Good morning!  It is Friday, and it’s time to ponder the weekend.  As I sip my third cup of coffee and visit various blogs for my Bookish Friday event, I luxuriate in my interior world…even as I plan to escape into the world outside.

Before I go, however, let’s take a look at some close-ups of my reconfigured dining room: (Below), this country cupboard I discovered in an old shop in Clovis, our neighboring village, which I filled with quirky things.  The colorful tumblers on the top shelf are reminiscent of the same vintage tumblers we had in my childhood.

The bowls and mugs with vintage cereal images (Cornflakes!), also take me back.  Then, of course, catch a glimpse of the Coca Cola sign on the wall…and the dining room table that is actually not vintage, but looks like it is.




From the opposite side of the table (below), you can see this cupboard, which I found in another shop a few years ago.  I had it in my previous home, as well.  Only recently, I swapped positions:  this cupboard with the previous one (above)….to make more space available in the area.  This one is crammed with some favorite books, memorabilia, and Mary Engelbreit dolls and art.  On the right hand side of the photo, you can see lamps, etc., from the living room.




All of my furniture, etc., are collections I have found over the years.  Some things I have given away and others are stored away.  My various purges over the previous months have left my dining room still filled with the most “stuff.”  I like the feeling of the collections surrounding me, even as I pare down other parts of my house.


Now…on to my planned outings for the weekend:  The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway, Robert DeNiro, Rene Russo, etc., is playing at our neighborhood theater.




I like to arrange my movie viewing so that I can have lunch beforehand…and a cocktail, usually at Dai Bai Dang, since it is just steps away from the theater.



dai bai dang in sept



I always love to take a book with me to the restaurant…and today I’m still reading House of Glass, by Sophie Littlefield…but before the weekend is over, I hope to begin The Good Neighbor, by Amy Sue Nathan (from NetGalley).







Since Pippa will accompany me, there will be no problem switching over between books:





Next week is Banned Books Week, hosted by Sheila, at Book Journey. I will be reviewing my choice here, on October 3.  I downloaded a book that I have never read, but I have read several books by the author, Judy Blume, so I know I will enjoy it.  Forever is one of the books banned because of sexual content.





You’ll never forget your first time…reading Forever, Judy Blume’s groundbreaking novel about teen sexuality, as an ebook.

When you build up something in your mind—really imagine it, wish for it—sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn’t live up to your expectations.
True love is nothing like that.
Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can’t get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven’t been together all that long, they know it’s serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.
But it’s senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are destined for another big “first”: a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime, or the very beginning of a lifetime of love?


So….from my interiors to my outside world, and then back into the world of books…I love it!  A great mix of activities for me…and keeping busy helps fill in the missing places where my son and DIL were for most of the summer.

What captures your interest for the weekend?



  1. I love your eclectic furniture and nic naks and the way you combine them into such homely surrounds. Now you have me interested in Judy Blume’s book Forever. Sounds great so look forward to your review.


    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I do have fun putting things together and then rearranging them…to make it all seem new again. And I always aim for coziness…LOL.

      I can’t believe I hadn’t read Judy Blume’s Forever before now….but it fits perfectly with Banned Books Week.


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