COFFEE CHAT: ADVENTURES IN THE INTERIOR, ETC.

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

As usual, I am reading, blogging, and ordering packages from Amazon.  I am determined to fill out more of my shelves with both hardcovers and paperbacks, just so I will feel as though I have a library again.  I’ve even ordered some I once owned and loved.  Below, note how I’ve rearranged the shelves to allow for more books to join my photos.

  • My blogs are also undergoing my rearranging obsession, with some new headers…and a cute little image to capture my thoughts on my reviews.  Below:  an image for this blog’s reviews.

  • I finished reading and reviewing Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover; (click for review).  I am almost finished with The Daughter, by Jane Shemilt (a paperback that will go on my shelf).
  • On Netflix, I started watching Season 6 of Grace and Frankie, and I am beyond excited!  I’ve only watched three of the thirteen episodes, but I have decided to savor them a bit.  It doesn’t take long to binge-watch a whole season.  Sigh.
  • As I read my fiction books, I am also making a little progress on The Reluctant Prince, about John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Here is a glimpse of Aubrey in New Zealand…you can see Hobbit Village in the background.
  • Meanwhile, in my apartment, I used my little step stool and rescued my Chez Raine sign from the top shelf in the closet.  Now it lives on the bathroom wall. It was once above the front door of my foothill house, and then spent time in my condo dining room.

 

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How are you spending your Thursday?  Reading, blogging, or adventures?  Come on by and let’s chat.

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COFFEE CHAT: SETTLING INTO THE NEW YEAR…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

Throughout my week, I have been relaxing with reading, movies, and binge-watching Virgin River on Netflix.  I’ve signed up for the Goodreads Challenge, and I’ve read three books so far since January 1.  I wish I had not spent so much time on a book I would rather not have read.  Normal People had some interesting aspects, but I didn’t like the writing style.

  • Right now, I’m enjoying The Playground, by Jane Shemilt.  I’m also doing something unusual for me:  reading another book at the same time, but since it’s nonfiction, it works.  America’s Reluctant Prince, by Steven M. Gillon, is the life of John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • My second son and his wife are in New Zealand, and also will be visiting Australia this week.  His daughter Aubrey will be living in New Zealand for a year.  Here are a couple of photos of their Hobbit Village adventure.

  • I’m envious of their time together, and also, it’s summer there, which I have a hard time wrapping my mind around. 
  • In my Weekly Updates this week, I wrote about how I added another little chest of drawers to my apartment, and I am loving how much easier it is to deal with my clothes!

  • Who knew that my tiny little “distressed” chest of drawers could make my life easier.  Below, left, see the white dresser.  Between the two pieces, I can store everything I own here. With the help of my little cubby (on the right) that mimics a closet, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is how my New Year is shaping up; what does yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: A NEW YEAR FOR ALL OF US!

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

Wow, what a week it has been!  After the Christmas holidays, I was very excited about the New Year and our First Book of 2020 event. I started another book on New Year’s Eve day, a NetGalley ARC that kept me glued to the pages and watching the clock, since I knew I needed to switch over to my First Book right after midnight…which I did. 

  • Both books have been awesome, and I’ll be finishing them today.
  • The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler, is the ARC that will be released on 1/28/20.
  • And, of course, Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark, was my official First Book.

  • Since I was reading the ARC and getting ready for my First Book, I stayed up past the ball drop!  Amazing, right?
  • I got this photo in a text from my second son and his wife, depicting them celebrating at their Irish Pub in Toluca Lake.

  • My daughter sent funny videos of her and hubby celebrating via an app on the phone called Marco Polo.
  • For the first time in years, especially since 2019 was not my best year ever, I felt truly alive and energized as the New Year began.

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How is 2020 going for you so far?  What are your plans and what is keeping you excited about the newness of it all?

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COFFEE CHAT: A WEEK OF ODDS & ENDS…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

Another busy week just flew by, with mostly holiday stuff clamoring for my attention.  I had a lovely luncheon planned for Tuesday with my daughter and friends…and then I got sick from something I ate!  Will it never end?  Just when I think I’ve licked it and know what I can avoid, I’m stymied.  I was fine the next day, Christmas Day, and enjoyed a healthy dinner. 

  • I finished two books this week so far:  Meg and Jo, by Virginia Kantra; and Delusions of Grandma, by Carrie Fisher.  (Click titles for reviews).
  • Yesterday, I played around on my computer and changed blog headers and buttons at two of my sites:  Serendipity and Rainy Days and Mondays.

  • I found this sweet little photo of my grand-niece Margaret on Facebook.  She is holding a doll that belonged to her mother when she was a child.  They made a replica of the dress the doll wore back then.

  • Last night I watched an old movie from 1978, a rather gloomy flick called Interiors, from Woody Allen.  The stars:  Diane Keaton, Mary Beth Hurt, Maureen Stapleton, and Sam Waterston…among others.

 

 

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That was my week, full of odds and ends, books, and movies that I haven’t watched in a while.  What was your week like?

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COFFEE CHAT: MY LIFE THESE DAYS…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

My week has been a good one…again.  On Saturday, I grabbed a Lyft and went back to my old neighborhood to enjoy lunch at California Pizza Kitchen, followed by shopping at a nearby clothing store.  Fun!

  • It has also been a better week in the dining room.  I am discovering which foods I can eat and what to avoid…and at our dining table, we now have a nice mix of interesting people.  Surprise, right?  A couple of times we have all stayed to talk and laugh after we eat. 
  • My reading has been good, but slower.  Perhaps because I’m getting out more.  I read and reviewed Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles Casillo.  I loved his writing style and learned a few things about Marilyn that I hadn’t already known.
  • I’m currently reading Amy Hatvany’s Tell Me Everything, an unusual story from this author, I think.  A couple finds unique ways to deal with their marital slump. Definitely racy and steamy.
  • In between reading, I’ve changed up a few blog headers, (Curl up and Read):

  • I also tweaked this blog header a little. Then I borrowed from my archives here to re-post something from a year ago:  From My Interiors to Yours.
  • On Netflix, I watched Marriage Story.  Interesting but a little predictable.
  • I’ve been rediscovering old favorite movies on Amazon Prime, and enjoyed watching Barbra Streisand and Jeff Bridges in The Mirror Has Two Faces.  I have Prince of Tides in my queue.  Both were movies I owned on DVD, but couldn’t bring here…since I had to limit the number due to space issues.  Sigh.
  • So…I guess I can say that finally, after living here for almost seven months, I have adjusted.  As well as I can, given that I still miss many aspects of my former place.  But that’s the way it is.  I do enjoy having a housekeeper to clean, and someone else does the laundry.  I may start using the residents’ laundry room, though, as I have a few things I don’t want to send out.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: MOVING FORWARD…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

It has been two weeks since my surgery.  How great it feels to look back and assess my progress since that day.  What is even more impressive to me, however, is how, over the past six-and-a-half months, I have changed the way I eat, live, and relate to others.  Who could have guessed that I might actually begin to enjoy my life again?

  • I am especially relishing my little apartment and the changes I have brought to it, and even now, I keep adding more books and assorted trinkets.  Like this little tray, on the left, that arrived this evening…and a set of four wine glasses on the right.  One might think I am ready to entertain.  LOL.

  • Evening meals in the dining room now include a glass of wine.  I also have a bottle in my kitchen that I’m saving for an upcoming dinner, still in the planning stages.  Something small.  I have the dishes, the glasses, and because I am feeling almost my old self again, I’m ready.
  • I’ve been enjoying the Netflix show The Crown, this week, after breezing through another show called Unbelievable. Now I just need something else to binge-watch for the weekend.
  • This morning, a friend and I went to Mimi’s for coffee and croissants.

  • Tonight I plan to keep reading One Little Secret, by Cate Holahan.  Earlier in the week, I read and reviewed The Family, by Louise Jensen.
  • Today I received a DVD called Plenty; Meryl Streep starred in this little feature film that I’ve not yet seen.  I plan to watch it later tonight.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: HIDING AWAY IN MY APARTMENT…

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

My week, post-birthday, has been calm and quiet.  Mostly because I am fighting a cold and staying in my apartment.  I am really loving the time to myself, and I’ve decided that living among lots of people and spending two meals a day with them in the dining room might have messed with my immune system.  I used to get sick more when I worked with clients, mostly children, and then I retired and was alone in my apartment most of the time and didn’t get sick at all.  Hmm.

  • At any rate, I spent the week receiving books and other Amazon packages, and binge-watching movies.
  • I finished Season II of The Kominsky Method, which I loved; and Season 5 of The Affair.
  • I’ve read and reviewed two books so far:  Just After Midnight, by Catherine Ryan Hyde; and Ladies Who Punch, by Ramin Setoodeh. (Click titles for my reviews).
  • I just started reading If You Only Knew, by Kristan Higgins (Purchased in December 2017!).
  • As I acquire more hardcover books, I rearrange my bookshelf, which now has 25 books on it, arranged for expansion between two of the shelves.  These are books I’ve purchased and finished reading.

  • I’ve added some new clothes to my little cubby, and I’m finally feeling as if I have a few outfits from which to choose.  On the right side are the pants, and the ones you can see in the photo are the tops and tunics.  I like the mix of colors and patterns.

  • Since I’m only a week away from my surgery (finally!), I am trying to distract myself with new clothes and books…and hoping that all will go well and I’ll be able to enjoy everything afterwards.  Yes, gloomy thoughts.
  • Despite my vow to stay away from other residents until I’m completely well, I am running out of food in my apartment and may have to go to the dining room tomorrow.  Sigh.
  • I spent many years being a hermit, and now I’m realizing that I actually like it.  LOL.  But…I shouldn’t go back to my old ways.  I will plan on spending more alone time, though.
  • I pre-ordered this biography of Carrie Fisher, which will be released on November 12.

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That was my week…what did yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: BIRTHDAY BOUNTY, ETC.

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and share.

Since this is my birthday week, I’ve been enjoying the bounty that goes with that occasion…shopping with my gift cards, having lunch with friends, and this Saturday, dinner at my daughter’s house.  My week has been a good one with books, too, although I’ve only finished reading and reviewing one book so far:  Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Michael Robotham. (Click title for my review).

  • I am almost finished with Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson, which is a fascinating peek at the life and career of the iconic Meryl Streep.
  • In between my reading, I’ve been watching Prime movies and a few new episodes of The Ranch on Netflix.
  • My blog header obsession continues.  I created a new one at Curl up and Read.

  • My lunch on Wednesday was Corn Chowder and a Mimosa at Mimi’s with my friend Barbara. I forgot to take a photo, but here’s what that delicious soup looks like:

  • Today will be another one with Amazon packages, as I’ve ordered some DVDs that I “lost” in the move (sold, given away by others, lol).
  • Of course I couldn’t bring all of my movies and books…not enough space.  And if I hadn’t been “under the weather,” I could have had more control.  But that’s how it goes.
  • The silver lining:  it’s so much fun to pick and choose what to order from Amazon, and I now feel like it’s a birthday every week.

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What has your week been like?  Are you enjoying fall and upcoming holidays?

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COFFEE CHAT: BOOKS, DOLLS, ETC.

Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous,  to see what others are chatting about.  Let’s grab some coffee and have a chat.

 

Welcome to another Coffee Chat.  I planned to write it at my Rainy Days and Mondays blog.  I do like changing things up, and since I’m pretty much done with rearranging my apartment, the blogs are the next focus for me.  LOL.  But, I ended up back at An Interior Journey!  This week has brought some good books again.  First, I read and reviewed an Amazon Vine book:  Lifelines, by Heidi Diehl. Next I was glued to the pages of The Lying Room, by Nicci French. (Click titles for my reviews).

  • Now I am intrigued by Demi Moore’s memoir Inside Out. I ordered the hardcover version for the photos.

  • I’ve seen most of her movies, and I even stayed awake for her appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late show the other night.  I do miss my DVR, though; back in those days, I could record late shows to watch the next day.
  • I have a stack of hardcover books awaiting my attention:

  • On Monday, I went boot shopping.  Yes, time to set aside the sandals, and the boots I already had…well, the heels were too high!  So here’s what I bought, and they’re actually comfortable.

  • Last night, I was trying to shoot photos of the dining room, etc., and nothing was working on my phone.  I was in a state of panic, of course; but then noticed that there was a software update available, so I thought:  why not?  It worked.  But I was nervous, since sometimes those updates mess everything up.
  • Last week I mentioned massive PG&E outages…and I’m happy to report that ours stayed on throughout.  I think the outages helped in the areas with wildfires.
  • I was also waiting for a doll that I “lost” in the move, but the one that came was just as tiny as the previous one.  But I’m thinking they work well together.

  • I still have a collection of dolls in a garage near my daughter’s house.  She has reluctantly agreed to take me there…just to find another old favorite or two.  Then I’ll be done.  LOL.

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That was my week…what did yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: A BUSY WEEK…

 

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 full of appointments and activities.  Mani-Pedi on Tuesday, dental appointment yesterday, and more medical testing today.  Today’s test is one of those fasting ones, but just a short fast.  Tea or black coffee are allowed.  So, naturally, I am especially hungry today.  LOL.

  • On Monday I finished reading Without a Doubt, by Marcia Clark.  (Click title for review).
  • Now I’m reading The Stranger Inside, by Lisa Unger.
  • Yesterday two hardcover books came from Amazon:  Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson; and Inside Out:  A Memoir, by Demi Moore.
  • On Tuesday, after my mani-pedi, I had lunch with Fiona…she had pizza, and I had soup.  Plus a cocktail.

  • I’ve been ordering all kinds of things from Amazon, including tops, books, and household items.  I’ve stuffed my little cubby with some outfits.

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That is my week so far.  Soon I will call Lyft for a ride to the hospital for testing.  How is your week shaping up?

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