I Can’t and It’s Okay

It’s Wednesday and time for a post. Normally I try to blog about some interesting bit of history I’ve learned in researching my books. But for the last week life has challenged me. I’ve bounced between sitting with my husband of twenty-five years at the hospital, praying that this isn’t the end of our time together, and running home three or four times a day to let my dogs out of their crates. I managed to get a tiny bit of editing done. Blog posts, newsletters, facebook, twitter, and creative writing have flitted through my thoughts but were seldom acted upon. Self-care has been a struggle. And today’s blog post? Are you kidding? I can’t and it’s okay. I’ll blog again Friday or next week. I managed a Monday blog post: Do What You Love Now. And of course you can look through any of the posts in my sidebar. My husband came home from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. He’ll have home health visits for a while which generally take my presence as well. Plus I have new caregiving duties and a ton of neglected housekeeping to catch up on. Not to mention, three little dogs who’ve been neglected […]

The Beekeeper’s Fear

Written for middle-grade readers, my first book, The Mystery of Apple Crest, takes place on an Apple Orchard. A young girl and her family have moved into her grandfather’s home and learn to manage an Apple Orchard. In the course of writing this book, I learned an important lesson when a beekeeper’s fear stopped me in my tracks. I wrote this book mumble-mumble years ago. It is a sweet story, not well written, but in my defense, it was my first. Diligent, as always, I researched a lot of stuff. I’d been to orchards too many times to count, I’d even stayed a few nights in my aunt and uncle’s home with its orchard (see More than a Game). But I’d never lived on an orchard. So I visited a local orchard, toured the place, and asked lots of dumb questions. Bees and Apple Orchards During the course of the tour, I discovered that this orchard also had rows of beehives. It’s obvious once you think about it, apple trees have blossoms that must be pollinated. Bees are pollinators. In fact, apple orchards depend on honey bees to pollinate the trees. For best results, they need approximately 20-25 bees per […]