We’ve had a little cold snap here in Florida for the last couple of days and it zapped some of my basil and my broccoli. Maybe the broccoli will grow back but if it doesn’t that is all part of gardening. I’ll plant again in the spring.
This morning I gathered some collards and have them cooking so I can take them over to my son’s for dinner tonight. He loves collards. I also picked green beans for dinner because my eight year old grandson likes them. I try to go over at least once a week and have dinner with them. I love to cook since they are so busy working and what have you. I’ve been there and done that so I know what a hassle it can be. Tonight along with those green vegetables I am making mac and cheese and lemon-pepper chicken two more favorites of my grandson. He loves his vegetables and I am proud of that.
I still have a few flowers blooming in the yard and that makes me smile because my goal is to have flowers all year round. Granted my Mums might look a little ragtag but they are mine and I think they are pretty.
I love these dark red ones. Strange because I had forgotten I bought them. I usually look at the marked down flowers when I go to Lowes and find some pretty good bargains. I have to be careful because I am a plant collector. I will buy one and figure out where to put it once I get home and I take anything someone offers me whether it is seeds or plants. But like I said I have flowers blooming in my yard all year round. which is a blessing.
I am still working on the manuscript “Forethought” but will try to give you an excerpt in the next few days. Sometimes it is hard to write even though I love it because I am busy with the garden, my online classes and of course work at the hospital; all of which I find rewarding. Once I get out in that yard it is hard to get me back inside so my writing is usually regulated to working at night after I do my classes.
I just finished a great novel I have to tell you about in another post. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day.
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I’m sorry that I didn’t get this blog out yesterday but I had a doctor’s appointment and time just got away from me. We have so much to be thankful for. I always thank God for letting me live in a country where I am free to blog on whatever I choose and I can worship when and where I want. We know that God determines where we live even though we might think the choice was ours. In this wonderful country we can choose our careers and be as successful as we are willing to work hard. I saw a billboard the other day that said “The distance between your dream and reality is call action.” I fully agree.
The garden is coming along just fine as you can see from the peppers above. I am so proud of them. This is the first year that I’ve had such a large beautiful bounty. My eight year old grandson had a sleepover with me this past weekend and he was excited to pick them. He chomped right in to one like someone might eat an apple. I’m glad he likes vegetables.
He was thrilled when he gathered the eggs and found nine in one nest. The young hens have started to lay so now we are getting plenty of eggs. Granted they are small but will get bigger as the girls mature. He took the photo of this one on her nest. The older girls are still molting so right now they aren’t earning their keep but that’s all right with me.
I sent in a query letter to see if I can get my novel “Defiance of Destiny” republished. Hopefully this time by a publisher who will give more help with the promotion. I’m almost finished with the suspense novel “Forethought” and soon will be sending it to get a copyright. Once that is done I have to finish the women’s drama novel “Tomorrow’s Memories.” As you can see I have plenty to keep me busy and out of trouble. Maybe I’ll include and excerpt from one with one of my blogs. Please let me know if you would like that?
Thanks for stopping by; have a blessed Thanksgiving and keep writing and gardening.
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Good Monday to all. This past week fairly flew by so here we are again. My garden is looking beautiful to me and it brings me so much joy; not to mention good food. It is exciting to see the tiny carrot and beet sprouts peeping out of the ground. While they are not as fast growers as the greens it is still wonderful to have them.
I wish you were all close enough to share in the bounty.
Several of you have asked whether I am writing a new novel or not so I’m happy to reply “yes.” I am in the process of doing rewrites to my suspense manuscript “Forethought.” Please don’t hold steadfast to that title because an agent or publisher might decide to change it. If they do it will be all right with me. I’m not hard to live with though my husband might beg to differ. I also have another women’s manuscript on the burner.
I love writing because I know what is going to happen next. While writing is fun it is also hard work getting what I see in my head down on the blank page so my readers can also see it. I think my love for writing is a gift from God and I try to be the best I can be at this task.
Many of you know I am also an avid reader. I will say now as I have probably said a thousand times and will most likely say another thousand that you don’t have to be an author to be an avid reader but I feel you must be an avid reader to be a great writer.
Now I need to get back to the manuscript or I will never get it completed. Yeah, I might squeeze in an afternoon nap as well. Thank you for stopping by and if you are a writer keep writing and enjoy it and if you are a reader keep reading.
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The word this week is a great one for me. I mean, heck, when it comes to describing weathered I could just put my picture out there (don’t worry I won’t, don’t want to scare the regulars) but it would be the epitome of the description. But it brings a question to my mind. “Does weathered mean by years or could it be by cold or heat or etc.?”
So far this year we have had the coldest weather we’ve had in several years and it definitely has taken its toll on my vegetable garden, flowers and fruit trees. The papaya trees were loaded with fruit. I suppose it only zapped the leaves on the trees and the roots are safe (positive thinking babe.) If it did get the roots as well I will just replant. I’m almost sure all I need to do to the banana trees is just cut them back to the ground and they will sprout new babies. But it is too cold to get out there and mess with anything right now.
Sooo… I should be working on the rewrites of the two novels I have perking on the back burner. Maybe perking is not the right word because I haven’t worked on them in weeks. Oh yes, I know I should and now that it is too cold to work in the garden it is a perfect time to write. Do I have writer’s block? No, I’m just plain old LAZY, can’t lie about it. I even know the finish and everything; just need a good kick in the butt to get moving. So with that said I better get busy.
Thanks for stopping by please come back soon.
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Have you ever heard the saying “Stubborn as a mule?” Maybe it is just heard in the south but I’ve heard it a million times and mostly describing me. So this week I will show you some of my stubbornness with this post. Yeah…yeah I know it is supposed to be about a favorite photo from this year. Well I simply can not find a favorite. I pretty much like all of my pictures. If I don’t like them it is so easy to hit the delete button. So yes, I guess I am stubborn. I think you sort of have to be if you are an author. If you want to publish novels you must have enough faith in your work to stick with it no matter what. Right?
I have too many interest I guess and I have neglected my writing for time spent in my garden. Of course I love both and I also love photography and taking walks. So, like I said maybe too many interest.
I have two novels waiting for me to finish and what’s sad I know the finish if I would just sit my butt down and work at the computer. I should be digging in the dirt of my manuscripts instead of outside digging in the dirt literally. They are screaming to be finished and for me to move on to others. Yes there are others…well other ideas that are stewing on the back burner.
Have you decided to make a new years resolution? I will do my usual lose weight, eat healthier and get more exercise. These are three that a lot of people make every year and like me they start off strong but a nice piece of cake or chocolate temps and all the good intentions are blown away like dust in a wind storm. This year I will also add “finish the novels I have started and start sending them to publishers.” Yes, I will most definitely have to be as stubborn as a mule to do it but I plan to give it the all American try.
Please let me know if you make resolutions and if you succeed. I will keep you posted on mine. Some way I will try to incorporate all of my hobbies as well as succeed as an author.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy New Year!!
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I’m an avid reader and I love books; all kind of books—- fiction, non-fiction and even poetry. I credit this to my older sister who (according to her stories) would prop me up beside her before I was old enough to sit alone and read to me. As I got older I do recall her reading to me and my other sister loved poetry so she shared some of her favorite poems. I was so very blessed to have such loving older siblings. I’m glad they instilled that love for the written word in me. I have tried to pass it on to my two sons and I believe I’m a success in that area; both my boys love to read. I’ve even gotten my husband absorbed in good novels.
After my sons grew up they would give me gift cards to books stores for most of the holidays and special occasions. I asked them to stop because it was a waste of their hard-earned money. Does that mean I didn’t use the cards? Absolutely not. But I would buy books, read them then pass them on to others. I explained to my boys that I just as soon get my reading material from the local library. I love the library; it is one of my most treasured places. When we’d move to a new town for my husband’s work one of the first places I’d locate was the library.
In the library there are so many worlds within our world. You can travel, in your mind, to so many places and discover other people and their cultures. You can teach yourself almost anything you want to do if you are able to read because the library is crammed with information and help manuals.
Oh yes, it is true that one can do and find almost anything via computer today and I think that is wonderful. But to me there is nothing to compare to feeling the hard copy of a book in your hands and flipping those pages as you read. I do have my computer and Nook and I do read that way as well. Like I said I love to read and feel I am so blessed to be able to do so.
But as we argue the convenience of computers one can also find public computers at the library to use so… there is no reason not to visit the library close to you and check out what they have to offer. You just might be surprised and wish you had discovered this place years ago.
Thanks for stopping by…. shhhh I’ll just close quietly and get back to my novel. God bless.
Today the post is supposed to be vibrant colors so I hope this photo will suffice. For a couple of years I’ve wanted to plant a mixture of seeds in my yard and this past spring I took the rotor-tiller and made the area. I sowed wild seed mixed with annuals and the result is above. I called it my meadow. I was able to enjoy the brilliant flowers for the whole spring and in to late summer. Yes, of course I collected seed. Now I can repeat the process but of course not in the same spot (the soil needs to rest.) In the fall I harvested seeds then pulled weeds and grass, used the rotor-tiller with full intentions of spreading compost and giving this area a break. The rain came for several days and when I was able to get back out I found new seedlings peeping out of the ground. Needless to say I did not disturb them and soon had a new meadow which I enjoyed until almost Christmas. The soil is now resting and come spring I will plant my meadow in a new place.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year. We got to spend Christmas with our oldest son and wonderful grandson. Our youngest son is a minister and could not make it home this year but we keep up the hope for next year. He is working for God and that is what’s more important. Again our oldest son had New Year’s dinner with us. We are so blessed that both our sons are Christians and we all have a close relationship.
Did you make any resolutions? Did I? I don’t know that I would call it a resolution but I do plan to work more on my manuscripts and try to continue my Creek posts.
So I will see you on the Creek later. Stay safe and God bless.
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