I woke up very early today…somehow the time change worked against gaining that extra hour of sleep.

Even though I have removed batteries from my collection of clocks that I am considering “purely decorative” (see below), there were still clocks to change.

Like this one, below:

And this one:

I also have a big Coca Cola clock in the dining area…and then there are the coffee maker and the microwave.  Let’s not forget the car clock…which I tend to ignore until I get ready to drive it.  See Coca Cola clock on the far right.

After yesterday’s security breach, I am not thinking much about these ordinary life glitches.  I am still reeling from what happened because of a seemingly incompatible system that came with the laptop!  I had felt a niggle of doubt, flowing like an undercurrent when I brought it home…without my familiar system.  Which apparently would have been a problem with the Windows 10, too.


So…after the security issues were sorted, I had to go to the restaurant around the corner and enjoy some soup.  And a margarita.

I am reading Try Not To Breathe, by Holly Seddon, a book I purchased a year ago.

And I’m reading What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton…but I’ll be picking it up now and then to read a chapter or two.  I can’t bury myself in it.


So…have we managed to get through life’s little glitches?  What has your week been like?



Changing the clocks AGAIN!  How did they come up with this off-kilter system, with only four months since our last changeover?

Okay…you get that I hate changing the time!  Even though I’ve removed batteries from some of my more decorative clocks:

But…still there are the little clocks in my office and on a bookshelf in the living room; the Coca Cola clock in the kitchen; the microwave; and the coffee pot.  Not to mention the clock radio by my bedside.

I am sure I forgot one.  Oh, yes, the one in my car…and my watch!

Now that I’ve (sort of) made my world “timely” again, I plan to continue enjoying this book:

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen

The story features a New York Upper West Side neighborhood, in which the street is one of the “dead end” variety.  But the neighbors seem friendly…and then something happens that changes everything.

The “alternate side” aspect has to do with parking, and in this tale, we see how the neighbors deal with the parking issue by creating a parking lot on an empty space.  Renting their own parking space, and then dealing with some of the issues created by the lot, will lead to unexpected consequences and conflicts.


I’m loving it.  I did read for a while yesterday, and I’m halfway through the book…but my Netflix viewing did capture me, too.

Parenthood is a series I’ve seen when it was on the networks…and now, in viewing it again, I am amazed at how the characters arouse so many emotions.  The parents flounder, which is kind of true to life.  But some parents are better than others.  And some characters are VERY annoying.  Like self-righteous Adam and Kristina…until something happens to Kristina that reminds us that she is human.

When some of the kids (like Sydney, or Max) display a lot of “spoiled” behavior, I want to throw things at the parents.  So…I’m guessing the creators of the show want this kind of reaction.  Right?


What else is happening in your universe?  Enjoying the weekend?  Planning ahead?




It has been a morning of changing back the clocks…and I have a lot of them.  But as you can see (above), one of the clocks is stalled at 12:00.  No matter what battery I put in, it doesn’t work.

Hmm, maybe I should remove all the batteries and set the clocks at various times.  The clocks could be purely decorative.

My computer and iPhone automatically reset their times….but I still have my bedside clock to change, my clock in the office, the microwave and coffeepot clocks…and this big red Coca Cola clock.





I’ve been visiting blogs this morning, and I’m getting ready to start reading again.  First, though, I made some changes at my Serendipity blog…a new header.  A big change, with my little grand-niece featured as a “reader.”




I am over halfway finished with American Heiress, the story of Patty Hearst’s kidnapping, by Jeffrey Toobin.





I remember what I was doing when I first heard about the kidnapping…I was in my office at work, and it was intriguing to hear the feedback from colleagues.  So many thought it was about money, but as we listened and read in the following weeks, we found out more.

In this book, I’m also discovering what I didn’t learn from the newspapers. 


On the lighter side, I’m also reading an e-book:  Stealing Jason Wilde, by Dee Ernst.






After her divorce, librarian Annie Reynolds thought she’d closed the book on love for good—it just wasn’t part of her safe, comfortable routine. But if there’s anyplace she can relax and have a little fun, it’s Dune Road, where she and her closest girlfriends return for their annual getaway in the Hamptons. She knows it’s just what she needs to escape her empty nest (and empty bed).

A chance encounter with a ruggedly handsome local promises Annie just that. But when one of her friends turns a simple flirtation with B-list movie star Jason Wilde into seduction—and Jason accidentally mixes a few drinks and his back-pain medicine—the ladies end up with a very high-profile houseguest. The media calls it a kidnapping, and before long, the FBI is on the hunt.

Soon the ladies’ tame little trip has turned into the adventure of a lifetime. But will this case of mistaken misdoing sabotage Annie’s second chance at love, or will she have the confidence to take matters into her own hands to find her happily ever after?


I took Pippa with me yesterday when I went for lunch….and got a good start on this one.




Later today, I hope to watch some Netflix...I added Doctor Foster to my list.

What does your Sunday look like?



upstairs bedroom-retreat

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….


PicMonkey Collage-bathroom views

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.




Click on the title and image to read.


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.




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:



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.




As I sit at my desk in my little office, I almost don’t notice my surroundings.  But today, over at Booking Through Thursday, I thought about certain aspects of the room…and all of my rooms.

Especially my clock collections.  Like the one in the photo above, which is just a quirky little thing I bought years ago in one of those crafting shops.  Here are some more of my collections.



Why am I pondering my clock collections?  Well, our post at BTT today is about the “spring forward” aspect to this Sunday.  Yes, daylight savings time returns.

It used to be in April…and in the fall, it was October.  But now it has changed around so much that I can’t keep track of it!

Some states do not participate in this event….and one year, I was in Arizona during the time change…but the time didn’t change there.  Or that’s what I thought happened.  But then I got home and the time wasn’t changing until November!  The first time that had happened.

While we’re really looking at my collections, however, take a closer look at the top photo:  my clock, and to the right, my bulletin board, with assorted photos.  Notice the top one?  That’s an autographed photo of Victoria Rowell (from Diagnosis Murder and Young and the Restless).  I met her at her book signing in 2008.  When I was also signing my book Chasing Stardust.



My post has taken some random twists and turns today, but while I’m on that path, I have some more not-so-random stuff going on today.  Signing my tax returns.

And yes, for the first time in forever, I am probably getting a wee refund.  Which is so much better than paying extra!

I’m also reading a book on Sparky that was one of the first ones I downloaded in 2010:  Half Broke Horses, by Jeannette Walls.  Intriguing so far.


What are you reading and pondering today?  What twists and turns (if any) have taken over your day?  I’m also missing my granddaughter Fiona…sigh.  She moved a few hundred miles away.  1400 or so.

Missing Fiona & Her Music
Missing Fiona & Her Music