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March 20, 2013 / diannegray

What a week…

My blood ran cold this morning when I read Anna Scott Graham’s account of her story being pirated on Amazon. It’s a timely warning for us all. Anna is a wonderful person and it’s just an awful thing to happen. I really hope she can get to the bottom of it very soon.

Yesterday, Kate (4amwriter) put a big smile on my face when I read her new blog – Bloggers Between the Covers. It contains information about books fellow bloggers have published. What an exciting concept!

On the weekend the RUC put on her bonnet, thanks to all those hard working roofers that worked all weekend so she wouldn’t get soaked through. The weather is still behaving itself, but only until this afternoon (apparently). For reasons that would take an hour to explain the technical difficulties I’ve had recently – I don’t have a picture of the roof yet 😦

I asked one of the builders how old he thought the RUC was. He told me to look at the glass in the windows. He said he’d only seen that glass once before when he moved a 130 year old school house. Because the windows are actually above the French doors, I hadn’t taken a good look at the glass. It’s amazing!

The windows above the doors (yes – it still needs a clean and paint)


Take a close look at the pattern on this beautiful glass!


Then last week, part of my salad jumped off my plate and landed on the wall. I love fresh salad…but not this fresh


Short and sweet for this week.

Between fixing up the RUC, catching up with blogs and chasing Godzilla grasshoppers out of the kitchen, I’m pretty busy. 

I hope you’ve had a good week!


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  1. Letizia / Mar 20 2013 11:06 am

    I can’t believe the post about the story being pirated; that’s so unbelievable!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:31 am

      It’s absolutely horrible, Letizia! I really hope Anna finds out who it is…


  2. Polysyllabic Profundities / Mar 20 2013 11:11 am

    Fresh salad is good….that is a bit extreme!! That window is gorgeous….I’m very jealous!!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:32 am

      I love the glass, but they don’t make it anymore, so I’d better not break one when I’m doing the place up! 😯


  3. Anna Scott Graham / Mar 20 2013 11:11 am

    Thanks Dianne; you’re a gem!

    I LOVE those windows, oh my goodness. As for those hoppers, dude… 😉


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:40 am

      Those hoppers are monsters! Why does everything in the tropics have to be SO big. I don’t mind big flowers, but I think I stop there.

      The windows are beautiful 😀

      I left a comment on Amazon about 50 Years Waiting…


      • Anna Scott Graham / Mar 20 2013 1:46 pm

        Big flowers are fantastic. Big bugs, not so much…

        Thanks for all this support Dianne. It means the world. 😉


      • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 2:05 pm

        Anna – you are wonderful and anything I can do to help, I will be very happy to 😀


  4. Kozo / Mar 20 2013 11:23 am

    That glass is gorgeous. Hope it is strong enough to keep out those cat-sized grasshoppers!. Maybe a dog is a good idea to keep the grasshoppers out. Glad you got the roof on before the rain.
    The story about Anna Scott Graham’s short story is shocking. Seems like a whole new form of plagiarism/robbery.
    {{{Hugs}}} kozo


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:45 am

      I just went over to Amazon and left a comment. Why would someone do this? It’s awful…

      I truly love the glass – it looks like pandana or stars. It hasn’t been washed yet so I was surprised the picture turned out so well. The roof looks great, but I’ve had internet problems for the past few days and can’t upload the pictures 😦 But I’m glad it’s on now because the ex-tropical cyclone is supposed to hit tonight 😯

      I couldn’t believe the size of that grasshopper! It looks like it could eat me!


  5. Amanda / Mar 20 2013 11:29 am

    Please don’t tell me that thing was actually on your plate!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:52 am

      LOL! Maybe it just jumped on and then off again really quickly – but it was a better feeling than when a gecko fell on my head a few weeks back 😆


  6. Denise Hisey / Mar 20 2013 11:35 am

    Ewww that grasshopper would make me lose my lunch!! 😉
    Your glass is gorgeous, though!!
    I went over to Anna’s blog and read about her pirate nightmare. Ugh.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:54 am

      I thought that grasshopper was going to have me for lunch! They certainly make them big up here 😯

      Ugh – is the exact word for what has happened to Anna. If someone buys that book she doesn’t get the money. What an awful situation…


  7. Praussie / Mar 20 2013 11:39 am

    I’m originally from New York City and all the older buildings had that type of glass above the doors. hehe The RUC sounds lovely.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:55 am

      Can you send some over, Praussie? LOL – I don’t think they make it anymore so I’m hoping I don’t break one…

      The RUC is absolutely beautiful and I’m really looking forward to the day it’s fixed enough for me to move in 😀


  8. Maddie Cochere / Mar 20 2013 11:41 am

    You and the critters in your houses!! So glad the RUC has a new roof, and I love that glass. I thought I had a beautiful window in our bathroom, but I finally realized there was some type of adhesive (like a contact paper, but it allows light in) over the window to create a design with a non-see-through look. Duh! Thank you for the link to Bloggers Between the Covers. I’m not reading fast enough, but am still trying to read WP authors this year.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:49 am

      Bloggers Between the Covers is a great idea! I love it because I need a way to keep track of bloggers books and Kate has saved us all a whole heap of time. She’s a doll! 😀

      Sad about your bathroom glass – do’h! I’ve got 12 panes of this type of glass in the house and it’s irreplaceable so I’d better not break it when I redo the windows! argh.. 😯


  9. Carrie Rubin / Mar 20 2013 11:47 am

    That’s horrible about the pirating! Who would do such a thing? Nice of you to leave a review on Amazon about it. I went and clicked that the reviews were helpful. Hopefully the author can get that taken care of. Her frustration must be enormous.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 11:59 am

      I don’t know who did this, or where the money goes if any of the books sell, Carrie. What a horrible thing to happen. Thanks so much for clicking on the helpful review link. I’m sure Anna appreciates all the support she’s getting from fellow authors. We’re a tight bunch 😀


  10. John / Mar 20 2013 11:50 am

    Large nasty bug – Hope your tech issues are solved soon. 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 12:00 pm

      My tech issues are about as big as that bug, John. But they’re slowly sorting themselves out 😀


  11. robincoyle / Mar 20 2013 12:05 pm

    Godzilla grasshoppers? Really? Um, er, ahem . . . I can’t make it over for coffee tomorrow.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 12:09 pm

      LOL! I don’t think they eat people (though I haven’t tested it out yet). Come over – he won’t drink ALL your coffee 😀


      • robincoyle / Mar 20 2013 12:16 pm

        Um, er, ahem . . . I think I am going to be sick tomorrow and won’t be able to make it.


      • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 12:57 pm

        LOL! 😀


  12. MishaBurnett / Mar 20 2013 12:06 pm

    That glass looks nearly identical to the glass in one of the buildings at the university where I work which was built in 1926.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 12:10 pm

      We rarely see this kind of glass nowdays, Misha. They just don’t make it like they used to. It’s very pretty indeed 😉


  13. justinwriter / Mar 20 2013 12:21 pm

    I’ve had two articles pirated, so I know what Anna Scott Graham must be going through. All writers should search their own names and titles from time to time.

    Lovely window glass. I wonder how it was made.

    You know, Dianne, you could write a children’s picture book about that grasshopper jumping off your plate. 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 1:03 pm

      I probably could write a children’s picture book, Justin 😀 I haven’t squashed him, and that’s always a good thing 😀 I actually hate hurting anything and gently carried two dragonflies out of the house the other night (I hope they don’t bite!) I should have a got pictures of them as well. The RUC will definitely have screens (the place we’re living at the moment isn’t screened so we get all sorts of creatures dropping in).

      How did you go with your pirated articles? Did you ever find the culprit(s)? Was there a resolution? Am I asking too many questions?


      • justinwriter / Mar 20 2013 6:11 pm

        Love your last question. You’re so funny. 🙂 Without hijacking this comment stream, yeah, I got them sorted. I used my pen (keyboard) rather than a sword. Although, I was tempted to use a shamshir (I like its curves).

        BTW, my wife loves dragonflies. It’s the colour I think.


      • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:27 am

        I’m glad you sorted them out the only way a true writer knows how (and the most effective way!)

        Next time I get a dragonfly invasion I’ll take some pictures 😀


  14. Britt Skrabanek / Mar 20 2013 12:25 pm

    Whoa, trip out! Grasshoppers look quite different in your neck of the woods. : )


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 1:04 pm

      Not so cute here, Britt! No wonder the farmers hate them, they’re as big as birds 😀


  15. bulldog / Mar 20 2013 12:46 pm

    Damn that green salad that keeps moving about the plate… makes it so hard to have a quiet meal…


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 1:08 pm

      LOL! I need a spear gun instead of a knife and fork 😀


  16. mcwoman / Mar 20 2013 12:49 pm

    So glad the roofers put the “bonnet” on the RUC. And the glass is beautiful! I have always loved the charm of old dwellings. Around here, stained-leaded glass can be found in a lot of the older homes. I love your photos! Keep ’em coming! But I will never understand how you live with all the strange critters!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 1:11 pm

      Once I’m in the RUC it shouldn’t be so bad with the critters because I’m getting it screened. Where I am now there are no screens so I’m constantly shooing out critters 😯

      The good news about glass is that I’m going to do a stained-glass course this year so I think that’ll come in pretty handy for the doors that just have the normal boring glass 😀


  17. DaydreamsinWonderland / Mar 20 2013 1:06 pm

    I really hope that writer presses charges if they find out who did it. That’s just a shame. I know how it feels.
    On a brighter note, that is a lovely little detail on those windows. Looks like one hundred tiny daisies dancing about.
    That grasshopper would’ve scared the pee outta me, though!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 1:14 pm

      LOL! I wasn’t going to say it that way – but that grasshopper did the same to me! 😆

      I’m just waiting to hear back from another writer who experienced the same thing (as Anna) to see how they went with it. Has it happened to you as well?

      I love one hundred tiny daisies dancing about – what a beautiful concept 😀


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / Mar 20 2013 2:26 pm

        It happened to me when I was a teenager (& very inexperienced/naive about my rights). They stole some of my art & said it was theirs. A few years later it happened with a short film some friends and I put up on YouTube. A hacker somehow got a hold of it & put it up on another website claiming it was theirs. That time we got that person in some deep…ahem….trouble, though. I later decided not to pursue it. I actually felt bad for the sick individual. They were clearly mentally disturbed.

        My writing…that’s a different story, though. My writing is my entire life & if someone was to steal that – I would definitely take it to court in a heartbeat.


      • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 2:33 pm

        Thanks so much for sharing these stories. We’re learning every day in this blogging world and I’m pretty sure I’m still rather naive about my rights in some aspects of my writing. We live and learn and when these things happen to us we can be sure of one thing – we’re not alone…


      • DaydreamsinWonderland / Mar 20 2013 2:41 pm

        Precisely. & Anytime, Dianne! When I speak with you and friends like Maddie over @breezybooks, Kozo, Sofia, and so many other wonderful others..I often feel like we’re sitting together having a coffee or tea/whatever together! I’ve told Maddie this before.
        You’re all just like close friends & it doesn’t matter to me that we’ve never met face to face.


  18. Sheila Morris / Mar 20 2013 1:21 pm

    Windows just incredible, Dianne. The RUC is really a treasure – hang in there! I’m sending good weather karma your way…:)


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 1:58 pm

      Woo hoo! Thank you 😀 I love good karma weather 😉


  19. T. W. Dittmer / Mar 20 2013 1:28 pm

    Fresh meat in your salad?
    That glass is the work of true artisans, probably priceless. If a pane ever gets broken you’ll have a tough time replacing it.
    Thanks for sharing Anna’s story. It’s a wake up call.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 2:01 pm

      Hmmm – very fresh meat, Tim 😀

      The glass is amazing – I have to put my clumsiness aside when I’m trying to cut back the paint and renovate them. YIKES – Now I think about it I might have to get someone else to do that…

      Anna’s story was such a shock. She has all her books free on Smashwords and doesn’t use any other carrier. It’s very bad…


  20. 1girl4adamwest / Mar 20 2013 1:33 pm

    Your having a good kind of busy and the window, looks like a piece of art work! Wowzers!


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 2:03 pm

      It’d make a nice framed picture actually 😉

      You’re right. I like this kind of ‘busy’ – it’s always better than the ‘work’ kind of busy 😀


  21. nrhatch / Mar 20 2013 1:49 pm

    Wow! What a post . . . from pirates to grasshopper salad to antique glass and new roof!

    I had no idea that pirates stole e-books to sell on Amazon “in plain view.” Hope Amazon smashes them for stealing from smashwords.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 2:09 pm

      Anna only publishes on Smashwords and her books are free. I don’t know who’s done this or where the money goes if it’s sold. My thinking is that someone names themselves as the author and puts their banking details up there to reap the benefits. Ratbags…

      I was actually only going to write about the new roof today and I got waylaid with a million other things. LOL – the story of my life 😀


  22. kford2007 / Mar 20 2013 1:54 pm

    Love the window! It’s awful about the pirating. Why do people feel like they can steal things? Would they want their work stolen and sold for bits and pieces? So sad. I hope she finds the culprit.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 2:10 pm

      Me too, Jenny. What an awful thing to happen to someone. Anna is so lovely and it makes my blood boil that someone would do this to her. I’m hoping she finds the culprit as well…


  23. Photos With Finesse / Mar 20 2013 3:18 pm

    Love the window, and I’m impressed by the size of the grasshopper – and even more so that Australia actually has a ‘harmless’ insect in it’s repertoire. 😉


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 3:28 pm

      I’m hoping the grasshopper is harmless, Suzan! Now you’ve got me thinking – LOL 😀

      The window is very pretty indeed. There are a few of them in the house that I need to take out so I can sand back the frames – I’m not feeling very confident about it because I’m so incredibly clumsy! 😯


  24. Peter / Mar 20 2013 3:27 pm

    Methinks I’m going to be waiting with baited breathe for each new development on the RUC.

    Love the art glass window. When I was young my parents owned a small hardware store in Milwaukee Wisconsin. They did not sell textured glass, though they did sell the regular clear stuff. The hardware wholesaler gave my father a pattern sample box from Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. The box was small, maybe 8 x 4 x 6 and it was filled with 4 x 4 pieces of their textured glass. I was in second grade when they were forced to sell the store, having fallen on hard times. So, I guess that made me about 7 yrs. When the store was auctioned off no one bid on the sample box, so it came to live with us in our new home. I used to play with those pieces of glass for hours…. arranging them in patterns as if they were jigsaw puzzle pieces.

    Lovely memories, those….

    I’m glad your house is shaping up. I’ll pass on the giant anythings. Whether weird bugs or weeds. You can keep ’em.

    Others have commented on the lamentable thievery. Too depressing. 😦



    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 3:32 pm

      This is a lovely story about the glass, Peter. It’s amazing how simple things can bring back such beautiful memories… 😀

      We get a lot of big weird bugs here. That’s the tropics for you, it’s like Land of the Lost sometimes! 😉


  25. pigeonweather / Mar 20 2013 3:38 pm

    Good thinking to put the reviews on there. I’ve had two of my books pirated onto Amazon, even though I’d done the same thing as Nicky Charles. They took mine off of Feedbooks and slightly changed the titles, even comically adding a ‘volume two’ to one of my stories, but I never thought of doing reviews like that. I did write to Amazon’s legal department and they removed the pirated copies. I’m sure they’d do the same for you.


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 3:50 pm

      I’m sure Anna would be glad to hear that Amazon listened to you, and hopefully they’ll listen to her and remove the book. Thank you so much so coming over and telling your story. Apparently this sort of thing goes on more than we realise. I’m so glad it worked out for you 😀


  26. Bonnie / Mar 20 2013 3:49 pm

    I think it goes without saying that I would prefer that you not serve ‘salad’ when I come to sit on your veranda! 🙂 I hope the rest of the week is a little less eventful for you!! 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 20 2013 3:54 pm

      You don’t like my salad, Bonnie? It’s very ‘fresh’ LOL 😉 Thank you for wishing me a good (less eventful) week – I’m hoping just to get stuck into the RUC, take some more pictures and avoid creepy crawly, jumping, slithering, hopping things… 😀


  27. Irish Katie / Mar 20 2013 4:23 pm

    Ok….I love that glass…that is amazing…but….THAT THING is a grasshopper?!?!?! Holy jaysus … it deserves it’s own movie with Sigourny Weaver!


  28. suth2 / Mar 20 2013 4:59 pm

    They are indeed beautiful.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:21 am

      Thank you. It wasn’t easy getting that picture because they’re so high 😉


  29. suth2 / Mar 20 2013 5:04 pm

    We had a dog for almost 18 years, a border collie called Tosh. It was like losing a member of the family when he died so we didn’t get another dog. Dogs give you unconditional affection and unlike children, they don’t answer back! :-). I hope you have many happy years with your dog. Our son was nine when we got Tosh as a puppy and they were lifelong mates.


  30. suth2 / Mar 20 2013 5:11 pm

    Somehow a comment I wrote for another blog has ended up on your comments. You will be wondering why I am rabbiting on a bout a dog!


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:22 am

      Don’t worry – that’s happened to me before! 😀


  31. harulawordsthatserve / Mar 20 2013 5:29 pm

    Wow, the RUC has a bonnet, and in time for Easter:-) Hooray! Beautiful glass indeed, and the freshness in your salad is quite something! May the weather continue to behave…and look forward to a bonnet photo soon.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:25 am

      YAY – the RUC is wearing her Easter bonnet! You’ll notice I’m starting to call the RUC ‘her’ – even though it was a Rugby Union Club it has a very feminine ‘feel’ about it. I’m not sure what it is, but there doesn’t seem to be anything manly about it in the least! She’s looking very pretty at the moment 😀


  32. Roy McCarthy / Mar 20 2013 7:27 pm

    What a brilliant project but OMG I would so have to have the RUC hermetically sealed against the local wildlife Dianne 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:35 am

      It’s going to have vermin proofing in the ceiling and screen doors all the way around, Roy. The place we are staying in now while we’re waiting for the RUC is modern, but it doesn’t have screens. YIKES – every type of bug can fly in and I can’t just close the windows because it’s too hot. I like the fact that the RUC will be high off the ground as well (no chance for snakes) 😉


  33. Jess / Mar 20 2013 7:47 pm

    That really is beautiful glass! I wonder how it is done… Glad everything is moving along for you.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:37 am

      I’m not sure how they would have made this glass, Jess, and I wonder as well! I just need to make sure I don’t break any while I’m sanding the frames because I don’t think I’ll find any like that to replace it 😉


  34. Rebecca Bradley / Mar 20 2013 8:49 pm

    See, that’s why I avoid salad!

    Will go and check out the other blog posts linked to.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:39 am

      I tried to avoid that salad too, Rebecca. Talk about fresh! 😀


  35. Zen A. / Mar 20 2013 9:17 pm

    Yikes, I can’t believe someone would actually copy a story and blatantly sell it on Amazon under their own name. That just seems so ridiculous.
    That glass looks really pretty. And… a grasshopper in your salad? I think I would’ve fainted. I absolutely don’t like insects that fly or jump!


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:43 am

      The only reason insects like this give me a fright is because they either head for my face or get caught in my hair (at which time I run around like a mad woman trying to get them off!) 😯

      The Amazon thing is weird and awful. I need to check with Anna today to see if anything has changed yet…


  36. ly / Mar 20 2013 10:20 pm

    Beautiful windows, glorious salad, and ridiculous pirates…what a combo.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:44 am

      LOL! I was planning to only write about the roof today, Ly, but other things got in the way 😀


  37. Maryanne / Mar 20 2013 10:21 pm

    Oh wow, I miss grasshoppers! Growing up we had them in the 1970s, now NJ is so built up I never ever see them — and I am always outside in the nice weather. No praying mantis anymore either.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:45 am

      That’s such a shame, Maryanne. I’ve had praying mantis and dragon flies in the house I’m staying in as well. They are very cute! 😀


  38. Rick Mallery / Mar 21 2013 12:15 am

    Thanks for passing along the tip about smashwords. I’ve taken my free book down. And your place looks great! I love how the RUC (and grasshoppers) is coming along! 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:49 am

      Do an Amazon check as well, Rick, that’s what Anna did. I did one yesterday as well. I remember last year someone at Amazon had my books for sale for $280 ea (WTF!?) I’m guessing no one bought them, but I contacted Amazon and told them these people weren’t official ‘sellers’ for me and they soon disappeared…


      • Rick Mallery / Mar 21 2013 7:08 am

        Yeah, I checked and only found my own listings. I think I’ll avoid smashwords altogether because they don’t have digital rights management on even the copies people pay for.


      • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 7:16 am

        Really? I didn’t know that…


  39. Theo Fenraven / Mar 21 2013 1:26 am

    I, too, would have been startled to see my salad come alive. 🙂 The place is looking good, and that glass is fantastic.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:51 am

      Thank you, Theo. I hope your place is coming along nicely as well! 😀


      • Theo Fenraven / Mar 21 2013 7:41 am

        The painting is done. The cabinets and counter/sink has been ripped out of the kitchen. Flooring is being planned for later in the week. It’s getting there but it’s slow. I will be over there again Saturday and hope to see major improvement.


  40. ocdreader / Mar 21 2013 3:18 am

    Holy smokes! Last time I saw a grasshopper that big was in Florida. The tour guide fed it to an alligator I think. I might run screaming from the room if that thing jumped out of my salad. Or at least fall over onto the floor. Dang. Off to read about the amazon pirate.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:53 am

      It’s a pretty big grasshopper, Elisa. I bet the crocodiles here eat them, they’re as big as a bird! 😀


      • ocdreader / Mar 21 2013 7:32 am

        WHAT?! Holy smokes, everything is bigger down there. I will always remember your spider story, in my head it is turning into that spider from Lord of the Rings…though not quite that big 🙂 but the web is getting ropier and ropier, like a tennis net. haha


  41. Jill Weatherholt / Mar 21 2013 3:21 am

    That was very disturbing to read about Anna’s short story. Maybe we need to sick that huge grasshopper on the culprit! Dang, you grow them big down under! 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:55 am

      Everything here in the tropics seems to grow to “Land of the Lost” size, Jill. Last night a moth flew into my hair and I thought it was a bird! 😉

      I’m hoping Anna will get a response from Amazon very soon…


  42. Janna G. Noelle / Mar 21 2013 4:31 am

    I would have freaked and probably launched my entire salad had that happened to me. Snakes, I’m okay with; long-legged insects, not so much. It’s a real jungle Down Under, isn’t it?


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 6:58 am

      Land of the Lost, Janna! The only reason long-legged bugs worry me is that they tend to get caught in my hair – YIKES 😉


  43. billyraychitwood1 / Mar 21 2013 4:38 am

    The glass is absolutely beautiful! Glad your roof is up – will look forward to seeing its picture at some point. Sounds like you’re happily busy and the old RUC (I can see by the pictures and your words) is now definitely HOME! Happy for you…

    Piracy on Amazon! Anna must be heart-sick! Hope she finds the culprit and the truth!

    Julie and I await some information relative to a possible move back to Tennessee (my home state). Whether you want them or not, my adopted and unmet friend (at least, formally), I will keep you posted as developments occur… It’s my wanderlust, that messed-up wiring inside, that keeps me looking over the next hill. With this beach, this constant sun and the Sea of Cortez, I must really be bonkers. Thank goodness I have a patient and caring wife who understands me so well… Long answer, but the week goes relatively well Just to be a bratty tease, we are to be around 80 degrees F today. The sky is powdery blue, and the Sea – calm and tranquil. (If the Tennessee move comes, I know that I will miss these sunny beach days — but, then, Tennessee has its beauty as well, its lakes, its rolling hills, its lovely ‘down to earth’ folks…) If we go, guess I’ll have to event a sunshine room for the rain occasions… Please psychoanalyze me, Dianne!!! 🙂 .

    Always wishing you and yours the best.

    Billy Ray .


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 7:04 am

      Please keep me posted on how you go, Billy Ray. Best of luck and no psychoanalysis required – you’re just doing what your heart is telling you to do. Trust it 😀


  44. 4amWriter / Mar 21 2013 5:10 am

    Love that glass. I knew that about windows and such because my mother is into antiques and histories of old houses. Window with irregularities like waves means it’s old old old! I guess windows and people are a lot alike. 🙂

    Lovely critter there. I would have gone bonkers!

    Thanks for the shout-out, Dianne. That was really nice to mention my post. 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 7:10 am

      It was a pleasure to mention your post, Kate. I hope you’ve had a few authors come over for a visit 😀

      I’m glad you understand about the glass. Apart from the fact that the entire building is silky oak and the architecture is pre WWI, it’s the only real thing I’ve got to put an age on it. I’m trying to research its history, but it’s not easy and I’ve become obsessed trying to find out (LOL) 😉


  45. jmmcdowell / Mar 21 2013 6:06 am

    Okay, that salad is way too fresh for me! And that is horrible about the pirating. I’m always amazed at how low some people will go. But it’s good to see you’re making progress with the RUC!


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 7:13 am

      Thank you, JM. I was actually just going to post about the RUC and new roof, but you know what it’s like in a writers life – other things pop up and then I get all carried away… LOL 😀


  46. Sheila / Mar 21 2013 7:00 am

    I love the glass. It really shows a craftsmanship that we don’t usually see these anymore these days. And that’s a very scary salad.


    • diannegray / Mar 21 2013 7:15 am

      There’s never a dull moment here, Sheila! 😀

      The entire house is beautifully crafted. Even the builders (who move these type of houses all the time) have been surprised by the way the house is put together and the amount of detail that has gone into it – that makes me very happy 😀


  47. Anna Belfrage / Mar 21 2013 7:28 am

    Dianne, I’m going to offer you a deal: if you come to Sweden, my home is your home. If I come to Australia, your home is mine?? (But I can do without the live protein in my salad) Your new home is set to be fantastic!


  48. Rohan 7 Things / Mar 21 2013 8:10 pm

    Wow, the pattern on that glass is stunning, and in amazing condition if it’s 130 years old!

    What happened to Anna’s book is really creepy, I’d heard of cases of free, or even paid books being placed around the web and charged for. I understand that when you get to a certain level of popularity your works will be pirated and shared for free, but at least there’s potentially a promotional kick back there haha. But someone selling you’re free books is just wrong.

    I finished The Everything Theory last night, I loved it 🙂 I’ll post my review on Saturday on my blog and then I’ll copy it to all the stores and Goodreads. Also I’d love to do any author interview with you for my blog, let me know what you think 🙂

    Take care Dianne, keep well!



    • diannegray / Mar 22 2013 6:28 am

      An author interview sounds great, Rohan 😀 I’m really glad you loved TET – it’s one of my favourites 😉

      What happened to Anna is very creepy. I’ll check with her today to see how she is going with it.

      Thanks again for doing a review – what a wonderful thing to do, I’m looking forward to it 😀


  49. ramblingsfromamum / Mar 21 2013 10:10 pm

    The glass is amazing the Godzilla Grasshopper scared the shite out if me! Jurassic Park anyone?The RUC is coming along nicely – good job darling xx


    • diannegray / Mar 22 2013 6:30 am

      Thank you, my dear. I just love that RUC! 😀


  50. karenblopezkaren / Mar 21 2013 11:21 pm

    Thank you for the information on pirating, Diane, I note that Amazon is showing the story with the author’s real name. So, where is the money going?


    • diannegray / Mar 22 2013 6:32 am

      I don’t know where the money is going, Karen. It must be getting put into the paypal account of the person who put the story up there – but it’s not going to Anna, unfortunately 😦


  51. sherrylcook / Mar 22 2013 12:46 am

    Everything looks and sounds wonderful Dianne. I can just see you climbing on a chair to take a pic of that beautiful glass…ahhh, the life of a blogger!


  52. adinparadise / Mar 22 2013 6:00 am

    So happy for you, Dianne. Glad they got the roof on before the rain. That glass is really lovely, and does look very old indeed. Thanks for showing me that huge grasshopper. Rather your kitchen than mine. 😯


    • diannegray / Mar 22 2013 6:36 am

      LOL! That grasshopper certainly was a big one – from the age of the dinosaurs 😀


  53. Jenny Ackland / Mar 22 2013 10:44 am

    The glass is gorgeous. I know it seems like it’s probably been ages in the making and with lots of things along the way, but I think you are so lucky to have your very own RUC, especially in that gorgeous spot. Have a great weekend.


    • diannegray / Mar 22 2013 2:14 pm

      Thank you, Jenny. I just love it so much I can’t stop raving about it! LOL – I hope I’m not boring people to death… 😉

      You have a great weekend too, my friend 😀


  54. EllaDee / Mar 22 2013 12:21 pm

    The glass is fabulous… what a treasure the RUC is with its remnants of the past still intact for you to caretake 🙂
    I read Anna Scott Graham’s post… I would like to read her book, but not the pirated version. My new phone and Smashwords are not gettig along at the moment but I will sort it soon. Very generous of Anna to give them away on Smashwords.
    So great you were included on Bloggers Between The Covers.
    I’m fond of grasshoppers but not in my food…
    And you may remember I mentioned my public servant friend who is experiencing professional issues. Thanks to you, I mentioned the Merit Protection Commission to her, and who she hadn’t heard of but will now be consulting as she’s just gone on Workers Comp due to the stress of it all. So, you’ve helped someone else by sharing your terrible experience.
    I hope work on the RUC is proceeding in good weather and at a cracking pace 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 22 2013 2:21 pm

      I hope the MPC can help your friend. I really hope she’s okay – these things can be devastating and really effect our health and well-being 😦

      Amazon have now taken Anna’s book down (YAY!) – so she’s very happy about that as well as all the support she received from this lovely blogging community 😀

      The roof is on the RUC and the rain is pelting down. It’s dry as a bone 😀 😀 I love the way the rain was kind enough to wait for her to get her Easter bonnet on before it decided to hit 😉


  55. pommepal / Mar 22 2013 8:44 pm

    That glass is a work of art just beautiful. Oh my word that is a giant of a grass hopper it doesn’t look to good for your future vegie crop 😦


    • diannegray / Mar 23 2013 7:05 am

      No wonder the farmers hate the grasshoppers! They’re the size of birds 😯

      I’m so glad you like the glass, it really is beautiful 😀


  56. Ellie Kuykendall / Mar 23 2013 2:01 pm

    Dianne, I enjoyed your blog so much that I nominated it for the Sunshine Award. You can see your nomination on my blog: Ellie


  57. Rohan 7 Things / Mar 23 2013 10:20 pm

    Hey Dianne! The review is up:

    Take care, talk soon 🙂



    • diannegray / Mar 24 2013 7:06 am

      Thank you SO much, Rohan. It’s brilliant 😀 I’ve tweeted and reblogged 😀


  58. Hazy Shades of Me / Mar 24 2013 5:52 am

    Anna Scott Graham…eww, scawey! Will def check out Bloggers Between the Covers, beautiful glass and jimminy crickets on the salad!! Ha ha!!!


    • diannegray / Mar 24 2013 7:09 am

      Amazon have now removed the book for Anna (YAY!) It was very worrying for everyone when this happened to her…

      Please have a look at bloggers Between the Covers – it’s a great idea 😀

      Come over for lunch one day – fresh salad? 😉


  59. donnajeanmcdunn / Mar 24 2013 6:45 am

    Hi Dianne, Your home is looking great and I’m glad you now have a roof over your head again. I have one question for you. Are all of your insects that huge? Love the glass window.


    • diannegray / Mar 24 2013 7:11 am

      It’s like Land of the Lost here with insects, Donna! LOL 😀

      I’m so glad we have a roof – it’s been pouring ever since they finished it (how nice of the monsoon rain to wait just for us) 😉


  60. Life in the 50's and beyond... / Mar 24 2013 7:21 am

    I think I have the same glass… there are 3 panes of it in my old Hoosier cupboard, which belonged to my great grandparents…. I am thinking late 1800’s or so….. I don’t think I can post a picture in a comment here so if you want to see it I could email it to you. It sure looks similar….
    contact me at if you want to take a look


  61. ripe red berries / Mar 27 2013 2:53 am

    The RUC looks great!! Glad that little (well, not so little actually) critter jumped before hanging out of your mouth! (: Love the glass – can’t buy glass like that anymore…


    • diannegray / Mar 27 2013 6:51 am

      I just hope I don’t break a piece of that glass because you’re right – you just can’t get it anymore! 😯


  62. Daphne Shadows / Mar 27 2013 7:53 am

    *moment of sheer terror* …… i think i would have thrown the remaining salad and plate at the wall after it. O_O


  63. jannatwrites / Mar 29 2013 4:31 am

    Nice windows! Oh, but that salad…I think I would’ve gotten sick. (My son would have captured the grasshopper and named it, though.)


    • diannegray / Mar 29 2013 8:09 am

      LOL! Your son must be the same as mine – he loves insects! 😀


  64. agjorgenson / Mar 30 2013 5:17 am

    Wow, what lovely glass, and to think it survived a journey intact!


    • diannegray / Mar 30 2013 7:54 am

      They were very good at moving the house. Nothing broken and now all put back together again 😉


  65. eof737 / Apr 11 2013 7:13 pm

    That’s a big grasshopper. Hope he kept you entertained.


    • diannegray / Apr 12 2013 5:44 am

      He certainly did! He’s a big sucker – a little too big for the geckos to eat 😯


  66. billyraychitwood1 / Apr 15 2013 2:51 am

    Thanks, Diane, for ‘liking’ my new post, TAG… It is always uplifting to hear from you.
    The grasshopper would make a lovely playmate for our Bengal cat, George! 🙂


    • diannegray / Apr 15 2013 6:15 am

      I’m sure George would have a great time with that grasshopper, Billy Ray! lol 😀


  67. Jacqui Murray / May 11 2013 11:24 am

    Eeuw. that is a large grasshopper. I decided to relax over a few of your older posts (though this one isn’t very old), and end up with a giant bug.

    I’m going to find something else to do.


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