Round Robin February–Heroes

This was supposed to be up at the crack of dawn, but I am, alas, late. Matter of fact, I would’ve forgotten entirely had not a conversation with the neighbors reminded of the post. You see, I was busy outside this morning digging out the dirt from the side garden box. This is a slow project. To prevent burnout, I dig out two—this morning six—5-gallon pots of dirt each day. I’m hoping I’ll be done in a few more weeks and be able to plant veggies in there. I was emptying one of the pots when I saw a neighbor down the street. We started talking. Another neighbor joined us. Our conversation covered a range of topics and somehow landed on bacon. Now, how did bacon remind me of this post? Well, Johnny, the neighbor’s son, said that his dad had thrown out all of the bacon because it was crispy. Sarah love’s crispy bacon, so do I. She said, “I hate soggy bacon. It’s all floppy and flaccid.” That last sentence reminded me of heroes. HAHAHA What can I say? I’m twisted. So, back to heroes. I’ve been thinking about what my favorite type of hero is. Is he like my heroines? Real, flawed, human? Would my hero be capable of living in real life? You know, I don’t know. There’s no question I’m not into perfect. Perfect is boring. Perfect is one-dimensional. Perfect… would make my heroine look really, really bad. (grin) But is it possible for a man to have all of the qualities my hero has and still be attractive? (And not just physically.) I...

Surreptitious Salamander

Today, we are digging out the box in my side garden. I plan to plant veggies for the summer, but I need to get all of the old dirt out as it’s been contaminated with paint flecks. (Blech!) While digging, look what we found: Yup, a beautiful, little salamander. I thought it was a California brown salamander, which is the most poisonous salamander in California. It’s actually a Garden Slender Salamander, which are very common in California. Lily had to hold it, of course… but only after I did. LOL And, yes, it was walking up her arm, which she did not like when we thought it was a California brown. And, honestly, it’s a good thing I did, or she’d still be holding the poor thing. LOL This adult, I think it’s an adult, moves very fast and is well camouflaged. I thought him a worm at first, until I saw his head. Then I thought he was a snake of some sort. Mind you, the above photo is with flash. And this inspired Lily to get her drawing pad out and create some art. 🙂 This is one of the many reasons to homeschool. These moments of adventure and discovery that inspire us to view the world around us in a different...

Carlie Sexton Blog Tour

Beholden To You Synopsis: On the heels of tragic loss, the stunning and innocent Natalie Mason, meets handsome business mogul Mac Carter. As Natalie attempts to pick up the pieces of her shattered life, circumstances beyond her control draw her and Mac into a situation she wants kept secret. The two are a matched set having both experienced immense loss in their lives. Uncertain of what she should do, she decides to give fate a chance, opening her heart to Mac, who just wants to love her. But the past, who often times takes no prisoners, rears its ugly head in a double dose. Mac’s ex-girlfriend cannot accept that their love affair is over and takes drastic measures through deception and blackmail to ensure that Mac will be hers. Natalie, on the other hand, has to face the one responsible for her sister’s death. As her journey begins to bring justice and closure, the past transports to her feet an unexpected surprise—a long lost love desiring to posses her as his once again. Will Mac and Natalie’s newly blossoming love be able to endure what the past has delivered or will the victors of their hearts be the old flames who are staking their claim?   Author Bio: I have always had a passion for reading my entire life. I love it so that I dedicated my life to educating children. As a teacher, I have had the profound pleasure of teaching children to read and explore their imaginations through a good book. Just recently I decided to write a story that had been on my mind. Now I...