WEEKLY UPDATES: A GOOD WEEK…

Good morning! Today’s post will link up to The Sunday Salon and The Sunday Post 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.

It has been a pretty good week, with good books, movies, etc.  I read and reviewed two books, and both were memorable.  Seven blog posts helped me connect with other bloggers.  And I started watching Shrill, on Hulu.

I got my newest bookshelf, and had fun setting it up.  I am adding books, photos, etc., and feeling blissful!

Today we will be enjoying a Mother’s Day brunch.  I’m not sure what that will be like, but I hope there are mimosas!  LOL.

What are the rest of you enjoying today?  I am sending positive thoughts to all mothers who will be celebrating somewhere.

Let’s take a closer look at my week.

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Perfect Daughter”

Tuesday Potpourri:  A Book Bonanza…

WWW Post…

Coffee Chat:  Memorable Moments…

Another Rediscovery…

Anniversary Thoughts…

Bookish Friday:  “The Next Wife”

Review:  When I Last Saw You, by Bette Lee Crosby

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Review:  Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson

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INCOMING BOOKS:

What a bonanza of books I got this week!  I can’t wait to read them.

Family Reunion, by Nancy Thayer

Find You First, by Linwood Barclay

Hour of the Witch, by Chris Bohjalian

Six Weeks to Live, by Catherine McKenzie

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Perfect Daughter, by D.J. Palmer

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I am typing this at 5:55 in the morning, having awakened at 4:30, after which I had my shower and made my coffee. Now I might be ready for the day…and another week!

What did your week look like? Here’s a glimpse of my progress in filling up my newest shelf.

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COFFEE CHAT: MEMORABLE MOMENTS…

Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

  • I am having my Coffee Chat a day early, in honor of the new bookshelf (below), an excitement that I am eager to share.

  • I haven’t filled it up yet, and actually moved a few books from my other shelf.  But I just couldn’t wait to finish reading all of my TBR books.  And I had to bring over a decorative box and some photos from other places, not to mention one of my mugs.
  • I am having my second cup of coffee while visiting blogs…today I am participating in WWW Wednesdays.
  • I recently finished reading When I Last Saw You, by Bette Lee Crosby, a book I loved.
  • Now I am reading Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson.  It has grabbed me and is holding me hostage!
  • I had a lovely visit with Fiona on Sunday…now she is off on her adventure and I am trying not to cry!  Her boyfriend seems really nice.  Let’s hope so, anyway!  LOL
  • Her mom posted this lovely “old photo” of the two of them, from years ago, along with a lovely poem about missing her.
  • Why do lovely moments have to be mixed with sad ones?  I guess that’s life, right?  I am just happy to have those good moments and the memories afterwards.
  • Today I can share that I may have mastered the linking process at Block Editor!  Let’s hope I didn’t speak too soon!
  • For the last two days, I have not gone to the dining room.  I am enjoying doing things in my apartment and reading lovely books.  I probably should go, today, and I actually planned to go yesterday…but then the bookshelf arrived and I couldn’t leave until it was set up in my apartment!

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What has your week brought you so far?

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REVIEW: WHEN I LAST SAW YOU, BY BETTE LEE CROSBY

Georgia, 1968 – Margaret Rose McCutcheon has just buried her husband and must now name a beneficiary for their estate in case of her demise. She is hard-pressed to do so because there is no one. No children. No family. At least none to speak of. At one time, she had two sisters and six brothers, but the lot of them were scattered to the four winds, with no one knowing where the others went. In the hope of finding at least one of her siblings, Margaret hires a detective and sets off on a journey to uncover the truth of why the family broke apart as it did.

West Virginia, 1901 – When Eliza Hobbs gives birth to her sixth child, her husband is not there to welcome his daughter into the world. No surprise, because Martin is seldom there. He works in Charleston and returns to Coal Creek only when he has a mind to. Yes, he sends money on occasion, but seldom enough to make ends meet. Although Eliza believes each new child a blessing, he sees them as yet another responsibility on his already overloaded shoulders. When he discovers another child is on the way, he demands she get rid of it. he stops returning home and there is no more money.

Left with the children, a mountainside patch of land, and a house in sorry need of repair, Eliza seeks help and turns to someone powerful enough to hold sway over Martin and force him into providing for his family. Pushed to the brink, Martin does something unforgivable and the family is forever torn apart.

Now, after all these years, will Margaret be the one to find the pieces of her broken family?
 
 
 
 
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When I Last Saw You begins with Margaret dealing with the loss of her husband, which includes going through paperwork and discovering interesting details of what her husband had tried to do for her. Curious about why he didn’t pursue the investigation he had started, she reaches out to the last investigator, Tom Bateman. He wasn’t that interested in pursuing the case, but when they met up, she was able to persuade him to try.

From that point on, we follow Margaret and Tom as they pursue the trail of clues leading them to possibilities they had never imagined. Would Margaret find her family? Would the connection that has developed between her and Tom turn into something more than the working relationship?

The story had sad and heartfelt moments, and I laughed, cried, and held my breath as I waited to see what would finally happen.

I loved this book, so of course it earned 5 stars.
 
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WEEKLY UPDATES: MOVING FORWARD…

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 skidded by, and I have only read and reviewed two books!  But I enjoyed them.  I also wrote seven blog posts.   The rest of the time, I rearranged stuff in my bathroom and other areas…getting ready for a new bookshelf coming soon!  Today I hope to spend time with my granddaughter Fiona, who is moving to Wyoming for the summer, to work in a resort.  I will miss her!

I continued watching Cruel Summer on Hulu.

Let’s grab some coffee and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts: “That Summer”

Hump Day Reading…

Switcheroo on Rainy Days Ahead…

Plumbing the Depths…Again

Coffee Chat:  Favorite Things…

Bookish Friday:  “Fallout”

Goodbye to April

Review:  Cleaving, by Julie Powell – (Nonfiction Reading Challenge)

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Review:  That Summer, by Jennifer Weiner – (NG – 5/11/21)

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty physical mailbox!  But I just received a pre-ordered e-book!

The Next Wife, by Kaira Rouda

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There is no limit to the lies, suspicion, and secrets that can poison the perfect marriage in this twisting novel of suspense by USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda.

CURRENTLY READING:

When I Last Saw You, by Bette Lee Crosby – (for review)

From USA Today Bestselling Author Bette Lee Crosby comes a powerful southern saga based on a true story… Betrayal and secrets tore her family apart decades ago, now a lonely widow must search for the pieces of her broken childhood.

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That was my week! What did yours look like? Here is my new bookshelf, headed my way:

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COFFEE CHAT: FAVORITE THINGS…

Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

Today I have been enjoying an old movie, triggered by a book I found on my TBR shelves:  Fallout, by Sara Paretsky.

  • Naturally I had to search the Internet for an old favorite movie, based on the series:  V.I. Warshawski, starring Kathleen Turner.  There is something so tough and appealing about this character, and Kathleen Turner does it so well.  Because the movie is set in the 1990s, there are interesting furnishings in her apartment in Chicago, like an old hall tree, landlines in bright red, and red high heel shoes that are a special fetish of the character.
  • I have seen the movie many times, and even owned the VHS tape, back in the day.  Now it is on Amazon Prime!
  • Do you enjoy plumbing the depths for old books and movies?  The book I have yet to read (from the series) is not that old, but now I am sure that it will take me back to times I enjoy.
  • My other obsessions this week have included changing around my bathroom and bedroom…so that I can finally add another bookshelf!
  • In order to fit the bookshelf in, I had to move a few things into the bathroom, like the chest of drawers that had been in the spot now designated for the shelf.
  • Now…for word on my Block Editor efforts!  I think I have figured out a few tricks that work for me!  Let’s hope they are not simply a fluke.

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How is your week going?  Are you enjoying special books, movies, or outings?  I am also planning an outing with my granddaughter for Saturday, as she is moving to Wyoming for the summer!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: CHUGGING ALONG…

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.

It is time to look back at my week…and struggle once again with the uncertainty of Block Editor.  I just posted a review that went very smoothly, but here I am already finding myself without the proper tricks to link the images.  So I will give up that part of the process for now.  I have read and reviewed three books and written seven blog posts.

On Hulu I started watching Cruel Summer, which I think I will enjoy.

On Wednesday, I had lunch with a friend at Mimi’s!  An almost normal life.

So now let’s take a closer look at my reading and blogging.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Smash-Up”

Tuesday Potpourri: Bookish Delights…

Hump Day Reading…

Dolls & Books, Etc.

Another Hidden Treasure…

Bookish Friday:  “Her Three Lives”

Friday Changes…

Review:  Too Good To Be True, by Carola Lovering

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Review:  Thief of Souls, by Brian Klingborg – (NG-5/4/21)

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Review:  The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

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INCOMING BOOKS: 

Empty physical mailbox!  I did download three e-books.

The Perfect Daughter, by D.J. Palmer

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The Last Night in London, by Karen White

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Her Three Lives, by Cate Holahan

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CURRENTLY READING:  Cleaving, by Julie Powell – for the Nonfiction Reading Challenge

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That was my week.  Maybe I will eventually master all the aspects of Block Editor, but for today, I will accept what I can do…and move on.  Enjoy the week!  Another new doll has joined the family (Paisley, left, next to Pippa).

 

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COFFEE CHAT: NORMALCY?

Good morning!  Let’s gather around with our caffeinated beverages to chat about our weeks, our books, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous to see what others are sharing.

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  • Another week of reading, viewing, and an outing!  I do love those outings, and now that I’ve been out three times to local restaurants (downsized capacity), I am feeling ALMOST normal…
  • Yesterday a friend and I went to Mimi’s, and I should have taken a photo…but I still thoroughly enjoyed the salmon salad.  No photos available online!
  • I am still struggling with Block Editor!  Sometimes, the posts flow nicely and all the links work…and then at other times, I am floundering!
  • This week, I have finished two books so far,  Too Good To Be True and Thief of Souls, and my third book, The Smash-Up is keeping me intrigued.
  • I wonder if Mother’s Day will bring some celebrations?  I haven’t heard anything from my daughter, the only one of my “kids” living in town.  She has mentioned styling my hair soon.  Hmm.
  • I changed the blog header on Snow Sparks, to feature two of my newest dolls: Poppy and Paisley…

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  • I really hate having to maneuver with these blocks, so I’m going to close for now!  I hope everyone is having a great week!

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WEEKLY UPDATES: ANOTHER WEEK OF READING & BLOGGING…

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.

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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.

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LET’S LOOK AT THE WEEK ON MY BLOGS:

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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INCOMING BOOKS:

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

When the Stars Go Dark, by Paula McLain

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

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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.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: HAPPY SPRING DAYS…

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.

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Another week has skipped along, with not much to show for it. Except I did read and review two books and write eight blog posts.

Plus…I have been practicing on Block Editor, despite how frustrating that has been.

I finished watching the first season of Emily in Paris, which was a delightful experience.

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

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri…

Mastering the Link…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Watch Her Fall”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Bookish…

WWW Reading…

Change & How It Affects Us…

Treasure Discovered…

Bookish Friday:  “Mother May I”

Review:  A Million Reasons Why, by Jessica Strawser

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Review:  The Perfect Marriage, by Adam Mitzner

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INCOMING BOOKS:

Empty physical mailbox!  But I did download one NetGalley ARC…and two purchased e-books.

NetGalley:

Skye Falling, by Mia McKenzie (Release Date – 7/27/21)

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Downloaded Purchases:

The Smash-Up, by Ali Benjamin

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Mother May I, by Joshilyn Jackson

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CURRENTLY READING: Life & Other Inconveniences, by Kristan Higginsone of my backlog books!

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That was my week.  As you can probably tell, I have not totally succeeded with image links…but some of them worked out!

What did your week look like?  Now I will enjoy some more coffee…and a mimosa.

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CHANGE & HOW IT AFFECTS US…

I am struggling. I know how to add the links to the images, but when I open the post and try to maneuver, the blocks leap around and make the task impossible. Except that sometimes it works. Sigh.

Meanwhile, however, I am thinking that links to my images are not as important as the links I apply to the book titles, etc. Right?

Has anyone else found the task insurmountable at times?

The simplest things are difficult. Like creating a “quote” of a paragraph. Finding the right block, but then discovering that it eludes me. Escapes me.

I am deciding what to focus on when I write a post. Can my images exist without links? Yes, I think they can.

As long as my book titles take us to the sites where our products are purchased and where readers can find our reviews.

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What do you think about the newest WordPress changes? Are they worth all the hassle?

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Check out Bookishly Boisterous to See What Others Are Chatting About.

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