It’s that time again—time to reflect, gather around, and share thoughts about books, etcThe Sunday Salon is our place to do just that.  You know, that huge reading room in which we all gather to share events of the past week, or perhaps the past month.

Last night, after reading for a bit, I fell asleep.  And then woke up with a jolt as sounds came though the wall.  Thumping sounds.  What?  I glanced at the clock.  Eleven thirty.  What’s up with that?

Well, some people don’t sleep much on the weekends, I guess, but after awhile, I knocked hard on the wall and waited.  The thumping gradually stopped.

Perhaps the interrupted sleep in its early stage set the tone for the rest of the night, since I then had a potpourri of crazy, “retro” dreams.  Yes, that’s what I call dreams about events in the past.

The kinds of dreams where people from the past are in their previous incarnations, but the events take a new spin.  They take off in completely new directions.

Like a movie spinning backwards and then changing when it gets to the middle.

So where am I going with this?  I’m not sure, but my thoughts for today’s post are now all jumbled, which puts a new spin on how I should reflect on this past week.

For the most part, it was Kid-centric, with the grandkids in and out of my house.   Fiona slept over, and we watched a lot of movies.  On Tuesday, I took Fiona to my daughter’s salon for a new hairstyle.  Here are some “before” and “after” shots.

Now for the “after” closeup.

She looks pensive in this one.  Second thoughts?  No, she says she’s day dreaming.

With kids coming and going all week, you can imagine that the reading and writing fell by the wayside.

I did a little blogging:

July Reading Wrap-Up

Creating New Interiors…and New Exteriors

Snippets from Interior Designs

My reading was tepid-click titles for reviews:

1.  Summer Rental (e-book), by Mary Kay Andrews

2.  The Astral, by Kate Christensen

And that’s it….Today, I plan to keep reading this book:

Two Harbors, by Kate Benson


I received a HUGE stack of books in the mail this past week.  They’re sitting on my desk awaiting Mailbox Monday, which will be up later today.

Did you notice that I haven’t mentioned my writing?  Well, except for the posted snippets above, I haven’t touched my WIPs.  One of the WIPs (Defining Moments) is sitting on the kitchen table.  I need to make some changes to the beginning pages.  Rewrites.  GRRR.  Am I dreading it?  What do you think?

Interior Designs is out to two additional Beta readers.

Now I have to go post my updates on ROW 80…and admit that I’m a slacker…..

In adding up the activities of the week, though, I must say that I had fun.  I even managed to get to the gym three times!  And the two books I finished were great!  What about the rest of you? 


  1. Great photos Laurel-Rain! I like the before and after shots. My sympathies with being woken up – I always find that really irritating (although I wouldn’t be in bed myself at 11.30, I have to admit – but still too late for a racket).

    Good luck with your re-writes. Once I get into a re-write I do find I enjoy it, just find it difficult to get started.


    1. Yes, I’m thinking I will enjoy the rewrites, too…maybe I’m hesitating because I haven’t yet decided how to proceed. Notes in longhand? A new Word doc with changes to fold into the original?

      I should just DO it! LOL

      I used to stay up much later, but I’ve been getting up in the mornings at 5:00 a.m. (yes, crazy!), but it’s cooler at that time and I feel more productive.

      Thanks for stopping by, Clare.


  2. Interrupted sleep is such a bummer, but I do like the kind of dreams that are like movies. Now if I could just have more of mine take place somewhere else besides my old schools. 🙂


  3. Your granddaughter’s a cutie. Yep…interrupted sleep usually means crazy dreams for me too – all disconnected and nothing that makes sense. You did good getting to the gym and you got in some good reading. Thumbs up for that


    1. Thanks, Robin…I think she’s a cutie, too. Yesterday was her first day of high school, and she called me to tell how great the day was. She loved it!

      I had weird dreams again last night! Thanks for stopping by.


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