SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSIONS…

Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, in which I share some of my favorite obsessions.  Since last July, when I moved into this apartment, I have been pushing to fill my spaces with old and new favorites.

The old favorites include dolls I “lost” in the move in 2019, and the new ones are an expansion of the collections that I have continued throughout the past several years.

Above, note bookcases and a hall tree.  Dolls fill in the spaces, and on the hall tree on the right, I have added some favorite hats and handbags.

A new handbag arrived from Amazon today…so in my bedroom, I have spruced up the little Handbag Tree there.  Note the newest one on the chair next to the “tree.”

I do seem to focus in on my obsessions when life around me is not working out the way I like.  Dark days and bad politics seem to take my breath away.  So I go online and search for beautiful things to lighten my mood.

I always like watching Lipstick Jungle on Prime Videos, even though I have seen both seasons several times.  There is something about those scenes and those characters that take me out of my gloom.

I am always looking for new shows, though, just to add to my queue of good things to enjoy.

Let’s take a closer look at some of my goodies:

The Madeline Hatter doll (above) was one that I had for several years, and then when I was abruptly moved from my condo, many items were sold or given away.  Including the doll.  But I found a replacement, see above, and I am supremely happy!

I am always amazed at how finding old favorites can make a difference in my life.

The Coca Cola furnishings are other things that make me happy, and I was glad to find more of those items, too.  It has literally taken a year to gather many of these “lost” items into my home again.

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What do you love to collect, or what activities make your day?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CHANGES IN INTERIORS…

Over the years, I have moved from place to place, and whenever I live anywhere for more than a short time, I change things around.  The sofa above was in my little office/guest room, from 2007 to 2019…but this version was the last one before I moved.

Here is another view of the room’s last version.  

another view of the Lexington off resized

When I first moved in, everything in this office was quite different…and even pretty crowded.  I had to search a bit to find some of those photos.  As I look at them, below, I see that they weren’t that pretty.  Sigh.  In these versions, the sofa was on a different wall, and my desk area was crowded into the space.  In the closet area, I had stashed some dolls, a bookcase, and a filing cabinet.

Then I moved items around, with my granddaughter’s help.  Primarily I wanted it to be more user-friendly as an office…and for guests.  Too bad I didn’t make the changes before they arrived.  By the time I started making the changes, they were long gone!

Note:  Some rearranged areas:

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Of course, I moved from that condo in 2019, and lived in a studio apartment for a while.  Now I am in another apartment, and my bedroom serves as my new office.  I have an old “hall tree” for hanging my purses, and my desk area has its own niche at the foot of the bed.

Here is the latest view:

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What do you enjoy doing to your interiors?  Do you like to make changes, or are you happy keeping the status quo?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ENJOYING MY BLOGGING…

I am enjoying my Sunday of blogging in my bedroom/office area shown above in the photo. First I visited some blogs and commented on them, and then I scrolled through a few of my social media sites.  I also checked out some of my streaming services for movies or shows to watch.

I could actually spend a whole day doing these things, but I get very stiff and sore if I do this too long!  Time out for reading.  My current read is a little weird so far:  Just Like Mother, by Anne Heltzel.

After I finish reading for a while, I will make lunch and see if there is anything to watch on TV.  What will your day look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & BOOKISH SHELVES…

Good morning, and welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, a celebration of tidbits, obsessions, etc.

Of course books are a big part of the obsessions, and so are shelves and “cupboards,” like the one above.  I bought this little green cabinet several years ago when I lived in a condo that seemed to be crying out for quirky things.  I ordered it online, and it was assembled before it shipped to me.  I love when that happens!

After I moved from that condo to a studio apartment, I used it in my bathroom, stuffed with towels, etc.  Now, in my current apartment, I am happy to return it to its former glory as a shelf for books.  These books are my “unread” print ones, and I just moved the cupboard into my bedroom to make a space for the Baker’s Rack in the dining room that will be assembled on February 18 by the Amazon provider.

This past week, I busily rearranged things…and I also sent off my tax documents to my accountant.  She has already completed my return…and that is one usually annoying task that is behind me!

Here is the other part of my bedroom, after the reshuffling of furniture:  my file cabinet, next to the chest of drawers that used to “live” where my book cupboard now stands.  The desk is nearby, and above it is a shelf now filled with some trinkets and books.

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I started reading a book that has been on my Kindle since 2017, and sadly, I got just a few pages into it and I didn’t like the writing style or subject matter…at all!  So off it went to the DNF pile.

Now, instead, I am reading another book about the iconic Jackie.   Jackie:  Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O, by Paul Brandus.  So far, there are some interesting tidbits I have not read in any of the numerous Jackie books I have devoured.

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I hope to finish it today!  Then, perhaps, I will dive into one of my new books from this week.  Or mop the kitchen floor!  LOL.  What will your day look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: LOVING OLD FAVORITES

Today I am watching an old favorite show, Lipstick Jungle.  I purchased it for Amazon Prime a while ago, and when I am bored, I turn to shows like this one.

I like the conversations and the friendships, not to mention the beautiful apartments in which the women live.  I especially love the Baker’s Rack in Nico’s apartment, since I am obsessed with that piece of furniture.  I had a Baker’s Rack I loved in my condo a few years ago.  I no longer have it, but I am looking around for a replacement.  Below, on the right, is the piece I used to have.

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Now I am looking for another one, and saw some in an ad.  I need to go to a store to find one, though, as shipped items usually require assembly on my end.  Something like the one below.  I have the perfect spot for it in my new dining room. Of course, I will have to rearrange a few things, but that’s okay.

 

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Today I should go back to reading my book, as I’ve been watching shows nonstop since yesterday.  My current read is an older book I bought in 2017:  Same Beach, Next Year, by Dorothea Benton Frank.

 

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What are you enjoying this weekend?  Reading?  Movies?  Outings?

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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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