FRIDAY POTPOURRI: FAMILY, CONNECTIONS…

After reading Keep Her Safe, which I finished last night (click title for my review), I removed Did You See Melody?, as it was a duplicate.

Now, as I contemplate the remaining print books, I am also focusing on the numerous e-books languishing on Pippa.

But today is not about those books, but about sharing photos from the week.  My granddaughter Aubrey is enjoying her time in Prague (and Berlin, and other neighboring countries).  Here’s one I like.

 

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Let’s skip on over to a small town in North Dakota, where my step-grandson Spencer is enjoying time with his kids.  Here he is with Bella and Lilly:

 

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Lilly, Maddix, & Bella….

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Getting ready for Halloween:  Lilly & Bella…

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Now…let’s travel back to California, to LA and celebrities.  Here is a photo of my first grandson Alec, now 22 and a senior at Berkeley.  Yes, that’s Janet Jackson holding him.  At the time, she was secretly married to Rene Elizondo, the brother of Alec’s cousin-in-law, Hugo, a definite “six degrees of separation” thing.  I actually met Hugo and his wife Cherie, who is Alec’s mother’s cousin.  They enjoyed hosting parties for family and friends.

If you live in LA, anything can happen.

 

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So that’s my story today.  What are you sharing?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: CONTINUING A JOURNEY….

Good morning, and welcome to another post spotlighting unique photos.

As most of you know, my second son visited my eldest son in Prague this past week, after spending some time in Spain and Ibiza.

Let’s take a peek at some of the sights.  Left to Right:  Craig, Brett, Aubrey, and Aubrey’s roommate.

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Brett, with a Prague at night backdrop….

More Prague at night…

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Gorgeous building…

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A visit to Budapest…

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Brett, Aubrey, & Friend…in Vienna…

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Brett and Aubrey enjoying the view…

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Meanwhile, here at home in my cozy nest, I’m reading and enjoying movies and TV. 

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: FROM NESTING TO VICARIOUS TRAVELING…

Today I threw open the door of one of my country cupboards for this photo op.  This one houses some of my colorful and fun pieces, ranging from the Jamestown Fostoria crystal to the vintage tumblers and the “Cornflakes” mugs and dishes.  In other words, a “potpourri” of collections.

Since I am home, nesting, while others in the family are gallivanting around, in Europe, etc., I have to find ways to cheer up my day.

But I do love the photos which have been appearing regularly via text from my son Brett, who started out in Spain, then went to Ibiza…and finally Prague.  Now he has branched out to Budapest.  But first…

He stayed in The Jim Morrison suite at this hotel in Ibiza…

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After arriving in Prague, Brett and his daughter Aubrey, who will be attending a college semester in Prague, had dinner with my eldest son Craig, his wife Gabi, and Aubrey’s roommate.

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A view from the hotel in Budapest…

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This morning I got this photo of the thermal baths in Budapest.

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My vicarious travels are fun.  Right?  I don’t have to pack, unpack, or fly.  Am I kidding myself, though?

Do you love to travel, or would you rather nest at home, reading books about travel.  I am currently reading Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a story about a widow who moves from Paris, where she owns a bookstore/cafe, to Ireland.  She hopes to escape the pain of the past.

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Vicarious traveling through reading and movies reminds me of the Anne Tyler book, The Accidental Tourist.  I also have the movie with William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis.

Enjoy your travels…vicarious or actual.

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: SEARCHING FOR MEMORABILIA, ETC.

Mickey is leading the pack today, as we talk about photos from family and friends.  As you may have noticed, this newest version of “Mickey pointing to my books” is now in my blog header.  I liked how this photo includes the little hanging behind the books:  “Hearts and Boo Boos Mended Here.”

Let’s take a look at what Craig is doing.  He has been visiting Venice, etc., and here we go, enjoying the view and pizza:

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Craig in Ljubljana:

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Craig loves Tiki places and memorabilia, so he enjoyed this version in Venice.  In one of his visits to the states, back in 2007, we did a Tiki Road Trip Search all up and down California’s Hwy. 99…because he wanted to take back some of his finds to a friend in Prague who has a Tiki bar. 

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In another part of Europe, Brett, headed to Prague, stopped off at a museum in Barcelona, and took a couple of shots, one of them a “forbidden selfie” in the museum.

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Yesterday, I had lunch with my daughter…and had this Pomegranate Press, a specialty at Yard House, while I waited.  Who said waiting isn’t fun?

 

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That’s it for this week.  What did yours look like in photos?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER….

Last night, I decided to stop in at Mimi’s, one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood.  Instead of my usual soup or salad, I went for the Quiche Lorraine and a salad, with a strawberry margarita.  Very satisfying accompaniment to my book, Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Now I am going to share some photos of family as they enjoy the last days of summer.

First…Noah spent Labor Day weekend at Shaver Lake with his mom and her friends….and doesn’t he look like he’s having fun?  LOL.  Not so much…but he’s a teenager.

 

Heather and her husband David are enjoying each other in the open air of the mountains, with a lake nearby.

 

Now…check out Fiona’s brand of fun…creating still another look for herself:

 

In the southern part of the state, Aubrey and friends are enjoying their versions of fun in the summer:

 

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We all celebrate summer and its ending in individual ways.  What do you enjoy about summer, especially when it is ending?

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REMEMBERING FAMILY & FRIENDS….

Yesterday I shelved another hardcover book (above).  My other shelves don’t really have room, and this one has taken on the overflow.  Time to purge again?

Now that we are in September, I am thinking about my little grand-niece, America, whose birthday is on September 11.  She will be nine.  I love this precious shot of her in the kitchen:

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My other photos today are in memory of a dear online friend whom I actually met in person a few years ago.    Recently, Betty Dravis passed away.

Betty Dravis, Linda Bulgur, and I had become Amazon friends in 2008…(now our profile pages do not have this feature, but that is where we first met).  In 2009, the three of us met in Central California for a lovely visit and lunch.  Here we are:

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My granddaughter Fiona had her photo taken with one of Betty’s books, The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley:

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In this shot (in 2008), I am holding the book:

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Betty had a big presence online, including on Facebook.  She will be missed, but her books live on to celebrate the memory of her time here.

Betty’s Amazon Author Page

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What memories, past and present, are you sharing today?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: VISITING PRAGUE VIA PHOTOS, ETC.

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Another change-up of the blog header.  I love this woman setting aside time from chores to read a stack of books.

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Today I’m also sharing a visit to the Prague area, where my DIL Gabi has captured these images, making me want to go there. 

Let’s start with one of the photos snapped in Praha-Prosek:

 

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I love this close-up, spotlighting those gorgeous leaves:

 

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A path that makes me think of railroad ties…there is a history here, I’m sure.

 

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Intriguing sign:

 

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Gabi enjoying a drink after a day of photographing her surroundings:

 

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Check out Craig’s idea of savoring a meal/drink afterwards:

 

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And…back in the states, here is my celebratory lunch on Thursday, after being dismissed from Jury Duty; I had waited around all morning.

 

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Enjoy your weekend.  What are you sharing?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: THE QUEENS OF TIDBITS & OBSESSIONS…

As those who read this blog know, I tend to gravitate toward the quirky.  These images in my latest header are an example of that.  The doll on the left is one I actually own:  Madeleine Hatter.  Notice that she shows up in my blog button and several other images I display at times.

The lady on the right…well, I’m not sure who or what she is, but she is definitely quirky.  If you look closely, those are books surrounding her head a la her hairstyle.

I have decided to dub these two The Queens of Tidbits & Obsessions.

Now that we’ve settled that issue, I am looking forward to a day of reading, movie watching, and a few TV shows.  As for movies at the theater, I don’t see anything that is pulling me there this weekend.  But next weekend, I am eager to see The Glass Castle, starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson.  And, of course, it is based on the book by Jeannette Walls.  I read the book a few years ago.

On TV, I am excited about the return of Chesapeake Shores on the Hallmark Channel.  I remember when this channel was not available from my provider…and I complained about it.  Not long afterwards, there they were, both versions of the channel.  Could my complaint have helped?  Or was it coincidence?

Probably the latter.  But I realized that complaining made me feel better, and how magical I felt when my wish came true.  LOL.

Right now, I’m reading two books, a print version and a hardcover:

The Other Girl (e-book), by Erica Spindler (NetGalley – 8/22)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian

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Yesterday, I got a new mani….and tried a kind of glittery blue color.

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I have to find my fun with my mani/pedis these days, since hair dye is a thing of my past.  Sigh.

I am also curious, however, as to what my natural hair color is these days.  I haven’t seen it in many years.  LOL.

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What do your weekend plans look like?  Adventure?  Cozy moments?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: STAYING COOL WITH FAMILY….

July is a great month for family get-togethers, and the pool above is filled with family members who have gathered for the first time in a while.  They come from all parts of California…and as far away as North Dakota.  This is Fiona’s family, the maternal side, and there she is on the left…after a summer of work in Yosemite.

From North Dakota came Fiona’s brother Spencer and his family.  See his three delightful kids:  Bella, Lilly, & Maddix:

 

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Fiona loved spending time with two of her nephews:  Maddix, left, and Logan, right:

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Bella and Lilly, relaxing….

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And…just for fun, I’m showing last night’s dinner and reading:

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What are you enjoying this July season?  Is it hot where you are?  It certainly is very hot here, so we do whatever we have to in order to stay cool.

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: ASSESSING MY BOOK STACKS….

My ever-growing book stacks include mostly e-books, but there are also a few print versions of books, like the ones above.  These are not my only print volumes, but they are the ones I’ve decided are “up next.”

My NetGalley review book stacks are growing faster than I’d planned.  I now have eight that I have not yet read!  I got another one today.  But I try to arrange them on the calendar so as not to stress me out too much!  I have two more to read by the end of July; four in August; two in September; and one in October…so far.

The newest one will be released on October 3:  The Stolen Marriage, by Diane Chamberlain.  How could I resist?

One mistake, one fateful night, and Tess DeMello’s life is changed forever.

It is 1944. Pregnant, alone, and riddled with guilt, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly gives up her budding career as a nurse and ends her engagement to the love of her life, unable to live a lie. Instead, she turns to the baby’s father for help and agrees to marry him, moving to the small, rural town of Hickory, North Carolina. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows her no affection. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

The people of Hickory love and respect Henry but see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain. When one of the town’s golden girls dies in a terrible accident, everyone holds Tess responsible. But Henry keeps his secrets even closer now, though it seems that everyone knows something about him that Tess does not.

When a sudden polio epidemic strikes Hickory, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess knows she is needed and defies Henry’s wishes to begin working at there. Through this work, she begins to find purpose and meaning. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle the truth behind her husband’s mysterious behavior and find the love—and the life—she was meant to have?

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I am a big fan of Chamberlain, so I am looking forward to it.

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Meanwhile, I hope to read these two before the end of the month:

The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond (another favorite author) (NG – 7/25)

 

The Best of Us, by Joyce Maynard (Release date – 9/5 – NG Archive Date – 7-31)

 

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So, while I have been reading newly purchased books and some from my print stack, I will now turn more of my attention to my NetGalley ARCs.

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What are your reading priorities?  What books keep you engaged?

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