Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Constitutionality

Here in the US we've of course had the Bundy standoff get a lot of press. His cows were trespassing on federal land. It's a big hassle and right now the BLM has backed off because of the chance of bloodshed between BLM workers and the militants. The militias showed up at the ranch in a show of force. For those of you outside of the US that brings you a little up to date.

I've been hearing, and reading, various Constitutional and legal arguments. There have been a whirlwind of arguments revolving around this. One thing Bundy, and many of his supporters, purports is that the federal government has no jurisdiction. I decided to read through the Constitution. Note that I'm not a Constitutional scholar.

Article. IV., Section. 3.

New States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction of any other State; nor any State be formed by the Junction of two or more States, or Parts of States, without the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress.

The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.


That second paragraph looks to me like it applies to federal regulations and laws in places like Nevada. It also implies that the federal can own significant quantities of a states land.

This in particular has to do with regulating Bundy's cows. Article I, Section 8 To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes; Cows are transported commonly across state lines therefore the interstate commerce section applies.

Anyway, the BLM is working at Congresses behest. Congress created them. Basically it requires Congress to be the ones that change the charter. After going through the Constitution like I have I can't call Cliven Bundy a patriot. It offends me having served this country as a soldier.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Home remodeling

So far the insulation seems to be a good thing to have done. It's amazing how much quieter the house is and the temp stays more constant now. The new LED lighting in the kitchen is working great. We used to have to tap the light over the table to get it to turn on, it was rather old.

Since all of what I've done has worked quite well I've been looking at the rest of the house and wondering what I could do to make improvements. There's a long list and can't quite get to all of it this year honestly.

I was given an additional line of credit by Citi and there's no interest for a year and a half. Should have the new card in my hand in the next couple of days and I'm going to be putting it to use. It has a nice credit line number so all the hard work on rebuilding my credit is finally paying off. Tomorrow the window company comes to the house and I'll be getting a quote for replacing several of the present windows.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Ascendancy Rising is released!

Earlier today I uploaded the book at Smashwords, the Kindle store, and in print at Createspace. I woke up extremely early this morning and made some serious headway on the last bits of the manuscript there was to go over. So far, the only place it's live is at Smashwords. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/425998

It should be live in the Kindle store tomorrow, probably a couple of more days in print. Give it a couple of weeks before you see it at Barnes & Noble, etc.


Saturday, March 29, 2014

A little something from Danielle Rose-West.

Bio: My name is Danielle Rose-West. I live in the United Kingdom with my family and my little dog, who is very much a part of the family. I have always been a dreamer and an incurable romantic with a vivid imagination. When I was a child, I was always reading. If anyone ever went looking for me, they usually found me curled up somewhere with a book! Most times when they spoke to me, I didn’t hear a word they said (my sister never believed me about this, but I honestly never heard her!). I was too wrapped up in the adventures I was reading.
When I was growing up, I wanted to be either an author or a librarian. I never made it as a librarian, but ended up in office work instead. It has taken a long time for me to finally realise my dream to write, but I’m finally here. I now write contemporary romance with a magical or suspenseful twist. I like things that have something a little out of the ordinary about them in both my reading and my writing preferences.
These days I spend most of my time plotting new books and characters as well as enjoying finding out where my characters are going to take me in the story. I don’t always know how everything will develop, sometimes they surprise me. Some of the things that happened in both my books, Wild Fire and Forever You, were unexpected surprises that suddenly hit me while I was writing or quite often when I was awake in the early morning hours. I love it when that happens. The whole book just comes together as if by magic (perhaps Lotta and Flo, my two fairy godmothers, have something to do with it!).
When I’m not writing and plotting, I love to spend time with my husband and family. I love to read, of course, and to watch enjoyable films or TV. I also love walking. It’s great exercise and helps me clear my mind.
My biggest wish is to entertain my readers and leave them with happy hearts at the end of the book and a wistful sigh of romantic bliss. If I achieve that for them, I’m happy!

Book Synopsis
How can Fairy Godmothers help their charges find love in the modern world when nobody believes in magic anymore? Simple, they run a dating agency!
Rhys Spencer is determined to prevent his rich father from shutting down the charity he set up for kids in gangs, but he needs the money from a trust fund to do it. However, his grandmother has withheld the funds until he proves himself to be a mature, responsible person. To her mind, that means Rhys being in a serious relationship. Rhys turns to the Fairy Tale Match to find a woman he can use as a fake girlfriend. He will do all it takes to claim the money that will thwart his father’s selfish plans. The feisty woman the agency sets him up with, will not stand in his way.
Taylor Shore has more complications in her life than anyone should have to deal with. Guardian to her two half-siblings since their parents’ deaths, she has her hands full with their constant troublemaking. The last thing she needs is to win the prize in a dating agency competition she never entered. Furious to find her friend entered for her, Taylor is determined to send her prize packing. The guy that turns up to stay with her for three weeks, however, has other plans in mind. Refusing to be ordered from her house, the arrogant man offers her a deal she’d be a fool to refuse.
As Rhys inserts himself into Taylor’s problems, he begins to turn her life around. The angry fireworks between them gives way to a passionate love. Just as they find happiness, a vicious lie told by Taylor’s sister breaks them apart. Flo and Lotta have their work cut out for them to bring Rhys and Taylor back together. Time is against them and tragedy lurks on the horizon. Can Flo and Lotta save the day, or will Rhys and Taylor lose the precious love they have found forever….

Excerpt
Her jaw dropped open and she stared at him disbelievingly. “You can’t be serious. You want me to be a fake girlfriend and lie to your grandmother? Why?”
He folded his arms over his chest. “You didn’t want to tell me why you were hanging from a window earlier, and I don’t want to tell you why I need you to do this.” He gazed at her with one eyebrow cocked. “I’ll stay out of your business if you stay out of mine.”
“It’s hardly the same thing!” she protested. “You expect me to lie for you. I should at least know why. It’s a despicable thing to pull the wool over your own grandmother’s eyes. I knew there had to be some reason why you’d joined a dating agency! It’s because of this, whatever this is, isn’t it?” She didn’t even wait for a reply. “Why am I not surprised?”
Her tone told him she expected nothing less from him. Rhys contemplated her reaction. She was unlikely to help him just because he’d saved her from that fall. He needed to sweeten the deal.
“I tell you what, you do this for me and I’ll not only call us even on the favour front, but I’ll pay you five grand if you pull it off. What do you say?”
She gaped at him and shook her head. “I have to have heard you wrong. Did you say you’d pay me five grand to be your fake girlfriend?”
“I did,” he confirmed, “but only if you are convincing enough that my grandmother believes it.”
Taylor stared into space. He could almost see the wheels whirling round in her head. “I’m not sure how comfortable I am with this. Do you guarantee me that this is nothing untoward? I don’t want to find out that I’ve helped you do something illegal or immoral.”
“You wound me with your lack of trust.” He clasped a hand to his chest.
She snorted. “Like I care. Well?”
“I can guarantee you that nobody will be hurt by this, nor are my reasons immoral or illegal.” He held out a hand. “Do we have an agreement?”
“How do I know that you’ll pay me? I could do everything you ask and then you could simply renege on the deal.” She ignored his hand and cast him a challenging glare.
Taylor obviously had severe trust issues. Rhys could relate. “I will pay you half in good faith, now. You will receive the other half when the task is complete. Sound fair?”
Taylor gazed at him for several moments. Her lips twisted to one side and she chewed on the corner of her mouth. Finally, she held out her hand. “Okay, you have a deal. God knows what I’m getting myself into, but I’ll do it.”
You can view trailers for my books at:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGYDPUvVkbJ729_BsZ26LnQ
Other Books in The Fairy Tale Match Series
Wild Fire – Book 1
Forever You – Book 2
Books in the Haunted by the Past Series
Hidden in Shadows – Book 1
Shadow of Suspicion – Book 2

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ceiling insulation.

Here is how I'm doing the ties. The particular rope holds 36 Pounds maximum which means it works well for this purpose and it's really easy to work with. I'm just simply using two drywall screws in each of those bend out 'L' brackets.

I started doing some of the R-13 insulation today. Here's the first piece.



 Here's a couple of images with the insulation in place. It's going to be great having an additional 170 sq ft of insulation.





So far, the project is going even easier than I imagined it would.  If you do something like this make sure you have some good ties for the tracks. The ceiling now looks flatter also which is one of the other things I was trying to take care of.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Insulation.

     In a couple of days I should start adding the R-13 insulation in the livingroom. I think I've got a doable way to do it. Before we bought the house someone had installed a drop ceiling in the livingroom and the kitchen. The space between the actual ceiling and the top of the drop ceiling is about five inches. 
     Basically there's the right amount of room for insulation intended for 2 x 4 walls, I'll need to make sure the suspension wires will be better attached. The drop ceiling is kind of in waves because it wasn't quite done right. I'll make sure I take some photos while I'm working on it and post them here on the blog.
     I'm figuring this spring and summer it should keep the house a little cooler with the additional insulation. I'm also figuring it should help lower the total propane bill next winter since the place will be easier to heat. The insulation was the easiest and cheapest thing I could do honestly. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Porch Roof


Many that have come to this blog know that I have a house that a repair project in process. Quite honestly you may not want to set your watch on how quick everything will get done. There's a couple of reasons for that. One is lack of income to afford material. Second is the fact I'm not as young as I used to be so it wears me out.
This is how our porch roof used to look. I had framed it in as you can see from the stringers and the upright supports. I was too poor to afford any plywood so I wasn't able to get any. Finally after a couple of tries I was able to get a tarp to stay in place. BTW, the solar path lights work great for the purpose I'm using them for here. I do usually have to replace the battery each year which I recommend using an NiMH instead of a NiCD like comes in them. 



Brandy likes windchimes to of course you see some. She also likes the icicle lights for additional lighting. The one main problem with them is they aren't designed to handle much moisture so a number of the bulbs are out.





Here's the porch with the new plywood on it. I still have to caulk and paint it but I'm very happy with the results so far. One of the nice aspects of the porch is it blocks most of the direct sunlight from hitting the side of the house which makes the house slightly cooler during the summer. Of course there's an added benefit of having a clean porch during the winter.


The paint I'll be getting will be similar in color to what's on the support framing. I did order new string lights for the porch, LED ones. They use less electricity than incandescent lights does. There's also less of a chance of fire because the LED lights don't get as warm.