Category: Housekeeping
Housekeeping: Prime Day Rumors 2 comments
Prime Day Rumors
According to theverge.com, Prime Day 2020 is going to happen.

An internal Amazon email seen by The Verge confirms that its Prime Day shopping event will take place October 13th and 14th, and that the company will make an official announcement September 27th.

In a separate internal email, Amazon warehouse workers were told no new vacation requests would be accepted between October 13th and October 20th, which suggests that the company needs all hands on deck for Prime Day.

An Amazon spokesperson said in an email to The Verge that the company has not announced any dates for Prime Day. “Stay tuned for more details on Prime Day,” the spokesperson said, adding that customers can ask Alexa devices to keep them updated about Prime Day.

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Housekeeping: Audible has stirred up a hornet’s nest 2 comments

Audible’s Possible Mistake
Two weeks ago Audible announced a re-structuring of their subscription service to include streaming of many free books. With this change, the two free Audible originals per month ended. This wasn’t a big loss as those short listens are in the new Audible Plus catalog for free.
I looked through the streaming selections and noticed the romance category was weak with few popular authors. I assumed that Audible didn’t add but a few romances because the Audible Escape subscription was available for those who wanted only that genre.
Today I received this notice:

First, we’re saying hello to the new Plus Catalog included with your Audible membership (now called Audible Premium Plus), which gives you access to thousands of audiobooks, podcasts, originals, and more—no credits needed. All available to stream or download.
And we’re also saying goodbye. Starting November 1, Audible Escape will no longer be available. You can now listen all you want to all kinds of stories with the Plus Catalog.

 

I searched on the web and Audible Escape customers are livid. Audible customer support has stated that 800 romance titles will be added to Audible Plus. Compare that to Audible Escape with 10,000 titles.
Petitions are being circulated; complaints are being filed and tweets are flying.
I believe Audible will lose customers over this move. Those who love to listen to romance won’t be happy when the options are only little known authors and formulaic novels.

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Housekeeping: Audible Plus 0 comments
New progam from Audible
Audible announced a new listening program with the addition of Audible Plus – a streaming service of books, podcasts and Audible originals. You can download and listen later, too. More than 11,000 titles are in the catalog now and Audible promises to add new titles weekly.
If you aren’t an Audible member, you can sign up for Audible Plus for $7.95 a month. Try it free for 30 days before committing.
If you are an Audible member paying $14.95 a month, the plan is now known as Audible Premium Plus. You will have access to the Audible Plus catalog, a credit each month for a free title and 30% discount on purchases.
The down side of this new service is that free Audible Originals monthly selection for members has been discontinued. Look for those titles in the Audible Plus selection going forward.
The Audible Plus catalog doesn’t have the hottest authors, current bestselling titles or major new releases. However, the catalog is extensive and has many great listens. Take the time to browse through it and find the hidden gems.

 

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Housekeeping: Subscription box savings 0 comments
Get a box in the mail!
You can score some great deals on the first box in subscription boxes offered through Amazon. You might find your new favorite food and drink obsession through a subscription service. Whether you’re looking for the perfect cup of coffee or tea, healthy snacking options, or some sweet indulgence, there’s a subscription box for you.
I am amazed at the boxes available – for children, college students, men, women, cats and dogs. You can get murder mystery boxes, socks boxes (men and women’s styles), barbecue boxes, succulent boxes, how-to-be-a-readhead boxes and more.
Please read the reviews as some of these services have not been popular.

 

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Housekeeping: Health Update 4 comments
Husband Is Doing Great
I mentioned several weeks ago that my husband was having surgery August 7. All went well and he was in the hospital just one overnight. Once again we were blessed with amazing health professionals and praying friends and family.
Tiger hasn’t been doing handsprings and cartwheels but he is ready to get back to normal. Today we are traveling to his surgeon for a follow-up visit. He’s hopeful that restrictions on his activities will be lifted.
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Housekeeping: Eyeglasses 0 comments
When you need eyeglasses
Last winter I visited my optometrist as reading and computer work were causing eyestrain and frustration. I have worn multifocal contacts for decades and love them. Sadly the doctor told me that he is unable to get a pair that would satisfy my needs for distance and close work. Multifocal contacts are limited in how wide the range can be.
I settled for a pair of contacts that work for distance and add a pair of reading glasses for close work. I vowed to never be like my father who had only one pair of reading glasses. We children spent hours looking for his misplaced “cheaters.”
Perhaps extreme, I have three pair of readers in my purse, two pair in the kitchen, a pair on the nightstand, two or three pair at my work desk, two pair on the end table in the den, a pair in the bathroom, a spare pair in the laptop bag and a pair in the car I drive most.
Even with all those I do not have a pair of Echo Frames.
After watching this video I don’t think I want a pair. But then again maybe I could talk myself into giving them a whirl.
I requested an invitation here. I’ll let you know if I’m successful. If you complete the form and are successful, please tell us.
Maybe I should wait until other colors are available.
 
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Housekeeping: Personal Note and Audible Podcasts 8 comments
Personal Note
The month of July has been busy but not because life has returned to normal in our part of the Midwest. My husband had a small medical issue that required a three-day stay in a hospital 120 miles from our home. A follow-up surgery will occur August 7 at the same hospital and he will stay a few nights as their guest.
We have been fortunate that I have been able to be with him during the day. That is, if I don’t have a fever or 6-8 other symptoms, wear a mask and leave promptly at 7:00 p.m.

 

Audible Podcasts
Bloomberg reports that Audible has been meeting with producers and talent agencies to “discuss acquiring potential new podcast projects—or, in the terminology that Audible prefers, ‘Audible Originals.'”
Analysts believe that Audible is seeing the success of shorter content that is fresh, created the same day as it is offered to listeners. Audible wants a part of the market that is dominated by Spotify and Apple.
According to an anonymous source, Audible may change its business model, possibly offering a lower-priced plan giving access to originals but not books. Another idea is to sell original shows individually so membership is not required.
Amazon Music is also adding podcasts to the app soon. The goal is to attract podcast listeners through the use of the Alexa smart speaker.
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Housekeeping: October Prime Day and First Reads 0 comments
Still not ready for Prime Day
Amazon has announced that Amazon Prime Day has been tentatively set for the week of October 5, subject to change as the national health situation changes.
Amazon sited increased demand for essential items during the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as keeping their employees safe as reasons for the delay.

 

Prime Members double dip in July
In July, Prime members get early access to two Kindle books free and only $1.99 each for everyone else. Audiobooks are only $1.99 each when you download the Kindle book.
Choose from:
Trust No One by Debra Webb
Cleo McDougal Regrets Nothing by Allison Winn Scotch
Her Final Words by Brianna Labuskes
Across the Winding River by Aimie K. Runyan
The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis
The Son and Heir by Alexander Münninghoff
White Out by Danielle Girard
Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten by Laura Purdie Salas
Tomboyland by Melissa Faliveno
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Housekeeping: Summer Slump, Garden and Packaging 6 comments
Summer Slump
Are you feeling the summer slump?
I am! The news continues to scream doom and gloom; vacations are fizzling as more entertainment venues delay opening or limit their offerings; baseball is going fanless and home dishwashers are overworked.
Apparently the publishers are in the slumps too. The books being offered at great prices have been pretty slim pickings the last few weeks.
Several years ago publishers tried to make $2.99 and $3.99 their best offerings. That campaign must have failed miserably because price came down after about six weeks. They have revived that strategy and we may have a summer of fewer choices at great prices.
I’m hoping for the best and will let you know all the great books that are going for value pricing when the publishers come to their senses.

 
The Garden Overflows

Love the garden but when the produce starts coming in simultaneously, but there are days it’s a bit overwhelming.
In another 3-4 days, the raspberries will be done for the year. For more than two weeks I’ve been picking them 2-3 times a day.
We grew broccoli for the first time this year and the beef and broccoli stir fry was divine. Food does taste better when you grow it.
The peas came ready at the same time even though I planted them two weeks apart. I’m convinced peas are why God made gardens. Don’t even try to prove me wrong. You will fail.
The cucumber vines suddenly burst forth. This evening I picked nine wonderful, long English cukes. From the looks of the plant, I’ll have that many more in a couple of days.
The yellow squash vines are putting out 3-4 a day. The zucchini plants are bearing fruit but the little guys aren’t growing yet. One day soon I’ll check under the big leaves and find 15 squashes about 3′ long – it’s the zucchini way.
The onions are fat and juicy and should be pulled in a couple of weeks. The green beans are blooming; a few tomatoes are starting to turn red and several green peppers are ready to harvest.
Five cakes and three happy neighbors later, the rhubarb still produces.
This is the time of the year I love carrots and beets. They don’t need attention for a couple of months.

 

Packaging Overload
I’ve read of Amazon customers who have received orders from Amazon in oversized boxes. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten two oversized envelopes.
The pair of tweezers was nearly lost in this envelope. At first I thought a tired Amazon warehouse worker had forgotten to put in the product.

 

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