Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – The Bahamas, Chocolate, Flash Dance, Guests and Laughter.


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

There are a few things going on around this neck of the woods in the coming weeks, including a bit of break from routine for me as I head off to dog and house sit for my sister whilst she takes on the Bay of Biscay in November on a cruise!

I will make sure the regulars are posted and there is plenty to read on the days that I am traveling. I intend to do some work on writing projects when I am away, but the good news is that the current WIP is now moving into the formatting phase and I hope to have it available by early December. It is a bit of a departure from my usual short story collections as I also include verse and flash fiction. I will let you know more about it nearer the time.

This year’s Christmas promotion

I am also plotting this year’s Christmas book promotions and I will be sharing a post in the next week or so about the International Christmas Book Fair which will including some guest posts on writing from some of the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, offering additional separate promotional opportunities.

In the bookstore there are authors from all around the world and I want to make sure that every author is promoted. You won’t need to do a thing.. although it would be great if you would share the posts. Look out for news of this promotional feature in the last week of October with a start date of mid-November.

My thanks as always to the wonderful regular contributors and guest writers who share their work with us here. And also to you for your constant support for the blog.

Time to get on with this week’s posts….

The Travel Column this month with D.G. Kaye, is in response to the tourist board of the Bahamas request for visitors to resume their holidays on the Islands, recently devastated by the recent hurricane. Tourism is the main source of income for the Islands and without it reconstruction will be severely hampered.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-the-bahamas-up-and-running-and-waiting-for-tourists/

We are coming to the end of the re-run of Jessica Norrie’s Literary Column from last year, with one more to come at the end of November with some great gift recommendations.. In the meantime, Jessica who was reaching a milestone birthday at the end of last year, shared books that were released in the year of her birth.. It is an interesting exercise to check which bestsellers were released at the same time as you were! The link is in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-my-archives-the-literary-column-with-jessica-norrie-what-bestsellers-were-released-in-the-year-of-your-birth/

Robbie Cheadle rounds off her popular series on the York Chocolate Story with the conversion of the factory to make munitions and the production of high energy sweets for life rafts.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-guest-writer-robbie-cheadle-the-york-chocolate-series-part-five-chocolate-in-wartime-second-world-war-1939-1945/

This week my guest is Deborah Jay, with an extract from The Prince’s Man – Book One of the the Five Kingdoms Series..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-sunday-interview-deborah-jay-with-an-exract-from-the-princes-man-book-one-of-the-five-kingdoms-series/

If you are offered the opportunity to do a podcast or radio interview then grab it.. but also do your preparation to make sure you are getting the right message across to encourage readers to buy your book.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-radio-or-podcast-interviews-grab-the-opportunity-by-sally-cronin/

My book review for Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg. 

I recommend that if you are unfamiliar with why and how the young men and women of our armies are involved in this conflict, that you read Silent Heroes. It is a way to honour their service, that of their canine brothers-in-arms, and the bravery of the Afghanistan population, trying to exist in a country torn apart by devastating conflict.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/smorgasbord-book-reviews-afghanistan-servicedogs-silent-heroes-by-patricia-furstenberg/

Chapter Seventeen and the Opening Weekend of Killbilly Hotel has is moments…including a dead body in the lounge!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/12/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-seventeen-the-opening-weekend-party-by-sally-cronin/

Most guests are appreciative of old world charm.. but others not so much….drastic measures required..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/13/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eighteen-some-guests-and-their-foibles-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-music-column-my-favourite-songs-from-the-movies-flashdance-what-a-feeling/

This week for Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 148 Colleen Chesebro has given us the prompt words ‘Empty and Space and I have selected the synonyms ‘Hollow and Distance‘  A butterfly cinquain– Rejection.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-rejection-by-sally-cronin/

In Linda Thompson’s third post, she explores the phenomenon that is the mystery of the missing sock.. it is rampant in our household too and I suspect from all the mentions online that it is now an epidemic…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-the-case-of-the-missing-sock-humour-on-the-craft-of-writing-by-linda-thompson/

This is the final post of Melanie Stewart who blogs at Leaving the Door Open: A Daughter’s stories about an aging parent. This week When The Money Runs Out

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-new-bloggers-on-the-scene-melanie-m-stewart-when-the-money-runs-out/

This is the final  post from Peter Mohan who blogs at Cheers, Govanhill as his alter ego .. Boy David.  Why Govanhill is just like the south of France

a deckchair pictured below the M74 motorway extension in Govanhill

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-why-govanhill-is-just-like-the-south-of-france-cheers-govanhill/

Ovarian cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the reproductive system. Karen Ingalls is an ovarian cancer survivor and therefore supremely qualified to write this article.. The post carries an important message about understanding how our bodies work and how we should be on the alert for anything that seems out of the ordinary. 

OUTSHINING OVARIAN CANCER  by Karen Ingalls.

photo-on-2-14-16-at-139-pm-crop-u6133https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-health-column-the-female-reproductive-system-outshining-ovarian-cancer-guest-post-author-karen-ingalls/

The Obesity epidemic – Part Four– Finding a point to intervene in the life cycle – 7 – 14 –  School Lunches This week I am going to cover, what I consider the best time to intervene in the obesity epidemic, to achieve the most effective results.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/smorgasbord-health-column-the-obesity-epidemic-part-four-finding-a-point-to-intervene-in-the-life-cycle-7-14-the-brain/

New Books on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-relic-seeker-the-priestess-chronicles-book-2-by-fiona-tarr/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-fiction-telling-sonny-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-state-of-denial-the-state-trilogy-book-2-by-iain-kelly/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-romance-the-gambling-hearts-series-book-three-my-girl-by-jacquie-biggar/

Author Update #Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-d-g-kaye-shehanne-moore-darlene-foster-and-coraline-grace/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-vashti-quiroz-vega-karen-demers-dowdall-and-judith-barrow/

A chance to showcase some fantastic posts from fellow bloggers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-october-8th-the-story-reading-ape-alison-williams-and-shehanne-moore/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-october-9th-sue-vincent-natalie-ducey-and-john-w-howell/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-10th-october-d-g-kaye-interviews-marian-beaman-jane-sturgeon-and-friendship-and-colleen-chesebro-gutenberg/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/08/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-11/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/10/10/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-from-sallys-archives-12/

Thank you again for dropping in to visit and hope you will join me again next week for more of the same.  Sally

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – The Bahamas – 14 Islands Up and Running and Waiting for Tourists.


The Bahamas – 14 Islands Up and Running and Waiting for Tourists.

Welcome to this month’s edition of the Travel Column. For this month’s edition I wanted to write about the Bahamas, in light of one of the most devastating hurricanes that pretty much demolished Grand Obaca and Grand Bahama islands. Although support is pouring in from many countries and many selfless people are helping in their own way, the news stated that the best way people can help with their devastation is to visit some of the many islands that make up the Bahamas to help to contribute to their economy to help rebuild with tourism.

A Few Facts

Bahamas are officially known as the Commonwealth of the Bahamas – a country within the Lucayan Archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Contrary to what many misconstrue, the Bahamas are not owned by the United States. They are an independent country, part of a commonwealth who gained their independence from Britain in 1973. The vast territory of the Bahamas covers approximately 180,000 square miles of ocean space consisting of over 700 islands and islets and over 2000 coral reefs. Roughly only 30 of those islands are inhabited.

The Bahamas is located in the Northwestern Indies, about 50 miles southeast of Florida, just north of Cuba. The language spoken is English, most natives are descendants of Africa. Two most familiar and popular islands tourists visit are Freeport and Nassau, which is located on the island of New Providence. The capital of Bahamas is Nassau.

A Bit of History

The Bahamas were inhabited by the Lucayans – a branch of the Taino people (original inhabitants of the Caribbean for centuries before the arrival of the European colonizers). Columbus made his first landfall there in 1492. Later, the natives were shipped to Hispaniola to serve as slaves, leaving the Bahama islands mostly deserted from 1513 till 1648 when British colonists began to settle there. In 1718, Bahamas became a British Crown Colony, clamping down on piracy. After the American Revolution, American Loyalists (those who stood loyal to the British Crown), settled in the Bahamas with their slaves and built plantations. The majority of the population from this time period on, saw African slaves and their descendants populate the islands.

In 1807 the slave trade was abolished by the British, and finally abolished in the Bahamas in 1834. The Bahamas became the new safe haven for freed slaves. There was also an influx of North American slaves and Seminoles who migrated from Florida. Bahamas became an independent commonwealth in 1973 under the Queen. The Bahamas are the 3rd richest country in the world following the U.S. and Canada. Their wealth is based on tourism and offshore financing.

Climate

The low elevation and gulf stream contribute to Bahamas winterless, tropical climate, producing sunny and dry days for approximately 340 days a year. Tropical storms and hurricanes have impacted the Bahamas in 1992 – Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and most recently, and the most devasting, Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 tropical cyclone – the strongest on record, which decimated the islands of Grand Bahama and Great Abaco. Average temps year-round are 75 degrees to 85.

Tourism

Bahamas rely on tourism for 50% of its income and offshore international financial services for about another 15%. Agriculture and manufacturing contribute to another part of their economy, still, 80% of the island’s food is imported. Bahamas are also known for being a tax haven. The government derives their taxes from importing taxes, licensing fees and property taxes. There is no income tax or tax on the wealthy. The currency used is the Bahamian dollar, which is set at the equivalent of the U.S. dollar.

Culture

The country is made up of Afro-Bahamians, British and Americans, with a huge population of American visitors. Each island is rich in its own culture, all of which offer coral reefs, turquoise waters and beautiful sandy beaches.

Beaches

While Bahamas is comprised of over 700 different islands, there are over 2000 recommended beaches! Of course, some beaches are more well known than others, but some of these not-so-well-known gems may be just the place for you. From quiet beaches to those of full on activity to white or pink sands, there is something for every beach lover in the Bahamas.

Most popular destinations in Bahamas are Paradise Island, Freeport, Grand Bahamas, Eleuthra, and Exuma Islands, and below, I’m sharing links with some recommendations and info on various islands and what they have to offer:

: https://www.sandals.com/blog/best-beaches-in-nassau-bahamas/

: https://www.outislandlifebahamas.com/2018/05/top-bahamas-beaches/

Best recommended places to stay in the Bahamas:

: https://www.thehotelguru.com/en-ca/best-hotels-in/caribbean/bahamas

: https://www.travellingking.com/where-to-stay-in-the-bahamas/

: https://www.travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts/all-inclusive-resorts-bahamas

Shopping

Like many other Caribbean islands, souvenirs and trinkets are widely available on most islands. You can always find local straw items hand-crafted, designer boutiques, fine rums and cigars, wood carvings, jams and jellies, just to name a few items you will find in Bahamas. You will find most of the boutique shopping in Nassau, New Providence. Below is a sampling of things to purchase and where, for your souvenir pleasure:

: https://traveltriangle.com/blog/shopping-in-bahamas/

: https://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/things-to-do/shopping

Things To Do

From beach lounging to snorkeling, diving, just about any water sport, exploring, taking in the culture or just relaxing with a cool drink, there are a plethora of things to see and do in the Bahamas. Below, I’m including some links to give you more specific details to some of the most popular things to be seen and done in the Bahamas:

: https://www.nassauparadiseisland.com/things-to-do/shopping

: https://travel.usnews.com/Bahamas/Things_To_Do/

: https://www.ytravelblog.com/things-to-do-in-the-bahamas-vacation/

As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, planning to visit the Bahamas is one way to contribute to helping them rebuild their devastated islands. I came across this short article on 14 islands in the Bahamas that are up and running and eager to welcome visitors. If you’re not in the market for a visit right now, there is also a place on the bottom of the post that offers people to donate to help with the rebuild of the Bahamas.

14 ISLANDS OF THE BAHAMAS ARE READY TO WELCOME VISITORS WITH OPEN ARMS

Cheers!

I hope you enjoyed this edition of The Travel Column. If any of you have been to the Bahamas and would like to add to the conversation with your discoveries, please share with us here.

My thanks to Debby for another interesting and informative colum.. you can read the other posts in the Travel Column: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-colum

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

A recent review for P.S. I Forgive You on Goodreads

Sep 30, 2019 Lucinda Clarke rated it it was amazing

Even after her mother died, D G Kaye could not bring herself to go and meet her in her last few hours on earth. She explains why and while some people may condemn her for this, there are many of us who will understand – readers who have also suffered from the lack of a mother’s love. That which so many take for granted was denied this author, her mother preferred to gamble, mix in high society, use her husband, her children and even her friends who were only there to serve her interests and needs. This book describes how the author came to terms with her own decisions, view her mother in a new light and found peace within herself as far as she could. Although a standalone book, this is best read after Conflicted Hearts the author’s first memoir.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
MeWe: mewe.com/i/debbygies
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Thank you for joining us today and Debby would love to receive your feedback and your travel experiences. Also any questions please add them in the comments.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – New Author Interview, Music, Travel, Seasoning, Apple Coffee Cake and lots of other stuff


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed on Smorgasbord this week.

It is a time of great suffering and challenges for the thousands who have been devastated in the Bahamas and also those caught up in the hurricane as it moves up the Eastern coast of the USA. Whilst the majority of us are just spectators as these tragedies unfold, they do touch us and make us realise how lucky we are not to be in the path of the destructive force of nature so regularly. Especially when so many of those impacted had little to begin with.

I know that I bang on about the Irish weather from time to time, but it is still a moderate climate without the extremes normally, and we are very lucky.

This coming week sees a new feature for those authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, in line with my renewed focus on promoting this group of writers.

If you have a book that you are going to be offering free or for a reduced price, usually 99p/99c then please let me know a week in advance if you can, by email sally.cronin@moyhill.com…or if you are on Facebook you can send me a message. I will add in its own section at the end of one of the Cafe Updates.. all it costs you is a few seconds of your time to let me know.

Also I don’t want to come across as a nag, but please remember to respond to comments individually, as it will encourage more sales, for your books and also for your blog to be remembered with more shares across social media.  Thank you for listening to this service message!!!

As always a huge thanks to the contributors to the blog, my aim to have a magazine approach originally has been fulfilled by their wonderful posts, offering a diverse range of subjects that I could not provide myself. Their knowledge and effort are very much appreciated. Also thank you for your support for their work and for my own posts, it helps motivate and inspire me.

Time to get on with the show…..

A welcome return to our musical columnist William Price King with a new series of posts on influential musicians.. this week American jazz-rock guitarist and composer John Scofield

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-music-column-with-william-price-king-with-american-jazz-rock-guitarist-and-composer-john-scofield/

The week D.G. Kaye takes us to one of the lovely islands in the Caribbean and provides us with all the information we need to visit...I’ve written about a few islands in the Caribbean so far, and today I want to continue the Caribbean theme and take us all to Saint Barthelemy, or the often abbreviated, St. Barths, the French prefer to call it, and, St. Barts in English.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-caribbean-st-barts/

This week Carol Taylor shows us How to add fuss free flavor to your food. To make delicious family food you don’t need to spend a fortune on fancy ingredients which cost a fortune. Most of us have access to a whole range of simple herbs, spices and aromatics which we can use to accentuate and bring maximum flavor to food.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/smorgasbord-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-how-to-add-fuss-free-flavor-to-your-food/

This month a cake that will tempt you beyond all self-control from Silvia Todesco – a step by step guide to Italian deliciousness.  Fluffy apple coffee cake: irresistible!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italian-cookery-with-silvia-todesco-fluffy-apple-coffee-cake-irresistible/

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies, kicks off the new author interview series in great style sharing the inspiration for her writing, the editing process and software, and books on our craft that she considers are must reads. I am sure you will enjoy as much as I did. You can also enjoy an excerpt from her memoir Twenty Years After “I Do”.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-series-sunday-author-interview-non-fiction-memoir-d-g-kaye/

My review for The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie.. a lovely book and highly recommended.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-book-reviews-the-magic-carpet-by-jessica-norrie/

Previously Imogen had regaled Andrew with her antics as one of the team in the Ladies Fashion department at Huntleys, and her run in with shoplifters. Chapter Seven – The Cosmetic Department.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-seven-the-cosmetic-department-sally-cronin/

Previously  Working in the Cosmetic Department of Huntleys was not all about nail varnish and lipsticks, there were also fascinating social issues to be discovered and embraced. Chapter Eight – The Steakhouse

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/just-an-odd-job-girl-serialisation-chapter-eight-the-steak-house-by-sally-cronin/

Being the first Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 142 of the month, Colleen allows us the freedom to choose our own words…Double Etheree – The Summer Bids Farewell 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tanka-tuesday-challenge-the-summer-bids-farewell-by-sally-cronin/

This week’s Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge by Charli Mills was to use the title of one of the greatest western’s of all time True Grit in one form or another.. Since is was my father’s favourite film (along with any John Wayne Western) I have responded with this.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/smorgasbord-short-stories-carrot-ranch-flash-fiction-true-grit-by-sally-cronin/

Attracting your readers, Covers, Book Titles, Tag Lines and Key Words Authors are small businesses with a product that needs marketing to obtain sales. Once you start thinking of yourself as a business it tends to focus your mind differently. One of the key elements of marketing and selling is to attract the right customer for your product and in book marketing this is your readers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-book-marketing-attracting-your-readers-covers-book-titles-tag-lines-and-key-words-by-sally-cronin/

New books on the shelves.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-ya-amanda-in-holland-missing-in-action-by-darlene-foster/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-nights-tooth-tales-of-the-river-vine-book-1-by-jean-lee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-captains-witch-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

Author Updates

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-brigid-p-gallagher-james-j-cudney-and-paulette-mahurin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-mary-smith-bette-a-stevens-and-stevie-turner/

Kicking off the new series of posts from the archives of bloggers who have been blogging for under a year, is Pete Springer, sharing his story of getting fitter and healthier after retirement. Making Healthy Changes by Pete Springer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newbloggers-making-healthy-changes-by-pete-springer/

The current series of potluck posts continues for a couple of weeks and in this post Terri Webster Schrandt underlines the need to make sure that children and adults are safe in the water. Don’t Become a Memory: Three Easy Ways to Be Safe in the Water (2015) by Terri Webster Schrandt

Swim-Kids

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dont-become-a-memory-three-easy-ways-to-be-safe-in-the-water-2015-by-terri-webster-schrandt/

This is the second post from the archives of author and poet, Patricia Furstenberg who as you can tell from some of her books is a dog lover. In this post Patricia shares the steps to igniting the love of reading in boys. Here’s How To Get Boys To Read In 5 Easy Steps (2017) by Patricia Furstenberg

Image courtesy Unsplash

Image courtesy Unsplash

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-heres-how-to-get-boys-to-read-in-5-easy-steps-2017-by-patricia-furstenberg/

This is the second post from the archives of Jim Borden. One of the areas I think we do not do well here is with a Community Alert System should there be a potential disaster.. along the lines of this post.  #Community First Night of CERT Training (2016) by Jim Borden – No, this post is not about how to properly take a breath mint, although I know many of us who could benefit from such training.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-community-first-night-of-cert-training-2016-by-jim-borden/

This is the third post from the archives of the eclectic blog of writer Marilyn Armstrong and I have selected this one because despite being written seven years ago…our lives are still run by batteries and power boards.Charge (Batteries) 2012 by Marilyn Armstrong

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-charge-batteries-2012-by-marilyn-armstrong/

This is the third post of author Antoinette Truglio Martin who began blogging in 2018.. I am going to share four posts from her archives that were part of her A-Z challenge last year.  Since my downfall is and has always been food….I enjoyed browsing Antoinette’s challenge. This week, a food that immediately brings back memories of New England… Lobster.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-blogging-a-z-challenge-2018-antoinette-truglio-martin-l-is-for-lobster/

This is the third post from the archives of Anne Copeland, writer of nonfiction articles, books, and poetry, as well as a mixed media and fiber artist. This post is heartrending and inspiring. As someone who has lost a late-term baby, I  found this very touching and it is a beautiful undertaking by an extraordinary woman. An Angel Among Us (2018) Anne Copeland

Garden of Angels Cemetery at Desert Lawn in Calimesa

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-abandonedbabies-an-angel-among-us-2018-anne-copeland/

This is the third post from author and designer, Valentina Cirasola. I have chosen this post from the Home Designs Blog and as I have always painted by kitchens Yellow… I thought you might get some inspiration from Valentina from September 2018 Yellow For Manifesting – Valentina Cirasola – Interior Designer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-yellow-for-manifesting-2018-valentina-cirasola-interior-designer/

This is the third post from the archives of Lee who writes for her blog Woeful to Froful, where she shares about hair and skincare, beauty, positive thinking and music. This is from Lee’s second blog and I thought it was a lovely way to express a mother’s body….

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-mothers-this-body-has-carried-babies-by-lee/

This is the third post of author Ellen Hawley who has enjoyed a wonderfully varied career before leaving the United States to settle in Cornwall.  Here Ellen shares a recipe for another family favourite. Recipe – Peach or blackberry cobbler: an American recipe

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-recipe-peach-or-blackberry-cobbler-an-american-recipe-by-ellen-hawley/

The new series of the blogger daily where I showcase some of our brilliant bloggers in the community.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-september-4th-2019-jennie-fitzkee-sue-vincent-robbie-cheadle-james-j-cudney/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-saturday-september-7th-2019-beetley-pete-guest-posts-paddy-cummins-irish-names-some-kind-of-fifty-questions/

Last week I began a series on The Immune System and how it works. This week I would like to show you how your role in your immune system’s efficiency is critical and possibly life saving.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-sysems-of-the-body-the-immune-system-and-your-role-in-its-efficiency/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/03/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives-3/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-some-jokes-from-sallys-archives-2/

 

Thank you for dropping by and for all your amazing support it is much appreciated. It would be lovely if we could connect on the following sites too. Thanks Sally.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin
MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/sallycronin

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Comedian in Residence D.G. Kaye and some jokes from Sally’s archives.


First Debby Gies shares some of the funnies this week that she feels you should not miss.. ..D.G. Kaye Writer Blog is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

My thanks to Debby for spotting these.. and please give her a round of applause.

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s monthly Travel Column here on Smorgasbord: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Nothing like the oldies from the joke files.. I mean for the oldies….sorry

Forgetfulness.

Three ladies were discussing the travails of getting older. One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich.” The second lady chimed in with, “Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.” The third one responded, ” Well, ladies, I’m glad I don’t have that problem. Knock on wood,” as she rapped her knuckles on the table, and then said, “That must be the door, I’ll get it!”

The longevity diet.

A woman walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. “I couldn’t help noticing how happy you look,” she said. “What’s your secret for a long happy life?” “I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day,” he said. “I also drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise.” “That’s amazing,” the woman said. “How old are you?’ “Twenty-six,” he said.

We hope you are leaving with a smile on your face…Debby and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye – #Caribbean – St. Barts.


Welcome back to my Travel Column where I share facts about some of the interesting places I’ve traveled, and some new places I’d like to travel to. I hope you’re all enjoying your summer. As we get ready to venture into a new season, there are plenty of beautiful places you will discover in this series, and some I too have yet to visit.

I’ve written about a few islands in the Caribbean so far, and today I want to continue the Caribbean theme and take us all to Saint Barthelemy, or the often abbreviated, St. Barths, the French prefer to call it, and, St. Barts in English.
St. Barts is a small volcanic island, encircled by shallow reefs, and is one of four territories that make up what’s called the Leeward Islands, located in the northwest of the Caribbean Sea, lying approximately 22 miles southeast of St. Martin and just north of St. Kitts. The capital city of St Barts is Gustavia, named after a Swedish King. The other three islands part of these territories are: Martinique, French West Indies, and Guadeloupe.

St. Barts is a French-speaking island that is renowned as an elite destination most popular to the rich and famous, but certainly not limited to just the rich and famous. The island is most known for its beautiful beaches, luxury yachts and of course, designer boutiques and spectacular restaurants. St. Barts is considered one of the safest islands with very little to zero crime!

There are three methods of which to arrive in St. Barts. The first is truly geared toward the rich or famous, arrive by yacht, or take a ferry from another island. The other option is to fly into St. Martin and take a small prop plane a short 10 – minute flight into the St. Barts landing strip, most likely the method I would choose.

Check out the video below to see the landing strip and a bit more history and overview of the island:

A Bit of History

St. Barts covers an area of just short of ten square miles and a population of just over 8,000 people. It was a Swedish colony for almost a century. In 1784, Louis XVI traded the island to Sweden in exchange for trading rights in Gothenberg. In 1878 France re-purchased the island. To this day, the Swedish national arms and its three crowns still appear on St. Barts’ coat of arms.
In early history, before the European takeover of many of the Caribbean islands prior to the 15th century, the Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean ), and the Arawak (indigenous peoples of South America) were the prime inhabitors of most of the Caribbean islands. Prior to France taking over, St. Barts’ original name was Ouanalao. Columbus first encountered the island in 1493. The next 100 years would pass until the island was formally colonized.

By 1648, the French settled on the island, lasting a mere 8 years before the settlement was attacked by the Caribs, causing a brief abandonment of the island. Five years later St. Barts was bought back by the French. The island didn’t prove to be very successful or valuable and was often pirated, and once attacked by the British. This prompted Louis XVI to sell it to Sweden in return for trade access in Gothenberg, Sweden. The island became a free trading port for Europeans.

In the late 1700s, slavery was common on the island and continued well into the mid 1800s until the slaves were freed. The slaves suffered severe economic hardships because the island had no plantations. In 1852, a devastating hurricane hit the island, followed not long after by a massive fire. The Swedes decided the island wasn’t worthy of much, so decided to sell it back to France in 1878, when it became an archipelago of Guadeloupe (a French commune, forming part of Guadeloupe which was the overseas region and department of France). It wasn’t until March of 1946 that the people became French citizens with full rights.

The island offered few economic prospects and many had to take jobs on neighboring islands to get by until the 60s and 70s rolled around and the idea of tourism came, building a few hotels and a narrow landing strip on the island – big enough to accommodate a mid-sized aircraft. The island soon became known as a luxurious island for many old movie stars to stow away to for vacationing without being hounded by paparazzi. Tourism and the rapid resulting growth of the island’s economy soared, making St. Barts become a unique island with a rise in living standard, resulting in ultimate modernization, still coveted by the rich and famous. In a 2003 referendum, the residents of St, Barts wished to separate from the jurisdiction of Guadeloupe, and in 2007 they got their wish. The island of St. Barthelemy became an overseas collectivity (OCM). A governing council was elected providing the island with a degree of autonomy and a senator in Paris represents the island. The island currently retains its free port status, and in 2012, St. Barthelemy ceased being an ‘outermost region’ by leaving the EU.

Climate

The island is mostly a dry climate from December through April, with the exception of the rainy season – typically May through November with an average of 39 inches of rainfall. Despite the rainfall, there is typically sunshine throughout the year with average temps hovering up to 90 degrees during the day and mid 70s in the evenings. There isn’t much humidity thanks to the light winds.

Currency

The Euro is the mainstay currency of the island, but U.S. dollars are also accepted. Because the island is touted as a ‘luxury island’, it is quite pricey to visit, but rates do plummet quite a bit during the off- season months. Travelers recommend best rates from April through June. The island’s economy is based on tourism and it is a duty-free island, so although many of the boutiques you can shop at, although designer with designer price tags- it’s duty-free which will be considerably cheaper than at home.

Tourism

St. Barts attracts approximately 200,000 visitors per year. The wealth generated by investors on the island is responsible for the high standard of living. Most of the food on the island is imported from both U.S and France.

There are approximately only 25 hotels on the island, with most of them having on average 12- 15 rooms available. Most other accommodations available are villas to rent. For more accommodation information, check out this link.

Getting Around

Most hotels offer free round trip pickup and drop offs to and from the landing strip airport. To get around the island, most rent cars as it’s been said that taxis are not plentiful.

Cuisine

The island boasts over 70 restaurants – many of them gourmet cuisine. Common cuisine you will find there are: French, West Indian, Creole, Italian, and Asian.

Health Services

St. Barts has a small hospital and a diagnostic lab in Gustavia as well as doctors specializing in many capacities, and several pharmacies. For patients requiring more serious issues they travel to Guadeloupe, San Juan or France.

Beaches

St. Barts hosts 14 public white sand beaches. Nudism is prohibited, but topless is very common. Shell Island, to name one, is one of 4 unique beaches in the world, loaded with beautiful shells. To have a look at some of these beautiful beaches and their locations on the island, please click HERE

Find a beautiful overview of the island below:

Fun Facts

St. Barts hosts many festivals annually. You will find a complete list of festivals and dates HERE

It is customary to say hello to fellow islanders when passing.

Nobody honks their car horns – it’s considered rude.

 

For more information on St. Barts, visit the links below.

https://travel.usnews.com/St_Barts/
https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-guide/st-barts

©D.G.Kaye 2019

Thanks Debby for all that information and I would be very happy to have a couple of weeks there right now.. anyone want to join us?

Read the other posts in the Travel Column: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Books by D.G. Kaye

A recent reviews for Have Bags Will Travel

D.G. Kaye takes the reader around the world with laughs galore. I’m not much of a shopper, but I found myself chuckling about all the occasions when the author and one her pals attempted to slip onto an airplane with a cache of treasures. I especially enjoyed her description of contorting one’s body inside the airplane’s lavatory while also doing everything in her power to avoid germs. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, check out this book.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
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Thank you for joining us today and Debby would love to receive your feedback and your travel experiences. Also any questions please add them in the comments.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Weekly Round Up.. Travel Safe, Chicken Kiev, Classic Italian Rock Legends and all that Jazz


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed here on Smorgasbord.

I hope you are all well and thank you for dropping in to see me this week, and as always it is much appreciated. Nothing much to report on a personal level as the week has flown by and the weather has not been very conducive to being out in the garden.

There are however some upcoming events on the blog. Next Sunday 18th August I will be posting about the new Sunday author interview. This time it is specifically for the authors in the Cafe and Bookstore, as my intention over the next few months is to ramp up the book promotions. The Cafe and Bookstore has around 150 authors at any given time whose books are receiving reviews or they have a new release in the last six months.

I would like to give those authors another opportunity for promotion with an interview – answering five questions from a selection of twenty.. and excerpt from the book they wish to promote.  Please drop in next Sunday to find out all the details.

I am also putting together the next Archive post series. This time it will be for authors who have only been blogging in the last 12 months. An opportunity to give new bloggers a boost and to welcome them to our community. It can be tough going those first few months and I would love to share the amazing posts that should have a wider audience.

This week sees the end of the serialisation of Tales from the Irish Garden and I am delighted at the lovely comments it has received. Next week I am starting a new book that has not been shared since 2016. Just an Odd Job Girl.. I know that many of you read the first time around, but I am hoping that new readers of the blog will enjoy.

Time to get on with the posts from the week… and as always my thanks to the contributors who spend time and effort to write such interesting and informative post.

D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies reminds us that preparation is key if you want to have a safe and secure holiday.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/posts-from-my-archives-the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye-preparing-for-a-safe-trip/

If you enjoy chicken to delicious recipes for you.. and for dessert lovers.. apple and mulberry crumble.. Courtesy of Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-chicken-kiev-multi-coloured-chicken-breast-and-apple-and-mulberry-crumble/

A wonderfully simple but flavour packed Italian classic from Silvia Todesco.. Summer Fresh Tomoto Fettuccine…

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italiancookery-with-silvia-todesco-summer-fresh-tomato-fettuccine-bring-on-the-tomato-bounty/

This week author Karen DeMers Dowdall shares her very special gift.. a sixth sense that is highly developed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-my-sixth-sense-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

Those of us who have books available on Amazon and other online book sites, particularly ebooks are also vulnerable to pirates, and Debby Gies, D.G. Kaye, shares an interesting possible action we are taking to enable this. Felony or Flattery? #Copyright Infringement and Content Scraping by D.G. Kaye

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-reblog-felony-or-flattery-copyright-infringement-and-content-scraping-by-d-g-kaye/

Some rock ‘n’ roll this week to get your feet tapping. Status Quo, Queen, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Eric Clapton and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-summer-music-festival-get-your-rock-n-roll-boots-on-with-my-top-five-picks/

This week in Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 139 being the first challenge of the month, is for the poet to choose their own words. I hope you will enjoy my double etheree…A Dog’s Life.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebros-tuesday-tanka-challenge-double-etheree-a-dogs-life-by-sally-cronin/

The last two chapters for Tales from the Irish Garden this weekend… Queen Filigree is delighted to announce the betrothals of both her daughters and accept the gifts that are offered by their future husbands… Plus concerns about her health are getting the court into a bit of a lather.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-winter-chapter-betrothals-and-surprises-by-sally-cronin/

The final chapter of Tales from the Irish Garden… the court’s first Christmas in their new home and an announcement from Prince Ronan.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/tales-from-the-irish-garden-winter-chapter-twenty-one-the-first-christmas-by-sally-cronin/

Another wonderful tale of dog sitting from Debbie the Doglady.. This week meet a Dalmatian with a wonderful nature.. JJ.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-dogsitting-chapter-two-j-j-the-dalmation-by-debbie-the-dog-lady/

This is the second post from Marsi, who with her husband Robert, embarked on a four month journey west. I will be sharing posts from their trip in addition to other posts in their archives. Due to the number of photographs I suggest that you head over to the blog to view them all.. Olympic National Park

View of Lake Quinault from our campsite, Willa Campground Olympic National Forest

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-olympic-national-park-part-1-quinault-hoh-rainforests-by-marsi/

A little retro summer magic from 2016 for L.T. Garvin’s second post.. and a little rock music. Summertime, Gnomes and Rock Music (2016) by L.T. Garvin

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-pot-luck-summertime-gnomes-and-rock-music-2016-by-l-t-garvin/

This is the second post from the archives of Claire Fullerton, and this week a birthday celebration for renowned author Pat Conroy. An event over several days that clearly was a highlight for Claire. Notes on Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Beaufort, South Carolina (2015)

Notes on Pat Conroy’s 70th Birthday Celebration in Beaufort, South Carolina

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-notes-on-pat-conroys-70th-birthday-celebration-in-beaufort-south-carolina-2015-by-claire-fullerton/

This is the second post from the archives of Smitha Vishwanath who shares poetry, wonderful travel posts and life experiences on her blog. I have selected this poem as it brought back memories of all the times I have stood behind a podium to give a presentation or speech…The Speaker’s Ordeal…by Smitha Vishwanath

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-the-speakers-ordealby-smitha-vishwanath/

This is the second post from author K.D.(Karen DeMers) Dowdall’s archives and she also has some news, with The Captain’s Witch, her latest book being released on September 1st…A short story, that might have its roots in truth… anyone’s worst nightmare when walking in the woods. Fire in the Sky or The Black Bear and Me (2017) by Karen DeMers Dowdall

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-short-story-fire-in-the-sky-or-the-black-bear-and-me-2017-by-karen-demers-dowdall/

This is the third post from the wonderfully varied archives of poet and author Ritu Bhathal. Today the joys of being a kindergarten teacher…. things I am sure they don’t share during the career advisory days at secondary school when you are faced with so many options! Kindergarten Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! 2015 by Ritu Bhathal

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-kindergarten-weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee-2015-by-ritu-bhathal/

This is the third post from the archives of author Elizabeth Gauffreau who has some wonderful posts, including an interesting look at her genealogy journey, seeking out her family history. This week a post by William Wordsworth, which reminds us of those moments when life or nature takes us by delightful surprise. Poetry – Surprised by Joy”

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-surprised-by-joy-2018-by-elizabeth-gauffreau/

This is the third post from retired librarian and author Cathy Cade, who has been blogging since early 2018. This week a poem about a much loved old friend. Fred’s Legacy by Cathy Cade.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-humour-freds-legacy-by-cathy-cade/

This is the third post for author Chuck Jackson and this week I have selected a post that Chuck wrote about editing software that I am sure you will find helpful if you are looking to buy a package. Do you use Editing Software

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-editin-do-you-use-editing-software-by-chuck-jackson/

This is the third of the posts from the archives of author and poet Joy Lennick, although certainly not the first post that we have enjoyed here on Smorgasbord from this entertaining writer. This week a post from 2017 on the subject of fascinating and mostly long forgotten words… some I must really work into both conversation and story..thanks Joy. The Phrontistery revisited (2017) by Joy Lennick

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-the-phrontistery-revisited-2017-by-joy-lennick/

Linda Bethea is a regular contributor here on Smorgasbord, but this time I get to select the posts from her archives to share with you… I am sure you will enjoy her stories as always. This is the third post and I have selected and it was one that Linda posted about a patient of hers, who inspired her as a nurse. Lessons from MIchael 2014

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-lessons-from-michael-2014-by-linda-bethea/

New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-cold-cream-murders-book-four-sun-scream-by-barbara-silkstone/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-shortstory-jewel-by-jan-sikes/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-roads-a-journey-with-verses-vandana-bhasin-and-smitha-vishwanath/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-d-wallace-peach-terry-tyler-and-fiona-tarr/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-bradley-john-w-howell-and-gwen-plano-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

The liver is the largest waste organ inside the body (the skin being the largest overall). This week, a look at the role it plays in keeping us healthy and alive.

Liver

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-and-systems-of-the-body-the-digestive-system-part-three-the-liver-largest-waste-organ-inside-the-body/

 

 

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Posts from My Archives – The Travel Column with D.G. Kaye..Preparing for a Safe Trip.


D.G. Kaye, Debby Gies, is on her summer hiatus from the travel column, and is busy writing her next book. In the meantime, I am repeating one or two of her earlier posts, and this one is very important. There is much to prepare for to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday including insurance, luggage security, extra fees for exclusive holidays. Debby has all that covered and more.

Preparing for a Safe Trip

For today’s edition of Travel Talk, I’ve prepared a list of important things to do to prepare yourselves for a snag-free travel experience.

Important Tips to Consider When Booking a Trip

Travel Insurance – Don’t leave home without it! Always make sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving your country (or province for fellow Canadians). We don’t plan on mishaps, but they surely do happen. In many countries, particularly the U.S., if you need medical care and don’t have travel insurance it can easily cost you six-digit figures for medical aid. A few hundred dollars for insurance is worth the peace of mind.

Price Checking – Do your homework when booking a trip. Compare prices on various sites and with airline packages.

Check for Discounted Rates – Most hotels worldwide and car rental companies offer further discounted rates for seniors, members of CAA or AAA (Canadian Automobile Association and American Automobile Association). Remember to ask for those discounts when booking!

Keep on Price Checking – Once you’ve booked a trip in advance, do an occasional price change check. Many companies will honor a price drop if you spot it and will re-adjust your price. Before I went on my last cruise I went on their site to check some packages and noticed a sale on cruises. I saw my same cruise and cabin category listed for $500 cheaper, months after I booked it. I called my cruise rep and got the $500 deducted off the price of my cruise!

Resort Fees Always inquire at time of booking a hotel if they charge resort fees on top of the initial price. Don’t get caught by surprise! Many U.S. hotels, in particular, are now charging approximately $33 per night extra just for bogus resort fees. Some companies hide them or make no mention of them until you get to the hotel. A one week’s stay in a hotel can run you an extra $230 just for fees, based on a one week stay. I found this out twice by surprise – once while I visited a hotel in Vegas where I was comped with a free 5-night stay, but still got snagged with daily resort fees. And once when I booked an all-inclusive air/hotel trip to Arizona with Air Canada, only to find out that the secret resort fees weren’t part of the all-inclusive. After I booked the trip, I called the hotel in Arizona to inquire about their facilities and that’s where I found out about the additional fees. You can read the article I wrote about this incident HERE and how I rectified it with the airlines.

What are Resort Fees? – Once upon a time when you booked a hotel you had to pay separately to access Wifi, park your car in the hotel’s lot or to have access to their gym facilities. Many hotels decided to put a ‘resort fee’ in place tacked on to your daily bill to use these amenities. Maybe it’s fair if we drive our cars or rent a car for our destination or feel ambitious to work out at the gym during a vacation. Wifi was often complementary in many better hotels, or it could be purchased at a much cheaper fee than the resort fee. It is also always available free in hotel lobbies. But now many hotels have lumped all the amenities under one umbrella whether you have use for it or not. And that’s what stings. I know when I’m on a short vacation I don’t have a car to park and I’m a little too busy to spend hours daily in a gym. Patrons should be given the choice of what amenities they choose to use and not be charged on a one price basis. Just sayin’.

Rewards – I always recommend booking with a site or airline that allows you to use reward points with. These rewards are often accrued from various credit card companies, Air Miles, or through loyalty programs that offer special pricing when cashing in your bonus rewards.

Check Reviews – If you’re wondering what a particular destination has to offer or how other patrons rated: a property, restaurants or city sights for your chosen destination, visit sites such as: Tripadvisor, Yahoo or Google search for the place you’re interested in and read reviews from others. Reading reviews from past visitors can give you a better feel of what you can expect.

Check Exchange Rates – Do a check on the currency you’ll be needing for the country you’ll be visiting. Believe it or not, you will often get a better rate for your money at a bank in the destination you’ll be visiting. Just make sure to purchase approximately $200 in the currency of the country you’ll be visiting before leaving home for immediate cash needs for taxis, tips or even for a coffee until you can get to a bank once you’ve arrived. And beware – only exchange currency in hotels if it’s dire. Hotels will always give you a lesser rate than a bank.

Pack Smart

Protect – Purchase a package of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) credit card and passport protection sleeves. These jackets for your credit cards and passports are inexpensive and are important to secure your personal information from hackers who have the ability to scan your cards and passports from a distance and steal your personal and banking information. In fact, I keep all my credits cards in these jackets even while at home.

And always add luggage tags to your bags for easy identification and in case the airlines lose them.

TSA Locks – An added step of protection for your luggage is to purchase TSA locks. These locks for your luggage are made with the capability that TSA officers or customs officers have a master key or combination for these locks. If they wish to inspect your luggage after it’s checked in, they can do so without breaking your lock or damaging your suitcase in the process (which of course happened to me a few times before I learned about TSA locks).

Travel Scales – Invest in a good hand-held set of travel scales to weigh your luggage before heading to the airport and home again. Knowing that your luggage is within the airline’s guide for weight allowance can save you a lot of agro and cost from being surprised at check-in at the airport that your luggage is overweight and having to open your luggage for the public to view while you go mad trying to move things from one bag to another, or from having to pay steep overweight charges. (Nope, I’ve never had to pay overweight charges yet, but I have been in that humiliating situation where I’ve pulled my suitcases apart publicly to move around articles between bags to avoid those charges. That was when I invested in my travel scale.

Valuables Never pack your money or valuables in your checked luggage. Besides the danger of possible lost luggage, sadly, there are plenty of dishonest airline employees who steal from luggage. This warning also applies to digital devices such as: laptops, phones, cameras, which should all be in your carry-on luggage. I also never take expensive jewelry with me on a trip, but pack whatever jewelry I’m taking with me in a jewelry roll and keep it at the bottom of my purse until I get to my destination where I then keep all my valuables in a room safe.

Prepare for Weather Change – When traveling, wear layers of clothing if you’re leaving a cold climate and going somewhere warm. It could take you awhile once you land to get settled in your holiday rental where you don’t want to be sweating until you can unpack. In winter, when I travel to a sunny destination I’ll usually wear a T-shirt with a thick fleece hoodie. This idea not only allows me to shed the hoodie once I’ve arrived, but the hoodie keeps me warm on the often, freezing cold airplanes. For same reasons, I like to slip a pair of sandals into my carry-on bag to change into once I arrive somewhere warm.

Last, but not least – Make sure you leave enough time to get to the airport on time. Take into consideration weather and potential traffic delays when gauging your departure to the airport. For cruisers, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND traveling to your port’s destination city the day before the ship leaves and pre-booking a hotel for that night. Again, anything can happen if you leave home the day of your cruise – particularly, weather, but often mechanical mishaps with the airplanes that cause long delays. Be safe, not sorry!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this installment of Travel Tips and will take these steps into consideration for your next vacation. If I’ve missed anything here and you have something to add, I’d love to hear from you in comments.

©D.G. Kaye 2018

Another wonderfully informative post from Debby on how to prepare for and be safe on your holiday… much more to come as the Travel Column returns on Monday September 2nd 2019.

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Debby has written a book about her travel adventures – Have Bags Will Travel

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

One of the reviews for Have Bags Will Travel

May 11, 2018 Sarah Brentyn rated it Five Stars

I laughed out loud at many of the author’s experiences of the perils of traveling. Going through security and customs. Aisles too narrow to avoid smacking seated passengers in the face with your carry-on. Her hilarious airplane bathroom “ritual”, which is something a lot of us perform. (Or perhaps it’s just me.) Which brings me to the section on germs. I laughed as much over Kaye’s descriptions as I did over the memory of doing many of these same things. I love her decision to call germaphobic compulsions “a lifestyle as opposed to a disorder”.

The latter half of the book is filled with anecdotes of trips taken and shopping done. While I’m not a shopaholic (actually, I avoid going to stores), I still got a chuckle out of the author’s antics. And I can relate to the lure of vacation shopping—it’s a powerful force. Unfortunately, I can also relate to being the one passenger consistently being pulled over at customs. Every time. Everywhere I go. It’s become part of my traveling routine and a joke in my family.

The chatty and conversational writing style makes this a fun read. If you’re taking a trip, make room in your carry-on for this.

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-Packer-ebook/dp/B015HP1R6S

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Read all the reviews and buy the books: http://www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO

More reviews and follow Debby on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Connect to Debby Gies

Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com
About me: http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (yes there’s a story)
Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dgkaye7
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dgkaye
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/dgkaye
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

Thank you for dropping in today and column and we look forward to your questions and comments. Thanks Sally and Debby

 

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Comedian in Residence – D.G Kaye and some one-liners from Sally’s Archives


First Debby Gies shares some of the funnies this week that she feels you should not miss.. ..D.G. Kaye Writer Blog is where you will find an archive full of wonderful posts across several subjects including writing tips, social issues and book reviews.

My thanks to Debby for spotting these.. and please give her a round of applause.

D. G. Kaye – Buy: http://www.amazon.com/D.G.-Kaye/e/B00HE028FO
Blog: http://www.dgkayewriter.com Goodreads: D.G. Kaye on Goodreads

Catch up with Debby’s monthly Travel Column here on Smorgasbord: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Now for the start of a series on one-liners that I discovered tucked away….

A teenage girl had been talking on the phone for about half and hour, and then she hung up.’Wow,’ said her father, ‘that was short. You usually talk for two hours. What happened?’

‘Wrong number,’ replied the girl.

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How many men does it take to change a toilet roll?

I don’t know; it has never happened…

*****

A dog goes to the Job Centre and asks for work. He’s told there’s a vacancy at the circus. The dog asks, ‘why would a circus want a plumber?’

*****

Tommy asks his dad, ‘Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?’

His dad replies, ‘I don’t know boy, I’m still paying for it’

*****

A young actor rang his father. ‘Dad, I have just got my first part in a play. I play the part of a man who has been married for thirty years.’

His dad replied ‘Well keep at it son. Maybe one day you will get a speaking part!’

*****

Patient: ‘Doctor, Doctor, I’ve lost my memory.’

Doctor. ‘When did this happen?’

Patient. ‘When did what happen?’

Thanks for dropping in today and we hope you are leaving with a smile on your faces….Debby and Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – Cruise ships, Italian Cookery, Weights and Measures and a Badger in the Rose Garden!


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord you might have missed this week.

Eureka!  The back garden ground works are completed and the side gate has been attached to the house again. It looks so much better and David is now levelling the rest of the garden which was very deeply sloped. This involves stainless steel cages about four foot in length, filled with stones to form a platform for the top soil.. when they arrived from Germany, and the first one was assembled, I did have a moment of wondering if this was my punishment for over using the debit card!  Then I saw there were several others which was a relief…

One final job is to install a new fence between our house and our neighbours and across to the hedge to enclose the back garden. Even though we have electronic gates we are sure that the next owners are likely to be a family and we wanted to provide a safe and secure place for them to play. Also if they have a dog it too is secure with plenty of space.

Not sure we will be completely finished by the end of the summer as so much is weather dependent.. but certainly by next spring when the next house selling season comes around we shall be. We are currently exploring the coastline further south and to the west looking for our next home, with a sea view.. and dare I say, less to do!

Twitter

One of the ways I try to support people on Twitter is retweeting their pinned tweet when they follow me, and also to zip around regularly to my friends to share their pinned tweet too. There are still quite a few people who are not taking advantage of this additional promotional feature that extends your profile of 160 characters by another 280 characters.

I currently use my pinned tweet to promote my Cafe and Bookstore and it is the first thing new followers see when they visit my account. And it is also usually the first thing that they will retweet out to their own followers.. I do change from time to time. If I have a new book that has been released, or a new series beginning.

It is very easy to use.. Prepare your tweet – edit it so that you are getting the maximum bang for your 280 characters..

  1. What are you promoting?
  2. If it is a book, what are the key words you should be including… along with one or two relevant #hashtags #Romance #Thriller #offer  etc.
  3. Have you removed unnecessary words such as that, and etc and used commas instead.
  4. Would it sell the book to you.
  5. Perhaps you are a blogger looking for guest posts.. what can you offer those submitting and what do you need from them.
  6. You might have a post that you particularly want to promote – don’t forget to add a couple of # and think of a way to hook them that encourages them to read your post.

Once the tweet is edited… next step – easy as 1,2, and 3

  1. Click on the downward facing arrow to the top right of your tweet.
  2. You will be offered several options including Pin to your profile page.
  3. Click and you will then be asked if you would like to view.

I am always very happy to share your tweets… pinned or otherwise but if you would like to tag me when you change your pinned tweet next time.. @sgc58… I will be delighted to share.

Time to get on with this week’s posts you might have missed….

My thanks as always to the contributors, guests and to you for dropping in this week.. you keep me motivated.

Last time Debby Gies (D. G. Kaye) shared some important information on cruise lines, the various standards of cabins available, and the best place on the ship to be if the weather is a bit choppy.  Here is the link to Part One

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-travel-column-rewind-with-d-g-kaye-cruises-part-two-ship-tips/

With our global obsession with food and recipes, it can sometimes get a little confusing with measurements and the differing names for the foods we are familiar with. This week Carol Taylor clarifies a few things for us. Cooking terms, weight conversions and foods names

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-the-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-cooking-terms-weight-conversions-and-foods-names/

A wonderful multi-coloured appetizer or light meal from Silvia Todesco in this month’s Italian Cookery post..

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-italiancookery-with-silvia-todesco-summer-italian-flag-colors-sandwich-an-impressive-appetizer-by-silvia-todesco/

My guest this week is Debby Gies D.G. Kaye talking about her heightened 6th sense, which has forewarned her on a number of times about coming events.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-human-in-every-sense-of-the-word-my-sixth-sense-ias-inner-alert-system-d-g-kaye/

On centre stage this week……

As the night drew to an end, the lights dimmed and the music changed tempo from the rock ‘n’ roll to a more romantic vibe… the oldies were placed on the turntable and we were chaperoned..loosely by the likes of Frank Sinatra… Ole Blue Eyes himself. Who conveniently looked away from any shenanigans going on…. Here are some of my favourites.

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Time of the week to respond to Colleen’s Tuesday Poetry Challenge 135 and this week the two prompt words are ‘Pretty and Ugly…. And I have selected the synonyms ‘Fair and Unsightly’ Etheree – Fairy Tales by Sally Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/smorgasbord-poetry-colleen-chesebro-tuesday-tanka-challenge-etheree-fairy-tales-by-sally-cronin/

The first of this weekend’s chapters from Tales from the Irish Garden Last week we met the foxes who had been changed from their human form by the evil goblin, the female was the Storyteller’s daughter.  Summer: Chapter Twelve – The Storyteller to the Rescue

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/13/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-summer-chapter-twelve-the-storyteller-to-the-rescue-by-sally-cronin/

The Storyteller arrives for his daily nurturing of his imported roses when he finds the garden in ruins.. and who might be the culprit?  Chapter Thirteen – Trouble in the Rose Garden.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/tales-from-the-irish-garden-serialisation-summer-chapter-thirteen-trouble-in-the-rose-garden-by-sally-cronin/

This is the second post from the archives of writer Sherrey Meyer whose blog is titled Life in the Slow Lane. Although Sherrey posted this in the spring of 2018, I am always behind with chores like this, as I am sure are some of you… so no time like the present. Time for Cleaning and Decluttering 2018 by Sherrey Meyer

messy desk, clutter, disorganization

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potlucktime-for-cleaning-and-decluttering-2018-by-sherrey-meyer/

This is the second of the  posts that I have selected from the archives of author Janet Gogerty. We are currently pet less, but certainly the one dog that we did have made a huge pawprint on our lives and did inspire a book all about himself. Do you have a pet that lies across your keyboard or has inspired you to write? Llamas and Labradoodles 2017 by Janet Gogerty

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-writerspets-llamas-and-labradoodles-2017-by-janet-gogerty/

This is the second post from the archives of Laura M. Bailey who blogs on a number of subjects including history, family, horses, Southern lifestyle and cookery. I selected this post as we love frittata or quiche for breakfast… great recipe thank I know you will enjoy. Barefoot In The kitchen: Breakfast For Dinner? 2018 by Laura M. Bailey

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-barefoot-in-the-kitchen-breakfast-for-dinner-2018-by-laura-m-bailey/

This is the second post from the archives of author Stevie Turner who has an extensive and eclectic archives and it is easy to get yourself lost in there for an hour or so. I selected this post from 2016 as I was always fascinated by Eva Peron and her extraordinary life. Haddon Musings’ Feminist Friday – Eva Peron 2016 by Stevie Turner

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-haddon-musings-feminist-friday-eva-peron-2016-by-stevie-turner/

This is the second post from the archives of children’s author Annabelle Franklin who lives in a lovely part of South Wales. She blogs from the Literate Lurcher.. or perhaps I should say Pearl and Millie do…sadly Millie has now passed on over the rainbow bridge, but as you will see she was a wonderful companion. This post is from 2016 and introduces us to some of the pack. Brother from Another Mother by Annabelle Franklin

No, you’re not seeing double – the one on the left is Tommy, Snip’s new BFF.

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-pets-brother-from-another-mother-by-annabelle-franklin/

This is the second post in this series from the archives of Dolly Aizenman, who not only shares amazing recipes from around the world, but also shares the history behind them. I selected this post from 2016 because I love eggplant or aubergine and always keep an eye open for recipes.  Eggplant Napoleon 2016 by Dolly Aizenman

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https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-kosherkitchen-eggplant-napoleon-2016-by-dolly-aizenman/

This is the third post from author Christa Polkinhorn who has been blogging since 2010.. This gave me access to her extensive archives. Christa is also a poet and I fell in love with this particular one that she wrote in 2000 and posted in 2016…The Old Man and his Memories by Christa Polkinhorn

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-the-old-man-and-his-memories-by-christa-polkinhorn/

This is the third post from the archives of poet Dorinda Duclos…and for something slightly different, some wonderful photographs from a Wordless Wednesday post in 2016. A Family Affair by Dorinda Duclos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-nature-wordless-wednesday-a-family-affair-by-dorinda-duclos/

This is the third post from author Marjorie Mallon (M.J Mallon) and this week I have selected one of the over 100 book reviews in her archives from 2015. This book is by another author in the Cafe and Bookstore Nicholas Rossis.. for Runaway Smile.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-book-review-my-kyrosmagica-review-of-nicholas-rossiss-runaway-smile-by-m-j-mallon/

This is the third post from the archives of a regular contributor to the series and wonderful supporter of us all, apart from challenging us each week with photo and Haiku prompts Sue Vincent wanders the land..in search of the ancient and modern to share with us. This week a post from her Muse and constant companion and contributor to her blog.. Ani. Notes from a small dog – War and peace 2017 by Sue Vincent

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-notes-from-a-small-dog-war-and-peace-2017-by-sue-vincent/

This is the third post from Amanda Reilly Sayer and because Amanda has only begun blogging recently, the posts are from 2019. There is plenty to share in poetry, prose and wonderful artwork. I am sure you are going to enjoy. This week I have selected a poem to share with you…Snow Day by Amanda Reilly Sayer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-potluck-poetry-snow-day-by-amanda-reilly-sayer/

New book on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-ages-8-10-pixie-and-the-green-book-mystery-by-coraline-grace/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-pre-order-july-22nd-the-magic-carpet-by-jessica-norrie/

Author Updates -Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-reviews-laura-m-baird-rachele-baker-dvm-and-jacquie-biggar/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-reviews-annette-rochelle-aben-barbara-silkstone-walter-rhein/

One of the leading causes of heart attacks in men and increasingly in women is stress. It is a silent killer that lies in wait and pounces when you least expect it. It is not helpful that the stress that we experience is as unique as our own bodies.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-health-column-major-organs-of-the-body-part-three-the-heart-and-stress-connection-by-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/09/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-digitally-enhanced-random-thoughts-on-life/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/07/11/smorgasbord-laughter-lines-comedian-in-residence-d-g-kaye-and-a-joke-or-two-from-sallys-archives/

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Travel Column Rewind with D.G. Kaye – #Cruises Part Two – Ship Tips.


Last time Debby Gies (D. G. Kaye) shared some important information on cruise lines, the various standards of cabins available, and the best place on the ship to be if the weather is a bit choppy.  Here is the link to Part One

You can read that post in the directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/the-travel-column-with-d-g-kaye/

Cruises – Part Two – Ship Tips

In my first post in this series I covered what to look for when considering booking a cruise. Today I’m going to cover some of the activities available while on a cruise, and some tips on how to save money when booking those activities.

Packaged Deals

Many cruise lines offer package deals you can purchase pre-cruise or while onboard such as beverage packages. Yes, it’s true that soda pop, tea, coffee, and some juices are free to drink while onboard, but beer and alcohol, bottled water, specialty drinks and coffees, smoothies, etc. are not part of free.

If you’ve re-booked a cruise on a previous sailing or if you luck into a promo offer at the time of your booking, often cruise liners will offer you bonus incentives at bonus pricing. With Celebrity, their promos change often and depending when you book you will be offered to choose 2 or 3 packages to add on to your cruise FREE. The choices can be anywhere from a drink package (including alcohol), your tips paid for the entire cruise, a $200 – $300 onboard credit (my fav!), or free wifi (rare but I managed to catch one). So do make sure to check on the special offers to get the best bang for your bucks while booking. You can always book a drink package of your choice once onboard, but typically, you’ll get a better deal when pre-booking your packages.

Note: I highly recommend if you aren’t offered a free drink package, to buy one at a reasonable price comparatively to paying for each drink you consume on the whole cruise. Without a prepaid all you can drink package the price of alcoholic beverages and any specialty drinks can add up to well over $1000 if you’re taking a 2 week cruise. For example, premium bottled water will run you close to $4 a bottle. On a hot pool day I have no trouble drinking at least 6-8 bottles a day. And that’s not counting a specialty coffee in the afternoon and a cocktail or two before dinner then wine with dinner. I would have no problem spending at least $80 a day just in beverages!

Tipping

When purchasing drinks, sundries or any other service related product while onboard, you just use your ship card to make those purchases. The card is your method of payment for anything purchased onboard without having to carry money around. When purchasing service related products, you can expect to see a service charge added to your bill if your purchase isn’t included in a package.

You will also be expected to leave tips at the end of your cruise to your cabin steward and restaurant staff who have served you nightly in the dining room. These tips are pre- calculated on a daily basis and will vary from ship to ship but will typically run at approximately $12 a day per person. This is where choosing the ‘tipping package’ will save you a few hundred dollars, already paid for. Some passengers get angry over this tipping charge and if you find it a problem, you can always go to the front concierge desk and ask them to remove the charges from your room bill. But I will state that the staffers work hard and many long hours daily, so my take is that it’s relatively cheap to tip those amounts compared to if you were to tip every single time you were served food or ordered a drink. My husband and I always drop an extra $20 or more to our favorite or most helpful staff to show our appreciation but use your discretion.

Wifi

Wifi is available on all ships and unless you were lucky enough to book a free bonus wifi package you will have to purchase separately. You will be able to choose how many days you’d like your wifi for as you may not want to take it for the whole cruise. But if you’re someone who relies on using your mobiles, tablets or laptops daily, I highly suggest you take the package deal offered for the whole cruise, it often works out cheaper.

Alternatively, if you find you’d prefer a technology-free vacation and only wish to check on your emails etc., you can take your device with you off the ship when you’re docked at port and log in at a variety of coffee shops or terminals at ports which offer free wifi. You will also have access to the ship’s internet room where you can use their computer’s free of charge.

There are often lineups to use those computers so use your discretion what is worth more to you.

Excursions

Sightseeing and beach excursion packages are offered both pre-cruise and onboard for each port. Depending on where you’re cruising to will help you determine if you’re better off booking a planned tour or going off on your own to explore. If you’re new to cruising, it may be a good idea to book a tour with the ship. All tours offer a pick-up and drop-off right outside where your ship is docked. But if you’re a seasoned cruiser like me and are returning to ports you are familiar with you may choose to hire a taxi (plenty at the ports) and perhaps invite another couple to share the ride and go wherever you like for a lot less money.

Taking a taxi to your own choice of destination – be it beaches or shopping, allows you the freedom to take your time and not be rushed to meet back at a bus. Just remember to be back at the designated time the cruise ship posts for sailing. You can go to a beach and pay a nominal fee to rent a beach chair and towel from a hotel or take your own towel and pack a few drinks and/or lunch to take with you and stay on a beach.

If you’re cruising to places other than a warm, winter getaway such as Europe, you will undoubtedly be spending much of your time touring. I would suggest once you’ve chosen your itinerary for that cruise to check out the ship’s offered excursion packages to see what tours they’re offering with all fees included – transportation, meals and entrance fees. It’s also a good idea to check out those tourist avenues online to see if it works out cheaper to book directly with them for entrance tickets and what a taxi would cost to get there.

Shopping

Oh yes, one of my favorite events on any vacation, but especially fun when cruising to Caribbean islands. The best part of shopping in many of the Caribbean islands is the duty-free prices!

Besides shopping at the ports, there is plenty of shopping to be had right onboard the ship. All ships have various stores on their promenade levels offering anything from clothing to sundries to designer goods, tobacco and alcohol, and of course . . . jewelry! Many of these items are at duty-free prices. You will also find many ports offering duty-free shops of the same with a variety of jewelry stores with prices unmatched anywhere else. So if you’re interested in bringing home a sparkly souvenir from your vacation and want some good recommendations about which stores to shop, you’re ship will offer a channel on your cabin’s TV where they’ll inform you about best places to shop at each port as well as offer seminars onboard with a host who will educate you on the jewelry available at the upcoming port, what is popular on a particular island, and what to look for when purchasing.

I can tell you flat out that your biggest selection of jewelry with the best prices is in St. Martin. The whole Front St. is lined with one jewelry store after another! This can be overwhelming, causing tough decisions about what to buy when all that glitter flashes upon you (ladies) lol.

And words of advice: Never pay the asking price! Bargain, bargain, bargain! Trust me, shop owners hate to see you walk away empty handed so if you’re not thrilled about a price but feel you ‘must have that ring’, try walking out of a store. Once you’ve shown interest in an item believe me, they’ll chase you down the street trying to make you a happy customer.

Offering cash for an item will often bring down the price further. And don’t forget to get an appraisal receipt with your purchase. I promise you, you will be blown away once you bring that item home and take it for appraisal to your own jeweler. Often the savings can be 100% and more! Then once you’ve found that jewelry store you’re happy with, you’re best off to shop there the next time you cruise because you’re in their system and you will become a preferred customer.

I remember the first time my husband and I vacationed in St. Martin. He bought me a gold watch with a diamond face. Okay. This was almost 22 years ago when we paid a paltry $1400 U.S. for that watch (after a few hours of bargaining, leaving and returning to it) and the watch came in at $3500 value once I got home and got it appraised. The prices are amazing because they are wholesale and duty-free without middlemen and taxes. Most seasoned winter cruisers don’t buy jewelry anywhere else until they reach St. Martin because despite jewelry available at many ports, nobody has the selection or prices as St. Martin does. But I will tell you a close second is in St. Thomas.

Note: If you do purchase jewelry and don’t plan on declaring it at customs (stories for another time), ask the salesperson to mail you the receipt and appraisal. Just sayin’!

Here’s a great little video to give you an idea what it’s like shopping in St. Martin

Dining

Depending on the cruise line you book with, when you book your cruise you’ll be asked which dinner seating you prefer. Because of the large number of passengers, the main dining room offers 2 seatings to choose from – usually 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, and in the last few years began offering ‘select’ seating where you can go at anytime during the dinner hours but are forewarned the busiest times are between 6:30 and 7:30, so you may have to wait in line for a while. If you’re on top of things and choose select, you can reserve your chosen time earlier in the day.

Buffet option is also available for all meals, which is a nice option for those nights you don’t feeling like dressing up for dinner and don’t wish to eat a full 3 course meal. There are also specialty restaurants onboard you can reserve to eat at for an additional nominal fee.

Tip: Because meals are included, I rarely eat off the ship. On port days I’ll have my breakfast before disembarking and usually return by early afternoon and then I’ll grab some lunch at the buffet or at the BBQ grill. Just think! The money you save by eating onboard, you can spend on something else.

Beware: Regardless of whether you have a drink package or not, this will never include taking anything out from the mini bar in your cabin. You will pay dearly even for a bottle of water. What I like to do when I check in my room is have the cabin steward empty the fridge, mark everything down of its contents, and place it in a bag in the cupboard to make space for my own drinks I get at any one of the many bars onboard and then store in the mini bar.

This video will give you an idea about some of the food and dining options on a Celebrity cruise

Activities

Every ship offers daily and nightly activities. Each night an itinerary of the next day’s events is left in your cabin. Events involve games, contests, specials of the day, nightly theater productions, musical entertainment, wine tasting, theme parties, glass blowing, art auctions, movies, casino tournaments, water sport activities, seminars, library events – you name it, something for everyone.

Note: Not all ships are geared to catering to children. I can say that I’ve hardly seen any kids on a Celebrity cruise. But there are other cruise lines that cater to children offering mini classes, activities, babysitting and kid’s menus. From the feedback I’ve gathered, the Disney ships are magnificent for children.

All ships have spas on board. Some of the best masseuses work on ships. You will find a variety of different massages, hair salon, nail salon, yoga classes and a gym for your convenience.

Tip: The massages aren’t cheap but I always manage to sneak 1 or 2 in for a better price. I always use part of my free onboard credit to put towards a massage. And when the ship is in port and most people are off the ship for the day, the ship will offer a discount on massages and that’s when I book in my second massage.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my ship tips for today. Please share your experiences of cruise ships with us. Debby

©D.G. Kaye 2018

Another fantastic tutorial on how to best enjoy and get the best value for money during your cruise vacation. I certainly did not know a fraction of this and will take it on board….(sorry).

About D.G. Kaye

Debby Gies is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir author who writes under the pen name of D.G. Kaye. She was born, raised, and resides in Toronto, Canada. Kaye writes about her life experiences, matters of the heart and women’s issues.

D.G. writes to inspire others. Her writing encompasses stories taken from events she encountered in her own life, and she shares the lessons taken from them. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations, while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When Kaye isn’t writing intimate memoirs, she brings her natural sense of humor into her other works. She loves to laugh and self- medicate with a daily dose of humor.
I love to tell stories that have lessons in them, and hope to empower others by sharing my own experiences. I write raw and honest about my own experiences, hoping through my writing, that others can relate and find that there is always a choice to move from a negative space, and look for the positive.

Quotes:
“Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe!”

                 “For every kindness, there should be kindness in return. Wouldn’t that just make the world right?”

When I’m not writing, I’m reading or quite possibly looking after some mundane thing in life. It’s also possible I may be on a secret getaway trip, as that is my passion—traveling.

Debby has written a book about her travel adventures – Have Bags Will Travel

About the book

D.G. Kaye is back, and as she reflects on some of her more memorable vacations and travel snags, she finds herself constantly struggling to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing guidelines of the airlines–with her overweight luggage in tow. Her stories alert us to some of the pitfalls of being an obsessive shopper, especially when it comes time for D.G. to bring her treasures home, and remind us of the simpler days when traveling was a breeze.

In her quest to keep from tipping the scales, D.G. strives to devise new tricks to fit everything in her suitcases on each trip. Why is she consistently a target for Canada customs on her return journeys?

D.G.’s witty tales take us from airports, to travel escapades with best friends, to reflections on how time can change the places we hold dear in our hearts. Her memories will entertain and have you reminiscing about some of your own most treasured journeys–and perhaps make you contemplate revamping your packing strategies.

A review for Have Bags Will Travel

“Have Bags, Will Travel” is a delightful read on the experiences of travel, fashion, the art of packing suitcases with the emphasis on having a good time. Author, D.G. Kaye details her days on board planes to many popular destinations and her vivacious antics with friends. She also relates her solo travels to exotic destinations with steep cliffs and too much baggage. I particularly enjoyed the details of the by-gone, romantic days aboard Wardair, and the exquisite details of vintage Las Vegas.

A consummate shopper, D.G. Kaye relates her rather humorous run-ins with customs officials. How does it feel to be singled out routinely by airline officials? A read through this humorous pages will give you the insight to these first-hand conflicts.

I would say this might be required reading for shoe connoisseurs and fashion mavens especially if they have a plane ticket in hand. Germ avoidance theory is also discussed, and it may never be possible to look at airplane bathrooms the same.

D.G. Kaye brings back the memories of best friends and blazing trips through the desert. Many readers will identify with the struggles of this stylish lady attempting to blend in to avoid a custom’s mishap. A short and super fun read, “Have Bags, Will Travel” is perfect for your next airplane ride.

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Have-Bags-Will-Travel-Over-Packer-ebook/dp/B015HP1R6S

Other books by D.G. Kaye

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Connect to Debby Gies

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