Welcome to our last Thursday Coffee Chat before Christmas.  I decided to pair my coffee with a Christmas cookie, which was one from a package I bought…yes, I buy my cookies!  Baking takes too much time and counter space.   Anyway…check over at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are chatting about.

This week has been flying by.  I did binge-watch the ten new episodes from The Ranch…and every time I watch it, I vow to stop.  I can’t stand some of the characters…lol.  But I do enjoy Debra Winger and Sam Elliott.  Is it my age?  The youngish guys are just idiots.  My own youngish adult children like this kind of humor, though, so it must be my age and my generation.

  • I watched Ellen DeGeneres today, and one of her guests was Barbra Streisand (speaking of age!).  Barbra has a new Netflix show (The Music…the Mem..’ries…the Magic) that begins tomorrow.
  • The other night I recorded The Year: 2017, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to watch it in bits and pieces.  We already know it was a horrific year, with violence from people and nature…but to see it all unfolding…it was almost overwhelming.
  • I’m going back to watching Hallmark Christmas movies now, just to get past the angst.
  • Only one book read and reviewed so far:  Snap Judgment (Samantha Brinkman Book 3), by Marcia Clark (click for my review).  I loved it, just as I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series.
  • One of these days I hope to read Without a Doubt, her book about the O. J. Trial.
  • Currently reading:  Wonder Valley, by Ivy Pochoda; halfway finished.
  • Earlier in the week, I started reading Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward…but gave up on it after the first chapter, which is really unusual for me.  Obviously I’m in the minority, as I see many rave reviews about it, and it won prizes.  So…I guess it’s me, not you, little book.  LOL.  I didn’t connect with the narrators at all.  I do normally love the themes, though (drug abuse, dysfunctional family, poverty, etc.).
  • Does it seem as though I’m apologizing for not loving what little I read of the book, or that I gave up so quickly?
  • Moving on.  Yesterday I downloaded a new release that I’ve been eyeing:  The Girl in Times Square, by Paullina Simons.

  • On a lighter note, last week I mentioned my plan to change up my nail color…which I did.  If you’ve already seen the photo on one of my other blogs (or Facebook, lol), I apologize for the repetition.

  • More photos from abroad:  Aubrey had a friend capture this cute photo of her and my eldest son (her Uncle Craig) in a snow globe…


So…that’s it for today.  Come on by and let’s chat. 




    1. Thanks, Trish, and I’ve seen those nails with alternating colors, and the gold sounds great! Maybe I’ll have to borrow that idea soon. For the New Year?

      Even though I think the young guys on The Ranch are idiots, I can’t stop myself from watching…lol.


  1. I like to think I’ll bake a cookie or biscuit as we call them, but usually not! Although I do make my own muffins. Looking forward to seeing your choice for Jan. 1st. Have mine picked out, its a review book this time round.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathryn, and I love having a bookish thing to anticipate for the New Year.

      As for cookie/biscuits, I used to bake them when I was young, although I often ate the raw dough as I worked, ending up with not so many. My favorites were chocolate chip. I have a fun memory of my sister and I doing just that on a summer day.

      I think that’s why I really stopped baking them, the unhealthy raw dough addiction.


  2. Patty

    Cookies are yummy whether you made them or bought them…that one looks particularly inviting. I love that you have your day well planned and your first book picked…and Hallmark movies are truly addictive! Den will attest to that, too!

    Enjoy your day!

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    1. Thanks, Patty, and those cookies are light and go down so quickly that you can almost forget you ate so many!

      I do have the day planned, and I’ll also be going to brunch at my daughter’s…a last minute plan.

      I still have three more Hallmark movies on my DVR to watch…and I’ll probably record some more. Enjoy your holiday!


  3. All I can say is thank heaven for Hallmark movies! LOL. So I made some cookies but my new item this year is sugared pecans. They are so easy (recipe found on Pinterest) and they will be what I gift to neighbors this year. Someone told me they are great sprinkled on oatmeal, salads or just as a snack alone. Have a lovely day!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Mary, and those sugared pecans do sound wonderful. My mom used to do something similar with walnuts (we lived on a ranch with nuts, fruits, etc.). I had completely forgotten about them, but your pecans reminded me of this Christmas treat at home. Nostalgia…

      Enjoy the holidays and Hallmark movies…and whatever else you do.


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