Category: Housekeeping
Light Housekeeping: On the mend 6 comments
Hoping for Release
Several weeks ago I shared how my husband had undergone an unplanned major surgery while we were more than 500 miles from home. Two weeks later when we were back home, a small issue arose.
Due to a fistula in his bowel, Tiger was admitted to a regional hospital 45 miles from our home. For four weeks he could not have anything by mouth – no food, no drink. Late last week he was able to start the process of reintroducing food while his external wound continued to heal.
I’ve spent the last five weeks working my day job, visiting Tiger and doing only the necessary. There just hasn’t been time left over to write Housekeeping posts. One positive is that I have listened to many books during the daily commute, including several books from the Joe Pickett series by C. J. Box.
We are hopeful that Tiger will be released Friday or Saturday. He has received wonderful care by a host of amazing professionals. However, he is very ready to be at home to hear his own dog bark.
If he is not released this week, I will throw a hissy fit the likes of which the staff here has never seen.
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Housekeeping: Return to Kohl’s and Being Prepared 4 comments
Returns to Kohl’s
Tuesday Kohl’s announced that beginning this July all of their stores will accept returns for items purchased through Amazon. The concept has been piloted in more than 100 stores and will now roll-out to 1,150 locations across the nation this summer.
Kohl’s says it’s accepting “eligible” Amazon items — without a box or label — at no additional cost for the customer. Accepted items will be bundled and sent to an Amazon return center.
Kohl’s currently sells Amazon products including Fire TV and Echo devices in more than 200 stores.
Prepared or Fumbling
With Tiger’s latest medical concerns, a home health nurse has visited our home. As expected forms had to be completed. One had a question that Tiger and I had not considered. The question was: If your family became separated in a disaster, do you know where you would meet?
We discussed the question and determined a place to meet if we were separated at home and a second place if we were separated and one or both were away from the house. We identified a place that was close enough to our home that a person could walk there and also has access from four directions.
We have always had a medical bug-out-bag (BoB) that we take to the basement when tornado warnings are issued. It includes LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, High-Speed Charging Power Bank similar to this one and 5 pounds of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda because of its many uses for hygiene, first aid and cleaning.
If your family hasn’t discussed the question or if you are single and need to identify a neighbor or someone to watch out for you, I would encourage you to develop a plan.
If you are concerned about medical issues, this book may be helpful to you. Throw your Kindle and a charger into your BoB to have the information readily available.
Book Description: This unique medical book is meant to enable the average person to handle injuries and illness in situations in which modern medical facilities and professionals aren’t available due to a disaster.
This book is written by America’s top medical preparedness experts: Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Their mission: to put a medically prepared person in every family for when medical help is not on the way. Using decades of medical experience, they address, in plain language, dozens of medical issues associated with surviving disasters and epidemics.
Click here to purchase The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide: Emergency Preparedness for ANY Disaster
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Housekeeping: Tiger Report; Free Mueller Report and a Cheap Read 2 comments
Tiger on the Road to Recovery
I promised an update on my husband’s health. We traveled from Southern Indiana to our home on Tuesday, April 9. The 500+ mile trip was long and Tiger was tuckered out by the time we pulled into the driveway.
In the last week he has had several doctor’s appointments and is now a patient in a regional hospital. The surgery incision is healing but he developed a secondary complication.
The prayers of God’s faithful people have buoyed us and will keep us strong. We are praying for a quick resolution to this new wrinkle.


Free Mueller Report
Barnes & Noble is offering free to pre-order The Mueller Report: The U.S. Special Counsel’s Report for the Nook or Nook app. Delivery is April 19.
The report is also available for purchase for the Kindle through several publishers for as cheap as $1.49 and as much as $7.99 when pre-ordered. Delivery dates are April 18-29.
If you prefer to listen to the report, Audible is offering it free for pre-order here. The release date is April 30.


World Book Day free novels!
If you haven’t downloaded the nine free books Amazaon is giving away to celebrate World Book Day, you are missing great reads. Here’s the page tracker at 5:45a.m. Central time today.


Cheap suspense novel
International publishers occasionally sell popular titles at great prices, but the books have few reviews in the Kindle Store. I will provide a link to reviews on the United Kingdom Amazon website to help you make a decision to purchase.
The books are usually only 99 cents, so buying isn’t risking many pennies.
This novel from Hachette Publishing sounds like a great read. It’s a Richard and Judy Book Club Spring 2019 selection.
Book description: Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.
Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.
But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?
Buy this book for only 99 cents today. Read reviews from the UK site here.
Click here to purchase The Last Thing She Told Me
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Housekeeping: Basketball and blockages 14 comments
Basketball and blockages
Some of you who have followed our site for years know that my (Paula’s) husband Tiger had a serious illness nearly ten years ago. In a hurried six-week span Tiger had two major surgeries and spent 12 days in the hospital.
Since his recovery, we have continued living large and pursuing our interests. Tiger loves the local university’s sports programs, faithfully following football, basketball, baseball and even a few track and field meets. Just over a week ago we traveled 550 miles from home to watch the men’s basketball team compete for the national championship. Yes, they are that good.
We cheered the team through two victories mid-week. Friday, the day before the championship game, Tiger became to feel just awful and had stomach pains. By late in the evening the pain was unbearable and I took him to a wonderful hospital just a couple of miles from our hotel.
Diagnosis: Bowel obstruction. The issue was not resolved through the easier means over the weekend. Late Monday evening Tiger went through major surgery that should make him right to the world. The on-call surgeon over the weekend is one of the best and he performed the corrective surgery.
Tiger and I have been hanging together in room A620 for nearly a week and will be here at least 3-4 more days. I have been performing my day job as an accountant on-line while watching out for Tiger.
The hospital staff has been beyond wonderful and kind. I had a small melt down in the hospital’s Panera Bread restaurant yesterday. The ordering kiosk would not take my debit card no matter how many times I scanned it. Five hours sleep over two nights really does make a card not swiping seem like the end of the world. The kind-hearted woman at Panera gave me a hug along with my broccoli soup and turkey sandwich.
I’ll keep you posted on how Tiger is doing and when we will head west out of Indiana. It’s going to be a long ride home for one very sore Tiger. Thankfully one of our sisters is flying in to help us make the trek.
Life doesn’t always go as we plan. We are grateful for the wonderful people everywhere who can fill in the gap of being away from family and friends and texts and email are invaluable in communicating with those far away and prayer does make life better.
BTW – our team won the national title. The Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats had a perfect 38-0 season. Tiger and I nervously watched the game on the large television in his hospital room. Other than no popcorn, it was almost like being there.
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Housekeeping: Amazon’s new classification system and Audible sale 4 comments
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Amazon changes classifications
I didn’t move fast enough to get a snip of the way Amazon used to classify a book, but it was something like this:
Fiction>Mystery & Suspense>Legal Thrillers
Now the classifications are succinct as shown below.
• #131 in Legal Thrillers (Books)
• #172 in Legal Thrillers (Kindle Store)
• #216 in Organized Crime Thrillers

Amazon is separating ratings for Kindle versions and print versions. I’ll do additional research and post again about these new classifications and rankings.


Great sale at
Last week I told you about the great price for a one-year membership to Audible – Only $99.50 for twelve credits, two free Audible original shorts each month, access to the Daily Deal, newspaper subscriptions and access to members-only sales.
If that didn’t convince you, maybe this will. Through March 31 Audible is having their High Five sale – more than 230 audiobooks for only $5 each. Selections by Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Nicholas Sparks, Brad Thor, Dennis Lehane, Nora Roberts, Jodi Picoult and many more, including biographies, histories and self-help selections.
I will admit to buying 58 titles. Considering the hours of entertainment from audiobooks, I consider it money-well spent. It’s also a great way to buy a new author.
Read the terms and conditions of the Audible membership deal here.
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Housekeeping: Email ends and Audible membership deal 2 comments
No more email!
Effective yesterday, Daily Cheap Reads stopped sending daily emails. Amazon requires that links in emails carry you back to our website. We were not in compliance and had to immediately discontinue the service.
Please stop by to visit the website first thing in the morning to catch the deals!
Best Audible offer ever!
Audible is offering a fantastic deal for non-membersjust $99.95 for a one-year subscription.
What you get for $99.95:
• 12 audiobook credits upfront.
• 1 credit is good for any book regardless of price.
• Get 2 Audible Originals of your choice each month.
• No commitment. Cancel anytime and keep all your audiobooks.
• Get stories from leading US newspapers delivered right to your library. Members can subscribe to all the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and New York Times.
You also will have access to the Audible Daily Deal for one year and Audible’s members-only sales such as 2-for-1 credit sales, 3-for-2 credits sales, a chance to win a $300 Audible coupon and more.
If that isn’t enough to convince you, you will save $50 on the yearly membership; $80 off the monthly rate for 12 months.
Read the terms and conditions on here.
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Housekeeping: Prime Reading and audiobooks at preferred pricing 3 comments
Because you own the Kindle edition….Confession time: I’m not a borrower or a frequent library patron. I prefer to own the book. For months I did not bother with Prime Reading. One recent snowy weekend I browsed through the books available.


Because I’m an avid audiobook user, I clicked on the left sidebar option that limited the list to eBooks with Audible Narration. One caught my eye – The Beantown Girls – a novel about young women serving on the front lines of WWII. I clicked on the READ FOR FREE button. Later when I browsed the title at, I could buy the book for only $1.99 – without buying the Kindle version.


Please see the screen snips below for the book Timeless Moments. I borrowed the title through Prime Reading. Audible states that because I own the Kindle edition, I can buy the audiobook for only $1.99. Except that…I don’t own the Kindle Version.



An example of great savings this month is The Handmaid’s Tale. Download it through Prime Reading and the price of the audiobook is $7.49. That’s a significant savings over the regular Audible price and you don’t have to pay $9.99 for the Kindle version.


For any book that is in Prime Reading and has audible narration and has READ FOR FREE in the download option, you can buy the audiobook at the preferred rate as long as the book is in your library.

For any book that is in Books with Audible Narration in Prime Reading and has READ AND LISTEN FOR FREE in the download option, you have to use a bit of finesse.


Have two tabs open (one Kindle Store and one Audible) for the book you want to purchase; on the Kindle Store tab click on the READ AND LISTEN FOR FREE button, immediately go to Audible, refresh the screen until the preferred lower rate is displayed and immediately click on the ADD TO CART button.


There is a very narrow window of time between downloading the book in the Kindle Store and Audible downloading it to your library.


The ability to buy the Kindle version at the preferred price may be a fluke that will end. For as long as it lasts, I’ll browse and buy.

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Housekeeping: GoK book and free audiobooks for Audible members 0 comments

Do You Have Great on Kindle Credits?
Last week I wrote about Great on Kindle and the frustration of redeeming credits on another GoK book.
Gerald, a longtime friend of Daily Cheap Reads, sent a note about a book he is reading – and it happens to be a GoK selection:
I normally only read true stories and this seems beyond reality. I cannot comprehend how one person can suffer so much, but it is the secret of her drive to change the wrongs in society…..This book is much better than 5 stars.


Now for the good news, the book Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back is a GoK title selling for only $1.99. If you have unused credits, this highly recommended true account would be a good choice. Otherwise, it’s just $1.99 to purchase outright. The audiobook is only $1.99, too.
Book Description: Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights.
Deeply rooted in Jackie’s experiences as a widow, a mother, a congresswoman, and a fighter, hers is a story of true resilience, one that will inspire other women to draw strength from adversity in order to do what is right—no matter the challenges ahead.


Free audiobooks for Audible Members
Audible members can score three free titles – one a full-length novel and two shorter listens. This is a limited-time offer, but I do not know the end date. As I write this, the books were pre-order to release today (February 28).
A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain: From Paula McLain, the best-selling author of The Paris Wife and Love and Ruin, comes a breathtakingly intimate story of the brilliant, willful Marie Curie – a young woman in Paris on the verge of her greatest discovery yet: herself.
Junk by Les Bohem: Set in present-day Los Angeles, Junk explores an epic conspiracy, one at work for thousands of years that involves total takeover of the planet Earth by aliens.
The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough: Best-selling author Bryan Burrough (Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies, Big Rich) recently made a shocking discovery: The small town of Temple, Texas, where he had grown up, had harbored a dark secret.


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Light Housekeeping: No-Rush Shipping Credit 4 comments

When there’s no hurry for our Amazon order, I choose No-Rush Shipping to get the $1 credit off digital items – books, music, apps and software purchases.

Amazon now clearly shows the credit that I have available – a great improvement! A quick browse of digital music and apps did not show the $1 credit available but hopefully those products will soon reflect the change.

Please let me see if the credit for other reasons – such as Great on Kindle or the $3 romance credit.

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Housekeeping! Catching up and Great on Kindle 11 comments

A month of Sundays!
It’s been a long time since we’ve talked! I’ve enjoyed the break to do other activities in the evenings and spend time with my husband.
Just to catch you up a bit, last summer (which was like 3 years ago with the winter weather we have been having in the upper Midwest) we planted and tended a garden. I returned to my farming roots and loved every minute of it.
There was no pretense that the food was cheaper than from the store. I bought a $50 hoe, too many plants and oodles of seeds. The water bill spiked during the dry weeks.
The tomatoes outgrew their cages; the rabbits dined well on sweet potato vines and cantaloupe leaves; the butternut squash took over the west half of the plot, producing enough for the neighborhood; and sweet basil filled the air.
I relished every minute, dining on salads made with fresh cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, radishes, carrots, beets and onions.
Cannot wait for the snow to melt this spring!
Great on Kindle
Now for the real reason for this Housekeeping post. Donna C asked me to do a bit of research and give an opinion about Great on Kindle.
Great on Kindle is not great. The books have the promised enhanced digital content, but the promotion is a bust. It’s an illusion of a benefit while making the process to claim your reward difficult.
When a customer buys eligible non-fiction books, Amazon offers a credit equal to 25% of the purchase price to be used on future purchases of GoK books. Amazon promises a better reading experience with high quality images, page flip and Wikipedia integration on the select GoK books.
The credit given must be spent on other GoK titles and has no value on any other purchase. The credits do expire so timely redemption is critical.
The collection of eligible books is scattered, including history, business, health, biographies and memoirs and religion titles. I browsed the history selection. There is no discernable reason for the order of the titles and no way to access sub-categories such as military history or memoirs or politics. I didn’t even know how many titles were available until I clicked through more than eleven pages of 48 titles each.
Goodreads has a webpage about GoK. I clicked on a couple of titles that linked to Amazon. The books are no longer offered through GoK. Goodreads is out-of-date and just as random in order.
The internet has a few discussions where readers lament the disorganized selection, but no one has a solution. A few commenters were disappointed their credits were not applying, but they reported customer support was helpful.
One website reported that in early January that the credit percentage was 75%. WOWSER! Nothing offered more than 25% credit toward a future purchase when I looked. But if it is on the internet, it has to be true, right?
Bottom line, if you love to read non-fiction and have time to tinker, GoK might be a good fit for you. If you do not have the patience of Job and a couple of hours to browse, just buy the books you want and forget the credit.


Cheap Reads about Gardening
I looked for great, cheap reads about gardening, but didn’t find any that were impressive. Growing your own vegetables has to be experienced to be appreciated. I highly recommend putting down the Kindle and picking up a hoe and a few tomato plants this spring.
While the snow is still blowing here, I’ll be making butternut squash soup and maybe a pie, too.
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