Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Happy Father’s Day – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Happy Father’s Day!

This year Son #2 celebrates his 1st Father’s Day
after Charlotte’s arrival last August.
She is growing so fast, even making her inaugural swim in Devil’s Lake yesterday.

I have also been going through some grandchild withdrawal since starting my chemo treatments. The grands are all healthy, have no signs or symptoms of the virus and sometimes they can be the best medicine. So, on Thursday Mr. Dollycas went to pick up Kaden and bring him here for a few days. He is a big help when he is here and with my fatigue a younger pair of hands and legs is priceless. Daughter #1 had to work this weekend but the rest of the kids and grands went to the lake yesterday to have some fun, social distancing from others, of course. I wish Nana and Papa could have gone too, but I am not ready to venture out in public until my chemo is done. But Remi and Natalie did come here after and seeing them just made the day. Hopefully, family fun days with the whole family will be happening again soon!

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – June 15 – 20, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #25 – 2020

Tuesday – An Exquisite Corpse (Art of Murder Mysteries) by Helen A. Harrison #Review / #Giveaway

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring A Fatal Fiction (Deadly Edits) by Kaitlyn Dunnett #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Divide and Concord (The Wine Trail Mysteries) by J. C. Eaton #Review / #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Grounds for Remorse (A Tallie Graver Mystery) by Misty Simon #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – Flipped For Murder (Country Store Mysteries) by Maddie Day #Spotlight / #Giveaway #ReviewRewind

From Paperback Swap

Have a wonderful week!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Hope Scarves – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Hope Scarves

Fighting breast cancer during this darn pandemic has not been easy but this week I received a wonderful gift from a cancer survivor through the group Hope Scarves. She also shared her “story of hope” with me including “the hard part” and “words of encouragement” for me. I appreciated that she recommended a Facebook Support Group too, something I had been searching for because in-person groups are not meeting right now.

The cool thing about Hope Scarves is that when I complete my treatment I will share my story and send this scarf on to someone new battling cancer with my story and words of encouragement. The idea of hope and strength this scarf represents really has struck me. There are so many women in the world facing what I am facing and this project makes it so personal. It takes a strong community of support to keep going each day. I am so blessed by all the support I have.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – June 8 – 13, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #24 – 2020

Tuesday – Murder with Clotted Cream (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Barbara Monajem – Author of Lady Rosamund and the Poison Pen: A Rosie and McBrae Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – Booked for Death: A Book Lover’s B&B Mystery by Victoria Gilbert #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @VGilbertauthor @crookedlanebks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Board Stiff (Mattie Winston Mysteries) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – Grave Consequences (A Bay Island Psychic Mystery) by Lena Gregory #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

I hope you find time to Escape Into A Good Book this week!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

 

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Hot! Hot! Hot! – Food Network – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

HOT! HOT! HOT!

Chemo had a few bumps last week. It was 90 degrees outside on Tuesday and even after riding in an air-conditioned vehicle when I arrived at the clinic, I was shown to have a temperature of over 100 degrees, a COVID 19 symptom so I was held at the door. After waiting about 20 minutes a nurse came to take my temperature orally instead of by my ear. 98.6 Good to go! Then I get to my room and when the nurse tries to access my port we found it was clogged. After some trying to manipulate the port they inject something to break up the clot and my bloodwork is drawn from my arm. After the lab work shows, I am good to receive chemo the nurses work to get the port to work and they do. So after a late start, everything goes great and it has been a week without too many side effects. I do seem to be tolerating this new course very well. Fingers crossed that continues. Added Sunday – Neuropathy started to kick my butt Saturday night into today. Late start for my day because I have to listen to my body. 

es.wikipedia.orgFOOD NETWORK BINGEING

It has been a tough time for our nation with the police brutality and the continued pandemic even while states are trying to reopen safely. Because of my diminished immune system, I have only left the house for my cancer treatments and Mr. Dollycas continues to work from home so he doesn’t bring any bugs home that could make me sick. I am usually found in the evenings with my head in a book and my television shows of choice are dramas like Law & Order or Chicago PD but I have needed a break from death and murder at least on television, I am still reading mysteries. So, I have been binge-watching The Food Network. Guys Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Worst Cooks in America. Cooking shows are so easy to watch and have their own easy-going drama that is fun and the food whets my tastebuds. Are you bingeing on something new?

 


Weekly Rewind – June 1 – 6, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #23 – 2020

Tuesday – No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @heatherdgilbert

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Marshmallow Malice (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Sprinkles of Suspicion (Cupcake Catering Mystery Series) by Kim Davis – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Kookiesandbooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Murder with Cherry Tarts (A Daisy’s Tea Garden Mystery) by Karen Rose Smith #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @karenrosemith

Plus – Don’t Make a Sound (Sawyer Brooks) by T.R. Ragan #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @TRRaganAuthor

Saturday – The Study of Secrets (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery) by Cynthia Kuhn #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

 

I hope you have a great week full of joy!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – My Week – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

My Week

I had my 5th round of chemo last week. It went well. They added extra steroids because some people have a hypersensitivity reaction to the drug I was started on. I had no reaction and the side effects so far have been mild. I have been told though that the side effects will be cumulative as the treatments continue and we have to keep on top of the neuropathy that I am feeling in my hands and feet and this is going to get worse. I have had a form of this since my accident in 2001 and it did escalate some during the first rounds. I may not be able to tolerate the full 12 weeks, but I am hoping to do them all. Round 6 this Tuesday.

Last week I told you I had an ultrasound and the radiologist told me my tumor has shrunk “a bit”. Well, the Nurse Practioner told me Tuesday that the tumor has shrunk 33%!!!!! To me, that is more than a bit and a reason to celebrate!!!!!

Also, Daughter #1,  the daughter that takes me to my treatments stubbed her big toe at home last week and broke it good. She is now in a boot for at least 3 weeks and trying to work light duty but is in a lot of pain. Please keep her in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

We also had a sad moment this week. My son Kris has been gone for over 5 years. After his death Son #2 drove his truck until it had a mechanical failure to large to overcome. That was almost 3 years ago and we had been trying to work with the bank the whole time to get a clear title or payoff so we could donate the truck to a non-profit group that fixes and resells vehicles but kept getting the runaround. A couple of weeks ago we did another search and were amazed that the lien had been removed from the title. After contacting the DMV we found that yes the title was really clear, we just needed to transfer the title to Mr. Dollycas’s name, pay the fee, of course, and we could get a new title and donate the truck. On Thursday, the non-profit tow truck arrived and hauled Kris’ truck away. I had tears in my eyes as I will no longer have that reminder in the driveway but realize that even after all this time the pain is still so raw.

~Lori

Weekly Rewind – May 25 – 30, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 – 2020

Tuesday – Red Hot (A Red Herring Mystery) by Dana Dratch #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Southern Sass and a Crispy Corpse (A Marygene Brown Mystery) by Kate Young #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Hostage to Fortune: A Tea and Tarot Cozy Mystery by Kirsten Weiss #AuthorInterview – #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @KirstenWeiss

Friday – Kelegeen by Eileen O’Finlan – #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #FlashbackFriday – Fudge and Jury (A Bakeshop Mystery) by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway @BakeShopMystery

Saturday – Murder in the Wine Country (A Kelly Jackson Mystery) by Janet Finsilver #Spotlight – Great Escapes Book Tour

I wish you a happy week, full of joy!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post Thoughts

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Memorial Day Thoughts – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Memorial Day Thoughts


We are not spending the first weekend of Summer as we would like but a visit to a local hospital would show you how serious this pandemic still is. I am used to going to the clinic for my chemo treatments and my daughter checking me in and leaving to wait in her car, but Friday I had to go to the local hospital for an ultrasound to see if my tumor was shrinking and my husband couldn’t even come into the hospital.

We were met at the door by a nurse who told us only the patient is allowed in, he could wait in the car or better yet go home and they would call him when I was done. She wheeled me into a waiting room so I could check-in where I witnessed a heartbreaking moment. An elderly woman was checking in and in tears. Her husband is her caregiver and knew all her information and she didn’t. He was stopped at the door and not allowed with her. She was very confused by the whole process and just wanted to go home. Someone came to get her for whatever procedure she was having and was very nice but the woman was still so upset and begging for her husband. I heard her husband tell the nurse at the door that this was the first trip out of the house since the pandemic started and that his daughter had slipped two masks through their mail slot so they could come to the appointment. He then went to sit on a bench outside and the nurse followed him telling him he had to wait in his car or go home. He was in tears as he walked to his car.

This pandemic is serious and hospitals are taking it seriously and have enacted a no visitor policy. It doesn’t matter if you come into the Emergency Room or in for an appointment or ultrasound. Only the patient can come in.  Family members must remain outside to be contacted by cell phone. Children are allowed one parent and at some hospitals moms are forced to give birth without the father allowed in.

I can’t forget to mention the people who have died without their families by their side from the Coronavirus and other diseases and injuries. There are no funerals for people to grieve their loss.

Then I turn on the television and hear the man in The White House demanding churches everywhere open immediately. Bars, restaurants, gyms, and more are reopening and people flock in not wearing masks or doing any social distancing. Hair salons are reopening and I read of 1 case where a stylist with ACTUAL SYMPTOMS had opened and infected a bunch of people. There are disturbing videos online of coughing and spitting in people’s faces and getting into fistfights over wearing a mask.

Almost 100,000 people in our country have died and where do we see the leader of the country on the golf course. He also refuses to wear a mask, except for a few minutes at the Ford plant.

I am trying not to make this political but I want everyone from the top down to take this seriously as all the states start to reopen. If they don’t we could end up worst off than we are now.

Here in Wisconsin we had our cases of COVID 19 skyrocket to an all-time high just this past Wednesday and the legislature has blocked the Governor every step of the way as he has tried to keep us safe. Each state needs its own plan and everyone needs to take those plans seriously. I know we can’t stay home forever and everything needs to reopen but we need to use common sense to do it.

So do it for your friends and family to keep them safe. 

  1. Wear a mask whenever you leave your house.  
  2. Wash your hands often and keep hand sanitizer handy. (Not in your car.)
  3. If you are sick, stay home. 
  4. Continue social distancing and keep your groups under 10 people.
  5. Listen to the doctors and not the politicians.
  6. Keep Yourself Safe!

Just because states are reopening doesn’t mean the crisis has passed. We need to be smart and use the resources we have. So many people have died. So many people have sacrificed themselves to take care of the sick. So many have sacrificed so that our basic needs can be met. As you go back to work, think of everyone around you and the families waiting for them at home. As you go back to having fun, again think of everyone around you and those that have sacrificed so that you are able to do so.

On Memorial Day we remember those that sacrificed their lives to protect our country. COVID 19 is the war we are fighting now. It doesn’t care who it kills. As I write this we have surpassed 96,000 deaths in the United States. We have surpassed the military deaths of the Vietnam War. Are we going to surpass the deaths of WWI too?

REMEMBER AND HONOR 

P.S. My tumor has gotten a little bit smaller.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – May 18 – 23, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #21 – 2020

Plus – Nearly Departed (An Eve Appel Mystery) by Lesley A. Diehl #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring A Call for Kelp (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker #Review / #Giveaway @sbkslandmark

Thursday – The House That Vanity Built (A Misty Dawn Mystery) by Nancy Cole Silverman #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Catered Wedding (A Mystery With Recipes) by Isis Crawford

Saturday – Killing Time (A Dodie O’Dell Mystery) by Suzanne Trauth #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Be courageous, be smart, stay safe!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Nana’s Loves – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Nana’s Loves

This past week I had my 4th round of chemo. It went very well, I even took a short nap while receiving treatment. All the nurses are awesome and take such good care of me. It is the side effects the second week that are the worst right now, but when I get upset, scared, or depressed my thoughts go to my grandchildren, my loves, the reason I am fighting so hard.

Kaden, the oldest, has the most concerns and questions, wanting to know all about the drugs, the pain, the side effects. He was able to ride with his mom this week along with Remi to take me to treatment this week but due to COVID 19 they couldn’t come in. I hope at some point he can come in to see the process. Remi just wants to be sure I am going to be okay. Natalie went through a similar situation with her other grandma, her texts and messages to check in with me bring me such joy.  Charlotte and Thomas are too little to understand but because we live so close we see them often. Thomas is a bundle of energy that keeps us on our toes and Charlotte is the best snuggler and always just seems to know how much I can handle. She is growing so fast.

Later this month my chemo treatments change to every week with a new course of medications. The oncologist thinks I will tolerate it well. The main side effect that scares me is the neuropathy in my hands and feet since I am already dealing with some of that with my paralysis. I am hoping for fewer stomach issues and am prepared for the fatigue and the possibility of a rash of some sort.  The one week turn around should be interesting. But I am in this fight for the long haul.

I want to thank you all for your continued thoughts and prayers. I appreciate them more than you can ever know.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – May 11 – 16, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 – 2020

Tuesday – Mousse and Murder (An Alaskan Diner Mystery) by Elizabeth Logan #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Pulp Friction (A Cider Shop Mystery) by Julie Anne Lindsey #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @JulieALindsey

Thursday – A Deadly Inside Scoop (An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery) by Abby Collette #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @abbyvandiver

Friday – #Flashback Friday – Murder, She Wrote: Manuscript for Murder by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – Fireworks, A Firecracker & Foul Play (Death by Cupcake) by D.E. Haggerty – Author Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour @dehaggerty


I hope you have a happy week!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post Thoughts

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Happy Mother’s Day – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Happy Mother’s Day!

I grew up with a wonderful mom and married into having a fantastic mother-in-law and both inspired me so much. But today I am taking another route with this post. In this time of COVID 19, two other moms are inspiring me.

Kaden and Remington’s mom aka Daughter #1 works at a state-run facility for the behaviorally and intellectually disabled. A facility that was understaffed before the Coronavirus outbreak. She has been working double shifts or longer hours to work not only her shift but to fill in gaps when people are sick or have to stay home with their children. She is also homeschooling the boys with their dad and the boys don’t always make that easy. She also squeezes in all the other household chores and still finds time to take me for my chemo treatments. The girl has been burning the candle at both ends but her job is essential and she takes it very seriously.

Natalie’s mom is also an essential employee working at a grocery store, keeping the shelves stocked and helping people get the food they need. The store does it’s best to protect its employees but anyone who walks in could be a carrier and pass the virus around. She is homeschooling Natalie and helping her friends with daycare and other things they need. She also makes sure we don’t run out of any necessary items and I know she does that for her grandma, mom and sister too. She was one of the leaders at her store making masks for employees when this whole thing started. She is such a giving individual with a big heart and I know she is there for me no matter what.

I am so blessed to have these two strong dedicated women in my life and they are amazing moms. I wish them the happiest of Mother’s Days.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – May 4 – 9, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #19 – 2020

Tuesday – The Secrets of Bones: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery) by Kylie Logan #Review @StMartinsPress @KylieLoganBks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with A R Kennedy – Author of R.I.P. in Reykjavík: A Traveler Cozy Mystery – #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Caught Bread Handed: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / #Giveaway

Friday – BOOK BLAST – A Murderous Misconception (Victoria Square Mystery) by Lorraine Bartlett and Gayle Leeson #Giveaway

Saturday – #FlashbackFriday (Saturday Edition) – Living the Vida Lola (A Lola Cruz Mystery) by Melissa Bourbon #Review / #Giveaway

No New Books This Week.

I hope you have a week full of bliss and no stress!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Grateful, Thankful, Blessed – May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

I completed my 3rd round of chemo last week with a few of the normal side effects but I have noticed that it is the rest week in between that is pivotal. I seem to fatigue easily and need to take more breaks but by the weekend I am back to myself and ready for the next batch the following Tuesday.

I am really thankful Mr. Dollycas is working from home. He makes sure I get the right meds on time, that there is food to eat to stem off nausea, his continued support of telling me to listen to my body and rest when needed. I do my best, but sometimes that reinforcement is needed to make me toe the line and put myself first for now. Who knew there could be upsides this awful pandemic?

Thank you to everyone keeping me in your thoughts and prayers.

~Lori

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.


Weekly Rewind – April 27 – May 2, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 – 2020

Tuesday – Seas the Day (A Seafood Capers Mystery) by Maggie Toussaint #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @MaggieToussaint

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Secrets of the Treasure King (Seaside Cove Bed & Breakfast) by Terry Ambrose #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – Botched Butterscotch (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – On Thin Icing: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review / # Giveaway @BakeShopMystery

Saturday – Stay Home and Read #Giveaway – Take 2

I hope you have an amazing week!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Miss Natalie is 8 – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Happy Birthday, Natalie!

This young lady celebrated her 8th birthday on Friday. She is so amazing, caring, and loving. She never fails to brighten my day. 

Because of this awful virus birthday celebrations are on hold but her mom put a little shout out on Facebook and friends and family sent cards for her to open on her special day. Her house was also filled with balloons and there were pink cupcakes!!   I can’t wait for the world to get back to somewhat normal so families can get back together to share our joys.

In other family news, 8-month-old Charlotte Marie is pulling herself up and standing freely, Thomas is growing like a weed, Kaden and Remi are getting outside at the other grandparent’s farm and even playing some basketball, and Natalie’s mom and Daughter #1 both bought new cars last week.

I hope you had a good week too!

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – April 20 – 25, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #17 – 2020

Plus – Asbury High and the Thief’s Gamble: (Asbury High YA Cozy Mystery Series) by Kelly Brady Channick #AuthorInterview / #Giveaway

Tuesday – Old Friends and New, Another Murder (Sheridan Hendley Mystery) by Christa Nardi – #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ChristaN7777

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – The Diva Spices It Up (Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @KristaDavis

Thursday – Book Blast – When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano – Agatha Nominee for Best First Novel – Great Escapes Book Tour @AngPompano

Friday – Six Cloves Under (A Garlic Farm Mystery) by Gin Jones #Review

Saturday – Remembering Cozy Author Sheila Connolly

I hope you have a sunny week!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post Thoughts

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – Breast Cancer – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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The Sunday Salon is a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.
You can also link up weekly on Readerbuzz.

SUNDAY POST The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
~ It’s a chance to share news~
A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Breast Cancer

March has been hard for me for the last 19 years starting with the auto accident that left my right side mostly paralyzed on March 14, 2001. Then losing my son to suicide on March 15, 2015. Then this year on March 13 I was dealt another blow with a diagnosis of Breast Cancer.

Late in February, I found a lump in my left breast. After meeting with my Personal Care Physician, I had a mammogram on March 10 and then an ultrasound biopsy on the lump and lymph nodes under my left arm on March 11. On March 13, late in the day, my PCP called to confirm the cancer and that it had spread to the lymph nodes. Daughter #2 has just got home from work, so we had a good cry ending with her declaring “We got this mom!”

Soon thereafter my husband arrived home from work, a little more shock and tears and again, “Lori, we got this.”

A phone call to Daughter #1, my rock, “Mom, I will be there with you the whole way. We got this!”

A little later, Son #2 arrived with just what I needed, a dose of Baby Charlotte. A few more tears and paraphrasing my son here. “Mom, this is what we do, we get knocked down, we get back up and fight. We have done it before; we will do it again. We Got This! No decision for you to make, I am taking that off your hands. We are fighting this together.

Then a call to my daughter in law whose mother recently won her battle with lung cancer and who is also raising her daughter, Natalie, on her own after losing my son. Another strong woman to have in my corner. “Lori, whatever you need, I am here for you. We got this!”

After these calls and visits, I had to stop and take a few deep breaths. “We got this!” Not “You Got This”. This was just the beginning of my support team.

On March 20 I had a bone scan and CT scan to be sure the cancer hadn’t spread farther. Again, my PCP didn’t make me wait through the weekend and called about 5 p.m. to tell me it hadn’t spread and that he had set up an appointment for me with an oncologist for March 25.

This is where the Coronavirus started to throw a monkey wrench into my support. I was told I had to come alone to my appointment. So, me, being me, told them I would have to wait until I could have someone with me, this was just too monumental for me to handle on my own. Enter my husband who called them back, and finally got them to allow Daughter #1 who works in healthcare and was following all protocols to come to the appointment with me. And it’s good she did because there was so much information, she saw my eyes glaze over. She took great notes and asked all the right questions. She explained my fears about after losing my father, and brother-in-law to cancer, and a good friend and co-worker and other friends to breast cancer several years ago. She also pointed out that I knew many that had battled and won. Together the three of us made a plan and I was scheduled to meet with a surgeon the next day and also received a training session regarding chemo. Again, good thing she was there because it was a lot more information.

Now it was time to loop my extended family in. The family who had already supported me through so much, my mother-in-law, my sister, my brother, my sisters and brothers – in-law, and some dear friends. Again, they wrapped their virtual arms around me and told me they are there for whatever I needed. “We got this” “Prayers on the way” “Love You”

Thankfully my husband was allowed to come with me to see the surgeon where she explained putting in the port for chemo but also why we were doing chemo first before surgery. With the lymph nodes in my good arm involved it is important to shrink the tumors as much as possible to prevent having to take too much from there during surgery to protect my mobility. Also, generally, my type of cancer responds well to chemo first. The oncologist may have covered that the day before, but my brain did not absorb it. She was patient and open and really listened to me. She really put me at ease, giving me a longer possible prognosis than I truly expected.

So, on Monday, May 30, very early in the morning, I had surgery to insert my port. During the procedure I had a dream featuring my son Kris, “Focus, Mom, I am here. We Got This.” I woke up crying and when I told the nurse and anesthesiologist, they told me I wasn’t losing it, they have heard things like that a lot.

The very next day I started chemo. I was so nervous; they did let Daughter #1 to stay with me in a private room. It went very well, the nurse explained everything in detail. Then on the way home, nausea set in, the world went a little off the axis, we made it to my driveway, and I was so dizzy I didn’t think I would be able to get out of the car. Daughter #1 called the clinic and it was determined an empty stomach was to blame. Daughter #2 rushed to the pharmacy to get my nausea prescriptions filled while Daughter #1 finally got me in the house. Soon meds were on board and I fell asleep and woke up feeling much better. We kept the meds going through the next day, got some bland food in me and soon I was feeling more like myself. I did have to go back into the clinic for a follow-up shot and was checked out and we came up with a meal plan for my next appointment. I did have a little heartburn; I am still learning what I can eat and a little neuropathy in my bad leg in the days that followed but no throwing up or other side effects I was worried about.

This past week I had my second Chemo treatment and it went much better. Daughter #1 was not allowed in, but she sat in her car in the parking lot and we texted and read books. A little queasy stomach the next day and the biggest side effect I have worried about, my hair has started to fall out.

A bald head doesn’t bother me, but my bald head has scars and a dent from my accident in 2001 and I am afraid it is going to look pretty scary for the grandkids. I was hoping to do this gradually with a short haircut first and then giving in to my husband’s great plan, him shaving my head, but with hair salons closed we may be going directly to my husband’s plan. 😊 I am not doing the wig thing though, the girls are already looking at scarves, hats, and wraps and have plenty of ideas so I am sure I will have some stylish options. The first ones will be arriving this week.

So, I have not been able to Safe at Home during this pandemic but because all elective medical procedures were placed on hold my treatment was able to be fast-tracked for which I am very thankful. I have witnessed the evolution of questions over the past weeks I was asked every time I entered a facility.

Have you left the state of Wisconsin?

Have you been in contact with any that has or may have COVID-19?

Are you feeling sick today? Shortness of breath? Cough? Fever?

Soon they added taking temperatures at the door and no visitors allowed.

And as of my last visit, face masks required.

My schedule right now is 2 more times every other week, April 28 and May 12. Then the drugs change, and I go every week for 12 more weeks. After that, we reevaluate and plot the next steps regarding surgery or radiation.

I feel as I have been blessed that my body is tolerating the treatment well so far. I have been able to continue to work on my book tours and writing reviews and blog posts. I am a little behind on my reading because I fatigue easier and my late-night reading binges are ending earlier. This work pushes me to get up and keep going each day. Due to my early morning chemo treatments, I may be doing my promotions a little later in the day, but I do hope to take a laptop with me and work from the clinic. I just need to tweak a few things to get that set-up.

Since sharing this message with my Great Escapes Book Tour bloggers on Friday, my support group has expanded even more. Just like when I lost Kris, this group of extraordinary people I have only met online, have reached out to me again and are giving me strength and I am so appreciative.

I know there will be rough days ahead. Mental, physical, and financial but right at this very moment. We Got This! I am ready to fight and beat this!

If you are a prayer, prayers or good thoughts are always appreciated.

Thank you so much.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – April 13 – 18, 2020

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #16 – 2020

Tuesday – This Magick Marmot (An Abracadabra Mystery) by Sharon Pape #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @sbpape @lyricalpress

Plus – Why Me?: Chimeras, Conundrums, and Dead Goldfish by Charlotte Stuart – #CharacterGuestPost – Great Escapes Book Tour @quirkymysteries

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring A Stroke of Malice (A Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber #Review / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – Murder in the Secret Maze (A Tory Benning Mystery) by Judith Gonda #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @JudithGonda

Friday – To Fetch a Scoundrel, Four Fun “Tails” of Scandal and Murder (Mutt Mysteries) by Heather Weidner, Jayne Ormerod, Rosemary Shomaker, Teresa Inge

Plus – #FlashbackFriday – Death and Daisies: A Magic Garden Mystery by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @crookedlanebks

Saturday – All We Buried: A Sheriff Bet Rivers Mystery by Elena Taylor – #AuthorGuestPost / #Giveaway @Elena_TaylorAut

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