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Whirlwind Week

Hi Folks,

I know I’m a bit late here, but I’ve been a bit busy gal. Last Tuesday my beloved K had a knee replacement. Not so much fun. I brought her home on Thursday, but things got complicated and I had to take her back to the hospital Sunday night. Everything is under control now, she is home and feeling much better. Life is good.

I’ve been taking care of her needs as well as doing her chores and my own. That’s where you learn just how much your partner gets done in a day. The woman is amazing,; how does she manage to get so much done in a day? Anyway, as you have probably guessed a few things have been neglected.

On that neglected list are both my garden and my writing. Today is the day I try to catch up with the garden a bit. Sad to day, the past few weeks have been cold and damp, near the freezing point. The garden is unhappy. 

Also, the herbs and seeds already harvested aren’t drying, they’re molding. Today I’ll move them from the greenhouse to a heated room in K’s workshop. I should have better luck there. What’s that? The rhubarb? Oh yeah, it’s ready to harvest again. 🙂


As I mentioned above, taking care of K has cut into writing time. so, no progress to report for last week. Tomorrow I will try to catch up a bit. (Or sleep a lot.)

On the bright side, sales are up.Especially Lady Blue 
and Immortal Tigress. Thank you all, so glad you enjoy my stories.


Well, that’s it for me today. I have to get outside before it starts to rain again.


Cold Day in July

Hey Folks,
Today I’ll start with the ROW80 report.

I woke up yesterday about 5:30, the current book I’m writing demanding my attention. I tried to get back to sleep, but to no avail, the story wouldn’t leave me alone. The need to write was almost unbearable, the story demanding to be told. I got up, booted up the computer and set to work. 
Yeah, when my muse strikes, she uses a Thor’s Hammer. On the bright side, I got lots done. Close to 6500 words for the week. Go me!

Now for the farm news. This summer has been unnaturally cold. The last two days we have considered putting a fire on in the stove. However, as you can see from the pics, the garden isn’t minding the cold. 

Truth is, I’m loving the cool weather too. When we walked the dogs today we noticed the trees heavy with new cones, the delightful chill in the air, and a few bergs still floating around in the bay. 

This coming week will be somewhat hectic. K goes in for her knee replacement on Tuesday. I’ll be spending a lot of time on the boats and at the hospital.

Well, that’s it for me today folks.

Be well
Be blessed
Be good to each other

Busy Days

Hi Folks,

I’ve got some great news today, so I’m going to reverse the usual order in which I share these things. First we go to the ROW80 check-in.

This week I did manage to reach my goal of 1500 words plus a bit more. I’ll hold to that target for the coming week. Also, this week saw the re-lease of Lady Blue. She’s had a new edit, new cover, and a new publisher. So, for your reading pleasure, in the Y/A genre, is Lady Blue!

Lady Blue is the story of a bullied teenager who is suddenly granted great powers. What will she do with her new found strength? What will she become, devil or angel?

Okay, now for the news from the farm. Yesterday began at 5:00 a.m. We emptied out the greenhouse, transplanting everything into the raised beds or pots. We also moved the compost to it’s new home and tidied up the flower beds out front. The final watering finished near sundown, about 8:00 p.m.

That was a long day in the hot sun. Too much sun, not enough water, headache, sunburn, and tired. Today is going to be a lot slower and shady.

So, that was the excitement for this week. I hope you are all having a wonderful fun filled day today.


Organic Fertilizer

Hi folks,

It’s been a busy few days here on the farm. A sudden frost bit through the row covers and into the greenhouse, killing most of the tomato plants inside and all the cucumbers outside. 

On the bright side, the squash and onions loved it. As well, the tomato roots survived and are sending up new foliage. I’ve got two of the beds planted and three more just about ready for planting. A friend brought us two pick up loads of organic fertilizer, aka horse manure, well rotted. 

There have been three batches of rhubarb jam put down and the rhubarb bed still has tons of the good stuff  growing. Life is good.

Now for a ROW80 check-in.

Once again I managed 1500 words.It’s funny how a few sentences her and there add up. So, I’ll shoot for another 1500 this week.

Oh, while I’m at it, here the opening paragraph of the current WIP. It’s a sequel to the Immortal Tigress.

Cursing softly, and wishing for a fur coat as she trudged through the snow in human form, the vampire shivered. Ah to hell with it, she stripped off her clothes and buried them in the snow before changing into the sabre toothed tiger; the cat could track the maddened killer more easily, and she had a fur coat.”

Well that’s it for me today. Until next time, may your days be blessed.


The Greenhouse Rises

Hi folks,

Here we are back on the farm. Last week it snowed a bit, but didn’t stay. On the brighter side we were all excited when a friend brought us a pick-up truck load of horse manure. Doesn’t take a lot to make a farmer happy, right? tee hee

Another sign of progress is the greenhouse. We popped it together fairly quickly out of scraps and a few boards. It’s not pretty, but should do the job.

under construction
Ready for business

Oh, and the mighty rhubarb plant is up in sheer defiance of the cold and snow.

ROW80 Check-in

Last week didn’t see a lot of progress on the WIP, but I did finish the fixes, read throughs, and re-writes that I had on my to do list. I’m calling that a win.

Since we have begun converting our huge unsightly lawn into a working farm, my writing time has been somewhat curtailed. I’m aiming for only a thousand words a week until the work load slows down a bit.

Wishing you all sunny days and nights of warm rains

Genesis of an Urban Farmer (1)

Hi Folks,

The time has come. I have faced food rotting in my fridge far too often lately. Sadly, we have reached the stage of, buy it, eat it now. We are an isolated island in the North Atlantic and food travels a long way to get here. Too long.

Newfoundland was once self sufficient in the food department. It is time to get back to those roots. (pun intended) So, we have begun. We have a fair sized lot, let’s see what we can do with it. Welcome to Brier Rose Farm, the beginning.

The soil is too poor on our lot so we will be constructing raised bed and green houses. Yes, my darlings, we have a plan. We have already staked out the future gardens.  I will be keeping a record of our efforts on this blog. Thus the new name. 

This is going to be such fun. Any advice, ideas, suggestions, etc. Will be welcomed. Come on, you can make a farmer out of me, sure you can. tee hee hee

Stay tuned

Supervised Gardening

Hi folks,

Well, another week has gone by and I still don’t have a cover for Blue Rider to show you. We’re nearly a month behind on that now, sadly. However, here’s a little story for you instead.

We here in the far north are now past the last frost date so it was time to plant our little garden. As you can see the supervisors were on the job early.

Uh-oh, the supervisors have spotted a problem. The wire is not quite long enough to reach the post.

Management confers and come up with a solution.

The family wire artist is called in to stretch the wire, and, using her magical powers of wire, is successful. Garden now safe from stray dogs and rabbits.

ROW80 Check-in

Well, as I mentioned above, still no cover for Blue Rider. Also, I missed the mark on my word count. I managed only eight thousand words. I am more than happy with that and will shoot for another ten thousand this coming week.

I did get started on that new romance I talked about last week. Once again I forge ahead working on two WIPs at the same time. Is it wrong that I find this fun?

Well, that is it for me this week. Drop me a line and let me know how you’re getting on. I do love to hear from you.

Bright Blessings