Take a gander at what I’ve been up to this summer. Most importantly, I broke my curse by mountain biking on Memorial Day this year on the same trail I broke my arm on last Memorial Day. Yes, I walked more than I did last time, and I bonked super bad because we took a ‘shortcut’ back from Stack Rock that ended up being much longer than the original trail with LOTS of uphill at the end. The good thing was that it was super lush and beautiful and I don’t regret it for a second. I can walk my bike as good as the next person, and being up on a mountain next to a trickling stream and gorgeous plants and trees made me happy (even if my legs were ready to give out). Thankfully, I didn’t need to go to the bathroom or that trickling stream might have been my undoing.
Next, I planted a garden. That was another thing I missed out on last year due to my broken arm. No one else cared if we had tomatoes or zucchini if I didn’t do the work. I’ve kept the weeds at bay so far and not been lazy and let them get out of hand (which sadly, I do. I’m sorry to all you incredible garden people out there who find that sinful (aka–Dad). I haven’t sinned and let the weeds overtake my plants yet, but don’t hold your breath that I won’t…although I promised my husband to do better since he tilled the ground for me)
I lost two peach trees and a cherry tree due to our incredibly weird winter. I still want to cry about that when I think of all the yummy peaches I will miss out on this year. Wah!!!! The cherry tree doesn’t kill me because the birds usually beat me to the fruit on that one anyway. Stupid birds (I’m sorry, Grandpa, but I don’t like cherry-eating birds! They’re mean and greedy and used to leave their cherry pits all over my patio. At least, that’s something I don’t have to clean up this year.).
My kids are growing up too fast. That makes me want to cry some days too; but mostly, I’m just happy because they’re so dang awesome. My oldest won a trip to Chicago for architecture and has a cute new puppy. My 2nd comes home from her mission in Korea in August. Squeal!!! I’m excited to see her–it will have been 19 months since she left. My 3rd one has the audacity to be looking forward to being a senior this year and leaving me next year (that’s worse than losing a peach tree!). And my son annoys me by squeezing my knee every chance he gets (which is where I’m ticklish, and he knows it). Besides the knee-squeezing, he’s pretty fun and hasn’t killed me yet as he’s practiced driving. I appreciate that!
On the writing front, I’m working on my next book which is set on a ranch in Montana. I’m playing around with the program Scrivener and it’s helped me organize my book easier than Word. I’m still a novice and will have to study more and watch lots of tutorials on how to use all the features, but I have hope that I can become a faster writer once I figure this program out and use it fully. It has great potential as a writing tool. My story is starting to make me smile now too because it’s coming together. This book will be written in first person instead of 3rd person like my Bending Willow Trilogy. There are 3 characters again–Liz, Rawson and Bentley (this is also the name of my daughter’s puppy, but I had the name picked out before she ever bought her Bentley, so I told her I was still using it).
Besides those things, we’ve been repainting the house and I’ve been reading like crazy and trying to eat semi-healthy and exercise so I don’t gain any weight back. I’ve lost 24 pounds since the summer of the broken arm to keep Carrie Rubin’s serial killer from her new book Eating Bull coming after me. It hasn’t been released yet, so I might be safe…but I’m taking no chances.
What are you doing this summer? Hopefully, you’re enjoying it fully! If not, then we need to have a little talk. I promise to be nice (but don’t expect any peach pie since…you know…see above).