FRIDAY POTPOURRI: TIDBITS ON MY DAY…

What a blissful Friday!  After doing a little blogging, TV watching, and my now routine bicycling while movie watching…

I settled in for a little afternoon nap.  And had such vivid dreams that I thought I must have slept the whole night!

When I woke up, I picked up Beach Bliss and started reading again…I love how the familiar characters settle into their summer at Stony Point Beach.  Elsa, the “matriarchal” character, is renovating her cottage into a beach inn, with the help of Jason Barlow, the local architect.  Kyle, the diner owner, is moving into his own beach cottage nearby…finally, with the help of several locals.

Right away I was swept up into their beach lifestyle, enjoying their decor and tasting the delicious meals, especially the Sunday breakfast Elsa has prepared for Cliff,  her “gentleman friend,” to whom she offers samples of her Opening Day treats for her new inn.  I could almost taste the blueberry and/or chocolate chip pancakes!

After Cliff leaves that morning, one of the younger guys calls out to him about his “walk of shame.”  Stunned, Cliff goes home to  Google the phrase.  I had to giggle a little at his next actions.  He goes online to order a duffel…so he can discreetly carry a change of clothes for his next get-together with Elsa.

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I haven’t bought any books this week!  I did download two NetGalley review ARCs…

 

 

 

 

 

and another library book:

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Tomorrow I want to go to the movies:  Book Club is playing!

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So…now for an evening of more reading…and some Netflix.  Maybe.  What did your Friday look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: ENJOYING MY RETREAT…

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday…and I’m staying away from the New Releases.  But maybe just for now.

After rearranging a few things in my bedroom “retreat,” which I now call it, I’m discovering other ways to spend time there.  Like bicycling on that ill-used exercise device while watching movies from my DVR.  Yes, watching a movie while I work out somehow keeps me going for a while.  Before I know it, 30 minutes have gone by!

I also enjoy looking around the room and reminding myself of other activities I can do here.  I can view movies or shows from the BluRay player attached to my TV.  Or read from the stack of books on the aqua-colored table.  Those books are ones I’ve collected for the purpose of re-reading.  Not something I do much anymore, but I like knowing they are there.

At night, I curl up on this bed and read or watch something.

Currently I’m reading The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer.  I’m thoroughly immersed in this fictionalized account of feminist issues that have arisen out of latter-day moments that seem really timely.  “A novel about power and influence, ego and loyalty, womanhood and ambition. At its heart, The Female Persuasion is about the flame we all believe is flickering inside of us, waiting to be seen and fanned by the right person at the right time. It’s a story about the people who guide and the people who follow (and how those roles evolve over time), and the desire within all of us to be pulled into the light.”

I will savor this book!  I am loving the character of Faith Frank, who seems like a slightly younger version of Gloria Steinem, and who has been a central pillar of the movement for decades.  Someone who leads the way and is a mentor for younger women, like Greer Kadetsky, whose shy voice grows stronger with the help of the older woman’s encouragement.

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Now I’m going back into my living room to curl up with this book…and maybe watch a little TV. 

Tomorrow I’m having coffee with an old friend who is a former colleague.  We meet at least once a month, sometimes for lunch.

What does your week look like so far?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, MOVIES, & DREAMS…

Welcome to my cozy Sunday…a day of reading, watching movies, etc.

After visiting other bloggers for a while, I decided to watch The Good Fight, Season II, a show that is streaming on CBS-All Access.  The characters include several who were on The Good Wife, the now defunct show (sadly).

Last night I watched some movies rather late, one of which was on Lifetime: My Daughter Was Stolen.  I should know better than to watch that channel at night, as I then dreamed vivid moments from the movie throughout the night.  However, when I dream about a movie, my mind often changes things up, adding twists and turns.  So I woke up several times throughout the night, but when I went back to sleep, the movie continued via my dreams!  Exhausting!  LOL

I was quite happy to awaken early…and start visiting blogs.

Today I’m planning to start reading The Darkness Gathers, by Lisa Unger, a library e-book.

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I had also thought about going to see Chappaquiddick, at the neighborhood theater…still pondering that one.  If I don’t go today, I might head over mid-week.

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Tomorrow I’ll be meeting a friend for coffee and a chat over at Barnes & Noble.  I’m looking forward to it!

What are your plans for the day…and the upcoming week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: STREAMING, READING, ETC.

Welcome to my Sunday!  I’m visiting blogs…and I also watched Episode 1 of Season II, The Good Fight.

The first episode was timely and dealt with contemporary issues.  My only complaint:  the audio was so low that I had to add closed captions!  That was definitely an issue, as I don’t like having to lean in to hear/read the dialogue.

I am hoping the issue will be resolved by next Sunday’s episode!

Meanwhile, I’m trying to decide what to do today.

I’ve been housebound since Tuesday…I think.  After my lunch and dinner outings, I curled up to read and watch TV.  But now I’m starting to feel…closed off?  Isolated?

It has been rainy and cloudy outside, though, and I still have movies to watch.  Sigh.

I’m reading An American Marriage, and I’m not loving it yet!  I need to give it more time, though.

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I am starting to feel annoyed when a book I’ve been hearing such good things about doesn’t immediately grab me.  Is it me?  Or is it the book?  Maybe I’m expecting too much.

I will definitely give it a few more chapters.

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Last night, I watched Three Billboards...and loved it, although it was a pretty angry portrayal of family and a small town that I’m glad I have never lived in…

I do love Frances McDormand.  I wonder how this movie will fare at the Oscars.

I have set my DVR…but don’t plan to watch live.

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How is your weekend shaping up?  Do you watch the Oscars?  Have you seen any of the movies nominated?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: MOVING AHEAD & LOOKING BACK…

Good morning!  It is Sunday, and we have just a few more days until March.  So I changed all of my calendars…and here they are, starting with my Mary Engelbreit Kitchen Calendar.

And here is my office calendar:

 

My bedroom calendar has scenes from Ireland, which fits in nicely with my Photos of Ireland from my eldest son, Craig, who lived there for several months:

 

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Yesterday was a day of changing up a few things in my bedroom (in addition to the calendar), and one change was moving the dolls off my bed…(they were annoying!), and here they are, hanging out by the bookshelves: (Ireland photos above the shelves).

 

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My bed, without the dolls (note:  the photos on each side of the bed were taken in Ireland, when my eldest son lived there):

 

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Yesterday, I watched a few movies on my DVR, including Urban Cowboy, which I have watched so many times!  I love the music, especially Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places and Love on the Rocks:

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Even though I’ve seen the movie sooo many times, I cry in some places.  Do you find that favorite movies still grab you emotionally?

How is your weekend shaping up?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: BOOKS, TASKS, & MOVIES…

Good morning!  I’m in my office this morning, curled up on my sofa…and with the TV on while I read The Promise Between Us.

“This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things

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After writing my Weekly Updates over at An Interior Journey, I was scrolling through my e-mails and found that a new NetGalley ARC had been approved:  Before and Again, by Barbara Delinsky (Release Date:  6/26).

From Barbara Delinsky, the New York Times bestselling author of Blueprints and Sweet Salt Air, a brand-new novel about a woman in hiding finding the courage to face the world again.

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I got up really early today:  4:00 a.m.!  I stripped the  bed to do the sheets, wrote my Weekly Updates post, went through my e-mails…and started reading my book.

As soon as it was light outside, I replaced the light bulb in the garage.  It had burned out, and I realized that I have never had to replace it!  I’ve been here almost 11 years.  I think the maintenance people changed it out when they were fixing the garage doors…otherwise, how can I explain a bulb that burns…well, seemingly forever?

But…I was worried about the task, as I had to open the garage door in order to see what I was doing.  My kitchen step ladder served me well.   Task done!

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What are your weekend plans?  Errands, housework, other tasks?  It’s only 7:10 a.m. here and I could still get more done.  But for a while, at least, I’ll be reading.

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS ON A FEBRUARY DAY…

This morning, I was feeling restless…and snapped the above photo because I liked the light streaming into the room (my office), a place where I spend a lot of time.

I have some videotapes stacked on the coffee table, with movies I haven’t seen in a while.  Most people no longer have movies in this format…but I do still have a VCR/DVD combination, so I can watch.  Here is the equipment I have in my office, the only room with a VCR…

I do enjoy the improvements for movie watching:  DVR recordings; Netflix; Amazon Prime.  But when I see these old videotapes, I am catapulted back in time to how excited I got at being able to record movies and keep them on a shelf.  I used to have so many of them.

Now I have mostly DVDs on shelves in my hallway.

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When my grandkids come over, we watch movies on the DVD player in my living room…the entertainment unit is a “dinosaur” from the 1980s…heavy and not updated for current usage, but I am making it work.

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Now let’s look at the February birthday girls…neither one has come by to watch movies lately, since they’re grown.  They are both turning 21 this month:

Aubrey enjoying a day outside:

And Fiona, showing off some stretches…and her quirky hair:

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Many years ago, they were enjoying a February day at the cabin in the snow (image on the left)

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Another tidbit from my week:  my newest mani on Thursday:  a sparkling purplish color…

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Do you sometimes look around your rooms and feel sentimental about days gone by?  Do images of children and grandchildren heighten those feelings?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, NETFLIX, & A FAMILY TREE…

Good morning Sunday!  A day to relax, read, watch movies…and reflect on family.  Above, my younger brother and his wife are hanging out on the “family tree” with their three grandchildren:  Luc, Gavin, and America.

They live on the ranch where I grew up, so I’m familiar with that tree.  It has been there, welcoming climbers, since I was a child.  I think.  Why am I not sure?  Well, we started out with a different house, so after my father built a newer one, the arrangement of the trees might be a bit of a blur. 

In the present, my brother and his wife live on the “family farm,” with fewer acres than we had growing up.  My mother sold off most of the farm in the 1990s.

When their grandchildren visit, they do enjoy climbing the very trees we climbed.  Here’s America, my grand-niece, enjoying a kitty.  She was born on September 11, 2008 (hence the name America).  I have never met her, except in photos.  I need to visit them all someday, but going “home” to the ranch is still an emotional situation.  I was last there on the day of my mother’s funeral.

 

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Meanwhile, here at home, I had a wonderful day yesterday binge-watching Season 4 of Grace and Frankie.  It was the best season so far, IMO.  The show dealt with issues of aging, family dynamics, and how the characters are dealing with these issues.

 

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Now I can’t wait for the next season!  That’s what happens when you watch ALL of the episodes.

Today I’m reading Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown, a book I’ve had for a while (since August 2017).  I’m loving it.

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So…I may stay in all day, or go out to eat.  Or I might just go to Barnes & Noble, since I don’t have nearly enough books already…lol.

What does your day hold?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: HOW COZY TURNS ANNOYING…

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.

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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.

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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?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CURLING UP WITH BOOKS, ETC.

Good morning!  I love Sundays, especially now that I don’t have to “go to work” on Mondays.

I’m curled up in my office reading Book Two in Melinda Leigh’s new Morgan Dane series:  Her Last Goodbye.

 

A missing wife; Chelsea as an alternate narrator, who has been abducted and restrained in a dank container; and Morgan Dane and her partner Lance Kruger searching for her, while trying to determine who, if anyone, has taken her.  Could she have left of her own volition?  They are beginning to doubt this scenario.

I finished Book One this past week:  Say You’re Sorry (click for my review), which held me hostage throughout.

I’m in my office this morning…this is what I see from the couch where I’m curled up to read:

 

And I’m sitting here:

Tonight I am eager to watch another episode of Ten Days in the Valley, with Kyra Sedgwick, and a continuation of the story of her missing daughter.

Madam Secretary is another favorite on Sundays, along with a new episode in the Hailey Dean Mysteries on Hallmark.

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Another distraction for me this week was ordering a new clock for my office.  The one I had broke, and while I don’t actually need one, since the computer shows the time, I want one to look at and check when the computer isn’t on.

So I ordered this decorative clock, coming by mail tomorrow.

 

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This week’s wildfires just north of here have heightened my anxieties….what next?  From hurricanes in the southern parts of the states to wildfires here, we have all had more than we were expecting.  And much more than anyone deserves.

Immersing myself in books and blogging keeps me distracted…but it doesn’t really alleviate the anxiety.  We’re all sending our positive energy out there, hoping for healing and resolution.

What are you thinking about on a Sunday?  Do your thoughts take you to a place of hope and healing?

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