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Sunday Matters: Reading for Fun

Sunday Matters

I try to read and review two books a week but this week I stuck with one because it was long, and I was enjoying it too much to rush through it. Reading for fun is not a new concept but us book bloggers often find ourselves weighed down by dates and how many books we need to read that week. I let all of that go this week and just enjoyed an older title and it felt good. It is listed below. We should all read for fun, don’t you think? Especially now, in these pandemic days of ours.

Right Now:

Coffee, online church, and then my daughter’s theatre intensive virtual showcase. Two weeks of singing, dancing, acting along with master classes with some well-known peeps will all come together in the final showcase. She made a lot of friends and really enjoyed the experience.

Later… a youth-group meet-up for tea to discuss how fall will look for us since we can’t meet indoors. We do live in California so meeting outside can be done very late into fall. The only thing I worry about is the lack of daylight (depending on the time) and bugs. No matter how much repellent I put on, I am always eaten alive by insects.

This Week:

I was told to use some vacation time since I am way over the max and need to use up about 165 hours before December. It’s a good problem to have but who wants to use vacation time when you have no place to go? So, I am taking days here and there to extend the weekend. The first of those days is this Friday! I booked tickets for my daughter and I to go to the botanical garden. Timed-entry, face masks, limited attendance. It will be hot but also good to get some fresh air.

My hair appointment was cancelled but I am okay since I did get a cut about 5 weeks ago. Most of our salons are closed again unless they obtained special permission to operate outside. Mine, has not.

Not much else happening. Still practicing driving with the girl. Her final professional lesson is 8/10. I want her to get her license before the DMV closes again.


The book that I enjoyed this week was Truly Madly Guilty which I reviewed this past Friday.

The next book on my summer list is In a Dark, Dark Wood. I had it all ready to go but forgot to turn Wi-Fi off and now it’s gone from my Kindle. So, if I can’t quickly get another copy, I may move on to this Coben book The Boy from the Woods which is also on my summer list.


I introduced my daughter to Steel Magnolias. It’s funny and charming and sweet and based on a play, which really appealed to her. We laughed and cried. So many stellar performances in that one.

My daughter has been on a crime kick so we watched a little of the The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann on Netflix. That case still gets me after all these years. I can’t lay guilt on the parents because I feel that most parents do the best they can but leaving your child in a hotel room with the door unlocked, while enjoying a meal halfway across a resort in Portugal seems a bit reckless. Perhaps they were just too trusting? Anyway, I can’t finish it because it makes me angry to think about.

Grateful for:

  • Coffee or really any food enjoyed on the patio. We are hitting the dog days of summer (104 degree temps) so I go out early and come right back inside once it gets too hot. The Otter Pup likes it too!
  • Plants. I have been having fun placing plants in and around my home. My friend just gifted me this sweet little beauty. I name my plants… this is Midge. She is a succulent.


How are you? This past week was filled with school thoughts, including the final year of high school and also college stuff. I just worry too much about everything.

Sunday Matters: Puppy Dogs and Rainbows

Sunday Matters

I’ve had enough of the world and all its nastiness. Today it’s all puppy dogs and rainbows and nothing else. La la la.

Figuratively speaking.

Right Now:

We aren’t entirely sure what summer will look like for youth group. Typically we break at some point but this summer we might not break in the traditional sense. Today, we will meet in Zoom and see who shows up. It’s good to catch-up anyways.

After group, I may try to hit the used bookstore. I don’t need any books. Do any of us? We all have stacks and stacks on top of the couple hundred I have on my Kindle, but the idea of browsing sounds nice to me and might break my week up a little.

This Week:

My son got a job in San Luis Obispo so he won’t be spending the summer with us after all. He will be headed back soon, renting a room in someone’s house, and hopefully saving some money. It’s at a luxury hotel and if it goes well, he will keep the job through the school year which will be nice. I think he will still work in the Theatre department too.

My daughter started the process to prepare for pre-screen auditions for college. We are working with MTCA for coaching and just trying to figure out when to schedule what. There are voice lessons, monologue sessions, dance consultations, etc. We also decided to do the summer intensive with Rider after all. It will be virtual and they had to change the program a little but we decided to go with it for July and August.

Have any of you had a kid go through the college audition process for theatre or musical theatre? It’s pretty intense.


This is where I stumble. I had good intentions to start Hello, Summer and then I got distracted. I plan to read it this week for sure because it has been patiently waiting for me to pick it up. I also want to read something really juicy to go along with it. Any suggestions? My goal this week is to flood my brain with the written word and not social media.


Still trying to decide what to watch after Broadchurch. I did watch a few movies though. I finally saw Rocketman. I know some critics were put off by the fact that it was really a musical, but in this house, it got bonus points for that format. I really enjoyed it. It was so pretty to look at.

In a funk one evening, after a particularly bad news day, I was flipping channels and came across Gidget. Yes! The original 1959 beach flick with Sandra Dee. It was sweet, and charming and just what I needed. Then,  on Turner Classic Movies, another beach movie came on, Surf Party so I watched that too.

Grateful for:

  • Good friends who check up on me when I get too caught up in politics or other nasty happenings on social media.
  • Really good coffee. To me, it’s a treat.
  • The three pound weight loss “nugget” I was tossed to encourage me in my quarantine weight loss efforts.

What is the one book you simply MUST read this summer?