Good morning!  It’s just another Hump Day, but it’s a good time to have another cup of coffee and ponder bookish/family things.

Last week, as some might recall, I had a birthday.  We won’t mention the number of birthdays I’ve had, but I especially enjoyed this one, with brunches, lunches, and an Amazon gift card.  Among other things.

Here are some things I got with my gift card: the two books in the foreground, of course, and a lovely new watch. (I go through watches like the quick passage of time).



I ordered hardcovers of these two books, Home and Another Brooklyn, as I love having a few pretty books on my shelves.

Today, a friend is treating me to a belated birthday lunch at Mimi’s.





Halloween came after my birthday, of course, just as it does every year.  I loved these little step-great-grandchildren and their costumes.  They are, L to R, Bella, Lilly, and Maddix.



Their father, my step-grandson Spencer, is in this picture:




I think the kids have a “cops and robbers” theme going on.


From Halloween 2015, I found this photo of my daughter (on the right) and some friends at the local bar and grill.




Could the fact of Halloween following so closely after my birthday have been the reason I was called “punkin” as a kid?  Or could this be the reason?





And, speaking of pumpkins….




Sometimes our destiny is shaped early on…lol

Speaking of destiny, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of my great-niece, Margaret, showing us her early desire to read whatever she can get her hands on:




So…off to get ready for my lunch….and I’ll be taking my current read with me, via Pippa.

In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch, is a story of friendships gone awry.





What are you pondering on this Hump Day morning?  Reading something delightful?

I am linking up to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshot.






    1. Oh, it’s a compulsion born early on when I didn’t have any books of my own. Thankfully, I had regular trips to the library.

      I love the feeling of being surrounded by books. But I’m determined not to go crazy…remembering the Giant Purge a couple of years ago. Was it a year ago, or two? lol. Mostly I buy e-books.

      Thanks for stopping by, Patty.


    1. Thanks for visiting, Kathryn. I don’t know why my watches quit on me, but maybe it’s my body chemistry…lol. (I could get new batteries for them, right?) But by that time, I’m bored with them and want something new.

      I need to do better!

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  2. Bella, Lilly and Maddix have a great theme going! Group costumes were always so much of a struggle for me- but they seem to have pulled it off extremely well, as does your daughter!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend!

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  3. Lovely photos of the family Halloween costumes. I hadn’t heard of that Jacqueline Woodson title, a new one for her I guess? I read (and loved) Brown Girl Dreaming a few years ago. I’ll have to look out for it. I have that exact edition of Rebecca sitting on my shelves- although I’ve never got around to reading it.

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  4. Happy Birthday!! Looks like you had a great birthday week 🙂

    One of my book groups just chose Another Brooklyn for our next book – I can’t wait! I absolutely loved Brown Girl Dreaming & can’t wait to read her fiction.

    Oh, my gosh, the tiny police officer and prisoners are SO adorable!! What a great idea – we always did themes at our house. I miss those days!

    Have a great week!


    Book By Book

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    1. Thanks, Sue, I had a great birthday, and managed to stretch the celebration into a couple of weeks…lol.

      I think I’m going to have to read Brown Girl Dreaming…I’ve heard such good things.

      Yes, I love the cops and robbers theme that the kids had going on.


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