The clock is ticking, the days are sliding by…and before we know it, Christmas will be here, with New Year’s right behind it.

I am hoping for a better year in 2018…and one of the bookish things I enjoy each January 1 is the First Book of the Year event, which Sheila, Book Journey, is hosting again.

I selected my book a while ago…and even had several photos snapped to share on the actual day.  You’ll have to tune into my An Interior Journey blog to find out more.

What am I doing until then?  Well, reading, of course.  After my start of Sing, Unburied, Sing, I set it aside.  It wasn’t doing it for me.  Despite the themes I usually enjoy (poverty, drug addiction, dysfunctional families), the narrators fell flat for me. I know I am in the minority with these feelings, obviously, since the book won many awards.  But that’s okay. 

I am now reading and loving Snap Judgment, the third book in Marcia Clark’s Samantha Brinkman series.


I am happy that, after a thorough cleaning of my misbehaving coffee pot, today’s pot was everything I have always loved about coffee on a Sunday morning…or any morning.  Yay!


As a treat yesterday, I took one of my holiday Christmas gift cards to Cheesecake Factory for a nice Blood Orange Martini and some pasta.



This morning, I did something new:  I made some bacon and eggs for my brunch!


What are you savoring about the holiday season?  Are you discovering books you love, and maybe setting aside those you don’t enjoy?



The dude in the photo above is hard to capture, hence the slight blurring.  I had to work fast before he knew that I had my iPhone in hand.  He is my youngest grandson, Noah, almost fifteen, and he is bored by most family activities.  But if there is food to eat, you might just catch him in a moment of enjoyment.

I had left my phone in my bag in another room, so I didn’t capture any part of our main meal.  Sigh.  But here’s what I enjoyed afterwards.  I love those dishes!  And the food on the plate, too.

On Saturday, there will be another get-together, at Mad Duck, a local eatery, and there should be nine of us.

My second son, who lives in LA, spent the day yesterday at his dad’s in Sacramento with his two sons.  His daughter Aubrey is in Prague.  Alec, in the middle, is heading back to Berkeley for his final semester…and will not be joining us here.  Sigh.  Aaron is home for the holidays from his university in Arizona, and will come to our get-together with his dad.

Here is a glimpse of  what Aubrey is enjoying in one of several countries surrounding Prague…on the weekends.  She captured this “staggering view.”


Today I was planning to bring in the Christmas decorations…they are biding their time in my bins.  But…I am still sitting here at my laptop, and occasionally picking up this book to read:

Play It as It Lays, by Joan Didion

Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.


Just to tease you about my Christmas decorations…here are some from Christmases Past.

This photo shows that I actually went out of my house and to the neighboring mall…and then back home again.  I think it was 2010, so it is a total blast from the past.  Back when I was still a redhead.  I see that I don’t look that happy in the photo…probably because my daughter forced me into it…LOL


I do want to see the movie Lady Bird this weekend…I was planning to see it last week, but somehow never got around to it.

Enjoy the weekend!




It’s Monday, and it’s a holiday, but that doesn’t affect me much these days.  However, it means there will be no mail delivery…so I can stay home all day long!  Except…I do need a couple of things from the store.

My bed is made….so I guess I won’t be crawling back into it…although I was very tempted to do so today.

Maybe I’ll just run over to Target, just around the corner, instead of that extra mile to Save Mart.  LOL.

I love getting new bedding…not long ago, I got some new sheets I enjoy...


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…and now I have the quilt, at the top of the post.  It is also reversible.  I didn’t have to go out and shop for it, either.  I found it on Amazon.

Am I turning into a recluse?

Probably not completely, as I’ve posted several photos of me eating at The Elephant Bar, Marie Callender’s, etc.




Earlier in the month, I went to my daughter’s house to celebrate Noah’s fourteenth birthday.  Now all of my grandchildren are either teenagers or twenty-somethings (Millennials).





When did we start identifying people by the era in which they come of age?  Well, I do love being a Baby Boomer, which makes me feel special and privileged..LOL; except when I see those ads on TV that warn us we might be silent carriers of Hep C.  What’s that all about?

Enough said.


Reading.  I am loving The Orphan’s Tale, and even though I had heard raves about it from other bloggers, I wasn’t so sure.  I am not really into circuses.  But the era pulled me in.  So I’m almost finished…and I’m glad I ignored my biases about the Big Tent.





So back to reading…and catching up on DVR movies.  What are you enjoying this week?




Happy Holidays!  Today I’m sharing some photos that spotlight family and friends enjoying the season, like the one above, of my great-niece America, with her Christmas-y dog.

Below, see a few additions I’ve made to the little table by the window, and in this shot, you can also glimpse a closer view of the Candy Cane bear on the cupboard in the forefront, left, and the Gingerbread Bear against the wall on the green cupboard.






Another close-up (below) of the tree on the Coca Cola dining table.  Little photo ornaments of grandchildren decorate this tree.




See the interesting perspective of the shot (below), with decorations through the car window, and a glimpse of the children in the rear view window.

My niece’s children…




I brought out my third miniature tree, below, for the pub table up against one of my bookshelves.




The hearth is decked out with Nutcrackers and a Fantasia Mickey.



Enjoy the season, and visit West Metro Mommy Reads to see what others are sharing.




Good morning, Tuesday!  I finished my NetGalley book, The Perfect Neighbors, by Sarah Pekkanen (click for review), and now I’m ready to read another book about “perfect” things…The Perfect Girl, by Gilly MacMillan…an Amazon Vine read.

Above, you’ll see my copy next to a full coffee cup…and below, you’ll see it on the other end of the table, with the patio door open and light streaming in.  At 9:30 in the morning!  Already, it’s too hot out there…for reading, for working, for anything….





For those who loved MacMillan’s book What She Knew (click for review), this book promises to be equally addictive.


Zoe Maisey is a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ. Three years ago, she was involved in a tragic incident that left three classmates dead. She served her time, and now her mother, Maria, is resolved to keep that devastating fact tucked far away from their new beginning, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding Zoe do the same. 

Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of her life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead.

In the aftermath, everyone—police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself—tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.


With July 4th on the horizon, I am eager to get away…to the beach, anywhere but here.  But this weekend, my youngest grandson will be spending time here while his mom is out of town.

He can’t go anywhere without his X-box, so I’ve decided he can connect it in my bedroom….



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He’ll probably set up the box on my bed tray in the bottom left of the photo…and, of course, I have the HDMI cable…

Total absorption ahead!

I think we’ll also try to go to Barnes & Noble, too, as I have some discount coupons.  And we’ll eat somewhere, since he never likes anything I have in my house.  lol


Do you have big plans for the Fourth?  Travel, staycation, etc.?



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Merry Christmas!  Now that I’ve said that, let’s talk a little about holidays.

I just came home after spending some time in the bar where my daughter works…and I must admit that I loved the conviviality of the other revelers who arrived there seeking something.  An escape?  A feeling of community?

One young man seemed very charming and cheerful, ordering shots for everyone around him, including me.  It reminded me of days gone by.

Yes, I can still enjoy a few hours of this, but it’s not the same as it was back then.

Being young offers a special something you never experience again in your life.  Even for those, like me, who feel young at heart, there is no escaping the reality that youth is fleeting and can never be revisited.  Not even in our fantasies.

Well, perhaps in our fantasies.

But I do enjoy sharing a few moments, nostalgic though they may be, and recalling for just a little while what it felt like to have everything ahead of you.  Time seemed endless back then.

Perhaps the wisdom we glean from knowing that more time lies behind us than ahead of us can also illuminate the fact that life is precious and not to be squandered.

Something to ponder on a holiday weekend.