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Welcome to ManorBooks!

ManorBooks is a full-service, international bookseller

located in the United States with ties to Europe and Asia.

We handle book collectibles, hard-to-find, out-of-print,

children’s classics, Little Golden Books, cookbooks,

LDS themes, series completion titles, authors, and much more.

~ Our Mystery Specialty is Agatha Christie! ~

Titles from 11 different publishers.

We also have lotza Tom Adams artwork series titles.

Lauralee C. Elliott

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My Plate Is Full

Sorry for the lack of a blog post today.

I am super involved and have work piled up.

More fun coming tomorrow.

That’s a promise!

My Current Dilemma

~ Lewis Carroll ~
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
“Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There”

One Day Alice came to
a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat
in a tree.
“Which road do I take?”
she asked.

“Where do you want to go?”
was his response.

“I don’t know”
Alice answered.

“Then,” said the cat,
“it doesn’t matter.”

“If you don’t know
where you are going,
any road will get you there.”


Trickle Down Effect

My ex-husband and his wife have now arrived back home from their LDS mission. Before they went away, they rented out their house in Canada and also farmed out several items for other family members to use during their absence.

For example, among other things:
D&L in No Van got to use their enhanced cable box.
Dan at UBC in Vancouver got to use their big screen TV.
And so on.

Since Dan was using his Dad’s TV for the time, he lent me his 37″ flat screen TV to use.
Are you following me here?

Fast forward 18 months.

The missionaries are home regathering their lives.
The loaned out items are finding their way back.
That means Dan’s TV is going back to Canada from Olympia on my next trip north.

Time for me to get a new TV.
Enter Costco’s great sale.
Sharp HD TV ~ 1080p ~ 42″ ~ $599.00.

I like the way this story ended!

My Lost Weekend

Been catching up on lotza flicks this weekend.
A virtual marathon of wonderful movies.
Some great, some better than others.
Vegging on the couch w/ [healthy] snacks.
Sorry for my laziness, but it feels sooo good.
Tomorrow I’m back at it!
So long until then.

The Amazing Race

One of my favorite TV shows is “The Amazing Race” on Sunday nights on CBS. It is now Season Sixteen, but this Episode Nine was an especially exciting one for me. The Teams traversed through Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore this week. Andy and I travelled the same route back in 1994-1995 so this brings back a bunch of exciting sights, sounds and memories for me.

For anyone who does not know the pretext of the show, here’s a synopsis and the goals that need to be achieved.

“The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of
two people who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship,
race around the world in competition with other teams. Contestants
strive to arrive first at “pit stops” at the end of each leg of the race
to win prizes and to avoid coming last, which carries the possibility
of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg.
Contestants travel to and within multiple countries in a variety
of transportation modes, including planes, balloons, helicopters,
trucks, hitchhiking, bicycles taxis, rental cars, trains, buses, boats,
and by foot. The clues in each leg point takes the teams to the
next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together
or by a single member. These challenges are related in some
manner to the country or culture where they are located. Teams
are progressively eliminated until three are left.”

At that point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded:
A Grand Prize of $1 million dollars.

Season Sixteen Introduction:

Wanna see more? Got lotza time? Click below for 43+ minutes of excitement.
Link to the Video of Season 16, Episode 9

Alas, if I was 10 years younger, I’d be applying to race bigtime.
. . . and Danny Boy would be my designated partner!

Lavender Scented Water

Do you remember an old post I wrote about my love of ironing? Call me crazy, I still love to iron. It is so satisfying to me and I especially love the beautiful feeling of sleeping on freshly ironed pillowcases. Certainly it must have come via a pleasant memory from my childhood and just carried forward throughout my life.

A while back, I bought a bottle of lavender water at Home Depot that I thought would be lovely. It was on a marked-down table so I picked it up to give it a try. It came in a spritzer bottle, and I used it to add a nice fresh scent when ironing my pillowcases. When that bottle was gone, I never found it again so thought I would try to make my own. After researching the internet, and a bit of experimenting, this is my E-Z “solution.”

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 bottle distilled water
Essential lavender oil
Fresh lavender sprigs, optional
Spray bottle, any size

Pour water into a bottle.
Add 5 drops essential oil to every 5 oz of water.

NOTE: If you are very, very patient, steep the water two weeks before using it to bring out the most fragrant scent. If you’re like me and can’t wait, just spritz everything from Day One. Anything you spray will impart a calming scent and freshen the house. (Add a few drops of the essential oil in your bath water, on bed linens and lingerie. Some even use it in cooking.)

Depending on the size of your bottle, the lavender water will run you less than $5.00 for this wonderful experience. Or, if money is no object, you can buy a 3.4oz bottle from Crabtree & Evelyn for about $25.00!

If you are unfamiliar with buying essential oils, here’s a Tutorial to make sure you choose the right type and quality to get the best job done.

You can buy Lavender Essential Oil from if you don’t have a good source in your area. That link has a really good sale currently, but there are others as well.

“The air was fragrant with a thousand trodden aromatic
herbs, with fields of lavender, and with the brightest
roses blushing in tufts all over the meadows . . .”
~ William Cullen Bryant