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For Moving In

Seriously Reviewed said "You know? Every so often you read a story that starts a little slow on the first few pages and then.....BAM it just explodes! This was one of them for me."

Kaye's Book Review Page
on which she said The book is "short, sweet, light-hearted and just plain fun."

Vince at Philosophy of Romance said "Alice Audrey’s voice is fresh, feisty, full of surprises and always fun. The author also deals with real people having real problems and she does it in a very insightful way."

Nessa at Chrysalis Stage said "If you like sweet, fast-paced romance with a hot hero and all of the misunderstandings that two people can throw at each other, then you will love this story."

Night Owl Reviews didn't have anything nice to say about it. Hey, you can't win them all.

Brenda Talley of Romance Studio said " I recommend this book to anyone. It was a pleasure to read and I shall look for more of her work in the future. "

By Guta Bauer at Murphy's Library did it twice! Once in English and once in Portuguese. I'm assuming they both say, "Life goes on, choices need to be made and we can never let our past deny us of our future. That’s just some of the things we learn from this story. "

Sandra Nachlinger said "It's been a while since I've read a novelette, and I enjoyed this quick read. MOVING IN by Alice Audrey is a sweet story (rated PG or maybe even G) laced with humor. The best friend character is a hoot! This book is a fun escape and just what I needed to read today."

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Suzie’s House 417 : Same Old Tedious Breakfast

Suzie's House

Kate was sitting in the kitchen with a bowl of cereal in front of her when the text message came from Alisha.

‘You are still in that band?’

“Well, duh,” Kate muttered. You’d think her friend would have been more impressed by the fact she had a boyfriend, or that the flowers were a wedding bouquet. It wasn’t like Alisha hadn’t already heard about the band.

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Straps Are Totally Cool

Seriously. Get a load of this sucker. A little inch and a half width strap held down what felt like a ton of scaffolding. I was more worried about the whole dang truck flipping over on the curves than the straps coming loose.

I’ve seen these puppies around before. I even inherited one from some passing hippie, but never knew how they worked. I mean, I could tell there was a ratcheting thing going on and it isn’t hard to figure out the hooks, but witch way to the bands feed into the ratchet mechanism?

The answer – from the outside of the angle to the inside through the slit that you can line up by working the mechanism a crank or two. To release you open the mechanism until it won’t go anymore, then press up on the switch on the inside and push it flat. Then just pull the whole mechanism toward you and the double fold of ribbon unwinds.

It’s almost as easy as a bungee, and even more secure than rope. A set of four set me back about $16. They’ve already paid their weight in gold. What’s more, I have plenty more loads of junk to haul with them.

If you ever plan to take a load of something any distance, I recommend stopping in at a hardware store and pickup up a couple.

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Windy

“What a great building. Is there a spiritual reason for the six sides?” Jane stumped through the meeting hall with her foldable cane clacking along at high speeds for a retiree.

“No. There are six sides because…” The tour guide half-ran, half-walked, trying to head her off so the rest of the group could catch up.

“I’ll bet it was a political thing. Right? Someone rich and powerful chose the design?” Jane spun around, looking straight up at the ceiling as though viewing the rotunda of a state capital building.

“No. It’s because this was the only design the wind didn’t blow down during hurricane season.”

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Dee Lovering

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Kid Quotes

1. The Girl: I’m allergic to sewing. I break out in stress.

2. The Girl (Walks up with cat): Organic purr machine.

3. The Girl: Literary works are such downers. Unless it’s Shakespeare. Then it’s satirical and horrifying.

4. The Girl: Mainstream culture is only mainstream because it’s convenient for a lot of people.

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Suzie’s House 416 : Bouquet II

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When Kate woke up, the first thing she saw was the bouquet Justin had given her. It sat on her dresser in a cheap, metallic vase that looked like it was supposed to be polished silver but was probably aluminum. Not exactly the optimal thing for a wedding bouquet, but better than the glass of water she’d started with.

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Summer on Blossom Street by Debbie Macomber p.106

We don’t knit to make things. There are cheaper, faster and easier ways to obtain a sweater than to knit it. We knit to make ourselves happy.

Debbie Macomber is quoting from Annie Modesitt here.


MizB of A Daily Rhythm hosts Teaser Tuesday. Grab your current read, open to a random page, share a couple of “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Go see Should Be Reading for more detail.

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Signs

If you squint at the picture above you can see a brown sign to the left of the fire danger sign that has an arrow pointing to the right. It’s supposed to be a trail head marker. But it’s pointing at a wall.

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Spy Eye

Kevin dropped a bug on the street as he walked past the target’s flat. The little micro recorder actually looked and acted like a biological bug. As soon as it’s titanium feet hit the ground, it began to scuttle into the building.

With Ted’s skillful remote navigation, the bug reached the target’s personal space, and settled in to record and broadcast. Almost imediatley it was detected.

“Eeeeew! A cockroach!”

Crunch.

Ted turned toward Kevin with a laconic air. “I told you the latest model was defective. We should have gone with the lady bug.”

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Sandra Crook

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13 Bloggie Habits

I’ve been posting regularly to this blog since 2006. In that time I’ve picked up a few habits. I’ll leave it to you to determine if they are good or bad habits.

1. I always, always, always go to the blog of someone who leaves a decent link with their comment and find something to comment on. When I can, I do it in less than 24 hours.

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Suzie’s House 415 : The Mask Maker At Home

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No one was home when Bruce slipped into this house though it was already well after curfew. Every room was dark, so probably no one had been home all day.

He raided the fridge and took a beer, and a pudding pack then grabbed some chips from the cupboard. It wasn’t much of a meal, but he’d had worse. He settled in front of ht big screen high def brand new wired up the wazoo stereo system and popped the top of the can

The first swallow burned and fizzed so much he had to close his eyes for a sec.

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Java and Bali: Indonesia’s Mystical Island by OAT p.36

Today, we enjoy a rare opportunity to discover Rinca, an island few Americans visit. Smaller than Komodo Island and even more unspoiled, this is the best locale for having a chance to witness Komodo dragons in their natural habitat.

From the handbook sent out by the tour group I’m signed up for. Um… yikes?


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Straps and Dragons

Well, I was going to talk about straps today. I mean the kind you use to attach a load to a pickup, not the kind on a shirt. I even have it mostly written up. But I didn’t get around to taking any pictures. Nor do I have any pictures of the finished window. So instead I thought I’d talk about vacations and dragons. Specifically Komodo type dragons. Only in Java instead of Komodo.

In a few weeks I will be jetting off to Bali and Java. I’m pretty excited about this upcoming trip. Or maybe I should say worried.

Though I’ve been working my butt off – literally – I’m still a long ways from my youthful health and vigor. When I went to Mongolia I was shocked to find that I really was at the back of the pack when we went hiking. I’m tired of getting left in the dust by a bunch of 70 year olds!

So I was looking over the trip itinerary. That’s when I discovered a new fear. Apparently we will be walking around in the near vicinity if the Java equivalent of Komodo dragons. Supposedly you are perfectly safe so long as nobody is bleeding.

Did I mention the time in the Galapagos when we went to look at a shark then realized I’d cut myself on the coral and was bleeding? I hope there aren’t any thorny bushes near the dragons because I’m sure to get snagged.

Well, I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it. In the meanwhile, I’ll get cracking on the photos of packing straps.

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What To Do When You Are Diagnosed With Bone-On-Bone Arthritis

A year and a half ago I could barely walk. Getting up became so painful I did everything I could to avoid it. I tried to go for a bike ride, and didn’t even make it around the block. Yesterday I rode my bike all the way to the end of the trail and still had not had my fill. The trail includes an underpass just for us none-motorized folk that goes under one of the busiest streets in town. If I hadn’t started my diet and exercise program, I would never have even known it was there. Now I see a dark tunnel and rejoice.

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Stephen Baum

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Window Replacement Checklist part 2

I left out a few things from last week. Remember, this is for putting a window in place of a door.

1. Crowbar! They aren’t joking when they say you can break your screwdriver if you keep using it to pry up wood. And yes, just assume you are going to have to remove every flipping piece of trim. Better to do it from the start rather than arguing over it and ended up removing things as you go.
2. Hammer, because nails don’t work well without one.
3. Wood screws for when the nails don’t work.
4. Screwdriver attachment for the drill.
5. Two extension cords. One for inside and one for outside because it’s such a pain dragging it through the house even if it is long enough to reach both places.
6. Insulation – enough to fill all the door outside of the window.
7. Drywall in a size to match up with the surrounding wall. Did I mention it doesn’t come in 1/4 inch? Save yourself the embarrassment and ask for 3/8″ and sweet talk them into cutting one board loose from a pair to get it for half the price.
8. Straps to hold down things like the plywood to the roof of a car or scaffolding to the back of a miniature truck. Besides, straps are totally cool. More about that on Monday.
9. Flashing. If they sell it in shot sections, I didn’t see it, but I ended up using it in three places instead of just the bottom of the window frame anyway so it was totally worth it. The aluminum stuff works great even if it will blind you with reflected sunlight.
10. Trim boards. Don’t expect to be able to reuse what you pull off the door frame. Even if it doesn’t get turned to splinters, there’s no guarantee it will fit right.
11. Level, because apparently it’s vital that windows are level. Use the kind with three little bubbles instead of the one with just one because there is more than one way to be level and the three bubbles will remind you of that fact a lot faster than if you forget to move the one bubble in multiple directions.
12. Paint brush because I forgot to mention it last week. Don’t assume a roller will handle everything no matter how good you think you are with one.
13. Primer. Lots of it, because raw wood tends to soak it up.

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Suzie’s House 414 : Bouquet

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Justin caught the bouquet.

As soon as his sister stepped up to the top of the church steps with her miles of fluffy skirts and barracuda smile, he’d tried to sneak around to the back of the building where he’d be safe. No such luck.

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