Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We've moved!

We're finally moved; the movers moved our stuff (Two Men and a Truck, but we had two trucks and maybe six guys) March 22. There was a delay because of the two closings, but the guys were patient. It was hectic up to then--and afterwards!

We had to do a number of updates, and we're not done. We put in a new AC unit first, and then had a plumber and electrician each doing a number of updates. We'll have a contractor doing more projects in May, and we're also adding a screened porch in a few weeks. And then there's the landscaping; we clear cut the back yard--took out all the old trees--and removed all the bushes out front.  And we had to put in a fence; until that was done--after about three weeks--I had to take Blizzard out on leash.

So, every day we do various projects--some big and some small. This includes all the landscaping; there are a lot of new plants to water now.

We had friends over for Easter dinner after church. This house has a small kitchen and oven. Ditto for the fridge and freezer--a side-by-side. Certainly not something I would have bought. And we don't have a microwave yet. That complicated dinner.

We've unpacked most of the boxes in the garage now; I had to wait for a shelving unit. And then we had ReStore (Habitat for Humanity) pick up more boxes of stuff again. The house is small--about half the size of the Beacon house--and there's no dining room. We got rid of a lot of furniture too, and for guests we have to bring in a table from the living room. Now we're waiting for more contractors...

We have nice neighbors, btw; it's a good neighborhood. When we finally have our projects--most anyway--done, we'll have an open house, as usual after we move.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Jake the mythic mule is interviewed by Lisa Burton!

Meet Jake (from Detour Trail) as he talks about his life on the frontier and his companions: Jake and Lisa Burton (robot girl)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Smashwords ebook sale: March 5-11

Detour Trail, my western romance about adventure along the Oregon Trail, is half price on Smashwords March 5-11: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/360381

Hot Yellow Planet (sequel to Pretty Pink Planet) is free during the Smashwords sale:
Pretty Pink Planet (Lori and Chiing's first adventure) is always free on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/93615
Hidebound (SF adventure/romance) is also on sale (half price): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/82218

Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure is also half price: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/71560

Friday, February 17, 2017

Home sale update

Well, we finally sold our house, after dropping the price again, and had to look for a new house. We love our neighborhood because of the stores in the big nearby mall and other businesses and restaurants so we concentrated our search here and found one close enough; it's on the other side of the mall, and it will make our northward treks longer, but it meets our needs. Okay, it needs work inside and out, including fencing and landscaping.

The home inspection there gave us a list of fixes needed, but the sellers will take care of some of them, and our contractor for the remodeling will catch the rest. We're looking forward to the move, but--after getting some mover estimates--we see that we will need to get rid of more stuff. We'll be having another garage/moving sale next month...

Our home inspection here, btw, passed with flying colors. Our remodeling and maintenance helped.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The color of the year is green (link)

According to HGTV. com, the color of the year is lime green. Interesting range of lime greens, though I didn't care for them: Color of the Year: Greenery

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Organization suggestions (link)

Are you making any of these organizing mistakes? Learn what to avoid courtesy of HGTV.com: Organizing mistakes

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cold New Planet spotlighted on Florida Book News (link)

Cold New Planet is spotlighted on Florida Book News: http://www.floridabooknews.com/

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cold New Planet available on Kindle

Cold New Planet, originally published in the anthology, Science Fiction Consortium, is available on Kindle. You can pre-order it here: Cold New Planet 

What mysteries will the colonists–and the consortium backing them–uncover on this slowly thawing planet? Are the colonists alone? This planet is supposed to be theirs; their backers, who had their own agenda, had paid enough money to ensure that. And they were a long way from Earth via that alien point-to-point ship. What lies under the snow and ice? How long will it take to find out? And where did all these humans–and aliens–come from? From landing on a barren, icy wasteland, now it’s almost like gridlock back on Earth.