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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Summer is Good!

June and July have been busy and in addition the sun has been shining most of the time! Wonder of wonders...

Early in June, much to my surprise, a local printer contacted me to ask if I would be interested in doing some work for him! It's been a while since anyone actually wanted to pay me for my labours! He knew I had done work for the church that involved desk-top publishing and he had a job that required someone who know how to use Microsoft Publisher.

Then he asked me what I charged! I've been out of the job market for quite a long time and had absolutely no idea! Fortunately, my son and his girlfriend are living here for a while and she is self-employed and has an idea of what ongoing rates for this kind of work are! I came up with a 'negotiable' fee and we worked from there. The work is now finished and in a little while my employer will be coming by to check out final touches for the finished product!

In the meantime, The Man has gone to France and I have been having a lovely relaxed time with the rest of the family. The best thing is we share the cooking! We are also indulging in having food that The Man doesn't like, but the rest of us do! Never let it be said that some apartness is a good thing! Even if I do have to fly RyanAir in order to join him in France! In the meantime all the spider webs have been cleared away and the place opened up and the garden cleared. He also got the television slightly re-tuned so we once again able to indulge in what British television may or may not have to offer.

One of my projects while on my own has been to watch once again the English version of House of Cards. My sister-in-law recommended the American version so highly and so insistently that I immediately ordered the first series and sent it down to France with The Man. Last night I finished the last two instalments of the third series, The Final Cut. Even though it is somewhat dated, nevertheless, it was well worth watching and very much enjoyed. Ian Richardson was fabulous as Francis Urquhart --- referred to throughout as F U!! Now I am ready to see the translation to Washington, D.C.

As for reading material -- my absolute favourite birthday present this year was the 4th volume of Robert Caro's autobiography of Lyndon Johnson. It was all I could do not to pick it up again after my quick perusal of its contents left me hungry for more! All this and vin de Provence, Brie, and French bread, coming up soon!

29 comments:

  1. It does sound like it's been a really busy but fruitful time in your life. I loved House of Cards, BTW. :-)

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    1. Nothing like perfect weather for lifting spirits!

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  2. Good to hear from you, good the summer is memorable. You made me think of my Aunt Laura, who quilted for other people. Three cents per foot of quilting thread. When she was paid she put the money in her bra, and used it for her cigarettes. Having seen that word I must add, she lived to be 88.

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    1. I had an Aunt Laura -- don't think she ever put needle to thread! In my case I learned that you charge so much a word -- all 18,000 of them!

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  3. Glad to hear your summer is off to a great start. I remember loving the British version of House of Cards and I'm currently enjoying the American version. Take care.

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    1. All these years I thought I had seen the entire trilogy. However, I had pnly seen the first one. The series finished in 1995 and for the last two we were living in Bavaria and limited to the early days of Sky TV.

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  4. Being the quintessential American, I didn't realize there was anything other than the U.S. version of "House of Cards". I've only watched the first season and loved it!
    Johnson??? Interesting.

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    1. Johnson ... absolutely riveting -- I had to force myself from reading it as soon as I got it!

      The British version came out in 1990, 1993 and 1995! It will be interesting to see how they made the transition from Parliament to Congress!

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  5. Good to hear it is a good summer. So far so good over here as well.

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    1. The most difficult part of living in England for me has been the summers! But last year and this have been great.

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  6. Glad you're having such a good summer, Broad, and I know what you mean about a little apartness being a good thing. :-) I have't seen the American version of "House of Cards", but absolutely love the British one with Ian Richardson being so suavely menacing. We were hooked when it was first broadcast and DH was given the boxed set for Christmas.

    Safe journey and enjoy your time in La Belle France.

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    1. I am truly looking forward to getting to France again. Are you there now?

      Ian Richardson was truly amazing!

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    2. Yes, we arrived a month ago and have had a real mixture of weather from cool and wet to scorching plus thunderstorms!

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  7. Summer is good. Loving all this sunshine. Have a good trip to France.

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    1. Thanks Molly! I can't get enough!

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  8. House of cards looked a bit dated when I last watched it

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    1. It does look a 'bit' dated, but still well worth the watching. Interesting to see some of the actors in their somewhat younger days!

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  9. Ah! lovely to have a book you can't wait to devour. I feel a bit like that about a book on Dickens imagination which my husband has strongly recommended to me. He knows the kind of thing I like and after reading a few pages i know he is right. But I have to put it away for now - I have things to do!

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  10. It sounds like a wonderful summer so far -- with more to come! I agree that time apart can be good for a relationship. It's so nice that you can enjoy yourself on your own and with family and, at the same time, look forward to joining The Man in France once he has everything set up! Sounds perfect!

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  11. Self employment was challenging for me also. I'm terrible at keeping track of hours and probably under bill. Then the extra money winds up costing us a fortune in taxes. I'm not sure that it is worth the bother.

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  12. Enjoy your summer, and spoil yourself with the fruits of your labours.

    Will Sam be flying RyanAir with you or is he going further afield?

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  13. Enjoy the French part of your summer.
    [Once met LBJ, Lady Bird and daughters at the White House when I was a little girl.]

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  14. "vin de Provence, Brie, and French bread" and House of Cards? Wow, what a treat to look forward to!

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  15. Sun is good! We're being blessed with more sun, and even occasional rain this summer. Enjoy.

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  16. I think you'll love the US House of cards..... Kevin Spacey is brilliant. I think the story translates brilliantly, I love the US characters. I actually think it is better than the original, F U and all. J.

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  17. How sweet. I love it when unexpected opportunities pop up, especially when they offer fiscal rewards. =) I'm going to have to check out House of Cards.

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  18. Congrats on the paid job, I can see how that made you feel good. And I am so glad you are enjoying your summer. 'm sure the LBJ book must be a good read. I may check it out myself, long time since I read a biography.

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  19. Dear Broad, I hadn't realized that Caro's fourth book had been published. I so enjoyed the first three. Thank you for writing about the 4th.

    Congratulations on the unexpected work that came your way. You must have a good reputation for desktop publishing for the man to approach you with the job offer. It's exciting to do what we are good at.

    I look forward to your French postings. And by the way, what dishes are you eating right now that "he" is in France?!?!? Peace.

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  20. Always enjoy your posts. What is it about us humans that we so long to know what others are about??? I've been away some as I've had grandchildren off and on all summer. With things winding down, I hope to have more time to catch up with blogging and blogger friends. Enjoy the rest of the season.

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