Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My interview with The Western Online

I had fun talking about westerns and Detour Trail with the editor of The Western Online: http://www.thewesternonline.com/interviewjoysmith.html

Monday, February 25, 2013

Detour Trail (adventure on the frontier)

Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorrie Emerson is alone after her uncle is killed.  Ignoring the wagon master's advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and steep mountain passes, but it's not long before she's again forging her own trail.

My western novel, Detour Trail, is now available from Melange Books, the publisher, and elsewhere online : http://www.melange-books.com/authors/joyvsmith/detourtrail.html

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Touchless faucet (link)

"... the Sensate touchless faucet. It frees your hands so you can speed through prep, cooking and cleanup easily, with less mess.
Sensate’s state-of-the-art sensor is in tune with your every move. Simply wave your hand—or an object like pan or kitchen utensil—to turn the faucet on or off."  Link: http://www.us.kohler.com/us/Sensate%22-Touchless-Kitchen-Faucet/content/CNT16800041.htm?stop_mobi=yes&_requestid=1880586#id=PA0213&RRID=590045

But I wonder if a cat can trigger it? They do like to wander around on the countertops and in the sinks. And some love drinking out of a faucet.

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

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Home decorating ideas

The March 2013 issue of Country Living has some lovely and novel ideas for home decorating; combining old and new can make a home more interesting. Metal and the industrial look is in, though it may not work in your house. What is too traditional, btw?  However, I really liked the steel and sheet metal cabinet with metal mesh doors--much better than chicken wire; and I've never liked the fake distressed wood look. I did like the tavern table behind a sofa that works as a desk. Lots of work space, though you'll need file space too.
Ideas include copying open books--with illustrations--and tacking up the printouts. However, defacing portraits may amuse some people, but they could be ruining some vintage collectibles. Railroad collectibles including depot signs, lanterns, step stools, and tableware can also liven up a home. And I always enjoy the home makeover articles.  Hey, look!  It's Shawn's father!!  (From Psych.)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Choosing a cheerful shade (link)

Yellow is a happy color, and it comes in a variety of shades. Check out this HGTV webpage to see which one you'd prefer: http://www.hgtvremodels.com/interiors/behind-the-color-yellow/index.html?nl=HGRM_020513_centerlist2_yellow-interiors