BLUE MONDAYS NO MORE…

Welcome to another day of Chasing Away the Blues.  As I change a few more things in my space, I feel the cheer that comes to me only when I am doing just that.

The Baker’s Rack above is headed my way from Amazon.  When it arrives on Friday, I will rearrange some things so I can add it to the room.  I have also ordered an assembly service, so once it is installed, I can show more photos, of course.

This little green cupboard will move to my bedroom space.

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Next weekend will be busy as I remove the books from the cupboard so I can “walk” it into my bedroom.  Then, of course, I’ll re-shelve the books.  I do enjoy this kind of task.

What next?  Well, I am now studying a shelf above my bedroom desk and wondering what I can display there.  Hmm…

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My obsessions do keep me busy!   What are yours?

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CHASING AWAY THE BLUES…

My Rainy Days and Mondays blog has been my least active site, especially since it has been blocked on Facebook for some unknown reason.  It still annoys me, as I have received no response as to why…or how to be reinstated!  I have Twitter, still, and I post my website on FB, so those who choose can find my blog there.  Sigh.

Meanwhile, I continue my quest for coziness, which I like to call Rainy Day Hygge.

Since my last post, I have added the newest Madeline Hatter doll, which I sought for more than two years…and I am loving my Coca Cola replacement dining room set.  Two chairs only, but the apartment is small, so it works.

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I am adding more books and soft dolls to my favorite bookshelf, one that I bought a few months ago, and which needs more STUFF.

And I have added the newest soft doll, Madeline, to my entry way table:

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I have found some great new books to read, and my current one is another from Nicci French.  I love those authors!  What To Do When Someone Dies.

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I have also enjoyed watching old movies from the 60s and 70s:  The Way We Were, with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford; and Barefoot in the Park, with Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.  I can’t seem to get enough of Robert Redford!  LOL

What do you like to do when the blues threaten to descend?  What books (or movies) call to you?

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CHASING AWAY THE BLUES…

My Rainy Days and Mondays blog has been silent lately.  I last posted right after I moved into this new apartment in July…and I have been busily buying new things to make it cozy. Now that I have found another set of Coca Cola table and chairs, I am feeling blissful.  Yes, the new set is smaller…but so is my apartment.

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I am also searching for another Madeline Hatter doll…and I think I may have found the right one!  It should arrive next week.  I have missed her so much!  This photo shows her at my previous apartment…the one I vacated in 2019.  I loved having coffee chats using these images.

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Here she is from the product page, with the correct measurements that match the doll above!

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I have also added more books to my shelves, which were almost empty when I left the last apartment over two years ago.  Here is a start on recreating some of what I lost.

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And here is another shelf that is slowly filling up.

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I am now feeling the blues fading away!  What, other than books, makes you feel the blues disappear?

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CLOCKS…

When I moved into my new apartment, I realized right away that I needed clocks.  I only had the tiny clock on the stove and one on the microwave.  And on my iPhone, which I had to grab from my nightstand in order to see it.

So I ordered from Amazon, of course.

This one came first, and I hung it in the dining area:

 

Then I ordered one for the bedroom, since I like knowing what time it is when I wake up:

 

Sadly, the clock only lights up for a little while at night (see the clock at the top of the post).  I feel cheated!  In other words, I have to squint to read the time when the lights are out.

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Coziness does require certain elements to complete the ambience.  What do you need to feel cozy in your space?

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IT IS NOT MONDAY, NOR IS IT RAINING…

It is just another day, not a Monday and it is not raining. But I am drawn to this blog when I want to chat about special things, leading me to scroll through my images, where I am reminded of favorite books, dolls, and moments from the past.

Today I have another new doll headed my way…and a new handbag.  I have a hall tree full of handbags right now, so, no, not in need of another one.  But I love them!

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I am also reading today:  The Fiancee, by Kate White.  It is definitely a page turner.

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I am still frustrated with Facebook, which for no reason that I can tell, has blocked me from posting from this blog.  I have written nothing “abusive,” as they claimed,  since all of my posts are about books and personal tidbits from my life.

So I have to maneuver around the blocking by referring to this post through misdirection!  Link to my website, and then to the blog.  Urgh! (http://laurelrainsnowauthor.com/)

I hope you have a great day, absent annoying events or frustrations!

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REVIEW: HER THREE LIVES, BY CATE HOLAHAN

Gaslight goes high-tech in USA Today bestselling author Cate Holahan’s new standalone thriller in which a family must determine who the real enemy is after a brutal home invasion breaks their trust in each other.

Her public life Jade Thompson has it all. She’s an up-and-coming social media influencer, and she has a beautiful new home and a successful architect for a fiancé. But there’s trouble behind the scenes. To Greg’s children, his divorce from their mother and his new life can only mean a big mid-life crisis. To Jade, his suburban Connecticut upbringing isn’t an easy match with her Caribbean roots.

Her private life A savage home invasion leaves Greg house-bound with a traumatic brain injury and glued to the live feeds from his ubiquitous security cameras. As the police investigate the crime and Greg’s frustration and rage grows, Jade begins to wonder what he may know about their attackers. And whether they are coming back.

Her secret life As Greg watches Jade’s comings and goings, he becomes convinced that her behavior is suspicious and that she’s hiding a big secret. The more he sees, the more he wonders whether the break-in was really a random burglary. And whether he’s worth more to Jade if he were dead than alive.

 

 

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From the very beginning of Her Three Lives, I felt empathy for the position Jade is in, with a paranoid husband who seems to be tracking her every move.

Why is he so suspicious of her? He seems to be projecting his own issues onto her. Will she be able to turn things around, or will things only get worse?

As the story takes us back and forth between the characters, their suspicions, and the unfolding of what happened during the home invasion and afterwards…we can finally turn the last page to the answers. 4 stars.

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SWITCHEROO ON RAINY DAYS AHEAD…

Another day of switching things around.  I have ordered a new shelf (above), which will replace the little ottoman, below.  The ottoman will move to another spot after the shelf arrives.

I moved baskets from under the bathroom sink and placed them next to the cupboard, beneath the sign.

 

Below, note that I have moved my little chest of drawers under the sink, to replace the baskets and laundry hamper.

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The shelf is a folding version, in metal, which requires no assembly. As some of you know, I am running out of space on my current shelves, (below).

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So that is how I am spending my Hump Day!

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HUMP DAY READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READINGThe Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

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BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 4/13/21:

Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins

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Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

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Thief of Souls, by Brian Klingborg – NetGalley – Release Date:  5/4/21

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: You Will Remember Me, by Hannah Mary McKinnon – Release Date:  5/25/21

Synopsis:  He wakes up on a deserted beach in Maryland with a gash on his head and wearing only swim trunks. He can’t remember who he is. Everything—his identity, his life, his loved ones—has been replaced by a dizzying fog of uncertainty. But returning to his Maine hometown in search of the truth uncovers more questions than answers.

Lily Reid thinks she knows her boyfriend, Jack. Until he goes missing one night, and her frantic search reveals that he’s been lying to her since they met, desperate to escape a dark past he’d purposely left behind.

Maya Scott has been trying to find her estranged stepbrother, Asher, since he disappeared without a trace. Having him back, missing memory and all, feels like a miracle. But with a mutual history full of devastating secrets, how far will Maya go to ensure she alone takes them to the grave?

Shared fates intertwine in a twisty, explosive novel of suspense, where unearthing the past might just mean being buried beneath it.

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?

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WWW READING…

Today I’m participating in WWW Wednesdays, at Taking on a World of Words Here’s how it works:

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next, and/or what are you eagerly awaiting?

CURRENTLY READING: Life and Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins

BOOKS READ & REVIEWED SINCE LAST POST OF 4/6/21:

Blood Orange, by Harriet Tyce

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A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser (click title for review)

 

 

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The Perfect Marriage, by Adam Mitzner (Click title for review)

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EAGERLY ANTICIPATING: The Perfect Daughter, by D. J. Palmer – Release Date April 20, 2021 – a book I have pre-ordered

Meet Ruby, who speaks with a British accent.
Then there’s Chloe, a perfectionist who strives for straight A’s in school.
And along comes Eve, who is spiteful and vicious.
All of them live inside Penny…
Or do they?

Penny Francone, age sixteen, is a murderer. Her guilt is beyond doubt: she was found alone in the victim’s apartment, covered in blood, holding the murder weapon. The victim’s identity and her secret relationship to Penny give Penny the perfect motive, sealing the deal. All the jury needs to decide now is where Penny will serve out her sentence. Will she be found not guilty by reason of insanity, as her lawyer intends to argue? Or will she get a life sentence in a maximum-security prison?
Already reeling from tragedy after the sudden passing of her beloved husband a few years before, now Grace is on her knees, grateful that Massachusetts doesn’t allow the death penalty.

As Penny awaits trial in a state mental hospital, she is treated by Dr. Mitchell McHugh, a psychiatrist battling demons of his own. Grace’s determination to understand the why behind her daughter’s terrible crime fuels Mitch’s resolve to help the Francone family. Together, they set out in search of the truth about Penny, but discover instead a shocking hidden history of secrets, lies, and betrayals that threatens to consume them all.

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That was my week…what did yours look like?

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