May 192019
 

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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!

May is Mental Health Month

Losing my eldest son to suicide on May 15, 2015, was devastating. Since that time Suicide Prevention Awareness has become a big part of my life. But Mental Health encompasses more than suicide prevention.  ADHD, PTSD, DID, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and more can of, course lead to suicide but with proper treatment, these issues can be lead to positive outcomes and recovery.  Taking care of your mental health is the smart thing to do.

Mental Health Conditions

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person’s thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone’s ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school, and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment, and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too.*

Recovery and Wellness

One in 5 adults experiences a mental health condition every year. One in 17 lives with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. In addition to a person’s directly experiencing a mental illness, family, friends, and communities are also affected.

Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24. The normal personality and behavior changes of adolescence may mimic or mask symptoms of a mental health condition. Early engagement and support are crucial to improving outcomes and increasing the promise of recovery.*

For more information visit The National Alliance of Mental Health.

CALL THE NAMI HELPLINE

800-950-NAMIinfo@nami.org

M-F, 10 AM – 6 PM ET

FIND HELP IN A CRISIS OR TEXT “NAMI” TO 741741

*Information from The National Alliance of Mental Health.

Daughter #1 Update 

Last week I told you about my daughter’s accident and her insurance company fiasco. This past week her car was towed to a garage affiliated with the insurance company. Her quote at the new place was $1000 higher than the place she had it towed to, but the insurance company approved the repair within minutes along with her rental car charges. They are now waiting on parts and told her she should have her car back by the end of the month. What a crazy racket. No wonder insurance costs so much. She is just happy to have it settled and hopes all the damage will actually be fixed. I purposely have not shared the company’s name but if she has any more issues or the vehicle is not completely fixed I will.  If they go above and beyond to make things right after a week of craziness I will share that too.


Weekly Rewind – May 13 – 18, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #20 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Staging is Murder (A Laura Bishop Mystery) by Grace Topping – Great Escapes Book Tour – @HeneryPress @gtoppingauthor

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Knit One, Die Two (A Knit & Nibble Mystery) by Peggy Ehrhart #Review / #Giveaway – @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Dying for Devil’s Food (Cupcake Bakery Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay @BerkleyMystery

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Coloring Crook (Pen & Ink) by Krista Davis #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @kristadavis

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mind Your Manors (A Flamingo Realty Mystery) by CeeCee James



I hope you have an amazing week!

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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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May 052019
 

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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!

Work, Read and Videotape

This is the start of the third week with my new computer and I am loving it. 99% of the time it is lightning fast and I blame that pesky 1% on the internet, not on the computer. Due to that speed, I am getting so much more done, I even have time to work ahead or quit some of my days early giving me more time to read. That’s a very good thing. 

Miss Natalie had her Spring Concert this past week, but Mr. Dollycas had a work commitment so we were unable to go. Daughter #1 and Remi attended and she did the most wonderful thing. She videotaped the first song and sent to me. She also sent pictures so I could share today. Mr. Dollycas’s mom (G.G.) was also able to attend. Natalie should be here for a weekend soon and she can tell me all about it. I also want to hear all about the trip to Chicago for her birthday. 

Did you do anything fun last week? 

 


Weekly Rewind – April 29 – May 4, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #18 2019

Plus – #Review – Deadly Southern Charm (Cozy Mystery Anthology) by Sisters in Crime – Central Virginia – Great Escapes Book Tour

And – Special Guests – The Central Virginia Sisters in Crime – Interview

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Wed, Read & Dead (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks

Plus – #Review / / #Giveaway – Flower Power Trip (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with D.E. Haggerty – Author of Hide Not Seek (The Not So Reluctant Detectives) – #Character Guest Post – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Scent of Murder: A Mystery (A Jazz Ramsey Mystery) by Kylie Logan @StMartinsPress @KylieLoganBks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Died in the Wool (A Knit & Nibble Mystery) by Peggy Ehrhart #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder on Trinity Place (A Gaslight Mystery) by Victoria Thompson @BerkleyMystery

I hope you have a spectacular week! 

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Apr 212019
 

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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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Apr 072019
 

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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!

Even after a few snow flurries last week Spring has Sprung here in Wisconsin. The snow has all melted, I have seen both my first robin and first rabbit in our yard, and the blond dog is dropping fur everywhere. But I also know it is Spring because my bad leg is retaining more water than usual and my left ear is plugged. Looking back at my Facebook memories, it seems those two things are my common complaints for this week every year since I have been on Facebook. 

Spring also means road construction and here that means new sewer mains for the road adjacent to ours which means a few detours for Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 every day and for Daughter #2 when she delivered Kaden on Friday. At least the kid is honest, “Can I come to your house? You have internet and an Xbox.” Well, he is here to help with some chores as well. Plus, I love having him around. We watched the movie G-Force Friday night. As I type this on Saturday we have a few options for movies tonight too. His mom will return to take him home later today. Hopefully, she brings Remi so I can grab a hug or two. The house definitely has a different vibe when just one of them are here at a time. 

I hope Spring is springing in your neck of the woods. 

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – April 1 – 6, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #14 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Deadly Deception (The Deadly Series) by Kate Parker – Great Escapes Book Tour @KateParkerbooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring The Hidden Corpse (A Food Blogger Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder – Great Escapes Book Tour #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Loch Ness Papers (A Scottish Bookshop Mystery) by Paige Shelton @MinotaurBooks

Friday – #Review – A Witch to Remember: A Wishcraft Mystery by Heather Blake @crookedlanebks

Plus- #FlashbackFriday – Dakota Dream (Dakota Series) by Lauraine Snelling #Review / #Giveaway #FF

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Flower Power Trip (Braxton Campus Mysteries) by James J. Cudney – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death Waits in the Dark (A Writer’s Apprentice Mystery) by Julia Buckley @BerkleyMystery

I hope you all have a fun-filled week! 

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Mar 312019
 

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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!

A New Normal

Friday would have been my son Kris’ 34th birthday. We had no big plans but Daughter #2 had the day off and took me for a much-needed haircut. Everyone else had to work. Daughter #1 was even forced to work overtime. We did connect via telephone and had a nice chat.

For some reason, it has gotten just a little easier for us to get through this day. I get sad but his birth brings such wonderful memories. Unlike the day of his death when I seem to fall apart and want/need all my family around me.

I decided earlier in the week that to honor his birthday I would highlight Suicide Prevention Awareness on my social media accounts and that is what I did. On average, there are 129 suicides per day. Sharing the hotline information may save someone’s life, so I do it often. Everyone grieves differently and I think I am finding my new normal for his birthday, celebrate his life while trying to help others.

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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~Lori 


Weekly Rewind – March 25 – 30, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #13 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Leave No Scone Unturned (Chef-to-Go Mysteries) by Denise Swanson @sbkslandmark

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with J.C. Eaton – Author of Pinot Red or Dead? – #AuthorInterview / #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review – Trouble on the Books: A Castle Bookshop Mystery by Essie Lang

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Literal Mess (An Allie Cobb Mystery) by J.C. Kenney #Review / #Giveaway / #FF

Saturday – #SpecialGuest / #Giveaway – Danny Pelfrey – Author of Like A Tree (A Davis Morgan Mystery) with Wanda Pelfrey – Great Escapes Book Tour @dwpelfrey

Plus – #Spotlight – Dyeing Season (Dewberry Farm Mysteries) by Karen MacInerney

I hope you all have a wonderful 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
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!

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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Mar 172019
 

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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!

Memories

Friday marked the 4 anniversary of my son’s death by suicide. My post on Facebook started like this:

4 Years – 48 Months – 1461 days – 35060.5 hours – 2,103630 minutes –
126, 217,800 seconds – Since we were told you were gone. Our hearts broke and our lives were forever chang
ed.

I took the day off from the computer and took a little “me time”. Kris is always on my mind but I went through a couple of photo albums and cried a bunch but smiled a bunch too.

As the 1st anniversary approached we as a family decided to go out for dinner and spend time together. Frankly, I just didn’t want to be alone. We were all pretty numb. We went to the Ponderosa Steak House. Somewhere we had gone several times as a family over the years. Going out to eat on the day has now become a tradition. A time to be together, share our memories and pass around plenty of hugs. This year as we were discussing where to go, I brought up one of my first memories of Kris.

Kris was born on a Friday. His dad was in a bowling league every Wednesday night. Wednesday rolled around and I didn’t want to stay home alone with the baby yet. Mr. Dollycas phoned his mom and said, “Do you think it would be o.k. to take him to the bowling alley?” She quickly replied, “He’s yours, you can take him wherever you want. He was quickly bundled up in his little snowsuit and off we went to the bowling alley, where he quickly became the center of attention. For the rest of that season, he went to the bowling alley every Wednesday night. As he got older and was joined by 2 sisters and a brother we went bowling as a family quite often.

So the bowling alley/sports pub in our hometown, about 3 miles from the one we went to all those years before, was recently taken over by new owners and we had heard great things about the food so the reservation was made. We had a great dinner and ran into a couple of members of our extended family and friends we hadn’t seen in a while too. More memories and hugs! We also made a couple of new memories as the grandchildren, Daughter #2 and Son #2 bowled a game. For one of the grands, it was their first time bowling. About the same age as Kris was when he bowled his first game.

Kris’ Daughter, Natalie

The night ended with another round of hugs and no tears, at least when we were all together.

I will never say the pain or the grieving gets easier because so far it hasn’t. It gets different. It doesn’t hit on only a few days of the year either. It is an everyday pain. Every time we get together, Kris is missed. Every day his daughter, now almost 7, lives her life I think about the things he is missing and the joy she is missing by not having her daddy here doing things with her. His death has had a profound effect on our entire family.

So here is where I get on my soapbox for a minute.

If you are dealing with depression, reach out, get help. Your life matters!

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
#StopSuicide

If you know someone that is dealing with depression or just acting off, step up, offer to listen, try to get them to accept help. Let them know their lives matter and that they are important to you. Don’t give up! Stay present! Just because they are seeing a therapist/doctor doesn’t mean they are o.k. Just because they seem better doesn’t mean they are. Kris seemed better. He was seeing a therapist. He reached out for help until that night when he didn’t. I am not an expert. I am just giving my 2 cents because I don’t want any family to join us on a journey like this.  Know what to watch for. You can find more information here: https://afsp.org/about-suicide/

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – March 11 – 16, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #11 2019

Tuesday – Early Review – Run Away by Harlan Coben @GrandCentralPub

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Something Read, Something Dead: A Lighthouse Library Mystery by Eva Gates – #Review / #Giveaway @crookedlanebks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Cat Got Your Crown: A Kitty Couture Mystery by Julie Chase @crookedlanebks 

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Assault and Pepper (A Spice Shop Mystery) by Leslie Budewitz #Review / #Giveaway #FF

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Mrs. Jeffries Delivers the Goods (A Victorian Mystery) by Emily Brightwell @BerkleyMysteries

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Death by Association: A DIY Diva Mystery by Paula Darnell – Great Escapes Book Tour @PaulaJDarnell

Hugs can heal! Pass them around!! 

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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!

The Magic of Storytelling

New Books for Children in Need
Through a long-standing relationship with First Book, Disney has provided more than 67 million books to children in need.

They’ve inspired millions to take action to help bring new books and resources to these kids across the country. The books Disney donates are distributed by First Book to educators in schools and programs exclusively serving children from low-income families around the United States.

You Can Share the Magic of Storytelling

One for One Book Donation: With every eligible book you buy at a participating retailer between January 11 and March 31, 2019, Disney will donate a new book to First Book (up to a maximum of 1,000,000 books across all of Disney’s 2019 Magic of Storytelling book donation promotions). A full list of eligible books and participating retailers is available at MagicofStorytelling.com .

Share a Shelfie: From January 11 to March 31, 2019, post a shelfie on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #magicofstorytelling and Disney will donate a new book to First Book (up to a maximum of 1,000,000 books across all of Disney’s 2019 Magic of Storytelling book donation promotions).

First Book’s VIP Ticket to Hollywood Sweepstakes: Enter First Book’s VIP Ticket to Hollywood Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to Los Angeles and tickets to the American Idol season finale! For each entry, Disney will donate a new book to First Book (up to a maximum of 1,000,000 books across all of Disney’s 2019 Magic of Storytelling book donation promotions). A $10 DONATION IS REQUIRED FOR EACH ENTRY.

More info: MagicOfStorytelling.com

My family is taking part in the Share a Shelfie Event!!

Mr. Dollycas

Daughter #2

We hope you will join us! 

Just post a shelfie on Twitter or Instagram
with the hashtag #magicofstorytelling and Disney will donate a book!

#shelfie @TheView


Weekly Rewind – March 4 – 9, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #10 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – One Feta in the Grave (A Kebab Kitchen Mystery) by Tina Kashian – Great Escapes Book Tour – @KensingtonBooks @TinaKashian1

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Pie Hard (A Pie Town Mystery) by Kirsten Weiss #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – As Directed (A Maggie O’Malley Mystery) by Kathleen Valenti – Great Escapes Book Tour – @HeneryPress

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Not So Model Home by David James @KensingtonBooks #FF

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Broken Bone China (A Tea Shop Mystery) by Laura Childs – Great Escapes Book Tour @BerkleyMystery


Have a SHELFIE Week!!! 

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