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 flew by almost seamlessly, but my reading was lackluster.  Only two books read and reviewed.  They were good ones, though, and I can only blame my compulsions for other things.  I did write six blog posts, however.  At least I am not writing this update late in the evening.  I will be heading to the dining room shortly for our “socially distanced” dinner.

I also found a miniseries to enjoy on Netflix:  Tales of the City.  Set in SF, it is based on the books by Armistead Maupin.

I finished fixing up my closet this week.  I had moved the Jelly Cupboard into the entry way, arranged all my clothes in the closet (some of them had been folded away and others had been on my hall tree).  The final piece of the task was hanging a curtain on a rod to conceal my wardrobe. 

Now let’s take a closer look at the week.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Golden Cage”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Bookish Journey

A Hump Day of Reading…

Adding Another Book from the Backlog…

Bookish Friday:  “The Half Sister”

Coffee Chat:  Reading & Reshuffling…

Review:  You Can’t Catch Me, by Catherine McKenzieReview:  The Guest List, by Lucy Foley



One book came in my physical mailbox, and another came from NetGalley.  I also downloaded two e-books.

Open House, by Elizabeth Berg – (Replacement Copy for Reread)

Take It Back, by Kia Abdullah (NG – 12/8/20)



The Girl from Widow Hills, by Megan Miranda

The Swap, by Robyn Harding


CURRENTLY READING:  I am just beginning to read a NetGalley ARC for a book coming out on July 7.  The Golden Cage, by Camilla Lackberg.


That was my week. What did yours look like?  And because restaurant dining is still a future event, I found another photo from the past that I am savoring.  Three years ago, I enjoyed this corn chowder and a cocktail at Mimi’s.



  1. Yum, that Mimi’s meal looks delish. I miss eating out in restaurants- one of my favorite things t do lol. I’m doing takeout fairly often but it’s not the same. Anyways hope you’re having a great weekend and that your reading rebounds- mine has been slow too. I am curious about the new Megan Miranda since I read one of her books before and it wasn’t bad…

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Greg, and when we can’t go out to restaurants, we try to find ways to fantasize about it…and substitute other ways of being. Movies, books…I am hoping to speed up the reading this week.

      Enjoy your books and your week, and stay safe.


  2. Mmm corn chowder… you’re making me hungry and it’s only 9.35am here! While less reading than you hoped, it does sound like a good week and great to see your sort out and wardrobe are all done. Looks great! This week I have been back at work almost full time, so less reading for me too. Take care and happy reading! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jessica, I do miss that corn chowder…and I haven’t seen anything like it from the dining room here, lol.

      Books and movies will help us right now, I think, and memories. Until we can have a New Normal that works.

      Enjoy your week, and stay safe.


  3. I just read a rave review for The Swap so I’m looking forward to your thoughts.
    I think I’m going to look for a corn chowder recipe. Corn will be in season around here in a month or so and your photo makes me want to give it a try! Have a good week, Laurel.

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    1. Thanks, Gayathri, the entry way is the first thing you notice when you come in, so I put some of my favorite things there. My hall tree is across from the cupboard and table that you see in the photos.

      Enjoy your books and your week, and stay safe.

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  4. Susan

    I’m glad you are vetting The Golden Cage for me …. as I’m interested to hear if it’s worthwhile … it sounds like quite a revenge story. Hard to believe July is here this week … June flew by. I just got around to American Dirt … and felt it was pretty intense!

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  5. I love that curtain in front of your closet – it goes really well with the rest of your decor! And the corn chowder also looks delicious – I’ve never tried it and perhaps I should… I’m sure it would make a delicious and hearty vegan meal:)). I hope your reading picks up during the coming week.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, the corn chowder is one of my favorites from Mimi’s….and now I am really missing and craving it.

      I am enjoying the closet curtain so much! And being able to enjoy my little cupboard in the entry way has made it worthwhile.

      Stay safe and healthy.

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    1. Thanks, Shelleyrae, I think it is a group of sidewalk cafes in Paris. I would also love a French cottage.

      I am eager to read The Swap…and in the dining room, we had salmon, which is several notches up from the usual fare. LOL.

      Stay safe and well.

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  6. Trin Carl

    Glad you’re reading elizabeth berg. I always get her and elizabeth gilbert mixed up. I just heard that Bali’s tourism has gone way up because of Elizabeth girlbert’s, Eat, Love Pray novel.

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  7. You new curtain closet looks great. I rated the two books you read this week just the opposite but the narration on The Guest List was outstanding and I listened to both on audio. It was warmer this week and we didn’t get the rain predicted so I was busy watering. Stay safe and well!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Anne, and I imagine I would feel differently if I listened to a book. But that won’t happen, since I am too easily distracted to listen instead of reading. A memoir might be different, though.

      Stay safe and well!


    1. Thanks, Anne, I had the same feeling about the closet. Why did I struggle trying to contain my clothes in drawers and small parts of the space when I could do this? LOL

      Enjoy your week and your books and stay safe.


  8. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    Well the curtain is really pretty Laurel so ther’s that! I see that you’ve read the Guest List so I’ll have a peek at your review as it’s one I ma considering reading too!

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  9. Gosh, I love corn chowder. It is lovely to imagine eating in a restaurant again. Choosing what you want from a menu. The food arriving hot. I miss that so much.

    The Golden Cage looks good. Great cover.

    You have really made your new place a warm and cozy home.

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    1. Thanks, I do love rearranging my space as I change my needs and my desires.

      Corn chowder is delicious…I do miss it!

      Thanks for visiting, Deb, and let’s hang in there, hoping to have a better New Normal. Stay safe.


  10. Looks like you did a good job completing your closet project.
    The Girl from Widow Hills looks popular lately.
    The corn chowder looks good but I hope you enjoyed your socially distanced meals this week too.
    I hope you continue to stay safe and enjoy good reading.

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    1. Thanks, Martha, it has been pretty great, eating alternate days in the dining room. I know that I’m not ready for anything more at this time, since we’ve been on lockdown since March 11!

      I do love that corn chowder.

      Enjoy your week, and stay safe.


    1. Eating outside and far apart sounds wonderful! Safe, but cozy. Like our dining room here nowadays, except we are not outside.

      I hope you enjoy Open House. It was an Oprah pick years ago.

      Stay safe and enjoy your week, Cheryl.


  11. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

    I’m interested to see what you think of The Golden Cage. I read it some time ago. I think it was a The Gilded Cage in Australia. We’ve just started back with dining out and I’m enjoying an occasional meat out but still quite happy to stay in.

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    1. Heather @ Random Redheaded Ramblings

      Never had corn chowder but it looks delish!

      I’m eyeing up the Golden Cage for a future read, hopefully it is good.


    1. Yes, I can’t believe the year is now half over…in a day. I read a comment from someone that we should celebrate New Year’s on June 30 and pretend the first half of 2020 didn’t happen, since it has been so horrific.

      I am glad you liked The Girl from Widow Hills. Stay safe and enjoy your week, Donna.


  12. I’m pretty sure I am fantasizing about food not cooked by me these days… we aren’t doing takeout yet and definitely not eating in restaurants either, so it will be some time before I realize that dream! A local pizza place is selling half-cooked pizzas though, where we pick it up and finish it at home, I may do that this Friday.

    Your space looks so cozy and whimsical, my favorite things!

    Stay safe!

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    1. Those half-cooked pizzas do sound good. We used to do that, back in the OLD DAYS.

      I have an Uber Eats app on my iPhone, but haven’t used it yet.

      Still eating alternate days in our dining room, supplementing days without great food with what I have bought with my grocery app. Life is certainly different these days!

      Stay safe and enjoy your time outside, Erin.


    1. Thanks, Diane, drooling over photos is as far as I’ll be going for a long while. Mostly because I don’t feel it’s safe yet…but also because we are still on lockdown in the residence. Which is probably a good idea.

      The time “inside” gives me the opportunity to do a lot of reading (although I don’t read as much as I would like), and I am always reshuffling my things around. LOL.

      Stay safe.


  13. That meal looks delicious! I find that I miss eating in restaurants and going to museums/zoos/aquariums. Restaurants here have opened at a reduced capacity but I’m not sure that my husband and I are ready for that yet. We’ll probably break down and try them sooner than I expect though! Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks, Jen, I don’t know when I’ll be ready to go out again. But for the time being, the choice is not mine. In the residence where I live, they have restricted us to the community. If we go out, we will have to move out. LOL. They are definitely serious about protecting us.

      Meanwhile, I will drool over photos and memories of meals in the past. Enjoy your week.


  14. Last week did fly by! This week is a short workweek for me with the 4th of July holiday being observed on Friday. I miss eating out, but it’s been kind of good for the weight-loss diet and the pocketbook! We’ve been trying to support one local restaurant with takeout once a week, but I’m looking forward to dining outdoors there soon. Happy reading!

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  15. Most of our restaurants have area for outdoor eating and with the warm weather it is nice! Different, but nice to get out! Will have to check out the Netflix series. Just finished Little Fires Everywhere. Have been staying up to late watching The Handmaid’s Tale. Intense show. Have a great week of reading.

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    1. It is great to find a few Netflix series to view, and after I finished watching Tales of the City, I found an earlier version made in 1993, with the characters back in the 70s; I watched it afterwards.Some of the same actors portrayed the characters during that time.

      Enjoy your week and your viewing, Nise, and outdoor eating does sound good.


  16. You are a busy organizer!! Your place always look terrific.


    I saw Megan Miranda on a few author interviews this past week. She is so talented and such a lovely person. I asked her how a nice person can write books like this. 🙂

    Take care, and Happy Reading, Laurel.

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