My Saturday morning began very early.  I had “fasting blood work” to complete at the hospital lab nearby…and I like to get it done early (since I’d been fasting since 6 p.m. the night before!).

Afterwards, I went to pick up meds down the hall, and then over to Marie Callender’s for one of their breakfasts.  I ordered the pancakes, eggs, and coffee…but while I was waiting, they brought this coffee cake with a cup of coffee:



Naturally, the plate of eggs and pancakes was huge…and I didn’t photograph it.   It is embarrassing!  LOL.

Home again, I brewed my own pot of coffee, turned on the computer, and started going through my usual weekend routines.  At the top of this post, note the coffee mug I’m drinking from now…one of a set I’ve had for a while.  I always forget to use it, but I love the Parisienne cafe portrayed on the mug.  Here is a better view of the mug.



The matching large platter hangs out on the bottom shelf of my Baker’s Rack…next to a bear clutching a wine bottle.  The caption:  Wine is my Favorite Four-Letter Word.



I’m loving The Widow’s House (e-book), by Carol Goodman.


When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation—of their marriage, their savings, and Jess’s writing career.

They take a caretaker’s job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their twenties. It’s been years, now, since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare’s hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.

But their new life isn’t all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night, see strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is—this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate—it seems to be after Clare next…


Creepy good, right?  I can’t wait to settle into it more.  Curled up on my comfy couch.  Maybe this one, in my office, which never gets much use.



What lies ahead in your weekend?  Cozy moments?  Adventure?





Good morning, and welcome to another Hump Day.  An October morning is crisp and beautiful, with just enough coolness in the air to make me feel fully alive.

I loved setting up my breakfast tray on the pub table (above), decorated with a few of my Halloween goodies.

What a great week it has been so far!  I just finished my second book of the week, Ruin Falls, (click for my review),






and jumped right into Further Out Than You Thought.





The first chapter did not engage me, and I started to get that feeling…you know the one:  Oh, no, what have I signed on for?

But then I started the second chapter, sped right through it, and on.  Now I am starting to feel the characters.  In the beginning, we see their “make believe” world, with pseudonyms, and then we begin to know who they really are.  Their dreams, their struggles.

But what I am eager to get to is this part:


When the city explodes in violence after the Rodney King verdict, the chaos becomes a catalyst for change. Valiant is invigorated, Leo plans a new stunt—walking into east L.A., naked, holding a white flag—and Gwen, discovering she is pregnant, is confronted by troubling questions. Can Leo become a good, dependable father? Can she leave the club life behind, or will the city’s spell prove too seductive?

Combining poetry and sensuality with an edgy urban sensibility, Further Out Than You Thought is a celebration of life and a haunting story of love, friendship, and one woman’s quest for redemption.


Now THAT’S what I want to get into.


Meanwhile, despite my vows to curtail the books I requested from Vine, I have two more on my stack and two headed my way.  Coming soon:


The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion




The previous book, The Rosie Project, (click for my review) was the first book I read this year.  So I am definitely curious about where this book will take us.

Meanwhile, a new Jane Green book will soon show up in my mailbox, and I can’t wait!  Saving Grace.







Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.  To the rescue comes Beth, a competent young woman who can handle Ted and has the calm efficiency to weather the storms that threaten to engulf the Chapman household. Soon, though, it’s clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true. This new interloper might be the biggest threat of all, one that could cost Grace her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.  With everything at stake and no one to confide in, Grace must find a way to save herself before it is too late.
Powerful and riveting, Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back.
Oh, no, watch out for those mood swings…and those interlopers!  This one sounds impossible to put down.  I had bookmarked it as a download for Sparky, but then it came up on the Vine list…and I couldn’t be more excited. Thanks for the heads-up, Patty!
Do you have books you can’t wait to read?  Books you are bookmarking, buying impulsively, or requesting?  Do you feel more energized in the fall season?  I know that I do!




Last week, a new fence around my patio was constructed…and this week, it has a fresh coat of paint.

So I decided to take breakfast out there, along with the book I am reading.  On the Rocks, by Erin Duffy, is a light, fun, but emotional read that takes us into the world of a woman whose heartbreak was publicized…on Facebook.




Six months ago, Abby’s life fell apart for the entire world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her—on Facebook—while she was trying on dresses for the big day.

When the usual remedies—multiple pints of Ben & Jerry’s, sweatpants, and a comfy couch—fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to escape Boston and its reminders of Ben and head to Newport for the summer. There, in a quaint rented cottage by the sea, the girls will enjoy cool breezes, cocktails, and crowds of gorgeous men.


Sounds good, huh?  I’m loving it.  I also came indoors to read at my dining room table, with a view of my newly painted patio.




Yesterday’s mail brought a new book from one of my favorite romantic suspense authors, Melinda Leigh.  She Can Hide is part of a series that I’ve been hooked on since the very first book.




From the moment Officer Ethan Hale pulls Abby Foster from icy waters, he senses there’s more to her than meets the eye. Abby has no memory of the accident that submerged her car in the frozen river. Three years ago, Abby was kidnapped and abandoned in a well for a week. The botched police investigation nearly killed her. Abby had moved to the mountains of Pennsylvania for a fresh start, but when it becomes clear that this car crash wasn’t an accident, she knows the violence from her past has caught up with her.

But Abby’s former assailant was convicted and imprisoned, so who else wants her dead?


What enticing books are you eager to start reading?  Where do you enjoy having a quiet breakfast at home?