Style Scouting Vol.5

Hi my friends.

It’s the weekend when I like to enjoy some down time. This weekend Ed is on a trip so I am also getting to enjoy some alone time. Since it is too cold to do anything outside, I am planning on a Netflix binge tonight with a fire crackling in the fireplace while snuggled under a warm blanket. Have you seen Mr. Church on Netflix?  So good!!

Fire in fireplace

Netflix and Prime Video have spoiled me as I can no longer bear to watch network shows and have to wait until the following week to see how the plot and storyline unfold.

Do you have any favorite Netflix or Prime movies or shows?

Here are a few links to things that were part of my week….

No Need To Go Out on the Town for Valentine’s – In Favor of a Cozy Night In

On a cold winter’s day, this photo is the perfect reminder of what is to come.

If you have a fireplace in your home, any one of these will help to keep you toasty.

This book is for anybody who wishes their kitchen table wasn’t a storage area for the mail, bills magazines and other non-eating area items.

I love going to the library on a weekly basis. It is one of my favorite parts of my week. I just finished and found this Decorating book very inspiring and started this Decorating home design book.

I was interviewed for this….The fascinating history behind this winter decorating accessory that has been around since the 1970’s. I have eight!

If you like comfy cozy tops, but don’t want plain and boring. I am loving this cozy pullover. It’s comfy with style. I have it in the color Navy. I love that you can pull the velvet ties to make the neck open or create a turtleneck when I am feeling chilly.

Not sure I could do this, but there are some days that I am ready too. And this has me thinking more about the tech I use. Then a blogging friend, Jenny at Evolution of Style wrote this….

“Ok, so I am aware of internet “cookies” out there, and how social media tracks the things that I search for, and click on throughout the day, and then feeds me ads for them.  But I kid you not, I had a product show up in my Facebook feed that I had just used, and hadn’t uttered a word about it, nor had I searched for it.  It was just plaid weird.  I mean, does Facebook have cameras in my house, watching me, kind of weird.  Am I the only one who has had this happen?  Nevermind that it happens when I talk about a product. Can I get an amen on other people who have had this happen?  Surely I’m not alone.  I know I’m not alone.” 

This has happened to me twice in the past few weeks, but not when I was in Facebook. I was in my phone’s home screen. Has it happened to you yet?


Oh, yes please… this is what I want to make for Sunday breakfast.

Making anything sweet for your Valentine? If only Ed liked chocolate.

A twist on a classic Valentine treat.

Hope you can relax and snuggle a bit over the weekend.  Enjoy!

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  1. REBECCA PLATT says:

    Yes, I have had that happen. But for me, I think I was on my phone. I’m only on FB maybe once a week. I haven’t had anything religious pop up.

  2. I quit Facebook about a year ago and haven’t missed it. And recently watched on Amazon Prime, “The Creepy Line”. Very interesting & scary documentary about Facebook & Google…..

  3. That breakfast recipe DOES sound yummy! Thanks!!

  4. Wow! As far as the last comment on your blog, the same things have been happening to me. I’m totally not understanding what is going on as it is as if we’re being spied on. It’s not only been on Facebook but on my phone as well and I don’t use FB on that. It’s scary.

    I really enjoy all your blogs!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Juli – I was in my kitchen opening a bottle of tomato sauce. About 10 mins later, I went to another room to check something on my phone and an ad popped up on the screen for the exact brand of tomato sauce I had in my hand. I can understand when something like this happens when we are out shopping and our phone apps in the background know we are in Macy’s and then starts showing you Macy’s ads. When it happens in my home, it is kinda scary. I think I may cover the camera lens on both sides in some way.

  5. Hi Diane,
    My husband and I have been watching less regular tv shows and more NetFlix and Prime Video shows too. One of our favorites is The Man in the High Castle. It’s a show about American life if we would have lost WW II. The Germans rule the eastern part of the US and Japan rules the west. Another favorite of The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Diana – I love The Fabulous Mrs. Maisel… so good… and the clothes…:-) I haven’t seen the Man in the High Castle, but do enjoy movies about WW||. I just added it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. To answer one of your questions, I’ve been binge watching Grace & Frankie’s new season the past 2 days. It’s their 4th season and I’ve loved every one of them.
    With regard to the religious reference, I did not receive anything even remotely religious in viewing your blog. It just must be coming to their computers from somewhere else.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Pat – I haven’t started the new season yet of Grace & Frankie, but will start soon. I know I have to make sure I start watching it early in the evening so I won’t stay up all night trying to watch the whole season. It is hard to stop sometimes. :-)

      I agree about the ad the other reader saw, the ads that come up on my site are different for everyone. If a reader was looking at shoes on Nordstroms and then opens a page on my site, whatever browser (Chrome, IE, Safari) they use, uses their online history to serve them an ad that is targeted to what they have searched for before. It is just the way that browsers work.

  7. Our immediate and extended family were talking about this “big brother is listening or reading our minds “ not too long ago. Kinda creepy to be honest!

    Enjoy your cozy weekend and binge away!! My daughter and I are binging the Great British Baking Show currently. Wow…super amazing baking going on!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Lynn – I haven’t watched the Great British Baking Show yet. I have seen it listed, but am afraid I will see all the delish looking cakes and such and won’t have the willpower to not want to bake something myself, especially if it is something chocolate.

  8. I love the idea of using solar lights. And in a mason jar too! Would love to gift my sons with these for use at their fishing camp.

  9. Great post – so many interesting links! I’ve been cutting back on social media lately when I discovered that I’ve been spending more time on the internet and less time reading real books. I’ve also been enjoying many interesting shows on Netflix – Aussie crime dramas, British war series. I love that pullover – I have two pairs of the leggings that you have recommended and that top will go well; my color is definitely the berry purple. And I still have a Kosta Boda snowball from the 1970’s! Thanks for a fun read on a winter day.

  10. I’ve had that happen with Facebook as well. What I heard on a tech podcast I listen to is that it is AI. Facebook, google, etc. they are effectively learning to PREDICT things you might like. Is that creepy or brilliant? I’m not sure.

    I have been thinking a lot like you about quitting Facebook, but instead I’ve tried a news vacation. I’m so tired of the news and I discovered that not listening/watching/reading has made me less anxious and stressed.

    Wait – did I miss a religious reference? I had to go back and look again. I like your stuff. It’s the most real blog I’ve found to follow so far. Thanks for your great ideas.

  11. i rarely use FB anymore and really don’t miss it. I’m also not posting to IG daily and some days don’t even look at my phone GASP! It was hard the first day or two but now? now I feel happier and lighter and there is no comparing my home to the fabulous ones so I’m content as well. Love the snow ball! Might need one. Thank you for the random posts within your posts, they are hugely entertaining and informative!

  12. JaneEllen Jones says:

    I realize you have the right on your blog to advertise whatever you please but when you send me a post please do not include any religious direction. I am 78 and can decide for myself which religion to follow,no hints are wanted. Thnks for your cooperation.
    Happy New Year

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi JaneEllen –

      I am not sure what you are talking about… sending you a post about religion? Did an ad pop up on my site? There should not be any ads about religion or politics on my site or in the emails I send. Was it on one of the links in my post?

      I am a little baffled as to what you saw and if you can give me more details I will try to figure it out to make sure I have it removed.