Good morning!  It’s just another Hump Day, but it’s a good time to have another cup of coffee and ponder bookish/family things.

Last week, as some might recall, I had a birthday.  We won’t mention the number of birthdays I’ve had, but I especially enjoyed this one, with brunches, lunches, and an Amazon gift card.  Among other things.

Here are some things I got with my gift card: the two books in the foreground, of course, and a lovely new watch. (I go through watches like the quick passage of time).



I ordered hardcovers of these two books, Home and Another Brooklyn, as I love having a few pretty books on my shelves.

Today, a friend is treating me to a belated birthday lunch at Mimi’s.





Halloween came after my birthday, of course, just as it does every year.  I loved these little step-great-grandchildren and their costumes.  They are, L to R, Bella, Lilly, and Maddix.



Their father, my step-grandson Spencer, is in this picture:




I think the kids have a “cops and robbers” theme going on.


From Halloween 2015, I found this photo of my daughter (on the right) and some friends at the local bar and grill.




Could the fact of Halloween following so closely after my birthday have been the reason I was called “punkin” as a kid?  Or could this be the reason?





And, speaking of pumpkins….




Sometimes our destiny is shaped early on…lol

Speaking of destiny, I couldn’t resist sharing this photo of my great-niece, Margaret, showing us her early desire to read whatever she can get her hands on:




So…off to get ready for my lunch….and I’ll be taking my current read with me, via Pippa.

In Twenty Years, by Allison Winn Scotch, is a story of friendships gone awry.





What are you pondering on this Hump Day morning?  Reading something delightful?

I am linking up to West Metro Mommy Reads for Saturday Snapshot.






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Last night was one of those restless ones…I kept thinking about what I wanted to do today.  Planning, making lists…it’s hard to sleep when that’s going on.

So now it’s Hump Day, and we’re nearing the end of September.  It’s officially Fall, which is my favorite season—and not just because my birthday is coming up in October.

I love the new TV shows unfurling themselves for us to enjoy.  A new season of Castle; another season of Parenthood, which I feared would not return, since the shows I love are often cancelled; and a really exciting new show called Ringer, on the CW.

And one of my all-time favorites that didn’t return this season is enjoying a new life of reruns on Soap Net (Brothers and Sisters).

These are just a few favorites, and I’m very happy to have a DVR, since I’m often too wiped out to watch them all at night.

This week is Banned Books Week, and we’re reflecting on those books that have been banned/challenged over the years, and telling those folks (whoever and wherever they are!) that we’re not going to stop reading them!

I’m rereading The Handmaid’s Tale, which is on the list…and I just finished Cat’s Eye (review), another book by this author.  Fabulous!

Today I’m reading something entirely different (and not banned) about the New York real estate market (Hot Property).

Later on, I should go to the gym, since I missed yesterday…sigh.  But I’m feeling lazy.  Maybe I should just put in a round on my exercise bike while watching Castle and Parenthood.  What do you think?

What are you planning for the day?  I’d love to have you stop by and chat…bring some coffee (or a Mimosa!).