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my first leap-year-day blog post

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if i passed up the opportunity to blog on LEAP DAY, i would have totally regretted it. so, what are you doing with your extra day this year? you know what i am doing? i’m trying to figure out how to change the needle on my sewing machine. fellow sewers have probably lost all respect for me now. but please remember, i’m a novice…i only dug out the machine in july! i noticed on my last project, the needle was dull and it felt like operating a jackhammer instead of…read more

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link love

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i’ve recently stumbled on a blog that has changed my life. blown me away. made me rethink everything. okay, enough of the hyperbole. in all seriousness, Et Tu? is one of those blogs that when i read, i have to make sure i have a good cup of hot coffee or tea, and no interuptions on the horizon. her blog tagline is “the diary of a former atheist” but that just touches briefly on what each post contains. i don’t want to divulge too much more…just get yourself into a…read more

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saucy!

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welcome to smithical! please make yourself cozy and eat a lot of poundcake with lemon sauce. the weather is confused today – snow? freezing-rain? rain? it just won’t make up its mind, so we’re stuck inside. the first week’s discussion and some very informative links can be found here at serina’s blog. also, refer to this post for this week’s discussion questions for Persuasion. a good conversation has started already in the comments section, so be sure to read those as well. i didn’t start off not liking Jane Austen….read more

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persuade me!

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some questions/comments to chew on while you read the next 8 chapters for our online discussion tomorrow: 1/ please convince me to finish this book. 2/ i’m serious. 3/ what i mean is, in today’s society/culture, why read a comedy of manners of a culture that we really don’t understand? 4/ the only example that i can think of that is a modern-day comedy of manners is the TV sit-com, The Office. and this show is funny to me because i lived the life of Pam Beasly – the secretary/receptionist…read more

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the “go to” cookbook

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so now that i’ve been outed as a Persuasion traitor (as Ellen so eloquently described me yesterday, ha!), i can move onto another subject for the week. but don’t worry Persuasion readers! i am still planning to host this friday and come up with scintillating discussion questions for our online time together. 🙂 but for now…i turn to the subject of the cookbook. i’ve been purchasing my own cookbooks for years. i constantly browse the cookbook sections when i’m in a bookstore (which is a rare treat these days!), and…read more

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Persuasion!

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the discussion is now open!

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v-day and romantic writing

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happy valentines’ day, readers! we had a fabulous day celebrating with lots of crafty hearts (melted crayon shavings between waxed paper in the shape of hearts adorn our back porch windows), coffee-in-bed (being careful not to spill it on the boys), chocolate cream pie, one of kenny’s favorite dinners (fettuccine alfredo from scratch!), and a few hours this afternoon in which i got to go thrifting! kenny loves to spring some “liz-time” on me from time to time and this morning he suggested i take a few hours this afternoon…read more

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snow equals eating. naturally!

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am i ever glad we don’t have to out today. well, okay…i canceled a dentist appointment this morning (it was only a cleaning which was easily rescheduled for next week), but for the rest of the day, we can stay inside. i mean look at what we’ve been under over the past few hours: our road has been plowed only once and it’s still covered in a few inches of snow. everything in the BIG CITY has been shut down or canceled, so we followed suit up here in the…read more

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this friday! this friday!

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it’s monday….i know, everyone’s favorite day of the week. i usually like it because it feels like you are given a fresh new start every week. who can resist fresh new starts? speaking of fresh new starts…last night, i decided to go back to the very beginning of Persuasion because i was all the way through chapter 5 and had no idea what was going on. except that there were a bunch of characters with very similar names and some house that i have no idea how to pronounce (Kellynch….two…read more

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takin’ it easy…

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this morning we woke up to falling snow and a few inches already on the ground. it wasn’t in the forecast so it was a pleasant surprise. we took some time to sled-ride, feed the chickens, throw some snowballs, and build 2008’s first snowman: mr. snowy (we’re so very original with names, aren’t we?) …after which we came inside and had steaming cups of tea with nana. weekends are so nice.

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