SUNDAY POTPOURRI: “VEGGING OUT,” ETC.

Welcome to another Sunday, my day to “veg out” in my apartment, with coffee, movies, and books.  Above, check out my current read, Old Baggage, by Lissa Evans, and coffee in one of my colorful mugs.

Last night—and all previous nights this week—I binge-watched the Mary Tyler Moore show.  I’m on Season 4, and have added all the seasons to my Amazon Prime Watch List.

Between my reading, binge-watching, etc., I’ve been ordering a lot of things from Amazon.  Mostly ordinary things I used to buy in the supermarket or drug store.  And then there were a couple of tops that I’m eager to add to my wardrobe.

My surgery update:  My doctor will be setting up a consult for us with the Bay Area physicians who specialize in “challenging surgeries,” which has turned out to be the case with my gall bladder.  But I’m hoping that my improved eating habits, exercise, and even weight loss will decrease the problems just enough that we can proceed.

In another part of the world, my granddaughter Aubrey continues with her adventures in New Zealand. 

As I searched my photo files, I stumbled upon this one of me and my granddaughter Fiona…before the Big Awful (in May):  the health scare that led me to move from my previous residence, which I still miss…to my current surroundings. 

But all is not lost…I still have some of my favorite things, and I am actually looking healthier these days (below).

I’ve changed up my little Jelly Cupboard to showcase some of my favorites…and copies of each of my creations are on the second shelf down.

My entry way has gone through a lot of adjustments…here is my latest version of that space.

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Now I’m off to read and binge-watch, etc.  What does your day look like?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS, SHOPPING, & DECORATING PLANS…

Today feels like a good day to shop.  Or maybe I should just stay curled up in my cozy rooms, reading and watching movies.  I do like having the choice, though.

The tree (above) at one of the neighborhood malls reminds me of a few things I could do there.  I want to shop for 2019 calendars at Barnes & Noble; and I’d like to find some new decorative trays, since I always carry a tray of food into whatever room I’m inhabiting.  I seldom eat at the little tables I have here and there around the condo.  Except, of course, the coffee table.

My rooms are still not decorated for Christmas, but I suspect that I might tackle the chore this weekend.  Yes, it is a chore.  It used to be fun when the grandchildren were young and eager to help.

Meanwhile, I’m searching for new books for the week…and finding nothing so far.   I did get a library book on the weekend, and finished reading it last night:  I’ve Got My Eyes on You, by Mary Higgins Clark.  (Click title for my review).

I have one book on “hold” through the library app, and it looks like it will be available soon:

The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters, by Sam Kashner

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Soon I will have a copy of Colleen Hoover’s Verity, (Release Date – 12/18) which I pre-ordered a while ago:

“Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I’ve been waiting on a thriller like this for years.” Tarryn Fisher, NYT bestselling author.               

Synopsis:  Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is a rough draft of an autobiography Verity likely didn’t intend for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of the night their family was forever altered.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

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So that’s my week so far.  What delights await you today and for the rest of the week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A FLURRY OF ACTIVITIES…

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Welcome to my Sunday Potpourri post.  It has been a while since I’ve written one, although I’ve done some Weekend Potpourri posts lately.

Today it is raining…hard.  After a week of lovely sunshine, I should have known!  Luckily I did my round of shopping yesterday, and accomplished a lot.  I went to two shops and found two dresses as “potential” Mother of the Bride outfits.  My daughter vetoed one of them, but liked the other.  As it turns out, I think I will be happy with it, too.  A kind of silvery shade with lace over the top, but with very simple lines… and flattering.  I still need to find shoes, but I’m not going out in this rain!  Another day will work.

My other errands were a flurry of activities involving picking up medications; going to Fed Ex to get copies of some legal documents; and finally, settling down for this relaxing cup of Chicken Tortilla Soup…and, of course, the ubiquitous Pomegranate Martini.

 

 

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Tonight I am excited about another episode of Big Little Lies, as well as The Good Fight, streaming later on CBS: All Access.

Another miniseries I’ve set to record:  Feud, Bette and Joan, starring Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange.

Today I’m reading The Good Daughter, by Alexandra Burt.  I’m enjoying it so far, although there are alternating characters whose connection to the MC has not yet revealed itself.

 

 

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As I read and try to enjoy the rainy day, I keep a close eye on my skylight cover….so far, so good.

What do you enjoy on rainy days?  What does your weekend look like?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: READING, BLOGGING, & UNEXPECTED DISCOVERIES

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Sundays are the perfect day for reading, blogging, and movies. 

Eager to start the day by visiting weekly updates, I was ready to set up my tray; the one that I carry into the office and set next to the computer.  But then I groaned inwardly, realizing that in my laziness yesterday, I hadn’t gone to the store.  So there was no milk for cereal.

But then I remembered the K-Nourish hot cereals I had picked up a couple of weeks ago.  No milk required.  So I had one while visiting blogs.  Check out my Weekly Updates here.

 

 

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Now I am fed, caffeinated, and ready to go to the store.  But first, here’s what I am excited about for the rest of today.  I am reading The Pocket Wife, by Susan Crawford.

 

 

 

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And in the early pages, we find out where that title comes from…bet you’ll never guess!  LOL

Remember how I vowed to curtail the Vine reviews I requested?  And how I had two or three books, and then the number crept up to five?  Well, yesterday I ordered another one!  *Smacks hands*

 

The Secrets of Midwives, by Sally Hepworth, was just waiting patiently in my queue.  How unlikely is that?

 

 

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The Secrets of Midwives is women’s fiction at its finest. Sally Hepworth has written a wonderfully satisfying story about three generations of midwives. It’s touching, tender and obviously meticulously researched, giving the reader a fascinating window into the amazing world of midwifery. A delightful read.” —Liane Moriarty, author of The Husband’s Secret

“From the first page, I could not put The Secrets of Midwives down. Sally Hepworth delves into family secrets and family love in two different eras, adding mystery and plot twists at a breathless, exhilarating pace. I simply love this book!” —Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle

 

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Yesterday, I found another box unopened from my move seven years ago…I thought it was my daughter’s, but recognized my handwriting on it, once I pulled it down from the top shelf.  As I hesitated, wondering what could be inside, I felt like a kid on Christmas.  Here is what I found: 

 

 

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I think I will put them in a bin…and ponder whether or not they can come out and show themselves.  What do you think?

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I want to go to the movies today, too, but as I gaze outside, I suspect rain might be coming.  Not that rain should stop me, though; after all, I AM RAIN!  Yes, that’s my nickname.

What is on your list for the day?  Reading, movies, whatever?

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