‘Spring’ing Forward

Hey y’all.  Spring is in the air for sure here in Central Georgia.  Our Dogwood trees are blossoming, the others are forming their buds, the weather is growing warmer by a couple degrees every day; the weather was so nice last weekend I spent the day outdoors, raking our front and side yard. I should have taken some photos to share, but I didn’t.  I felt it the next day though.  My entire back was stiff, right up the spine. 

There were people in our park last week, power washing the mobile homes.  I didn’t think ours was that dirty until the guy power washed it.  That may or may not have been my reason for wanting to get outside and rake the yard.  Just saying.  That mixed with the long, rather isolated winter we all experienced thanks to Covid quarantining.  Please, keep wearing your masks y’all.  We’re close to the end of this, but not quite.

With spring in the air, I’ve also been moving progressively forward.  One project I have moved forward with is my book.  A couple weeks ago, I received, reviewed, and approved my cover design from my cover design artist.  They did a spectacular job!  Now I’m patiently waiting for my box of 10 copies to come.  Once that happens, again, I receive, review, approve, and then I can finally begin sharing my first published book with y’all.  I can’t wait to be able to share the link with y’all!

I sprung forward with another project as well.  I’ve been creatively working on another personalized piece of artwork, but this piece I created for Bindi Irwin and her husband Chandler, for their baby wildlife warrior coming.  I think I’ve spent over a month sketching it, then another couple weeks, night and day, adding the color, and finally a few weeks ago, I mailed it out priority mail to Australia.  When I learned they were expecting, my creative visioning kicked into high gear.  I hope they like it.  It turned out adorably.

Now I’m moving forward, towards advancing our future.  We want to travel and see the world and share every experience with y’all, whether by blog, vlog, or book.  It could be sooner than hubby and I think, but we don’t know.  We are simply springing forward. 

As always, thanks for reading y’all. Have a great day!

Rainy Weather, Wild Life, and Show and Tell

Hey y’all!

It’s finally Friday, but it’s a wet one.  Our weather is predicting rain and thunderstorms with possible tornadoes, and maybe some flooding in certain areas.  At the current time, their prediction seems pretty accurate.

I’m so glad I took the time earlier this week to work out in the yard, while the weather was warm and brilliant.  I’ve been wanting to move the trampoline for some time but needed to wait for the ground to resolidify from the batch of storms we endured the week before.  With the help of my husband and our daughter, we moved the trampoline to a more centralized location in the yard.

After moving the trampoline, I was cleaning the area where it’s sat since the day my husband put it together and found this little dude… a ‘spring salamander’.  Don’t worry, after moving him carefully using a rake, I scooped him, moved him to the pavement for a better observation, and finally googled until we could positively determine its identity.  I’ve never seen one that looked like this.  Again, no animals were hurt in transit or during observation.

This year, I decided to cut our side yard in half.  Instead of mowing the entirety, I’m creating creative, artistic, yard signs.  For instance, a sign to caution, ‘Tall grass…Velociraptors at play.’  Get it?  Jurassic Park. What can I say, as a writer, reader, and artist, why not bring out the best of our books and movies?  I’ll consider it my own personal Rock City.  By the way, I got a nice surprise while cutting that grass.  A baby black snake.  I mowed a row, was pulling the mower back and a 12-inch black snake quickly, without hesitation, slithers right into the woods.  It didn’t stop for anything.  I wasn’t scared, but I did freeze on the spot with shock and fascination.

Before I go, I couldn’t get a photo because it happened too spontaneously but, a doe wandered into our side yard, using it to get to the woods behind our house.  I was standing by my classroom window which looks out over the entire side yard and something made me look out.  I guess the doe moving, walking, barely caught my attention, but enough to make me take a full look.  I wanted to get a video, but again, she came through too fast.

I love living in the woods!

Thanks for reading!