Working on a Book!

I do want to let you all know, that I'm on hiatus a bit with the blog, because I am busy working on a deadline for the next book and my brain feels a bit like my desk looks:

The good news is that nearly everything I have been thinking and doing and living since the Fall of 2016 will be sort of touched on it, so you can catch up then.

It's also still summer, and busy time with family, guests, the garden and the dogs.. yes I'm taking good care of all them, I hope.

Funny Weather

It's hot and hazy and the beach peas are crunchy underfoot from lack of rain. There is a burn ban, so no campfires.The sprinkler is on in the garden. Windows are open and the fan is on upstairs. I feel bad enough for the wilted crows in their black feathered coats that I'm not chasing them out of the cherries. We are all Northern creatures and not used to so much sun and heat. I walked in shorts this morning and had to tie my fleece around my waist half-way through. 

I'm on Summer Time

I can't believe it's a month since I checked in. I'm fine. No one is hurt or ill or in some crisis. I apologize if I worried you.Time really does fly when you are having fun-- right out the open windows-- and it is not like a boomerang, these moments won't ever return-- and it is  summertime and the sun is shining and the house has been filled with family and I have a fall book deadline.

That Was Fun. Sort of.

The bike race was hard and long, thanks to wicked headwinds. 30 knots or more, with gusts high enough to blow an outhouse over. (No, I wasn't in it. No one was-- thank goodness.) The Canadian highway forecast for Haines Junction to Pleasant Camp the morning of the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay called for south winds 50km with gusts to 70km and rain showers.

Some Thoughts on That Viral Obit

Yesterday morning at about 5:30 I talked to NPR's Here & Now about an obituary making headlines. You would have laughed to see me with the cell phone in one hand, the landline in the other, wearing pajamas, sitting on the bed in the kids' playroom (More soft surfaces for better sound quality, plus it's furthest away from my husband's morning exercises and the beach with its potential for barking dogs.)

 Here's the brief interview. 

Monday's Thought

"We all mess up. We all see through blinders. We all say hurtful things. We all nurture prejudices we don’t recognize in ourselves. Even a full-throated apology won’t erase a colossal mistake. We will never make ourselves perfect.

June! Finally.

All the windows are open and I'm thinking about turning on the fan and putting on a sweater. The screens are in now to keep the mosquitoes out, but I can't paint the porch floor yet because the firewood is still stacked on it and we are still burning the stove most mornings. So why are the windows all open?

One rite of spring that isn't weather dependent is the pumping of the septic tank.

A Nice Break

I fibbed a little when I said I was off on a writing retreat. I really went out to Unalaska (Dutch Harbor) to surprise my daughter, who is the elementary school principal there. (I couldn't say so because she might have read it.) The Aleutians are a long way from here. Also, cell service is not so great, and I didn't buy internet time (that's the way out there, apparently.) I listened to an hour or so of the local, state, and national news on the radio in the morning and called it good.



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