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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!

It was another interesting week around here. First, it was bitterly cold. The wind was crazy all week.

working lateOn Monday I finally heard back from the company which was my final shot at cloning my blog. Their email asked me to check some different options on their product and to run the backup again during the day so they could watch the process. Not happy to lose a day of work I reluctantly agreed.  The backup ran all day and into the night. It got to the last 2 files and got stuck. By then the person that I was working with had left for the day. In fact, I learned the next day, they had left at about 4 p.m. our time. I had used their “24/7” chat box that evening without a reply. Sending the final message and email at about midnight our time and went to bed. I was livid! When I got up Tuesday, there was another email asking me to tweak a few preferences in their program and run it again. There was no freaking way I was going to waste another day, so I sent them a terse message and demanded a refund. It was a good thing I had not deleted their plugins because I needed to give them some new code so they would refund my money. It took a few days but I received my money back and deleted everything on my end.


Later that day I received an email from the billing department at Tiger Tech, which hosts my blog. They had several new files attached to my account that pushed me way over my allotted usage. These were the unfinished backup files that were of no use to anyone. I asked them to please delete them which they did right away and my usage was back to normal. They could have just hiked my rate because truthfully I wasn’t even thinking about these partial files, but instead, they contacted me and handled it immediately. I can’t say enough good things about the people at Tiger Tech. Too bad the backup migration company was not as customer-orientated.

On Wednesday the I’m an idiot day of the week started. While troubleshooting the issues I was having on my blog I deactivated and reactivated every plugin to see if that was causing the problem except the Jetpack and Jetpack Boost plugins because the widgets with the issues were Jetpack products. Wednesday as I was searching for a new theme on a whim I deactivated the Jetpack Boost plugin and magically my blog was back to normal. The banners were again running across the top and the GoodReads widget had both a title and content. You would think they would check their updates to be sure they worked with their other products but apparently not. I have replaced their plugin with another one that does not conflict with the others and have sent feedback to the people at Jetpack but have yet to have a reply. I am sure since I have not paid for the Pro edition, my complaints are pretty low on their totem pole. I have also turned off Auto Updates on all my plugins so I have more control and will be able to note when changes are made. Great lessons learned but way too much time spent on a stupid problem.

I still plan to update my blog with a new theme and look for ways to help it load faster on all devices but now I can do it on my schedule. A schedule where I don’t miss out on my grandchildren’s events. In fact today, I am off watching Remi at another basketball tournament.

Away from the blog I have been bingeing on Below Deck: Adventure on Peacock. Aside from the crew drama I was thrilled to see this season takes place in Norway. A place I will never be able to travel to in person. The visuals are just awesome. It is a beautiful country with unique adventures for the guests. On the final adventure, the guests had lunch in a wonderful underground cave. Other adventures included parasailing and ziplining. Each episode is like a virtual vacation. I hope there is a Season Two.

A really good thing happened Friday night. Mr. Dollycas used to be an avid reader like me but after our son died he just stopped. Nothing could hold his interest. He received his own Kindle Fire for Christmas and was using it mostly for puzzles. A couple of weeks ago he asked me to recommend some books. I told him there was a series by a Wisconsin author set in Wisconsin that I had been wanting to read and that he may enjoy. The Northern Lakes Mysteries by Jeff Nania were all on my Kindle so I shared them with him.  I knew he had started book 1, Figure Eight. Friday I heard him say “just one more chapter”. Then as he got ready for bed he told me one chapter turned into two and that he couldn’t wait to finish the book the next day. I said I am so glad you are enjoying that book, he then smiled and informed me that he had finished the first book, written a review on Amazon, and now was finishing book 2, Spider Lake. He is starting book 3, Bough Cutter today. I am so happy we can share thoughts on books together again.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – January 30 – February 4, 2023

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 – 2023

Tuesday – Hidden in the Pines (A Lew Ferris Mystery) by Victoria Houston #Review / #Giveaway @crookedlanebks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Cheddar Late Than Dead (Grilled Cheese Mysteries) by Linda Reilly #Review / #Giveaway @LindaSReilly7 @PPPress

Thursday – In the Frame (A Rosedale Investigation) by Lyn Farrell #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Plus – Something’s Guava Give: A Tropical Island Cozy Mystery by Carrie Doyle #Review

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Pruning the Dead (A Garden Squad Mystery) by Julia Henry #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @JHauthors

Saturday – Saturday Giveaway – Death of an Ice Cream Scooper (Hayley Powell Mystery) by Lee Hollis #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

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Happy Reading and Stay Safe and Warm!
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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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

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

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

arghI had a frustrating week all related to this blog. Free plug-ins changing to paid plugins, images not appearing in the right places, error messages, and more. This all made me realize it was time for another renovation.

So what I wanted to do was clone my blog and fix everything over the span of a week or two behind the scenes before presenting it to all of you lovely people.

The first cloning operation I tried failed, the second said my site was too large for their program, the 3rd stopped at about 30% and said they had a problem that they would fix for “free” and hours later, I am still waiting to hear back from them.

While waiting I did hear back from the wonderful people at Tiger Tech. They are my hosting service and have been helping me all week. The people there are amazing and so patient with the old low-tech lady. The man today gave me some options that would probably work better than cloning the whole site.

So, if you happen to drop by on a weekend or evening and you see a screen that says Under Construction or something to that effect I am not gone, I am just fixing some bugs and getting things back where they belong, And if you are ever in need of a fabulous hosting site for your own website or blog Tiger Tech is the way to go. A great price and fantastic customer service.

 

SWOOSHED IT!

While I stayed home yesterday avoiding the frigid weather and trying to work on my blog Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 took Remi to his basketball tournament. His mom had to work this weekend so he arrived Friday night and is here until later today. His team played 4 games back to back. They won 2 and lost 2. Remi tells me he scored at least 17 points. His Papa says the team improves every week. Daughter #2 ran into some old friends from high school. Remi has another tournament next Sunday and I hope to have everything sorted out by then so I can go watch too.

Brighten my day! How was your week?

 

Weekly Rewind – January 23 – 28, 2023

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 – 2023

Tuesday – Against the Currant: A Spice Isle Bakery Mystery by Olivia Matthews #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Canter with a Killer (A Horse Rescue Mystery) by Amber Camp #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @ambercatcamp @crookedlanebks

Thursday – The Game is a Footnote (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery) by Vicki Delany #Review / #Giveaway @vickidelany @crookedlanebks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Murder at Wedgefield Manor (A Jane Wunderly Mystery) by Erica Ruth Neubauer #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Saturday – A Grave Roast: A Paranormal Cozy Mystery (Orchard Hollow) by A.N. Sage #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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

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

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


Another quiet week. Days at the computer, evenings reading and watching television. We didn’t even leave the house.

magnifying glassI am having a major issue with my blog that is driving me a bit crazy. The tour banners that usually scroll across the top of the blog have moved themselves to below the footer. The GoodReads Current Reading Widget is doing the same. The titles are in the right place but the content has floated to the bottom. I spent most of Friday troubleshooting the problem but nothing worked. I have sent some messages out to support but haven’t heard anything back yet and am still super frustrated.

I did find The Traitors on Peacock and it was a nice distraction from my online woes.

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Overview given by TVLINE Hosted by the talented and captivating Alan Cumming, the rascally new reality series The Traitors (all 10 episodes now available to stream) combines 10 reality TV veterans with 10 fresh faces for an ultimate test of wit and social savvy.

Three players are secretly chosen by Cumming to be the Traitors. The remaining 17, deemed “the Faithful,” are tasked with unmasking the Traitors and banishing them from the game via group vote. But after every banishment comes a murder! The Traitors meet after midnight to select one player they think is getting too close, and once pinpointed, he or she is “murdered” and cut from the game.

Along the way, the group banks money into a team prize pot, and if the Faithful can eliminate all of the Traitors by the game’s end, the cash is theirs to split. But if one or more Traitors remain, he, she, or they will stake claim to the green. But of course, the players will have to navigate a few jolting twists along the way.

It was good but the mystery lover in me wanted the murders to be more dramatic. The murdered players receive a letter under their door delivering the news that they have been murdered. Then the rest of the players come down to breakfast waiting to see who fails to arrive. No blood-curdling screams, no fake dead body. Just the victim sitting in a chair reading the letter, giving a few thoughts, and then they are gone.

The setting, a castle in Scotland was gorgeous, the “missions” were interesting although one was really creepy and one was really crawly, the roundtables entertaining, and Alan Cummings is a hoot. He was the perfect host. According to TV Line, the show is a hit and there should be a season 2. Click here to watch the trailer.

Today we are getting out of the house. Grandson Remi has a basketball tournament about an hour away. Daughter #1 tells me the team improves every week. It is time for Nana and Papa to check that out. Friday night was Youth Basketball Night at the high school. The 4th and 5th grade boys gave a short exhibition at halftime of the Varsity Game. Picture courtesy of his dad.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – January 15 – 21, 2023

Sunday – Murder, She Wrote: Death on the Emerald Isle by Jessica Fletcher & Terrie Farley Moran #Spotlight / #Giveaway

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #3 – 2023

Tuesday – Of Mushrooms and Matrimony (A Tish Tarragon Mystery) by Amy Patricia Meade #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Bookclubbed to Death (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns #Review / #Giveaway @vmburns

Thursday – Rivalry Gone Wrong: A Cheer Moms Mystery by L.C. Turner #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @laina_turner

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Dogged by Death: A Furry Friends Mystery by Laura Scott #Review / #Giveaway @laurascottbooks @crookedlanebks

Saturday – A Study in Chocolate (Bean to Bar Mysteries) by Amber Royer #Spotlight / #Giveaway @amber_royer

Plus – Murder of Pearl: A Silverman Sisters Cozy Mystery (Pearl Party Cozy Mysteries) by Nellie H. Steele #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @NellieHSteele

Happy Reading!

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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

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

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

My Blogoversary Giveaways continued into this week. You can still enter using the links below in the Weekly Rewind section.

I was thrilled to be featured in author Debbie De Louise‘s newsletter this week. Check it out here.

drinking alone in Santa suitWe have been working all week to get ready for our family Christmas while Mr. Dollycas and Daughter #2 are still battling COVID I really didn’t need another headache. Now I was mad at myself because one of the presents I had ordered was delivered to our old address. I was positive I had updated the address but I must have missed something. Sent Daughter #2 over to our old house, she was not happy, but then no one answered the door. The lights were on and she could hear people but they wouldn’t come to the door. So she left them a note with her phone number and asked them to contact us as we were looking for a package. They never called.

So Saturday before we gathered to celebrate our Christmas holiday Charlotte’s mom had Son #2 stop by the old house again on their way here. She got them to answer the door only to find they had opened the package but they did hand over the contents. Sad that it was a present for her so the surprise was gone but I was thrilled that she loved it.

We had our first sit down at a table, pass the mashed potatoes dinner, that we have had in a very long time. Our last house didn’t have the space so it was always buffet-style. I could feel my mom either smiling down or laughing at/with us. She loved this type of holiday meal. At her house, the dining table was stretched out with all the leaves with card tables added that some years we extended into her living room.

Before everyone left we did get a picture of 4 grands, sad that one was away beyond our control. Yes, Mr. Dollycas went for a purple theme this year. It is my favorite color but was really surprised when he started adding the lights. It is very pretty but thinking maybe more traditional next year, lol.

It was a relatively early night for this crowd. Remi had an away basketball tournament this morning that had him, Kaden, and Daughter #1 needing to get up very early. We also had two that are still run down from COVID so it was probably a good thing to wrap up the night early.

It just means we will have to schedule a family game night soon to play a new game Natalie brought with her, TACO CAT GOAT CHEESE PIZZA and family favorite LCR: Left Center Right.

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – January 1 – 7, 2023

Sunday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 4 @KensingtonBooks Ends Tonight

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #1 – 2023

Plus – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 5 – Clear My Shelf!Ends Tomorrow Night

Tuesday – Muffin But the Truth: A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander #Review @StMartinsPress @BakeshopMystery

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Rum and Choke (A Chloe Jackson Sea Glass Saloon Mystery) by Sherry Harris #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SHarrisAuthor

Thursday – A Dark and Snowy Night (Seaside Knitters Society) by Sally Goldenbaum #Review @BerkleyMystery @sallygoldenbaum

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Word to the Wise (A Library Lover’s Mystery) by Jenn McKinlay #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – 2022 Reading Challenges – Wrap Up Post


Happy Reading!

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Happy New Year – 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

Last Sunday our family gathered together with my husband’s side of the family. 40 out of 47 filled the home with fun, food, and laughter. I love this picture of Daughter #2 and Son #2 with their Grandma!

 

My Blogoversary Celebration started on Thursday! Be sure to check out all the giveaways!

Yesterday we gathered to bake Christmas Cookies for our Christmas next Saturday. Mr. Dollycas wasn’t feeling well so he went to rest. Then we found out mid-afternoon that he had brought home an extra present from the family Christmas last week. COVID! The rest of us all felt fine. So we isolated the big guy and we kept baking. It wasn’t as much fun as when we got together at my mother-in-law’s but we did our best.

Cookie Bakers

We made it all through the past two years without catching the dreaded bug and now it is in my house. We have been vaccinated and boostered but we are breaking out the masks. I hope everyone is healthy for a celebration next week! DAMN COVID!

How was your week?

 


Weekly Rewind – December 26 – 31, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #52 – 2022

Tuesday – Antique Tragedy: A British Cozy Murder Mystery (A Dotty Sayers Antique Mystery) by Victoria Tait #Review

Wednesday – Dollycas’s Best Reads of 2022 #FreeBook

Thursday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 1 @KensingtonBooks

Friday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 2 @crookedlanebks

Saturday – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book is 14! – Blogoversary Giveaway – Day 3 – Advanced Review Copies @crookedlanebks @KensingtonBooks

Happy New Year!
Happy Reading! 
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Merry Christmas – 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

Oh! The weather outside last week was frightful
and we have no delightful fireplace.

Thankfully this house is much better insulated with great windows so it is nowhere as drafty as the last house was. So I threw on a sweater and was just fine. I was thankful there was no need to venture outside. The weather was perfect for curling up with a good book. I read some books from my personal shelf and it was very relaxing because there was no pressure of needing to write a review when I was done.

As I told you last week we will be celebrating today with my husband’s side of the family. I love it when we all get together but Daughter #1 is working this weekend so we will be picking up Kaden and Remi so they don’t miss the celebration.

Our immediate family is not gathering until January 7 so Christmas presents are still arriving and there will be no rush with wrapping right now. We did decide that some of us will get together on New Year’s Eve day to bake some Christmas cookies. My mother-in-law was dealing with some health issues so the annual cookie baking at her house didn’t happen this year. She is feeling much better and I can’t wait to see her today.

In other news, Remington turned 10 on Tuesday. When he was born we also had crazy weather. Mr. Dollycas drove his parents to the hospital following a snowplow in whiteout conditions. We will be celebrating both Remi’s and Kaden’s birthdays on January 7.

So how are things in your neck of the woods?

Weekly Rewind – December 19 – 24. 2022 

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #51 – 2022

Plus – 2023 Reading Challenges I Will Be Participating In #ReadingChallenges

Tuesday – Once Upon a December by Amy E. Reichert #Review @BerkleyPub @amyereichert

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Heather Day Gilbert – Author of Roast Date (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) #Review / #Giveaway @heatherdgilbert #GreatEscapesBookTour

Thursday – Death by Chocolate Chip Cupcake (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SarahGraves2011

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Santa Suit: A Novel by Mary Kay Andrews #Review / #Giveaway @mkayandrews

Saturday – Saturday Giveaway – Wagging through the Snow (A Melanie Travis Mystery) by Laurien Berenson #ARC / #Giveaway

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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

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

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

Are you all ready for Christmas?

We will be gathering with Mr. Dollycas’s family on Christmas day but due to work schedules, we won’t be celebrating Christmas with our immediate family until January 7. So I don’t have to rush but I keep seeing the “perfect” gift for everyone. I saw a meme on Facebook that fit me to a tee, so I had to dress it up a little to use it here.

On Tuesday night, Daughter #2 and I had the joy of attending Natalie’s Christmas Concert. She looked so gorgeous my heart stopped for a second realizing how grown up she is. I am so proud of her. She and 4 of her friends talked their teacher into learning a special song on the xylophones so they could perform it at the concert and they did a wonderful job.

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This time of year is always hard for anyone that has lost a loved one. Kris is always on my mind like I was hoping he was watching Natalie’s concert from heaven while we enjoyed it here on earth. Tuesday morning I woke up to see another famous person had taken their own life leaving behind a great family. My brain tells me they were in great pain that I wouldn’t understand but my heart breaks and gets angry for those like me and Natalie who are left behind to deal with the pain of them being gone. Stephen “tWitch” Boss was just 10 years older than Kris was when he made the decision to take his life. Like Kris, he had tons of family and friends that loved him and that wasn’t enough to keep either of them here. On social media, someone wrote:

IT DOESN’T MATTER!
It doesn’t matter that he “had it all” in most people’s eyes.
It didn’t matter that he had a beautiful family.
It didn’t matter that he was an influencer.
It didn’t matter that he was a millionaire.
It didn’t matter he had a beautiful home.
It didn’t matter how much love was in his home.
What looks good on the outside isn’t always good on the inside.
You might be everything that the world loves,
and all the things you no longer want to be at the same time.
You can’t see any of that when it gets dark.

 

I don’t think that anyone that takes their own life realizes the pain they leave behind. The pain has taken over rational thinking. They all seem to get to a place where believe the world will be better off without them. That the pain they are feeling is too dark and we can’t handle it or help them.

Mental health isn’t an exact science. You can’t see it on an X-ray. A blood test won’t diagnose it. Every person’s mental health is unique. But there is help, professionals, friends, and family.

So this Christmas reach out to your loved ones. They can be putting on an excellent front while inside they are breaking. Look at tWitch’s big smile. We always saw tWitch with a big smile. Now he is gone.

Also, please if you are in crisis or feel you are nearing a crisis, reach out to family, friends, and doctors. Life is not better off without you!!!! Dial 988 for help! Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

How was your week?

 

Weekly Rewind – December 12 – 17, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #50 – 2022

Tuesday – Sleuthing in Stilettos (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death Checked Out: A Larkspur Library Mystery by Leah Dobrinska #Review / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – Christmas in Newfoundland — Memories and Mysteries (A Sgt. Windflower Christmas Mystery) by Mike Martin #Review

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

Saturday – The Case of the Parrot Loving Professor by Debbie De Louise #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour @Deblibrarian



These were all books I purchased this week from Amazon.
Engagingly Dead and Pressing Matters are just 99 cents.
Her Perfect Life is just $1.99.
And the 3 Detective Kate Rosetti Mysteries are free!
Get them quick before they go back up to the regular price!

Have a Merry Week!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

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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

It was quite a week in the world this week. We lost Kirstie Alley to colon cancer, our former president’s company was found guilty of tax fraud, my favorites Derek and Claire won The Amazing Race, and WNBA star Brittney Griner was released from Russia and is back home in Texas where she belongs.

Around here it was pretty quiet. Just the normal blogging, touring, reading, and watching t.v. I did do some more online Christmas shopping too. We also had a bit of snow on Friday but it didn’t amount to much.

On Saturday we ventured out to Columbus to watch our grandson Remi play basketball. Being one of the tallest boys on the team, he plays Center and loves the tip-offs. This is his and most of his teammate’s first year playing so they are really just learning the fundamentals. Both of his parents played basketball in school so he does have some natural abilities. He is one heck of a rebounder! His mom is going to volunteer to help at practices when she can because their coach does have his hands full with all the newbies. Sitting with her today, she was trying so hard not to coach from the sidelines, and only encourage Remi. I think her experiences would be put to good use by volunteering at the practices. She probably would have volunteered to coach if her work schedule wasn’t so crazy. Their next game/tournament isn’t until January.

Something upsetting happened this week. As you know I am a huge fan of the Backstreet Boys. This week one of them was accused of a crime that is said to have happened over 20 years ago in 2001. The person has changed her story several times and fact-checkers have found several discrepancies in every version. But ABC, in their infinite wisdom, has canceled their Christmas Special set to air on December 14.  This is after the same member lost his younger brother just a few weeks ago and has been working hard to set up a benefit/memorial in his brother’s honor with a focus on mental illness. I believe he is innocent and I support him and all the Boys 100%. I am also boycotting ABC because of its actions.

Since you won’t see this on television I am sharing this here.

Weekly Rewind – December 5 – 10, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #49 – 2022

Tuesday – Death by Gondola: A Springtime Murder in Venice (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review

Plus – Special Guest – Winnie Archer Author of Bread Over Troubled Water (A Bread Shop Mystery) #Author Interview / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Death by Puffin: A Bachelorette Party Murder in Reykjavik (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway

Thursday – Special Guest – S. K. Golden – Author of The Socialite’s Guide to Murder (A Pinnacle Hotel Mystery) #GuestPost / #Giveaway

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death by Chocolate Snickerdoodle (A Death by Chocolate Mystery) by Sarah Graves #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks @SarahGraves2011

Saturday – Special Guest – Michelle Bennington – Author of Dumpster Dying: A Hazardous Hoarder Mystery #GuestPost / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Happy Reading!

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Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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

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

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

On Monday and Tuesday Charlotte’s daycare provider was ill so Nana and Papa filled in. Monday she was the best little girl but Tuesday she was a little stinker. Papa kept working both days but Nana was pretty happily distracted by the little girl in the house. Daisy was thrilled to have a playmate. In the picture below we thought they were down for a nap but within seconds they were both up and running around again. I wish I had their energy.

On Wednesday Daughter #2 had the afternoon off so since I had finally been cleared by all the doctors to get the latest COVID booster she took me to Walgreens to get my shot. After that, we went to the hospital so I could have blood drawn for some follow-up lab work. The only side effect I had from the vaccine was a very sore arm. The lab guy was great, couldn’t even tell he drew blood.

On Saturday Daughter #2 and I got out of the house again and did a little Christmas shopping. I can’t remember the last time I was in a store. She usually picks up anything we need or since COVID I have ordered everything online. It was a little chilly and windy but we sure had fun. We also took a quick trip to Columbus to pick up our State Champion Cardinal wear.

How was your week?

 

Weekly Rewind – November 28 – December 3, 2022

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #48 – 2022

Plus – The Urban Boys: Discovery of the Five Senses by K.N. Smith #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour

Tuesday – Beauty and the Deceased (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder #Review

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday featuring Through the Liquor Glass (A Literary Pub Mystery) by Sarah Fox #Review @TheWriteFox @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – Special Guest – Elizabeth Pantley – Author of Cowboys and Chaos: Magical Mystery Book Club #Interview / #Giveaway

Plus – KENSINGTON COZIES ARC GIVEAWAY @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Death by Flamenco: An Easter Murder in Seville (Travel Can Be Murder Cozy Mystery Series) by Jennifer S. Alderson #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – Special Guest – Barbara Pronin – Author of The Miner’s Canary #Interview / #Giveaway

I hope you have a wonderful week and are able to
Escape Into A Good Book or two!

Your Escape Into A Good Book Travel Agent

Posted in Sunday Salon / Sunday Post

Sunday Salon / Sunday Post – A Week in the Life of Dollycas – Weekly Rewind – New Arrivals

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

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

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!


A Week in the Life of Dollycas

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

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

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

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

Of course, I did some reading too 😉

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – November 21 – 26, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Reading!!

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