COFFEE CHAT: LOOKING BACK…AND PLANNING AHEAD…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.

 

Moving along, reading and blogging more, and planning ahead for the upcoming surgery (hopefully).  I have a telephone consultation on Friday…and an in-person consult on 10/2 with the Bay Area physicians.  Evenings are pleasant, with Amazon Prime videos and the ongoing saga of Mary Tyler Moore.  However, as much as I loved the show back in the day, I am sometimes annoyed with how “too nice” Mary is…and I really can’t stand Ted Baxter.  LOL.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t like him in the 70s, either.  But I do love seeing the settings, the outfits and the hairstyles, and immersing myself in the memories of that time…nostalgia rules!

  • So far I’ve read and reviewed two books…and written six blog posts. The  books:  The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry; and Seven Letters, by J. P. Monninger (NG-10/8).  (Click titles for reviews).
  • I am currently reading a Marcia Clark book that has been on my Kindle for a while:  Without a Doubt, the story of the O.J. Simpson trial.  In a case that tore America apart, and that continues to haunt us as few events of history have, Marcia Clark emerged as the only true heroine, because she stood for justice, fought the good fight, and fought it well.
  • While visiting blogs this morning, I discovered a new Elizabeth Berg book that will be released on 11/19:  The Confession Club is Book 3, following up on the setting and characters of The Story of Arthur Truluv and Night of Miracles.  Of course I added it to my list.
  • I have a  nice little stack of hardcover books (and paperbacks) to read soon.  Check out how great they look on my nightstand:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • This week I spent time changing up a couple of my blogs.  Here is my new header at Potpourri.  I feel whimsical now!

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That was my week…so far.  What did yours look like?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: MY WEEK SLID BY…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

Another week slid by when I wasn’t looking.  My head has been buried in my books…and I read and reviewed three.  I was also alert to the knocking on my door with a staff person leaving still another Amazon package.  Am I obsessed?  Or do I just love the idea of my current shopping routine?  A little of both.  I received books, some ordinary items that I used to buy in the supermarket or drug store, and I’ve also ordered clothes.  Yes, shirts or tops, usually.

My evenings have kept me glued to the TV,  binge-watching the Mary Tyler Moore show on Amazon Prime, lost in the 70s.  While I vividly recall the characters and many of the situations, the episodes feel almost new.  As if I haven’t seen them before.  That’s because I hadn’t watched them over and over like I’ve done with other shows.  I loved Mary and Rhoda’s apartments in that quaint old house, though, and the TV station and newsroom.

 

 

 

 

 

So…let’s look closer at my week, while enjoying another cup of coffee:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A Splash of Color, Etc.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Favorite Daughter”

Coffee Chat:  Nesting, Binge-Watching, Etc.

Review:  The Last Widow, by Karin SlaughterReview:  Lady in the Lake, by Laura LippmanReview:  Nanaville, by Anna Quindlen

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Two books came in the mailbox (Amazon deliveries!), and I downloaded three e-books:

Home Sweet Home:  A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home, by Mary Engelbreit

Nanaville:  Adventures in Grandparenting, by Anna Quindlen

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Downloads:

The Testaments:  The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan

The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan

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CURRENTLY READING:

I’m enjoying The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here is a glimpse of my New Normal, with healthy breakfast choices.  I loved the egg white veggie casserole in the left corner.

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COFFEE CHAT: NESTING, BINGE-WATCHING, ETC.

Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.

 

My week has been been an “interior journey,” with cozy moments in my apartment and a continuation of my nesting obsession, aided by several Amazon orders.  Yes, the packages have been arriving regularly, as I add to my space.  I love these colorful dishes.

  • I also rearranged my little entry way to incorporate another of my Amazon books, a Mary Engelbreit decorating journal: Home Sweet Home.

  •  This week, I have read and reviewed two books so far:  The Last Widow, by Karin Slaughter; and Lady in the Lake, by Laura Lippman. (Click titles for my reviews).
  • My granddaughter Aubrey has sent some photos of her first month in New Zealand.  I really have enjoyed them…here is a peek at her new adventures:

  • I am still binge-watching the Mary Tyler Moore series on Amazon Prime, and I’m now on Season III.
  • In the residence, I am feeling more in control of my food choices, having added my voice to the food committee.  I now have an improved attitude about my daily life.

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How has your week unfolded for you?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: GOOD BOOKS…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

 

Another week has slipped by, and while I only read and reviewed two books, I am halfway finished with a third.  I also wrote five blog posts.  On Tuesday, I had my “purple” refreshed, so I’m feeling energized.

As I spend more time on the computer, my “click to buy” action has increased, but I justify the purchases by saying that, if not ordering on Amazon, I would have to pay for a Lyft ride to a store.  LOL.  It’s more fun to see the packages arrive. 

I just had several cups of coffee in the dining room.  Join me with another cup, and let’s take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

August Bites the Dust!  Hello, September…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Seven Letters”

Hump Day Potpourri:  Books, Tidbits, Etc.

Coffee Chat:  Waiting for Fall…

Bookish Friday:  “Secrets of the Tulip Sisters”

Review:  My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, by Wendy WaxReview:  California Girls, by Susan Mallery

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INCOMING BOOKS: 

Empty mailbox!  I did download one e-book.

The Grammerians, by Cathleen Schine

A playful and joyful celebration of the interplay of language and life. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy…

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Last Widow, by Karin Slaughter

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That was my week.  What did yours look like? I had no special treats this week, so I pulled this one out of my files….great memories of apple pie!

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COFFEE CHAT: WAITING FOR FALL…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.

 

My routines are humming along, not quite what they used to be, but close enough that I feel comfortable.  Just when I thought the moving was finished, I prodded my daughter into bringing copies of the books I’ve written.  So she finally did…and here they are, lined up in my little Jelly Cupboard.  You can find out more about them here

  • I’ve  read and reviewed two books so far:  My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, by Wendy Wax, and  California Girls, by Susan Mallery. I have started my third one:  The Last Widow, by Karin Slaughter.
  • I love fall!  Even though we still have hot days, some in the triple digits, the promise of crisp days and colorful leaves gives me an extra burst of energy.  Note the fall leaf in my blog header!

  • I can’t believe the weekend is almost upon us.  My weekends are different these days.  In the mornings, I head to the dining room for breakfast, which is my favorite meal here…and then, back to my apartment for reading, blogging, and a little movie watching.  On Amazon Prime, I find movies from the past…they seem to be calling to me.  Plus, I added Season I of the Mary Tyler Moore Show to my list.  I’m loving the familiar scenes and dialogue from that 1970s show.  Valerie Harper, who played Rhoda, recently passed away, and Mary has been gone for a while, so watching the show brings them alive again for me.
  • As it cools down outside, I plan to walk around out there, which is more fun than stepping the hallways.  The gardens here are lovely!  I will photograph them soon.
  • I am still finding the silver lining these days!
  • Last Friday I enjoyed lunch in a favorite place with a favorite person:

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How are you spending your days?  What gives you energy each morning?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: READING, BLOGGING, & ROCK ‘N’ ROLL…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon,The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

What a great week!  It started out with tedious medical tests that turned out well…and then it all improved significantly.  I read and reviewed three books and wrote four blog posts.  On Thursday night, I had a fabulous time at the “Elvis show” here…

On Friday, I spent the day with my granddaughter Fiona, running errands and having a delightful lunch at one of my favorite places.

Now let’s take a closer look at my week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “29  Seconds”

Looking at My Reading Progress for 2019…

Coffee Chat:  A Good Week So Far…

Bookish Friday:  “My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding”

Review:  The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves – NG- 9/3Review:  The Perfect Son, by Lauren NorthReview:  29 Seconds, by T. M. Logan – NG-9/10

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty mailbox…but I downloaded one e-book.

The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry

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CURRENTLY READING:  Since I have finished my NetGalley ARCs for September, I grabbed a relatively new book off my stack:

My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, by Wendy Wax

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Since fall is coming soon, I am dreaming about treats I’ve enjoyed in the past…like pumpkin pie!

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REVIEW: 29 SECONDS, BY T. M. LOGAN

 

“Give me one name. One person. And I will make them disappear.”

Sarah is a young professor struggling to prove herself in a workplace controlled by the charming and manipulative Alan Hawthorne. A renowned scholar and television host, Hawthorne rakes in million-dollar grants for the university where Sarah works—so his inappropriate treatment of female colleagues behind closed doors has gone unchallenged for years. And Sarah is his newest target.

When Hawthorne’s advances become threatening, Sarah is left with nowhere to turn. Until the night she witnesses an attempted kidnapping of a young child on her drive home, and impulsively jumps in to intervene. The child’s father turns out to be a successful businessman with dangerous connections—and her act of bravery has put this powerful man in her debt. He gives Sarah a burner phone and an unbelievable offer. A once-in-a-lifetime deal that can make all her problems disappear.

No consequences. No traces. All it takes is a 29-second phone call.

Because everyone has a name to give. Don’t they?

My Thoughts: A ripped-from-the- headlines story, 29 Seconds gripped me from the very beginning. The intensity of Sarah’s situation as a target of a manipulative and predatory department head at the university where she teaches kept me rapidly turning pages, wondering where she would turn next.

Her bravery in intercepting a kidnapper and saving a child led to a situation that seemed too good to be true. How would a grateful wealthy man somehow pay the debt he believes he owes her? What would go wrong?

At every turn, I was furious at how the evil Alan Hawthorne managed to escape consequences for his actions, so I was intent on rooting for Sarah in her various attempts to outsmart him. When she finally has no other options, she takes on the complicated task of turning the tables on him, with a little help from some technologically adept assistants. I couldn’t anticipate how it would all play out until the final pages, so I couldn’t stop reading. 5 stars.

***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.

COFFEE CHAT: A GOOD WEEK SO FAR…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.

 

The week is speeding by, just as the month of August seems to be in a hurry to end.  My reading has improved, with 11 books read this month so far.  This week, I’ve read and reviewed the NetGalley ARC The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves, with a 9/3 release date.  (Click title for review).  I also enjoyed The Perfect Son, by Lauren North (click for review).  Today I started reading a 9/10 ARC, 29 Seconds, by T. M. Logan.  Another page turner.

  • Monday was a day for more medical testing, not related to my gall bladder, but another potential issue…the ultrasound revealed that all is well for now.
  • Thursday will be a day for Rock ‘n’ Roll here at the residence, with Jeremy Elvis Pearce entertaining us with Elvis tunes.  The staff are encouraging us to bring out our poodle skirts, but mine went by the wayside many years ago.  LOL.

  • In honor of the occasion, I plan to bring my “Elvis” handbag along for the event (see it hanging on the hall tree in my FB cover photo below).

  • Tonight we finally had a dinner that really pleased me!  Salmon was the centerpiece, and I had been craving it, not to mention keeping my eye out for any foods that I can actually eat and enjoy.

  • Tonight I plan to keep reading my book…and perhaps watch something on Amazon Prime or Netflix.

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That was my week so far.  How was yours?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: SOME PAMPERING & SOME READING/BLOGGING…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon,The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

Another good reading and blogging week…three books read and reviewed, and five blog posts written.  Today I woke up to a day of pampering, beginning with a mani and a hairstyling at my daughter’s salon.  A mimosa kept me hydrated while I awaited my turn for the styling wands.

 

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT MY WEEK:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Killman Creek”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Happy Reading…

Renovating My Blogs…and My Shelves…

Coffee Chat:  More Settling In…

Bookish Friday:  “The Last Widow”

Review:  Object of My Affection, by Stephen McCauleyReview:  Good Luck with That, by Kristan HigginsReview:  Best Beach Ever, by Wendy Wax

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INCOMING BOOKS:

One book came in my mailbox…and another came via NetGalley:

Old Baggage, by Lissa Evans

The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler – (NG-1/28/20)

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Purchased Downloads:

The Last Widow, by Karin Slaughter

My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, by Wendy Wax

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves (NG – 9/3)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  No sweet desserts this week, but I found this lovely Red Velvet Cake from the past…

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COFFEE CHAT: MORE SETTLING IN…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat, in which we share bookish and not so bookish thoughts.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to add your link.

 

After spending some time rearranging things on my blogs, I felt like reading some of the books that have been languishing on my shelves for a while (mostly my Kindle).  Today I read and reviewed Kristan Higgins’ book Good Luck with That, which I enjoyed.  Then I started reading Best Beach Ever, by Wendy Wax, which I bought in May 2018.

  • In my new residence, I am finding ways to work around the food issues by requesting things that are not on the menu…lol.  Sometimes it works.
  • It also helps to befriend the kitchen supervisor!
  • Last weekend, I had two outings in local restaurants, thanks to my son Brett’s visit here.  On Sunday I had spaghetti, half of which I brought home for the next day.  Does it seem like spaghetti would be a “forbidden item”?  For some reason, I have no problems with it.

  • I haven’t had any doctor visits for a couple of weeks, but that reprieve is about to end.  I have an appointment for an ultrasound on Monday.  But my granddaughter Fiona is taking me, and then we’ll have dinner.  I like combining these “unpleasant” outings with something we’ll enjoy afterwards.
  • My new best friend is Amazon!  I’ve always enjoyed ordering from them, but receiving items in the mail is a real treat these days.  It is especially helpful since I can’t jump in a car to go shopping like I once did.  I’ve ordered all kinds of items to set up my little household.  Things you might take for granted, like ziploc bags, saran wrap, paper clips, and a stapler.  Also…books!  This paperback is one I’ve been waiting to buy.
  • My granddaughter Aubrey is settling into her new “home” in New Zealand.  I am eagerly checking her FB page for photos.  Nothing so far!

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How has your week unfolded?

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