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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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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COFFEE CHAT: RAMBLINGS…

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.  Let’s grab some coffee and have a chat.

Welcome to another week of ramblings.  Last week, I brought my chat over to this Rainy Days and Mondays blog…but not many bloggers found it.  However, I like to change things up…so I’m going to try again.

  • It has been a pretty good week for reading.  I read and reviewed The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, which I loved…but then moved on to a lighter read with The Grammarians, by Cathleen Schine. (Click titles for my reviews).
  • Last night I started reading The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan, and I’m enjoying it so far.
  • Here in California, we have been warned of massive PG&E shutdowns for up to five days…or even a week.  The wildfires are raging here again, and the utility company thinks they need to do this.  They haven’t shut our power down here in my residence…and I hope they won’t in facilities like this one, or in hospitals.  Sigh.
  • Tomorrow will finally be another hair styling day with my daughter…it is long overdue.  LOL.
  •  I’m fighting with my computer again!  The cursor is doing its dance, and ends up anywhere but where I want it to be.  I remember there was a fix…disabling the touchpad.  So far, I haven’t been able to do it.  I may have to call the Geek Squad.  LOL
  • I haven’t spent time with Fiona for a couple of weeks; her new job is keeping her very busy. 

  • Until I can get together with her again, I keep busy ordering my Amazon packages…and trying to find a doll that is similar to the one I “lost” in the move.  Yes, it was sold.  I do love posting pictures of it in the meantime.

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That is my week so far.  What did yours look like?

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COFFEE CHAT: SEARCHING MY ARCHIVES…

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.  Let’s grab some coffee and have a chat.

For today’s post, I searched my archives and found this one from March 2015:

 

Sometimes I wonder how I create the crazy dreams I have!  There are those that spring from the books and movies I watch during the day.  And sometimes they are all about relationships I am having…and those issues.

But last night’s dream, which I won’t repeat in detail here, seemed like a jumble of all kinds of moments from the past, and in the end, seemed to be about moving from one apartment to another and losing items along the way.

And now that I have written it out, it is quite obvious to me.  I am getting older…okay, aren’t we all?  And while I am in good health (knock wood!), I can envision a time in the DISTANT FUTURE, hopefully, when I might have to move closer to the grown kids…and that is not a thought I enjoy having.  For example, my daughter has a lovely and large enough house, but she has told me that if I moved in, I couldn’t bring all of my stuff.  Even though my financial contribution would make things easier for her. 

Actually, I recall the last time we lived together, when she was a teenager…and I cringe at the thought of sharing space with her!  On to better solutions!

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Strangely enough, my predictions about moving to another residence, and even losing things along the way, came true this year.  I was hospitalized in May, as many of you know…and from there, I’ve moved on to a senior residential apartment. 

  • Luckily, I am doing well so far.  I’ve improved from having to use a walker, then a cane, to now, with my previously normal ability to get around.  My apartment is a studio, but I have managed to create a home with many of my favorite things. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Downsizing did mean that I had to give up some things, but in exchange for those losses, I have gained a feeling of security…and some residential services like cooking, cleaning, and laundry.  I can relax in my apartment, reading, blogging, watching movies, etc.  I can also have meals there when I want, since I have a microwave, a coffee pot, and a fridge.  The dining room is available at all times, and I find myself going there at least twice a day.
  • I have posted a few of these pictures on Facebook and my blogs, and I’ve also shared much of my story…but I wanted to gather them all together as a reminder of how everything has finally come together.
  • Meanwhile, I’ve been reading, reviewing, and blogging…and this week, I read and reviewed The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan; and Twenty-One Truths About Love, by Matthew Dicks.  (Click titles for my reviews).
  • I’m currently reading The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood.

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These are my bookish and not so bookish thoughts for today.  What are yours?

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