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Deet’s Computer Woes

computer frustrated_older_woman-_laptop_72x800pxOthers brag to me that they are still using Windows 7 or some other relic from 1999. I think I’m the Typhoid Mary of Computer Crashes. Yet another hard drive has gone to the great beyond. This is the second computer to crash due to busted hard drive in 6 years. I have purchased a new laptop and should be up to my old tricks soon enough. Good Grief!



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Merry Christmas From Deet

Christmas day

Today we are happy to celebrate the holiday with neighbors who will arrive for a roast beef dinner and lots of good cheer.  Wishing you all a very

Merry Christmas


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Merry Christmas Eve from Deet

Dollhouse living room

This is a dollhouse I made several (like back in the 80’s) years ago.  I made the chairs, sofa and even the tree.  It was so much fun . I hope you have fun times to look back at today.  Sleep well, Santa comes tonight.

santa-claus-old guy

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Some Thoughts and Some Suggestions: Audiobooks

I have been listening to Audiobooks lately. They are not new to me but during the last few weeks I’ve become quite addicted to them. I tend to like the male narrators much better than the females. That said, Julia Whelan is just astonishing, she is the author and narrator (performer) of the book My Oxford Year. It is truly a terrific book and performance. I have had discussions with audio-listener friends who really love the good female narrators like Rosalyn Landor and Kate Reading but for me they just can’t perform the male voices to my liking.

Now when it comes to the male narrators (performers), Alex Wyndham is the one who gets A+ for his narration of the Lucinda Brandt and Stella Riley books. I also give high marks to Tim Campbell narrating Christi Caldwell books and Nicholas Boulton narrating Laura Kinsale’s Flowers From the Storm. They all do justice to the female voices and can do different voices for all the book’s characters, it is like listening to a play or movie without the visual, of course.

Becoming a member of Audible online is not cheap. It costs $14.95/month and for that you get one free? book and some shorter “Audible Originals”. I have been picking up books at reduced rates by watching for deals bundled with a Kindle book purchase. If you keep your eyes out you can score an audiobook for as little as $1.99, but more often $7.49. That is much less expensive than the $20-$25 cost of many audiobooks.

I recently took advantage of an Audible offer that gives me a 3 month membership for $6.95/month with the option to cancel any time. I’m taking advantage by getting some of my pricey-ist books during this member period.

Here are some of the Historical Romance (and one Contemporary) audiobooks that rate 5-stars with me:




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Deet’s Bucket list for 2018




Yes, that’s me about 18 months ago. Before my year of a health crisis. But I got through it and now it’s time to get to my bucket list. There is nothing like a close call to wake one up to the fact that our time on earth is not infinite. I’m going to travel with my husband. We are going to Europe, then to England and Scotland. Along the way I hope to see old and new friends. I have a ” live in the moment ” attitude since my wake up call. I encourage all my friends and followers to enjoy each day and live it to the fullest.


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Happy New Year


For all my friends, followers and dear family…Happy New Year!!

May our year be filled with good health and an abundance of happiness.


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Turkey Day


May you all have a Thanksgiving filled with love and good food.


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Deetda has been AWOL


Hi friends and followers, My posts have been missing for a long time.  I’ve survived a serious illness and I hope that I’m on the way to full recovery.  I have been reading so I have lots of reviews to post.  Thanks for hanging in  there and waiting for me to come back. I am typing with only one hand, hunt and peck method but I’m doing pretty good in spite of the handicap.  Oh, the Santa’s helper at the top; well Christmas is coming very soon and I had to grab your attention.


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I Got tagged

Tag I'm it

My friend and fellow blogger Carol Cork from across the pond, tagged me to answer these questions.  You can get fabulous HR recommendations from Carol’s blog

RULES: You must be honest. You must answer all the questions. You must tag at least 4 people.

  1. What book has been on your shelf the longest?

Where Passion Leads by Lisa Kleypas (1987) I have never read this book, don’t ask me why, I don’t know. It resides on my keeper shelf with all of Lisa’s books.

Where Passion Leads

  1. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next?

Current: The Thing About Love by Julie James.

Last: My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Next: I Dared The Duke by Anna Bennett

  1. What book did everyone like, but you hated?

Hate is such a strong word.  But one that I thought totally silly and read like a contemporary novel but it was set in the Regency was… Say Yes To The Marquess by Tessa Dare ..most people thought this book was great.

Say Yes To the Marquess

  1. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t?

This is a tough one because my intentions are to read them all but I do have at least 4 or 5 Georgette Heyer books sitting on my Kindle and I have no idea when I will ever read them.

  1. What book are you saving for retirement?

This is retirement for me.  No more saving, now it’s do or die.

  1. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end?

I always read until the end.  Every book is a journey to be savored.

  1. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside?

I read them and many are very interesting.

  1. Which book character would you switch places with?

I don’t want to switch places, I’d rather be a voyeur into the past while I still have running water, showers, flush toilets, refrigerators, memory foam and supermarkets. BUT a clandestine affair with Jack Devlin from Kleypas’ Suddenly You would be a lovely diversion.

Suddenly You

  1. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)

I recall back in the 80’s my sister taking me to a used book store in Oregon and she insisted I get a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel (I can’t recall which one, maybe The wolf and The Dove) but that was the first time I read a romance novel.

The Wolf and the Dove

  1. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way.

The Jane Austen Handbook: Proper Life Skills from Regency England by Margaret C. Sullivan

I added this book to my Amazon wishlist and while hoping that a family member would see it there and gift it to me, I inadvertently put it in my checkout cart while purchasing something else.  Best mistake I ever made!! This is a terrific book and probably no family member would have thought to get it for me.

The Jane Austen Handbook

  1. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?

No, but I do donate some to our community library.

  1. Which book has been with you most places?

My Kindle goes everywhere I go.  All books are special.

  1. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later?

I can’t think of any, I had teachers that had us reading very interesting books, Dickens, Thackeray, Poe, Twain, Lewis, etc.

  1. Used or brand new?

I’ve bought both used and new books.

  1. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?

Yes, most of them. I enjoyed the movies, too.

  1. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book?


  1. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included?

Diane Mott Davidson’s mystery books with Goldy the caterer have some yummy recipes.  My favorite cookbook is Ten Dollar Dinners by Melissa d’Arabian, so-o-o good.


  1. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take?

My fellow bloggers are pretty good at setting me on to good reads.

  1. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving?

Harlen Coben’s  mystery books, I love them although I don’t consider any books outside my comfort zone except perhaps those that are too bloody or gory.

Tag Four People:  Okay here it gets too difficult.  Those I would tag are probably already tagged. But I would welcome any of my followers to play along and send me your answers.



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Merry Christmas At Deet’s

Here is a peek at my house today.  Soon Paul and I will open our gifts and then I will start getting dinner ready.  This year Roast Beef is on the menu.  Friends will join us for dinner.  I set the table last night so I wouldn’t have to fuss this morning.  We ate breakfast on the little table on our lanai. I hope your Christmas is very Merry!


The greenery is from the Holly tree in our front yard. A bit different than the traditional holly bush.




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