Friday, May 30, 2014

Joy's Galaxy of Fun: An Anthology

Featured Anthology – Joy’s Galaxy of fun

JOY’S GALAXY OF FUN -edited by Joy V. Smith
A delightful 242 page collection of fun and imaginative stories including spoofs and puns.
Some stories abounding in humor, some sci-fi  and some of intrigue;
…    Perhaps you recall that Emperor Charlemagne had his majestic sword “Joyeuse” and King Arthur, a spectacular singing sword, called “Excalibur.” But then there is the weapon James carries. It is but a small throwing dagger, intriguingly accurate, as described in “Blade of the Bunny.”
…    Larry had just finished a delicious sweet and sour pork dinner with an astronomer seated beside him at the China Cafe` in London. Both warily looked at the cracked-open fortune cookie. Larry couldn’t possibly be prepared for a fortune stating, “A meteor will kill you in five minutes,” but would his dinner companion have any helpful advice?
…    A crescendo of jeers and cheers greeted the sergeant as he stepped out onto the sidewalk, yet in his heart Gus felt an unbounded joy.
…    These three stories and many, many more!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fireplaces and firepits (link)

Here are some cool fireplaces and firepits.  I don't have room here or I'd have one!        
(I miss my old firepit, but I have good memories of toasting marshmallows with visiting family.)  From HGTV: Fireplaces and firepits

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Closet door ideas (link)

Some interesting closet door ideas from HGTV--and I love that bathroom closet!  Check out these closet door designs.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Renovating mistakes (link)

Don't skip the prep work!  It's often harder than the painting or whatever, but it's  important.  And measuring is so important.  Remember: measure twice and cut once.  Do not gut the house until you're sure about what you're going to do.  Oh, and be prepared for chaos.  Learn more before you start: Top 25 Biggest Renovating Mistakes

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Home and entertaining ideas

The June issue of Country Living has an interesting article on collecting; it recommends getting even more stuff!  And how to display it.  There are more articles on decorating (I love the light gray from Glidden: Silver Birch); combining a home and business on site the old-fashioned way; and entertaining by making your own treats with ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt.  Love the cones and scoops.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Inviting and relaxing bedrooms (link)

Here are some lovely beds and bedrooms in a variety of colors and styles:
HGTV Remodels/Inspired Ideas

These bedrooms are so bright and roomy that you really want to walk right into them--and sretch out on those inviting beds--after you get rid of all those pillows.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Color advice column (link)

Color expert David Bromstad and HGTV Magazine solve your color conundrums: Color Q-and-A