WEEKEND POTPOURRI: ALL THE USUAL ACTIVITIES & MORE….

Good morning!  My Saturday morning has started in my usual place…in the office, but with my breakfast tray on the trunk, facing the new little TV…I’m also watching an Aurora Teagarten Mystery Marathon while I eat and blog.

Yes, I am on the laptop, too…but when I’m there, I keep an eye on the shows, all of which I’ve already seen, of course.  If there was room on that trunk, I would set the laptop up there, too…but, no, it’s only steps away….here:

 

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I’m a bit behind on wrapping up my week, as I still want to finish this book first.  I’m almost there:

The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio, a review book.

 

All the usual characters are enjoying fall in Stony Point, Connecticut, and everyone is trying to help Elsa, who is grieving the loss of her son Sal, encouraging her to keep going with the plans they had made.  Lovely plans to turn her cottage and adjacent hang-out…into an inn.  Previous books have brought stories about that unique hang-out, which has much sentimental value.

When I read one of these books, I feel as though I’m there with them.  They are so familiar to me, I don’t even need to take notes.  Although there are occasional “new” characters, the primary cast is in place, and we rejoin them in their usual struggles…and conflicts.

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So…I definitely want to finish this one before posting my updates for the week.  Of course, with the TV on, I could be tempted to just curl up and watch…and only occasionally read.  Hmm, pushing ahead here!

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Meanwhile, Heather and David are probably winging their way toward home.  In the past few days, they’ve been in Amsterdam, enjoying the beautiful art, the museums, etc.

 

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Quirky!  Perfect for this blog….

 

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This piece of art, with Heather and David looking grim, could represent a version of American Gothic….

 

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So….what does your weekend look like?  Happy Father’s Day to the fathers out there….and let’s all celebrate another June weekend, since Fourth of July is coming next!

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A YEAR AGO: REVISITING MOTHER’S DAY 2016

A year ago, I celebrated Mother’s Day at a lovely restaurant overlooking the water.  And I luxuriated in family and unexpected gifts.  The photo above was a rustic frame carved by one of my daughter’s friends, and I found the perfect photos to celebrate being a mother.

Below…check out my post from a year ago, Hump Day Potpourri:  Luxuriating in the Goodies…excerpted in its entirety.

 

Coming out of the sweetest weekend in a while, I am still luxuriating in all the goodies.  Unexpected ones, like the brunch in the mountains overlooking a lake. (Below), Heather and Noah enjoying the view…and a chat.

 

 

Heather & Noah - Mother's Day Brunch - Bass Lake

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Coming home, I hung the sweet little “love art,” as I’ve dubbed the hanging above…and here’s the entire wall with the newest addition.  I need to spend more time in this room, facing these hangings…

 

 

Family Wall in Office - 2016

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Usually I am facing inward to my laptop, etc.  The sofa, which you can see a part of in both pictures, is actually very comfy.

 

 

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The problem is the TV.  Yes, it needs updating!  That could be my next project…right?

 

 

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Or I could satisfy my viewing urges in one of the two other rooms that have flat screen TVs.

 

 

May 7 breakfast in bed with Netflix

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I do love looking back at what I was doing a year ago…or even longer.  Now I will feast on the memories and the photos.

What do you like looking back to remember?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: AFTER “THE FAST”….

My Saturday morning began very early.  I had “fasting blood work” to complete at the hospital lab nearby…and I like to get it done early (since I’d been fasting since 6 p.m. the night before!).

Afterwards, I went to pick up meds down the hall, and then over to Marie Callender’s for one of their breakfasts.  I ordered the pancakes, eggs, and coffee…but while I was waiting, they brought this coffee cake with a cup of coffee:

 

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Naturally, the plate of eggs and pancakes was huge…and I didn’t photograph it.   It is embarrassing!  LOL.

Home again, I brewed my own pot of coffee, turned on the computer, and started going through my usual weekend routines.  At the top of this post, note the coffee mug I’m drinking from now…one of a set I’ve had for a while.  I always forget to use it, but I love the Parisienne cafe portrayed on the mug.  Here is a better view of the mug.

 

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The matching large platter hangs out on the bottom shelf of my Baker’s Rack…next to a bear clutching a wine bottle.  The caption:  Wine is my Favorite Four-Letter Word.

 

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I’m loving The Widow’s House (e-book), by Carol Goodman.

 

When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation—of their marriage, their savings, and Jess’s writing career.

They take a caretaker’s job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their twenties. It’s been years, now, since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare’s hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.

But their new life isn’t all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night, see strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is—this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate—it seems to be after Clare next…

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Creepy good, right?  I can’t wait to settle into it more.  Curled up on my comfy couch.  Maybe this one, in my office, which never gets much use.

 

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What lies ahead in your weekend?  Cozy moments?  Adventure?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: A WEDDING AT THE BEACH….

It was a beautiful weekend at the beach.  Facing the water, walking on the sand, and watching the bride walk down an aisle of “bottled flowers.”  My daughter Heather was escorted by her son Noah.

 

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The bride and groom exchanging vows…

 

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Another view of the bride and groom…

 

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I call this one “happiness.”

 

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Heather and Noah again, afterwards…

 

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The bride and groom at the post-wedding lunch…

 

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Also at the lunch:  my son Brett and grandson Alec, with me in the middle…

 

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The next day, we were back in town for the reception…

 

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We did a little goofing off with some frames…First, bride and groom…

 

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Then, bride and mother of the bride…

 

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The weather was perfect, and the fairytale ambience carried us through.  After all, who doesn’t dream of a beach wedding, along with a happily-ever-after?

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I am linking to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: RELISHING THE MOMENTS…

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My three daughters!  Well, not exactly.  I only gave birth to the one in the middle, but the other two have lived with us at various points in time.  They spent a lot of time at my home when I lived in this townhouse:

 

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My loft room:

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And also in my A-frame in the foothills, especially during the holiday season:

 

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A more updated version of Heather, my “actual” daughter…with a friend during the holidays.

 

 

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I do enjoy checking out old photos…or finding new versions of my old photos on Facebook.  Do you relish the moments?

This post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshots.

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: KITCHEN TIDBITS & BOOKS….

This week has been one for shopping.  I wrote about my wedding outfit/shoes shopping in Thursday Potpourri:  Spotlight Home and Family.

While I was out shopping, I circled around to the kitchen items. (Yes, I was in Target).

A few years ago, my daughter “borrowed” my blender, and I have yet to get it back.  She does that…with appliances, and cookbooks (she says “you don’t cook, so you don’t need it”).  Who knows what else has ended up at her place?

So…I wanted a blender, and since I’m not getting my original one back, here’s what I came home with.  I love red…in appliances, etc.  Note:  my March page of the Mary Engelbreit calendar, a favorite that I buy each year.  I also see that the top of my stove has lots of spices, etc.  It almost seems as if I cook.  LOL.

 

 

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And here’s my red coffee pot, toaster, and a full mug of coffee:

 

 

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The thing about buying new stuff…I have to clear out the old, and clean…and then rearrange everything.  So there is a method to my madness.

Today I want to make a smoothie for lunch.

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I just finished It Happens All the Time…(click title for my review), and I couldn’t stop turning the pages.  It was not a thriller, but it was a story about sexual dynamics and friendship.  I wasn’t sure how it would end.  I must say that I was a little sad about the ending for one of the characters…but it was a book that will make me ponder the nature of sex and friendship.

 

 

 

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What to read next…hmm, I have a couple of possibilities on my list.  The Fifth Letter...or The Mother’s Promise.

 

 

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What are your weekend plans?  Do you ever shop for new kitchen stuff, just for fun, or because you have done without an appliance for a few years and now miss it. Desperately?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: LOOKING BACK….

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It is our last weekend in February, and as an homage to what I was doing at the time, I sorted through some posts from a year ago, to find this one:

 

February is ending in just a few days, so I am ready to really dig down into my TBR stacks, which mostly consist of books on Pippa, my Kindle.  I like hanging out at one of the neighborhood restaurants for lunch, a martini, and my books.  The Reading the Books You Buy Challenge is going pretty well, with 13 books completed so far.

I think there would be more, but I’ve also been reading my NetGalley downloads…as usual, I enjoyed reading a few while hanging out with Pippa (and a martini!).

 

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The rag dolls (at the top of the post) are my little tribute to my daughter and granddaughters:  one daughter, two granddaughters.  These dolls were Heather’s, but Fiona (who lives nearby) enjoyed playing with them, too.  Fiona and Aubrey had birthdays in February, turning nineteen.  How did that happen?

It is hard enough to realize that my daughter, my BABY, is grown up.

 

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She looks intense in the photo above, primarily because she was cooking for a group of us last summer, when my eldest and his wife were visiting.

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I see that nothing much has changed since a year ago.  I’m still buying books, but also enjoying the Read the Books You Buy Challenge – 2017 Version.

Just as I was doing last year at this time, I had lunch out with Pippa, and this year, I had Split Pea Soup and a Margarita.

 

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Today I was reading Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens, a NetGalley review book to be released on 3/14/17.

 

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Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

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I’m loving this one so far….

How is your weekend unfolding?  Do you ever look back to the past, to see what you were doing then?

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