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.

I actually read and reviewed THREE books this week.  I only wrote five six blog posts (I added another one today!), but that’s how it goes sometimes.  However, I very lazily slept in two days this week, not even going to the dining room until dinner!  I did get up and read, played on the computer, and enjoyed going with the flow.  It reminded me of my days before I moved into this residence. 

Then I realized something.  My life in retirement was supposed to be about doing what I want and when I want to do it.  No alarm clocks or schedules.  So having to get up at the beckoning sound on my phone, get dressed, and go OUT, even if it is just down the hall to the dining room…was starting to feel constrictive.  So I decided to give myself permission to do what I want at least two days a week. 

This morning I turned off the alarm, but decided to get up anyway an hour later.  So here I am, writing this post and actually ready to go to the dining room in 45 minutes.

Let’s grab some coffee…I haven’t had any yet!  And check out my week.


Tuesday Excerpts:  “Confessions on the 7:45”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Adding to the Hoard…

Bookish Wednesday…

A Bookish Delight on the Backlog…

Bookish Friday:  “All the Best Lies”

Sunday Potpourri:  A Quest for Coffee…

Review:  The Library of Lost and Found, by Phaedra PatrickReview:  Confessions on the 7:45, by Lisa UngerReview:  Rage, by Bob Woodward



Empty mailbox…but I downloaded two e-books:

Invisible Girl, by Lisa Jewell

Return to Virgin River, by Robyn Carr


CURRENTLY READING:  Remain Silent, by Susie Steiner

I have enjoyed previous books in the series, so I bought this one in June.  Time to read it!  So far, so good.

An immigrant’s mysterious death sets off a chilling hunt for the truth in this gripping crime novel from the author of Missing, Presumed, featuring a “delightful protagonist who deserves a place alongside other beloved literary detectives” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).


That was my week…better than usual, and I credit the more relaxed week with giving myself permission to “go with the flow” a little bit. My lunch reflected that attitude:



  1. I hope you enjoy The Return to Virgin River, should be a good light read. Yes doing what you want is good and sleeping in when you can is great too. I wonder do we ever really “get to do what we want!”

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  2. Good for you for letting loose a little! I think it’s good to go with the flow and I think we forget to do that a lot in life. I hope your week ahead is a good one, and I like the look of the Lisa Jewell book!

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  3. Mareli Thalwitzer

    My Granny was a lovely lady who spoke her mind as she wanted, did what she wanted and ate whatever she want. That was when she was about 80 years old already. I’ve asked her once why she does it and she said that she played by the rules for long enough. She’s now at the age where she will do as she please.

    So go for it! Schedules does provide security and purpose yes, but it’s fun to break the rules every now and then.

    Have a good week, read some great books and break another rule. Just for fun.

    Here’s my latest post: The Sunday Post #15

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    1. Thanks, Mareli, and I love the sound of your granny! I want to be like her when I grow up…lol. Oh, wait, I am almost at that age!

      Relaxing the rules feels right for me now…in fact I am taking the day off today. Sunday feels like a great day to do it. I will go down for dinner later.

      Enjoy your books and your week!


    1. Thanks, Mary, I am so looking forward to the new Robyn Carr, although I do have a few of her summer reads still waiting on my Kindle! I have a feeling Virgin River will have my attention first.

      I turned off the alarm today, too! It will be a quiet day, with the housekeeper coming in the early afternoon to clean. I stay put and visit with her when she comes…I think we both enjoy it. I will have her get my autumn wreath out from my under-the-bed storage. I am afraid to get down on my knees to pull it out…in case I can’t get up again! LOL.

      Enjoy your week!

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  4. Oh yes – you have earnt the right to turn off the alarm and go with the flow, Laurel:)). I hope you have another relaxing week, where you do what you decide what your needs are, rather leaving that decision to the clock…

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  5. I always find some books to add to my TBR list when I read your posts.
    I’m retired since 2012 and find I am up earlier and in a better mood than when I had to go to work.
    I do have to give myself permission not to get dressed, though….and only on the weekend!!

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  6. Yes, you definitely need time to do whatever you want to do including turning off the alarm clock. Good for you!

    Your books all look so good. Invisible Girl has my interest. I think I’ll have to add that to my list. Hope you have a great week!

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  7. Susan

    I think you should sleep in ! It’s quite dark in the mornings now & perfect to stay in bed & read. It’s gotten cold here recently – so we surely don’t want to get up. You were so productive this past week — you are putting me to shame. Keep up the good work. ps. We watched the Netflix movie about The Trial of the Chicago 7 …. I think it was just okay … but still an interesting piece of history.

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    1. I have added The Trial of the Chicago 7 to my Netflix queue, so I’m ready to start watching it. I am currently viewing additional episodes of Wentworth, the Australian prison show. When I first started watching, I wasn’t sure I was up to it…all the prison violence. But then the connections between the women grabbed me again, and now I am binging it.

      Thanks for visiting, Susan. I definitely want to relax more and I do love sleeping in a little.


  8. You are exactly right; you are retired and you can come and go when and where you please. That’s, for me, one of the great joys of being finished with working.

    Didn’t you have a great blogging week! Lots of posts. And I’m quite interested in at least one of the books you read. I think I’ll take a look at your review of Library of Lost and Found. I can rarely pass up a book with “library” in the title.

    Have a lovely week!

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    1. Thanks, Laura, at my age, I should be able to make choices with my schedule, and I won’t let the Pandemic ruin everything!

      I am loving my reading this week, and I’m eager to read Invisible Girl. Enjoy your week!


  9. Kathy Martin

    Very seldom having to set an alarm is the best part of retirement for me. I like to be able to live by my own schedule – with just a little input from my brother. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  10. Cheese and crackers are always a good meal for me. I am glad that you are allowing yourself to relax on scheduling. Someday I might get there. 🙂 I plan to check several of your reviews this week. Nice new additions too. Happy Reading!

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  11. thebrowneyedbookworm

    I love going with the flow and hate my alarm clock with a passion!!! Also, I have so many great memories when it comes to the Virgin River Series – enjoy your read!!!!

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