Good morning!  Wait for it…yes, it is Tuesday Book Release Day.  And Pippa (above), is very excited.  Feeding Pippa is one of the things I enjoy most.

So far, I’ve only downloaded one new book:

A Hundred Small Lessons (e-book), by Ashley Hay, an emotionally resonant and profound new novel of two families, interconnected through the house that bears witness to their lives.


When Elsie Gormley leaves the Brisbane house in which she has lived for more than sixty years, Lucy Kiss and her family move in, eager to establish their new life. As they settle in, Lucy and her husband Ben struggle to navigate their transformation from adventurous lovers to new parents, taking comfort in memories of their vibrant past as they begin to unearth who their future selves might be. But the house has secrets of its own, and the rooms seem to share recollections of Elsie’s life with Lucy.

In her nearby nursing home, Elsie traces the span of her life—the moments she can’t bear to let go and the places to which she dreams of returning. Her beloved former house is at the heart of her memories of marriage, motherhood, love, and death, and the boundary between present and past becomes increasingly porous for both her and Lucy.


I love a story that centers around a house, with its secrets and its memories.  I can’t wait to dive into this one.


Since December is right around the corner, I spent the weekend bringing in a few of my decorations.  Every year, I seem to bring in less, but not because I am turning my back on the season.  I’ve realized that less is more.  Sort of.

I surrounded myself with these trinkets for this year.  I found the Christmas bears at a neighborhood shop a few years ago.



I have three miniature trees.  This year I brought out this one…and one other (below).  The second tree has photo ornaments portraying my seven grandchildren…when they were younger:


On my pub table, I grouped some “friends”:


So…now I am in the mood for the holidays…and the constantly playing Hallmark Channel is a reminder…just in case I forget.

What do you love about Tuesdays?  About the holidays?



  1. All delightful and will surely bring the season alive for you, along with the Hallmark channel, I am not sure if we get many of those movies here. Being very hot in December very often, Christmas has a different feel here, I so envy the winter Christmas people!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I am loving everything that adds to my enjoyment of the season. A few years ago, I was a bit of Scrooge…and then some special experiences changed things for me.

      I can’t imagine how Christmas would be in hot weather…but here’s to a festive holiday!


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