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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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'.
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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.
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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. :[
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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.
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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.)
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That's me. I want to wave my hand and watch the disorder tidy itself away. That's the best use of mystic powers, if you want my vote.
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I've known people for whom spring cleaning is a near sacred rite, using toothbrushes to scrub grout, moving furniture to see what lurks below, and excavating cabinets and closets. I am not one of that breed. Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Word Wenches
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You don't have to be embarrassed about leaving the Christmas decorations up for a while. I had a good friend who ALWAYS left them up till Chinese New Year because she enjoyed them so much. And I says, "Why not?" The little things we do to unwind and to catch up on the everyday business of life and to find peace and comfort ... these are important. Yes. We should find time for these. Schedule them. Vacation on them.
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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It's lovely to be at the end of a project. I do hope you enjoy Beauty Like the Night. They've given me a cover (I'll put it up on my blog next week and on FaceBook.) It's very nice. A woman in evening clothes in the night. Lots of red and black. Mysterious stuff. *g*
Toggle Commented Feb 26, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I had not seen that the threat of sorting through boxes (or some similar dreadful project) as what keeps writers writing. You may well be right. How many fine chapters have been written because the alternative was cleaning the oven ... Hmm? Perhaps entire novels owe their existence to some tricky household renovation project.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I gotta say that finishing a book is very much like recovering from the flu. You st in your chair and think ... "Does anything hurt?" And, wonderfully, nothing does. Yes. Find yourself some fun stuff to do. Absolutely. Sometimes it.s throwing a pot. Sometimes it's baking an apple pie. Sometimes it's taking a cup of hot tea and standing in the window looking out at the sunrise. It's what delights you. You deserve it after the hard time being sick. It's a present to give yourself.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I do like handwork. I never have the time because, frankly, typing on a computer is one of those things that just does not work well with knitting. I should do some knitting now while I'm between writing projects. You've got the right of it.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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Thank you for the kind words. I cannot hear too much praise for the writing, especially when I've just turned in a work and can see ALL the mistakes. *sigh* I don't pay much attention to the Joanne/Joanna riff because I'm 'Jo' everywhere else in the world. I didn't use 'Jo Bourne' on the books because I was shelved so close to 'Jo Beverley' and I didn't want to be picked up by mistake. (This was years before I ever met her, of course.)
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I'm enjoying him immensely. I've only read Rivers of London and the start of Moon Over Soho, but I can already see I'll have to track down the rest
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There can never be enough exclamation marks added to closet cleaning. I almost feel like doing it myself ... Except that I should try on clothes and make some stern assessments, and I really hate doing that.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I hope I haven't answered your message twice. I changed the operating system on my computer (that's the big dealie that makes the whole thing work) and everything is so weird now. CONGRATULATIONS on finishing the novellette. That's a difficult length to write at. You're right about the blinky bit. It's like moving from one world to another, isn't it?
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I do so hope you like it, Janga. I never seem to have my kindle with me when I want to read something. It's heavy with good books TBR. The kindle is still a strange and marvelous object for me. Not an everyday sorta thing.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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Now I'm all hungry to get in touch with the grandkids. You remind me. I have to do this before I get taken up in a new work. (jo looks at her calendar and makes plans.)
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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I'm putting together an extensive set of future fun. For instance, tomorrow I'll wash the dog. I'll go eat Mexican. And ... do the taxes. Arrrgh. The cleaning of the closets is an intriguing idea. I haven't done that for a while. Maybe I should.
Toggle Commented Feb 22, 2017 on The List of Ten Desired Things at Word Wenches
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Living in the moment in Greece sounds perfectly lovely. I'd love to go walking round taking pictures. A much more active and exciting life than my own. I, too, have been so busy that I had no time to read at all. I suffer when that happens.
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