As Summer Closes…

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen processing all my tomatoes. (They finally decided to ripen. What a growing season! If it wasn’t 100 degrees in the shade, it rained buckets for days on end!)

I had 50 pounds of heirloom tomatoes to process on Sunday and only got through 2/3s of the bounty. The tomatoes filled two picking baskets and a huge bowl! The jalapeno peppers are next. I’ll be making poppers this weekend. The endless zucchini will go into zucchini bread.

Harvest is an intensely busy time. Just as busy as spring but in a different way. In April and May, I’m outside all day digging and planting, covered in mud. June and July, I do battle with weeds. Now, I slave over oven and stove . But, the freezer fills, so it’s all very satisfying.

I haven’t written on the sequel in a while. Bad me. But it will come… and in a rush. I’m traveling to South Dakota in three weeks for the South Dakota Festival of Books. The trip will put ink in my pen to be sure.

I’ll be speaking on a Paranormal Panel at the Baltimore Book Festival on Sept. 27th and signing books at the Collingswood Book Fest in New Jersey on Oct. 5th.

All my critters are doing just fine. I took the non-hatching of the eggs pretty hard, but I’m bouncing back. My cat has gone out of his way to let me know that he’s more than willing to be the sole object of my time and attention…as if to say…who needs golden snitches?

Well, we all know the answer to that one.

But as the Brits say: Keep calm and carry on.

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