WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

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.

 

Our weather here has cooled down a bit:  it is now 66 degrees, but the day ahead will be in the 80s.  I can do that!

My reading this week was tilted toward two family drama novels and one psychological thriller.  I like this balance!  Soon I will be reading my June NetGalley ARCs (I have three), which are also a mix of genres.

Netflix and Hulu viewing have taken me to crime and dystopian drama.  I might have to find something less frightening. (The Handmaid’s Tale & American Crime/OJ Simpson).

The good news for my health has been a regular routine of bicycling on my stationary device.  I am feeling energized!  Watching movies from my DVR while I peddle is a great way to distract myself from the exercise.

Yesterday I enjoyed a mani-pedi…I’m now ready for summer!

 

So…what else is going on this week?  Let’s grab some more coffee…and chat.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  A New Perspective, Etc.

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Perfect Mother”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Enjoying My Retreat…

A Week of Reading…

Thursday Potpourri:  My Life Told in Assorted Photos…

Coffee Chat:  Assorted Tidbits…

Bookish Friday:  “Every Note Played”

Review:  The New Neighbors (e-book), by Simon LelicReview:  The Female Persuasion (e-book), by Meg WolitzerReview:  Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One review book came in my mailbox!  Another library book appeared in my Kindle, and I purchased two downloads!  A nice mix of ways to add books to my shelves.

Nothing Forgotten, by Jessica Levine (Author Review Request)

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Every Note Played (e-book), by Lisa Genova (Library Book)

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Purchased Downloads:

My Ex-Life (e-book), by Stephen McCauley

The Smell of Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Garden of Small Beginnings, by Abbi Waxman

Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

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And then…wherever my whims take me!

That was my week:  what did yours look like?  Last night, I went out to dinner after my mani-pedi, and while I watched TV at home, I enjoyed this dessert , a Fudge Slab Pie.  (Half of it, anyway; the rest is saved in the fridge).

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A POTPOURRI OF EVENTS…

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 weather is heading upward to the 90s this weekend.  I guess I should prepare the AC…just in case.

I read and reviewed four books this week, and they were a mix of NetGalley review books (2), a library book, and one purchased book.  There was a bit of mystery, a nonfiction book, and vicarious traveling to lovely settings.

The last episode of Scandal aired…and I’m sad to see the characters go.  But in some ways, I liked putting the political dirty dealings behind me.

Next Wednesday, The Handmaid’s Tale returns to Hulu for its second season.  And on Sunday, there will be another Season II episode of The Good Fight.  Loving it!

This week, Son #2 is in Louisville, Kentucky, working with a small crew producing an indie film.  Below, see stars:  Jason Patric, on the left; and Toby Kebbell, right…

So…those are some tidbits from my week.  Grab some coffee, and let’s chat about the details.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Enjoying Cozy Books and Moments…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Female Persuasion”

My Bookish Journey Through Review Books…

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Let Me Lie”

Review:  Paris Ever After (e-book), by K.S.R. Burns – (NG-5/1)Review:  A Nantucket Wedding (e-book), by Nancy Thayer – (Library)Review:  True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness (e-book), by Christine LahtiReview:  The High Tide Club (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews  – (NG – 5/8)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

One book came in my mailbox, an author review book!  I received one NG review book; one library book; and one purchased download.

Beach Bliss, by Joanne DeMaio (Author Review Request)

NetGalley Review:

The Dream Daughter (e-book), by Diane Chamberlain – (10/2)

Library:

Sisters Like Us (e-book), by Susan Mallery

Purchased:

Housekeeping (e-book), by Marilynne Robinson

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Let Me Lie (e-book), by Clare Mackintosh

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Then I’ll follow my moods…and pick up some review books.  That’s my week.  What did yours look like?  The other day, I had apple pie a la mode with my book.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: LOTS OF READING…& SOME SUNSHINE…

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.

 

What a great week!  Not only did we have lots of sunshine, but I read and reviewed FIVE books.  Strange, since my reading is usually best when it is raining.  Three of the books were NetGalley ARCs, so that felt good.  Two were library books, using my new Libby Overdrive app.

Finished Bloggiesta ….click the link to see what I accomplished.

Not much else going on, though;  the reading consumed me.  I did watch some TV, and a little Netflix (Life Unexpected), and Season II of Doctor Foster.   On CBS-All Access, I am regularly watching episodes of The Good Fight.

Today looks like a nice sunny day…time for a good walk.  Or not.  LOL.

Let’s grab some coffee and talk more about the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Her Every Fear”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Curtailing Some Impulses…

A Great Hump Day:  Savoring the Books…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “Saints for All Occasions”

Monthly Wrap-Up:  March Is Gone!

Review:  Map of the Heart (e-book), by Susan WiggsReview:  The Good Liar (e-book), by Catherine McKenzie – (NG – 4/3)Review:  Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Abbi Waxman – (NG – 4/3)Review:  Her Every Fear (e-book), by  Peter Swanson Review:  After Anna (e-book), by Lisa Scottoline – (NG – 4/10)

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Nothing in my mailbox!

A Vine book came on Saturday!

Vine Review:

Go Ask Fannie, by Elisabeth Hyde

Library Book:

Saints for All Occasions (e-book), by J. Courtney Sullivan

Download:

The Garden of Small Beginnings (e-book), by Abbi Waxman

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  Sometimes I Lie (e-book), by Alice Feeney

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Then…my May ARCs…plus my library book, Saints for All Occasions.

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That was my rather stellar reading week…I don’t anticipate the same this week, since it was kind of a fluke.  Today I want to run errands…and maybe grab something good to eat…like this:

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WEEKLY UPDATES: RAINY, STORMY DAYS & NIGHTS…

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.

 

This past week brought rain, a couple of storms, and better reading than the previous one.  What a relief!  Although I only finished reading and reviewing three books, I’m halfway finished with another.

So..it was a week curled up with books, but I also took time for a few movies, like I, Tonya and Wonder Wheel.  On Netflix, I binge-watched some new episodes on Last Tango in Halifax, and then started watching a sweet story about family:  Life Unexpected.

This weekend is our last for Bloggiesta (click to see what I did…so far).

So…that was pretty much it, but I got very little sleep at night with the reading and watching, which led to some naps during the days.  It’s a good thing that I’m retired! 

Grab some coffee…and let’s take a closer look at the week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “Map of the Heart”

Tuesday Potpourri:  New Releases & New Ways to Enjoy Them…

A Week in Books…

Coffee Chat:  Rainy Days, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  Let Me Lie, by Clare Mackintosh

Review:  Not That I Could Tell (e-book), by Jessica Strawser (NG-3/27)Review:  The Bad Daughter (e-book), by Joy FieldingReview:  The Perfect Nanny (e-book), by Leila Slimani

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I did borrow ONE library book via Libby at Overdrive.

Her Every Fear (e-book), by Peter Swanson

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CURRENTLY READING:  Map of the Heart (e-book), by Susan Wiggs (another library book)

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Then I want to begin The Good Liar (e-book), Catherine McKenzie (NG-4/3)

and….Other People’s Houses (e-book), by Abbi Waxman – (NG – 4/3)

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That was my week….and I am looking forward to another one with good books.    What did your week look like?  Since I didn’t get out much, I impulsively ran out for some soup at Marie Callender’s on Thursday.  It was delicious!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A LITTLE READING, A LITTLE BLOGGING…

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.

 

After spending most of the week on one book, I quickly finished my second one.  So…only two books for the week.  They were both fabulous, though; and I also loved spending time doing things other than reading.  Nothing spectacular…just some movie watching (Three Billboards, etc.), Netflix bingeing (still Parenthood!), and a mani on Friday.  Oh, and I finalized my tax documents with the accountant.  So that’s behind me now!  I didn’t get around to much housecleaning, but I’m not sad about that…LOL.  I wouldn’t want to mess up the nails…

Bloggiesta is coming again…March 19-25, and predictably I’ve already started with a few cosmetic changes to my Serendipity blog.

Now I’ll grab some coffee…join me, please!  And let’s take a closer peek at my (not so stellar) week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Streaming, Reading, Etc.

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Bad Daughter”

Hump Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  What Happened to My Week?

Bookish Friday:  “The French Girl”

Review:  An American Marriage (e-book), by Tayari JonesReview:  Sunburn (e-book), by Laura Lippman

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

I received ONE book (purchased) in my physical mailbox; and ONE NetGalley review book.  Then I downloaded two (purchased) e-books.

Mailbox:

Bad Stories:  What the Hell Just Happened to Our Country?, by Steve Almond

NetGalley:

Our House (e-book), by Louise Candlish (8/7/18 Release)

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Purchased Downloads:

As You Wish (e-book), by Jude Deveraux

The Perfect Nanny (e-book), by Leila Slimani

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WHAT’S NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Alternate Side (e-book), by Anna Quindlen (NG-3/20)

And then…

My Absolute Darling (e-book), by Gabriel Tallent

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Last night, I read along with this delicious repast at Marie Callender’s…comfort food!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKS, BLOGGING, & CLOUDY DAYS…

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.

 

 

This week has brought some rain…followed by cloudy days, and after some outings earlier in the week, like lunch with my daughter on Monday and dinner with granddaughter Fiona on Tuesday, I found myself curled up to read more often than not.  So my three books read and reviewed made me feel accomplished.  Below, here is Fiona’s birthday dinner with me (and her iPhone) at our neighborhood Mexican restaurant:

I happily resumed watching my favorite shows again, like This Is Us and the TGIT lineup which offered a mash-up between Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder.  Olivia Pope and Annelise Keating joined forces before the Supreme Court.  I loved how those two women put aside their snarky power plays…and brought their A games.

Sunday, I will binge-watch Season II of The Good Fight.

I have set my DVR for the Oscars on Sunday…I don’t like watching live, because I prefer being able to fast-forward through the boring parts.

Maybe I should watch some of the nominated movies on Amazon Prime this weekend.

Grab some coffee…and let’s take a closer look at my week:

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Weekend Potpourri:  Books, Tasks, & Movies…

Sunday Potpourri:  Moving Ahead & Looking Back…

Tuesday Potpourri:  A New Release from an Old Favorite…

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “An American Marriage”

A Look at My TBR: 2017

A Week of Books:  Current, Past, Future…

Goodbye, February:  Wrap-Up

Coffee Chat:  It’s March!

Bloggiesta:  March 19-25

Bookish Friday:  “Sunburn”

Review:  The Promise Between Us (e-book), by Barbara Claypole WhiteReview:  Even If It Kills Her (e-book, Bailey Weggins Mystery), by Kate WhiteReview:  An Early Wake (e-book, County Cork #3), by Sheila Connolly

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

My physical mailbox was empty!  But…I did download a NetGalley review book and bought four e-books.

NetGalley Review Book:  (Release Date – 5/15/18)

How To Walk Away (e-book), by Katherine Center

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Purchased Downloads:

K is for Killer (e-book), by Sue Grafton

The Bad Daughter (e-book), by Joy Fielding

Raspberry Danish Mystery (e-book), by Joanne Fluke

A Turn for the Bad (e-book, County Cork #4), by Sheila Connolly

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  An American Marriage (e-book), by Tayari Jones

Next:

Sunburn (e-book), by Laura Lippman

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Then…I want to start reading my NetGalley ARCs that will be released on 3/20 and 3/27/18:

The Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen,  and Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser

 

 

 

 

 

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That was my week….what did yours look like?   Today I’m sharing one of Aubrey’s birthday treats….

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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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EXPLORING CONNECTIONS: MY ONE WORD

Is it time to chat about my One Word?  The word CONNECT always reminds me of how different my life is nowadays…and how, back in college, connecting was not something you really had to think about.  There were so many new people to meet, and classes to attend with potential new connections.

In my career as a social worker, connecting with people was a daily routine, although my role in these interactions was quite different than it was in college.  I was a listener, a guide, an advocate…and I came to relish the role.  Not something that works for me now, though.

 

Of course, in today’s world, we have online opportunities, and I’m not negating the value of social media.  Without it, I would  be truly isolated.  But I have to go outside my comfort zone to find real-life connections. 

Last week I had a spontaneous conversation in a neighborhood restaurant and learned about a nearby book club  that I want to explore.  And, of course, I regularly go to restaurants and bookstores, where I can strike up conversations.  Because I am “older,” nobody seems to take offense.  LOL.

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Now that I’ve shared my explorations, I am truly excited about some new books approved by NetGalley lately, bringing my total unread ARCs to NINE.  With so many books to read, how much time is there to connect?  See what I did? My introversion is showing.

Today I got approval for The High Tide Club, by Mary Kay Andrews – (Release Date:  5/8/18)

Last week, I downloaded Paris Ever After, by K.S.R. Burns (Release Date – 5/1/18)

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Soon I will start reading my March books:

The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian (March 13)

Alternate Side, by Anna Quindlen (3/20/18)

Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser (3/27/18)

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I have three ARCs that will be released in April, and three in May, two of which were mentioned at the top of the post.

I love planning out my reading.

What books are you eagerly waiting to read? 

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COFFEE CHAT: MOVIES, READING, & HAIR STYLING…

It’s time to grab some coffee and chat.  Head on over to Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are talking about.

So far the week has been busy, and not just with reading and blogging.

On Saturday, I finally saw the movie Lady Bird, set in Sacramento…where I spent some happy days in my younger years.

  • I was hoping to see Billboards...but haven’t done so yet.
  • On Tuesday, I had lunch with my daughter…she hates this photo…

  • After lunch, she stripped the color from my hair and added silver…I’m tired of watching the uneven outgrowth, and can’t use hair dye anymore.  Here’s what she did…

  • I started watching Alias Grace on Netflix…now I want to read the book.
  • I am very eager to watch Season II of The Crown…coming Friday…
  • I finally did some calendar shopping at Barnes & Noble…I had coupons, so I hurried on over there.  I used to buy so many calendars, but now I just buy three:  A Mary Engelbreit for the kitchen; an Irish Countryside for my bedroom; and something artsy for the office (this time I got Georgia O’Keeffe).
  • So far this week, I’ve read and reviewed A Bella Flora Christmas, by Wendy Wax; and The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen – (NetGalley – 1/9/18)
  • Currently reading Fragments of the Lost, by Megan Miranda…which is okay, but the pace is pretty slow so far.  I will keep reading, though, as it’s interesting.
  • I hope to read Little Broken Things this week, too.
  • “If you liked Big Little Lies, you’ll want to crack open this new novel by Nicole Baart.” —Southern Living “Steeped in menace, Baart’s latest is a race-to-the-finish family drama.” —People

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So that’s my week so far…what is happening in your corner of the world?

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COFFEE CHAT: PAST JOURNEYS…AND LOOKING AHEAD

Good morning!  Let’s grab our coffee and chat.  Join others for this Bookish/Not So Bookish event at Bookishly Boisterous.

The days are cooler, but not enough to turn on the heater.  I’m glad.  I’m also appreciating that we haven’t yet had storms, although they are predicted for the near future.

October and November are busy “birthday” months, between mine, my second son’s, my eldest son’s…and other extended family members.  Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, so I am looking forward to it.  I’ll be joining my daughter with her husband’s family.  Here is last year’s table all ready for the food to be presented.

  • Speaking of interesting or delicious dinners, my daughter and son-in-law drove to the southwest part of the county to dine at The Harris Ranch Restaurant.  It sounds wonderful, right?  But on the way there, you might find yourself choking and coughing from the stench of the ranches/cows/ etc.  My daughter wore this ironic protective gear.

  • Just a few miles farther west of the ranch lies the small town of Coalinga, where I (sadly) lived with my husband and three oldest children from 1971 to 1972.  Fourteen long months that felt like a prison sentence.  LOL.
  • In 1983, there was a devastating earthquake in that town, and as a social worker, I and some colleagues were brought in to help the residents as they struggled through the aftermath.
  • After the earthquake, the rebuilt town was an improved version of where I had lived.  But I will never consider living there again!  Constantly fogged in and surrounded by tumbleweeds and dust, it reminded me of that movie The Last Picture Show.

  • The Harris Ranch Restaurant was built AFTER we left that town; it might have been an incentive to remain (or not).  But before that restaurant rose like a promise on the horizon, there were only two decent places to eat in town.  And two liquor stores.  LOL.
  • Here is my “sad face” while living there:

  • But…without that particular experience, I would not have found the job I had for more than thirty years…and who knows what alternate roads I would have followed?
  • As we head toward Year’s End, I tend to think about the journeys along the way.
  • As for bookish thoughts:  I loved Seven Days of Us and enjoyed The One and Only. (Click titles for reviews).
  • I am currently just finished reading Cold As Ice, Book 6…click for my review.
  • After clearing off my review book shelves a bit, I now have increased my numbers to SEVEN NetGalley books waiting.  But…there are only two for November, and the rest fall into January, April, and May release dates.
  • I do need to cut back on requests!
  • As for purchased books, I have read 101 of those I bought between July 2016 and the present.  Sadly, I keep buying!

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What lies ahead for you?  Where did this week take you?

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