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.


Another week slid by when I wasn’t looking.  My head has been buried in my books…and I read and reviewed three.  I was also alert to the knocking on my door with a staff person leaving still another Amazon package.  Am I obsessed?  Or do I just love the idea of my current shopping routine?  A little of both.  I received books, some ordinary items that I used to buy in the supermarket or drug store, and I’ve also ordered clothes.  Yes, shirts or tops, usually.

My evenings have kept me glued to the TV,  binge-watching the Mary Tyler Moore show on Amazon Prime, lost in the 70s.  While I vividly recall the characters and many of the situations, the episodes feel almost new.  As if I haven’t seen them before.  That’s because I hadn’t watched them over and over like I’ve done with other shows.  I loved Mary and Rhoda’s apartments in that quaint old house, though, and the TV station and newsroom.






So…let’s look closer at my week, while enjoying another cup of coffee:


Sunday Potpourri:  A Splash of Color, Etc.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Favorite Daughter”

Coffee Chat:  Nesting, Binge-Watching, Etc.

Review:  The Last Widow, by Karin SlaughterReview:  Lady in the Lake, by Laura LippmanReview:  Nanaville, by Anna Quindlen



Two books came in the mailbox (Amazon deliveries!), and I downloaded three e-books:

Home Sweet Home:  A Journey Through Mary’s Dream Home, by Mary Engelbreit

Nanaville:  Adventures in Grandparenting, by Anna Quindlen



The Testaments:  The Sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood

The Nanny, by Gilly Macmillan

The Murder List, by Hank Phillippi Ryan



I’m enjoying The Favorite Daughter, by Patti Callahan Henry

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Bookshop at Water’s End, here is a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  Here is a glimpse of my New Normal, with healthy breakfast choices.  I loved the egg white veggie casserole in the left corner.



  1. Diane

    I love those old shows: I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke, MTM, Golden Girls, Seinfeld, Falser and King of Queens. I’ve records some of my favorite episodes and go back to them periodically. We are big Law & Order fans as well.

    I hope you enjoy Nanaville (liked it a lot). I also want to read Testament.

    Enjoy your weekend.

    BTW – I love online shopping as well. Just ordered shoes and boots LOL

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    1. Thanks, Diane, I’m glad that some of the old shows are still on channels like Hallmark, and that the rest can be found online somewhere.

      Between the shows and shopping, online is a wonderful place to go.

      Enjoy your week.


  2. I used to love the MTM and Rhoda shows. I’ve seen them all and never get tired of watching them. Ordering online can be so much fun. I mostly order online. The Murder List looks really good. I hope you have a great week!

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  3. Trin Carl

    I like how you said the week slipped by without you looking. Doesn’t that seem like a very American thing to write with all the hustle and bustle. Hope you are enjoying the fall.

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  4. Healthy can be delicious, too, I hope. The egg casserole looks yummy.

    I’m reading The Testaments, too. I did have to go back and refresh my memory about Handmaid’s Tale, but I didn’t feel like I needed to reread the book.

    I enjoyed Nanaville so much, and it sounds like you did, too. I feel so blessed to enjoy being a Nana. A great tribe to belong to.

    I hope you have a lovely week!

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    1. Thanks, Deb, I reread Handmaid’s Tale not that long ago, and watched the series on Hulu. I’m eager to read the sequel.

      I did love Nanaville…and being a “nana” is the best!

      Enjoy your week. That veggie casserole was good!


  5. I didn’t realise there was a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale! I hope you enjoy it.
    I used to have Amazon packages arriving every other day back before kindle became my first love. Now it’s limited to a couple a month and they’re rarely books. It’s the one downside to ebooks that you don’t get the happy thrill of opening the packages.

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  6. I enjoyed Mary Tyler Moore as a child and moved to Mpls. I know where that house is. I LOVED The Last Widow, the whole Will Trent series.

    I love that round table. I am in the midst of getting all my furniture in better shape whether it is repairing and waxing or reupholstering. Also getting rid of what doesn’t work for us, passing them along to others who hopefully can use them. Have a lovely week and Happy reading!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  7. I remember my mom watching the Mary Tyler Moore show when I was a kid, but I have never sat down and watched it as an adult. I should check it out sometime. Even though your breakfast is healthy, it looks tasty! Have a lovely week, Lauren.

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  8. The Cue Card

    Hi Laurel, what’s the word on Atwood’s Testaments? Is it good? Slow or fast or dark? I need to get to it soon. I’m finally finishing The Goldfinch which I started a few weeks ago — just in time for the movie. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Susan, and I haven’t heard anything about The Testaments. But I know I have to give it a whirl. Enjoy!

      Goldfinch is too long for me. LOL. I don’t have the patience for lengthy books these days.


    1. Thanks, Kathy, I had the Engelbreit book for several years…it was left behind when I moved (not my choice!), so I bought a new copy. And reread the whole thing. I love the stories she tells, as well as her decor.

      I did love Nanaville. Enjoy your week.


  9. I want to read The Nanny too, I’ve really enjoyed the author’s previous books. I’ve heard mixed reviews of The Testaments so far, so I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on it! I’ll probably borrow it from the library.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  10. I remember growing up enjoying MTM show.
    Nanaville looks good. I am enjoying – maybe not the right word — the beginning of The Handmaid’s Tale. I hope you enjoy the sequel.
    Your breakfast looks quite good.
    Happy Reading!

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