SUNDAY POTPOURRI: READING, TV SHOWS, & MOVIES….

It’s time to share thoughts about Sunday.  Once upon a time, when I was still working my “career job,” I didn’t like Sundays that much.  Mostly because Mondays followed.  And Mondays were also on my “not so favorite” list.  But now I love Mondays, too.

Nowadays, I enjoy Sunday night TV shows, like Madame Secretary, and currently, Feud:  Bette and Joan.

The Good Wife was a favorite Sunday show until it ended.  But now we have The Good Fight, a show that streams on CBS: All Access.  Today’s episode was the final one for the first season.  Waiting for Season II (yes, it was renewed) will be challenging.  Luckily there are other shows that come along.

 

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My other favorite things to do on Sundays, besides reading, are various Netflix shows and movies on my DVR.  Last night I watched an older movie, with Renee Zellwegger, called Miss Potter.  A sweet story based on a real person, Beatrix Potter.

This weekend, I watched some movies on Amazon Prime, too, like Miss Sloane.  Jessica Chastain is someone worth following.

Check out last week’s reading on my Weekly Updates post.

My blog changes brought about two new headers this week:

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I can’t seem to leave my blogs alone!

What is your day like?  What are your favorite things?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: AFTER “THE FAST”….

My Saturday morning began very early.  I had “fasting blood work” to complete at the hospital lab nearby…and I like to get it done early (since I’d been fasting since 6 p.m. the night before!).

Afterwards, I went to pick up meds down the hall, and then over to Marie Callender’s for one of their breakfasts.  I ordered the pancakes, eggs, and coffee…but while I was waiting, they brought this coffee cake with a cup of coffee:

 

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Naturally, the plate of eggs and pancakes was huge…and I didn’t photograph it.   It is embarrassing!  LOL.

Home again, I brewed my own pot of coffee, turned on the computer, and started going through my usual weekend routines.  At the top of this post, note the coffee mug I’m drinking from now…one of a set I’ve had for a while.  I always forget to use it, but I love the Parisienne cafe portrayed on the mug.  Here is a better view of the mug.

 

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The matching large platter hangs out on the bottom shelf of my Baker’s Rack…next to a bear clutching a wine bottle.  The caption:  Wine is my Favorite Four-Letter Word.

 

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I’m loving The Widow’s House (e-book), by Carol Goodman.

 

When Jess and Clare Martin move from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to their former college town in the Hudson River valley, they are hoping for rejuvenation—of their marriage, their savings, and Jess’s writing career.

They take a caretaker’s job at Riven House, a crumbling estate and the home of their old college writing professor. While Clare once had dreams of being a writer, those plans fell by the wayside when Jess made a big, splashy literary debut in their twenties. It’s been years, now, since his first novel. The advance has long been spent. Clare’s hope is that the pastoral beauty and nostalgia of the Hudson Valley will offer some inspiration.

But their new life isn’t all quaint town libraries and fragrant apple orchards. There is a haunting pall that hangs over Riven House like a funeral veil. Something is just not right. Soon, Clare begins to hear babies crying at night, see strange figures in fog at the edge of their property. Diving into the history of the area, she realizes that Riven House has a dark and anguished past. And whatever this thing is—this menacing force that destroys the inhabitants of the estate—it seems to be after Clare next…

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Creepy good, right?  I can’t wait to settle into it more.  Curled up on my comfy couch.  Maybe this one, in my office, which never gets much use.

 

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What lies ahead in your weekend?  Cozy moments?  Adventure?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: LOOKING BACK….

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It is our last weekend in February, and as an homage to what I was doing at the time, I sorted through some posts from a year ago, to find this one:

 

February is ending in just a few days, so I am ready to really dig down into my TBR stacks, which mostly consist of books on Pippa, my Kindle.  I like hanging out at one of the neighborhood restaurants for lunch, a martini, and my books.  The Reading the Books You Buy Challenge is going pretty well, with 13 books completed so far.

I think there would be more, but I’ve also been reading my NetGalley downloads…as usual, I enjoyed reading a few while hanging out with Pippa (and a martini!).

 

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The rag dolls (at the top of the post) are my little tribute to my daughter and granddaughters:  one daughter, two granddaughters.  These dolls were Heather’s, but Fiona (who lives nearby) enjoyed playing with them, too.  Fiona and Aubrey had birthdays in February, turning nineteen.  How did that happen?

It is hard enough to realize that my daughter, my BABY, is grown up.

 

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She looks intense in the photo above, primarily because she was cooking for a group of us last summer, when my eldest and his wife were visiting.

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I see that nothing much has changed since a year ago.  I’m still buying books, but also enjoying the Read the Books You Buy Challenge – 2017 Version.

Just as I was doing last year at this time, I had lunch out with Pippa, and this year, I had Split Pea Soup and a Margarita.

 

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Today I was reading Never Let You Go (e-book), by Chevy Stevens, a NetGalley review book to be released on 3/14/17.

 

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Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life.

Now, Lindsey is older and wiser, with her own business and a teenage daughter who needs her more than ever. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. Her new boyfriend is threatened. Her home is invaded, and her daughter is shadowed. Lindsey is convinced it’s her ex-husband, even though he claims he’s a different person. But has he really changed? Is the one who wants her dead closer to home than she thought?

With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession.

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I’m loving this one so far….

How is your weekend unfolding?  Do you ever look back to the past, to see what you were doing then?

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WEEKEND POTPOURRI: A SWITCHEROO….

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It’s Saturday, on the weekend of Superbowl.  While I won’t be watching, I know that many are. 

I came back from running errands, which included getting a passport photo—it’s time to renew that sucker!—and I felt restless.  So I started moving some things around. 

I had an old barbecue cart that I’d been using behind my loveseat in the bedroom, a place to stash stuff, including the phone charger.  So I swapped it out for a smaller wicker shelf, which had been in the office.

 

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Now…check out the cart and shelf after the switcheroo.  I shot a view of the smaller wicker shelf behind the loveseat, on the left, and it definitely takes up less space.

The cart, on the right, holds more of the books I need to shelve there…and also my little box with bills to pay, which is more appropriate for my office.

 

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And here’s another view of the office changes, which shows how the other furniture works with the cart in place.

 

 

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Does switching furniture around count as exercise?  Or do I still need to use this bicycle later?

 

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I’m enjoying Pretty Little World, and hope to read more of it this weekend.  I’ve also binge-watched an Amazon Video (Z:  The Beginning of Everything)…and might return to Netflix to watch somethig.

 

 

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What are your weekend plans?  Reading, movies…or the Superbowl?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: WHEN THE SKY FALLS….

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On Saturday, I wrote about my Weekly Updates:  Unexpected Rain Damage…and how the “sky was falling” in my kitchen.

Happily, the skylight cover has been replaced, see above, and I think it is better than the previous one.  It looks stronger.  Hopefully, this will mean that a little bit of wind and rain will not dislodge it.

But just to be safe, I will approach the kitchen cautiously when it is raining!

For those who love to cook, you can probably figure out why I don’t do much of it in this tiny galley kitchen.  It is just right, however, for someone who primarily uses the coffee pot (by the fridge), and the microwave (not visible in this photo).

Aside from that drama, I am fighting a cold this week.  The first I’ve had in many years.  Airborne has been my friend, but somehow those viruses won out.  Not having had one in a long time, I had to drag myself to the store and stock up on Cold-Eeze, soups, Chamomile tea, etc.  What doesn’t work, apparently….is brandy.

 

 

"According to medical science, brandy can't cure the common cold!"  "Neither can medical science!"

 

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Finally I feel up to reading again…and The Marriage Lie is truly engaging...Bestselling author Kimberly Belle is back with a “domestic thriller [that] will keep you reading into the wee hours of the night.” —Redbook

 

 

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Will and Iris have the perfect marriage, the perfect house…and they are planning the perfect baby.  You know what they say about perfect, right?

He was supposed to be flying to a conference in Orlando, but instead, for no apparent reason, he was on a plane to Seattle….and the plane crashed.  There were no survivors.

Iris now has to figure out if she ever knew her husband….

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I also took a nap…yes, naps are good for fighting a cold….

 

 

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I plan to watch This Is Us tonight….probably curled up in my bed.

 

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What do you enjoy on rainy days…or sick days…or even just a day that is cold outside?

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: ANOTHER LATE NIGHT….

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Yesterday was all about tending to me, beginning with that massage at my daughter’s salon.  It was great, and we will now have a regular treatment on the days of my hair styling.

Feeling “rejuvenated” at Rejuvenations, I had some dinner out…soup, wine, cornbread.

 

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I continued reading Always, by Sarah Jio, (a NetGalley review – 2/7/17), and later finished it at home. (Click title for my review).

 

 

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But it was late when I finished reading…and then I watched Too Close to Home from my DVR…and fell asleep on the couch!  It is pretty comfy, but not as cozy as my bed.  Did I undo that massage?  LOL.

 

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What next?   So far this week, I’ve read two review books and one from my own shelves (Kindle).  So I have selected one that has been hanging around since November…which means it is new enough to count for the Read the Books You Buy Challenge – 2017.

So far this year, I’ve read and reviewed FIVE books that qualify there.

So…onward.  Never Alone, by Elizabeth Haynes, is a psychological thriller that is a brilliantly suspenseful and shocking story in which nothing is at it seems, but everything is at stake.

 

 

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Sarah Carpenter lives in an isolated farmhouse in North Yorkshire and for the first time, after the death of her husband some years ago and her children, Louis and Kitty, leaving for university, she’s living alone. But she doesn’t consider herself lonely. She has two dogs, a wide network of friends and the support of her best friend, Sophie.

When an old acquaintance, Aiden Beck, needs somewhere to stay for a while, Sarah’s cottage seems ideal; and renewing her relationship with Aiden gives her a reason to smile again. It’s supposed to be temporary, but not everyone is comfortable with the arrangement: her children are wary of his motives, and Will Brewer, an old friend of her son’s, seems to have taken it upon himself to check up on Sarah at every opportunity. Even Sophie has grown remote and distant.

After Sophie disappears, it’s clear she hasn’t been entirely honest with anyone, including Will, who seems more concerned for Sarah’s safety than anyone else. As the weather closes in, events take a dramatic turn and Kitty too goes missing. Suddenly Sarah finds herself in terrible danger, unsure of who she can still trust.

But she isn’t facing this alone; she has Aiden, and Aiden offers the protection that Sarah needs. Doesn’t he?

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I am eager to get into it!

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It is Thursday already, and, of course, tomorrow will be a wasted day for me (televised Inauguration), so I may have to check out the movies playing.

20th Century Women is in limited release, and only has two showings at the neighborhood theater.  I need to get over there soon!  Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup…to name a few.

 

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There is also La La Land…but I’m not sure about it.

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So…that’s my Thursday…how are your week (and weekend) shaping up?  Books, movies at home, movies elsewhere?

I’m linking this post up to Saturday Snapshots, at West Metro Mommy Reads.

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: A RECLUSIVE DAY…

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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.

 

 

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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).

 

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

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

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