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A Writer in the Garden: Dirt Day!

I've been dabbling with plants, but mostly indoors because the weather was up and down deciding if it was time to really turn into a proper spring. Today was the day! Six new rose bushes and lots of pretty flowers for the window and hanging baskets. I love dirt days. I walked half of the five acres putting down turf builder and weed and feed, which meant a nice walk before the digging began. The roses went in first. Whites are one of my favorites. I like red and yellow varieties, too.




I got my kitchen herb pots planted, though I'll be separating them out in a month, after they've grown in a bit. I love the way fresh herbs make the kitchen smell so wonderful and spicy. The previous lavender plants got nice and big so they were transplanted outside and cute little plants, yet to flower, will now grow on the kitchen window sills. The pots are waiting for their proper plant markers. I found some wooden ones I like at Gardener's Supply Company.


Now I'm ready to write for a few hours of writing, with my cup of organic Mountain Tea, a blend from Traditional Medicinals I hadn't tried before. It's delicious, especially with the whipped lemon honey I added. It's from Savannah Bee Company, and oh so good. Nope, this isn't an endorsement post, just me sharing things I think others will like. I now have my essentials for writing: flowers, water, tea, and dark chocolate. I can go for hours with that arsenal. I'll see how much I really get done before my back and brain scream for a break. I might have overdone a bit in the yards this morning—lots of beds to clean out before I could plant grasses and move bushes around—but it was worth it!




A hawk soared over the field as I sat on the front porch to enjoy the morning's labors. Alas, no binoculars or camera was handy and I was too lazy to get and search them out. It was enough just to relax and enjoy the view.


Celtic music is playing softly in the background, and my characters are impatiently waiting. It's Gallagher time today and tomorrow afternoon I'll be back with my contemporary self and the Kyndall Family. My imagination is on overload and quite happy these days.


Until next time, friends, be well, be kind, and stay bookish!

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MK McClintock writes stories for those who enjoy escaping to another time and place, where their imaginations are free and open to simple pleasures and stories with plenty of happy-ever-afters—at least for the good guys. Villains get a different kind of ending.

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