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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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: STAYING COOL…

 

As I sit inside my cool office, watching TV, having coffee and breakfast…I muse about the outdoor life in places where it is cooler.  Like the beach…or the mountains.

My niece Amy and her family live in the mountains northeast of here, and when they get together, even in the summer, the outdoors are a big part of their lives.  I want to hang out here (below).

 

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The kids keep things interesting…Gavin and America are delighting in their worm exploration…

 

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America is taking her cat for a stroll…love the house and trees in the background…

 

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America’s craft adventures…

 

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Another delightful adventure (for me) on a hot weekend…strawberry shortcake while reading inside a cool restaurant…

 

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I haven’t gone out at all this week (unless you count the supermarket), but now I’m tempted to do so this weekend.  I’m thinking that I would love a nice lunch, followed by a movie in a cool theater.  The Hero, with Sam Elliott, Katherine Ross, and Laura Prepon, among others, was released this weekend.

It isn’t playing in my neighborhood theater…but I found it a few freeway exits away…which will work for me.  I enjoy the idea of some old favorites (Sam and Katherine) with some new ones (Laura Prepon, OITNB).

So…that’s how my weekend is shaping up.  I would love to be in the mountains, but I will adapt to my own surroundings for now.

What does your weekend hold for you?

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FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT IN PHOTOS….

Last night, after a day of errands, including a bit of pampering at the nail salon, I was ready for watching TV in my bedroom.

But TV watching at night usually means turning it on and muting it, so I can read, while keeping my eye on the images.

 

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This week, in addition to my usual reading, blogging, and TV watching, I’ve been collecting a few photos from the past.

I found these on Fiona’s FB page:

Back in middle school, Fiona in the middle, and on the right, in the background, her dad:

 

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She found this one of her dad when he was in his late teens…

 

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Fast forward a few years, Fiona is enjoying remembering her moments with her nephew Lane when he was a baby.  He is now three.

 

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Moving along, a more contemporary photo of Fiona (left), at dinner with a friend.

 

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I’m still reading these books:

 

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I should be finishing them both later today.

Do you enjoy searching through your photos for those that remind you of moments in the past? 

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: HOME & FAMILY….

After I did some rearranging of my stuff in my office, I brought some leftovers into my bedroom, like the quirky end table that once held the TV/DVD player.  The chair has been all through the house, but now sits next to the end table.  The stack of books are ones I have chosen for rereading…but haven’t gotten around to yet.

In case you haven’t seen my various photos of the office “redo,” here’s a peek after I stacked the unread books on a shelf by the wall, freeing up the trunk.  And, of course, there is the TV, by the window.  The little drop-leaf table underneath the larger “once-upon-a-time dining table” used to feel at home in the living room. (I’m a big fan of “re-purposing” furniture).

 

The white round mini-table that once resided in my bedroom…is now in the living room.

 

My daughter and her husband just took off for their honeymoon in Europe.  They are flying in to Stockholm first, then heading to Prague…and then to Amsterdam.  My eldest son lives in Prague.

The night before, they celebrated with Joe, a friend:  Heather, left, with David, my son-in-law, in the middle.  Joe, on the right, is like another of my sons:

 

Down south, my A-Team grandchildren at a Lakers Game with their dad, my son Brett (This game was actually in February, I think, but I love the photo):

 

Aubrey and friends…First, a friendly college girl tussle:

 

Then, celebrating a new iPhone:

 

My youngest grandson, Noah, is only fourteen…but he thinks he is ready to drive.  Or at least practice:

 

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Today I’m reading One Good Thing (e-book), by Wendy Wax, and loving the reunion of the friends who met (as strangers) years before after they lost almost everything to a Ponzi scheme. (I love the series…and the book covers!).

 

 

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What has your week brought you?  What can you share?  Today’s post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads.

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