Mail System Error

Since having a book nominated for the Silver Birch Award I’ve been receiving emails and even letters from young readers. I have to admit it’s kind of nice. I enjoy answering their questions. This weekend I received an email from a young girl, Nichole. And after spending some time crafting an appropriate response to her questions, and feeling kind of good about it, I hit *send.* But wait! My email came back. Those nasty Mail System Error emails… Seems as though there must have been a mistake in the email address. So Nichole, if you’re reading this try sending me your email address again. Ok. I figure this is a long shot but what’s an author to do? I hope the young reader is not disappointed. When any reader reaches out to me I always respond. I think it’s the least an author can do. And Nichole had some very nice things to say about Cammie.

The Festival of Trees is a week away. The winners in each category will be announced. As you can imagine it’s an exciting time for all the nominees! But truthfully, we’re all winners. Having this nomination has been absolutely amazing.

I think I’m safe in saying that spring is here. Flowers are blooming, the grass is green. A few nights ago we had a visit from some four-legged beings that gobbled down Miss Charlotte’s tulips. We were quite disappointed as Miss Charlotte was only one when she helped plant them and it’s something we look forward to seeing each spring. Nasty deer. Last week we were in an area with so many mayflowers you could smell their delicious aroma in the air. We picked a few to bring home. Such beautiful deep pink colours.

The ticks are here! The ticks are here! Or rather, the ticks have landed.. which is kind of the way we talk around here. No explanation needed to those of us who understand the local jargon. While I’m well used to what we here call wood ticks, I’m not much of a fan the deer ticks, namely the ones that could carry lyme disease. Five hours waiting to see a doctor at the walk-in- clinic the other week and I’ve kind of had my fill. I normally wouldn’t have gone in but when I tried to remove it , it didn’t all come out. I certainly didn’t want a nasty infection resulting from it. I’ve got things to do! The doctor also gave me an antibiotic pill (One dose) and asked me if I knew what to watch out for. Sure do doc. I’m happy to report, so far so good.

I found this tree to be a bit strange and so I snapped a photo last week. I decided to share it with you all just for the heck of it. While you might look at it and see an old stump, I see what once was a tree with character. It is now an amputee.  I’m sure it was quite something in its day. Lots of limbs that I’m trying to imagine being cut off, wondering exactly how they did it. I would have liked to have climbed up and had a photo of myself, tree-hugger that I am, with my head sticking out of the top. But alas, there was no dang way I was going to try and climb that on my own. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it.

I’m trying to get used to my first pair of progressive lenses. It’s challenging. While they assured me I’d get used to them, I’ve talked to some people who didn’t. Time will tell. I’m trying to remain optimistic.

With all this great weather coming our way, it’ll soon be time to plant. Will the Bests grow any giant pumpkins this year? Guess you’ll have to keep checking my blog to find out. Please don’t lose sleep over it, though.

Now that spring has arrived I’ve started a few new writing projects. It’s what happens when spring arrives I guess. Granted, it’s not always easy to keep your butt in the chair when the sun is shining and nature is begging you to come out and play. But progress can be made even by writing a paragraph or two a day.

How about you, are you working on anything special this spring? I’d like to hear about it.

Is It Really Spring?

Spring seems to have arrived early in Nova Scotia. Buds are swelling, mayflowers are blooming, and the lakes have been free of ice for weeks now.

And people are suspicious. They want to believe, yet they aren’t quite sure. What if this is just a taste of spring and they’ll wake one morning to find that winter has returned? They’ve been sending out warnings.

“Don’t get too used to it.”

“We haven’t seen the last of the snow.”

I choose to ignore the warnings.

Over the Easter weekend we had record-breaking temperatures. While Halifax was basking in 25 c temperatures, the normal for this time of the year is 5c. It’s been simply wonderful.

I’ve decided it doesn’t matter what might be waiting down the road because I’m going to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures today.

I’m posting a photo of some Mayflowers my Aunt picked for me over the Easter weekend. I only wish you could smell their fragrance.

I say, enjoy the gifts we are given and, try hard not to worry about something that might never come to pass.

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