CHATTING ABOUT BOOKISH/BLOGGING THINGS

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It’s time to share our musings and/or ramblings.  Check in at A Daily Rhythm to see what others are doing.

Here are some prompts to get you going:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have a favorite book from childhood? What is it?

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Okay, I don’t know if “super excited” is the expression I would use for today’s topic, but I have come from a weekend of blogging makeovers, and here is my Bloggiesta post, Finish Line.  I worked primarily on my Serendipity blog, but I also made over some blog headers, including the one here.

After the bloggiesta was officially finished, I then went on to do something really drastic.  Are you ready?  I deleted the first blog I ever created, back in April 2008.  You are probably thinking “are you crazy?”

But let’s review.  It was my one remaining Blogger site.  I hardly ever posted there, and the last straw was getting an e-mail from Amazon Associates about major changes coming with the links and widgets…and it sounded like a major overhaul was in store.  Now my only reason for retaining that one site was for those widgets…so, it was a no-brainer for me.  That blog is gone!

I did check all my review links, which I have on my Curl up and Read site….and discovered only two that linked to the Story Corner blog.  I changed the links to my Goodreads site…and voila!  Done and done.

Yes, I did spend some time rereading blog posts, and nothing I found there was worth moving to one of my other blogs.  Sad, but true.  I also had to change my list of blogs on all of my other sites.

I still kept my Blogger profile, even though I have no blogs left there.  It helps with commenting, etc.

I did love my header there, though…saving it, just in case I can use it somewhere else.  Changing the text, of course.

 

 

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So, now, ready?  I am down to TEN blogs!

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I think my favorite book from childhood was Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, but I don’t have my own copy.  I reread it several times as a child, and then again after I started blogging.  I am thinking of buying a copy for my library.  What do you think?  I love this cover.

 

 

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What are you chatting about today?  Come on by and let’s talk….

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BLUE MONDAYS MUSINGS: READING BUDDIES?

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It’s Monday!  Time to chase away the blues and ponder some thoughts presented over at A Daily Rhythm.

Here are Jen’s prompts:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you have a “kindred” reading buddy — someone who very closely shares your taste in books? If not, do you wish you did?

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I am currently reading an ARC from NetGalley, written by an author I only recently discovered.  Deb Caletti’s newest book is The Secrets She Keeps, and I am immersed in the story.  It will be released on July 7.

 

 

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“You don’t grow up on a divorce ranch and not learn to take a vow seriously.”

When Callie McBride finds a woman’s phone number written on a scrap of paper her husband has thrown away, she thinks that her marriage is over. Callie flees to Nevada and her Aunt Nash’s Tamarosa Ranch, where she’s shocked to see that the place of so many happy childhood memories is in disrepair. Worse, Aunt Nash is acting bizarrely—hoarding stacks of old photographs, burying a book in the yard, and railing against Kit Covey, a handsome government park ranger who piques Callie’s interest.

But Aunt Nash may prove to be saner than she seems once Callie pulls back the curtain on Tamarosa’s heyday—the 1940s and ’50s, when high-society and Hollywood women ventured to the ranch for quickie divorces and found a unique sisterhood—and uncovers a secret promise Nash made to her true love. Callie will come to see is that no life is ever ordinary. No story of love is, either.

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I am very intrigued by the story, and the characters are proving to be quirky and fascinating.

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As for the random question:  I WISH I had a “kindred” reading buddy, but I don’t.  Sadly.  The closest I come to that state of sheer Nirvana, however, would be the various blogs I visit, where I can often discover something that is perfect for me.  What more can one want?

What about the rest of you?

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BLUE MONDAYS MUSINGS: BOOKISH ESCAPES

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Welcome to another Wonderful Monday, in which we share our musings about books…and for me, it’s another celebration of Chasing Away the Blues…

Visit A Daily Rhythm to see what others are sharing.

 

Jen offers various topics to muse about:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Do you use your local library? What do you like (or dislike) most about it?

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Currently, I am reading (and almost finished with) The Royal We, by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan.

I had seen this one on various lists, and was mildly curious…and then I saw it featured in one of my magazines…so I requested it on NetGalley, my newest obsession, and there it was, very quickly, available to download onto Pippa.

 

 

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Okay, I thought it would be a retelling of the Will & Kate story, and there are some similarities…but it’s also quite different.  Just when you think you know what will happen next, you’ll be surprised.

 

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Next up for me is another lovely NetGalley book:  The Guest Cottage, by Nancy Thayer.

 

 

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Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

I love my bookish visits to Nantucket.  I would so enjoy going  there IRL, but in the meantime, a bookish escape works for me.  And Nancy Thayer is one of my go-to authors.

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I am sad to say that I haven’t visited the library in far too long…but I do love going…and browsing…and sitting there to read.

Soon, perhaps.  I do love how you can request books online and pick up the requested book in very short order.

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What are you musing about on this lovely morning?  Here it is more like summer than spring…it will be quite warm later in the day.  Meanwhile, breakfast on the patio sounds like a plan.

 

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BLUE MONDAYS MUSINGS: OLD & NEW FAVORITES

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Welcome to another Blue Mondays Musings post.  To see what others are musing about, check out A Daily Rhythm.

All day yesterday, I kept thinking it was Saturday…and lo and behold, here we are at Monday!  But I love Mondays these days….remember?  That’s why I created this blog originally, as in my freelance life, Mondays are awesome.

Jen gives us topics to explore.  Here are a few:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What was your favorite book as a child?

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In childhood, I loved reading (and rereading) Little Women, and all the other Alcott books, too.  Later on, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew mysteries.  The Secret of the Old Clock is one of my faves…and I have this one, and two others from the beginning of the series.

 

 

 

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Books are my favorite childhood memories, as my addiction began there…and grew.  And grew.

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This past week, I finally experienced NetGalley for the first time.  I joined in 2012, but my old beloved Kindle Sparky did not accept those galleys.  I don’t know why.

But Pippa, my Paperwhite, does.

Here is the first book I received:

 

The Sound of Glass, by Karen White.

 

 

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What books, new and old, remind you of your first love of books?

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CHASING AWAY THE BLUES & MUSING ABOUT THE LIFE OF AN AVID READER

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Mondays are my favorite time of the week….yet once upon a time, I dubbed them Blue Mondays.  That moniker came as a result of that stressful career I had for thirty years…and it was only after I moved BEYOND it, that I could celebrate Mondays.  And now I read and blog to chase away the blues.

Today I’m celebrating Mondays by musing with Jen, at A Daily Rhythm, her revamped blog site.  Check it out!

Here are some topics:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How old were you when you realized that you are an AVID reader?

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I love that random question….I guess I knew almost as soon as I could actually read that books were my great love.  It started as I curled up next to my brother, three years older, and gradually taught myself to read before I even began school.

And then, at age eight, I got a library card in this tiny library that was housed as one-half of the village post office.  But I was in heaven!  Loved browsing the shelves and checking out books.  It was a treat to go at least once a week…and by the time I was old enough to read more, there was another, bigger library in a town ten miles away.

I was in love with books, the characters, and where their stories took me.  And I especially loved the places where I found books.

 

 

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I don’t go to libraries as often as I once did.  Nowadays, I visit Amazon and download books, or go to the Barnes & Noble store around the corner.  I often go there with a book or my Kindle (Pippa, nowadays!).  And read while sipping coffee.  And sometimes I buy a bargain book.  Let’s face it, I am addicted!

 

 

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But I am trying to restrict or curtail my book buying…especially since I have been purging lately.  Here’s what I cleared out this past week…I emptied these two bookshelves!

 

 

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Big Brothers/Big Sisters is sending someone over to pick up the boxes of books I am donating!

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Has your avid reading led to overstuffed shelves and a need to purge?

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RETREAT TO NASHVILLE: MORE THAN ONE WAY TO CHASE AWAY THE BLUES

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Here we are on a Saturday in February, and for the past month, I have been celebrating the 18th birthdays of my two granddaughters, Aubrey and Fiona.

Today I want to spend some time showing my daughter’s recent celebrations.  She and her best friend are in Nashville, and they are having a fabulous time!

 

Here’s Heather before her getaway, as if she could use some time away:

 

 

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And here is her layover at LAX, just before she heads to Nashville:

 

 

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Here is Heather looking very happy at Pippy’s Bar & Grill in Nashville

 

 

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And here are the besties enjoying the Nashville Glow..or is it something else?

 

 

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I am enjoying this trip vicariously.  What are you showcasing today?

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PONDERING & MUSING: LET’S CHASE AWAY THE BLUES!

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Another Monday, another day to chase away the blues!  Check in at Should Be Reading to muse about books.

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: How many books, approximately, do you think you have in your personal collection?

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Those prompts all resonate with me, so maybe I will ramble about a variety of them.  Like my excitement over my Bloggiesta results, which I blogged about this past weekend.  I did a lot of work here on my newest WP site; even though Rainy Days and Mondays has been around since 2009, it is new to WP.

I always enjoy the opportunity to work on my blog(s), and since I have eleven, I get to pick a different one each time.

But moving on…as I was visiting blogs this morning, I came across some books I want.  Books I hadn’t even heard of!

 

A memoir:  How to Grow Up, by Michelle Tea, which strikes a chord with me because of the setting (San Francisco) and the times (communal, young writer, etc.).

 

 

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A gutsy, wise memoir-in-essays from a writer praised as “impossible to put down” (People)

As an aspiring young writer in San Francisco, Michelle Tea lived in a scuzzy communal house; she drank, smoked, snorted anything she got her hands on; she toiled for the minimum wage; and she dated men and women, and sometimes both at once. But between hangovers and dead-end jobs, she scrawled in notebooks and organized dive bar poetry readings, working to make her literary dreams real.

In How to Grow Up, Tea shares her awkward stumble towards the life of a Bonafide Grown-Up: healthy, responsible, self-aware, stable. She writes about passion, about her fraught relationship with money, about adoring Barney’s while shopping at thrift stores, about breakups and the fertile ground between relationships, about roommates and rent, and about being superstitious (“why not, it imbues this harsh world of ours with a bit of magic.”) At once heartwarming and darkly comic, How to Grow Up proves that the road less traveled may be a difficult one, but if you embrace life’s uncertainty and dust yourself off after every screw up, slowly but surely you just might make it to adulthood.

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Then I stumbled upon The Red Notebook, by Antoine Laurain. (Note the surname could almost be my first name, and actually is pronounced like my REAL name:  Lorraine).  Quirky sidenote that bears no resemblance to anything of import. LOL

 

 

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Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?

The Red Notebook has already been sold in twelve different languages. French TV is making a film of The President’s Hat and the movie rights of The Red Notebook have been sold to UGC.

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Both books were discovered on BermudaOnion’s site. 

Thanks, Kathy!

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Then I requested another book from Vine that should arrive this week…I’ve been noticing it on various blogs.

The Wednesday Group, by Sylvia True, follows the secrets and lives of five women.

 

 

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Gail. Hannah. Bridget. Lizzy. Flavia. Each of them has a shameful secret, and each is about to find out that she is not alone… Gail, a prominent Boston judge, keeps receiving letters from her husband’s latest girlfriend, while her husband, a theology professor, claims he’s nine-months sober from sex with grad students. Hannah, a homemaker, catches her husband having sex with a male prostitute in a public restroom. Bridget, a psychiatric nurse at a state hospital, is sure she has a loving, doting spouse, until she learns that he is addicted to chat rooms and match-making websites. Lizzy, a high school teacher, is married to a porn addict, who is withdrawn and uninterested in sex with her. Flavia was working at the Boston Public library when someone brought her an article that stated her husband had been arrested for groping a teenage girl on the subway. He must face court, and Flavia must decide if she wants to stay with him. Finally, Kathryn, the young psychologist running the group, has as much at stake as all of the others.

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So what are you excited about today?  What tempting books are on your horizon?  And to answer the question about how many books I have:  probably 2000 or so, but I have been purging a bit, so the number could be less.  Or more.  I should count them!

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CHASE AWAY YOUR BLUES WITH “THE DAY WE MET”

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If books help us chase away the blues, then the Waiting on Wednesday event at Breaking the Spine is our place to go.  There we can find many eagerly anticipated reads, and can add them to our lists.

Today I am excited about an upcoming release by Rowan Coleman, whose books I have enjoyed ever since I started blogging and discovered them.  The Day We Met will be released on March 31, 2015…so not too long to wait!

 

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Amazon Description:  For fans of Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don’t remember falling in love with?

A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther’s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she’s about to join a punk band—and seems to be hiding something. Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.

When Claire meets a handsome stranger on a rainy day, she starts to wonder if Greg still belongs in her life. She knows she should love him, but she can’t always remember why. When Greg gives her a blank book, Claire fills its pages with private memories and keepsakes, jotting down beginnings and endings and everything in between. The book becomes the story of Claire—her passions, her sorrows, her joys, her adventures in a life that refuses to surrender to a fate worse than dying: disappearing.

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What do you think?  Would this book be one you could curl up with? Could it chase away your blue days?

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MUSING & CHASING AWAY THE BLUES

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I am feeling a surge of energy, now that the holidays are behind me.  Do they sometimes pack a punch, and remind you of your fragility?  As if the years are showing in our bodies and not just our faces?

Join Miz B, at Should Be Reading, and others who will be pondering these topics:

 

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
• What are you currently reading? What do you think you’ll read next? What did you recently finish reading?

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As usual, I’ll be rambling today.  My motto here, at this site, is Chasing Away the Blues, and I do it most effectively through reading…and blogging.

Did you all manage to get through the holidays with a modicum of joy and few frustrations?

Every holiday seems to bring a little of both…and more.  Sometimes family can wear us down, but then we remind ourselves of all those families in the books we read…the ones we are glad not to belong to.

Like the book I am reading now, I Love You More, in which a man is murdered, and probably by one of the three “wives” he had in secret.

 

 

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The story has multiple narrators, from the young daughter of the murdered man with the intriguing name of “Picasso,” to the detective on the case.  And then the voice of the “wives,” in a plural perspective, which was interesting.

Next, I hope to read A Small Indiscretion, the last review book on my stack of Vine books…for now.  As I have requested two more.

 

 

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For readers of Meg Wolitzer, Elizabeth Strout, and Anna Quindlen, A Small Indiscretion is a gripping and ultimately redemptive novel of love and its dangers, marriage and its secrets, youth and its treacherous mistakes.

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The two books coming this week from Vine:

 

After Birth, by Elisa Albert

 

 

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A widely acclaimed young writer’s fierce new novel, in which childbirth and new motherhood are as high stakes a proving ground as any combat zone

 

And then:

 

All Day and a Night, by Alafair Burke

 

 

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A new murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads Detective Ellie Hatcher into a twisting investigation with explosive and deadly results in this superb mystery from the “terrific web spinner” (Entertainment Weekly) Alafair Burke.

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Can I count on these books to help me chase away the blues, and remind me that my family isn’t the most dysfunctional one out there?  LOL

What are your thoughts today, on this “Blue” Monday?

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COME MONDAY, I’LL BE READY FOR A NEW WEEK!

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy.

Today, instead of something “bookish” on this site, I want to share some post-holiday snapshots of my daughter and her friends, and give you a peek at my New Year’s space.

Heather and friend Sheri headed to Cayucos, on the coast, for the Polar Bear Plunge, on New Year’s Day.

 

 

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Heather with Sheri and Julie on the beach….

 

 

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More moments on the beach….

 

 

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Warming up indoors….

 

 

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And while they were having fun on the coast, I was at home packing away the Christmas stuff, and here’s my space with its new look for the New Year.

Dining area without the Christmas trees, etc.

 

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The pub table and chairs are back by the bookcase….

 

 

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The rattan loveseat is near the window again….

 

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Come Monday, I’ll be ready for a new week, without the blues…although there may be some rainy days ahead.

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What did your week look like?  I hope you’ll stop by and share.

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