Happy Friday!  Yesterday I decided to have an adventure…the kind of activity that I am enjoying more and more.

I grabbed Lyft and headed to the nail salon in my old neighborhood, where I relaxed into the mani you see above.

Then I took another Lyft to California Pizza Kitchen and enjoyed soup and a margarita, while reading my Kindle version of The Playground.

These were activities I took for granted in my “old life,” before I got sick, needed surgery, and settled into my studio apartment in a residential facility.  Luckily, I am considered “independent” and have a lot of freedoms.  I will not take them for granted, though.

My ordinary daily activities, fortunately, include reading, watching movies, and blogging.  I have my laptop, of course.  I send off to Amazon for things that I would usually buy while running errands in my car.  My car, of course, is no longer with me.  Discovering Lyft has been another delightful experience.

My Amazon packages appear regularly, and include clothing, household things, and BOOKS.  Yesterday, I received this poncho…

And a book by the author of the one I’m reading (above):Daughter, by Jane Shemilt.


Tomorrow will bring another outing.  My granddaughter Fiona and I have arranged to enjoy breakfast, with mimosas.  Can anything be better than the week I have had?  What makes your week special?



After a cozy morning of reading and blogging, I was so looking forward to my CPK lunch.  But…my car wouldn’t start.  Sigh.

I called Triple A, hoping it was just the battery…and it was.  But it was an hour and a half later before I sat down and ordered my soup, my margarita, and later…this pumpkin cheesecake.

I think I rewarded myself a lot for the waiting.


While I had my lunch, I started reading All the Best People, by Sonja Yoerg.  I’ve had the book on Pippa since May.  Why did I wait so long?


Here’s a blurb:

Vermont, 1972. Carole LaPorte has a satisfying, ordinary life. She cares for her children, balances the books for the family’s auto shop and laughs when her husband slow dances her across the kitchen floor. Her tragic childhood might have happened to someone else.
But now her mind is playing tricks on her. The accounts won’t reconcile and the murmuring she hears isn’t the television. She ought to seek help, but she’s terrified of being locked away in a mental hospital like her mother, Solange. So Carole hides her symptoms, withdraws from her family and unwittingly sets her eleven-year-old daughter Alison on a desperate search for meaning and power: in Tarot cards, in omens from a nearby river and in a mysterious blue glass box belonging to her grandmother.
An exploration of the power of courage and love to overcome a damning legacy, All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary lives.


Gripping, right?  I hope to spend the day savoring this one before starting Poison, which is being released November 21…and I suddenly feel as though the deadline is looming.

Cass and Ryan Connor have achieved family nirvana. With three kids between them, a cat and a yard, a home they built and feathered, they seem to have the Modern Family dream. Their family, including Cass’ two children from previous relationships, has recently moved to Portland —a new start for their new lives. Cass and Ryan have stable, successful careers, and they are happy. But trouble begins almost imperceptibly. First with small omissions and white lies that happen daily in any marital bedroom. They seem insignificant, but they are quickly followed by a series of denials and feints that mushroom and then cyclone in menace.


My reading week looks delightful, doesn’t it?  I hope to also do some clothes shopping this week, as I desperately want something new for the holidays.

Tomorrow a friend and I will have lunch…and then see Murder on the Orient Express.

When I got home from lunch, I watched The Glass Castle On Demand.  Loved seeing it again.

What does your upcoming week look like?



My plan for yesterday came together beautifully! 

Yes, I feared that going out of the neighborhood to a movie theater that is not near any restaurants might make the whole experience less than enjoyable.

I was wrong!

I stopped at a restaurant along the way (Chili’s), where the server was wonderful about customizing my salad.  Their menu selection was a huge salad…so, instead, she fixed up a small salad with grilled chicken and dressing on the side (See the photo above).

At the theater, I found another surprise.  I hadn’t been to this theater in years (two or three?), and now they have seat selection, wide aisles, and reclining seats.  Yes, many theaters are changing over, but I expected my neighborhood one to change before others.

The movie.  Wow!  Sam Elliott did not disappoint, and what could have been a morose story about an aging actor (Lee Hayden) who hasn’t done anything memorable in years…turned into a musing journey, with humorous moments, and flashbacks to the past that unfolded in a surreal kind of kaleidoscope.

The film revealed a lovely setting on the California coast line and a home that overlooks it all…and a few views of the city (LA, probably).

I always enjoy Laura Prepon (from OITNB), with her snarky wit, and it was great to catch a glimpse of Katharine Ross (from The Graduate) as the ex-wife.  Krysten Ritter (from Breaking Bad, etc.) was perfect as the disillusioned daughter who has felt abandoned by her father, and is now reluctant to reconnect.

A Sundance movie…that explains a lot about how enjoyable it was, IMO.  Anything with Redford’s prints on it can’t be disappointing.


So after a wonderfully delightful day, I went home to watch several episodes of Offspring, Season 6.   With a quirky dysfunctional family, this Australian show has been addictive for me since its beginning.

What does your week hold for you?  Just to tempt you, here’s the dessert I had yesterday…after my salad.   I took the Debbie Macomber book along, as my Kindle power needed charging…and I didn’t have time to do it before I left.





What do I tend to do when I’m troubled, sad, or just bored?

Change things up on a blog…or read a lot of books.  This week I did both, reading and reviewing FIVE books…and changing up the headers on this blog (see above), and Serendipity, where you can read my Weekly Updates, with details about my reading.



The baby in the header above is my great-niece, who reminds us that you don’t have to be a grown-up to love reading whatever you can get your hands on…lol.


I also love going to one of the neighborhood restaurants and eating soup…with a martini or a margarita.

Yesterday, it was pea soup and a strawberry margarita.  The book I was reading on Pippa was Two If By Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard.  I’ve had the book since May.





Here’s the dessert, which I really shouldn’t have had…but sometimes we just have to go with our weakest impulses…lol.  Key Lime pie, with coffee.



Then I came home to resume reading Rosemary:  The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, by Kate Clifford Larson.






Tonight I am looking forward to a line-up of shows that make Sunday a wonderful day in the week:  Madame Secretary; Secrets & Lies; and a couple of movies from the DVR.  Next Sunday, The Affair returns.  Yay!


What does your Sunday look like?  What great escapes have you planned?



Love Art in May 2016

Coming out of the sweetest weekend in a while, I am still luxuriating in all the goodies.  Unexpected ones, like the brunch in the mountains overlooking a lake. (Below), Heather and Noah enjoying the view…and a chat.



Heather & Noah - Mother's Day Brunch - Bass Lake


Coming home, I hung the sweet little “love art,” as I’ve dubbed the hanging above…and here’s the entire wall with the newest addition.  I need to spend more time in this room, facing these hangings…



Family Wall in Office - 2016


Usually I am facing inward to my laptop, etc.  The sofa, which you can see a part of in both pictures, is actually very comfy.





The problem is the TV.  Yes, it needs updating!  That could be my next project…right?





Or I could satisfy my viewing urges in one of the two other rooms that have flat screen TVs.



May 7 breakfast in bed with Netflix



may 5, view from dining room


Yesterday, I started reading The Children, by Ann Leary.  I am sensing some sibling rivalry amongst the children/step-children of the patriarch, Whit Whitman. 





Today I’m going to lunch with an old friend and former colleague.  We’re meeting up at the neighborhood Mimi’s, one of my comfy places.





What does your Hump Day hold for you?  Reading, hanging out, redecorating your spaces?





Welcome to the first Saturday of 2016, in which I am eager to share tidbits and obsessions.  The doll shown above is Madeline Hatter, a part of the Alice in Wonderland collection.

I have several dolls and collectibles from this story…but most of my others are in garage bins.  I had done a major sweep through my home this past year, not purging, but gathering them up until a time when I might spotlight them again.

Madeline is a doll I got from Amazon Vine.  I usually add books from that site, but what fun it was to get something different.  And how could I be a hoarder if I didn’t buy it?  LOL

Before I spotlighted the doll, I put away all of my Christmas decorations.  I knew that my “less is more” vow this year would come in handy!  It took about five minutes to stash everything in the bins.

After collecting this doll from my mailbox, I had lunch at a neighborhood bar & grill, using one of the gift cards my three LA grandkids sent me.  They are all so grown-up now!


lunch on sat 12



salad and martini - 12


While I enjoyed my lunch, I continued reading The Black Widow, by Wendy Corsi Staub.  There is a creep factor going on in this story, which alternates between narrators.





Now I’m going to watch some movies…and perhaps I’ll take a nap.  What does your First Weekend of 2016 look like?




Sunday is often a day to laze around, drink mimosas, and watch Netflix.

But today, after reading for a while, I grabbed a bite at Dai Bai Dang….




and then saw the movie And So It Goes.





The restaurant is right by the theater, so it makes a perfect place to enjoy an appetizer and a cocktail.  I was also glad to have tissue handy during the movie, since, for whatever reason, there were scenes that elicited my emotions.

Perhaps it is seeing these actors that I have enjoyed since they (and I) were young, and realizing that they (and I) are growing older, with fewer choices left.

But there were plenty of fun moments, too, and what I would consider a very hopeful ending.  The story was a poignant reminder that we should take full advantage of every day and not pass up the opportunity to make new connections, even in our later years.

And yes, the crowd did have many older people there, but that, too, is a good sign for me.  We are still here!  And we can enjoy love and friendship.

Have any of you seen this movie?  Do you enjoy movies that spotlight older people?


And now I am going to finish the final scenes of Final Sentence...and then I am going to choose some Plan B books for this week, in case my moods take over!  I found out that last week was one that led me astray of the Plan A list.