Pat Wahler

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Month: September 2017

A Short Book Review and a Thank You to Subscribers

As summer creeps toward fall, I can’t help but get excited. With apologies to those who mourn the end of swimming weather, I’ve been dying to drag out my comfy sweatshirts and deliciously decadent elastic waistband pants. You know the ones I’m talking about. They’re soft and forgiving and don’t pass judgment on me the way snobby slacks with zippers and buttons do.

Another reason to love fall is I tend to read more because there are so many new releases – all in time for the holiday season. My most recent read is THE OTHER EINSTEIN by  Marie Benedict. From Benedict’s well-researched novel, I soon learned Mr. Einstein may have had an amazing intellect, but his treatment of the people closest to him wasn’t exactly stellar.

Poor Mrs. Einstein

According to the novel, he minimized the contributions of fiancee and physicist Mileva Maric to his ground-breaking work, basically stringing her along for years before he agreed to marry her. The life between them wasn’t exactly rosy and I couldn’t help but feel bad for Mileva. Did you ever imagine the wild-haired smiling images we’ve seen of Albert Einstein hid a rather self-absorbed womanizer? Guess you’ll have to read the novel to find out all the fascinating details. I know I’ll never look at him the same way again. This, my friends, is one of the many reasons I love historical fiction – learning things that weren’t taught in any of my history classes.

This photo recently sold for $125,000 at auction. What a guy. (via Getty images)

Now on to more important items.

Subscribers, you are fabulous. As a way to express my gratitude, I plan to periodically run some fun contests exclusively for subscribers. Today I’m launching the first one. So…drum roll please…I’m sponsoring the chance for subscribers to win a $25 Amazon e-gift card – a great way to get started with your holiday shopping.

If you aren’t a subscriber yet, no worries. Just sign up on the top right sidebar under “Become a Subscriber” by entering your email address. You’ll receive notification of new blog posts so you won’t miss future giveaways or exclusive news via email – but never more than twice per month.

A winner will be randomly selected from my list of current subscribers in five weeks, on October 25, 2017. Simple! Since the gift card will be delivered via email, all subscribers are eligible, regardless of geographic location. All that’s necessary is a valid email address.

Once again, thanks to my loyal subscribers. Good luck to each one of you!

 

 

 

 

 

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Got Fall Projects?

It’s true. Fall cleaning really is a “thing”.

I used to believe only in spring did I need to feel guilted into doing the stuff I avoid while trying to make the house look less like a pig-sty (apologies to pigs) while not quite taking it to the level of say, waiting for a photographer from Better Homes and Gardens. Now I’ve discovered that one is expected to do fall cleaning, too, in order to prepare the outside for frigid temperatures and the inside for the imminent cold and flu season. Sigh.

No rest for the weary. (Amazon)

The drudgery of housework is a task that throughout history has fallen on the shoulders of women. In the past, ladies (if they were fortunate, assisted by a maid or two) would shoo away the menfolk and empty the house during spring cleaning to scrub nooks and corners, beat the dust out of rugs, and wash soot and grime (heating and cooking with wood and coal was messy) from the walls.

In keeping with tradition, when I clean, my own hubby does what the man of the house has done for centuries. He leaves. This is probably for the best. Otherwise, I’d be dealing with remarks such as “Where does this go?” “What time is lunch?” And horrifically, “I’m going to adjust the motor on the vacuum cleaner to see if it’ll suck up the bucket of water I spilled.”

I’m a list maker, probably because it’s so visually satisfying to cross items off as I complete them. A list requires only two things: paper and pencil. But if you want to get fancy and pick up a few fall cleaning suggestions in the bargain, there are plenty of templates on line. Click HERE for great ideas plus free templates from the Organized Home.

You may have guessed I’m not a huge fan of cleaning, which in my opinion is a lot like trying to string beads when there isn’t any knot on the end. No matter how hard you’ve worked, within five minutes it will look like you haven’t touched a thing. That’s why I often choose to read a book instead. It’s so much more satisfying.

The perfect title for a non-perfectionist. (Pixabay)

But just in case you wonder, yes I do clean my house. A while back, I had someone come in to clean for me (delight of delights). Here’s what I learned from the experience:

1. Hiring cleaning help is an expensive luxury.

2. There is no reason whatsoever to clean weekly. Every other week works perfectly well.

Fall cleaning aside, there’s a list I don’t fail to study as it’s more important than simple household chores. The transition to fall and winter is the perfect time to check your home for safety issues. Click HERE to find several comprehensive lists (including free templates!) from Home Safety Smarkcheck.

Trust me, Hubby will not be shooed out of the house after I print out those lists.

Here’s the list, dear. (Pixabay)

I hope you’ve found some insights for all your fall projects. My own list has grown. Guess I’d better put down my book and get to work.

P.S. What’s for dinner? Check out the Easy-Peasy Recipe tab. A new recipe has been posted, courtesy of talented writer friend, Marcia Gaye. Visit her Facebook page HERE.

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