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I hate the doctor’s office. You know how in mystery books they have those scenes where a mysterious caller phones and says, “If you want to solve the case meet me alone at midnight at the boat dock?” You know it’s a trap!! Same thing when you get that reminder call from the doctor’s office. “Your appointment with vampire services is at 10. Be there. Or else.” Okay, so it’s more like the mafia when the doctor’s office calls, but it’s the same thing: A TRAP.

You know they will take blood. And who does that other than vampires??? They wouldn’t take so much if they weren’t planning on a full seven course meal either so don’t give me that “running tests.” The only test is the taste test, I bet. I have proof that all testing can be done with one drop of blood. Right here. Why doesn’t my doctor’s office have that??? Vampires, I tell you, vampires.

Then when you get there, even if they have seen you recently, they give you a form to fill out asking all kinds of nosy questions. “Are you feeling depressed? Nervous? Paranoid?” Well, YES, I’m in a doctor’s office! “Do you get angry when left sitting in a room when you have an appointment and it’s two hours later and the doctor hasn’t come in yet?” –YES, YES, I DO.

Okay, they don’t ask that last one. But that’s the one question I want to answer. I mean, seriously. If I’m ten minutes late, you people want to charge me extra or reschedule. We both know the doctor is two hours behind and hasn’t a chance in hell of seeing all the patients here (I was there one time and watched no less than 3 people leave after two hours of waiting). If I’m on time, I better have my kindle, a lunch sack, water and a snack. The real reason doctor’s offices don’t make you pee in a cup anymore is that no one could hold it that long. By the time the visit actually starts, you’ve been there so long, you’ve set up a tent and started selling your extra set of clothing because winter has passed and it’s now too warm for the three jackets you brought in the dead of winter. You’re hoping to offset the cost of the visit, but the doctor wants the profits from any sales too! You’ve gone to the potty eighteen times so by the time they call your name, you couldn’t potty if your life depended up on it (and who knows, it may). Plus the second you go in the bathroom someone knocks and if that doesn’t set you back, nothing will.

And do not tell me my blood pressure is high. Of course it’s HIGH. I’ve been sitting here stewing for an hour and a half because you guys are “running late.” Running late implies you had a plan for running on time–which you did not, and we all know it. You know it’s a bad sign when you make your appointment and try to schedule the first appointment of the day–and there isn’t a first of the day available for THREE MONTHS OUT because everyone knows the doctor runs chronically late and we are all desperate to get the early appointment where you’ll only be half hour late. I’d say I need a new doctor, but they’re all the same. “Meet me at midnight. Don’t bring a weapon. You’ll be too tempted to use it.”

Bah. I’m taking one anyway. There are vampires there. Only an idiot goes to the boat dock unarmed. We’ve read the book!

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Posted: February 28, 2015

A Random Cozy – Confession is Murder

savingI found this bargain this morning whilst trolling along the books on Amazon. Confession is Murder by Peg Cochran. Has anyone read it? Opinions???

And I think coupons will work over at Kobo, where it is also a bargain price!

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Posted: February 27, 2015

Police Fiction – Stand alone Bargain

Came across this on one of the bargain forums. I like stand alones at least as much as series although I may be alone in that (bad pun intended). The cover is nothing special, so I’m not posting it, but the blurb sounds good. It’s on Kindle countdown for two more days. Farewell Performance by Joseph Flynn

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Posted: February 26, 2015

Ebay Deal

EXPIRED Ebay has a gift card deal going on–buy a 50 dollar gift card for 45 dollars (for use on Ebay). If you don’t see the ad when you go to ebay click “deals and gifts” tab on the right side of the menu bar that runs across the top.

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Posted: February 23, 2015

Favorite Cookbooks/Recipes

savingAs you may have noticed from the picture of puff pastries in the post below, I have been cooking. The recipe for the pastry puffs and pudding centers came from the King Arthur company and is included in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I used their white whole wheat in the pastry puffs because it’s my favorite flour–I use it in everything!

I used my own chocolate icing recipe for the topping, but King Arthur does have a chocolate topping recipe. By the time I got to the top, I wanted something quick and easy that didn’t require me studying a new recipe, so I went with a buttermilk chocolate recipe that I can make without looking up ingredients. The eclairs were the best I’ve ever made and the pastry recipe made enough that I froze about half the puffs for later. I made half the pudding recipe too–boy, was it good. I could eat that stuff without any pastry required.

At any rate, after trying a few King Arthur recipes, I went looking for the “collection” and found the cookbook. It focuses on baking. They do have several other cookbooks as well. Their Anniversary cookbook caught my eye, as did the Baker’s Companion, which has won an award.

I love to cook, but my first love in the kitchen is definitely baking! I’d love to try some of the bread recipes and since winter is still hanging around, now is the time to run the oven!

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Posted: February 23, 2015

Kobo 35 percent off Sale

treasure_box_ereader The sale this month was broken up across territories. This weekend is Canada, US and UK.

Use coupon code 35OFFSALE

Here is the list of books.


ghosted As always I like to highlight a bargain or two and I noticed that Karen Cantwell’s Keep Me Ghosted is in the list of books that qualify for 35 percent off! It’s a comedy romance with a ghost!

It can also be found at Amazon, of course!


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Posted: February 22, 2015

Kobo Trivia Contest – Feb

Kobo’s latest Trivia Contest! Play, win, read!

If you don’t want to use your coupons, post them in the comments to share with others. Feel free to share answers to the trivia as well. You can go back and play days you missed so you get a total of 10 coupons in all!

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Posted: February 20, 2015

Bargain Site: EreaderIQ

ereaderlogoI think most of you have heard of eReaderIQ. They find bargains and free books and post them each and every day. Even better, you can actually sign up to get an email if a book you want has a price drop. I use this feature quite a bit. I don’t always have time to browse the daily bargains, but if something on my wishlist goes on sale, I want to know about it!

They also have a nifty subscription service where you pick the genres you read and they will send a daily email with the bargains for that day in the genres you specify. I have signed up for that to see how it works and if I like it. Subscribe and enter your choices.

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Posted: February 19, 2015

No Throwbacks Here

Facebook, for the longest time, has been a round robin of “Throwback Thursdays” where people post old photos of themselves or old photos of … old things. I never participate. I don’t even have any pictures of me throwing back, nor am I about to sort those boxes looking. However, we do have “Today is Wednesday” photos starring one Convict and his Cousin Junior.

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I also have a picture of my latest recipe attempt. These are the puffs for what will hopefully become eclairs. Yes, I know they are the wrong shape and they are nothing like the store ones, but who cares? If I can get the center and topping, I’ll be in business. I LOVE eclairs!

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Posted: February 18, 2015
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Couple of Books

I’ve been meaning to highlight these two books for a while–one is a bargain, one is regular price (but comes HIGHLY recommended).

After reading the historical “hard boiled” Maggie Sullivan books and enjoying them thoroughly, I came across this book. It looks to be the same genre/tone and it’s a great deal.

savingCocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. If anyone has read it, let us know what you thought of it!


This next one is not a cozy, but my spies tell me that it is very good.

savingThe Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen, a Denmark author. It’s billed as Nordic Noir, but my Nordic-loving spy warns me if it is depressing. There’s dark and then there’s depressing. Different things. Nordic Spy declares this is worth the entrance price and a great read!



And some late breaking books have come to my attention–a Dragonlance book (I’ve never seen these on sale!) by Weis Hickman: Dragons of Autumn Twilight At Kobo also on sale!

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Posted: February 16, 2015
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