I’ve been in Utah for three weeks now. Most of my boxes are unpacked and I’m settling into my new house and area. It’s now time to get back to blogging and connecting with friends again. I love my new house, especially the views from the windows and deck. I’m falling in love with sitting outside in the evenings and watching the sunset. It’s spectacular and fills me with joy. The neighbors seems super nice. My kids are all together again in one place (at least until the end of the summer), and that is probably the best thing about moving states. I’m close to family again.
One of my new house guests is Bentley. He’s my married daughter’s English Retriever, and is a big sweetie. When they got him last year as a puppy, he was this size (just a baby polar bear).
Now he’s almost full-grown and is THIS SIZE! He’s my buddy since I’m home with him all day. They’ve trained him well, so he’s a good house guest and I’m enjoying him. When I try to write, he is like my Ginger used to be and tries to crowd under the desk with my feet to be close to me. It’s funny.
Bentley is famous on Instagram. He has over 15,000 followers, so if you want to join the crowd and see his complete cuteness, go HERE. He has the whole pleading puppy-dog eyes trick down perfect. When he wants to play, he might come over to me with 3 tennis balls in his mouth and give me eyes like this:
How can I say NO to that face? It’s impossible, I tell you.
I haven’t gotten any writing done for about 6 weeks. Moving is madness! But, as the title of this post says, I’m settling in slowly. Soon, my life might find a new normal so I can write like I want. I can tell you though that my next book is almost done. I’ve received feedback from my beta-readers and they seem to enjoy it. I’m super excited for you to read it this fall. I’m in love with the characters and story. Each time I edit and revise, it gets more perfect. Once I get a cover for it and all that other mumbo-jumbo that goes into publishing a book…I’ll let you know an exact release date (I’m shooting for end of September).
For now, I will end by letting you chill. Here’s my back deck and the view to the east. My camera doesn’t do it justice…but it is beautiful. My house backs up to a bird preserve, so we bought a pair of binoculars and have seen quite a few neat-o birds since we moved here. The pelicans are some of my favorites (though there aren’t any in this picture). My neighbors named the one who is here most days Henry…and he has several girlfriends who join him occasionally. Maybe I’ll get a good picture eventually, but don’t hold your breath. The awesome camera I wanted to buy is on hold until we finish our basement. Priorities. Sigh.
Enjoy the rest of your week. I’ll post about some super awesome books in a couple days. Until then…settle in and enjoy the view.