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Who Needs a Dropcloth

Cleaning girlSo, it was time to paint the porch. Husband was scheduled to help the neighbor do fence repair, which is a huge job of jackhammering through limestone. I was getting all my supplies out right before husband headed over to the fence. “Try not to get any more paint on the concrete.” He pointed to the spot where I had mixed and poured paint the last time.

“Uh-huh. Sure.”

He went off to drill holes in the earth, and I began painting. Goodness. Who knew that when painting eaves, those rollers spatter paint everywhere? I should have put some hairspray in my hair. I hear that if you do, paint will rinse right off. Too late now.

I painted an entire section before I accidentally knocked the paint roller holder onto the concrete. Yeah, the concrete that husband didn’t want painted white. Well, bother. I wonder what he meant by “any” paint. How much is “any?” Well, probably less than I had just dumped all over.

Bother. I picked up the paint holder thingie, but it sort of drizzled as I moved it off the concrete onto the ground. Hmm. Now there was even more paint on the concrete.

I used the paintbrush to scoop up the worst of the mess, only that sort of smeared it further along. And then the paintbrush dripped before I could get it back to the bucket-thingie. So I took my rag and tried to wipe up the rest, but, ohboy. I think we were well past “any more paint” on the concrete.

I had to stop my artistic work and go inside for a bucket and dish soap so I could scrub the paint off. A normal person would have gotten the garden hose, but the hose is currently hooked to my rain barrels and disconnecting that setup is not something you want to do while paint is drying on concrete that shouldn’t really have any paint on it. Well, actually it looked okay to me. Concrete should be whiter, right?

Bother. I had to get the kitchen brush and scrub the concrete because using the rag and water just smeared it more. After scrubbing and dumping water all over the porch, I took the broom and shoveled all that extra white water off the side. Looked pretty good. In fact, that one spot was *really* clean and the rest of the porch looked kind of dark by comparison. Well, he probably wouldn’t notice, right? After all, it wasn’t PAINT. He didn’t say anything about not washing the porch.

After about another hour, hitting my shins at least four or five times, dripping paint on two windows and stopping to clean that off, I finished the panels I was planning to do. There is another panel and four eaves that still need doing, but I am not superwoman, here. I was hot, sweaty and full of paint drips, blobs and dribbles. But, have no fear. I wore my old eyeglasses–you know, the ones from the eighties that no one admits to having. I also wore an old pair of shorts (yes, the one that I made. Because those shorts already look bad. Now they have paint on them, but since they are crooked and lopsided, who is going to notice a few paint splotches?)

I cleaned up a bit and decided to take husband and the neighbor some water. I certainly was thirsty, and they’d been out there as long as I had. I poured two glasses of ice water and walked over to the fence. This is a 6 foot tall fence, and they were working on the opposite side. I had to kind of peer between a spot where there was a broken board and call out. “Would you like some ice water?” I reached up with one glass and steered it through the opening.

The neighbor peered back at me. “We have some water here, but thanks.”

I hope he needed more because my hand and arm was a bit shaky from all that painting. As I tried to offer him the water, I sort of hit the post and well, lost control of the water. He was sweaty and hot anyway so *maybe* he wouldn’t notice a splash or even an entire glass of ice water being dumped on him?

“Hmm,” I said. “Well, uhm. You now have a bit more water.”

I was kind of glad I didn’t dump it on husband. I have to live with husband. The neighbor, not so much.

“Well, looks like you’re doing some good work here,” I muttered, backing away. “Glad you have enough water.”

And people wonder where I get my ideas for the zany Sedona stories.

Posted: April 21, 2014

A Kobo E-Reader for $19.99

Deals are us around these parts–this one will not last long. It’s a Kobo MINI e-reader for $19.99. But it’s on Woot and those deals go SUPER FAST.

Try the link
! I hope you get one!

EDIT: DEAL IS GONE.

Posted: April 20, 2014

Some Dresden on Sale

The Dresden File series by Jim Butcher is quite popular in urban fantasy circles. I know April the Dragon loves the series. Today, one of these usually quite expensive books is on sale for $2.91. No, I don’t know why that price is so odd…maybe the sale is based on the European price.

Dead Beat

If you’re reading this series, now is probably the time to pick this one up!

dogThe Dog Listener is also on sale this weekend (or at least today) for $1.99. I like these books that have training tips and discussions on what animals are probably thinking. You’ll notice, however, that no one has written one for cats…


Posted: April 19, 2014

Free Audio Books

Random House (the publisher) has decided to try and entice readers to listen to audio books. They have a limited selection of free audio books you can download here. They have one book from most genres, but for mystery, they picked a general/thriller, not a cozy. Jack Reacher books aren’t bad though and on audio, the faster pace of the story makes them easy to listen to. Check it out. You might find something you like!

Posted: April 17, 2014

A Cozy and a Romantic Thriller

easyDeath on Eat Street is only marked down a couple of dollars, however, one of the cozy blogs I followed LOVED this book and swoons over its very mention. So of course I had to check it out and tell y’all about it. It has a good cover and sounds good!


iceAnd in the “cover all genres at once” we have what sounds like a post-apocolyptic futuristic urban fantasy, romantic thriller, we have Ice Diaries, which received a nice review from another review site that I’ve really been enjoying lately: Big Al’s books and pals. This book is a bargain price at a mere $2.99. Weirdly, the paperback is on sale for about the price as well.


Posted: April 17, 2014

Bargain Cozy!

forgetForget Me Knot by Mary Marks is on sale today for $1.99. Comes highly recommended by one of the cozy blogs I follow.

If you are into YA urban fantasy, Blog follower April the Dragon suggests taking a look at this book that is on sale: Skulk by Rosie Best

Posted: April 15, 2014

Kale: The Superfood

I have one kale plant that grew this winter. I started eating kale about a year ago. It didn’t impress me much at first, but the standard way to prepare it is to stir fry or steam it. The thing is, Kale doesn’t have a lot of taste. It’s green (or purple). It’s full of vitamins, but even with garlic, salt and pepper, it doesn’t impress. It might very well be one of the most boring vegetables out there when eaten on its own.

One day, I decided to use up what I had in soup broth. Hmm. Very good. Even better when chopped and served IN the soup. It adds a little extra flavor to the broth, one of those “secret” flavors where you don’t know what the taste is because it just blends in. It makes a richer broth and as a soup addition it provides color and crunch, holding up much better than spinach.

I’ve found I like it even better when I add it to chicken or beef casseroles. The Kale provides more depth to the dish, and yet it doesn’t have any overwhelming flavor so you don’t even realize you’re eating it. It’s a sneak vegetable, not one that should necessarily be eaten on its own. Forget using it to make a salad. It’s okay to put a few leaves chopped in with the lettuce, but it’s a bit too thick to stand as a salad on its own.

If you decide to try kale, buy it fresh, not frozen. Cook it in with any hamburger or chicken casserole and see what you think! It’s good in sloppy joes, chili, beef soup, chicken and rice soup, chicken noodle casserole and even alfredo sauce.

One cup of Kale provides more than your daily needs of vitamin A, C, and K. It’s higher in Omega 3 than Omega 6 and we all need more Omega 3 oils in our diet. It has a lot of minerals too–copper, zinc, maganese and so on. Next time you’re too tired to cook and you throw on ramen noodles or one of those envelopes where you “just add water” throw in some steamed kale. You’ll up your vitamins and nutrition by leaps and bounds–and your food might just taste better too!

Posted: April 15, 2014

Win: Soul of the Desert

soul_front_flatname120If you haven’t already read Soul of the Desert, here’s your chance to win a free copy (ePUB or mobi)! OpenBookSociety is having a giveaway! To enter, leave a comment, tweet or follow on facebook. Easy! Contest runs for about a week.

For the next sixty days, Soul of the Desert is available exclusively at Amazon–so if you have a ePUB reader, this is your chance to get a copy for your reader early!

Enter and tell all your friends about the giveaway!

Posted: April 14, 2014

Bargain: Interesting Historical Jane Austen

foodI came across a review of this book on one of the sites I follow. Sounds like an interesting offshoot of the famous Jane Austen book–kind of a fill in on some of the foods of the day: Jane Austen and Food by Maggie Lane. Sure, it’s possible in caught my eye because of the word “food.” :) But I thought it was an interesting idea and a good way to work some historical information in about the times.


Posted: April 13, 2014

Bargain: Free Cozy

darcyI haven’t read this one, but it’s free today, and I liked the cover: Death Comes to Town by Emrick

Anyone read it yet?


Posted: April 12, 2014
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