Yesterday I did a lengthy search among my photos, reminding myself as I trudged along that organization would be a good idea! 

But finally I found this favorite snap (above) from my previous residence:  a peek into my dining room, with the Baker’s Rack on the left and the Engelbreit cookie jars on the right.  And in the middle, my pottery bowl where I tossed my odds and ends.  Tidbits.  Like the stuff I bring to this blog.

Why did I take this journey right now?  Well, I needed a new bowl for mail and stuff…and I based my search on this particular bowl and came up with this one:

Now I am in the process of training staff to put mail and other tidbits in this lovely bowl.  It should be obvious, right?  It is right there, as you enter the apartment, inviting and accepting.  It is amazing how many people still want to throw everything on the kitchen counter.  That space that is often damp, at the very least.  So my voice shouting out “not there” will still get a work-out as the learning curve develops.  Sigh.

I know that they all think I am a “crotchety old woman,” and if that works in my favor, so be it.

Now…back to our usual Tuesday goodies.  Book releases!

I downloaded one book today, and I hope to love it.

My Lies, Your Lies, by Susan Lewis

For readers of Lisa Jewell and Diane Chamberlain comes another gripping novel from internationally bestselling author Susan Lewis, about an eccentric old woman, the ghostwriter helping write her memoirs, and the destructive secrets binding them together.


I am now reading an acquisition from a couple of weeks ago:

The End of Her, by Shari Lapena


What are you reading, wishing for, or adding to your shelves?



Welcome to another Tuesday of books and bookish things.  As I look around me at my special books and items that remind me of happy times, I continue to reach out for more of the same.

Today’s downloads:

28 Summers, by Elin Hilderbrand

A “captivating and bittersweet” novel by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Summer of ’69: Their secret love affair has lasted for decades — but this could be the summer that changes everything (People).


Home Before Dark, by Riley Sager

In the latest thriller from New York Times bestseller Riley Sager, a woman returns to the house made famous by her father’s bestselling horror memoir. Is the place really haunted by evil forces, as her father claimed? Or are there more earthbound—and dangerous—secrets hidden within its walls?


Today I am reading my NetGalley ARC that will be released 7/14/20:  What You Wish For, by Katherine Center.

“The story’s message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth.”—Kirkus (starred review)


I keep finding so many good books to read, some of which seem “tailor-made for this moment,” as noted above.

I can’t get enough of the message of finding and choosing joy.  But I still love thrillers, too, so it’s a nice mix for me.

What are your favorite books these days?  What are you reading and buying now?



Good morning, and welcome to another Book Release Day!  Above, note that my bookshelves are expanding…again.  As I read each of the hardcover/paperback books I’ve bought in the past ten months, the shelf grows.  Yesterday I added my read/reviewed The Watergate Girl.  Loved it!  It was my fourth completed book for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge.

Have I downloaded any new books? Well, yes, I did add Redhead by the Side of the Road, by Anne Tyler.  This one will be a quick read, with only 192 pages, but each beautiful page will spotlight unique and quirky characters..

Micah Mortimer is a creature of habit. A self-employed tech expert, superintendent of his Baltimore apartment building, cautious to a fault behind the steering wheel, he seems content leading a steady, circumscribed life. But one day his routines are blown apart when his woman friend (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a “girlfriend”) tells him she’s facing eviction, and a teenager shows up at Micah’s door claiming to be his son. These surprises, and the ways they throw Micah’s meticulously organized life off-kilter, risk changing him forever. An intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who finds those around him just out of reach, and a funny, joyful, deeply compassionate story about seeing the world through new eyes, Redhead by the Side of the Road is a triumph, filled with Anne Tyler’s signature wit and gimlet-eyed observation.


I received a book in the mail that I ordered a while ago from Amazon.  It is not a new release, but it’s from a new favorite author, Kristan Higgins, On Second Thought.

“A captivating read about two sisters dealing with love, loss and new beginnings. What sets this book apart is how one event changes both women’s lives. Kate is refreshingly frank in her inner monologue, and Ainsley is charmingly self-aware and wry.”—RT Book Reviews, *5 STARS* Top Pick!


Now…I have a bone to pick with Goodreads!  One of the reasons I stopped joining their challenges in the past few years had to do with this very thing, but I gave it another try this year.  Sigh.

Here’s what is happening. Every time I buy a new book from Amazon, they list it as “currently reading,” or recently, “read.”  First of all, I like entering my own books on Goodreads as I acquire them…and I like to designate their status:  “want to read, currently reading, or read.”

Can you see how this messes up the stats?  Any thoughts?



The photo above spotlights a very old book written by Johanna Spyri (on the left), Cornelli, that belonged to my mother. (The author also wrote Heidi, which I do not own). She received it in 1924 from her aunt.  She then gave it to me when I was very young, and I read it over and over. I even repaired the binding when I was a young adult and working in a library. 

It rested in my Baker’s Rack above, next to Engelbreit objects and books that I had written.  After I moved to my studio apartment, I brought it with me here, where it reposes in my little wooden cupboard, next to another collectible book, Elsie Dinsmore, (left) also available on Kindle.

Today I discovered both of my collectible books on Amazon in a Kindle format, so I am reading them again…on my Kindle.

I  am enjoying the re-reads already. 



Welcome to my Sunday!  I do love relaxing in my apartment with coffee, oatmeal, and English muffins.  Reading is another great addition to my day, and I just finished the brilliant sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood.

Yesterday was another good day, as I watched Blonde, on Amazon Prime, the movie based on the book by Joyce Carol Oates.


Poppy Montgomery did a brilliant job in the role as Marilyn Monroe.


Today will bring more Amazon deliveries, including another Madeline Hatter doll to replace the one I didn’t bring from my other place.  Remember that I wasn’t in charge of the move! 




My previous doll was featured in a lot of vignettes, including logos like this one:


I’m ready to start a book that will be “lighter” than my previous read of the dystopian world of Gilead…The Grammarians, by Cathleen Schine.


I have a list of Prime movies to watch today, too.  Enjoy your day, whatever it might bring.




On Sunday, the Dylan doll in the top photo crashed to the floor when I tried to straighten the wobbly table.  I didn’t realize its shakiness until the housekeeper bumped into it.  Sigh.

Second Photo:  Moved the heavy Squishy house in their place…it now holds the table securely.

Here is the new home for Dylan and Harmony…and granddaughter Fiona plans to create a tattoo sticker to cover the hole in his cheek.

Yesterday was a disappointing one, as I came home from the hospital with the gall bladder still inside.  The laparoscope revealed severe infection and inflammation STILL.  Too risky for removal.  I still had surgery, in that I have a little incision and a sore throat from the breathing tube. 

More antibiotics ahead and a new plan for surgery.  Sigh.

Last night I had a long talk with the new nurse, who is great.  She will help with the bland diet that I should have been having, but didn’t because of poor choices available.  Some things were good (oatmeal at breakfast), but dinners…not so much.

I just got a big bundle of clean laundry last night, so now I can begin a new week.


I’m loving Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center (NG-8/13).


On Sunday night, I watched the Season II Finale of Big Little Lies.  It was great!

What new book will I download today?

Lady in the Lake (e-book), by Laura Lippman

The revered New York Times bestselling author returns with a novel set in 1960s Baltimore that combines modern psychological insights with elements of classic noir, about a middle-aged housewife turned aspiring reporter who pursues the murder of a forgotten young woman.


How is your week shaping up so far?







Oh, no!  I had a handle on my NetGalley ARCs…and then some unexpected downloads and requests arrived, all in a closely staggered bunch.  I have TWELVE now!  And SIX of them will be released in August.  I guess I should start reading those books right away, and then avoid posting the reviews for a bit.

First, though, I’ll be reading Sunset Beach, a May 7 release by Mary Kay Andrews.  Then will come three June releases.



Today I’m reading Stillhouse Lake, a free Prime book that’s been resting on my Kindle for a while. (For two years!).

I’m loving it, so I wonder why it took so long.  Ah, yes, I tend to save the freebies until I’ve read most of the ones I purchased.  Hmm.


How is it Friday already?  What are you reading or thinking about today?




Is it Wednesday already?  I’m halfway finished with my second book of the week, All the Wrong Places, by Joy Fielding, and I read and reviewed Back Stabbers, by Julie Mulhern (click for my review)…so that’s good.

Yesterday morning, I lost Internet…again.  And TV/Phone service, so I spent time on the cell phone (the only one that worked!) trying to sort it out.  They uploaded new software to my modem…and so far, so good.  I hate having to nervously check my modem to see how many lights are on before I even have my first cup of coffee.

Yesterday afternoon, I had lunch with my daughter and traipsed along with her to check out one of the Senior Apartment complexes she had on her list.  As usual, too expensive and too tiny, and a reminder of why I don’t want to go there yet.  My daughter thinks I should be planning ahead, but I think I’m comfortable and happy here.  And yes, they did raise the rent again, but I don’t even want to think of moving yet.  She’s planning to call my No. 2 son, but I don’t think he will fall into line.  Anyway, he and his fiancee are vacationing in Vietnam and Thailand.  Plus, the more she tries to persuade me, the more I dig in.  I love my freedom and independence!  And I can still walk, drive, think…etc.  And she’s not the boss of me! LOL.

Am I in a state of denial?  Maybe, but I’m comfortable there.


Upcoming books:

I Know Who You Are, by Alice Feeney (author of Sometimes I Lie). (April 23 Release Date).

Someone Knows, by Lisa Scottoline (April 9 – I pre-ordered it).


So…now I am getting ready to put my newest sheets on my bed…they are eggplant colored and very soft.  I think they’ll fit nicely with my boho bedding.  Here’s a peek:



Welcome to another Hump Day.  Today I’m cleaning…and changing up the decor in my bedroom.  My new bedding arrived from Amazon on Monday.

I got the idea from a movie I was watching…colorful bedsheets and comforter took me to Amazon to find something that evoked the same feelings.  Bohemian.

Here’s another view:

As you can see, the drape that leads to the ensuite bathroom has the same colors.  I guess I did that on purpose.

My previous bedding is in the laundry, getting freshened for my guestroom/office.

When I watch movies, or read books that have vivid descriptions, I visualize how I can “renew” my own environment.


Let’s step outside for a minute and enjoy some photos of my granddaughter Aubrey, soon to graduate from San Diego State University. Here, she and friends are in Seattle. Later in the summer, she is headed to New Zealand, where she will explore the wonders for a year…before settling into the humdrum of life.


Today will be another reading day…I’m in the beginning of The Ash Family, which I fear will turn dark before the end.  Cults always scare me a little.  I love the cover, though.

I was clicking around on links earlier, and found this book, coming on April 23.  Stone Mothers, by Erin Kelly, who wrote He Said/She Said.

Another intense, irresistible novel of psychological suspense.

You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past


Now I am going into the living room…to finish up the dusting and vacuuming.  Doing one room at a time is working for me…sort of.

What is happening on your Hump Day?



It is Thursday, and I just finished watching the second episode of Season 3 The Good Fight.  I love this show!

Since March Madness has taken over the CBS network, I’m planning how to spend the morning and noon.  Lunch out?  I seldom do it during the week, but today seems like the perfect time.

First I’ll check the mailbox, as I haven’t gone there in a couple of days.  I’ve been waiting forever for one of my replacement credit cards. The last bit of my disastrous computer hack a month ago.

When I woke up this morning, I immediately jumped in the shower, ready to begin the day.  Usually I spend some time in PJs, but not today.

I am wearing one of my RBG T-shirts…and pants.

I think I’ll check the mailbox, and then go to CPK.  I haven’t had soup and a margarita in a while.  I’m reading The Liar’s Child.


How is your Thursday shaping up?