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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Springing into Love!

Spring, how I love thee! Let me count the ways!



My website blog is giving me "agita" which is what my sister-in-law says when her family is driving her crazy.

I get it.

And life has enough agitation that the World Wide Web should not be causing more!

Spring.

Romance.

Faith.

And chocolate and coffee.

I'm ready to get dirty. Move soil. Plant flowers. While the world around me is greening up, I'm so excited to play in the dirt, too!

It probably sounds silly, but this is a trait from my Grandma Myrtle Herne. She loved to garden and passed that love down to me, so I'm taking a break from edits, stretching my limbs and getting dirty!

And it will feel marvelous!


Trust me. It will look better when it's done.

I hope!!!! Every time I heard Chris and Martin Kratt tell kids to "Get out and get into nature..." I thought of this! Once the snow melted and the rain stopped, I'd be out in nature.... With dirty knees.

And when you're done, (shameless plug here!) run on over to Amazon and grab a copy of our newest historical collection! "Spring Into Love" is a wonderful set of 4 stories featuring Pam Hillman, Cara Lynn James, Mary Connealy and me!

We had so much fun putting it together, and mine is set about twenty-five years AFTER this old farmhouse of mine was built! Isn't that amazing?

(Which means my basement is kind of like a cross between a tomb and a cave.... enter at your own risk!)


There are hundreds of plants waiting to go into the farm.... The guys are bedding 500 new asparagus plants and 600 strawberry plants found homes over the weekend. That's not a lot of strawberries by farm standards, but since the deer ate all of last year's, we're testing our new deer controls...

We'll see how this all works!

It's spring on the farm, full of birds, frogs, toads, one humongous snapping turtle and no small number of garter snakes...

Welcome to upstate!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Season of Hope

I love Advent.

I love the prayers.

I love the hymns.

I love the season of preparation, of thinking of others, a time where joy and good will come to mind as automatically as the sun is meant to rise and the snow to fall.

Andy Williams sang about it being the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

I love that song! I love the anticipation!!!

I used to go overboard with Christmas.  Yes. I was That Person.

What a goof!

Now I make sure my priorities aren't on presents, but on giving. Our family fun is in helping others, because we're blessed. How silly that I didn't see this as clearly as a younger mother!

Here's Eli with our Advent wreath on Sunday....


Leftovers turned into Turkey a la King (RECIPE HERE AT YANKEE BELLE CAFE!) and holiday nog, a present from Grandpa....

And a quiet evening of stringing lights and playing games.

We've lighted the first candle, and three to go... The waiting has begun for the best gift of all. A baby, a child of the poor.

And here is the Youtube link to "Child of the Poor/What Child is This?" performed by the Notre Dame Folk Choir.

Child of the Poor/What Child is This?






Tuesday, March 3, 2015

All Dressed Up in Love Giveaway!

You are a guinea pig right now. 

Wait, that doesn't sound very nice.

Okay, how does Crash Test Dummy sound? Worse, right?

Okay, I won't make you BE anything, I'll do quiet internal testing. I'm weighing blog sites, my blog that's embedded in my website and my fun "Ruthy's Place" blogger site here... and checking out the pros and cons of both! 

So bear with me, I don't mean to confuse the issue, but it's kind of fun to see what works best!

First, there's this:

My newest release from Zondervan/Harper Collins, and I cannot tell you how much I love, love, love this story! Part of the "Year of Weddings" novella collection, mine is the 4th book of the 2015 collection and it was so much fun to write! 

I was a bridal consultant for eight years at one of the best stores/workplaces imaginable. Started by the Hall family, "Bridal Hall" became a Rochester icon, a business everyone knew about and most visited because you felt like you were somebody when you walked into Bridal Hall... the warm atmosphere, the amazingly nice and helpful staff, the humor, the music, the family vibes... and yet professionally focused to give each bride confidence in her choices...

This book honors those wonderful people I worked with. It's my lovesong to them, to Bridal Hall, to Kathy, Donna and Jean and the entire Hall family and staff. 

Now, I just opened the prize vault and found a BUNCH of books to give away! This book is an e-format, so you either need a Kindle app on your computer, or a Kindle/Nook/Sony/Apple e-reader...

But the app is FREE and you can get it from Amazon so don't hesitate to leave a comment to enter this contest! 

If you've ever had a favorite job, tell us what it is.... and if you haven't, what would you imagine it to be?

Leave a comment and I'll toss your name into the new cat dish (the cats were quite annoyed that their cat dish kept disappearing, silly kitties!!!) I'll draw names on Thursday, which means you could be reading "All Dressed Up in Love" by Friday! SUHWEEET!

And here's a little winter fun to make you smile because it's still winter here in upstate NY!

Our marsh, the home of my famous little buddies, the spring peepers! (tree frogs)


Finn. Finn is part clown, he's 18 months old and thinks he's funny. He is funny. He is also a death-defying climber who loves to straddle the tops of couches and taunt you with a grin. And yes, he's had several emergency room visits and is undeterred... :)  He's a boy!

Waiting for the bus on another snowy morning! 

We know how to do winter in upstate New York, LOL! But once March rolls around... we're all ready for spring!