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.


The slightly cooler weather gives me hope of actual fall days coming soon.  It is supposed to be 85 today…but then 95 tomorrow.  The week flew by, however, and looking back, I am hard pressed to point out any one thing that made it so hectic.  There were appointments, of course, and those usually consume the days.

I only finished reading and reviewing two books this week, but I’m halfway through the third one.  My Read the Books You Buy Challenge total:  63!

The Bloggiesta week ended with this wrap-up post:  Bloggiesta:  Finito!

Netflix:  Still watching Offspring, now on Season 5; and Longmire’s 5th Season arrived!  Hope to watch it this weekend.

Other activities included looking at houses in a neighboring village.  I imagine a different kind of home, with beautiful floors and an updated kitchen.  But then I look around at my STUFF (there is still a lot, despite my purges over the past couple of years)…and I feel hopelessly mired and unable to even get up and start the process.  Unable to imagine the packing up and transporting everything, even with help.

In my fantasy, a Fairy Godmother would swoop in and everything would be transported to its destination.  I would just settle in.  Yeah, that’s going to happen!  LOL.

Until that happens, I’ll have another cup of coffee and chat about my blogging/reading week.  Here’s my breakfast tray, which I photographed on Thursday…but which looks the same every day.  The stack of books is still there, not one of which has been read this week.





Tuesday Sparks:  “Cruel Beautiful World”

Tuesday Potpourri:  Obsessing About Books

Hump Day Serendipity:  Reading…

Bookish Thursday #32:  Serendipitous Moments

Bookish Friday:  “I Am No One”

Outside My Interior World:  Branches of the Family Tree

Review:  Untethered, by Julie Lawson Timmerratings-worms-4-croppedReview:  If I Forget You (e-book), by Thomas Christopher Greenecropped-again-5***

INCOMING BOOKS (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Empty mailbox!

I downloaded two e-books – (purchased)

Finding Libbie (e-book), by Deanna Lynn Sletten





The Kept Woman (e-book), by Karin Slaughter





WHAT’S UP NEXT? (Titles/Covers Linked to Amazon)

Currently Reading:  Sunshine Beach (e-book), by Wendy Wax





And then….

Cruel Beautiful World (e-book), by Caroline Leavitt (NetGalley – October 4)





More from Pippa are just waiting for me to pick them…




That was my week…what did yours look like?

Last weekend, I had this Blushing Geisha drink and crab/avocado appetizers before seeing Bridget Jones’s Baby…





  1. I can’t imagine packing up and moving right now but if a fairy godmother appeared and offered I’d take her up on it. We still have our kids’ stuff in the basement and a few bedroom closets. No one seems interested or is able to take it away at the moment. I’ll continue to purge my own stuff in the meantime.
    I hope you enjoy the new ebooks. Our temps have cooled over the past few days. Do you have a breeze or is it quite humid in your area? Hard to believe its the last week of September!

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    • Luckily it isn’t humid here, Mary, so that’s a plus. And there is a slight breeze, too, on most days.

      I thought I had purged pretty well, but when I contemplate moving, I feel stuck in place. As if I couldn’t possibly do what is necessary.

      I do think a new neighborhood would be a good thing…if I can somehow find that fairy godmother. LOL.

      My daughter has offered to help, but I know that she’s so busy, and it won’t be enough. I’ll still have to do the organizing and arranging of things. Maybe I’ll put it off a while longer.

      Thanks for stopping by!


    • Yes, Cleo, just remembering my last move makes me want to hide and forget about it. It was exhausting and a nightmare, and I had movers! So…maybe I’ll just think about it tomorrow.

      Thanks for stopping by, and I am happy about the weather.


  2. I hope it cools down soon. We’ve cooled off here- the days are still warm but the evenings and mornings are cool. In fact I’m convinced the temp change was partly responsible for me getting sick this week. Ugh.

    Looking at new places is always nice, thinking what if? But yeah the packing and moving part- not so much lol. And I returned to Netflix this week as well ha ha so I’m a slave to the binging again…

    Those appetizers look yummy! Hope the movie was good. 🙂

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    • Hoping the cooling trend continues, although it’s a few degrees down, and back up again. Thanks for visiting, Greg, and enjoy the week.

      I have discovered that the longer I stay put, the harder it is to move. I used to move a lot. In the 70s, I moved fourteen times! I got good at it. Also, you tend not to accumulate a lot when you move frequently. I may have to really ponder this next step.

      I’m on the sixth and final season of Offspring…and hope to get to Longmire’s Season 5 tomorrow. Yes, time suck. But I love it, especially on the weekends.

      I enjoyed the movie…I try not to go to as many films as I once did, knowing that some are better seen on DVD or Amazon Prime…or Netflix.


  3. I need a fairy godmother who loves doing floors. Do they exist I wonder?

    I hope it cools down there soon, as long as it doesn’t get too warm too quickly here. It’s already getting warmer though the nights are still cool.

    Offspring was really popular here and everyone went into conniption when it went off the air after a few seasons, so it was resurrected last year I think. (At least I’m assuming it’s the same show!)

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    • Yes, I want one of those, too! But first…one to organize and move me. lol.

      I am now on Season 6 of Offspring, the final season available on Netflix…maybe another will be coming?

      I got a little annoyed with some of the characters…they are so nosy and up in the middle of Nina’s business all the time (Jimmy and Billie, especially); now they are growing on me.

      Enjoy your week, Deborah, and thanks for visiting. I hope it starts cooling, and moving downward regularly, with no upward thrusts. Since I’m wishing.


  4. This past week seemed to be a bit slow for me, which seems strange because it was very busy. I Usually it’s the other way around. I’m not familiar with Offspring. I will have to look that one up. We watched a little more Once Upon a Time tonight. We’re still early in the second season.

    I could use a fairy godmother just to come clean my house right now. It really needs it. I’ve been so busy that it’s hard to keep up. 😦

    I hope you have a great week, Laurel-Rain. I’m attending a work related conference on Tuesday. Hopefully it will be a good one. Take care!

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    • Offspring is one of the Australian shows on Netflix…I love it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Wendy, and I do hope that fairy godmother swoops in here, to help out…but until then, I may have to rethink moving. Or not. Enjoy your week.


    • I tend to spread out, acquiring stuff, the longer I live in a place. For many years, I moved a lot. Then I started staying put: a house in the foothills, for thirteen years; and now this place, almost ten years!

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel. Maybe we’ll think of a nice compromise between our stuff and the bare minimum.


  5. Moving is a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve been in one place for a long time. How do we accumulate so much stuff?? When you find that fairy godmother, please direct her to my place after she’s done with yours!! I woke up to temps in the 30s this morning. Too cool, too quickly, but at least I can make a pumpkin pie now. The crab/avocado appetizer looks delicious!

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    • Oh, it is definitely a prospect I don’t often think about…and after I sold my house, I decided to rent for a while. Well, the downside: they keep raising the rent. lol.

      That’s what got me to thinking about moving. Not necessarily for cheaper rent, but for something more updated and new, at just a little more rent. (This place seriously needs updating).

      On the other hand, it has some conveniences, like many great shopping places nearby; a garage, which a lot of places don’t have; and then there’s my stuff. Yes.

      Thanks for stopping by, JoAnn, and I will probably keep looking for new places, while gradually purging…again.


  6. We will eventually move, as I cannot envision staying in this large 3 story home. It sounds like you had a busy week. I have not read Slaughter, but have been meaning too I look forward to your thoughts. And if you find a fairy, I hope you share 🙂

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    • When I moved here, I vowed not to “spread out” as much as I had in my previous home (which was a larger space). Well, I didn’t accumulate quite as much, but still more than I like when I ponder moving. Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly, and I love Slaughter’s books.


  7. We decluttered before we moved last year but I feel like I am drowning in stuff again. If I could find a fairy godmother could we share? I have heard good things about the Karin Slaughter book though no reviews. It does sound good.

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    • Oh, how does that happen, I often ask? I guess I love collecting, and seeing stuff around me, especially things I love….it magically accumulates. I read a lot of books about hoarding a couple of years ago, and I don’t think I’m there…not yet, anyway. lol. But I could take a page from my minimalist daughter’s book.

      Thanks for stopping by, Emma, and if I find that fairy godmother, I’ll refer her to you. lol.

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  8. This week was just pure craziness with work, annoying people, a sick pup and kids activities. I felt like sleeping all weekend but I couldn’t. My internal alarm clock is in full mode waking me up at 6:30AM on Saturday. Ugh… Here’s looking to a better week for all of us.

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  9. What a lot of interesting books you have listed here! I’m getting ready to read Cruel Beautiful World soon, too — it sounds lovely. Oh, and the hubby and I have just started watching (and loving) Season 1 of “Longmire” — don’t know why it took me so long to discover it. Have you read the books?

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  10. Thinking of moving!? The thought of the packing up is always worse I think than the actual doing of it, although I am stayed put now for 15 years and not thinking myself of moving, too nice and sunny here. Your temps sound relentless still.

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    • The more I ponder the task and the upheaval, the less I think I’m doing it. Yes, I would love a nice, new place in a new neighborhood…but I’ve settled in here, and my routines are comfortable. (Actually, my daughter is pushing for me to move to a “senior” setting, but I’m not sure I’m ready for that, either). lol.

      I moved a lot when I was young…and it was fun for a while, but lately, I love the coziness and familiarity of my place. Did I just talk myself out of it?


  11. Oh, I know what you mean about all the stuff! Our move is still uncertain (looking at houses too!), but we’ve started the process of clearing/packing and it seems neverending. So I wish you luck! Maybe the cooler weather will bring a wind of motivation? 🙂

    I’ve been intrigued by The Kept Woman, but haven’t read the previous books in the series yet, so I probably won’t read it soon. Happy reading and have a nice week!

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    • I think that the looking at places is fun, and I can get excited about the possibilities…but, I always hesitate when it comes to the upheaval.

      Let’s hope we decide what works for us. Enjoy your reading, Kay, and thanks for visiting. I like the look of The Kept Woman, too, and realized that it’s part of a series I haven’t read yet…but I think it might work anyway.


  12. Aah! Your pics are making me HUNGRY! They’re great by the way, I’m just not doing well on the feeding myself department today. Who ever said adulting was easy? 😉

    Wishing you the best of luck with getting that Fairy Godmother – let me know how when you figure it out! But seriously, good luck with the packing up. It’s super stressful.

    Looks like a great haul again this week. Hope you enjoy your reads!

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  13. Love your breakfast tray and stack of books.

    Moving does sound a bit overwhelming. We moved about 20 years ago, and it was a chore. I did do a lot of purging. 🙂

    ENJOY your new books, and I hope your weather gets more comfortable. It is getting chilly here. I don’t like it. 🙂

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  14. It was feeling like fall here, but then yesterday it was in the low eighties and today it is supposed to be 88 and then it will cool down again. Everyone was out and about this weekend taking in one of the last warm days before Fall and Winter hit. How was Bridget Jones’ Baby anyway?

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    • If I do move, I definitely want a moving company. Yes, my daughter and her fiance offered to help, but those situations are often very tense, and nobody does it the way you want (unless you can “order” them around, like the movers…lol).

      Thanks for visiting, Kathy, and I love Slaughter’s books, and haven’t read enough of them.


  15. Moving is such a huge task to accomplish. We got rid a whole living room of stuff before moving to the burbs. My week’s been good with the usual of drop off and pick up. The nine year old and I started our Park & Rec classes which are fun. Zumba is low impact but the instructor got me movin’ and I did sweat.

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    • We did frequent moves like that, back in the day. In the 70s, we moved fourteen times! I didn’t have time for anything to accumulate. And I didn’t think of it as a big chore, as it was fun changing up our space. Of course, I was a lot younger then…lol.

      Now I prefer to stay put longer.

      I am eager to read The Kept Woman…enjoy your week, Nise, and thanks for visiting.


  16. I love your breakfast tray pic – just great! A good book haul this week – i would love to hear your thoughts on The Kept Woman. I do enjoy Karin Slaughter’s books. I hope the weather improves for you. I’m so glad you are enjoying an Aussie series Offspring, it has been very popular here in Australia.
    Have a great reading week and thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!
    Amanda @ Mrs B’s Book Reviews

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    • Thanks, Amanda, and I finally finished Offspring…sigh. I want more! I do love the Aussie shows…and the British ones, too. The settings are always so interesting.

      I hope you have a great reading week, too, and thanks for visiting.


  17. That’s the trouble with perhaps wanting to move, all the effort and hard work that goes in to the actual move – it’s a pain! We rent currently, but when we a buy a house of our own it’s very much going to be a ‘forever home’, because I don’t want that hassle afterwards!

    Looks like you’ve got some good reads lined up – I hope you enjoy! And love your breakfast tray!

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    • I am also renting, after selling my house that I thought might be my “forever home.” I realize that I get restless, now and then, despite the pain of moving. So I decided not to buy this time. Plus…the market was bad, and I didn’t see anything I liked.

      Thanks for visiting, Jade, and I love that breakfast tray, too. Every morning, it’s part of my routine. My routines here are comfortable…maybe I won’t move after all! lol


  18. 95 is pretty hot for fall. LOL. How did you like Bridget Jones’s Baby? I hope it’s fun. I did see The Light Between the Oceans — it’s pretty good drama. squirm-worthy. Enjoy your weekday, and thanks for the bday wishes last week!

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    • Thanks for visiting, Susan, and I’m glad you enjoyed The Light Between Oceans. I really liked Bridget Jones’s Baby…it’s always good to see new combinations of actors, like Patrick Dempsey and Colin Firth. Renee was delightful, as usual.


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