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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.
I thought I’d share a little insight into my heroine, Queen Rosamunde of Ferrenden Peace. She’s lived a secluded life in the castle, a very lonely life for a thousand years. She serves the Nine Realms by keeping Margetta the Ancient Fae from getting hold of the power in Ferrenden by which she would be able to take over the world.
“Imagine Your Life…” That phrase came to me this morning as I was taking pics of my garden. I think of the phrase ‘Imagine Your Life’ as something very proactive and I’ve tried to do this all along the way, to see what I really want, to experience it, and to bring it into being if I possibly can.
Hi, Everyone! As many of you know, I’ve been landscaping my backyard, really laying in the structure of the garden. So what do landscaping bones and paranormal romance have in common? The process of creating both, for me, is identical.
Landscaping is so much like writing one of my paranormal romances that I find myself amazed. But it also explains why I love writing the way I do and why I’ve taken to gardening. Each is the right kind of labor for me, requiring long-term vision though usually more patience than I possess, and the ability to keep seeing the garden or the book while I keep at the daily work on each.
I’m having a wonderful time gardening these days and as I sit in my yard, excavating new beds, buying plants and pruning my older shrubs, I find there are many parallels between tending a garden and writing a book. Mostly, you don’t get the beauty of the rose without a lot of consistent effort: weeding, pruning, mulching, watering and especially, waiting…uh, never my strong suit!