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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: gifted
2017-04-09 12:48 am (UTC)
Yay! (the book.)

I love crayfish.

When a hive becomes unavailable for whatever reason, bees will swarm to a temporary place for ~4-5 days while their scouts go out looking for a new permanent home, then the scouts will come back and remove the queen to the new hive, and the swarm will follow. In short, they might have only stayed a week, and left on their own. Sorry you had to go through that though.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:05 am (UTC)
Bees had been in that wall of the house for over a year. No sign of leaving on their own. The gap they got in by posed other problems to the house structure and repairing it without removing them was...not a possibility, since they really don't like vibrations near their hive. Also other repair work needed doing, much of it involving loud saws, hammering, scraping, etc.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2017-04-10 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh, and on crayfish. I'm fascinated by them. When I was a kid, walking my dog on the margins of the town I lived in, where was a small lateral canal with some trees growing near it, where we used to rest in the shade. Unless a field or orchard was being actively irrigated, the water was still. Though it was a small lateral, still smaller laterals branched off of it, each with a little water gate; those gates were set in notches of the lateral. One day I looked down into the notch nearest our favorite resting place, and there was what I (ignorant of crayfish at that point) thought was a whole live lobster someone had thrown in the canal for some reason. (My mother had a rich friend who sometimes had lobsters flown in for a dinner, and she would bring the leftovers to us for the cat. Once someone hadn't shown up and a whole lobster was part of the leftovers. First time I tasted lobster.) Anyway--I couldn't imagine even very rich people throwing lobsters, a salt-water species, into a fresh-water (sort of) canal, and the critter, whatever it was, was clearly alive and healthy by the way it moved in its little corner near the water gate. So I asked my mother and she told me it was a crayfish and that when she was a child, they were in the river and sometimes in the canals but she hadn't seen one in years.
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