Posted in Sunday Potpourri


After a couple of unsettling weeks, with skin conditions and waiting for my new flat screen TV for the office, I can finally curl up on my comfy couch in this room…to watch DVDs, some ancient VHS tapes, and even read. Right now I’m watching the Hallmark channel in the background as I type.


You may notice that I have re-purposed some of my items…the white table on which the TV is perched (previous dining table) and underneath, a little side table that once resided in the living room next to the loveseat.  It holds the VCR/DVD player, which is definitely a thing of the past…but I like a few of those old movies.

In my bedroom, I have set up the quirky end table that once held the office TV equipment…it can be useful for when I bring my laptop into the bedroom to watch Netflix, etc., and it also holds stacks of books I’ve read and loved.  I had moved the end table into the garage, but then thought:  maybe it could work in my bedroom!


Speaking of “re-purposing,” after I moved the white dining table into the office, I had room for this chair next to my sofa table, and with a view of the Coca Cola dining table.



After I curl up for a while watching old movies, I hope to start reading The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards, a review book.




Three women fight for the chance to raise the child they’ve all come to love 

When Lilia Swallow’s husband, Graham, goes into remission after a challenging year of treatment for lymphoma, the home and lifestyle blogger throws a party. Their best friends and colleagues attend to celebrate his recovery, but just as the party is in full swing, a new guest arrives. She presents Lilia with a beautiful baby boy, and vanishes.

Toby is Graham’s darkest secret—his son, conceived in a moment of despair. Lilia is utterly unprepared for the betrayal the baby represents, and perhaps more so for the love she begins to feel once her shock subsides. Now this unasked-for precious gift becomes a life changer for three women: Lilia, who takes him into her home and heart; Marina, who bore and abandoned him until circumstance and grief changed her mind; and Ellen, who sees in him a chance to correct the mistakes she made with her own son, Toby’s father.

A custody battle begins, and each would-be mother must examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each woman will redefine family, belonging and love—and the results will alter the course of not only their lives, but also the lives of everyone they care for.


I do enjoy a good custody battle!  The book is hefty, with 496 pages, so I will be savoring it.

What does your weekend look like?  Do you enjoy making changes in your interiors?  Do the changes make you look at your world a little differently?


Posted in Friday Potpourri, Uncategorized


Every day I bring in more books for this stack, and I hope to whittle it down a bit more this summer.

So far, this stack has twelve unread books:

The Swallows Nest (a review book), by Emilie Richards

Fairy Tale Interrupted, by RoseMarie Terenzio

Good Me Bad Me, by Ali Land

The Comfort of Others, by Kay Langdale

Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Willliams

The Girl:  A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski, by Samantha Geimer

Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber

What Remains:  A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, & Love, by Carole Radziwill

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

Talking As Fast As I Can, by Lauren Graham

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

America’s Queen:  The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, by Sarah Bradford


This stack does not represent the whole of of my unread print books, but they do spotlight the majority of them.  Why have I stacked them up so blatantly on my living room coffee table?  Why have I not left them in the office, where they could be out of sight?

Well, that’s why, of course.  If they are more visible, I am more likely to pick one up to read instead of primarily relying on the books that reside on Pippa.

Plus…I love the look of them.

If I put my mind to it, I could clear all of these off before summer’s end.


How do you deal with your TBR books, the ones that are “physical” rather than digital? Does the sight of them give you pleasure…or pain?  


Posted in Sunday Potpourri


Today is a day of change.  Even though my new TV had to be sent back, with a replacement arriving in the next few days, I decided to get ready for it.  Above, I have rearranged the living room, taking out the little dining table that once resided on the right hand side…and placing the bench by the bookshelves.

All of this was done so I could move that dining table into the office for the new TV/equipment set-up.  It is a drop leaf table (by the window), so I can expand it as needed.  Here is the room…in transition.



The table on the left wall may not stay afterwards.  I’ll have to see how things shake out.  Below, the redwood cart that was in the office for a while is now back in the bedroom, in a new spot to the left of the bed.




By next Sunday, I should have the finalized version of the office.  Here’s hoping!


Yesterday I started reading:

Currently Reading:  How It All Began (e-book), by Penelope Lively


I’ve never read this author, but so far I am enjoying her style.


Should I stay in today…or go out?  I wish someone would invite me to a barbecue…LOL.  Sending telepathic messages to my daughter.

What does your weekend look like?  In or out?  Fun or quiet times?


Posted in Friday Potpourri


Yesterday did not start out as a Day Outside the Box, but one little step at a time, it did end up that way.  The week has been a challenge, overcoming that whole SKIN REACTION FROM HELL.

In the morning, I contemplated this room (above) again, as a new flat screen is coming tomorrow…to hopefully improve the signal my modem receives….it doesn’t work that well on this somewhat antiquated set.

After I had watched a little TV in the morning, read from my book, took my shower…I decided to go get the mail.  Simple enough. (My mail goes to the Post Office box down the street).

I felt good enough afterwards to head over to the Elephant Bar for Happy Hour.  I hadn’t done that in a while…(Okay, I’ve done lunch and dinners, but not Happy Hour, lol).

First my Pomegranate Martini arrived, and I dug into The Wildling Sisters, while waiting for my appetizer.



When Susan, the server, who became a chatty friend by the end of my stay (it wasn’t that busy!), brought this delightful array of potato skins, etc., I started nibbling.  After I photographed it, of course.



I posted it on FB, of course, and almost immediately, my son (from Prague!) responded with his delight.  He and I have enjoyed this repast occasionally, when he visits.

While on my iPhone Phoebe, I checked out FB…then went over to Fandango, as it was getting later, but I wasn’t ready to go home.




Across the street, at Edwards Movie Theaters, The Lovers was showing…but only at 7:00 p.m.  I had seen a write-up of this movie in one of my magazines, and I have been a Debra Winger fan since way back in the day.  The 80s are calling!



Here are some of my 80s favorites:


Urban Cowboy, with Winger and Travolta:



Terms of Endearment, with Winger and MacLaine:




Then there are the less-publicized films, one of which I own and watch periodically, Mike’s Murder:



So…you get the picture.  I’m a fan of Debra Winger movies, just like many love Julia Roberts flicks.

So…how to kill time until the movie began?  I ordered another martini, read some more, talked to Susan, who felt like a friend at this point…

Then I settled up, headed across the street, and slipped into Dai Bai Dang, after buying my ticket, to have…yes, another martini.  This one is a Blushing Geisha.  I kept reading.



And yes, my drinks total has reached THREE, but remember all the food and the hours that have passed…don’t judge!  LOL.


Finally it’s 6:30, I head inside the theater, play with Phoebe for a while…and look around me.  I am literally the only person in the theater, which tells me that not everybody is a Debra Winger, especially OLDER Winger fan…no worries.  More fun for me.

As I thought about her lengthy hiatus from films (she has been in some movies in recent years, like Rachel Getting Married, 2008), in which she played a supporting character:


I was reminded of another DVD:  I own this one, produced by Rosanna Arquette, called Searching for Debra Winger:



And while The Lovers was not my favorite of her movies, it was interesting with some twists I didn’t see coming (no, it wasn’t a thriller, but the choices the characters made were sometimes unexpected).


Afterwards, I headed home (it was 9:00 by then, and late for me on a week night!).

I posted my Bookish Friday event for today…and read.


An Unexpected Day with Twists…sort of like reading a thriller.  LOL.

Have you ever taken a day and turned it on its side, doing nothing that you had planned?  How did it feel?


Posted in Tuesday Potpourri


It is Tuesday, and I’m back in my Office Nook, feeling more like blogging…with optimism about my slowly clearing skin condition, after three days of the medication.   Today I’ve written three posts:  Tuesday Sparks:  “Miss You”; Meet the Domestic Diva:  Excerpting “Interior Designs”; and Keeping Track:  An Update.

I have been doing some reading, especially late at night, since sleeping has been a challenge.  But last night I mostly slept through the night…but on the living room couch.  For some reason, I haven’t been able to sleep in my bed.  Maybe tonight?

My current read:  Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins, has finally captured me, after a slow start with the introduction of many characters.



Since Tuesday is release day for many books, I am waiting for the e-mail that will tell me what’s available.  In some ways, I am almost hoping not to find anything, as my stacks (mostly e-books) are quite large.  But the anticipation is still there.

I can tell you some of the upcoming releases that I know about:

White Fur (e-book), by Jardine Libaire (May 30 Release):  A stunning star-crossed love story set against the glitz and grit of 1980s New York City….




You’ll Never Know, Dear (e-book), by Hallie Ephron:  An addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .(June 6 Release)




What does your Tuesday look like?  Do you anticipate new releases?  What book(s) are keeping you up at night?


Posted in Sunday Potpourri


I love my comfy office, even though I seldom curl up on this couch.  But tonight I plan to watch some movies from this sofa, and maybe even read.  Sometimes it is a good thing to change our perspective, whether it is our location or how we see the books in our collection.

See the stack of books on the coffee table trunk?  I need to start reading some of them!  Here is a close-up, below:



From the bottom up, these are the older ones I should read first:

Mean Streak,by Sandra Brown

Home, by Harlan Coben

Love Letters,by Debbie Macomber

The Girl, by Samantha Geimer

Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams


Today I am trying to distract myself from my burning/itching skin, the result of a hair dye allergy.  I went to urgent care this morning, since the cream I was using did nothing to improve the situation.  The doctor prescribed steroids, in pill form, for five days.  Of course I want to immediately feel better….the cold compresses applied to my neck are helping a little.

I took a nap earlier, which was a good thing, since I haven’t been sleeping.

Meanwhile, my daughter is feeling horrible, since I had suggested that the problem I had a month ago was from the hair dye.  I think she believes me, now.  LOL.


At least reading and movies are also distracting me a little, which is more than I can say for yesterday or the day before.  I started Into the Water earlier, but haven’t gotten very far.




What did your Sunday look like?  Reading, eating out, napping?


Posted in weekend potpourri


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


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


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.





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





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


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?