Good morning!  Last night, I spent some time rearranging the piles of books that once “lived” on the trunk/coffee table.  Now that I have that slender little table against the wall (after my new TV rearrangement changed the look of the room), I had an opportunity.

Above, you can glimpse the room, from the new TV to my breakfast tray…and the stacks of books that aren’t out in my living room.   Now neatly arranged on the table…and on a little stack of boxes (for older TBR piles).

Out in the living room, I have a ridiculous stack of books that are theoretically “up next.”

Yesterday, I had an egg salad sandwich lunch while reading one of the books from the toppling stack you see:  The Swallow’s Nest, by Emilie Richards.



A story about a woman, a lifestyle blogger, who is celebrating her husband’s recovery after a long struggle…only to open her front door to a woman, who hands her a baby:  her husband’s son.

What happens afterward is an intriguing look at family and what makes a parent.


Today I was excited to finally download one of the books I’ve been awaiting so eagerly…just released.  You’ll Never Know, Dear, by Hallie Ephron, an addictive novel of psychological suspense from the award-winning author of Night Night, Sleep Tight, about three generations of women haunted by a little girl’s disappearance, and the porcelain doll that may hold the key to the truth . . .


The creepy doll on the cover reeled me in.  Plus, Hallie Ephron!  Love her books.


While surfing the web, I discovered another upcoming release that I can’t wait to get my hands on!  From Sue Grafton, who is almost at the end of the alphabet in her series, will be releasing Y is for Yesterday.  On August 22, 2017.

The darkest and most disturbing case report from the files of Kinsey Millhone, Y is for Yesterday begins in 1979, when four teenage boys from an elite private school sexually assault a fourteen-year-old classmate—and film the attack. 


Now, it’s 1989 and one of the perpetrators, Fritz McCabe, has been released from prison. Moody, unrepentant, and angry, he is a virtual prisoner of his ever-watchful parents—until a copy of the missing tape arrives with a ransom demand. That’s when the McCabes call Kinsey Millhone for help. As she is drawn into their family drama, she keeps a watchful eye on Fritz. But he’s not the only one being haunted by the past. A vicious sociopath with a grudge against Millhone may be leaving traces of himself for her to find…


I predict many cozy days curled up on one of my sofas….or even on my bed.  Reading will take up more hours in the day and the night.


What are you eagerly anticipating?  What new books have you burning the midnight oil?






I am reading Until You’re Mine this morning and my heart is pounding as I imagine how the whole story will unfold.

MC Claudia Morgan-Brown is a social worker, which immediately helped me connect with her.  As a mother of two small step-sons (twins) and a wife of a Naval Officer who travels much of the time, her life is just as she wants it…except for a few missing pieces.  She wishes her husband were home more, for example.

When the “perfect” Nanny comes through their door, the red flags were immediately soaring for me.

We read the story in several perspectives…so we can see through numerous “eyes,” including those of a police detective investigating some bizarre murders.


It is a day for reading and movies.  I did a little housework, too, as I guiltily ignore some of the finer details of it throughout the week so that I can read and blog!

Today I rearranged some things in my office….returning the little clock to the wall by my desk.  For a while, it resided in my bedroom, but I don’t need it there.  I already have a digital clock on the chest of drawers.



I found that little clock in one of the Crafters’ stores I used to visit.  Places I no longer frequent; I have more than enough STUFF!  LOL

After my little bit of dusting, etc., I went to my e-mails, where bargain e-books seemingly beckon, and found this one:


My Mother Was Nuts, by Penny Marshall.





Most people know Penny Marshall as the director of Big and A League of Their Own. What they don’t know is her trailblazing career was a happy accident. In this funny and intimate memoir, Penny takes us from the stage of The Jackie Gleason Show in 1955 to Hollywood’s star-studded sets, offering up some hilarious detours along the way.

My Mother Was Nuts is an intimate backstage pass to Penny’s personal life, her breakout role on The Odd Couple, her exploits with Cindy Williams and John Belushi, and her travels across Europe with Art Garfunkel on the back of a motorcycle. We see Penny get married. And divorced. And married again (the second time to Rob Reiner). We meet a young Carrie Fisher, whose close friendship with Penny has spanned decades. And we see Penny at work with Tom Hanks, Mark Wahlberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Robert De Niro, and Whitney Houston.

Throughout it all, from her childhood spent tap dancing in the Bronx, to her rise as the star of Laverne & Shirley, Penny lived by simple rules: “try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, and have fun.” With humor and heart, My Mother Was Nuts reveals there’s no one else quite like Penny Marshall.


I love reading about how people’s lives (especially the lives of celebrities and writers) take them to unexpected places.

What happily engages you on this summer weekend?






After putting away the Christmas goodies, I had to rearrange some stuff in my living area.  Yes, it’s a compulsion.  I moved the “bear riding the duck” from the sofa table to the middle of the dining table:  see above.

And I moved a small table from the bedroom over by the bookcase, see below:



And naturally, I had to find a chair to set beside it.  What happened to the pub table?  Well, it’s over near the Coca Cola table on the right side of the first photo. 

I was going to put it in the bedroom, but I couldn’t maneuver it down the hall past the bookcases that line the space…lol.  I’m sure if I’d had a helping hand, I could have managed it, but decided to go for Plan B:  keeping the Coca Cola stuff together.

Yesterday I spent the whole day watching shows on Netflix…another obsession.  I made it through Season I of One Tree Hill…who knew that show would infect me with an addictive pull?  I hooked up the laptop to the TV you see above…and the laptop works nicely on the lower table. (I didn’t photograph the set-up; you’ve seen it before!).

Not much reading yesterday…sigh.  But today I’m finishing up I See London I See France, a story that makes me feel as if I’m traveling with the characters…and I can relate to the dilemma facing the young mother, who leaves behind her demanding husband to take her three kids along on this journey.  How can she rediscover her passion and find herself again?



I was watching one of my favorite soaps earlier (Bold & the Beautiful), and the sound was gone, except for static.  So now I’m waiting for it to be available on CBS.com.  For some reason, the web version does not usually have the transmission problems.  We shall see!

What are you doing on a Monday?  What are you looking forward to this week?


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One of the things I know about myself is that I like to change things around.  But in my office, the last Bastion of Things That Remain Unchanged, the change bug has finally attacked.

It all started when I got my laptop.  And yes, the laptop, by definition, requires no permanent place.  I have my little table/desk in my bedroom; the dining room table; the patio table….and now the actual office.

On the weekend, we removed the desktop.   There was a lot of huffing, puffing, and sweating…and then the components were gone.

Afterwards, I stared at what remained.  And didn’t like what I saw.

Hmm…what if I moved this table here and that cart over there?  The what-ifs led to more sweating, etc.  Switching the long table with the cart works for me!  Having the long table for my laptop and other work stuff makes more sense.  So here’s what the finished set-up looks like:

You can’t see the cart in this photo…it is to the right, and the printer and scanner now live there.  Below is a “before” shot, with the cart and desktop on the left, and at right angles, the long table.  Now they are reversed.

My muscles feel fine right now, but I’m betting they’ll be hurting tomorrow.

Now I’m going to read and/or watch movies.

A Map of the World, based on the book by Jane Hamilton, is sitting nearby.

What do you like to do when you’ve finished an exhausting project?