Fire stick – Tech-y stuff…

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I love this little device, and I decided to write about it because when I first heard about it the whole thought of it confused me, and I really didn’t understand how it worked.  AND, if I knew then what I know now, I totally would have used one of these during my chemo days…check it out.

The one I bought is the one on the left, the 2nd Gen Fire stick.  It of course has a fancier sibling, the 4K (that guy on the right, below.)  Not sure most people would really notice much of a difference, but the 2nd Gen works fine for me, and does everything I need it to do.  I actually bought three, the first one, for my upstairs TV, one for a gift for the boy child, and one for my main level TV, because sometimes my SmartTV gets glitchy with the Prime Video App.

Fire Stick – 2nd Gen

Fire Stick – 4K


We have Amazon prime, so through Prime Video, I can browse movies and shows, and add them to my Watchlist.  It is super easy, there is a menu bar right under the search bar on Amazon with a link that says Prime Video.  You click on it, and can search for whatever interests you.

I can’t believe how many years I paid for Prime and never used the video feature.  Then one night, I was having a terrible time sleeping (continuation of my hot flashes/night sweats/insomnia), so I grabbed my laptop and looked for something to entertain me.  I ended up browsing Amazon, and stumbled across The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series, then watched two episodes back to back.  The next day I asked my techie friend how the fire stick worked – we’d talked about it before, but I never had any reason to think I’d get much use out of it until I found a show I really wanted to watch more of, and not on the small screen of my laptop.

This little thing just plugs right into an HDMI port on your TV.  (Every TV we have in our house has at least 2)  Then you just use the remote to control it.  Since you order it off of Amazon, it shows up already linked to your account, or…maybe you have to add your Amazon email, whatever it was, it was super easy.  You can also set up parental controls so that you have to enter a pass-code for the more mature themes.  I generally just watch the free movies and shows, and there are some great oldies on there too.  Also, entire seasons of Spongebob are available in case you need to entertain the youngsters!  I find it easier to use my computer to search and add to my watchlist, then when I use the fire stick, all the things on my watchlist are there, all I have to do is just click on them.

So where does that comment about chemo fit in to all this?  During my treatments, we didn’t really care too much for the daytime TV offerings.  We inspected the TV in our little room one day in the infusion center, and realized there are available connections that would enable us to hook up a DVD player to it, then watch some movies that we had bought, but not yet had a chance to watch.  So, that is how we passed the time, most days in chemo – watching movies.  That is where Nick saw Jaws for the first time, on that DVD player hooked up to the chemo room TV.  Had we had a fire stick at the time, we’d likely have watched way different offerings, and with greater ease.

I’d call this an F*cancer top pick!!

Perfect little picture frame

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This picture frame is great.  In this digital age, who ever really uploads, prints out, or does anything with all those pictures you have stored in your smartphone?

We needed one that could support both iPhone and Android.  Pictures can be uploaded through a app called Frameo (free app).

Set up was super quick, I turned it on, connected to WiFi & once it went through a firmware update that took about a minute, I followed the instructions to ‘add a friend.’  It generated my code which I entered into the Frameo app, and boom, I was connected.

Uploading pictures is actually really fun, since you can add a caption to the picture, I like to add in where and when the picture was taken.

We connected eight people to the frame, and everyone started uploading pictures, and we set the frame to cycle though them randomly.

It automatically turns off at night (default is to run from 7AM – 11PM), which is perfect.

It is super light, which surprised me, which makes it feel a little cheap, but honestly, once you set it up, it just sits there, so who cares?  I also bought the 3-year warranty just in case, but hopefully won’t need to ever use it.

If anyone is looking for a great gift for birthdays, mother’s day, maybe even valentine’s day, I highly recommend this product!

10″ Digital Photo frame (affiliate link)


Product recommendations

Now that I am what my son referred to as ‘done with cancer’ I’ve been asked several times about products.

I’ve freely shared my thoughts on products that I really like, products I’ve used, products I use, products that have come highly recommended from others, and have been happy this advice can help others.

So, I finally sat down and educated myself on affiliate marketing, and decided to give it a whirl.  I have seen so often in other’s blogs and posts about the post ‘containing affiliate links.’

At no cost to the consumer, companies will give anyone a wee bit of money to advertise their products, you just have to be willing to do the legwork to create accounts, and promote them. (and of course add a disclaimer about it)

So, I’ve added a page to my blog, where I can link items, my own affiliate links, that I love and that I’ve already been freely recommending to people.

So far, I’ve only put links to Amazon products.  I like the confidence that comes with linking through Amazon, I like the reviews, and I like that it’s super easy to see that my links are at the same cost as if you didn’t click on my links.  (proof that there is no cost to the consumer.)

I’ve added a link on the side of my blog, to a page where I am collecting all the items that I am willing to recommend.  Go look for yourself, or just click here.

I also had to make sure that I’m disclosing that I could receive some monetary gain from these links, so, I’ve done the right thing by disclosing that on my products pages, as well as put it visibly here.

So far, these links just work for US consumers, I haven’t yet figured out how to get my links outside the US, but will have to work on that.

I’ll be updating often, so be sure to check back!

Also, would love feedback on what you all think.

Thanks & happy shopping!!


Is our wine being ruined?

I started shying away from California wines when reports of arsenic in them hit the news.  It didn’t affect me too much, the Italian wines have been my favorite for years.

Then, one of the annual California burning events occurred, and I watched the fire-fighters trying to subdue the wildfires by dumping massive amounts of fire retardant on the fires.  I understand the chemicals are a necessary evil – the fires must be stopped, but it made me wonder about the long term effects of those chemicals.

They have to end up somewhere, and being dumped all over the state means they will get mixed into the rains that eventually fall, work their way down into the ground water, and will in some amount get into whatever crops that are growing there.

So, I stopped drinking the California wines.

I had enough chemicals pumped through my veins during chemo, I’d like to be able to enjoy a glass of wine and not worry about it being toxic.

Then Australia started burning, and I do like their wines.  I have to now consider putting them in the same category as the California wines.  I’m sad that I may not be able to support their economy for a bit, especially after what the county has been through, but a person has to put her own health first, right?

Now, just the other day I just saw a news report that a chemical plant exploded in Spain.  GAH!!  My favorite four dollar Trader Joe’s wine comes from Spain, I can’t help to wonder if it will become tainted too.

OK, World, we get it, bad things happen, but can you please settle down and stop tainting our wines?  A person needs to be able to relax in peace, don’t you know.






Thank you to all my readers – 2019

As 2019 wraps up, I wanted to take a moment to reflect back on my writing this year, and to thank everyone who clicked over for a visit, and read my ramblings.

One of the cool things about blogging, is being able to see stats on visitors to your blog.  I really enjoyed this year being visited by people from many continents and countries.  I was amazed at how far my blog has reached.

It’s funny, I haven’t quite hit 100 posts yet, but I feel like I’ve written much more than that.

Here’s my 2019 in numbers.  I wish I would have done this last year too, it’s fun to look at.

# of posts:   21 (well, 22 after this one)
A big drop off from last year.  I sort of took a break from writing, the whole cancer thing had overwhelmed me, and there was too much inner turmoil from thinking about it all the time.  It was a nice sabbatical, and now I’m back to writing with all that turmoil behind me.

# of continents:   6
6 out of 7.   Every continent except Antarctica. That’s amazing.  I am global!  Thanks, y’all!  🙂

 North America
South America

# of countries:   17

New Zealand
Hong Kong SAR China
South Africa


I was very privileged to be published by a wonderful site,  Mission Remission a couple of times this year.

Chemo Fog – Chemo Fog
Shedding friends – Shedding Friends

I’ve made great progress on my book, and am working to dedicate more time to my writing.

Thank you all for taking the time to pop over & read what I had on my mind.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2020!

What do you write?

What do you write?

It’s a common question, a simple question, but one I’m not yet accustomed to answering.

“I have a couple of blogs, on one I write about my experience with breast cancer.”

Sitting in a room with other published writers, it seems to be a bit insignificant.  “I’m working on a book, but I’m not there yet,” I say..wondering if I’ll ever finish it.

Then she told me about how many people she knew had been affected by breast cancer, and asked me for my website.

It reminded me why I put myself out there, and share my story.  For others.  To help.