Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon, The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves, for weekly updates.

**Mailbox Monday is hosted at the home site: Mailbox Monday.

And let’s join Kathryn, our leader in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, at Book Date.


What a great week of books, movies, and some good and bad outings.  Coffee with a friend on Monday; an outing with my daughter on Tuesday to look at apartments I don’t want to move into…yet; a dental appointment on Wednesday; and hair styling on Friday.  Followed by an appointment with ATT to install a new modem.  Yay!

I read and reviewed three books, all of them excellent from favorite authors.  I finished viewing Catastrophe on Amazon Prime; saw On the Basis of Sex, also on Prime; and watched more episodes of The Act on Hulu.  Thursday brought more of The Good Fight, on CBS-All Access.  Despite my spotty Internet throughout the week, I was able to spend good viewing time.

Now I hope to spend more time testing my new modem by viewing streaming shows (so far, so good), and perhaps I’ll start reading another book.

This morning I had bloodwork done at Kaiser…and then “post-fasting” breakfast at Marie Callender’s.  Let’s have some more coffee and look into more details of the week.



Hello, April: Monthly Wrap-Up

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Perfect Girlfriend”

Hump Day Reading…

Hump Day Musings…

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Vicarious Travels…

Bookish Friday:  “The Night Visitors”

Rainy Day Musings:  Spotty Weather & Internet…

Review:  Back Stabbers (e-book, No. 8), by Julie MulhernReview:  All the Wrong Places (e-book), by Joy FieldingReview:  Before She Knew Him (e-book), by Peter Swanson


INCOMING BOOKS: (Covers/Titles Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!

One Purchased Download:

The Editor (e-book), by Steven Rowley



The Night Visitors (e-book), by Carol Goodman

And then…

Never Tell (e-book), by Lisa Gardner


That was my week…busy, crazy, and exciting, too.  Here’s a glimpse of today’s breakfast, enjoyed after I completed my routine bloodwork.  Like a little reward, after the 12 hour fasting.



  1. Literary Feline

    Sounds like you had quite a week. I hope this next week has all ups and no downs for you. Yay for a new modem! I am glad it is working well for you.The Night Visitors looks very tempting as does Gardner’s new book. I hope you have a great week, Laurel-Rain!

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  2. Ooh Marie Callenders! And I really need to utilize Prime more. I know there ae probably a ton of shows on there that I’m missing…

    The Night Visitors is kind of appealing to me, after seeing your review.

    And I always love breaking those fasts haha! 🙂

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  3. Glad you had a nice ‘post fasting breakfast’. I had two great breakfast these last two weeks. One at Denny’s, which was trece de leche pancakes and the other at Perkins, which was strawberry covered french toast, YUM! I also saw your Peter Swanson review this week. His last novel wasn’t one of my favorites but I love, love me some Swanson’s books-not a one is similar.

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    1. Thanks, Trin, this Swanson book was my second, and it has been my favorite so far. Can’t wait to see what I’ll enjoy next.

      Have a great week…and yum, pancakes! I wavered between pancakes and French Toast.


  4. You have had a very busy week! I like to be busy, so I typically plan something each day, even if it is just a visit to the Y. I will never move, though, until they carry my dead body out of my house. Well, unless someone gives me a house in Paris. I might move then.

    I read lots yesterday for the readathon, more than usual, and I didn’t get as much sleep as I usually do. Still I had a blast.

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    1. I like your attitude about moving, Deb. My daughter has a “bee in her bonnet,” thinking I need one of those senior places, although I’ve done nothing to alert the medical professionals…so far. LOL. She just thinks senior living would be better, just because. She doesn’t like being alone, so she’s going on what would work for her.

      But I love my familiar surroundings, and I’ve been living alone for 40 years…and I love it! We introverts are in the zone when we have alone time to read and blog.

      Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Gayathri, and I think I’m not going to look for a new place right now. Moving is not my favorite thing, and I love my familiar surroundings. (The moving was my daughter’s idea…for me, not her.. LOL).

      Enjoy your week.

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  5. The Cue Card

    That breakfast looks good. Glad you got a new modem — sounds like it’ll be able to stream more. Right now we’ve been watching all of the Bosch seasons on Prime; it seems quite an addicting detective show. We also saw the movie The Favourite last night but not sure about the ending, which was odd. I’d like to see On the Basis of Sex movie. Did you like it?

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    1. Thanks, Susan, with my previous modem, the Internet was going down frequently…not fun! So I’m hoping for good service for a while, at least. LOL.

      I watched a few episodes of Bosch when my son and DIL were visiting…but it didn’t seem the same without them.

      I loved On the Basis of Sex…I saw it at the theater….and then on Prime.


    1. Thanks, Shelleyrae…and I can imagine a time when it will work for me. Right now, though, I’m still loving my familiar surroundings.

      I am looking forward to having people to cook and clean, though…LOL.


    1. Thanks, Kathy, I have an eye appointment later today, and that will be all of the scheduled things for a while…I think. I’m enjoying The Editor so far. I skipped over Never Tell to start that one…I needed a change.

      Have a great week.


  6. Kathy Martin

    Nice looking books and great looking breakfast. You remind me that I have one of those fasting appointments coming up in a couple of weeks. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  7. Hi Lorraine,

    You definitely had a week of ups and downs, so depending on whether you like things to be quite so hectic, maybe a nice steady, more relaxed week is on the cards?

    Your breakfast definitely looks good enough to eat and doesn’t everyone deserve a little treat after parting with those precious bloods! I hate the sight of blood, so I always have to be led down to give a blood sample, or I’m liable to passing out!

    You can’t beat a good Lisa Gardner story and in Carol Goodman, I think I have just discovered a whole new shelf of books waiting to be read. I can’t wait to see what you think of your finished reading schedule and thanks for sharing 🙂


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  8. Wow, quite a week! I always have a huge stack of pancakes at a local diner after my blood tests. The thought of pancakes and maple syrup keeps me from getting quite so nervous!

    I’ve been very interested in The Editor, but all the books you mention sound intriguing. Happy reading!

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