Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Our Gardens are Finally Growing, Better Late Than Never by C.H. Admirand

OMGoodness, I thought Spring would NEVER get here! We had such a cold Winter, with soooo many cold days and sooooo much snow (it's a 4-letter word people) that I didn't think our gardens would survive.

So I decided to take a few pics of our perennials and I think most of them survived ;) 

Although our puppy Reilly dug up and ran away with a few of our Clematis, here is one that survived :)

Every year, I'm amazed that our ring of Violets keeps coming back ... btw, we didn't plant these Faery Rings ... they just started to grow that way. 

Happy Rhubarb...there will be jam in our future!

One of the Honeysuckle vines survived Reilly!

Leaf buds on our Hydrangea ;)

Lemon Balm!!

Mud, thanks to Reilly for digging the hole in the yard so that when I was filling our pond, we had mud...OK, so I'm a sucker for squishing my toes in sun-warmed mud. Indescribable!

Oriental Poppies... can't wait for them to bloom!

Robert's Herb ... at least that's what my Mother-in-Law called them when she gave them to us years ago ;)

Clean crisp sheets blowing in the breeze ... such a wonderful smell, sun-warmed, line-dried sheets!


Dew-laden Lady's Mantle

Dew on the grass

Very cool fungus, dewy grass in the background and violets in the foreground
 More dew-laden grass

It was such a pretty sight, that I took a few different shots
 I think the Faeries that visit our gardens might have dipped their fingertips in the dew gathered in the cups of the Lady's Mantle leaves.

Our Virginia BlueBells have grown and spread into a few different places in the gardens. If you look closely, you can see a hint of a bud in the lower right-hand corner. My Mom gave us this plant years ago ... when it blooms it'll be like she's still here. I miss you Mom.

I'll take more pics soon ... after the recent rains from last night, things have really grown!

Happy Gardening and Happy Reading!!!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Early Evening Breeze Blowing in our Windows by C.H. Admirand

What a FABULOUS day! The warm and welcoming breeze is teasing wisps of hair across my cheek while I sit and write. A glorious warmth that has been so missing with the harsh winter we had, but all the more special because of it, has returned. 

Right now as I look to the West, I can see tiny bugs dancing in the air. The peepers are gearing up for another night of revelry (we know why those little frogs sing, don't we VBG) while birds continue to flit about the yard and sing. FINALLY!

For two days in a row, I've had my first cup of tea outside in my rather chilly rocking chair with our two darling puppies and a host of birds keeping us company. This morning, there were no cars speeding around the road at the back of our property ... thank goodness ... just the clear blue sky and bright sunshine above me with snippets of songs from a variety of birds who have been keeping us company this winter while we've kept their feeders full.

Here is the one bird I wasn't sure was going to visit us to eat our Privet berries. The Cedar Waxwing usually comes by in February, but they didn't come until a few days ago. Probably the cold temps we had here. 

Aren't they beautiful? I took some pics from the upstairs window and some from the front door. We used to have a flock of Evening Grosbeaks stop by in February every year for about ten years, then one year, they stopped coming ... maybe part of their habitat along their route North changed. I still miss them. ;(
Jameson (aka Jamie-Lad) and Reilly (from their corners of the couch) send their best!

Have a wonderful evening, and enjoy the beauty around you ... Nature's gift to all!
If you haven't entered yet, there is still time to enter to win a signed copy of my first print bundle ... the Irish Westerns Volume 1 ... follow the link C.H.'s FB Author Page.

I'm also running a contest to win a signed copy of JESSE, book 3 in my contemporary Western trilogy ;)

Good luck! 



Saturday, April 11, 2015

The Rancher's Heart Audiobook is LIVE! by C.H. Admirand

Such exciting news, book 2 in my Historical Irish Western Series, The Rancher's Heart, is live! It wasn't supposed to happen until the end of the month, so this is unexpected good news. Here's the link to The Rancher's Heart on Audible.com and the link to listen to a sample at Amazon.com 

For those of you who have listened to the first book, The Marshal's Destiny, the fabulously talented Elizabeth Cook has once again narrated one of my books. Elizabeth gets right to the heart of the story with her in-depth understanding and narrative of The Rancher's Heart. Plus, I just LOVE her speaking voice and Irish Brogue ;)

We already have the end of August slated to begin production of the third book in the series, Pearl's Redemption. So mark your calendars for early to mid-October for book 3's  audio debut!

A HUGE thank you to Ms. Cook for her talent and professionalism during this production of this audiobook. Your tremendous talent and attention to detail brought this book to life! You are T.H.E. BEST!!!



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Energized, Not Hungry, No More Carb Cravings, and a Contest for Spring by C.H. Admirand

Sounds too good to be true? Well trust me, this old bat has been working her buttski off ever since I saw the infomercial for Autumn Calabrese's 21 Day Fix.

Her philosophy is that it takes 21 days to break a bad habit. My carb cravings and lack of exercise program were definitely a bad habit and slowly doing me in. I decided to give her 21 Day Fix a try and am hooked!

Don't get me wrong, it is hard work, but after a family friend took a group photo of my sisters, brother, and I at my niece's baby shower in February (which I deleted myself out of ... YIKES!), I thought wow, who is that overweight woman on the end wearing my fabulous velvet burnout jacket!?! Sad to say it was me. WAS ... love that word ;)

Her fix is to break the bad habit of being out of balance with your portions of veggies, fruits, proteins, carbs, etc. and not exercising. Filling the color-coded containers each day is a breeze and takes the worry out of counting calories or points; and the daily 30 minute workouts are fun. You do them with or without the music. 7 different exercise routines.

The workouts are not for the faint of heart, but there is a different one every day and after completing the first 21 days, I lost ten pounds and 15 and 1/2 inches! Color me happy. I just started my second round of 21 days because my energy level is up and I feel amazing. I didn't realize just how badly I had been feeling. Weird, right?

I'm keeping up with the workouts far better than week one. Yeah, let's not go there right now. But I never gave up, thanks to her encouragement during the workouts, and the support of my wonderful family ... furry friends, too.

So here's to a healthier, slimmer, energetic rest of 2015!

And now for something completely different ...  

Have you been to my FB Author Page lately? I'm running a contest March 16th to April 16th, 2015 and giving away a signed copy of The Irish Westerns Volume 1. All entries are welcome. Leave a comment with your email address to enter.
Random.org will be picking the winner on April 16th. :)

Happy Reading!