As a new Saturday stretches ahead of me, I am feeling the peace that comes with moving past my surgery and moving forward with my new normal.

So far, I’m slowly learning to again eat the foods I became accustomed to before the surgery, and have actually tried a few things I hadn’t eaten in a long time. 

Tomorrow I’m planning my first outing since the surgery: Fiona is coming over and we will plan our day.


Even though I have lots of books to read, I find myself picking them up and then setting them aside.  I did finish one book this week…and I’m more than halfway through another.  But I’ve spent more time playing with blog headers and/or binge-watching shows on Netflix.  Unbelievable is the new one that has my attention this week.

How is your Saturday unfolding?  Do you sometimes find yourself distracted from your books?



Welcome to our first “non-holiday” Tuesday in 2019.  I do love the holidays, but, for some reason, they lingered too long this year.  Probably because Hallmark started showing Christmas movies in July…and most of them I’d already seen.  Sigh.

So now I’m ready for new things, fresh things…and new books!  Yes, I had vowed to cut down a bit on the “click to buy” behavior, but some books have been on my wish list for so long that I couldn’t resist.

Today I bought these:

The Best of Us, by Robyn Carr

In Sullivan’s Crossing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr has created a place where good people, powerful emotions, great humor and a healthy dose of common sense are the key ingredients to a happy life. Sullivan’s Crossing brings out the best in people. It’s a place you’ll want to visit again and again.

I love this series, so I’m eager to pick up where I left off in this delightful place.


Then I downloaded Untouchable, by Jayne Ann Krentz

A man’s quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell.


Now I am reading my February e-ARCs, and today I started The Winter Sister, by Megan Collins. 

In this spellbinding and suspenseful debut, a young woman haunted by the past returns home to care for her ailing mother and begins to dig deeper into her sister’s unsolved murder.


How are you enjoying the New Year?  What, if anything, is keeping you busy and happy?  I am trying to distract myself from the chaos created by the WH.



I love my comfy office, even though I seldom curl up on this couch.  But tonight I plan to watch some movies from this sofa, and maybe even read.  Sometimes it is a good thing to change our perspective, whether it is our location or how we see the books in our collection.

See the stack of books on the coffee table trunk?  I need to start reading some of them!  Here is a close-up, below:



From the bottom up, these are the older ones I should read first:

Mean Streak,by Sandra Brown

Home, by Harlan Coben

Love Letters,by Debbie Macomber

The Girl, by Samantha Geimer

Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams


Today I am trying to distract myself from my burning/itching skin, the result of a hair dye allergy.  I went to urgent care this morning, since the cream I was using did nothing to improve the situation.  The doctor prescribed steroids, in pill form, for five days.  Of course I want to immediately feel better….the cold compresses applied to my neck are helping a little.

I took a nap earlier, which was a good thing, since I haven’t been sleeping.

Meanwhile, my daughter is feeling horrible, since I had suggested that the problem I had a month ago was from the hair dye.  I think she believes me, now.  LOL.


At least reading and movies are also distracting me a little, which is more than I can say for yesterday or the day before.  I started Into the Water earlier, but haven’t gotten very far.




What did your Sunday look like?  Reading, eating out, napping?







Thursday is often a day in which we look back on the week…and also look ahead.  I’m only on my second book of the week.  Very slow going, for some reason, and not the fault of the books.

Above, notice my little TBR Jar, sitting there, waiting for some of my older books to be picked.  But so far, I’m keeping busy with the newer books.  In the first photo, I’ve taken the “jar” down, so I can see what is available.  In the second photo, the receptacle is in its usual “waiting” spot on my desk.


Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough, is definitely a good one…and I’ll be curled up with it again in a few moments.





When I am in need of a distraction, I can be pulled away to do things on one or more of my blogs…like new headers, see below, with Serendipity’s new header.  And Rainy Days and Mondays has a new theme and a new header.





The images I picked in the header above came from my own photos…and Pinterest.  The cottage in the middle was one where my son and DIL lived for a while in Berlin.  The garden was lovely, and the perfect place to enjoy reading…or a snack.

For Rainy Days and Mondays, I picked some images of reading on a rainy day…and the “blues” that are chased away by books.




I am always on the lookout for new books, too.  Someone mentioned that Kristina Riggle, author of a book I plan to read next, has a newer one out.  So I went to Amazon, and found this one:

Vivian in Red, by Kristina Riggle, came out in September 2016.  How did I miss it?





Famed Broadway producer Milo Short may be eighty-eight but that doesn’t stop him from going to the office every day. So when he steps out of his Upper West Side brownstone on one exceptionally hot morning, he’s not expecting to see the impossible: a woman from his life sixty years ago, cherry red lips, bright red hat, winking at him on a New York sidewalk, looking just as beautiful as she did back in 1934.

The sight causes him to suffer a stroke. And when he comes to, the renowned lyricist discovers he has lost the ability to communicate. Milo believes he must unravel his complicated history with Vivian Adair in order to win back his words. But he needs help—in the form of his granddaughter Eleanor—failed journalist and family misfit. Tapped to write her grandfather’s definitive biography, Eleanor must dig into Milo’s colorful past to discover the real story behind Milo’s greatest song Love Me, I Guess, and the mysterious woman who inspired an amazing life.


Doesn’t this sound like an intriguing story?

What do you distract yourself with on a wintry day? 




Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri.  Today started out rather late.  I couldn’t believe I had slept until 8:30, but to be honest, I woke up at my usual time…and turned over to snooze some more.

I felt better for the extra sleep.  Lately I have even taken regular naps during the daytime.  I think my body has been trying to stave off depression and whatever illnesses are lurking out there.

So far this morning, I’ve done some blog visiting, linking to my Weekly Updates, in which I talk about my avoidance and my distractions.

Last night, rather late, I finished Hillbilly Elegy (click for my review).  I had intended to finish it Friday and add it to my updates.  But, the Distraction Beast reared its head again.  But it’s all good.  It doesn’t really matter, in my overall enjoyment of a book, if I was distracted for a while.





I plan to finish reading some of the books I started and stopped last week…and then, see what happens next.

My granddaughter Fiona just called, and is headed to my house in a few…so I’m going to stop now.

What are you enjoying on this weekend before Thanksgiving?




Welcome to Sunday Potpourri!  You may notice that I have another blog header…once I figured out how to eliminate that horrible blocked title text that came with the theme.

Last week, I spent some time going over old blog posts and remembering.  This week…not so much.  I kept running into posts with links to nonexistent blogs.  LOL

The consequence of deleting blogs is realizing that old posts will be problematic in that sense.

I think of correcting the links…and then I realize that, unless I point out those posts, most people don’t go there.  LOL

Today I’m getting ready to binge-watch Netflix shows…and finish reading Three Story House.




I like the story, but I am continually distracted from it.  I did some Netflix bingeing this week, wrote a lot of  blog posts, and even did some cleaning.  Yes, after the carpet shampooing, I feel the need to keep things spotless.

I got only two new books this week; check out my Weekly Updates.

The Passenger is a NetGalley e-ARC to be released in March, but I’m so eager to start reading it!






What are your Sunday plans?  Do you take time off from blogging and reading?



Hump Day Potpourri


Okay…it’s Hump Day again.  And at this midweek point, I like to take inventory.  Sort of.

Like today, over at Story Corner, I’m celebrating another great book I’m waiting for.  And I created a new blog header there today, too.

PicMonkey Collage-anothernew story corner

The book I’m excited about?  Well, it’s He’s Gone, by Deb Caletti.



A woman named Dani wakes up with a headache and discovers that her husband is gone.  What happens next is a twisty-turny kind of journey that should keep me excited as I turn those pages.  I like this part of the description:

Dani searches frantically for a clue as to whether Ian is in fact dead or alive. And, slowly, she unpacks their relationship, holding each moment up to the light: from its intense, adulterous beginning, to the grandeur of their new love, to the difficulties of forever. She examines all the sins she can—and cannot—remember. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth—about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

The book is coming on 5/14 to Sparky, my new best friend.  Here’s a photo of Sparky:



It’s been a frustrating couple of days.  I’ve been trying to read, blog a bit, and distractions keep interfering.  Like poor Noah is sick with a fever and I’ve been playing nurse.  I don’t think it’s my best role.  But his temperature is down right now…and he ate lunch.  So that’s good.

The book I’m reading today is Messenger of Truth, a Maisie Dobbs book: my first one.  It took me a bit to get into it, but I think the problem was my distractions rather than the book itself.  I’m now starting to connect with the characters.



So how is your Hump Day going?  Making progress in your reading, etc.?




Welcome to another Monday Potpourri.  Today’s feature is Musing Mondays, hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today’s prompt:

What distracts you when you really “should be reading”?

Oh, my, the distractions line up and shout at me!  There’s the old favorite, TV; and even though one of my TVs died a couple of weeks ago, I have two others.

But social networking sites seemingly call out to me:  Facebook and Pinterest.

And then there is blogging.  I have eleven sites (down this past week from twelve), and I obsessively post, tweak, and recreate them.  Just this past week, I merged my two writing sites (Snow Chronicles and My Forest Journey) into one:  Snow Chronicles.

I love changing them up:  themes, blog headers, backgrounds.  You’d think I’d finally be satisfied, but no, they call out to me, asking me to play with them.

At my website, there’s a page for them all.

Then there are the distractions of life.  Like trying to find a new TV (while my son tries to fix the old one).  The reason:  it wasn’t that old.  Four years!  So he is definitely determined to fix it.

Meanwhile, I’ve been shopping around; just in case.

What distracts you?  I hope you’ll come on by and chat.





As I ponder the day ahead, I reflect almost wistfully upon the broken sleep of the night before.

First, I went to bed way too early, which had me wide awake at midnight, pondering what to do.  Instead of grabbing my book, which is fascinating, The Next Always  offered less of a midnight distraction than my recorded episode of The Closer.

In last night’s episode, Brenda Lee and her team arrived at Santa’s Village (in LA) to discover a dead Santa. 

It was more fun than usual, as we listened to all the Christmasy things Brenda Lee could say, like “You have the right to remain jolly.”

And, of course, there is the ongoing saga of the lawsuit against Brenda Lee and the LAPD…and the recurring question of “who is leaking info to the other side.”

Since this is the last season of this, one of my favorite shows (sigh), I hope that this issue is resolved.

But then I think of other shows that were in their last season, and how the ending left viewers with more questions than answers.  Did anyone see the final episode of Big Love?

Once I finished watching the show, I turned on the computer and tried to find something to distract me there.  Instead, my computer was apparently quite antsy, as it seemingly wavered and quaked and took forever to complete any task.

So it was back to bed and dreamland.  And mine were the kinds of dreams you can have after an interrupted night of sleep.  Mixed up characters playing out in scenarios that made no sense at all…like people from my past showing up in my current life and acting very inappropriately.  Nuff said!

Do you have nights like that?  What do you do with uninterrupted sleep, and how do events play out when you try to resume sleeping?

Does the morning after feel kind of like a hangover?