The Year of Doing Stuff

I’m finally, tentatively, leaving my cave and venturing out to see what’s new. Thank you, Pfizer! Back home, I’ve been busy, joining the thousands of folks who tackled their dusty To-Do lists and kicked procrastination to the curb.

My lists included finishing garden areas that I’d been planning since the house was built in 2000. Now I can smile nostalgically when I run across a design in one of my old sketchbooks, instead of cringing with guilt.

I’ve been building pavers that look like stone, made from molds that I purchased from a fellow in Ukraine, who sent them, carefully wrapped, all the way to suburban Atlanta. I’ve made 25 of them so far. I’ve become an expert at mixing concrete in small batches.

Global commerce amazes me, and kept me amused during the pandemical months. Boxes were dropped onto my porch weekly, others were tucked behind my bushes, and some were jammed into the mailbox. Every container was filled with fun: game controllers, little garden gargoyles, flattened animal bookmarks, silver charms for bracelets, rare flavors of sugar-free syrups for my coffee, and of course, books. So. Many. Books. I may have become addicted to Amazon. Here’s the funny little octopus bookmark that came all the way from China to save my place when I’m done reading:

A fresh start — and more books!

This new website was one of my To-Do items. Writing a small town book series was another one. I’m happy to say that both of those have been checked off the list. The first book of the Peach Creek series will be out in September, God willing, and the next follows in November, with more next year. I’ll post details about them here as we get closer to the publication dates. To receive updates in your email box, you can subscribe to my newsletter. I’m so excited to be releasing books again!