Good morning!  It’s time for Coffee and Chats…and today we’re joining Bookishly Boisterous for Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts..

  • Whew!  What a hot week so far!  Triple digits all the way.  But wait!  It is going down to 99 next Wednesday.
  • Early this morning, however, it was 80…so I went out to run an errand to Kaiser to pick up meds and get back home before noon.
  • As  long as the AC works, though, and as long as I don’t have to go out in it, I’m okay.  I got a lot of reading done last week, which was also very hot…and read FIVE books.
  • This week, I’ve read and reviewed two books so far:  The Bookshop at Water’s End, by Patti Callahan Henry (click for review), which made me feel really cool; and Love Letters, by Debbie Macomber, a book set in Cedar Cove (click to read review).

  • On Netflix, I watched Season Six of Offspring, an Australian show about a 30-something woman who is an Obstetrician, and we get to watch her crazy dysfunctional family (and crazy staff at the hospital!).
  • Then I started watching a show called Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts, a therapist who goes outside the lines to interact personally with the people in her patients’ lives.  Interesting and dangerous!  I’m halfway through the first season.
  • Has anyone ever watched a commercial that is so annoying that you want to throw things at the screen?  Here’s one that keeps showing over and over for Toujeo.  The guy wants to get back in his groove, but I just want him to stop dancing everywhere, with that goofy look on his face, even at work…LOL.
  • On the weekend, I saw the movie The Hero, starring Sam Elliott.  It’s a Sundance production, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Here’s the review I wrote about it:  Monday Potpourri:  A Surprising Sunday.
  • Before the movies, I had a salad…and this dessert.
  • The theater (which was not my neighborhood one) had been upgraded with wide aisles and reclining seats, which is the trend in theaters these days, but this was the first one I’d been in with these features. 
  •  My neighborhood theater plans to serve alcohol soon.  That could be good…or not.   I hope they put in the reclining seats, though.


So…that’s my week so far.  What does yours look like?



Good morning!  It’s time for Coffee Morning and Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.  Click on over to Bookishly Boisterous.

  • Last night I watched the first episode of Broadchurch – Season Three!  I saw the first two seasons on Netflix, but BBC-America is bringing us the third season.  And maybe all the seasons started there first, but I only discovered the show on Netflix.
  • Does anyone watch Younger?  I started it as a lark, but found myself tuning in regularly.  I haven’t watched last night’s episode yet…it’s on my DVR.  I fell asleep!
  • This week has been an awesome reading one!  As I look at my titles, I think I see why….not a thriller among them!  One cozy mystery, one memoir, and one family drama/women’s fiction.  I guess I needed a bit of a switcheroo.  But no worries, I’ll be back to the thrillers in no time.  So far, I read and reviewed The Sunshine Sisters, Watching the Detectives, and Talking as Fast as I can. (Click for my reviews).
  • Currently reading two books:  Any Day Now, by Robyn Carr; and What Remains, by Carole Radziwill.

  • The whole week is going to be a departure from my usual reads, but I like the idea of changing things up a bit.
  • What does today hold for me?  I haven’t been anywhere this week (it has been too hot!), except one brief trip to the supermarket on Tuesday (I think…).  When I stay home, all the days blur together.  These “memes” are the only thing distinguishing one day from the next.
  • Is that sad, or what?  A daily routine that focuses on what is happening online?  LOL.
  • Of course, there is reading time…and TV watching…and I exchanged text messages with my daughter yesterday.  She is ordering my “new” hair color, the kind that won’t bring out a rash…hopefully.  We are both nervous.
  • Fourth of July is coming…and it’s on a Tuesday.  Maybe we’ll celebrate on the weekend.  No, that won’t work!  Fireworks!



So…that’s my world this week…what about yours?



Good morning!  Grab a cup of coffee and join us over at Bookishly Boisterous for Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts.  It will be in the triple digits again today…sigh.  I’m used to it, of course, having lived in Central California for…ready for it?  Almost 46 years!  We moved here when my youngest son was an infant, which is how I remember the number of years…LOL.  As long as I can recall the ages of my children, I’m good at retrieving those memories.  (Below) Back in the 70s with my three sons, including the infant after whose birth we came to these parts (for his daddy’s job).

  • The kids laugh at these photos…the bell bottoms and the bowl haircuts.
  • We had a lot of orange in our lives, too, from the orange infant seat to an orange back pack for hauling around the kid…and, of course, I can’t find that photo!
  • While I work on this blog post, I have the TV on in the background, and Colombo was playing when I turned it on…I used to watch that show endlessly back in the day!


  • Moving on…trying to stay cool, which works as long as I only leave the house for errands in the mornings…
  • And…as long as the AC keeps working, we’re good.
  • Meanwhile, doing some reading and Netflix watching.  Finished the newest season of Orange Is the New Black...and yay!  Wentworth (an Australian prison show) brought out a fifth season, which I started last night.
  • Currently reading Good Me, Bad Me...and The Sunshine Sisters.



  • Last week was a Mini-Bloggiesta (Finish Line Post), and I had fun changing up my blogs on the surface (headers, themes, etc.), and even did a little bit of behind the scenes work to correct broken links in old posts…I got tired after a while, and told myself that “nobody reads those old posts anyway!”
  • The honeymooners are home, exhausted, just in time for the first triple digit weekend.  They headed for the pool.
  • As usual, I had a lunch out at California Pizza Kitchen…I think it must be a habit now, as my server said “see you next weekend” when I left.  Yeah, predictable.  I had a different soup this time…Chicken Tortilla soup…and, of course, the strawberry margarita.  If I can’t vacation in Europe like the kids, I can enjoy my lunches…so there!  LOL



  • I dreamed last night that I was 105!  Not just a reflection of the temperature, apparently, but a sense of getting older?  I woke up feeling especially tired.
  • Today I need to hightail it to the manicurist…I broke a nail!  Seriously…with these Gel nails, I  don’t usually have any problems, but last night, I reached in the fridge for something and slammed my hand on the edge…it’s that dang refrigerator light that’s out!  Must call maintenance, as when I try to replace the lights, it doesn’t work.  There’s something wrong with the outlet itself, I guess.
  • Yikes!  Making a list.


Guess I’d better get busy on my day.  I must call the nail salon…and then I want to head to the bank while it’s cool….and then pick up the mail, etc. 

Enjoy your week!



It’s time for Coffee Morning, and sharing our Bookish/Not So Bookish Thoughts, with Bookishly Boisterous.

What a week!  Some great reading, and lots of FB sharing from my daughter, who is in Prague at the moment (honeymoon), but right now she and her husband may be getting ready for Amsterdam.  As some of you know, my eldest son lives in Prague.  When they arrived, though, he was in Dublin…he is a traveling photographer, doing events.

Heather, David, and my son Craig are enjoying a beer or two…or more…


Heather and David, surrounded by bones…they love skeleton art!


  • Meanwhile, back home, I’m doing a few odds and ends here on this site for Bloggiesta.  A Mini-Bloggiesta, actually, so I started early with a new theme, header, and background.  And then I changed the header again.
  • I am binge-watching, of course, although I have only finished 7 episodes of the Orange is the New Black...for some reason, I’m not loving what is happening on screen at the moment.  I keep waiting to move beyond it…I won’t say what “it” is, though, because of spoilers.
  • On the other hand, I’ve sped right through the weekly episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.…and yesterday’s episode was the Season I finale.  Sigh.
  • I watched a Netflix movie, War Machine, starring Meg Tilly and Brad Pitt.  Remember Meg Tilly?  Some of you might recall her from The Big Chill…and a few other movies from the past.  She has basically “retired” from films until now.  But today she is on Home and Family, chatting about her break from movies, and her return to a Netflix film.
  • I’m reading The Red Hunter and The Beach Inn...yes, two books, although I must admit that the first one, a suspense novel, has me by the hair, so it’s hard to put it down long enough to read the lovely beach book.

  • In the office, with the new flat screen TV, I have Home & Family on in the background…and they are talking about shampoos that have Greek Yogurt in them…and how good that is for you.  Maybe I should try it!  It might help prevent my rashes, as I suspect my shampoos as well as hair dye.    I do love having the TV voices as a backdrop for when I’m on the computer.  I feel less isolated!


  • Something is tugging away at me…oh, yeah, the dental appointment that I canceled when in the midst of the rashes…and I haven’t rescheduled it.  I know I should do that.  Maybe today…Hmm.
  • One more photo from Prague.  There were plenty of castle photos, but I decided to share this one, from the underground train system.  Of course Heather and David loved it…the skeletons!



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



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

  • A Mini-Bloggiesta is coming on June 17-18
  • Typically, I’ve already started with my changes…and since I love the “cosmetic” ones best, that’s what I’ve done so far:  a new theme, background and header.  I may change it all later…LOL.  The more tedious “fixes” will come once the event has started (sidebar, checking for broken links, etc.).
  • Maybe there will be pages to add.
  • Meanwhile, here in my Interior World, I finally found my new office TV, and it was installed, connected, etc., last Saturday.  My favorite thing:  the Geek Squad, who moved efficiently and even tied up the cords so they are almost invisible!  Then I rearranged my book stacks, moving them from the coffee table/trunk to that little shelf against the wall.  This morning I have the TV on, as background noise, while I’m on the computer.  I started watching the Senate hearing, but the voices started droning on in a repetitive fashion…so I switched to Home & Family, where I don’t even have to pay attention at all.

  • My larger book stack is in the living room.  They are the “up next” books, theoretically.  The stack looks worse than it is…LOL.

  • I am finally clear of the skin condition!  A stronger steroid ointment prescribed by the doctor last week took care of it…over a three-day period.
  • I am trying to believe it is finally gone, while reminding myself to beware, as it has returned…twice?  Three times?
  • I will be optimistic.  And stay away from potentially problematic hair dye.
  • I finished watching Season 5 of House of Cards!  And tomorrow...Orange is the New Black is bringing a new season.
  • Last night I scrolled through Netflix, Amazon Prime, and then Hulu, where I watched the newest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale.  Loving it!
  • Tomorrow I will check out movie listings…there hasn’t been anything in a while, but who knows what could happen?


That’s it for my week.  What did yours look like?



Welcome to another Coffee Morning…and thoughts about Bookish/Not So Bookish things.  Check in over at Bookishly Boisterous to find other posts.

  • When I re-read last week’s post, I could see that I am still struggling with some of the same issues:  trying to find the perfect TV for my office, a small room; and the skin condition.
  • A TV was delivered last Saturday, and it was way too big for the space!  Yes, I had measured, but somehow, some extra legs at the ends of the TV made all the difference.  I sent it back.
  • Today I’m going to a different store…and hope to finally find something.
  • As for my allergic reaction:  I went to the doctor on Tuesday, and she prescribed a topical cream that is stronger…and seems to be making inroads.  The itching has diminished to almost zero.
  • It is boring to have the same struggles week after week!  But my reading has been okay so far.  I read and reviewed How It All Began , which I enjoyed; and The Breakdown, which was amazing.  Currently I am reading It’s Always the Husband.
  • On Netflix, I started watching Season 5 of House of Cards.
  • In the month of May, I read and reviewed 16 books, my highest total since January.  My favorite book of the month:

  The Night the Lights Went Out


  • There were several really awesome contenders for the month, but I loved the characters, the settings, and the plot.  Here’s a tidbit:

Secrets are a core theme in The Night the Lights Went Out, and we have a couple of the characters that share some of their secrets, a bit at a time, as alternating narrators. Sugar, the ninety-something matriarch is technically Merilee’s landlord, but as time and secret-sharing bring them closer together, we see that a very strong bond is forming.

I loved Sugar, who reminded me of my feisty grandmothers. And like them, she knew how to hold a secret close…until its revelation would strengthen a friendship or save a life…

Alternating with Sugar and Merilee’s narratives are blog posts from an anonymous source, entitled “Your Neighbor.” A site that seems like a gossip fest soon reveals itself for its tidbits of wisdom, including Southern Sayings, interpreted for those who are new to them.

This intense story turned dark and threatening and kept me turning pages until the startling revelations and the delightful denouement, thus earning 5 stars.


So….that’s my week so far.  I’m so glad that the books have kept me distracted from the rest of my life!  LOL.

What did your week look like?



Welcome to a Coffee Morning with a view of the patio…and a new umbrella to replace the tattered one, destroyed by our windy April.

Mornings are the only cool time of the day, now, and can you believe that I was longing for the warmth just a month ago?  LOL.

The book on the table is one I’m going to start reading soon:  Secrets in Summer, by Nancy Thayer (from Amazon Vine).



  • Last night I stayed up late to finish Not a Sound, by Heather Gudenkauf, a wonderfully riveting thriller from NetGalley.  (Click title for my review).



  • Today I am getting another manicure…gel, of course.  My nails never survived three weeks without chipping when I used regular polish!
  • Afterwards, I have errands…and maybe I’ll treat myself to a drink and some soup or a salad.
  • Pippa, my Kindle, always accompanies me, so we can enjoy reading along with the libations.
  • I found this photo on my daughter’s FB page…an interesting take on game night.  L to R:  Noah, Heather, David, and their friend Joe….



That was my week, in photos, books, and thoughts.  Linking to Christine, at Bookishly Boisterous.



  • Yesterday I met up with a friend at Barnes & Noble’s for one of our nice long chats…and because I had to wait a while for her to arrive, I started with a grande coffee and this scone (above).  The scone was a bit hard, but the coffee…yum!
  • Afterwards, we browsed for books…I didn’t find anything, but I was tempted by a few.  One of my things lately…don’t buy something just because I like it!
  • My granddaughter Fiona made a comment on the above photo…on my Facebook page.  Here is her profile photo today ( I asked her if she is feeling “blue.” LOL):


  • My youngest son and his wife recently moved into another cottage in Crescent they are only a block from the beach.  I am so ready to go visit!  Here is a view of one of their rooms…you can’t see the beach from inside this one, of course.  The dining room section is on the far left.


Another view…you can see a glimpse of the kitchen on the right.


  • The previous house was a bit larger, but the proximity to the beach was the selling point.
  • My patio umbrella is now in tatters.  There was a sizable tear after the recent winds, and now the umbrella is barely there.  I ordered a new one from Amazon, which was supposed to arrive today…my e-mail this morning shows a delay of two days.  I guess I could have gone to Pier I and picked one up…but I wasn’t feeling into shopping in the stores.
  • Meanwhile, I have to attack the remaining weeds along the borders.
  • Maintenance came and secured my skylight cover a bit more…with an adhesive.  It had fallen three times this year!
  • Books:  Yesterday, I wrote about what I’ve been reading since last week in my Hump Day Potpourri:  A Week of Reading.
  • Then I wrote about:


Into the Water (e-book), by Paula Hawkins



Synopsis:  A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.
Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.
With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.
Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath.


So…it has been both a bookish and not so bookish week.  What was yours like?

Linking up with Christine, at Bookishly Boisterous.



books-fairytales-may-16-shapedGood morning, bloggers!  I’m having my first cup of coffee while chatting today…please join me, and also check out Christine’s Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts.

  • A couple of weeks ago, I received a jury summons for this week.  I was annoyed, but I thought it would be the usual calling in at night and being told to call again the next evening.  Well, not so much.  I was supposed to appear at 8:30 yesterday!  And I had plans yesterday…and today.  So I stayed on the line and went through the menu…finding the one where I could postpone it for up to nine months.  So I did.  What a relief!
  • I went ahead with my massage and hair styling yesterday at my daughter’s salon.  She put a little more of the silver on my hair, with the dark low lights.  She took a photo of the back when she was finished.   I was ready to change from being a redhead for all these years…



  • Today I sign my tax forms and the accountant files them.
  • Yesterday I did some changes with my lamps.  I had a rather chunky lamp on my rolltop desk, in my office nook, and I decided (finally) that it was too big…so I switched things around, with that lamp ending out behind the sofa…




  • My smaller lamp now sits atop the desk….



  • I am determined to make additional changes in my lifestyle, including more exercise.  I have that stationary bike for the days that are rainy…and I guess I can’t seriously believe that changing lamps and furniture around counts as exercise!  So move over Minnie, I’m coming in!







  • I hope to read a lot today…until I have to leave to sign the tax forms, which can be late afternoon.
  • It’s Thursday, and I love the lineup on nighttime TV!  TGIT!
  • But why do the weeks fly by?  I really haven’t managed to accomplish a lot, although I have finished two books so far.  But seriously?
  • In a little over a month (April 1), we’ll be headed to Cayucos for my daughter’s beach wedding…and before then, I have to find an outfit.  I hate clothes shopping…but I guess it must be done.
  • At least I’ve reserved my hotel room for two nights.  We’ll head up on Friday, stay the night, and the wedding will be at 1:00 in the afternoon.  Then dinner, a bonfire on the beach, and the next day…home.  The reception will be back here, at my daughter’s new brother-in-law’s home.  Since it’s her second marriage, I have had little to do with the arrangements…and that’s fine by me.  I can be a guest and enjoy the party.   Plus, the in-laws have bigger houses…LOL.
  • Speaking of time, we’ll be going to daylight savings in March!  When did it stop being in April?
  • So…tick-tock.


And these are my thoughts for this Thursday.  Enjoy the rest of the week…and come on by and chat!