Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

Yikes!  I inadvertently tapped on something here and my writing went askew.  I finally found what I did wrong…instead of the link, I hit the alignment feature….

I realize that I need to be fully awake to write a post.  LOL

Christine showed a photo of her yard with 70 degree temperature…I live in the Central Valley, and yesterday, it could have been spring…almost.

I need to clean off my patio!  The leaves, which the gardeners so thoughtlessly blow onto my patio, are in piles.  As if blowing them there is satisfying the job they are supposed to do!  I have mentioned this to them, several times, but they pretend not to understand me.  LOL




I have been staying inside most of the week, reading and blogging, and frustrated because I got a notice that one of my blogs, Potpourri, had been suspended!  Of course I sent them an email, letting them know that this must be an error…while thinking:  how could this have happened?

The next day, I got a message that the site was ” flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice.”

Just like that!  Oh, and they apologized.  But meanwhile, I went through a sleepless night, thinking about what I might have done, and if they could do it once, they could do it again!

That’s how my mind works.

But then, after the suspension was lifted, I reminded myself, in my more rational state, that I have eleven blogs, and this is the first time in seven years of blogging that anything like this has happened to me.

And then I felt calmer…but still a little paranoid.  LOL

Meanwhile, I’ve been messaging on Phoebe, my new iPhone, and receiving pictures from my son and daughter-in-law who have moved to Crescent City.  This one is Pebble Beach at sunset.



Pebble Beach at Sunset


I think I need to have a little coastal getaway!

But not this weekend, as it’s Bloggiesta time, and I’ll be working on this blog.  Check out my to-do list!


I continued my purging this week by clearing out all the old DVDs for little kids that none of my grandchildren watch anymore.  They are tucked into a box in the garage, while I decide what to do with them.  Goodwill?

Meanwhile, my office space is a lot less cluttered.  I also boxed up the stuffed toys.  While doing so, I saw the stuffed and well-worn “duckie” that Noah clutched to him during his early years.  Even when he was on Santa’s lap! (below).

He mentioned it once recently, wondering what had happened to it (he’s twelve now), but because he didn’t seem sad, I kept quiet.  I think his mother buried it on my shelves!



noah and santa


Okay…on the bookish front, I am so excited that I finally downloaded my copy of The Girl on the Train.  I have been drooling over this one for months!




Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.


What did your bookish/not so bookish week look like?



  1. Brandie

    I’m glad the blog thing got figured out! I would have stressed about it, too. Wow – that is a beautiful photo of the coast. You should definitely make a trip. 😉

    I hope you love The Girl on the Train! Can’t wait to see what you think. Happy Thursday!


  2. I’ve read positive comments about The Girl On The Train. I hope you love it. That temporary suspension would be upsetting. Maintaining one blog is a lot of work, I’m amazed that you handle so many so well. I love your photos! Thanks for sharing them.


    1. Thanks, Pat, and I couldn’t believe that WP could shut down one of my blogs with no warning…but it turned out to be an error. And I don’t spend an equal amount of time on each of the blogs…there are primary ones and then there are the others, which are mostly for fun.


  3. We are having spring-like weather in the afternoon but still cool at night. I like that combo, so not complaining.

    I like your post today. Nice photos (cute Noah!) and I have the after-holiday “urge to purge”. My life has been so hectic lately that I haven’t been posting as much as I’d like but I’m getting there.

    I just impulsively downloaded a couple of new titles: Cold Cold Heart (reading now) and The Girl on the Train. I can’t wait to read that next. Sounds so good! Have fun cleaning and reading.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Rita, and I am so psyched up about The Girl on the Train. Hope we both love it.

      And I made the picture of Noah my background on my Phoebe (phone). I’m still figuring out the phone, and when I went to the day spa today where my daughter works, she gave me a few more lessons on how to do things…like screen shots, etc.


  4. I need to do a lot of purging, too… closets, bookshelves, the basement (shudder!) Good for you for working on it. Re the DVDs your grandkids don’t watch any more – how about donating them to a school? My daughter’s school showed DVDs or videos occasionally as a treat, particularly after standardized tests.


  5. I have The Girl on the Train downloaded too, and have to transfer it to my Nook today and start reading. I want to read it quick before hearing too much about it, but of course, I’ve been seeing it mentioned everywhere! Have fun with Bloggiesta!


  6. I am just sitting at home. I just moved to a new state and don’t know anyone really, so I just gets the kids off to school and then get them back in. I am mostly on the computer lately. That’s not a good way for me to make friends locally, I know, but it feels like home to me.
    I really want The Girl on the Train. I have been seeing it everywhere. Looking forward to your review on the one.


    1. I can only imagine what moving to a new state would be like…I have moved to various cities and towns throughout California and always had an adjustment. The worst one was when we moved to this area when I had three children, all of them five and under, and I went through quite a depression. And there was no online world then; it was the 70s. Hope you find your niche in the new place, and enjoy the online connections until then! Thanks for stopping by, Karen.


    1. For the first time in a new place, if I go alone, I’ll probably take the train…if Fiona goes, I’ll drive and she can guide us there through her phone…LOL. I think it will be more fun with her along, so that’s what I’m pushing. Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


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