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Winter Hibernation

Our snow is formidably deep, and the Christmas tree is stuffed into a snowbank. When it falls over as the snow melts, that’ll be spring.

In the meantime, we light candles, and go snowshoeing, and light a fire some nights, and enjoy the sun on the clear days.

I’ve hung birdfeeders in the garden, and battle with the squirrels, desperate to get what they think is their share (all of it), vs what I think is their share (whatever leftovers fall to the ground). We have a new winner every day.

Birds fight for their share, too: pigeons and magpies of course, and a lovely big flicker and little woodpeckers with red tufts on their heads, sparrows and chickadees and redpolls. I think bunnies are coming at night, leaving little gifts as they forage under the birdfeeders. Well, I shouldn’t really call them bunnies. When they hop away we see how incredibly long they are.

And I wait for the days to lengthen, and page through a gardening catalogue, dreaming of spring.

Maureen

 

 

 

16 May 2013, 2:19pm
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Demolition

Today the house came down.

The excavator arrived last night, and spent a couple of hours crushing tree branches, and then began digging to the water line. This morning – more work on the water line (I assume), and then it got to work smashing down the house.

All the neighbours stopped by to watch the show – some of us knew each other – others introduced themselves. Most were angry, at the loss of the trees, at the damage, the mess.  But we were all excited to watch the really big machine get to work.

Maureen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cranky Without Writing

Last week filled with family needs, a school visit, and three days in bed with a bug. When I emerged, I was cranky from too much time away from writing, twitchy and irritable. But a little editing time and a really good book cured it. I wasn’t feeling well enough to have a serious writing session, but I managed a little editing, and then lost myself in a new story – Cinder, by Marissa Meyer.

It’s a first novel, and blew me away with how accomplished it is. It’s YA science fiction, I guess, but with a fantasy feel (rather like Tamora Pierce with a sci-fi twist).

I would have loved this when I was a teenager, when I could only read about guys having adventures, because there were no kick-ass girls in the stories I read. And it inspired me to get back into my own stories, reminding me of how great stories are, and how much I love writing for kids.

Next week: Family day, a school visit, and a winter holiday in the mountains. And, somehow, I’ll fit writing in.

Maureen

7 May 2011, 8:49am
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Yes, Virginia, it really is spring

My first perennials are blooming, a couple of patches of jewel-bright hepatica. If I roll over on my exercise ball I can see them from my computer desk, bright even when it rains.

Maureen

17 Oct 2010, 11:49am
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Cursed! Launch

Cursed! is launched into the world, at a lovely launch attended by many of my favorite people. They energized me through a terrible cold.

The spirit man stood by my side, keeping everyone in line. And I sent them home with buttons to keep on spooking them. Just in time for Halloween.

Maureen

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