Under one roof


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Now that we've sold the other house and sold and moved the rest of the "stuff" we can finally get settled under one roof. Yeah! We no longer have a basement which means we gave up a ton of storage. Our new bonus room is full of stuff I've still got to go through to decide what to do with. We do have a walk in attic, which is nice, but I don't want to put things like art in the attic because of the changes in temperature. We have a ton of art, but with an open floor plan we don't have a lot of wall space. We downsized from three guest rooms to one. We thought we'd have two, but I've made the second one my office. The small room…
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One house family


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Earlier this week we closed on our other house. The buyers were former neighbors, no less. When we moved in, they lived two doors down. They (over) downsized and missed all of their friends in the neighborhood. They are both in the music industry and are going to turn the basement into a music studio/venue and hold home concerts there. They'd always loved the house, and we purchased it from close friends of theirs. Of course, we've made lots of changes (which luckily they like). The great thing is they know and love the neighbors and vice versa. They were excited when they saw the house was on the market. I just wish we'd known we'd know they were interested before we listed it, and we could have saved a…
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New floors


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When you walk into the front door of our new house you enter on hardwood floors which continue through the living area, kitchen, dining area, etc. However, there is a small room off to the right with an arched opening (no door) and a bedroom off to the left (with a door) that had carpet. The carpet didn't make sense to me. I wasn't sure what the room on the right was for. It's small, so maybe a parlor...or piano room. Initially, I thought I'd make it my study and have floor to (10') ceiling bookshelves built-in and make it look very Dickin's-ish. I got quotes on the built-ins and started looking at floors. One of the guys giving me a quote suggested I wouldn't want hardwood if I planned to…
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Happy Birthday, Mother


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Today would have been my mom's 79th birthday--well sort of. Birthdays were a big deal in our family, and we always celebrated September 13 as her birthday. But in a conversation with one of my mother's sisters who lived in California all of my life (so I wasn't around her much until we connected when I was an adult), my aunt swore she remembered it being cold when Mother was born. Hummm... a mystery.   Mother had already already passed--she died way too young at 56 from complications of a stroke--so who did I ask? My dad stuck to the September 13th story as did other relatives. Finally, another of my mother's sisters, ten years her senior, admitted Mother was actually born on December 13th. But, as the youngest of a house full of children, Mother was precocious and…
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A delightful day


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Yesterday I had the privilege of spending an hour or so chatting with Howard Kittell, CEO of the presidential home of Andrew Jackson, The Hermitage. I've been on the property a good bit during the past couple of years doing research for my next cozy mystery MURDER AT THE HERMITAGE. I assured Howard The Hermitage is simply the backdrop for my plot, and that I will make it very clear the book is fiction. However, I hope readers will become intrigued with the setting and want to visit this historical treasure. But we didn't just talk about my book. We talked about other authors, and he gave me the name of some I want to check out soon. We also discussed some of the things going on at the property.…
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It’s September


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Where did the summer go...or this year for that matter? It has flown by. September always conjures up memories of the start of the school year for me, college in particular. Then I have to smile as I remember all of the escapades of my college roommate and me. To protect the innocent (and the guilty) I won't go into them, although the statute of limitations ran out decades ago. Today is my college roommate's birthday and I want to take this opportunity to tell her Happy Birthday. We seldom see each other--or even talk or e-mail, but I know she'd be first in line if I needed someone in a  pinch--and vice versa. Happy birthday Linda Ann. Go out, do something silly and think of me. Love you bunches! ~ Kay
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