July 10 - my journal was 3 years old and my web site was 5 years old. I can't believe I missed noticing my anniversaries.
Maybe I'll eventually get 4 chickens. One of the breeds that are friendly and lay eggs. Does anyone have experience raising chickens? Any favorite breeds? Will it be too much of a mess?
Finished Candy Cane Murder tonight. My library ordered it at my request and I have the first use of it. They would have bought it anyway as they have all of Joanne Fluke's books. This is a holiday special. 3 shorter novels by 3 authors - all having candy canes and a murder. All same style as Joanne Fluke. Always good to read about Hannah, Norm and Mike and relatives again. Joanne's next book will be Carrot Cake Murder out next March. Back to this book - the 2 other authors are Laura Levine (Jaine Austen series) and Leslie Meier (Lucy Stone series). Both of these authors are new to me. I enjoyed their candy cane stories and have This Pen for Hire and Mistletoe Murder on deck. Also have the 5th Amelia Peabody book on deck - Deeds of the Disturber.
Reading the latest Isabel Dalhousie - The Careful Use of Compliments - author Alexander McCall Smith. Starting off well. Isabel has a baby now. Oooh - I just found something here: alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/Pages/ComingSoon.aspx
Oct of 2008 the next Dalhousie book. The World According to Bertie in the 44 Scotland Street Series -
May 2008 AND Hey Claire - March 2008 The Miracle of Speedy Motors ! Yah! I hope Grace settles down.
Reading Tijuana Bible by Ron Goulart, who wrote the 6 Groucho Marx mysteries I enjoyed so much. This also moves along.
Finished a few Richard Jury books recently including a recorded book - The Blue Last. Currently reading Rainbow's End. The Old Silent was a favorite and quite funny.
This is quarter end at MATC (Madison Area Technical College). Finished 2 classes this week and will start 3 more next week and by end of year I'll have the Web Development Certificate. 8 - 1 credit classes. Anyone in the world can take these courses as it's all online. We communicate via a black board or bulletin board. Seems the same core group is following through to end this semester. Many are 40s, 50s and older. Course list here: matcmadison.edu/matc/ASP/showcurriculum.asp?ID=4187 and descriptions of the classes here: matcmadison.edu/matc/offerings/programs/pdfs/WebsiteDevCert.pdf I highly recommend this program. It will have taken me just 1 year to complete. Also taking Advanced Photoshop starting in the quarter next week. Photoshop is part of the Web Dev Cert, the Adv Photoshop is just something I'd like to learn more of - and same good teacher. 4.0 average so far. These last 2 classes that ended this week are the only courses I've ever taken where I have the highest score possible throughout. Yah !!! One of the reasons my journal activity has slacked off.
|Jaine Austen |
1. This Pen for Hire (2002)
2. Last Writes (2003)
3. Killer Blonde (2004)
4. Shoes to Die for (2005)
5. The PMS Murder (2006)
6. Death by Panty Hose (2007)
1. Mail Order Murder (1991)
aka Mistletoe Murder
2. Tippy-Toe Murder (1994)
3. Trick or Treat Murder (1996)
4. Back to School Murder (1997)
5. Christmas Cookie Murder (1999)
6. Valentine Murder (1999)
7. Turkey Day Murder (2000)
8. Wedding Day Murder (2001)
9. Birthday Party Murder (2002)
10. Father's Day Murder (2003)
11. Star Spangled Murder (2004)
12. New Year's Eve Murder (2005)
13. Bake Sale Murder (2006)
14. St. Patrick's Day Murder (200
Martha Grimes series - marthagrimes.com/html/catalog1.html
1. Crocodile on the Sandbank (1975)
2. The Curse of the Pharaohs (1981)
3. The Mummy Case (1985)
4. Lion in the Valley (1986)
5. The Deeds of the Disturber (1988)
6. The Last Camel Died at Noon (1991)
7. The Snake, The Crocodile and the Dog (1992)
8. The Hippopotamus Pool (1996)
9. Seeing a Large Cat (1997)
10. The Ape Who Guards The Balance (1998)
11. The Falcon at the Portal (1999)
12. Thunder in the Sky (2000)
13. Lord of the Silent (2001)
14. The Golden One (2002)
Amelia Peabody's Egypt: A Compendium to Her Journals (2003) (with Kristen Whitbread)
15. Children of the Storm (2003)
16. Guardian of the Horizon (2003)
17. The Serpent on the Crown (2005)
18. Tomb of the Golden Bird (2006