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Sunday, January 29, 2017

February Books, TV, and Movies

Hello, dear friends.  I am not sad that January is almost over.  We were lucky that it was a mild one here in the Northeast and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that February will be the same.

Last night we went over to a dear friend's house for a positively delightful dinner.  The night ended with the most delicious chocolate cookie sandwiches.  I will have to bribe the hostess for the recipe for you. 

In the meantime, it is all about February's books, TV, and movies.  

Speaking of books, isn't this room gorgeous?
I think I'm in love.


This book promises to be chock full of all of my favorite things: pastry, fabulous restaurants, NYC, Seattle, beaucoup romance and best of all... a reality show.  Not only that, I would buy the book just for its cover!!

If you are a Sophie Kinsella fan, she's got a new one in the wings that sounds pretty good.

A teenage girl works on solving her mother's murder with forensic science.  
Hope it doesn't give my girls any ideas.

This is a story about a complicated woman who follows her dream of becoming a singer.
Sounds like my life story.

A girl, a coffee shop, more pastries, and a hunk-of-burnin' love who owns the pub.
Sounds like the perfect read for a dreary day.

The review says that if you loved The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood and Desperate Housewives, you're going to really love this one.  It takes place in Toulouse, Louisianna and sounds like a good one.

Love, secrets, and a dark past - I'm hooked.

A story about family dynamics and what can go wrong when the lines between family and friends become blurred.

No, this is not the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's marriage.  It is about a scorned woman who goes to work as a housekeeper for England's answer to Martha Stewart.  Dust isn't the only thing that is swept under the rug in this house of secrets.



I loved the book, and now Reese Witherspoon bought the rights and is starring in the TV series.

A spin-off revolving around Tom Keen premieres on February 23rd.  It will be interesting to see whether this one will make it without having James Spader as its star.

I could get my Ph.D. in Taken movies.  Just the same, I'll probably give this one a whirl. 


Slim pickens when it comes to the movie premieres this month.  Looks like the Mister and I are going to have to find a hobby.

The Comedian has a great cast, and the trailer looks pretty good.  It opens on February 3rd.

I'm sure the Mister will want to see this one.  
I have a feeling there's a lot of running, chasing, and shooting in it.
Sounds like it's right up the Mister's alley.

Until next time,


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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Friday Files

Good morning, dear friends.  Happy Friday!  I hope that you had a good week.  Mine just flew by.  Here are a few things that caught my attention this week.

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you probably know that I am a big fan of Katie Couric's.  I even went to see her show a couple of years ago.  You can read about it here.

I found this article about Katie's home in East Hampton.  She touches on the topics of the role chemistry played when she was choosing her house, as well as blending the tastes of her late husband and her current husband.

If you are interested in seeing more of Katie's house, you can find it here.


I also found a tour of Adele's new beautiful home here.


Isn't this room magnificent?  Traditional Home posted this photo yesterday on Instagram.  It is from 1993.



If I had one of these rolling desks, I could stay in bed all day.
Naturally, I would have full makeup and a cute outfit on, too.


Without a doubt, the Best Company To Work For Award goes to Heinz Kraft this week.  Why? You ask.  Can you spell Smunday

Speaking of Heinz Kraft, my buddy Oprah is partnering with them to develop a new healthy frozen food line.  In typical Oprah fashion, ten percent of the profits will be donated to charities focusing on eradicating hunger.

just kiddin'


My buddies, Kathy Lee and Hoda talked about a few interesting products this week.

I may be coming late to the party on this one.  The young mothers may have known about this product for awhile.  Instatemp can take a  child's temperature without even touching the little one's skin.  It has a high accuracy rate, too.  I think this is amazing.  And to think of where I had to shove a thermometer when my girls were little!  

It seems that a lot of my friends are becoming grandmothers lately.  They're a lot older than me.  What a fabulous gift that would make!  Great to have if your buddy is lucky enough to do some babysitting.

Old houses have very small closets.  These Hang A Bunch hangers are going to help me fulfill one of my New Year's resolutions... getting organized.

Now I have to get organized enough to order them.  

I have used a few Roc products for years.  I love the serum and the night cream. Naturally, I ordered this new product since KLG and Hoda mentioned it. I really like it.  It absorbs very quickly and doesn't feel greasy. It also has an SPF 30.

My wrinkles and pores have virtually disappeared.
But then again, I don't have my glasses on.  


The Two-Family House has been out for awhile and has gotten great reviews.  I am about a quarter of the way through it and enjoying it tremendously.

Finishing The Kennedy Wives up on audible.  If you are a Kennedyphile such as myself, I  highly recommend this one.

This one is next up on my list for audible.  This Mister is listening to it now and says he likes it.

The Mister and I went to see this movie about the founder of McDonald's.  Michael Keaton is captivating in the role of Ray Kroc.  It's also an intriguing story that makes for a great movie.


Last, but not least, an update on my New Year's Resolution of eating healthy and losing weight. 

Thanks Susan!

What are you reading/watching these days?

Until next time...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Tropical Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  Whoah!  Those Nor'easters don't fool around!  I thought the wind was going to blow the windows in on Monday night.  Yesterday it poured all day.  I chose to spend a lot of it at Homegoods where it is always sunny and warm. 

My house now carries the distinct aroma of wet dog.  Enough with the bragging, if it's Wednesday it's time for Hodgepodge.

1.  "The cure for anything is salt water tears, sweat, or the sea." (Isak Dinesan) Would you agree?  Of the three, which has cured you most recently?

I know it's not from sweat, that's for sure.

We live close enough to the water that we can walk to it.  My favorite thing is smelling the crisp salt air, even when it's smelly low tide.

2.What's something you can't eat without salt?  Do you normally salt your food a lot, a little, or not at all?

I love salt, always have.  It drives the Mister crazy that I salt my food before I taste it.  You would think that after 26 years of glorious wedded bliss he would have gotten over it by now.

3.  Sands of time, bury your head in the sand, built on sand, or draw a line in the sand... which sandy phrase could best be applied to something in your life right now?

Every time I turn on the National News I want to stick my head in the sand.

4.  A favorite book, movie, or song with an island setting or theme?


The first thing that came to mind is On The Island that I read several years ago and loved it.  Maybe because the cover reminds me of myself.

Even though you didn't ask about TV, I'm going to tell you anyway. I used to look forward to Gilligan's Island every week.  My main goal in those days was to someday be Mary Ann, live on a desert island, and marry the Professor.  I had very sophisticated taste in my tween years.

If you want to know five fascinating facts about Gilligan's Island, you can find them here.

If you are too young to remember Gilligan's Island, don't talk to me.

5.  Yesterday - did you run your day or did it run you?  
How so?

I am not the boss of me.
These two hooligans run my day.

6.  You're on an island holiday.  Will I most likely find you parked in a beach chair, shopping in town, on the back of a jet ski, or snorkeling off the back of a catamaran?

You would find me on the beach engaging in my favorite exercise - boy watching.

7.  What do you think we humans most take for granted?

My little Grandma, Margaret, who lived to be 102, used to say this all the time.  I never got the meaning when I was young.  Now, I think about it every day.  I have even been known to repeat it to my girls one or two million times.  

8.  Insert your own random thought here.  

Thanks to all of you that left such nice comments about the blog's new facelift.  They are very much appreciated.  I am now working with Linda, my Fairy Blog Mother, as she tweaks the final design and takes the formatting to another level.

Until next time...

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Whole New Me

Hello, dear friends.  Does anyone notice anything new about me?   No, I didn't lose weight, but thanks for the compliment.  Nope, didn't have my eyes or neck done, though I wish I did. 

My blog got a facelift!  What do you think?  I do think it makes me look thinner.

My beautiful header is taken from a house portrait that the incomparable Terry Rourke painted a year ago.  I loved it so much that I wanted it to be a part of the blog.  I wrote about it here.

The layout design is the work of our talented #1.  Let's just say that money was owed and it was created in the same spirit as the original blog.  My first blog post, which was written four and a half years ago, will fill you in on the details.  Same circumstances, just a few years later.

Until next time...

J. Crew

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