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Glad to hear you're feeling better and got to enjoy some berry-liciousness. Also, thanks for the link to that blog - Love Thursday, what a cool concept. :)


I couldn't find any direct way to contact you; hopefully this reaches you!

My husband and I are starting a business selling decals with catchy phrases. One of your fonts (Summertime) is perfect for one of the decals However I know many fonts are only intended for personal use. I wanted to see if we could use "Summertime" on said decal. I would be willing to link back here, or directly to your fonts page on your website if necessary.

Please email me and let me know one way or the other. Thank you!


Emily, yes, my pleasure. I LOVE Love Thursday, but haven't been able to participate for some weeks due to various complications. I always do when I can, though, and hope you will, too. I know you have buckets of love. :)

Liv, my e-mail address is in the sidebar under "Contact." However, to find out the rules for using my freeware font Summertime, download the whole package, including the "Read Me" file (which you should read), from the font page linked to the front page of my main website.

I've had a lot of people contact me about this font lately. If you don't mind my asking, where are you all finding it unaccompanied by the "Read Me" file that explains everything?

aura carmi

Hi Sara, I guess that I am dumb, but I never saw your fonts before, or I forgot. Anyway, they are soooo great and talented and I love you even not on a Thursday.


I don't know why, but I thought of you and your squirrels when I saw these pics on the Urban Homestead blog today. :)

Sugared Harpy

Oh, what a lovely little talker you have there! I love when kitties have things to say.


Aura: First of all, you are not permitted to call yourself "dumb" anywhere I can read or hear it. Secondly, as I recall, back when I was driving myself crazy with the obsessive-compulsive, all-consuming pastime that is fontography, you were having babies and were thus quite fully occupied elsewhere. Absolutely no hard feelings that you somehow failed to notice every little thing I was up to, okay? But I'm glad you like them now that you know about them.

Jana: Oh, how completely cute! I love goats, always wanted to have pet goats, and yet know for a fact that yes, if I had them, they would be of similar "help" to me in the garden. Thanks for the link. :)

Melissa (Sugared Harpy): If my sister has read this comment, she may have laughed her ass off. (Unlike me, she doesn't actually have an enormous ass, so it would be quite easy for her to do this.) Upon meeting Sam in March when she came here to help me and my true love get through the whole exciting Brain Tumor Adventure (new ride at Disneyland?), she remarked that she had never, ever met a cat who talked as much as Sam does. Fitting in with the rest of the household, he is Verbal (some might even say "verbose"). And loud.

One good thing about all this is that he is very regular in his timing. It begins between 4:00 and 5:00 every morning with his declaration that "It is morning. Why aren't you awake? It is morning. Did you realize? I don't want you to sleep through it. Are you sure you want to stay in bed? It is, after all, morning."

Next we have the Announcement of the Impending Crap. "I am going to use the litter box now. Oh my, how I am going to use the litter box. I am. I am going to use the litter box, and it is going to be a lot. Just letting you know."

Next there is the Invitation to Watch Breakfast. "I would like to eat something. I have food. You don't have to get up to give me more food. I just thought you might like to come and watch. In a few minutes you say? Okay, I'll wait.

"Okay, it's been a few minutes. Do you want to come watch me eat now? No? Well, okay, I guess I can wait a few minutes longer.

"Okay, are you ready to come watch me eat yet? No? Check back in ten minutes? Well, I guess I could find something to do until then."

And then, sometimes, there is the Cat in the Yard Alarm.

"There is someone in the yard. There is someone in the yard. There is someone in the yard. I have been to every window six times in the last five minutes, and I am really quite sure that there is someone in the yard, and I really think you should get up and look and maybe do something about it. Get up and look. Get up and look. Get up and look out of this window. No, wait, he's moved. Get up and look out of this other window. Get up and look. Okay, I will go check the living room window while you pull yourself together. Okay, I checked the living room window, and he's still there. I can see him from this window, too. You should really get up and look."

Fortunately, that last one doesn't happen very often, and in any event, as you can see, he responds quite reliably to the snuggle button.

kathy a.

your cat is definitely related to my persephone, our own furry alarm clock. she doesn't care much about people in the yard, but sounds an alarm to mark her territory [the human upon whom she is perched] if any of those upstart interloper cats in the house gets too close.

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