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I’ve been visiting blogs this morning, and there were a few celebrating Ten Years of Blogging…and then I realized that I started blogging ten years ago in April.  When did I stop celebrating the blogoversaries?  Probably when I added a few blogs along the way, and now have six (down from 20, but I didn’t have that many for very long.  LOL).

I wrote another post about my blogging journey earlier this week in Thursday Potpourri:  A Journey of Ups and Downs…

So…the week has been one of various celebrations, like meeting Son #2’s girlfriend for the first time.  Before we met, he sent photos…like these: First – Jazz Night at the W Hotel.

Then…Visiting Napa wineries…

Or a fancy dinner at a Japanese Restaurant, also in Napa…


Then, finally, the day we met…yesterday.  We had lunch in a neighborhood restaurant, attended by my daughter and son-in-law…and Son #2 and his GF.  Afterwards, we posed for this shot:

We all had a lovely time, chatting and telling family stories, ours and hers.  The real person was even more fun than her photos.


Today…I’m finishing up Before and Again...and hope to start reading Educated.

I added Season II of Goliath to my Amazon Prime Watchlist.  I’m ready to binge.

What is happening in your corner of the world? 




What a blissful Friday!  After doing a little blogging, TV watching, and my now routine bicycling while movie watching…

I settled in for a little afternoon nap.  And had such vivid dreams that I thought I must have slept the whole night!

When I woke up, I picked up Beach Bliss and started reading again…I love how the familiar characters settle into their summer at Stony Point Beach.  Elsa, the “matriarchal” character, is renovating her cottage into a beach inn, with the help of Jason Barlow, the local architect.  Kyle, the diner owner, is moving into his own beach cottage nearby…finally, with the help of several locals.

Right away I was swept up into their beach lifestyle, enjoying their decor and tasting the delicious meals, especially the Sunday breakfast Elsa has prepared for Cliff,  her “gentleman friend,” to whom she offers samples of her Opening Day treats for her new inn.  I could almost taste the blueberry and/or chocolate chip pancakes!

After Cliff leaves that morning, one of the younger guys calls out to him about his “walk of shame.”  Stunned, Cliff goes home to  Google the phrase.  I had to giggle a little at his next actions.  He goes online to order a duffel…so he can discreetly carry a change of clothes for his next get-together with Elsa.


I haven’t bought any books this week!  I did download two NetGalley review ARCs…






and another library book:


Tomorrow I want to go to the movies:  Book Club is playing!


So…now for an evening of more reading…and some Netflix.  Maybe.  What did your Friday look like?



Beautiful sights are filling the days of my youngest, Heather, and her husband David.  On their European honeymoon, they are first enjoying Prague.  Later they will visit Amsterdam.  (Above, they are standing against the John Lennon Wall in Prague).

They flew in last week and were stuck in the Stockholm Airport before finally grabbing their connection to Prague.  Once they arrived, they enjoyed a view with my son Craig and DIL Gabi.  Great tour guides.




Here they are sharing a beer or two…or more…with Craig.



On their visit to a castle, they enjoyed this backdrop of a gorgeous gate.



The castle…



Every day Heather posts more photos…I have a folder with them, and more will be revealed as the days pass.

Meanwhile, I’m reading a couple of books…yes, at the same time:


The Beach Inn, by Joanne DeMaio




The Red Hunter (e-book), by Lisa Unger





The concurrent reading works when the books are in a different genre, and one is a thriller, while the other is a beach read with a different kind of drama.




While I was sitting in my office (above), posting and visiting blogs, I got an e-mail that one of my NetGalley requests was approved.  I just requested it last week, but it is an 8/1 release Mrs. Fletcher, by Tom Perrotta, one of the most popular and bestselling authors of our time.  It is a penetrating and hilarious new novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars. (Other books:  Little Children, The Leftovers, and The Abstinence Teacher…my favorites).




So much for cutting back on NetGalley requests!  I now have seven unread books on my shelf.  But…they all have July, August, and September release dates.  So I’m good!  Whew!

I just finished the last of the June releases:  Every Last Lie, by Mary Kubica.  Fabulous! (Click title for my review).



What adventures are you enjoying today?  At home or farther afield?



It’s time to share thoughts about Sunday.  Once upon a time, when I was still working my “career job,” I didn’t like Sundays that much.  Mostly because Mondays followed.  And Mondays were also on my “not so favorite” list.  But now I love Mondays, too.

Nowadays, I enjoy Sunday night TV shows, like Madame Secretary, and currently, Feud:  Bette and Joan.

The Good Wife was a favorite Sunday show until it ended.  But now we have The Good Fight, a show that streams on CBS: All Access.  Today’s episode was the final one for the first season.  Waiting for Season II (yes, it was renewed) will be challenging.  Luckily there are other shows that come along.



My other favorite things to do on Sundays, besides reading, are various Netflix shows and movies on my DVR.  Last night I watched an older movie, with Renee Zellwegger, called Miss Potter.  A sweet story based on a real person, Beatrix Potter.

This weekend, I watched some movies on Amazon Prime, too, like Miss Sloane.  Jessica Chastain is someone worth following.

Check out last week’s reading on my Weekly Updates post.

My blog changes brought about two new headers this week:

An Interior Journey


Curl up and Read



I can’t seem to leave my blogs alone!

What is your day like?  What are your favorite things?





It’s almost the weekend!  How did the days fly by so fast?  Earlier today, instead of reading or even cleaning house (ugh!), I made some new blog headers, including this one (above).

My reading has been start and stop, but I have finished two books so far this week, and I did get through half of another one.  I’ve been hopping from book to book.  And now I’ve started Hillbilly Elegy, which promises to be captivating.





From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class.


Since I was restlessly reading, blogging, etc., I hopped on over to Amazon Vine, as I haven’t requested anything there in a while…and I found this one:

Little Deaths, by Emma Flint, is crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.





It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone–a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress–wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth.


So…looking ahead, I still have quite a few books I have purchased over the past couple of years, but I’m whittling away at them.  In My TBR Stacks:  A Closer Look, I gave some numbers…and they weren’t as bad as I’d imagined.

And as for review ARCs, I have six NetGalley books, all to be released in January and February.  I am looking forward to the weeks ahead.

What are your reading plans for the next few weeks?




It has been a morning of changing back the clocks…and I have a lot of them.  But as you can see (above), one of the clocks is stalled at 12:00.  No matter what battery I put in, it doesn’t work.

Hmm, maybe I should remove all the batteries and set the clocks at various times.  The clocks could be purely decorative.

My computer and iPhone automatically reset their times….but I still have my bedside clock to change, my clock in the office, the microwave and coffeepot clocks…and this big red Coca Cola clock.





I’ve been visiting blogs this morning, and I’m getting ready to start reading again.  First, though, I made some changes at my Serendipity blog…a new header.  A big change, with my little grand-niece featured as a “reader.”




I am over halfway finished with American Heiress, the story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping, by Jeffrey Toobin.





I remember what I was doing when I first heard about the kidnapping…I was in my office at work, and it was intriguing to hear the feedback from colleagues.  So many thought it was about money, but as we listened and read in the following weeks, we found out more.

In this book, I’m also discovering what I didn’t learn from the newspapers. 


On the lighter side, I’m also reading an e-book:  Stealing Jason Wilde, by Dee Ernst.






After her divorce, librarian Annie Reynolds thought she’d closed the book on love for good—it just wasn’t part of her safe, comfortable routine. But if there’s anyplace she can relax and have a little fun, it’s Dune Road, where she and her closest girlfriends return for their annual getaway in the Hamptons. She knows it’s just what she needs to escape her empty nest (and empty bed).

A chance encounter with a ruggedly handsome local promises Annie just that. But when one of her friends turns a simple flirtation with B-list movie star Jason Wilde into seduction—and Jason accidentally mixes a few drinks and his back-pain medicine—the ladies end up with a very high-profile houseguest. The media calls it a kidnapping, and before long, the FBI is on the hunt.

Soon the ladies’ tame little trip has turned into the adventure of a lifetime. But will this case of mistaken misdoing sabotage Annie’s second chance at love, or will she have the confidence to take matters into her own hands to find her happily ever after?


I took Pippa with me yesterday when I went for lunch….and got a good start on this one.




Later today, I hope to watch some Netflix...I added Doctor Foster to my list.

What does your Sunday look like?



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The Sunday that has its place in the middle of a three-day weekend is a blissful one indeed.  So many lovely things to do and ponder, without worrying about how Monday is upon us.

But I never worry about Mondays anymore, anyway.  I started my blog Rainy Days and Mondays in 2009, to celebrate how I love Mondays now that I am “retired.”  I had been officially retired for four years when I did that, and had headed off to spend a week in Napa Wine Country.  I had expected a few friends to join me, but one by one, they cancelled.  I could have taken it personally, but then, I glanced at my bag of books…and luxuriated in my time there.  The photo below is from my journey on the Wine Train.



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One evening, I signed up for the boat ride around the area.  Delightful snacks and drinks were provided.



8-2009-napa boat ride resized


But…back to the blog.  I created it just before leaving, and those were the days before I had a laptop, so I visited the resort office every morning to use their laptop and check on my new creation.

First I set it up on Blogger, but then moved it to Word Press in 12/13, migrating only my reviews from the original site.  Slowly building up my followers again, I have finally passed the number I had there.

No matter how many years go by, I will always remember that feeling when I first created it…when I began luxuriating in the feeling of blissful Mondays.


This weekend, I’m enjoying my time, and yesterday I had lunch at one of my favorite neighborhood spots, California Pizza Kitchen.  However, I seldom have pizza there.  Yesterday, I had a strawberry margarita and pea soup.


Sept 3 lunch


Then I had this decadent dessert, Red Velvet Cake & Ice Cream, with Irish Coffee:


dessert on sept 3


I planned to sleep in late this morning, but my body had other plans.  I woke up at 3:00 a.m., read for a while, and then I must have fallen asleep, as when I glanced at the clock, it was 5:45 a.m.  Still too early, but I got up anyway.  I’m sure I’ll take a nap later.

I am reading a book I’ve had for a couple of weeks, but which I’m really loving:  It Ends with Us, by Colleen Hoover.





Our MC, Lily Bloom, captured my interest from the very first page.  Her first person voice grabbed me, as she talked about her father’s funeral and how she felt about him and his relationship with her mother.

Then there’s the man she meets on the roof of a neighboring building.  Why has Ryle so captured her interest, when they have such different dreams?

Then there are Lily’s Ellen Diaries, (like letters addressed to Ellen DeGeneres), which she intermittently share, and which take us back to her childhood and the events that defined her.


Yesterday I read and loved I’ve Got Sand in All the Wrong Places, by Lisa Scottoline/Francesca Serritella, (click for my review), a mother/daughter team that has brought a series of these vignettes that offer a peek into their lives.





So….now I am ready to go back to reading.  Then I’ll take a nap.  I’m pretty sure.  Or continue binge-watching Longmire on Netflix.

What does your weekend look like?






  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What sequel do you have yet to read?


Last week, I blogged about my daughter’s 40th birthday in A Journey with Heather:  Happy Birthday!

She is on a cruise to Ensenada, with a group of friends.


Meanwhile, I’m currently reading The Truth-Teller’s Lie, by Sophie Hannah, a creepy, twisty book with characters you can’t trust or believe.

The second book in Sophie Hannah’s beloved Zailer and Waterhouse series, The Truth-Teller’s Lie is a chillingly smart suspense novel sure to appeal to fans of Tess Gerritsen and Gillian Flynn.




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What are you musing about today?  Come on by and share!



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Hello to Sunday!  Today is hot, just as the previous days have been, so I’m hoping to go to a nearby restaurant with Pippa….and sip something cold, eat something delicious, and enjoy my current read: Wilde Lake, by Laura Lippman.  It is one of her standalones, and I’m enjoying the MC, Luisa Brant (Lu), who is the newly elected and first female state’s attorney in Howard County, Maryland.  Her father was also the state’s attorney when she was growing up, a motherless child.  His benign neglect might have offered her the chance to be independent, fierce, and very skilled at her job when she reached adulthood.  But can she handle her very first case in this role, especially since it brings up many memories of the past?





I like Sundays, as the Weekly Updates offer the opportunity to visit a lot of blogs, and have return visitors.  It feels so social!  Therefore, here I am in my nook, my newly reconfigured little office space, savoring those connections.



June 5 - in the nook


Over in another part of the room is my TBR stack of new print books (and a couple of older ones).



June 5, the stacks


Of course, Pippa has a lot more books hiding in her covers, with even more in the cloud.  The cloud also has books I’ve read, so those numbers are deceptive.  555 books in all, including the 51 on my device.  The rest are floating in the cloud. 

I imagine that cloud as a heaven for books.  Yes, silly thought, I know.


Later, I plan to do some more Netflix bingeing….and perhaps start watching the DVDs I received of the 1960s TV show Peyton PlaceI got Part One of the series, and if I enjoy it, the next one will follow.  So far, it’s kind of boring…I remember loving it at the time, but that was WAY back in the day, and TV viewing was a little less adventurous.  But I’m a fan of Mia Farrow, and back then, I also enjoyed Ryan O’Neal.






June 3 bedroom changes - 1


So that’s my day so far….what are you up to? 



June 5 Madeine Hatter & Coffee Cup



office on march 23

The photo above was taken by iPhone today…Yes, Phoebe has been put to work.  On the bookshelf, I rearranged a few things, like my copy of Heartburn, which I wrote about in a post yesterday over at An Interior Journey, an homage to Nora Ephron.

It’s an ordinary Hump Day here, but all through the blogosphere, others are participating in something called A Day in the Life.  I didn’t write about mine yet…the host, Trish, says it’s not too late.  Maybe Friday.  Check out some of the posts at her site.

So far this week, I’ve been making changes, both visible and behind the scenes, due to Bloggiesta.  Curl up and Read has been the primary target of my efforts.

I’ve also changed a few headers and/or backgrounds here and there:  An Interior Journey, here, at Potpourri, and even over at Serendipity.  Nothing escapes me during this week long event.

I spent a lot of time at my primary target blog going back to early posts and correcting broken links.  When you merge or delete blogs, like I have done, you are bound to find some you weren’t aware of.  Sigh.


Last night, I watched another episode of the OJ Miniseries, and I’m really annoyed by Cuba Gooding’s portrayal.  I wonder why he was chosen?  He bears no resemblance (physically, or in mannerisms) to the real OJ we have seen on our TVs or in the news…and it is distracting to watch him.

I keep viewing it, however, enjoying the Marcia Clark character and the occasional sightings of the real Dominick Dunne, who loves writing about real-life events…and he wrote about this case:  Another City, Not My Own.

I read it a few years ago…but downloaded the e-book for a reread.  I know, when will I have time to reread anything?


Today I’m reading two books, a rare event, but I also did it last week:

Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin, and Somewhere Out There by Amy Hatvany:










So far, I’m keeping them nice and separate in my head, as they are very different books.  The only way reading more than one book works for me.

On my coffee table sits a hardcover book that I might also try…it’s a memoir, and very different too, and I’ve had it for a while:  Born with Teeth, by Kate Mulgrew.  I love when I go to the Amazon page and it tells me when I purchased a book:  this one was purchased on May 5, 2015!





I have enjoyed the author’s portrayals in various movies, but most recently, she has captivated me in how she inhabits the role of “Red” on Orange is the New Black.

When I visit my Netflix page and look at my queue, I am reminded that I haven’t binge-watched anything for a couple of days.  Most recently, I have been immersed in Broadchurch.

A murder mystery, with a focus on the townsfolk and the DCs who are investigating.  Set somewhere in England.


What does your Hump Day look like?  How is your week shaping up?