Monday, August 26, 2013
Blowing the Dust off This Blog
After a lengthy and refreshing break from blogging, I'm back! I've missed blogging, though the rest was needed and appreciated.
So what did I do while I was on my break?
1. Wrote. I'm closing in on the finish of another novel, this one set in a Victorian tea shop in St. Paul, where an ambitious young woman and a local bad-boy-turned-beat-cop band together to uncover the culprits behind a series of increasingly serious crimes in the neighborhood and find their partnership growing into so much more. It's Brewing Up Love.
2. Read. I took more time to read this summer than I have in awhile. While I re-read some old favorites, my current obsession is the Walt Longmire books by Craig Johnson. I'm in the third book and loving every word. I've learned quite a bit about how adding a dash of humor makes the intense parts even more intense.
3. Crocheted. I made a couple of baby blankets for a friend who is expecting twins, a blanket for someone who is expecting her third child, and a granny-square baby blanket that used up a lot of pastel yarn I had left over from all the other baby blankets. And this past weekend, I opened up my counted cross-stitch cupboard and took out a new project.
4. Spent time with my family. My kids are almost grown, and I feel like the time is passing so quickly. I made a concerted effort to spend time with my kids, together and individually, and make some memories with them this summer. We're also deep into a landscaping project at our house, and while I can't do a lot of the brick-laying or rock hauling, I'm pretty good at shopping for patio furniture and planning out the future flower beds. :)
What did you do with your summer? Was it a time of refreshing?