HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: THE NEW YEAR…

As the New Year approaches, I find myself checking out my TBR…and also putting up new calendars, like this one in my office, below (Georgia O’Keeffe).  After I hung the calendar, I had to move the little figurine of “a circle of bears” that once sat atop that book…to the shelf above.

The Christmas decorations are still up…but I’m feeling restless.  I may end up taking them down BEFORE New Year’s.

New Year’s Eve:  what I love to do is watch movies, in between reading…and at midnight, I turn on Dick Clark’s show (even though he is no longer on it).  I might have some popcorn…and Champagne.

My First Book of the Year post will be up on January 1…at An Interior Journey.  Shhh…not revealing the title just yet, but I sent my photo of myself holding the book to Sheila, at Book Journey, since she is hosting our event.

Another tradition for the New Year:  our One Word.  For 2017, I chose HOPE.

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What word will suit me for 2018?  Still pondering…

Meanwhile, continuing to read the books on my TBR…and I have some NetGalley books to read before January is over:

The Girls in the Picture, by Melanie Benjamin -Currently Reading-1/16/18

Anatomy of a Scandal, by Sarah Vaughan (1/23/18)

Watch Me, by Jody Gehrman (1/23/18)

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On Netflix, I’ve been watching Fuller House. 

Years ago, I recall watching Full House, and now the “kids” are all grown up.  I see several of the actors in Hallmark events these days:  Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin…

As much as I enjoy the Hallmark Channel, I must comment that so many of the same actors show up over and over…and the ones who have a certain “look” are always the bad guys.  When you see those actors, you know that they are up to “no good.”

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What events/books/movies are you looking forward to in 2018?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A QUIET CHRISTMAS EVE…

During the holidays, I often remember past moments, like this one of six of my grandchildren at a nearby restaurant.  We used to meet here for our get-togethers at Thanksgiving, and I loved that they had their tree all decorated which served as a perfect backdrop for our photos.

How cute is Noah (left), looking all bored.  Fiona, second from right, has her eye on him…I think.

This photo (and event) happened in 2006.  Now all of these kids are grown-ups…except Noah, who is turning fifteen in January.

Alec, third from left, just graduated UC Berkeley.  Aubrey,  far right, attends San Diego State University as a junior, but is enjoying a semester in Prague.  Dominic, third from right, just got married in September.  He is attending university and working.

Aaron (second from left) is attending college in Arizona, and Fiona is working.  She is still trying to find her perfect niche.

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I am enjoying a quiet Christmas Eve…sipping eggnog and thinking about what, if anything to cook…I am tempted to just nibble on snacks all day.  Or I could order a pizza.  Hmm.

Tomorrow I’ll be at my daughter’s house for Christmas Day Brunch.  She is making Quiche…a favorite dish.

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Reading:  Dead of Winter, by Wendy Corsi Staub.  I’m almost finished…couldn’t put it down, but did…because I was tired last night.

I’ll finish it this morning.

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While browsing Amazon, I decided to pre-order a book that I’ve been eager to get my hands on.  I don’t often do this…but I don’t want to forget to buy it.  As if.

The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn, will be released on January 2.

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Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare…

This blurb captured my interest.  Who doesn’t love reading about a recluse who sees something she shouldn’t?

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What does your Christmas Eve look like?  Is it busy?  Quiet?  Bookish?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: VICARIOUS TRAVELS…AND BOOKS

In the photo above, Aubrey is showing that she is “holding up the tower.”  She loves the fun things she can reveal through photos.

Since she is in Prague for a university semester, I am curious if she is actually doing any homework.  LOL.  Just kidding, Aubrey.

This week my son Craig, who lives in Prague, is now in Liverpool..and then will go to Portugal…for his photography work.

Here he is with Gabi, enjoying a repast.

Here is Gabi clowning around in this London telephone booth:

Today is Craig’s birthday, so they are definitely celebrating as they travel.

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My reading week has been pretty good, with three books read and reviewed:  All the Best People, by Sonja Yoerg; Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer; and The Story of Arthur Truluv, by Elizabeth Berg.

But then I lost my mojo.  I picked up one book after the other, read a few pages, and then set each one down.  Nothing seemed to captivate me.  Sigh.

So…I grabbed a very “old  and dusty TBR book,” hiding on Pippa since November 2014:  The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.

I am loving it!  I have another of her books, Young Jane Young…so I am sure that I will be reading that one soon.

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This week, Firefox, my trusty browser, made some drastic changes in the format…and I was lost, trying to figure out simple functions.  I was throwing things, too.  I hate when they make major changes…just as I felt when Word Press did their so-called “improved way to post” a while ago.

But we do cope…and find ways to work around these things, or adapt to the way things are.  What choice do we have?

Enjoy your weekend!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: HOW COZY TURNS ANNOYING…

After a cozy morning of reading and blogging, I was so looking forward to my CPK lunch.  But…my car wouldn’t start.  Sigh.

I called Triple A, hoping it was just the battery…and it was.  But it was an hour and a half later before I sat down and ordered my soup, my margarita, and later…this pumpkin cheesecake.

I think I rewarded myself a lot for the waiting.

 

While I had my lunch, I started reading All the Best People, by Sonja Yoerg.  I’ve had the book on Pippa since May.  Why did I wait so long?

 

Here’s a blurb:

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.
 
But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.
 
An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.

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Gripping, right?  I hope to spend the day savoring this one before starting Poison, which is being released November 21…and I suddenly feel as though the deadline is looming.

Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass’ two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland —a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.

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My reading week looks delightful, doesn’t it?  I hope to also do some clothes shopping this week, as I desperately want something new for the holidays.

Tomorrow a friend and I will have lunch…and then see Murder on the Orient Express.

When I got home from lunch, I watched The Glass Castle On Demand.  Loved seeing it again.

What does your upcoming week look like?

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A COZY SATURDAY….

My Saturday morning has been cozy, curled up in my office finishing The Last Mrs. Parrish, which has turned into a twisty and intriguing tale.

 

As I contemplate the week ahead, I like looking at my stack of new hardcover books:  the ones on top.  Every Breath You Take, by Mary Higgins Clark & Alafair Burke, is another in the Under Suspicion series.  Every year since the series began, I have picked one of these books for my First Book of the Year.  I am planning to do the same with this one.

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The next book on the stack, What Happened, by Hilary Rodham Clinton, is a book I plan to savor.  So I will probably wait a bit before diving into it.

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So…now I am curling up here again to finish my fourth book of the week.  I’ve stacked the pillows in such a way to ensure my comfortable reading.  I also love being surrounded by the family pictures.

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What do you enjoy on a Saturday morning?  I do hope to get out of the house later, once I’ve finished my book.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ALL ABOUT THE CLOCKS…& BOOKS

Today is all about time-changing.  I added a new “shabby chic” clock to my “distressed” bookshelves and felt like I was all set.   It is much easier to reset a clock on a shelf.  The wall clocks can be challenging.

My wall above the mantle now has decorative clocks only, as I removed the batteries.  I hated taking them down off the wall to reset them every six months.

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I have a Coca Cola clock in the kitchen/dining room…and today I was about ready to remove its battery!  But I managed to reset the clock and return it to its place above my phone, etc. (on the right side of the photo).

 

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Aren’t we supposed to gain an hour of sleep today?  That didn’t work for me, as I woke up at 5:30!  (Really 6:30).  But since I was up, I took on the time-changing task, which included my Kindle, my alarm clock, all the battery-operated clocks (minus the ones from which I removed the batteries.  Yay!), the coffeepot, the microwave…you get the picture.

Now I am visiting blogs…and finishing Francesca Hornak’s  Seven Days of Us.

I couldn’t stand the Phoebe character!  Spoiled, entitled, etc.  Maybe she will redeem herself by the end of the story.

I started The One and Only, by Emily Giffin, which has been waiting patiently since 2016.

Cold As Ice is another book I’m eager to read.  It is Book Six in the Country Club Murder Series, by Julie Mulhern.

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How is your Sunday unfolding?  Good books?  Movies? Napping?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS, ETC.

Good morning!  I love Sundays, especially now that I don’t have to “go to work” on Mondays.

I’m curled up in my office reading Book Two in Melinda Leigh’s new Morgan Dane series:  Her Last Goodbye.

 

A missing wife; Chelsea as an alternate narrator, who has been abducted and restrained in a dank container; and Morgan Dane and her partner Lance Kruger searching for her, while trying to determine who, if anyone, has taken her.  Could she have left of her own volition?  They are beginning to doubt this scenario.

I finished Book One this past week:  Say You’re Sorry (click for my review), which held me hostage throughout.

I’m in my office this morning…this is what I see from the couch where I’m curled up to read:

 

And I’m sitting here:

Tonight I am eager to watch another episode of Ten Days in the Valley, with Kyra Sedgwick, and a continuation of the story of her missing daughter.

Madam Secretary is another favorite on Sundays, along with a new episode in the Hailey Dean Mysteries on Hallmark.

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Another distraction for me this week was ordering a new clock for my office.  The one I had broke, and while I don’t actually need one, since the computer shows the time, I want one to look at and check when the computer isn’t on.

So I ordered this decorative clock, coming by mail tomorrow.

 

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This week’s wildfires just north of here have heightened my anxieties….what next?  From hurricanes in the southern parts of the states to wildfires here, we have all had more than we were expecting.  And much more than anyone deserves.

Immersing myself in books and blogging keeps me distracted…but it doesn’t really alleviate the anxiety.  We’re all sending our positive energy out there, hoping for healing and resolution.

What are you thinking about on a Sunday?  Do your thoughts take you to a place of hope and healing?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS, ETC.

A simple lunch yesterday offered the opportunity to curl up and read…and ponder what lies ahead in the week.

Currently I am reading two books, which I don’t do very often, but one is an e-book and the other is a print version.

Dangerous Crossing, by Rachel Rhys, is an interesting story about a young woman traveling from England to Australia…and how everything about her life changes before she arrives in the “promised land.”

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Then there is the light and fun romp, I’ll Have What She’s Having, by Erin Carlson, a peek behind the scenes as Nora Ephron writes and sometimes directs three of my favorite rom-coms:  When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and You’ve Got Mail.

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Later today I have an appointment for a hair styling…with no color.  I wonder how that will turn out?

I am determined, however, to go natural…and avoid the skin reactions.

What does your day look like?  What new books are bringing their special joy?

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SATURDAY POTPOURRI: PLAYING…

It’s a lovely Saturday, and I’m playing around with blog headers again.  My Mickey on the right side of the header is an image I haven’t used in ages.  Normally he lives on the hearth, next to Fantasia Mickey.

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I’ve also been watching movies on my DVR, including one from the Lifetime Channel.  I don’t often watch one of those all the way through, but this one was about a writer who is struggling to produce a new hit book…and decides to plagiarize one from a fan.  It did not end well.

I’m enjoying The Burning Girl, but I haven’t gotten very far into it…because of the movies and playing with blogs.

I just downloaded Our Souls at Night, by Kent Haruf, once I learned from Mary, at Book Fan, that the upcoming Netflix movie with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford was based on this book…and that she loved it.

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I found out about the movie after watching an episode of Ellen, in which Jane Fonda was a guest.  I remember loving some movies with Jane and Robert back in the day, like Barefoot in the Park.  1967.

I also saw them together in The Electric Horseman (1979)

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Do you enjoy watching old favorite stars in new movies?  Do you have some favorites…other than Jane and Paul?  LOL.

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: QUIRKINESS, ETC.

Welcome to another quirky day.  Above, see my DIL Gabi, up a tree.  Yes, and she’s not even a little bit scared.  My son Craig was afraid for her, however, since he can’t imagine doing such a thing himself.

Speaking of quirky…here is Fiona in a new photo…and it took me a moment to see her “friends.”  Do you see them?

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Now I’m off to continue reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo…not at all quirky, but definitely intriguing.

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What are you doing today?  I know that I’m not the least interested in the solar eclipse…not on the path, and not going there.  Enjoy!

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