Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Top Down Weather

Yep, we're loving this weather!

As I sit on the deck in the warm August sun, I’m working on a Christmas story. Watching the hummingbirds zip between the feeders is delightful, but not reminiscent of the blizzard blanketing the earth in the story, which is okay, considering the stories I worked on last winter were full of blazing heat. That’s how it is. Books take production time. This story will be released in December of 2012. Yes, 2012, with a deadline for completion by December of 2011. The length between completion and release varies at times, but six to twelve months is probably the average. Leastwise, that’s what I’ve discovered, and what I told a person who recently asked several writing questions. Each writer’s journey is different and a ride that is genuinely their own. Mine’s been awesome so far, and I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunities I’ve been blessed with.   

The birthday party for our youngest granddaughter this past weekend was a blast, and included several games of water volleyball that still have the muscles in the backs of my arms stinging. Yesterday I attended swimming lessons with my other two granddaughters. For two girls who do not like to get their faces/hair wet, I was amazed at how well they are doing. They spent the rest of the day with us, and after picking cucumbers, we made a wonderful cucumber dressing/veggie dip. If you like cucumbers, you may want to try this:

Mix ½ cup real mayonnaise with ½ cup sour cream. Dice up one small onion and about two tablespoons of onion greens/chives. Peel and seed one cucumber and finely dice. Mix well. Add fresh dill and salt and pepper to taste.

The girls sampled it with carrot sticks. Hayley was eating it by the spoonfuls, but that’s Hayley. Papa and I had it on salads for supper and it really is tasty.

Okay, back to my story. Have a wonderful week and don’t let August slip away from you. Make every day count!