Saturday, July 6, 2019


Today is Tessa's birthday. I can't believe that she is already seven. The time has really flown by.

I'm so excited to be here to spend her birthday with her today. The last time I was able to be here was for her first birthday. My mom and I drove down from Kentucky for the celebration. It was the only time my mom was able to come to Georgia with me and see my daughter's home. 

I'm going to go over this afternoon for some play time with her and then I will stay for dinner and cake. 

She of course is very excited. 

I'm back to reading more. I had really slowed down on my reading for a few months because the stress I was under was leaving me unable to concentrate. It seemed much easier to stream TV and movies. 

I love going to the library. I believe that the advent of free lending libraries was one of the greatest things ever. I have been borrowing books since I was a little girl who could walk down to the book mobile and pick out my own books. 

I just finished reading the latest book in the Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs Series. 

From the book jacket:

Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs, “one of the great fictional heroines” (Parade), investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitz in a page-turning tale of love and war, terror and survival.

When Catherine Saxon, an American correspondent reporting on the war in Europe, is found murdered in her London digs, news of her death is concealed by British authorities. Serving as a linchpin between Scotland Yard and the Secret Service, Robert MacFarlane pays a visit to Maisie Dobbs, seeking her help. He is accompanied by an agent from the US Department of Justice—Mark Scott, the American who helped Maisie escape Hitler’s Munich in 1938. MacFarlane asks Maisie to work with Scott to uncover the truth about Saxon’s death.
As the Germans unleash the full terror of their blitzkrieg upon the British Isles, raining death and destruction from the skies, Maisie must balance the demands of solving this dangerous case with her need to protect Anna, the young evacuee she has grown to love and wants to adopt. Entangled in an investigation linked to the power of wartime propaganda and American political intrigue being played out in Britain, Maisie will face losing her dearest friend—and the possibility that she might be falling in love again.

I was definitely not disappointed. If you love strong female characters and British mysteries you will love this series.

I have a large stack of books to choose from for my next read. It's a tough decision, but I can't wait to get started.

That will have to wait until tonight. After all I have an important party to go to.


  1. Happy Birthday Tessa. You can sense how happy you are being closer to family.

    Enjoy your reading you have quite the stack.


  2. The little public library in my small town opened up a whole new world to me when I was just a kid. Been reading and writing ever since.

  3. How wonderful that you could have the time together. There is never enough time to read. Your book sounds interesting. Some of my favorites are a recently published book called Where the Crawdad's Sing and one from the past is I, Elizabeth. Enjoy your weekend.

    Tamara (the Shabbi Gypsy)

  4. Happy Birthday to this special little lady! I know you are thrilled to be close by to join the party. I love J. Winspear and have read all of this series too. I'm reading another David Rosenfelt anything he writes but especially the Andy Carpenter series. Have fun today!

  5. So wonderful for you to live close now to your daughter and grands. I would love to live closer to my son, although he is only 5 hours away. I love books too.. and libraries.. I've been going since I was 5 years old and those were wonderful times. I still enjoy going to the library and love the smell of all the books! I too went to a bookmobile when I was young. It would park right down the street from our house and I looked forward to it every week in the summer! Books are my best friends and I have many on my shelves that I can't bear to get rid of! Have a fun party time! Marilyn

  6. Laura, I miss reading....cataracts that I have no time to get removed just yet. Wow, you do have a pile of books. I love your sweet grandgirl...such a pretty little girl. Happy birthday to her. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  7. Happy birthday to your sweet Tessa. How wonderful that you are living there now and can plug into family life. I wish I had more time to read. One more year of work--I have a list of books waiting for me. xoDiana

  8. Happy Birthday to you sweet granddaughter Tessa. She is so cute. I am so happy to see you so happy to be near your family.
    Enjoy that stack of books.

  9. Happy birthday to your granddaughter! Seven is such a fun age. I appreciated your book referral - will have to check that book out. I enjoy series books, watching the characters evolve. I have enjoyed the library all my life - influenced by my book-loving mother! Since retirement, I have enjoyed the library greatly once again. My 11 year old grandson and I have kept their check out desk busy this summer. See in your stack "Down A Dark Road" by Linda Castillo; I just finished that book & found it an interesting twist on a mystery which seemed so certain in the beginning. I'm looking forward to the discussion of this book at this month's book club. Book Club has been a fun addition to my life now too.


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