Jun 162019
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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~ 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!

Both Dad’s in my life watch over us from heaven, but they are always in my heart and thoughts. I wish our children had more time with them and our grandchildren had met them. They were taken from us much too soon. 

My week started Monday morning meeting a new doctor. Mr. Dollycas’s doctor is retiring and I had really lost confidence in my doctor after some stupid, thankfully not life-threatening errors. We really liked him and he has agreed to take both of us on with our vast medical issues. He had some great suggestions and insights. He had me redo a couple of lab tests so he could straighten out my prescriptions. I have never had trouble giving blood but did this time so I am sporting a nice bruise. The labs came back better than expected, hopefully, now I am back on track. Mr. Dollycas still has to follow up with his surgeon for a while but now he has a new family practice physician. 

One of the authors touring with Great Escapes Book Tours really brightened up my Friday when the clerk from local flower shop knocked on my door. I love organizing those tours.

Other than that it was a pretty uneventful week. Blogging and book tours filled by days and reading and television filled by nights. Not much really to watch as far as dramas though. I am excited that CBS is bringing The Good Fight off their paid access to free television tonight. I enjoyed The Good Wife and would have watched The Good Fight right away but I wasn’t going to pay extra for it. 

Did you do anything fun last week? 

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – June 10 – 15, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #24 2019 – Check Out My Escapes

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Those People by Louise Candlish

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Dead Big Dawg (A Loon Lake Mystery) by Victoria Houston – #Review / #Giveaway @GalleryBooks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Crafter Hooks a Killer: A Handcrafted Mystery by Holly Quinn – Great Escapes Book Tour @crookedlanebks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Game of Scones (A Sugar & Spice Mystery) by Mary Lee Ashford #Review / #Giveaway @lyricalpress

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death in Kew Gardens (A Below Stairs Mystery) by Jennifer Ashley @BerkleyMystery

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway The Corpse Wore Stilettos by MJ O’Neill – Great Escapes Book Tour @melindajONeill


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Jun 022019
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

We had a big day yesterday. 

The day started out with Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 taking the dogs to the yearly vet appointment. We still go to the same vet that we had before our move so it is about an hour away. For dogs 16 years old they are in pretty good health. Their hearing is mostly gone, their vision is declining, they have some fatty tumors and some arthritis is setting in but they are still pretty frisky and keep us on our toes.  You have to look closely but Oreo, our black and white dog is in the driver’s seat and Nera is ready to ride shotgun. 🙂 They were definitely ready to leave the vet and come home.

 

Our day continued to our honorary son’s house to celebrate 2 birthdays and celebrate new life after heart surgery. Our friend, John had open heart surgery to repair a bad valve almost 3 weeks ago at the Cleveland Clinic. At his followup appointment, he ended up being readmitted for another overnight visit to regulate his heartbeat, scaring the daylights out of everyone, before returning home to Kentucky. Then a couple of days later he ended up overnight there in the hospital to get the rhythm regulated again, another big scare.  

The plan was to come to Wisconsin this weekend for his grandson’s birthday party but I thought after the extra 2 trips to the hospital his visit would be postponed. But, nope, I was stunned to learn on he was on his way and after just 1 overnight stop he was pulling in to his son’s home. I have known John almost my entire life and knew he was stubborn. This time it is paying off. He is making a great recovery. We hope to see him and his awesome wife Annette when they come to Wisconsin again in a couple of weeks. 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

The birthdays we celebrated were Dakota’s 7th birthday and Daughter’s #2’s 28th birthday. Mother Nature tried to rain on our party but a little rain could never stop this group. Dakota’s party has come to be our annual first get together of the summer. We always have fun and make future summer plans. 

What did you do this weekend?

~Lori

 

Weekly Rewind – May 27 – June 1, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #22 2019

Tuesday – Nana’s Nook – Pinky Got Out! by Michael Portis (Author), Lori Richmond (Illustrator) #Review

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries) by Kate Young @KensingtonBooks @KAYoungBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Dana Dratch – Author of Seeing Red (A Red Herring Mystery) #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Daughter’s Truth by Laura Bradford @KensingtonBooks @bradfordauthor

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dead Firefly (A Loon Lake Mystery) by Victoria Houston #Review / #Giveaway #FF

Saturday – #Spotlight – A Patchwork of Clues (Queen Bees Quilt Shop) by Sally Goldenbaum @lyricalpress @sallygoldenbaum

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder, She Wrote: Murder in Red by Jessica Fletcher & Jon Land @BerkleyMystery

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead filled with plenty of time to Escape Into A Good Book!

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May 122019
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

I want to wish all the moms a very Happy Mother’s Day!

It was a normal week here for me, but Daughter #1 can’t say the same. She was driving home from work Monday afternoon when a semi kicked up a huge piece of the highway. No time to stop she hit the concrete and the front tire on the driver’s side exploded. The piece continued on with some velocity to damage the oil pan, catalytic converter, muffler before taking out one of the rear tires. “It happened so fast!”

First, I am thankful she was not hurt and must have done some great driving to keep it under control. A few years ago a friend had the same thing happen but the rock went through his windshield and he was badly hurt. Since the damage to her car was mostly under the vehicle, it looks like a car with 2 flat tires. That is why the insurance company is giving her such a hard time.

Me with Daughter #1

When she called to report the accident the woman told her not to worry she had full coverage. She had it towed to a local place, where they took pictures, worked up an estimate, and contacted the insurance company.  They responded saying they would just replace the tires, which costs less than her deductible, and not address any of the other issues. She can’t drive it without the other things fixed.

After trying for days to get them to see reason they are now requiring the car to be towed to a shop of their choosing, which won’t happen until tomorrow or Tuesday. Plus they will not pay for a rental car until work is actually started on her car.

To say the least, she is frustrated and I feel so bad for her. She works so hard, in a very difficult job that she loves, for which I wish she was better compensated.  She is a wonderful mom to Kaden and Remi and shouldn’t have to put up with this crap. Sadly in our state, the roads are in terrible condition and the state holds no responsibility for any accidents or injuries so if the insurance company doesn’t take care of all the issues, it will be out of her pocket. Having insurance is a great thing until you actually try to use it. “Hey, insurance companies, news flash! Nobody’s perfect!” (sadly she doesn’t have Liberty Mutual)

    

Weekly Rewind – May 6 – 11, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #19 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – A Deadly Feast: A Key West Food Critic Mystery by Lucy Burdette – Great Escapes Book Tour @lucyburdette @crookedlanebks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Annette Dashofy – Author of Fair Game (A Zoe Chambers Mystery) – #AuthorInterview – #Review / #Giveaway @HeneryPress – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Good Detective by John McMahon @PutnamBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Pineapple Upside Down Murder (The Cast Iron Skillet Mystery Series) by Jodi Rath #Review / #Giveaway @jodirath

Saturday – Spotlight / #Giveaway – For a Good Paws (A Barkery & Biscuits Mystery) by Linda O. Johnston – Great Escapes Book Tour @midnightinkbook

Have a wonderful week!

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

Yesterday we joined the people from Mr. Dollycas’s office for YOOPER DAY at the ballpark. His boss is from the U.P. 🙂 We scored cool hats and T-shirts as we entered. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were playing the Burlington Bees. The Rattlers were behind 5 runs at the end of the first inning. A rally in the 8th brought them close, but they ended up losing 8 – 6. 🙁

It was definitely not a nice Spring day. The temperature stayed right at 39 degrees and the wind added to the chill. But it didn’t rain or snow! 

Mr. Dollycas and I lasted less than one inning before we made the trip upstairs to the indoor club room where we could watch the game through the windows or on the television. We were also able to watch the NFL draft.

By about the third inning Daughter #2 and Daughter #1 and her family joined us in the warm indoors. Grandson Kaden ventured out on the balcony and stayed there for most of the game. His brother Remi joined him for part of the time. The kids went back to their seats for the last couple of innings, but us grandparents stayed where it was warm. The boys really enjoyed the game. Son #2 sadly had to work. 

We enjoyed a fun tailgate before the game and we had a great time all day despite the cold. We were already talking about going to another game this summer before we left the park, either the Timber Rattlers again or maybe the Milwaukee Brewers. Papa was just thrilled that we all enjoyed the game so much! 

Natalie and her mom were on an adventure of their own. They took the train to Chicago and to the American Girl store to celebrate birthdays with her girl cousins and their moms.

Weekly Rewind – April 22 – 27, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #17 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Diva Sweetens the Pie (A Domestic Diva Mystery) by Krista Davis @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Magickal Mystery Lore (An Abracadabra Mystery) by Sharon Pape #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @sbpape

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Thread on Arrival (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery) by Lea Wait @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Murder, She Wrote: A Date with Murder by Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain, and Jon Land #Spotlight / #Giveaway @BerkleyMystery

Saturday – #Spotlight – The Body in the Wetlands (A Jazzi Zanders Mystery) by Judi Lynn – Great Escapes Book Tour @lyricalpress

Wishing you a happy week! 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!


We are having a quiet weekend, at least it has been so far. The great news is that my new computer has finally arrived. Mr. Dollycas and I are working on getting all the software loaded and files transferred from the temporary computer I have been using. The files from the old drive are still a work-in-progress but I have high hopes. I plan to start using the new one Monday morning while having this one on stand by just in case. I will post an update next week. 

Weekly Rewind – April 15 – 20, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #16 2019

Tuesday – #Review – Night Beach (The Seaside Saga)by Joanne DeMaio

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Daryl Wood Gerber – Author of Sifting Through Clues (A Cookbook Nook Mystery) #GuestPost / #Recipe / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour – @DarylWoodGerber

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Egyptian Antiquities Murder (HighSociety Lady Detective) by Sara Rosett @SaraRosett

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

Saturday – Special Guest – Barbara Barrett – Author of Connect the Dots (Mah Jongg Mysteries) – Great Escapes Book Tour – #Interview / #Giveaway

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Apr 142019
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

An Event FULL Week!

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I knew last week was going to be a busy week but I missed an event on Tuesday that I was looking forward to because my body just wouldn’t cooperate. I mentioned last week how the weather changes were affecting me.

To celebrate National Library Week new cozy author, Holly Quinn was going to be at the library where my sister works Tuesday night. She and I planned to go together. Well by about noon on Tuesday I had to admit I was not going to be able to leave the house. My left ear was still plugged and truthfully it felt like my whole body was congested. My amazing sister still went to the event and had so much fun. It isn’t often cozy authors are in this neck of the woods, so I am sad I missed this opportunity. Holly does live in Wisconsin, so I hope I can attend one of her events soon. 

By Thursday, I was feeling a bit better, which was good because grandson, Remington’s Spring Concert was that night. For the record, the nice weather from last week was gone, snow on Wednesday, cold, wind, and rain on Thursday, so the only place Spring could be found was in the high school gymnasium.

The concert was for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. There were more than 100 kindergartners on that stage and it was hard to pick him out from the masses, so I grabbed him for a picture on the way out. The kids all did a wonderful job. It just amazed me that I graduated from that school almost 40 years ago and not too much had changed. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. Great for memories but there are a lot of people in the community questioning if the facilities are meeting student needs. With grandkids in the district, this is something I will be following. 

That brings us to Event #3. Natalie’s Dance Recital and Birthday Lunch. Again at my old high school. After months of practice, the kids took to the stage to dance to the Greatest TV Show theme songs. All the dancers started off the show dancing to the theme from The Greatest Showman and then her group danced to The Dukes Of Hazard and Kacey Undercover theme songs.

After the recital, we picked up the grandsons (Daughter #1 had to work 😥 ) and went to a local restaurant for an early birthday lunch for Natalie because her mom has a surprise getaway planned for the weekend after her birthday.

It was great that Mr. Dollycas’s mom joined us for both the recital and the lunch too. I also was able to visit with a woman I used to work with before my accident at the recital during the short intermission. That really made my day. 

So while I did miss 1 event I am so happy I was able to attend the others. I have no events on my calendar for this week so I am going to rest up because with this family things can pop up at a moments notice. 😀

~Lori 

Weekly Rewind April 8 – 13, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #15 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – An Artless Demise (A Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber @BerkleyMystery

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Murder in Tranquility Park (A Ferrara Family Mystery) by J.D. Griffo #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Don Con by Richard Armstrong

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Guilty as Cinnamon (A Spice Shop Mystery) by Leslie Budewitz #Review / #Giveaway #FF

Saturday – Special Post – The Surprising Reading Habits of Millennials – The Expert Editor

Have a great week!!

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Mar 242019
 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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~ 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!

The End is Near

Google+ will only be up a few more days. The social network is set to self-destruct on April 2. I didn’t sign up right away, Google and I had our issues years ago when they locked me out of all my accounts for 8 days for violating some never explained Terms of Service. It ended up being a good thing because I transferred my blog to a self-hosted WordPress situation and that opened up many new possibilities. After adding some safeguards I ventured back into Google for some of their other products. Thankfully, it is only the social network going away. Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, Photos, etc. are not affected.

Of course, many people are both on Facebook and Google+like me but I “met” and followed different people there too. Not just bookworms like most of the people I follow. I followed one woman, a real estate agent in Arizona who shares the most beautiful homes she has listed. They are way out of my budget and far away from Wisconsin, but the pictures are gorgeous. Homes to dream about. I follow a man that posts updates about what is coming and leaving NetFlix and Hulu. I find his posts entertaining and informative. I also have found some great recipes there, again with wonderful images. Some photographers share their work too! But most of my newsfeed is full of book posts from every genre imaginable. My wish list has grown due to many of the books I have found there.

I loved the 3-column format and the absence of ads everywhere. Not having all the ads was probably the reason this social network experiment is closing. From reading the recent Google Help posts I also see that many people didn’t even know that had a Google+ until they received the email telling them it was closing so maybe promotion was part of the issue too. I know a lot of people didn’t understand that Google+ was a separate feature and they didn’t read the notification clearing thinking the whole Google Corporation was closing and that they were losing their blogs, their Gmail, their YouTube videos and all the photos they had saved on their phones. IT IS JUST THE SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK CLOSING DOWN. None of those other things are affected. With the social media network closing, it does affect commenting and sharing on blogs though. That feature has been gone for a few weeks already.

So what’s next? Who is going to fill the void left by this action? Do we just stick with Facebook? Or do we search for something new?

I have been trying out MeWe. MeWe calls itself the “alternative to Facebook”, and emphasizes its commitment to privacy over generating revenue and many G+ members are trying out the ad-free site. The site is still evolving but it has been seeing a rapid growth according to press releases. I joined a few weeks ago and joined the bookish groups as well. But according to my contacts lists that were transferred not many of my friends belong to MeWe and because of their high privacy setup it is hard to find friends. I believe I am the only cozy mystery lover posting in the book related groups.

The site is very chat based and that is just not for me. I like to scroll and comment and read posts. I have shut that feature off. But with only a few friends my NewsFeed is basically filled with only my posts. You are given the option to share the posts with your contacts or share them publically. I have been sharing all of my posts publically and hoped others would do the same. If they are, they are not showing up in my feed at all. Maybe I am missing something, I am learning my way around.

So for me, this is an experiment. Without contacts there, I don’t see the point of just posting for myself. I have added following me there as a bonus option for my giveaways, but please don’t join MeWe because of me. If you are on there find me! https://mewe.com/i/loricaswell I’ll and we’ll see how it goes. I will revisit this topic in a few weeks.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind March 18 – 23, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #12 2019

Tuesday – #Spotlight / #Excerpt / #Giveaway – Prussian Counterpoint: A Joseph Haydn Mystery by Nupur Tustin

Plus – #Review / #Giveaway – An Au Pair to Remember: A Male Housekeeper Mystery by Stephen Kaminski – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Cheryl F. Taylor – Author of Murder on the Wind (Rock Shop Cozy Mystery) #GuestPost / #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Criminally Cocoa (An Amish Candy Shop Mystery) by Amanda Flower @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Lighthouse Beach: A Novel by Shelley Noble #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Recipe / #Giveaway – Chocolate Cream Pie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) by Joanne Fluke @KensingtonBooks

 

Hope the sun shines down upon you today! 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
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It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by
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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!

One Key To A Happy Marriage

Mr. Dollycas and I have been married for almost 36 years. During that time we have evolved from having about 5 television stations to hundreds along with NetFlix, Hulu, and all the other options including the ability to record while watching other shows. While we do enjoy a variety of similar shows the last few years I have realized I can’t watch t.v. in the same room as him. The man can’t watch a commercial to save his life. He channel surfs or flips between 2 or 3 shows. Someones during this flipping we miss key parts of the show we were originally watching. So to keep us blissfully happy 🙂 He has full control of the television in the living room and I have full control of the television in the bedroom. The only time this changes is when the grandkids are here, but this weekend, that changed.

You see I made what could have been a major purchase but because of a sale and a gift card, I couldn’t resist. The television in the bedroom was a hand me down from Daughter #2 to replace an old big box television we had had for years. It worked fine except the sound wouldn’t get loud enough. That was fine for me because I could shut the bedroom door and I was thrilled to have a flat screen. At Christmastime, I saw a television on Amazon for a great price but wanted to spend my money on presents for the family, not myself. I put the television in the cart and left it there and watched the price change several times, always higher and higher.

On Wednesday, I saw the message that there were prices changes to items in my cart. OMG, the t.v. was on sale lower than at Christmas. I assume this is because there are new models for 2019, but I didn’t care, it was a “smart” television with Kindle Fire and easy access to Amazon Prime Movies, NetFlix, Hulu and more. I debated with myself for a few hours then I pulled the trigger and placed my order about 5 p.m. I also had a $50 Amazon gift card I was going to use for books, but I couldn’t pass up this deal. The t.v was/is on sale for $99, with the service plan the new t.v. cost me just $57.

It arrived on Friday (Super Fast Shipping) and Daughter #2 helped me to get it set up and learn about the features and the remote. It was super easy and the sound works wonderfully. The picture is much better too! I also love that it has Alexa.

We then moved my old flatscreen to our spare room and have hooked the Xbox to it for the grandkids games along with cable so they can watch all their shows. (A blessing that the sound is lower.) This also means we can have dual family movie nights if we wish but they will probably still happen in the living room. Mr. Dollycas and I do watch a movie together occasionally. We watched Bohemian Rapsody a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it very much. This only works because there are no commercials 🙂 I was smiling ear to ear last night as he channeled surfed and I watched Book Club.

How was your week?

~Lori


Weekly Rewind February 25 – March 2, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #9 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Broken Heart Attack (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Restaurant Weeks Are Murder (A Poppy McAllister Mystery) by Libby Klein #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks @LibbyKleinBooks

Thursday – #Review – Fields’ Guide to Voodoo (The Poppy Fields Adventures) by Julie Mulhern

Plus – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: VINES THAT BIND – Premiering this Sunday, March 3 at 9pm/8c! @dollycas #ChronicleMysteries #Sleuthers @HallmarkMovie @Ali_Sweeney @BenjaminAyres #Ad
I am live tweeting during the movie tonight!

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Chardonnayed to Rest (The Wine Trail Mysteries) by J.C. Eaton #Review / #Giveaway @lyricalpress

Saturday – #Spotlight – Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire (Calla Lily Mystery #1) by Anna Celeste Burke @aburke59

Have a blissful week! 

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Feb 282019
 

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CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: VINES THAT BIND

The latest edition of Alex McPherson’s true crime podcast leads her and the Chronicle staff to nearby Macklin, where they investigate a death ruled as an accident by the local police. Before Alex can get to the bottom of what she feels was a murder, another member of the family is felled by a bullet. She and her colleagues soon amass a formidable roster of suspects, all of whom had the motive and opportunity to commit the crimes. Starring Alison Sweeney and Benjamin Ayres.

It premieres this Sunday, March 3 at 9pm/8c
on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel!

I will be live tweeting during the movie! 

@dollycas #ChronicleMysteries #Sleuthers @HallmarkMovie  
@Ali_Sweeney @BenjaminAyres
#Ad

You can view a sneak peek of CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: Vines That Bind here –
https://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/chronicle-mysteries-vines-that-bind/videos

Meet me on Twitter Sunday Night
and let’s chat about Vines That Bind! 9pm/8c

@dollycas #ChronicleMysteries #Sleuthers @HallmarkMovie  
@Ali_Sweeney  @BenjaminAyres #Ad

See You There!

Did you miss the first two movies in this series?
You can catch up on Sunday!

CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: RECOVERED Sunday, March 3 5:00 PM / 4:00c

CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: THE WRONG MAN  Sunday, March 3 6:00 PM / 5:00c

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now 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.

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!

Bearded What???

Mr. Dollycas finished up his second week back to work strong. For the first time in years, he says he is without pain except for a little stiffness in his back. The nerves are regenerating and he is gaining feeling back in his legs and feet. He is no longer wearing his back brace at the home or office. Still using the walker but getting stronger every day. He is excited for Spring so he can get out and walk like he used to. I just wish I could walk with him. We used to walk at least 2 miles a day together prior to my accident in 2001.

Anyway, he came home from work on Friday and told me he had a special visitor at work. From the way he was talking I thought someone brought their dog into work. As I was leaving my desk he said, “Did you see my picture on Facebook?” I hadn’t so I brought up his page and this is what I saw…..

Had a visitor stop by the office this afternoon as I completed my 2nd week back to work. Not nearly as creepy as it looks at it is a very friendly and just loved to snuggle up on me to keep itself warm. It is a bearded dragon that as long as I petted it lightly downward over her back would have stayed there indefinitely. Thanks, Maggie for sharing Whiz with me!

OMG!!! No thank you!!

I love dogs! We have two wonderful dogs.  I love cats! We have had several.  Fish are great, we have 2 huge goldfish in our tank. Not so fond of guinea pigs or gerbils but the kids had those over the years. Bearded dragons are right there with snakes for me. Fine at the zoo, behind glass. Snuggling on your chest . . . not in this house. If Whiz wants to visit him at work, that fine, but he better not have any ideas of getting one of his own or he may find himself back in the hospital 🙂

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – February 18- 23, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #8 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Hot Fudge Murder (A Lickety Splits Mystery) by Cynthia Baxter @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Murders and Metaphors: A Magical Bookshop Mystery by Amanda Flower #Review / #Giveaway @crookedlanebks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Murder at Blackburn Hall (High Society Lady Detective) by Sara Rosett @SaraRosett

Plus – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: THE WRONG MAN – Premiering this Sunday, February 24th at 9pm/8c! @dollycas #ChronicleMysteries #Sleuthers @HallmarkMovie I will be live tweeting tonight!

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Riesling to Die (The Wine Trail Mysteries) by J.C. Eaton #Review / #Giveaway @lyricalpress

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Eclairs, Scares & Haunted Home Repairs (Spells & Caramels) by Erin Johnson – Great Escapes Book Tour – @EJohnsonWrites

Have a great week!! 

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