Good morning, and welcome to another chapter in my Book Hoarding Journey…otherwise known as Book Release Tuesday.

A new book is headed my way today:

The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off, by Gloria Steinem



A beautifully illustrated collection of Gloria Steinem’s most inspirational and outrageous quotes, with an introduction and essays by the feminist activist herself


I ordered the hardcover version, hoping to find photos along with the essays.



Currently I’m reading Ladies Who Punch:  The Explosive Inside Story of “The View,” by Ramin Setoodeh.




I have quite a stack of hardcover books on my nightstand, and I realize that many are nonfiction, which seems perfect for the upcoming Nonfiction November event.


In the meantime, as I get ready for my rescheduled surgery and fight the cold that seems to be creeping up on me, I am also binge watching the fifth season of The Affair, and just finished Season II of The Kominsky Method, with Michael Douglas, Alan Arkin, etc.  Love that show!


What events/adventures/books are calling to you this week?



Welcome to another Sunday, my day to “veg out” in my apartment, with coffee, movies, and books.  Above, check out my current read, Old Baggage, by Lissa Evans, and coffee in one of my colorful mugs.

Last night—and all previous nights this week—I binge-watched the Mary Tyler Moore show.  I’m on Season 4, and have added all the seasons to my Amazon Prime Watch List.

Between my reading, binge-watching, etc., I’ve been ordering a lot of things from Amazon.  Mostly ordinary things I used to buy in the supermarket or drug store.  And then there were a couple of tops that I’m eager to add to my wardrobe.

My surgery update:  My doctor will be setting up a consult for us with the Bay Area physicians who specialize in “challenging surgeries,” which has turned out to be the case with my gall bladder.  But I’m hoping that my improved eating habits, exercise, and even weight loss will decrease the problems just enough that we can proceed.

In another part of the world, my granddaughter Aubrey continues with her adventures in New Zealand. 

As I searched my photo files, I stumbled upon this one of me and my granddaughter Fiona…before the Big Awful (in May):  the health scare that led me to move from my previous residence, which I still miss…to my current surroundings. 

But all is not lost…I still have some of my favorite things, and I am actually looking healthier these days (below).

I’ve changed up my little Jelly Cupboard to showcase some of my favorites…and copies of each of my creations are on the second shelf down.

My entry way has gone through a lot of adjustments…here is my latest version of that space.


Now I’m off to read and binge-watch, etc.  What does your day look like?



Mondays are days to ponder the week ahead, especially the books on my list.   But I’ve been reading a paperback review book all weekend, on and off between binge-watching shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime.  This weekend I finished Season 6 of Orange is the New Black…and The Slap.

It’s not that the book isn’t enjoyable.  I am actually loving the story, and revisiting characters from previous books in the series.  But I’ve discovered something unfortunate.  I like e-books better than print volumes!  Mostly because my eyes get tired with the print versions…and I can’t adjust the print or the lighting!

I may have to increase the light in the room.  That can happen.  So, I’m actually 2/3 of the way through The Season of Silver Linings, by Christine Nolfi…and I’m curious about the hidden agenda of one of the characters…and what will happen between Jada and Philip.  I hope to finish this one today.


I am also a little restless, which sometimes happens, especially after a weekend of binge-watching.  A kind of hangover descends.  Since I finished Orange is the New Black’s sixth season, I am now sad.  I want to know what will happen next, but a new season won’t appear for probably another year.

Luckily other shows will capture me and hold me hostage for a week…or a weekend.  Like Ozark’s Season II.  Then, on AMC, another season of Better Call Saul will be available next week.

Meanwhile, I’ve done some online shopping.  I went to Macy’s to try to find a little shrug, a lightweight jacket kind of thing to go over one of my nearly sleeveless dresses.  Nothing available there!  The big mall might have it, I was told.  When I thought about driving there, parking, and walking through that mall…I said no way!  Instead, I found it on Amazon…and it will arrive on Thursday.

That’s the kind of shopping I enjoy!

What brought special moments to you this weekend?




Welcome to a celebration of life’s tidbits and obsessions….and anyone who has visited me here (or at any of my blogs) realizes that Netflix shows are my favorites to binge-watch.

When I watched Breaking Bad for weeks on end, I came to really enjoy the Saul Goodman character, so I was already waiting for the Better Call Saul show to appear.  This week, I got the announcement!

Only one season so far, but, of course, I had to watch the whole thing…in two nights.

It is like a prequel, and we get to see how that character evolved.  It was fun, let me tell you!  But now I want Season II…and I want it now!


Until then, I’ll settle for Season 4 of House of Cards!


Earlier today, I participated in another of my obsessive expressions….changing the blog header here.  I love the ladybug on the header, and the “potpourri” of them in the background.  Quirky!






What are you celebrating/obsessing about today?