Friday, July 3, 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Imaginative flower arrangements (link)

Here are some lovely and interesting flower arrangements from HGTV: 10 pretty arrangements

I need to get more vases to make arrangements like these and to have some on hand for my garden flowers, such as my Bird of Paradise which are blooming now, to give as gifts.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Joy V. Smith's latest interview (link)

Here's my latest interview, which was just posted:

And I just sent an interview off to my alumni association.  I don't know when that will be up.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Remodeling mistakes (link)

Here are some renovation mistakes to avoid, so pay attention: 25 Renovating Mistakes 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Style without paying big bucks (link)

I enjoy comparing products in HGTV Magazine.  Their column that shows you the high end furniture and accessories with similar products that are less expensive is fun.  Now you can compare them online: Shop the High-Low List 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tropical Storm Bill

TS Bill is heading NW and should make landfall in Texas.

Update (6-17): TS Bill made landfall in Texas and is now a tropical depression.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

For Father's Day

Excerpt from Strike Three, a post-apocalyptic novel by Joy V. Smith: 
Lea first learns about her future when she reads her stepfather’s letter to her father:

“Duncan’s letter was to her father, with a postscript to her at the end.
“Sheridan, I promise to keep Francine safe, so far as I can. We’re headed for an underground shelter with government officials, some military, and their family members. We’ve learned terrorists—backed, we’re sure, with at least one country’s government, in combination with NKAAU—intend to attack the United States, including Washington, D. C., causing as much damage as possible with the intent of precipitating a war—for any country who wants to take advantage of our vulnerability, while we’re still reeling. The stupidity of this is apparent since any missile strikes will be followed back to their source. Unfortunately, there are intended to be multiple sources in different countries. Our military is ready for that. (God help the planet!) But it’s not just the missiles that are the problem. Assorted weapons, including the ‘hot virus,’ which I’ve learned more about than I wanted to, and which is the worst, I fear, include also a variety of nuclear bombs of various types, though it’s thought that it’ll be mostly “clean” bombs to preserve our infrastructure, which they lust after. ‘It’s not fair that they have so much!’ is one refrain; and they really love that United they tacked on to their name.
“Our military, by the way, are not so restrained. So, take shelter—I know you’re prepared for that. Possibly you know I made sure you were able to purchase the old airfield, along with the planes and that communications bunker, because I knew I’d rather have them in your hands than some homegrown militia, though I hope they’re prepared too. I know some have bought up a few of those missile sites in Kansas. We have no time table, but surely they know it’s not such a secret anymore, and they can’t afford to hesitate. I hope the damage will not be so bad, and other countries will stomp them flat too, but the commander-in-chief decided not to take any chances. Soon the papers will notice the absent officials and politicians, who are busy digging themselves holes wherever they can. The vice-president, bless her, intends to keep things stable as long as she can.
“Melody Lea, my beloved daughter, you can’t imagine how much I’m missing you, but I trust in your own father’s care. All my love to you and my best hopes for you both. Love, your [step] father, Duncan C. Blake.”

Strike Three is available in paperback or as an ebook: Strike Three 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

One room five ways (link)

I enjoyed this fun decorating video in which they changed the look of a living room that started out neutral:  1 Room, 5 Ways to Decorate

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Home trends

Today's home trends:
Here are some of today's trends according to HGTV Magazine (June issue):
Instead of a doggie door, the dog house should imitate The Big House. (OK, few people are doing that, I hope.)  Uh, my dogs live in my house, as do most dogs whose owners love their dogs--and not that expensive designer dog fad.  (I get my designer dogs--crosses--from shelters.)
It used to be hardwood floors; now it's eco-friendly alternatives.  Instead of a fourth bedroom, opt for a room-size closet.  Out with jetted tubs and in with fancy showers; and among other things, chrome and brushed nickel are out, and matte gold and rose gold are in.  They didn't mention the glass tile backsplashes and quartz countertops.  (Quartz at least makes sense.)

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Roof inspections

We recently had our lawn guy blow the leaves and branches off our roof.  Wow!  What a job that was; there were piles of leaves and branches--big and little--all around the house (that's lots 'cause we have a long rancher).  He did a great job of clean-up, btw.  However, later he told us that there was a depression on the flat part of our roof in the back--and the flashing wasn't looking so good.  Yep, we had to have that part of the roof replaced.  (We got our basic three estimates, of course.)  Oh, the roofers said that the house should be cooler this summer too, which was good news!  We talked to the city roof inspector when he did the final check, and he said they did a good job.  Anyway, in the latest issue (June 2015) of HGTV Magazine, they said--via Chip Wade of Elbow Room, that it's worth the money to have your roof inspected every three to five years.  I'm certainly grateful to our lawn guy (thanks, Steve!) that we got our roof fixed in time 'cause we've never had a roof inspection.