The dude in the photo above is hard to capture, hence the slight blurring.  I had to work fast before he knew that I had my iPhone in hand.  He is my youngest grandson, Noah, almost fifteen, and he is bored by most family activities.  But if there is food to eat, you might just catch him in a moment of enjoyment.

I had left my phone in my bag in another room, so I didn’t capture any part of our main meal.  Sigh.  But here’s what I enjoyed afterwards.  I love those dishes!  And the food on the plate, too.

On Saturday, there will be another get-together, at Mad Duck, a local eatery, and there should be nine of us.

My second son, who lives in LA, spent the day yesterday at his dad’s in Sacramento with his two sons.  His daughter Aubrey is in Prague.  Alec, in the middle, is heading back to Berkeley for his final semester…and will not be joining us here.  Sigh.  Aaron is home for the holidays from his university in Arizona, and will come to our get-together with his dad.

Here is a glimpse of  what Aubrey is enjoying in one of several countries surrounding Prague…on the weekends.  She captured this “staggering view.”


Today I was planning to bring in the Christmas decorations…they are biding their time in my bins.  But…I am still sitting here at my laptop, and occasionally picking up this book to read:

Play It as It Lays, by Joan Didion

Spare, elegant, and terrifying, Play It as It Lays is the unforgettable story of a woman and a society come undone.


Just to tease you about my Christmas decorations…here are some from Christmases Past.

This photo shows that I actually went out of my house and to the neighboring mall…and then back home again.  I think it was 2010, so it is a total blast from the past.  Back when I was still a redhead.  I see that I don’t look that happy in the photo…probably because my daughter forced me into it…LOL


I do want to see the movie Lady Bird this weekend…I was planning to see it last week, but somehow never got around to it.

Enjoy the weekend!




It’s Hump Day!  And tomorrow is Turkey Day!



Already this week, I’ve done some shopping, had a spa day (yesterday), and read a little more on the book that seems to be taking forever!

Two If by Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard, has so much to recommend it.  I know that my stops and starts are all me…since I need something either fast-paced or slow and comforting for this week.  I am determined to finish it today!





Yesterday I got an e-ARC from NetGalley:  a short story called The 4th Man, by Lisa Gardner. 





FBI Profiler Pierce Quincy and Officer Rainie Conner return in a baffling cold case in this exclusive eBook short story by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Gardner.

A young woman is found strangled in the stairwell of a college library, only her sneakers missing. With no physical evidence, no signs of sexual assault, and no witnesses, all the police have to go on are the three men who were in the library with her: her boyfriend and two campus security guards . . . all of whom have secrets, none of whom can be proven guilty.

Five years later, ex-FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his wife, former police officer Rainie Conner, agree to consult on the still-unsolved case, delving into deep background to comb for any clue that will lead to the woman’s murderer. But with no leads and the case colder than the body, will they be able to build a case against one of the three suspects, or is there a fourth man out there? And if the killer has eluded the police this long, how far will he go to ensure justice is never served?


The Murder Game is another I hope to read this week…It was written by “Catherine McKenzie writing as Julie Apple.”  Julie Apple, of course, was the MC in Fractured, and she mentions her book in that story.




It has been raining on and off this week…and so far, it’s the soft kind of rain that I enjoy.  A good rain for curling up, but not bad to run through if you have an umbrella.



Enjoy your week!  What’s on your agenda?