Monday, May 18, 2020

Life, and More, Go On... and a Giveaway




by Carrie Kennersly, veterinary technician and owner of an adjoining barkery and bakery, whose adventures are memorialized in the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries by Linda O. Johnston


Last time I blogged here, a couple of months ago, I talked about the viral pandemic sweeping not only Knobcone Heights, but the world. In that respect, not much has changed--except for that disease to not only continue, but to increase.


But I'm still here. So are my two shops--Barkery and Biscuits, the one where I sell healthy treats for dogs that I create as a veterinary technician, and Icing on the Cake, where I bake and sell human treats.


Yes, they're still here.  We're still here--my wonderful dog Biscuit and I. But my helpers are on leave most of the time, for their safety. And although I continue baking, people generally place their orders by email or phone, and then come to my stores to pick up their treats. And then I wash my hands and everything else very carefully.


So, yes, life goes on. My stores go on. Biscuit and I go on. And I do spend some time at my veterinary clinic as a vet tech, too, since other pets go on as well, and need care. Plus, I see my guy Dr. Reed Storme there--and elsewhere, too.


And, in case you don't know it, this is a very special time. It's the Killer Characters Cozy Mystery Spring Fling. I haven't solved a murder for a while, which may be a good thing. But I am giving away a copy of my most recent story, For A Good Paws, to one person who comments on this post. 


So, please comment here and briefly say what you are doing these days. The person who monitors my posts, or one of her dogs, will pick the winner.


www.LindaOJohnston.com

43 comments:

  1. During this isolation, we have stayed at home. I go out for groceries and necessities but try to limit it to once a week. I write letters and e-mails and do the usual housework and laundry. We watch a lot of TV and read. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. These days have been filled with cooking, walking, and reading. Thanks for the chance!
    Jess
    maceoindo at yahoo dot com

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  3. These days I am cooking a bit more than usual. Trying some new recipes, some good, some not so good. mbradeen [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  4. I am lucky enough to be able to work from home. That said I have been baking & reading much more and walking daily to avoid cabin fever. Thanks for the opportunity.
    ma(underscore)ward(at)Hotmail(dot)com.

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  5. I go out very little and since I am considered high risk, it is best to do t hat.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  6. During the shelter in place I have been trying to learn how to properly groom my poodle which I did pretty well. My husband is home too and he’s been watching YouTube to get new recipes for things to cook, which I’ve been fortunate enough to be the taste tester of.
    He is the one who goes grocery shopping since I have health issues and he is very worried about bringing anything home to me but I’m also worried about him due to the fact that he just turned 61 a couple of days ago. Not124getul8r@gmail.com


    That’s phonetically not124getyoulater at gmail dot com

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  7. I have been working a little more at my job at Walmart. When I’m home I cleaning, bake, watch movies, and read.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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  8. I'm retired, so I'm reading more, taking walks and especially making sure I wear my mask. Thanks for your great generosity. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  9. During this stay at home time, we have cancelled our trip to Utah to see the national parks there that we had planned over a year for. Since we travel with out 15 year old chihuahua furbaby, it takes a lot of extra planning. Although sad we didn't get to go this year, we have been staying rather busy. Being retired, we are use to staying home. Thankfully we live on a small plot of land in the Ozark Mountains that is visited daily by a wide array of critter visitors. When not doing chores or in the kitchen (a place both hubby and I love to be), we are on our big front porch watching to see which visitors will come that day. Hubby and I love photography, so it's a very common site to see us sitting out there each with a camera or two watching and waiting. Thankfully spring has finally showed up and temperatures are warmer so we don't need to bundle up to do so. :)

    When not on the porch, on baking duty in the kitchen or doing chores, I love to read and we are making plans for our next trip in the late summer to Amish country - providing it doesn't have to be cancelled too.

    Love the Barkery & Biscuits Mysteries series and can't wait for the opportunity to read "For A Good Paws". Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  10. First off I enjoy this series very much. Since our weather has taken an upturn with temps and sunshine I've been working in my gardens besides cleaning out spaces in our house. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  11. I take care of my 6 & 8 year old grandsons everyday all day since early March. We spend the day busy with schoolwork, playing outside in the backyard, crafts, reading and enjoy this precious time together, saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I walk twice daily since the weather is ideal and it lifts my spirits. When I am inside I read, and I have started to clear out items from the house and garage. It is very productive work and will continue to for a good while. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. I love your covers and the idea of a barkery. We're just staying home and following the guidance for our area. We're lucky that we are retired so life isn't that much different. I do my daily walks in the backyard. Adult granddaughter runs the few errands necessary. We just thank our lucky stars that we are in the position we are in. Stay safe. sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I am literally homebound normally so this did take 2 days that I normally get to go out Wed with my friend and then Sunday chuch. So now with those days added to my stay at home i am outside with the pups looking at my raised garden that hubby put in a day before Mothers Day and also reading a lot. In fact I was shocked when I went to review all the books that I had read in 2 weeks and it was 10 I thought just a few but my stack in my office had more. Anyway thank you for posting I love my chihuahuas and the pups you put on your covers! peggy clayton ptclayton2 at aol.com

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  15. I've still been working since nursing homes can't shut down or have us working at home. I wish I could have had time off like everyone else to get things done at home, but I'm trying to fit in what I can after work. Cleaning, baking, reading, crocheting, planting, playing with my cat...depends on the day and the weather.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I'm finding this prolonged isolation a bit tough to take, some days more so than others. But I have been trying to keep my spirits up by puttering away at my various crafts: crochet, cross stitch and quilting. Add to that quite a lot of reading. One of us goes for groceries and to pick up mail, ( no home delivery here ), every 7-10 days. I would love the chance to get to know the animal characters ( and people too!) who inhabit thus series. Thanks for the giveaway. Stay home, stay safe.
    gnluciow (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I've been pretty much staying home. Last week was the first time I went to the grocery store and it was so strange. I've been doing a lot of reading and spending time with my cats.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I have been doing a lot of reading. I finally saw my grandchildren on Friday. First time in two months. I've been missing them so much have cried quite a bit. I'm happy now that I got to see them.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. Love that the person who monitors the comment section lets her dogs pick. I have been reading tons of mystery books nothing too frightening- have enough of that in the real world. rmmoss2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. I work in retail and I am finally going back to work sometime next week. Not looking forward to it, I've been doing lots of reading! Stay safe everyone. tWarner419@aol.com

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  21. Experiencing life (mostly) at home with my husband, daughter, and 3 1/2 year old granddaughter. We're doing well, but it is a bit trying to live so closely with no breathers from jobs and school!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  22. I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks. They're entertaining & distracting.
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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  23. Other than trips to the grocery store, I've been staying at home, reading and watching dvds.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  24. Sharon GuagliardoMay 18, 2020 at 5:14 PM

    Finally have some time to unpack from my move from one state to another. catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  25. Life hasn’t changed much for me, since I’m disabled with MS and haven’t driven in 19 years. I’m used to staying home most of the time. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  26. When our state declare stay-at-home, I've been trying very hard to do that.

    kaye.killgore(at)comcast(dot)net

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  27. I am considered high risk so I've been home, reading, doing some baking, and watching my granddaughter one day a week. Thanks for the chance.
    ematov (at) comcast (dot) net

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  28. We have been staying home. I am considered high risk and my husband is disabled and has heart disease, so we are following our doctor's advice and staying in. Our 25 year old daughter still lives at home and is an online English teacher, so she runs errands for us and gets the things we have to have between her classes. Thank you for the chance to win!! bentleyboy22(at)comcast(dot)net

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  29. I'm living a quiet life and loving it actually.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  30. I am just staying home and doing more reading. Thankfully, I am retired so not going out isn't much of a change. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I’m trying to read more and not stress out about stuff.
    xzjh04(at) gmail(dot) com

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  32. Brittani SticklerMay 19, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    I'm working from home -- I'm and educator. We're wrapping up the end of the school-year now. I've been reading a lot more and crocheting.
    sticklerba (at) gmail (dot) com

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  33. During this stay in place order I am staying home mostly other than to get groceries and maybe a few plants. I'm using working in my flower gardens as a source of therapy during this time. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. My days (Monday - Friday) have been filled working either at home or at the library. I have the best job - buying books! on the weekends I am slowly working on my house renovation.

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  35. Spending lots of extra quality time with my husband and daughter!
    jbohrer08(at)su(dot)edu

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  36. I’ve been mostly working on cleaning and decluttering my house but I’ve been doing a lot of reading. I really enjoy your books!
    meeshpsych@aol.com

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  37. I am trying to keep busy with spring cleaning, planting when it is not raining, sewing masks, sewing, reading, going to the grocery store. quilting(dash)lady(at)comcast(dot)net

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  38. Just the same. I'm always at home so the only difference is that I can't go to the library. I watch TV, movies, read, go online, and color.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Hi, Linda (and Carrie)! I miss chatting with you. I'm doing a LOT of gardening (and providing plants for several of the neighbors, lol), and of course I'm reading and editing! Thanks for your generosity.

    elewkf1 at yahoo dot com

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  40. Sleeping later, reading, and trying to declutter my house! Thanks for the chance to win.

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail dot com

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  41. The weather is nice one day raining the next. I washed fabric today to cut for a quilt tomorrow. I love watching "Murder She Wrote" at night so that is on now with my little rescue dog ,Chihuahua, sitting on my lap. My old Dog Bella who was 15 died in May. I was talked in to getting this little girl she is precious, fun, but I still miss my Bella. I have planted a little garden in with the flowers, one tomato plant, garlic, a pepper plant, and potatoes. My cucumber seeds never did come up. thank you for this giveaway, I would love to have this book to read. the cover is wonderful. queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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  42. I've been spending time teaching my new fur kid the ropes. She has been quite the terror to her fur siblings, lol, but that face is just too cute to stay mad at.
    Jlwinc(dot)org(at)live(dot)ca

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  43. My life really hasn't changed much. I prefer staying at home normally. I go out for groceries, appointments or if I want something specific for food. The only difference from before is now I wear a mask and I wash a bit more often.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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