SUNDAY POTPOURRI: RAINY DAYS, SKYLIGHTS, AND BIRTHDAYS…

What a rainy week we have had!  Every morning, I now look through the windows to see what is happening…slick sidewalks are the warning.  Although I often hear the sound of rain before I see it.

I really keep an eye on my skylight.  One year, it fell down three or four times, and on two occasions it actually broke.  The maintenance man (my favorite) applied some fix-it glue to the corners…and so far, so good.  But I still look up, checking,  whenever I enter the kitchen. 

When I first moved in, I kept looking for a switch to turn off the light…but it was the skylight, of course.  I don’t actually need light in this kitchen.   A very small galley, that door you see leads to the garage.  My favorite thing:  pulling into the garage and unloading my purchases into the kitchen, without any rain drowning me.

That floor was the bane of my existence, but nowadays, Fiona scrubs it occasionally, and I maintain it in between. 

My Fiona is the best.  And not to overlook my other granddaughter, Aubrey, I’m sure she would be, too.  But she lives in San Diego, where she is attending university. Afterwards, I am sure she will live in LA.

Nobody wants to live in Fresno.  LOL.

Wishing for great birthdays for those two girls.  I need to set up a birthday dinner for Fiona…and Aubrey, if she lived here…but she doesn’t.  We will enjoy a gathering in the summer.

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Last night, I watched an interesting Amazon Prime movie starring Melissa McCarthy.  It was different from her usual films, but really good.  Can You Ever Forgive Me is based on the true story of Lee Israel, a forger of literary treasures.  Something she fell into when she hadn’t published her own work in a while, and at a time when she was destitute.  But what kept her going was the high she got from the experience.

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Today I plan to stay in.  I’m reading Late in the Day, which hasn’t really grabbed me yet, but I’m hoping.

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What does your Sunday look like?  Going out, staying in?  Rain or shine?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND TIDBITS…

I woke up later than usual today (7:30), and varied my routines, which always makes me feel more in control.  I started the coffee and prepared my tray before making my bed and readying myself for the day.

Last night I stayed up pretty late, as I found two movies on Prime that captivated me:  What They Had, starring Blythe Danner and Hilary Swank, about a woman with Alzheimer’s, and how her family dealt with it; and The Old Man and the Gun, starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek. He portrays an obsessive bank robber who has an interesting style. Both were new movies, and I found out where to view them from the latest People magazine.  Yes, a totally “tabloid” type periodical, but with interesting tidbits.

Yesterday I completed some of the overdue cleaning…and today I hope to finish the vacuuming that I left undone yesterday.

My plans afterwards…I do want to see the movies On the Basis of Sex…and The Upside.  Which should I see first?  They both start shortly after noon, which interferes with my usual pre-movie lunch.  But the later showtimes don’t work for me.  I like seeing the first matinee of the day.  So…what to do?

Obviously I will need to adjust my routine.

Meanwhile, I am cringing as planes fly overhead.  I am not just now noticing them, but they seem unusually loud today.  I must live under a flight path, but I’m not near the airport.  (I used to be right next to an airport).

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Last week, I enjoyed changing up some blog headers, like these: (click the pictures to go to the blogs).

 

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I am loving my current read:

Those Other Women, by Nicola Moriarty (Sister to Liane and Jaclyn)

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I hope to lose myself in books and movies…once I finish my chores.  What are your Sunday plans?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND TIDBITS…

Good morning!  I had this great idea to sit outside (above) and read with a cup of coffee…but as you can see, the sun is already taking over.  So I just grabbed the photo, and came inside to this cooler space.  I realized that, between the office and the cozy couches, I seldom sit here.  I love it…and enjoy looking around at my cupboards and treasures.

Last night, I was sitting on one of my couches…next to my little “ice cream table” which I wrote about on my Friday Potpourri…describing when I got it and its numerous incarnations over the years (from the 70s to now)…

And I got a text message…with a photo!  Yay!  My #2 son Brett, who lives in LA,  is in New York, and had this shot taken in Central Park…where he proposed to Madeline.  Isn’t it lovely?

I asked him (in my return text) if he was actually proposing, or were the two of them starring in a rom-com.  He responded that it was definitely a proposal.   Since he works in the movie industry, he is good at setting things up.

Between reading, watching movies, and interacting with my various adult offspring, I have lots of vicarious moments to enjoy.

Of course I had to send off the text and photo to my other offspring.  My daughter was the first to reply…she loves this stuff.  She complained that she couldn’t see the ring…but I’m sure there will be close-up photos later.

Number One Son replied this morning (from Prague) with an OMG!

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Today I am re-watching Hallmark Movies & Mysteries…and there will be a new episode later in the Garage Sale Mysteries .

I am also reading A Noise Downstairs, by Linwood Barclay, an interesting story so far…I can’t recall having read this author before…but I’m enjoying his style.

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So…that’s my Sunday.  I wish The Wife was already showing here, but it will be something to look forward to…what are you doing, reading about, or anticipating?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER…

Sunday nights are my favorite times when I can watch shows like Sharp Objects.  I am a fan of Amy Adams, and her portrayal of Camille Preaker is spot on.  And so is Patricia Clarkson’s creepy, chilling version of the mother none of us want.

I read the book in 2012, and as I checked out my Goodreads review, I recalled a few things that explain the little niggle I feel whenever I see these characters. 

I liked this passage that describes Camille’s mother:

“Glowing pale skin, with long blonde hair and pale blue eyes. She was like a girl’s best doll, the kind you don’t play with.”

An excerpt that chills me even as it reveals so much. Another five star read from this author.

Because I avoided spoilers in my review, I am only slowly recalling the tidbits I need to know.  But that’s okay.  I’ll be glued to the screen until the very end.  And like I did with the miniseries Big Little Lies, I will be saving what I’ve recorded…for times when I want to watch again.

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I also love the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries movies...and saw Morning Show Mystery last  night.  Next week, we’ll get to see Aurora Teagarden (I love Candace Cameron Bure).

So I’ll be setting my DVR for all the upcoming movies in August, including some Garage Sale Murders & Mysteries.

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Yesterday was fun, since I went to see Mama Mia:  Here We Go Again.  I enjoyed the music (yes, I love ABBA), and it was fun to see how they wove together moments from the past and brought us up to date with the characters.

Those who were hoping to see Meryl Streep again…her role is a minor one.  But she comes in at just the right moment.

Before the movie, I enjoyed this repast at a bistro nearby: a Blushing Geisha and vegetable eggrolls.

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What did you enjoy this weekend?  What are you anticipating in the week ahead?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, MOVIES, & STUFF…

This morning would have been a good one to sip coffee and write blog posts out here.  But…I didn’t.

Instead I’m inside blogging and reading…and getting ready to see Mama Mia (after a quick lunch at my favorite bistro nearby).

Yesterday was a productive day.  Instead of tackling all the housework at once, I did it in phases.  First, stripping the bed and doing the laundry.  Then…dusting.  I had mopped the kitchen floor yesterday, and then bathrooms.  In the afternoon, I vacuumed.  That’s pretty much it.

Someday I do plan to really purge the cabinets again.  Another day, though.

I’m now reading Sister of Mine, by Laurie Petrou, after last night finishing The Death of Mrs. Westaway, by Ruth Ware yesterday. (Click for my review).

 

 

 

 

 

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My daughter and her family are moved into their new house, which I’ve only seen online so far.  I’m going to sit on my hands and not go there until I get an invitation….like me, she wants everything to be perfect before a “viewing.”

How is your weekend going?  What lies ahead in the new week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WEEKEND TASKS & SOME FUN…

It is Sunday…and a day of rest.  Or not.  I collected my things for a patio cleaning:  broom, garden hose, and the hedge clippers.  In the photo, you can’t see the overgrown weeds that are pretending to be trees.  They will all come down.

It is 9:00 a.m., so it is still cool.  I hooked up the hose to the faucet just outside the fence, by my front door.  It worked, although I almost fell down in the mud from someone else’s watering.  Yikes!

The sun should dry the wetness I just sprayed all over the patio.  I will wait until it is dry and then take another photo.

Meanwhile, I’m loving my reading today.  I had started Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman, and it’s great.

But then my mood took me to the Todd Fisher book full of photos (My Girls)…and his stories, which I hadn’t heard before.

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Last night I also watched a movie called Unsane, with Claire Foy (from The Crown); a suspenseful tale that had me biting my nails (and I had just had a mani!).

Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh plunges audiences into the suspense and drama of a resilient woman’s fight to reclaim her freedom even as she risks her own sanity. Still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker, Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy, The Crown) receives treatments at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. However, shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to the mental institution and is unable to leave, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. But is he real or a product of her delusion?

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It was after midnight when I finished…and surprisingly, I did not have nightmares.

And here is my cleaner patio, with the umbrella up!

And (below), another view of my living room, with my new handbag on the hall tree and some of my books on the sofa table.

What does your day look like?  Enjoy the holiday.

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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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