SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND TASKS & SOME FUN…

It is Sunday…and a day of rest.  Or not.  I collected my things for a patio cleaning:  broom, garden hose, and the hedge clippers.  In the photo, you can’t see the overgrown weeds that are pretending to be trees.  They will all come down.

It is 9:00 a.m., so it is still cool.  I hooked up the hose to the faucet just outside the fence, by my front door.  It worked, although I almost fell down in the mud from someone else’s watering.  Yikes!

The sun should dry the wetness I just sprayed all over the patio.  I will wait until it is dry and then take another photo.

Meanwhile, I’m loving my reading today.  I had started Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman, and it’s great.

But then my mood took me to the Todd Fisher book full of photos (My Girls)…and his stories, which I hadn’t heard before.

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Last night I also watched a movie called Unsane, with Claire Foy (from The Crown); a suspenseful tale that had me biting my nails (and I had just had a mani!).

Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh plunges audiences into the suspense and drama of a resilient woman’s fight to reclaim her freedom even as she risks her own sanity. Still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy, The Crown) receives treatments at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. However, shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to the mental institution and is unable to leave, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. But is he real or a product of her delusion?

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It was after midnight when I finished…and surprisingly, I did not have nightmares.

And here is my cleaner patio, with the umbrella up!

And (below), another view of my living room, with my new handbag on the hall tree and some of my books on the sofa table.

What does your day look like?  Enjoy the holiday.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ANTICIPATION…& DISAPPOINTMENT…

Good morning Sunday!  As I sit here visiting blogs and sipping coffee, I am disappointed.  Yes, imagine that!  I thought today was the Season Finale of The Good Fight, Season II…but alas, that was last week.

Yes, I saw the episode, but thought I still had one more to go!  I love waking up on Sunday and watching that show with my coffee.  Sigh.  Check out my Coffee Friends, (below).  They sit on my hall tree at the front door.

 

Last week, I ended up reading three books, but as of Thursday, I had only finished one.  I was reading two at once, so I finished the second one…and then sped through the Julie Mulhern book, Shadow Dancing.  I love that series.

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So…what’s on today’s schedule?  I really need to spiff up a few things around the house…but then I say:  I could do that tomorrow!  Do you ever do that?  Procrastinate?  My daughter posted this message on her FB page.

 

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I want to watch something on Netflix, but haven’t settled on anything new.  Sigh. 

I am starting to read Bring Me Back, and perhaps I will immerse myself in that book instead of watching movies or shows.

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Earlier, while blog visiting, I discovered a new book from another favorite author:  Paula Daly’s Open Your Eyes, coming on July 26.

‘Yet another gripping, heartbreaking read from a brilliant writer’ Jill Mansell Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine? Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life. But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why. Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find …

It is not available on NetGalley…so I may have to get it from Amazon.

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When I look at my book acquisitive behavior, I am reminded of how different things were, pre-blogging.  That was ten years or more in the past, and I would wander through bookstores to see what I could discover.  Back then, I read a lot, too, but there was no book reviewing.   Now I seldom buy books in a shop, except from the bargain table.  I almost feel guilty, since bookstores may disappear, and we only have ourselves to blame.

How has your book buying changed over the years?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A NEW PERSPECTIVE, ETC.

Good morning!  It is Sunday, and I’m loving the blog visiting…and also enjoyed streaming The Good Fight again. 

Yesterday was routine errands, including bloodwork, followed by a delicious breakfast.  Then…last night as I watched Collateral on Netflix, I got that restless feeling.  You know the one!  Looking around, I could see how my room could be rearranged.

I am limited to what I can move:  the bed stays put, of course, and so do the bookshelves because of all the books!  But I did move a bench from the living room (it was in front of the bookshelves there), and now it is at the foot of the bed.  A chair is in the spot where the loveseat once lived.

And then I moved odds and ends from other parts of the room, like little shelves (above), and tweaked one of my shelves, below:

And when I watch TV/BluRay, I see these changes:

When you enter the room, you’ll see more space by the exercise bicycle:

 

And here is the loveseat from the bedroom in its new/old home:

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Then I moved two chairs around…again.  A switcheroo between office and bedroom chairs.

 

 

 

 

 

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I am reading The New Neighbors now…almost finished!

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And I just got an e-mail saying I have a new library book!  One that has been on hold:

Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova

From neuroscientist and New York Times bestselling author of Still Alice comes a powerful exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom, and what it means to be alive.

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I’m loving how regularly these “holds” appear!  Almost no waiting on some, and the others will soon follow, like a well-oiled machine.

What does your weekend look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ENJOYING COZY BOOKS & MOMENTS…

Welcome to my Sunday…a day to visit blogs, but also a wonderful day to watch the streaming show The Good Fight.  I love the characters, some of which were in another favorite show, The Good Wife.

 

We’re on Season II…and when I first started watching this new season, the audio was very poor, so I had to lean forward and add the closed captions.

But suddenly the sound is normal again!  So happy about that.

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When I opened my e-mails today, I saw another book from the library!  I love how this works…I put them on hold, and then they automatically appear.  Today’s “gift” was Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery.

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I have another recent book from the library to start reading:  A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer…a favorite author that takes me right to the beach.

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I’m also reading Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns, a NetGalley review book.

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I am looking forward to a cozy Sunday!  I also have some shows and movies waiting on my DVR.

What are you anticipating today?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, MOVIES, & DREAMS…

Welcome to my cozy Sunday…a day of reading, watching movies, etc.

After visiting other bloggers for a while, I decided to watch The Good Fight, Season II, a show that is streaming on CBS-All Access.  The characters include several who were on The Good Wife, the now defunct show (sadly).

Last night I watched some movies rather late, one of which was on Lifetime: My Daughter Was Stolen.  I should know better than to watch that channel at night, as I then dreamed vivid moments from the movie throughout the night.  However, when I dream about a movie, my mind often changes things up, adding twists and turns.  So I woke up several times throughout the night, but when I went back to sleep, the movie continued via my dreams!  Exhausting!  LOL

I was quite happy to awaken early…and start visiting blogs.

Today I’m planning to start reading The Darkness Gathers, by Lisa Unger, a library e-book.

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I had also thought about going to see Chappaquiddick, at the neighborhood theater…still pondering that one.  If I don’t go today, I might head over mid-week.

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Tomorrow I’ll be meeting a friend for coffee and a chat over at Barnes & Noble.  I’m looking forward to it!

What are your plans for the day…and the upcoming week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: TIMELY ISSUES…

Changing the clocks AGAIN!  How did they come up with this off-kilter system, with only four months since our last changeover?

Okay…you get that I hate changing the time!  Even though I’ve removed batteries from some of my more decorative clocks:

But…still there are the little clocks in my office and on a bookshelf in the living room; the Coca Cola clock in the kitchen; the microwave; and the coffee pot.  Not to mention the clock radio by my bedside.

I am sure I forgot one.  Oh, yes, the one in my car…and my watch!

Now that I’ve (sort of) made my world “timely” again, I plan to continue enjoying this book:

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen

The story features a New York Upper West Side neighborhood, in which the street is one of the “dead end” variety.  But the neighbors seem friendly…and then something happens that changes everything.

The “alternate side” aspect has to do with parking, and in this tale, we see how the neighbors deal with the parking issue by creating a parking lot on an empty space.  Renting their own parking space, and then dealing with some of the issues created by the lot, will lead to unexpected consequences and conflicts.

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I’m loving it.  I did read for a while yesterday, and I’m halfway through the book…but my Netflix viewing did capture me, too.

Parenthood is a series I’ve seen when it was on the networks…and now, in viewing it again, I am amazed at how the characters arouse so many emotions.  The parents flounder, which is kind of true to life.  But some parents are better than others.  And some characters are VERY annoying.  Like self-righteous Adam and Kristina…until something happens to Kristina that reminds us that she is human.

When some of the kids (like Sydney, or Max) display a lot of “spoiled” behavior, I want to throw things at the parents.  So…I’m guessing the creators of the show want this kind of reaction.  Right?

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What else is happening in your universe?  Enjoying the weekend?  Planning ahead?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: STREAMING, READING, ETC.

Welcome to my Sunday!  I’m visiting blogs…and I also watched Episode 1 of Season II, The Good Fight.

The first episode was timely and dealt with contemporary issues.  My only complaint:  the audio was so low that I had to add closed captions!  That was definitely an issue, as I don’t like having to lean in to hear/read the dialogue.

I am hoping the issue will be resolved by next Sunday’s episode!

Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide what to do today.

I’ve been housebound since Tuesday…I think.  After my lunch and dinner outings, I curled up to read and watch TV.  But now I’m starting to feel…closed off?  Isolated?

It has been rainy and cloudy outside, though, and I still have movies to watch.  Sigh.

I’m reading An American Marriage, and I’m not loving it yet!  I need to give it more time, though.

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I am starting to feel annoyed when a book I’ve been hearing such good things about doesn’t immediately grab me.  Is it me?  Or is it the book?  Maybe I’m expecting too much.

I will definitely give it a few more chapters.

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Last night, I watched Three Billboards...and loved it, although it was a pretty angry portrayal of family and a small town that I’m glad I have never lived in…

I do love Frances McDormand.  I wonder how this movie will fare at the Oscars.

I have set my DVR…but don’t plan to watch live.

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How is your weekend shaping up?  Do you watch the Oscars?  Have you seen any of the movies nominated?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: MOVING AHEAD & LOOKING BACK…

Good morning!  It is Sunday, and we have just a few more days until March.  So I changed all of my calendars…and here they are, starting with my Mary Engelbreit Kitchen Calendar.

And here is my office calendar:

 

My bedroom calendar has scenes from Ireland, which fits in nicely with my Photos of Ireland from my eldest son, Craig, who lived there for several months:

 

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Yesterday was a day of changing up a few things in my bedroom (in addition to the calendar), and one change was moving the dolls off my bed…(they were annoying!), and here they are, hanging out by the bookshelves: (Ireland photos above the shelves).

 

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My bed, without the dolls (note:  the photos on each side of the bed were taken in Ireland, when my eldest son lived there):

 

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Yesterday, I watched a few movies on my DVR, including Urban Cowboy, which I have watched so many times!  I love the music, especially Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places and Love on the Rocks:

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Even though I’ve seen the movie sooo many times, I cry in some places.  Do you find that favorite movies still grab you emotionally?

How is your weekend shaping up?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSIVE TIDBITS…

Good morning!  Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, a post that focuses on life’s little tidbits, obsessions, etc.

Today I’ve been thinking about bookish things…and also about a change in venue I’m bringing next weekend:  I’ll be posting my Weekly Updates on my An Interior Journey blog.

Yes, it is time for a change.  So far, I’ve featured my updates on Serendipity, Rainy Days and Mondays, and Curl up and Read.  A long time ago, I hosted the event on An Interior Journey.

The only blogs that are not featured are this one and Snow Sparks.  Primarily because they have not been the traditional book blogs.  But that seems to be changing.  So who knows what could happen next?

 

Now for the bookish things.  Lately I’ve noticed that I get lots of e-mails from Goodreads, offering “deals,” and it is annoying, since in many cases, I already have the books.

But then I realized that there is no category for “already have the book.”  There is “want to read,” “currently reading,” “read,” etc.

And even the categories listed above are confusing, since you might have read the Kindle version of a book, but if your search leads you to the book, and it lands on one of the other versions, it will not show that you’ve read it.

I don’t want to complain, since I can’t offer a solution.  I do know that I stopped participating in the Goodreads Challenge because, if I accidentally clicked that I read a book and it was the wrong version…and then I changed it…the stats would be wrong.

So…I do love Goodreads for telling me what I’ve read (once I click on the correct version), and this has saved me from duplicate book buys.

I need to change my iPhone settings somehow, as I can’t get to the Goodreads page from my phone.  Which means that I can’t find the answers when I’m out and about…at Barnes & Noble, for example.

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Any thoughts? Am I obsessively focusing on the wrong things?  Are there ways to manage the Goodreads shelves?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, NETFLIX, & A FAMILY TREE…

Good morning Sunday!  A day to relax, read, watch movies…and reflect on family.  Above, my younger brother and his wife are hanging out on the “family tree” with their three grandchildren:  Luc, Gavin, and America.

They live on the ranch where I grew up, so I’m familiar with that tree.  It has been there, welcoming climbers, since I was a child.  I think.  Why am I not sure?  Well, we started out with a different house, so after my father built a newer one, the arrangement of the trees might be a bit of a blur. 

In the present, my brother and his wife live on the “family farm,” with fewer acres than we had growing up.  My mother sold off most of the farm in the 1990s.

When their grandchildren visit, they do enjoy climbing the very trees we climbed.  Here’s America, my grand-niece, enjoying a kitty.  She was born on September 11, 2008 (hence the name America).  I have never met her, except in photos.  I need to visit them all someday, but going “home” to the ranch is still an emotional situation.  I was last there on the day of my mother’s funeral.

 

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Meanwhile, here at home, I had a wonderful day yesterday binge-watching Season 4 of Grace and Frankie.  It was the best season so far, IMO.  The show dealt with issues of aging, family dynamics, and how the characters are dealing with these issues.

 

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Now I can’t wait for the next season!  That’s what happens when you watch ALL of the episodes.

Today I’m reading Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown, a book I’ve had for a while (since August 2017).  I’m loving it.

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So…I may stay in all day, or go out to eat.  Or I might just go to Barnes & Noble, since I don’t have nearly enough books already…lol.

What does your day hold?

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