Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: DREAMING OF THE BEACH….

After my weekend at the beach for my daughter’s wedding, I started remembering other beach getaways, like this one (above) last summer.  My youngest son and his wife have been living there in the far north for almost three years, and now are on their third residence.  The most recent one is a cottage a block away from the beach.  Quaint, but cozy, I am feeling it, and planning my own trip up north. 

In this view, we can see a cozy living room, with a glimpse of the kitchen on the right.  They always seem to pick houses with nice big kitchens.

 

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Another view of the kitchen:

 

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Their guest room is now in use, but soon it will be available, I’m told.  I don’t think I want to go until summer, however, since then I will be eager to escape the burning hot Central Valley sun.

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Meanwhile, I am reading away, sometimes beach books, but today I’m just beginning A Separation (e-book), by Katie Kitamura.

 

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This is her story. About the end of her marriage. About what happened when Christopher went missing and she went to find him. These are her secrets, this is what happened…

A young woman has agreed with her faithless husband: it’s time for them to separate. For the moment it’s a private matter, a secret between the two of them. As she begins her new life, she gets word that Christopher has gone missing in a remote region in the rugged south of Greece; she reluctantly agrees to go look for him, still keeping their split to herself. In her heart, she’s not even sure if she wants to find him. As her search comes to a shocking breaking point, she discovers she understands less than she thought she did about her relationship and the man she used to love.

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The writing style of the author is a bit confusing, since she doesn’t seem to use quotation marks for dialogue.  But I’m getting used to it.

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What are planning/reading on this Monday?

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Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: A RECLUSIVE DAY…

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It’s Monday, and it’s a holiday, but that doesn’t affect me much these days.  However, it means there will be no mail delivery…so I can stay home all day long!  Except…I do need a couple of things from the store.

My bed is made….so I guess I won’t be crawling back into it…although I was very tempted to do so today.

Maybe I’ll just run over to Target, just around the corner, instead of that extra mile to Save Mart.  LOL.

I love getting new bedding…not long ago, I got some new sheets I enjoy...

 

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…and now I have the quilt, at the top of the post.  It is also reversible.  I didn’t have to go out and shop for it, either.  I found it on Amazon.

Am I turning into a recluse?

Probably not completely, as I’ve posted several photos of me eating at The Elephant Bar, Marie Callender’s, etc.

 

 

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Earlier in the month, I went to my daughter’s house to celebrate Noah’s fourteenth birthday.  Now all of my grandchildren are either teenagers or twenty-somethings (Millennials).

 

 

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When did we start identifying people by the era in which they come of age?  Well, I do love being a Baby Boomer, which makes me feel special and privileged..LOL; except when I see those ads on TV that warn us we might be silent carriers of Hep C.  What’s that all about?

Enough said.

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Reading.  I am loving The Orphan’s Tale, and even though I had heard raves about it from other bloggers, I wasn’t so sure.  I am not really into circuses.  But the era pulled me in.  So I’m almost finished…and I’m glad I ignored my biases about the Big Tent.

 

 

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So back to reading…and catching up on DVR movies.  What are you enjoying this week?

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Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: OVERCOMING HOLIDAY RELUCTANCE…

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Welcome to a “snowy” Christmassy Monday!

This blog has a history of rain and snow themes.  Check out the URL.  The snowy cabin above belongs to my niece Amy, who lives with her husband and three kids in the mountains nearby.  Where it snows.

With Christmas coming soon, I had thoughts of not decorating.  I usually bring out the decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving…and I didn’t do that.  But does that mean I’m not going to share my Christmas decor?

No…today I decided that I would bring out a couple of things.  So I grabbed a bin and started.  But, unbeknownst to me, the spirit of Christmas enveloped me, even as I slowly brought the holiday to life.  While I didn’t go all out, I did just enough.  For me.  So I won’t have a giant chore to do afterwards, putting everything back.

The dining room nook features one of my miniature trees that has the framed photos of the grandchildren.  And take a peek at the gingerbread bear on the middle cupboard.

 

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Now check out the long view, with another tree on the dining room table by the window.   This one has Coca Cola ornaments, in addition to Elvis and Betty Boop, and other 1950s mementos.

 

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The table between the two sofas showcases the little “fake” Poinsettia.

 

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In this view of the dining room table, catch a glimpse of the Candy Cane bear on the other cupboard.

 

 

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Warm the hearth with Christmas Nutcrackers.

 

 

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The wreath brings the holiday to my decorative metal wall hanging.

 

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Let’s all get into the spirit…even those of us, like me, who started out somewhat reluctantly.  What do you like to do to bring your home into the season?

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Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: ANOTHER DAY OF MUSING…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s time to muse!  Join Jenn and the gang at Books and a Beat.

Here are some topics:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your most favorite “chunky” book? (over 500 pages)

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I finally started reading Flight Patterns, by Karen White, which I’ve had for a while…but for whatever reason, other books got ahead of it in the queue.

 

 

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The New York Times bestselling author of The Sound of Glass and coauthor of The Forgotten Room tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind—and to the woman she always wanted to be…

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Sometimes going home is painful, but it can also be a healing time.  I have always enjoyed Karen White’s books, since the very first ones I read a few years ago, the Tradd Street books.

Have you read her?  What did you think?

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Liberty is standing guard over my bookshelves….she is my mascot.

 

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Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: MUSINGS

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Welcome to Monday, a new beginning, and a time to muse about books.  Join Jenn, at Books and a Beat, and check out these topics:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Name a book that was turned into a movie, and completely desecrated (in your opinion).

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I am currently reading a NetGalley e-ARC that will be released tomorrow!  Usually, I am more ahead of the game, but I had written down the wrong release date.  At any rate, it is a quick read because I can’t seem to put it down.

All Is Not Forgotten, by Wendy Walker, is “a powerful novel that blends suspense and rich family drama…it is, in a word, unforgettable.” –William Landay, author of DEFENDING JACOB

 

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Blurb:  It begins in the small, affluent town of Fairview, Connecticut, where everything seems picture perfect.

Until one night when young Jenny Kramer is attacked at a local party. In the hours immediately after, she is given a controversial drug to medically erase her memory of the violent assault. But, in the weeks and months that follow, as she heals from her physical wounds, and with no factual recall of the attack, Jenny struggles with her raging emotional memory. Her father, Tom, becomes obsessed with his inability to find her attacker and seek justice while her mother, Charlotte, struggles to pretend this horrific event did not touch her carefully constructed world.

As Tom and Charlotte seek help for their daughter, the fault lines within their marriage and their close-knit community emerge from the shadows where they have been hidden for years, and the relentless quest to find the monster who invaded their town – or perhaps lives among them – drive this psychological thriller to a shocking and unexpected conclusion.

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The story is told from an interesting perspective, an omniscient one, if you will.  It takes a while to get used to this, and the narrator is unknown to us for a good portion of the book.

Check it out!

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Here is Libby, My Book Mascot:

 

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Monday Potpourri

MONDAY POTPOURRI: COMPULSIVE BOOK BUYING DISORDER

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The new header here (above) tells a story about me, my compulsions, my obsessions, etc.

The stuff of this blog.

While I do try to get as many review books as possible, to cut down on the compulsive book buying disorder…sometimes the books I want are just not available to me unless I buy them.

Of course, I could wait until they show up in the library.  Right?  Wrong.  I must read them as soon as possible!

A strange malady, this one.  Since I can download a new book…or ten…in any given month, and not read any of them for several months.

Which is why I am participating in Kathryn’s (Book Date) reading challenge:  Read the Books You Buy.  So that I can focus on reading the ones I bought that are lingering on my shelves.  So far this year, I have read and reviewed 15 books from those shelves.

 

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Another fact:  This year, I have read FIVE books purchased in January and February.  The others have all been purchased some time between June to December 2015.

One of the ways I deal with my book buying urges is to bookmark them on Amazon instead of immediately buying them.

But then, at the beginning of each month, when I have more money in my account…I start downloading them.  Tomorrow, I plan to download this one, from a favorite author:

Somewhere Out There, by Amy Hatvany.

 

 

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What happens when two sisters who were torn apart when their young mother abandoned them—and grew up in tragically different circumstances—reunite thirty-five years later to find her? For readers who love Jodi Picoult, acclaimed author Amy Hatvany fearlessly explores complex family issues in her gripping, provocative new novel.

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From another favorite author, Lisa Scottoline, I have bookmarked Most Wanted, coming out on April 12.

 

 

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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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Okay, now could you resist either of these books?  I love every book by these authors…and the rest of my bookmarked tomes are offerings from several other favorites.  Some I hope to get from NetGalley or Vine…but if I can’t, guess what I’ll be doing!  BOOK BUYING!

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Do you have a similar compulsion?  Do you obsess about books you want to read?

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Monday Potpourri

ANTICIPATING THE BERLINERS’ RETURN! – MONDAY POTPOURRI

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Good morning, and Happy Labor Day to all who celebrate it!

When I opened my front door this morning to retrieve the newspaper—and yes, I am subscribing again—I felt a cool breeze.  What fun!  So I then slid open the patio door to let the breezes in.  They won’t last long, of course.  But while I was there, I snapped the above photo, enjoying the play of light on the objects, and smiling a bit at the “weed” that thinks it is a tree.

Here is another shot from the patio door:

 

 

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I swept and dusted the patio yesterday, in anticipation of the Berliners’ Return on Friday.  My DIL Gabi loves sitting out on the patio to read.  Even when it’s warm, as she loves our hot summers here, so different from the cooler climes in Berlin.

They are coming back on Friday!  After spending the week going down the coast of California, from SF to Morro Bay.

Last week, their car was stolen from the front of my ex-husband’s house….and so much sadness ensued.  But then it was recovered the next day, and surprisingly, it was intact!  While mourning the loss, my son had his head shaved…as you can see in this “happy photo” after the return.

 

 

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The car is an oldie…they just needed something like this Honda to get them around for the three months they are here.  They will sell it before returning to Europe (Prague, this time).

Meanwhile, in anticipation of their return, I have cleared out the office again.  Note the filing cabinet, ready for some of their things, and the trunk, mostly empty…it will be shoved into the Nook when the sofa bed is open:

 

 

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Stuff from the rest of the room ended up in here (below)…all the dolls are in a nearby closet.  Sorry, girls!

 

 

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This week will involve a bit of cleaning and polishing, ready for more fun and frolic.

Meanwhile, I will read like crazy, knowing that next week will probably not be a reading week.

 

Today I’m reading The In-Between Hour, by Barbara Claypole White, which I am enjoying…but scarcely got into it over the weekend due to my Mad Men bingeing on Netflix.

 

 

 

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What are your Labor Day plans, if today is a holiday for you?  Reading, bingeing, whatever?

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