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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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Simplicity 1773 by Unknown 3/4

Stitch bodice side front to bodice front at side front seam. Clip curves, if necessary. Stitch front to back at side seams.

I’ve been elbow deep in fabric lately.


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Laundry

Two weeks is just enough time to mean you either have to carry a big bag, get smelly, or do laundry. I chose to do laundry. This proved something of an adventure.

First I had to find the laundry. The timeshare community had one, but to find it I had to call the front desk and beg for directions. It was in a second floor room in a building down the hill and around the corner from where we stayed. That second floor business proved important later on.

The machines only took exact change. I had enough to start the wash, but not enough for the dryer. I decided the best solution was to start the wash, then run off to the grocery store for juice. We were running out anyway. *shrug*.

What I neglected to note was the combination of the key-pad entry and a cut off time. I arrived at the laundry with enough time to move my load to the dryer, but didn’t even think twice about how close to “closing” time it was getting when I stepped out for a minute.

I couldn’t get back in. The code the front desk gave me no longer worked. I had left the clear story window open enough for a body to get through, but the distance from the sill to the outside staircase daunted me.

I was standing on the step reaching up when my daughter caught up with me. She was naturally appalled. I’d already decided I couldn’t quite make the scramble even if I could actually catch hold of the windowsill, but apparently The Girl didn’t get that memo. She squawked at me like a jay bird until I gave up and went back to the unit with her. My only consolation was that if I couldn’t get in at my stuff, neither could anyone else.

Bright and early the next morning there I was trying to get in. The code wouldn’t work! I tried several times, then went back to eye that open window. Luckily someone else came along and got in just fine with me right behind. I guess the timer in the lock was set a few minutes late.

20 year ago I’d have gone through that window right off.

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Time was made for traveling (in a Studebaker)

Tina: What happened to your time travel machine?

Theodor: This is it. Judging by the shape I would guess this to be the 1930’s.

Tina: Whoah! What’s that!

Previously in Jack and Jill: Seasoning

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “Time was made for traveling (in a Studebaker)” as suggested by TWM
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Workshop

“Mom. Hey, Mom. Look what I made. It’s for school. Everything is laid out just right. And it looks good, too.” Fred ran to the kitchen to get his mother.

“I’m busy.”

“I’d bring it in to you, but the glue is still wet and things will fall off. Come on, come on, come on. You’re only doing dishes anyway.”

“All right.” She dried her hands on a dish towel, then followed him.

“Do you see it? Do you see it? What do you think?”

“Oh, I see it all right. A mess! As soon as your rocks dry, clean it up.”

The Hub: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo credit: Douglas M. MacIlroy

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13 Flowers

All right, I admit it. I have no idea how many types of flowers there are, but doesn’t it look about right?

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Suzie’s House 378 : Termites or Dry Rot?

Suzie's House

Suzie jabbed the window’s apron with a screwdriver. She wasn’t sure how far it sank in, but it certainly didn’t bounce back the way it would if she jabbed a new piece of wood. So for sure there was rot. The question was how intense did she have to get about repairs. Maybe it was time to find a carpenter.

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Cat and the Countess by Casey Claybourne p.19

“Bah. Just as you or I would go to the mantua makers to purchase fabric – in Mother’s case, she attends church to buy herself salvation. Honestly, the woman could squeeze blood from a ha’penny, yet she’s lavished money on the Devonshire clergy, I think as a way to atone fro her disagreeable nature. But I tell you, there’s not enough gold in the world to atone for her nasty disposition.”


MizB of Should Be Reading 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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Whistler Bike Culture

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Seasoning

Tina: What are you doing?

Theodor: I’m building a time machine.

Tina: Why?

Theodor: It seems like one of my ingredients needs a bit more seasoning.

Tina: Got nothing to do with me. Gah!

Previously in Jack and Jill: Food Poisoning

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “seasoning” as suggested by Alice
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Empty Studio

“Take care of it.” Uncle John handed Bruce the key. “I’ve got something to do.”

Bruce didn’t try to argue. He already knew his uncle only put up with him because he’d do whatever he was told. Today it was taking a keyboard back from someone who owed him money.

But which one? The room was full of them.

“Hey! What’s this kid doing here?” Some guy shouted from the door.

“I’m taking care of it,” Bruce said. He might only be in grade school, but he wasn’t anyone’s fool. He grabbed the closest keyboard and walked out like he owned the place.

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

This is a Suzie’s House extra set in the past by four years. It’s a glimps of how Bruce became a keyboard player.

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13 Driving Comments

The Girl is learning to drive. She’s got her learner’s permit; and we are going for a drive every day. Here are some of the things she’s said.

1. Look at me! I’m driving.
2. I have the power. I shall use it for good. (while waiting for pedestrians to cross in front of us.)
3. Look at me! I can turn.
4. I know that person (talking about a pedestrian), and that one, and that one. Why is everyone I know on foot?
5. Well, that was a new experience (after pulling over for an ambulance).
6. I got this. (Pleased with herself for going through her first traffic light controlled intersection.)
7. Shut up, Mom. I’m trying to drive here.
8. This is scary, this is scary, this is scary (twisty mountains roads)
9. Hey, when Grandma comes I can drive her to the store to buy me clothes.
10. Look at me! I can do this. (First time in construction)
11. Shut up. I know. (After driving so close to the side of a country road that the tall grass slapped the passenger side of the car. Twice.)
12. Look. Lawn ornaments (deer in someone’s yard).
13. I’m learning a healthy hatred of deer (as one crosses the road.)

Bonus: Dude! What the Hll? (At a guy crossing a four lane road at night in black clothes while paying more attention to his cell phone than the fact we almost hit him.)

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Suzie’s House 377 : Emma Gets Scooped Up

Suzie's House

“Hey, Emma. Whatcha doing?” Arrogant as ever, Bruce came up behind her and threw an arm across her shoulders as if he had a right to do so. Emma shrugged him off.

“Leave me alone.”

“Oh. Isn’t that the house where you like to sing?” For someone so crude, Bruce caught on quick.

“Y-yes. Yes, it was.”

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Vince Chronicals: God’s Work by Ann Pino

It was hard to find good help in a post-apocalyptic city.

I may not be running The Serialists anymore, but I still read a lot of serials posted on peoples blogs. This is one of my favorites. This one is here.


MizB of Should Be Reading 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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I Made a Treasury!

StoryTreasury

It’s an Etsy thing. I joined what they call a “team”. It’s a way to promote your Etsy store. In the team they have what they call a treasury game. Everyone is supposed to make these collections of 16 items using stuff we find in each other’s stores.

Being me, I naturally just had to make a story out of it. Four stories, actually. I picked items I thought could represent something more, then arranged them so the stories read from top to bottom in each column. First is the setting, then the characters, some action, and finally a prize or result. I was somewhat limited because I had to use only one item from each of 16 stores; but I think it went pretty well anyway.

Only, I don’t think the people on Etsy get it. So then I rearranged it all.

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Food Poisoning

Tina: You don’t look so good. Are you sick?

Theodor: Must have been something I ate.

Previously in Jack and Jill: The Birdman of Alka Selzer

The theme for this week’s Jack and Jill is “sick” as suggested by Heather
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