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April Already? [Apr. 7th, 2017|11:10 am]
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Yup, and the release of COLD WELCOME is April 11.   Next week.  Yeeps!  For more about COLD WELCOME, visit the description (with cover!) on the Universes site or wander over to the Universes blog to see how its sequel, INTO THE FIRE is progressing.

It's been a busy month, a confusing and difficult month, since my birthday, and next week is Holy Week plus house guests.   I'll be singing on Palm Sunday, of course, and on Thursday and on Friday and then on Easter.   We had a bee invasion, then a bee removal that left a hole in the side of the house and no power to the utility room where the washer, dryer, and freezer are, then the electrician to fix the cable, and then the carpenter to fix the hole (and many other things!) and then the painting to cover up all the repairs with nice clean paint.

Though today I can't open any windows.  I need to open the windows to put the hooks on the screens through the eyes on the windowsills.  Oh, and do washing.  And other stuff in preparation for the house guests.  We shoudl have a putty knife somewhere, to stick under the windows and along the side, but...where?  Someone Else in the household has moved a lot of the tools around since I last had time to do more than hammer in a nail here and there.

INTO THE FIRE is with Editor, who hasn't commented yet, and Agent, who has.   It's never a good sign when Agent asks, "Well, do YOU like this book?"  (Of course, or I wouldn't have sent it in.  But it happens, and writers have be resilient enough to deal with negative comments.  We don't have to like them, but we do have to survive them.)

It's been a very early spring after a very warm winter.  Wildflowers started blooming more than a month early, and peaked a solid 3-4 weeks early.  Bird migrations were early, too.   No bird pictures yet this year (no time) but crawdads (crayfish) pictures follow, along with a few flower shots.

From a ditch in a vacant lot, only about 2 inches long  (5 cm)

Entering burrow near seasonal creek: red claws & tail, greenish body and head

Indian Paintbrush and Field Mallow (white flowers)

Blue water iris


[User Picture]From: draconin
2017-04-08 08:45 am (UTC)
I sympathise on the bees. My house seems to be very attractive to them for some reason. I always try to call an expert who can re-locate a swarm rather than damaging it but one time that wasn't possible and I felt really guilty. Last time I managed to get the guy in before the swarm had settled (into the eaves) and he fortunately was able to spray something that made them go someplace else.

And I'm very much looking forward to the new books! :-)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:16 am (UTC)
Well, the bee-man is a beekeeper himself, not just an exterminator, so I hope they made it into a new hive. I do like the fact that the house has been repaired all around the outside now (there was other damage that needed work) and is freshly painted--and neither of us (somewhat shaky on our pins now when standing on a ladder and trying to work above our heads) was risking a back-breaking fall doing it. (Last fall a friend's husband, trying to install a security light while standing on a ladder, lost his balance and fell backward, and nearly died. And he's ten years or more younger than we are.)
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