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I too am very much a four seasons type of gal. The early spring with the promise of warmer days to come and the first buds on the trees and flowers, warm summer evenings on the deck with a glass of wine. The cool, crisp evenings of autumn sitting around the fire pit with the bugs gone for the year, the beautiful colors on the trees, and another glass of wine ;) but most of all, that magical first snow when everything is quiet and it's slowly falling like a picture post card. And the fireplace with a roaring fire! I don't think I could stand one season all year round. That would be very boring for me.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2021 on Forever Autumn? at Word Wenches
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The steam from the hot tea carried the 'fumes' from the scotch up your nose and helped clear the sinus. I got sick often during the winter as a child ;) But seriously, I still have one occasionally when I'm feeling poorly. Memories. Yeah, I didn't often let on that I was sick around my paternal grandmother. I tended to feel worse after her remedies. And yes, I don't know where else it might have still been in use, something to research, but I know paregoric was still bought over the counter in the early 60's here. I remember seeing it at Cunningham's. Yuck.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2021 on Lady Johanna St.John's Recipe Book at Word Wenches
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Aside from the proverbial hot toddy which, in my maternal, Scots family's case was made with scotch whisky, tea and honey, that side also used the hot towel soaked in herbs (don't ask me what they were) for a sore throat and some kind of oat poultice that got smeared occasionally on my chest as a child. My paternal, very British grandmother poo-poo'ed the homemade, often more tried and true remedies and favored laudanum and some of the other awful things like paregoric which she must have kept for years and years though maybe not because it was still legal in Michigan until 1964... I hit 'submit' too soon. I'd have loved to be at your Festival! It must have been just grand.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2021 on Lady Johanna St.John's Recipe Book at Word Wenches
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Kate Farleigh. I'd want to meet Kate. Then Prue. But Kate first. And I think that every character one writes has a little piece of the author in them. Even if it's something the author doesn't realize is there because the character comes from the mind of the author so no matter how tiny, the character is still a part of the imagination. A word, a phrase, an action, there will always be something that, maybe not a giant character trait, will be something that the author, in the same situation, would do or say. But that's me. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2021 on Am I my heroines? at Word Wenches
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I'm not big on celebrating mine. I'm just happy to wake up in the morning and note the day ;)
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2021 on Birthdays in History at Word Wenches
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Makes you wonder who could have worn all of that clothing! But I also wonder if that's where we get 12 place settings, 12 glassware, 12 dinnerware...if it's a holdover or something that made its way into the bridal registry of today, from the trousseau of yesterday. I did not have a trousseau. Neither did my mother. I do have hand embroidered linens from my grandmothers and their grandmothers however that have stood the test of time and were done for their own trousseaus. I also have a tea set that is about 170 years old now that came from my great, great grandmother and managed to make it across the ocean in the late 1800's with only two pieces lost in transit. Unfortunately, Replacements Limited has never shown any pieces but I keep looking. It's so very fine that even without the light behind it, you can see the pattern of the tablecloth it sits on, through it. Alas, any clothing is long gone. Thankfully, my girls appreciate the value in the history and will keep them when I'm gone and treasure them as much as I do.
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2021 on The Trousseau at Word Wenches
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Well, I can tell you what Not to watch. Hubs came home to say that a lot of the people at work were raving about an older series called Bloodline. Sissy Spacek? Sam Shepard? I'm in because they're great actors! It was...terrible! We binged the entire three seasons and I kept waiting for one character to like, to root for. There wasn't one. I really tuned out after the first 10 episodes or so, only watching when he'd point something out, but if he hadn't continued to watch, I'd not have turned it back on after the first few. I'm still hooked on Midsomer Murders, I still watch the old Marples, love Shetland (I could rewatch those forever, I think) and most of the others mentioned here. I just haven't really found much new to be interested in. I want to escape to a place that's interesting and mysterious. Exciting. Fun. I don't want social or political commentary in everything and it seems that's all the new series have these days. Maybe I should binge a little Fawlty Towers instead...
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We'll be at the Tip of the Thumb here in Michigan and I'll be sitting 24/7 in front of one of our "oceans," Lake Huron. It's absolutely gorgeous and so calming. So, your book, a glass of wine and the waves for a backdrop and I can't think of a more perfect vacation :) And I like Hoon. I was on the fence until his little 'talk' with Tyler. Somewhere inside Hoon is a human, just waiting to get out. But Kirk and Gatward are both auto deliveries for me. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 31, 2021 on August What We're Reading at Word Wenches
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I'm saving The Scoundrel's Daughter for vacation next week. I will be totally uninterrupted, something I never am at home, and am having a hard time waiting :) I'm going to savor every word. Other than that, I've been reading David Blake, but I must admit, I'm getting a bit fed up with the characters. Apparently, I'm not alone in my love/hate relationship with it either. I'm on book 7 having skipped 5 & 6 and while I own book 8, I may not bother. It started out promising, but...*sigh* I'm waiting for the new JD Kirk book, North Wind, a Robert Hoon Thriller. Hoon is a spinoff from the DCI Logan series. He's hard to explain, but I like him and Kirk's writing is great so I'm sure I'll love it. And Kirk's next Logan book is due in December.
Toggle Commented Aug 30, 2021 on August What We're Reading at Word Wenches
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I'm well on the other side of 60, but I'm still 27 inside :) I wear ripped jeans, my hair is almost at my waist, I keep a pair of leather pants in the closet and wear them in public, much to the chagrin of my daughters. I still love adventure and don't think I need to be relegated to my chair because of my age. I'm me and I like me and in turn, what I wear or how I cut my hair or how I act or what I do reflects me. Not society's idea of what 'me' should be. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2021 on Acting Your Age at Word Wenches
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I am absolutely a re-reader, quite often of favorite Wench books. But it started when I was a child, with Charlotte's Web and has continued right along. Oddly enough however, while I do have a small group of favorites from my childhood, I find myself with my adult favorites, re-reading romance with a bit of Wimsey or Marple thrown in. Other than that, out of all of the thousands of books I've read, none of the other genres have grabbed me enough to revisit them. What does that say about me? ;)
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2021 on AAW: Do you re-read? at Word Wenches
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Oh, Nina! I had no idea though I'd noticed her decreasing presence here in the comments. I'm so very sorry. She will be truly missed. :( And what a fitting obit to a lovely lady: https://www.hartensteincares.com/obituaries/Nina-Paules/#!/Obituary
Toggle Commented Aug 15, 2021 on A Sad and Fond Farewell at Word Wenches
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I am not a dunker. Both my mother and grandmother were and they would dunk my grandmother's shortbread in their tea. They had the whole thing down pat and never had a disintegration problem. I, on the other hand because I was young, never could get the dunk down and always ended up with half an inch of mush at the bottom of my teacup. No, I gave up. No dunking for me. :)
Toggle Commented Aug 13, 2021 on The Art of Dunking (A Biscuit) at Word Wenches
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1. A 2. D 3. A 4. D 5. C 6. D 7. C 8. C 9. C 10. B 11. A 12. A 13. D :) And now, I'll go look at the Right answers instead of all of my wrong ones. Okay, well, eight is better than nothing! Fun! I can't wait for this one :)
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2021 on Quiz — The Scoundrel's Daughter at Word Wenches
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Have you read any Anne Fraser? You should try the Jude Fontaine, three book series. It starts with the Body Reader. It's gritty but holy crow, I couldn't stop reading it! That's a series I might have stuck through 20 books for, but she wrapped it up well. I'm up at 4am with hubs, so I'm done with my housework and my yard work by 10am most of the time. Leaves me the rest of the day to read! :)
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2021 on What We're Reading: July at Word Wenches
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I finished the Grimm Up North series and now I'm going to start Broadland: A chilling Norfolk Broads crime thriller (British Detective Tanner Murder Mystery Series Book 1) by David Blake. We'll see how it goes since I'm impatiently waiting for all the new books on my auto buy to be released.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2021 on What We're Reading: July at Word Wenches
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Wood is the best for a fire, but it's a lot of work, even if you buy your wood split which we don't. We split our own and it's time consuming and a lot of work, but so very worth it because the fire burns constantly. We bank it at night and I start it again in the morning. We'll have one until we can't split the wood anymore, I guess. We did make sure when we put the fireplace in that we have the gas conversion in place. We're getting more storms tonight. Rain at an inch an hour...I never thought I'd say I'm tired of rain...
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2021 on Seasonal Pleasures at Word Wenches
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We're in our summer here and it's been really wet this year. This past weekend, we had three tornadoes touch down in our area that were preceded by a 100mph wind shear. All of my hydrangeas and other flowers are on the ground and they were just starting to look great. I do love my summer flowers :( We put in a fireplace when we moved here because it's my winter necessity. ;) It's so calming to me to sit in front of a crackling fire with a blankie on my lap and a great book in my hand.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2021 on Seasonal Pleasures at Word Wenches
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My husband is less than happy with cats. He can't understand why 'their expression never changes' though we know it does ;) and how they seem so 'sneaky.' However, when Thing 2's female kitty had surgery, I convinced him that she needed to come here because the two boys she lived with picked on her constantly and Thing 2 and I just thought it would be better for her if her stitches weren't ripped out. So, Loaner Cat as I affectionately call her, since she was on loan to me, decided my husband is her person and spent any amount of time she could and can, flopping all over his feet and rubbing his legs. Welp, Loaner Cat, whose real name is Shorty due to half a tail missing) has been here two years and she's not leaving any time soon. Hubs has decided that at 16+, moving her around would be much too stressful for her and he doesn't want to put her through that. Go figure. A book with an animal? I've just finished the David J Gatward series that started with Grimm Up North which I mentioned last week. About the third book in, Fly is introduced. A fuzzy, furry ball of fluff that lives for tummy rubs and maybe someday, will turn into a boarder collie. But I'm not counting on it ;)
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2021 on Cat Tales at Word Wenches
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It depends on the series for me. I've read a couple that were only three books long and I longed for more because they carried one main character throughout. There are others that started out with two main characters and evolved into a mish mash of dozens of characters, several hundred pages each and just got to the point where I didn't care about the characters anymore because they barely featured. Then there are others still that deal with families or friends where I hate to leave them but the ending to the series is completely satisfying and I can go back to them when I have a need to visit. So that doesn't answer your question at all, does it? lol
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2021 on Capturing the Story at Word Wenches
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I too have a 'keeper shelf' with books that I read every year and that I will have until I'm not here anymore either. And on that shelf, I have Charlotte's Web. I was reading far above my grade level when I started school and came across the book in...first grade, I think. I kept checking it out over and over because there was no money to buy books, until the librarian finally convinced me I had to let someone else read it. I was devastated so with a little money I'd gotten for Christmas, I walked to the used bookstore a couple of miles away and bought a copy. I've had it ever since. And I tend to read that one when I need that bittersweet, but life affirming ending that life goes on, it just changes. I could give you three or four more, but Charlotte's Web had the biggest impact on me and still does.
Toggle Commented Jul 14, 2021 on Ask A Wench - One Special Book at Word Wenches
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I have so many treasures of my own. Some are very expensive and were left to me when my aunt, who was very well traveled and married to a man who could afford to travel, passed away. My uncle was Russian Jew and was actually in Russia in the early '60s. Some time, I'll have to tell you some of their hair raising stories when he tried to contact his brother who never got out of the country. But I digress! So I have some pieces from Scotland from my mother's side since they were from Forfar. Trinkets and not very expensive things but so dear to my heart. And some pieces from my aunt including a beautiful platinum and diamond ring my uncle commissioned when they attended opening night of the Sidney Opera House. :)
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2021 on Travels through my jewellery box at Word Wenches
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I actually love audio books but don't get to listen to them as often as I used to. When I was still working, I had a bit over an hour's drive, one way, so audio books were my entertainment of choice. Some were okay and some were spectacular depending on the narrator. I'm always excited to see favorite authors release audio books ;)
Toggle Commented Jul 9, 2021 on Silken Audiobooks! at Word Wenches
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I read the first two chapters. This is his first in the series so I'm willing to give him a bit to get going. I think Kirk just has that inherent ability to tell a good story. I don't really think he even works at it if you follow him on FB. The rest of us are another story... ;)
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2021 on What We're Reading--June 2021 at Word Wenches
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I've just started Never Somewhere Else by Alex Gray. The jury is out on this one. Then it's on to Grimm Up North by David Gatward while I wait for two pre-orders to drop on my kindle. :)
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2021 on What We're Reading--June 2021 at Word Wenches
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