Spring has Sprung

Mom and I in the Lake District of England

I’m in the midst of a flurry of Spring cleaning in every part of my life.

Now that all the rooms in my house are finally finished, I am going through the last of the things I had in storage at my parents’ house, trying to determine what stays, what goes, and how the last two rooms will be organized. My exercise room has been filled with boxes all winter. Some of it has old essays I wrote as an undergraduate. I’ve found all my photo albums and journals (the photo to the right is one I found there), and it’s been a treat to sort through them.

Other boxes are strange assortments of things from previous moves–makeup cases I’d forgotten I’d owned, a hairdryer with a British plug on the end which came in handy during my many trips there in my 20s but which now is useless (unless I go again…), old zip drive disks from back when I was a web designer. Most of it needs to be chucked out, but once in a while I come across something I’ve been missing like my calligraphy paper, pens, and ink. Because there are a few buried treasures, I need to go through all of it, and that takes time.

In addition, I have several posters and framed works of art that need hanging. And by several, I mean over twenty things. However, the rooms are big, and if I look through them carefully, I have ample wall space to manage all of them. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at hanging things on my own, so I’m hoping I can enlist some help and do them all in one day.

It’s also time to begin putting in the garden. I’m hoping to have some seeds in the ground this weekend. Nothing tastes better than a lunchtime salad made from fresh veggies picked that morning. My mother and I love planting things and watching them flourish. Because I don’t have much backyard space, I’m plant everything in containers, and we’ve had great success in past years.

Also, next week is time for Layla and Mustang Sally to get their seasonal “big buzz” haircuts. They’re both looking pretty shaggy after letting their hair grow over the long winter, and I’m looking forward to seeing them both looking (and smelling) their best.

I’ve also started walking again now that the weather is nicer. I have really missed being outside in the fresh air.

As for my job on the campus, we are in the last four weeks of the semester, and the students are in a frenzy. This year, we have six students who are graduating and only three who will be returning to work next year, so I’m in the middle of the recruitment process and grieving for the loss of such a great group. It will be hard letting this group go. There’s also our annual book sale coming up, and I have bed and breakfast guests coming for campus events on the first two weekends in May.

Still, with all of that going on, I’m determined to make time for writing and working on launching my podcast.

My plan is to have the first draft of my next book project completed by the end of June. It might go faster once the school semester is over, but I’m trying to be realistic about my time constraints for the next month. I’m also hoping to get edits back shortly from Book 1, and once the changes are made, I’ll be sending out queries.

As for the podcast, I’m hoping to have two of them posted this month, but it may only be possible to complete one. It’s a big learning curve. I have done video editing before, and I know how to do audio editing as well, but there are a lot of parts to the process of producing a podcast that I’m still working on streamlining. That will get easier with practice, I know.

It’s a lot happening all at once, but I love being busy, and all of the projects are things that make me happy. Still, I’m looking forward to having them behind me because the summer is not far away, and I’ve got big plans.

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