Sunday, April 19, 2015

Joy V. Smith's SF ebooks


Joy’s science fiction ebooks

The Doorway and Other Stories: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007SV1FB2
I’m happy to have some of my old stories in one place.  Except for The Princess Quest, which is a humorous fantasy, and Old Rex, a ghost story, the rest of the stories are all science fiction adventures of different types, involving aliens, time travel, symbiotes, and humans searching for a home and/or family. All the stories have been published elsewhere–sometimes more than once–over the years, except for Royal Guardians.
Hot Yellow Planet: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94029 is free until April 30 with coupon code: UX77Y
In this Pretty Pink Planet sequel, Lori and Chiing continue their adventures.
Pretty Pink Planet is always free: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL, visits Prism to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens.
After Anfissa meets Ferenc, they flee to a planet where even the grass is deadly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Flooring options (link)

Here are some flooring options from HGTV.com: Top 10 Flooring Options

Btw, I was in a kitchen the other day where the laminate flooring had warped in the kitchen; the same house had beautiful refinished wood floors and a carpet that needed to be replaced.


Sparkle note: If you drag a treat from the box, and click on it again, Sparkle will jump up and catch it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quartz countertops (link)

Quartz is better than granite, and I'm still sorry I got granite for the remodel.  I knew better, but we just looked at granite at the store...  Check out these countertops from HGTV.com:  Quartz is the New Granite


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Remodeling ebook on sale!


Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560  (Non-fiction)
How one woman bought and remodeled a foreclosure; it didn’t even have a kitchen sink! 

The coupon code is: ZP24F (not case-sensitive): http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Shades of blue (link)

Check out these shades of blue and decorating ideas from HGTV.  (My favorite is Steel Blue.): Color Crush: Shades of Blue


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Window treatment ideas (link)

Here are some clever and fun ideas for window treatments from HGTV; they include using a golf club and a yardstick to hang curtains from and using breacelets, necklaces, and ties to contain them with: 10 Creative Ways  




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Add color with throw pillows (link)

From HGTV: Lots of interesting and colorful pillows, but they clutter up sofas and chairs--and I refuse to do anything that makes making my bed harder, but see for yourself:   Bright Ideas for Arranging Throw Pillows 


Monday, March 16, 2015

Decorating and furnishing ideas

I enjoyed the make over articles in the April 2015 issue of HGTV Magazine; using the wasted space under stairways for bookcases and lockers is cool.  (I like the lockers tucked away against the side wall with the bookcases facing you.)  And the metal storage bench at the end of a bed is different though I'd prefer something softer...  A hanging fireplace is different too, though I miss the hearth.

I aways enjoy the What's the Difference and How Bad Is It columns.  So that's the difference between a loveseat and a settee!  I confess I thought they were the same.   Settees are less cushy and not as wide and may have exposed arms--or no arms.  I learned more about dryer sheets, among other things, also--such as Don't leave them stacked on the dryer.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Browsing in an British kitchen (link)

Fun look at what you might find in an British kitchen.  Well, there's Marmite (I'd like to taste that some day), golden syrup, warm eggs, and a washing machine.  (I knew about washing machines in British--and European--kitchens from watching House Hunters International.  It's one of those things that frightens Americans when they visit foreign countries...  Check them all out at this BBCAmerica website:
9 Things You'll Find in an British Kitchen



Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Decorating trends (link)

I love the watercolors and pastels--chunky knits not so much.  And usually I like metallics...  Check out more ideas from HGTV.com here: Decorating trends