Monday, October 10, 2011

The Tug of the Past: A Peek at the Seekerville Historical Museum




Happy birthday Seekerville! For four fabulous years, the Seekers have been sharing the ups and downs of writing, hoping to pass along a touch of wisdom and empathy to those traveling the road toward publication. In the process, we’ve met and made wonderful friends to share the journey and our stories with. Thanks to all of you for your support! Let's party!!

I’m excited and grateful all the Seekers have left Unpubbed Island, as have a number of the Seekerville faithful! Yay!! We’re moving to new digs. Not that we won’t visit the island, especially this winter when our quaint village of Seekerville turns frigid, but I think you’ll love our new home. Check it out at

http://www.seekerville.net/





I'm also excited to reveal the cover of my January 2012 Love Inspired Historical An Inconvenient Match! Here's a peek at the story.


THE BEST OF ENEMIES

His family destroyed hers. But Matthew Cummings’s job offer—to care for his recuperating father—is impossible to decline. Schoolteacher Abigail Wilson can swallow her pride for the sake of a summer paycheck that will help her sister. And when Abigail’s employment ends, old loyalties will separate the feuding families once more.

If there’s anyone in town stubborn enough to deal with Matthew’s cantankerous father, it’s Abigail. It’s just a business arrangement—and a temporary one, at that. Her good opinion shouldn’t matter a lick to Matt. Yet their different backgrounds belie a surprising kinship. Perhaps unexpected love will be their reward for the summer’s inconvenient match.



A new book cover, a new home--life is good!


Walk with me down Seekerville's Main Street. With the changing color of the fall leaves, the quaint buildings freshly painted, Seekerville is a lovely spot with lots of shops. The Seekers are settled overhead in our apartments. I decorated mine in shades of blue and yellow, cheerful serenity, the perfect spot to write.


As curator of the Seekerville Historical Museum, I’ll give a short tour of our museum filled with antiques and mementos guaranteed to take visitors back in time to small town and rural America, the setting for my books. The museum is up the street from the Yankee Belle Café. So grab a cup of java and join me.


I’ve set up rooms to show what life was like in the 1800s. To the right is the replica of a kitchen. Among the icebox, mammoth cook stove and pump inside the kitchen, I want to point out two conveniences that made a huge difference to women.


The Hoosier Cupboard, its metal tag proclaiming this modern aid saves homemakers a thousand steps. Before built-in kitchen cabinets, homemakers loved the combination flour-bin/sifter, its drawers and funnel shaped dispensers were lined with tin to keep rodents out of flour and sugar. Other conveniences were a revolving spice rack with glass jars and pull out workspace to make and roll out biscuits or a pie crust. The wood work surfaces were later covered with zinc, aluminum or porcelain for easier cleanup. Our example is covered with zinc. Note the iron apple peeler clamped onto the end and the slop bucket positioned underneath to catch peelings, food for the pigs.

The second convenience displayed on the oak kitchen table is a collection of pattern glass. This inexpensive glass revolutionized the glass industry in America. From the mid-eighteen hundreds though early 1900s middle class families who could not afford hand-cut glass, prized press-molded glass. Hundreds of patterns were made by many manufacturers. Here you see a pattern called Art, also known as Job’s Tears, depending on the manufacturer. Note the pitcher, spoon holder, lidded sugar bowl, round covered butter dish for churned and molded butter. Cake stands, tumblers and goblets, sauce and relish dishes, cruets, compotes and banana stands are a few of the other pieces in this and other patterns.

The museum is unusual in that visitors can walk through the exhibits and get a close up view. Stay a while. Visit the parlor, bedroom and porch. If you're looking for the bathroom, you'll have to step outside. The kitchen was the hub of the house where men shaved and the family bathed in copper or galvanized tubs, often sharing the same water. Though I love antiques and find history fascinating, I’m glad I live in this modern age.

If you love antiques, share some of your favorites, perhaps a shaving mug that belonged to your great-grandfather, a McGuffey’s Reader with a relatives name inside or a piec of flow-blue china. If you can’t abide artifacts of the past, tell us why you’re glad you were born later in history and your favorite modern conveniences. Comment often for more chances to win daily, weekly and the grand birthday prize!

I’m serving an old-fashioned farmer’s breakfast of fried eggs, meat and potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy and coffee. Top a biscuit with homemade apple butter or blackberry jam. Enjoy! Those who want to live in the present, a McDonald’s drive-through is just down the road.

Today I’m opening the vault and giving away a four-book set of my historical romances, Courting Miss Adelaide, Courting the Doctor’s Daughter, The Substitute Bride and Wanted: A Family. If you’ve already read my books, thank you! If not, leave a comment and tell me you’d like to win. Even if you've read the books, you can give them away, a gift for a friend or relative.


An Inconvenient Match releases in January 2012. Last Minute Bride in the Brides of the West Anthology releases in April 2012.

Janet Dean grew up in a family who cherished the past and had a strong creative streak. Her father recounted fascinating stories, like his father before him. The tales they told instilled in Janet a love of history and the desire to write. She married her college sweetheart and taught first grade before leaving to rear two daughters, but Janet never lost interest in American history and the accounts of strong men and women of faith who built this country. With her daughters grown, she eagerly turned to Inspirational historical romance. Today Janet enjoys spinning stories for Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical. When she isn’t writing, Janet stamps greeting cards, plays golf and is never without a book to read. The Deans love to travel and spend time with their family. Visit Janet at her Website: http://www.janetdean.net/ and blog: http://www.janetdean.blogspot.com/

276 comments :

  1. Was watching American Pickers not too long ago and they found a bathtub cabinet thing. That was way cool. It looked like a big cabinet, maybe 6 feet tall or so and it folded down with a tub on the floor.

    I'm so very thankful for electricity and, well, Internet.

    Because without either of those, I wouldn't have my lovely Seeker friends!!!

    carolmoncado at gmail dot com

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  2. Oh gosh Janet the cover for An Inconvenient Match is sooo pretty! Congrats!! I love that Seekerville has an antiques museum...I'll totally volunteer to run it while you guys are all at conferences. ;-) I personally love antiques and I like to collect them. I have a school book from the 1800s that belonged to a girl from a town in my county and she wrote interesting poems on the inside covers. Very cool. I've read/have all of your books and I'm very much looking forward to the next one!

    XOXO~ RENEE

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  3. Carol I saw that episode...the folding bathtub was super cool and if I couldn't have my clawfoot tub I'd totally want one of those!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  4. That book cover is glorious!!! Congratulations on another release!

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  5. Wow love the look of your new book. Sounds so cool. You know I love your books. But when you say enter for a friend I will do that I know my good friend I mentioned Saturday would love to read your books.
    Carol when you mention about no electiricity, no internet and no seeker friends. I wonder how many books we would have also if they were all hand written. (Im sure this aussie wouldn't have been able to get many of them.)

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  6. Ps on a bit of a high today. Got my final assessment for one of my subjects and got a distinction. (here the grading is distinction, credit, pass, fail) I dont know the percentage but I think its around 80%.
    So am quite excited most this year have been passes. One to go.

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  7. I have a U.S. nickel from 1911 I wear as a necklace. I'm pretty sure its the oldest thing I own. It was my grandpa's. He also has this really cool, and REALLY old scale his father used to measure and weigh gold dust back in the late 1800's. I have this dream of taking it to the Antiques Roadshow and finding out its worth a ton, LOL.

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  8. I have a hoosier cabinet, and I love it! It has little drawers up the side that I put note cards and birthday cards in. The rest of the cabinet is laced with photos in vintage frames. It's something that I would definitely love to "see" into its past. And I love the cover of your new book too!!!

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  9. I love historical books and old stuff. I have a claw foot bathtub that we bought when we thought we were going to build a house. Alas, we did not build a house, and my beautiful old bathtub is sitting in a shed. :(

    I used to think I was born 100 years too late. Then I thought about outhouses. I really think I could live without everything else if I had to, but a flushing toilet and plenty of quality TP are a must.

    I'd love to win the prize pack, I've been hankering to read Courting Miss Adelaide since the first time I saw the cover.

    andeemarie95 at gmail dot com

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  10. I'm not much on antiques but seems right that Seekerville has a historical museum.

    The new cover is wonderful, Janet. I'd certainly love to win.

    Congrats Ausjenny on earning a Distinction rating!

    It's way too late--early? Check back in later today.

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  11. The Seekerville main street is so inviting. There is something vintage about it!

    Please enter me in your draw Janet!

    janet(underscore)kerr(at)msn(dot)com

    And congratulations on your Distinction Ausjenny!!!

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  12. The only antique I know anything about is my hubby.

    I enjoyed your first books and look forward to reading more.

    The coffee pot is set.

    One of our local restaurants has one of those cabinets.

    Helen

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  13. Great post. I too an glad to live in such a modern age. I have not read any of your books yet. But congrats on the new release and such a great cover.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  14. I love antiques but I don't really own any, and if I did I'd be extremely afraid of breaking them. I'm sorta glad I live in this time with all the modern conveniences but I definitely would prefer the moral standard of olden days to still be in place!
    Abbi

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  15. I'm one of those who sometimes feels like I was born 100 year too late too. Then I look around at all the hard things they had to do. My Mom has a cast iron kettle that weighs twenty pounds empty. I'm glad I live now, it is more fun to just read about the past.
    I would love to be entered in your drawing.
    mcline@bbc.net

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  16. Love the cover. I've been reading about your book and I'm interested in trying some of them, so I'd love to win your collection!

    I've never been much on antiques, for their own sake, but I love my set of 125 year old china that I got from my grandmother as a wedding gift. They belonged to a friend of hers and she remade a sugar bowl because the original's lid was chipped. Twelve place settings, all in mint condition. Precious to me.

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  17. Oh, Janet, once again, the cover angels have blessed you. Can't wait for January.

    I grew up in an antiquing family. I own everything from my grandmother's china to a 300 year old corner cupboard. But I have two things that I love the best.

    My husband and father-in-law built a pie safe with copper panels for me when I was pregnant with my first child. We couldn't afford an antique one and ended up with a future heirloom.

    The second is a fireboard of my grandmother's with a landscape scene of a peacock on a river. The colors are gorgeous and it is over 100 years old.

    I am thankful for indoor plumbing and antibiotics!

    Congrats, Ausjenny, way to go!

    Thanks for including applebutter. My fave!

    Peace, Julie

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  18. Your new book sounds great. Congratulations!

    I'm thankful for my coffee maker. It's the only thing that can lure me out of bed in the early mornings, which is the only time I have to write. And thankful for my computer.

    annierains at gmail dot com

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  19. Janet, what a wonderful glimpse of the past.

    I love antiques. I love my ancient farmhouse. I love old stuff, but I've noted that it looks better in a museum than in a lived in house. In my house, shabby chic just looks...

    Shabby! :)

    But that's okay!

    I'm loving that Hoosier cupboard. How fun! The baker in me is imagining all sorts of wondrous things. But the woman within knows that mom probably ended up doing the rolling, making, crimping, fluting at the table for more elbow room.

    And to give the kids a chance to help, right???

    Hey, breakfast sounds delicious. Wonderful! And I'm adding in a pot of Evelyn Calhoun's sour cherry jam from Allegany County. Two time prize winner at the county fair, let me tell you! ;)

    Bless you, Janet/museum lady. Love it! And Missy's got a "tea" party going on over at the Yankee-Belle cafe. LOVE IT!!!

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  20. Jenny!!! Congrats, my friend! Way to rock the classes.

    One to go, one to go, one to go!!!

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  21. Thanks to all for the congrats. I have to say I am a little excited.
    That and a job interview on Wednesday hopefully I will have good news to say I have a job soon too.

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  22. Janet,

    Thanks for the tour of the Museum (so glad to see Seekerville has one). My love of history and antiques comes from my grandmother. One of my greatest treasures is the first phone my grandparents had on the farm (one of the crank kind, one rinky-dink). I used to get in trouble for playing with it, now I turn the crank just because I can. :O)

    AN INCONVENIENT MATCH sounds wonderful. I can't wait for the release.

    Please put my name in for the drawing.

    --Kirsten

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  23. Oh Janet, the way you describe the museum makes me to go there. I love to look at antiques and wonder how they were used. I don't have a lot that was my family's. They really didn't save much of their stuff. (I wish they had). However my daddy was a smoker and I have one of his old Prince Albert cans and a pack of tobacco papers. I remember him rolling up his cigarettes.

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  24. Morning Janet, What a great tour through the museum. I love museums. My hubby and I frequent every one we can find while traveling about.

    It always amazes me what our forefathers (and mothers) accomplished with what they had. I'm with you though and glad to live with my microwave and hot shower.

    Love the look of your new book. How exciting to have another Janet Dean novel to read. I think I'll sit in the cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee while I read. That is after I enjoy the lovely breakfast you provided. yum

    Congrats Jenny. Exciting news.

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  25. Loves 2 Read Romance - LauraOctober 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    I have always felt that I was born in the wrong century. Give me modern plumbing and medicine and I think I would be okay going back in time. I have read Courting the Doctor’s Daughter, The Substitute Bride and Wanted: A Family. Haven't gotten a chance to read Courting Miss Adelaide. Would love to win any of them because I can always pass along the ones I have read to my future sister in law. By the way I love the cover of your new book!
    I have to go to work so I am going to grab some biscuits and gravy and scoot.
    See everyone later!!

    fantum2004ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  26. Gorgeous cover, Janet! Each of your covers have been beautiful!

    And I love what you've done with the museum. I can get lost for hours imagining what life was like when serving family and friends took precedence. Back before electricity and indoor plumbing...

    I especially love what you did with the parlor area. Very inviting...just like you!

    Carol, I love American Pickers. Actually I love seeing their finds. The two guys? Hmm, sometimes I have to tune them out.

    My husband watches a lot of Pawn Stars, too. It's amazing the amount of antique pieces that run through that store. And I love how they give a bit of history on them. For a group of guys running a pawn shop in Las Vegas, they certainly know their history!

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  27. Good morning, Carol! I've caught American Pickers a time or two. Interesting show. I've never even heard of the bath version of a pulldown Murphy bed.

    I'm with you. I love the Internet. I'm very thankful for you and all our Seeker friends!!!!

    Janet

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  28. Jenny, congratulations!

    Yes, distinction is worth celebrating and passing on good news is always exciting.

    Keep us posted.

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  29. Janet, your museum is fascinating! I'd love to have a Hossier Cupboard. It looks like it is very convenient. Why don't they make them anymore?

    I also love the breakfast, but I'd hate to have to cook it! So give me the convenience of Mickey D's. It's so much easier to write about the past than it would be to actually live it.

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  30. Hi Renee!! Thanks for your sweet words about my new cover and my books!! You're such an encourager!

    Yay, a fellow antique lover! I'll be calling you when we're away at conference. What do you collect?

    I've decided I'm a collector at heart. I collected leaves on a walk yesterday. Our leaf strewn path ran between the canal on one side and the river on the other. Fun to think we were walking where mules pulled canal boats before the era of the railroad.

    XOXO
    Janet

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  31. Good morning, Erica! Looks like you survived a Mary road trip. :-)

    An Inconvenient Match releases in January. That seems a long way off but know the time will fly by.

    Janet

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  32. Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for loving my books! You all are a shot in the arm this morning! Actually that's an odd phrase for an encourager. But so true!

    I'm sure the computer helped a lot of "would be" writers to take the plunge. I can't imagine writing books by hand. When I'm hurrying, I can barely read my writing.

    Janet

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  33. Janet, Mary, Audra and I were amazed in the museum beneath the arch in St. Louis. The size of a wagon... How a whole family would travel in it, beside it, and how limited they were in what they could take.

    The better your skills, the more likely you were to survive, I think.

    Janet, history is such a gift. Not enough for me to write about it...

    But enough for me to appreciate beautiful historicals. Just love 'em.

    It's time for an old-fashioned bread pudding, don't you think???

    Vanilla spice with apples and raisins. And DO NOT fuss. If you don't like raisins, pick 'em out.

    Bunch o' babies.

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  34. Congratulations on the terrific grade in your class, Jenny!! Proud of you!! Only one more class until you graduate? Wow!

    Janet

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  35. I like watching Pawn Stars and American Pickers for the historical information as well. My husband collects lanterns and has some pretty old ones.

    My husband and were both in our early thirties when we married and had two households to combine into one. Lots of yard sale items. A friend came over while I set it up and found a valuable antique dish I was going to sell for a buck. Since then I do a lot of googling before parting with things.

    Janet I enjoyed reading Wanted: A Family and would love to read more of your books. Actually I will one way or the other :) In fact when I decided to target LIH I was told that if you want to see what LI is looking for in historicals read Janet Dean.

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  36. Nancy K, that gold dust scale just might be worth good money! Depends on how many survived.

    I love that you wear your grandfather's nickle around your neck. I have a small glass jar with a tin lid that holds coins that were in my husband's great-grandfather's pocket when he died. His family saved and labeled everything. One of the pennies is an Indian Head. Wonder how much its worth.

    Janet

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  37. Very interesting, Janet! And I love your new cover! So pretty!

    I have some little accounting books from my great-great grandfather, William James Lee, where he wrote how much he got for his cotton, etc. He had a brother, One-Arm George Lee, who lost his arm in the Civil War (hence the name). One-Arm George was a preacher, and he and my g-g grandfather lost their other two brothers in the war. My great-great grandfather was shot in the arm, but it was a minor injury. I don't have a lot of antiques, although there are probably some in my grandfather's old house, and my cousin would probably let me go through them if I asked him. Really, I'm not very sentimental that way, but I do love finding out interesting historical facts. Of course! I'm a historicals writer, after all.

    I'm one of those Seeker friends who got off Unpubbed Island during the last four years. I've enjoyed sharing the journey with you guys! Happy Birthday!

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  38. Good morning, Jalana. What a fun way to display photos! I have a Hoosier cabinet that belonged to my husband's family. I painted it then had to strip it. Poor thing has been through a lot.

    Glad you like my new cover! Can't wait to see the real thing.

    Janet

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  39. Hi Andrea! Maybe one day you'll get to use that clawfoot tub! I like to stay in B&Bs. Occasionally one has a clawfoot tub with a circular shower curtain. Just adorable.

    I'm with you when it comes to outhouses and TP! Guess it's all in your perspective. Folks traveling west with a wagon train would've seen an outhouse as pure luxury. Now we have port-a-potties anywhere big crowds gather. Don't like them any better.

    Janet

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  40. Hi Patricia! Delighted you like my new cover!

    I'm eclectic in my taste. I like some antiques mixed in with traditional and contemporary furnishings and accessories.

    Janet

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  41. good post! thanks for sharing!

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  42. Good morning, Janet K! Seekerville is a very cozy spot, a great place to live and visit. All you have to do is click on the village header and you're there. Beats air travel. :-)

    Janet

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  43. LOL Helen! You're a hoot! Antiques by definition are 100 years old. I'm sure your d/h doesn't qualify.

    Thanks for the coffee!

    Janet

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  44. A museum!!! Great job Seekerville! Love the historical tidbits!

    Please enter me in the drawing.
    amandabarratt33@gmail.com

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  45. Hi Donnas! Not read one of my books? If you don't win this time, keep hanging around Seekerville for more opportunities. We love to give away books.

    Janet

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  47. Good morning, Abbi! I have broken a few antiques. Other stuff too. Still, if I don't use or dispaly things, what's the point in having them? I have a crock rack in our lower level. The grandkids were throwing balls and took out a couple. Stuff happens.

    Janet

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  48. Jenny - congrats my friend!

    Janet - that cover is gorgeous! I plead lateless of the night for not mentioning it last night ;).

    And I did not win the Novel Rocket contest. Oh well. But the winner does sound interesting.

    Today's goal is to get my proposal polished enough to send out to agent #2.

    And survive the children who do not have school.

    I do have some really old pics - Deeanne Gist dated one of them at 1903 for me. Another has been dated at the 1890s or so [based on the age of my ggrandmother who is in the pic]. I also have some dishes. But dad has 16 sets. He kept 8. Gave me 4 and my sis 4. And since there's 6 in my family... it's kinda pointless [not that I'd let my kids use them yet anyay, but you get the .jpg].

    Off for breakfast...

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  49. This is going to be a great giveaway. Congrats on the new book, and please enter me in the contest!

    I LOVE history, which is why antiques and old houses are awesome! I want a Hoosier Cupboard so bad! They’re lovely, and so functional.

    My mom collects antique and vintage photographs, pre-dating WWII, mainly from the Civil War through the Flapper Era. These pictures are a great way to get a glance into what time was like then for clothes, etiquette, and hairstyles, as well as a wonderful way to preserve history. It’s honoring the memory of pioneers in history who were once someone’s mother, father, daughter, son, wife, husband, sister or brother. Preserving their life in spite of the ignorance of family members who are oblivious to the heritage of “some old photographs” in which they don’t know the people. They are, not to mention, wonderful inspiration for stories.

    We don’t have too many other antiques, save the less monetarily valuable items passed down from family. We lack the space and money! But they are items we wouldn’t part with.

    History is fascinating. Sometimes I think I would like to time travel. The simpler eras where neighbors knew each other, and passed long summer evenings in friendly company, drinking lemonade on the front veranda is enchanting. But I’m glad that we don’t have the pressures and hardships they had then. Our society has its own.

    Love the post today. : )

    Whitney

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  50. Ah, I love history! From ancient times on, I just love the stories. People are people, no matter what time they live in.

    That must be why I read and write historicals...writing a contemporary just doesn't appeal to me (although I do love reading them)!

    I think I'll be spending a lot of time in the Seekerville museum. I agree with Ruthy - that museum of the western expansion under the arch in St. Louis is fantastic. The Kansas history museum in Topeka is similar, but on a smaller scale (if anyone ever stops by on their way through!).

    A museum close to our new hometown that I can't wait to visit is the Adams Museum in Deadwood. THE Deadwood! It will have to be a rainy Saturday, though. Nice weather always pulls me into the hills for hiking...

    Meanwhile, my favorite antique that lives at our house is the old family Bible with generations of family stuff written in it. I've never wanted to collect anything larger until now - we've moved to often and lost too many things to risk losing something I love. But we hope to be settled now, finally, after 30 years of moving.

    I'd love to win the book bundle!

    And congratulations, Ausjenny! Good grades are worth the work, aren't they?

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  51. I love old things. There is something about being around them. I have a few little trinkets around here, but nothing but a few books are from the 1800s.

    I'd love to be entered if I'm eligible.

    christinainspirationals at gmail dot com

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  52. I just popped in at the Yankee Belle Cafe for breakfast - and they're talking tea over there today!

    Keep your coffee - just give me a steaming cup of tea to start my morning off right!

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  53. Janet, how fun! I love the photos. I grew up hitting antique stores with my parents on weekends. Of course, I always griped about it at the time! Now I love to do it when I'm home or when they come to visit.

    My favorite pieces have always been cut glass. I love to flick my finger against it to test to see if it rings--to know it's truly cut glass. Drove my mother crazy. :)

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  54. Morning, Janet! Count me in, please! I've read one of the books, but I think I'm missing the other three. So, I'd love to be included.

    I LOVE the sound of your next book release! You gals are so creative and I think the best of LI, LIH, and LIS! Congrats! :D And breakfast sounds heavenly. Thanks! :D

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  55. Oh, JANET, LOVE the museum!!!

    And the new book -- BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE the cover and LOVE the title, and of course, it's a given I'm going to LOVE the story too!! I guess it's your wonderful attention to detail, Janet, but few historical authors take me back to a setting I can see, feel and hear like you do, my friend.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  56. BTW, great cover!! I'm excited about the story finally coming out!

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  57. ...heading over to the village to stroll through the shops. Anybody want to join me?

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  58. Jenny, congrats on getting awarded Distinction!! Way to go!

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  59. LOL, Helen!!! We won't tell him you said that. :)

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  60. Hey, JENNY -- SUPER CONGRATS on the distinction, girl!! And saying one RIGHT NOW for that interview on Wed.!!

    LOL, HELEN!!! Does your hubby know you said "The only antique I know anything about is my hubby"??? :)

    ANNIE ... I'm with you on the coffeemaker, girlfriend!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  61. Good morning, Janet!

    Congratulations on your beautiful new book! I've noticed they're really making the LIH covers SO GREAT lately! Your story premise sounds wonderful as well.

    Don't worry about me for the draw, I think I've almost all of your books!

    Enjoy the day!

    Cheers,
    Sue

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  62. WHITNEY SAID: "My mom collects antique and vintage photographs, pre-dating WWII, mainly from the Civil War through the Flapper Era."

    Oh, man, I sure hope you write historicals, girl, because you sound like you have a goldmine of research there!! I'd have to say that those are my favorite eras -- Civil War to Roaring 20s!

    CHRISTINA SAID: "I love old things."

    Thank you, darlin'! ;)

    CAROL ... good luck on the "polishing," sweetie.

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  63. Marji, I love old china as well! I bet yours in wonderful!

    When I got married, I chose a pattern that was shown at the Paris world fair of 1867. It's a Bernardaud Limoges pattern called Eugenie de Montijo. I loved it because it looks old fashioned--and beautiful, of course. :)

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  64. I do have a tea party going! Hope you'll come over to the cafe. I should have thought to pull out the china cups. But then, I was dealing with a microwave disaster and got sidetracked!

    LOL

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  65. Oh, another thing! If you see me in person, I'm always wearing my grandmother's dinner ring. She gave it to me when I turned 18 (eons ago!) :) She told me it was already about 35 years old then. It's so special to me!

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  66. Hi Mary C! You and I are couch pioneers. LOL Fun to read about olden days. Fun to visit historic sights. Fun to own some reminders of the past, but to live then, not me!

    Janet

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  67. Hi Marji Laine! Lots of opportunities at Love Inspired Historical. Glad you're considering writing them.

    Your china sounds fabulous! What a treasure! Curious about the pattern, the maker.

    Janet

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  68. Hi there, Julie H-S! You may not realize this but your support of my writing has been a huge blessing to me! Glad you love the cover.

    I'm not coveting your wonderful heirloom and antiques, I promise! But I am drooling! Wish I could take a tour of your house. :-)

    Janet

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  69. Hi Annie. Coffeemakers and computers just go together. At least in my head. :-) I'm with you. Coffee gets my engines revving.

    Janet

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  70. I love history and antiques! I've always loved to imagine I lived in a difference era, if only for the fabulous fashions women used to wear! Maybe not corsets, but you gotta admit, the rich women of the past knew how to make a statement with their clothing. Modern clothes leave a bit to be desired...

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  71. Ruthy, your farmhouse is lovely, cozy, a perfect place to rock babies. I would love to set a book there. Maybe one day I'll leave the Midwest and surprise you.

    Thanks for the prize winning sour cherry jam for our biscuits!

    Heading over to the Yankee Belle Cafe for a cup of Missy's tea.

    Janet

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  72. Jenny, I will pray for your job interview Wednesday. Making a Post-it note.

    Janet

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  73. I have a deep appreciation for antiques. The sentiment and stories behind them.... My MIL has a houseful of pristine antique furniture that belonged to my FIL's family. Just beautiful. And I recently acquired one of the great grandmothers' sets of china. Whoo-hoo! Now if I could just figure out where to put it. It's too pretty to hide in a cupboard.
    Great info, Janet. And load me up a big breakfast plate. I'm starving.

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  74. Oh Janet, what a wonderful heirloom!
    I honestly couldn't tell you about the indian head penny. My grandpa would be disappointed, since he collected coins and paper money.
    We have an entire canvas bag of steel pennies issued during World War II when they needed the copper and nickel were needed for the Allied war effort among his collection. And I love your cover, I didn't mention that earlier because I've just grown accustomed to great covers here =)

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  75. Janet, the cover for your latest book is so pretty! So enjoyed the walk down nostalgia lane in the Seekers museum. I've read about Hoosier cupboards, but never seen them. They were truly amazing for their day!

    I, too, am grateful for the modern conveniences we have now. Just imagine what people might say in 100 years about what we have now. :) I'm thankful for hot showers (where I haven't shared the water with anyone) and for indoor electricity.

    I have copies of pictures of my father's parents, and one of his grandmothers. I have a picture of my grandfather as a POW in WW1. My mother's mother left me a few small items, including a hanging plate from the early 1950's. It's probably not valuable to anyone but me, but I cherish it because it belonged to her.

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  76. Your book sounds like a good read:) I enjoyed the history lesson you shared on glass too, thanks.
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  77. In addition, I've got lots of antiques and "old stuff" in my home, the breaks of getting married at 23 and getting lots of hand-me-downs to furnish the house!

    We have an antique china hutch from my grandparents, an old carved coffee table from my grandmother (which we always get compliments on because it's from my grandmother's girlhood in Mexico in the 1930s) and an antique cherrywood dining room table.

    But one of the coolest things is our set of two dressers. I used to think the finish on them was strange, until my husband told me their story. Apparently, they were in his grandfather's house when he was a boy. Great-grandpa was a Lutheran preacher, and during a sermon one Sunday, someone came running in to tell the congregation that the parsonage next door was on fire! Everyone in the church rushed outside and began pulling belongings out of the preacher's home (no family was inside, because they were at church!). The dressers were some of the last to go, and the finish bubbled from the heat of the fire.

    Now, I don't think of their texture as strange, I like their history and wonder what things they've seen.

    ~Stephanie

    P.S. Please enter me in your drawing, Janet!

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  78. Janet that sounds wonderful! I will have to make some time to stop by soon!

    Eva Maria Hamilton at gmail dot com

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  79. Good morning, Kirsten. I can just see you smiling and cranking that phone to your heart's content! What a treasure!

    Antiques with family connections are my favorite kind. I have this sloped top squire (lawyer) desk that belonged to a distant relative of my grandparents. From my childhood perspective that desk seemed tall but it's not. In fact, I can't believe a lawyer could handle his practice with that primitive desk.

    Janet

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  80. My aunt has a Hoosier cupboard. I love it. So totally cool.

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  81. Hi Patsy! Some people are not savers. May just be who they were or could've depended on how much they moved. My husband's parents lived in one farmhouse most of their married lives. The barn, sheds, basement and stand up attic were full of fascinating stuff.

    Wonder what was used to "glue" the cigarette papers. Maybe just saliva. Anyone know?

    Janet

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  82. Book looks great Janet.

    I love being a part of the Seeker extended family. :)

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe

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  83. Are you saying, Janet, that in the Seekerville Historical Museum, I get to TOUCH STUFF??????

    This is my dream come true!!!!!

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  84. I'm not nuch for antiques in my house. I do own three old crock jugs that I use for book ends. two on one said of my books, one on the other. They're along this shelf that's part of my computer desk (a hand me down from my daughter) This shelf is exclusively for my books, all lined up.
    I just counted as I sit here. I've got 34 books up there now, large print, repacks, one volume of each book in each form in which it was released.
    It's an amazing site.

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  85. Hi Sandra! With your wanderlust you must see some fabulous museums!

    I marvel at what our forefathers accomplished too. I also marvel at how well they took care of things. These days we're more of a throw away society. But then we have way more stuff. My mother-in-law got her last doll--a bisque head and kid leather body--when she was five years old. She kept it in a drawer, only taking it out on Sundays. It's in amazingly good shape.

    Janet

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  86. Hey Janet -

    WAWZAH - 87 comments and it's just 10AM! :)

    Thanks for giving us a glimpse inside. Beautiful photos and descriptions.

    YES - I've read some but not all so please enter me for Courting the Doctor's Daughter. OR... the new one! Looks great - both cover and description!

    (No time to read thru comments now, drat.)

    Have a happy Columbus Day everyone!!

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  87. Hi Laura aka Loves 2 read romance, Courting Miss Adelaide is online as an eBook and also used but otherwise hard to find. Thanks for sharing my books with your future sister-in-law! Have you thought to introduce her to Seekerville? Lots of opportunities to win books.

    Janet

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  88. Audra, I've seen Pawn Stars a few times. Lots of fascinating historical tidbits comes through their shop. I love Antique Roadshow too.

    I'm delighted you love the cover of An Inconvenient Match! I have been blessed with covers. Love Inspired Historical's art department is doing a fantastic job with the covers.

    Janet

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  89. Hi Cara! Build-in cupboards with lots of counterspace made baking cabinets obsolete.

    My d/h came in to help with breakfast. Even with the modern conveniences, making biscuits and gravy, frying potatoes and meat takes more hands than I have. Homemakers did all of that and on a wood burning cook stove.

    Janet

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  90. Ruthy, the museum under the arch in St. Louis was fantastic! I want to go back. Just couldn't absorb it all in the time we had.

    Thanks bunches for the bread pudding! I love raisins so no worries. Too often bread pudding is dry. Yours is perfect!

    Janet

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  91. Good morning, Jamie! Knowing the value of things is important. I tell my kids, don't sell this stuff for a pittance in a garage sale one day. LOL

    Your sweet words gave me a chill! Thanks! Though LIH is looking for every era up to WWll. Wishing you all the best in targeting them!

    Janet

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  92. Janet, I love the cover. I have most of your books and can't wait to read this one.

    Seekervillage has a museum and a coffee shop?

    Cool!

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  93. Melanie, I'm not surprised you're a descendant of Civil War southern soldiers. Were the Lees any relation to Robert E. Lee?

    The Seekers are proud of you and others we've come to know and love who've sold or will surely sell with their determination. Sharing the road helps, doesn't it?

    Janet

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  94. Hi Anonymous! You're welcome. Give us an email address or a first name, just in case we get more than one anonymous in the drawing today.

    Janet

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  95. Tea party? Did you say tea party, Missy? On my way!!!

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  96. Good morning, Amanda! I think the museum is a success! Thanks for stopping in.

    Curator Janet

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  97. Missy, can we see the ring? I'd love to see your ring! How special!

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  98. Janet, I love to look at old stuff!!! Museums with old china and furniture and the look of the way things used to be... Love it! John and I have stayed in a couple historic hotels for a couple different anniversaries. It was SO neat! So much fun! Hoping to do it again sometime. :D

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  99. Janet I love to collect old things, it doesn't really matter what they are. I especially love antique furniture so my room is filled LOL! I like books 'n other small stuff too like postcards. Those things fit into my budget better than furniture which tend to be big ticket items.

    The walks sounded nice. It's that time of year for turning leaves and while I'm not crazy about the cold weather I do love all the colors!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  100. Julie!! LOL, I wasn't thinking of you when I said I love old things. Why, you haven't even hit your twenties yet, have you?

    I like to collect old artwork, especially of masted ships.

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  101. Okay Google hates me today. I was leaving a comment for you Janet and went back to my email and apparently it thought I was a hacker and blocked me from all my Google accounts. I thought I was hacked again but thank goodness it looks like it just thought I was spamming LOL!

    ANYWHO I like to collect a lot of different things. I like smaller things like books and postcards. I do love antique furniture too but it gets expensive and it takes up a lot of space that I don't have!

    It sounds like you had a nice time on your walk. I don't like Fall because it's cold most of the time but I do love the colors!

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  102. Missy! What does the ring look like? Like Linette I'm curious! I love antique jewelry and if I ever find Mr. Right he'll know to buy me a vintage ring. ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  103. Thanks for stopping by, Custom Research Papers. You're entered!

    Janet

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  104. Carol M, glad you like my new cover! I do too.

    I love old pictures. Especially those that show houses, streets with horse and buggies. We have three old albums with no one identified. The lesson--put names on our photos. :-)

    Your dad will probably give you and your sister the other four place settings one day. Save them!

    Janet

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  105. Carol M, sorry about the Novel Rocket contest but huge congrats on your goal to polish a manuscript and send it out to an agent! Proud of you for working hard!

    Janet

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  106. Janet, would love to win your books! I just finished Wanted: A Family and absolutely loved it. Julie L. put it perfect....how you help us feel, see...the setting. I can't wait for your new book....the cover is perfect!
    Thanks.

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  107. For y'all interested in vintage jewelry...

    It's a central diamond with smaller ones swirled around on either side. White gold. It's called a dinner ring, if you've ever seen those. It actually doesn't look all that old. I got it polished up nicely a few years ago when I had the prongs tipped. It looks like new!

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  108. Janet, I'm not sure if we were related to the Robert E. Lee family. My grandfather said it was possible that we were, but not directly.

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  109. Hi Whitney, I'm glad your mom is preserving old photos that the descendants didn't want. They do give us a valuable peek at the times.

    Maybe one day you'll get that Hoosier Cupboard. God does like to bless us.

    I wonder what our forefathers would think if they could see our world. Each generation may just be accustomed to their hardships and no one would want to trade eras.

    Janet

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  110. Hi Jan! Thanks for telling me about the Deadwood Museum! How fun would that be! And the Kansas museum in Topeka.

    I'm glad you've settled and can stay a while. Moving isn't my favorite thing but it does have a way of making us cull out stuff we no longer want or need.

    Your Bible and the family information recorded three is a treasure! I wish I knew more about our ancestors. One day maybe I'll get into geneology. Would be fun to trace non-fiction heros and heroines.

    Janet

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  111. Step outside for the bathroom? :D

    That was a very cool post! Loved it! But I have your books- except for the new one. :) What a beatiful cover!

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  112. LOL, Helen!! You crack me up!

    I have a giant (2") handmade German marble from 1899, that was my great grandmother's fifth birthday present. I wrote an article about it for Antique Week, my very first ever paycheck for writing.

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  113. Hi Christina! You're eligible if you comment.

    Old books are interesting, especially those related to the history of a place. Finding time to read them is my problem.

    Janet

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  114. Janet - I inherited the family genealogy bug, and I love it. Spent a couple years expanding the information my Dad and uncle were able to find (made much easier, thanks to the internet!). I've found so many potential stories it makes my head spin.

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  115. Love your new cover and your post. I am a big fan of yesteryear items.

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  116. Oh, oh, oh, Ohhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVE that cover, Janet!!!

    Seriously and the story premise? ♥♥ it!!

    Can't wait! :-))

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  117. Hi Missy! fun that you get to share antiquing with your parents now that you appreciate it more. Cut glass is beautiful! Very prizy in its day. The reason for the popularity of the pattern glass in my post. I love them both. Dishes and glassware are a weakness. :-)

    Janet

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  118. Oh, sure. Now that I'm a wee bit more lucid, there are over 100 comments. I got through about half...

    Janet, I don't know if my tastes are eclectic. I like what I like. But I do enjoy things that have a solid history to them. I like to know the story behind the story, so to speak.

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  119. Missy, I looked up vintage dinner ring and came up with way more styles than I would have imagined. Some gorgeous and some not so much. :D

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  120. Thanks Linnette! Glad you enjoy the Love Inspired books, all three genres!

    Time to think lunch. Breakfast was filling so I'm opting for a buffet of modern day salads topped with grilled chicken. Cobb, caesar and spinach. All delicious! Ruthy's bread pudding for dessert.

    Janet

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  121. I love your books, Janet!

    I have a lot of antiques--all have some connection with my family. My mother-in-law is 93-years-old and her house is full of antiques because she lived through the Depression and she never got rid of anything she loved. Her house was her parents' home, too, and it will be my husband's home when she is gone. Generations. Gotta love that.

    This has been fun and I love historical romances the most (just a slight prejudice, as I love all the Seekers. :) )

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  122. Julie, thanks bunches for your kind words about my books. I love your books! Each one is rich with history and the emotional ups and downs of the O'Connor family. I know these people better than my neighbors!

    Hugs, Janet

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  123. Thanks Missy! The first look at a cover is always exciting!

    Janet

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  124. Linnette, I wish I could. I'm here until five, but we could meet for dinner at the cafe.

    Janet

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  125. LOVED this peek into history, Janet---thank you! LIH books are my favorites (and of course, YOU are one of my favorite authors). Cannot wait to read your upcoming LIH! ~ Those glass pieces are beautiful. For some reason, I've always especially loved colored glass, and have a beautiful burgundy glass my Grandmother purchased (or won?) at a 1908 State Fair (has her name painted on it with gold paint)---so lovely, and very special since it belonged to her. ~ Thanks again for this tour, and I must agree that although I do love history, I'm very thankful to live in the age of modern conveniences. Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo :) p.s. Since I'm not arriving until lunchtime today, I brought some warm Peach cobbler to share (just out of the oven). Since it's finally raining here in my part of Georgia, it's a good day to bake (and write!) :)

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  126. Hi Susan! Thanks for being a loyal reader of my books! I truly appreciate my readers, all readers. Where would writers be without them?

    Janet

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  127. Missy, I found your china online. It's gorgeous! Let's have a ladies' luncheon at your house.

    Janet

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  128. I love the new cover, Janet, and the museum. My beloved mother-in-law gave us an antique Singer sewing machine. I don't like to sew, but I love that piece of history, which adds some class to our living room.

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  129. Missy, I'm sending everyone over to the Yankee Belle for tea at four o'clock. I promised scones and tea cakes so get busy, gal!

    Janet

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  130. Stephanie, I so agree! Rich ladies' clothes were beautiful. They seemed to spend their days changing clothes. They had an outfit for every occasion. Wearing a corset would be tough. Anyone ever tried one on?

    Janet

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  131. Hi Mindy! I hope you find a spot to display your great-grandmother's china. Beauty isn't meant to be hidden. Maybe a high shelf where little hands can't get at it.

    Janet

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  132. Hi Janet, and thanks for the tour! We have a lot of heirlooms in our home, especially from my husband's family. His grandfather and great-grandfather were storekeepers in Tennessee, so we have a number of pieces of Depression Glass they used to give away as premiums. We also have the strongbox and checks from the store, and even some coins minted at the store. This was a common practice during the Depression; Stores would give credit or change in coins they had minted themselves, that were only good in that store, so you had to come back with more business!

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  133. Janet, I have lots of antiques. When I lived in Vermont everyone loved antiques! I have a real brass bed that weighs a ton, a christening gown from about 1850, a 1907 Limoges handpainted plate that was a wedding gift to my grandparents, an icebox from a ferry ship. I used to have a crystal dish from my great grandmother, but Justin broke it when he was little.

    I'm afraid most people would think a lot of my furniture is antique--it was bought new when I first got married almost 35 yrs. ago. It's just out of style!

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  134. Stomach.

    Churning.

    Proposal is sent.

    And with it, I realized a couple of [hopefully minor] errors in the one I sent a week or so ago [like what I named the file could probably have been better].

    But it's gone.

    And with it so are my nerves. They're shot.

    But it's in God's hands.

    No better place to be!

    I've done some family research. One line I can trace back to before the Revolution. That side has a Margaret in every generation, including my daughter, Linda Margaret [Maggie]. Another side has two brothers who married two sisters. Used that as proof it can happen [I have a contemp where twin sisters marry twin brothers].

    I'm thinking caffeine is needed. And that my kids are being waaaaaaaaaaaay too quiet downstairs.

    And that with the proposals sent off, I no longer have an excuse for not writing actual words on an MS...

    Ladies [and Vince and Walt of course!], seriously, I appreciate your encouragement so much! Y'all mean the world to me!

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  135. Janet,

    Loved your post today. It reflects your beautiful writing and the treasures from the past you love.

    I'm pulling out the quilt my great-great grandmother made with her mother when they lived in an isolated cabin in the mid-West. As the story goes, both mother and daughter had to hide in a cellar when the men were away and Indians were drawing near. I think often of the courage of women in those days, leaving the East to travel West with the men they loved. As we know, only the strong survived.

    Toasting the women who have gone before us with my afternoon Diet Coke! Thanks for allowing me to pause and remember.

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  136. Nancy, that info about the steel pennies is the kind of tidbit that brings historical fiction alive. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks, too, for your praise of my cover! We are kind of spoiled with covers here in Seekerville. But I'm not complaining!

    Janet

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  137. Patti Jo,
    I have two burgundy glasses, that sound like the one you described. One of mine belonged to my great grandmother, Pink Morris. The date on the glass is 1905.

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  138. Carol M - congrats on the proposal sent!!!

    And yes, I know of families where brothers married sisters (although not where twins married twins - but why not?).

    I'm working steadily on an article about beans (dry beans - the kind you cook with). A tutorial really.

    But I'm anxious to get it finished up so I can work on my own proposal! My to-do list is too long!

    And somewhere in there, laundry needs to get done...

    Maybe it's time to head over to the cafe. Are the scones ready yet?

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  139. Good afternoon Jeanne T! I can't imagine conditions a POW in WWl would've experienced. Probably don't want to. Thanks to those who served our country, we have freedom. Freedom we often take for granted.

    No mail today, Columbus Day. Thanksgiving for those in Canada.

    Our loved ones possessions turn ordinary things into something valuable. Just seeing them makes us sentimental types think of the happy times we shared with them.

    Janet

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  140. Hi Kimberly! I'm glad you enjoyed the info on pattern glass. Thanks for stopping in!

    Janet

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  141. Stephanie, you shared what would be a fantastic scene in an inspirational historical! Some antiques have stories that make them even more special. Thanks for telling yours!

    Janet

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  142. Hi Eva! Stop by any time. I'd love to give you a personal tour!

    Janet

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  143. Janet, I love antiques.

    I don't have many, but I love the few I have.

    When we built our house 8 years ago, I had fallen in love w/antique wood-burning stoves. After months of searching I found my dream, an 1898 PP Stewart w/stands 84" tall. We bought it and placed it in the center of our house and it keeps us toasty throughout winter.

    I just don't understand how something can last over a hundered years and within months of being in our house, it's already lost a part or two. We're so rough on stuff.

    Please enter me into the drawing. Your books sound right up my alley.

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  144. Yeah, CAROL!!!!!!!!!!

    Now forget you did it and get back to writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  145. Very cool, Tina! Where was your aunt's made? Most baking cabinets are called Hoosier cabinets though not all were made in Indiana.

    Ours belonged to my d/h's parents and was made by the Hoosier Cabinet Company in New Castle, IN. The doors have a metal raised letter H behind each of the handles. An interesting tidbit, at least to me. LOL

    Janet

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  146. Janet,

    Love your book cover!

    I love to poke around antique stores when we travel. It's fun spotting items that my grandma's had, like Jewel Tea dishes, and seeing furniture items that were used 'back in the day'.

    Just last weekend, I ran across a metal stand alone sink with a cut out that a dishpan sat in. By the design, I'm pretty sure it was used as a bathroom sink.

    Rose

    PS Both of my grandma's had Hoosiers.

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  147. Thanks Jodie. We love our extended family here in Seekerville, the home of readers and writers!

    Janet

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  148. Yes, Mary, we allow touching. A close up look. No standing behind a rope too far to get a good view of our rooms. Of course we can count on the commonsense of our visitors.

    Janet

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  149. Hi Ashley!!! Thanks for your interest in my books! You're entered.

    Janet

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  150. Mary, with all those books on your shelf you need crockery jugs to hold them up! And to keep the heroes and heroines in line. We know the trouble they can get into! LOL

    Janet

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  151. Hi KC and May! The prize is a four book set of my published books. If you win, you can share the ones you have.

    I loved reading May's adventures as a K9 spy! What a fun world you built for her to star in. Great job to both of you!

    Janet

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  152. Hi Bridgett! Thanks for reading my books!

    Seekerville has a historical museum, coffee shop, garden shop, bookstore... You'll be hearing more. Loads of interesting places to explore! Come back often!

    Janet

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  153. Linnette, we don't have an historic hotel but there's a lovely B&B just outside of the village. Next anniversary, bring your husband and stay a while.

    Janet

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  154. Wow, Janet, I'm clocking in here mid-afternoon at 155 comments already! Seekervillagers sure love to party!

    Loved your museum tour, Madame Curator. My favorite is the Hoosier Cupboard--simply fascinating! I think my grandmother had something very similar in her kitchen when I was a little girl.

    And I promise you, it was old even way back then, so no age comments, y'all!!!

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  155. Christina, old artwork is such a great idea! Just looking at masted ships would set my imagination on fire. Hopefully not the sails. :-)

    Janet

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  156. Renee, I love postcards too! I have several from my d/h's family. I wasn't kidding when I said they never threw anything away. I put them out for the holidays. Thanks for the reminder. I need to get the Halloween cards out. I keep them in a celluloid glove box. Have dyed rice tied up in netting in there too. From our wedding. LOL. I'm such a saver!

    Janet

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  157. Jackie S, I'm delighted you loved Wanted: A Family! Thanks so much!

    Janet

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  158. Renee, let us know if you want us praying Mr. Right will hurry up and make his appearance. What fun it would be to be part of a Seekerville romance!

    Janet

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  159. Missy, just the name dinner ring conjures up a romantic setting.

    Janet

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  160. I loved the tour through the antiques museum, Janet. I don't have any antiques. But I have a portrait of my gr-gr-grandmother from the mid-19th Century and a very old Bible which contains history. I do genealogy research and having a written record of birth, deaths, etc. is extremely helpful in tracing family roots. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong century. I'm drawn to the late 19th Century when selecting a time period for a story. I love fashions of that time once the bustle was gone. I appreciate all the conveniences especially electricity and central heating. The cover of Inconvenient Match is lovely, Janet. Love to be included in the drawing.
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  161. Melanie, you can claim him as a distant relative. My mom was a Carmichael. She said we were distantly related to Hoggie Carmichael. Anyone remember Stardust?

    Janet

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  162. Oh Janet you just made me giggle! I'm happy as a single gal right now. If he comes along he does and if he doesn't that's fine too but I appreciate the prayer. ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

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  163. Thanks Virginia. I love the cover too!

    Was this giant German marble made of blown glass or stone? I have some clay and glass marbles. Just so you know, though it may sound like it, I don't live in a museum or antique shop. LOL

    Janet

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  164. Good for you, Jan! How fascinating to delve into relatives lives! Definitely seeds for stories!

    Janet

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  165. Hi there, Cheryl. We must write about what we love. :-) Your books are great!

    Janet

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  166. I enjoyed this post!I love finding old things and wondering about the stories behind them.

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  167. Casey, I love your enthusiasm!! Thank you!

    How did you make those hearts in the comments?

    Janet, who wants to make them too.

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  168. Janet I would love win your books. You know I love me some Love Inspired!

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  169. Patricia W, I'm exactly the same way. Some things just charm me. My lady head vases, for example, are collectiables not antiques, but they make me smile. I keep them in my sitting room near my office decorated with my book covers and lots of girly stuff. :-)

    Janet

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  170. I'd like to know how you did those hearts too Casey. Too cute!!

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  171. Crystal, your d/h's family is blessed to have had generations in one area, one house. Amazing! If only those walls could talk. HOpefully your mother-in-law has!

    Janet

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  172. Mary, if it's from your daughter, might you call it a hand me up? ;)

    I don't have any china, nor any hope of inheriting any from my family. My mil has a set of Iris pattern Carnival glass (at least it's has the look of Carnival. I'm not well informed as to all the names). It belonged to her grandmother. My daughter may inherit that some day since she shares a b-day with that g-g-grandma.

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  173. Patti Jo! Peach cobbler is my favorite!! Thank you!

    Thanks also for your kind words about my writing!

    That burgundy glass from the World's Fair is probably flashed ruby glass. Which means the red is on the outside and doesn't go all the way through the glass.

    Janet

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  174. Keli, you own a Singer antique treadle machine! I have the bottom of one. Ornate iron, very attractive yet ours is in the garage loaded with garden stuff. I always thought a marble top would look pretty on it.

    Janet

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  175. I have never read yours books, but would love to! If I don't win, I will definitely be finding them online somewhere!

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  176. Wanted: A Family!

    That's the one I just received from you. It's on my TBR shelf. Would love to have the others to go beside it. :D

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  177. Janet, Your B & B sounds lovely! I'll have to mention it to hubby. :D We celebrate the big "2 0" next year. That's right! Twenty years of marriage. :-) And four amazing sons to show for it, thanks be to God!

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  178. PS... I quite my subscriptions because I'd rather purchase Seekerville books. I'm not always guaranteed to get your books through the subscription service. Plus, who can afford all three? I certainly can't! I've picked up about half a dozen at Walmart. :D

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  179. Janet,
    I love the cover of your new book - can't wait to read it!

    I have a number of old books, Bibles and hymnals - some dating back to the mid-1800's. One of my favorite - although not a true antique - is a Bible printed in 1954 and signed by Billy Graham.

    My hubby and I love antiques and enjoy going antiquing together!

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  180. thanks all.
    I have antiques in my house of course most dont belong to me. There are a couple of really nice sideboards here.
    I also have a small table my dad made in around 1922ish. he was an apprentice cabinet maker and its the first thing he ever made. I stripped it back and recovered it for mum many years ago.

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  181. Hi Janet, I love your new cover. The story sounds wonderful too!

    I was just trying to explain to my 4th graders what an ice box was and how it worked. It was funny to watch them try to wrap their 21st century brains around the concept. Maybe I should just take them on a class trip to Seekerville!

    Mary

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  182. Jenny! Congrats on the "distinction" and best wishes for a successful interview. I'll keep you in my prayers.

    Mary

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  183. Jumping Jupiter, Batman, Seekerville has 188 comments!!!

    No kidding, I overslept this morning so this is the soonest I could join the party, and I'm in complete awe over the number of people partying already. Good thing y'all are developing an entire town rather than a lone house. Everyone is definitely partying in the street I'm sure!

    Janet, I'm loving your museum. It's awesome. I can tell you're going to be the best curator Seekerville could elect. I'm not someone who enjoys research, but I do love to visit the past. And I love, love, love reading historicals so definitely put my name into the hat for your book(s) drawing. And, your new cover is divine; no wonder you're showing it off.

    Food is yummy today. (I especially like the fact that it is all calorie free.)

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  184. Congrats on your release. Beautiful!

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  185. I like antiques. Sometimes I think I was born too late. I know it was simpler in some aspects and much harder in others.

    I might relish the quiet or might go daft. Of course I'll have so much work to do. Handwash laundry, pound rugs instead of vacuum. Kill and pluck a chicken instead of open a pack, write letters and hope I hear a response with in a few a few months, bake my bread for the week, help take care of the animals and the garden, trudge to the, outdoor loo and carry and all the water so I can bathe (after I get the kids cleaned first) and that's not even the half of it. Whew.

    I've done several of these things because of circumstances, but everyday year in and out. Hmm. maybe I was born in a pretty wonderful time.

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  186. Of course, when Blogger makes me have to retype everything and my computer freezes or I can't get my haircolor right, or my fancy oven burns my food. Then I think of the times I could have had living in the past. It's somewhat if a vicious circle.

    But I can go back to some times in dreams and memories.

    My grandparents used to have these aluminum cups that sent a shockwave through my front teeth if I drank something cold from them.

    Ice cream wasn't good unless it was handchurned. Grandchildren were the dedicated churners.

    We could romp hither and yon from dusk till dawn.

    We loaded up in the back of pickups a flew down the road. Lived and got no tickets for child abuse.

    We body surfed in rivers.

    And so much more. If we got out if line our butts got whipped. And we went back to playing.

    Simpler times
    sorry memories are making me wax poetic.

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  187. Hi Janet!
    It's hand turned, left hand swirl, with micah chips, which let us know it was 1900 and not 1900 because then they were 'lutz' with the sparkly dust. Mine has fifteen lobes and is called an 'end of day' because they used to use up all the glass from the day's work and make a big marble for carpet games. I didn't actually know WHAT it was until two years ago when my kids checked out a marble book at the library and I realized this VERY unuseful paperweight was actually a marble. Ha! My grandfather gave it to me on my fifth birthday, since I was named after her, Virginia Parker. And my maiden name is Carmichael, but I'm definitely not related to the singer. :D

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  188. Edwina, that Bible signed by Billy Graham sounds so neat! What a treasure! What a man...

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  189. Hi EC! You taught me something I didn't know! Fascinating that stores could mint coins. I'm sure they were more tokens but still this is news to me.

    Janet

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  190. Yay, Carol! Congrats for sending it out!

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  191. Cara, even without seeing them, I love your antiques! Didn't know we shared that interest. We have my d/h's grandfather's Christianing gown made from his mother's wedding dress. How do you store yours?

    I like to think of older furniture as well-loved, not out of style.
    :-)

    Janet

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  192. Ack, Janet! I've never made scones! I'm a terrible hostess! I'll have to hope Ruthy comes to rescue me!

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  193. Carol M, congratulations on getting the proposal sent! That's a milestone. Praying this is God's timing and you'll get good news!

    You mean a lot to us, too. Even more than your cookies and that's saying a lot!

    Janet

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  194. Hi Term Paper for Sale. Glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for stopping in!

    Janet

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  195. Wow, Debby, what a fasciating story! I want to hear more! And see that quilt. Do you know what the pattern is? We owe our ancestors a lot! I would've died young, I'm sure.

    Janet

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  196. Really enjoyed your post and would love to win your books.
    Your new cover is beautiful.
    Thanks again,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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