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Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 18

It took a lot of searching to find a book I wanted to read this week. And we all know this week is really about food. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. We cook up a huge meal and smoke brisket as long as we’re out there smoking a turkey. The brisket goes into the freezer for soups and other meals later in the year. This year I’m going to do at least two briskets and maybe a chuck roast. I’ll start marinating them tonight so that they get plenty of flavor.

What will you be doing this week? Traveling? Cooking? Preparing for guests?

Here’s what I hope will be a fabulous read:

The Darkest Thread Search and Rescue

Meet Jamie Flint — a no-nonsense veteran K-9 trainer and handler with a ‘gift’ she’d be happy to return: like her dogs, Jamie can sense things the rest of the world is blind to.

When teenage sisters go missing in the mysterious ‘Bennington Triangle’ of Vermont, an area renowned for its disappearances and strange occurrences over the past hundred years, FBI agent Jack Juarez brings Jamie and her dog Phantom in to assist with the search. When Jack learns that the case shares haunting similarities with the murders of the missing girls’ aunts ten years before, he realizes they’re dealing with much more than two girls who simply wandered off the beaten path. And when a young girl appears in the shadows, visible to Jamie alone, it becomes clear that something is desperately wrong here.

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Posted: November 19, 2017
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Pictures of Bibs

A few of you have asked for details about the bibs. So here are some pictures of what they look like so far. The last one is the bib that needs the owl.









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Posted: November 22, 2017
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Poll: Pick an Owl

I decided to make chair bibs for my dining room chairs to keep the cat hair from getting all over the backs. These are like chair covers, but a lot less fancy. Square, easy to pull off and toss in the wash. I bought an owl to embroider on the bib, but it turned out to be a broken design. The wing was not really attached to the rest of the owl. So here I am, owl-less. I have found 3 other possible owls. But I don’t know which one to try. So, I turn to my faithful and opinionated blog readers because if I know anything about y’all it’s that you have an opinion on art (and books, and book covers and most anything at all!)

Which owl do you like best?

Elegant Owl 1 (Click the link to see a larger picture than the one below).



Cute Laughing Owl 2 (Click link for larger image).



Realistic Owl 3 (Click link for larger image).



Which Owl is the Greatest?

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Posted: November 21, 2017

Deals!

Finally! Someone heard my rebel yell demanding socks on sale! These socks are the best I’ve found for the price and right now they are on sale at Amazon! I like Gold Toe socks because they fit well. They are soft and mostly cotton. Yes, I go through them (any sock) fast. I’m lucky to get a year out of this pack of 6. (The turn cuff sock is thinner than the above ones I linked to–turn cuff are summer socks, but get them now. This price is unbeatable. Macy’s has them on sale for 6 for 9.99–50 cents more and you have to pick them up!) These socks are about double this price when not on sale.

Another favorite product of mine that I absolutely love is this bamboo hairbrush. Miles better than the plastic ones. Lasts long, easy on the scalp and hair. Doesn’t pull my hair out. Bass makes them in different sizes and shapes and also has a comb. I’d like to try other hairbrush shapes, but I love the one I linked to so I’ve never needed to try the others!


Unrelated, but if you’re a crafter, Hungry JPG has some great Christmas designs and fonts on sale–5 dollars for the entire package! You know you’ve been meaning to make your own Christmas cards for a while now…!

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Posted: November 18, 2017

What BF is Missing

You know what I’d like to see on sale?? Maid services.

BF seems full of gadgets and gee-whiz, but I wish Home Depot would have 35 percent off any purchase. Because I need things like grout, not tools. I want caulk and garden seeds, maybe just some peat moss would be nice. But those never go on sale. I’ve never seen dirt on sale! Let’s hear it for 50 percent off mulch!!!

I don’t need another kindle, another phone, another battery-operated zig zag. I’d like vegetables and fruits to be on sale for the entire weekend. It’s hard these days to even find turkey on sale. I paid 68 cents a pound at my local store (had to spend 20 dollars to get the deal, but that’s not hard. Eggs, milk, couple of pineapples and I’m more than halfway there.) I long for the days when I used to spend 50 and get a free turkey!

Sigh. About that maid…now that would be a real black friday deal!!!

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Posted: November 17, 2017

Bargain: Cozy Mystery

Bargain of the day is a cozy mystery! Inn Keeping with Murder

When seventy-three year old, Martha Denton drops dead into her peach cobbler at the St. Claire Inn, no one is surprised. After all, Martha had a heart condition. But when her death is ruled a murder, the inn’s owner, Julia Applegate, becomes the prime suspect. Julia recruits her “sixty-something” group of friends to launch their own investigation. Together with the inn’s resident ghosts, including Julia’s recently deceased mother who has learned to use a cell phone, they go after the truth. Add to that a talking parrot who likes to quote old movies, a Harlequin Great Dane, two miniature Dachshunds, a very handsome detective (or two), and get ready for a romp down mystery lane!

Anyone read it? Sounds interesting and has a lot of good reviews.

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Posted: November 17, 2017
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A Walk in the Woods

We haven’t walked through the woods in a while. Mostly laziness, but early on it was because it was muddy from sprinkles. So today when we wandered back there, we found that the miscreants who build fire pits were at it again. They build a decently protected fire (someone knows how to do it quite well) and then party and leave trash strewn about. I’m not sure if they were disturbed before the party this last time or what, but their nicely arranged logs and kindling were all piled and surrounded by rocks ready to go. It looks like they had at least one other fire there from the ashes. We’ve never seen anyone there, but we tend to walk early in the morning when crooks, miscreants and ne’er-do-wells keep a low profile.

Since it is dangerous to have fires back there due to the possibility of starting not only the woods on fire, but the nearby houses, it was necessary to take the firewood and scatter it randomly through the woods where it would not be easy to find and recover. After most of it was scattered in several directions, I carried two of the largest pieces deep into the woods away from the pit. Okay, the woods are only a square mile so “deep” into the woods was probably not even a quarter of a mile, but I tossed them willynilly into a meadow with long grass on one side and brush on the other. Those logs will not be recovered to burn!!!

The kindling was properly discarded too, although leaves are falling so there is not a shortage of kindling. At least this time we didn’t have to cart trash out of there. They’ll likely be back, probably at night on some weekend. I am pleased to say that they will not have decently cut wood for their project and will have to waste time stealing from the woodpile or cutting their own. May it rain on their parade and rattlesnakes bite their ankles.

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Posted: November 14, 2017

Amazon Black Friday Deals

Amazon posted some deals earlier (they were lame) and now they have updated ads and updated deals going on from now until after Thanksgiving. It looks like the main deals probably start November 17. These deals looked a little more intriguing, but it could just be the robot vacuum idea that caught my attention.

There’s also their Kindle Deals of the Day. And wouldn’t you know it’d be the cookbook that caught my eye. 🙂

Now in KU: Year of the Mountain Lion and Snitched, Snatched

Bright Lights

Magnetic Clip Lights — LEDs, superbright!


Gifts for Cooks
Measuring cup WITH LID! The lid has slots and a mesh opening as well as a wide opening. I use the mesh one to brew tea! It’s a most excellent cup. I have been wanting one that was microwave safe with a lid forever.


A Really Great Spatula — Silicone spatulas are the best! This one is nice and firm–great for scooping cakes into pans, stirring stir fry, anything! I use this a LOT. (I also have a set of regular silicone spatulas that are very nice, but this one is shorter and fatter.) Great kitchen item!

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Posted: November 14, 2017

An Old Bicycle

I gave away my bicycle today. I haven’t ridden it in 17 years. It was a mountain bike that I had since college, a very nice, very expensive model at the time. It occurred to me that I must not like riding a bike much since I’ve never even considered putting new tires on it and riding it again. Then it occurred to me that most of the reason is because I’m old. WHEN DID I GET OLD?????

It’s weird how one day after we moved to Austin, I rode the bike around my new neighborhood. Then I mounted hooks on the ceiling in the garage and hung it up. I didn’t ever imagine it would be the last time I’d ride it. I blinked and 17 years later, it was still hanging there, unused. WHEN DID I GET OLD????

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Posted: November 12, 2017

Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 17

As the holidays close in, reading time gets thin. (I’m such a poet.) I’m not sure if I’ll be reading this week or not as I have chores lined up that are 6 deep in every direction. That doesn’t keep me from keeping an eye out for bargains and good reads.

I love a good mystery with my romance:

Stationmaster’s Cottage

Whispering Pines

In other news, Year of the Mountain Lion and Snitched, Snatched are now in KU. If you are a subscriber, you can read either or both for free!

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Posted: November 12, 2017
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