COFFEE CHAT: CELEBRATIONS, ETC.

Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

Another great week!  I’ve been reading and blogging…and even mailed off my ballot for the Primary Election.  Friday is my other granddaughter’s birthday, and we’re planning a dinner out on Saturday.  A friend’s birthday is Saturday, and we will have lunch on Monday.    Twenty three years ago, Fiona was born on a Friday, on the same day as a lunch for my friend whose birthday we’ll celebrate on Monday.  I was at the hospital nearby for Fiona’s scheduled C-section birth, waiting to meet her.  That was quite a day!  The photo below was taken a few days later.

  • Two books read and reviewed this week so far.  You Are Not Alone, by Greer Hendricks/Sarah Pekkanen; and Perfect Little Children, by Sophie Hannah.  Next I’ll be starting in on The Wives, which I have in print format.
  • Last night we had another party in the dining room…and I forgot to take photos!  It was Italian Night with food and wine to match.  I had Spaghetti and Meatballs, which I was worried about, followed by Tiramisu.  And yes, I did get a little sick later.  Sigh.  Usually I don’t have any after effects if I have only bits of one offending item.  Will I never learn?  Well, I wanted to feel normal.  I think it was worth it, since the food was delicious.  So was the wine.  Here are images from the DiCicco’s page:

  • I’m still savoring the delicious flavors…lol
  • This morning, I stayed in my apartment…not ready to try food again.  I spent the time sipping tea and reading my book.
  • Today I’m expecting some Amazon packages…another replacement book:  White Oleander, by Janet Fitch; and a couple of kitchen items.

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This has been my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: JURY DUTY, BIRTHDAYS, ETC.

Good morning!  Time to chat over coffee, and link to Bookishly Boisterous for Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.

  • I wasn’t going to write a post today, as, after a week of calling in at night, I have been directed to report in for Jury Duty this morning at 8:30.  This means changing up everything about my morning routines.  I hate the drive downtown, and finding the Jury Parking.  I haven’t done this since the 1980s!  Up until now, I’ve managed to be “on call” only.
  • But…I couldn’t sleep until my alarm went off, so I thought I should try writing down a few thoughts while I eat breakfast.
  • Last night I watched Part I of The Story of Diana.  Mostly it was a repeat of a lot of the other shows I’ve seen lately.
  • Because I was setting the alarm and planning to rise early, I didn’t get a chance to watch Younger and The Sinner.  They are waiting on the DVR.
  • I finished watching Season I of Ozark…and resumed watching The Ranch.
  • On the weekend, I watched a movie on Amazon Prime that I had seen at the theater…and enjoyed it because it starred Debra Winger.  It was The Lovers.
  • Reading two books:  Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate, which is pretty good so far; and America’s Queen, by Sarah Bradford, which I will read in bits and pieces, as it has 444 pages…which isn’t that bad, except that the type is very tiny, making the pages long and sometimes tedious.  I found myself skipping over parts I’ve read in other books.
  • On Tuesday, I enjoyed a pre-birthday lunch with my daughter and her son Noah; we had a very adult-like lunch, with no barbs thrown or any sneaky mentions of the Elephant in the Room (Trump).  Probably because Noah was there.

  • On Sunday, her actual birthday, there will be a group brunch at a local restaurant, which I’ve never visited, but is close by:

  • She was born on Friday the 13th, in 1976, after 36 hours of labor…and finally, a C-Section!
  • I’m looking forward to seeing The Glass Castle this weekend!

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That’s it for today.  Come on by and share your own Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.

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INTERIOR THOUGHTS: CHANGES & LOOKING BACK

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At some point during the past couple of weeks, I created the above header here.

Finding new ways to showcase the blog, I am often searching through various themes and trying out new headers.  Yes, I am easily bored.

Early on, I noticed that some bloggers did not recommend changes….it might distract from the brand.  Well, that could be true, but I am more interested in finding new ways to keep up my own interest…and hopefully, the bloggers who enjoy that about me will continue to visit.  LOL.

A couple of days ago, I also changed the theme and look of my website.

 

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I decided on the Hemingway Rewritten theme…it felt appropriate for a writer.

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You might think that I am overly fond of that blackboard featured in this header and also in the header above.  I even used it at my Serendipity blog.  It reminds me of the days I was in elementary school, with teachers who wrote on a blackboard, trying to ignite our passions for learning.

Now that I think of it, though, all that chalk dust…probably not a good thing.  Nowadays, I think they use whiteboards.

Here is a glimpse of me, back in the day of blackboards:

 

 

Lrs at age seven

 

I was seven in this photo, and on my birthday that year, the teacher drew a birthday cake on the blackboard, using colored chalk.  That was her treat to each birthday child.  The cake below reminds me of that birthday cake in chalk.

 

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Do you have special memories from childhood?  From your school days?  Do you bring those memories forward into your writing and blogging?

Enjoy!  Thanks for stopping by.

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