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Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose
historical romance author
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Nacy, that's a terrible story about the will! You must have felt trapped in a Regency novel . . .but alas, it was real life. A friend told me that moving is considered one of life's great stresses, but I didn't really buy that until this experience. And reading the stories here seems to confirm it. Hope things have settled down and you are happy where you are now. (I,too, lightened up on my books because I've come to a place with less storage space—that hurt!)
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on Home Sweet Home at Word Wenches
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Maggie, the lake sounds wonderful, and clearly you knew from the first moment that the house was meant for you. So happy to hear you love your spot. I do love my new place too—I wake up each morning pinching myself that I actually live here now. I fell in love with it after within 10 seconds of walking in the front door. I t was a real ordeal to make it happen, and required several leaps of faith that could have landed me in the suds. But here I am, feeling so happy that I dared take the chance.
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Amen to that, Mary Jo!
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Shannon, you went through some REAL stresses. It's amazing what we can do when we have to. Hope you are all settled now, and the boxes are slowly being unpacked. Being at the mercy of a profligate father or brother would be awful—and it certainly happened often enough. I totally agree with you that "biting your tongue" to agree with your host would wear you down emotionally. And yes, loneliness and a sense of total isolation would be terribly depressing. As you point out, there would be little chance to meet kindred souls if you were an unpaid companion.
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Janice, I found moving so stressful in itself—I can't even imagine trying to cope with a family emergency too. What wonderful friends to pitch in and help in a time of need. Like you, I don't plan on going anywhere soon!
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That's so very true about the sense of desperation, that many modern people don't quite understand, Sonya. It's also true that expectations were different, but still, any inquisitive, intellectually sharp lady must have chafed over the lack of opportunities to develop and explore. I am laughing over your story of the mover on the scale! OMG, thank goodness I didn't have to weigh my stuff. One of the poor guys who had to lug all my books up to the third floor finally looked at me quizzically and said, "Have you ever considered a kindle?" At least he had a sense of humor!
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Cara/Andrea here, As I sit here amidst piles of unpacked boxes and stuff to be sorted into its new places, I am breathing a sigh of relief that the ordeal of moving from one home to another is over. I’m usually able to stay on an even keel through all the inevitable storms and squalls that spring up in the course of Life. But this was incredible stressful. There is, of course, the physical process of sorting through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what is merely weighing you down. That can be emotional. However, far more emotional... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Great post, Nicola. I love guacamole too, and am intrigued by the orange and roasted tomato tip. Must try it. (And thanks for the best wishes on the move. Almost there . . .barring any last minute disasters!) Jo, the WWI Anniversary is sparking such interesting programs on the era. As you said, it's so heartbreakingly poignant to to now what's coming, and how all those young men marched off with such idealism—what a handsome man you father was,, and how fortunate that he was among the lucky ones who came home.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on What Wenches Recommend - July at Word Wenches
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Glenda, I'm with you_ I don't want to do this again for a LONG time. It's incredibly stressful and time consuming. Reading has helped keep me sane, though it's been hard to find the minutes, and I tend to fall asleep right away at night.
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Yes, a museum visit is even better than a brownie! Alas, the brownies are closer. But when I get done with all this, I have promised myself some nice cultural treats that stimulate the mind and imagination, to make up for all the mindless grunt work I've been doing.
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Janice, that so interesting about the study advice. I think that "reward" factor does help focus and discipline. I do think having a goal helps still the wandering mind.
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Thanks, Anne. I am taking deep breaths (and big bites of brownie) to remain calm. In a week, I shall be very happy!
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Cara/Andrea here, apologizing for still moaning and groaning about the stresses of my impending move. it's been a rough couple of months as I have been both selling my old place and buying a new one. The purchase went smooth a a Regency silk gown (and it fits just as nicely—I love it and can't wait to get my stuff—much culled down— settled there later this week. Alas, the seling part hashad more than enough stresses for both transactions. The buyer is, to be polite, the Buyer from Hell. And so, I am invoking the Wench Rule of posting an... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at Word Wenches
Yes, I am. Not easy at times—especially at conferences, when people start calling multiple names. I have enough trouble remembering my REAL name. LOL.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on Interview with Emma Campion! at Word Wenches
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Wonderful interview, Emma/Candace and Susan. Emma, I'm very unfamiliar with this period of history but you make it sound so fascinating! Can't wait to read A Triple Knot! And as a huge fan of historical mysteries, your Candace Robb titles have just gone on the TBR pile too. Thanks so much for visiting the Wenches!
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2014 on Interview with Emma Campion! at Word Wenches
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Butter and regional raw honey, AJ! How divine that sounds on fresh baked biscuits! May I come over?
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2014 on Something to Munch On! at Word Wenches
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Karim I've recently switched to loose tea, and have found a wonderful Earl Grey mix that is very nice. But your addition of spearmint leaves sounds wonderful. Will have to experiment. And the book . . . yes. A good book is just as good as chocolate!
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Thanks, Glenda. This is the most stressful thing I've EVER done. Not planning on moving again anytime soon!Borwnies with walnuts sounds really good about now, Have spent the last five hours sorting through clothe that were stored in the attic. What was I thinking!!!!
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Donna, that sounds fab. And yes, I know logically that sugar is NOT a good choice, But for me, sometimes it works
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Janice, I so miss browsing in a bookstore too. I made so many wonderful discoveries just walking by tables and picking up interesting-looking books (especially in esoteric history topics.) The internet just isn't the same.
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You're right, Janice—rationally (and medically) sugar isn't the best choice for stress. And usually I'm very sensible about my food choices. But there are times when a good nosh of sweets does seem a comfort, no matter what the medical research shows. That said, I totally agree that the best medicine of all is a good book, I have a number of comfort reads when I'm feeling really blue—for example, the Amelia Peabody series by the lat Elizabeth Peters never fails to make me laugh.
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2014 on Something to Munch On! at Word Wenches
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Ha—well, that's definitely a comfort food when you're feeling under the weather, Liz. But somehow, chocolate does seem an even more surefire cure for ANY ill.
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Ha, ha, ha, Sonya. Yes, I think it's VERY important that you go bake some ANZAC cookies right now!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Something to Munch On! at Word Wenches
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Oooooo, banana pudding. That sound lovely! I'm am slapping my hand right now to keep me from reaching for too many sweets!It's amazing how stress triggers VERY bad thoughts!
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2014 on Something to Munch On! at Word Wenches
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Thanks, Anne! Squidgy chocolate brownies are a huge favorite too, as are oatmeal cookies with lots of raisins and walnuts. Am a big fan of Welsh cakes, though I've never made then either. The list could go on . . .I'm VERY fond of sweets!
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