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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COFFEE CHAT: WAITING FOR FALL…

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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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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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COFFEE CHAT: MORE SETTLING IN…

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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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COFFEE CHAT: REORGANIZING MY TOPSY-TURVY LIFE…

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In the last three months, my life has been topsy-turvy, and as I resumed my reading and blogging activities, I barely wrote two or three posts a week and reviewed the same number of books.  Then I started looking at my blogs and my sidebars and decided that they needed some reorganizing.  When did we last have a Bloggiesta? Instead of waiting for that event, I did move a few things around.  That will have to do for now.

  • Today I have an appointment downtown and will be taking the Lyft all the way there.  It’s not a doctor appointment, but something to do with business.  I realized that I haven’t ventured there up until now.
  • Tomorrow night, my #2 son and his wife will be coming to visit…and then we’ll go to a nearby restaurant with my daughter and son-in-law.  I do love outings that take me out of this place.  Even though I like how my little apartment has shaped up, it can be confining.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Every day is a challenge, choosing foods that will assist in my readiness for the eventual surgery.
  • Books are helping, and so far this week I’ve read and reviewed The Comforts of Home, by Susan Hill, and My Ex-Life, by Stephen McCauley. (Click titles for reviews).  Both books had been languishing on my Kindle for up to a year.
  • Last night I started reading a book I just downloaded, the ninth in one of my favorite Cozy Mystery installments:  Telephone Line, by Julie Mulhern.  I like that the book will be a quick and light read, a good one to take on my journey today.

  • I had planned to read The Lady in the Lake next, as I enjoy Laura Lippman, but I barely got three pages into it when I decided it wasn’t the perfect book for me for today.
  • My NetGalley ARCs have been whittled down to four, all releasing in September and October…so I didn’t hesitate when offered a new one that will be coming out in January: Big Lies in a Small Town, by Diane Chamberlain.  I can never resist her books!

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That’s my week so far.  What does yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: ONGOING JOURNEY

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Three months ago I began this strange new journey.  A journey to reclaim my health and transition to a different way of living, from my residence to the routines I have created.  I have fought against some of these changes, but overall, I am beginning to refocus my attitude.  This way of living was not one I had imagined for myself, but sometimes we can be surprised by how we can embrace new things, even those that we initially reject.

  • I am still waiting for my body to be ready for the surgery that should have happened almost three weeks ago…but didn’t.  While I wait, I am starting to read and blog more.  I get out and about with old friends and new friends.  I look ahead to family and friend events.  My #2 son and his wife, as well as my daughter and her husband, are planning a dinner out with me on August 16.  My son will see my new place for the first time.
  • My granddaughter Aubrey has started the first leg of her New Zealand adventure.  Here she is hanging out with two of her brothers on the beach at Jalama before taking off.

  • This week I have read and reviewed Dear Wife, by Kimberly Belle, and Someone We Know, by Shari Lapena. (Click titles for reviews).
  • Last night I started reading Careful What You Wish For,  by Hallie Ephron.
  • On the weekend, I binge-watched the seventh and final season of Orange is the New Black...and Season 7 of Wentworth.
  • I’ve been going through the smaller collection of DVDs that I brought to my new apartment…watching and enjoying…

  • My #1 son, who lives in Prague, is impressed and has elevated my residence here up a notch for bringing in one of his favorite entertainers.  (My son has done a little Elvis impersonating himself, in Europe).

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So, on to another day and then another weekend.  What have your days and nights been like?

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COFFEE CHAT: BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD…

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Some of you may have read about my disappointing surgery outcome…a non-event, except that I had several little incisions, a sore throat from the breathing tube, and assorted discomfort from anesthesia.  The laparoscope camera revealed a risky landscape in my interior, so it is now back to the drawing board.  Sigh.

  • Now I am choosing to consider the days ahead as an opportunity to finish more books…and some other items on my to-do list.
  • This morning, I went to downtown Clovis to have coffee with a friend at La Parisienne cafe, a cute little bakery-cafe.

  • I loved viewing the final episode of Season II, Big Little Lies, but now I’m hoping for another season.
  • Yesterday, my daughter brought over a small case with several of my favorite DVDs (from the hallway shelves on the far right that held around 800 of them at my former place ):

  • Here are around 100 of them, old and new:

  • I do love binge-watching favorite movies.

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That was my week so far.  What did yours look like?  Now I’m going to watch today’s episode of General Hospital on Hulu.

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COFFEE CHAT: FINISHING TOUCHES & ENGAGING BOOKS…

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I have had another week full of appointments and changes.  Before I have my surgery, I wanted to make sure to finish surrounding myself with favorite things to make this place feel like home.  Today my granddaughter took me to another round of appointments, we had lunch, and then she hung more  photos to finish out my personal look.

  • Here she is enjoying pizza and salad, while I savored my favorite split pea soup.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Then she hung some of my personal favorites, which included a few pieces of Mary Engelbreit’s art…and photos captured by my eldest son when he was living in Ireland years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • My reading has been enjoyable this week.  I read The Perfect Wife, by J P Delaney…click the title for my review.  It is an ARC that will be released on August 6.
  • I am currently reading Keeping Lucy, by T. Greenwood, an emotional journey that keeps me thoroughly engaged.  It is another August 6 ARC, and is a  “heartbreaking and uplifting story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter. “
  • I’m still loving Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale.

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What has your week brought you?

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COFFEE CHAT: CELEBRATING…

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Happy Fourth of July!  I started off the day with a text message exchange with my eldest son in Prague, updating him on events here…and learning of his upcoming weekend trip to visit medieval castles and wine crypts in Czechia.  I enjoy these vicarious excursions.  Now I am eager to check out the photos they capture.  Soon, I hope.  The rest of my day will be about reading, watching movies, etc.  This week I have been arranging better transportation, including Lyft services.  Not having reliable or readily available transportation does require going outside the box at times.

  • So far this week, I’ve read and reviewed A Good Enough Mother, by Bev Thomas, and The Better Sister, by Alafair Burke. (Click titles for reviews).
  • As I was scrolling through Facebook, I found another photo captured at granddaughter Aubrey’s graduation from California State University at San Diego.

  • As I check out my recent posts, I notice a primary focus on my recent transition and the changes in my life…and in my space.  Hopefully I will move outward to include the rest of the events in my life.
  • I am currently reading The Friends We Keep, by Jane Green.  I’ve also been following the Book to Movie feature of Jane Green books on Lifetime.
  • Big Little Lies has captured my attention, too, and so has Season III of The Handmaid’s Tale.
  • Now…let’s take one more peek at my space where I curl up to watch movies:

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How has your week unfolded?  What are you planning for the weekend?

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COFFEE CHAT: EDITING MY SURROUNDINGS…

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.

 

Settling in to my new space has slowed to a crawl.  Now I am pondering the final touches, like where to hang favorite pictures…and which ones to give away.  Yes, there are too many!  But even as I try to decide what else I “need,” I remember another accessory to add…like that little drop leaf table that served me well over the years and which has been so versatile.  My daughter did not sell or give away that one little extra…and soon it will be reunited with other favorites. (Below:  final touches in the entry way (maybe!), with the return of my hippie dolls.  I tend to tweak my arrangements).

  • I’ve been reading and reviewing more…two books already finished this week:  Little Darlings, by Melanie Golding ; and I’ll Never Tell, by Catherine McKenzie. (Click for reviews).
  • Now I’m reading Stone Mothers, by Erin Kelly.
  • I hope to step up my blog posting…but I’m not in a hurry to do so.  I’m still adjusting to my activities here…the few that I have.  Mostly I do my usual reading…and rearranging of my stuff.
  • I’m enjoying Big Little Lies on Prime…and The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.
  • On Saturday night, I viewed Tempting Fate, a Book-to-Movie feature on Lifetime.  There will be weekly offerings over the next few weeks.
  • I won’t be adding any more ARCs for a while…I have several to read for August.

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How has your week unfolded?  Enjoy!

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