Tag: Nature

Full Moons, Time Travel, and a Holiday

After taking two days off from my day job last week, I had a five day weekend with the Labor Day holiday. And can I say those five days went by incredibly fast? Somehow, in my busyness to finish Unknown Reasons as well as formatting another book, I lost track of the fact we had a full moon this week until I saw the setting moon in the western sky as I left the house yesterday morning. [caption id="attachment_3924" align="alignleft" width="300"] A Harvest Moon from a few years ago. One of my attempts at capturing a good shot.[/caption] Frustrated that I'd missed this year's Harvest Moon, I searched for the date once I arrived at work and learned the Harvest Moon occurs in October this year because it's closest to the equinox on September 22. Hopefully, I remember to look at the horizon on the night of October 5. I…

Weather, Writing, and Story Empire

Happy first day of May, everyone. Can't believe another month has passed us by, but April bid her farewell yesterday. She said goodbye with a vengeance in my part of Texas. Multiple tornadoes occurred within fifty miles of where I live on Saturday evening, one year to the date when two tornadoes swept through my hometown. Warning sirens went off in town (we live four miles out and could still hear them). Fortunately, all we had was thunder and a little rain. Our neighbors to the west weren't so fortunate. Three tornadoes, massive damage, and so far five confirmed fatalities. Things are calm in the pre-dawn hours today and as I sit and write this post, I hear a whip-poor-will calling from outside my window. The sound of those nocturnal birds is always pleasing to me. But now on to other things. I'm posting today at Story Empire where I…

This and That

Every time I think I’m going to blog on a regular basis, like maybe weekly, something happens. Before I know it, two or three weeks have passed. And while I don’t want to write something just for the sake of writing, I would like to communicate more often with my readers. So what have I been up to the past couple of weeks? Of course, I’ve been writing. I’ve made a few changes to The Stranger (once offered as a free giveaway for my mailing list). I plan to make it available on Amazon and other retailers within a few days. Final edits for Unseen Motives is coming along. I’ll be revealing a sneak peek at the cover soon and plan to have the book ready for sale in November. I’m also working on a short story with a Christmas theme. But I also took a few days off from…

The Loner

Allison's mouth fell open as she looked at the man who claimed to be Cooper’s owner. His intense stare made her skin tingle. She instinctively gripped the dog’s collar and thought of Maggie’s suggestion to carry a gun. Cooper remained calm and stayed at Allison’s side. He didn’t act as if he knew the man, but neither did he act aggressive toward him. Allison glanced toward the trail ahead of her. No one else was around. So much for the area being crowded today. A little solitude was fine, but she wished other people were nearby. This man could be a serial killer or a terrorist much like the reclusive Unabomber. The man’s face softened. “I’m sorry. I’ve frightened you. That wasn’t my intent.” Allison found her voice. “So this is your dog?” He took a deep breath and exhaled. “I found him on my doorstep one morning last fall.…

The Discovery

Early April brought the warmth of spring to Mill Creek. Snow remained in the higher elevations, but the valley had come alive with color from an abundance of wildflowers. Many said the warm temperatures this early in the season were unusual. Some blamed it on global warming, but the old timers scoffed at their concerns. “Happens every few years,” some said. Whatever the case, residents agreed it was nice to have a break from the cold and snow. Ranchers welcomed an abundance of newborn calves, outdoor enthusiasts took to the hiking trails, and everyone celebrated the passing of winter. Allison breathed a sigh of relief when her receptionist locked the clinic doors on Friday afternoon. She looked forward to Saturday—her first true weekend off since moving to Mill Creek. Even though she closed the clinic on weekends, she remained available for emergencies. Invariably she would receive a call about an…

December~Winter Solstice and More

December. The twelfth month of the year. It's unbelievable almost a full year has passed since I began this series. Activities, holiday festivities and celebrations fill the month of December - one of the busiest times of the year. The winter solstice occurs on December 22. What else can we learn about this month? December comes from the Latin word decem, meaning ten as it was the tenth month of the year in the ancient Roman Calendar. "I heard a bird sing, in the dark of December. A magical thing, and sweet to remember." Oliver Herford A few more things about December: Turquoise is the December birthstone Narcissus is the flower December is Universal Human Rights month, National Read a New Book Month, and National Stress Free Family Holiday Month (easier said than done). Nobel prizes are awarded in December. Poinsettia day is December 12 and National Chocolate Day is…

October ~Autumn’s Masterpiece

What can I say about October? That glorious month of the year when the trees are full of vibrant color, the sounds of migrating birds fill the air, and the days are crisp and sunny. L. M. Montgomery's words sum it up: "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." ~L.M. Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables October, the eighth month in the ancient Roman calendar, gets its name from the Latin word octo, meaning eight. Let's learn a bit more about this glorious time of year. The tourmaline and the opal are the October birthstones The October flower is the calendula Russia launched the first artificial satellite on October 4, 1957 President Harry Truman delivered the first telecast address from the White House on October 5, 1947 Christopher Columbus arrived in America on October 12, 1492 October is National Cookie Month, National Pizza Month, Lupus…

The Weekend

"What's the deal, doctor? Will I live?" Kaye Owens sat on the exam table, swinging her feet off the side. She'd worked hard to establish her own catering service. Now that it was profitable, she could ill afford to slack off. The three hours spent in the doctor's office were ones she would never get back. She made an appointment because of her husband’s persistence. Scott knew she would never do it on her own. He even insisted on coming with her. "Your lab work is normal. Blood pressure is a little high, but at this point nothing to be overly concerned with. The headaches are likely caused by tension. Have you been under a lot of stress with your business?" "No." "Yes," Scott said. "She works too much. She hasn’t had a free day in over a year." "The best medicine I can prescribe is for you to take…

June~Summer, Strawberries, and More

Can you believe we're already into the sixth month of the year? Summer is upon us, school is out, and many families take vacations. Let's learn a little more about the month of June. June is one of my favorite months. In the northern hemisphere, it is the time of summer solstice, or the longest day of the year. In the early Roman calendar, June was the fourth month and had only twenty-nine days. Julius Caesar added an additional day when he reformed the calendar. The month got its name from the Roman goddess Juno. "Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June." ~Al Bernstein The birthstone for June is the pearl, alexandrite, and moonstone. Rose is the flower June is National Candy Month, National Dairy Month, and National Adopt a Cat Month (I already have three cats, so I'll pass on the that one.) On June 14,…