Friday, May 3, 2013

Photo Friday: A Peek Inside Our Ranch House

Awhile ago, somebody (I can't remember who), wanted me to post pictures of some of the rooms in our home, like the parlor, etc. Well . . . Mother snagged the photographer at last, and (for a considerable fee) photographed a few special places. I hope you enjoy this small "Tour of Homes" as you wait for a more story-oriented post, which should be coming in the next week or two.








Simply lovely sliding times!
First of all, I'm sure you'll recognize the staircase. Yep, this is the bannister railing I SO do love to slide down!



 Next on our tour is the fancy parlor, where we entertain guests, like *sigh* the the schoolmaster,
The parlor is full of sunshine
Mr. Foster, his wife, Grace his oldest daughter and Melinda's friend, and Virginia, my sort-of friend (more on that in another post). It's real nice, and on cold, rainy nights, sometimes Mother lets us all go in and enjoy a fire in the fireplace.



The library is not my favorite place. Seems dark to me.

There's the library, of course, where Justin spends time working on the accounts and I spend time rummaging through the bookcase, trying to find something I haven't read yet. Once, I found a dime novel Mitch had stashed in there years ago and forgotten about! I was so excited!







The next few pictures show the music room, and the piano that Virginia was going to play. I never did hear her play it. I bet she can't play as well as she boasts she can. But Melinda can. We gather in the music room at Christmas and sing Christmas carols around the piano while she plays. She's really good at it. I'm not. I can play "Row, row, row your boat," and that's all.

After that comes the dining room. The table looks big because there are extra leaves in it. The day the photographer came, we were going to have dinner guests later.  Then comes Mother's room and Melinda's room (oops, she forgot to hang up her dress!). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), you can't see my room. Mother wouldn't let the photographer go near it. It was a little (well, very) messy!
The Music Room. Look how high the ceiling is!



Our dining room
Mother's room (and used to be Father's too, until he died)
Melinda's room, and it looks messy to ME.

 

76 comments:

  1. Thank you SO SO much! I love the pictures! Can't wait for the next post!

    Lizzy

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  2. Thank you, Andi! I love the photos! Looking forward to the next post!

    Haley

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  3. Oh, and I'm really glad you're thinking about a trilogy of older Andi books for the far future ;)

    Haley

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    1. I agree! I love the Circle C Adventure series! :)
      But I think there should be a following series, going through Andi's courtship, marrige, and motherhood. Just to give your readers a vision of what happened to her family and her friends in later years. I've often wished there was more to her stories, than just the mysteries.
      (Just a suggestion... from one writer to another.) ;D

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    2. Oh, dear! I fear that by the time the stories are written, you all will be past wanting to read them. I have one "maybe" story about written, in other words, it's not finished. So, if I wrote older Andi stories, what would you think if Taffy ended up . . . uh . . . having to be put down? I know the younger readers would probably go nuts (and I have parents ask me if any animals die in the CCA), but for older (YA, teens) readers, this might not be such an issue. In the book I've partially finished, Andi is like . . . 15 . . . and it's a heart wrenching growing up book, but it won't work if Taffy is only injured. The horse has gotta die. Can that fly?

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    3. Well, horses have to be put down in real life all the time. If the book has a happy ending it might be okay. I like books that make me laugh, cry, and want to read them over again. Like Little Women, but I loved Beth most of all the characters!
      I might have one of the horses die in my books I'm working on.
      I enjoy all the new posts!
      Inid

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    4. All horses have got to go at some time. Just saying. I can't wait for the book!

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    5. I'd definitely be sad if Taffy had to be put down, but as others have said, I too enjoy books that make me cry for the character. Does that sound odd? XD I also enjoy stories about growing up and moving on. :) I could never tire of CCA!

      By the way, I loved the post! Great pics! ;)

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    6. I didn't mean that bad, I love horses, and Taffy, I guess I was agreeing with ^^Anonymous^^. Sorry

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    7. Oh, well . . . WOW, ladies! I'm overwhelmed. Okay, if the Lord gives me leave, I will definitely pursue the Young Adult Andi Stories, starting with her at age 15. The name of the almost-done story is . . . "Andrea Carter and the Last Ride." HOWEVER . . . if it is a new, separate series, it would have to have a different series name, not Circle C Adventures. Well, I have Circle C Beginnings, so who can think of a title series for an older Andi series that doesn't sound "young"?

      I'm willing to pitch it to Kregel, my publisher, but if they refuse . . . don't worry! I know how to publish a book now and I have the rights to the characters, so I could publish it anyway, but you'd have to buy it from my website or on amazon as a Kindle or paperback.

      You guys are getting me excited. Good thing I only have one more chapter of Book 4 of Goldtown to write . . . I need a break! :-)

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    8. Circle C Journeys? I hope it will work. Good luck. :D

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    9. ...And can't wait!

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    10. Oh, Alicia! I like it: Circle C Journeys. Nice! What do the rest of you think? :-)

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    11. I like it.

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    12. I think it's great!!!

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    13. That's great!!
      As for Taffy, I think that a lot of the people that will read the new series will be older, and will understand more.
      I'm SO exited!! Please keep us updated! :D

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    14. Oh I like Circle C Journeys too!

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    15. Well, you've got a series name and a fan base waiting to read it . . . You are officially the envy of every writer :) Sounds like you're in, like it or not! I think it sounds terrific!

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  4. LOVE the post!:-) And I don't blame you for having a messy room:-) my room is not very clean when I share TWO people (Aurora and Havey).
    Evelina

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  5. Thank you,Andi!Looking forward to the next post! Grace

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  6. Love the post!
    Aurora.

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  7. I like your post.... but next time can you write why Jeffery sullivan,or post a photo when you can. Grace

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    1. oops!!! I meant to ask why Jeffery sullivan is a creep.I meant to finish. Grace

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    2. You will be happy to learn, Grace, that I am working on part 4 of "Jeffrey Sullivan . . . go away!" a short story in answer to your pleading to tell more about Melinda's beau. I meant it to be one entry, but (as usual) it's turned into a STORY. LOL Not quite sure how to end it, but at least there will be parts 1-4 in the next couple of weeks. I will try to post Part 1 mid-week.
      ~Andi
      p.s. I even found a picture of him! :-)

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    3. I can't wait, I'll be checking for it. :)

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  8. Awesome!!! cant wait!!! Grace

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  9. Of course it would be awfully sad for Taffy to die, but the best books aren't perfect, constantly happy stories, they are the books that draw you in and make the story real. Whoever mentioned Little Women was right! Beth died, and that was tragic, but no one can argue that Little Woman isn't a wonderful book. I can understand not wanting to include death in books for younger readers, but I'm sure it would be fine in books for slightly older readers! I really, really hope you publish the book! It could be the first step towards the older Andi books ;) Everyone wants to know how Andi grows up. Thanks for lovely books and an awesome blog!

    Haley

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  10. I agree completely! Some of the best parts in books are the ones that make you cry and feel apart of the story. I would really love books about an older Andi growing up, courting etc. And even if we are little to old to read them by the time they are done, we would still enjoy them (I still love the original Andi series all these years later ;)), and by then all the younger Andi readers will be wanting to know more! I really hope you publish the book about Andi when she's 15! I'm looking forward to it :)

    Lizzy

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  11. I agree with everything people have said. I completely understand that you don't want to include death in younger reader's books, but its not an issue at all for teens/young adults. I love how your books combine God's love, mystery, adventure, horses, family, the old west, and suspence together. Maybe books for slightly older readers could include a bit more romance? ;) I would LOVE a series of books about an older Andi, and I really hope you publish the book where Andi is 15 and Taffy has to die.

    Hope

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  12. Great post! I love the photos. I too think that death is an important part of many wonderful stories, and I would really lobe series for older readers about Andi growing. And yes, a little romance would be nice :) Thanks for keeping up this great blog!
    Maxine

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  13. Oops! Sorry for all the typos! I'm commenting from my phone :)
    Maxine

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  14. Your "almost finished" book sounds wonderful! I would definitely read it! Thanks for the post :) Sally

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  15. I repeat everything everyone has said about death in stories, wanting to read the books, and wanting to know what happens to Andi. Please, please publish the books :) Fern

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  16. Copy all the above! :) Jenna

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    1. I commented on these lovely posts somewhere above, as a reply to "anonymous" on May 5. :-) REad on!

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  17. Man i can't wait for your next story on here! And for the next book!!!!!! Could you let us all know when you publish it? That would be awesome! It would also be cool when she's older!

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    1. New post (story) coming on Wednesday, Lord willing . . .

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  18. Sorry. I was referring to a book when Andi's older.:D

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  19. I have an idea for a title for an older Andi series. It could be "Miss Andrea Carter", or, since I'm guessing by that time Melinda will be married and Andi would be the "MIss Carter", instead of "miss Andi", it could be "Miss Carter", "Miss Carter Continues", or "Western Carter" or something like that. I will try to think of more ideas. Oh, one suggestion-please don't make it TOO romantic. I love to laugh as well besides planning the future weddings of myself and my characters. Maybe you could have "Andi..Grown Up?!" as a tagline (I believe that is what I mean. I have a vocabulary I don't always totally understand. ;D).
    I think I would love it.
    I really hope you can write it. I have the Andrea Carter series in my bedroom with another horse series. The Andi books are a favourite, and I hope to have a daughter someday to share them with. I like to read stories besides my own sometimes. New characters, new story lines, new ideas....
    Well, thats it for now!
    I will be thinking of more ideas for a series title as suggestions.
    And I will look in on Wednesday. I will try to remember to pray about God's will for another book from you!
    God bless!
    Until later,
    Ira-Grace

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    1. I agree with the not TOO romantic part. Can't wait til Wed.
      :-)

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    2. You and me both, Alicia and Ira-Grace! "Romance" makes me squirm, honestly. I do not like to read women's fiction and romance novels. *gag* I like medical thrillers, adventure, and even "decent," exciting science fiction. In historical fiction, I'll "put up" with the girl-boy thing, just so long as it does not distract from the STORY and the ACTION!

      So, coming from me, you can be assured that there will be just enough "romance" to get the point across . . . and then we can focus on the adventure, drama, and characters. :-)

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    3. Thank you! I know exactly what you mean about what kinds of book you like and don't like to read!

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    4. Good! How do you come up with so many thrilling adventures any way? In "Andrea Carter and the Trouble with Treasure" I was literally "on the edge of my seat" (or bed) it was so exciting! Especially when I could guess there were more!
      Ira-Grace

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    5. Me to!!!! :)
      Aurora.

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    6. Ok, but IF Andi is proposed to it should be a really neat way. Like in Left Behind how...I don't want to ruin this for anyone...ONE character proposes to ANOTHER in book 30-something.

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    7. I completely agree. I honestly don't read romance at all really. I've read a few bits but I just... bleh. Now Stephen Bly had some great books; mostly western adventure with just a teensy bit of romance. Nothing icky or sickening, if you know what I mean.

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    8. Yep, P. Hope, I know exactly what you mean.
      For example, ya gotta love the way they do it in Star Wars. I mean . . . Han and Leia. They are perfect together, but it is only a TINY part of the saga. That's the way it needs to be done.

      I love that series (well, movies 4, 5, 6, anyway, not the earlier ones. Ick). And part of it is because of the TENSION between the 'scoudrel" and the 'princess.' Or, have you ever seen Father Goose? ROTFL! "Goody two shoes" and "the filthy beast." You just KNOW they're going to get together with a tagline like that. THOSE are the kinds of wholesome, funny, or dramatic "romances" I like. :-) None of this newer, gushy, mushy stuff.

      Oh, and an FYI: the term "romance" used to mean an adventurous, emotionally engaging story, not "mushy" stuff between boys and girls.

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    9. Lol! Exactly! That's exactly the type I'd much rather see. Keeping it to a minimum and just enough to add to the story and characters.

      I don't think I've ever seen "Father Goose", but I may have heard the radio version. It starred Cary Grant, didn't it?

      That's interesting! I didn't know that. I suppose that's why I never understood why the old newspaper articles referred the expanding West as "romantic". LOL!

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    10. Yes, Father Goose stars Cary Grant. It is such a funny movie! You would like it, I believe. There are so many good, old movies. One wonders what happened to all the creative screenwriters and actors who could produce a movie with value and not have to include anything offensive. Just good, clean fun. *sigh*

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    11. *sigh* I know. I love the older television shows and movies. And I'm a tad obsessed with old radio. There were some great, clean programs.
      And I wish we had clean comedians like our native Red Skelton around today. It seems so many people have thrown morals right out the door, unfortunately.

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  20. I would be heart broken if Taffy had to be put down!:( I guess if it had a happy ending it would be a good story. I too like story's that make me cry and then everything happens to work out. Maybe Andi gets married?!?!?
    Aurora.
    P.S. Even if by the time an older Andi series is done and I have kids of my own I will still read the books and have my kids read them too because I enjoy them so much!!

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  21. I am SO happy you have decided to publish the books if at all possible! I can't wait! I know they will be wonderful!

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  22. Yay! I am delighted that you are willing to do an older Andi series!!! I love the name Circle C Journeys, it keeps the theme of the other two series, but is more mature. I agree about the romance, you don't want to over do it, you just need a little to add to the adventure! I can't wait to read the first book! Thank you so much!

    Haley

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  23. Oh my....I am SO HAPPY!!!! I just know these books are going to be amazing!
    Kylie :)

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  24. YYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Everyone, mission accomplished! There are going to be older Andi book!!!!

    Sally

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  25. Mission accomplished indeed! I can't wait!
    Daisy

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  26. How long do you think it will be before the first book of the new series (Circle C Journeys?) comes out? I'm so excited!!! :D

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    1. REALITY CHECK, my young fans! I have a couple more books to write for the current boys' series--Goldtown Adventures--so we're looking (being very, very optimistic) at least a couple of years.
      But don't cry yet! Here is why: The first story must FIRST be finished (I've gone about halfway) then it must be PITCHED to the publisher, who (trust me on this) takes a few MONTHS to decide either yes or no. If they say YES, then it is a full year after that for the first book to be released. If they say NO, they don't want to do the trilogy, then it would be faster, as I would just do it myself on Create Space (amazon).
      I will truly keep you posted . . . Maybe even let you read a first chapter, excerpts, etc. to keep you interested. :-)

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    2. I understand, but I am still disappointed. :( I quess we will have to be satisfied with story posts for now. If I am "too old" to read them when they come out, don't worry, nothing would keep me from reading them!!! I hope everything goes well with you for the Goldtown Adventures.

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    3. I'm still looking forward to the possibility. :) In the meantime, I will continue reading all of your current work and enjoying it! ^.^

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  27. I will never be (too old) to read them no mater how old i am. and if you put down Taffy, then what would Andi ride, whorlwind? and i agree no too much romance,But i REALLY want to know who Andi likes or ends-up with, SOOO bad!!! Grace

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  28. circle c journeys...has a nice ring to it,i love it!! I think another book would be SOOO cool!!!! I really liked the circle c adventures, more books the merryer!!!!! Grace

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  29. Don't worry, I'm sure most of us understand that it'll be quite a while before the first book. Getting something published is a VERY drawn out process. Everyone is just really excited :)
    Thank you so much for everything.
    Haley

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  30. how about Circle C Changes


    Beth

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  31. how but Circle C Conspiracy's

    i honestly don't know what conspiracy's is it just sounded fitting
    i don't know
    anyone want to tell me what it means?

    Ruthie

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    1. I just found your comment in the SPAM folder, so I set it free and now I can tell you what a conspiracy is. It is a plot or a scheme (usually something negative) or treachery. (Like a conspiracy to assassinate the President.)

      So, I'm thinking that Circle C Conspiracies wouldn't go over very well. :-)

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    2. thanks for telling me Andi! I'm SOOOOOOO embarrassed now! Well hey at least i know a new words meaning! EMBARRASSING!

      that's weird it was in the SPAM folder! I promise you i'm not some bad guy trying to assassinate the president! I'm a 13 old girl who LOVES your books!

      ANYways BYE!

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  32. horse crazy galMay 9, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Andrea,
    i loooooooove horses! can you pleeeease post a photo of YOUR room?
    Thanks!
    bethany

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    1. Oh, dear. I will try, but it might be hard to find one . . .

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  33. how bout

    Circle C Changes?

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    1. Oooh, I like this one too!
      Hmmm . . . Circle C Journeys . . . Circle C Changes . . .

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  34. Hmmm...Circle c Journeys...Cirle c Changes... well,i think circle c Journeys goes with the other books,but if you put taffy down, and change a few things here and there, then maybe circle c changes, i dont know..... Grace

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    1. Personally I prefer Circle C Journeys, it seems to fit in all aspects.

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  35. how about Andi's new adventures?

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  36. that sounds good...................
    Rebekah R

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Let Andi know what you think!