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Happy Thanksgiving

I have so many things to be thankful for this year but it really comes down to people.

The wonderful new people that entered my life this year, the people I met last year that stuck around to see me through ongoing issues, the people I have met online like you, the people I met unexpectedly, the friends I have had forever, and those I recently reconnected with, and my family, the champions, that have stuck with me through thick and thin.

It was another year of medical drama, some of which got very serious, but I was surrounded by people virtually and physically who picked me up and saw me through the pain and the fear. There was a young man who I will probably never see again whose presence let me know there are angels everywhere.

It was a year filled with fun as I had the joy of watching my grandkids excel at sports and school. It included seeing a “bucket list” concert with my daughters. It included family getting together for holidays and birthdays. It included family and friends just coming to visit, and grandchildren staying overnight, for the weekend, or for a week or more.

It is the people in my life that give my life meaning. Hearing how serious the infection was in my arm and that I could have lost my arm or the fact that if it had not been found when we did it could have killed me really made me take stock of everything about my life. I am still dealing with some side effects/conditions that affect the choices I make in my life or that can abruptly change my plans but I hope that changes soon. Most days I feel as good as I did before cancer struck and on those days I was to be present in the people’s lives who have seen me through the good times and bad. The people that I am thankful for today.

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
— Marcel Proust

Happy Thanksgiving! May you be surrouded by people that make you happy today and every day!

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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
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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

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It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
by Allie Pleiter

About It Came upon a Midnight Shear

It Came upon a Midnight Shear (A Riverbank Knitting Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Setting – Maryland
Berkley (November 1, 2022)
Mass Market Paperback ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593201825
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593201824
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09RPVTR4M

A murder in her yarn shop’s backyard puts Libby Beckett’s holiday plans on thin ice.…

The holiday season looks merry and bright for Libby and her friends at Y.A.R.N. The store is expanding for a holiday boom, and she’s gathered Collinstown’s businesses to decorate a community Christmas tree. Dashing “Gallant Herdsman” Vincenzo Marani arrives to showcase the rare vicuña, whose coat produces the world’s most luxurious yarn. It’s a perfect yuletide—until Libby’s ex-husband, Sterling, turns up in town…and then turns up dead.

The murder unravels Libby’s life faster than a hand-knit Christmas stocking. The luxe yarn goes missing, Sterling’s domineering family comes to town, and the vicuña attempt an escape. If Libby can’t stitch up a solution to the case, she may be trading in her knitting needles for a set of handcuffs.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s Christmastime in Collinstown and again the village is pulling out all the stops with businesses decorated with plenty of Christmas finery, a party to decorate the community Christmas tree, and Libby hosting the Dashing “Gallant Herdsman” Vincenzo Marani along with a few rare vicunas whose coats will be sheared by the “Gallant Herdsman” during the three-day event. Vicuña wool is the most luxurious fiber in modern times and it has a price to match.

Too bad Libby’s Scrooge of a husband has arrived in Collinstown when everything was going so well. Then to make matters worse he is found dead behind Libby’s Y.A.R.N. shop bringing the vicuna part of the festivities to an end. Adding more misery to Libby’s event the pricey vicuna yarn she had on display is being stolen ball by ball, the vicuna tries to make a break for it, and her ex-inlaws show up making all kinds of demands.

With herself and her guest Vincenzo Marani high on the suspect list it is time to knit and purl all the clues together as fast as they can because neither has the wish to spend the holidays behind bars,


This was such a fun read! Before I got too far into the story I had to research vicuna to learn more about them but then I quickly jumped right back into the story.

I love the way Libby has gotten so involved in the community, now being the president of the Chamber of Commerce but sadly when she brings guests in for an event at Y.A.R.N. something goes wrong. Her husband Sterling “a Grinch in Gucci loafers” arrives in town and she knows he has an agenda. I found him being the victim was very satisfying for me but I sure didn’t want Libby to be a suspect. She had so much on her plate. Thankfully the author has surrounded her with a great group of friends with distinct personalities.

The mysteries were very well-written and plotted. Libby wasn’t the only one who had a beef with Sterling so there was a wider pool of suspects than I imagined. Ms. Pleiter stitched up quite a story with plenty of twists to keep readers on our toes. I enjoyed every minute of trailing along with Libby to tie up the actual killer.  As for the missing yarn I had several ideas but still didn’t nail down the guilty party before the end of the book when it was revealed.

I enjoy the way the author tells a story. Her descriptive style sets a scene so well. I could see each scene so clearly. The story had a nice pace, ebbing and flowing depending on what was happening. Some moments had me laughing out loud and others had me concentrating with determination to not miss an important clue.

Crafty cozies are some of my faves especially because I can live vicariously through the characters now that I can no longer do most crafts due to my hemiplegic status. I so love Y.A.R.N.  “You’re Absolutely Ready Now” is the meaning Libby started with when opening her store and that her customers can now share their own personal words for the Y.A.R.N. abbreviation. If it was a real shop I can tell you I would spend a lot of time there. I would also love to experience the feel of that vicuna yarn.

It Came upon a Midnight Shear is my favorite book in this series so far. Libby is a wonderful protagonist and the people of Collinstown are interesting. The mysteries are unique and the setting is delightful. Plus it is always fun to learn something new. I am excited about the continuation of the Riverbank Knitting Mysteries. The series is best if read in order but each book can stand on its own.

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About Allie Pleiter

The bestselling author of over fifty titles, Allie Pleiter‘s twenty-year career has sold 1.6 million books.  Allie also coaches on writing productivity and speaks nationally on time management for creatives. Allie is an avid knitter, confirmed coffee junkie and firm believer that “pie makes everything better.” She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and the world’s most adorable dog.

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IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT SHEAR is an intricately plotted mystery filled with cute animals, lush fiber, and a tight-knit group of family and friends. Its holiday setting with baked goods nestled in creates cozy comfort, so grab a Christmas cookie and snuggle in for an enjoyable read.
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November 2 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW
November 3 – FUONLYKNEW – SPOTLIGHT
November 3 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT
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November 7 – Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
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November 8 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
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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

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


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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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Dollycas 9/25/2022 Weekend Update

 

Where is Dollycas Part Deux?

 

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It’s time for an update! I can let you all know that Lori / Dollycas is well on her way to a full recovery from her recent hospital stay and is looking forward to coming home soon, most likely Tuesday 9/27/2022. Her surgery was a very successful one with a side effect she hasn’t felt in 21 years that being to be able to move her fingers on her right side even just a little bit. She is looking forward to sitting in her own room, with her books, surrounded by her family, her puppy Daisy, and friends who haven’t been able to visit due to the hospital’s rules on visitation for patients under their care. But most of all she is looking forward to resuming her real love which is her Book blog & Great Escapes Book Tours and all of her friends and authors related to it all over the globe. She says she may take 1 day once she is home to rest up, read a good book, and play with her Daisy to make sure she knows she wasn’t going to abandon her but then will be back at her desk controlling the “Dollycas” world once again and enjoying every minute of it!!!

This post was set up by Jeff / AKA Mr. Dollycas so please be kind as it is his first attempt without Lori’s direct supervision, thank you all for the support during this difficult past 2 weeks…

 

 

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Where is Dollycas?

Hi Everyone,

Last Friday after reviewing the X-rays of my left arm my doctors noticed that the infection was aggressively attacking the bone around the elbow so I was admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics and to meet with a team of doctors. In their infinite wisdom, they decided surgery was the way to go. So today I am in the operating room. If everything goes as planned I will be here a few more days for recovery and then will return home to continue antibiotics treatment but get back to my life and work. My husband is doing his best to keep the tours running and I am doing what I can to instruct him. He can’t write my reviews for me or make regular posts so I  apologize if I am unable to post what you may be looking for but will as soon as I can. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

 

Lori/Dollycas

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Rules of Engagement by Stacey Abrams/Selena Montgomery #Review

Rules of Engagement
Romantic Suspense
Setting – Iran
Berkley (September 6, 2022)
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593439392
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593439395
Kindle ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09N6FR6YH

Love is a game of chance in this romantic suspense novel by New York Times bestselling author and American politician and activist Stacey Abrams, writing under her pen name, Selena Montgomery.

Dr. Raleigh Foster, an operative for a top-secret intelligence organization, knows that her undercover work has its risks. So she doesn’t hesitate when asked to infiltrate Scimitar, the terrorist group that has stolen lethal environmental technology. But when she’s assigned a partner—brooding, sexy Adam Grayson—to pose as her lover, Raleigh discovers that the most dangerous risk of all…is falling in love.

Adam blames himself for the botched mission that got his best friend killed by Scimitar, and he believes that Raleigh may have contributed to the man’s death. But the closer he works with his alluring partner, the more his suspicions turn to trust—and intense desire. Now, as he and Raleigh untangle a twisted web of secrets and lies, the tension mounts between them…until their masquerade as a couple proves too tempting to resist.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

The mission failed, people died, or did they? Now Dr. Raleigh Foster with Adam Grayson posing as her lover are going back to clean up the mess they left.


Notice how short my recap is of the book, too bad the author didn’t realize less can be more.

I have wanted to read a book by this author for a while but boy did I pick the wrong book. I was ready to give up this overly wordy book at the halfway point but I had committed to review this book so I kept going. It didn’t get any better.

The characters were strange and the relationships are muddy. They had no depth. Raleigh and Adam had worked together before. Supposedly Adam fell in love with her. Now three years later readers are to believe he didn’t recognize her. Then when they started working together again they fought like children. He couldn’t handle she was in charge of the operation but still was interested in her romantically. Just too much bickering for me.

As for this espionage plot, it was all over the place and overly complicated, and hard to follow. The romance scenes were okay but seemed off-putting. I didn’t think the characters had any chemistry. I really started to feel the book just went on and on until the author met the necessary word count.

I admire Stacey Abrams’ political strengths and would definitely vote for her if I lived in Georgia but this book just missed on so many levels. She has a lot on her plate running for Governor and her work boosting voter turnout, maybe she should stick to that right now because it seems clear she lost her focus on this book.

Rules of Engagement definitely wasn’t my cup of tea.  I was so excited to read it but it just fell flat. Maybe I will read one of her earlier books when she wasn’t so politically involved someday to see if this book was just a misstep.

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About the Author

Selena Montgomery is the nom de plume of Stacey Abrams—she is the three-time New York Times bestselling author of Our Time Is Now, Lead from the Outside, and While Justice Sleeps; an entrepreneur; and a political leader. As Selena Montgomery, she is an award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels.

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