Monday, February 18, 2008

Contest, Blog Check Outs and Retirement Homes

It’ Monday and President’s day, which for some of us means time off from the day job. WhooHoo, I’m one of those people. :) Since I have a little more time on my hands than normal, the blog is long today, but well worth the read. Lot’s of good things happening.

It also means it is time for a new contest. Actually I’m going to announce two contest. Yay, I love to have contest, especially when I’ve just finished reading a great book!

The first one is for Ellie, who won on my Pay It Forward contest. Since she doesn’t have a blog, she is going to do her PIF contest through mine. Her PIF runs from today through next Monday, February 25th. All you need to do is leave comments to her each day in order to be entered. Once she announces the winner I’ll post her email contact and she’ll take it from there.

Prizes for her contest include books, chocolate or a cute item. Ellie tell us what the cute item is.

This week I’ll be giving away a copy of Stacey Kayne’s book Maverick Wild.

This is the second book in the Wild series and I could not put it down. Now I’m waiting (not patiently mind you, but waiting) for the last in the series to come out. And no, I’m not giving away mine, it’s signed by Stacey to me. Who ever wins will receive a brand new shiny one. Stacey is also blogging over on Writers at Play today. Another great blog, where she and other authors or very soon be authors blog.

Here’s the back cover blurb:
Chance Morgan had locked away his heart. Until Cora Mae Tindale crossed half the country to find him. The beguiling creature who insisted on turning his serviceable ranch into a home was hiding something—and Chance was hell-bent on finding out her secrets!

Cora Mae only wanted a place to hide, but her youthful protector had grown into a war-hardened rancher with looks that could tempt a saint. Yet his dark glances were filled with distrust…and unmistakable desire. Cora Mae's childhood crush was rapidly becoming a much more adult craving!

I’ve mentioned Bruce’s blog before and if you didn’t go check it out and make it a daily read then, you should now. He’s Leslie Kelly, from the Plotmonkey’s husband and his blog rocks.

Reading his blog I found, stumbled, or whatever you want to call it, onto Malicious Intents blog. Love this blog. And it’s where I found the clock. Props to you MI.

The other day she posted this post from her father-in-law and I told her I was going to post it here. So, just when you thought you knew everything for retirement…think again, my friend.

From MI’s blog:


Guess what, Holiday Inn offers 24 hour service 7 days a week around the clock!!!!!
How is that compared to Nursing Homes rip off??????
No nursing home for us. We are checking into the Holiday Inn!
With the average cost for a nursing home care costing $188.00 per day, there is a better way when we get old & feeble. We have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long term stay discount, plus senior discount, it's $49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any restaurant we want, or room service, laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. Plus, they provide a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge and washer-dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap. $5 worth of tips a day will have the entire staff scrambling to help you. They treat you like a customer, not a patient.

There is a city bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. The handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp). To meet other nice people, call a church bus on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take the airport shuttle bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you're at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise, the cash keeps building up. It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And you are not stuck in one place forever, you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city.

Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there too.
TV broken?
Light bulbs need changing?
Need a mattress replaced?
No problem!
They fix everything, and apologize for the inconvenience.

The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks to see if you are ok. If not, they will call the undertaker or an ambulance. If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life. And no worries about visits from family. They will always be glad to find you, and probably check in for a few days mini-vacation. The grand kids can use the pool.

What more can you ask for?

See what I mean, love this. What a concept.

As always leave comments through out the week to be entered. Just make sure if you’re entering Ellie’s you let us know.

Writing Wishes and Plotting Dreams,


Stacey Kayne said...

Hi Vicki!

What a great post--I have lots of places to visit today :-)

I'm so glad you enjoyed MAVERICK WILD!! Thanks so much for spreading the western love ;-)

Malicious Intent said...

All credit for the retirement goodies must go to my beloved FIL. He sent that to me, as he sends me many, many, many things. But this one felt "worthy" of an M.I. posting.

Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope others get to enjoy the majesty of Malicious Intent. Bruce and I are planning to take over the world. It's still in the works, but we are getting there. Various committee members will be needed, so hop on while the good positions are still open. Good writers may want to consider being part of our PR/Propaganda Machine. Applications being accepted soon. ;)

Thanks again!

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for the shout out. I appreciate it. You know I have a special place in my heart for Plotmonkey fans and I'm glad you followed me back to my house from the jungle.

Yea, that Malicious Intent is quite a character isn't she? Always joking. Taking over the world. What a card. I don't know where she gets these things. (MI, what's the matter with you talking about our plans? It's too soon to let the cat out of the bag! I will talk to you later). So anyway, she's so hard to take seriously, funny, funny lady.

Thanks again Vicki. Don't forget to visit the jungle tomorrow. It's Leslie's day to blog. Always my favorite day, but then I'm biased.

Vicki said...

Hi Stacey, thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you like the blog. :)

MI - Sign me up, I'm all about getting in while there are still good jobs left. ;) Of course I should tell you that Erica Ridley is planning WD as well.

Bruce - hi, thanks for stopping and your welcome for the shout out. Only give them to those who's blogs I love. I'll be by the plotmonkeys tomorrow for sure. I read it almost everyday, just with these crazy edits going on I've been more lurker than anything.

Bill Clark said...

I thought the Holiday Inn post was a hoot and a half! Reminded me of Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" - hard to tell if the author is being serious or not.

Gotta get over and check out more about MI.