SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSIONS…

Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, in which I share some of my favorite obsessions.  Since last July, when I moved into this apartment, I have been pushing to fill my spaces with old and new favorites.

The old favorites include dolls I “lost” in the move in 2019, and the new ones are an expansion of the collections that I have continued throughout the past several years.

Above, note bookcases and a hall tree.  Dolls fill in the spaces, and on the hall tree on the right, I have added some favorite hats and handbags.

A new handbag arrived from Amazon today…so in my bedroom, I have spruced up the little Handbag Tree there.  Note the newest one on the chair next to the “tree.”

I do seem to focus in on my obsessions when life around me is not working out the way I like.  Dark days and bad politics seem to take my breath away.  So I go online and search for beautiful things to lighten my mood.

I always like watching Lipstick Jungle on Prime Videos, even though I have seen both seasons several times.  There is something about those scenes and those characters that take me out of my gloom.

I am always looking for new shows, though, just to add to my queue of good things to enjoy.

Let’s take a closer look at some of my goodies:

The Madeline Hatter doll (above) was one that I had for several years, and then when I was abruptly moved from my condo, many items were sold or given away.  Including the doll.  But I found a replacement, see above, and I am supremely happy!

I am always amazed at how finding old favorites can make a difference in my life.

The Coca Cola furnishings are other things that make me happy, and I was glad to find more of those items, too.  It has literally taken a year to gather many of these “lost” items into my home again.

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What do you love to collect, or what activities make your day?

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COLLECTIONS…(OBSESSIONS?)

Today is a holiday, and it seemed appropriate to scroll through photos of some of my collections (obsessions?).

My little hat rack is now in my bedroom, with handbags hanging from it.  It once was in the entry way, however.

 

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When I first moved into this apartment, and before I started adding actual furniture, I had a “tree” for my hats at the front door.  Now I have an actual hall tree, for other hanging things, and the handbag “tree” has taken up residence in my bedroom, as seen in the photos above.

 

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Do you have collections (obsessions) that you enjoy?

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SATURDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSIONS…

Welcome to the weekend!  As I sit at my laptop sipping coffee and ordering groceries via my Instacart app, I am also feeling cozy.  I snapped a few more entry way photos after my little rag doll, above on the table, arrived.  Here’s another photo of her from the product page:

 

I think she needs a name! I usually name my dolls, my devices, and even my cars…but I no longer have a car.

I will think about that for a while. I am leaning towards Pippa, which was what I named my Paperwhite Kindle…which I no longer have. What do you think?

Or perhaps Phoebe. You may notice my tendency toward names beginning with “P,” like my current Kindle called Paige.

I am reading Unfaithful, by Natalie Barelli.

I also changed up the header here, along with some other sites.

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What do you like to do on the weekends?  Reading, viewing, and fiddling with blogs?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: A PEEK AT SOME OBSESSIONS & TIDBITS

Good morning!  It has been another lovely week of books and my cozy surroundings.  I wrote a little about all of that over at my Coffee Chat:  Interior & Bookish Challenges.

The book above, (and below) Watching You, is on my “up next list”…and I can’t wait!

The instant New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of the “riveting thriller” (PopSugar) Then She Was Gone delivers another suspenseful page-turner about a shocking murder in a picturesque and well-to-do English town, perfect “for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, and Luckiest Girl Alive” (Library Journal).

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Now…back to my interiors  Since I posted my “peely white” nightstand in my Coffee Chat post, I started looking around, and noticed this little gem.  It has been all over my houses, my house before and this one.  It is one of those all purpose items.  I like the look of my Coca Cola tray on it.  The wicker loveseat has been everywhere, too, and now is my perfect little “window seat,” looking out at my patio.

Last week, we saw Fiona scrubbing away at my kitchen floor, and here she is, all glammed up for something…She has a way of showing many different versions of herself, which makes her interesting, in my book.

When I am not in my office visiting blogs and reviewing books, I am usually curled up in this corner, where I can see some of my favorite things around me.  I know I’ve shown different views of that ice cream table and the cookie jars, but here you catch another glimpse of the living room side.

Here is a peek at the loveseat…and the little bookcase on the back wall.  I have some Mary Engelbreit prints there, too.

Another view of the room, with still another Mary Engelbreit print:

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A few years ago, when my #2 son was working for Dick Clark Productions (late 1990s), he was on a business trip and wearing his Dick Clark Productions jacket.  He met up with two actors:  Michael Damian and Michelle Stafford (who were stars together on Y & R, playing Phyllis and Danny).  They were also headed off to do some business.  Long story short, he captured a photo of the two of them.  He also shared that his mom is a big fan.  LOL.  I’ve had the photo on my bulletin board for a while now.  You can see that photo in the center, and just above and to the right is my son with Michael Damian.  He and Michael chatted about Dick, and how Michael had been on one of his shows.

Here is a close-up of “Phyllis & Danny,” not as clear as I would like, but you get the idea.

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Last night, I headed over to the neighborhood Mimi’s and had one of my favorites:  French Pot Roast, with a margarita…

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So, as you can tell, I love sharing my books, my interior world, and a few of my obsessions and tidbits.

What has your week been like, and what are you eager to do next?

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FRIDAY POTPOURRI: PAST & PRESENT…FAMILY & OBSESSIONS…

This week (and last) have brought a mix of new library books, recent downloads, and NetGalley and Vine Review reads.  (Above:  The New Neighbors, by Simon Lelic, purchased on April 10).

I like the feeling of making some progress toward acquiring books that I didn’t buy, while also enjoying the bliss of a new release book “whispering” toward Pippa, my Kindle.

So far I have borrowed five books from the library’s Overdrive System…and read four of them.  I just received A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer.

Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new love is blooming—for better or worse—in this captivating novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer.

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This weekend, I plan to start reading some of my new and older downloads…and also spend some time with my granddaughter Fiona.  We have tentative plans for dinner and movie watching.   I love her new look (below); her hair is growing out, and it looks good on her, IMO.  I am even getting used to all the piercings.  LOL.  My daughter has a lot of tattoos, so these girls are definitely expressing themselves.

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Here is my daughter, some of her tattoos showing, with David, on their honeymoon trip to Europe.

 

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She has changed a lot since the days when she was a pre-teen.  Here is a shot of her in the townhouse, Circa 1980s.  Those were the days of flipped hair and jeans tucked into socks.  Back then, she was already preparing for her hair styling career.  (Note:  on the left, see my desk with a landline style that one doesn’t see anymore.  Nor do we usually see landlines).

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I still have a few landlines, though: Below, the Minnie Mouse phone is on display in my office.

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This designer pay phone (which works!) was one I purchased while living in that townhouse.   I also have a Winnie the Pooh designer phone that is resting on a shelf above my office nook…for the day I might want to bring him down.

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So now you know some of my secrets…I love designer phones; I enjoy photos from the past; and I am also in the moment with my family and love showing them off a bit.

What are you sharing today?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSIVE TIDBITS…

Good morning!  Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, a post that focuses on life’s little tidbits, obsessions, etc.

Today I’ve been thinking about bookish things…and also about a change in venue I’m bringing next weekend:  I’ll be posting my Weekly Updates on my An Interior Journey blog.

Yes, it is time for a change.  So far, I’ve featured my updates on Serendipity, Rainy Days and Mondays, and Curl up and Read.  A long time ago, I hosted the event on An Interior Journey.

The only blogs that are not featured are this one and Snow Sparks.  Primarily because they have not been the traditional book blogs.  But that seems to be changing.  So who knows what could happen next?

 

Now for the bookish things.  Lately I’ve noticed that I get lots of e-mails from Goodreads, offering “deals,” and it is annoying, since in many cases, I already have the books.

But then I realized that there is no category for “already have the book.”  There is “want to read,” “currently reading,” “read,” etc.

And even the categories listed above are confusing, since you might have read the Kindle version of a book, but if your search leads you to the book, and it lands on one of the other versions, it will not show that you’ve read it.

I don’t want to complain, since I can’t offer a solution.  I do know that I stopped participating in the Goodreads Challenge because, if I accidentally clicked that I read a book and it was the wrong version…and then I changed it…the stats would be wrong.

So…I do love Goodreads for telling me what I’ve read (once I click on the correct version), and this has saved me from duplicate book buys.

I need to change my iPhone settings somehow, as I can’t get to the Goodreads page from my phone.  Which means that I can’t find the answers when I’m out and about…at Barnes & Noble, for example.

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Any thoughts? Am I obsessively focusing on the wrong things?  Are there ways to manage the Goodreads shelves?

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IT’S TUESDAY! NEW RELEASE DAY….

It’s time to talk about obsessions…again.  My Tuesday Book Release Day is one of them. (Above) you’ll notice more of them:  fairytale images, books, quirky things, and my trusty little clock.

So far I’ve only downloaded two newly released books, and one was actually released a week ago.

A Bella Flora Christmas (e-book, novella), by Wendy Wax, was released last week, and is a tempting little novella to keep us satisfied until the next new book in May.

Then…Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda, released today.  I loved this author’s previous books…so I am eager to curl up with this book.  I love the cover, too.

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a suspenseful psychological mystery about one girl’s search to uncover the truth behind her ex-boyfriend’s death. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and 13 Reasons Why.

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Here’s one coming next Tuesday…I can’t wait!  I may have to pre-order it, just so I won’t forget to download it.  As if.

Little Broken Things, by Nicole Baart

“If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living

An engrossing and suspenseful novel for fans of Liane Moriarty and Amy Hatvany about an affluent suburban family whose carefully constructed facade starts to come apart with the unexpected arrival of an endangered young girl.

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Today I am reading Poison, by Galt Niederhoffer…a NetGalley ARC to be released next Tuesday.  Chop, chop!

With life-or-death stakes and irreversible consequences, Poison is a chilling and irresistible reminder that the closest bond designed to protect and provide for each other and for children can change in a minute.

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So…quite a week, right?  Yesterday I had lunch with my old friend/colleague…and we saw Murder on the Orient Express.  I may have to see it again when it comes to Amazon Prime…or Netflix, as I was so full of lunch and my drinks that I nodded off a couple of times.  LOL.

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So…now what?  This afternoon, I’ll be watching for the newsletter e-mail with all the releases (in my genre) for today.  It’s like waiting for a Christmas present.

What are you waiting for?  What are you reading?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Good morning!  It is Sunday, and time to reflect on some of life’s little tidbits…or obsessions.

One of the new books I downloaded this week was The Identicals, by Elin Hilderbrand.  I had no business buying her newest book when I haven’t yet read last season’s Here’s to Us.  And I will get to that one…but something about this year’s offering got to me.  Guess what it was that grabbed me?  The names of the main characters.

 

Identical twin sisters who couldn’t look more alike…or live more differently.

Harper Frost is laid-back, easygoing. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She’s inherited her father’s rundown house on Martha’s Vineyard, but she can’t hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking.

Two beautiful islands only eleven miles apart.

Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost. She’s also inherited her mother’s questionable parenting skills–Tabitha’s teenage daughter, Ainsley, is in full rebellion mode–and a flailing fashion boutique on Nantucket in desperate need of a cash infusion.

One unforgettable summer that will change their lives forever.

After more than a decade apart, Harper and Tabitha switch islands–and lives–to save what’s left of their splintered family. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they’d outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. Will Harper and Tabitha be able to bury the hatchet and end their sibling rivalry once and for all? Before the last beach picnic of the season, there will be enough old resentments, new loves, and cases of mistaken identity to make this the most talked-about summer that Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket have experienced in ages.

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The name “Frost” resonates with me.  Before my name was “Snow,” it was Frost.  Yes, seriously. 

Lorraine (Rain) Frost became Laurel-Rain Snow, just for the heck of it.  And as a pen name. Sometimes I feel more like my literary/blogging version than the previous one, but I still like the sound of the name Frost.  LOL.

I am also a sucker for books set on Nantucket.  I’ve never been there IRL, although I did drive down the Cape a few years ago while doing business in Boston.  Sometimes I feel as though the East Coast is my true home.

But then I am also a true California girl.  Can we have more than one true soul?

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What are you reflecting on this weekend?  Plans?  Adventures?  Obsessions?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: “NEW RELEASE” OBSESSION….

Good morning!  It’s Tuesday, which means….Book Release Day!  How many years did it take for me to learn this fact?  I started noticing that my e-ARCs were all released on a Tuesday.  Then I signed up for a site that e-mails the new releases on each Tuesday.  Duh…I think I’ve got it now!

Today’s new release, and one which I pre-ordered, because I didn’t want to take the chance of FORGETTING about it:  The Child, by Fiona Barton.

 

As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers a tiny skeleton, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who is the Building Site Baby?

As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A newborn baby was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss.

But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell…

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I loved her previous book, The Widow.  (Click title for my review).

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Here’s another book released today, which I have not yet downloaded…Hmm.  How long before I do?  Best guess?

The Cafe by the Sea, by Jenny Colgan….

 

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Years ago, Flora fled the quiet Scottish island where she grew up — and she hasn’t looked back. What would she have done on Mure? It’s a place where everyone has known her all her life, where no one will let her forget the past. In bright, bustling London, she can be anonymous, ambitious… and hopelessly in love with her boss.

But when fate brings Flora back to the island, she’s suddenly swept once more into life with her brothers — all strapping, loud, and seemingly incapable of basic housework — and her father. Yet even amid the chaos of their reunion, Flora discovers a passion for cooking — and find herself restoring dusty little pink-fronted shop on the harbour: a café by the sea.

But with the seasons changing, Flora must come to terms with past mistakes — and work out exactly where her future lies…

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Her previous book, The Bookshop on the Corner, is calling to me, too.  Should I read this one first?  What do you think?

 

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Nina Redmond is a librarian with a gift for finding the perfect book for her readers. But can she write her own happy-ever-after? In this valentine to readers, librarians, and book-lovers the world over, the New York Times-bestselling author of Little Beach Street Bakery returns with a funny, moving new novel for fans of Nina George’s The Little Paris Bookshop.

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What a dilemma!  So many lovely books, and what’s even worse:  I already have many, many books on Pippa…and on my stacks that I really should read first.  Sigh.  Check out my stack of more recent “up next” books, which doesn’t even count all those on the shelves in my office.

 

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Some older TBR print books below, in my office:

 

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But adding books to my stacks and my Kindle is an obsession…which is what this blog is all about. 

Do you have obsessions about books?  Other things?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: REFLECTING ON CHAOS…

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Welcome to my crazy, sometimes chaotic world!  I’m linking up to Bookishly Boisterous, for Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.

I like to make changes…those who read my blogs know that about me.  But what happens when I am forced to change things abruptly, without having control over anything?

I was rereading some of my earlier posts, and found this one from 2010, when a broken pipe in the walls thoroughly disrupted my world, causing a Potpourri of Changes.

 

A broken pipe; drastic rearrangement of my objects to allow access; and then, finally, the day arrived.

That day was (July 15, 2010), which began at 6 a.m.  Which meant, of course, that I was awake at 3 a.m. so I could spend some quiet time on the computer before their arrival.  A good thing, since there was no more quiet until they finally departed at 4 p.m.

From the stomping around, the pounding, and then the VERY LOUD noise when they sawed through pipes—the vibrations of which knocked one of the clocks off my walls!—to the constant movement through my space…well, let’s just say none of this was conducive to reading.

Right Hand Clock Fell Down!

Nevertheless, I did make some progress on my book.  And I kept reminding myself that, once they were finished, I would have hot water again!  Yay!

So they finally finished that part; they tested everything; and voila, success!

I really enjoyed turning on the hot water to wash dishes, and then…the wonderful shower!  Let me tell you, cold water showers may not be so bad in the hot summer, but there’s nothing like hot water.

What I learned from all this…do not take anything for granted!  Every day, you just go along in your routines, expecting things to work, and then one day, you look outside, see water pooling up, and everything changes.

They’re not done yet, of course.  The plumbing is finished, but now someone comes today to start patching up the holes in the dry wall, which is a several-days process.  More interruptions, but less disruptive.  And I was able to put most of my stuff back.  Not in the areas where dry wall reconstruction will be happening, but my office now looks kind of normal.  Whatever normal looks like, of course.

I had to consider the possibility that maybe I have too much STUFF around.  And while I was playing around on the computer, I put a few things on Craigs List.  Things that I had forgotten that I even had, but which were “unearthed” by this movement of stuff from the various nooks and crannies.

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That was more than six years ago, and I still recall how the disruption impacted my world.  Which tells you a little about me…and about how I really like order.  Unless I’m the one moving things around, changing things up.  Hmm.  Since then, however, I’ve done some purges and binned some collectibles.

Here we are at Thursday, and I’ve only finished two books so far.  I just started my third book, a review book from an author that I downloaded a while ago (September).  Not that long, actually, but I should have read it by now.

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett (click for review)

 

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Confess, by Colleen Hoover (click for review)

 

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Hopefully I will be immersed in the review book by lunch time.

Then I must go check the mail, as my youngest son texted me, asking if I’d gotten the present they sent…and I realized I hadn’t checked the mail in the last two days.  Yikes!

Sometimes I wonder about my decision to have all my mail go to the post office, which requires driving a few miles to get it.  But I really hate the mailboxes outside our condos…and the postal delivery system is unreliable at best.

I long for the days when I had a house with a mail slot in the door.  Easy to get the mail!

Listen to me bitch and moan.  lol.  So many more challenging events can happen in a life, and we don’t even know how strong we can be…until we are in the midst of things.

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What potpourri of changes can turn your world upside down?  How do you deal?

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