Tuesday, March 26, 2013

No More Homegrown Veggies Again

I got a little misty eyed when I  pulled out some old pictures this spring after I dragged a sprinkler around the yard on my assigned watering day. But I needed to be reminded of what used to be.

This picture is the view from a lakefront leased lot on a private ranch at Medina Lake about five years ago. We gave the lease up when the water started shrinking from our shoreline. The week the front of our lot was extended about a football length from where it is shown here and our floating dock was stranded on dry ground, we gave up the lot. Right now the lake is almost bone dry. For more information and interesting pictures of the lake go here.

Last spring we had lots of wonderful rain to get us through the dog days of summer, and I seriously considered planting a small vegetable garden again for the first time in three years, but didn't because of the dire predictions on the news. They were right and I couldn't possibly give the tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, and all the other vegetables the water they would need.

This spring there has only been one really good rain. Water restrictions allow me to save shrubs and trees and maybe the lawn. So, another spring and summer to face with no more home grown cantalopes fresh from the garden ...
And no more vegetable gardens...                                                               
But as hard as it is for me, I know the ranchers and farmers are in worse shape. I don't know how they find the courage and strength to keep trying, but I'm glad they do each time I take a trip to the local grocery store.                                                                                                                                                   
Those of you that do have enough rain and planted those lush gardens, share your pictures on your blog because looking at them is pure pleasure for the rest of us.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Just received the Liebster award from Elizabeth Varadan's Fourth Wish blog. Thank you, Elizabeth! I'll get right on those rules as soon as possible!

The first of the rules are completed: thank the person and link back to them. (check) Now I have to answer 11 questions from Elizabeth. (check)

Here's My List of Answered Questions from Elizabeth:
1. Who is your favorite artist?
 Alexander Calder

2. Favorite author?
Willo Davis Roberts

3. Have you ever interviewed someone? If so, who? and about what?
My favorite interview was with my veterinarian when I was twelve for a career lesson J

4. What is your favorite genre in literature?


5. Do you speak any languages other than English?

Does Pig Latin count?

6. If you were 19, what career would you choose—the one you did choose, or another?

 I would choose writing as a career.

7. Which deceased author would you most like to meet, and why?

William Faulkner because I’d like to know him personally so I could see how much of him was actually in his work.

8. Which living author would you most like to meet, and why?

Janet Evanovich – I think her humor must be a part of her daily life and I'd love to experience that humor for just one day.

9. What is number one on your bucket list?

I don’t have one—maybe that should be number one. Create a bucket list.

10. Do you believe in Hobbits?

No, I believe in muggles though…

11. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?


Now I'm supposed to make up eleven questions for those that I award, (check) and then list 11 random facts about me. (check)
My questions will be about writing:
 1. What is the working title of your WIP?
 2. What is the genre?
 3. When did you first want to be a writer?
 4. When did you take writing seriously?
 5. Describe your writing room/area or upload a picture.
 6. What writer/writers influenced your writing?
 7. Are you published? If so share with us.
 8. Do you work in a variety of genres or just one?
 9. If you could be mentored by one successful writer, who would that be?
10. Who is your favorite author?
11. Which book do you remember reacting emotionally to as a child?
Eleven facts about me: I'm a visual artist, I write fiction, I'm a great-aunt who acts her shoe size instead of her age when she's playing with the kids, I love the outdoors and I can steer an outboard motor on a John boat. 
 I have a look that can silence a room full of recalcitrant students, I feed a neighborhood Tom that spits at me but shows up three times a day expecting his meals to be served on time, and I love to garden but since the long term drought hit Texas I just try to save my lawn and shrubs.
Andy Griffith Show reruns make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, I'm at the age where I don't watch the news unless absolutely necessary, it's too depressing, and I haven't made up my mind what I'll be when I grow up.
And now I'm supposed to choose 11 blogs with 200 followers or less and present them the Liebster Award. This is a daunting task.

After going through all this I decided to google Liebster Awards because this seems to be very involved and laborious. I found that the original award has been changed from thanking the nominator and sending it to 3-5 blogs to the 11,11,11 rules. I'm not sure why the rules have morphed.

 I think getting an award should be fun. So I've decided to ammend the rules for my chosen recipients:

Rule 1: Thank the nominator and link back to that blog.
Rule 2: The questions to be answered and asked and facts about yourself is a way to introduce yourself to your readers. It is totally optional how you do this, if at all.
Rule 3:  List as many recipients as you wish to nominate.

I've chosen 5 well-deserved recipients:

Cynthia @ Random Thoughts
Jenn Soehnlin @ Jenn Musing
Linda Jackson @ Writers DoLaundry, Too
Faith E. Hough @ Faith E. Hough
Jody Su Tharan @ 52 Weeks




Friday, March 1, 2013

"I love it when a plan comes together."

For those of you who are old enough to remember, these words were spoken by Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, i.e. by actor George Peppard from the TV series The A Team.

For the last few days my housework has suffered as I work on this new project. Dust has cast a white sheen over everything, little dust bunnies roll around the floor, and the laundry hamper is full. And I don't care.

After researching romance novels, I sat in front of the computer on Monday and the novel took off. It seems to have a life of its own and all I have to do is type as fast as I think. Everything is working like it's supposed to.

Yep, I love it when a plan comes together.