Welcome to another Coffee Chat in which we share some bookish (and not so bookish) thoughts.   Link up at Bookishly Boisterous.

Hot days and nights are something I can count on in the summer months.  I would prefer if the weather would change suddenly, or give us a few raindrops.  I did sleep better last night…but then I still woke up early:  4:30.  The thing about routines, even when they start earlier than usual: they are smooth and it is easy to slide into them.  But I did do something different this week, a bit outside the normal schedule.  On Monday, after I visited a few blogs, I Skyped with my Prague son, the eldest of my crew.  I always enjoy these chats, which are hard to arrange because of the time difference.  The photo below was captured a couple of years ago when he and his wife Gabi visited us for a three-month vacation.  He is always connected to his camera. On Monday, we chatted for two hours!  That’s how it goes with us.

  • On  my Tuesday Potpourri post, I wrote about the new books I downloaded and some I’m eagerly anticipating, and I also mentioned my Friday Potpourri, in which I talked about sentimental objects in my home, like the ice cream table below that I bought in the 70s…when it was 25 years old.

  • On the weekend, I got a text and a photo from LA Son, Brett, who surprised me with the news of his engagement to Madeline.  He proposed in Central Park, below…I didn’t know he was in New York that weekend, either.  He is full of surprises!

  • After this romantic moment, they saw Hamilton:

  • Back to my humdrum life:  books, blogging, etc.  So far I’ve only read and reviewed one book:  A Noise Downstairs, by Linwood Barclay.  (Click title/cover for my review).

  • The book gripped me from the very beginning.  Strange noises in the house are my biggest annoyance (or fear), depending upon the sound.  Most of the ones I hear I’m sort of used to…house settling, etc.  But sometimes they are hard to identify, and then I go searching.  To find the source, if I can.  The vintage typewriter in the book would have really freaked me out.  So I had to keep reading, of course.
  • Now I’m reading When the Lights Go Out, by Mary Kubica.

  • A young girl applies to college and discovers that her social security number has raised a red flag. “Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined.”

  • Sounds like another book that will keep me up at night.
  • Last week I took a detour from thrillers to lighter reads.  Now I am more than ready to jump back into books with unexpected twists and turns.
  • Back to the ordinary:  my granddaughter was supposed to come yesterday morning to clean, because she needed money.  She texted me a change of plans, but then didn’t come last night as planned because of a driving mishap.  She ended up coming tonight, and worked really hard on the kitchen:  floor, fridge, stove, etc.  The floor is the porous kind from the 1980s, so it requires hands-and-knees scrubbing once a month, at least.  Sigh.  She earned her money!

  • Now let’s revisit some of my sentimental things, like these Mary Engelbreit Cookie Jars.  They’ve been around for many years!  In this view, we can also see the ice cream table again.  The stack of books are all home decorating tomes.  I love leafing through them now and then, and when I do, they also get dusted properly.  LOL


That is my week so far.  Books, blogging, cleaning…a productive week.  What did yours look like?



  1. Cheryl Malandrinos

    The weather here has been so crazy. Storms, humidity, and a few moments of comfortable. I will be glad when fall arrives. My week has been hectic. The in-laws’ house closes on Monday, so total clean out has begun.

    When I worked in book promotion Linwood Barclay was one of my clients. I didn’t know they made Never Saw it Coming into a movie. Just saw it on his FB page.

    How nice that you got to talk to your sons. Congratulations on Brett’s engagement. Hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. I don’t envy you the clean-out of the house. I’ve done some of that over the years with family members passing on or downsizing.

      Enjoy the rest of the summer and your reading, Cheryl. A Noise Downstairs was my first from Linwood Barclay, but it won’t be my last.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Cleo, and yes, Fiona worked hard. I cut off a portion of the floor in the photo…while narrow, the kitchen is longer than it appears, which means she had a lot of scrubbing to do!

      I am loving When the Lights Go Out!


    1. Thanks, Mary, I like how Brett was so romantic with that proposal…but then again, he works in the movie industry…Iol. We all met Madeline a couple of months ago, and we really enjoyed our time with her.

      I loved A Noise Downstairs…it appealed to all my fears!

      Enjoy your weekend.


  2. OMG….I have so many comments on this post I don’t know where to start!! Love the pictures, congrats on your son’s engagement, glad you had opportunity to Skype with the eldest one, love Mary Engelbreit, and can you send your granddaughter to my house to do my floors, baseboards, blinds and windows? Oh, and loved the 1970’s table too. ☺️
    I’ve missed reading your posts. I haven’t been feeling too well so I’m so happy to have read this one. Have a great day.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Laurie, and I’m sorry you aren’t feeling well. We are all excited about the engagement, as we met her recently, and she’s such a delightful person.

      I always love Skyping with my eldest…it’s not the same as being in the same room, but almost.

      I’m glad Fiona got as much done as she did…I could also use all that other stuff done that you mentioned…LOL. But she did the fridge, the stove, and the kitchen floor (which was quite a job!).

      Mary Engelbreit is one of my favorite household artists…I have lots of her stuff.

      Have a great weekend!

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