Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AStore by Amazon set to retire

The AStore from Amazon is set to retire later this month. This is the panel to the right where I list my camera gear and other favorite products. Each of the items that are listed are things that I own, use and hold up well. The A Store allowed me to put the cameras and other items into one convenient location.

Taking its place will be My Store. This will be a static page here on You've Been Reviewed that will link to my favorite products. My Store links page will be a continual work in progress.  I will add to the list as I find products to review and recommend. My Store will have links to the solar panel and Maxair fan on our RV to camera gear and home products like my daughter's shiny new Kitchen Aid stand mixer (which she loves. 

Please be advised that the links on My Store are part of the Amazon Affiliate program. This is a fancy way of saying that I receive a commission any time an item is bought through a link. It's not much. The commission is often around 1%.  I don't think it's ever been more than 4%. From July to October 2017, the commission has ranged from a low of .23 cents on an almost $30 purchase to $54 on a $1,349 purchase.

There is a minimum payout of $10 that must be met before payment is received. Some months I hit the jackpot, most often I don't. When that happens the funds roll over until they get to the magic number.  

Funds from the Amazon affiliate links help me keep the sites up and running. It also helps me travel and create YouTube videos that you enjoy. If you ever have any questions, let me know. Pop them in on the comments section below or shoot me an email. I'm always glad to hear from you. 

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Sam's Club Groupon - A happy day!

Sam's Club is just about the only place that still has the Purina Bonz that Tomlin likes. His little doggy world will come crashing down if he doesn't have his nightly "bone".  Right now, there's a Sam's Club Groupon that offers a membership for $30 and another for a $45 membership. It kills me that we just renewed and can't use the Groupon right now. I'm sharing the information here for anyone who might benefit.

We usually pick up towels and toilet paper while we're there. Sam's is the first place in Knoxville that I check for gas prices. They are usually substantially lower than anywhere else in the west end of town. Prices on milk and eggs are almost impossible to beat. (Our milk was $2 and change the other day.) I'm also heading over next week to look for a computer.  My processor is having issues keeping up. That's pretty bad when you have videos to process and online homework to do! But, I digress...

Anyway, I'm heading out to the festival over in Etowah for a minute and wanted to share about the Sam's Club Groupon before I go. If you're heading to the festival, send me a tweet and we'll hook up. I'm taking the Nikon and hope to get some video for YouTube. :-)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Things I never expected to find in East Tennessee

I may have told you about things we can’t find in Tennessee, like good New York style bagels, but now I will tell you about things we never expected to find here.  I guess you really can teach an old dog new tricks!

Having lived most of my life in New Jersey there are things I always considered to be northern things.  One such thing would be apples.  In my mind apples grow up north.  I still have a hard time with that even after 16 years here!

When we first moved to Tennessee we lived in a rental cabin for a month.  It was rather boring and every day we tried to find a new place to visit or just take a ride.  That’s how we came to find out about an apple orchard in Cosby.  They had a little restaurant and a shop where they sold, what else, apples!  That was a shock to the system, a good shock! We have also frequented apple orchards in other parts of East Tennessee, so I am OK with southern apples!

Another product we didn’t we did not expect to hear about, and never thought about, a cranberry bog.  Yes folks, there is a cranberry bog in Ducktown, Polk County, Tennessee.  It is, according to what I heard, the most southern cranberry bog in the US.

We have been to, through and around Ducktown several times on our way to McCayesville and Blue Ridge, Georgia and the color of the soil there is orange.  That is due to the copper and sulfur mines in that area.  Those mines left a lasting impression on the land.

How do you get to that bog?  You can’t.  This wild cranberry blog is well hidden and no one is giving out the location.  There are no trails to get to it.  I do know that it is in bloom and that cranberries will be forthcoming. 

It seems a shame not to share this rare cranberry blog with the public, but then again, I get the point.  You can read about it in links provided.  Sorry you can’t go there and witness nature calm, beautiful and undisturbed.

My husband's fried seafood feast at the Yellow Jacket, McCayesville, GA

However, you can visit McCayesville where there are several antique shops and a few restaurants such as Yellow Jacket Restaurant on Blue Ridge Drive (heading toward Blue Ridge of course!)  We have eaten there a few times and while they have a small salad bar the ingredients are always fresh and their beets are excellent!

Christy Lee's Courtyard Grille, Downtown Blue Ridge, excellent in all regards!

Once in the Blue Ridge area there are several restaurants that I would recommend such as Cristy Lee’s Courtyard Grille.  You cannot go wrong at Christy Lee’s, another restaurant where we ate our fair share of prime rib quite a few times.  

Chicken Pot Pie at Southern Charm Restaurant, Blue Ridge, GA

Another fun place is Southern Charm Restaurant right across from the train depot.  I am a chicken pot pie fan and I had one there that was delightful. 

There are so many places to eat and things to do that you probably won’t mind the fact you cannot get to the southernmost cranberry bog in the USA!

Photos belong to AbbyG