SUNDAY POTPOURRI: NEW WAYS TO DEAL WITH THINGS…

As I greet each new day, I look around and take in the little treasures that surround me. The books and decorations that make me feel at home.

As for my persona, my hair style has gone off on its own, so I am trying to find new (or old) ways to deal with it.  The photo below was taken many, many years ago, when I was a twenty-something.  Nowadays, below right, I am way beyond that age.  LOL.

In the photo, below left, note that I once had bangs pulled to the side.   I am sort of doing the same now, below right. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My breakfast tray just arrived, so I will nibble at a few things.  The food is lukewarm this morning…sigh.  The cranberry juice is nice and cold, though.

After I eat, I will curl up with my review ARC Until I Find You, by Rea Frey.

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What will your Sunday bring?  Enjoy!

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: TREASURES FOR THE SHELVES…

Yay, it’s Tuesday Book Release Day again!  The number of books was small, for some reason, but I did find two books to download.

Little Secrets, by Jennifer Hillier

From the author of Jar of Hearts, a mother driven to the edge by the disappearance of her son learns her husband is having an affair with the woman who might have kidnapped him.

Wow!

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Then I added this new Kelly Rimmer book to my stack:

Truths I Never Told You

With her father recently moved to a care facility, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

Already I am intrigued!

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Now I am eager to start reading this week’s stack of books…and I think I will begin with:

Something She’s Not Telling Us, by Darcey Bell

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What does your Tuesday look like?  I am also participating in Tuesday Excerpts here.

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: JOURNEYS…

Welcome to Sunday!  A day that once produced anxiety because Monday followed it.  But now that I’m retired, I love Mondays, too.

Today I’m hanging out in my office, a special place for me.  I’ve been visiting blogs and checking out books on Amazon.  I should be dusting and vacuuming…but I keep saying “later” to myself.   Sigh.  Last weekend, my granddaughter was going to do that for me, but I cancelled…I wasn’t feeling up to supervising the dusting of my numerous trinkets…so I decided I had to do it myself.  I’m the worst!

 

Why would I do housework when there are lovely books, movies, and shows to watch?  Life is short, so maybe I should just gather up all the things that need dusting and stash them somewhere.  Would that simplify my life?

Currently I am reading When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger, the author who gave us The Devil Wears Prada.  (I also have that movie!).  I got the book from the library app.

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Visiting blogs often takes me to unexpected places.  Like today, on Erin’s Still Life With Cracker Crumbs, she was showing a photo of her son enjoying butterflies…and my mind sped backwards to the year I worked in a library…when an author (Leo Politi) came to town.  His book The Butterflies Come, was a beautifully illustrated story of the Monarch butterflies and their journey.  I had an autographed copy…and I don’t know what happened to it!  I was a teenager when I got it, though, so that might explain it.  But would you believe that the book is on Amazon…and very expensive!  And those are not the autographed copies.   Sigh.

But we can’t go back and correct the errors of judgment in the past.  But I loved remembering that book.

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Remembering the treasures of the past…and savoring the ones we still have.  That feeling is why I need to go dust some of those lovelies!

What lies ahead in your day…and your week?

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TUESDAY POTPOURRI: FINDING TREASURES…

Good morning, and welcome to some Tuesday Thoughts.  Book Release Day!  Yes, I have cut down on my buying…in August, I only purchased six books.  (July was scary, though, with 13 purchases).

I am currently reading a library book:  Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine...and loving it.  But when I saw some books I’ve been awaiting, I had to “click to buy.”  And Paige, my new Oasis, welcomed them.

The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling

A gorgeous, raw debut novel about a young woman braving the ups and downs of motherhood in a fractured America

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Then, I couldn’t resist this one:

Cross Her Heart, by Sarah Pinborough

Lisa is living a lie and everyone is about to find out.

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My newest Kindle, an Oasis named Paige, came to my home on the weekend.  I’ve had fun arranging the books on my device, and as I scrolled through the content in the Cloud, I saw books I bought a while ago, just languishing there.  I had to bring some of them down!

One of those was my featured book today on Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Hungry Heart”, a collection of essays by Jennifer Weiner.  I bought the book in 2016!

What treasures one can find in the Cloud.

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What treasures, if any, have you found today?  Do you sometimes savor the books you already have, and just haven’t yet read?

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SUNDAY POTPOURRI: DISCOVERING TREASURES….

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Welcome to another Sunday Potpourri, a place to spotlight tidbits from our lives.

Earlier today, I was blog visiting and discovered a book I MUST have…so I went to NetGalley and requested it.  Here’s hoping…and thanks to Kimberly, at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for showcasing it.

The Sleepwalker, by Chris Bohjalian, is a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. (Release Date – January 10, 2017).

 

 

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When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?
Conjuring the strange and mysterious world of parasomnia, a place somewhere between dreaming and wakefulness, The Sleepwalker is a masterful novel from one of our most treasured storytellers.

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I loved the author’s The Guest Room (click for my review); it was one of my favorites for 2015.  So I am eager to read more from this author.

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Another find from blog visiting today:  Always, by Sarah Jio, another must-read author.  This book is a gripping, poignant novel about the kind of love that never lets go, and the heart’s capacity to remember. (Release Date – February 7, 2017)

 

 

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While enjoying a romantic candlelit dinner with her fiancé, Ryan, at one of Seattle’s chicest restaurants, Kailey Crane can’t believe her good fortune: She has a great job as a writer for the Herald and is now engaged to a guy who is perfect in nearly every way. As they leave the restaurant, Kailey spies a thin, bearded homeless man on the sidewalk. She approaches him to offer up her bag of leftovers, and is stunned when their eyes meet, then stricken to her very core: The man is the love of her life, Cade McAllister.

When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense—everything connected and felt right. But it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now the poor soul on the street is a faded version of her former beloved: His weathered and weary face is as handsome as Kailey remembers, but his mind has suffered in the intervening years. Over the next few weeks, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. As she revisits her long-ago relationship, Kailey realizes that she must decide exactly what—and whom—she wants.

Alternating between the past and the present, Always is a beautifully unfolding exploration of a woman faced with an impossible choice, a woman who discovers what she’s willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.

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Wow!  Treasures discovered today will bring wonderful moments in the near future…hopefully.

What treasures have you discovered lately?  Any new delights you are reading now?

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Here I am, in the “pink” in my new purple eyeglasses…of course they look pink here.

 

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THURSDAY POTPOURRI: A BONANZA OF GIFTS IN THE MAILBOX — MAY 30

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Today has been lovely.  Not that hot yet, but just right.  Spring-like, and I approached the mailbox with a “spring” in my step, feeling quite sure that I would receive at least one goodie in the box.

Imagine my surprise to receive a bonanza of three books and one pair of pants that I’d ordered.

Two Vine books and one author review request:  Lovely!  And the ARCs all had their pretty covers on….that always makes me happy.

Coming Clean, by Kimberly Rae Miller, is a story about recognizing where you come from and understanding the relationships that define you. It is also a powerful story of recovery and redemption.  Yes, my first “hoarder” book of the year…I think.

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Flora, by Gail Godwin, is a darkly beautiful novel about a child and a caretaker in isolation; it evokes shades of The Turn of the Screw and also harks back to Godwin’s memorable novel of growing up, The Finishing School. With its house on top of a mountain and a child who may be a bomb that will one day go off, Flora tells a story of love, regret, and the things we can’t undo.It will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

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I know I’ve written about ordering these two books from the Vine newsletter….but I couldn’t resist sharing their arrival.

This next book I haven’t mentioned anywhere yet, as I didn’t know that I’d be getting it for sure. 

Innocent Little Crimes, by C. S. Lakin.

Six naïve guests plus revenge served cold equals a recipe for disaster…

Lila Carmichael may be a rich and famous comedienne, but she’s hidden her greatest talent from her adoring fans–her ability to simmer, spice and serve a carefully constructed tour de force at a cozy reunion on her private island in the Pacific Northwest….

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The Pacific Northwest is one of my favorite novel settings.  Seattle is gorgeous, despite all the rain, or maybe because of it….plus the islands evoke such mysterious feelings.  The isolation alone hooked me, the first time I visited one of them.  And who doesn’t love that feeling of being all alone in the world, completely cocooned in a special little nest?

What are you enjoying on this last Thursday in May?


SUNDAY POTPOURRI: BOOKS INTO MOVIES & OTHER SUNDAY TIDBITS — APRIL 21

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Welcome to the April 21 Edition of Sunday Potpourri.

It’s been that kind of day…odds and ends, and a few tidbits and treasures.  I started out by shopping to replenish the fridge and cupboards.  I seem to put that task off until the shelves are almost bare!

Home again, I did a little reading.  But mostly I’ve been watching movies.  I saw an old flick from 1988, based on a novel by Jay McInerney (his name is a tongue twister!).

Bright Lights, Big City, starring Michael J. Fox, Keifer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates, and Tracy Pollan (who is married to Michael J. Fox).

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I know I saw this film in the eighties…but today it felt as though I were watching it for the first time.  I wonder why that is?  Has that ever happened to you?

Now I want to read the book.  Usually I read the book before the movie….

 

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I read another one of McInerney’s books awhile ago:  The Good Life.  A real literary author.  Well worth the read.

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What are you up to today?  Relaxing, reading, taking a Sunday drive?

WEEKEND POTPOURRI: JINGLE BELLS! — NOV. 16

A potpourri of Christmas treasures

The photo above depicts my office a few years ago.  In the final three years of my social work career, I worked for a private agency; its signature style of family-oriented services for foster children and parents led to a real holiday spirit and lots of merriment.

As a result, everyone went all out with the Christmas decor in the individual offices, as well as the community rooms.  I have a mish-mash of stuff here; a brave attempt to dispel the title of Scrooge I had earned from the previous year.

Afterwards, I started bringing out some of my accumulated treasures at home.

Now that Thanksgiving is approaching, I know that I will spend the weekend afterwards spiffing up my home with assorted miniature trees and favorite Jim Shore trinkets.

Here are a few from last year:

Every year, I stare around my garage at the assorted bins and vow to do a “less is more” occasion.  But every time I leave something behind in its bin, I end up bringing it in.  Even though unloading all the containers means that some things must go into bins until after the holidays.

If I put things in the bins from which I’ve taken the Christmas decor, it is easier to get the job done.  And less stressful afterwards, not having to search for the “everyday items.”

I have already started imagining how I can arrange things in my space, since this year has seen lots of upheavals (renewals?), and things will go in different places.  Like the hearth…with all the Disney creations and birdhouses.  I must find a way to merge the Christmas stuff with a few of these items….

I think I’ll put one of the miniature trees at the end of the hearth, where the bears and copper bucket are sitting….

Or perhaps I’ll swap out the big birdcage and replace it with a tree…or not.  I love the birdcage!

Do you ever find the holidays a challenge?  Wishing you could incorporate everything into the space, without having to “dismiss” any old favorites?