COFFEE CHAT: BOOKISH & NOT SO BOOKISH THOUGHTS…

Welcome to another Coffee Chat.  Today’s feature is brought to you from my Rainy Days and Mondays blog because it is so under-utilized. The week has been a good one, even though I have only read and reviewed one book…so far.  The Homewreckers, by Mary Kay Andrews.  Instead I have been bingeing Sex and the City, all six seasons!  And then I watched the first of the movies that came out afterwards.  It was fun!

Then I watched a Hulu show called Candy, about a housewife who murdered her so-called friend.  With an axe! Next I plan to continue watching Gaslit, on Starz.

  • On Monday, I went out for Mexican food with a friend.  It was delicious, of course.
  • Last Saturday, I had Fish & Chips with my daughter in honor of Mother’s Day.
  • Next week, my #2 son is passing through our little city with his three adult children, and we will also be eating at a favorite restaurant.
  • I am enjoying morning coffee on my patio whenever the day is nice…not windy or rainy.

framed patio and greenery

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For fun, I ordered this vintage typewriter music box from Amazon, headed my way tomorrow. I will display it in the office portion of my bedroom.

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What are your weekend plans?

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BLUE MONDAYS…NO MORE!

Good morning, and welcome to another “Blue Monday.”  As you may know, Mondays are no longer “blue” for me, since my retirement.  Now they are the beginning of another wonderful week!

Above, note the office in my previous apartment, where I lived from 2007 to 2019, which I still love thinking about.

For the past nine months, I have been focusing on my interiors in this new apartment.  Now I think I can say it is mostly done.  Except for the addition of more books!

This weekend, I started on the outdoors.  My patio is tiny, but tiny spaces also need “spiffing up.”  I added a patio table and chairs with an umbrella.  Small, to fit the space.

On Saturday, we had wind and rain, so I couldn’t enjoy it.  But yesterday and this morning, I had my first cup of coffee out there.  I plan to enjoy evening wine there, too.

To add to the enjoyment, I have ordered a birdhouse from Amazon…I had quite a large collection of them back at my condo, the one I left three years ago.  Those are gone, but I am starting over.  In a small way.

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I have considered adding other things, but I will wait and see how things shape up.

Here is today’s coffee with my book:

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What do you enjoy on a Monday morning?

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COZY THINGS…

Welcome to my cozy blog, Rainy Days and Mondays.  I have neglected it in recent months because Facebook blocked me from posting there!  Why?  No answers from them.  But I manage to tweet and also post from my website blogs page.  So there, Facebook!

Now that I have many boxes of Disney trinkets again (they were in my daughter’s guest room!), I can enjoy them.  She moved me to a studio apartment in 2019, where I didn’t have much room for treasures like these.  But…I thought she gave them away!  Imagine my joy to see them again when she brought them over to me in my new apartment.

Years ago, I created the blog header above that spotlights some of them.  On the right, you’ll notice my Red Riding Hood trinket next to Mother Goose.  I now have those again.

I have arranged them on a bookshelf and on my Baker’s Rack, below.  In addition, you’ll notice Billy Goats Gruff (second shelf from the bottom of the rack) and The Seven Dwarfs, at the very bottom.

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I don’t have them all, but I won’t be sad…I will enjoy what I have with me now.

Do you have treasures that you lost…and then found?

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HAPPY DAYS AHEAD…

When I got these Engelbreit plates back, shown above right, I was thrilled. The hanging rack was not with them, so now they are on my dish rack. 

But I did find something on Amazon that might work.

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It will arrive sometime between March 4 and 8th…and you all know how much I HATE waiting, LOL.  But…it’s not the longest wait I have faced lately.  Let’s hope the plates will fit nicely into one of the racks, at least.  Then I will need to rearrange the photos on my wall to allow for adding these decorative plates that I love.

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Today I want to treat myself to lunch at Mimi’s.  Here’s what I’m drooling over.  I will bring half of it home in a box.

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Now I must gather my thoughts and plan the day.  I will take my Kindle, of course, as I am reading and loving The Shadow Wife, by Diane Chamberlain.  What are your plans for the day?

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SATURDAY TIDBITS…

Another day of enjoying the tidbits that make for special moments.  Like the newest Disney trinket, above, that has been added to my Baker’s Rack, along with other treasures that came to me this week.  They had been stored at my daughter’s house for almost three years.  I had no idea they were there!  But now, many of them are on my new Baker’s Rack.

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My daughter also brought over boxes of Mary Engelbreit treasures, along with the Disney tidbits.  Like these plates:

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I am searching for a rack on which to hang them…I once had one to place them on the wall.  But my daughter couldn’t find it.  So far, I haven’t found one on Amazon.

So the quest goes on.

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Do you enjoy gathering together lost or misplaced treasures? 

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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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