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Silver Flowers

Plants that are gray-green in color are supposed to be more drought resistant, so I’ve read. This is a perennial: Eryngium bourgatii herbaceous.

I didn’t go swimming like I planned to because it was supposed to storm. And it didn’t. I shouldn’t listen to the weather reports. lol

I’ve been busy editing You Had Me at Cougar. I think I finished it to the end, except still need to finish two scenes. I remembered another scene I had to add this morning. One of those loose ends. Oh, and I have another too, that I’m going to have to finish up, I just realized.

So getting closer to being done!

Have a great weekend! I’m back to work!

Terry

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Zinnia in the Garden

A lavender zinnia. They are such cheerful little plants.

So yesterday I was doing a million things while looking for one little document. It meant that I pulled out rubber tubs that I hadn’t gone through since the move here six years ago and I really started getting rid of stuff or organizing it if it’s something important enough to keep. A lot isn’t really, so I might, after the initial clean out, go through the stuff again and get rid of more stuff.

I always feel good about cleaning out stuff, but I still haven’t found the paper I need.

So after I organize all this junk and put it away, then I’ll have to tackle the containers of stuff I have that are underneath all the Christmas decorations. Now that’s going to be hot. The garage is hot. And the containers are super heavy, so just moving them into the house isn’t going to be easy. Just thinking of moving all the Christmas stuff first makes me hot. lol

But I love getting more organized. And I lost another 1 1/2 lbs. Past my first goal, working on my second one! But I didn’t have time to write. I only need to write 8500 more words to reach word goal. Yay!

Well, I’m off to work and then it’s back to more organizing!

Have a stupendous day!

Terry

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Adding a Little Fantasy Makes the World Go Around

I was out weeding, another cooler morning, yay! I need to put out the trash. But I’m thinking I need to take a walk too. So many things to do when it’s cooler for only a few more minutes this morning!

I created this from a mushroom background photo, added another mushroom, and then added the rendered Leafling Elf, tree frog, flowers and worked magic on the whole thing. Her eyes are human. I didn’t like the look of the 3D eyes. And I added human hair also. And of course all kinds of shadowing, light, blurring to give depth of field and reduce the sharpness of edges.

Sometimes it’s fun to jump into a fantasy world before I go back to the real world of shapeshifting wolves and cougars. lol

Have a great day!!

Terry

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I know I’ve Been Weeding Too Much When…

Pink Wildflowers in Minnesota. See, now if everything could look this lush and green and non-weedy, I’d be good.

Well, I know I’ve been weeding too much when:

  1. I think I’ve cleared all the weeds and see a few more. And a few more. And a few more.
  2. I begin thinking they have a human brain and know where to grow so I can’t get to them.
  3. I dream about pulling up weeds. Scratch that. Have nightmares about weeds.
  4. I consider pulling up everything and just throwing rocks down. Or black weed paper. Or bring out a the weed/grass/any plant killer.
  5. I pull up flowers instead of weeds in my enthusiasm to get to the weeds.
  6. I’m sure that when I went out to weed yesterday, that patch had been totally cleared and now it’s full of weeds again.
  7. The bark mulch is helping the weeds to grow.
  8. The fertilizer is helping the weeds to grow.
  9. Pulling weeds is helping more weeds to grow.
  10. I’m thinking a wild garden–I mean really wild–is the way to go.

It’s not my fault the weeds are getting to me!

But this morning it was cooler out than usual–courtesy of thunderstorms last night–and so when I realized it, I went out there to tackle 2 flowerbeds. I’d like to say they are both done. But I know there were more weeds lurking out there. But they are mostly done. For the moment. Four more out front to weed still though.

I managed 1,000 words on You Had Me at Cougar and turned in marketing materials for Red Wolf Christmas.

Now, it’s time to get to writing! Have a wonderful day! It’s going to be hot, hot, hot today.

Terry

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The Question is Why?

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I walked and then worked on weeding part of one flowerbed out front. My flowers and and crepe myrtles and sunshine ligustrum are getting bigger, but the the grass and weeds still manage to take over. I think once it’s a little more shaded out, it will help, or not.

In any event, it’s so hot and muggy even at 8 in the morning, my sunglasses steamed up. It just zaps you of strength. 93 heat index already! And this is the coolest part of the day. If I could have weeded in the dark, it would have been better. lol

Stormy weather over the cornfields in Crawford.

Well, I’ve managed 2,000 words a day for a couple of days. My publisher wants the long synopsis, etc, for red wolf Christmas. They did this to me last year too. I have deadlines of April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st. October is the Christmas book. I was just finishing up the July book. So now they don’t want the July book for July but they want the Christmas book instead? And I worked like crazy to meet a July deadline just so the book is pushed back to publication in January of 2023? I work all the time to meet deadlines. I can’t pull a full length novel out of my head in a few days. I wish!!! Just think of all the books I could write. The question is why did I get myself into this predicament again this year? Because I have a contract, AGAIN, that states when my deadlines are for each book. And Christmas isn’t due until October.

But I’m not going to do this again for a 3rd year in a row.

What am I writing on the Christmas story? I have no idea! I just finished with Billionaire. I have to have time to think of writing the next book.

Anyway, so I’m back to cougar and hope you all have a truly fantastic day! I’m staying in and keeping cool. And writing.

Terry
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Steamy Jungle

amazing waterfall with lush foliage on rocks
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It feels like a steamy jungle today!

I turned in Best of Both Wolves and I worked on You Had Me at Cougar, took my walk, and I’m ready to write. I decided to move a couple of scenes from one book to this, because it fits better and now I’m up to 42K and have 28K to go! So really getting there! Now that I’m incorporating this one though, I’m going to have to make changes throughout the book, but it’s all good.

Maybe I’ll dig up that crepe myrtle for my daughter. I keep planning on it and then everything else comes up.

Off to work!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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Hot, Hot, Hot Today!

It started out feeling like 86 at 6 in the morning, which means a sizzler of a day.

I’m digitally hand painting a puffin, which is taking me a while, so I played with orange flowers and turned them blue instead to show off here. Eye pleasing? Probably not. lol If I had more time, I’d do something more with it.

I finished Jingle Bell Wolf–the 2nd red wolf story. And I’m on chapter 12 of Best of Both Wolves, have 29 chapters to go with it. I need to return a broken in shipment item to the post office first thing, and then we’re going to swim. I hope to get maybe 5 chapters done today. I’m going to dig up a crepe myrtle volunteer to take to my daughter’s when I drop off little one and hold the baby while she plants it. The last one never got planted and died. I noticed my first crepe myrtle is in bloom and I need to take a picture! It’s hot pink. They’re so pretty. Even with their peeling bark, the trees are pretty. I just read where you should leave trunks in combinations that make for odd numbers which is more appealing. Huh, I didn’t know that. So 3, 5, 7 trunks.

I hear the Delta variation of the virus is bad news. And I’m off to try and get something done before little one gets here!

Have a great day!!!

Terry

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Honeybee, Flower, and Natural Bokeh

I took the photo of the bee on the flower and the pretty bubble bokeh, but it was just brown, so I added a texture overlay to add color to them.

Okay, missed my blog this morning. I was running late, just trying to get the dogs fed, garbage out and then little one was here. I wanted to go to the grocery store and so we did that and it was so hot, I wanted to take her to the pool. Trying to rush her out the door because the lifeguards take a break and I was afraid we’d get in and then have to get out. But we were there for half an hour and then 10 minute break and then we were there for another hour. It was perfect. It’s just so hot, that’s the way to go. I’ve been trying to teach her to swim, but she’s reluctant to get her face in the water.

I made it to chapter 20 last night, but stayed up too late doing it. Anyway, I’m still trying to finish that chapter with all that’s going on. Have to take her to a dance class to see if she’ll do it or not in an hour and a half. We tried gymnastics, but she wanted Grandma there with her every step of the way. lol But that was 2 years ago, pre-COVID. She’s 2 years older now, so we’ll see.

Have a great day! Even if it’s half over! 

Terry

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Sunny Sunflowers!

The autumn variety is my daughter’s, the greener one is mine. I did plant some of the autumn colored ones also. I have a whole bunch coming up from my birdseed too. Silly birds. They’re supposed to eat the seeds. But I can’t wait to see the sunny sunflowers. They’re always like sunny giants in the garden.


Yesterday, I spent the day editing Billionaire, so I didn’t get a lot done on You Had Me at Cougar. But at least I managed a 1,000. I wanted to get to 40,000 yesterday no matter what.

We had a fun Memorial Day, grilling hamburgers, little one playing with her parents with a splash pad–93 F so it was perfect. I took pictures of them, the baby sleeping next to a fan and was perfectly happy in his enclosed sleeper so that he wouldn’t be bothered by bugs. He can sleep through all the dog barking and little one squealing. I wish I could sleep like that at night! I managed to get some pictures of a blue dragonfly. Love them. And some of my daughter’s flowers and a honeybee. With her being pregnant, she didn’t plant any seeds this year and these are all from seeds that propagated themselves. I have a lot like that also. She said she left the sunflower seed heads out there for the birds, but apparently they didn’t eat the seeds. lol

As for watching what I eat, I didn’t eat the tater tots, mayonnaise on my bun, or the grilled pineapple with brown sugar coating. I did get some birthday cookies delivered and I was NOT going to open the box. If I had known they were there, I would have taken them to our party. But my WW friend asked what was inside. It was like opening Pandora’s Box. As soon as I saw a chocolate chip cookie, I had to have one. But only one. In the past I would have had several. I figured I’d go over on points and gain, but I went way down. I ended up losing 4.2 lbs for the week. So this week, I start over today and I’ll keep on with what I’m doing and hopefully it will continue to work. I already feel better.

I was going to walk this morning before it gets too steamy and when I took the dogs out for the second time, I found it was pouring rain! I’m glad. We’re supposed to have a chance of rain all week, but I really didn’t think it would happen since we had a much higher chance on Saturday and it never rained. Everything has dried out because of the heat.

I’m off to re-read Billionaire and hopefully turn it in today. Have a great day!!! Mine has started out really great!

Terry

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Scrap Art Picture + Water Lily

I created this with Lynne Azeltic’s designs from Oscraps. They’re fun to use if I want to just create a scene and not take a ton of time to do it. I still created shadows under the ducks, and had to mask off some of the turtle to make him look like he’s partly under the water, and added the reflections of the geese in the water but they’re really easy to do. Still I really want to create my own.

Also, I have a waterlily photo I took in San Diego and used Topaz Labs to create an oil painting look.


Yesterday was a great day. We had fun and my daughter gave me books on composting, since we both have composters but I don’t use mine enough, and how to gather seeds to plant, and that’s something I’ve been doing since last year, so that will give me some new cool ideas. The stuff in my composter is already composted, but I need to add more to keep it going! I thought you couldn’t put weeds in the composter, but actually you can as long as they don’t have seeds on them. So that was one thing I learned already.

It’s cool this morning, yay! So I was out pulling weeds and grass. We didn’t get the rain yesterday after all. And it looks like we won’t get any rain until maybe Tuesday. So we’ll dry out a bit.

I had my ice cream sundae, expecting to gain, but you have a birthday once a year, so I figured that would be my extra 28 points and hopefully it would cover it. I lost 0.2 lbs. Watching what I was eating the rest of the day really worked, to my surprise! Of course I couldn’t eat a sundae daily, but I figure if I can watch what I eat and then have a treat every once in a while, I’m good.

I didn’t get much written, but reread the last two chapters I had been working on and revised them. I hope to really write today and tomorrow before I’m back to having little one here and picking her up at daycare every afternoon. I spent a lot of yesterday working on the Memorial Day pictures I took of the family. I need to get back into the writing saddle and start getting word count again! I’ve already got a 1,000 words on You Had Me at Cougar this morning, so up to 37K!

Hope everyone is having a great day! I’ve fed the dogs and I’m ready to write.

Terry

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