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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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Typepad HTML Email Thanks for the comment, filkferengi. Very helpfulhadnt thought of the competition of colors. Not crazy about the blue, but the brown/yellow sounds good.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2019 on Works in Progress at Lifescapes
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Maybe brown and yellow, Debbie? Thanks for the suggestion—I’ll remember it when I take it to be framed. I love the setup at Michael’s, with the computer-generated preview of mats/frame.
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2019 on Works in Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Judith, the novella form is not a successful print form. Its about half the length of a full-length novel, but it would cost almost the same to produce. And Im betting that you wouldnt want to pay the same price that youd pay for full-length. Right?So people wont be reading any novellas in print. It just doesnt make sense to produce them that way. Im sorry, if it means that readers who havent yet moved from print to ebook wont get to read this trilogy. But Im also very glad that ebook is available as a publishing format. It makes the novella (and other experimental forms) possible.
Toggle Commented Dec 6, 2018 on Winter Break at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Theyre ready when the shucks split and the nuts start fallingwhich is a function of light more than temperature. Here in Texas, we often dont get a hard freeze until mid-December, but the pecans are ready by mid-October.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2018 on Works-in-Progress at Lifescapes
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Typepad HTML Email Lynn, not my problem! (hahahaha)
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2018 on Works-in-Progress at Lifescapes
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Thanks for the comment, Ninasmum. Do you have a link for that Daily Kos tag? I couldn't find it.
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on In Bloom This Week: Garlic Chives at Lifescapes
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Thank YOU, Kathy. If it weren't for you guys, there wouldn't be any books--or I would have retired about 10 years ago. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on In Bloom This Week: Garlic Chives at Lifescapes
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Yes! Fair trade and ethical practices are huge issues for this spice. Reminds us that even things we love come at a cost we may not want to pay (environmental, social, ethical). Sometimes, fake has its place. :)
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on In Bloom This Week: Garlic Chives at Lifescapes
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That's exactly how I feel when I start one of China's books, Sherry. Where are we going with this one, and how will we get there???
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on In Bloom This Week: Garlic Chives at Lifescapes
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You're right, Lynn. I feel that special focus, too. Of course, it's not all easy. Some days are special because they are HARD. (The pump goes out, a coyote nabs a chicken, the neighbor's goats invade the garden, etc....)
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on In Bloom This Week: Garlic Chives at Lifescapes
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Not just our lives, but the lives of our kids. There are so many issues at stake, Becky. Beto may not win this time, but the time is coming when Texas changes color (in more ways than just partisan).
Toggle Commented Sep 9, 2018 on In Bloom This Week: Garlic Chives at Lifescapes
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China loves to hear that you have Reba MacIntire in mind for her, Michelle. She thinks Reba is much more like Ruby! 😉
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2018 on Gregg's mistflower: In bloom this week at Lifescapes
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Yes, all the frontlist, in all editions (print, largeprint, ebook, audio). Berkley/Penguin will continue to publish the backlist.
Toggle Commented Aug 6, 2018 on Sunflowers: In bloom this week at Lifescapes
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Judy/a, I'm sure that the Philmont staff is turning this into a learning experience for the campers, and will use the fire site as a teaching opportunity going forward. Disruptive for humans, restorative for the forest.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2018 on The Ute Park Fire, in Mountain Time at Lifescapes
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The Durango fire looks like a serious threat to many homes, Susan. http://co.laplata.co.us/government/news/what_s_new/416_fire_information_and_resources Looks like some 1500 structures at risk. Hope the rains help--raining here right now, but there's plenty of wind and lightning.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2018 on The Ute Park Fire, in Mountain Time at Lifescapes
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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
Toggle Commented May 19, 2018 on A Plain Vanilla Murder at Lifescapes
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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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