What a glorious surprise to find an envelope of handmade Christmas ornaments made and sent by my friend Suzanne Lamprecht (Down in the Meadow) of South Africa. Her card touched me deeply. Sometimes it is hard to imagine the deep and meaningful friendships we form with bloggers all over the world. Thank you, dear Suzanne, for the beauty you create for your family and friends. My family will treasure these for years to come.
Even the envelope is gorgeous!
Your sweet e-mails and gifts continue to fill my life with light and love, but the recent e-mail from my long time girlfriend Susan Branch made me realize that just dropping out of blog world isn't an option.
Sue's e mail (received last night) said, "I just went to your blog to see what you've been up to. So now I'm worried. What are you doing? Are you traveling?? Hope everything is OK and you're just having too much fun!!! Let me know, what's new pussycat? Love you, Sue"
Ok Sue. I'm a flake. I have been wanting to write a post, but my life has been boring. Nothing but work and tending to some medical conditions. And about the holidays? YIKES! How will I ever do all the things that need doing, especially for the young ones in my life who expect a fairyland holiday?
My little bird book is time consuming, but lucky for me, my husband Jeff, who has the eye of an eagle and the grammatical finesse of his tough parochial school English teachers, is giving me some much needed help. In the next two weeks, I'll be finished, the book will be in the copy editor's hands, all art will be in the art and production department, and I will collapse and ask the next day, "I wonder who will buy my next book?" Which, by the way, I am working on in the wee hours of the morning and night.
Jeff talks with my editor.
What would I do without dozens of yellow legal pads?
The kitchen table is our command center now.
Lists, lists, check lists, compare, make sure everything is covered.
Catalog all the tiny bits of art and tell the art department where they belong in the text.
We drink lots of water. To jazz up the taste, I slice lemon and lime and add spearmint. This container of water lasts a couple of days. I empty the container, rinse it, and add fresh lemon, lime, and mint. It is wonderful!
To keep myself sane, I stop working, run out to the garden and pick fruit and herbs, make arrangements, pick up fallen leaves to press...and then the voice bellows, "SHARON, where are you? Get in here and let's finish." He always gets me back on track.
My 'Bonanza' peach lost all its leaves last week. I wanted to save all of them, but settled on three!
The little niche in our hallway is where I do a daily display of beautiful bits of nature.
Okay, I got off track here. What I want to say is that I haven't had time to visit many of you, but that doesn't mean I don't care...or that I don't want to. So please bear with me and know that when my time is again my time I will be back on track.
Please take a moment to view my TV interview that aired last month on Central Texas Gardener on KLRU. Watch the complete children's gardening segment, edited by the amazing Linda Lehmusvirta. Linda did a job above and beyond. It's a must watch if you are interested in school gardening. THANK YOU, LINDA.
Sending love across the miles and stay tuned. My first book Sunflower Houses is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this month. I will be doing a give-away after the holidays that includes an original, hard cover copy of SFH and some of my other books.
|The original, hardcover, 1st printing in 1991|
A true collector's item
|The "new" 2001, paperback version now in its 13th printing on its 20th anniversary|