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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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Posted in Friday Potpourri

FRIDAY POTPOURRI: HOME & FAMILY….

After I did some rearranging of my stuff in my office, I brought some leftovers into my bedroom, like the quirky end table that once held the TV/DVD player.  The chair has been all through the house, but now sits next to the end table.  The stack of books are ones I have chosen for rereading…but haven’t gotten around to yet.

In case you haven’t seen my various photos of the office “redo,” here’s a peek after I stacked the unread books on a shelf by the wall, freeing up the trunk.  And, of course, there is the TV, by the window.  The little drop-leaf table underneath the larger “once-upon-a-time dining table” used to feel at home in the living room. (I’m a big fan of “re-purposing” furniture).

 

The white round mini-table that once resided in my bedroom…is now in the living room.

 

My daughter and her husband just took off for their honeymoon in Europe.  They are flying in to Stockholm first, then heading to Prague…and then to Amsterdam.  My eldest son lives in Prague.

The night before, they celebrated with Joe, a friend:  Heather, left, with David, my son-in-law, in the middle.  Joe, on the right, is like another of my sons:

 

Down south, my A-Team grandchildren at a Lakers Game with their dad, my son Brett (This game was actually in February, I think, but I love the photo):

 

Aubrey and friends…First, a friendly college girl tussle:

 

Then, celebrating a new iPhone:

 

My youngest grandson, Noah, is only fourteen…but he thinks he is ready to drive.  Or at least practice:

 

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Today I’m reading One Good Thing (e-book), by Wendy Wax, and loving the reunion of the friends who met (as strangers) years before after they lost almost everything to a Ponzi scheme. (I love the series…and the book covers!).

 

 

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What has your week brought you?  What can you share?  Today’s post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads.

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Posted in Tuesday Potpourri

TUESDAY POTPOURRI: MY EVER-CHANGING STACKS….

Good morning!  Last night, I spent some time rearranging the piles of books that once “lived” on the trunk/coffee table.  Now that I have that slender little table against the wall (after my new TV rearrangement changed the look of the room), I had an opportunity.

Above, you can glimpse the room, from the new TV to my breakfast tray…and the stacks of books that aren’t out in my living room.   Now neatly arranged on the table…and on a little stack of boxes (for older TBR piles).

Out in the living room, I have a ridiculous stack of books that are theoretically “up next.”

Yesterday, I had an egg salad sandwich lunch while reading one of the books from the toppling stack you see:  The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards.

 

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A story about a woman, a lifestyle blogger, who is celebrating her husband’s recovery after a long struggle…only to open her front door to a woman, who hands her a baby:  her husband’s son.

What happens afterward is an intriguing look at family and what makes a parent.

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Today I was excited to finally download one of the books I’ve been awaiting so eagerly…just released.  You’ll Never Know, Dear, 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 . . .

 

The creepy doll on the cover reeled me in.  Plus, Hallie Ephron!  Love her books.

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While surfing the web, I discovered another upcoming release that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  From Sue Grafton, who is almost at the end of the alphabet in her series, will be releasing Y is for Yesterday.  On August 22, 2017.

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. 

 

Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…

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I predict many cozy days curled up on one of my sofas….or even on my bed.  Reading will take up more hours in the day and the night.

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What are you eagerly anticipating?  What new books have you burning the midnight oil?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CHANGING THE INTERIORS….

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

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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?

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Posted in Sunday Potpourri

SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP ON MY COMFY COUCH…

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:

 

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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

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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.

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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.

 

 

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

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Posted in Tuesday Potpourri

TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, NETFLIX, ETC.

My coffee table stack of books is dwindling.  Even as I read more of my books purchased from Pippa, my Kindle, I am also focused on some of these hardcover books.

Reading more than one book at a time has helped…and it works for me if the genres are different, or even just the formats.

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell, is a book I’ve had since August 2016, so it would count on my current Read the Books You Buy Challenge.

Even though the book has just been released (today) on Amazon, I picked it up months ago.  I don’t know where, since it wasn’t from Amazon.  One of life’s mysteries.

I am reading an e-book from the author, Maria Murnane, received in February 2017:  Wait for the Rain.

 

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Another new book, downloaded today, will be one of my soon-to-read books:  The Red Hunter, by Lisa Unger.

 

 

Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house—one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.

For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific home invasion murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past—and within.

Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course—because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the monsters at the door that are the most frightening of all.

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On Sunday, I mentioned my need to clear the patio of dead leaves, etc.  Even though I wanted to put it off, I went out and did it.

There are still some new leaves that have fallen since then, but I don’t mind those as much as the ones the gardeners blow in with their equipment!

 

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So…yesterday I stayed home all day, even though I wanted to go to the post office to check the mail, pick up some groceries, etc.

But today I’m all ready to go!  Shower done, hair fluffed, and feeling energized.

Last night, I enjoyed Better Call Saul, but I wish they would get rid of that annoying Chuck!  He is so mean to “Jimmy,” who will become Saul.  It can’t happen soon enough for me!

Do any of you watch that show?  After Breaking Bad, I was intrigued by these characters and their life before that show.

I’ve added a new show on Netflix:  Girl Boss.  I haven’t watched it yet.

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With all the Netflix, Amazon Prime, and other shows on TV, it’s amazing that I read at all!  What vies for your attention?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: KITCHEN TIDBITS & BOOKS….

This week has been one for shopping.  I wrote about my wedding outfit/shoes shopping in Thursday Potpourri:  Spotlight Home and Family.

While I was out shopping, I circled around to the kitchen items. (Yes, I was in Target).

A few years ago, my daughter “borrowed” my blender, and I have yet to get it back.  She does that…with appliances, and cookbooks (she says “you don’t cook, so you don’t need it”).  Who knows what else has ended up at her place?

So…I wanted a blender, and since I’m not getting my original one back, here’s what I came home with.  I love red…in appliances, etc.  Note:  my March page of the Mary Engelbreit calendar, a favorite that I buy each year.  I also see that the top of my stove has lots of spices, etc.  It almost seems as if I cook.  LOL.

 

 

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And here’s my red coffee pot, toaster, and a full mug of coffee:

 

 

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The thing about buying new stuff…I have to clear out the old, and clean…and then rearrange everything.  So there is a method to my madness.

Today I want to make a smoothie for lunch.

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I just finished It Happens All the Time…(click title for my review), and I couldn’t stop turning the pages.  It was not a thriller, but it was a story about sexual dynamics and friendship.  I wasn’t sure how it would end.  I must say that I was a little sad about the ending for one of the characters…but it was a book that will make me ponder the nature of sex and friendship.

 

 

 

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What to read next…hmm, I have a couple of possibilities on my list.  The Fifth Letter...or The Mother’s Promise.

 

 

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What are your weekend plans?  Do you ever shop for new kitchen stuff, just for fun, or because you have done without an appliance for a few years and now miss it. Desperately?

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