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.

A birthday week can be such fun.  Amazon packages arriving almost daily; birthday cards showing up; and I am enjoying birthday lunches.  I’m feeling spoiled!

I’ve only read and reviewed two books but I have written seven blog posts.  I’m halfway finished with my third book.

Prime movies and new DVDs have kept me busy in the evenings.

In two more weeks, I go to Oakland for my surgery.  The anxiety is descending, and I’m trying not to think about it.  I’ve realized that the anticipation of an event is often the worst part, so I must remind myself that I can do this!

Let’s take a closer look at my week…and if you like, grab a cup of virtual coffee.



Sunday Sparks:  Family Connections in the Past…

Sunday Photos Spark Memories…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “If You Only Knew”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Another Day of Book Buying…

Curling up on a Hump Day…

Coffee Chat:  Birthday Bounty, Etc.

Bookish Friday:  “The Poison Garden”

Review:  Good Girl, Bad Girl, by Michael RobothamReview:  Queen Meryl, by Erin Carlson


Four books came in my mailbox!  Then I downloaded one e-book.

The Book of Gutsy Women, by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

The Family, by Louise Jensen

All the Flowers in Paris, by Sarah Jio

Touched by the Sun, by Carly Simon



The Poison Garden, by A. J. Banner


Currently Reading:  Just After Midnight, by Catherine Ryan Hyde; a book that has been on my Kindle since December 2018.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  I had some cake and ice cream after one of my dinners this week.





  1. Happy birthday to you!! And good luck with the anxiety too- it can be tough waiting for a procedure, but like you said sometimes that worrying is the worst part! Wishing you lots of good days (and good reads) between now and then. 🙂

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  2. You are so right – anxiety and the worry before an event is often the worst part of it. May you have good things that take your mind off it. I like Catherine Ryan Hyde, usually her books are very uplifting. Haven’t read this particular one.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I have enjoyed other books by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and once I decided that the “horse” aspects would not be too boring, I settled into it, enjoying the characters and their issues. Always my favorite parts of a book.

      Enjoy your week!

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  3. Beware Of The Reader

    Well Laurel several thoughts here but first: Happy Birthday! And yes I cans see how it has been fun! Now about anticipation being the worst part you are totally right! I will cross my fingers and send you positive vibes for your surgery! last but not least there are two books on your list that really picked my interest: All the Flowers in Paris and the one by Hillary and her daughter! It must be so empowering to read tales with strong women! Happy reading then.

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  4. A very Happy Birthday. And I understand your fears – hope you can continue to keep those nasty little demons penned up, Laurel. Have another wonderful week where you keep receiving nice (book-shaped) parcels:)).

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  5. Happy Birthday!! Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful celebration-filled week – hooray! I understand the anxiety related to your upcoming surgery, but you’re right… you can do this. In the meantime you have some interesting books to distract you. Carly Simon’s book sounds good and it’s been a while since I read Sarah Jio. Will look forward to your thoughts. Have a great week!

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  6. The Cue Card

    You can do it Laurel! Try not to think or worry about the surgery beforehand. I had eye surgery recently and I just tried to go with it. And I’m now mending well. Soon you will be too. I would like to read the Carly Simon book Touched by the Sun. It looks good!

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  7. Trin Carl

    Thank god for amazon packages! Sometimes I’ll get a call from some out of state number and there telling me I got a package downstairs and I’m practically running, I’m so excited!

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  8. Diane

    Happy Belated Birthday and many many more.

    My SIL is having a serious surgery on 11/12 and I’ve been trying to calm her as well. Easy for us to say “don’t worry”, but, we all know it’s perfectly normal. We will be rooting that all goes smoothly for you.

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    1. Thanks, Diane, my biggest anxieties are about the surgery being out of town, in the Bay Area. Traveling for the surgery has amped up the nervousness. But…I will work on blasting the anxiety.

      Enjoy your week, and I hope your SIL’s surgery goes well, too.


  9. Happy Birthday! It sounds like you had a lovely week – lots of items to help keep your mind off the upcoming surgery. Sometimes having it done right away avoids that anxiety. Since you have to wait, I hope good books help. 🙂
    Enjoy those nice desserts and Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks, Martha, I would have preferred to have had the surgery in the summer, when it was originally planned, but perhaps the change will turn out to be a good thing.

      Good books will definitely help. Enjoy your week.


  10. Happy Birthday! Anyone who has gone through surgery knows how you’re feeling. Just remember all of us out here cheering for you and sending warm wishes. When you mention the CRH book on your kindle since last year my immediate thought was “I bet I’ve had some languishing for ten years – when I first bought a kindle”. Those titles weigh on me, lol. I have this problem of accepting new review galleys…

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    1. Thanks, Mary, and I am so glad the book wasn’t a NetGalley review one. I do watch those release dates and try not to accept too many in the same month. I have none waiting now on my Kindle except two in January!

      I’ll be feeling the warmth from your wishes!


  11. Happy birthday to you! This is my birthday week, though I expand mine to include the week before my birthday and the entire month of November. What can I say? It’s fun to celebrate.

    I hope you enjoy all your birthday surprises, especially the books!

    Have a great week!

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  12. Happy birthday to you! It seems like you had a great week of celebration. 🙂

    I’ve seen The Poison Garden around this past week and I’ve been so intrigued by it. Hope you enjoy it and your other books. Happy reading!

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  13. I hope you HAD a happy birthday. I haven’t been keeping up with my blog reading lately–too much going on.
    The Jio book set in Paris looks great. I think I’ll have a look at it. Thanks for the recommendation/post.

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