Saturday, January 28, 2012


Garden Dreams   

It’s hard not to think about my garden when we have temperatures in the 40s in January. Typically, my garden dreams don’t enter my mind until March or April, but this year is much different. This year, I get to relish in the idea of planting early. For whatever reason, the delay of a real winter certainly guarantees the onset of an early spring, right?
In between my asparagus bed and raspberry patch, I will plant my early crops. Typically, it’s a careful, almost painful selection of only the right seedlings — several varieties of lettuce, stout radishes, garlic, green onions, German parsley, snow white cauliflower and broccoli heads. The early crops don’t mind Wisconsin’s April coquettish winds, and I can count on them to stand proud to welcome the late arrivals of potatoes, cabbage for sauerkraut, tomatoes, peppers, pickles, pole beans and my new addition for 2012, a strawberry bed.My hope this year is that my tomatoes duck the blight that has been plaguing them the last couple of years (I’m told it travels in the air), that the Japanese beetles will choose another row of beans and raspberries to devour, and the potato beetle is less interested in the thick, green leaves that may tantalize them to stop in and stay awhile. All these hopes I hold for my garden along with a plentiful harvest and a connection with Mother Nature that cannot be found anywhere else but my own backyard.Who among you are like me, waiting in anticipation to get your hands dirty in your garden? 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Now available on Amazon


Birthday Eve, January 17, 2012

On this day, the day before my birthday, I find myself at a very good place in my world. I have recently finished a 2-year writing project dedicated to the production of my first novel, Nick, The Journey of a Lifetime available at Amazon in Kindle format. For me, the next couple of weeks are reserved for formatting and editing the story to create a paperback version.


The reviews from those who have read the novel share with me that it is difficult to put down. At once, you are in the shoes of the main character, Nick, and what he is about to face as a young man in the 1920s in Europe.


It is a story of a true love affair between two people who refuse to give up even though they will face incredible odds. It's a fight of the human spirit. How strong is it? Will they survive?


The story reminds us of a time when nothing was a given. When you had to fight for what you wanted and desired more than what you were facing.


I hope you give it a read and be sure to let me know your thoughts.


Until next time when I will be a year older (and wiser, I hope :-)
Christine

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