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.


What a great week I had!  Only two books read and  reviewed, and six blog posts written, but I enjoyed some outings and lots of time relaxing in my apartment.

Today I had lunch with my youngest son, whom I hadn’t seen for more than two years!

Packages continue to arrive from Amazon, including this sweet Anne of Green Gables mug that I set atop my bookshelf.

framed shelf and mug



Tuesday Excerpts: “Thief of Souls”

Tuesday Potpourri: Book Love…

WWW Reading…

Hump Day Potpourri…

Another Hidden Treasure…

Bookish Friday: “When the Stars Go Dark”

Review:  Blood Orange, by Harriet Tyce

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Review:  Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higgins

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Empty physical mailbox!  I did download one e-book.

When the Stars Go Dark, by Paula McLain


CURRENTLY READING: Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

too good to be true


That was my week! What did yours look like? As usual, I am struggling with Block Editor, even though I managed to work with it all week! Enjoying a glass of wine this afternoon.

framed wine on friday



  1. Literary Feline

    It sounds like you had a lovely week, Laurel-Rain. I am glad you were able to get out and about and also visit your son. Too Good to Be True sounds really good. I hope you are enjoying it. Today was all dance and rehearsals, but I am hoping I can talk my family into going to the citrus park tomorrow just to get us out in this beautiful weather. I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Getting out to a park sounds wonderful, Wendy! I am enjoying my restaurant outings…I’ve been to THREE since they slightly lifted our restrictions.

      I am enjoying my book…and hope to hang out in my apartment all day, reading and viewing.

      Have a great day!


  2. So good that you enjoyed a visit with your son, things are improving. I love Anne of Green Gables things. Funny how they appeal. I’ve just ordered some Anne of Green Gables fabric and I will probably make a quilt and keep it for myself!!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn, in my previous apartment I had some of the Anne of Green Gables books and also some Nancy Drew. Reminders of childhood that got left behind, sigh. But I have some photos!

      I think your quilt sounds lovely. Enjoy!

      The visit was great, and while we hadn’t seen each other for more than two years, we regularly text and connect on Facebook. But, as I realized yesterday, it’s not the same!

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    1. Thanks, Greg, even though he lives closer than my Prague son, it’s a long drive (11 hours) and the past year has stifled us all in many ways. We do regularly text and connect on FB, but that isn’t the same, is it?

      Enjoy your week, and I am eager to read the new book.


  3. How wonderful that you’ve been able enjoy time out and about, and especially that you were able to see your youngest son after two years! This week I enjoyed my first lunch out in a pub garden with friends, after four months and that was exciting enough for me! 😊Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

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  4. How lovely that you were able to have lunch with your son. Little steps on the road back to normality, I hope. For my own part, I was able to make my first trip to a bookshop this week. It was lovely just to be able to browse and of course I couldn’t leave without purchasing a few books 😀

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    1. Thanks, Mary, I felt so blessed to have this family time, which is so rare. Even though we regularly text and connect on FB, it’s not the same.

      I am looking forward to the new book! Have a great week.


  5. I am so glad that you were able to see your son. It’s a persistent ache that never quite goes away – absent family members… I haven’t seen my son now for over a year, since he moved to L.A. and I’ve no clue when I’ll see him next.

    In the meantime, I’m delighted you were able to get together and also have some outings:)). I hope the coming week is another fabulous one, Laurel:).

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, since we have been regularly texting and occasionally calling by phone, the absence didn’t feel as deep…until I saw him in person and realized how much we had been missing! We tend to accept what we can’t change, but I am tired of doing that! Aren’t we all?

      Anyway, I chattered like crazy, enjoying it tremendously.

      Now I can’t wait for the next time.

      Enjoy your week and your next get-togethers.

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      1. That’s lovely. Robbie isn’t a great one for lots of chatting – but that’s fine. It’s how he is. And I know when I see him again, it will be like Christmas and my birthday all rolled into one.

        That’s how it felt seeing my daughter and the children:))). I hope you have a lovely week with some more get-togethers, too.

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  6. I’m so glad you had a chance to see your son, especially after such a long time between visits. Seeing family always makes a world of difference. Your books look good. Enjoy them. I hope you have a great week!

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  7. I’m so glad you got to see your son. I haven’t seen my Mom since October 2019 but she moved to Florida early this year so now she lives only 5 miles from my brother and he sees her every week. It’s about 12 hours away for me and maybe we will be able to visit this year. We are all vaccinated now. I’m glad you had some good reads this week!

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  8. Victoria Hamel

    I’m so glad you got to see your son. I haven’t seen my parents since 2019 as well so I am looking forward to a vacation in August where we will finally get to visit!

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    1. Thanks, Melinda, what would we do without the possibilities of time with family…soon? The hope is keeping me upbeat.

      I hope you get to see your dad soon.

      I used to have a short stack of Anne of Green Gables books…and Nancy Drew, too.


  9. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    Yay for seeing family again after along time! Sometimes it is important to have a week that is more outside than inside a book. ‘Too Good to be True’ sounds amazing, I’ve already got it on my list but I need to get to it asap! I hope you have a lovely week and do drop by my Monday post if you have the time! – Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  10. That IS a great week!! So happy you got to see your youngest son… two years seems like an eternity. And outings are always good, too. Today we are taking our daughter (the one who lives with us) to get her second shot, so in two weeks we’ll all be able to go out together. My “freedom” arrives on Thursday. Hope it’s another good week for you!

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    1. Thanks, JoAnn, I wasn’t even expecting him to show up here after all this time, but my granddaughter Fiona (his daughter) called me and told me. So happy we got to spend time together. He and his wife live at the far north tip of California.

      Enjoy your week! Glad you got to spend time with your daughter…and congrats on the full vaccination on the horizon.


  11. I’m so glad to hear you had a good week, it must have felt really good to see your son after all this time!
    Too Good To Be True is on my wishlist, I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  12. Your blocks look good! One thing I had preferred WP over Blogger for before was how there wasn’t so much built-in white space and you could have denser blocks of text. Now WP looks more like Blogger to me — more emphasis on images and too much space between lines and paragraphs. Oh, well! Change keeps the mind engaged, so they say. Glad you had a good week, even if light on reading and blogging! I think today was my first blog post in two weeks, so you’re doing better than me! 😉

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  13. My word, Anne of Green Gables is a blast from the past 😂. How lovely that your son was able to visit – particularly as a lot of Europe still has travel restrictions in place. Enjoy your books!

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    1. My European son hasn’t yet visited because of those restrictions. My youngest son was able to drive here from Northern California.

      I used to have some of the Anne of Green Gables books (and some Nancy Drew). I miss them! The mug is standing in for them, Louise.

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  14. I am so glad that you were able to visit with your son. Two years is a long time! We actually just made a plan to take my Mother in Law on a trip from her nursing home to see her new house. It may not work out since she has dementia and doesn’t always act predictably but I am looking forward to seeing her. I hope you enjoy your new book.

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    1. Thanks, Carole, reconnecting with family members has been the best part of being vaccinated and with fewer restrictions. We still have a long ways to go, however.

      Enjoy your week! I hope the trip goes well.


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