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Aug.30.2013
Are you on Goodreads.com?  If so, I am having a giveaway for three copies on my new collection of haiku reduction, haiku, and other poetry called Three Breaths.  The giveaway ends on September 2nd so time is running out on a chance to win a free book. But it takes being a member to win....
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Aug.21.2013
My resolutions continue, or at least, most of them continue.  I am a pedometer geek after all so walking continues to be a priority.  In fact, I replaced the battery in my pedometer this morning, but I digress.  July's step counts were down from June's numbers. Comparing July to June...
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Aug.19.2013
While I should be writing about my continuing New Year's resolutions including July's reads and pedometer steps, I'm not--or, at least, not today.  I'll probably write it in a day or two (or before August becomes September). Instead I'd like to announce that my new haiku book, Three Breaths,...
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Aug.10.2013
Recently, I have been writing short stories that feature a young girl named Annie. I posted "Annie's Gift" a week or so ago. but it was not my first story about Annie.  My first one, written in 2011, was simply called "Annie."  Encouraged to write more about Annie by others here, I am...
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Aug.01.2013
Annie's Gift Annie didn’t want to take an apple to Mrs. Rinehart, her third grade teacher.  That is what everybody did.  It was the classic fall gift for a teacher. She wanted, though, to get Mrs. Rinehart to like her so she wanted to take her something different. Something that Annie...
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Jul.24.2013
The wren-ters have moved without a word of goodbye.  They left a couple weeks ago, but they returned, only to move into a more upscale condo than the gourd birdhouse.  This one was designed by my husband Rob.  Actually he designed two new wren houses.  The first is made of PVC...
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Jul.07.2013
New Year's Resolutions...the good, the bad, and the ugly, at least for me.  The good for June is that I can definitely say that this pedometer geek definitely put steps on the pedometer.  Once again, I improved over the previous months and logged over 253,000 steps with eleven days of...
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Jul.02.2013
Today is my older son's birthday.  He turns twenty-nine!  I can't believe it.  It seems like only yesterday that he was born. Where did the time go? Looking back, I realize I was twenty-nine when he was born.  Now he is half my age, and catching up fast. I am so proud of the man...
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Jun.26.2013
My New Year's Resolutions continue.  There are some that I am doing better with than others.  Actually, I am falling flat on my needlepoint project that I hope to finish this year.  I don't think I added more than a single stitch in May. That doesn't mean, however, that I am giving...
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Jun.14.2013
Just a short update about our transplanted honey locust (an old experiment) and our garden (a new experiment). First, our honey locust is doing fine since we transplanted it on the tree lawn.  It has been several weeks since we moved it, and we have already noticed new growth.  It is a...
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Jun.07.2013
Once again, I am going to participate in International Yarnbombing Day, which is tomorrow (June 8th).  Yarnbombing, by the way, is decorating an item (tree, lampposts, etc.) with crocheted or knitted items. Yarnbombing can be as extensive as covering the whole item or as little as adding a...
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May.29.2013
My husband and I are getting new neighbors, and we are excited. Frankly, the house has set empty for over a year.  No one even looked at it.  We despaired because we know that without occupants, neglected and unlived in houses deteriorate. This one was no exception.  In fact, we...
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May.28.2013
Honey locust from seed
As mentioned in previous blogs, my husband and I have been experimenting with growing a few trees from seeds.  We now have two locust trees as well as some sort of oak from California growing.  The former trees we planted last year and are now seedlings.   The idea behind the...
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May.21.2013
I may not have the readership of Steven Travers (Congratulations on having received over one million hits here on Red Room, Steven!), but I should exceed 100,000 some time today.  I am currently at 99995, which is not a prime number*, but I digress.  It will take another four years for...
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May.18.2013
100,000 hits on all my pages!  It has taken a little more than four years (I have been a member since March 17, 2009 when I posted my first blog called Books, books, and more books*) to accumulate these hits. The first thousand hits took a long time, at least two months.  The second...
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