Well, we’ve been working on the kitchen all weekend. I’m so tired. And, OF COURSE, we were working outside so I have 16 new mosquito bites to contend with. I hate the tiny little buggers!!! I’m seriously considering getting a couple bat houses since a single bat can eat over 600 mosquitoes an hour. But who says just because I put up a house a bat will move in? I guess I can buy a bat too but something about that makes me nervous. Not sure why but it does. I just get this image of a “bat mill” akine to puppy mills and I’d rather not get involved in something like that.

Sorry, I got WAY off track there for a second. I blame it on all the itching. So, we’ve got the cabinets about half-way painted. After that, we still have to install the floor, figure out what we’re going to do for countertops and a backsplash, paint the walls, get all new appliances, have the counter cut down so we can turn the dishwasher to actually face the kitchen and make the counter an island. I’ll post before and after pictures as soon as we have after pictures!

UGH – there’s still so much to do!!! But, I’m not going to worry about it past this week. Why? I’m going to a scrapbook retreat weekend in two weeks at my mom’s house. I can’t wait! These are so much fun. We’ll be able to spend Friday afternoon and evening, all day Saturday and half a day Sunday scrapbooking!!! For those of you that don’t scrapbook, I know this seems like a miserable weekend but those of you that scrapbook will understand how wonderful this will be! I’ll (hopefully) have loads of new scrapbook pictures to share in about two weeks so wish me luck!

So, what did you do this weekend?


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  1. We are three romance fiction readers who are interested in finding out more about readers like ourselves. What began as a conversation over coffee has turned into a project that has taken on a life of its own. We’ve explored public librarians’ attitudes toward romance fiction and its readers on both state and national levels with research funded by a grant from Romance Writers of America (

    Of course, the more we’ve found out, the more questions we have. We’ve reached the point where we need answers to several of these questions from romance readers. We are interested in romance fiction readers as both consumers and conservators of the genre. From what we’ve found, romance fiction readers do not depend on public libraries for their books. We would like to better understand where romance fiction readers acquire their books, why they prefer particular sources, and what they do with their books after reading them. We appreciate your time and consideration.

    Our questions:
    · What are your preferred sources for the romance fiction you read?
    · Why do you choose these sources rather than or in addition to public libraries?
    · Do you keep all or some of the books you read? How do you decide which books to keep?
    · What do you see yourself doing with your personal library of romance fiction books in the future?

    Informed Consent:
    The University of Missouri requires that research involving human subjects include an informed consent to ensure that participants’ rights are protected. As is customary, pseudonyms will be substituted in all data for all names of persons, public libraries/public library systems, cities, towns and counties. Every effort will be made to adequately disguise the participants’ identities and specific geographic location in any published materials or presentations. The print-outs of any responses will remain in the direct physical possession of the researchers. Relevant portions of the transcripts will be deleted upon request of any participant who decides to withdraw from the study.

    Participants have the right to withdraw from the study at any time, no questions asked.

    Refusal to participate, or withdrawal from the research project, will have no impact on the participant.

    Do not hesitate to call, write or e-mail a member of the research team if you have questions or concerns about this research study.

    We ask that you give permission for the results of this research to be used in professional presentations at national conferences and printed in professional publications. If you have questions your rights as a research subject, you may contact the University of Missouri Institutional Review Board Office at (573)882-9585 .

    Denice Adkins
    Linda Esser
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    303 Townsend Hall
    School of Information Science & Learning Technologies
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Columbia, MO 65211

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