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

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

I had another busy and productive week, with a mix of activities, reading, and blogging.  I only read and reviewed two books, but they were both engaging; I wrote five blog posts.

On Thursday night, we had a Country Christmas party in the dining room, with a lovely setting…and delicious food.  There was also music, line dancing, etc.  Most of us just enjoyed watching the dancers…lol.

In the evenings, I savored movies on Netflix and Prime:  Marriage Story, and older productions like The Mirror Has Two Faces.  I also rewatched My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams.

Today I’m going out for a mani and lunch, via Lyft.  Last week I took myself to lunch and shopping, so I’m finding my way out more often.  Not just doctor’s appointments, like in the past few months.  In fact, those appointments are few and far between these days, thankfully.

Let’s grab some coffee and a closer look at my week.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “Meg and Jo”

From My Interior To Yours…

Obsessions on a Hump Day…

Coffee Chat:  My Life These Days…

Bookish Friday:  “The Look-Alike”

Review:  Marilyn Monroe:  The Private Life of a Public Icon, by Charles CasilloReview:  Tell Me Everything, by Amy Hatvany



Empty mailbox!  But…I did download two e-books.

The Empty Nest, by Sue Watson

Home Truths, by Tina Seskis


CURRENTLY READING: (I am reading the paperback version from my stack of print volumes.  After I read each one, I add them to my shelves, which I am slowly filling up!).

Meg & Jo, by Virginia Kantra


Here are my fiction stacks, next to my nonfiction hardcover versions of books to read soon.  Of course, the First Book of the Year, not shown in these photos…will be brought out to start reading on New Year’s Eve.








That was my week.  What did yours look like? Below is a slice of Key Lime Pie that I enjoyed on my outing last Saturday.



  1. Susan Calderon

    I read two books this week and liked both of them. The first was “The Bromance” by Lyssa Kay Adams it was a light fluffy romance but well done next up I read Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner which was a long book but very interesting and also well done by the end of it I really felt for both Jo and Bethie. Then, I decided to switch genres completely and read the newest Star Wars book :Star Wars Resistance Reborn” by Rebecca Rounhorse it is the bridge story between “The Last Jedi” movie and ” The Rise Of SkyWalker” and so far it is very good and a surprisingly fast read! I am really looking forward to seeing the newest movie in the long running saga.

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  2. The Cue Card

    That key lime pie sure looks good. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. We will be Southern Calif. for the holidays, leaving soon. We finished watching the movie of Downton Abbey which was fun to see. Enjoy your reading over the holidays!

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  3. Will be so interested to what you think of Meg & Jo as others have liked it and I think it will be for me. So good that you are getting out and about. I love the idea of a mani, but I never do, my nails are atrocious and break easily. Sob!

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  4. Sounds like you had a good week, as did I. I tried to limit myself to “one big thing a day, Rae,” but failed dismally. One day I had three “big things.” I did lots of Christmas baking in preparation for company visits, and I finished my Cybils reading–hooray! This was my first time to be a first round reader, and was it ever fun! Downright exciting when the actual discussion took place Thursday night. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous NEW YEAR!

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    1. Thanks, Rae, I do love the idea of those Cybils, but haven’t tried them yet.

      For me, going to breakfast in the dining room is a big thing…and then I stay in my apartment for lunch and enjoy reading and watching TV/movies. No baking for me…we don’t have an oven! I do have a microwave, though.

      Enjoy your holidays.

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  5. Maureen Bakker

    It sounds like you had a very nice week Laurel. And good for you that you’re going out more. 😉
    That Key Lime Pie looks delicious.
    I hope you’ll have a great Christmas. 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Thanks, Shelleyrae, the party was fun, with lots of goodies, most of which I just looked at, lol; the music was nice.

      Enjoy your holidays and your books! I may have to check out that nonfiction challenge, as I am adding more of those books to my stacks lately.

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  6. In amongst all the chores, it’s nice to start to look forward to the Day with some gathering excitement, isn’t it? Have a lovely Christmas Day, Laurel – and maybe a chance in the coming week to put up your feet and tuck into a book, or two…:)

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  7. A great week with 5 heart reads and Key Lime pie. I’m thinking of making some mini cheesecakes for Christmas desserts with lime and lemon and maybe caramel or raspberry toppings / flavors.

    I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season with family, friends, good books and yummy food!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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  8. I am reading, but not finishing books until 2020. I like to start a new year off with a bang, and I generally finish the last chapters of about ten books on January 1 or 2.

    I’m glad to see you are getting out more and that you are spending less time at those old busybodies, the doctors. It looks like you are eating better, too. Love the look of that pie.

    Have a lovely week. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Deb, I am definitely loving outings that are not doctor visits, although I’m grateful they were there when I needed them!

      Enjoy your reading plans. I also love curling up with books (and movies) on New Year’s Eve and Day.

      Have a great holiday.


  9. Sounds like a fun Christmas party! Last week found me watching Virgin River on Netflix. That’s based on Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series (at least 20 books!). It was announced that season two will air in 2020. I loved seeing Tim Mathison and Annette O’Toole in the cast (as well as the two main stars).

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  10. Tina’s Book Blog

    Glad you had a good week both on and offline! For me I felt a bit muddled and only did one book meme and no reviews but I did finish two books yesterday! Here’s to a good upcoming week!

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  11. Kathy Martin

    I’m glad the doctor’s appointments are tapering off and you are getting out and about more. I’ve become something of a couch potato since we got 4 feet of snow but, with my brother going back to work next week, I’ll have to start driving again. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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