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When I was 13, we got a new student in our class. Her first day, she was sitting at a double table (you know, a longer table for two students) all alone. The kids were still coming into class, but I saw her sitting there and decided I wasn't going to give them all a chance to sit anywhere else than with the 'new kid'. So, I flounced over, (I still flounce though hard to do in jeans) sat next to her, introduced myself and told her we were going to be great friends. Fifty plus years later and two countries apart, we're still the kind of friend who can call after 6 months of not talking and just pick up where we left off. And we see each other whenever she's here. I miss hugging her and laughing with her and sharing those day to day things we used to, but Austria rates from the US are pretty high. I was an only, so she's the sister I never had. Sister friends, best friends.
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I think this link will work. Here's the two of them. Sir Gregor is all balled up and Penny is all stretched out but this is how they often sleep. When Sir Gregor is stretched out, he takes up most of the living room floor. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZwfsQZhKD1dEWT2aA
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on The Historical Rabbit at Word Wenches
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We have been, or rather Thing 2, has been a bun lover for a long time now. (We love them, but she keeps them.) She currently has a Flemish Giant which is a HUGE rabbit. HUGE. And he's just the sweetest thing. I think he weighs around 14 pounds. Sir Gregor is his name. About a year ago, they adopted a tiny little gray rabbit who had been kept in a garage in a small cage with little human interaction. But the garage caught on fire and from there, the house, and though the bun survived, she was badly burned on her back. Over this past year, the burns have healed though she'll be forever scarred, but at two pounds or so, she is Sir Gregor's protector in all things. She's learned pretty much how to be a bun and how to warm up to people, but she'll go after anything that she perceives as a threat to Sir Gregor, in a heartbeat! You do know they growl? And make other noises? They're free range buns who have the run of the house, but do require some rabbit proofing because they all like to chew. But there's nothing like watching TV at night with a kitty sitting by your side and a bun in your lap, or vice versa.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2020 on The Historical Rabbit at Word Wenches
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You know, that's probably one of the two things that I like about Kindle. I still prefer the paper in my hands, but it's darned awesome to get that instant gratification of having the book almost the second it's released. I know what I'll be doing today :)
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Lovely! Can't wait.
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I'm all for prologues when they're needed. I'd rather the little thrill of 'oooh! where does this/why does this' than to get to a slap bang moment and have everything come to a screeching halt why I'm filled in on something that happened long past. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2020 on Prologues at Word Wenches
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I LOVED the JD Kirk books! The Alex Smith are pretty gritty too, but they were really excellent reads. At least for me. He started as a YA author, award winning, and branched out. I'm really glad he did. I hope you like them as much as I did :)
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I read Paper Girls by Alex Smith and then promptly bought the next two and preorderd the fourth. Then I read his The Harder They Fall which started out as a stand alone but now, there's book two in the works. I also A Litter of Bones by JD Kirk and then the other three in the series and am waiting for number five to be announced. The writing and unexpected humor is wonderful. I just finished Whisky in Small Glasses by Denzil Mayreck and have bought the second but I'm not sure yet about this series. And...I bought River of Darkness! :)
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Mine is the property I grew up on. I had a nature preserve right behind that had encroached about 150 feet onto our property. It was quiet, peaceful and tranquil and I loved it. Alas, we've sold it and had to move on, but it will always be my favorite place.
Toggle Commented Feb 21, 2020 on Out and About at Word Wenches
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I must have been a reading fool today because on one of the sites I follow, a woman had mentioned that she'd kept every petal from every flower her husband had bought for her. She dried them and uses them in things around the house. She has a birdcage filled with the petals and she can still smell them years later when she walks by. I thought that was a lovely idea.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2020 on It's That Day Again. Valentines! at Word Wenches
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Yes, Joanne, that was it. I found it very intriguing. I really never knew about them but it's got a kind of bittersweet feel to it too. What if some of those were tossed to commemorate a love who had died? Or for an unrequited love? I know, maudlin, but my imagination wanders.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2020 on It's That Day Again. Valentines! at Word Wenches
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Hubs left for work at 5am. We said Happy Valentine's Day, I kissed him goodbye and that's pretty much it for us. We never really did anything for each other, just not our style. We don't do Christmas either and more often than not, birthdays don't see gifts. We've been married so long, there isn't anything we 'need' but acknowledging the holiday/birthday/special occasion means more to us, I think, anyway. I read an interesting article on the Spittalfield's Life blog this morning about Valentine coins. I had no idea, but they're very cool!
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I don't go to the mall because we don't have any near us and the crowds just hold no appeal for me anymore. I used to go quite often when we lived closer to one, not to shop, but to sit and watch the people. I could spend hours watching human nature walk by, especially when they don't realize they're being scrutinized. ;)
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2020 on A Panorama of Paris at Word Wenches
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My grandmother turned out lovely scones. Light and airy on the inside and nicely crisped on the out. I was instructed as a small child to spread the jam carefully and then, a dollop of cream to top them off. I always liked the cream part ;) My mother was not a baker and so, my grandmother's recipe is lost to time :( I wish I had it. I miss those scones.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2020 on On Scones (not biscuits) at Word Wenches
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I posted it :) And your brooch is very cool! So are the others. I have a few Miracle brooches as well, but I won't keep posting. I could fill a page ;)
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I have an absolutely gorgeous broach I wear on my black wool coat. It's actually a wheel with wings to represent Mercury but as I live in Michigan, people often mistake it for the Red Wings hockey team logo. It's a good three and a half inches long and covered in Swarovski. One of my favorite pieces left to me by my aunt. She had several and I do try to wear them, but this one is just stunning so never comes off the coat. I wish I could post pictures in the comments, but I don't know how.
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I fear in another ten years, our newest generation won't be able to read cursive nor will they be able to spell correctly or construct complete sentences. It makes me so sad. Cursive has its own art to it. It can be flowing or cramped, large or small, run uphill or down, but it's still intrinsically beautiful in its own way. (Except doctors. They can't write for anything!) ;) My handwriting used to be quite nice but as I've gotten older and my arthritis has gotten worse, it's not nearly as nice anymore. My mother had beautiful handwriting. Her mother, born in the late 1800's retained a bit of that older, more copperplate style of writing. That's served me well researching my family and trying to make sense of the old documents. I love reading through them, or trying to as a lot of people then couldn't write well either. I'm just really hoping that cursive makes a comeback. :/
Toggle Commented Nov 1, 2019 on The Write Stuff at Word Wenches
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Reading the second in the Joy Ellis Fens series. Or trying to. I have no idea why it's so hard for me to get started on them Almost halfway through, I don't want to put them down but starting them is...hard.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2019 on What We're Reading - October at Word Wenches
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I don't look for themes, but there are times they just jump out at me and I can't ignore them ;) Normally though, I'm just a happy camper if the story is great. However, I will say, when I'm reading a series, if I notice a theme in the first two books, I'll see it in the rest of them.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2019 on Ask A Wench—October 2019 at Word Wenches
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I hope you love them as much as I do. There are some grim and dark places in the Shetland series, but Cleeves is such a good writer that she yanks you back out before you know it. And I went so far as to contact Peter May to say, if Fin ever starts nattering in his ear again, I'd love to read more.
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2019 on What We Are Reading-August at Word Wenches
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Yay! Makes me happy to hear. You'll have to let me know what you think of Fin when you get to the Lewis books. ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2019 on What We Are Reading-August at Word Wenches
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I'm reading Peter May's Entry Island. "IF YOU FLEE FATE... When Detective Sime Mackenzie is sent from Montreal to investigate a murder on the remote Entry Island, 850 miles from the Canadian mainland, he leaves behind him a life of sleeplessness and regret. FATE WILL FIND YOU... But what had initially seemed an open-and-shut case takes on a disturbing dimension when he meets the prime suspect, the victim's wife, and is convinced that he knows her - even though they have never met. And when his insomnia becomes punctuated by dreams of a distant Scottish past in another century, this murder in the Gulf of St. Lawrence leads him down a path he could never have foreseen, forcing him to face a conflict between his professional duty and his personal destiny." It's been very good so far though I absolutely LOVE his Lewis Trilogy. He has a way of drawing you into the setting so you feel as if you're walking along with the characters. I finished the Shetland series by Ann Cleeves last week. Fabulous. Different from, and frankly, much richer than the TV series though I'm hooked on that as well.
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He's still and always will be, my favorite hero. Can't help it. I lost my heart to him with his inability to understand why anyone couldn't see how beautiful Prue really is. And the stewed cucumbers...
Toggle Commented Aug 28, 2019 on Dedications at Word Wenches
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I *almost* always read the dedication page. I always wondered who B.G. was and now I know! And he's exactly who he needs to be. Anyone else and I don't think the story would have been so...perfect ;)
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Nothing makes a woman feel more powerful than a true red pair of shoes. That said, I do have a pair of red heels, open back of course, that I still wear when I'm 'dressed up'. The rest of the time, it's either Birkies sandals in the summer (I have a morton's toe and they're all that fits) with the two strap/heel strap configuration. Yes, sometimes I wear them with white socks too ;) And in the winter, the newest Skechers that have that wonderful memory foam footbed seem to still fit, even though that one toe is so much longer than it should be.
Toggle Commented Aug 14, 2019 on Ask A Wench: The Right Shoe at Word Wenches
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