LET’S SHARE SOME COFFEE & PHOTOS….

What a beautiful spring morning we are having here!  I’m not going out to the patio with my laptop yet, since the “fresh” air brings out the itching, sneezing, etc., no matter what pills I take.

So it’s Coffee Morning inside, next to my books and Disney characters, and with my laptop.  Check in with Christine’s Bookishly Boisterous Post, and Saturday Snapshots this weekend.

 

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My collection of photos of grandchildren has been growing, along with some of grand-nieces and nephews.  Today I’m sharing a few of the “girls.”  Below, Aubrey, one of my granddaughters, hanging out with three of her friends.  She is a sophomore at San Diego State University, and is second from the left.  She is into sports, both watching and participating.

 

 

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On the other end of the age spectrum, little Miss Margaret, my grand-niece, is taking care of her dolls.  Her mother is my niece Emily.

 

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Now she is testing out the kitchen…

 

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Satisfied by her investigation, she sits back to bask in her discoveries…

 

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Now…moving on to another part of the state and another family of “nieces,” check out Amy (my niece)  and her daughter America enjoying a “girl day.”

 

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America’s “pedi”….she looks like she is totally relaxed.

 

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Finished results:

 

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I love a good mani-pedi, and had my own recently:

 

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My reading week is featured today over at my Hump Day Reading.

CURRENTLY READING:

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell, a book I’ve had on my stacks since last summer.

 

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Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane, a book from the author.

 

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Where has your journey taken you this week?

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COFFEE & THOUGHTS….

Good morning!  Come on by with your coffee, and let’s chat about our Bookish/Non-Bookish Thoughts.  Check in with Christine, at Bookishly Boisterous, to link up.

  • This week, I’ve finished reading and reviewing two books (Click titles for my reviews):  The Widow’s House and The Secrets You Keep.  I’m currently reading two additional books, one an Amazon Vine review, and the other is an e-book I recently downloaded:  Woman No. 17 and The Arrangement.
  • The sun has been shining down regularly, and I’m glad that we’re having a bit of spring.  Often our spring is short-lived, followed by long, very hot summers.
  • Tomorrow I’m having a mani-pedi…it’s time, since the spring sandals are out of the closet and ready to use.
  • I had a gel manicure three weeks ago, and love how great they stood up to the hard use I give my hands and nails.  I find myself picking at bottle tops and opening things with my hands, often demolishing my nails.  But…these have been sturdy, still looking pretty much like they were in this photo!

 

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  • On Easter, my granddaughter and her boyfriend came by for a while.  She brought a large chocolate egg for me.  I could only manage a few bites at a time.  She also wanted to show off some of her piercings.  Yikes!

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  • On Netflix, I’ve been watching 13 Reasons Why...I can only manage one episode at a time; it is pretty depressing.
  • Last night I watched Bridget Jones’s Baby on Amazon Prime.  Fun!
  • Today I got another NetGalley review book that I had requested:  He Said/She Said, by Erin Kelly (June 6, 2017)

 

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That’s it for my week so far.  What was yours like?

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WELL-LOVED TREASURES FROM THE PAST….

Today I have been thinking about sentimental treasures.

Some of my treasures are those I have had since childhood.  In the photo above, note the two very well-worn books to the left:  Cornelli, by Johanna Spyri, and Elsie Dinsmore, by Martha Finley.  I first wrote about these books on my Potpourri blog in April 2011.

These book treasures came to me from my mother, who received them when she was a child in 1921.  I read them as a child, too; in fact, I read them over and over.

They became quite shabby and the bindings were coming undone, so when I happened upon a job in a library, between high school and college, I took them to be repaired.  I had learned how to fix bindings in the course of my work there, so I was proud to be able to complete this task.

When my mother gave them to me to keep, about a year before she died, she remarked upon my repairing them all those years ago, which told her how much the books meant to me.

They now hold pride of place next to my own creations and a few other books.

They are raggedy again…they could use another repair.  In the meantime, I like that they look loved.

Let’s check out the interiors.  The first shows an illustration from Elsie Dinsmore:

 

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Another one from the same book:

 

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From Cornelli:

 

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An illustration from Cornelli:

 

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I hope that my children or grandchildren pass these treasures on…and maybe they will even read them.

Or perhaps they will not be as sentimental as I am about the books.  I enjoyed reading them and pretending that the little girls in the books were my friends.

Do you have special treasures from your childhood?  Or books handed down from your mother or father?

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THOUGHTS ON A THURSDAY…

Welcome to another Coffee Morning and my Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.  Check in at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

  • After last week’s exciting getaway, this week feels a bit underwhelming.  But I have read two really good books so far, both review books:  The Perfect Stranger and Slightly South of Simple (click titles for my reviews)….and I’m now enjoying some breathing room from my review books.  In the stack above are a few books I’ve purchased…and really want to read soon.  Do you see any that you can recommend?
  • Currently I am reading The Widower’s Wife, and it’s different from what I expected…but I keep reading it, wanting to know how it will all unfold.
  • Yesterday I was bored, so I went to California Pizza Kitchen around the corner from where I live…and had a delicious soup, and read my book.
  • Reading in a restaurant livens things up for me.  And the food is much more tasty than my boring “at home” stuff.
  • I did manage to get to the grocery store afterwards, to add to the boring coffers.
  • Last night, I watched another episode of 13 Reasons Why, on Netflix.  Has anyone else seen it?  I haven’t read the book, but now I just might.

  • Since I was already connected to the Internet for streaming, I went over to watch an older movie on Prime…one I hadn’t seen in a while.  Grey Gardens, with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange.

  • Tonight is TGIT, and I’m eager to see the Thursday lineup, especially since I am now caught up on Scandal.  I watched five seasons on Netflix, grabbed a few episodes of Season 6 On Demand, and now I’m eager to continue the story.
  • I don’t have any little grandkids to buy Easter eggs for (my youngest is fourteen!), but I am thinking that a nice barbecue might liven up the day.

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That was my underwhelming week so far…what was yours like?  What are you planning for the weekend?

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INTERIOR THOUGHTS: BOOKISH & NOT SO BOOKISH….

Good morning, and with my Coffee Mug full, I am ready to share some Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.  Visit Christine to link up.

  • Last week was hectic, with all of the preparations for my weekend getaway, that celebration of my daughter’s marriage.
  • Midweek, I headed to the movies, and saw The Last Word, with Shirley MacLaine…and I loved it.  Shirley plays an aging woman who hires someone to write her obituary…so she can have some control over what is said.  But it’s also about a journey, including an emotional road trip, and finding ways to reconnect.

 

  • After the distractions and planning, the day finally arrived.  Friday we took off, with bags loaded up in the van, and we were in good spirits.  Heather took this selfie…

 

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  • The journey was smooth…until it wasn’t.  Just after the James Dean Memorial on Hwy. 46, traffic slowed to a crawl.  We thought there might be road construction, but two hours later, we finally saw the cause:  a truck turned on its side and blocking the lanes, with two crushed cars.  Sadly, someone died in that crash.  We felt guilty then for being so annoyed by the delay.
  • We stopped farther along for some wine tasting, and then finally arrived in Cayucos, where we would be staying.
  • The next day, after a Continental breakfast, we started getting ready…and at 1:30, the wedding began…on the beach outside the hotel:

 

  • A lunch afterwards, at Schooner’s, was an opportunity to chat with other friends and relatives…and to celebrate the bride and groom some more.  Check out my fish and chips plate (below), and I think Heather is looking at David’s lunch.

 

  • We stayed until Sunday, and then headed back, with no delays along the route.  That night, David’s brother hosted a backyard reception…I took an Uber to the reception, since I knew there would not be much parking for the guests.  After the food, Heather set up some fun “framed” photos:

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  • Every day this week, I’ve been busy with something or other, in addition to unpacking.  I had lunch with an old friend on Monday…and enjoyed this Blood Orange Martini before my salad arrived:

  • Yesterday, I went to my daughter’s salon and had a massage…and a hair makeover:

 

  • Oddly enough, with all the activities of the weekend, I managed to read a book, in addition to the two I had already finished last week.  Small Hours (click for my review) was a good one, as it absorbed me completely…I read at night, but also in the early morning on the terrace:

 

  • Back home, I’ve been loving Grace and Frankie’s Season III on Netflix.
  • I finished all five seasons of Scandal on Netflix last week…and now I’m ready for Season 6, which is in progress on ABC.
  • Finished Big Little Lies on Sunday…and I’ve saved all the episodes so I can binge-watch them…whenever.
  • I’m ready for a day at home, reading One Perfect Lie, a NetGalley review book. I’d been enjoying it, thinking I had it figured out, but suddenly there was a twist I wasn’t expecting…and now I must finish it today!

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So…these are some of my thoughts…what are yours?

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INTERIOR THOUGHTS: A PRAGUE PHOTO SHOOT…

Welcome to another journey through photos…featuring family and home.

I love the photo above, as it shows some of my favorite books, Mary Engelbreit prints, and interesting things, like the wrought iron hanging.

My eldest son and his wife, Gabi, shared some photos from a Prague Photo Shoot at the Hilton.

Here they are, ready to point and shoot:

 

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An exterior shot:

 

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An interior view:

 

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Gabi is enjoying the “treats” that are part of the payment…

 

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This post will be linked to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshots.

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A COFFEE CHAT: REMEMBERING AN ICON….

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As I sip my coffee this morning, I remember how much the iconic Mary Tyler Moore meant to us, those of us coming up in the 60s and 70s.  The Mary Tyler Moore show was a must-watch, and I even purchased DVDs of some of the seasons after the show ended.

 

 

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She showed us the challenges in the workplace, how to navigate dating life with humor, and how to enjoy the friendships of other women.

Last night, in two memorial shows, we were reminded of her body of work, and how her presence on the two most famous TV shows—The Dick VanDyke show and The Mary Tyler Moore show—was only a piece of who she was.

I’ve seen her in a few movies, the most notable being her portrayal of the cold mother in Ordinary People.  Remember that one?

 

 

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I am pretty sure I have this one in my collection, but if not, I am also sure that I can find it, perhaps on Amazon Prime.

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Was Mary Tyler Moore someone who informed your life growing up?  Did you watch either of her shows?

She will be missed.

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