Today, I’m sharing some pics from my garden, the place of respite and joy and fun for me. Each morning, though the midday temps are high now in the desert, they’re reasonable at dawn. I head out around five am, shovel in hand, and dig in the dirt. Sometimes physical labor is what the spirit needs!
Hi, wonderful fans! EMBRACE THE POWER, the ninth and final book of the Blood Rose Series, is now available at Amazon and Google Play. I’ll soon have links for Kobo, Barnes & Noble as well as iBooks. The process of setting up accounts and getting the file approved has taken longer than expected. So, as soon as I have more links, I’ll post them here as well.
Hi, Everyone! Because I’m nearing the finish line with EMBRACE THE POWER, my heart has begun turning in the direction once more of my winged warrior vampires! Which means, REVEALED Almost Ready to Go! For those of you who have read AWAKENING and VEILED, you’ll recall that the Special Ops Forces have landed on Third Earth and have sought shelter in a man-made massive canyon forged through the center of Phoenix Three. The fantasy of those canyons became my focus today!
So I went on a hunt for some pics that reflected what I’ve seen in my head since beginning the RAPTURE’S EDGE part of the ongoing series. Here are the pics I found from the wonderful royalty-free site, Pixabay!
This week in my garden, my DH got a big portion of our drip system hooked up. This relieved me of the watering chore which meant I got to spend more time digging! Yay! The result? I almost got this bed completely done! It’s in the north part of the yard attached to what we’re laughingly calling the ‘druid circle’. (Yes, cuz of the rocks, haha!) Shaping this bed was a very satisfying artistic experience.
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No scorpions. Even typing the words makes me happy! This week, instead, we had a quail couple in the backyard. Apparently, they like to fly over our block walls to check out the goings on. Quail, as I learned by observing them, really like to saunter! They probably poked around the yard for at least a half hour.
Many of you have emailed to say you’re enjoying watching the progress in my garden, even though it’s become a slow-motion process at this point, lol! I have 50 + plants still sitting on my patio, though I will confess it’s because half these plants are NEW! I keep getting carried away at my local garden center. (Don’t you love getting carried away at times?)
So, for every plant that makes its way into the ground, I keep buying two more! And who can blame me! I found the most beautiful lavender Vinka, so of course, I had to have six of those! I’m planting 3 in the front left bed and 3 in the right front to form a welcome-to-my-garden greeting!
Yes, you read it right. I had my first scorpion encounter of the Season. Ugh and eeek!
First, though, a warning. This anecdote is personal and somewhat embarrassing, yet comical in its way. But it’s also not for the faint-of-heart, so beware! Stop reading, if you think this might give you nightmares!
My garden is becoming such a daily joy for me. I’ll work on EMBRACE THE POWER, then as soon as I’ve written a set number of words, I put on my straw hat and head outside to keep on Growing My Garden. Well, at least I can do that in the morning. But our daily highs have hit 95-plus, so I’m sorry to say I’ve given up my mid-afternoon gardening stretch. (Though, I have purchased a portable mister and I’m hoping I’ll be able to douse myself and maybe add the hot-hours back in…I’ll let you know!)
This past week, I bought two of the seven trees I plan to put in the backyard. Pictured here, these are young Indian Laurels, members of the ficus family. These trees have the wonderful ability to clean the air of pollutants and fill it full of oxygen. Their only downside is they don’t like it too far below 30 degrees and we occasionally get freezing temps in the Arizona desert. But we have ways of supporting the at-risk plants, so I’m not too concerned. I’ll have five Indian Laurels total, two of which I intend to keep at shrub width with a height of about 15 feet when they’re mature. Trees are awesome and can be pruned to size. Yay! I’ll also be adding two palo verde trees, the Arizona state tree, but I’ll have to find them in the right pot size. (I buy small in order to do all the work myself…love it!)
I thought it was time for an update on DH’s heart. As many of you know, my DH had a major heart attack in December. At the time, I had more than one medical professional tell me he shouldn’t have survived. But three-plus months later we got the best news and I wanted to share it here.
First, a little background. My DH is a very disciplined man. Before the heart attack, he rode his bike and walked on a regular basis (I should take lessons from him!) So when it came to following doctor’s orders, he was careful about his meds, taking his blood pressure and showing up for cardiac therapy.