DEALING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES…& DISTRACTIONS

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Sometimes life’s unexpected treasures can be discovered in past moments…events we may have forgotten.

With blogging, we can sometimes recapture those moments.  As I changed my themes and headers on my remaining SIX blogs, I went back in my archives to read old posts.  As far back here as 2010.

Sadly, some of the links don’t work anymore, as the reviews or other title hook-ups go to blogs I no longer have.  Earlier today, I spent some time linking reviews to Goodreads, in those cases where the links went to “Neverland” (note my header with Neverland images).  Accidental?

But this could go on forever, right?  Do I want to spend time back there, fixing what is now broken, because of my recent actions?  Does it matter?

I must admit that I am a perfectionist, and sometimes my older blog posts make me cringe.

The content, not so much.  But the images and links…that’s another story.

But onward…and let’s focus on the present.  I am finally getting in the mood for the holidays, and brought out a few Christmas decorations. (Note the little gingerbread boy hanging on my cupboard at the top of the post).

In the image below, note the candy stripe “bear” hanging from another cupboard.  So far, I haven’t done much more in this part of the room.

 

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Here, on my pub table, I planted one of my miniature trees, and the little Christmas fairies.

 

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And on the hearth, you can see a few holiday “characters,” like the Nutcrackers.  The poinsettia seems a little “fake,” but that’s what I have from my bins.  Fantasia Mickey is a regular “greeter” on the hearth.

 

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Am I distracting myself from the consequences of my blog deleting?  The links that don’t work?  The ones I still should fix?

Well, I hope to also distract myself with reading…but the last two books I read didn’t do much for me.

Here’s hoping that this one, The Guest Room, by Chris Bohjalian, will do the trick.  It is a spellbinding tale of a party gone horribly wrong: two men lie dead in a suburban living room, two women are on the run from police, and a marriage is ripping apart at the seams.

 

 

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Do you ever search your past posts and cringe?  Do you try to fix things, or do you move on?  What are you hooked on now?

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SERENDIPITOUS TUESDAYS: INTROS/TEASERS — “THE ALL YOU CAN DREAM BUFFET”

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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’s featured book is an ARC entitled The All You Can Dream Buffet, by Barbara O’Neal.

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Intro:  (Prologue)

In the stillness just after dawn, Lavender Wills walked the perimeter of the farm, as she did every morning.  Rain or shine—and it could be a lot of rain in the Willamette Valley in Oregon—she strode with her dogs along the lavender fields and the greenhouses, following the line of the fields where meat chickens were pastured in movable pens, checking to be sure they hadn’t been raided overnight.  She eyed the fences around the chicken houses and rounded the beehives, then headed back along the vegetable fields, some of them still tucked under their temporary spring blankets of easily constructed and deconstructed plastic greenhouses.

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Teaser:  And he had been turning away ever since.  She had tried everything.  Sexy nightgowns, of course, and surprising him in the shower, which ended so badly that she never tried it again. (p. 120)

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Blurb:  Perfect for fans of Kristin Hannah and Susan Wiggs—Barbara O’Neal’s new novel of food, friendship, and the freedom to grow your dreams brings together four very different women longing to savor the true taste of happiness.
 
Popular blogger and foodie queen Lavender Wills reigns over Lavender Honey Farms, a serene slice of organic heaven nestled in Oregon wine country. Lavender is determined to keep her legacy from falling into the profit-driven hands of uncaring relatives, and she wants an heir to sustain her life’s work after she’s gone. So she invites her three closest online friends—fellow food bloggers, women of varied ages and backgrounds—out to her farm. She hopes to choose one of them to inherit it—but who?

There’s Ginny, the freckle-faced Kansas cake baker whose online writing is about to lead her out of a broken marriage and into a world of sensual delights. And Ruby, young, pregnant, devoted to the organic movement, who’s looking for roots—and the perfect recipe to heal a shattered heart. Finally, Val, smart and sophisticated, a wine enthusiast who needs a fresh start for her teenage daughter after tragedy has rocked their lives. Coming together will change the Foodie Four in ways they could never have imagined, uniting them in love and a common purpose. As they realize that life doesn’t always offer a perfect recipe for happiness, they also discover that the moments worth savoring are flavored with some tears, a few surprises, and generous helping of joy.

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Would you keep reading?  I was captivated by the setting, the whole blogger thing, and fresh starts.  Come on by and share your own excerpts and links, please!

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WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES: HUNKERING DOWN — SEPT. 15

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post,  Notorious Spinks Talks Books, for September’s Mailbox Monday, and Book Journey, for What Are You Reading?

The month is half over, so it’s time to hunker down!  And what a week it has been!  I’ve had a lot of blogging and reading to keep me indoors, since the hot days are still with us.  Yes, cooler mornings and evenings, but not nearly enough.

So grab your cup of coffee and let’s talk about our weeks.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Monday from the Interior:  Musing About Upcoming Books

Guilty Pleasures?  Intros/Teasers

Serendipitous Wednesdays:  Upcoming Reads

A Thursday from the Interior:  Imagery

Serendipitous Fridays:  Book Beginnings & The Friday 56 – “Lie Still”

Review:  Just What Kind of Mother Are You?, by Paula Daly

Review (Blog Tour): Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Ty Conrad

Review:  The Pure Gold Baby, by Margaret Drabble

Review:  In the Drink, by Kate Christensen

Review:  Lie Still, by Julia Heaberlin

Read:   The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky – (Review Will Be Posted on 9/21/13 – for Banned Books Week)– On An Interior Journey

INCOMING BOOKS:

Between my mailbox and my downloads (from free, purchased, & review books), I have quite a haul.

All are linked to Amazon…

A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan (Amazon Vine)

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W is for Wasted, by Sue Grafton (Purchase)

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Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook (Blog Tour Stop – Oct. 17)

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Diary of a Wildflower (e-book), by Ruth White (Author Review Request)

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Cold Winter Rain (e-book), by Steven P. Gregory (Author Review Request)

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Second Nature (e-book), by Nora Roberts (Purchase)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (e-book), by Stephen Chbosky (Purchase)

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Out in the Country (e-book), by Kate Hewitt (Freebie)

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THIS WEEK ON THE BLOGS: (All Books Are Linked to Amazon)

Sinnerman (e-book), by Jonathan M. Cook

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Happy All the Time, by Laurie Colwin

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A Dark Mind, by T. R. Ragan

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Divas by the River (e-book), by Juno Ross (Author Review Request)

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Now…I hope you’ll come on by with a second cup of coffee…and chat about your books.

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SUNDAY UPDATES/MAILBOX MONDAY — SUMMER DAYS — JUNE 22

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Good morning!  Today’s post will link up to Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post, and Mailbox Monday!

This past week has been a continuation of blogging, reading, and a little more book purging.  And I took special delight in my early morning online viewing of All My Children and One Life to Live via my TV/laptop hook-up, shown here:

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And I also spent time on the patio with my laptop.

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Here is what I accomplished:

ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Potpourri:  Intros/Teasers-Secrets from the Past

Hump Day Potpourri:  Reading, TV, & Cool Breezes

Going out on a Limb with Upcoming Releases:  W is for Wasted

A Journey Through Book Beginnings & the Friday 56:  The Red Garden

Sweet Saturday Sample:  A Single Dad Ponders His Life (An Excerpt)

Reading:  Click Titles for Reviews:  THIS WEEK, I FINISHED MY 100TH BOOK OF THE YEAR!  YAY!!

Innocent Little Crimes, by C. S. Lakin (Review Book)

Secrets from the Past, by Barbara Taylor Bradford

The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman (From Mt. TBR)

Looking for Me, by Beth Hoffman

Incoming Books:

None of my new books came via the “mailbox,” but I downloaded three new books for Sparky:  two purchases and one freebie.

The Age of Innocence (e-book), by Edith Wharton (freebie!)

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Wharton observes that clever liars always come up with good stories to back up their fabrications, but that really clever liars don’t bother to explain anything at all. This is the kind of insight that makes The Age of Innocence so indispensable. Wharton’s story of the upper classes of Old New York, and Newland Archer’s impossible love for the disgraced Countess Olenska, is a perfectly wrought book about an era when upper-class culture in this country was still a mixture of American and European extracts, and when “society” had rules as rigid as any in history.

Daddy’s Gone A Hunting (e-book), by Mary Higgins Clark

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In her latest novel, Daddy’s Gone A Hunting, Mary Higgins Clark, the beloved “Queen of Suspense,” exposes a dark secret from a family’s past that threatens the lives of sisters Kate and Hannah Connelly when the family-owned furniture firm explodes into flames in the middle of the night, leveling the buildings to the ground, including a museum where priceless antiques have been on permanent display for years.

The ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery and provoke a host of suspicions and questions. Was the explosion deliberately set? What was Kate—a CPA for one of the biggest accounting firms in the country—doing in the museum when it burst into flames? Why was Gus, a retired and disgruntled craftsman, with her at that time of night? What if someone isn’t who he claims to be?

Now Gus is dead, and Kate lies in the hospital in a coma, so neither can tell what drew them there or what the tragedy may have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years. Nor can they warn that somebody may be covering his tracks, willing to kill to save himself.

In a novel of dazzling suspense and excitement, Mary Higgins Clark once again demonstrates the mastery of her craft that has made her books international bestsellers for years. She presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer…

Always Watching (e-book), by Chevy Stevens

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She helps people put their demons to rest.

But she has a few of her own…

In the lockdown ward of a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Nadine Lavoie is in her element. She has the tools to help people, and she has the desire—healing broken families is what she lives for. But Nadine doesn’t want to look too closely at her own past because there are whole chunks of her life that are black holes. It takes all her willpower to tamp down her recurrent claustrophobia, and her daughter, Lisa, is a runaway who has been on the streets for seven years.

When a distraught woman, Heather Simeon, is brought into the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit after a suicide attempt, Nadine gently coaxes her story out of her—and learns of some troubling parallels with her own life. Digging deeper, Nadine is forced to confront her traumatic childhood, and the damage that began when she and her brother were brought by their mother to a remote commune on Vancouver Island.  What happened to Nadine?  Why was their family destroyed? And why does the name Aaron Quinn, the group’s leader, bring complex feelings of terror to Nadine even today?

And then, the unthinkable happens, and Nadine realizes that danger is closer to home than she ever imagined. She has no choice but to face what terrifies her the most…and fight back.

Sometimes you can leave the past, but you can never escape.

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Looking back, I think it was a great week!  And today I’m reading:

A Widow’s Story, by Joyce Carol Oates (From my TBR Mountain)

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What did your week look like?  What’s coming up next?

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TSS: BLOGGIESTA, READING, ETC. — MARCH 24

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Good morning, Sunday Saloners!   For those of you who are participating in Bloggiesta this weekend, how is the party going for you?

I’ve been having a lot of fun making over my blog Curl up and Read.  I tend to work on my blogs pretty regularly, but during this event, I go all out.  And I love visiting the other blogs, discovering new things to add to my list after seeing what they’re doing.

There are mini-challenges, and one of mine was Getting to Know You, in which I featured blogger Alexis, from Reflections of a Bookaholic.

Even with all this going on, I managed to put together a Checkpoint for my Mt. TBR Challenge, and realized that I am almost halfway to my goal for the year.

Earlier in the week on the blogs:

I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day and wrote:  A Guilty Pleasures Nod to St. Paddy’s Day

My Hump Day Potpourri post:  Taking Inventory

Saturday Potpourri:  Blogging Activities & Reading

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Juvenile Probation (An Excerpt from Defining Moments, a WIP)

My Reading Week: (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

I was distracted early in the week, as Noah was sick and staying with me; I was worried.  Then he got better, and everything picked up, moving along nicely.

1.  The Sixes, by Kate White

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2.  Messenger of Truth (Maisie Dobbs), by Jacqueline Winspear (Sequel Challenge)

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3.   3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club), by James Patterson (Sequel Challenge, Women’s Murder Club Challenge)

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4.  Ctrl Z (e-book), by Danika Stone (Review Book)

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And today, I want to watch some movies and start reading something like:  2nd Chance, another Women’s Murder Club book by James Patterson.

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What was your week like?  What are you planning for today…for next week?  Enjoy!

 

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TSS: A COZY & BOOKISH WEEKEND — JAN. 27

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGood morning!  It’s time for another Sunday Salon, so let’s gather around, grab some coffee (or tea), and chat!

I’m feeling cozy and bookish today.  Yesterday I visited the neighborhood Barnes & Noble, and after reading for awhile and sipping their wonderful coffee, I meandered over to the bargain table.

And walked out of there with two new books!

I’ll talk about those tomorrow at Mailbox Monday, which I celebrate at my blog An Interior Journey.

Yesterday’s Saturday Snapshot took my readers through the 70’s and 80’s, Laurel-Rain style.

Here’s a favorite of mine:  my daughter’s first canopy bed.  I loved the posters all over the walls!

 

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Blogging:

Monday Potpourri:  Weaving A Tapestry of Beautiful Books

Author Interview:  Meb Bryant, Mystery Writer, Chats with the Dames

A Return to Dallas:  And Other Iconic Moments

Thursday Potpourri:  Books & Life Moments

Sweet Saturday Sample:  Starting Over

 

Reading (Click Titles/Covers for Reviews)

1.  Last Light Over Carolina, by Mary Alice Monroe

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2.  Nine Months, by Paula Bomer

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3.  Kinsey & Me:  Stories, by Sue Grafton

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4.  Goodnight Nobody, by Jennifer Weiner

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Now I’m excited about the upcoming week.  I plan to tackle some more from Mt. TBR, like this one:

Smashcut, by Sandra Brown

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I’ll also be watching movies today.  What are your plans? 

 

BLOGGIESTA IS COMING! OLE! — SEPT. 6

Bloggiesta is coming!  Click on the link to sign up! (It launches Sept. 28-30)

I first started Bloggiesta in 2009…I think!

At any rate, I have always looked forward to the opportunity for blog improvements, especially with all the wonderful “guides” available to us.

My tradition is to work on a specific blog each time, since I have several.  This time, I have chosen Serendipity, mainly because it has never been my focus during this event.

I do tend to work on my blogs all the time (and sometimes obsessively), but it’s good to have others stopping by and adding their input.

So….looking forward to seeing you there!

TSS: LAZY SUNDAY — JULY 29

Welcome to another Sunday Salon!  The morning so far has been relaxing….watching movies in bed while eating; sipping a mimosa while writing this post.

My blogging has been erratic this week, but I did post a ROW 80 Check-In: Lazy Week, on Creative Journey; and in my Hump Day Potpourri, I talked about happy events coming.  My Sweet Saturday Sample on Snow Chronicles was about The One That Got Away.

Reading Week:

I read and reviewed three books this week.  One book was a DNF…enough said about that.

1)  One Breath Away, by Heather Gudenkauf (Fabulous Five Star Read!)

2)  What I Did For Love, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (fun read!)

 

3)  Summer Breeze (e-book), by Nancy Thayer (Great summer read)

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What I’m reading now…a fabulous book that I’m eager to get back to…Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

 

I just downloaded this book earlier in the week and it is on my list of “incoming books” for the new week.  I don’t usually start reading one of those books right away, since I usually respect the Queue.  Yes, you know, the books that have priority because they’ve been around longer.

But sometimes, the Queue Must Wait!  What do you do when a book is clamoring to be read but other books are waiting?

Have a great Sunday!

I’m also watching movies on my DVR today, like this retro flick with Matthew Broderick, Annabella Sciorra, and Jeanne Tripplehorn.

The Night We Never Met is a fun flick about time-sharing a great rental in Manhattan, and the hijinks that follow….

What’s on your schedule for today?

 

TSS: BLOGGING, READING, & MOVIES — JULY 22

Good morning!  Welcome to another Sunday Salon.

Lately, I’ve awoken on Sunday morning and only gradually come to the point of posting.

So far today, I’ve had breakfast in bed while watching movies.  Then I luxuriated in reading from a thoroughly engaging book.  Hope to have it finished by day’s end.

The Shadow Queen, by Rebecca Dean, is the fictionalized story of Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced woman who captured the heart of a King…and changed the world.

My week has also included some intriguing titles and some blog posts.

On the Blogs:

At Story Corner, I posted about Cooler Days Ahead:  Reading, etc.

My Creative Journey included a Check-In Post:  Goal Tweaking; and I posted an excerpt from Interior Designs at Snow Chronicles:  Internet Dating: “Post-Mortem.”

Reviews-Click Titles/Covers:

Rain, (e-book), by Leigh K. Cunningham

Keepsake (e-book), by Kristina Riggle

The Roots of the Olive Tree, by Courtney Miller Santo

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I’ve also enjoyed some movies this weekend, one of which was fun, and while a bit predictable, was a nice distraction.  Friends with Kids is a nice twist on commitment, parenting, and life after kids.

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What does your weekend look like?  Special plans?  Quiet time?  Come on by and share….

TSS: NEW BEGINNINGS & WRAPPING UP JUNE — JULY 1

Good morning and welcome to another Sunday Salon!  It’s going to be a quick one today, as I am still struggling with the laptop keyboard….lots of typos, etc.

But I’m happy to have it…and here’s what I posted this week:

ROUND THREE:  BACK IN THE SADDLE

LAUREN CARR:  AN INTERVIEW & A CONTEST

SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLES:  AFTER THE FALL

JUNE READING WRAP-UP

 

And today, I’m reading Terminal Ambition, by Kate McGuinness.

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What does your day look like?  What’s on your book stack?  Happy Sunday!