Return to the flatlands


Good morning, everyone! It’s nice to be able to say that and know that the majority of people who read this are on the same time as I am again! Andy and I got back across the pond safely late Sunday night. We had no trouble in Heathrow or O’Hare, although we did have to go through security at each connection. I think it’s because Andy just looks suspect.

So we’re back home again. I managed to have a very quiet day yesterday and got about six hours of sleep. I thought I was going to be fine, but then last night I barely slept at all. So I’m very thankful I get to work from home today, although I have to admit I’m not looking forward to sorting through the loads of email that I’m sure are waiting for me!

I loved Scotland and England, but there’s truly no place like home. I missed my creaky old house and the wheat fields that stretch from horizon to horizon. And I had a wonderful surprise waiting for me when I walked up my sidewalk: kittens!

Sadly (I say sadly) Useless the Cat has shuffled off this mortal coil. I would be lying if I told you I was grieving, as her name wasn’t an endearment but an apt descriptor. But fortunately, she saw fit to leave her two kittens alive (instead of eating them like all the others). Mom and Dad found them in the garage shortly after we left and have been bottle feeding them for a week. They’re great fun, probably four or five weeks now. I’ve always liked naming kittens after characters in television shows or movies that I’ve watched near the time of their birth, so I thought it only appropriate to name them Sherlock and Watson.

Sherlock and Watson, the new additions to Safe Haven Farm

Sherlock and Watson, the new additions to Safe Haven Farm

Sherlock is the black one, so named because she never shuts up (yes, she; sorry, Mr. Cumberbatch), and Watson is the ginger one, so named because he’s cute and small. Sorry for the blurry photo, but they are wiggly and never stop moving. I snapped it this morning, and they’re hungry, so I need to go feed them.

The trip to the UK was probably one of the best I’ve ever taken. I would love to go back. As soon as I have an opportunity, I’m going to put all my photos up. The next big trip is to St. Louis for the Realm Makers science fiction and fantasy writing conference. That’s at the beginning of August, and I’m really really excited, but I’ve got a lot of work to do before then. After that, it’s off to Chicago later in August for a media event for work. And when I get back, I’m expecting to launch directly into Judgement House preparations. Plus, I need to talk to my pastor about the plans/expectations for drama in the upcoming series. I know he wants drama in November, but that means I need to start working on scripts now. Vacation is over, I suppose, but it was wonderful to be able to go, and it was amazing to be able to catch up with my best friend. We managed to talk ourselves silly, I think, and, of course, she was a tremendous encouragement to me as she always is. The wonderful part about being so busy is that the year will go quickly, and December will arrive soon when she will come home. With that being said, I need to get to work! Lots to do! I probably will not be updating this blog as frequently now that I’m back home in the flatlands, but I’ll keep it up as often as I can or whenever I have something new to report. I have already gone back to daily posts on my devotional blog as of this morning at www.alwayspeachy.com, so those of you who’ve been missing them will find posts Monday through Friday again as before!


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