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, another handful of books, and a few blog posts.  The routine is our journey these days.  I watched some shows on Hulu and Amazon PrimeTrust Me, Scott & Bailey, and Hidden.

I got my first “negative” test for COVID-19, and the plan is to test us all every two weeks.

Now let’s grab some more coffee and take a closer look at the week.


Sunday Potpourri:  Old & New Favorite Things…

Tuesday Potpourri:  Tidbits…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Paris Never Leaves You”

Bookish Moments…

Another Treasure in the Backlog…

Bookish Friday:  “Imperfect Women”

Review:  My Pear-Shaped Life, by Carmel HarringtonReview: The End of Her, by Shari LapenaReview:  Imperfect Women, by Araminta Hall



One book came in my mailbox…and I downloaded one e-book

Finding Freedom:  Harry & Meghan, by Omid Scobie



My Lies, Your Lies, by Susan Lewis


CURRENTLY READING:  The Dark Flood Rises, by Margaret Drabble, a book I purchased in April 2017.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  At lunch I enjoyed a slice of rhubarb-strawberry pie.



  1. Susan

    I’m glad your Covid test was negative. I’ve had two Covid tests — both of which were negative which was not surprising since I had no symptoms but still a relief. What do you think about every 2 weeks being tested? Does that seem safe to you or excessive? I’m glad they are keeping you safe there. But they need better wine LOL. I’ve been in Southern Calif almost a month now but go back North on Monday. I feel Sad and happy at the same time. Have a great week.

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    1. I am not sure we need the tests every two weeks, but I guess it is better than no tests. Yes, we definitely need better wine, so I’ve been buying my own bottles to fill in. LOL.

      I can imagine going home would feel good, especially if your home is safe.

      Thanks for visiting, Susan, and stay safe.

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  2. Yay for the negative test result! Hope you are having a good and relaxing weekend.

    The Dark Flood Rises caught my eye with that title and the cover. Hope it’s a good one.

    Be well this week!

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Greg, and I have had The Dark Flood Rises for more than three years! It is definitely time to read it.

      A negative test result makes me happy…and hoping that everyone stays safe in the months ahead.

      Enjoy your books!

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  3. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Testing for Covid is ridiculously expensive in SA. If you don’t have any severe symptoms, you don’t get tested. That’s just it. Very glad that you are still safe and healthy!

    I haven’t seen the Harry/Megan book, don’t know if I want to read it. Might just skim over all the reviews that are bound to come in.

    Hope you will have a good week, here’s my The Sunday Post #7

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    1. We are being tested so much because we are the vulnerable population in this senior residential center. I think we get special rates? I wish that everyone could get tested whenever they want, and the government should be covering it. There is so much our government should have done…but didn’t. Sigh.

      Enjoy your week, Mareli, and stay safe.


  4. Gayathri Lakshminarayanan

    I am glad you got negative on your test. We are yet to get tested but we don’t have any symptoms so i don’t think it is an absolute must right now. Testing so frequently seems too much, but it is better than the alternative.

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  5. Maureen Bakker

    I almost bought myself that Harry and Meghan book. But I had my doubts since I don’t want to read gossip.
    I’m glad to hear your Covid test came back negative.
    That piece of pie looks so good.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

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  6. Testing every two weeks should ensure that if anyone contracts COVID and is asymptomatic, they will still pick it up, so you should be absolutely safe:). Glad your first test is negative! I hope you have a peaceful, healthy week, Lauren.

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  7. I don’t understand the testing every 2 weeks but if you have a lot of people “traffic” I suppose that is needed to make sure there aren’t outbreaks. We haven’t been tested but we stay home just the two of us and have no symptoms. The routine is a comfort but we are trying to do more when we can. Strawberry-rhubarb is my favorite!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. We are locked down in our apartments, but we have staff in and out throughout the days, and some of them tested positive. So that’s why.

      I do love strawberry rhubarb, too…and today there is apple pie!

      Enjoy your books and stay safe.


  8. Ooo that slice of rhubarb-strawberry pie looks lush 😋 and great to hear your Covid test was negative! 🎉 And is the Hidden TV show you’re watching the Welsh crime show? If it is I loved it! Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 😃

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  9. Glad you are in a good routine. I like the idea of being tested every two weeks. It is reassuring to see that everyone is doing well, even though no one is showing symptoms. Staff should probably be tested often, too, I think.

    Margaret Drabble is such a great writer. I hope you enjoy this book.

    Look at that pie. Yum!

    Have a great week.

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  10. Glad you had a negative test. I recently had one, too, and even without symptoms was relieved to get that news. It’s good they will be testing every two weeks. Seems like testing in general is, unfortunately, on the decline now. I’m not a big fan of rhubarb, but adding strawberries (especially in pies) makes a huge difference. Hope you have a good reading week… most of the books you’ve mentioned here are new to me.

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, I agree that the addition of strawberry makes the difference.

      The whole Pandemic thing is wearyng, isn’t it?

      Now we have the postal issues to add another layer of concern, and sometimes it is more than we should have to ponder. Books help, though, don’t they?

      Enjoy your week and stay safe.


  11. Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf

    I will be interested to see what you make of Harry and Meghan’s book. It’s a no from me for rhubarb pie, although my husband does love it. Enjoy your books and may you stay covid free. 🙂

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  12. Scary stuff this COVID. Glad you tested negative. I was tested back in May and was negative as well. Haven’t been around anyone “dangerous” so I guess I’m still negative. Your books look interesting…may add a couple to my TBR list.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rae, and good news about our negative test results. We are still on lockdown here, but do come in contact with staff, who are supposedly being careful. But five of them tested positive in June and July! So that’s why we’ll be getting tested frequently. They will be, too, of course.

      Won’t it be great when all of this is in our rear view mirror? Enjoy your week.


  13. Strawberry rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream is one of my all-time favorite desserts! I have yet to have a COVID-19 test. I tried to get one last month and there were so many hoops to jump through, my appointment was going to be after the quarantine period was up, anyway! Margaret Drabble is an author I’ve always meant to read more of. Enjoy your reading week!

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    1. I think it is so wrong that the testing process is full of obstacles. Another thing we can thank the government for!

      Mine comes fairly easily because I am in a senior residential center. I guess that is one thing I can thank my age for! LOL.

      The dessert was delicious. Enjoy your week, Laurie.

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  14. I love rhubarb, but hubbie hates it, so it is a dessert I generally only have if we eat out and it is on the menu. Now! eating out, that would be a novelty, wouldn’t it? I am certainly sick of my own cooking! 🙂

    The Margaret Drabble book made me smile, as I can totally relate to her ethos on life and ageing. I hope you are seeing the funny side of the story as you are reading too!

    You can’t beat a bit of Susan Lewis and I’m sure you will enjoy this one.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week 🙂

    Yvonne xx

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    1. Thanks, Yvonne, Drabble is an author I have enjoyed for years, but it has been a while since I read her. I am enjoying it, and smiling as I read, too.

      I am also longing for the time when we can go out to eat at a restaurant…and have cocktails!


    1. I remember seeing the rhubarb in my mother’s garden…but didn’t really like it back then. Adding the strawberry makes the difference for me, Lori.

      Thanks for sharing, and I am happy about the test results, too. I hope they stay the course.


    1. Oh, yes, I love pie! In my previous residence, I lived around the corner from Marie Callender’s and went there at least once a week for soup…and pie. Then they closed. LOL.

      They were planning to reopen, but then along came COVID-19!

      Thanks for visiting, Jen.


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