FRIDAY POTPOURRI: FROM NESTING TO VICARIOUS TRAVELING…

Today I threw open the door of one of my country cupboards for this photo op.  This one houses some of my colorful and fun pieces, ranging from the Jamestown Fostoria crystal to the vintage tumblers and the “Cornflakes” mugs and dishes.  In other words, a “potpourri” of collections.

Since I am home, nesting, while others in the family are gallivanting around, in Europe, etc., I have to find ways to cheer up my day.

But I do love the photos which have been appearing regularly via text from my son Brett, who started out in Spain, then went to Ibiza…and finally Prague.  Now he has branched out to Budapest.  But first…

He stayed in The Jim Morrison suite at this hotel in Ibiza…

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After arriving in Prague, Brett and his daughter Aubrey, who will be attending a college semester in Prague, had dinner with my eldest son Craig, his wife Gabi, and Aubrey’s roommate.

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A view from the hotel in Budapest…

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This morning I got this photo of the thermal baths in Budapest.

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My vicarious travels are fun.  Right?  I don’t have to pack, unpack, or fly.  Am I kidding myself, though?

Do you love to travel, or would you rather nest at home, reading books about travel.  I am currently reading Happy People Read and Drink Coffee, a story about a widow who moves from Paris, where she owns a bookstore/cafe, to Ireland.  She hopes to escape the pain of the past.

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Vicarious traveling through reading and movies reminds me of the Anne Tyler book, The Accidental Tourist.  I also have the movie with William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, and Geena Davis.

Enjoy your travels…vicarious or actual.

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A WEEK OF GREAT READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I am still reading bits and pieces of America’s Queen, by Sarah Bradford, which is perched on my nightstand:

 

And I am also reading:

Our Souls at Night (e-book), by Kent Haruf

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

The Best Kind of People (e-book), by Zoe Whittall  (NetGalley – 9/19)

A Stranger in the House (e-book), by Shari Lapena

The Blackbird Season (e-book), by Kate Moretti – (NetGalley – 9/26)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Not That I Could Tell (e-book), by Jessica Strawser (Release Date – 3/27/18)

Synopsis:  When a group of neighborhood women gathers, wine in hand, around a fire pit where their backyards meet one Saturday night, most of them are just ecstatic to have discovered that their baby monitors reach that far. It’s a rare kid-free night, and they’re giddy with it. They drink too much, and the conversation turns personal.

By Monday morning, one of them is gone.

Everyone knows something about everyone else in the quirky small Ohio town of Yellow Springs, but no one can make sense of the disappearance. Kristin was a sociable twin mom, college administrator, and doctor’s wife who didn’t seem all that bothered by her impending divorce—and the investigation turns up more questions than answers, with her husband, Paul, at the center. For her closest neighbor, Clara, the incident triggers memories she thought she’d put behind her—and when she’s unable to extract herself from the widening circle of scrutiny, her own suspicions quickly grow. But the neighborhood’s newest addition, Izzy, is determined not to jump to any conclusions—especially since she’s dealing with a crisis of her own.

As the police investigation goes from a media circus to a cold case, the neighbors are forced to reexamine what’s going on behind their own closed doors—and to ask how well anyone really knows anyone else.

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I enjoyed another book by this author (Almost Missed You), so I’m eager to dive into this one.

What has your week been like?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: SEARCHING FOR MEMORABILIA, ETC.

Mickey is leading the pack today, as we talk about photos from family and friends.  As you may have noticed, this newest version of “Mickey pointing to my books” is now in my blog header.  I liked how this photo includes the little hanging behind the books:  “Hearts and Boo Boos Mended Here.”

Let’s take a look at what Craig is doing.  He has been visiting Venice, etc., and here we go, enjoying the view and pizza:

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Craig in Ljubljana:

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Craig loves Tiki places and memorabilia, so he enjoyed this version in Venice.  In one of his visits to the states, back in 2007, we did a Tiki Road Trip Search all up and down California’s Hwy. 99…because he wanted to take back some of his finds to a friend in Prague who has a Tiki bar. 

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In another part of Europe, Brett, headed to Prague, stopped off at a museum in Barcelona, and took a couple of shots, one of them a “forbidden selfie” in the museum.

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Yesterday, I had lunch with my daughter…and had this Pomegranate Press, a specialty at Yard House, while I waited.  Who said waiting isn’t fun?

 

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That’s it for this week.  What did yours look like in photos?

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: A WEEK OF READING…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I am still reading bits and pieces of America’s Queen, by Sarah Bradford, which is perched on my nightstand:

 

And I am also reading:

The Best Kind of People (e-book), by Zoe Whittall (NetGalley – 9/19)

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler

Lies She Told (e-book), by Cate Holahan (NetGalley – 9/12)

The Burning Girl (e-book), by Claire Messud

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Still Me (e-book), by Jo Jo Moyes (Release Date:  1/23/18)

Synopsis:  From the sensational #1 New York Times bestselling author Jojo Moyes, a new book featuring her iconic heroine of Me Before You and After You, Louisa Clark

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the superrich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

Before she knows what’s happening, Lou is mixing in New York high society, where she meets Joshua Ryan, a man who brings with him a whisper of her past. In Still Me, as Lou tries to keep the two sides of her world together, she finds herself carrying secrets–not all her own–that cause a catastrophic change in her circumstances. And when matters come to a head, she has to ask herself Who is Louisa Clark? And how do you reconcile a heart that lives in two places?

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This is my week so far.  Come on by and share yours.

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND STUFF & REMEMBERING 9/11…

Yesterday was a day of enjoying appetizers and a drink at a nearby restaurant, and then heading to the movies.  I saw Home Again, with Reese Witherspoon…and it wasn’t mind-blowing, but there were pretty scenes, like the homes of the characters.

While munching and drinking, though, I started reading my NetGalley review book The Best Kind of People, by Zoe Whittall, a story that tells about a local schoolteacher who is arrested, leaving his family to wrestle with the possibility of his guilt, in this exquisite novel about loyalty, truth, and happiness.

 

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I didn’t get far into the book, just far enough to watch the teacher be arrested…and I was eager to keep going, but the movie was starting.

Then when I left the theater, I had to go to the grocery store.  At home, I put away my goodies and turned on Netflix to continue watching Nurse Jackie.  I loved that series when I saw it on Showtime, and it was great seeing it again.

Then my Blu-Ray player froze.  I tried rebooting it, but nothing.

This morning I went online and tried a few other things, like unplugging everything…and it’s back.  Whew!  Meanwhile, I finished watching some episodes last night by hooking my laptop up to my bedroom TV.   And contemplated having to do that from here on out…because I’m not buying another Blu-Ray.

My next purchase will be a Smart TV, so I don’t have to deal with these individual electronics.

So…I am glad it is working again, as I’m not ready for that purchase.  But it was cozy watching in my bedroom…once I moved the laptop and hooked everything up.  My bedroom has been completely rearranged since I took this photo (below), but the idea of it is the same.

 

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So…the weekend is over and a new week looms.  Today is September 11, so many people are remembering that day sixteen years ago.  So many things have happened in the world since then…and not so many good things.  But we do have to go on.

What does your week look like?  What about your weekend?

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SATURDAY POTPOURRI: PLAYING…

It’s a lovely Saturday, and I’m playing around with blog headers again.  My Mickey on the right side of the header is an image I haven’t used in ages.  Normally he lives on the hearth, next to Fantasia Mickey.

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I’ve also been watching movies on my DVR, including one from the Lifetime Channel.  I don’t often watch one of those all the way through, but this one was about a writer who is struggling to produce a new hit book…and decides to plagiarize one from a fan.  It did not end well.

I’m enjoying The Burning Girl, but I haven’t gotten very far into it…because of the movies and playing with blogs.

I just downloaded Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf, once I learned from Mary, at Book Fan, that the upcoming Netflix movie with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford was based on this book…and that she loved it.

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I found out about the movie after watching an episode of Ellen, in which Jane Fonda was a guest.  I remember loving some movies with Jane and Robert back in the day, like Barefoot in the Park.  1967.

I also saw them together in The Electric Horseman (1979)

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Do you enjoy watching old favorite stars in new movies?  Do you have some favorites…other than Jane and Paul?  LOL.

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: SAYING GOODBYE TO SUMMER….

Last night, I decided to stop in at Mimi’s, one of my favorite spots in the neighborhood.  Instead of my usual soup or salad, I went for the Quiche Lorraine and a salad, with a strawberry margarita.  Very satisfying accompaniment to my book, Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.

Now I am going to share some photos of family as they enjoy the last days of summer.

First…Noah spent Labor Day weekend at Shaver Lake with his mom and her friends….and doesn’t he look like he’s having fun?  LOL.  Not so much…but he’s a teenager.

 

Heather and her husband David are enjoying each other in the open air of the mountains, with a lake nearby.

 

Now…check out Fiona’s brand of fun…creating still another look for herself:

 

In the southern part of the state, Aubrey and friends are enjoying their versions of fun in the summer:

 

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We all celebrate summer and its ending in individual ways.  What do you enjoy about summer, especially when it is ending?

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A WEEK OF READING….

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I am still reading bits and pieces of America’s Queen, by Sarah Bradford, which is perched on my nightstand:

 

This week, I have added:

Z:  A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Anne Fowler

The Lies She Told (e-book), by Cate Holahan (NetGalley – 9/12)

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BOOKS FINISHED SINCE  LAST WEEK: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

Home, by Harlan Coben

Heartbreak Hotel (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman

The Truth We Bury (e-book), by Barbara Taylor Sissel

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING:

Fragments of the Lost (e-book), by Megan Miranda

I have enjoyed other books by this author:  All the Missing Girls, and The Perfect Stranger, so I am eager to see what she brings out next.

Release Date:  11/14/17

Jessa Whitworth knew she didn’t belong in her ex-boyfriend Caleb’s room. But she couldn’t deny that she was everywhere–in his photos, his neatly folded T-shirts, even the butterfly necklace in his jeans pocket . . . the one she gave him for safe keeping on that day.

His mother asked her to pack up his things–even though she blames Jessa for his accident. How could she say no? And maybe, just maybe, it will help her work through the guilt she feels about their final moments together.

But as Jessa begins to box up the pieces of Caleb’s life, they trigger memories that make Jessa realize their past relationship may not be exactly as she remembered. And she starts to question whether she really knew Caleb at all.

Each fragment of his life reveals a new clue that propels Jessa to search for the truth about Caleb’s accident. What really happened on the storm-swept bridge?

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And that was my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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REMEMBERING FAMILY & FRIENDS….

Yesterday I shelved another hardcover book (above).  My other shelves don’t really have room, and this one has taken on the overflow.  Time to purge again?

Now that we are in September, I am thinking about my little grand-niece, America, whose birthday is on September 11.  She will be nine.  I love this precious shot of her in the kitchen:

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My other photos today are in memory of a dear online friend whom I actually met in person a few years ago.    Recently, Betty Dravis passed away.

Betty Dravis, Linda Bulgur, and I had become Amazon friends in 2008…(now our profile pages do not have this feature, but that is where we first met).  In 2009, the three of us met in Central California for a lovely visit and lunch.  Here we are:

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My granddaughter Fiona had her photo taken with one of Betty’s books, The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley:

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In this shot (in 2008), I am holding the book:

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Betty had a big presence online, including on Facebook.  She will be missed, but her books live on to celebrate the memory of her time here.

Betty’s Amazon Author Page

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What memories, past and present, are you sharing today?

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MY READING WEEK: CURRENT, PAST, & FUTURE…

Today I’m participating in Sam’s WWW Wednesdays Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

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CURRENTLY READING:

I am still reading bits and pieces of America’s Queen, by Sarah Bradford, which is perched on my nightstand:

 

And…I  am still reading this one:

Home, by Harlan Coben

Now I’m also reading:

Heartbreak Hotel (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman

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Books Finished Since Last Week: (Click Titles/Covers for My Reviews)

The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware

After She Fell, by Mary-Jane Riley

The Good Daughter, by Karin Slaughter

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Eagerly Anticipating: 

The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah (February 6, 2018)

Blurb:  Alaska, 1974.
Untamed.
Unpredictable.
And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.

From the author who brought you the phenomenon of The Nightingale.

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That’s what happened here this week.  What adventures did you have?

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