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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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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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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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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!

One Key To A Happy Marriage

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

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

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

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

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

How was your week?

~Lori


Weekly Rewind February 25 – March 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a blissful week! 

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Feb 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.

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

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Bearded What???

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

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

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

OMG!!! No thank you!!

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

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – February 18- 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a great week!! 

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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.

I want to take a moment to say thank you to Debra Hamel for creating and administering The Sunday Salon group on Facebook for all these years.

And congratulations to Deb Nance for taking over the job!

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!

 

Fort – Nite

Mr. Dollycas went back to work on Monday. It took a team effort to get him ready and into the van and off to the office. Namely jump-starting the van on Sunday night by Son #2. It hadn’t moved in about 7 weeks and thru all those dreadfully cold temperatures. Me, helping with his socks and shoes as bending was still a little tough but got better as the week went on. Daughter #2, making his lunch, packing his work bag and getting him around the snow banks and into the van. Then on Tuesday, he was working from home because of the 12″ of snow that dropped overnight and throughout the day. He was back to the office the rest of the week and each day the morning process got easier so that by Friday, he needed no assistance at all, but he forgot his lunch 🙂 The dogs and I were back into a routine with an extra trip outside each morning to verify “daddy” was hiding somewhere out there. 

Friday brought a little girl for the weekend. Saturday she was busy building a “fort”. Something she used to do often with her daddy. Time always flies when she is here. She and Aunt ZZ baked a cake, we watched some movies, and had so much fun. Every time she is here I realize how fast she is growing. In fact, Friday night she was texting with Aunt ZZ before she got home from work. 6 years old and she texts better than I do. 

How was your week?


Weekly Rewind – February 11 – 16, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #7 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Past Due for Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by Victoria Gilbert – Great Escapes Book Tour – @crookedlanebks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (A Dog Club Mystery) by V.M. Burns – #Review / Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour – @lyricalpress

Thursday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring The Puppy Who Knew Too Much (A Dog Club Mystery) by V.M. Burns – #Review / Giveaway – Great Escapes Book Tour – @lyricalpress

Plus – Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – CHRONICLE MYSTERIES: RECOVERED – Premiering this Sunday, February 17th at 9pm/8c! @dollycas #ChronicleMysteries #Sleuthers @HallmarkMovie

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – The Killing at Kaldaire House by Kate Parker – #Review / #Giveaway @KateParkerbooks

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Trigger (A Frank Marr Novel) by David Swinson – Great Escapes Book Tour @casejackets

I hope you a fantastic week!

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

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 Little Bit of Music

I didn’t have the best week, cruddy weather, computer problems, the 10th anniversary of my mom’s death, and a bit of family drama.  Mr. Dollycas is going back to work next week and while I am happy for things to get back to what we call normal it made me realize I haven’t been out of the house since he was in the hospital. Friday afternoon it started to feel like the walls were closing in. Usually, I try to escape into a book when I need a pick me up but Friday night I opened an adult beverage and found myself watching Backstreet Boys videos on YouTube.

Well at least for a little while (the one above is my new favorite) and then I finished up a fun book by V.M. Burns, The Puppy Who Knew Too Much followed by a quick novella from LynDee Walker, Fatal Features. (I will be reviewing both this week.) The music and books calmed my mind and my heart and allowed me to get a good night’s sleep and get up and get back to work at this darn computer yesterday and today with a little better attitude.

How was your week?

Lori 


Weekly Rewind – February 4 – 8. 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #6 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – The Novel Art of Murder (Mystery Bookshop) by V.M. Burns – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks

Plus – QUICK POST – FREE BOOK – Fields’ Guide to Abduction (The Poppy Fields Adventures Book 1) by Julie Mulhern

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring No Good Tea Goes Unpunished (Seaside Café Mysteries) by Bree Baker – #EarlyReview / #Giveaway @sbkslandmark

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Death by Committee (An Abby McCree Mystery) by Alexis Morgan – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – A Stew to a Kill (A Callie’s Kitchen Cozy Mystery) by Jenny Kales #Review / #Giveaway

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Running from Arrows (A Running Store Mystery) by T.C. Wescott – Great Escapes Book Tour @MousetrapBooks

Turn up the music and have a great week! 

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The Sunday Salon used to be a meme but was getting so huge it became unmanageable, so it is now a Facebook group that has become an
informal week in review gathering place for bloggers.

It is also a place to share our thoughts about things of a bookish nature.

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 Survived the Polar Vortex

We survived the polar vortex and the snow, but sadly at least 21 deaths have been blamed on the frigid cold. Mr. Dollycas and I were fortunate to be able to stay in the house and out of the freezing temperatures. Daughter #2’s car got stuck in the snow on Monday. The snow was still coming down and blowing. Guys driving by stopped to help her get it back in the driveway where they told her to stay because the roads were awful. It stayed there until her brother got us shoveled out so she could get to work on Tuesday.  Then her car didn’t start on Wednesday so she had a coworker pick her up. Her brother stopped here on his way home from work again and got it running. SHE HAS AN AWESOME BROTHER!!

Daughter #1 was surprised her car started and that she made it to work like her brother the whole week. The grandkids had snow and cold days off from school too. It was hard to explain it to the dogs at first but they soon got with the program after the first two times when they had a terrible time getting up the step and into the house after doing their business as fast as they could. Their poor feet! My fingers started tingling just standing at the door waiting for them. It wasn’t fit outside for man or beast.

It seems like we are having a heat wave here now with temps in the 20’s. The groundhog didn’t see his shadow so if you believe in rodent forecasters we will have an early Spring. The earlier the better is just fine with me.

Google+ Bites the Dust

Google’s answer to Facebook will be going away April 2, 2019. Citing “low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations” they have decided to shut it down. Apparently, this was announced in December but I and many others totally missed it. I enjoyed using it to promote blog posts and book tours, and reading content I was not seeing on Facebook. If you have a Google+ account there is a banner across the top of the page explaining the shutdown and how to save any data before it is deleted. As early as February 4th, you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events. 

This does not affect your other Google products like Gmail, Gdocs, or your blog if you use Blogger. But If you’ve used Google+ for comments on your own or other sites, this feature will be removed from Blogger by February 4th and other sites by March 7th. All your Google+ comments on all sites will be deleted starting April 2, 2019. Also If you sign in to sites and apps using the Google+ Sign-in button, these buttons will stop working in the coming weeks but in some cases may be replaced by a Google Sign-in button. You’ll still be able to sign in with your Google Account wherever you see Google Sign-in buttons.

This just info I have gleaned from the announcement linked to the banner on the top of my Google+ page, I am no expert. It is just I have seen several people posting about it and wanted to share in case you have not visited your Google+ profile recently. I will continue to share information there as long as I can. If you follow me on Google+ please head over to my Facebook Fan Page – https://www.facebook.com/escapewithdollycas/ and Like and Follow or subscribe to my blog using the widget at the top of this page so you don’t miss a single thing.

~Lori


Weekly Rewind – January 28 – February 2, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #5 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Not a Creature Was Stirring (Merry & Bright Handcrafted Mystery) by Christina Freeburn – Great Escapes Book Tour @ChristinaFreeb1 @HeneryPress

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday with Sherry Harris – Author of The Gun Also Rises (A Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery) #Interview / #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks – Great Escapes Book Tour

Thursday – #Review / #Giveaway – Murder Wears a Little Black Dress (A Resale Boutique Mystery) by Debra Sennefelder – Great Escapes Book Tour @KensingtonBooks

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – Sweet Masterpiece: A Sweet’s Sweets Bakery Mystery by Connie Shelton #Review / #FreeBook

Saturday – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – A Murderous Marriage (A Lady and Lady’s Maid Mystery) by Alyssa Maxwell @KensingtonBooks

Plus – Breaking News from Tracy Weber – Author of the Downward Dog Mysteries

Have a great week!!

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Jan 272019
 

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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!

Arctic Blast

I haven’t always despised winter. I used to ski and skate all winter long. When our kids came along we did all kinds of snowy activities. After my accident in 2001 winter took a huge downturn for me as I couldn’t do all the things I used to enjoy. As I continued getting older the cold took its toll, getting into my bones and the usual aches and pains multiplied. When I see forecasts like this one

and the snowfall predictions of up to 12 inches overnight tonight I am so thankful I can work from home. My closest endeavor out in the snow will be to the back door to let the dogs out to do their business. Even they don’t want to go out. This past week with the chilly temps they barely make it to the backyard, took care of their needs and circled right back into the house. There is no looking down the driveway to see if their friends across the street were out, no sniffing around to see if anyone else has been in their territory, just in and out as fast as they can. Mr. Dollycas has been making good progress so we are back to taking turns with the doggy chores, which means we are splitting the time facing the cold. I just hope that darn groundhog sees his shadow next week and spring will be just around the corner. Until then Mother Nature you can thaw us out anytime. 

How are you handling the cold? Or are you in a warm place, unaffected by the Arctic Blast? 


Weekly Rewind – January 21 – 26, 2019

Monday – My Reading Itinerary Monday! – Week #4 2019

Tuesday – #Review / #Giveaway – Botched 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery) by J.C. Eaton – Great Escapes Tour – @KensingtonBooks

Wednesday – Cozy Wednesday – Featuring Wine and Punishment (A Literary Pub Mystery) by Sarah Fox – #Review / #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks

Thursday – #Review – Seven Deadly Zins: A Sonoma Wine Country Mystery by Nancy J. Parra @crookedlanebks

Plus – #Spotlight / #Giveaway – Murder of Ravens (Gabriel Hawke) by Paty Jager – Great Escapes Book Tour @patyjag

Friday – #FlashbackFriday – In the Dog House (A Dog Club Mystery) by V.M. Burns @lyricalpress @vmburns

Saturday – #SpecialGuest – D.E. Haggerty – Author of Picture Not Perfect (The Not So Reluctant Detectives) – #Giveaway Great Escapes Book Tour – @dehaggerty

Please stay safe and warm this week!

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