As those who read this blog know, I tend to gravitate toward the quirky.  These images in my latest header are an example of that.  The doll on the left is one I actually own:  Madeleine Hatter.  Notice that she shows up in my blog button and several other images I display at times.

The lady on the right…well, I’m not sure who or what she is, but she is definitely quirky.  If you look closely, those are books surrounding her head a la her hairstyle.

I have decided to dub these two The Queens of Tidbits & Obsessions.

Now that we’ve settled that issue, I am looking forward to a day of reading, movie watching, and a few TV shows.  As for movies at the theater, I don’t see anything that is pulling me there this weekend.  But next weekend, I am eager to see The Glass Castle, starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, and Woody Harrelson.  And, of course, it is based on the book by Jeannette Walls.  I read the book a few years ago.

On TV, I am excited about the return of Chesapeake Shores on the Hallmark Channel.  I remember when this channel was not available from my provider…and I complained about it.  Not long afterwards, there they were, both versions of the channel.  Could my complaint have helped?  Or was it coincidence?

Probably the latter.  But I realized that complaining made me feel better, and how magical I felt when my wish came true.  LOL.

Right now, I’m reading two books, a print version and a hardcover:

The Other Girl (e-book), by Erica Spindler (NetGalley – 8/22)

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, by Chris Bohjalian


Yesterday, I got a new mani….and tried a kind of glittery blue color.


I have to find my fun with my mani/pedis these days, since hair dye is a thing of my past.  Sigh.

I am also curious, however, as to what my natural hair color is these days.  I haven’t seen it in many years.  LOL.


What do your weekend plans look like?  Adventure?  Cozy moments?





Good morning, and today will feature some views of my office, where I spend a lot of time…but I usually just show my laptop.  Above, the cozy sofa that makes into a bed…and the wicker trunk where I stack my unread print books.

Another view, from my office chair.  The stacking boxes (on the right) have been with me for years.  I once had them in my work office, if you can imagine!  There are six or seven boxes, but the smaller ones are nested inside the big ones.



I know why I don’t cozy up here very often…the TV is tiny (see below).  But there is also a VCR, so I can watch some of those tapes I have saved.  (Most of the tapes went to the donation bins when I moved here, but there are a few I can’t part with).




The walls are layered with family photos, and I do love looking at those.

Now…for some odd tidbits.  Yesterday I wrote a post over at An Interior Journey, and I know it actually posted, as I had a couple of comments on it.

But today, when I went in to edit the post and add a couple of things, it said:  POST NOT FOUND.  I searched by title, but nothing.  Then I noticed one post listed as “in the trash”…I restored it, and voila!  There it was.  Apparently I hit “trash” instead of edit!

Yikes!  One has to be extra careful when messing around, right?


Speaking of odd tidbits…I posted a photo of my patio the other day, and when I looked at it afterwards, there was an odd shadow there.  See…it looks like something is hanging down.  So I went out to study the actual umbrella…and yikes!  It is torn.  I’m guessing that it happened in one of those storms we had…

I bought this umbrella ten years ago, so I guess it’s time to get another.  But I wonder if I can get the top part without having to replace the bottom?  I remember struggling to put that umbrella set in….and I don’t look forward to a repeat of that experience.



So, there have been some odd and strange happenings today…how is your day shaping up?  I finished I Found You yesterday (click for my review), and I’m almost finished with Wait for the Rain.



Take another peek at my daughter and me at her reception on April 2.  Fun!





Good morning, and welcome to another Hump Day Potpourri event. (And yes, I celebrated Hump Day on Serendipity today, too, with my Luxuriating in Books post).

On Monday, however, my granddaughter Fiona and I went to Barnes & Noble (pictured above), where she bought books for her upcoming birthday.  She is home for a week, before going back to school in San Jose.

Before that, however, we had breakfast across the street at Mimi’s.  (The Bloody Mary is mine!).





My daughter and her husband, far left, visited a vineyard with friends who love wine.




And on Valentine’s Day, Heather and David “framed” themselves:





A very delightful week so far, and I’ve enjoyed some books, too, which you can read about over at my WWW Post.

Today I started reading The Vanishing Year, by Kate Moretti, a “dark, twisty, edge-of-your-seat suspense” (Karen Robards); it combines the classic sophistication of Ruth Rendell and A.S.A. Harrison with the thoroughly modern flair of Jessica Knoll.





Zoe Whittaker is living a charmed life. She is the beautiful young wife to handsome, charming Wall Street tycoon Henry Whittaker. She is a member of Manhattan’s social elite. She is on the board of one of the city’s most prestigious philanthropic organizations. She has a perfect Tribeca penthouse in the city and a gorgeous lake house in the country. The finest wine, the most up-to-date fashion, and the most luxurious vacations are all at her fingertips.

What no one knows is that five years ago, Zoe’s life was in danger. Back then, Zoe wasn’t Zoe at all. Now her secrets are coming back to haunt her.

As the past and present collide, Zoe must decide who she can trust before she—whoever she is—vanishes completely.


I think I will be glued to those pages!


I’ve also been “clicking” on Amazon, and downloaded Heartbreak Hotel (e-book), by Jonathan Kellerman, which I found out about through that fabulous New Release Tuesday event.  Another wonderful (and hopefully captivating) Alex Delaware book.





And I’ve been noticing this series by M. J. Arlidge, and downloaded Book One,  Eeny Meeny.





So…it’s been an eventful week so far, and it’s only Wednesday!

What is your week bringing to you?  What delightful events/books/foods are you enjoying?

I am linking up to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.





Good morning, and welcome to my quirky blog…and check out the fun I had on PicMonkey today!

My new header is the result of some of that fun…and the unexpected results, which, while not the “designer” kind of outcome, made me smile with delight.

Playing around with the “sketch” tool, the drawing tool…and then the shaping one resulted in what you see above.  Of course, I had to add some text and some creatures.


Today I’ve written three posts, and that seldom happens.  But, for whatever reason, I’m in the mood to “play” on the computer, visit blogs, and enjoy that extra cup of coffee.



june 3 office 4


I’m not avoiding my books, as I’m quite immersed in The Perfect Girl…and also checking out what I want to read next.  Intrusion, perhaps.  I need the occasional short book, and this one has 258 pages.








Do I want to go out today?  I did go yesterday for a light dinner at Marie Callender’s, around the corner.  I took my book along.



dinner with Marie


But it’s too hot to go out again….thinking I should stick close to home, curling up here….



June 15 - living room changes


What are your Hump Day plans?  Staying cool?  Going out?




Most people who visit this blog, and read my Hump Day Potpourri posts know that I tend to obsess about things.  Yes, that’s what this blog is about, my obsessions, in addition to other tidbits.

Most of you know that Bloggiesta is coming next week, and for the first time, it will last for a week.  But we had our signups earlier this week.

So, of course, that action was a trigger for me.  And right away, I am creating new headers, blog buttons, and working on adding and combining pages at my various blogs.  Not to worry, I still have a lot to do next week, when the Real Bloggiesta begins.

Yes, Curl up and Read is the primary site I will be working on, but I have also taken this opportunity to work on several of my sites.  For the fun of it.

Was that statement an oxymoron?  Can work be fun?

Well, yes, ever since I retired from that “ball and chain” life, my new life as a free lancer has opened up a world of fun, and I could work all day, and not realize it.

work is fun image

For example, I have been here at my computer since 7:00 a.m., and it is now 9:15.  I will probably take a break soon, not because I am no longer having fun, but I need to stretch my legs.

If only exercise was as much fun for me…sigh.


I can’t even imagine doing that, although I did try…once.  It was a while ago…LOL

But reading is fun, and that’s what I will do next.  Sitting at my dining room table, sipping coffee, and with the breeze coming in through the patio door.  I also need to make another jug of iced tea…another obsession of mine through spring and summer.

feb dining area-lightened

Today I’m reading The First Wife, by Erica Spindler….there are secrets, mysterious events, and a lovely setting in Louisiana.



So…now that I have chatted about my obsessions, what are yours?  Come on, you can tell!