Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

It is way past time to gather for another coffee chat.  The weeks have been unfolding, while events around us are still uncertain.  As usual, when I feel everything is out of control, I hunker down in my space and do a little more movie watching…and some redecorating.  Yes, minor things, like a new corner cabinet in the entry way, and a few rearrangements there.

  • First I added the new shelf in the corner (left), and then rearranged the rest of the entry way:





  • I’ve been adding more books to my shelves, both read and unread.  Here is the latest look at my TBR Shelves (new books unread!):

  • I’ve been shelving more new books as I read them, and also adding the books that I bought to reread:

  • Next week, the residence will gradually be opening up the dining room for us in a staggered fashion, with social distancing.  Alternating days between the dining room and our apartment dining.  We’ll see how that goes.
  • This week, I enjoyed reading and reviewing A Good Marriage, by Kimberly McCreight; and today I started reading The Sea of Lost Girls, by Carol Goodman. I’m thoroughly enjoying it so far.
  • Yesterday I set up a little snack for myself in my apartment, with mini-quiches and a glass of wine.  The snack had been in my freezer, brought over on Mother’s Day by my daughter, so it seemed appropriate to take time now to enjoy it.


That was my week…what did yours look like?  Are you gradually experiencing the outside world?  Carefully, slowly?  Stay safe.



  1. I’d say I haven’t made many changes back to “normal” yet at all. There’s been no need, I guess. I think younger people, especially those with young children, might have more challenges. That said, I know everyone have individual levels of challenges. Looks like you’re doing a good job of dealing, Laurel. I hope the opening of areas of your residence is successful and leads to more – making things better for you.
    What a world!

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    1. Oh, yes, Mary, “what a world” says it all! Who knew that this could come along at this time, but I am glad that I don’t have young children while this is happening. Being retired and in my current residence is probably better than many situations.

      I am a little anxious about returning to “socializing” in this fashion, but I guess, like everything else, I can take it a day at a time.

      Stay safe!


  2. Crazy times for sure. I’m glad that you will be able to venture out a little more! It sounds like they have a pretty good plan in place?

    Your apartment is looking great! It is always fun to rearrange. I know that while I have been at home I’ve been daydreaming about home improvement projects as well!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Erin, and I am glad that, between Amazon purchases and finding things around my place that I can rearrange, I can carry out my projects.

      I hope you continue to enjoy yours and even carry them out.

      Crazy times for sure. I have seen a few of those in my rather long lifetime, but this one probably stacks up there among the others.

      Stay safe.

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  3. Diane

    Laurel, I have A Good Marriage and Carol Goodman’s latest on my TBR list as well. I hope your new residence dining goes smoothly. We have just started with Phase 1 reopening in our state and we are not anxious to venture out yet. Taking things slowly here except for necessary doctor appointments etc. Still having food delivered etc, not rushing to hair appt with this first wave – I want to see how things go..

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    1. Sounds like a good plan, Diane; I am not eager to get out and about yet, either. I am not even sure that I want to leave my apartment! LOL.

      It is scary to watch the news and see that cases are on the rise again when “opening up” pushes forward.

      Take care and stay safe. Enjoy those books.


    1. Yes, good plan; ditch or keep. I remember how reluctant I was to go to the dining room when I first arrived here, and then slowly got used to it. But there wasn’t a Pandemic back then!

      My comfort zone is eating alone in my apartment, but I will slowly try this. Thanks, Kathryn.


  4. I’ve had a week for about a week. What? My Better Half fell, lost his balance shoveling a hole to drop a plant into a week ago tomorrow. He weighs between 260 and 275 pounds, and I couldn’t get him up out of the flowerbed. Just when I thought I was going to have to flag down a car, our lawn men arrived, and Fernando managed to get him up and into the house. We went for an x-ray Monday, and praise God nothing was broken, but he is in excruciating pain, constantly. I am getting him up twice during the night to go to the bathroom, but he has to wake me if he wants to roll over, the muscles hurt so bad. He is taking anti-inflammatory pills from the doctor, but as of today, he was not improving. A friend who owns a pharmacy here in our town stepped up to the plate and gave us a rub and some samples of CBD that seem to be making a differed, Thank the Good Lord.
    This kind of excitement I can do without!!!

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    1. OMG, how terrible! Nothing hurts more than a fall that has such lasting consequences. It’s good nothing is broken, but muscles on fire are the worst!

      Sorry you had to go through this, Rae; it was definitely a level of excitement you could have done without..

      Thanks for stopping by.

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