Saturday, March 13, 2010

All Work and No Play...


I have yet to settle into my new schedule, so I have yet to work out when:
To log on to the internet and write in my blog
Read and write books
To do housework & Cook
Take kids to various sporting events, social functions, school, etc.
Play with the dogs or take a walk, play some golf or go to the pool and swim...

...but

I do know when I'm working.
(Seems like it's about 12 hours a day right now).
This morning my English student didn't show up and I got a whole hour free just to fiddle around on the internet! Hello blog and Facebook page!
This afternoon I have another English lesson and about 5 hours of work lined up for me.
Tomorrow is another horse show, so there goes my Sunday.
I wonder if I can clone myself?

:-)
Meanwhile here is a picture of my daughter setting the table for lunch.


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Red Sage Contest

A Valentine Day Contest!

This month Red Sage is celebrating the month of love and romance with a new look for their web site and --what else?--a Contest!
If you visit the Red Sage website and blog this month you can win free books from your favorite Red Sage authors!
Here's how:
All month long, authors are blogging about their sexiest heroes and heroines and giving away the book in which they appear. How do you win these ultra-steamy reads? Just leave a comment and you're entered to win! Comment every day, if you'd like--it'll improve your chances of winning!
I'll be blogging on the 21st with an excerpt and I'd love for you to stop by and comment - and hopefully win a romance book for Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Wife School


My new book, the Wife School, is now available at Red Sage!

Arnold Souche has everything under control. He made a mistake with his first wife, but his second wife will be perfect. So that she doesn’t get any wild ideas, he sends her to an all-girls school in Switzerland to be raised by nuns, and gives her in the dowdiest clothes possible. Amelia is content to go along with Arnold, until the day Ben arrives in her life and suddenly she realizes that nothing can replace passion and love. But if she leaves Arnold, she’ll owe him a quarter of a million dollars, and suddenly true love is looking like something she’ll never attain.

It's an erotic spoof (loosely based) on Moliere's classic tale, the School for Wives - & it's only 3.50, so go grab a copy - what are you waiting for?

Monday, February 01, 2010

Short Hair



What was I waiting for?? An eco-haircut.
So much easier - just wash and rinse, no need to spend time under the dryer, saves water and electricity too.
:-)
I was just over at Charles' blog, and he mentioned reading a book that I read not long ago, and he loved it. I liked it too, and I actually bought the first three of the series because I loved the sample chapter I read, and the books sounded great. Well, they are very well written, and as Charles says, they have terrific atmosphere. The mysteries are well thought out, the research and history is solid and shows - but I have to admit - I hate one of the characters in the book So much that it just ruins the whole thing for me. The hero's girlfriend is so dreadful (to me - this is just my opinion, lol) that I can't read the books. The characer ruined the story for me.
This is the third time this has happened to me - the first time was Sookie Sackhouse, who I ended up loathing, (poor thing - even though I thought books 1 & 2 were fun, by book 3 I was ready to strangle the heroine...). The second time was the Outlander series, and the character of Brianna set my teeth on edge. In the end, I simply skipped over the chapters where she appeared. Has this ever happened to you? Let me know - I am starting to feel a bit silly letting one character ruin an entire book!

Monday, November 23, 2009

A concert in a castle

(link to english site: http://www.festesdethalie.org/welcome.html)
I was invited to go to a concert in the Chateau Thoiry on Saturday. It was a mixture of scenes from Moliere's plays and baroque music. (Here is a link to the English site)
It was lovely - except we had terrible seats (way in the back of the room - all we could see were the actor's heads, luckily they were very expressive). The music was all right - you hear one baroque sonate, you've heard them all... but the flutist and the clavicord player were wonderful. The clavicord dated from 1773 (it was redone, of course, but it was a lovely instrument) and the flute had a beautiful soft sound.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A deer in the countryside

Last week I was a beater in an organized wild boar hunt in the Rambouillet forest. What this means is, wearing a bright orange vest, I walked in line (more or less) with other beaters toward the hunting line. The animals are pushed toward the hunters, who are under strict orders as to what and what they can not shoot. For example, that day we were hunting wild boars and foxes - both which were causing damage to the area. But the hunters could not shoot female wild boar over a certain weight (I have no idea how they judge this - or how a hunter can tell - they all look the same to me, big, black and hairy!) and there is a fine if the hunter shoots the wrong animal.
As we walked, I saw red deer, roe deer, wild boar, snipe, pheasants, including an incredible golden pheasant with a four foot long tail - and I got stuck in brambles, found a wonderful porcini mushroom that I put in my hat to carry (and we had an omelette the next day with it - yum!) and had a fun day. My dachshund, Auguste, was there hunting as well, and he had a wonderful day running about. His short legs were so tired at the end of the day I had to carry him out of the woods!


Not a porcini pushroom! but the porcini like to grow around where these grow - so when I see one of these, I look extra carefully in the area.
Beaters lining up before the hunt begins.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quince Jelly


The other day I made quince jelly - it looked so lovely when it was done - the prettiest peach color - I had to take a picture of my breakfast!
Quince jelly:
Cut up four or five quinces (leave the skin, but wipe the fuzz off) and cut out the seeds. Cover with water and boil for about an hour. Strain and then add the same amount of sugar as juice (I never measure, I just looked and guessed - but probably measure the cups of water / cups of sugar ratio. Add the juice of one lemon. Bring to a boil and cook 10 more minutes then pour into jam jars. Let set overnight.
Enjoy!