Sunshine, Tornadoes, Freezing Rain and More Sunshine
Welcome to springtime in Indiana! From hour to hour, you never know what you are going to get. In all seriousness, my heart goes out to my friends and nearby communities who were affected by the tornadoes here on Friday night. As a child, I remember the devastation of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado outbreak. In fact, I lost my godmother in that storm. I will never forget the way the air felt in the afternoon leading up to those storms, and to this day will recognize when something wicked this way comes. It was that way after we went to dinner Friday evening at East of Chicago. By the time we got back to my house, the wind was kicking up pretty good...or bad...and by the time I went in the house, my big red weather predictor was already pacing around like a mad woman. What was really alarming was in addition to Kate and her usual spastic behavior, Oscar my fourteen year old lovable mutt was acting oddly too. By the time I got them settled and crawled into bed with my Kindle, the wind was rattling the windows and whipping the greenhouse. Fortunately, we missed the worst of the storm by a couple miles and the only remainder of Friday night is everyone's trash along the fence row and at the edge of the woods. A day's worth of clean up lays ahead. Thankfully, I have a three day weekend next week and hopefully the weather cooperates.
Yesterday, I learned the value of Eastern medicine. After going for a cortisone injection in my back the day before St. Patrick's day, the relief for my back pain wore off the day I got the $6K bill for the procedure. I had already planned for the possibility that the injection would not work and done some research into acupuncture, so yesterday I went for my first treatment and got almost instant results for both my back and the lingering headache I've had for a few weeks. After my treatment, me and my dear friend Mona went for lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and had a nice visit. Of course, I brought home some contraband to share later.
Today, I'm having internet issues. No surprise I guess considering the power was off and on all day yesterday. I'm hoping I can get this blog entry complete and uploaded before it decides to only let me have one thing running on the internet at a time. I've been working on Samhain today and listening to Irish pub music on Pandora. Nothing like getting into the mood of things for the second half of the book which takes place in Ireland. And yes, because the first part took place in New Orleans, I listened to jazz and blues when I was working on that. For those of you who are interested, the book is coming along really well and has some surprises tucked in here and there. As a special post, watch for the Prologue here on my blog later this week. It will set the theme for the entire 8 book series.
I did something yesterday that I've never done before. I entered Rowena's Song into the Maggie Awards contest. You would think after putting my books out there for the world to see, having a panel of strangers judge my work should be no different. That's probably why I've never entered a contest before. We shall see...
Okay...I'm going to get this posted before the internet goes bonkers again. Just a reminder, I enjoy hearing from my readers so if there is anything you would like to know about me or my work, send me an email and I'll answer right here in my blog. I know there's a couple of you who follow me regularly...so tell me what you would like to see!
Have a blessed week, watch for the prologue of Samhain-Book 1 of the Wheel of the Witch series...and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!