SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A COOLING TREND & HOT BOOKS…

Another Sunday to enjoy…curled up in this room, reading a NetGalley ARC (Lies, by T.M. Logan), which grabbed me right away.  Some books are like that, aren’t they?

“Assured, compelling, and hypnotically readable—with a twist at the end I guarantee you won’t see coming” (New York Times bestselling author Lee Child), T. M. Logan’s debut psychological thriller dissects a troubled marriage straight to the marrow as one man separates the truth from the Lies

 

I started reading the book at the neighborhood restaurant I enjoy (California Pizza Kitchen), where I had soup and a margarita, along with my book.

What a great week I’ve enjoyed!  The weather cooled down just a little bit (it’s 90 degrees right now, down from triple digits), which is not only greater in the daylight, but the nights are better, too.  I’m actually sleeping at night!

Earlier in the week, I had some help scrubbing the kitchen.  Fiona earned every dollar and thanks that I gave her.  Will she be adding another tattoo? 

Tonight will be the season finale of Sharp Objects, and I’ve been on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it all concludes.  I’m also eager to watch more episodes of Chesapeake Shores and Hallmark Murders and Mysteries: Garage Sale Mystery.

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So…back to my book.  Next I hope to read An Unwanted Guest. How are you spending your Sunday?  What lies ahead in the new week?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ANTICIPATION…& DISAPPOINTMENT…

Good morning Sunday!  As I sit here visiting blogs and sipping coffee, I am disappointed.  Yes, imagine that!  I thought today was the Season Finale of The Good Fight, Season II…but alas, that was last week.

Yes, I saw the episode, but thought I still had one more to go!  I love waking up on Sunday and watching that show with my coffee.  Sigh.  Check out my Coffee Friends, (below).  They sit on my hall tree at the front door.

 

Last week, I ended up reading three books, but as of Thursday, I had only finished one.  I was reading two at once, so I finished the second one…and then sped through the Julie Mulhern book, Shadow Dancing.  I love that series.

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So…what’s on today’s schedule?  I really need to spiff up a few things around the house…but then I say:  I could do that tomorrow!  Do you ever do that?  Procrastinate?  My daughter posted this message on her FB page.

 

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I want to watch something on Netflix, but haven’t settled on anything new.  Sigh. 

I am starting to read Bring Me Back, and perhaps I will immerse myself in that book instead of watching movies or shows.

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Earlier, while blog visiting, I discovered a new book from another favorite author:  Paula Daly’s Open Your Eyes, coming on July 26.

‘Yet another gripping, heartbreaking read from a brilliant writer’ Jill Mansell Haven’t we all wanted to pretend everything is fine? Jane doesn’t like confrontation. Given the choice, she’d prefer to focus on what’s going well, the good things in life. But when her husband, Leon, is brutally attacked in the driveway of their home, in front of their two young children, Jane has to face reality. As he lies in a coma, Jane must open her eyes to the problems in her life, and the secrets that have been kept from her, if she’s to find out who hurt her husband – and why. Maybe it’s time to face up to it all. Who knows what you might find …

It is not available on NetGalley…so I may have to get it from Amazon.

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When I look at my book acquisitive behavior, I am reminded of how different things were, pre-blogging.  That was ten years or more in the past, and I would wander through bookstores to see what I could discover.  Back then, I read a lot, too, but there was no book reviewing.   Now I seldom buy books in a shop, except from the bargain table.  I almost feel guilty, since bookstores may disappear, and we only have ourselves to blame.

How has your book buying changed over the years?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: ENJOYING COZY BOOKS & MOMENTS…

Welcome to my Sunday…a day to visit blogs, but also a wonderful day to watch the streaming show The Good Fight.  I love the characters, some of which were in another favorite show, The Good Wife.

 

We’re on Season II…and when I first started watching this new season, the audio was very poor, so I had to lean forward and add the closed captions.

But suddenly the sound is normal again!  So happy about that.

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When I opened my e-mails today, I saw another book from the library!  I love how this works…I put them on hold, and then they automatically appear.  Today’s “gift” was Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery.

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I have another recent book from the library to start reading:  A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer…a favorite author that takes me right to the beach.

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I’m also reading Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns, a NetGalley review book.

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I am looking forward to a cozy Sunday!  I also have some shows and movies waiting on my DVR.

What are you anticipating today?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: GENERAL QUIRKINESS…& FAVORITE THINGS

Good morning!  Today’s tidbits include my quirky take of the photo (above); PicMonkey has a daguerreotype frame that turns an ordinary photo into this smoky rendition.

I also did this to the same photo:  an off-center heart-shaped version.

 

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So…yesterday I had lunch with an old friend.  We were colleagues for three years when we both worked in a private foster family agency (after my retirement from the county career).  She lives in Northern California and works for State Rehab. now.

All of us were very close working together in an agency with a very authoritarian/mercurial CEO…it was us against her.  That kind of setting brings people together. We all had regular get-togethers while we were working there, and then after we each left…but now we are all scattered throughout the state.

So it was good to catch up.

Afterwards I saw The Glass Castle, which I thoroughly enjoyed.  The film flashed back and forth in time, bringing us moments in childhood interspersed with the adult scenes.  It was a riveting “true story” brought to film.  I also loved the book version, which I read before I started blogging.

 

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Last night, I watched more of Season III of The Ranch, on Netflix, which I didn’t enjoy very much at first…but now I’m riveted.  I’m not sure why.  Probably because I finally allowed the scenes with Debra Winger and Sam Elliott (both of whom I enjoy) to overshadow the silliness of Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson.

I’ve been watching the TV season of the new show Doubt, with Katherine Heigl…and I see that nothing is scheduled for next week, so I am guessing it is going on hiatus.  I hate when that happens, especially with a cliff-hanger ending.

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How is your weekend shaping up?  Plans?  Adventures?

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MONDAY POTPOURRI: POST-HOLIDAY CHANGES

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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:

 

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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?

 

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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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