Thursday, August 25, 2011
I’m ready for Fall!! The kids are back in school (no, I don’t have school age children, but the grandchildren hang out at my house a lot in the summer while their parents are at work); my yard is looking rather nasty; the weeds have seriously encroached into the flower beds that I planted with such hope this spring; and my potted tomato plants?? Well, let’s just say after trying to grow my own for two years now and the net result being FOUR tomatoes, I think it’s time to give that project up.
But all in all it’s been a good summer. Since LOVE LIES BLEEDING is on the book shelves now, most of my travel has been “release” related. I’ve been to Illinois (twice), Kentucky, and soon it’s going to be off to St. Louis for Bouchercon. All fun trips, but my favorite was spending a couple of days at my aunt and uncle’s on Crooked Lake in Minnesota with my two daughters and one of my nine year old grandsons. It was great—chilling by the lake, drinking wine (a very similar experience to Ophelia’s in A WITCH IS DEAD!), and spending time with my family.
And it’s not like we did anything too grand. We went to the Native American Museum at Lake Mille Lac, tubed in the lake, and watched my grandson fish. (Side note: fish do love green fluorescent night crawlers—don’t ask me how the bait store managed that one—but they don’t love them well enough to be coaxed onto the hook. A hook , I might mention, his mother baited, not his grandmother!). However, this trip reminded me a plaque given to me at Christmas. It says:
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.” –Robert Brault
So even though there weren’t any fantastic trips to Disney World or a jaunt to an exotic location, I’m okay with that. I know that I'll look back on this summer and my most special memory will be those couple of days I spent on the lake with my family.
What little thing did you enjoy the most this summer?