My 2017 resolution, what’s yours?

I have one simple resolution for 2017: more nature, less drama (unless it’s in my books).

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I took this photo on the hilltop behind my daughter’s house. The wind seemed to be talking to me, but we’ve been out of touch too long. I couldn’t make out all the words. It broke my heart a bit.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Are you successful in making them stick?

A friend of mine suggested I try this site for inspiration, but I have to admit I’ve been too busy to do more than glance at it:

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One of the quotes that made sense to me was: “You will never change your life until you change something you do daily”—Mike Murdock

That’s where nature comes in. My goal is to walk–and breathe deeply–every day. I am determined to give myself time to connect to the world outside my busy, frantic brain and truly focus on the world around me.

Will I be successful? Time will tell. All we can do is try, right?

Have a very happy New Year’s Eve, my friends. I’ll see you in 2017.

Deb

PS: If your resolution includes reading more, I do have a fun story that opens at a masked ball on New Year’s Eve.  You can start reading for FREE here: MONTANA REBEL.

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Spring: It’s Everywhere!

Spring is full-fledged now. Mother Nature is in her element, strutting her stuff and perfuming the air. Here are two photos from our front yard.

One of our pear trees with tulips.

One of our pear trees with tulips.

 Remember those orchard mason bees I talked about a few posts ago? They’ve been busy little, well, bees… We hope they pollinated both pear trees. I’ll let you know.

Partial view of the front yard, showing one of the rhodies, beginning to bloom.

Partial view of the front yard, showing one of the rhodies, beginning to bloom.

 Between or front and back yards, we have some 8 to 10 rhododendron bushes in several colors. This is one of the first to bloom. So lovely!

On a different note, I have just published Mr. January, the first book in my Heroes of Rogue Valley: Calendar Guys series. I loved writing this book and am having so much fun with the series.

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Senior Firefighter Adam Healey is a man with a mission: get promoted to lieutenant at the Guff’s Lake Fire Department. It’s time, but more important, the promotion will finally earn him the respect of his dying father. Single mom Samantha Everett’s deadbeat ex has left her to fend for herself, and she’s working hard to support her young son with her baking business. Neither Adam nor Samantha is looking for a relationship. But love has a way of surprising people…

Mr. January is available from Kindle, Nook, iBooks and Kobo. For links to buy, visit http://www.annroth.net/ebooks.html.

Until next time,
Ann
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The Sweet Smell of Spring

Tomorrow is the official first day of spring. Here in Seattle, the air smells delicious! Currently our Daphne bushes are blooming. We have two different kinds, each with its own sweet smell.

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In a few weeks, The Daphne will shed their petals, and other flowering plants will perfume the air–freesia, lilacs, lily of the valley, azalea, peony, sweet peas, honeysuckle, lavender and a host of other flowers whose names I do not know.

Between the fragrant scents, the calls of mating birds and the greening trees, one can’t help but be happy. Even so, I tend to get caught up in whatever story I happen to be working on, to the point that nothing else matters. If I’m not careful, I can easily miss the joys of spring, and I don’t want to do that!

To prevent that from happening, I’m taking daily walks after lunch. (Except when it’s pouring outside.) Fresh air, exercise, staying in the here and now rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, and admiring Mother Nature–what’s not to like? I come back happy, refreshed and energized.

And Bonus: My midday mini-excursion often refills the creative well, so that I bring home new ideas for my current work-in-process. I love that!

Happy Spring, and  until next time,
Ann
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