Can be it really be two months? Two whole months that you haven’t heard from me? Well, I did need a break to catch my breath after writing book three, but when my brother texted me earlier this week telling me that one of his friends who follows me asked “Is your sister ok? I follow her blog and she hasn’t posted since January 1st,” I knew I was remiss and overdue in writing to you. Three books in four years is a lot so I’ve been shifting gears to take care of myself over the winter.
What have I been doing? Gardening, reading, cooking things other than pie (!), walking with Greta, spending time with friends, doing a little traveling, and getting some much needed extra sleep.
My garden has been my neglected child for four years, and even though gardens patiently wait, I know mine is overjoyed that I’ve begun to spend time in it once again as I spruce it up for springtime planting. I’ve decided to redo my front gardens which will be a big-ish project, and I may be putting out calls for help as I dig up bulbs, pull out one big shrub, and move another.
I’ve been reading things other than my own recipes and words. What a concept. Right? Over the last month or so, I have enjoyed:
- A Gentleman in Moscow
- The Glass Castle
- Where the Crawdads Sing
- Before We Were Yours
- The Soul of an Octopus
As an Outlander devotee, by that I mean one who has read all of Diana Gabaldon’s books about Claire and Jamie Fraser more than once, introduced countless people to the TV series (oh, can we watch the second one please?!), is waiting for tomorrow night’s S5:E3 to release, all while waiting for the next big book to come out, I just picked up from my local library Seven Stones to Stand or Fall and am now trying to decide if I will clean my house this afternoon and then read, or read first and then clean. Well, as Scarlett said in Gone with the Wind, “Tomorrow is another day,” so it seems that with your help as witness to my thought process, I’ve made my decision. Cleaning can wait.
Book Three is in my publisher’s court right now which is why I have this bit of time to relax and remember all the other things I love to do. I should be seeing the galleys of the new book any day now and I’ll have more to share with you about that coming up in the next weeks and months, including a sneak peek at a recipe or two!
But for now, in case you were wondering if I had fallen off a cliff or been eaten alive by a pie, I wanted to pop in to say that I am here, healthy, and happy, and so grateful to all of you who continue to be so supportive of my work and life.
P.S. Happy Leap Day!