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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LOOKING BACK ON COZY MOMENTS: A JOURNEY

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2016 has been a year of disappointments, struggles, and family moments that helped keep my eye on the future.

Check out some recent images from the year.  Before Fiona left town to attend college, she and her mom enjoyed a cup of brew in the mornings.

 

 

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A snow day in North Dakota…step-great-grandchildren Maddix, Bella, and Lilly…and their mom.

 

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Christmas morning in LA, with Aaron, Aubrey, and Alec…home from their various universities.

 

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Those same three with their dad at a Laker’s game.

 

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My niece Amy and her husband Rick, left two in both versions.  A Then and Now moment captured with friends.  Amy and Rick were married in 1997!

 

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Amy and Rick’s three tots:  Front row, center, Gavin; right, America; top row, right, Luc.  The other three are cousins.

 

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Just for fun, I’m sharing something new in my bedroom:  the curtain that separates my room into sleep area and ensuite bathroom.

 

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Fiona’s cozy clutter looks almost like an artful arrangement.

 

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A cozy reading day…with a drink.

 

 

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That’s it for today…this post will be linked to West Metro Mommy Reads, for Saturday Snapshot.

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HUMP DAY THOUGHTS: FROM THE FOOTHILLS TO THE CITY…

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Welcome to Hump Day Thoughts….check out the mimosa above.  That was Sunday, but I think I still have some of the ingredients (champagne, orange juice).

When I first brought out my bins with Christmas decorations, the tree above was still hiding on a shelf, so one night, I dragged it out and borrowed some ornaments from one of the other miniatures.  It is a tree that doesn’t require much, so it’s all good.

The little A-frame cabin was one my youngest son sent to me three Christmases ago, and it is reminiscent of the house I had in the foothills for thirteen years….except that A-frame house had a coat of green paint in the photo below.

 

 

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Surrounded by oak and pine trees, it created a feeling of respite from the urban world.  And it brought my four children together on several occasions.

Nowadays, they are all over the place, from Prague, to LA, and to Crescent City.  One remains here in this city, and so do two of the grandchildren.  But we all stay in touch, and sometimes, they come back.  The photo below was taken in 1994. (I think).

 

 

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While we were living there, we hosted some Thanksgiving events, and I enjoy remembering the grandchildren playing on this Tree Fort:  Left to Right, Alec, Aaron, Fiona, and Aubrey.  They are all grown up now (legally, anyway).

 

 

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This photo (below) depicts one of our last Christmases there.  I loved that view from the dining room window, and to the left of what you see here was my computer station, where I created five of my novels.

 

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Creative Corner, way too crammed with STUFF!  LOL:

 

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I like my current creative station:

 

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Reading has gotten off to a slower start this week, but I did finish a short story and one fairly short novel.  My current reads:  The Mothers, by Brit Bennett, and The Sleepwalkers, by Chris Bohjalian.

 

 

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Visiting blogs this morning, I found a book that I had to add to my list…and promptly requested it from NetGalley:

The Perfect Stranger, by Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls which I loved this past summer.  The new book is coming in May 2017.

 

 

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Synopsis:  In the masterful follow-up to the runaway hit All the Missing Girls—a “fiendishly plotted thriller” (Publishers Weekly)—a journalist sets out to find a missing friend, a friend who may never have existed at all.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide—including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?

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My morning thoughts have swept me from the past, with memories in the A-frame house, to the present, in my new little office nook and all the books I love…and those I want.

What are your thoughts today?  Christmas plans?  Upcoming reads?

I’m linking up to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshot.

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MY INTERIOR WORLD: UPCOMING BOOK RELEASES!

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Welcome to my Interior World, where my journey is all about books, thoughts, and even some interior designs.

I changed the header here last night.  Only a slight change, but nowadays I am saving the headers on a separate page so I can see where I’ve been with my “look.”

Upcoming books are tantalizing me, and one is actually headed my way:

I See You, by Clare Mackintosh, is arriving soon from Amazon Vine.  I’ve seen two book covers.  Which do you like best?

 

 

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Synopsis:  The author of the New York Times bestseller I Let You Go propels readers into a dark and claustrophobic thriller, in which a normal, everyday woman becomes trapped in the confines of her normal, everyday world…
 
Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

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I loved I Let You Go (click for my review), and this one sounds even better!

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The Marriage Lie, by Kimberly Belle, has had some great reviews…so even though I haven’t yet read this author, I’ve bookmarked it on Amazon.  It’s coming December 27!

 

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Everyone has secrets… 
Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and life is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will flies out for a business trip to Florida, Iris’s happy world comes to an abrupt halt: another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.
Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? And what else has he lied about? As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to uncover what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she finds shock her to her very core.
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Finally…a new Lisa Gardner, Right Behind You, coming on January 31.  (This past week, I read a short story, The 4th Man, with an excerpt from this novel after it.  So…of course I was tempted even more!).

 

 

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Lisa Gardner’s next thriller following her runaway New York Times bestseller Find Her takes her wildly popular brand of suspense to new heights.

Is he a hero?

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash’s older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: They are all experts on monsters.

Is he a killer?

Then the call comes in. A double murder at a local gas station, followed by reports of an armed suspect shooting his way through the wilds of Oregon. As Quincy and Rainie race to assist, they are forced to confront mounting evidence: The shooter may very well be Sharlah’s older brother, Telly Ray Nash, and it appears his killing spree has only just begun.

All she knows for sure: He’s back.

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Temptation, thy name is Amazon, Goodreads, and other bloggers….but I love the tease!  Do you have upcoming releases on your list?  Are you eagerly awaiting anything in particular?

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MY BOOK JOURNEY: A DANCE!

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Good morning, and welcome to another chapter in my Interior Journey.  Reading the books I buy has become an ongoing dance, with “books in, books out” a constant in my life.

Mostly I buy e-books, but the print books, like the stacks above, are also part of that dance.  On my trunk/coffee table, there are eleven unread print books, and in the background, top shelf, seven more. (Eighteen!).

The bottom shelf in the background contains rereads…so we won’t worry about them now.

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The eighteen unread print books are part of that ongoing dance, as I read six print books in the last three months, but added five more.

Am I losing the ongoing battle?  Well, no, because I read more than I bought.  LOL.  Just barely.

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Let’s look at the dance of the e-books:

2016:  Unread Purchased e-books:  46

2016:  Read Purchased e-books:  71

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A total of Purchased Books (print and e-book) Read Between June 2015 – December 2016 (so far):

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I still have unread books (print and e-books) from 2014 and 2015:

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Here are some of my remaining bookshelves, with books I have read.  Books that survived the Purges of 2015:

 

 

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And now for the two remaining bookshelves in my bedroom.  Once there were five! (I apologize for the darkness of the photos – I should have adjusted the lighting!).

 

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I have three country cupboards in my dining room with a few of my favorite reads…and then this bottom shelf of my sofa table:

 

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Books everywhere!  But there were once many more, with the FIVE shelves in the bedroom, TWO in the hallway, SOME in the bathroom and SOME in the pantry…and the living room shelves were full of books, and now you can see that there are little trinkets here and there, filling in the spaces.

Oh, and yes, there is ONE shelf in my office, where once there were THREE.

 

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The numbers (and even the images) are confusing, aren’t they?  But I keep telling myself that my lists (pages on my Curl up and Read blog) will keep things manageable.  Hmm.

What do you think?  Do you do a book dance, or do you simply enjoy the book bounty?

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A FOODIE JOURNEY: STUFFED!

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Good morning!  It’s the day after Thanksgiving here, and I’m still stuffed from yesterday.  But I still love looking at food…especially breakfast, so feast your eyes on my niece Amy’s recent weekend and some savory moments. At the table:  Amy, America, and Gavin.

And for the close-up, my favorite: (Note the Spiderman mug in the background – that belongs to Gavin, I’m sure).

 

 

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Moving on to other recent meals, check out my Pre-Thanksgiving sensible lunch, with books:

 

 

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Lest you think that I was completely sensible in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, take another moment to ponder this lunch of pea soup, with a strawberry margarita.

 

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Then…last week, I had to sample some turkey and stuffing from Marie Callender’s…just in case I wouldn’t get my fill on the actual day.

 

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I don’t have any photos from yesterday’s feast.  I was a guest at the home of my daughter’s new in-laws, and since nobody else had their phones at the table…I stifled the urge to whip out mine.

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Over in Berlin, where my son seemed to be having some kind of moment, check this out:

 

 

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What is your Post-Thanksgiving weekend like?  I plan to binge on Gilmore Girls…and meet up with more family on Saturday, at Yard House.  I will have photos of that event later.

Linking to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshots.

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