Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Barnes & Noble Book Reading and Signing

I'm so very late on this this post, but here are a few photos from the book reading and signing. I was told there were about 38 people in the audience. College students rock.
Sooo many people

Purple, a significant color
candy and bookmarks

Thanks, Barnes & Noble, for hosting my book signing!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tomorrow's the day for signatures and Watermelon Jolly Ranchers

Barnes & Noble
Mockingbird & 75 in Dallas

October 16, 2013
4:30 PM-6:30 PM

I'll be reading an excerpt or two from SOME ACT OF VISION and taking questions.
There will be bookmarks, Watermelon Jolly Ranchers, and... live music! (I think.)

Can't wait to see you there!

Friday, October 4, 2013

DIY: Yep We Can

This is what my week looked like...when I wasn't at the university.

The lawn at my new house looked pretty pathetic.

There were about 3 inches of dead leaves on one side of the lawn, which was killing the trees. On the other side was some struggling grass, but most of it looked like this:

So I raked up the 3-inch layer of decaying leaves:

I filled 40 bags of leaves. Yes. 40.

Then I had a heyday with mulch:

Yep, that's about 40 bags of much you see there. The trees are happy now.

I also covered the bald dirt with mulch and lugged out some red brick barriers:

Then, because I have a son who loves to play outside, and because it reminded me of those glorious Camp Fire Girls days, I made this stone and pebble path, with chopped wood from the back yard. (We had to chop down some trees to make room for a shed in back.)

I'm tired.

Funny story about those pea gravel pebbles: I went to Living Earth, which is a bulk supplier in Plano. They brought out a tractor with the front bucket filled to the brim with pea gravel. One cubic yard filled the entire bed. I drove home going about thirty miles an hour on the highway, praying my back tires wouldn't blow out. My truck was wearing plumber's pants, it was sagging so low. But we made it. And now we have a path to skip along.

And... a new patio on cement that was freshly poured last week:

Except for pouring the cement patio, I did this front yard project with woman-power, all by myself. Yep, ladies. Yep we can.

On to the back yard, where landscaping adventures await!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

a Pub, a Cake, a Trivia(l) pursuit, and a Book

There once was a an Irish pub named Trinity Hall that hosted a little literary novel called SONG OF THE ORANGE MOONS.

Three years later, another little book, a Young Adult novel called SOME ACT OF VISION, also decided to celebrate its birthday there.

There were appetizers.
There were drinks. Lots of them.
There were friends and books and a manager reading trivia questions to the entire pub.
A cake also made an appearance.

Everyone was jolly.
The end. (Or the beginning.)


playing trivia

Joseph and me

My brother, sister, and me