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Jane Austen, Zzzzz Research Participant?

Yawwwwwwwn.

Jane Austen, Action Doll, arched her back, stretching her arms widely. She rolled her head, then shook it a few times.

Yawwwwwwwn.

"This new job came at the perfect time," said Jane, getting back into bed. "These past 25 weeks have completely tired me out. Once this project is done, I shall return to my writing. An idea is brewing."



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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More Garden Art

Hello Visitors from the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. This post is for the weekly All Seasons. You can find my posts for the April Challenge here.
Sometimes it's right before I fall asleep that an idea for garden art comes to me. Other times an idea greets me when I open my eyes in the morning. Wait till you hear this! my inner voice says, as it waited patiently for me to be quiet to hear the idea.

So, today I share with you my latest two pieces for the garden. Both are items from the 1960s that belonged to the Mama. The metal peacock in the above photo was once in black, brown, and burnt gold (is that a color?), which the Only and Older Brother gifted to the Mama one year.

The lamp in the photo below was one of a pair that the Mama and the Daddy bought for our brand new house way back when. Its original color was a cross between yucky bronze and gold. I think it was supposed to be a take off on baroque style.

Now, the lamp could be a prop in a carnival. It looks t…

Jane Austen, Yardmaster?

Jane Austen, Action Doll, sighed.

"That Lydia," Jane mumbled. "She never puts the ladder away. If only I could fire her and Wickham. They are horrible workers."

"Perhaps I could get myself transferred from this rail yard," Jane thought.



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Xmas Santa?

"One of the great advantages of living in this modern age is being able to play St. Nicholas," said
Jane Austen, Action Doll. "In my day it would be scandalous for a woman to play a male role in public."

Jane looked with much delight at the smiling children around her. So much joy and wonder, she thought. She smiled broadly at the boys and girls.

"Ho, Ho, Ho!"



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Window Washer?

Hello friends from ABC Wednesday. This post is for the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. You can find the P post for ABCW here.
"Now this is a career I do not want," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. "No, no, no!"

Jane firmly drew the squeegee across the window. "I am simply filling in for a good friend. She is presently suffering from vertigo, the poor dear."



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Pauly the Pademelon, Where are Ya?

Hello Visitors from the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. This post is for the weekly ABC Wednesday. You can find the letter V post for the April Challenge here.
"Do you see him?" asked Iago the Iguana.

"Just Thomas and the other guys searching," said Ghandi the Giraffe. "Filemon and Bubba are passing back and forth above the woods to the south and Thomas, Charlie, and Guy are on the path to the beach. Dicky and Danny are prancing around in the water. I don't know how that's going to find Pauly."

"Do you think we should go down there?"

The giraffe shrugged as he bent to snack on the greenery beside him. "Yummm." He swallowed a mouthful of leaves. "The perfect green food for a pademelon is plainly up here." Ghandi paused and sniffed the air. "I think Pauly is hiding up here."

Iago picked at the leaves hovering near the rock on which he was perched.  "Good stuff," he mumbled.

The two fri…

Jane Austen, Villain?

"Thank goodness! The world knows I am not a villain!" exclaimed Jane Austen, Live Action Doll. She stood on the courthouse steps, tired and verily relieved that this whole nightmare of incarceration was over.

"While in prison, I met women who chose to be villains. Career criminals, mind you. Some where in their past, they lost hope and faith in humanity." Jane shook her head. "They are very sad, miserable people. I cannot help but feel sorry for them. However I do not excuse them for their horrible decisions to victimize others."

"If dear Tom Lefroy had not been my lawyer," Jane paused. She shook her head. "I do not want to imagine what my fate could have been."

Jane looked up into the heavens. "Thank goodness my undercover role has not been undermined. Onward and upward!"



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Undercover Superhero?

"My dear friends," whispered Jane Austen, Action Doll, looking stealthily to the left and right. "I wish you to know about my secret job."

Jane cleared her throat. "When duty calls, I go undercover as Authora! My power is mightier than the sword. Have quill will time travel."

"Please keep it on the QT, I beseech you."



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Train Conductor?

"It's a beautiful day for a train ride," said Jane Austen, Action Doll, to the handsome long-haired passenger.

"Do you enjoy being a train conductor?" he asked.

"Verily," she said. "I am a substitute, working on weekends when the regular conductor is ill or needs to be absent."

"Would you like to do it permanently?"

"Perhaps, one day. I have other jobs," Jane said, with a twinkle in her eye.



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Where is the Cat?

Hello Visitors from the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. This post is for the weekly All Seasons. You can find my posts for the April Challenge here.
Ayan ti pusa? Molly?

¿Donde esta el gato? Molly?

Je, paka ni wapi? Molly the Cat?

Dov'e il gatto? Molly!

'Auhea ka pipi? Mol-ly?

Ca bhfuil  an cat? Molly.

Kedi nerede? Molly.

Ou est le chat?  There she is!

Sweet Molly the Cat!


What do you want, Missus Lady? Purrrrrrrrrrr.



I'm linking up with All Seasons, a weekly meme hosted by Jesh at Artworks from Jesh St.G. Click here to check out Jesh and her meme. For the participants list, click here. Thanks, Jesh! 

Jane Austen, Smokejumper?

"Helping fight wildfires is part of my duties as a park ranger," said Jane Austen, Action Doll. "Being trained as an aerobatic pilot, I thought I'd be able to handle being a smoke jumper. Hence, when an opportunity became available, I signed up."

"Fighting fires in the remote areas is very frightening. That's a good thing, I believe. At least for myself. It keeps me from doing disingenuous bravado things that could lead to injury or death of my teammates or myself."


My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Ranger?

"I am truly in my element," exclaimed Jane Austen, Action Doll, walking along a path at the Pinnacles National Park, one of the newest parks in the U.S. National Park Service.

"Being a park ranger is definitely my favorite job thus far."

Jane took another deep breath as she looked around her. She threw her arms up in the air. "Delightful!"



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Quantum Leaper?

Hello friends from ABC Wednesday. This post is for the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. You can find the O post for ABCW here.
Quantum Leaper Jane has jumped in time to February, 1967. She is looking at herself, well, rather at 15-year-old Arrmac (the future husband of Su-sieee! Mac) in the bathroom mirror. She wants to make sure Arrmac looks good before the trombonist lines up with his high school marching band.

If all goes well, Quantum Leaper Jane as young Arrmac shall avoid colliding into the behind of a policeman's horse as the band marches in the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco.

"May success prevail!" exclaims Jane, picking up Arrmac's trombone.

Note: Quantum Leap was a TV sci-fi show (from 1989 to 1993) in which physicist Sam Beckett, played by Scott Bakula, travels back and forth through time to help someone and fix a historical error. While he is in the other time, he temporarily resides in someone else's body.



My theme for this yea…

Ofelia the Octopus, The Marriage Officiant

Hello Visitors from the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. This post is for the weekly ABC Wednesday. You can find the letter P post for the April Challenge here.
"Go forward with joy, love, peace, and happiness," said Ofelia the marriage officiant. "I now pronounce you wife and husband, husband and wife."

In the side rows near the bay, Agathe, Edwina, Hazel, Davey and Judge Jennifer sighed in unison as they applauded loudly for the young wedded couple. Hazel the Hammerhead Shark and Davey Daffodil the Dolphin trilled Hurrah, Hurrah as they jumped in and out of the water.

"Dears," said Agathe the Aardvark, shaking her body of water, "I did not bring my umbrella."

"Sorry!" Hazel and Davey said, balancing on their fins. "We'll head over to the wet zone. See you at the reception."

Edwina the Egret contemplated flying with the sea animals, thinking perhaps Iago the Iguana may be there. Agathe nudged her, as she said…

Jane Austen, Pearl Diver?

"Pearls are a girl's best friend," said Jane Austen, Action Doll, sitting on the edge of the small boat. She took a deep breath and dove back into the sea.



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Oxymoron Phrase Analyst?

"Oh, my," said Jane Austen, Action Doll, wiping chalk from her forehead.

"I like the idea of doing an occasional silent scream in my rock garden. And, to take a mud bath as I consider an impossible solution sounds wonderful."

"Who wouldn't love the image of a group falling into a deafening silence after hearing the idle gossip?"

Jane set the piece of chalk down on the table. "It is a sure bet being an oxymoron phrase analyst is not for me!"



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Nut Farmer?

Hello friends from All Seasons. This post is for the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. You can find the post for All Seasons here.
"Jane, dear, a walnut farm!" exclaimed Martha Lloyd.

"Is it not grand, Martha?" Jane Austen, Action Doll, asked her friend.

"What are you going to do with all the walnuts?"

"Make walnut ketchup, Martha," said Jane, picking up her bucket full of nuts. "You know how much the family and I like walnut ketchup."




My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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The Painted Chair in the Meadow

Last Sunday I shared with you the chair I painted that morning. There's the final product in the meadow. You may not see it at first. That's Okay. That's my intent. I don't want the chair to be obvious. I want it to suddenly be a delight in your sight. By the way, Molly the Cat hasn't noticed it yet. I wonder what she'll do when she does.

I ended up painting details onto the chair's frame.  A hodgepodge of things to practice painting impressions of flowery vines, cat paws, flowers, and butterflies. Here's the back of the chair.



For the front of the chair, I decided to paint one subject rather than several. What do you think?


I love the way the chair looks in the meadow. The chair is too flimsy for anyone to sit on, except for Molly the Cat, so I asked the Husband to place it in a hard-to-get place. For humans, that is.

While the Husband and I stood on the sidewalk admiring the chair in the meadow, I thought the yard looks just how I've always drea…

Jane Austen, Musician?

"I'm all about that bass, about that bass," sings Jane Austen, Action Doll. "No treble."

You go, Miss Jane!



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Lizard Tamer?

"This sweet fellow simply loves to dance," said Jane Austen, Action Doll, to no one in particular. She hummed The Sussex Waltz as the couple glided up and down the wooden floor.

"He does come in handy when I do not want to dance with a chap. One look at this sweet fellow on my arm, and the chap runs away. I do not think Lizzie's Mr. Darcy would be such a coward."



My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Jane Austen, Kiteboarder?

Hello friends from ABC Wednesday. This post is for the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. You can find the N post for ABCW here.
"What was it that dear boy said?" Jane Austen, Action Doll, asked herself as she rode the wave towards shore.

"Oh, yes. Cowabunga!!!"


My theme for this year's challenge is Jane Austen, Action Doll, Seeks a New Career.

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Nfinity x 3 Security

Hello Visitors from the Blogging from A to Z April 2018 Challenge. This post is for the weekly ABC Wednesday. You can find the letter J post for the April Challenge here.
Their giggles burst into guffaws and laughs straight from their guts.

"Oh my, oh my, oh my," Agathe the Aardvark said, tears running down her face as she stomped her front right paw. Judge Jennifer the Jack Rabbit bounced about the meadow while Bingo Byrd, Edwina the Egret, and Filemon the Flying Squirrel fluttered and soared above them. It was a wonder they didn't bump into each other and fall into one symphony of joy.

Finally the friends hiccupped their madness into happy sighs, as they situated themselves in blissfully relaxed poses on the grass.

"What do you think about them for Winnie's and Thomas' wedding?" asked Agathe. The aardvark was the wedding organizer and today she had the help of several of her friends to decide the matter of security. She read the brochure out lou…