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Yes. The 'Kitty Fisher' portrait is so joke-y. Not terribly complimentary to her, either.
Toggle Commented Apr 16, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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There's something beautifully human in putting a dog in the book. Humanity's oldest friends. Every child in all our first history growing up with a dog next to them in the archetypal pile of grass and animal skins bed. Gnawing on bones from the family meal. Playing catch with some stick. I know our Regency heroine has to be free of dogs and cats, parents, protective brothers and sisters, interested neighbors and school friends ... otherwise she can't go off adventuring. But yes, I think she'd have a dog in real life.
Toggle Commented Apr 14, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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I don't know much about owl keeping. They're not like hawks or falcons or suchlike that are used for hunting. Which is odd when you consider how good they are at catching small prey. I like those little owls that nest on the ground and are very small. Burrowing owls. I don't think I'd want one for a pet, but I would purely love to protect some and give them a safe habitat and watch them from a distance. I guess that's a kind of pet.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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Good heavens. I did not realize there was so much I did not know about hedgehogs. If Laura Kinsale had not beaten me to it I might even consider a random hedgehog at some point. I better stick to cats and dogs, maybe.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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My guess -- sad guess here -- is they probably considered an unwatched fish pond to be too dangerous for a family with small children. I do wish they'd been more thorough dipping out the goldfish, though. Must be disconcerting to find them ... ummm... somewhat too late.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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I have known people who lived near peacocks and who had very little good to say about them. Nosy, they say. On the other hand, I've known people who lived in California where many species of tropical birds have established themselves in the suburbs. Also noisy, I believe.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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I will keep parrots in mind. There's quite a lot to parrot keeping, apparently. Now I'm wondering how hummingbirds would do, weightless, in space.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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Taxes are the bane of everyone's life. (jo says darkly.) There is a certain natural balance between goldfish and cats. In the long run, the cat generally wins. That's all I can say on the subject.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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For reasons that now escape me I once spent a long time talking to a man who kept fish alive in an absolutely huge fish store. I mean, it stretched over half a city block. He said it's all in the water.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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Meeks Street has both cats and dogs. I'd find it a very poor spy headquarters without them. And I have both myself, so ...
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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Laura Kinsale had a hedgehog in Midsummer Moon. I have to recommend that book SOOO strongly. (Now I want to go reread it.) I loved that hedgehog. Whenever I think fictional carnivorous plant I hear it saying ... FEEEED MEEEEE!
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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They travel in schools. Naturally fish are intellectuals. Radical intellectuals, perhaps?
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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I love birds, but I'm so very allergic to feathers. Oddly, I've never written a bird as a pet. Maybe that allergy?
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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An attack dog, huh? Meeks Street nearly always has a huge dog hanging about the place. (Doyle WILL bring home strays.) I think they're more dangerous-looking than dangerous. But I do like the idea of a dangerous dog and some character who has to deal with that. I have made many trips to the lake, in the old days, filling buckets of lake water for the fish tank. The fish seemed to thrive on that lake water and the old fish water was lovely in the garden. A win-win for everybody. And yes, the kids seemed to like the process.
Toggle Commented Apr 11, 2017 on All that is goldfish ... at Word Wenches
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After centuries of noticing that, about a thousand years ago, the Chinese set down to the serious business of breeding these bright-colored fishes as garden ornaments. The women of the imperial court doubtless engaged in a little friendly rivalry as to the beauty and vigor of their particular line of goldfish. They'd bring them inside in big porcelain basins to enjoy. Especially favored courtiers would be invited over to watch the fish swim, this being before TV and Wii. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2017 at Word Wenches
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The whole moving your books into e-book is a good and wise thing. It's the future. I have a few books I swopped out for e-books. They were old books where the paper and binding had worth in and of itself. So I passed them on to folks who would appreciate owning the physical books, But mostly I want paper books. I don't use my kindle much.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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Doing taxes is definitely a form of Spring Cleaning. I'll start on some of that this evening when I look at the book formatting I'm in, neck-deep, and decide I can't stand that any longer. Window cleaning is much underrated. It can change your whole mood. And it gives you the gift of sunlight.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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This is probably the wisest way to do this. And the continual reassessment of what we really need is the wisest thing of all. My downfall is books. My research books. My background reader. I cannot bear to let them go. The Internet -- much as I love it -- doesn't replace most of this stuff.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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If the house looks good and feels comfortable -- that's good enough, says I. The dust on the picture tops is an artistic statement. I am fussy and demanding in housekeeping. But I don't want to do the cleaning. This is a dynamic equilibrium where I get up and clean when I notice the dog and cat hair taking over. In the middle of writing, I don't notice, so things get a little grotty. And it is very much matter of 'can' for me too. I feel lucky I can still, slowly, very slowly, over a week or so, manage a deep cleaning once a year.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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Oh boy, THAT sounds like serious Spring Cleaning. Or ... I guess it sounds like a life stage. We clean house and do the consolidate and discard thing when we move on to new adventures. It's kinda like filling up a back pack and setting off for Rivendell. I still have a good bit of snow on the ground from the last ice storm. The daffodils were badly hit. (I managed to bring a dozen inside on that last night with the wind howling around me and cutting like knives.) But I had not put out any little plants. I went around the kitchen last night watering my herbs and the fuchsias. I told them they should be glad they were inside and they allagreed.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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I would let my suitcases just sit and mellow for a while after every trip, except I generally have essential stuff like my toothbrush hidden right in the bottom. Much of my life is ruled by forgetfulness. Your Regency people would probably have said autumn. Their grandparents would have been likely to say 'fall'. It's one of those cases where Americans kept to an older form and England moved on. http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2012/09/29/why_does_autumn_have_two_names_how_the_third_season_became_both_autumn_and_fall_.html See also 'have gotten'.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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I'm a more 'fits and starts' cleaning person. meself. I do herbs and mixed salad greens in 2X3 plastic storage bins, about 6 inches deep. They sell them very cheaply at the big box stores. They have tops that I throw out. I fill them with soil and let them sit to the side on the porch and pull meschum salad greens to my heart's content, or just snack on it when I'm sitting and reading.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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Let me apologize for taking so long to get back to you. I'm adding a new portable computer to my system and it's messed up everything. I could see messages, but not reply to them. :[
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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I love to give old fluffly towels to the SPCA. Warms me up inside to know they'll be put to use that way. (Well, I keep on raggedy one once in a while for rags. Nothing like an old towel for a rag. But mostly it's for the dogs and kitties. I think of them sleeping on them. Old sweaters with worn out sleeves, too. The joy I had wearing these things is maybe a comfort to the puppies.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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Gardening. Oh lord, that makes me so happy. I can't do much in the actual ground because the soil is thin and rocky here on top of the mountain. But I have many containers on the back porch where the deer can't get to it. I wish you all the luck in the world moving to a small cozy place that doesn't take so much of your life (but still has a big fertile garden.)
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2017 on Spring Cleaning at Word Wenches
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