WEEKLY UPDATES: SOME PAMPERING & SOME 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.

 

Another good reading and blogging week…three books read and reviewed, and five blog posts written.  Today I woke up to a day of pampering, beginning with a mani and a hairstyling at my daughter’s salon.  A mimosa kept me hydrated while I awaited my turn for the styling wands.

 

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT MY WEEK:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “Killman Creek”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Happy Reading…

Renovating My Blogs…and My Shelves…

Coffee Chat:  More Settling In…

Bookish Friday:  “The Last Widow”

Review:  Object of My Affection, by Stephen McCauleyReview:  Good Luck with That, by Kristan HigginsReview:  Best Beach Ever, by Wendy Wax

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INCOMING BOOKS:

One book came in my mailbox…and another came via NetGalley:

Old Baggage, by Lissa Evans

The Look-Alike, by Erica Spindler – (NG-1/28/20)

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Purchased Downloads:

The Last Widow, by Karin Slaughter

My Ex-Best Friend’s Wedding, by Wendy Wax

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CURRENTLY READING:

The Long Call, by Ann Cleeves (NG – 9/3)

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That was my week.  What did yours look like?  No sweet desserts this week, but I found this lovely Red Velvet Cake from the past…

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BLISSFUL WEEK…

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!  Nice weather, for the most part.  I read and reviewed three engaging books, watched some movies, and spent Friday in the salon getting hair and nails done.  I was totally unplugged on Friday, enjoying the pampering and finishing my third book.  Movies viewed:  Green Book and If Beale Street Could Talk.  And on CBS All Access, I enjoyed The Good Fight. So…while March Madness took over the TV screens, it didn’t ruin my viewing.

I’m still feeling the book love from last night…so let’s grab more coffee (or tea) and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Liar’s Child”

Hump Day Reading….

Coffee Chat:  Books, Movies, & Memories…

Thursday Potpourri:  A Day to Ponder…

Bookish Friday:  “The Ash Family”

Review:  I Owe You One (e-book), by Sophie KinsellaReview:  The Liar’s Child (e-book), by Carla BuckleyReview:  Her One Mistake (e-book), by Heidi Perks

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!  I downloaded three e-books, though.

The Things We Cannot Say, by Kelly Rimmer

Back Stabbers (Country Club Murders #8), by Julie Mulhern

Maid, by Stephanie Land

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  I Invited Her In, by Adele Parks

An April NetGalley ARC:

The Ash Family, by Molly Dektar – (NG – 4/9)

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That was my week…what did yours look like?  Here is some comfort food I enjoyed on Friday (yummy pot roast and a glass of wine).

 

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WEEKLY UPDATES: BOOKS, BLOGGING, & A LITTLE PAMPERING…

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.

 

This past week brought eight blog posts and two books read and reviewed.  Yesterday I went in to my daughter’s salon to get my hair styled as part of a new weekly schedule.  Now I feel pampered.  We had lunch afterwards at Mad Duck.

 

Last night I binge-watched half of Grace and Frankie’s Season Five on Netflix.  I always love that show!  Last weekend, I watched On the Basis of Sex at the neighborhood theater…and I enjoyed pre-movie lunch at Yard House nearby.

I can’t believe January is almost over…and right after it comes February, the month when I go to the accountant to have my taxes done.  Not my favorite activity!

Today I have errands and shopping to do.  So, before moving forward, let’s grab some coffee or tea…and take a closer look at the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Sunday Potpourri:  Weekend Tidbits…

Tuesday Potpourri:  Rainy Days with Books…

Tuesday Excerpts:  “The Red Address Book”

Rainy Day Reading…

Coffee Chat:  Keeping the Darkness Away…

Serendipitous Moments:  A Look Back…

Thursday Potpourri:  Daily Routines…

Bookish Friday:  “The Liar’s Room”

Review:  Those Other Women, by Nicola MoriartyReview:  By the Book, by Julia Sonneborn

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INCOMING BOOKS:  (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty physical mailbox….But I received two NetGalley Review ARCs, and downloaded two purchased e-books.

Me for You (e-book), by Lolly Winston – (NG – 3/12/19)

The Ash Family (e-book), by Molly Dektar – (NG-4/9/19)

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Purchased Downloads:

The Liar’s Room (e-book), by Simon Lelic

Late in the Day (e-book), by Tessa Hadley

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  The Red Address Book, by Sofia Lundberg

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I have a list of “up next” books that I will pick up…depending on my mood.  I have completed the February NG ARCs, and don’t plan to start the March ones yet.

So…that is my bookish week.  What did yours look like?  The other night, I enjoyed this baked potato soup with a margarita.

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WEEKLY UPDATES: A RAINY DAY…AND READING…

 

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.

 

After last week’s great reading (five books!), it was inevitable that the following week would be less than impressive.  I only read  and reviewed TWO books, and I’m into the third one, which I may finish today.  But I’m savoring the books.

Also…the week included a series of outside activities, like a mani-pedi on Tuesday and hair styling on ThursdayBelow, left, I’m relaxing over a movie (Motherhood), with Uma Thurman, Minnie Driver, and Anthony Edwards.  On the right…see my new hair style sprinkled with more purple than last time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So…is it any wonder that the reading came in second place?  I also tackled some long overdue “spring cleaning.”

Today I’m finishing up some tasks…and then, because it is raining, I may curl up on my office sofa, where I feel so cozy.  Let’s grab some coffee and chat about the week.

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOGS:

Rainy Day Excerpts:  “The Affliction”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Borrow, Buy, & Request…

A Week of Savoring My Books…

Coffee Chat:  Random Bits of My Life…

Bookish Friday:  “The Garden of Small Beginnings”

Friday Potpourri:  Celebrating Spring…and Family…

Review:  Sometimes I Lie (e-book), by Alice FeeneyReview:  Saints for All Occasions, by J. Courtney Sullivan (Library book)

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INCOMING BOOKS: (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!

But…I did get one library book…and downloaded two e-books (purchased)

Library Book (via Libby @ Overdrive):

The Darkness Gathers (e-book, Lydia Strong #2), by Lisa Unger

Purchases:

Before I Let You Go (e-book), by Kelly Rimmer

True Stories from an Unreliable Eyewitness:  A Feminist Coming of Age (e-book), by Christine Lahti

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WHAT’S NEXT?

Currently Reading:  A Turn for the Bad (e-book, County Cork #3), by Sheila Connolly

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And then…I want to read my other library book before time runs out on it (The Darkness Gathers), and next I can start my May NetGalley ARCs, like:

Paris Ever After (e-book), by K.S.R. Burns (NG – 5/1)

Then wherever my moods take me.

That was my week…what did yours look like?  Last night I enjoyed one of my favorite comfort foods:  French Pot Roast.

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LET’S SHARE SOME COFFEE & PHOTOS….

What a beautiful spring morning we are having here!  I’m not going out to the patio with my laptop yet, since the “fresh” air brings out the itching, sneezing, etc., no matter what pills I take.

So it’s Coffee Morning inside, next to my books and Disney characters, and with my laptop.  Check in with Christine’s Bookishly Boisterous Post, and Saturday Snapshots this weekend.

 

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My collection of photos of grandchildren has been growing, along with some of grand-nieces and nephews.  Today I’m sharing a few of the “girls.”  Below, Aubrey, one of my granddaughters, hanging out with three of her friends.  She is a sophomore at San Diego State University, and is second from the left.  She is into sports, both watching and participating.

 

 

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On the other end of the age spectrum, little Miss Margaret, my grand-niece, is taking care of her dolls.  Her mother is my niece Emily.

 

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Now she is testing out the kitchen…

 

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Satisfied by her investigation, she sits back to bask in her discoveries…

 

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Now…moving on to another part of the state and another family of “nieces,” check out Amy (my niece)  and her daughter America enjoying a “girl day.”

 

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America’s “pedi”….she looks like she is totally relaxed.

 

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Finished results:

 

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I love a good mani-pedi, and had my own recently:

 

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My reading week is featured today over at my Hump Day Reading.

CURRENTLY READING:

I Found You, by Lisa Jewell, a book I’ve had on my stacks since last summer.

 

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Wait for the Rain (e-book), by Maria Murnane, a book from the author.

 

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Where has your journey taken you this week?

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