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Riley Explores, Junior Hides

I know y’all really wanted to meet Riley the neighbor dog. Riley has visited a few more times (sometimes with her teenage owner running amok after her). The fence will be fixed Friday. Possibly.

Here is Riley the Great Puppy

And here is Junior. The second he heard Riley coming, he took cover. Junior was prepared to climb the tree, hide or fight for his life. Leo was already up in the tree, but I didn’t know it when I was taking these pictures! Riley has not threatened either cat, but she does seem interested in chasing them if they run. Riley is also interested in chasing her own tail, butterflies and errant breezes.

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Posted: September 6, 2017

Bargain: Patricia Briggs – Urban Fantasy!

Moon Called (book 1) – Okay, we just had this discussion and I know that Benjamin was thinking of trying this series. Well, there’s a couple of books in the series on sale!

It’s a great book so if you haven’t tried it, now is your chance!

Fire Touched is on sale for $1.99!!(Book 9) I haven’t read this one yet! What a deal! These books are usually 8 to 15 dollars.

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Posted: September 5, 2017

Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 7

Is it Sunday already??? We’ve been pretty busy with that silly fence. All the posts are in now, but we have to do that actual “build the fence” thing.

Here are some bargain reads I’ve found.
Edited: First pick was deleted due to content, so we’ll have to move to the next selection!

The one I really want to read is pre-order until Monday (Sept 4):

Snowspelled I love the cover and I wish I owned that dress!

In nineteenth-century Angland, magic is reserved for gentlemen while ladies attend to the more practical business of politics. But Cassandra Harwood has never followed the rules…

Four months ago, Cassandra Harwood was the first woman magician in Angland, and she was betrothed to the brilliant, intense love of her life.

Now Cassandra is trapped in a snowbound house party deep in the elven dales, surrounded by bickering gentleman magicians, manipulative lady politicians, her own interfering family members, and, worst of all, her infuriatingly stubborn ex-fiancé, who refuses to understand that she’s given him up for his own good.

But the greatest danger of all lies outside the manor in the falling snow, where a powerful and malevolent elf-lord lurks…and Cassandra lost all of her own magic four months ago.

To save herself, Cassandra will have to discover exactly what inner powers she still possesses – and risk everything to win a new kind of happiness.

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Posted: September 3, 2017
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New Puppy

No, not our puppy. But you will recall the fence is down. This means that Puppy Riley has discovered she can bolt right into our yard and play! And we have cats!! And let me tell you that Leo and Junior are not impressed by puppy love. Leo holds his ground. He hisses and threatens. Meanwhile, Riley hops about and says, ‘Come on, let’s play!’ She doesn’t bark, but she really does want to play with the kittens. Junior makes a beeline for safety, which may include climbing a tree, dashing inside or running through a small spot in the fence.

The neighbors don’t seem to have much of a handle on keeping Riley contained. She’s a very smart dog. She comes to me when I call, and she knows I am going to take her home. She protests, but only for a second or two and then she follows me back. She invites me to play several times along the way and runs around me in a circle. Somehow, on this last visit, she managed to leave her collar somewhere at home so I couldn’t keep her next to me. She’s smart enough to listen though. Or maybe I’m just lucky she listened!

Leo is quite affronted by the situation. Sooner or later, Riley will get her nose clawed. Leo is somewhat used to dogs because he made friends with the Chi from the last neighbors. But when the Chi got into our yard, that Chi knew that Leo was boss. Riley isn’t too sure what kittens are all about. I’ve explained they aren’t “dinner” and they are “squeak toys.” Leo will have to finish the rest of the instructions.

Oh, life is always so interesting!

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Posted: September 2, 2017

Cobwebs and a Scottish Mystery Bargain

Now here’s an interesting font (and there’s 3 fonts for $4 dollars so it’s not a bad deal either!) Just in time for Halloween. I like it!

If you need Halloween artwork, this bundle is a nice one.

Written in Bone This sounds like it’s definitely noir. Tibet, have you read this one?

Dr. David Hunter should be in London with the woman he loves and a past he can’t quite shake off. Instead, as a favor to a beleaguered cop, Hunter travels to a remote island in the Outer Hebrides to inspect a baffling set of remains. A forensic anthropologist, he has seen bodies destroyed by all forms of violence, but even he is surprised at what he finds: human remains burned beyond recognition—all within the confines of an otherwise undamaged, unoccupied cottage. Local police want to rule the death accidental. But Hunter’s examination of the victim’s charred skull tells him that this woman, no doubt a stranger to the close-knit island of Runa, was murdered by someone nearby.

Within days, two more people are dead by fire. Hunter’s job is to coax the dead into telling their stories—but now that he’s beginning to hear them, he is staggered by the truth. Working with only the barest of clues, he peels back the layers of mysteries past and present, exposing the tangle of secrets at the heart of this strange community—from the deceptions of a wealthy couple to the bitterness of an ex-cop and the secrets of a lonely single mother—as a tale of rage and perversion comes full circle…then explodes in a series of violent acts and shocking twists.

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Posted: September 1, 2017
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Well, the chores are muddling along. Got the garage door opener back together. Lost one screw, replaced it. Had the car halfway in when I remembered that I forgot to plug it in. SIGH. Had to drag the ladder back over and plug the thing in. But it’s working. Poor husband is STILL jackhammering. Ran into just a huge piece of bedrock. UGH. I got two loads of laundry done though so that is out on the line. Washer is working fine with the new clamp. Fertlized the garden again. It really looked bad yesterday so I did the low fertilizer twice. I see no point in giving it the full doses and then rinsing it away when I water the next day so I did two small doses and most of the plants look better. The cucs probably won’t make it. They are just yellowing for no good reason. I’m hot, sweaty, I stink and I ruined my t-shirt.

So, pretty much a typical day of doing the chores I don’t like. I would like to speak with the guy who designed the garage door opener such that you have to take a screw in and out without being able to see the screw or the head of the screwdriver. Y’all need to plan better and you annoyed me greatly this morning. Just so you know.

In other news, a way to help with the hurricane situation: conserve gasoline. Refineries are still out and pipelines closing. Less driving is always good for the environment too.

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Posted: August 31, 2017
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Light Posting

Posting will be a bit light this week. We’re fixing fences, washing machines and garage doors. The fence will be the most onerous. Jack hammering into limestone is not a lot of fun. No siree. Technically I had the washing machine fixed, but Husband insisted on checking it and promptly got water all over the floor before agreeing that all that was required at this point was a new clamp. Isn’t that what I said???

Fence work is like cows. You’re never really done. Unlike cows, it doesn’t moo. Unlike grass, it doesn’t grow.

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Posted: August 30, 2017

Book Discussion: Pinned Post Week 6

I’m running a lot behind this week. What with all the rain we had, we have a fence down, the freezer was dripping water, the attic had to be checked, I couldn’t find the flashlight I wanted and other odds and ends kept cropping up. The cats aren’t at all appreciative of this weather either. They like to do their business outside, but when I open the door and rain hits them in the face, they get all insulted. This means opening the door for them about eight or nine times before they finally run out. Yes, they have litter boxes. That doesn’t seem to register with them as long as the human is here to be woken up at 11 and 2 at night.

Anyway, it seems like I need a book with a lot of action to work off all the anxiety. When I checked my wishlist, all I found on it was vacuum bags. Yes, I need those, but not to read.

I had to totally go “random browse” to find something of interest. Here’s what I came across:

The Dungeoneers

After five years as a city guard, Durham’s horizontal career trajectory adds a corkscrew when a misdelivered order assigns him to caravan duty for an eclectic group of Dwarves who hire themselves out as professional dungeoneers.

No ruler wants to leave a powerful magical weapon lying about in a dungeon where just any prophesied upstart can stumble across it and use it to overthrow the kingdom. That’s where The Dungeoneers come in. Dungeons sacked, artifacts recovered, no job too big or too small. They’re not adventurers; they’re professionals.

With the discovery that Durham may have arrived with a destiny attached to him the Dungeoneers find themselves in the midst of some history about to happen. Will experience and Dwarven know-how be enough to carry the day?

And it had better not bore me or I’ll tell you what will be getting sacked! Now then, when will the peanut butter chocolate chip cookies be ready?

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Posted: August 27, 2017
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Thanks for all the emails asking about the hurricane path. Yes, we’re expecting some weather. We’re pretty far inland, but are expecting some wind and lots of rain. Not like the rain Corpus Christi is getting, but definitely wet weather. The hurricane is moving slowly, dumping lots of water. I stocked up on food supplies yesterday. When I went to buy fruit today, the store was like an ant mound! Very busy with no parking spaces. Bottled water was restricted to four gallons per person, the bread aisle was picked clean and even the seafood counter was looking sparse. Sometimes getting trucks in to resupply can take some time, especially if those supplies come from south of us. But food is one thing I’m good at, so I made sure to buy plenty.

Hopefully everyone else has stocked up and battened down the hatches. Be safe and don’t go out in this weather.

Updated: The reservoirs are not holding to the west and south of Houston. This will mean more loss of homes. The rain has slowed so hopefully some of the water can recede in at least some places. From a friend who is waiting it out, holed up in south Houston. This is the second time in as many days when the water has crept up the driveway, threatening.

Okay, water, git!

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Posted: August 25, 2017

Bargain: Something Different, Unique Fantasy

The Steerswoman – Another interesting book recently put on kindle and highly recommended by April the Dragon.

The premise on this one is quite interesting.


If you ask, she must answer. A steerswoman’s knowledge is shared with any who request it; no steerswoman may refuse a question, and no steerswoman may answer with anything but the truth.

And if she asks, you must answer. It is the other side of tradition’s contract — and if you refuse the question, or lie, no steerswoman will ever again answer even your most casual question.

And so, the steerswomen — always seeking, always investigating — have gathered more and more knowledge about the world they traveled, and they share that knowledge freely.

Until the day that the steerswoman Rowan begins asking innocent questions about one small, lovely, inexplicable object…

Her discoveries grow stranger and deeper, and more dangerous, until suddenly she finds she must flee or fight for her life. Or worse — lie.

Because one kind of knowledge has always been denied the the steerswomen:


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Posted: August 25, 2017
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