Good morning from my Potpourri Blog, where I enjoy changing things up…and specialize in quirky, whimsical, and obsessive topics.


As you may know by now, it is Tuesday Book Release Day…but I have yet to download a new book.  I know that one I have bookmarked has been released…but I think I’ll wait to see what the afternoon e-mail will bring.  I am trying to cut back, just a little.  For me, cutting back means:  Buying five books (so far) in December, compared to twelve in November.  A start, right?

But…here’s the one book I am pondering so far:

Cruel Winter (e-book, County Cork #4), by Sheila Connolly

Snow is a rarity in Maura Donovan’s small village in County Cork, Ireland, so she wasn’t sure what to expect when a major snowstorm rolled in around Sullivan’s pub. But now she’s stranded in a bar full of patrons–and a suspected killer in a long-ago murder….


Last week, I downloaded Book 3:

An Early Wake (e-book, County Cork #3), by Sheila Connolly


Currently I am turning the pages of A Season to Lie, by Emily Littlejohn.  I was clipping along…and then I resumed my binge-watching of The Crown’s Season II...and finished the rest of the ten episodes last night.


The Crown, Season 3, may begin production soon…there are varying rumors about major cast changes.



Today will also be a day of running errands.  I’ve been procrastinating about completing some documents and getting them notarized.  I have to put one foot in front of the other…and proceed.

What is the hold-up?  I have to go to the copy store to have them copied before I complete them and get them notarized.  Go to the Notary…and then back to copy and Fed Ex the final docs.  Sigh. 

I am transferring title of my Time Share back to the company.  After ten years, I am tired of it…in fact, I haven’t used it since 2009…which did involve a lovely week in a Napa resort, with lots of wine tasting.

Since then, my second son has been using it every year.  He is tired of it, too.  So…the time has come for us to part company with Diamond Resorts.


What lies ahead in your day?  Do you have fun things to enjoy?  Or annoying chores?




Wonderful “firsts” occur during the holidays. Above, see my great-niece Margaret, with her parents (Emily and Bryan) enjoying her first visit with Santa.  She doesn’t look frightened, so that’s a good thing.

Seeing the firsts in the younger generation makes me remember those I enjoyed with my kids…and grandchildren.

Over at Rainy Days and Mondays, I found a two-year-old post about the holidays, which I excerpted:  Looking Back:  Finding Ways to Chase Away the Blues.

Since today is Friday, I’ve been doing all those chores that I try to finish before the weekend starts, like changing the sheets, cleaning the bathrooms, etc.

But I’ve also been reading Sting, by Sandra Brown, and although I enjoy her books, I wasn’t sure about this one.





Jordie Bennett has been abducted by a man who was planning to kill her for the money her brother’s boss has offered.  But Shaw Kinnard has other plans:  Negotiating for more money from her brother, Josh, who has escaped from Federal protection, which triggered the plan to kill/and abduct her.

Already, there is a vibe between Jordie and her captor, and this is the part I’m not sure about.  Are we supposed to hope for a connection here?  Is this her only way to survive?


But I’m still reading it.  Who knows for how long?

Next I hope to read Little Deaths…and/or In a Dark, Dark Wood.








So…now that I’m feeling cozy at home, should I go out this afternoon?  For lunch, and/or to Barnes & Noble?  A shop nearby is having a sale…

What to do?

It is always a toss-up every day…to go out, or to stay at home.  Each appealing in its own way.  What do you do when there is an equally attractive choice?