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Careful: My Neighbor is Armed

Lately, we’ve been helping one of our neighbors get ready to move. She mainly needs help selling her furniture. Part of this involves dismantling it for pickup. The other day we went over to help her dismantle her bed. The woman had more weapons on her bedside table than Amelia Peabody could carry in her skirt AND umbrella! She had the obvious things like her car keys, which sported an alarm button. She also had a separate alarm device that when activated did some sort of screaming bells and whistles with flashing lights. One quarter of the table was taken up by a large bull horn. I’m not sure what she thought she would do with that–yell at the intruder? Start giving orders? Scream into it in order to be heard over the other alarms?

As we moved pillows off the bed, I found a taser under one of the pillows. Good GRIEF. I’m not sure why you need ANY of the other alarms if you own a taser. As she moved each item to the other bedroom, we were treated to a test of each one, including the high-voltage crackle of the taser. GOOD GRIEF, WOMAN. Put that thing down before you accidentally taser yourself! And don’t POINT anything at me!!!

When the neighbor spoke into the bullhorn the electronics in the device magnified her voice by enough decibels that Amelia Peabody could probably hear her in Egypt. Well, until the batteries fell out the bottom. I suppose that would be useful if they fell on the toes of the no doubt stunned and now deaf robber.

And yes. She has a whole house alarm. I hope she feels safe with all that noise potential. I also hope she doesn’t read my blog. She might come over here with that taser!!!

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Posted: May 1, 2016
Filed in Walks in Life

A Kindle Countdown Deal

savingSo About the Money is a countdown deal starting today, running through the weekend. Love the cover on this one!

Here’s the short blurb:

So About the Money romps through eastern Washington with its rivers, wineries, Native American casinos, and assorted farm animals. Add in some wicked fun chemistry between the CPA amateur sleuth & a local detective and Holly Price better solve the case before the next dead body found beside the river is hers.



I’ve asked the author for an interview or to stop by and tell us a little more about herself/book! Coming soon!

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Posted: April 28, 2016

Dad Called

I always get the most *interesting* phone calls from my parents. Today, Dad called.

“Can you look on the internet real quick and tell me the going price for a six foot windmill with a twenty or twenty one foot tower?”

Me: “Uh…”

“I have a guy who is interested in buying mine, but I don’t know what they cost these days.”

Yeah, sure dad. I know right where to get THAT info. Google was very helpful with 6 foot tall GARDEN decorative windmills…too bad he wanted to know the price of a real windmill. While I typed in variations of “windmill” and “cattle” and “pumping water from a well with a windmill” Dad told me all about how the windmill had to be a certain size depending on how far you had to drill to hit water. “Uh-huh.”

“Do they have to be prices for a windmill in New Mexico?” I asked.

“It doesn’t matter. It can be a Texas windmill.”

By the time I found the info, I had given up on location. Windmills are so expensive, the places that still have them include shipping as part of the price!

The last time he called, he wanted to know something about calf pulls (contraptions for helping to deliver a calf). Oddly enough, that info didn’t come up all that quickly on the internet either. I wonder what normal families talk about.

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Posted: April 26, 2016
Filed in Tales from the Mother-In-Law File, Walks in Life

Mystery Discount Sale at Kobo

There’s a mystery discount sale going on over at Kobo for a specific list of books. If you did not receive a code and need one for anything on the list, let me know! I have some codes. They are all still a mystery. I do not know the discount amount! If you are not registered with Kobo, you won’t get the codes (and if you want to register let me know. I can do a referral that might net you 5 dollars for spending on books there. It hasn’t worked for everyone but I’m willing to try it!)

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Posted: April 25, 2016

Hancock Going out of Business

I was really disappointed to hear that Hancock Fabric store was going out of business. Where will I buy material to ruin??? They are the only store close to me. The only other fabric store is several miles away in another town. Originally Hancock planned to leave my store open, but the backers refused to back the plan so everything is being liquidated. Liquidators came in and took over. They offered everything on “sale.” I didn’t hear this news until two weeks into the sale so I thought everything would be sold. Ha! The liquidators, in their infinite wisdom, took everything in the store and marked it back to regular price minus 20 percent. Ha! I never even walked in the store without a 50 percent off coupon. The liquidators even took the SCRAPS and SUPER sale items–ones marked down 90 percent because they’d been in the store since dirt was invented–and market them back to full price.

So I didn’t have to worry about the selection being picked over. Pretty much everything I was interested in was still there–and marked more than double what I’ve paid in the past. Needless to say I left without buying anything. So did the lady in front of me and the gal who walked out behind me. There was one lady in the story buying something.

Today, when I checked the website, I saw that they had added discounts, no doubt, intended to make us swoon. They went from 20 percent off everything to…25 percent off everything! That’ll…get me to file my nails. It certainly won’t get me out of my armchair. I can’t even work up a yawn for 25 percent off. I’ll check next week. No, that will be too early. They might go as low as 28 percent off. (Gasp).

I found my Hancock flyer that came in the mail just 3 weeks ago, at the beginning of April. Sewing machines (Janome) were supposed to be 40 percent off for Mother’s Day. Singers were 30 percent off. But the liquidators still have them at only 20 percent off (and Hancock was pretty high on machines to begin with. Many of the same models were available from Walmart for cheaper).

I wonder what they will do with all the stuff they don’t sell. Because I am sure I a not the only one waiting for a real sale. I’ll START getting interested at 50 percent off, but to get me to buy things I don’t really need, it has to be 75 to 80 percent off. Because, let’s face it. I really don’t know how to recover this stool in front of me, but for the right price, I’d be happy to ruin it!

Someone call me when the sign says 75 percent off. Until then, I think I’ll look for a coupon for JoAnns. It’ll be worth the drive to get 50 percent off.

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Posted: April 21, 2016

T-Shirts

They must not make t-shirts like they used to. I go through t-shirts faster than socks get lost in the dryer. This morning, I was down to my last faded t-shirt because as I sorted, my selection appeared to be limited to: Paint splotches, avocado smear, that was stretched funny at the neck and makes me look like a zombie grabbed me, oil stains…I’m not even a mechanic. Wait. I think that is husband’s shirt. No, he’s not a mechanic either. This one has tiny holes in it. I think Leo may have grabbed it off the clothesline with his claws. This other one may have been my size at one time, but it now fits like an ill-designed tent. In any kind of breeze, it flaps like one too. I sewed the arm back on this other one, but I used white thread instead of blue, so the stitches show through. Not a problem if you’re going for the Frankenstein look. Well, I’ll wear the faded one. It was supposed to be navy, but it’s an odd blue-ish gray now. Or I could wear the one that shrunk. But I do like to be able to get shirts on and off without adding rips. No, I’ll just go with the faded one. It might be time to grab a 3-pack of Hanes…

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Posted: April 18, 2016

Floodlight

We bought a really cool floodlight for the back porch yesterday. I planned to post a link to one on Amazon, but it turns out that Amazon DOES NOT HAVE any cool LED porch lights for 25 dollars (This is the closest I could find to what we bought). I’ve noticed lately how their prices have been not just creeping up, but jumping into the “does free shipping mean anything when your new kindle costs $299???”

So anyway, we got our light at Lowes. It looks great and is VERY bright when we need to see what the cats are up to in the dark of the night.

I’ve finished window washing and painting for this year. Today I plan to take the day off and sit around doing mostly nothing. Maybe by 4 in the afternoon, I’ll be ambitious enough to cook lunch!

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Posted: April 15, 2016

The Great Escape

If an octopus is that smart, I say let them all back into the ocean! This one managed quite an escape. I love stories like this. Good for a chuckle and great reminder that other species are highly intelligent. We would do well to guard the health of our planet much better than we do!

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Posted: April 13, 2016

In the Spotlight

MJBReviews has the spotlight on me! Well, on my books at any rate. She’s read most of my books and THANKFULLY she loved them! She reviews a lot of cozies, but reads and reviews several genres. If you’re looking for something to read, check out her blog and her reviews.

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Posted: April 11, 2016

Reading: The Atrocity Archives

I’m reading The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross. This was recommended and gifted to me by one of the reading groups I’m in. It’s sci/fi and kind of has dark wit–British humor with oddball horror references. There’s a lot of computer tech mentioned, that I think is actually meant to refer to a fantasy/magic rather than real technology as I know it, because there’s no follow-through reason for mentioning the real technology. That is to say, all the buzz words are used, but instead of following a logical path, they sort of veer off into implying it isn’t tech like you think it’s tech. Since I understand the buzz words, I keep expecting something logical, but so far it’s weird instead. If you’re confused, so am I. I expect I will get the flow of it once I get going. So far, at least we’ve had a rather exciting break-in that involved frogs and take-over-the-world implications. I guess anyone who can work frogs into that kind of scenario has some kind of talent, so I’ll keep reading!

What are y’all reading these days?

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Posted: April 9, 2016
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