Monday, October 1, 2012

Great Weekend--2 Book Reviews--I Sell More Books!


October 1, 2012

Remember how I had a pretty lousy day Friday?

Well, the rest of the weekend more than made up for it!

Friday night was a tad rocky at first, however, due to my brilliant idea to bathe one of the wolves. You see, each of my ‘wooblets’, as we call them, gets a turn at bein’ house wolf (or in THEIR viewpoint—lapdogs) for a month. Normally I just switch them out with no problem. However, Angel has been in a ‘roll in whatever smells funky’ mood for a couple of weeks, and with my schedule I haven’t really had much time to keep the little stench monster out of trouble.

Sooooooo….

When it came time for her turn in the house Friday night—I had to bathe her.

By myself.

Oh yeah. Fun times.

You see, Angel weighs in at about 90-100 pounds, and while she will joyfully leap into a water trough, mud puddle or pond…

She becomes positively PHOBIC when brought anywhere near a bathtub.

Yeah. You get the picture.

I got her clean and dry, and then I had to clean the bathroom and myself. Actually, I had to soak in the now clean tub after takin’ asprin, ‘cause my muscles were in shock from holdin’ that big furball in the tub while I washed her. But it was worth it, ‘cause now she is all clean and her fur is nice and soft. I don’t think HEAD & SHOULDERS shampoo had washin’ wolves in mind when they created their product (seriously—can you picture the ad campaign?), but it works better than anything I’ve ever seen.

Saturday mornin’, I decided to make waffles for breakfast. Afterwards we did all the mornin’ chores, and then we got to go to the print shop and have five more copies of the book printed up. I met the owner of the shop, and we discussed a few changes to how the book is bound, and possible ideas for promotional materials.

Afterwards, we got to go to one of our favorite places—the library! We got a few movies, and while the Redneck browsed the graphic novels, Obie and I went in search of cookbooks and other how to tomes. I found a great book on World War II cookin’, called GRANDMA’S WARTIME KITCHEN: World War II and the way we cooked, By Joanne Lamb Hayes. Not only are there good recipes, there are all kinds of trivia about that period in American kitchen history. With tidbits such as “Uncle Sam’s Food Rules”, and “the Daily Seven”, you get a sense of just how much the guidelines for nutrition have changed since then, and also you begin to truly appreciate just how difficult it was for homemakers to put decent meals on the table in such a time of scarcity. We modern “Home Front Warriors” can take inspiration from the women who not only had to run households durin’ a time of war—but who also in many cases had to step up to the challenge of fillin’ in at factory jobs while the men were away in battle.

We also came across a little jewel about ice cream—jeni’s SPLENDID ICE CREAMS AT HOME, By Jeni Britton Bauer. Jeni gives you a wonderful recipe that can be used as the basis for all kinds of ice cream concoctions, includin’ Roasted Strawberry and Buttermilk, Backyard Mint, and The Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream In The World. She also talks about the science of makin’ frozen treats—and you can UNDERSTAND WHAT SHE SAYS. That alone makes the book a treasure. I think I’ll be lookin’ for a good electric ice cream maker for my Wall Of Wonders…

Sunday mornin’ just capped off the whole weekend. We got to church, and after a wonderful time greetin’ all our church family, I picked up the bulletin to check on what was goin’ on, prayer requests, etc.

What a surprise and a joy to see a little bitty paragraph in the bulletin mentionin’ MY BOOK! I was further touched when the one of the elders who had purchased my book the week before stood up to give the announcements. He held up his copy of Lessons & Blessin’s, and said that he felt it was a wonderful book, and a testimony of life in Christ. He mentioned Shawn, my illustrator, and praised his artwork also, and said that he knew that God would bless us through our work. I had to swallow a bit, and then I did what Preach up in Oklahoma said we should—I said, “I accept the compliment, and in turn I’m givin’ it to God.”

After church—I sold out of all five copies, and I have a pre-pay order for another one.

IS THAT COOL OR WHAT?!?!?!

Seriously, while the book stuff at church was wonderful—it was the rest of the day that really stands out in my mind. We went and had lunch at TACO BELL, picked up a few things we had to have, and then we all came home and just relaxed all afternoon. After evenin’ chores I made a simple supper, and we again just chilled out until bedtime.

Today is a round of errands and getting’ geared up for the rest of the week, and things are lookin’ pretty well put together—so far…

Well, I got chores. Later ya’ll.
© 2012 by Evelyn Edgett

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