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Lost Words of My Kitchen Project…

May 16, 2016
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This past weekend with the help of my wonderful girls, I managed to renew my old tired kitchen and transform it into a modern, refreshed space. There are a few finishing details – so the completed photo will be posted later this week.

Before work started – old tired ugly wood cupboards.

 

albedineity n 1652 -1652
whiteness
The monotonous albedineity of the snow-covered field was blinding.

impigrity n 1623 -1721 quickness; speed The impigrity of the contract’s signing led to vexing legal wranglings.

novaturient adj 1679 -1679
desiring changes or alterations
The novel’s author rightly rejected the novaturient wishes of the screenwriters

operiment n 1650 -1656
a covering
If you don’t get an operiment for your classic car, it will rust away in a brief time.

patration n 1656 -1656
perfection or completion of something
The patration of my dissertation will be an occasion for great merriment.

Primed cupboards – getting brighter and disguising the ugly!

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My sentence: After years of novaturient, I succeeded, with the help of my girls, in operimenting my ugly old wooden kitchen cupboards. Even the albedineity of the primer made me happy. With only the weekend available to complete the project, impigrity was paramount to achieve the patration of a new look kitchen.

What projects have you undertaken in your home that had a time constraint?

And as promised the finished result…I used the colour from the lino accent colour and matched it for the cupboards!

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Utilize Your Wonder and Respect for The Natural World Within Your Narrative…

April 14, 2014
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My upcoming children’s chapter book, Ockleberries to the Rescue, centers around two woodland sprites, who help all  the forest animals through illness and injury. The theme was inspired by my lifelong love of the natural world, whether it is exotic animals, such as tigers and red panda’s (my personal favorites) or the more common species, such as rabbits, squirrels or birds. The knowledge and wonder shared with me and my siblings by our parents, lives on in us and we have passed on the message to our children. Every single species has a purpose and is intricately linked to another. The ‘food chain’ is the basis for this but there are so many other relationships in the natural world that we are still discovering.

bee-flower

We have all enjoyed the fluttering of a butterfly but have you ever watched a spider make its web? Such industrious behavior is fascinating to behold, similar to ants rebuilding a damaged nest or a bee collecting pollen. These activities are born of instinct and self preservation. Even with all our technology we cannot manufacture a structure as fine and strong as a cobweb or create a completely natural substance from so few components as honey.

Beetle

The smallest bug or insect is a wondrous thing to watch. Did you know woodlice carry their young under their bellies? My daughter at the age of 4 taught me this one! You may not see or consider a beetle scurrying across your path. But look closer – see its colours, its antenna and its shape. There are many different kinds of animals and insects we ‘miss’ in our everyday lives because we are not looking. Sit on the lawn or near a forest trail and watch the tiny world that is so often under your feet and ignored. You will witness a whole new world of activity and renew your connection to nature.

Our interests can be a vital component of our narratives and will give depth to the story because of our knowledge and love of that particular subject. Delve into your depths and find those links to broaden and heighten your subject. It will show in your writing and engage your reader.

What interests have you incorporated into a novel (or novels?)

OckleberriesProof copy cover only. Illustrations and new cover in process.

 

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