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?