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( May. 23rd, 2016 04:31 pm)
Well, apart from a new lighting fixture and threshold, but the door is on, the loo flushes, and it no longer leaks under the sink!

We did it all ourselves, taking hours here and there over the last three weeks.

Word of advice; avoid Ralph Lauren metallic paint. It's hellishly expensive and goes on terribly.

Totally gutted the room, replaced bits of drywall, painted (ten bloody coats, thank you for nothing, RL) replastered, put down new subfloor and granite tiles, installed new loo and granite topped vanity.

Total cost, around $1500, which isn't bad. The vanity was 80% off b/c it's last year's color or something.

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( May. 11th, 2016 09:21 am)
It has been forever since I posted but I'm missing everyone lots. Somehow without a fandom to anchor me to LJ/DW, I drifted away :-((

So what's happening with me? Still writing; Alexa and I just sold a new book to Loose Id and I have a couple of solo projects I need to get on with. Eleanor has finished her Visual Creative Arts diploma at Sheridan, didn't get into their Animation course AGAIN, but by a whisker this time, and has been accepted to study animation at Seneca instead. It's a very small class of 40 and they're closely tied to Sheridan so it's a good alternative.

Lauren is doing very well at high school, getting great grades and getting involved in a FedProv club that's kind of like pretending to be politicians. Schools from all over the area met at a local uni for two days to hold a parliament; she was deputy minister of justice.

David's firm got taken over by Honeywell but his job is safe for the moment.

Renovating downstairs loo. Might be tiniest room in the house but it is taking WEEKS. Never use Ralph Lauren metallic paint; it is hugely expensive and does not cover well. Looking forward to finishing it though it's good for my Fitbit stepcount to have to do more stairs :-)

Mum is over visiting and we all went to see the Jungle Book. I was the sole dissenter. Adored the end credit sequence which was inspired, but found the movie meh. I wish someone would do a movie of the actual book; Disney screwed up the characters of Kaa and Baloo and this movie continued that. Kaa was Mowgli's friend, dammit.

Off to yoga at my friend's house; she's a yoga teacher now she's taken early retirement from IBM and we do a session a week for fun at her house. She's had a new puppy so we'll see how well she takes being shut out while we twist and bend :-)
describes me so often if you substitute 'housework' for 'homework'.

tinyurl.com/p5exbke

T-shirt )
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( Nov. 20th, 2015 03:37 pm)
This was my granny's recipe and they are super easy and so yummy. Golden syrup isn't always easy to get over here but I found some at Bulk Barn.

Oat Crispies

6 oz margarine/butter
6 oz sugar
2 level tablespoons golden syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
6 oz plain flour (I used all purpose)
8 oz oats

Put margarine and sugar in saucepan, stir over low heat until margarine melts.
Add bicarbonate of soda, stir in flour and oats and syrup.
Take small amount by hand, put onto baking sheet covered with parchment paper, flatten with back of fork and bake at 350F for 10 minutes.
Make sure not to over cook, not too brown.


Extra notes:
Make sure the bicarbonate is sieved in, if not it can stay in lumps.
I halved the ingredients and it made about 12.
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( Nov. 5th, 2015 08:46 am)
Book giveaway & a kinky flashfic from me (men in heels) at Boy Meets Boy reviews!


http://boymeetsboyreviews.blogspot.ca/2015/11/anniversary-shenanigans-author-visit_5.html
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( Nov. 1st, 2015 11:30 am)
Life Under New Management is in a poll at Long and the Short Reviews to have its review up for the whole month. If you enjoyed it, you can vote for it here:
http://wp.me/p2ZcT9-d5Z


Many thanks if you take the time to vote!
Another plagiarist.

I have two of Harner's books on my Kobo. They will be deleted and I feel like dipping it in disinfectant after that.

Why do people plagiarize? Why do people defend them when they do and tell people they're being rude when they call the author out on it? This is unconscionable behavior.

To take someone's creative endeavor and claim as your own, profit from it, build a reputation on it, is despicable.

And it is NOT fanfic to change the names and publish it. My roots are in fanfic and this would be plagiarism there too and we come down on it hard in fandom.

My sympathy to the authors affected and I hope you receive an apology and financial redress.

For those who want to see the proof, here are some links:
http://jennytrout.com/?p=9685
http://mahala.booklikes.com/post/1275044/plagiarism-alert-coming-home-texas-by-laura-harner

ETA Story picked up by Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/28/prolific-romantic-fiction-writer-exposed-as-a-plagiarist
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( Oct. 22nd, 2015 09:06 pm)
David has a huge single malt collection that's taking up way too much room in the kitchen cabinets and bowing the shelves so we decided to build a cabinet for it from scratch using real, solid wood. Got to put doors on it, but here it is so far. It's red oak, wiped over with tung oil.

Table saws are scary as hell, fyi.

cabinet! )
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( Oct. 19th, 2015 10:36 pm)
Eleanor went to vote in the Canadian General Election tonight. She handed over proof of ID and the woman gave her a rueful smile and said, "Oh, darling, you have to be over eighteen to vote."

Through gritted teeth, Eleanor said, "I AM TWENTY."

She gets this all the time.
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( Sep. 11th, 2015 03:00 pm)
Life Under New Management has made it through to the next round in The Romance Reviews Readers Choice Awards.

So excited!

If you liked it and wouldn't mind voting for it, you can do so here:

http://tinyurl.com/qan85oh

It needs fifty nominations to go through to the final round.
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( Jul. 25th, 2015 03:21 pm)
Lauren and I went to get trims and highlights and she went from long to pixie cut. She also has contacts now. So cute!

haircut )
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( Jul. 18th, 2015 10:44 pm)
I read a book as a kid and I wanted to track it down. Didn't remember title or author, just that a boy picks up a pendant and shrinks, has adventures. Age group around 10-12 maybe. Googled, got nowhere. But I could see the cover in my head and the style was memorable, and something clicked; Ruth Manning Sanders used that illustrator, I was sure of it and I read loads of her fairy tales as a child.

She was illustrated by Robin Jacques. Found a list of books Jacques illustrated and voila! Ian Kellam, The First Summer Year.

Just ordered it from Thrift books.

Whew. Now that can stop niggling at my brain.
And it is also Willow's birthday; our little barn cat turns four today.

Eleanor took a photo of her in the violets and made it into a pillow for sale on her Redbubble site:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/eleanorose123/works/15429167-flower-kitty?c=392234-original-work

Very cute!

WillowPillow! )
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( Jul. 3rd, 2015 08:17 am)
After many coats of varnish, the outside bar is done. David did a cunning design allowing the top to be secure now but removable in an instant so we can take it in during the winter.

Drinks at the Davitts )
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( Jun. 30th, 2015 09:47 am)
We took another look at the leak prepping to buy the parts to fix it and discovered

a.it wasn't where we thought it was coming from, but dripping down from a bigger pipe above,

b. the leak was getting worse, and

c. the bucket under it overnight wasn't big enough (even with the water off, it continued to drip, do not ask me why).

We called out a plumber who was great but sadly charged us a whopping $130 extra, bringing the bill to $450 because the pipe was in a hard to reach area. It's an unfinished basement and the pipe was in the ceiling, totally open, but I guess there were other pipes around it. I can cover the area repaired with my hand.


Oh well.

In happier news, we found a piece of wood for the outdoor bar top and I am varnishing it now. Will post pix when all is done.

And since this is a watery post, here's a photo of the toad who was outside the garage in the rain on Saturday while we built the bar framework. He lives under the steps by the side door.

toad )
Thrilled to learn that Lucky Strike my m/m/m SF romance from Riptide has been nominated for this year's Gaylactic Spectrum Award for best novel.

http://www.spectrumawards.org/20142015.htm

Looking at the other books on the list, many of which I've read and loved, I'm prepping my 'it was an honor to be nominated' speech, heh, but even so, very chuffed.
I was weeding the veggie patch when the girls rushed out to tell me the Supreme Court ruled to allow all to marry the person they love across the States, no exceptions. Historic day, wonderful result.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/26/gay-marriage-legal-supreme-court
Luckily the Davitt flood this year was me going into the basement and noticing a patch of wet carpet about the size of a coffee table. The copper pipe leading from the furnace to outside, presumably to carry away condensation, was dripping slowly, barely anything, but even so, wet patch.

I channeled Buffy and muttered 'full copper repipe' several times.

Honestly, we will never dare finish that basement. Ever. At least with the pipes exposed we can see when they leak.
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( Jun. 16th, 2015 09:53 pm)
Been busy, busy, extending the patio a bit. It started with us saying laughingly we wanted a tiki bar like the one we loved in Florida. Then we say tiny gazebos you can put over the BBQ. But to do that we needed to move the BBQ off the patio and onto more slabs. So we did that and now David is going to build a bar to put in front of it with two or three twirly stools.

We have worked on it for the last week, digging out turf, hauling bushels of gravel and sand, driving back to Lowes because the gazebo roof was missing. We have worked in blazing heat, torrential rain and near 100% humidity that combined the two (the weather this week is just...are no words.)

But here is what we have so far!

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( Jun. 4th, 2015 06:44 pm)
Eleanor's wonderful (biased? Me?) fan and original art can now be bought on mugs and T-shirts and things:

http://www.redbubble.com/people/eleanorose123

So cool!
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