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After my Prague son returned home, and after the wonderful outings and activities were over, I had to return to something resembling my routines.  I did read and review two books and write four blog posts.  I cleaned, did laundry, and spent some time watching shows on my laptop and my TV.  The house was too quiet!

I discovered an old series I used to love called Garage Sale Mysteries, and found myself caught up in it, almost as if I had never seen these episodes.  I also listened to Ronan Farrow’s podcast Catch and Kill…and the additional parts of the documentary Allen vs. Farrow.  These extra episodes of the show were very interesting.

So here I am on a Saturday wondering what to read or do next.  Next week, I will resume having coffee with an old friend…we’re going to Barnes & Noble, an old hangout we haven’t visited in a while.

Now…let’s take a closer look at my week.








Review:  Left on Tenth, by Delia Ephron

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Review:  Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng

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Mad Honey, by Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

Our Missing Hearts, by Celeste Ng


CURRENTLY READING:  Mad Honey, by Jodi Picoult


That was my week.  Empty house, an attempt to resume my routines, and a little bit of angst about moving on from what was a wonderful family time.  Now I look forward to recreating my usual life, while remembering those wonderful bonding days.  Below, my No. 2 son celebrated his birthday with two of his adult children at a Dodger’s game.

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  1. The hellos, followed by the goodbye. It always strikes me as something that touches our hearts and rightly so when we value the people we love and have just spent time with. Sounds like a good trip planned to Barnes and Noble next week. Enjoy it.

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  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    I get that your schedule now feels empty! But I hope that outing at Barnes and Noble with your friend will help! Also I am curious about what you’ll think of Jodi and Celeste’s books!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth, it has been especially hard seeing my eldest son go back to Prague, as I hadn’t seen him for three years. But he is hoping to visit again next year, this time with his wife.

      I am looking forward to Barnes & Noble…haven’t been there in a long while.

      Enjoy your week!

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  3. Enjoy the visit at B&N. I took my granddaughters there last week – so much fun. I also wanted to let you know I listened to Left on Tenth over the weekend. Thanks for recommending! I was able to download the audio from my library. Ephron read it which made it all the more interesting.

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  4. I feel a bit of sadness now that I have returned home from visiting my son in Chicago and my son in North Texas. We had such a good time together. I wish so much that we lived closer. I bet you do, too.

    But it is nice to return to our routines. You read some great books, and now you have your bookstore outing to look forward to. I want to go to B&N soon, too.

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  5. For years we lived far from our boys but about 10 years ago we moved back to the Seattle area where they are and I have to say it’s SO great to live in the same time. Of course, they are busy with their lives, but I do get to spend time with them every couple months which didn’t happen when we lived further away – once every couple years was the average. So, I feel your let down when they’re gone. Thank goodness for friends and coffee! Hope you have a terrific week and find time to curl up with a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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  6. It is hard when family goes home! A quiet house is a bit of an adjustment. My mom feels that way too, she lives alone and my aunts came to see hre and when they left she was lonely!

    I might need to try Celeste Ng one of these days

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  7. It’s always so hard to say goodbye to family members and friends after a few days etc. together.

    I think I’ve seen Garage Sale Mysteries on the Hallmark channel. I may check it out since my mom and I used to love going to garage sales. Sadly she’s gone but I still love going, although I get sad that she’s not with me. I’ve never seen anything on Hallmark that I didn’t love.

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  8. Kathy Martin

    Nice looking books. I hope you can get back to your routine now that the visits are done for a while. You have so many memories to reflect on which is a wonderful thing. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  9. Literary Feline

    Saying goodbye even for a little while can be hard–the quiet of the house after is always a little sad, isn’t it? Our Missing Hearts sounds so good. I hope you are enjoying Mad Honey. Have a great week, Laurel-Rain!

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  10. I had a quiet, but not that productive weekend. Our next family gathering time won’t be until Thanksgiving, but that’s probably going to come faster than I think! I dread the work week to come, but at least it’s only four days, since today was a Monday holiday!

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  11. So nice to get the family visit … then you do have to get used to the pre-visit routine. Glad you enjoyed some series watching and some good reading.
    Left on Tenth has an interesting title. I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    Have a good week and Happy Reading this week!

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  12. A suddenly quiet house is always a bit hard to get used to but I’m glad you found some things to help distract you. I love The Garage Sale Mysteries! I keep hoping they’ll make more now that Lori Laughlin seems to be back in Hallmark’s good graces. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Nai, I started experiencing the kids leaving once they went away to school. But usually they weren’t that far away. I will never get used to the one who is across the ocean!

      Enjoy them while they are there, and maybe they will stay close to home.


  13. It can be tough after such a good family visit … with down time … but it sounds like you’re getting back into the routine groove. We’ve been watching the TV series “Bad Sisters” on AppleTV … Have you seen that one? It’s a bit different but seems entertaining. Enjoy your week.

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  14. suzanjackson65

    Ah, a quiet house sounds wonderful!! My husband just retired, and I haven’t yet adjusted to my new shadow 🙂

    I like both Picoult and Boylan, so I can’t wait to read this new joint novel. And I have never read any of Ng’s novels, so I need to get busy!

    Enjoy your week and your meet-up with your friend.

    Book By Book

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