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Sherrie Holmes
Word Wenches is a blog featuring seven authors, plotting in the present, writing about the past. . .and inprovising the rest. Authors include Jo Beverley, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Sarah Gabriel, Susan Holloway Scott, and Loretta Chase.
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Typepad HTML Email LOL, okay, no more thank yous! But really, you came through like a champ when you saw the need, and my mommy always told me to say “please” and “thank you.” *g* Congratulations on your house! That’s one huge worry off your mind. I’ll bet you and the critters will be grateful to have some breathing room once you are moved in. Oh, and yes, Sparky definitely loves your mailing box! I don’t know what it is, but when I tried to put it in the recycling, she actually dragged it out of the recycling bin! So I’ll let her have it until the thing falls apart. (Which it will do soon, as it has a million bite marks!) From: TypePad
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I love each season, but I miss summer most of all. One thing I always miss is the opportunity to keep the doors and windows open so that I can hear birds and listen to the wind or smell the tomatoes ripening on the deck. And speaking of tomatoes, there's nothing like squatting down in the veggie garden to eat home-grown, organic veggies off the vine. Nothing--absolutely nothing--tastes better than a fresh carrot pulled right out of the dirt and rinsed off with a garden hose. Same thing with eating sun-warmed tomatoes so pungent and bursting with flavor that most of them end up in my mouth rather than the collander! On the financial side of things, I love that I can turn off the furnace in May and not turn it on again until October. That's a huge savings in furnace oil and utility bills!
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Cate, I'm so glad you look forward to the Sparky reports! (So is Sparky!) Your description of her as a "cheekily charming puss" is spot on. Sparky is the epitome of cheeky. When I shake a finger at her as a reprimand for something she did that was naughty, she has the audacity to slap my offending finger. She always has to have the last word! And my big ferocious Doberman (not!) has taken a liking to having her ears cleaned by Sparky. (Yuck!) I've caught Kyanne (Dobe) several times standing over Sparky, head lowered so that Sparky can nuzzle and lick her ears. Of course that's where the cheeky bit comes in, because every once in awhile Sparky interrupts the ear cleaning by nipping or slapping Kyanne just to remind her who's boss. *g*
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on THE SPARKY REPORT #46 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Jenny. Indeed, it's good to be back! As I mentioned in my post, I had plenty of opportunities for photos during that time. In fact, just now I took a picture of Sparky stealing the cap to a bottle of water. She cannot resist small plastic things that are fun to bat around. I already took the bottle cap away from her once, and darned if she didn't sneak back onto my desk and steal it a second time. I got a picture of her with it in her mouth, just after she'd picked it up. I would have gotten a second picture of her jumping to the floor with the bottle cap still in her mouth, but she was too fast for me. All I got was the end of her butt disappearing over the edge of the desk!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on THE SPARKY REPORT #46 at Word Wenches
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HJ, you are so right. Chocolate is definitely toxic for pets. In fact, if you Google "pets and toxic foods" you'll get several hits showing just how many foods are toxic to cats and dogs. Owners need to be aware of the things that aren't good for our pets!
Toggle Commented 2 days ago on THE SPARKY REPORT #46 at Word Wenches
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Theo, I used to feed my dogs grapes, too, until I read a report by a veterinarian about the mystery of why so many of her dog patients were dying of kidney failure. She sleuthed around and found out the common denominator was that all the dogs were fed raisins by their owners. That was many years ago. Since then, grapes and raisins are now listed as toxic to dogs and cats. Who knew! And oh yes, my local electronics gadgets guru (and you!) did tell me all the wonderful things a Nook can do! Oops, and Sparky just poked me and told me to thank you (again!) *g* for your unbelievable generosity in sending us that Nook! By the way, Theo, Sparky still loves that Priority box you mailed it in! It's getting pretty beat up by now, but Sparky won't let me put it in the cardboard recycling bin. Meanwhile, the dogs play with her catnip mice more than she does!
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We're back! After being grounded last week by a sneaky virus that bypassed my antivirus program, I'm just now getting back into action. In the meantime, while I was virtually computerless, I had plenty of time to take pictures. Sparky being such a handy subject, most of my pictures were of her. And because no grass grows under Sparky's restless feet, she presented me with plenty of opportunities for photographing her. For instance, there's the time she stole the grapes I was snacking on at my desk. Oh my, what have we here? What a nice shape! Let me just... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Word Wenches
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Typepad HTML Email Elaine!!! I’m so glad to hear from you! Before my computer went kablooey, I visited Sparky’s donation page to write an update and to see if there were any more donations. The virus let me stay on the page just long enough to see that you were the latest donor, but before I could send you a thank you, I got locked out of the site and now I can’t get into any Web site. I was fretting myself to flinders, worried that you would think I was the rudest person for not acknowledging your donation or sending a thank you. And if I recall correctly, this is your SECOND donation! You are amazing. And kind. And wonderful. And generous. And all good things! Thank you, Elaine! I’m still unable to visit any Web sites, but thankfully Typepad has a nifty little feature where you can reply to the comment notices that arrive in your inbox. So that’s how I’m able to post replies without actually going to the Comments page. Your tale of your own computer problems made me shudder. It seems that at one time or another, most computer owners have a horror tale to tell. I can remember when I brought home my very first computer, a used one I got from work. I was so terribly excited. In my excitement, I used a pair of scissors to open the plastic bag that the main computer cord was in. Yup—sliced clean through that puppy. I stood there holding the two pieces of cord and wanted to cry. It was a Friday night, and I had to wait until Monday to get a new cord. Talk about agony! Back then I was so happy to have my very own computer that if I got up in the middle of the night to visit the restroom, I’d sneak over to the computer to see if I had any e-mails. And oh, how disappointed I was when I didn’t get any new messages! Elaine, would you please send me your mailing address? I’d like to send a thank you note and a picture of Sparky. You can send it to me privately at sholmes46 [at] centurytel [dot] net I’m making the cards and I’m such a perfectionist that it’s taking me forever to get them done! (After all, what would my donors think of me if I sent them a schlocky card???) *g* Anyway, Elaine, I’m so glad you now know why you haven’t heard from me after you made a donation (a SECOND donation!) on Sparky’s donation page. That little rascal has been in a hilarious mood lately. She zooms all over the house, sounding like a herd of elephants. I’m packing some things away in boxes and she keeps sneaking into a box and then leaping out at me. More than once she has startled a yelp out of me. This is the reason I always keep my camera close by. Wouldn’t want to miss a photo opportunity! ~Sherrie and Sparky From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email Jackie, I’m sorry you had to go through this with your own computer. It’s a nasty business, having to reinstall everything! Kudos to you for being successful at it! I don’t know if my computer is salvageable. I have absolutely no Internet access, so I can no longer do Word Wenches business, nor can I visit my online banking, etc. I can, however, still do e-mail and use Word 2003, Excel 2003, and Publisher 2003 (yes, they’re that old). Thankfully, I can still use Photoshop CS3, because I use it almost daily to process Sparky pictures. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to use Word, etc., but I’m working on getting a new computer (admittedly long overdue!). Once that happens, I should be up and running. It won’t happen immediately, but I’m hoping to have this resolved by next Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed! ~Sherrie and Sparky From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email Hi, Artemisia. Whenever someone leaves a comment to my Sparky updates, Typepad sends me a notice. They have this new feature where you can reply to the notice and it will get posted in the Comments section. So that’s what I’m doing now. I hope this works, because the virus is preventing me from visiting any Web site! I can’t access the Word Wenches site, and I can’t post a Sparky Report. I do have a state-of-the-art security program. However the virus that attacked me is new—just a week old, and from what I understand, none of the antivirus programs out there—like Norton and McAfee—had a fix for it at the time I got infected. I am on automatic updates for my Norton Internet Security/Antivirus program, so the minute a fix becomes available, my program automatically gets updated. I also do a full computer scan every day, and back up my files monthly. From what I’ve been able to discover (before the virus blocked my ability to surf the Internet) this particular new virus is highly dangerous and difficult to remove. Only a handful of victims globally have been caught so far, and I was one of them. In my case it slipped right through Norton and glommed onto my computer. I’ve always been very careful about such things, but those viruses are crafty little buggers! Anyway, I am working on getting a replacement computer, but I don’t know how long that will take. What’s really eating away at me is that I cannot visit Sparky’s donation page to thank donors who have recently made donations. Elaine Brown, if you are out there, I am so grateful for your donation, and I’m sorry I can’t send you a proper thank you through the Sparky donation page. Once this is fixed, the first place I’ll visit is the donation page! ~Sherrie and Sparky From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email LOL, Donna! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every time we needed money for this or that, we could just put up a donation page and wait for the moolah to roll in? Seriously, though, you guys came through like champs when I put up the page for Sparky’s medical expenses. As you may know, I guesstimated it would cost $750 for Sparky’s medicals. I was way off base. I’ve spent well over $1,000, with more check-ups and follow-up lab work yet to come. But bless all your hearts, Sparky’s fans came through and just kept donating beyond the original goal! I’m an emotional person, and every time I saw that yet another donation had been made, I cried. I am currently elbow deep in making thank you cards to send out to everyone who donated. (Hint, hint: I still need mailing addresses for some of you donors) Anyway, thank you for your continuing support, sweetie! Everyone has been so exceptionally generous and kind. But of course Sparky fans couldn’t be anything else! So thank you, everyone. This has been a humbling experience, but my heart has been lifted so many times by all of you. As I mentioned to a Sparky fan earlier today, just when the light at the end of the tunnel goes dark and I’m hurtling blind toward lord-knows-where, the light blinks on again and there’s a big group of Sparky fans standing in the light with halos above their heads. You’re all angels. ~Sherrie and Sparky From: TypePad
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Typepad HTML Email Hi, Shannon! I just made a reply to Artemisia, and it appears it went through okay (at least it didn’t bounce), so even though I cannot visit any Web sites (the Word Wenches included) I can at least reply to comments without actually visiting the Comments page. FYI, Typepad sends a notice to my inbox every time someone leaves a comment on the Sparky Reports, and that gives me the opportunity to hit “reply” and send my reply without visiting the site! Boy, do I ever hear you about old programs not talking to new programs! I’m there. My computer is 8-years-old, and my Word and Excel programs are 11-years-old. Because my systems and browser were so old, some of the Web sites I visited regularly notified me with a pop-up that they no longer supported my ancient browser and I needed to update. Only problem is, it’s so old that even Microsoft can’t update the browser anymore. And then, despite my ultra careful Internet practices, I got zapped by a destructive virus that bypassed all my security. At present, I can use my e-mail, and Word and Excel seem to be okay, but anything having to do with the Internet is infected. I am doing some creative financial juggling so that I can buy a new computer, but it may take a few days or a week or so. I hope that by next Sunday I’ll be up and running with a clean system. In the meantime, I’m taking lots and lots of Sparky pictures for future postings! ~Sherrie and Sparky From: TypePad
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Pat here: Sherrie's computer has been eaten by malware. We were trying to scramble something together without spreading the virus, but the document has disappeared. It's been one of those weeks. Should the document miraculously reappear--along with all the wonderful new Sparky pics-- we'll try to get it up in the morning. Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Jenny. Nope, the Sandicast Doberman is no longer a collector's item, thanks to Sparky. I've had that statuette for many years, and I was devastated when I discovered what Sparky had done. But such is life. I have some of that special oven-bake clay that crafters use, so I'll see if I can sculpt replacement ears, as well as disguise the teeth marks on the nose and the rest of the body. *g* I had to laugh at your description of a Christmas present for Sparky. Yup. Just wrap a paper ball with . . . paper! My computer probably isn't easily fixable. It's 8 years old and in the computer world, that is ancient. Many of its programs are no longer supported by Microsoft. I just hate the thought of having to go computer shopping. Ugh. But life goes on, doesn't it? Onward and upward! If you aren't willing to embrace change, it will run roughshod right over you.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #45 at Word Wenches
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Elaine, it looks like my reply disappeared earlier, so I'm re-doing it. Like you and your knitting magazines, I have my rubber stamping and crafting magazines that I must keep away from Sparky. She likes to chew on the corners. I own several books that are dog-eared (cat-eared?) because of Sparky gnawing on them. I think she just likes things to chew on. It must satisfy some sort of craving. Or at least I tell myself that!
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Oh, my gosh, you too? One of the Wenches just went through a very trying 3 months selling her house and buying a new one. That's one thing I love about the Wench community--the support we extend to each other. All the Wenches offered boundless support to one of their own, and it's such a good feeling to know that no matter what, there are others to hold you up. I'm so sorry you are having to go through the same thing. I haven't moved in 40 years, and I'm emotionally ready for a move. But I could never afford what I already have--a house, acreage, and a barn--all paid for. So here I sit. I hope you find the house of your dreams. Moving is so disruptive and emotional, bu also exciting. Hang in there bud! **Try Malwarebytes. If not, let me know tomorrow and I can hook in remotely and take a look.** Theo, are you SERIOUS??? Awesome! This is what I mean about the Wench community. Not only are the Wenches super-supportive (and no, they didn't pay me to say that), but the visitors to this site, especally the Sparky fans *g* are just as supportive. I have "met" some wonderful online friends through this site, and I'm the richer for it. Thank you for being one of those friends, Theo, and for the offer of remote help should I need it. Today I had a meltdown and I'm just not ready to go through that again. I have the Norton support phone number, so I'll give them a call and see if they can help. But believe me, if I need your help, you are going to hear from me! Thank you, dear Theo. I am so blessed in the friendships I have made through the Wench site and from all the Sparky fans.
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Theo, you're right. it as just like te packing stuff you used when you sent me the Nook. As I mentioned above, Sparky is a very touchy feely cat, and if it makes noise, all the better! I'm so sorry to hear you're discouraged today. This does seem to be a day for discouragement. Even my elderly computer is discouraged. Despite having the most up-to-date antivirus program and running full computer scans every day, a malware/adware virus slipped through today and now I'm bombarded with pop-ups and other things. Not fun. Especially when it adds links to my post without my permission. (So for safety's sake, do not click on any links in my posts. I'm working to fix the problem.) I sure hope your discouragement turns into encouragement. Outside influences can affect how we feel, and some of those outside influences can be persistent and negative. As well, maybe it's a small outside influence, but one after another can have the same bad effect. Hang in there, sweetie. Whatever it is, it's probably temporary and a week or month or year from now it'll be water under the bridge. Not that you want to hear that while in the midst of it all. "Helpful" advice from well-meaning but clueless friends sometimes makes you want to bop them on the head, doesn't it? *g*
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Oh, yes, Donna, Sparky is definitely back to "normal." (Or at least normal for her! She does like to dig and scratch at interesting things. I think she's a very touchy feely individual. She just likes things that crinkle and rustle. LOL re Andrew looking at Pierce disdainfully! I'll just bet Andrew does a few things like that, himself, but probably in a more subtle way! Cats! Gotta love 'em.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #45 at Word Wenches
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Shannon, joy sometimes appears when and where you least expect it. Sparky certainly sheds a fair amount of joy around here. I'm so sorry to hear you need some joy in your life right now. I hope it is a transient thing and that you'll soon welcome joy into your household once again. {{{hugs}}}
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Hi, HJ. Thankfully, Sparky doesn't eat it--she just tears it in little bitty pieces and then spits them out. And yes, one would expect her "gnawing" habit to belong to a dog, not a cat! She isn't even teething!
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Greetings, Sparky fans! That cat has been getting into trouble big time. Every time I hear a thud or crash, I know who the culprit is. It's amazing how she can make a toy out of the most mundane things. Case in point: something that tears easily and makes a pleasing sound when doing so. Yesterday, I bought a set of drinking glasses. When I got home, I unwrapped the glasses, leaving the cushioning newsprint on my desk. Sparky discovered it, and pretty soon I heard tearing and ripping. I grabbed my camera, and this is what I saw: In... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Donna, I am a desk freak, especially antique desks. At one time, I had six desks, but now I'm down to a sensible four. *g* Thank you for the compliment on the pictures. Sparky is a never-ending source for fun and quirky pictures. I take pictures of her just about every day. Unlike you, with your rainy Monday, we are sweltering here in the Pacific NW with an expected high of 93° F. today. As a result, Sparky has been spending a lot of time sprawled in unladylike poses in front of the floor fan. We'd be happy to send you some sunshine if you'll send us your rain!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #44 at Word Wenches
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Hi, Catherine. I'll pass your compliment on to Sparky. She really *is* gorgeous, isn't she? Wish I could take credit for it, but other than feeding her super-premium cat food, which gives her a luxurious coat, all the credit goes to Sparky's good genes!
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Jenny, Sparky will be happy to hear she gives you a chuckle on Mondays. (She gives me a chuckle--and sometimes a sigh of frustration--every day!) Sparky does seem to be coping with her diminished eyesight. I'm just thankful she has regained enough sight to make her life more comfortable. It is such a huge relief, considering how upset I was when I first discovered her blindness.
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Theo, Sparky was sooooo interested in that box! It gave me plenty of time to get my camera and take a series of pictures that I was certain you'd enjoy. Of equal interest to her was the Nook that was inside the box. I'm surprised she didn't hyperventilate with all that sniffing! You are so right about the $800 bike and the kid playing with the box it came in. Time and again I have bought fancy toys for Sparky and the dogs, only to witness them playing with the package the toy came in. Animals! Gotta love 'em!
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #44 at Word Wenches
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