Monthly Archives: June 2020

Shelf Shot 6

A shelf in my study. A little of everything, pulp fiction, western science fiction… The Black Lizard Book of Black Mask Stories, and (skipping a book) The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps are both big fat excellent anthologies anyone who … Continue reading

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Reading Pern

In these stressful times, many of us have been turning to old favorites, or comfort reads, and I’ve done the same. Whether it’s a favorite mystery series, science fiction, fantasy or other beloved books from our past, there’s comfort and … Continue reading

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Shelf Shot 5

Something different, this time, part of a shelf of reference books. Some Star Trek stuff, the rest mystery related. There are more, to be included in future Shelf Shot posts.

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FFB: Safe Secret by Harry Carmichael

Safe Secret by Harry Carmichael, Macmillan Company 1964, hardcover mystery, “A Cock Robin Mystery” Carmichael was the primary pseudonym of Leopold Ognall. He also wrote as Hartley Howard, mostly about PI Glenn Bowman. (thanks, Jeff) The blurb: “No matter how … Continue reading

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Glazed Yogurt Lemon Loaf

We got this recipe from the LA Times via our local paper, and decided to try it. It’s delicious! Read through the entire recipe before starting! Ingredients 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 1/4 cups … Continue reading

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Shelf Shot – 4

Here is something else again, not a shelf at all, but a couple of tables stacked with books. Back when we moved to this house in November 2010, the task of unboxing books was started shortly after kitchen and bedrooms … Continue reading

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I Was Gonna Do A Post…

But WordPress, Damn them to Hell, has completely changed their editing program, and besides being a confusing mess, it’s made it just about impossible to do anything more than type a single sentence, which this is, and so no post beside … Continue reading

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Reading: Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life

Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life by Marta McDowell, Timber Press 2019 hardcover In these stressful times, something peaceful is nice. I know this isn’t for everyone, but I enjoy gardening, and Dickinson’s poetry, so it was a natural for me. I had … Continue reading

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HVAC: before and after

They finished about 4:00 pm yesterday, and everything is working fine. Here is the before and after, which doesn’t look that different, I guess, but new is good. What may not be apparent is the Air Scrubber unit, the thing … Continue reading

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Big Day – HVAC

Big day today. HVAC people here to install new furnace and a/c. Super high-efficiency units but expensive. I’m: a) not happy about having people in the house as I’m still fully sheltering in place and don’t want anyone to bring … Continue reading

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