An Anonymous Girl, a new book from writing team of Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen:  coming January 8, 2019.

Synopsis:  The next novel of psychological suspense and obsession from the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us

Seeking women ages 18–32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.

When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychology study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking…and what she’s hiding. As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields’ manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.

From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us comes an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.

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This was my week so far.  How is yours unfolding?

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A WEEK OF ENGAGING BOOKS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:  The Ever After (e-book), by Sarah Pekkanen:  “Writing with rawness and realism, Pekkanen doesn’t hold back…Fans of Liane Moriarty and Anne Tyler will appreciate the story’s depth.” —Booklist

“In her signature conversational style, Pekkanen uncovers the truth behind the lies as Josie comes to grips with reality vs. the mirage of her marriage.” —Library Journal (starred review)

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK- (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Night Moves (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman – (From My TBR)

My (Not So) Perfect Life (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella – (Library Book)

Believe Me (e-book), by J.P. Delaney – (NetGalley – 7/24)

Tangerine (e-book), by Christine Mangan – (My TBR)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I recently discovered this upcoming release (9/4/18), and can’t wait to read it.  I’ve enjoyed the author in The Vanishing Year.

In Her Bones, by Kate Moretti, follows the daughter of a convicted serial killer who finds herself at the center of a murder investigation.

Synopsis:  Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother.

Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered.

Edie quickly becomes the prime suspect—and while she can’t remember everything that happened the night of the murder, she’d surely remember killing someone. With the detective who arrested her mother hot on her trail, Edie goes into hiding. She’s must get to the truth of what happened that night before the police—or the real killer—find her.

Unless, of course, she has more in common with her mother than she’s willing to admit…

Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware, In Her Bones features Moretti’s “riveting and insightful” (Megan Miranda, New York Times bestselling author) prose and “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists, and will leave you questioning the nature of guilt, obsession, and the toxicity of familial ties.

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This is my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: RANDOM TIDBITS & FAMILY MOMENTS…

Good morning, and welcome to another Friday.  How did the week slide by so quickly?  Oh, yes, the holiday.  Note the photo (above), which I snapped in my neighborhood Barnes & Noble Cafe…oddly enough, there were no customers in that part of the store.  I don’t like catching random people in my photos.  LOL.  I wanted to capture that wall hanging of To Kill a Mockingbird.  As you can see, I only caught about 2/3 of it, but you “get the picture.”  Book covers are featured all around the shop. While this particular store is not the original one for our city, the book cover hangings are the originals and came along with the move.

So…random tidbits.  Now, let’s settle down for some family moments.   Alec, Aubrey, & Aaron are my Southern California grandchildren, and in these shots, you’ll see them with each of their parents and with two siblings that I’ve featured before, but who are not my actual grandchildren.  We take “extended family” members seriously in our photos.

Let’s start with this cute one of Aubrey with her friend Noah, in the desert:

Next, she is holding her little sister Sidney:

Let’s take a look at her with her dad and the two older siblings, Alec and Aaron (after Alec’s graduation from UC Berkeley:

And on Mother’s Day, Aubrey celebrated with her mom and her four siblings, including Silas and Sidney:

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I love Facebook, where I can copy photos put out there by my family members…and it almost feels as if I’m there with them.

Speaking of Facebook.  I ran into some issues with the FB app on my iPhone.  Does anyone have an iPhone 7?  Have you had problems with your app?  When I open the app and start to scroll, the pages close down…literally go dark.  I tried several supposed “fixes,” like deleting the app and adding a new one.  It worked for about a minute.

I also reset my iPhone settings.  Nothing.  HELP!

Thanks…if anyone has some ideas, I’d appreciate them.

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So…now, back to our Friday.   What are your plans for the weekend?  How was your Fourth of July (if you celebrate that event).

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HUMP DAY TREASURES: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:  Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman, A taut, procedural thriller . . . One of the most tightly plotted, tightly written of the Alex Delaware series . . . a real puzzler . . . Fans of the long-running Delaware series will be thrilled with this one, and because each book functions just fine as a stand-alone, there’s nothing keeping new readers from diving in.”Booklist…

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

The Family Gathering (e-book, Sullivan’s Crossing #3), by Robyn Carr

My Girls:  A Lifetime with Carrie & Debbie, by Todd Fisher

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I just discovered another must read for me.  November Road, by Lou Berney, is set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone.

Synopsis:  Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out.

A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects he’s next: he was in Dallas on an errand for the boss less than two weeks before the president was shot. With few good options, Guidry hits the road to Las Vegas, to see an old associate—a dangerous man who hates Marcello enough to help Guidry vanish.

Guidry knows that the first rule of running is “don’t stop,” but when he sees a beautiful housewife on the side of the road with a broken-down car, two little daughters and a dog in the back seat, he sees the perfect disguise to cover his tracks from the hit men on his tail. Posing as an insurance man, Guidry offers to help Charlotte reach her destination, California. If she accompanies him to Vegas, he can help her get a new car.

For her, it’s more than a car— it’s an escape. She’s on the run too, from a stifling existence in small-town Oklahoma and a kindly husband who’s a hopeless drunk.

It’s an American story: two strangers meet to share the open road west, a dream, a hope—and find each other on the way.

Charlotte sees that he’s strong and kind; Guidry discovers that she’s smart and funny. He learns that’s she determined to give herself and her kids a new life; she can’t know that he’s desperate to leave his old one behind.

Another rule—fugitives shouldn’t fall in love, especially with each other. A road isn’t just a road, it’s a trail, and Guidry’s ruthless and relentless hunters are closing in on him. But now Guidry doesn’t want to just survive, he wants to really live, maybe for the first time.

Everyone’s expendable, or they should be, but now Guidry just can’t throw away the woman he’s come to love.

And it might get them both killed.

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What does your week look like so far?  Come on by and share your reading treasures.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND TASKS & SOME FUN…

It is Sunday…and a day of rest.  Or not.  I collected my things for a patio cleaning:  broom, garden hose, and the hedge clippers.  In the photo, you can’t see the overgrown weeds that are pretending to be trees.  They will all come down.

It is 9:00 a.m., so it is still cool.  I hooked up the hose to the faucet just outside the fence, by my front door.  It worked, although I almost fell down in the mud from someone else’s watering.  Yikes!

The sun should dry the wetness I just sprayed all over the patio.  I will wait until it is dry and then take another photo.

Meanwhile, I’m loving my reading today.  I had started Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman, and it’s great.

But then my mood took me to the Todd Fisher book full of photos (My Girls)…and his stories, which I hadn’t heard before.

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Last night I also watched a movie called Unsane, with Claire Foy (from The Crown); a suspenseful tale that had me biting my nails (and I had just had a mani!).

Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh plunges audiences into the suspense and drama of a resilient woman’s fight to reclaim her freedom even as she risks her own sanity. Still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy, The Crown) receives treatments at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. However, shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to the mental institution and is unable to leave, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. But is he real or a product of her delusion?

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It was after midnight when I finished…and surprisingly, I did not have nightmares.

And here is my cleaner patio, with the umbrella up!

And (below), another view of my living room, with my new handbag on the hall tree and some of my books on the sofa table.

What does your day look like?  Enjoy the holiday.

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: RANDOMNESS….

Yesterday was one of those days.  I was restless, I had finished visiting blogs, I had even downloaded some book releases.  You can guess what’s next, right?  See my reconfigured living area above.

The wicker loveseat was in front of the bookcase, and the pub table lived by the sliding glass door.   Of course I had to do a switcheroo.  And the little table by the loveseat used to be on the other side of the room.  The only photo I could find of it there was one I snapped at Christmas!

I realized that most of my recent photos were taken in my office…where I spend a LOT of time.

Here is another view of my changes, from the other side of my sofa:

The view outside can be nice…but first I have to clear the leaves off the patio.  Every week, the gardeners blow them off the lawns and onto my space with their annoying device!  I would like to go out there…and I would also enjoy looking out through an open window. I wish they would stop doing that.  Below, here is the view I would like to see.  Now that I look at this photo, I am missing the little table I once had here…but it is now in my office, with my TV and various devices on it.

My furniture is in a constant state of flux…reconfiguring and repurposing…

I did a couple more shots of recent changes, like this hall tree with handbags.  My newest bag is front and center.

Then I moved my little hassock over to where the small table once sat:

 

This morning, I was quietly screaming when I tried to open my Internet home page.  I kept getting a message that the connection was unavailable.  I knew I had Internet service, as I saw the little icon at the bottom of the page that announces “Internet Access”!  Just to be sure, I checked all of my connections…and then restarted the computer.  Checked my AVG Internet Security…no issues.  And voila!  The page came up.  But now I’m feeling paranoid.

Later…it happened again, so I went through the Firefox troubleshooting process and found it!  I had to go to my security site and unclick a box.  Done and done!

I’m finished with The Family Gathering.  (Click for review) I love the setting and the characters.

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What random activities are absorbing you today?  Do you get distracted by tasks…and then realize that the morning has slipped by?

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A WEEK OF ENGAGING READS…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:  The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr, a very engaging library book in a series I am enjoying.

 

When all the Jones siblings gather for a family wedding, the four adults are drawn together for the first time in a way they never were as children. As they struggle to accept each other, warts and all, the true nature and strength of their bond is tested. But all of them come to realize that your family are the people who see you for who you really are and love you anyway. And for Dakota, that truth allows him to find the home and family he’s always wanted.

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK (Titles/Covers Linked to My Reviews):

Bring Her Home (e-book), by David Bell

Surprise Me (e-book), by Sophie Kinsella (a library book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

I’ve had my eye on Those Other Women for a while, and now it is available.  The author, Nicola Moriarty,  is a younger sister to two other favorite authors, Liane and Jaclyn Moriarty.

Synopsis:  Overwhelmed at the office and reeling from betrayals involving the people she loves, Poppy feels as if her world has tipped sideways. Maybe her colleague, Annalise, is right—Poppy needs to let loose and blow off some steam. What better way to vent than social media?

With Annalise, she creates an invitation-only Facebook group that quickly takes off. Suddenly, Poppy feels like she’s back in control—until someone begins leaking the group’s private posts and stirring up a nasty backlash, shattering her confidence.

Feeling judged by disapproving female colleagues and her own disappointed children, Frankie, too, is careening towards the breaking point. She also knows something shocking about her boss—sensitive knowledge that is tearing her apart.

As things begin to slide disastrously, dangerously out of control, carefully concealed secrets and lies are exposed with devastating consequences—forcing these women to face painful truths about their lives and the things they do to survive.

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What has your week been like?  I’ve been enjoying mine, even though I’m only on my second book since Sunday.

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOK PURCHASES, LIBRARY BOOKS, ETC.

Good morning, all…I am so glad it’s Tuesday!  Throughout the weekend and all day yesterday, I was running errands while only occasionally reading.  I did manage to finish Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella…and returned it to the library. 

Today I want to hang out in this cozy office…see the corner of my sofa above, with family photos surrounding me.  Below, see the part of the room where I get my work done.  Today I posted my Amazon review of Before & Again...and visited some blogs:

For the past two (or three?) months, I’ve been cutting down on my New Book Purchases…and borrowing from the library.  As a result, my purchases went down from thirteen and fourteen at the beginning of the year to six and seven in April, May, and June.

Currently I’m reading my last library book on hand:  The Family Gathering, by Robyn Carr, the third book in the Sullivan’s Crossing series.  I love revisiting the setting and the familiar characters.

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I have two library books on “hold,” and I am going to take a break for a minute or two…the books I put on hold seem to come so fast and furious that I feel the pressure!  LOL.

Today I did buy two new e-books:

All We Ever Wanted (e-book), by Emily Giffin

“This thought-provoking novel follows two Nashville families as they struggle with the fallout from a horrible incident. Their wealthy community quickly becomes divided, with people eager to assign blame and take sides as the families struggle with loyalty and staying true to their values. It’s one of Giffin’s most topical, gripping books yet.”—Good Housekeeping

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The Other Wife (e-book), by Michael Robotham

A mesmerising psychological thriller from one of the greatest crime writers of today, Michael Robotham, the international bestselling author of THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS.

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How is your Tuesday unfolding?  Do you eagerly anticipate new books, or are you all set with what you have on your TBR?

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MY HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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Currently Reading:  Bring Her Home, by David Bell, imagines a suburban world where no one really knows what’s happening behind all those drawn blinds. In Bell’s take, though, even the people inside don’t really know what’s happening. That’s where his brilliance, and the brilliance of Bring Her Home, rests.”

 

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews):

The House Swap (e-book), by Rebecca Fleet

Before & Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky (NG – 6/26/18)

Educated (e-book), by Tara Westover (Library Book)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Earlier this week, I received a NetGalley ARC of Sister of Mine, by Laurie Petrou; it will be released on 8/7/18, so I will be reading it sometime in July.

Synopsis:  Penny and Hattie, orphaned sisters in a small town, are best friends, bound together to the point of knots. But Penny, at the mercy of her brutal husband, is desperate for a fresh start. Willing to do anything for her older sister, Hattie agrees to help. A match is struck and a fire burns Penny’s marriage to the ground. With her husband gone, Penny is free, and the sisters, it seems, get away with murder. But freedom comes at a cost.

More than a year after the fire, a charming young man comes to town. Hattie and Penny quickly bring him into the fold and into their hearts but their love for him threatens the delicate balance. Soon long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid boil over, and the bonds of sisterhood begin to snap. As one little lie grows into the next, the sisters’ secrets will unravel, eroding their lives until only a single, horrible truth remains: You owe me.

A compelling novel of suspense from a talented new voice, Sister of Mine asks us to consider the bonds of family, what it takes to commit the unthinkable, and how far you’ll go to protect the ones you love.

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So far, it has been an engaging week.  What does yours look like?

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