HUMP DAY MUSINGS…

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.

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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).

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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:

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HUMP DAY POTPOURRI: INTERIORS, BOOKS, ETC.

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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY TO PONDER…

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.

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How is your Thursday shaping up?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: RAINY DAYS, SKYLIGHTS, AND BIRTHDAYS…

What a rainy week we have had!  Every morning, I now look through the windows to see what is happening…slick sidewalks are the warning.  Although I often hear the sound of rain before I see it.

I really keep an eye on my skylight.  One year, it fell down three or four times, and on two occasions it actually broke.  The maintenance man (my favorite) applied some fix-it glue to the corners…and so far, so good.  But I still look up, checking,  whenever I enter the kitchen. 

When I first moved in, I kept looking for a switch to turn off the light…but it was the skylight, of course.  I don’t actually need light in this kitchen.   A very small galley, that door you see leads to the garage.  My favorite thing:  pulling into the garage and unloading my purchases into the kitchen, without any rain drowning me.

That floor was the bane of my existence, but nowadays, Fiona scrubs it occasionally, and I maintain it in between. 

My Fiona is the best.  And not to overlook my other granddaughter, Aubrey, I’m sure she would be, too.  But she lives in San Diego, where she is attending university. Afterwards, I am sure she will live in LA.

Nobody wants to live in Fresno.  LOL.

Wishing for great birthdays for those two girls.  I need to set up a birthday dinner for Fiona…and Aubrey, if she lived here…but she doesn’t.  We will enjoy a gathering in the summer.

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Last night, I watched an interesting Amazon Prime movie starring Melissa McCarthy.  It was different from her usual films, but really good.  Can You Ever Forgive Me is based on the true story of Lee Israel, a forger of literary treasures.  Something she fell into when she hadn’t published her own work in a while, and at a time when she was destitute.  But what kept her going was the high she got from the experience.

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Today I plan to stay in.  I’m reading Late in the Day, which hasn’t really grabbed me yet, but I’m hoping.

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What does your Sunday look like?  Going out, staying in?  Rain or shine?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: DISCOVERING THE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS…

Happy Holidays!  Are you all feeling the spirit of the season?  I have slowly grown into it, especially since I always have a Hallmark movie on…and also have enjoyed time with family for the past few weeks.

It all started with Fiona’s eyeglasses, the Christmas gift she requested. We had fun picking them out, and then luxuriating in a lovely dinner while waiting to get them afterwards.  Here’s Fiona, enjoying a drink, and my pretty beverage is in the forefront:

Then we picked up the glasses, and a few days later, Fiona sent me this photo (below) of her wearing one of the two pairs we bought.  She said she took the selfie on the way to school and apologized that she hadn’t dressed up for the photo.  I like it!

This past week, I enjoyed a mani and a new hairstyle that included a trim and a brightened purple streak.  I took my First Book of the Year photos…but I’m not showing them here today.  Instead, here is a different one:

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I started reading The Adults, by Caroline Hulse, and it is good so far.  I can tell that I’m going to love a book when I feel an immediate connection that just flows.  It doesn’t have to be one of my fast-paced thrillers for that to happen, but when there is such a connection, the pages turn seamlessly.  So I’m eager to get back to it.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY REAL SIMPLE

“This debut is the whole package: realistic, flawed characters placed in an increasingly tense situation, resulting in a surprising, suspenseful novel.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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It has been raining here, so I’ve stayed tucked away indoors.  Should I go out today, or cuddle up with my books and my movies. Sigh.  I need to pick up a couple of gift cards, at least.  Maybe I’ll go out later.

Do you have internal monologues with yourself about your day?  Or do you wake up just knowing what to do?

Have a great holiday week!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CHRISTMAS DECOR, NETFLIX VIEWING, ETC.

Today I woke up at 6:00 a.m, and then turned over to snooze a little.  The sound of two texts woke me up again…and it was 8:45!  How did that happen?  LOL

I guess I needed the extra sleep, and thinking back, I remembered that I was binge-watching on Netflix until midnight! Another season of The Ranch was on, and even though I say I’ll never watch it again, I found myself there.  Again.  I like some of the characters, like the ones portrayed by Debra Winger and Sam Elliott, even though the things that they say almost always annoy me.  LOL. I’m glad the Danny Masterson character is gone, although they spent several episodes “searching” for him.  But…they’ve added Dax Shepard, whom I loved in Parenthood.  I will never like the character played by Ashton Kutcher…he has to be the stupidest one on the show, now that Danny is gone.  Again, LOL.

Can we say sheer torture?  I tell myself that hanging in there while characters say and do irritating things is good practice for dealing with one or more of my adult children.

The current state of the world (and politics) brings out issues we didn’t know we had!

Meanwhile, the holiday season has grabbed me, and I did bring out some of my decorations.  Just a few.  I left my doll there on the pub table by my bookshelves, and added my miniature tree with the Coca Cola ornaments.  The bear in the music box is one I’ve had for a while, and my Christmas coffee mug seemed appropriate:

Then I added my Mr. and Mrs. Santa bears beside the hall tree with other dolls, hats, etc….and my fake poinsettia:

By the hearth, I added these nutcracker figures next to my birdhouses, some of my regular features here:

This miniature tree has wooden framed ornaments with my grandchildren in each of them…from back when they were younger.  A gingerbread bear hangs on the green cupboard that contains other trinkets…and favorite books.

 

So…what else?  Oh, here is another view of the miniature “grandchildren” tree, with a candy cane bear on another cupboard:

So…I have a lot more I could bring out, but I’m done for now.

Today I plan to start reading Tell Me Lies, by Carola Lovering:

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Yesterday, when I was out shopping…I had this Mini-Shepherd’s Pie for lunch:

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How is your weekend shaping up?  Do you binge-watch movies and shows, read books, or go out for fun and adventure?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, SHOPPING, & DECORATING PLANS…

Today feels like a good day to shop.  Or maybe I should just stay curled up in my cozy rooms, reading and watching movies.  I do like having the choice, though.

The tree (above) at one of the neighborhood malls reminds me of a few things I could do there.  I want to shop for 2019 calendars at Barnes & Noble; and I’d like to find some new decorative trays, since I always carry a tray of food into whatever room I’m inhabiting.  I seldom eat at the little tables I have here and there around the condo.  Except, of course, the coffee table.

My rooms are still not decorated for Christmas, but I suspect that I might tackle the chore this weekend.  Yes, it is a chore.  It used to be fun when the grandchildren were young and eager to help.

Meanwhile, I’m searching for new books for the week…and finding nothing so far.   I did get a library book on the weekend, and finished reading it last night:  I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark.  (Click title for my review).

I have one book on “hold” through the library app, and it looks like it will be available soon:

The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, by Sam Kashner

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Soon I will have a copy of Colleen Hoover’s Verity, (Release Date – 12/18) which I pre-ordered a while ago:

“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, NYT bestselling author.               

Synopsis:  Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is a rough draft of an autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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So that’s my week so far.  What delights await you today and for the rest of the week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS & UNEXPECTED DISCOVERIES

Waking up on a Sunday morning is delightful, especially when I have a list of fun things to do.  First, though I had to strip my bed and put everything in the washer.  Tonight will be more fun with a fresh bed.  Usually I do this on Saturday.

I visited some blogs…and created a new blog header here. 

I’m enjoying my third cup of coffee!  My Mary Engelbreit tray is one I’ve had for several years, and I’m just now realizing that there are Christmas images on the edges and in the background!  Plus, I am now seeing that the teapot has Christmas trees on it, etc., and there is a plate of Christmas cookies.  Duh!  But I use it all year long.  Just as my house is filled with the color red.

Now I think I need a new ME tray!  One that can fill in on the other months.

Today I’m continuing to read After Nightfall, by A.J. Banner.  I read it yesterday, too, while I was having this lunch:

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Next, I think I must start reading my library book:  I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark:

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Before the day is out, I hope to watch more from Amazon Prime.  I’m loving the Acorn TV selections.  What does your day look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, PHOTOS, ETC.

Today I am reading this Lisa Unger book, Under My Skin…and so far, I’m really enjoying it: an addictive psychological thriller about a woman on the hunt for her husband’s killer.

Earlier this morning, I was playing around with my camera, and created a new profile photo at Facebook.  I have had to learn how to upload photos from my camera onto my new laptop.  I think I finally mastered it!  I took this one in my office, beneath a gallery wall of framed family pictures.

I don’t usually take profile photos when I have done my own hair…I am not that confident about my styling techniques…I usually rely on my daughter for creating my hairdos.  LOL.  But…not too bad, this one.

We’ll see what she says on my Facebook page.  LOL.

In a little while, I’m headed to California Pizza Kitchen to enjoy food that I can chew…since I got my permanent bridge on Monday.  Thanksgiving was so much more fun with my regained ability to masticate my food.  Doesn’t the word “masticate” sound gross?  I didn’t want to repeat the word “chew.”

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I’ve been leafing through my notebook in which I list the books I’ve acquired…and trying to decide what to read next.  Maybe this one:

The Liar’s Wife, by Samantha Hayes

When Ella wakes up in hospital following a hit and run incident, she is scared and confused. Close to tears, her eyes fall on a get-well-soon card on the window sill and the nurse reassures her that her loving husband will be back soon.

But Ella has never been married…

Absolutely love twisty and unputdownable psychological thrillers like Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and Gone Girl? Then you will be totally hooked by this jaw-dropping novel about the dangerous secrets behind a perfect marriage.

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So…I am eagerly anticipating this one.  What does your day look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: GATHERING TOGETHER BOOKS, FAMILY, & FRIENDS

Welcome to another Tuesday Release Day!  I do love perusing the list of releases, and sometimes I even download a new book…or two.  My photo, above, features my new mani…and my Kindle, Paige, ready to enjoy my treasures.

But today I picked up some older books that I have bookmarked on Amazon:

Emily, Alone, by Stewart O’Nan, came out a few years ago, but someone mentioned it on a blog…and it piqued my interest.  It is actually a sequel to another book, Wish You Were Here, and although I was tempted to add that one, too, I stopped myself. 

Synopsis:  A sequel to the bestselling, much-beloved Wish You Were Here, Stewart O’Nan’s intimate new novel follows Emily Maxwell, a widow whose grown children have long moved away. She dreams of visits by her grandchildren while mourning the turnover of her quiet Pittsburgh neighborhood, but when her sole companion and sister-in-law Arlene faints at their favorite breakfast buffet, Emily’s days change. As she grapples with her new independence, she discovers a hidden strength and realizes that life always offers new possibilities. Like most older women, Emily is a familiar yet invisible figure, one rarely portrayed so honestly. Her mingled feelings-of pride and regret, joy and sorrow- are gracefully rendered in wholly unexpected ways. Once again making the ordinary and overlooked not merely visible but vital to understanding our own lives, Emily, Alone confirms O’Nan as an American master.

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I do love older characters, probably because I am getting older, too, and can relate to some of the same experiences.

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I also enjoy A. J. Banner, so I downloaded After Nightfall, a book that has been out for a while:

 

 

Synopsis:  Imagine your closest friend utterly betraying you. Years later, when she seeks forgiveness, you invite her to your engagement party as a gesture of reconciliation. But seething hostilities rise to the surface, ruining everyone’s evening. After an awful night, your friend’s battered, lifeless body is found at the bottom of a rocky cliff.

Newly engaged Marissa Parlette is living this nightmare. She should be celebrating her upcoming wedding, but she can’t shake the image of her friend lying dead on the beach. Did she fall? Was she pushed? Or did she take a purposeful step into darkness? Desperate for answers, Marissa digs deep into the events of the party. But what she remembers happening after nightfall now carries sinister implications: the ugly sniping, the clandestine meetings, the drunken flirtations. The more she investigates, the more she questions everything she thought she knew about her friends, the man she once trusted, and even herself.

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I am currently reading The Three Beths, by Jeff Abbott, a compelling page turner.  I should be finished by day’s end.

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Tomorrow, some members of my family will meet at a neighborhood restaurant for a pre-Thanksgiving lunch…and to catch up.  Then I’ll be joining friends on Turkey Day.

How is your week unfolding so far?

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