Good morning, and welcome to my Office Nook, where I spend most of my mornings.

Today is my eldest son’s birthday…and I wish he were here!  But he and my lovely DIL Gabi spent more than a month with us in the summer, and we keep up nowadays via Facebook, etc.



Craig & Gabi -Old Town Hotel


We won’t mention his age, because then you might figure out mine!  LOL.  Here is a photo of him in 1987…Yikes!  That spiky hair.  We enjoyed sharing some of these photos with his wife Gabi…she met him long after these days….



Craig - 1987



As I searched through various blog posts, I realized that October was the last time I purged…and then there was the carpet cleaning, as well as the office reorganization.

So is it time again?  Should I do more?

Well, I don’t want to cut too deep, as today’s Intros from Diane, at Bibliophile by the Sea, reminded me of a book that I hoped was still on my shelves…and it was!  Yay!

Family Tree, by Barbara Delinsky, is one I loved.  I read it back in 2008, before I really immersed myself in blogging.  So it deserves a reread, don’t you think?  And a proper review?





I love this cover!  Here’s the blurb:


Dana Clarke has always longed for the stability of home and family—her own childhood was not an easy one. Now she has married a man she adores who is from a prominent New England family, and she is about to give birth to their first child. But what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, but no one can help noticing the African American traits in her appearance. Dana’s husband, to her great shock and dismay, begins to worry that people will think Dana has had an affair.
The only way to repair the damage done is for Dana to track down the father she never knew and to explore the possibility of African American lineage in his family history. Dana’s determination to discover the truth becomes a poignant journey back through her past and her husband’s heritage that unearths secrets rooted in prejudice and fear.
Barbara Delinsky’s Family Tree is an utterly unforgettable novel that asks penetrating questions about race, family, and the choices people make in times of crisis—choices that have profound consequences that can last for generations.


In my post-purging weeks, I have busied myself with new headers and themes, and here’s what I’ve done at my website –  here’s the newest header:



PicMonkey Collage-nov 15 website - 3


And a screenshot showing the background:





So…perhaps I can focus on other things for a while.  No more purging through the holidays?  I still have two bookcases full of donations to take to the library.





Meanwhile, I’ve been curling up with The Perfect Son, by Barbara Claypole White…and I’m enjoying it!






Let’s curl up and immerse ourselves in our books!  What are you reading today?






6 thoughts on “LET’S CURL UP AND CHAT!

  1. I’ve been purging, too. I’m downsizing and renovating with an eye to selling my condo and moving into a condo-style apartment (ensuite washer & dryer). Every time I think I’ve got rid of enough books, it turns out I haven’t quite yet. I noticed half a row in my living room bookcase last night that can go but then other things will get moved around and it will be full again. Do you find that once you’ve started a series in paperback you have to keep buying the paperback to have a “set”? I have lots of ebooks but they’re all by authors I don’t have already. Oh, well. Progress is being made — just very slowly for me! I like your new header! Happy Birthday to your son!


    • Thanks, Ms. M, and I do find it hard to remove books that are part of a set. I have to ask myself the hard questions: must I have the complete set, or will it work to just reread from the library? I don’t know the answer, but sometimes I am ruthless in my purging.

      Good luck! And thanks for stopping by. I’m not purging in order to move, but I know that someday I will move…it’s inevitable, right? And having purged many of the books, I can relax a little when it’s moving day. Good luck on your move!


  2. Oh I must put the Barbara Delinsky one into my wish list if it deserves a reread from you. Love those kinds of books. So happy to hear you’re enjoying the book, that heart attack at the beginning was a little shocking!
    I’ve begun to tidy a little, purging old papers etc and sorting the airing cupboard, just a small start!


    • Yes, in The Perfect Son, my first “encounter” with Felix made me think I wouldn’t like him, but as time went by, I began enjoying him and Harry, too.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kathryn, and the Delinsky books I read a few years ago were the kind I love saving and rereading, although I don’t often find the time. I should make the time. That’s why I put a stack of them on my nightstand.

      Tidying is definitely an ongoing process, isn’t it? I sometimes think that all I need to do is purge and reorganize and that will be it….but no, for some reason, life gets in the way, and like us, our tidying is a work-in-progress.


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