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As I create this post today, a Hallmark Christmas movie plays in the background, and my coffee cup is brimming.  So good!

Christmas music, decorations, and shopping frenzy almost obliterate the crazy news that surrounds us in our world…but between those distractions and the books I’m reading, I am almost in a good place.  I read and reviewed three books this week and I wrote eight blog posts in addition to the reviews.  I was still reading the third book yesterday afternoon, but got my monthly wrap-up finished before the day was over.

I’ve been watching shows on Amazon Prime, including Vera, an Acorn TV offering.

I had lunch with my daughter on Thursday…and, again, I forgot to take a photo!  When I’m with someone, I am caught up in the conversation, etc.  But she and I shared a lovely BLT from Mad Duck.  It looked like this (I grabbed this photo from the website):

So…what else?  It has been raining here!  The downside, of course, is how slick the roads are.  There have been lots of accidents.

Now let’s grab more coffee and take a closer look at the week:



Sunday Potpourri:  Books, Photos, Etc.

Serendipitous Moments:  First Books of the Year…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Liar’s Wife”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Adding Books To My Shelves…

Engaging Reads…

Coffee Chat:  Post-Thanksgiving Activities…

Bookish Friday: “After Nightfall”

Gone November! Welcome to December…

Review:  Under My Skin (e-book), by Lisa UngerReview:  The Liar’s Wife (e-book), by Samantha HayesReview:  We Were Mothers (e-book), by Katie Sise


INCOMING BOOKS- (Title/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox, but I did receive a library book in my inbox today!  And…I purchased four e-books.

I’ve Got My Eyes on You (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark (Library Book)


Tear Me Apart (e-book), by J. T. Ellison

Sadie (e-book), by Courtney Summers

The Adults (e-book), by Caroline Hulse

Tell Me Lies (e-book), by Carola Lovering



After Nightfall (e-book), by A.J. Banner

And then, I have lists of books to pick from next…I will follow my moods.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I had this delicious cake and ice cream dessert a couple of weeks ago at Dai Bai Dang, my pre-movie special place.




Welcome to our last Thursday Coffee Chat before Christmas.  I decided to pair my coffee with a Christmas cookie, which was one from a package I bought…yes, I buy my cookies!  Baking takes too much time and counter space.   Anyway…check over at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are chatting about.

This week has been flying by.  I did binge-watch the ten new episodes from The Ranch…and every time I watch it, I vow to stop.  I can’t stand some of the characters…lol.  But I do enjoy Debra Winger and Sam Elliott.  Is it my age?  The youngish guys are just idiots.  My own youngish adult children like this kind of humor, though, so it must be my age and my generation.

  • I watched Ellen DeGeneres today, and one of her guests was Barbra Streisand (speaking of age!).  Barbra has a new Netflix show (The Music…the Mem..’ries…the Magic) that begins tomorrow.
  • The other night I recorded The Year: 2017, and if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to watch it in bits and pieces.  We already know it was a horrific year, with violence from people and nature…but to see it all unfolding…it was almost overwhelming.
  • I’m going back to watching Hallmark Christmas movies now, just to get past the angst.
  • Only one book read and reviewed so far:  Snap Judgment (Samantha Brinkman Book 3), by Marcia Clark (click for my review).  I loved it, just as I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series.
  • One of these days I hope to read Without a Doubt, her book about the O. J. Trial.
  • Currently reading:  Wonder Valley, by Ivy Pochoda; halfway finished.
  • Earlier in the week, I started reading Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jesmyn Ward…but gave up on it after the first chapter, which is really unusual for me.  Obviously I’m in the minority, as I see many rave reviews about it, and it won prizes.  So…I guess it’s me, not you, little book.  LOL.  I didn’t connect with the narrators at all.  I do normally love the themes, though (drug abuse, dysfunctional family, poverty, etc.).
  • Does it seem as though I’m apologizing for not loving what little I read of the book, or that I gave up so quickly?
  • Moving on.  Yesterday I downloaded a new release that I’ve been eyeing:  The Girl in Times Square, by Paullina Simons.

  • On a lighter note, last week I mentioned my plan to change up my nail color…which I did.  If you’ve already seen the photo on one of my other blogs (or Facebook, lol), I apologize for the repetition.

  • More photos from abroad:  Aubrey had a friend capture this cute photo of her and my eldest son (her Uncle Craig) in a snow globe…


So…that’s it for today.  Come on by and let’s chat.