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Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Monday night Daughter #2 and I joined Daughter #1 and her family for the Community Celebration for the State Football Champs. It was a nice program with proclamations made both by the city and the state declaring that day as Columbus Cardinal day. Later in the week, the head coach was named WFCA Packers High School Coach of the Year and Colton Brunnell is in the running Scorebook Live Best Runningback in the Country.

The highlight for me was getting a picture with my favorite Cardinal!

After that, it was a pretty quiet week around here. Thanksgiving was just me, Mr. Dollycas, and Daughter #2. It has been a tradition for years that the other kids go to the other side for the day. Mr. Dollycas had volunteered to work on Thanksgiving so I spent a few hours at the computer too. Okay, maybe I squeezed in a little online shopping too.

Friday I started binge-watching Season 10 of the Great British Baking Show and finished it up last night.

Of course, I did some reading too 😉

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – November 21 – 26, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #47 – 2022

Plus – Special Guest – Emma Dakin – Author of Danger in Edinburgh (The British Book Tour Mysteries) #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – Special Guest – Author Laura Ford – Author of Sounds Like Love #Interview – Great Escapes Book Tour #Giveaway

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring On Spine of Death (By the Book Mysteries) by Tamara Berry #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress @Tamara_Morgan

Thursday – Happy ThanksgivingI have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.

Plus – Turkey Day #GiveawayDon’t Miss This One!

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dead Ringer (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @ryan_annelise

Plus – 2023 Craving For Cozies Reading Challenge – Sign Up Today!

Saturday – Longing is Violet Dusk: A Hazel Dean Mystery by Josalyn McAllister #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Backdrop Dead was free on Amazon and still is as of this posting.

Happy Reading!!

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

It was just a usual week around here.

That is until Thursday night when it was time for FOOTBALL and I don’t mean the Packers because they are playing horribly this year. No, it was time for

COLUMBUS CARDINAL FOOTBALL

at Camp Randall in Madison!

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Against  the Catholic Memorial Crusaders from Waukesha 

Both Teams were 13-0

And What A Game It Was!

It was chilly but we were bundled up! 

PHOTO CREDITS – ROSS SELJE – JIM KELSH
PHOTO CREDIT – JIM KELSH

Halftime Score was 14 -14!

Then it started to SNOW!

In the 3rd quarter, the Cardinals get on the board on their first drive, scoring from 8 yards out.
The extra point was blocked and the score was 20-14.

The Crusaders answered back with a score of their own to make it 21-20 after three quarters.

In the 4th, Columbus hits a 30-yard field goal and the Cardinals go up 23-21 with 4:23 left in the game.

They held on! They worked that clock!
They slipped and slid and held on to that ball!
The defense held on strong too! 

They won what was a fantastic game!

PHOTO CREDIT – ROSS SELJE – JIM KELSH – TESSIE SHARROW

Yes! Body Slides were happening! Kaden #74 🙂     

 

KADEN IS UNDER THE ARROW

Driving home was not a lot of fun. The roads were slick and the snow was coming down so hard there were white-out conditions. Hard to see where the road even was. Then right outside of Columbus the snow just stopped. the roads were just wet. When we got to the exit we could see all the fire trucks and police cars lined up on the bridge and side of the highway waiting to welcome home the new Division 4 State Champs and escort them back to the school. Fans and the parent’s cars lined the route, with horns honking, cheers and applause. This team and their coaches worked so hard all year and it was a pure pleasure watching them play. As an alumnus of this school, I am thrilled to have my grandson attending there and being a member of this team. I am so excited about next year!

How was your Week?

Weekly Rewind – November 13 – 19, 2022

Sunday – 2023 Alphabet Soup – Author Edition Reading Challenge – SIGN UP TODAY!

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #46 – 2022

Tuesday – Death on a Deadline (A Homefront News Mystery) by Joyce St. Anthony #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @JoyceTremel

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Three Tainted Teas (Kitchen Witch Mysteries) by Lynn Cahoon #Review / #Giveaway @LynnCahoon @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – The Case of the Amorous Assailant by Terry Ambrose #Review

Plus – Special Guest – Kathleen Bailey – Author of Silence Says the Most: An Olivia Penn Mystery – Great Escapes Book Tour #Interview #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen #Review / #Giveaway

Plus – Ghost Agents: Retribution (The Ghost Agents Trilogy) by Nita DeBorde #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Saturday – Film Crews and Rendezvous: A Jules Keene Glamping Mystery by Heather Weidner #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @HeatherWeidner1

Plus – 2023 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE – Sign Up Today!

Have a wonderful week!!
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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post Thoughts

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

It was a back-to-normal week around here. No doctor’s appointments, no lab work. My visiting nurse just stopped by on Monday for a few minutes to have me sign the papers to release me from their service. We didn’t have to leave the house to vote as we voted absentee weeks ago. Then it was blogging and reading and watching television at least until Friday.

Photo by Jim Kelsh

Friday we were supposed to travel just a few miles up the road to watch the Columbus Cardinals play the Freedom Irish but before we could get there I started feeling sick and we had to turn the car around. The only good thing was that we could watch the game via live stream on television and WOW what a game it was. Columbus always gets off to a fast start but at the end of the 1st quarter, the score was 3-2 after the Cardinals got a safety but still we were the team behind. We went into halftime still down by 1 at 16 – 15. Then after the half, the boys seemed to get their mojo back. The defense stopped the Irish from scoring again and caught some key interceptions. The whole team played their hearts out and won 16 – 32 and are now Division Champs and are headed for the State Championship this Thursday night and I intend to bundle up and be there to watch in person and get the Kaden hug I missed on Friday.

Speaking of Kaden, yesterday was his 15th birthday. No big plans with this side of the family yet, you know how teenagers are and we all seem to have football on our minds. I am hoping we can get together soon to celebrate.

Sadly because I was still feeling off yesterday I missed Natalie’s basketball tournament. Daughter #2 went by herself to cheer her on. Natalie did great. Her team won all 4 games!

Daughter #2 was surprised to find this very special woman on the bleachers. Her grandma!!

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – November 7 – 12, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #45 – 2022

Tuesday – Cold Drip (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Gavels, Tinsel and Murder (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – A Trip with Trouble: The Mountain Lodge Mysteries by Diane Kelly #Review

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – #ReviewRewind – Have Yourself a Beary Little Murder (A Teddy Bear Mystery) by Meg Macy #Giveaway

Saturday – 2023 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge – SIGN UP

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

This was a busy week.

Monday was a full work day as I tried to catch up for the time missed last week.

Tuesday was my Medicare Wellness appointment with my primary doctor who I hadn’t seen in almost 2 years as he never had appointments when I needed him and saw one of his associates instead. I had scheduled the appointment back in February and September 26 was his first available appointment. That had to be rescheduled for November 1 due to my hospital stay. I swear as if I haven’t had enough issues he always has to find something new to treat. This time is my feet. He has referred me to a podiatrist for a variety of things because I am borderline diabetic. He added a new medicine too and wants me to start taking iron tablets because the cancer drugs have made me a little anemic.

Wednesday was a big day for me. I had my final dose of antibiotics at 9 a.m. and my home care nurses were here at 12:30 to remove my PICC line. Again, I imagined it was going to be much worse than it actually was because I looked the procedure up on Google. What took the longest was getting all the tape and bandages off. Then the line was just gently pulled out, pressure applied for about a minute and a small band-aid applied. It hardly bled at all. I am still removing the adhesive though. I am sorry I didn’t take a before picture but it had an open wound about the size of a quarter on my elbow surrounded by very thin skin and was not very photogenic. There is still a lot of fluid retention and bruising right now but to me it is gorgeous. I didn’t lose my arm, the open sore is gone and hopefully, I have really kicked the infection to the curb.

Thursday was another full workday. Then I ventured out of the house for a much-needed haircut. I love that my curls keep coming back.

Friday night meant another football playoff game and Mother Nature was fierce. It rained all day and throughout the game. It was light rain a few times but the 4th quarter was brutal. We all looked like drowned rats. Our Cardinals were the victors with the final score of 35 – 6. They are moving on to the semi-finals and will be playing at a neutral field about 25 minutes from where we live. The freshmen didn’t play, but they warm up, support the team, and walk the sideline all game to keep learning as much as they can. This is the time to let the upperclassmen shine and they didn’t disappoint.“We’re built for mud,” Columbus coach Andrew Selgrad said. “We’re good mudders. Man, is it sloppy out here, but it was fun.”

I am just glad I didn’t have to wash these uniforms.

Photo by Jim Kelsh

We did pick Natalie up to go to the game with us. She spent a lot of time with Remi and met up with some friends too.

Then on the way home, we had a stowaway. Remi is here for the weekend. It is rare that we get him by himself and we loved it.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – October 31 – November 5, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #44 – 2022

Tuesday – A Doomful of Sugar (Maple Syrup Mysteries) by Catherine Bruns #Review / #Giveaway @WritesMystery @PPPress

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery) by Allie Pleiter #Review /@Giveaway @alliepleiter @BerkleyMystery

Thursday – A Book Club to Die For (A Beloved Bookroom) by Dorothy St. James #Review / #Giveaway #GreatEscapesBookTour @DorothyWrites

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – How to Frame a Fashionista (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #Review / #Giveaway @lyricalpress

Saturday – Saturday Giveaway – Death on the Argyle (A Black Sheep & Co. Mystery) by Anne Canadeo #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @anne_canadeo

No new books this week.

 

Just One More Thing

PLEASE VOTE!

“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and this world.” Sharon Salzberg, American Author

It is too important to sit this one out. Too many things are on the line.

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Hi Everyone,

My week for this post starts last Saturday afternoon when we attended a birthday party for a special little boy. Elijah, my great nephew turned 4. It was a Marvel party complete with a pinata and a bouncy house. The kids had a blast. The highlight for me was seeing my niece who I love like a daughter. She moved to Kentucky several years ago. We figured out the last time we saw each other in person was 4 years ago at the birthday boy’s baby shower. She has added two adorable baby boys to her family since then. Health issues and COVID conspired against us and we both committed not to let anything keep us apart that long again. Her brother lives about 25 minutes away from us so we see him and his family regularly but I am thrilled to have gotten a picture of the three of us together. After I saw this picture I realized I really need a haircut, LOL.

Monday I was informed my home health nurse can remove my PICC line so that will happen on Wednesday. It will be so nice to take a shower without my arm wrapped in plastic and not be concerned about pulling it out when I sleep. The stitches from the surgery are dissolving nicely and the bruising is almost gone.

Kaden’s team was supposed to play their 2nd playoff game in the tournament Friday night but because their opponents had to travel over 4 hours to get here the game was moved to Saturday. The problem was Natalie had her first basketball tournament of the season on Saturday too. So without the ability to clone ourselves, We had a decision to make. Daughter #1 pointed out that Kaden’s team was favored to win but being a freshman he probably would not play. So both she and Kaden told us to go to Natalie’s tournament and we could come to next week’s game.

So we went to the basketball games and we were glad we did. Her team won all 3 games against 3 different teams. They won the first game 38-10, the second 43-10, and the third 22-19. The third was against the town we live in now so it was great to see them so evenly matched. It was also fun to see how much the girls have improved since last year. After the games were complete Natalie came back to help Daughter #2 pass out candy at her bank for the Halloween on Main Street event.

After dropping Natalie off at the bank we came home and caught the second half of the football game live-streaming it on our television. They did win 55-24 and Kaden did not play 🙁  but now they move on in the playoffs this week. We just don’t know if will be played on Friday night or Saturday afternoon yet as the team we are playing has about 4 hours of travel too.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – October 24 – 29, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #43 – 2022

Tuesday – A Christmas Candy Killing (A Killer Chocolate Mystery) by Christina Romeril #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @romerilchris

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring The Ghost and the Stolen Tears (Haunted Bookshop Mystery) by Cleo Coyle #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @CleoCoyle

Thursday – Last But Not Leashed: A Veterinarian Cozy Mystery (Dr. Kate Vet Mysteries) by Eileen Brady #Review / #Giveaway @PPPress

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dead of Winter (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @ryan_annelise

Saturday – Minestrone Mischief: A Culinary Cozy (The Italian Kitchen Mysteries) by Rosie Genova #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour


Happy Reading!

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Hi Everyone,

I had a really good week.

Monday my home health nurse arrived to change the bandages around my PICC line and to draw blood from the line for my weekly labs. The week before she had a devil of a time getting blood to flow but after a bunch of saline pushed into the line and moving my arm every which way it finally started flowing blood. On Monday she seemed to have the magic touch and blood was drawn in just a few minutes.

On Tuesday I had an appointment with the infectious disease doc and he told me my numbers were looking great. He ordered an X-ray of my arm and said if it looked good I could complete the IV antibiotics on November 2. His nurse called shortly after we left that said the X-ray was great and that I could plan for the November 2nd end date. Now she just has to schedule for the PICC line removal and I will be released from their care. It has been a stressful crazy couple of months but now there is an end date in sight.

I caught up with my favorite player after the game.

Friday night around here means football. It was the first game of the playoffs and again the Columbus Cardinals didn’t disappoint. It was 28-0 at the end of the first quarter, 42-0 at the end of the half, 49-0 at the end of the 3 quarter, and 63-6 at the end of the game. The freshman were put into the game during the 3rd and 4th quarters and Kaden missed a sack of the quarterback by skinny inches but he did force an interception. I love being at the game but there is no instant reply like on television and I would have loved to watch the play again and again. The smile on Kaden’s face after was the best part. That quarterback definitely knew how lucky he was and after that Kaden was double-teamed every time he was in the game. This Friday Columbus plays Baldwin-Woodville at home. I hope the weather is as nice as it was Friday but this is Wisconsin so it could be snowing.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – October 17 – 22, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #42 – 2022

Tuesday – Gone for Gouda: A Cheese Shop Mystery by Korina Moss #Review @KorinaLMoss

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Kill Them with Canvas (A Paint by Murder Mystery) by Bailee Abbott #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – A Hill to Dye On (Clear Creek Mysteries) by Rebecca McKinnon #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Three Book Problem: A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @vickidelany

Plus – Too Much to Candle (Glenmyre Whim Mysteries) by Sarah E. Burr #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @SarahEBurr

Saturday – Whiskers and Lies (Magical Cats Book) by Sofie Kelly #Review @BerkleyPub

Happy Reading!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post Thoughts

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Still working to catch up on blog review posts, pages, and book tours but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that feels good. Mr. Dollycas is doing an excellent job at administering my antibiotics which would be impossible for me to do with just one hand. I have an appointment with the infectious disease doctor on Tuesday and hopefully will find out how much longer these infusions will need to continue.

On Thursday I had a check-in appointment with my oncologist. He was surprised to see my arm but we both quickly agreed the infection was not related to my cancer or the treatments. He is pleased that I am tolerating the Anastrozole so well. I will not see him again until April.

Friday night was Kaden’s football team’s last game of the regular season. Because it was so blasted cold Mr. Dollycas and I decided to stay home and watch the live stream on television. They won 56 – 14 with the first touchdown coming just 19 seconds into the game on a fumble recovery. The Columbus Cardinals are Conference Champs for the second year in a row and a Junior broke the school’s rushing record. I can’t wait to see his numbers at the end of next year. The playoffs begin next Friday.

Remington had his last game of the season yesterday and he was the captain. They won 34-12 giving them an undefeated season! Again it was too cold for Nana and Papa but Daughter #2 and Charlotte bundled up to cheer on the team. They had a great auntie/niece day!

Kaden supported his little brother too refereeing his games this year.

After the game, each player received this cool poster that came as part of their picture package. Remi is fourth from the left with his foot on the helmet.

How was your week?

Weekly Rewind – October 10 – 15, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #41 – 2022

Tuesday – The Chamomile Conspiracy: A Garden Lover Cozy Mystery (Seasons of the Witch) by Louise Marvin #GuestPost / #Giveaway

Wednesday – Live and Let Grind (A Coffee Lover’s Mystery) by Tara Lush #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @crookedlanebks

Thursday – Murder up to Bat (A Front Page Mystery) by Elizabeth McKenna #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ElizaMcKenna

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dead Calm (A Mattie Winston Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review / #Giveaway @ryan_annelise

Saturday – Saturday Giveaway – The O’Malley Adventures by Ted Mulcahey #Spotlight / #Giveaway


Happy Reading!!


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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – 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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

It feels so good to get back in the swing of things. I am happy to report I did get to the bottom of my email inbox last week. I still have some reviews to write and tours to get booked. I do plan to get the blog giveaways caught up today. I should be back on track by the end of this week. Thank you so much for your patience.

Things are looking good with my arm too. I met with the infectious disease doctor here at the hospital on Tuesday. He was very friendly and wanted to know everything about me and my family. Then he explained that all my numbers are improving and that he is happy with the antibiotic recipe they have me on. I go back to see him in two weeks for follow-up.

After my appointment with him, I had to go to the infusion clinic. Having a PICC line in my arm is great to avoid needle sticks for labs and delivering antibiotics but only when it isn’t clogged. The antibiotics were flowing in great but It wasn’t drawing blood when needed. The nurse at the infusion clinic tried several things to open it up but finally had to insert something into the line and we had to wait 30 minutes. Then she drew it out and Voilà blood started flowing.

Thursday we traveled about an hour away to Madison to meet with a member of my orthopedic team. She said my incision looks great and is healing well. I have all the movement I had before the surgery and more. The stitches will dissolve on their own over the next few weeks. She released me from their care barring any new complications.

The best thing though is even without all the doctors telling me how well I am doing, My body told me so. I am feeling better all over. I have more energy, my appetite is better and my balance has improved. In fact, I felt so good Friday night we bundled up and headed to Columbus to watch the Varsity football team beat Lakeside Lutheran 54 – 13. Kaden didn’t get much playing time but the JV squad played the night before and he played a lot and they won that game big too.

Remi played an away game yesterday. He called to report they won 30 – 6 and that he played the whole game and played every position except quarterback and one other. He even caught an interception!  I loved the excitement in his voice. He plays at home this Saturday and I hope to be there cheering him on.

Natalie and her mom had a great week too. They were at Disney World in Florida! I can’t wait to hear all about it.

How was your week? 


Weekly Rewind – October 3 – 8. 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #40 – 2022

Plus – Guilty as Framed (An Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mystery) by Lois Winston #GuestPost

Tuesday – DEUCE – A Jax Diamond Mystery by Gail Meath #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Peg and Rose Solve a Murder: (A Senior Sleuths Mystery) by Laurien Berenson #Review / #Giveaway @LaurienBerenson

Thursday – Bidding for Revenge (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death by Chocolate Frosted Doughnut (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Ballistics at the Ballet (A Musical Murder Mystery) by B. J. Bowen #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Mystery of the Tea Cup Quilt A Cozy Mystery: Harland Creek Mystery Quilters by Jodi Allen Brice #Review


Have an Awesome Week!!

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post Thoughts

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week or Two in the Life of Dollycas

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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!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

I am so happy to be back home after a really scary time but I still have some healing and treatment ahead.

I was thrilled to see that Mr. Dollycas kept you updated and he also did an excellent job keeping all the Great Escapes Tours going.

The infection in my arm turned out to be a very aggressive variety so I was glad someone took the bull by the horns and told me to get my butt to a larger hospital better equipped to handle it. The orthopedic surgeon didn’t mince any words and told me surgery was the only way to save my arm. He also ordered an MRI, which I failed at badly and was unable to complete. He then switched his order to a CT which I could do all day. That and the X-rays gave him the perfect road map for my surgery. They called it irrigation and debridement which means he scrapped all the bad bone and tissue out and filled in the space with healthy tissue and did some repairs to my tricep muscle which has been iffy since my accident in 2001.

All during my stay, I was receiving IV antibiotics. During my surgery cultures were taken so the exact type of bacteria could be determined and the antibiotics could be tailored to it. I would have to stay in the hospital until that could happen. Knowing I would be continuing taking antibiotics for several weeks after my release a PICC line was placed in my arm Saturday morning. I really appreciated this because due to all the blood being drawn and the continued failure of IV lines due to my thin veins my good arm looked and felt like a train wreck.  On Monday, the cultures all remained negative so I was cleared for release after I had received my daily doses of antibiotics. We arrived home late in the evening after a pit stop to pick up a pizza which I had been craving since my appetite decided to return.

Tuesday a home health nurse arrived to teach us how to administer my antibiotics. Mr. Dollycas rocks it! What started out as 1 session a day has now grown to 3. The dosage remains the same it is just spread out throughout the day. I have a follow-up appointment with an infectious disease doctor this week to see how I am progressing and if any changes to my meds are needed. I also have a follow-up with the orthopedic docs to evaluate my incision. Amazing as it sounds since the surgery I have had no pain. A couple of twinges but nothing requiring medication.

While I did have a very trying 10 days in the hospital that started with a 5 1/2 wait in the Emergency Room just to see a doctor, and a couple of phlebotomists that need a lot more practice, the care I received was excellent. The nurses and CNAs were amazing. They were patient, and kind, and were never rushed. They helped me through the tears, made me laugh, and are people I wish I could get to know outside of the hospital. They got to know my family, despite the crazy COVID visitor rules. Daughter #2 didn’t leave my side until Thursday when I sent her home. They shared parts their lives with me. I had breast cancer in common with one and she really helped me see that if I could battle that this infection was not going to break me. Her brother, also a nurse on the floor, had quite the conversation with Mr. Dollycas about sports all while taking care of my needs. Another nurse with vast experience was a true comfort to me encouraging me to take things one day at a time and not to stress about the entire situation. Lastly, there was a CNA, who will be taking her RN test soon that felt like a daughter to me. She could make me laugh and understood my tears. She witnessed a phone call between me and my husband explaining to him some blogging details that had us all rolling in laughter. Every time she walked into my room she lifted my day. She is going to be a fabulous RN. They all work on a hard floor which includes hospice, cancer patients, and other difficult cases but they were all so positive and encouraging. The floor doctors, my surgeon, his team, and the infectious disease docs were all great too. I was blessed to be in their care.

The one drawback was the insurance craziness. I could have stayed in the hospital for the next 6 weeks basically just waiting for my meds to be administered and because I have surely met my deductible most everything would have been covered by my plan but because I decided to recover and receive treatment at home, saving thousands of dollars, I am hit with a hefty co-pay for the antibiotics. It just boggles my mind. Maybe with medicare allowed to negotiate drug prices I have hope that this may change for others in the future. Right now, the bills have not yet started to roll in so I am focused on my health and getting my life back on track. Plenty of time to worry later. Maybe Publisher’s Clearinghouse will show up at my door with a big check. 🙂

Since Wednesday I have been working on getting the book tours up to date and making a dent in my emails. If you are waiting to hear from me I am doing my best to wade through them all. This week I hope to get back to booking tours and getting my blog posts going again. I have been reading so I have several reviews to write, many with giveaways. The best thing is Mr. Dollycas has learned a lot about what I do and loves setting up Rafflecopter giveaways! With his help I should be back to posting daily, promoting books, and organizing tours as normal soon. Of course, he does have his own day job to fill his days but because of this stupid infection he is again working from home and we are spending our days just a few feet apart as we did during COVID.

How was your week?

Weekly Rewind and New Arrivals will return next week!

Happy Reading!  

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A Week in the Life of Dollycas

This week sure didn’t go as planned.

Tuesday I headed to the hospital for some lab work and a bone density scan that I have yearly following my cancer treatments. I had been having some pain in my mostly paralyzed right arm so we also had an x-ray to rule out a break. Wednesday I was surprised that I hadn’t heard any results nor was there any report in my account with the hospital system. Then about 2 o’clock, my primary’s office called stating it was his day off but that he received my results and he wanted me to go to the Emergency Room as soon as possible. I called Mr. Dollycas who was at work an hour away and gave him the news. He came home right away and we made it to the ER by 3:30. We checked in and waited and waited. They were very busy and no one seemed to have any urgency regarding my condition.

When I finally was admitted and in a room, they ran more tests and X-rays and explained that I may have a bone infection that entered through a wound on my elbow that opened up after a fall a couple of weeks ago that is almost healed.  Tests came back and that is exactly what I had. They wanted to admit me for IV antibiotics but we convinced them to let me come home with oral antibiotics. Let me tell you, they sure pack a wallop. Nausea, headache, lightheadedness, no appetite again, which was almost back to normal. In essence, I feel like crap. I am doing my best to keep up with all my commitments but may have to rearrange a few as I will have to take these meds for at least 30 days. The alternative could mean losing my arm. An arm that can be a hindrance due to it being paralyzed but after 20 years I use it regularly and have no desire to have it gone.

Then on a global front, we lost Queen Elizabeth after just seeing her two days earlier meeting the new prime minister with her purse on her arm, a smile on her face, and a twinkle in her eye. Yes, she was 96 and she had begged off from some events but she was an icon, she had been there my entire life and that made me feel she was invincible. It was like she had a list she had to complete and then could think of herself and go to be with the love of her life. There are so many pictures to love of the Queen but some artists have really outdone themselves this week. Artists Eleanor Tomlinson Art and LadyBugArt.

It has been suggested that perhaps when the rainbows formed over Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace after she passed that Her Majesty had reached the Rainbow Bridge where she was met by countless Corgies and horses.

On a happy note, Kaden had 3 games this week. He dressed but didn’t get to play in the varsity game this week because of “who they were playing” and the score was not another blowout but the boys did win all three games. The pictures below are from the JV game Thursday night. Sadly due to my stupid arm, I wasn’t able to attend any of the games this week.
Remington had an away game on Saturday and because his mom had to work. Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 were his chauffeurs. He is #43 played outside linebacker and his team won 39-3.

Charlotte also has some fun yesterday helping her G.G. (Great Grandma) with a little yard work.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – September 5 – 10, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #36 – 2022

Tuesday – A Death in Door County (A Monster Hunter Mystery) by Annelise Ryan #Review @ryan_annelise

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Peanut Butter Panic (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @aflowerwriter

Thursday – No post due to illness.

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death at Holly Lodge (A Daisy Thorne Mystery) by Louise R. Innes #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @LouiseRoseInnes

Saturday – A Good Dog’s Guide to Murder (A Paws & Claws Mystery) by Krista Davis #Review

Happy Reading!

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