SUNDAY POTPOURRI…

Welcome to another week of new adventures.  I found this image of one of my favorite restaurants that is now open, albeit at 25% capacity.

I hope to have lunch there with my granddaughter this week.

Today I am still trying to master Block Editor!

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I’ve been linking images to another site: my author site. Check these out!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ADDING FAMILIAR TIDBITS…

After Thanksgiving, I traditionally begin adding Christmas trinkets to my space.  While this year is not like the past, I did find a couple of decorations that I once used.  Even last year, I brought out this little tree from my previous residence, above left…and before the Pandemic, (below), I touched base with the past.

The miniature tree above spent the last twelve months in a storage bin under the bed, so it looks a little crooked today.

The wreath on the door adds a familiar touch to the season.

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Finding familiar things to add a little celebration to the season should help me through the days ahead.

What are you discovering to bring comfort in the days ahead?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A QUEST FOR COFFEE…

I do love these little Bitmoji images that show my thoughts and feelings so nicely.

Today I am having a lazy day, blogging, reading, and planning ahead.  I went to open a fresh bag of coffee, so I could make a nice pot of it, and guess what?  Coffee beans INSTEAD of grinds!  I order my supplies from Instacart, and sometimes the tiny images don’t show up that well.

Now what?  Well, of course I went to Amazon to order a coffee grinder, which will arrive tomorrow.  LOL.  I used to have one of those…many years ago. 

I do love the look of those fresh beans, so maybe this error will turn out to be a blessing.

What are you doing today?  Any unexpected errors…or gifts?

I am enjoying the new Susie Steiner book, in the Manon Bradshaw series:

Remain Silent, a story of how “an immigrant’s mysterious death sets off a chilling hunt for the truth in this gripping crime novel from the author of Missing, Presumed, featuring a “delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).”

I didn’t understand the cover image until I started reading the book.  A chill came, along with the realization of what it meant.  Now I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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My journey through Block Editor:  Some days are better than others.  I find that posting my reviews are the most challenging, and I can’t figure out why.  But I am struggling through it.

Enjoy your week, and come on by to share your thoughts!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ODDS & ENDS, TIDBITS…

Another day of playing around online, while occasionally reading and texting with family members.

My granddaughter sent these photos in a text:

The first is an ironic comfy shoe that looks a little scary…

And the second is Fiona at work, exhausted from the job itself…and having to confront people refusing to wear a mask!

So whenever I think being “out in the world” would be a good idea, I think again.  And try to deal with my hair in a new way…like changing the part, below.

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I am enjoying watching The Good Wife again.  It has been ages since I first saw it on the networks…so seeing it from the beginning on Prime feels like I’m seeing it for the first time!

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I’m reading Girls of Summer, by Nancy Thayer, and now I must get back to it.  Loving it.

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How are you spending the three-day-weekend…if you have one.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OLD & NEW FAVORITE THINGS…

Good morning!  Welcome to the first day of the new week, Sunday!  I don’t usually think of Sunday as the first day, since our lives have been centered on work weeks, with Mondays as the beginning.

Sundays also signal the end of a week with our Sunday Updates.

Life continues in isolation…since March 11, I have seen nobody who doesn’t live or work here, and those who reside here are seen seldom these days.  We did have alternating days in the dining room, socially distanced, and then there were some positive test results from staff.  So back to our apartments we went!

Luckily, I had already rearranged my apartment to my liking during the first “shelter in place” order…and since then, I have spruced things up with the help of Amazon. Note my photo above:  the latest acquisition was that pottery bowl, which serves as a mail receptacle.

Now why do I need one of those?  Well, the staff members deliver our mail and packages, and would you believe that they often dropped stuff on the kitchen counter, which is sometimes damp from all those cleanings?  I got tired of yelling “not there!”  So I sent off for the bowl.

In my previous residence, below, I had one for mail, lists, even keys.

And here is a close-up…

 

Searching through old photos is a favorite activity these days.  It took a while to find this one above…which is a clue that I need to reorganize things a bit.  LOL.

The photo was also a reminder of some favorite things that I am missing…like those Engelbreit cookie jars on the right and that Baker’s Rack on the left.

Missing things from the past can be a downer…which is why I am working hard to recreate a cozy space that is full of New Favorites.

Here is a New Favorite Thing.  Several handbags “live” there in the entry way, with the new and favorite one out front.  The red hat is from my old place.

Then there is my newly “grown” bookshelf…

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Weekends are my favorite time to hunker down in the cozy space and watch movies and shows.  During the week, I am happy to now be watching new episodes of the soaps, since we only had reruns for a while.  This one was the first to come back:  Bold and the Beautiful.

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What do you enjoy on the weekends?  Do you have favorite things around you?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: NEW WAYS TO DEAL WITH THINGS…

As I greet each new day, I look around and take in the little treasures that surround me. The books and decorations that make me feel at home.

As for my persona, my hair style has gone off on its own, so I am trying to find new (or old) ways to deal with it.  The photo below was taken many, many years ago, when I was a twenty-something.  Nowadays, below right, I am way beyond that age.  LOL.

In the photo, below left, note that I once had bangs pulled to the side.   I am sort of doing the same now, below right. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My breakfast tray just arrived, so I will nibble at a few things.  The food is lukewarm this morning…sigh.  The cranberry juice is nice and cold, though.

After I eat, I will curl up with my review ARC Until I Find You, by Rea Frey.

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What will your Sunday bring?  Enjoy!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: HANGING OUT…

It is another Sunday hanging out with books, movies, and doing some rearranging of things.

Today I hung up my new cute handbag (above), and in the cupboard you can catch a glimpse of my favorite denim jacket.  In the front of that section is a sleeveless black sweater to wear with some of my long-sleeved outfits.  Of course it is too warm for it now.  But I like having it.

Here is a snap of the product page for my sweater.

 

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After constantly checking my little DVD case to remind me of which movies I own in that format, I decided to create a page over at Curl up and Read, where I have them all listed.  Easier!

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What does your Sunday look like?

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COMMEMORATING BOOKISH COLLECTIONS…

The photo above spotlights a very old book written by Johanna Spyri (on the left), Cornelli, that belonged to my mother. (The author also wrote Heidi, which I do not own). She received it in 1924 from her aunt.  She then gave it to me when I was very young, and I read it over and over. I even repaired the binding when I was a young adult and working in a library. 

It rested in my Baker’s Rack above, next to Engelbreit objects and books that I had written.  After I moved to my studio apartment, I brought it with me here, where it reposes in my little wooden cupboard, next to another collectible book, Elsie Dinsmore, (left) also available on Kindle.

Today I discovered both of my collectible books on Amazon in a Kindle format, so I am reading them again…on my Kindle.

I  am enjoying the re-reads already. 

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: SAVORING MY FAVORITE THINGS…

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Seven months ago, my life changed dramatically, and now I am finding lots of uses for my favorite furnishings.  Above, you can see the little green cupboard that was in my dining room in my triplex, stuffed with books and trinkets.

Now that same cupboard (below), is in my bathroom filled with towels and bedding.

 

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Then there were other cupboards I loved; see the Jelly Cupboard on the right side and far right of these photos:

I brought that cupboard to my new space (below), and it serves as a place to contain trinkets and books…and clothes.  These cupboards have been favorites of mine…even the ones left behind.  Sigh.

 

 

My life is full of little trinkets, quirky things, and special tidbits.  Even when I have to change everything about my surroundings, I find a way to fit my favorite things into my new space.

What do you do to make your world cozy when everything changes?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: COFFEE, BOOKS, & MOVIES…

Welcome to my Sunday!  I do love relaxing in my apartment with coffee, oatmeal, and English muffins.  Reading is another great addition to my day, and I just finished the brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood.

Yesterday was another good day, as I watched Blonde, on Amazon Prime, the movie based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates.

 

Poppy Montgomery did a brilliant job in the role as Marilyn Monroe.

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Today will bring more Amazon deliveries, including another Madeline Hatter doll to replace the one I didn’t bring from my other place.  Remember that I wasn’t in charge of the move! 

 

 

 

My previous doll was featured in a lot of vignettes, including logos like this one:

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I’m ready to start a book that will be “lighter” than my previous read of the dystopian world of Gilead…The Grammarians, by Cathleen Schine.

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I have a list of Prime movies to watch today, too.  Enjoy your day, whatever it might bring.

 

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