SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A DILEMMA – GO OUT OR STAY IN…

Good morning, Blog World!  As I plan my day, I am clicking through blogs, commenting, and adding new titles to my list.

Outside it is 44 degrees, with a high of 65 expected.  So, not bad.  And no rain on the horizon.

Last week was awesome, in terms of books, which successfully distracted me from events unfolding around us.

When I was on FB yesterday, I found this photo of Fiona’s newest look.  She always tries different things. I like it.  She looks sweet…and reminds me of her younger years.  She will be 22 next month…along with her “twin cousin” Aubrey.

 

She is studying to be a massage therapist.  She has gone through so many programs, but this one seems to be clicking for her.  I put in my request for a test of her skills when she is finished.  Or sooner.

Someone gave her a massage bench, so she’s all set.

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Should I go out today?  I have been home all weekend so far, and I’m liking it.  If I go out, I have to do my hair. Sigh.  I had an appointment with my daughter on Thursday, but she “called in sick.”  Yeah.  So next week is the soonest she can do my hair.  This was supposed to be our new “weekly schedule,” and already she has flaked on me.  LOL.

But…since I’ve been doing my own hair for a while, and although it isn’t as good as hers, it will pass.  Am I in the mood, though?

Maybe I will just curl up and continue reading The Liar’s Room, by Simon Lelic.

A new spine-tingling thriller from the author of The New Neighbors that takes place over the course of a therapy session, in which neither patient nor therapist are who they claim to be.

Even though the story takes place primarily in the room, the characters’ thoughts and memories take us elsewhere, so it is not the confining tale I had imagined.  I’m loving it so far.

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Now to decide:  go out or stay in?  They are showing encore episodes of Hallmark Mysteries…that could work, along with my book.  Maybe…

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND TIDBITS…

I woke up later than usual today (7:30), and varied my routines, which always makes me feel more in control.  I started the coffee and prepared my tray before making my bed and readying myself for the day.

Last night I stayed up pretty late, as I found two movies on Prime that captivated me:  What They Had, starring Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank, about a woman with Alzheimer’s, and how her family dealt with it; and The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. He portrays an obsessive bank robber who has an interesting style. Both were new movies, and I found out where to view them from the latest People magazine.  Yes, a totally “tabloid” type periodical, but with interesting tidbits.

Yesterday I completed some of the overdue cleaning…and today I hope to finish the vacuuming that I left undone yesterday.

My plans afterwards…I do want to see the movies On the Basis of Sex…and The Upside.  Which should I see first?  They both start shortly after noon, which interferes with my usual pre-movie lunch.  But the later showtimes don’t work for me.  I like seeing the first matinee of the day.  So…what to do?

Obviously I will need to adjust my routine.

Meanwhile, I am cringing as planes fly overhead.  I am not just now noticing them, but they seem unusually loud today.  I must live under a flight path, but I’m not near the airport.  (I used to be right next to an airport).

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Last week, I enjoyed changing up some blog headers, like these: (click the pictures to go to the blogs).

 

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I am loving my current read:

Those Other Women, by Nicola Moriarty (Sister to Liane and Jaclyn)

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I hope to lose myself in books and movies…once I finish my chores.  What are your Sunday plans?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TIDBITS, BOOK RELEASES, ETC.

Welcome to another Tuesday!  I love Tuesdays (book releases)…and Mondays (sharing our books and our weeks), and even Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays!  Great blogging days.  And then the weekends are for recovering from blogging hangover.

Above, check out another view of my cookie jars and the pass-through.  On this side of it, you can see a bit of my ice cream table, from back in the 70s.  When I bought it, it was already 25 years old.  Its little cracks and flaws just make it more lovable.

Today’s new release so far:

Pieces of Her, by Karin Slaughter, a story of a mother and daughter.  What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

 

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Then I downloaded another book, one I’ve been ogling:

The Other Woman, by Sandie Jones, a chilling psychological thriller about a man, his new girlfriend, and the mother who will not let him go.

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Then I bookmarked another one, from a favorite author, to be released next week.

Tear Me Apart, by J. T. Ellison, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed Lie to Me, J.T. Ellison’s Tear Me Apart is the powerful story of a mother willing to do anything to protect her daughter even as their carefully constructed world unravels around them.

 

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Today was supposed to start differently…with my granddaughter Fiona coming by to do a little housework.  She needs some extra cash, and I need some heavy scrubbing done.  But…she wants to change the schedule and come by tomorrow in the late afternoon.  I’m flexible…except when it comes to physically doing heavy work.  LOL.

Here she is, showing off her newest tattoo.

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Now I’m planning to return to A Noise Downstairs, by Linwood Barclay:

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How is your Tuesday shaping up?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: FAMILY, READING, & BLOGGING…

Welcome!  Enter my Quirky Space, have a cup of Virtual Coffee…and let’s chat.

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…

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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.

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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? 

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: TIDBITS ON MY DAY…

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

and another library book:

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

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

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ADVENTURES AT HOME & ABROAD….

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.

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

 

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

 

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The castle…

 

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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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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.

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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).

 

 

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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).

 

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

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: READING, TV SHOWS, & MOVIES….

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.

 

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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

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Curl up and Read

 

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I can’t seem to leave my blogs alone!

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

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