Birthday plant by Sharon!
When a writer is at a loss for words it is not a good thing - unless she is struck speechless by the kindness and generosity of her friends. Somehow, in a week where people had houseguests, work commitments, and family obligations, they took time to throw a surprise birthday party for me. Of course, these women have a sense of humor so I was given the task of making the cupcakes for the "party for Kathleen." This party caught me so off guard that even after I walked in and they yelled "Suprise!" my first thought was "Who just walked in behind me?" There is so much more to say, but for now, I will leave it with thank-you: you all teach and inspire me so much.
The rest of the week did not have as much writing and editing as I had hoped, but had so much more living that I cannot complain. The garden has less weeds, the dog and I shared some Q time at the beach, and the St. David's Pig Roast was a success! I have better ideas for smoothing out the book and have even developed fond feelings for the chipmunk.
Photo by Collette Anderson
Kudos to my cousins Linda, Tommy, Denise, Michael and Anne Marie who hosted a really joyous 50th wedding anniversary party for my godparents, Tom and Simonne Duggan. I am uniquely qualified to comment on this event since I was at their wedding half a century ago. Well, not fully there - I officially arrived on the earth about 2 weeks later. Because my arrival was imminent, the pictures of my mother at the wedding are obscured by tastefully placed baskets of flowers. Despite the heat, the anniversary party was a nice opportunity to catch up with family.
This weekend also brought me to the Higgins Armory to complete my research of various weapons, such as a halberd. You don't see those much anymore, but I can imagine where this could be a handy thing to have around.
My weekend finished with my Dad telling me that he had some lettuce for me. Given my chipmunk woes, I was happy to get it. And I really can't fault my father for gloating as it is a vibrant green color, has a satisfying crunch, and there are no small chipmunk bites on it. I can't tell if I am more impressed or envious - at least I am enjoying really good salads!
The work day finally ended and my writing vacation has started! Joy! As you can see, I have acquired the necessities: pen, paper, beer and beauty. I shifted around my lunch earlier to meet with my writing group. Being with them always inspires me - today they gave me the strength I needed to complete all the tasks at my job so that I could finally arrive at this very point.
Tomorrow I plan to start my day at the Higgins Armory to complete some research on weapons. When I mentioned this to my friend Marie tonight, her mother wanted to know what kind of children's book needed weapons research. I'm thinking that she has some concerns.
My goal for the rest of the week is to really polish out the draft and make sure that there is continuity and integrity to the story. I haven't had a block of time to do this, so I am excited about the creative possibilities of the available time. The only non-writing activity I am thinking about is going to the new casino with some friends mid-week. And actually, there's some research for my book that I can verify at the casino - I'm probably not going to mention that to Marie's mom, though.
I was just making peace with the concept that the chipmunk was likely going to eat a portion of my garden harvest when I discovered that he had built a large, deep crater in my backyard. He's either built a trap hoping to cause me a serious ankle injury, or flush with his strawberry stealing success, he's upped his vision from berries and built a hole big enough to accommodate cucumbers, tomatoes and squash. Maybe he's noticed that I'm trying to grow pumpkins!
Trinity is still more interested in interacting with the fox that visits our yard than guarding the gardens, so when Jason brought Daisy by tonight, I tried to get her interested in chipmunk hunting. So far, all she's caught is the teddy bear. As far as I know the teddy bear is not stealing my vegetables-
I start each day by going out to water my garden and collect the bounty. As you can see from the picture to the left, the bounty is varied but kind of small. I have hopes of a greater harverst, if I can stay ahead of the wildlife.
The chipmunk clearly acquired the bigger portion of the strawberry season bounty. I collected approximately a berry per plant, but more berries were there - the chipmunk just picked them before I did. He started to get arrogant about his ample strawberry harvest because he took to leaving berries lying around with a a few small bites taken out of them. I tried to encourage Trinity to take a few small bites out of the chipmunk, but so far no luck. The garden games continue~