December 9, 2011

Happy Holiday


This season take the time for
and Celebration

Enjoy listening to 
Sugar Plum Fairy by P.Tchaikovsky on the Glass Harp and check out Some Holiday Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, 

Trudy Connor

November 27, 2011

The story of 1975 Madison House Diesel Auto Horn

1975 Madison House Diesel Auto Horn

I have an item up for sale, I know it will take a one in a million chance for it will to sell.

My husband likes to buy stuff. Well before we were married, he purchased this horn. He planned to install it in his pickup at the time. With one thing or another, he placed it on the shelf and forgot about it. Packed up by movers, from California to Florida it traveled. Imagine my surprise, when I was shredding a box of old papers only to find this in the bottom. 

Never installed, only test once, when I took it to the repair shop to ask Jack, if it worked. Well, Jack & Al (Jack's business partner) hooked it up to a battery and it works fine. There is also a volume control luckily, which will prevent tickets.

With my husband driving a wheel chair these days, this horn needs a new truck for it to ever be installed.

Know anyone who might be interested?

I wonder how else it could be used?

November 26, 2011

Perhaps this season
you will find
a friend 
a lover
or just your mind
take the time to enjoy
a book
a letter
or just a smile
reaching out to everyone
by phone 
and email
or just a Christmas card
the important part
to remember
You are you
and I am me
together we will be company

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
Season's Greetings
Happy Hanukkah
and many more

November 6, 2011

Donated to a good cause.

Many of you are aware, I sell books on line. With the advent of the ebook readers. Paperback sales have dropped off.
I have a large inventory of paperbacks, some left over from my flea market booth last year. Most of these sell for 1¢  on line. Due to postal price increases it does not pay for me to list all of them anymore.
I did a major purge over the last month. 
The St. Columbkille church thrift store, is a charity I enjoy making donations to. The church pays the rent on the store front, it is all volunteer and all proceeds go to help the needy. Items are also given outright to individuals in need. I took over 150 books. These they will sell for $2 and up.
Next, the local Library book sale. I am a member of the friends of the library. Once a year they have a large book sale. Being a volunteer, I know things sell better, when people can find them. Since my donation would be large volume, I took the time to prepare the boxes of books by sorting and alphabetizing.
First, I pulled 1600 of the Harlequin and Silhouette books, then I pulled 1900 regular paperbacks and finally 300 hardback books, a grand total of 3800 books. 
I have more I want to remove from my inventory. 
I took an additional 13 boxes of Harlequin and Silhouette's to Goodwill yesterday. I have made a good start on the reduction in my inventory. With the holidays coming, I will now go into marketing mode, as I hope I can increase my sales. 

Crystal Rhinestone Stretch White Gold Plated Bracelets 
Happy Holidays


PS. Don't forget, I sell jewelry also. :D

October 29, 2011

Halloween Memories

Halloween is fast approaching.
And childhood memories are encroaching...

A tiny old white brick house with narrow doors, sloping ceilings, steep stairs, and thick plaster walls. Outside an old well stood between the house and a dilapidated garage so old, the doors swung out scraping the ground as they opened. Once opened wide, they proved too narrow for a car to fit between.

Now it is a risky business to leave your vehicle outdoors, while ghost and goblins made their way around town. The previous year our car had proved to be to tempting for the tricksters roaming around. The next morning we discovered soaped windows, toilet paper, and old tin cans adorning the car.

The front porch, we prepared for the season. Yarn became spider webs, and old clothes a scarecrow. Other bits and pieces became our costumes, a mob of 5 left out the front door, toting our pillowcases to collect our treats. My brothers running off with their friends, while my younger sisters and I continued on trick or treating. As we approached the third house, we heard a scream. Eerie in the night, especially this night as it filled with screams. 

Around the block we continued, cutting the corner short and though our yard a large ghost appeared from the narrow garage. Loudly screaming, we ran into the house. To find our mother laughing!

Trick or treat, our father tricked, the car windows remained clean, and he safely left for work at 5am the next morning.

I still smile, as I remember, the family tradition begun that evening. The old sheet was used many times and the laughter the next day was fun.  Did you see them run!

October 26, 2011

A Week Away from home...

I have been quiet the last little bit. I took a much deserved break from my everyday life to visit my daughter Deborah in Los Angeles. 

While there, I took on a project. Shelving, with the help of her friend, Karl. We salvaged a wooden bookcase and turned it into over the toilet storage. We found the wooden book case on the curb, waiting for the salvage truck.

The two bedroom apartment she lives in was built in 1954, and is under 600 square feet. It does have some character, with it's wooden paneling on some walls and exposed beam ceiling. The shortcomings: limited storage, no insulation or sound proofing. Deborah shares the apartment with 2 roommates and they all share the one bathroom. Most of the manufactured over the toilet storage measure 25" wide. 

How did we do this? The books case measured 72"H x 36"W x 13.5"D and the ceiling is 7' 10".  For safety the bottom portion needed to be shortened and altered.  By cutting the curve and splitting a shelf I was able to create two narrow 5.5 inch shelves perfect for the extra rolls and storage jars.  

The only tools we used a hammer, screwdriver drill, and jig saw. 

  1. Remove the shelves, toe kick, back and bottom shelf.
  2. The attached middle shelf originally used for stabilization became our bottom large shelf.
  3. Just below the stabilization is where to begin the curve. How did we obtain the curve? We made a trip to the kitchen, found a large bowl. Marking where we wanted the curve to start and end carefully placed the bowl on the dots and traced the curve. We continued the line down the back for the depth of the bottom unit. (1/2 the original depth) We also shortened it at this point. Our unit is now 60" tall. 
  4. Using a piece of paper make a pattern of the shelf adjustment holes, using a screw to punch holes in the paper. Align in the front of cabinet and carefully drill new shelf holes. A piece of tape is a good reminder for how deep to drill the holes.
  5. Split one shelf in half, forming 2 bottom shelves. 
  6. Screw the new bottom shelf into place.
  7. Dry fit back panel, carefully draw a pencil line, remove and shorten.
  8. Replace and secure back panel.
  9. Attach the old toe kick onto the top back of the unit to aide in hanging.
  10. Paint, stain or leave finished as is. We did stain the unit.
  11. Now to find studs, I use a hammer and thin nail to locate the studs.
  12. Using the remains of the bookcase side I cut two pieces to attach to the wall. Securely screwing them into the stud and in two instances using mollies for added strength. I used 4 screws to support the unit.
  13. Lifting the new shelving unit onto the wall cleat, we screwed it into place. 
  14. For added stability, screw into ceiling joist and into wall studs.
  15. We probably added more screws than necessary, but the back panel was 1/8" thick, and bathroom safety a priority.
The cost, a few hours of labor, some 3" screws, and 1.25" screws and a quart of stain.

The girls then added baskets, to finish the unit.

October 1, 2011

Navy Fighters and the Santa Catalina Ferry

In the 1950's, young Navy fighter pilots flew out of Miramar California.
Flying high and low, to and fro over land and water. Experiencing the thrill of going supersonic. Above and in the clouds, these young pilots flew formations and combat patterns. Often they would find themselves over Santa Catalina, a favorite place for them to go.
The local Radio broadcast, upon the Santa Catalina Ferry easily picked up in cockpits would play. The broadcaster would entice the young pilots to appear out of the sky. Down they would go to buzz the ferry, dropping out of supersonic as they came down low, over the waves for a little show. And often times a song would play "26 Miles Across The Sea."
As fast they came, they would leave, to the song on the radio.

Many of those young pilots became Air Line Pilots.

September 26, 2011

Photography Progression

Sept 17, 2011 results of final G+ coaching, a photo I can use.
Photographing jewelry is a relatively new venture for me. Hiring a professional, would require a much larger inventory and a larger price tag.

I have always been a snap shot type of person. While my daughter is a photographer, she lives on the other coast, too far away to snag into doing these photos. She has done a few before while visiting.

Sept 1, 2011 I lost hair this day.
Not having a high end SLR camera, I have had to learn to use my Digital, to capture the images I needed. In the last few weeks, I have taken many many photos, lost a few handfuls of hair, ground my teeth, used a magnifying glass, and threatened to smash the camera against the wall.

Mid July, I Joined Google+.
 I admired many of the photographs, I watched on the stream, and knew I needed help.

I gave myself until the end of September. I needed to get these earrings listed for sale. After several frustrating weeks, I finally developed the nerve, to ask for help via the Google+ stream. After all, I am no where near their level of expertise.

Sept 16, 2011 1st Google+ photo
What I had to work with:
  • light tent
  • lumix dmc-fh20
  • Two 3000K 45w Tungsten lamps
  • Tripod
  • Grey Boiled wool
  • Black Granite Tile
  • White Bathroom Tile
You will note with my daughter's urging, via the telephone, I switched to Macro photography, prior to posting to Google+.

But I needed to learn more, about adjusting the white balance.

Sept 17, 2011 2nd Google+ Photo
I began with the lights pointing directly at the earrings. This caused a harsh reflection.  I changed the lighting method.

Next, the ISO was set to auto, this I first adjusted to 400, then with some urging, dropped to 100. I began using the timer on the camera for each photo, greatly decreasing the blurry images.

Another problem, reflections, I was wearing red shirt one day and a blue the next. A sheet hung over the light tent allowed me to move the camera lower, and prevent reflections.

Finally I managed a usable photo! Perhaps if I ran the photo through Photoshop, I could eliminate the dust on the earrings, and once I get all the earring posted for sale, I need to take the time to learn Photoshop.

I received valuable help from Marcel Bankmann, Joe Gastrich, Justin Bond, Ursula Rodgers, David Kaiser, and many others.

To follow me on  Google+ click the link.

September 25, 2011


Just spent a couple hours visiting good friends of ours, both of them in their late 80's. Near the end of the visit Jim asked me, if I knew anything about computers. Well I know the Mac. 

Thank Heavens for Friends

They have a Dell. 
First request was, if I would help them send photos of the kitchen to their children.  

Then a trickier question arose, could I scan a proof sheet and send the photos to them. I explained the proof sheet would not scan well. It seems, when they attempted to work with the camera disk, it printed a proof sheet. I asked if he had erased the disk. He said he had it auto delete when he loaded the disk.

Off to the computer the three of us went. First he handed me the battery to load onto the computer. I explained I needed the disk. Next locating the slot, turned out to be on the printer. Crossing my fingers I placed the disk in the slot and up popped up the instructions. Following them I managed to load all 276 photos, including the ones on the proof sheet. I lucked out they now think I am really good.

Selected the photos hit the email button; ah something is not right, the address are not auto filling for the email.

Turns out they do not have an outlook express email account.

On to their Comcast account up load photos, and send.

Then they hand me another camera disk they had from Christmas 2002 another 280 photos. Needless to say they are now, as I type, sending photos to various family members. 

And me I am still chuckling at the fact they had this second disk, and wanted to make sure they could send them also.

The real kicker, they had never emptied their recycling bin. It is now empty.

Me I am smiling. Glad I could help them.

September 1, 2011

A Challenge To Be Completed

Care to join the Challenge?

This post will be a diversion from my normal posts.

At my last physical my Internist and I discussed my weight and other issues. He suggested I reduce my meat and fish intake He did recommend Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health

This will be a drastic change to my diet, let alone my husbands.

Goals For September:
Remove meat form my diet 3 days a week.
Use Almond milk in place of non fat on my cereal.
Exercise 20 hours this month.
Lose 10 pounds this month.

I began this morning. After a day of preparation for a colonoscopy (which I rescheduled for Monday). 

The day has just begun..


Shall we see how I do?

Care to join the Challenge?

August 20, 2011

NPR's Top 100 Science Fiction, Fantasy Books

Only those who read Science Fiction and Fantasy will appreciate this list. If you are new to Science Fiction and Fantasy these are always recommended.

Realms of Tolkien
A list of the top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy novels put together by NPR. Let to my curiosity as to how many of the books by the authors I have available. Resorting to my database and not my memory I listed the books available Some of these like Fahrenheit 451 I have sold several copies. Terry Goodkind and Diana Gabaldon, two of my favorite authors have made the list.

As you search the list below, do you spot any of your favorite authors?

1.           The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    1. The return of the king
    2. Realms of Tolkien
2.           The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    1. The Universe of Douglas Adams
3.           Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    1. Ender's Game
4.           The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert
5.           A Song Of Ice And Fire Series by George R.R. Martin
6.           1984 A Novel by George Orwell
7.           Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8.           The Foundation Triology by Isaac Asimov
    1. Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain
    2. Foundation and Empire: Foundation #2
    3. Robots and Empire: R. Daneel Olivaw #4
    4. Second Foundation; Foundation #5
9.           Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10.        American Gods by Neil Gaiman
11.        The Princess Bride S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale Of True Love And High Adventure by William Goldman
12.        The Wheel Of Time Series by Robert Jordan
    1. Crossroads of Twilight: The Wheel of Time #10  (will be posted by Tuesday)
    2. The Fallon Blood
13.        Animal Farm by George Orwell
14.        Neuromancer by William Gibson
15.        Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
16.        I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
17.        Stranger In A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
18.        The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
19.        Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
20.        Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
21.        Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
22.        The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
23.        The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
    1. The Gunslinger: Dark Tower #1
The Illegal Rebirth of Billy the Kid
24.        2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
25.        The Stand by Stephen King
26.        Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
27.        The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
28.        Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
29.        The Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman
30.        A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
31.        Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
32.        Watership Down by Richard Adams
    1. Tales from Watership Down
33.        Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
    1. Dragonsong: Harper Hall
34.        The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
35.        A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
36.        The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    1. The Island of Dr. Moreau
37.        20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne
    1. Master of the World
38.        Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
39.        The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
40.        The Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny      
    1. Knight of Shadows
41.        The Belgariad by David Eddings
    1. Pawn of Prophecy; Belgariad #1
    2. Domes of Fire: Tamuli #1
    3. The Shining Ones: Tamuli #2
    4. Hidden City: Tamuli #3
42.        The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43.        Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
44.        Ringworld by Larry Niven
    1. The Smoke Ring
    2. The Integral Trees
45.        The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
46.        The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
47.        The Once And Future King by T.H. White
48.        Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
49.        Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
50.        Contact by Carl Sagan
    1. Cosmos
51.        The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
52.        Stardust by Neil Gaiman
53.        Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
54.        World War Z An Oral History Of The Zombie War by Max Brooks
55.        The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
56.        The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
57.        Small Gods A Novel Of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
58.        The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant The Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
    1. The Runes of the Earth: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant #1
59.        The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
60.        Going Postal A Novel Of Discworld by Terry Pratchett
61.        The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
62.        The Sword Of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind
    1. Stone of Tears: Sword of Truth #2
    2. Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth #3
    3. Temple of the Winds: Sword of Truth #4
    4. Soul of the Fire: Sword of Truth #5
    5. Faith of the Fallen: Sword of Truth #6
    6. The Pillars of Creation: Sword of Truth #7
    7. Naked Empire: Sword of Truth #8
    8. The Law of Nines
63.        The Road by Cormac McCarthy
64.        Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
65.        I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
66.        The Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
67.        The Sword Of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks
    1. The Sword of Shannara
    2. Wizard at Large: Magic Kingdom of Landover #3
    3. Witches' Brew: Magic Kingdom of Landover #5
68.        The Conan The Barbarian Series by Robert E. Howard and Mark Schultz
69.        The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb
70.        The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
71.        The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
72.        Journey To The Center Of The Earth by Jules Verne
    1. Journey to the Center of the Earth
73.        The Legend Of Drizzt Series by R. A. Salvatore
74.        Old Man's War by John Scalzi
75.        The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
76.        Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
77.        The Kushiel's Legacy Series by Jacqueline Carey
78.        The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia by Ursula K. Le Guin
79.        Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
80.        Wicked The Life And Times Of The Wicked Witch Of The West by Gregory Maguire
81.        The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series by Steven Erikson
82.        The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
83.        The Culture Series by Iain Banks
    1. Walking on Glass
84.        The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
    1. Thornyhold
85.        Anathem by Neal Stephenson
86.        The Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher
87.        The Book Of The New Sun by Gene Wolfe
88.        The Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn
    1. Terminator Salvation: From the Ashes: The Official Prequel Novelization
89.        The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon       
    1. The Fiery Cross

90.        The Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
91.        The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
92.        Sunshine by Robin McKinley
    1. The Blue Sword
93.        A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
94.        The Caves Of Steel by Isaac Asimov
95.        The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
    1. Antarctica
96.        Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
97.        Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
    1. New Hugo Winners: III
98.        Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
99.        The Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
    1. Harpy Thyme: Xanth #17
100.    The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
    1. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe sold out
    2. Voyage of the Dawn Treader