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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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Fun in the Garden

Coreopsis, marigolds, giant zinnias, and gerbera daisy

We were supposed to have a beautiful storm, lots of rain, didn’t happen. BUT, it did cool down a bit last night and I was able to pull more grass. I had to water though. First thing at 5 am, it was beastly hot again.

I did finish edits on You Had Me at Shifter! I’ll be re-reading one scene over again this morning, turn it in, and then working on some more edits on SEAL Wolf Surrender. I also worked on Claiming the White Bear last night. I think that gives me 13,000 words. 57,000 more to go!!! So I need to type up my notes on that.

And today, I hope to get the St. Patrick’s Bear done and Santa ready to ship tomorrow.

Oh, and yeah, take pictures…just….because.

Have a lovely Sunday!!!

Terry

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Zinnia in the Garden

The different colors of zinnia, the gold and light pink are both giant zinnias. The two at the bottom tower over purple Spanish heather!

Baby should be here any second. And I wrote the final fight scene in SEAL Wolf Surrender. Edits for You Had Me at Jaguar are coming in a couple of days, so I really need to finish this other book and get it to my beta readers.

Okay, got to run!!! Have a wonderfully perfectly beautiful day. (By the way, you’re not supposed to have a bunch of modifiers in a sentence like that. Do I care? No! I’m going to have one of those days too!)

Terry

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Shadow and Light

Light was the challenge for Click, Grow, Love this time and I apologize for my collage. The template didn’t quite work out for me. My fault, of course. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong.

I often see a stream of light in the darkness and for me, that’s fun, to see the shadows and sunlight, not just a strictly cloudy day for pictures that do turn out great, but the dappled sunlight and deep shadows can add drama.

The next challenge?

Your Challenge: Capture Your Fave Morning Routine

Ugh. My morning routine is taking the dogs out to go to the bathroom, feeding them, taking them out to go to the bathroom, getting my tea, blogging, then writing. Well, this morning I also was watering my plants and adding a little peroxide to the water fountain to get rid of algae, and food for the birds. Oh, and taking pictures. Yep. First thing. The full moon was still visible, so grabbed some shots of that. I don’t have a pretty breakfast, or kids to take pictures of today, or anything this beautiful. This is the photographer’s vision of morning activities. If I made breakfast, it could be of exploding microwave eggs, or boring oatmeal…

I usually skip it and just have lunch early. I didn’t read the exercise until this morning, and we’ve already done all our first morning activities. I could use yesterday’s photos. I took baby for a walk first thing, which I always do, then we checked out the tomatoes and I took a picture, and I took her to splash in the wading pool, all early morning to avoid the sun. It was already extremely hot and muggy first thing.

One nice thing about the challenges, is you can do them any day, so maybe I’ll do this tomorrow, make some exploding eggs, show what one author’s life is really like! I probably need to put that in a story.

L-R Morvern Shaw, Kate Theres, Lou Glendon (From Louise Glendon, Click, Grow, Love)

On writing, I am still working on the book, and I was thinking of how I need to make this more personal, as far as the bad guys go. I’ve been watching an Australian series where two women are caught up in a bad cops’ drama, and both women have committed crimes themselves, only the one’s was justified. But by watching the show, it reminds me to: make my characters have deeper characterizations–the one woman steals lipstick, even when that can get them caught and they’re on the run from the good cops and the bad cops. She habitually cleans things when they’re on the run, etc.

And the bad guys are bad, but they also have some admirable traits. For instance, the one really rotten cop will kill anyone for money and power, but he doesn’t want to lose his wife and kids, even though the wife is very happy to stab him in the back to keep her father from going to prison. It’s all very twisted, lots of conflict, and you wonder how the women are going to get out of the next bad situation. I like watching something like this to remind me of what I need to do with the current book.

I keep thinking the bad guys in my story need to show up earlier, somehow, and I began to think about the mention of how the hero had been shot 3 times on an earlier PI job. But nothing more about it. He has a bulletproof Humvee because of it. There’s a comment about when he’s grazed by a bullet it’s no big deal. Not unless he has 3 or more bullet holes. So what happened? Who was the attempted murderer? Did he survive? Yes!!! That’s it! The tie-in I need for the one bad guy. He was the shooter.  I didn’t glean this from the show, but it’s been something I’ve been thinking of–just how to show the bad guys earlier. We have two shown early on. And I kept forgetting about the hero having been shot 3 times. That’s why I need to re-read the whole book, jot down loose ends and tie them up.

Okay, I’m off to work on the story. I think I’m going to have to do my morning routine photography challenge tomorrow. See if I can explode some eggs. NOT.

Have a great one!!! And hope your eggs do lots better than mine, if you microwave them!

Terry

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