Monday, April 24, 2017

Over The Weekend!

Over this past weekend...

We had tons of rain and drizzly weather...there was no deck sitting or outside walking but there was lots of catch-up TV and reading. Den cleaned on Saturday and made our inside world fresh and nice...I dealt with Nuelasta pain...I made Den one of his fave chicken dishes...and we cleaned out the refrigerator! I love emptying the refrigerator!


I finished The Garden Of Small Beginnings and The Girlfriend over the weekend. Loved both of them in totally different ways. "Garden" was just delightful...sweet, clever, endearing. "Girlfriend" had highly dysfunctional mean spirited characters...but came together as an addictive reading experience!

I had the best talks with my sister Paula about this book...she lives next door to her 4 busy grandchildren so her days are always full but she was so into this book that she left it open on her island so that she could read pieces of it when she walked by! I told her to pace herself and read it slowly but that is not happening! It's so much fun to talk about fantasy characters...seriously!

Right now I am reading this in a real's a really good mystery that takes place on Nantucket...

And this on my Kindle...

this one is kind of creepy...a husband literally knocks his wife out...she is hospitalized and unconscious...he is a total dysfunctional jerk. Oliver is his name.

New Books!!!

All descriptions are from Amazon...all books are from Edelweiss except for Final Girls...I have a copy of that from Dutton Press as well as an ebook from NetGalley!

The Someday Suitcase...

Readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish and Goodbye Stranger will find a mysterious magic and unforgettable friendship in The Someday Suitcase, written by the critically acclaimed author of Rules for Stealing Stars.

I loved Rules For Stealing Stars.

the PARTY...

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

Can't wait to read this one!


From John David Anderson, author of the acclaimed Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, comes a humorous, poignant, and original contemporary story about bullying, broken friendships, and the failures of communication between kids.

Here And Gone...

Here and Gone is a gripping, wonderfully tense suspense thriller about a mother's desperate fight to recover her stolen children from corrupt authorities.

Final Girls...

“The first great thriller of 2017 is almost here: Final Girls, by Riley Sager. If you liked Gone Girl, you'll like this.”—Stephen King

The Wildling Sisters...

An evocative novel in the vein of Kate Morton and Daphne Du Maurier, in which the thrill of first love clashes with the bonds of sisterhood, and all will be tested by the dark secret at the heart of Applecote Manor.

Today is the kind of day when I just want to curl up and read!




Friday, April 21, 2017

Conversations In Many Ways...

Yesterday was the most amazing wasn't special in any way...not an anniversary or a birthday or a festivus of any kind but it was special in the contacts I had with friends and family.

I talked to a friend who works with Den who has gone through what I am going through now. She is amazing and helpful and special and encouraging. Her faith helps me so much.

I talked to my sister because she knows it's Neulasta Day but we mostly talked about The Black Witch because I know how much she will love it and she is the one who introduced me to fantasy and now we both love it. Oh...and Harlequin is going to use part of my review to advertise the book!

I talked to my sister in law Kathy because we haven't talked in a while and she is funny and encouraging and she and my brother pray for me all of the time! We had the best chat about tons of things!

I talked to Nurses Debbie and Ronnie when I went to get my Neulasta Shot...they distract me so I don't feel the shot and help me with my hypochondriac worries!

I talked to Den because I always talk to him incessantly and he always listens or rather he listens most of the time. And he always asks me what hurts...

I talked to my kitties because they are totally interested in everything I say as long as it comes with soft petting.

And I talked to my blogger buddies...who always are encouraging and helpful even when they are probably really tired of my neediness...I am sorry but I love and need you all!


Finished was sooooo good!

Still reading this...sooooo good!

Reading this...sooooo good! Yep...another fantasy! is a rainy day...we don't have to go anywhere and we are going to watch Amazing Race and perhaps a movie. Den has to zip out for chicken for dinner but that's it. I feel good enough to cook and I am making my grandmother's One Pan Chicken. It's filled with carrots and potatoes and sweet's so good! Den loves it. The best part is what my dad always did...when everything is out of the pan you rub a piece of good bread in the pan's delicious! We fight for it! I let Den win!

Have an awesome weekend!

See you Monday with even more books!




Thursday, April 20, 2017

So...Yesterday...And Onward?

It didn't have the outcome I wanted but not really because of anything's all about charts and decreasing numbers and getting rid of these awful cancer cells. I have an amazing team of doctors and nurses. I started my first visit to Oncology by walking in Nurse Debbie knows everything about me. She can hear me talk from three booths over and has a response for every fear I have. We laugh and cry and hug now...I just didn't want to do a 7 and 8...I wanted a head of hair and eyelashes within a week and a Road to Recovery! I was even ready to release myself from my self imposed exile...hmmm...a tough one for me but instead I bought 3 new hats!

Wool hats are way too hot...I need light weight stretchy hats that I can pull down over my eyebrows...very gangsta chic!

This is the kind of hat I wear most...comfy, stays on, I even sleep in it...thank God for Amazon! A hat and lipstick is all I need to get ready lately...5 minutes max!

I love this book! Mary, you were so right! It is so clever and funny and reminds me of Be Frank With Me...another book I loved.
And this one? OMG...every bit as good as The Trophy have to know it is about a mother who might be just a bit too tied to her son and a deviously entertaining girlfriend!

Jelly Beans!

A dear friend sent me this and when I called to thank her we had a delightful conversation about jelly bellies and the way we ate them. At the time of our discussion we both liked certain flavors and we ate them one at a time. I have to say that this is no longer the case with me. We have this huge box on the dining room table sort of out of the way so we aren't tempted too much. But now as I walk by I sample all of them and some of them are two at a timers! They now all taste amazing to me! I can no longer tell the difference in flavors! Is that good or bad...I wonder!

Off soon to get my Nuelasta Shot...sigh!




Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Oh My!

We are still here at Big Chemo...I actually fell asleep in the midst of my Benedryl leg twitches. Den fell asleep because that's what he does. We wanted to take fruit and cheeses to the nurses today so he was up early fetching it. Now he is napping. I can't wait to go home, shower and fall into bed. I can barely keep my eyes open.


We are reading, watching TV and listening to music...waiting for all the meds to be infused. Again...I couldn't be more tired. Plus the oncologist wants me to have a treatment 7 and a treatment 8...I was hoping this wouldn't be the case but it is...if I do this it will help to insure that my body will be clear of all of the bad cells. So this is what I have to do. I did my share of crying and now I am ok with my new reality. As Den tells me up, Patty, it's time to man up.


reading is sad and joyful and witty and funny. I absolutely love it.

Reading this...

it is mysterious and clever and a bit sinister and crafty. I love it! Do moms of sons ever really like their sons girlfriends? I don't think so!


Off to wait out these bags and then hopefully go home soon!




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Varied Thoughts...

Finished this book and I am sad! I have spent so much time in this world that I feel a bit lost without many ways this book reminds me of Harry Potter and Deborah Harkness and her Discovery Of Witches. I loved this book. It was so much more than just a fantasy.

After a fantasy that is so compelling I need a totally different kind of book. I reached for this one and it's so good. It's warm, it's well written, it's clever, it's funny and it's sweetly sad. I love it.

Today...for some odd reason Den wants to mulch all of the beds on his own this year. He wants to feel close to dirt and soil. He wants to edge and dig and prep for planting stuff. I am going to watch from afar. I do not love mulch the way Den does.

Den's favorite truck is the mulch truck!

I am reviewing this book for Amazon and I love it!

It is filled with awesome veggie are just a few!

Pastas and sandwiches and soups and pizzas...all vegetables!

I feel so good today! I want to hold onto this because tomorrow is Big Chemo Day and my cycle of aches, pains, sore joints, sore muscles, fatigue and a metallic taste with all foods will start all over again. Three more weeks of this before I know my fate...sigh! Blood tests and pick lines and showering with a plastic sleeve over my arm...I am at my most pitiful and pathetic today...before it all starts again. I can do this...I think maybe I just need some sympathy..

I don't usually reach out very much...probably just to my sister but sometimes I probably need to. I might be at the end of my self imposed exile...

Thanks for listening...




Monday, April 17, 2017

It's All About Books!

New books from last week!

Actually a collage of new books from last week!

These are all ebooks from NetGalley and Edelweiss! Reading on my Kindle remains my favorite way to read...I think because I can take my entire library anywhere that I go.

All descriptions are from Amazon.

The Spring Cleaning Murders...Dust mops are deadly in this “irresistible” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and “wickedly witty” (Chicago Sun-Times) cozy mystery featuring the beloved Ellie Haskell—the signature heroine of Agatha Award nominee Dorothy Cannell.

Orphan Island..."A wondrous book, wise and wild and deeply true." —Kelly Barnhill, Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

For readers who loved Sara Pennypacker's Pax and Lois Lowry's The Giver comes a deep, compelling, heartbreaking, and completely one-of-a-kind novel about nine children who live on a mysterious island.

Best Day Ever...In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life.

Unraveling Oliver...In this “compelling, clever, and dark” (Heat magazine) thriller, a man’s shocking act of savagery stuns a local community—and the revelations that follow will keep you gripped until the very last page. This work of psychological suspense, a #1 bestseller in Ireland, is perfect for fans of Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Ware.

The Girlfriend...A chilling domestic thriller, The Girlfriend brilliantly renders the relationships between a fiercely protective mother, a charming son, and the young woman who will stop at nothing to come between them. This book isn't out until 2018! The description was on Edelweiss and it was the only one I could find!

How To Behave In A Crowd...An absorbing, darkly comedic novel that brilliantly evokes the confusions of adolescence and marks the arrival of an extraordinary young talent.

The Little French Bistro...From the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Little Paris Bookshop, an extraordinary novel about self-discovery and new beginnings.

How will I read them all? I just plan to read nonstop! Read, review and read another! That's my plan!




Friday, April 14, 2017

Random Thoughts...


This is the holiday where I think you need a few chocolate eggs...

a few choice jelly beans...
and a few marshmallow Peeps.
Den buys one pack and sticks them in the freezer to ration them...he loves these things!

I always get a sweet little Easter surprise.

It's fun to know some Easter facts. This chart was on the kitchn...

black licorice! Who knew?

I also learned that Pennsylvania's favorite jellybean flavor is blueberry. You can find what your state's fave flavor is by going here...

Nothing really exciting is happening here...I have completely watched all of the Chicago's there were to watch...I need to find a new old show to binge on.

I firmly believe I will never be finished with The Black Witch. I read huge chunks of it and it seems to keep multiplying.

The Girl On The Train author has a new book...

So does J. Courtney Sullivan...

And Elin Hildebrand...

I don't have any of them...yet! I want all three!

I love mason jars...Den doesn't get it.


Den has been rearranging my kitchen drawers and shelves...he actually removed some of my kitchen towels...if I wasn't so tired I would be outraged! I can't find anything! Things are too orderly. Sigh! I think the spices are now updated and alphabetized...there are many new jars...who throws out cinnamon that is a few days expired...and...actually...does cinnamon expire? Even pans and casserole dishes are different. He has even more plans for reorganizing the kitchen...I am not sure how I feel about this!

The week end should be relaxing...the weather will be lovely...sitting on the deck will be perfect!

Have a great holiday!

See you on Monday!




Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Quiet Day...

Yesterday I walked, went out, sat on the the major part of the day was taken up by a long nap. I don't remember falling asleep and when I woke up Lucy was in my arms under the covers and Roxie was on the pillow next to me. I have to think that they think they are watching over me. I was exhausted today...truly exhausted. It just happens...I don't intend to fall asleep but I just do. And at an incredibly thrilling part of my book, too! Icorals are after Elloran and lupines and Fallon keeps casting spells that freeze Elloran's ink and make her fall. Everyone at school seems to hate her because her grandmother was the famed "black witch". Haven't a clue what I am talking about...I know...just giving you a sample of the world building in this amazing fantasy. It reminds me of Harry Potter...just a teensy bit!

Off to read and perhaps binge watch more Chicago Med!




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It's Wednesday...

Yesterday I took myself out of my self imposed exile to walk down our street...we got as far as our neighbor's mailbox before we ran into our neighbor and just stopped to chat. It feels so good to be outside when the weather is perfect...and yesterday the weather was perfection. We finished our short walk by sitting on the deck watching one duck, three geese, one seabird, one huge wasp and one heron on the pond. It was lovely...other than the irritating wasp.

This is me...under this kitty pile! They both love to be on me or next to me and are often content to just hold onto me except when they are fighting over positions. the elder kitty...feels as though she is entitled to be closest to me. Roxie accepts it most of the time but occasionally rebels and literally shoves Lucy out of the way. Sigh!

This book! I normally like reading a book in a few days but this one is a big thick book and is taking me a long time to read although I love it. I think that sometimes fantasies take worlds, new words, new everything! It takes a longer time for me to absorb a fantasy. Plus there is a "mean girl" undercurrent in this book. Apparently even in other worlds girls are mean and jealous and just makes this book even more exciting.'s just an ordinary Wednesday...kind of not a pretty day here...I have to go do bloodwork...we need some it's Easter Week! There are chocolate bunnies and chicks and eggs to think about...and jellybeans! Who can forget Jelly Belly jellybeans?

Have a great day!




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A Reason For Binge Watching?

So...over the weekend I finished watching all of Season 5 of Chicago Fire...which I loved. This goes against everything I thought I loved because as I said before I usually don't love shows about fire trucks. So I haven't seen Seasons 1-4 but they aren't readily available unless you pay about a million dollars for them. So...I started watching Chicago Med...which is also weird for me because I don't like hospital shows. But...I am hooked and working my way through Season 2. Season 1 isn't available unless you pay about a million dollars for it...heeheehee! But here is the amazing thing about Chicago Med...Dr. Connor Rhodes was in my second grade class when we lived in St. Louis. His mom was my room mom. He was a sweet little boy. He looks exactly the same except bigger and now he is a TV doctor! So cool! He has been on Broadway, too. I am absolutely certain that I was his fave teacher ever...

Reading have to love fantasy but this book is so's all witches and wands and weirdness!

As well as this...


Off to try walking outside rather than treadmilling it...which is getting really boring.



Almost forgot...making a Spring Minestrone for dinner just sort of toss in all kinds of vegetables and top it with pesto and eat it with good bread!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Over The Weekend...

I finished this...I actually could not put this book down. I don't think I loved this book but rather I compulsively read it. It's truly about what a totally insensitive and cruel father will do when he wants to get his son ranked as the number one tennis player in the world. It also had landmarks in my part of the country so the book was even more fascinating.

I am still reading as well as loving this huge fantasy...

New books!!! All of this week's books are from Amazon, NetGalley and Edelweiss.

"Over the course of one momentous day, two women who have built their lives around the same man find themselves moving toward an inevitable reckoning."

“With breathtaking urgency, Chevalier brings Othello to a 1970s suburban elementary school outside Washington, D.C., where the playground is as rife with poisonous intrigue as any monarch’s court… Chevalier’s brilliantly concentrated and galvanizing improvisation thoroughly exposes the malignancy and tragedy of racism, sexism, jealousy, and fear.” —Booklist

“The queen of beach books” (The Star-Ledger) returns to the shores of Nantucket in a novel about one memorable summer when flirtations flourish, family dramas play out, and scandalous secrets surface.

"A shocking discovery and chilling secrets converge in this latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Heather Gudenkauf"

"The New York Times bestselling author of A Certain Age transports readers to sunny Florida in this lush and enthralling historical novel—an enchanting blend of love, suspense, betrayal, and redemption set among the rumrunners and scoundrels of Prohibition-era Cocoa Beach."

It's a beautiful day here on the East Coast! If I wasn't still in my self imposed exile I would want to go to the beach...just to look at it and come home again...but soon!