A COFFEE MORNING IN DECEMBER

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Welcome to December!  And to another Coffee Morning here.  In the stack above, note my rereads…and see how they are still there.  I haven’t had time for them!

My week has been all about getting ready for the holidays.  In spite of my earlier thoughts that I might not bring out ANY decorations this year, I did bring out a few.  Check over at my Monday Potpourri:  Overcoming Holiday Reluctance.

Take a peek at what I’ve done.  The miniature tree on my Coca Cola table has framed photo ornaments of my grandchildren.  I got those ornaments a few years ago, and haven’t updated the photos…I like the nostalgia of remembering them “then.”  My little Gingerbread Bear on the middle cupboard is another old favorite.

 

 

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I snapped a couple more photos to showcase my decor.  Below, see the table by the window with still another miniature tree, featuring Elvis, Betty Boop, and Coca Cola mementos.  On the cupboard nearby, note the Candy Cane Bear.

 

 

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My sofa table went through some changes, as I had to rearrange some objects:

 

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In the mountains a few miles from here, my niece Amy and her lovely children are having fun in the snow.  America, who is eight, shows us just how much fun Mountain Magic can be.

 

 

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Amy is also ready for the snow in her adorable hat and sweater.  She looks like a Nordic princess, doesn’t she?  Yes, I’m biased.  But we do have Swedish ancestry, so she came by it honestly.

 

 

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I’ll leave you with some bookish thoughts.  I finished my Monthly Wrap-up for November, with fifteen books read…and two fiction favorites.  A nonfiction favorite joined the ranks.  Out of four nonfiction books read, it was a little hard to pick:

 

FAVORITE FICTION BOOKS:

 

 

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FAVORITE NONFICTION:

 

 

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This post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshot.

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A FOODIE JOURNEY: STUFFED!

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Good morning!  It’s the day after Thanksgiving here, and I’m still stuffed from yesterday.  But I still love looking at food…especially breakfast, so feast your eyes on my niece Amy’s recent weekend and some savory moments. At the table:  Amy, America, and Gavin.

And for the close-up, my favorite: (Note the Spiderman mug in the background – that belongs to Gavin, I’m sure).

 

 

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Moving on to other recent meals, check out my Pre-Thanksgiving sensible lunch, with books:

 

 

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Lest you think that I was completely sensible in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, take another moment to ponder this lunch of pea soup, with a strawberry margarita.

 

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Then…last week, I had to sample some turkey and stuffing from Marie Callender’s…just in case I wouldn’t get my fill on the actual day.

 

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I don’t have any photos from yesterday’s feast.  I was a guest at the home of my daughter’s new in-laws, and since nobody else had their phones at the table…I stifled the urge to whip out mine.

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Over in Berlin, where my son seemed to be having some kind of moment, check this out:

 

 

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What is your Post-Thanksgiving weekend like?  I plan to binge on Gilmore Girls…and meet up with more family on Saturday, at Yard House.  I will have photos of that event later.

Linking to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshots.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends in the U.S.  May we summon up our gratitude, despite recent events…and especially may we find peace and harmony.

As the turkey bakes and family and friends gather, let’s take a peek of a collage of last year’s Thanksgiving, which includes an event that some of us enjoy every year a couple of days after Turkey Day.

 

 

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Enjoy the upcoming weeks until Christmas!

 

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A LOOK BACK: A YEAR AGO HERE….

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It has been a weekend for blog visiting and creating new posts.  While I was visiting,

 

I read on another blog an idea I liked:  Repost something from the past, to see who stops by.

So…I looked back at my posts here a year ago, and I ended up going a little further than a year to this post on November 6, 2015.  As you can tell, I was still doing a lot of blog makeovers back then.  LOL.

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INTERIOR THOUGHTS: CHANGES & LOOKING BACK

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At some point during the past couple of weeks, I created the above header here.

Finding new ways to showcase the blog, I am often searching through various themes and trying out new headers.  Yes, I am easily bored.

Early on, I noticed that some bloggers did not recommend changes….it might distract from the brand.  Well, that could be true, but I am more interested in finding new ways to keep up my own interest…and hopefully, the bloggers who enjoy that about me will continue to visit.  LOL.

A couple of days ago, I also changed the theme and look of my website.

 

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I decided on the Hemingway Rewritten theme…it felt appropriate for a writer.

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You might think that I am overly fond of that blackboard featured in this header and also in the header above.  I even used it at my Serendipity blog.  It reminds me of the days I was in elementary school, with teachers who wrote on a blackboard, trying to ignite our passions for learning.

Now that I think of it, though, all that chalk dust…probably not a good thing.  Nowadays, I think they use whiteboards.

Here is a glimpse of me, back in the day of blackboards:

 

 

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So…that’s my look back on this Sunday, November 20, 2016.  What do you see when you look back?

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CRAIG: A LIFE IN PHOTOS…

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Many years ago, on a Thursday, November 17, 1966, my firstborn came into our lives.  And just a month later, he had his first Christmas (above).  He wasn’t that impressed with it, but he had some great moments in front of the camera that first year.

Note:  My start toward my bookish collections (below)

 

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Second Christmas – 1967:

 

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Twenty Years Later: (In those days, he preferred being BEHIND the camera….his photography love began at age eleven, with his first camera).

 

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Before his European photography adventures began in the mid-nineties, he captured photos of our little family, using a timer: (This one was taken in 1991).

 

 

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After he had been in Europe for a while, and after some shorter visits, he came back for a longer one in 2007…and (below), he is in our version of an Irish pub, standing next to one of his Ireland photos. (I have this same photo in my bedroom, which I call my Ireland Room).

 

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After years in England, Ireland, The Czech Republic (Prague), Germany (Berlin), and now back in Prague…I think it’s safe to say that he’s an expatriate.

Last year, he and his lovely wife Gabi visited here….Gabi LOVED the big trees…

 

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Celebrating my firstborn through our photos is symbolic of how we spend our time together, especially since we primarily visit him via Skype and Facebook…

How do you celebrate the birthdays of your offspring(s)?

This post is linked to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.

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THANKFULLY ANTICIPATING….

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Thanksgiving is coming soon!  My favorite holiday…So here are some photos from last year, which bring the nostalgia.  They also bring the comfort of that special celebration, as it wraps itself around me.

Below, check out some of last year’s post-Thanksgiving guests, at the gathering we enjoy a couple of days after the Big Event.  So many changes…new partners, new hairstyles, etc.

 

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Check out a collage, that showcases the various 2015 celebrations…

 

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What will this year look like?  Stay tuned for those photos.

Meanwhile, as the year comes to a close, I’m taking a closer look at my TBR Stacks over at Curl up and Read.

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My current read is Two If By Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard…

 

 

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean, an epic story of courage and devotion that spans three continents and the entire map of the human heart.

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And…the news is now out (my daughter posted it on Facebook!):  She and her fiance got married on November 1.  Just a small ceremony at the courthouse…I think they’re still planning the big event in April.  We’ll see.

I was there for this event, and it was sweet.

 

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Reading has become a solace, a place to hide, and a reminder of how characters face their challenges.  Inspirational moments come through reading.

What does your reading look like these days?

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HUMP DAY “COFFEE MORNING:” BIRTHDAYS & HALLOWEEN

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Good morning!  It’s just another Hump Day, but it’s a good time to have another cup of coffee and ponder bookish/family things.

Last week, as some might recall, I had a birthday.  We won’t mention the number of birthdays I’ve had, but I especially enjoyed this one, with brunches, lunches, and an Amazon gift card.  Among other things.

Here are some things I got with my gift card: the two books in the foreground, of course, and a lovely new watch. (I go through watches like the quick passage of time).

 

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I ordered hardcovers of these two books, Home and Another Brooklyn, as I love having a few pretty books on my shelves.

Today, a friend is treating me to a belated birthday lunch at Mimi’s.

 

 

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Halloween came after my birthday, of course, just as it does every year.  I loved these little step-great-grandchildren and their costumes.  They are, L to R, Bella, Lilly, and Maddix.

 

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Their father, my step-grandson Spencer, is in this picture:

 

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I think the kids have a “cops and robbers” theme going on.

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From Halloween 2015, I found this photo of my daughter (on the right) and some friends at the local bar and grill.

 

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Could the fact of Halloween following so closely after my birthday have been the reason I was called “punkin” as a kid?  Or could this be the reason?

 

 

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And, speaking of pumpkins….

 

 

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Sometimes our destiny is shaped early on…lol

Speaking of destiny, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of my great-niece, Margaret, showing us her early desire to read whatever she can get her hands on:

 

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So…off to get ready for my lunch….and I’ll be taking my current read with me, via Pippa.

In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch, is a story of friendships gone awry.

 

 

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What are you pondering on this Hump Day morning?  Reading something delightful?

I am linking up to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshot.

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