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 has sped by, and I have read and reviewed THREE books.  A great week overall, as we have now been allowed out of the community for outings with friends and family.  I had coffee and croissants with a friend on Thursday. On Monday, I’ll be able to go out to have lunch (and a margarita) with my daughter.

On Friday night, we had our first entertainment/Happy Hour, which offered a wonderful look back into the past.

My other activities:  more viewing, including old comfort movies like The Bedroom Window and Extremities.

Let’s grab another cup of coffee and take a closer look at the week:


Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Good Sister”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Yay for Books

Hump Day Reading…

From the Backlog…

Bookish Friday:  “Are We There Yet?”

Saturday Potpourri:  Obsessions…

Review:  Kamala’s Way, by Dan MorainReview:  The Good Sister, by Sally Hepworth (NG-4/13/21)Review:  Unfaithful, by Natalie Barelli


I received one book in my physical mailbox…and downloaded two e-books.

Cleaving, by Julie Powell


Are We There Yet?, by Kathleen West

The Upstairs House, by Julia Fine



Let Her Lie, by Bryan Reardon

In New York Times bestselling author Bryan Reardon’s captivating thriller, a dejected filmmaker lets his curiosity get the best of him and plunges into a web of depravity and danger from which there might be no escape.


That was my week.  What did yours look like?  This week I added a cute little rag doll to my collection:



  1. Yay for getting out! Just in time for spring ha. It was beautiful here today, I can only imagine what it’s like our your way. And I love old movies. 🙂

    Be well and have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, I “lost” several of my dolls in the move, so I am slowly adding a few small ones. Soon the place will be as “cluttered” as my daughter described my previous place. LOL

      As long as I don’t trip over anything, I’m good.

      The outings have lifted my spirits, although it will be a while before we can truly enjoy restaurants and shops. Sigh.

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  2. Great news about the prospect of lunch with your daughter, and that margarita! Here in the UK we’re still only allowed to meet up with one other person outside our household but only in a outside public place, such as a park. And no prospect of getting a haircut – or more importantly- visiting a bookshop until 12th April at the earliest.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy, I am not sure where we will be able to go, as most restaurants have shut down…I think something with an outside patio will work. As long as they serve real Margaritas. LOL

      But since I haven’t been anywhere outside this facility for a year except for one visit to Kaiser to get bloodwork done…everything will feel wonderful.

      Enjoy your week.

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  3. Great to hear you’ve enjoyed three books and a trip out with a friend! Definitely feels like normalcy is nearer now. Plus your new ragdoll is very cute! 😊This week I got my first dose of the vaccine; enjoyed a walk in a local nature reserve and started reading the turn-of-the-century classic A Room With a View by E.M. Forster. 😃 Take care, happy reading and enjoy seeing those margaritas with your daughter in the coming week! 🍹

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    1. Thanks, Jessica, the year has been great with wonderful books and movies, and filling my apartment with “cute” things has helped.

      I have realistic expectations about what I will be able to do in the weeks ahead.

      Enjoy your books and your viewing.

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    1. Yum, Erin, just reading the words and visualizing those margaritas…I can’t wait! Although the spicy food will have to be eaten carefully, as I haven’t completely regained my ability to digest some foods. Sigh.

      When I watch movies with people enjoying those things, I almost forget that small portions will be required.

      Did you ever see Julie and Julia?


  4. Trin Carl

    I’m glad that you were able to get out a bit. I was able to make it to a pizzeria with my sister and it was the first outer circle outing and I told my sister “If you haven’t gained weight during this time, you might be psycho.::”

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    1. A-ha! The weight gain is a side effect of the past year for lots of people, Trin. Luckily I didn’t gain a lot, since my clothes still fit. LOL.

      The pizzeria sounds wonderful!

      Enjoy your week, and thanks for stopping by.


  5. Anne Bennett

    We are about three weeks away from being able to meet in small groups with others who are also double vaccinated. Can’t wait. Have a good lunch and margarita with your daughter!

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  6. I bet that it feels wonderful to be able to do some of the things that you enjoyed before the pandemic started. I think that we will all appreciate everything just a little more going forward. It sounds like you had a great reading week. I hope you have a terrific week!

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  7. It is wonderful to hear that you are able to get out more. Doesn’t coffee with a friend sound fabulous? And a margarita? It’s been so long.

    You’ve got some books on the table that look like they will be good reads. Let Her Lie. The Upstairs House. Hope you enjoy both of these.

    The future is starting to look more promising!

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  8. Restrictions are finally being relaxed a little her in the UK too, although if you could see the stupid way people are acting and abusing a little freedom, you might not wonder why I am still a little reticent about venturing out. Also, mainland Europe is experiencing a new and deadly third wave of Covid and the general consensus is that we will get some of the backlash here too – so watch this space!

    You have some great sounding books in your mailbox this week and I shall be interested to see what you think about ‘Let Her Lie’ as that one sounds intriguing and quite different!

    Enjoy your week and meeting with your family 🙂

    Yvonne xx

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  9. Kathy Martin

    It’s nice to be able to get out and about. Such a mood lifter! I’m still staying close to home with trips to the grocery store being my outings. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  10. Izabel Brekilien

    Going out for lunch and having a margarita, I can almost remember what it felt like ! I heard good things about the Julia Fine and the Kathleen West, enjoy 🙂

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  11. Susan

    Well perhaps by the time you get this … you will have had your much deserved margarita. Gosh it’ll be great for you to be out at a restaurant again. It must be wonderful. Here’s to many more margaritas in the future! Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, and it was surreal being out of the residence where I live, after a whole year! I had one “outing” in November, to have bloodwork done at the doctor’s. LOL

      I found myself looking around at everyone, wondering what to do next. Of course, the margarita led the way!


  12. Cheryl Malandrinos

    You rag doll is adorable.

    I am glad to hear you can wander out these days. Mass has loosened up some restrictions, so we are getting a bit closer to normal.

    All of your books this week sound like ones I would enjoy. Hope you do, too.

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  13. Juli Witte

    Yay I’m so glad you’re able to go out and about again! And there is nothing quite like rewatching old comfort movies! I think I’ve got ‘The Upstairs House’ waiting for me as well, can’t wait to dig in! I hope you enjoy all of your reads and thank you for dropping by my blog 🙂
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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