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Susan Albert
I'm a full-time writer who enjoys gardening, fiber arts, family, and living in the country.
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People's tastes differ, Sandy--literally. China and I can't eat cilantro--it tastes like tinfoil. Bill LOVES it. And cooked in foods, all flavors are affected by other flavors. In some foods, "real" vanilla may be preferable; in others, you probably can't tell the difference. Look here for more on this flavorful subject: https://sweets.seriouseats.com/2013/12/taste-test-is-better-vanilla-extract-worth-the-price.html
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Our certification is pending, Debbie. It's an interesting program, and a great way to support Monarch conservation. Thanks for mentioning it!
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2018 on Milkweed and Monarchs at Lifescapes
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I wish we could have gotten closer, Linda. This was taken from quite a distance.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2018 on Great Blue at Lifescapes
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Yes, another reason to love libraries, Chris: they take care of our off-site book storage. :)
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Kudos to The Book Table! Thanks for sharing this story--glad to know that TBT is thriving, Sandy.
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You'll see plenty of bluebonnets, Linda, and some Englemann daisies and blackfoot daisies. Safe travels!--Susan
Toggle Commented Apr 3, 2018 on Launch Day! at Lifescapes
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I know it's difficult in PA now (another storm!), but you'll appreciate the cooler Northern summers and the hummingbirds that come to your feeders. Kudos to you for your desire to help your mother--so important to her.
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Ann, I think the longer we live with our trees (we've been here 3 decades), the more we understand their language. That's been especially true for Bill, who has grafted over 30 pecans and pays close attention to them throughout the seasons. I'm more attentive to the trees nearer me: the ash outside my studio window, the elm beside the path to the chicken coop, the odd-angle cedar where the bird feeders hang. Thanks for helping me think about this!
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Typepad HTML Email I willwhen there are enough blooming at the same time to make a pretty picture, Chris. There are many varieties mixed together, with bloom times that span Feb-early April. They are prettier as individuals or small clumps.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2018 on First Daffodils and a Few Other Things at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Linda, I wish I could be encouraging about the wildflowers. But honestly, it doesnt look good in Burnet County or the counties immediately south of us. You might want to check the Texas drought monitor, which is updated every Thursday: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?TX We missed out on the October/November rains, which promote the germination of spring wildflower seeds, and there has been very little rainfall in December-February. But do check locally, because some areas may be in better shape than we are.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2018 on First Daffodils and a Few Other Things at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email I have a lot of Saturn in my chart, Lindamaybe that accounts for the pleasure I take in the darker, quieter season. Happily, we are all different. Wouldnt it be boring if we were all the same? Also, I wonder if our selves evolve as we grow older. While Ive always been Saturnian (Im a Capricorn, and an intense one, at that), I admit to enjoying spring/summer more when I was younger. J
Toggle Commented Feb 3, 2018 on Winter Mornings and Webs at Lifescapes
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Good luck, Trilla! With 100 giveaways, the odds are pretty good.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2018 on Winter Mornings and Webs at Lifescapes
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Thank you, Lynn. A preorder is a huge compliment! Now that I’m moving toward publishing all my own work, I very much appreciate readers’ support!
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2018 on Winter Mornings and Webs at Lifescapes
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Love to hear there's a waiting list, Ruth.
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Typepad HTML Email Good to know, Christi! Its sometimes hard for author/publishers to get their books into libraries. Im glad that yours has already ordered!
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Typepad HTML Email The Dahlias are glad to be back, too, Karen!--Susan
Toggle Commented Jan 10, 2018 on Works in Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Thats lovely, Kathryn! I can see why you wouldnt be using the pattern. Lots of yarn changes! A variegated yarn ought to do just as well, especially one designed for socks.
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2018 on Works in Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Some while back, I read that Sue said it would be Z Is for Zerobut she hadnt come up with a storyline yet. All kinds of tantalizing possibilities with this one! And yes, so very sad that she is gone. She was a role model for many of us, especially in the 1980s, when American women mystery authors were beginning to find their voices.
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2017 on Works in Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Debbie, since you do such lovely quilting work, youre probably sewing the cozies. But maybe knitting them? Ive looked at some Ravelry patterns here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bowl-cozy-hot-pad Hope you have the happiest of New Years!
Toggle Commented Dec 29, 2017 on Works in Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Were about halfway between Taos and Las Vegas (NM), Linda. And yes, its beautiful here. Maybe more snow today! Hope you have a wonderful holiday
Toggle Commented Dec 5, 2017 on New Mexico Working Holiday at Lifescapes
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Yes, counted, from a chart. I like to crochet, knit too—but it’s just too warm for wool here in Texas. Now, if I lived in Brooklyn, it would be a different story!
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2017 on Works-in-Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Debbie, do you have some favorite cross stitch blogs that you follow? Im always looking for new ideas.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2017 on Works-in-Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email The variable font is important to me, too, Leslie. And Im also learning to read on my cell phoneespecially when Im waiting in line. Makes the wait much more enjoyable. I also appreciate my backlit iPad. I can turn off the light and read in bed without disturbing Bill
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2017 on Autumn Pleasures, and a New Project at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Chris means larger works, Teresanovel-length. I can understand that.One of the things I love about Kindle: the note function. I continually highlight and annotate the ebooks I read, and go online to review the highlights. If I want them on my computer, I can copy/paste into a Word doc. Not sure the Nook has this same function.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2017 on Autumn Pleasures, and a New Project at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email I never download to my computer, Nancy. But I do read on my iPad and on my cell. Its wonderful to always have a book in my pocket (on the cell)and not just one, but as many as I want. And packing for a trip is so easy! No more book bags!
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2017 on Autumn Pleasures, and a New Project at Lifescapes
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