WEEKLY UPDATES: INDOOR PLEASURES…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

Mornings are cool enough, at 75, but the afternoon will bring 103 or more, and the triple digits are predicted to last all week.  I’ve been going out in the morning to do errands and shopping, and plan to do the same today.  There are sales out there!

Meanwhile, the reading went very well this week, with three books read and reviewed.  Their differences kept me fully engaged.  My favorite Sunday shows make that day one to eagerly anticipate:  Sharp Objects and The Affair.  And now the Hallmark Murders & Mysteries have brought out a new season of summer mysteries.  Tomorrow will showcase the newest Aurora Teagarden Mystery, The Disappearing Game.

Last night I watched half of Season 6: Orange is the New Black.  As with all new seasons, there are new characters mixed with the old, and hints of what happened at the end of last season.  There is no longer a cozy network of friends, but a whole new group of evil and conniving guards placing bets on which prisoners will fall prey to the others.  A tougher group of women greet our familiar “friends,” offering new challenges.

I also discovered a show on Amazon Prime called The Slap. When I saw it originally, it was shown on Network TV.  The new version was filmed in Australia,  and so far, there is only one member of the original cast, the hippie mother portrayed by Melissa George.  A most hated character, IMO.  They found an equally bratty child to play Hugo.  LOL.

Soon we will see a new season for Ozark.  Yay!  I love when a group of new shows descend…filling in the emptiness left by the disappearing ones.

So…in hot weather, good books and good shows keep us indoors, only venturing out in the cooler parts of the day.

Over in Prague, my son and DIL snapped some lovely photos in the park…and I love this one of Gabi.

So…let’s grab some more coffee and take a closer look at my week:

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LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Books, Movies, & Stuff…

Monday Potpourri:  A Weekend to Remember…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Date”

My Week of Engaging Books…

Hump Day Sparks:  At Home and Abroad…

Coffee Chat:  A Reclusive Week…

Keeping Track:  My Books Purchased & Read

Bookish Friday:  “Just Between Us”

Review:  The Death of Mrs. Westaway (e-book), by Ruth WareReview:  Sister of Mine (e-book), by Laurie Petrou (NG – 8/7)Review:  All We Ever Wanted (e-book), by Emily Giffin

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INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon):

Empty mailbox! I did download some purchased e-books that have been on my list forever!

Whistle in the Dark (e-book), by Emma Healey, a wry, poignant, and masterfully drawn story that explores the bonds and duress of family life, the pain of mental illness, and the fraught yet enduring connection between mothers and daughters; a story of guilt, fear, hope, and love that explores what it means to lose and find ourselves and those we love.

Day of the Dead (e-book, A Frieda Klein Novel), by Nicci French: This gripping cat-and-mouse thriller pits one of the most fascinating characters in contemporary fiction against an enemy like none other. Smart, sophisticated, and spellbinding, it’s a novel to leave you breathless.

A Noise Downstairs (e-book), by Linwood Barclay, a haunting psychological thriller that blends the twists and turns of Gillian Flynn with the driving suspense of Harlan Coben, in which a man is troubled by odd sounds for which there is no rational explanation.

Ghosted (e-book), by Rosie Walsh:  “I absolutely loved this book and didn’t want it to end.” –Liane Moriarty, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently I’m reading a review book in the Sweet Lake Series:  The Season of Silver Linings, by Christine Nolfi:  She can’t change what’s come before. But letting go could bring healing—and the rare love that comes once in a lifetime.

More books are on my list, and I’m not sure what will grab me next…but on my Kindle, I have Feared, by Lisa Scottoline, an upcoming NetGalley review book to be released on 8/14.  In the new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline, Mary DiNunzio’s ruthless nemesis Nick Machiavelli is back…with a vengeance.

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So…what lies ahead:  a new week with triple digits, delicious books to enjoy…and an occasional treat from the neighborhood.  On Thursday, I savored this lovely salad and a margarita from California Pizza Kitchen.  What did your week bring you?

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A SLOW READING WEEK, ETC.

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

The week started out slowly…and then ended with three books read and reviewed:  one library book, one book purchased, and another from NetGalley.  The remainder of the week was consumed by errands, an annoying smog certificate glitch, and some great Netflix viewing.   The shows I watched were unexpected:  Greenleaf and Emily Owens, M.D.  I discovered both while scrolling through my queue…and then I binge-watched them until completion.  Now I just have to wait for more seasons for some favorites…or the discovery of some other serendipitous movies or shows.

I also continued watching The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu…and The Good Fight on CBS-All Access.

Let’s grab some coffee (I am in danger of falling asleep!) and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday Potpourri:  Objects that Trigger Memories…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Shadow Dancing”

Captivating Books…

Coffee Chat:  Odd Bits & Pieces…

Another Month Bites the Dust…Monthly Wrap-Up

Bookish Friday:  “Bring Me Back”

Friday Potpourri:  A Sentimental Journey…

Review:  The Gunners (e-book), by Rebecca Kauffman (Library Book)Review:  Bad Stories, by Steve AlmondReview:  Shadow Dancing (e-book, Country Club Murders), by Julie Mulhern – (NG-6/19/18)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received one book in my physical mailbox; one from NetGalley; and one from the library.  I purchased two e-books.

Castaway Cottage, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

When the Lights Go Out (e-book), by Mary Kubica (NG – 9/4)

Manhattan Beach (e-book), by Jennifer Egan (Library Book)

Purchased Downloads:

The Death of Mrs. Westaway (e-book), by Ruth Ware

Woman Last Seen in Her Thirties (e-book), by Camille Pagan

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WHAT’S UP NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Bring Me Back (e-book), by B. A. Paris (NG-6/19/18)

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My moods will lead me to more review books…and a few purchases.

That was my week…what did yours look like?  Here is a delightful little dessert I enjoyed on Tuesday evening, after I had that long and tedious day trying to get my smog certificate!  Something chocolate always does the trick.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: WELCOME TO MY JOURNEY…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.

 

Welcome to my new home for Weekly Updates.  I change the venue periodically, but it has been a long while since I brought the post here. 

My week has been slow and a little lazy, with only two books read and reviewed.  The first one was finished within 24 hours, and the second lingered for most of the week.  Life got in the way…tedious tax appointment, errands, etc.  I caught up on my DVR queue, and then I continued binge-watching Parenthood.  The show is one which I’ve watched before, but it felt like comfort viewing family style.  I hope to find something new to watch on Netflix this next week.  Oh, and The Good Fight will start streaming its Season II on March 4.

The good news!  The Olympics are done (sorry, fans, just not for me!), and we’re back to regular programming…which means This Is Us, TGIT lineup, etc.  Happy days.

Let’s grab some coffee and chat about the week…

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Next Weekend:  A Change in Venue for Weekly Updates…

Sunday Potpourri:  Obsessive Tidbits…

Tuesday Potpourri:  Time for New Books!

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Blood Sisters”

Hump Day Reading…Current, Past, Future

Bookish Friday:  “Alternate Side”

Review:  Look For Me (e-book), by Lisa GardnerReview:  Blood Sisters (e-book), by Jane Corry

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty Mailbox!   I just got a NetGalley review book!  I also downloaded two e-books (purchased)

NetGalley:  (Release Date – 6/26)

Before & Again (e-book), by Barbara Delinsky

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Purchased Downloads:

Sunburn (e-book), by Laura Lippman

The French Girl (e-book), by Lexie Elliott

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WHAT’S NEXT?

I have two more NetGalley e-ARCs to read before their release in later March…but I’m waiting a bit before starting them.

Currently Reading:  The Promise Between Us (e-book), by Barbara Claypole White

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That was my week!  What did yours look like?  On Tuesday, I had more comfort food at Marie Callender’s…while reading my book.  I took leftovers home for the next day.

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COFFEE CHAT: ASSORTED TIDBITS….

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…

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

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CHATTING WITH COFFEE….

Good morning!  It’s time to grab a cup of coffee and chat about Bookish/Not So Bookish Things.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to link up.

  • Last week I had my mani-pedi, and I changed up my trademark “purple” color….to this wicked red…LOL

  • Today I had coffee with a friend at Barnes & Noble…

  • Dinner with a book at The Elephant Bar…

  • Tomorrow I’m finally going to the salon to try to have my hair dyed (with an organic product) without an allergic reaction.
  • This week, I’ve enjoyed reading and reviewing three books already; click titles/covers for my reviews:

My Life to Live, by Agnes Nixon; The Marriage Pact, by Michelle Richmond;

and The Best of Us, by Joyce Maynard.

Currently I’m reading Every Wild Heart and Mean Streak.

  • I’ve been enjoying Shetland on Netflix…and saw the movie Lion there.  I loved it!  Tonight is Broadchurch again, on BBC.
  • It seems that I’ve had to leave the house every day this week for one or more errands, so I’m surprised that I’ve actually finished three of my books.
  • After tomorrow, I’m hoping to stay close to home for Friday and the weekend, as the heat is not going away.

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That’s what my life has been like since last week.  Come on by and let’s chat.

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MY INTERIOR WORLD: STRIVING FOR BALANCE

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Good morning!  Enter my Interior World, and let’s take a look at the week so far.

Last night, I set up my dinner at my new/old little table in the entry/dining room.  I even pulled out some place mats and cloth napkins with a cute holder.  How seldom do I use these things!

I can see the TV really well from this table…although the sofa is probably cozier.  But part of my balance this year is all about changing things up, including having a civilized meal at home, and not just in a restaurant or on the sofa.

 

 

 

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I’ve been reading, watching shows on my DVR…and Revenge on Netflix.  I finally finished all four seasons….but it was getting late, I wanted to curl up in bed, so I took my laptop into my bedroom to finish up.

 

 

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I watched until midnight, and didn’t get much read at all yesterday, between TV shows and Netflix.  Maybe I will hold off on the Netflix until the weekend, when I’ll want to start watching Orange Is the New Black.

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You would think I’d sleep late, but the opposite happened, of course.  I was wide awake at 6:00 a.m., I wrote my Hump Day Reading post...and I’ve been editing photos at PicMonkey.  And visiting blogs.

 

 

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I think I might have to curl up and take a nap later….here:

 

 

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What has your week looked like?  Are you staying in balance?  Reading?  Or pursuing one of your obsessions?

 

 

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MONDAY MORNING THOUGHTS

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Good morning!  Mondays are great days for those who live the free-lance/post retirement life, and today I feel especially celebratory as I enjoy my new “digs.”  Yes, my newly reconfigured office nook.

You might have seen my post last week about all the furniture shuffling I did.  How did it all begin?  Well, I wanted to set up another small table near my living room/dining room window, and since I didn’t want to buy anything else, I moved a few things around.  Yes, the drop leaf table that had been serving as my desk took up residence here:

 

 

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And the little rolltop desk that had been in my bedroom now lives in my office nook (see top photo).

Of course, a few more things shuffled around in order to fill in the spaces. 

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Last night, I settled into my newly reconfigured bedroom space to watch the first in a series of DVDs that make up the Peyton Place series that I just bought.

 

 

June 3 bedroom changes - 1

 

 

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I finished the first disc, and then went to sleep.  I was extremely tired yesterday, for some reason, and only watched a couple of episodes of Revenge on Netflix before settling down to Peyton Place.

One thing I noticed about the old series that I so enjoyed in the 60s….the music is really LOUD, so I found myself muting that part…just in case my neighbors could hear it through the wall.

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Today I’m reading I Let You Go, a book I’ve been seeing on lots of blogs.

 

 

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Tonight I am happy that Rizzoli & Isles is back on the TV line-up.  The hiatus seemed to be TOO LONG.  But, sadly, this will be the FINAL SEASON.

 

 

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So…what does your Monday look like?  Special shows, fun moments?  Here is what I had for lunch yesterday.

 

 

June 5 - mac & cheese, salad, martini

 

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WEEKEND MOMENTS: NETFLIX BINGEING, MOTHER’S DAY, & LOVE….

May 7 breakfast in bed with Netflix

Some of you may have seen my preparations for my Day in the Life:  In the Bedroom. (Interior World Shake-Ups…When Will I Stop?)

My day began early.  Everything was ready, so I first brought in the laptop (Louisa May), and set her up.  I hooked up the TV and laptop, changed the input on the TV, and voila!  It’s all set.

Next came the breakfast tray.  You can’t really enjoy Breakfast in Bed with Netlix & Amazon Videos…without it.

First I finished watching Happy Valley, another binge-worthy show.

 

 

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Next:  Watched the rest of The Newsroom on Amazon Video:

 

 

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Finally…Grace & Frankie.  I watched all of Season II!

 

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During this long process, which didn’t seem long at all, I enjoyed food, coffee, and then a mimosa….

 

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I took a little break between shows to go online and visit some blogs.  Laptop came over to the bed….

 

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So….after lolling about in bed all day, one would think I would feel rested…but I was kind of tired.  I read a little from the book I’ve been savoring all weekend:  What We Find, by Robyn Carr.

 

 

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Guess what’s coming tomorrow?  Clouds in My Coffee, the third book in the Country Club Murders trilogy (series?).  I can’t wait to download it!

 

 

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So…my weekend continued, with Mother’s Day brunch up in the mountains, by the lake.  Here are my lovely daughter and grandson, with the boats as a backdrop:

 

Heather & Noah - Mother's Day Brunch - Bass Lake

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One of the gifts she gave me was this hand-carved art piece, created by one of her friends:

 

 

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Here is how it looks on my Love Wall in the office.  It is surrounded by baby pictures of my kids…and one of me back in the day:

 

 

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Finally…some lovely lilies:

 

Mother's Day Lilies

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These were my Weekend Interior Moments.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend, too.  Do you enjoy setting up your interiors for such moments?

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MY INTERIOR WORLD: SMALL CHANGES

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I love Fall, so the arrival of September is a joyous thing for me.  However, the warm weather here will continue until October, at least.

My eldest son and DIL are planning to return some time this month…and I’ve been rearranging my interiors again for more space.  Notice the photo above:  I moved a couple of cabinets around.  I realized how small my living area is with several people moving around, especially in the mornings and at dinner time.

I swapped the yellow cabinet (above) with the burgundy one (below)…and I moved the green cupboard onto the back wall…allowing me to push the table over a bit.

 

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It doesn’t seem like a big difference, but in the end, it is more spacious.

While I was at it, I also rearranged my coffee table.  I took some things off the top and placed them below the table.  Note the wooden box:  it is on the shelf below now, and in it, I stash remotes, etc.

 

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Here is the table cleared off:

 

 

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These are minor changes, but I feel less cluttered and with more open spaces.

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My evenings are spent reading, preparing for the return of my house guests, and bingeing on Mad Men, on Netflix.  This is a show I somehow missed along the way, but I’m loving it.

 

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I had heard about the show, over the years, but was surprised to discover that the era was the 1960s.  That, alone, should have drawn me in.

I’m glad to have discovered it now…and to find myself connecting with the women characters and their roles in life back then.  Before everything started to change.

I am a bit nostalgic, while still being glad to have left that era behind.

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What is your interior world like this week?  Do you have favorite shows that resonate with you?  Are you making small changes in your surroundings?  In your reading?

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