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First Cucumber!

We’ve been eating BLTs with fresh garden tomatoes for about 3 weeks. I’ve harvested a bit of parsley (GROW FASTER) and tasted the dill. This morning, the last cool morning for a while, I picked the first cucumber! I’d forgotten how crisp garden cucumbers are compared to their store bought cousins. It was a small one, so we polished it off with our sandwiches at lunch. I’m hoarding the tomatoes so I can make a tomato cream garlic sauce with meatballs. Can’t have that often enough!

I’ve had one red bell so far and a few more have set. It’s already getting quite hot, so I suspect the tomatoes are done setting fruit. Thankfully there are quite a few started. It won’t be a huge harvest this year, but we’ll enjoy every bite!

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Posted: May 25, 2017
Filed in Cucumbers, Gardening

Seen on the Street

As y’all know, we take walks for exercise. We often go through the woods–that’s where we found Leo–abandoned in the woods. After rain, we walk the suburbs because the woods can be quite muddy and there’s often standing water there for a few days. We only walk a mile in the evenings so we aren’t out long. But I tell you. The things we see. We’ve seen men retrieving their newspapers in their underwear (please. Dudes. Put on a robe!) Women walking their dogs in their nightgowns (Ladies! Put on a robe. No, never mind. Just get dressed.) There was that one guy who used to wear waders up to his chest to water his lawn. (If the pressure is that high, go ahead and turn it down some.) Another guy used to mow in a pair of shorts decorated with giant flowers. Remember that marketing lady in Executive Dirt who had words across the back of her pants? Yup, that idea came about because of a lady who was out picking weeds who had a giant smiley face right across her butt.

Last night we were out walking when two young girls came out of a house. They were maybe 12 or 13. At first I thought the one was carrying a very sick dog. Its feet were dangling and it wasn’t moving. They headed for the SUV at a fast pace, but then went right around it and kept walking down the sidewalk ahead of us. The dog wasn’t moving. Well, that was probably because it was a preserved, stuffed…wild animal of some kind. That odd head kind of bobbled along as the girl carried it. It was larger than she was so eventually she picked up the dangling legs and carried it like you might a baby, with the head snarling next to hers as they hurried down the block. Was it a kangaroo? Good God, the thing was ugly. I realize this is Texas and taxidermy is quite popular, as is hunting, but why in the world would anyone carry their…coyote? cougar? stuffed THING down the block? My husband pointed out that we have a bear rug, but that did not explain why two young girls had this thing.

Eventually, they came to another house and the one girl crossed the road and went inside. We waited to see if her mother saw that thing and screamed. Because we still don’t know what it was and if someone brought a stuffed kangaroo/coyote/shifty looking thing into my house, I might have to give a rebel yell. Or two.

We see the oddest things on our walks.

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Posted: May 25, 2017
Filed in Walks in Life

Ensnared – Bargain of the Day

Ensnared

Love the cover on this one. (Whoops, looks like the cover has been modernized. Talk about a 180!)

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

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Spiffy Tags for Soap and Shampoo

I’d like to thank y’all for the soap, shampoo and lotion orders! The tags didn’t come in time for all the orders, but I had these tags made. The ingredients are listed on the back of the tag. I do small sticker labels for the front, but the ingredient stickers were simply too expensive to print–they also aren’t waterproof, so I invented these spiffy tags instead! Click for larger pictures.







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Bargain: Regency Romance

Dare to Love a Spy Look at the gorgeous cover and font! Love them. I wonder if the author knows what font that is…anyway. This is listed as a series, but it’s really linked by the time period so any of them can be stand alone. This review in particular is what got my attention:

“I loved the murder-mystery flair that seemed present and the deliciously tense undertone of the spy network. These points gave lots of flavor to the budding romance and caused lots of conflict well so we ended up with a really meaty story.”

Murder mysteries are always a good thing in a book. 🙂 So are spies!

This is also available at Kobo–which means if you haven’t used the coupons found HERE, you should try the coupons. This bargain can likely be had for an even lower price using one of the coupons (coupons are single use–so pick one you haven’t used!)

At KOBO
At Apple
At B&N

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Posted: May 22, 2017
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Burp Cloth

You’d think I’d learn to make something a little cuter for a baby shower, but I can pretty much do straight edges, so…here’s my latest burp cloth. The horse didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked–the white glow around the edges is where the thread pulled through a bit. But since horses aren’t all one color, I figured I could get away with it. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway!

I made the little bag to go with it so it’s already wrapped! Way easier than buying a bag or wrapping paper and it’s re-usable. Shoot, in a pinch, the bag can be used as a burp cloth!




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Posted: May 21, 2017
Filed in Quilting

Recommended: The White Magic Five and Dime

Today we have a guest review from roving reader, Lucy.

I just finished a book that I loved so much I thought I’d pass it along. It’s “The White Magic Five and Dime” by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco. I think it’s truly the best of the genre, which is cozy with a touch of magic on the side. I fell in love with Steve Hockensmith’s writing with his Home on the Range series, although I haven’t had the courage to dip into his Jane Austin / zombie apocalypse series yet. But anyway, the White Magic is such a totally new approach to a tired genre that I just savored it. I used to read mostly cozies but they got so repetitive that I wouldn’t even pick up this one. The third in the series is already out. I finally picked it up and they do such a good job that it didn’t seem tired and old at all.

I think it’s more than I usually spend on books, but this time it’s worth it.

Thank you, Lucy!

So you know how I am into fonts–I’d just like to say I think the artist got a weee bit carried away on the fonts for Home on the Range. 🙂

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Posted: May 20, 2017
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Review: Murder at the Courthouse

Murder at the Courthouse Five Stars

I picked this up a while back. I didn’t know it was considered Christian fiction when I started reading, but was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t preachy. It’s just a good mystery with great characters. There’s one character who prays a lot, but it fits in with both her personality and the events going on at the time. She’s not obnoxious about it, but if you happen to dislike that kind of thing, it’s easy to skip because it’s kept in her areas. The characters were fun to meet and get to know. They’re realistic and complex with some heart-tugging moments as the story grows. I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was about three quarters of the way though, but there was so much else going on that it didn’t matter a whit. This is a good read for cozy readers and general mystery readers. There’s plenty of action and a great cast of characters to care about.

Definitely recommended.

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Posted: May 18, 2017
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Pink Lemonade Soap

Here’s a shot of my latest soap. It’s actually lemongrass with sage, but didn’t it turn out a nice pink lemonade color? I named it that because it smells like lemons and it just seemed to fit. It’s one of my best batches to date. I’m really liking this hot process soap better than the cold processed stuff. It’s ready to use much faster, holds the scent very nicely without morphing and it’s a nice hard bar. The various essential oils I use can change the lather, but they’ve all turned out quite nice so far. I use yogurt for added skin benefits and to keep the soap pourable, although since I use individual silicone molds, I have to work pretty fast and push the soap down to even it out. It gets little whipped cream curls across the top from the spatula.


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Posted: May 16, 2017
Filed in Lotions and Potions, Melt and Pour Soap
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Fantasy Series: With Gargoyle!

Sorceress Awakening is only 99 cents. This is urban fantasy–with witches, gargoyles and a whole host of problems.

When Lillian finds herself facing off against vampires and other mythological impossibilities, help comes from an unlikely source—the stone gargoyle who has been sleeping in her garden for the last twelve years.

After the battle, Lillian learns the humans she thought were her family are actually a powerful coven of witches at war with the demonic Riven. Lillian is something more than human, a Sorceress and Avatar to the gods. Gregory has been her protector for many lifetimes, but when she was still a child troubles in their homeland forced him to flee with her to the human world. However, Gregory fears something from her childhood followed them to this world—he suspects Lillian is host to an infant demon, one capable of evil greater than even the Riven.

At kobo Coupons should work on this book. Check for coupons here.
at B&N too
Sorceress at War The fourth book in the series is just out today.


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Posted: May 16, 2017
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