Rain & Heather - Oct. 1976


This morning, I was searching through boxes of photos, and then discovered the one above right on my computer…already.  I had scanned it a while ago.  I loved that room, with the bay windows, and the French doors, which you can’t see, but which lead to the side steps you see below in the faded picture.

This one I found of me with Heather (below), taken right after she was born (six weeks old) is now rather dark and faded.  It was taken on the day of her Christening.  Despite photo editing, I couldn’t “erase” the ravages of time and fading.  But I loved that day, and the old English stucco house where we lived at the time.


Baby Heather - Oct 1976


I also found this photo of Heather and her cousin Amy, taken around 1989, when they were teenagers…thirteen or fourteen (Heather), and sixteen, Amy.


Heather and Amy in 1990s


Fast forward to the late 1990s (1998), and here are my two granddaughters, Fiona and Aubrey, exploring the play gate in my guest house in the foothills.


Fiona and Aubrey 1998

That guest house was really crowded back then…later, we added another bedroom.  There were two adults and four children living in it.


And here was a surprising and punkish photo of me taken in…2010, I think.  Don’t laugh!


lrs in 2010


Now…how about what’s happening in my present day “interior world.”  Pippa has opened her arms to lots of new books this week!  I went a little crazy.




After reading and loving Garden Spells (click for my review), I had to get:  First Frost, Book 2, by Sarah Addison Hall.  Don’t you love that cover?






Then I got a free e-book, due to Amazon Prime, from an author I’ve been wanting to read...Blood Defense, by Marcia Clark.  It’s the first in a new series, Samantha Brinkman.





I bought two others, which I will tell you more about on Saturday…and I have three books coming from Amazon Vine.  I received the first one yesterday:  Mother Knows Best, by Karen MacInerney.





Yesterday I finished reading and reviewing The Nest, which I LOVED.  (Click the title for my review).  I have seen some dysfunctional families over the years, and this one is even worse than most of those, because these folks are privileged and entitled folks…I am thinking they should stop whining already…LOL.

I now have read and reviewed 24 books for my Read the Books You Buy Challenge.  Moving along!





Remember a previous post on another blog, a week ago, in fact, when I shared some tidbits about some tasks in my office?

Well, I haven’t made a lot of progress, but happily, I emptied the shredder, and now just have to shred this stack…Easy-peasy.


office changes


As for review books, I have five more NetGalley books to read and review, but the next one will not be released until May 12, so we’re all good.  The others are nicely spaced out, too, from May to July.

Of course, there are the three Vine books coming.  Yikes!  What have I bitten off here?

Do you ever let your eyes and your book greed dictate the books you buy and request?


I went a little crazy with changing up the header here, too.



Shared on West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshots.



  1. Thanks for sharing your precious family photos. im interested in your books too, esp. that one title that really caught my attention: I Think Therefore I Blog.


  2. I am so glad you liked Garden Spells and I too love the cover of First Frost. I like it even better that Garden Spells, I think. I have been wanting to read a Marcia Clark, lucky you! As for shredding, I was in a closet last week and found an envelope box of paid cc receipts from 1994-95! What!!!!! Good gravy! They are now next to the shredder awaiting disposal!.


    1. Thanks, Judy, and I am always amazed at how much (and how quickly) stuff accumulates! It is a never-ending task.

      I was excited to rediscover that the characters in Garden Spells are also in First Frost. I loved those characters!


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