The other day a work associate brought us a box of See’s Candy as a thank you. I placed the box on my desk until the Doc had a moment and I could give it to him. The pretty golden box, containing some of my favorite chocolates, hovered in the corner of my vision for hours. Continue reading “Mindfully Eating Chocolate”→
I recently had the privilege of reading Brandon Gray’s young adult novel Orison. I really enjoyed it. So much so that my husband, when he was trying to rub my feet, made the comment to the kids, “Your mom is ignoring me, she has a new book.”
I developed the presentation Techniques of a Professional Creative, which I’ve given to several writing groups and at a recent writing conference, because I was feeling stalled in my momentum as a writer. I wanted to learn techniques to become more focused and to take my writing to a higher level. As I studied I came to realize I wasn’t the only professional creative to be feeling this way and the desire to share what I was learning grew. In order to reach more people I’m sharing these ideas in a series of blog posts. I use the turn writer and writing but these ideas are applicable to any creative endeavor – entrepreneur, musician, artist, etc… Feel free to substitute your personal creative work for the title writer.
These day in the life of an author posts are designed to show you how thrilling and action packed a writer’s day is. Actually — no. I’m really hopping to scare off any potential authors, less competition.
A friend posted on Facebook how she loves the plastic bags her groceries are packed in each time she shops. She listed the various ways she reuses them and ended with the statement that she does not feel guilty about using plastic bags. Most replies were in agreement with the post. A few souls posted their love of reusable grocery sacks and the ways they’ve reduced their plastic bag usage at home.
Recently I took two days and plotted out the next book, Honeysuckle Yellow. This book has been on my mind for years. Every once in a while I’d mull over the ideas, adding a bit here and there. So much story finally filled my mind that I had to get it scratched out on paper. When I’m done with the edits for Beatrice Blake, Novice I’ll start the first daft of Anne and Nico’s story. Continue reading “Creating – Honeysuckle Yellow”→
With spring around the corner (we hope) in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere (hi friends to the south) moving into fall I’d thought it time to mention:
3 Simple Steps – Lawn Care
(1) When you mow let the clippings fall back to the ground. This will provide nutrients for the lawn, food for the good microbes in the soil, and save you a bit of work.
If you must bag the clippings then: Compost – either in your yard or through a community composting program.
[Many communities now have green waste cans along with the trash and recycling cans – YAY for them. If you’re community has yet to get with modern times most landfills or transfer stations offer a green waste drop off. This is also a good place to pick up inexpensive compost or mulch]
(2) Aerate – this process allows needed nutrients to reach the roots of your lawn
There are many devices touting they can aerate your lawn (shoes with spikes – they don’t work, equipment to buy or rent) the easiest is to hire a lawn care company to come and aerate for you. They have the right equipment and it is fairly inexpensive. As a bonus you won’t have to deal with the care and storage of another piece of machinery. If you think of renting an aerating machine keep in mind those suckers are heavy and you will have to transport and clean the equipment.
(3) For that extra green boost switch to an electric mower or better yet a new push mower.
Want even more organic lawn care tips? Check out this slide show from Popular Mechanic. 3 Simple Steps will pop up occasionally on this blog and feature easy to manage, difference making, changes you can do right there in your home and community. If you have a topic idea you’d like to see leave me a message.