SUNDAY POTPOURRI: CELEBRATING SPECIAL MOMENTS, PAST & PRESENT

Coffee, Mimosa, & reading - logo2Welcome to Sunday Potpourri, my little event that memorializes the beginnings of this blog.

Yes, a long time ago (July 12, 2009), I started this blog…and it was on a Sunday.  My granddaughter Fiona was there with me, looking over my shoulder as I created my header.  Back then, I had a header that celebrated my time in Sedona, Arizona, Red Rock Country. 

 

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Here is an excerpt from that post on July 12, 2009:

Okay, so it’s a very special Sunday morning and I’m having so much fun.  First of all, I had my morning coffee; a Mimosa, because it’s Sunday; read the Sunday paper—my favorite!—while sipping the coffee and Mimosa; then my granddaughter Fiona and I took pix of each other, soon to be posted here; and then watched the “Shopaholic” DVD together.

See, isn’t that fun?

Fiona is 12 and still enjoyable.  She hasn’t entered that horrible “teen” stage yet!  LOL.  And she still thinks I’m cool.  Having raised four kids and seen them through the teens and twenties, I’m not deluded enough to think that this wonderful phase will last.  But I’m enjoying it while I can!

 

This is what Fiona looked like back then:

 

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On this Fourth of July weekend, I have enjoyed the company of my youngest grandson, Noah, who is thirteen.  Here are some photos of what he loves doing:  X-box, eating, more X-box….He turned the loveseat around, and it makes the perfect perch. 

 

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Still there, hours later…lol

 

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Before he settled in with his games, though, he had a large burger and a big milkshake:

 

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And that was lunch…

For dinner, we had pizza…which went too quickly for me to photograph it.  LOL

Teenage boys are quite different from girls.  Fiona had more fun with books, studying my blogging techniques, and watching movies.

Noah did bring his computer and some DVDs, which he watched later that night.

Fun was had by all.  Earlier, I had this “milkshake.”

 

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Happy Fourth of July Weekend!

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY OF LAZING ABOUT….

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Welcome to my Sunday Potpourri event.  What do I love about Sundays?

If I have planned my weekend right, it can be a day of lazing about.  Reading, watching movies on Netflix or Amazon, watching shows on those sites…and taking a nap.

But first, I am having a cup of coffee, my second, only this one has a little shot of Brandy.  Yikes!

The mimosa will come later.

My book for today is Most Wanted, by Lisa Scottoline, and I started it yesterday.  Stayed up quite late and read until my eyes were too tired to continue, but I can’t wait to see what will happen next.

 

 

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Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

Two months pass, and Christine is happily pregnant. But one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders—and the blond man bears an undeniable and uncanny resemblance to her donor.

Delving deeper to uncover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. Riveting and fast-paced with the depth of emotionality that has garnered Lisa Scottoline legions of fans, Most Wanted poses an ethical and moral dilemma: What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a serial killer?

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What I am enjoying:  Christine’s persistence in uncovering the truth, even though her husband’s disapproval and coldness are hard for her to take…and his behavior makes me hate him a little.  Maybe he will be better later on?

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What are you enjoying today?  A lazy or a busy day?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: A DAY OF READING & MOVIES

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Welcome to my Sunday Potpourri post!  I am eager to begin Bloggiesta week, where I have all kinds of plans for my Curl up and Read site.  During the week, I am sure that I will also tweak some of my other blogs.  Why not?

Yesterday, I finished Debbie Macomber’s A Girl’s Guide to Moving On (click for my review).

 

 

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Then I watched the movie Brooklyn on Amazon Videos.  Loved it!

 

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I also have the book, and hope to start reading it soon.

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I am continuing with Duplicate Keys, by Jane Smiley…there are many questions about the murder of two friends…and the fact that oodles of people had access, as the tenants of the apartment were handing out keys right and left.  Bad….

 

 

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Netflix is calling to me, too, as well as the Amazon Videos.  Plus…on Hulu Plus, there is a continuing series based on the book 11/22/63, starring James Franco.  A time traveling story that I enjoyed.

But first…I really think I should read for a while.  What are you up to on this Sunday?  Reading, out and about, or watching something.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: AN UNRELIABLE NARRATOR, ETC.

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Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri event.  This morning, I’ve been visiting blogs, for the Sunday/Monday events, and here it is, only 8:00 a.m.

That’s because I woke up at 5:30 a.m.!

Yesterday, I ran a few errands, had lunch at Marie Callender’s (love the potpie!), and came home to binge-watch House of Cards, Season 4.  Loving this show, but there are only 13 episodes in this new season, so I need to savor them more…before they are over.

Then I settled down with Remember Mia, by Alexandra Burt, my current read.

 

 

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There is something profoundly troubling to me about this book.  A missing baby, a car accident, amnesia…all of these events are seen from the perspective of an unreliable narrator.  If we see the other characters from Estella’s view, they are very sinister, or at the very least, annoying.  Her husband Jack is so annoying as to be someone I might suspect of nefarious deeds.  Yes, he is cold, he is detached, and he is critical…from her view.  Then there are the various construction workers at the house where she lives, all alone, with a baby who never stops crying.  And the constant criticism she gets from her husband, from the neighbors, and from almost anyone she encounters.

I hope to finish this book today, but I even dreamed about the characters last night.  Who, if anyone, took the baby?  Why was every evidence that a baby even lived there missing, too?  And who can we trust?  And finally, if Jack was so concerned about Estella’s state of mind, why did he set her up in a construction zone, literally, while he went to another city?

Like I said…troubling.

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So now…back to reading.  Next, it’s a toss-up between my NetGalley read, No One Knows, or A Long Time Gone, a book that has been on my shelves for too long.

 

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What are you enjoying and/or obsessing about today?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: OBSESSING OVER MINUTIAE, ETC.

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Welcome to today’s Sunday Potpourri!  I haven’t done one of these in a while, but today felt like just the right moment.  I woke up at 4 a.m.!  How did that happen?  Well, I blame it on being very tired and going to sleep at 10 p.m. last night.  I think I might need a nap today, though.

Tonight brings The Oscars, and while I don’t always enjoy the hosts…or even the tedious and lengthy show, I do record it.  So I can zip past the boring parts.

Yesterday, I watched Room...awesome!

 

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On Friday night, I saw Spotlight...another movie I was glued to as I watched…

 

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In the past couple of weeks, I have been obsessed with the minutiae of my blogging life.  Like my e-mail accounts.  For some reason, gmail took forever to load, so I started investigating.

 

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Imagine my horror to discover that there were HUNDREDS of e-mails in my Trash folder.  It says right at the top of the folder that they empty these after thirty days…right?  Not true.

So I spent a considerable amount of time going back over these e-mails, and also the folder All Mail, which doesn’t empty just because we delete our inbox.  Who knew?

Now everything is fine…and surprisingly, I now access my e-mail without too much difficulty.

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On to less tedious events: 

I am reading a Jane Green book that I somehow missed back when it first came out (2009).  I downloaded my copy in July 2015.  Dune Road is an intriguing journey into our MC’s new life after divorce.

 

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Dune Road is set in tony Highfield, Connecticut, where recent divorcee Kit Hargrove has joyfully exchanged the requisite diamond studs and Persian rugs of a Wall Street Widow for a clapboard Cape with sea-green shutters and sprawling impatiens. Her kids are content, her ex cooperative, and each morning she wakes up to her dream job: assisting the blockbuster novelist Robert McClore. Then an unexpected series of events forces Kit to realize that her blissfully constructed idyll and blossoming new romance aren’t as perfect as she thought. A warm, witty, and gloriously observed meditation on the challenges of starting over, Dune Road is Jane Green at her absolute best.

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Sounds good, right?  I am usually obsessed with thrillers, but I love taking a mini-break to visit the world of characters starting over.

What are you obsessing about today?  What tiny tidbits are catching your interest?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BINGEING ON BOOKS, ETC.

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Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri. 

I’ve been on my blogs all morning, and responding to e-mails.  In a little while, I’m going to try to make the Twitter Chat for Bloggiesta.  I always seem to miss it!

I just put another pot of coffee on…I hardly EVER do that!

 

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Yesterday, I read Missing Pieces in one sitting…well, I did get up and move around occasionally.  (Click link for my review).

 

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Today I am reading What Was Mine, and I’m already having a hard time setting it down.

 

 

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The story has alternating narrators, from the woman who steals the baby from the shopping cart to the woman whose child has been stolen.  And some other voices are heard, too.  Very gripping.

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I hope to do some binge-watching on Netflix today, too, as I’m intrigued by a show that is new to me:  Wentworth.  An Australian Orange is the New Black.

A nice change of pace from the political shows I’ve been watching.

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What does your Sunday look like?  Do you read, watch movies or shows, or just relax?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: POST-CHRISTMAS CHAT

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Happy Sunday!  It has been a while since I celebrated with a Sunday Potpourri post, so I think it’s time to rectify that!

Christmas was great, with some wonderful moments with my daughter and her son, along with some of her friends.  We spent some time watching movies and Netflix…and playing games.

 

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Here is Noah, totally absorbed in one of his new games:

 

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I loved the gifts I got, which included, among other things, a cute mug…and a Crockpot!

 

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I don’t have a lot of counter space, so the Crockpot will “live” on this rolling cart next to my counters…and then will rest elsewhere when it’s in use.  We have to be flexible in small spaces…LOL.

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My second son sent a photo of his three “A Tots,” as we used to call them, since their names all begin with “A.”  As you can see, they are not tots anymore.  Aaron, the youngest, on the right, is 6’6″…or so.  Aubrey, in the middle, is “tiny” at 5’10”, and Alec is 6’2″.

 

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Yesterday, I went to see the movie Joy, which I loved…and beforehand, I read and had a cocktail and appetizer….

 

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I am reading a Barbara Delinsky novel that I’ve had for a while….Straight from the Heart, which was originally published several years ago, but came out in Kindle format in 2012.  At any rate, it was one I had missed along the way.

 

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Today, for some reason, I woke up very early…it is not even 6 a.m., and I’ve been up for a couple of hours. 

I am very sure I will nap later…but before then, I hope to clear out some movies on my DVR…and maybe find something on Amazon Videos.

What do you enjoy doing on a Post-Christmas weekend?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: MORE DISTRACTIONS

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Welcome to Sunday Potpourri!  You may notice that I have another blog header…once I figured out how to eliminate that horrible blocked title text that came with the theme.

Last week, I spent some time going over old blog posts and remembering.  This week…not so much.  I kept running into posts with links to nonexistent blogs.  LOL

The consequence of deleting blogs is realizing that old posts will be problematic in that sense.

I think of correcting the links…and then I realize that, unless I point out those posts, most people don’t go there.  LOL

Today I’m getting ready to binge-watch Netflix shows…and finish reading Three Story House.

 

 

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I like the story, but I am continually distracted from it.  I did some Netflix bingeing this week, wrote a lot of  blog posts, and even did some cleaning.  Yes, after the carpet shampooing, I feel the need to keep things spotless.

I got only two new books this week; check out my Weekly Updates.

The Passenger is a NetGalley e-ARC to be released in March, but I’m so eager to start reading it!

 

 

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What are your Sunday plans?  Do you take time off from blogging and reading?

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FALLING BACK – TIME CHANGES & THOUGHTS OF THE PAST…

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Yesterday, I plumbed the depths of this blog, searching in earlier posts for things to share.  Today I have been doing the same, but this photo (above) actually came to me after last night’s dream world.

Something about time changes interferes with my sleep…so I was up in the middle of the night changing my clocks.  And then, when I slept, I dreamed about the room pictured above.  From my Friant house.

That was a room full of STUFF.  But I loved retreating there after work…there was a fridge, a coffee pot, a microwave…and I loved that wicker bed tray.

I still have some of the photos in my current residence….

 

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I then found a post from back then….called Ye Olde Outhouse…and Other Childhood Tales...I also have that photo, still, in my current bathroom.

 

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Click on the title and image to read.

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Now that we’re in November, it’s time to think of Christmas….and here is a post from November in 2009.

I have cut back on my decorations in subsequent years.

 

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Does the beginning of November make you think of Christmas?  Do you sometimes think of the past when you post on your blog(s)?

Here are some of my clocks that went through the time change:

 

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The clock on the far left has no battery…it ticks too loudly when the battery is in!

Enjoy your Sunday….and whatever thoughts the time change brings up for you.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: GUILTY PLEASURES…AND PURGING

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Welcome to another happy Sunday Potpourri event!  My house guests have returned, and we have gone right into fun mode.  Last night, my daughter, son and I went out for Mexican food.  Gabi wasn’t in the mood, but she joined us in fun after we got back.   Below, Heather has a quizzical look on her face as she decides if she wants another Margarita…Duh.  What’s to decide?

 

 

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Here’s Craig, digging in….And, yes, he shaved his head between the last visit and now.  There’s a story behind it….in my post Anticipating the Berliner’s Return, I described how he shaved his head, mourning the loss of his car…stolen!  On the bright side, it was returned the next day, and he picked it up at the towing company.

 

 

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Here’s a great brother-sister hug.  These two, ten years apart in age, have always been in each other’s fan club:

 

 

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Having my 6’5″ son around is handy…like having a human ladder.  Today he easily removed my top shelf of books from my floor to ceiling shelves….see the Before and After pics below.  In the first photo, you can see the top shelves:

 

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And here are some lower down, which were altered by the purging:

 

 

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And, drumroll!  Here are the rearranged shelves.  Several of the books went out to the garage to my Donations Shelves.  In the picture, below, note the highest shelf is now dedicated to the horses…and those books are gone.

 

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This was my first opportunity to truly purge these shelves.  I had removed a few collectibles, but the books had been untouched.

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Now I can relax, read, and maybe watch another Netflix show that we started last night:  Boss, with Kelsey Grammer.

Today I’m reading All the Summer Girls, by Meg Donohue…on and off.  Tonight we will barbecue at Heather’s house.

 

 

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Happy Sunday!  What special events/activities are you looking forward to?  This post is going on My Guilty Pleasures page.

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