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I live on a mini-farm near Seattle with my husband, daughter, some horses, two cats, and a number of Collies -- we're a dog show family.
Our vintage farmhouse needs constant upkeep, which we can barely keep up with, since it always needs new paint or new fences or...Luckily the most recent thing we repaired is the plumbing, so that’s working pretty well these days. With us living out in the country, we experience frequent power outages. There’s nothing more romantic than huddling under blankets in front of a cozy fire in the fireplace, with more blankets blocking the drafts from the other rooms in the house. The downside is that without power the well doesn’t work, either.
My husband and I like to get away as often as we can, taking off for a few days at the ocean or the lake. I usually bring my laptop with me on these excursions, working on whatever my current writing project is. I love to travel to more faraway places also. Our most recent adventure took us to the Amazon. The river, not the online book-and-everything seller, though I do confess I spend a lot of time there also, and anyplace else that has books. You can tell that by the stacks and boxes of books all around the house.
My favorite destination, though, is England. My most recent trips there, in 2003 and 2005, were with groups equally fascinated with the Regency period and we visited many sites with associations to that time. Heaven! There’s nothing like actually seeing the locations where my stories took place, even if altered to varying degrees by the 200-some years since those events happened. As a bonus, the gift shops at many of the museums and historic sites have more lovely books that I would never have come across at home!