A-Z of Me, Part 2

May 1, 2019
(Happy May Day!)

A-Z of Me, Part 2

A-Z of Me Part 2

Just for Fun!

Today I’m joining many other bloggers who have created A-Z posts. This is Part 2; find A-Z of Me, Part 1 here. Thanks to Nicki at The Secret Library Book Blog and Lynne at Fictionophile for the inspiration!


N is for Naps!
Whether listening to the roar of waves at the beach, lounging by the pool, crashing in front of the TV, or gently rocking in the back porch swing, the day becomes a little sweeter with space for a cat nap!


Image Source: Kasya Shahovskaya on Unsplash


O is for Oceans!
Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach (Surf City), La Jolla, Santa Barbara, Hawaii!
Everything is better at the beach! I’m fortunate to live within driving distance of all these California beaches. Have you been to any of these beaches? Do you live near a beach? What is your favorite beach?

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California: Image Source: Richard Eddy on Unsplash


Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach, California: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash


Newport Beach

Newport Beach, California: Image Source: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash


La Jolla Cove

La Jolla, California: Image Source: Zach Josephson on Unsplash


Santa Barbara Beach

Santa Barbara, California: Image Source: OC Gonzalez on Unsplash



Hawaii: Image Source: Image Source: Sean O. on Unsplash



P is for Popcorn!

At home, at the movies or the ballpark, popcorn is my favorite snack!

Popcorn Machine

Image Source: shannon VanDenHeuvel on Unsplash


Q is for Quirky!
If I were an archer, I would use a cool word like quiver. Or if I were a musician, I might be in a quartet (although I’m not musical, I love listening to String and Barbershop Quartets and The Four Tenors!).

After some consideration of Q, I settled on Quirky. Some of my favorite literary characters are quirky (we call them quirky but really they are brave individuals who are overcoming obstacles and striving to live their best lives). For example, Eleanor of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, Ove of A Man Called Ove, Harold of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Britt-Marie of Britt-Marie Was Here, Ruth of the Inspector Gamache series, Martha of The Library of Lost and Found, Keiko of The Convenience Store Woman, and Harold of The Music Shop. Do you have characters you can add to this list? Aren’t we all just a little bit quirky?


A-Z of Me, Part I

April 22, 2019

A-Z of Me, Part I

A-Z of Me Part 1

Just for Fun!

Today I’m joining many other bloggers who have created A-Z posts. Although I’ve seen these posts around from time to time, I’ve recently been inspired by Nicki’s at The Secret Library Book Blog and by Lynne’s at Fictionophile.


A is for Avocado!
A sandwich is hardly worth eating without avocado slices. Then, adding avocado to tacos, salads, etc. makes for a divine eating experience. Don’t forget the guacamole and chips! We have a local restaurant whose servers come to your table to make fresh guacamole for guests. I’d be happy with guacamole and chips as my entire meal!


B is for Books! Blogs! Book Clubs!
I love losing myself in books, writing and reading blog posts, and participating in book clubs. I love finding bookish friends, and the first question I want to ask a person is “What are you reading?” Making bookish friends around the world in blogging and Instagram communities has been a delightful and treasured endeavor! Just recently I met 3 other bookstagramers IRL for the first time at an author event. I’m a member of an IRL book club and several online book clubs…..most frequently participating in the Modern Mrs. Darcey Book Club. Of course, I also love sharing current reads with my followers here. Thank you readers for your visits, likes, and comments…..your interaction means a lot to me!

i love books

book club

IRL Book Friends


C is for Chocolate!

I adore chocolate in most forms! My favorite candy bar is probably Baby Ruth. I love chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream topped with hot fudge for a decadent desert. I also need to mention warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies directly  from the oven! cadbury eggsCadbury Eggs are always a temptation this time of year! My favorite frozen treat is dark chocolate covered raspberry sorbet bars by Dove (thanks Mom!). Trust me. You’re welcome!

dove bars

All this chocolate wouldn’t be sodacomplete without my favorite beverage, Diet Dr. Pepper!

C is also for Candy Crush!
A mention of candy wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Candy Crush! How many of you still play? I tackle it in spurts these days. I play until the thought crosses my mind “What am I doing? I could be reading right now!” I’m on Level 2,420 and have never spent money on it….I am a strategic user of free items however! I don’t love it as much as I used to, and I play out of habit I guess.

candy crush


D is for Dogs!
I love labrador and golden retrievers! We’ve had both, and now we have granddogs who are retrievers. They are sweet, loyal, kid friendly, furry friends and are the perfect addition to any family.


Meet Cooper