Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.

Mother’s Day weekend was nice and quiet.  We had plans for wine tasting, but then postponed them in favor of a lunch on Tuesday…which turned out to be an awesome get-together with my daughter and my two “other daughters,” who had lived with us on and off in their teenage years.  We went to a new-to-me place…and I forgot to photograph the food!  Our venue was a neighborhood BBQ place, and I inhaled the smoky scent all through the afternoon…even after I left.  LOL.  In fact, I think I still smell it on my skin!  But I did grab a shot of this trio of “daughters:”  L to R – Monica, Heather, & Jessica.

  • I got the usual text messages from the grown kids who live elsewhere, and really enjoyed this one from Son #2, who lives in LA;  he shared some glitzy moments with his significant other, before and during their Jazz Night in Hollywood:






A couple of days before his adult evening, he had driven to Berkeley with his kids, since his oldest son (and my oldest grandchild) just graduated from UC Berkeley.  Here is Alec with his dad:

  • These are the moments I live for!  When I go into my kitchen, I still recall when that oldest grandson was a cute baby, as depicted on this mug (front and center):

  • Among the photos Brett texted was an extra that he threw in…Alec as a small child;  he had added this message to the photo:

  • Lately I’ve been scrolling more obsessively through my photos, especially some from the past.  I can’t believe how quickly time has flown!
  • But…meanwhile, some bookish thoughts:  I have only finished one book this week so far:  The Garden of Small Beginnings, by Abbi Waxman (click for review).  Currently, I’m reading Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova, a library book: “Poignant and powerful, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness.” 
  • I am writing this on Wednesday, and tonight I plan to watch another episode from The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.
  • On Netflix, I watched Our Souls at Night again…I love seeing Jane Fonda and Robert Redford together…sigh.
  • This weekend, I am very excited about going to the movies, where Book Club will be playing, with a great cast of some of my favorites:


What a plethora of good things to anticipate!  How is your week shaping up?  Meanwhile, I’ve been diligent about my daily workouts while watching movies:



  1. I loved the book Our Souls at Night and must watch the movie. Also loved The Garden of Small Beginnings – one of my favorite reads of 2017. Need to get her latest novel.
    Thanks for sharing about your Mothers Day – looks like you had a nice celebration.

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  2. You should be really proud of yourself for your workouts! I am glad you have had such a fun family filled week. I think it’s ok to have just read one book this week.

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    • Thanks, Patty, and I’m nearing the end of Every Note Played, just in time to add another library book that came in yesterday! (The Gunners).

      The workouts are getting easier, so I will probably increase the amount of time…I hope that action doesn’t put me off the exercise. LOL


  3. Lovely family photos in today’s Saturday Snapshot post. Sounds like your Mother’s Day was just about perfect. Good luck with your exercise program. Good for you!
    I saw The Book Club yesterday with a friend from one of my writing groups. We laughed all the way through it. I hope you enjoy it, too.
    My Saturday Snapshot asks ”What’s in a Name?

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    • Thanks, Sandy, it was a wonderful week of family, exercise, and a little reading. This morning I’m doing some housework so I won’t feel guilty about luxuriating in the movies this afternoon. Enjoy your weekend!


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