Monthly Archives: August 2013

Saturday Short Rant

Last week My wife and I dropped over to a local small box store (Fred Meyers) to pick up a few things for the late Summer / early Fall garden, only to find the entire garden section bare. What? I … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading Aug 19 – 25, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: A cooler spell has come, with rain several evenings, then sunny cool afternoons following overcast mornings. We had a great time getting together with friends from Minnesota last week, along with some other folks. We had a nice visit … Continue reading

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ffb: The Strange Files of Fremont Jones

this is the 118th in my series of posts on forgotten or seldom read books The Strange Files of Fremont Jones by Dianne Day, Bantam Books 1996 – mass market paperback, historical mystery In a book discussion just yesterday at lunch with … Continue reading

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Dahlias – ours and theirs

Being gardeners, we’re usually willing to try anything that we find attractive and think will do well in our climate, provided we can find space in our garden. After reading and hearing so many people praise Dahlias, in spring we … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading Aug 12 – 18, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: Continued temperatures in the mid to high eighties plus higher than usual humidity for August has made it uncomfortable here. I know, it’s worse in the midwest and east, but I’m a left coast guy. We went to our … Continue reading

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ffb: Bloodhounds

this is the 117th in my series of posts on forgotten or seldom read books Bloodhounds by Peter Lovesey, Mysterious Press 1996 hardcover – Police Procedural, a Peter Diamond mystery When it comes to British police procedurals, I tend to base my evaluations  in … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading Aug 5 – 11, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: This is the time of year when the garden needs some routine maintenance: weeding, some  trimming and flower cutting. Mostly we just water and enjoy. However, we just spent three days putting in 39 new Iris, which will … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Current Reading July 29 – August 4, 2013

NEW ARRIVALS: It continues to be hot here, the hottest, driest summer in a decade. Both our water and electric bills will soar; it’s a good thing there are plenty of books here to read for free! The Post Office … Continue reading

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forgotten books: Judge Dee at Work

this is the 116th in my series of posts on forgotten or seldom read books Judge Dee at Work by Robert Van Gulik © 1979, Chicago University Press 2007 paperback, mystery short story collection featuring Judge Dee This collection of eight short stories … Continue reading

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