Tuesday Pub Day

TodayLilacGirls_eCard_1200-1200_C-v2 is a GREAT pub day to celebrate!!!  Lilac Girls is finally available to the masses. You all know how much I adored this book!  Seriously – why are you not reading it already??

This book is popping up on every major watch list and will certainly land itself on every best sellers list quickly.

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This week the hubs is on vacation so I’m not starting a new book.  I don’t quite know what to do with myself without a book!!  I have several reviews to put up so maybe that will keep me busy.  I’ve kind of been wandering around the house unsettled! But I’ve caught up on The Good Wife and some other neglected t.v. shows.

We have been working, well I’ve been supervising -HE’S been working, on cleaning the garage and starting to prep the back yard for spring.  Oh the Fun!!  Not really at all but it’s all stuff that needs doing.  Maybe fun will come later this week.

That’s all for today!  Have a good one!

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Tedious Work

Today is has been filled with  little tedious things around the house.  I cleaned all my make up brushes – always fun.

I sharpened all my colored pencils.  Now I don’t want to color with them and ruin them!  It reminded me of that line in You’ve Got Mail.  “A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils”. I love that movie.  I haven’t been coloring in my books a lot lately.  I don’t know why – I always enjoy it.  It’s a good kitty nap time activity.  They like to help a lot.

It was been a pretty slow week in general.  It has been warm enough to be outside but it’s sooo windy! Oh my gosh – I sat out yesterday and my book pages just kept flipping right out of my hands!  I gave up.

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I was outside just long enough to be attacked by all the spring pollen.  I sneezed so much yesterday that my ribs are sore today!  We won’t even talk about the copious amounts of benedryl it took to finally stop the madness.

 

 

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This has been my book for the last few days – I’ll get it finished today I’m sure.  It’s about artist Georgia O’Keeffe.  I have to say I’m not all that familiar with her or her work.  I’ve done some Googling since starting the book.  She was not a nice or likable person if this book is accurate at all.  I’m not a huge art fan.  I mean who doesn’t “like” art…but I’m not really an art buff.  I can’t say I think her stuff is all that amazing..but SHE sure thought she was the bees knees!

Now I AM a photography buff.  The guy she was involved with (and married to) was Arthur Steiglitz.  He thought quite highly of himself as well but I can’t say I find anything that remarkable in his photography.  I can say the I’m amazed that either of them got anything done!  The book is mostly filled with their “romantic activities” and he had quite the obsession with nude photographs.

I’ll say the book is pretty well written, but it’s really not my cup of tea at all.

C’est La Vie.  Have a super weekend!

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The Big 2-0

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I finished my 20th book of the year last night!  A nerdy celebration  but bookworms will appreciate this.

The Little Pairs Bookshop was an enjoyable and easy read.  It was a lazy summer day kind of book.

My goal of 50 is looking attainable this year!

 

This past week I got some lovely book mail from my friend at the paper!  I’m all set for spring reading!  I hope I can get through them all – I also have a digital stack of lovelies awaiting me on the kindle.  I can’t wait to read these!

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Today is a wonderful spring day!  The windows are all open and the sassy cats are in heaven.  They make me nervous all sprawled out in the open windows but they love it.

I also have our ceiling fans on!  This is quite the victory.  When we first moved into this house Simon was terrified of the ceiling fans!  He didn’t even like them when they were off!  We are slowly making some progress and they can be on the low setting now.

Hoping you are enjoying your Monday!

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Easter’s On It’s Way

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It’s time for Easter Baskets full of chocolate and colored eggs.  This is me as the bunny!  Many years ago I worked for a photography studio that had a contract to do all the typical holiday photos at the mall.  We were short on people to don the E.B. suit so I took a few rotations.   The costume was hot but wearing the big floppy suit was fun.

 

 

 

This week was a busy one for me!  A few Doctors appointments and lots of errand running around.  I feel like I’ve been on the go a lot but very little has been done.  I had to get some allergy testing done.  This is never a fun thing.  I was stuck 23 times and hung out at the Dr. Office for 4 hours.  What a day.

I’m hoping for an uneventful weekend!  Simon and I took a short walk in the stroller this afternoon.  He was a bit cranky today but a lunch of tuna seems to have made him happy.

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In book news, two new goodies came in the mail this week courtesy of publishers/authors.  I’m already halfway through The Little Paris Bookshop.  I like it so far.  It published this past Tuesday so it’s available to pick up right now.  Fragile Brilliance looks promising but has been added to the TBR pile for another time.

I’m expecting some more books in sometime next week!  So much for that time-out and no more books for a bit!  Good thing summer is just around the corner!  I read a lot in the summer as a way to enjoy the weather.

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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Book On Tour….Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett

Today we are part of the blog tour for a great book!  The Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennett by Jan Birley.  I’m very excited to help promote this book and Jan because I really enjoyed this book so much.

 

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ThJan Birley Author Photoe Lost and Found Life of Rosy Bennet is Jan’s debut novel and it’s so polished and well written that I expect great things from her in the future.  It’s hard to believe this is her first published work.

You can find out more about Jan on her author website or find her on  Face Book

 

 

 

I admit I’m jaded and this kind of book isn’t normally what I pick up to read.  But when I was asked if I was interested in reviewing it, I sort of had a Shonda Rimes moment and said Yes!  I’m glad I did.  Jan proves that women’s fiction can be well written with good characters that have depth.  It’s not all hunky dudes and women that need saving.

Rosy certainly has her dilemmas and yes, she does have a romantic interest, but what’s great about Rosy is that she’s got it all covered.  She’s picking herself up and dusting herself off and getting on with life after tragedy hits home.   She’s real.

I hope each of my readers will grab this book – even if it’s not something you would normally read.  It’s worth it.

Pick up your copy on Amazon or enter to WIN  a Rafflecopter giveaway.

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Tea-Tastic!

Over the weekend I stopped into our local tea shop.  So posh!  It is the nicest little store with very helpful people that run it.  That makes all the difference!  I love small local shops where the people are so pleasant.  A rarity these days.

Images are from the Quintin’s website.

They have walls and walls of tea!  And canisters of each one that you can pluck off the shelves and smell.  They will brew anything for you to try!  It’s tea- heaven.

 

It’s been rainy and dreary which is great for both tea drinking and reading!  I started a new book – yeah me – so far it’s good!

So25814204 far it’s about a woman’s husband who disappeared five years ago and has legally been declared dead.  She was tried for his murder but not convicted.  The charges were dropped? There is sort of a lingering question that maybe she DID have something to do with it…it’s suspicious.  His mother, Daisy, is kind of an evil thing. Maybe she did her son in because she THOUGHT she was the beneficiary of his life insurance.  Turns out she was wrong about that one.

 

 

 

I was put off from initially requesting this title because, like SOOO MANY, it’s billed as ‘the next’ Gone Girl.  That’s such a put off and publishers should stop making this comparison.  Gone Girl was fantastic…but every third book on the shelf is now stacking itself up to it and it’s just a mess.  Most don’t deliver the goods.  So far this one is good…but let’s face it…there will never be another Gone Girl.

It publishes tomorrow so you can check it out for yourself right away.

Hope you have a “tea-riffic” afternoon!!

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Fabulous Friday…

It’s Friday!  Yeah for those of you who have a weekend to look forward to!  Sadly, when you work from home or you are a home maker Friday’s are just not the same.   Though I try to get as much stuff done as I can so that I do have two days without piles of laundry and dishes to do.

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At some point in my future I see a day of deep scrubbing.  A Spring Cleaning day.  Today  is not that day.  I’m going to have to prepare for that mentally.

Today is more one of those walk around and knock the dust off the tops of things and vacuum up the cat fur tumbleweeds.

Except for bathrooms.  I hate cleaning bathrooms.  Those require effort.

 

The sassy cats are all napping in windows today.  It’s a quiet and peaceful day.  Except for Simon – he’s up and chatting up a storm.  I opened a can of tuna for him hoping that if his mouth was full then he’d be quiet.  I think this is similar to giving candy to a screaming kid.  Not that you really intend to reward bad behavior, but as long as the noise stops you are willing to do anything.

Yes.  I try and bribe the cat to be quiet.  No judgement.

Hopefully this weekend brings books – and reviews!  I have a few to get finished so you can select something wonderful to read!

The hubs helped me make a few changes around here in the bloggosphere.  Some more may be coming.  Nothing too drastic, but hopefully improvements.  For now the new addition is the ability for you all to follow on Twitter.  Yeah!  Hit the follow button on the side bar and stay caught up.

Happy Reading, Napping, Cleaning…whatever it is you’re up to on this Fab Friday

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