On Revamps

Very happy to report that my website revamp is coming along nicely. The only page left unfinished is my Pink Net Shop. Everything else was updated by Thursday last week which left me a Friday free to accompany my cousin to Ikea for a much needed break.

Still on the topic of revamps, I know some people are tired of Ikea. I've even come across snide remarks about it but I'm not one of those people. I'm an Ikea fan. Those Billy bookcases and shelves rank high on my list of must-haves. They're like blank canvases that you can do almost anything with, like so:

If you're not into painting, you can also just decoupage posters, prints, your children's artwork, or use your favorite wallpaper. Now if you'd rather hide messy shelves, Ikea's got your back too. They have all sorts of doors that will hide clutter nicely. 

A trip to Ikea's always a treat. It was a great start to the Memorial Day weekend and though my cousin and I left with nothing terribly substantial (she, a set of children's paintbrushes to touch up her wall and me, a hand brush with a dustpan), we made our way back home quite fulfilled.

In my last post, I mentioned how important it is to me to have the right kind of music going on when I work. Other than musicals, the album I've been playing over and over again on Spotify is Enya's The Very Best of Enya. Although I have no idea what she's actually saying in some of the songs, there's no temptation to get up and dance!

Click here to listen one of the songs

The audiobook I have in my phone at the moment is Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke. I'd been wanting to read it for a few years now. The thickness of the book is daunting though in my younger days, that would have been a delight. Nowadays, it's the length of the audiobook that I take into consideration when picking out what to spend my monthly credit with Audible on.

Simon Prebble does a wonderful job of narrating. His character and accent shifts are appropriate. No attempts to make the women sound more like women which I find a bit distracting when other male narrators do it. Unfortunately, I don't have an audio clip available but I've sent an email to the Audible Help Desk to see if that bit can be resolved. In the meantime, here's the clip on their site.



Marnie Mooney liked to keep a clean house.

Every morning after breakfast, she wiped her table and counter tops clean. She swept away crumbs. She dusted the mantelpiece and her books.

In the evenings, she made sure her house was spotless before she settled down into her favorite reading chair with her favorite cup of camomile tea (a wedge of lemon spritzed in) and a book.

This particular evening,as she pulled out a book to read, Marnie Mooney noticed that there was more than the usual amount of dust on her bookcase. 

"Hmmph," she said softly, a small frown beginning to grow as she squinted for a better look. Then straightening up, she gently dropped the book onto her favorite chair as she made her way to the broom closet. 

She took her favorite feather duster from the closet and went back to the bookcase. With her pinky finger up in the air, she swished the feather duster this way and that, poking gently into some corners. Then she squinted and came closer to make sure she didn't miss a single speck.

With a firm nod of her head, she said, "Hmmph!" Then she put the feather duster back into the broom closet and settled down to read.

"Oh, bother," she said after she took a sip of her tea. It had grown lukewarm. "This is not proper tea. If the tea isn't hot enough, it won't warm me enough. If I'm not warm enough, I won't enjoy reading at all!"

Without another thought, Marnie Mooney stood up to put the book away. As she slid the book into its proper place, she noticed that the dust was back. She looked up at the ceiling. It could be that she missed out on cleaning that and the dust was drifting from up there. But the ceiling was Marnie Mooney clean which meant that it was very, very clean.

And finally, the website revamp is done! I haven't finished putting in items for the shop as there's a bit of thinking and rethinking going on about which vendor to use for certain items. You can sign up for updates as I add more items. There are only 14 up there so far.

Come over and have a look!

Have a great weekend ahead!

P.S. Audible came back with a reply within a few hours of my sending the email. Right now, they don't have clips that can be embedded in posts and I was advised to just send people over to the page that the audio sample is on. At least for now, I'm on the right track!


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