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Shades of Gold

When I captured the shot of the flame skimmer dragonfly, the sunlight was hitting it just right so that it made him look like he was etched in gold. The zinnia is a candy stripe, and it’s the only one that has shown up from the package of seeds I planted so far. It’s soooo cute. And the gold zinnia is just as pretty.

So yesterday, I took my granddaughter around the whole neighborhood, and holding my hand, she actually ran part of the way. This is good, exercise and wearing out, yes! And we spent 2 hours at the pool. She has always been afraid of getting her face wet, and she’s been afraid of the water, so it’s like taking itty bitty steps. She let me take her into the deeper water and with my hands under her tummy, she kicks and paddles a little. But this time, she also was in the shallow area and had her hands on the bottom of the pool and was allowing her body to float. So she’s getting more confidence. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, she will be doing better. And she napped for 2 1/2 hours. Yay!

I have so many different colors of zinnia, I took her by each of them and asked her, “What color?”

“Green.”

“Noooooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

“What’s that?”

“Green.”

“Noooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

“What’s that?”

“Yellow.”

“Yes! Yellow.”

“What’s that?”

“Green.”

“Noooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

She got the yellows right. She began to say pink on all the pinks. She said the reds after I showed her the first was red.

Okay, today is MY day, which means getting that other promo blog done and getting back to word count!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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If You Like Lora Leigh’s Books…

Oversized Ladybug in the Garden
Another Huge Ladybug

I found these on the milkweed plants, but one on one plant and then later, I found the other. Now, naturally, since all ladybugs look alike and both of these were oversized, I thought it was the same one. But looking at their patterns after I took the pictures, you can clearly see they’re different ones.

I’m glad to see them in the garden, and also the dragonflies are coming, and milkweed assassin bugs. The latter, you have to be careful about. They bite. I try to watch for them and leave them alone. They eat whiteflies, aphids, which are starting to appear, and even tomato caterpillars. Does it mean they’ll attack monarch butterfly caterpillars? Maybe. 🙁

Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

SEAL Wolf Surrender by Terry Spear
AMAZON | B&N | INDIEBOUND
APPLE | KOBO | BAM

Pretty cool, huh? Okay, I’m off to write. I edited and wrote 3675 words. I’m only 4400 words from word count, though I’ll probably write a lot more, and I’m still on a deadline crunch.

Have a great day!!!!

Terry

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Horrible Bugs in the Garden

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Milkweed bugs–the juveniles. They’re horrible. Oh sure, they have families, they probably love each other, and I’m the monster, but they they will destroy milkweed plants that monarch butterfly caterpillars have to have to survive. These bugs go after the seeds that will produce new plants so I never have to buy new ones.

I haven’t seen this many milkweed bugs ever. It’s like they’re in plague proportions. I had been cutting off the seed pods and dumping the whole lot of them into a soapy water container. But since then, I’ve been just shaking the seed pods using a stick, and dumping them into the witch’s brew, and that’s been working.

I also have these. They’re milkweed assassin bugs but they’re NOT doing their job. I think there are just way too many of the milkweed bugs. I was getting rid of the mating pairs of milkweed bugs as fast as I could, but obviously I didn’t get rid of enough of them. The good news is that I THINK I’m getting a handle on them. I’m not finding the huge numbers on the seed pods. But I have to be diligent and every time I go outside with the dogs (I’ve gained two more, dogsitting), I get rid of more of the milkweed bugs.

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Okay, the pack of dogs has gone out, eaten, gone out, it’s time to settle down and write.

Have a great day! I will be thinking of bugs in my nightmares….

Terry

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Daylilies Abloom

Daylilies in bloom, from a gold with burnt orange center, to peach with a darker peach center, to the regular yellow daylilies, to purple, darker peach with a wine center and red with a yellow center.

I love daylilies. They come back each year, bigger and more beautiful than before. I was on a plant identification site, trying to figure out what a plant was when I came across a seed sharing forum and they were mentioning daylily seeds. Daylily seeds? Now that intrigued me. So here’s a site where they talk about it and it has a link to a seed sharing site also.

https://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/989

I’ve had a lot of volunteer pine trees, crape myrtles, yaupon hollies pop up in my yard. But I haven’t done much in propagating my own flower seeds to create new batches. Until a couple of friends began sending me some of theirs. But now, I’ve tried to propagate yellow ligustrum by sticking the branches I needed to trim back in the yard, and yep, some of them are beginning to take hold and leaf out.

I’ve tried this with roses, and haven’t had much success, but I think I’m going to give it a shot again. I really love seeing the new plant take hold and I don’t even need to go out and buy another!

Another idea I hadn’t thought of was cross pollination and creating your own cultivar! Just think! You could create a beautiful cultivar of your own, name and register it. Shapeshifter Goddess. That would be the name of my beautiful cultivar. lol

https://easttexasgardening.tamu.edu/2014/05/23/cross-pollinating-daylilies/

BUT, I need to write, promote, write, edit, write, pull weeds, write…and so on.

Okay, granddaughter is here and I need to see if I can get her breakfast and some writing done while she’s sleepily watching cartoons.

May the force of flower power be with you!

Terry

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Running….

Granddaughter’s on her way and I’m sort of running this morning. Had to shut the computer down to get my internet to work.

These are a pretty purplish daylily that are having a field day! And the other is a watercolor version of them.

I’m WAY behind on word count on Billionaire because of having to edit the other book and write the novella, sooooo, I have to get cracking. 30,000 done, 50,000+ to go, and it’s due July 1st. At 2,000 a day on days I don’t have my granddaughter, it’s going to be tight, again. Next book, I’ll finally have more time. I hope. In July, I have another release, and that means more promo, and I haven’t even worked on the promo for the book releasing this month. Ugh.

Have a super, lovely day. I think I hear my granddaughter at the door!

Terry

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Purple and Red

Ranunculus flowers in bloom. First came the red, and they’re still blooming. And now the purple. But the weather has taken a dive. But it’s warming up again, then cold next week and warming up. I like the warming up because it makes it the perfect weather before the heat settles in.

I only got 1,000 on the word count yesterday instead of at least 2,000, but I was working on taxes, and that takes days. I always tell myself I’ll get better organized in the new year and it won’t be such a mess by the beginning of the next year when I have to start this all over again. Ha!

I was reading an article on not beating yourself up about stuff. I agree! When you feel down about something you’re doing, your work, your appearance, your life, think of two things positive about yourself.

I find that doing something nice for someone else can make me feel better. Say something nice.

When I was at the grocery store with my granddaughter the other day, a man offered to take my basket and return it to the store for me when I’d unloaded everything but her from the basket. It’s the kind for kids, so he wouldn’t have used it. It was a nice gesture. I was so surprised and really appreciated it.

I had my hands full of books to ship and a man hurried to open the post office door yesterday. I do that when I see someone who needs help, moms with little kids, older people, both with baskets or kids. It makes me feel better because they appreciate it so much. Just doing something so simple as that can make someone else’s life less complicated for just a few seconds and yet can brighten their whole outlook for a bit.

I was feeling on cloud nine yesterday, maybe in part due to having a peppermint mocha, did you know that peppermint can make you feel better? It does me! Anyway, they said not to get the safety inspection done on my car until April, so I will wait on that. But after I shipped my books, I ran into a different grocery store for a couple of things I forgot to get and this store had 90% off on their Valentine’s stuff. Wow, a big ostrich and monkey and assorted soft pillows to play with for my granddaughter’s birthday , and two little items I can use for my bears for $3.50? Perfect! Yep, I was on cloud nine.

I’m off to write or work on taxes, it all has to be done! Probably both. Hope you have something fun to do today! TGIF!

Terry

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Macro This

Don’t you love the beauty of nature? The summer flowers are flowering in winter.

I won’t be able to write for 3 days, sigh, but I’m nearly to the halfway point on SEAL Wolf Team to the Rescue. Hopefully, I can finish it this week!

It’s like writing a Macro Novel. A novella. So much fun.

Have a super day!

Terry

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A Weed or a Fern?

Do you have plants you can’t identify? I have this happen all the time. The whole area was forest at one time, so a lot of the plants that are popping up were native–like youpon holly (not shown, but I have several of them that volunteered to grow in the yard), the fern, and whatever the other plant is. I think it might be a fern of some kind. The silk and seeds are from a yellow flowering milkweed. You can see the yellow flowers behind it. I keep finding more crape myrtles in the flowerbeds. They are beautiful, but if I’m not careful, I will have a forest of them. lol

I’m also trying to propagate some of the sunny ligustrum to add to the yard. I don’t have a very big yard, so I have to be careful that I don’t lose my whole yard to plants!

I wrote several more scenes yesterday on Claiming, but need to write one more, I think. Hopefully, I can get it done today, but need to run an errand and the dogs aren’t leaving until later this afternoon. But I need to also start writing all the promo blogs for You Had Me at Jaguar.

So much to do. So little time!

Hope you have all kinds of time to do the fun things you enjoy doing!

Terry

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No More Vacation–Time for the Real World

Returning home means reality sets in! Writing daily goals, taking care of the dogs (I spent hours combing out Max yesterday and need to work on Tanner today), WEEDING the flowerbeds, have three bear orders waiting on me, etc.

Koi at the arboretum in MN, a sleeping fairy at my friend’s house, and then my gardens: zinnia flowerbed, golden zinnia, and the lilyturf (liriope)’s purple flowers are blooming, and purple magic crepe myrtles are in full bloom.

Last night, I was working on one of the flowerbeds out front after getting my word count and grooming Max, and man was it awful. Not only was it still 103 heat index, dripping wet humidity, but the mosquitoes were ravenous. I covered myself in insect repellent, but apparently not well enough. So when they found my ankles, I was trying to kill them as fast as they were landing. Not fun. And finally gave up, making a hasty retreat to the house.

But I was determined to do it again this morning because I have 7 flowerbeds out front filled with zinnias and weeds. I finished the one from last night, another out front that was filled with weeds, and 2 that weren’t bad. My hands hurt–the weeds and grass roots are dug in all the way to China, and I was soaked from the high humidity, so came in and will try for the last 3 beds tomorrow. They are really bad too. If it hadn’t been so hot and humid, I would have just stayed out there and finished all of them. Hate not getting something done. But…at least 4 are done! I kept thinking if only it was 59 degrees out. That’s what the temperature dropped to this morning AFTER I left Minnesota!!!

Reached 21,000 words yesterday on the new story! 59,000 to go!

As you can see, I still have to take my pictures. lol

I’m off to write! Have a wonderful day!!!!

Terry

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Gardening–the Good and the Bad…

Top left corner is Virginia Creeper and though it can be very pretty, they say not to plant it next to fences, houses, and ornamental trees! It’s very aggressive. I already have problems with wild blackberries, grape, and not sure what the other really thorny vine is that I have to keep cutting out. So out comes the Virginia Creeper. Next is a good plant. I wasn’t sure, but it’s watermelon! And yes, I planted the seeds. Just all over. So forgot. lol

The next could be the world’s biggest weed. I have no idea. I’ve never seen it before. Someone said it could be wild violet, but it has no flowers. And the last by the stones is a lovely crepe myrtle that came out of nowhere. I love crepe myrtles! I have no idea what color of flower it will be, so it will be a fun surprise.

I’m off to ship bears this morning. Finished the next St. Patrick Bear and got the first Santa Bear ready to ship.

I’m still working on edits to SEAL and working on Claiming the White Bear while waiting on beta reads.

Several more bears to make! Have a fun day!!!

I’ve got to get back to work!

Terry

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