Wednesday Sparks

SETTING OFF SOME SPARKS….

It’s almost time to bring out the Halloween/Thanksgiving figurines. 

Meanwhile, I’ve been playing with my blogs again, and implemented a new theme here.  I like changing things up.  I’m inspired by Patty, at Books, Thoughts and Adventures; she has a new WP site and she’s exploring the possibilities.

I created my first WP blog in 2009:  An Interior Journey.  But it was called something else then (Explorations).  I went through several name changes before I settled on its current title.

I still had some Blogger sites when I made the switch, but gradually I merged and created everything on WP.

Over the years, WP has made changes, some of which were frustrating to us “oldies.”  We then found ways to circumvent the “new and improved” methods.

Now I think I’ll go to my hall closet and find those decorations for the fall season!  The pub table that held them last year is now set against the sliding glass door.

 

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Enjoy the season!

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tuesday sparks

TUESDAY SPARKS: CHANGING & REARRANGING….

Good morning!  I’m at it again, changing something up on one of my blogs.  New header and theme here (above)…inspired by some of the other changes I’ve been making in my interiors (at home).

First I rearranged the top of one of my country cupboards, the one that has been home to my Peter Pan collection for a long while.

Here’s what it looked like before (below), a little crowded.  I enjoyed it like that, until I didn’t:

 

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Now…

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The Baker’s Rack was next; check out how it has been for a while….(below)

 

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Now…Some Peter Pan figurines have migrated over here…focusing in on the top shelves….

 

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While I’m at it, let’s look at my little Jelly cupboard, untouched for a long time…

 

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I took at whack at it, moving the dolls on top to some inner cubbies…and now the space is completely different, featuring a photo of Heather and Noah in a Mary Engelbreit frame (left), and a Coca Cola piggy bank on the right…

 

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Some of the benefits…less dusting on the tops of a couple of the cupboards…but there will be more dusting on the Baker’s Rack.  LOL.

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Today I’m reading and loving a book set near Seattle, on one of the islands…a mystery, some secrets that could be dangerous…and a young woman trying to start over.  What’s Become of Her, by Deb Caletti, is from Amazon Vine.

 

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What fascinating things are keeping you busy today?  What do you enjoy doing when you feel restless?

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Musing Mondays

MONDAY SPARKS: MUSING ABOUT BOOKS….

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It’s time to muse about reading, etc.  Let’s join Jenn, at Books & a Beat.

 

  • 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 has your reading changed in the last 10 years?

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Today I’ll respond to the random question.  In the past ten years, I’ve been immersed in my post-retirement/free lance life, so reading has definitely changed.

For one thing, I started blogging eight years ago, which introduced me to books I had never encountered, and I also became compulsive about checking Amazon…and yes, clicking to buy.

And Goodreads became a part of my world in 2008.

Exposure to so many more books, and with more free time available, I was reading a lot more, as well as picking up new authors and enjoying them.

I’ve loved every minute of it!

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Today I’m reading Two If By Sea, by Jacquelyn Mitchard, and she is a “favorite” author from the past, one I read many years ago, starting with Deep End of the Ocean (reviewed in 2008, but read earlier).

 

 

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This week, my Weekly Updates on my Serendipity blog included reviews of books (and authors) I discovered in the past ten years, like Dee Ernst, Bethany Chase, and Lynda Cohen Loigman.

What has your week been like?  What books are you reading?

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Saturday Snapshot

SATURDAY SPARKS: MY FAMILY & MY NEST

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

It has been a few weeks since my last post, so today will be a potpourri of images from the summer.

First, let’s look at some shots of grandchildren, starting with my eldest grandson, Alec, who will be in his senior year at UC-Berkeley in the fall:

 

 

Alec in June 2016

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Take a peek at a recent shot of Fiona (age 19):

 

 

Fiona in July

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Noah (13), enjoying fireworks on July 4th:

 

 

Noah, 4th of July 2016

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A cupboard with some old favorite print books…and some knick-knacks:

 

 

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A close-up of the books; do you see any titles you’ve read?

 

 

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A tablescape with dolls and other trinkets:

 

 

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Some changes on my sofa table:

 

 

 

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A new hall tree arrangement:

 

 

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Morning coffee….

 

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What did your week look like?  Are you sharing your summer in photos?

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CELEBRATING CONNECTIONS & BLOGGING

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Last Sunday was my birthday, and I spent it with family.  On the left is a photo of my daughter and me, snapped last Mother’s Day.

Top photos, left to right:  my second oldest grandson, Dominic, and Noah, my youngest.

Heather and her BF are on the bottom right, and dead center:  a slice of birthday cake, wearing all the candles.  And a scoop of Vanilla Bean ice cream.  Yum!

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Today I had a birthday lunch with an old friend…I’m talking longevity, here.  We met as colleagues back in the 1970s and became good friends over the years.

Today’s lunch was at Pismo’s, where sea food reigns.

 

 

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Here is the dessert we had:

 

 

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I am still stuffed, and it is hours later.  No dinner needed tonight!

Earlier, I clicked on some posts here via my Archives and realized how so much has changed on the blog.  First of all, I started this site at Blogger, then moved here in May 2010.

My “twin” granddaughters —cousins born in February  1997—were the inspiration and on my header for quite a while.  The name was inspired by a photo in the snow of the two girls in 2004, at age seven, and also derived its name from mine:  Snow.

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I’m reading a book by Wendy Corsi Staub called The Perfect Stranger, and it features bloggers…and how someone is targeting the members of a close-knit blogging group of cancer survivors.

 

 

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Here is a photo of the two girls snapped in February 2004, at Big Bear:

 

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Do you ever examine your blog’s history?  Check out earlier posts and remember what it was like back in the beginning?  And when you think of those moments of connection—with family, friends, and other bloggers—do you celebrate?

I celebrated by changing up my theme here….and the look of the blog.  And I’m going back to read more of the book about bloggers.

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first paragraphs · teaser tuesdays

TUESDAY SPARKS: INTROS/TEASERS – “KATWALK”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Should Be Reading.

Today I am featuring my current read, an ARC from Amazon Vine:  Katwalk, by Maria Murnane.

 

 

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Intro:  Katrina felt cool beads of sweat forming on her palms as she prepared to stand up.  She placed her hands lightly on the desk and glanced around her tidy cubicle.  As usual, there wasn’t so much as a pen or a Post-it note—much less a paper clip—out of place.  She quietly opened a drawer and removed her purse, turning her eyes to the calendar mounted on the wall as she reached inside for her makeup kit.

A small black circle was drawn around Wednesday, September 18.

Today.

It was finally here.

She ran a comb through her auburn hair, then checked her face in the mirror of her compact, applying a touch of powder to her fair skin and wishing, as always, that she didn’t have quite so many freckles sprinkled across her cheeks and nose.  She added a dab of rosy lip gloss, then rubbed hand sanitizer between her palms before putting her purse back in the drawer.  She took a deep breath and closed her eyes, sitting silently, thinking about how many times she’d practiced this.

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Teaser:  First drinks with her new neighbor and now this unanticipated encounter with Reid barely twenty-four hours later.  It was completely out of character for her to chatter away so openly with virtual strangers, but she’d done it, twice. (p. 79).

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Amazon Description:  From the bestselling author who brought us Perfect on Paper and Cassidy Lane comes the tale of a young woman who wakes up one day and decides to start over.

Katrina Lynden has always walked a straight line in life, an approach that has resulted in a stable career and pleased her hard-nosed parents but that has also left her feeling unfulfilled—and miserable. When her best friend suggests they quit their Silicon Valley jobs and embark on two months of adventure in New York City, Katrina balks at the idea but ultimately agrees, terrified yet proud of herself for finally doing something interesting with her life. But when her friend has to back out at the last minute, Katrina finds herself with a tough decision to make. Much to her surprise, she summons the courage to go alone, and the resulting journey changes everything. Along the way she makes new friends, loses others, learns what is really important to her, and finds a way to grow up without leaving herself behind.

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I am enjoying this one, especially since my recent reads have been dark and atmospheric.  What do you think?  Would you want to read more?

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creative sparks · Saturday Snapshot

CREATIVE SPARKS: FAMILY & HOME — DEC. 22

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Welcome to another creative opportunity to showcase photos, via our weekly Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

Today I’m enjoying some family shots again.  First, a couple of photos of Fiona:  one of her in a poster, and one of her showing her enthusiasm.

Next is a photo of the three grandkids from LA enjoying a trip to the Big Bear Cabin with some cousins (Circa 2005).

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And now for some room rearranging:  my bedroom.

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In order to move the desk over to the corner and leave more room to work, I had to move a table out of the bedroom to the living room.

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And the drop leaf table that was in the spot above is now in the bedroom below.

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And below is my bedroom space for Louisa May (my laptop).

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Now I’m eager to see your snapshots for the day!

creative sparks · Saturday Snapshot

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS — INTERIORS, PAST & PRESENT — NOV. 17

Welcome to another creative opportunity to showcase photos, via our weekly Saturday Snapshot event, hosted by Alyce, At Home With Books.

Last week, I shared my space in flux, and described my journey toward finding a beaded curtain.  As I recalled the beads I’d enjoyed before, I thought about scanning photos and bringing out some of those past interiors.

Like these from my A-frame cottage in the foothills.  In this photo, you can see one of my grandsons running through the beads.  This was a fun activity for all of them at one time or another.  I think that was why they loved visiting Nana!  lol

In this photo below, you can see another view that shows the beaded curtain leading into the hallway (on the right), and a glimpse of the dining room and kitchen on the left.  And my little jelly cupboard that has been spotlighted in recent versions of my collections.

Another view of the dining room and kitchen, separated by the little gingham drape.  I miss the green farmhouse table and chairs (you can see the chairs here); but in my smaller space, I had to choose between the Coca Cola table and chairs from the guesthouse…or this one.

I gave this one to my daughter.

And now….just to bring us back to the present again, I spiffed up my guest bathroom a bit this week, adding a couple of things.  A collage that shows a new shower curtain (left); a mirror image reflecting some girly things (doll and old shoe with flowers); and some of the Victorian prints, etc.

Now I’m off to enjoy your photos!  Hope you’ll stop by….